June 15, 2020

The European Union will not accept a “pig in a poke” deal from Boris Johnson, European Council president Charles Michel has said following high-level talks with the prime minister.

Mr Michel said that the EU’s demands for a level playing field on post-Brexit rules and regulations - which have been flatly rejected by the prime minister - were “essential” to an agreement on future trade and security relations.

In a joint statement follo...

May 29, 2020

All transit cargo destined for Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan will from June 1 be picked from Naivasha and not Mombasa, or be transported by Metre Gauge Railway to Tororo, then Kampala.

Fuel products will be transported by pipeline to Kisumu and thereafter through Lake Victoria to Port Bell or Jinja.

The decision was Friday communicated by Kenya's Minister in charge of transport James Macharia, who said the decision comes after a go a...

April 22, 2020

Contractors at an Amazon warehouse in Darlington say they have walked out over a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and inadequate social distancing measures.

Builders have claimed they were working under “unacceptable and unsafe” conditions at the distribution centre and face being sacked for walking out over coronavirus safety fears.

Amazon strongly rejected the allegations. The online retailer insisted that it has “impleme...

April 20, 2020

Germany began on Monday to ease lockdown restrictions and take small steps towards reopening its economy, but confusion among business owners over the policy meant several shops remained closed in the capital.

Last Wednesday, Angela Merkel announced that shops could reopen on 20 April as long as they are smaller than 800m sq, after the country achieved “fragile interim success” in containing the coronavirus outbreak.

Hairdressers and...

September 20, 2019

The European Union has rejected a request from the British government for a Brexit deal without a Irish backstop in.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay on Thursday said the UK should be given until the end of 2020 to come up with a replacement for the policy – instead of the end of September deadline set by EU leaders.

The minister travelled to Brussels on Friday to meet with Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator – but was told that...

August 28, 2019

The US government has not granted any companies licenses to sell goods to Huawei, amid escalating trade tensions between the US and China.

More than 130 applications have been made to the US Commerce Department, Reuters reported.

The revelations come despite President Donald Trump claiming that some companies would be allowed to sell to the Chinese tech giant after it was added to the Entity List.

The standstill coincides with mixed me...

August 23, 2019

The EU is considering plans for a €100bn investment fund to finance European "industrial champions" and compete with multinational companies.

The proposals for the sovereign wealth fund, reported by the Financial Times, would herald a move towards a more active industrial policy by the bloc 

The so-called European Future Fund would be financed by member states and target its investments into strategic sectors where the EU lagged behin...

July 26, 2019

Sky Mobile and Three have become the first mobile operators to promise Huawei’s smartphones on the UK’s new 5G mobile networks, despite security fears about the Chinese technology company.

Huawei’s Mate 20 X 5G device is one of a limited number of phones capable of utilising 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networking technology that allows significantly faster connections than its predecessors.

The US has said Huawei’s equipment co...

June 12, 2019

Ford Motor Company issued four safety recalls in North America on Wednesday, including one covering more than 1.2m SUVs.

Approximately 1.2 million 2011-2019 model-year Ford Explorers, built between May 17, 2010 and January 26, 2017 in Chicago, will be recalled in the US after the automaker discovered a defect that puts drivers at risk of crashing. The error concerns loss of steering control.

The same recall affects approximately 28,00...

April 29, 2019

The European Union “will never accept” a move by Theresa May to raise tuition fees for EU students after Brexit, the European Parliament’s Brexit chief has said.

Guy Verhofstadt said he would write to the prime minister following reports that EU students would be charged full international fees, instead of benefiting from the same rates as UK students as now.

“No way! Students mustn't be victims of Brexit,” Mr Verhofstadt said. “I wil...

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