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Only half of UK universities ready for no-deal Brexit – study

Universities UK says 80% of members very concerned, with some considering stockpiling

Four out of five British universities are worried about the impact of crashing out of the EU without a deal, as vice-chancellors look to stockpile essential supplies ranging from chemicals to toilet paper.

A survey of members by Universities UK, which represents more than 130 higher education institutions, found that 80% of those responding said they were either “very” or “extremely” concerned about the impact no-deal Brexit will have.

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Britain facing most prolonged investment slump in 17 years

Business spending due to decline by 1.5% this year, fuelled by Brexit uncertainty

Brexit uncertainty and a global economic slowdown amid the US-China trade war has set Britain on course for the most prolonged slump in business investment in 17 years, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Setting Britain on course for weaker economic growth in future, the lobby group said business spending in the UK was due to decline by 1.5% in 2019 and by 0.1% next year as companies put their investment plans on ice amid the global political turmoil.

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EU dismay as Boris Johnson compares himself to Hulk

Breaking ‘manacles’ comments come a day before PM travels for Brexit talks in Luxembourg

European officials reacted with exasperation on Sunday as Boris Johnson compared himself to the Incredible Hulk throwing off the shackles of the EU the day before he is due to travel to Luxembourg for talks in pursuit of a Brexit deal.

No 10 struck a combative tone before the scheduled meeting with European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker saying Johnson would tell him that the UK must reject any new Brexit deadline.

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Ocean Viking prepares for new Libyan rescue missions

A migrant rescue ship received permission Saturday to sail to a southern Italian island, but Italy's foreign minister cautioned against interpreting the OK as a sign the new government is easing its crackdown on such vessels.

Five things we learned from David Cameron’s memoir

Extracts from former PM’s book reveal thoughts on Johnson, Gove and referendum regret

Extracts from the former prime minister David Cameron’s memoir For the Record have been published in the Times and Sunday Times. Here are five things we learned from the book.

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Brexit: UK ministers talk up Irish border compromise as key to deal

Stephen Barclay and Priti Patel insist focus is on achieving agreement before 31 October

Two of Boris Johnson’s senior cabinet ministers have talked up the possibility of securing a Brexit deal through some divergence on the rules in Northern Ireland, as the government’s rhetoric showed fresh signs of shifting ahead of crucial talks next week.

With Johnson due to meet Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, on Monday, Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, and the home secretary, Priti Patel, accepted the Irish border was likely to be a key to any potential agreement.

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Nicky Morgan says she would vote to remain in EU in a second referendum

Culture secretary says result of 2016 poll should be respected

Nicky Morgan has said she would vote to remain in the EU if there were to be a second referendum.

The culture secretary, who campaigned for remain in the run-up to the 2016 poll, said on BBC Breakfast she would vote the same way again.

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