Posts Tagged ‘FRANCE’

Rees-Mogg: no need for customs checks at Dover in no-deal Brexit

Legal experts dismiss Tory MP’s vision, saying it would breach WTO rules

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that there would be no need for customs checks at Dover on EU imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, suggesting that any delays for exports to Europe would be France’s responsibility.

Related: 'Catastrophic' no-deal Brexit a real possibility, says Vince Cable

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Germany and France close gap on UK for foreign investment

Brexit concerns making global investors more reluctant to invest in Britain, EY finds

The UK remains Europe’s top destination for inward investment, but its star is waning as Brexit uncertainty allows Germany and France to close the gap.

Last year the UK attracted 6% more foreign direct investment (FDI) projects that the previous year, according to figures compiled by EY in a survey of 450 global investors, but fell behind France, which grew by 31%, and the European average growth rate of 10%.

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The Guardian view on Trump and the G7 summit: a watershed moment | Editorial

The US is the cornerstone of the international order. If Donald Trump removes it, the remaining democracies must still stand together

The failure of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec, marks a watershed for the 21st-century democracies. It is the moment when Donald Trump’s disruption of the international order moved from annoying threat to damaging reality. Mr Trump went to Quebec only under protest. He made no effort to compromise on his tariff war. He arrived late for meetings, chided the other leaders and left early. He snubbed the final communique. He tweeted insults to his Canadian hosts from his plane as he headed off. By the time his North Korean summit ends later this week, Mr Trump may be on chummier terms with another authoritarian dictator than with America’s democratic allies.

The immediate upshot is bad enough. The US refused to sign a G7 communique that was too weak, especially on climate change, but that should have been supported. Mr Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs were the flashpoint; but the G7 countries actually have much in common on trade, not least on forced technology transfers to China. The communique also challenged Russia’s destabilisation tactics, said Iran’s nuclear programme must remain wholly peaceful and contained declarations on gender equality and fair tax regimes. Mr Trump has not signed off on these either. But the longer-term damage of this division could be even worse.

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US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dies in France at 61

American celebrity chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide in France at the age of 61, according to CNN. Bourdain took viewers around the world for his popular “Parts Unknown” series on the US television network.
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