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EUROPE POLITICS: EU Plan to Raise Taxes for Global Internet Firms Hits Snag

EUROPE POLITICS: EU Plan to Raise Taxes for Global Internet Firms Hits Snag

Estonia, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, proposed a more structural solution that would permit states to tax companies where they have a digital, not just physical, presence.

The two plans could be complementary and be part of a two-step approach, the Estonian undersecretary for tax, Dmitri Jegorov, said.

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UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson Reignites Leadership Speculation with Brexit Plans

UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson Reignites Leadership Speculation with Brexit Plans

”My friends, I must report that there are at least some people who are woefully underestimating this country,“ Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph. ”They think Brexit isn’t going to happen.

”I am here to tell you that this country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily.

“We have a glorious future.”

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UK POLITICS: You Will Regret Leaving EU: EU President Jean-Claude Juncker to UK

UK POLITICS: You Will Regret Leaving EU: EU President Jean-Claude Juncker to UK

“On March 29, 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. It will be a moment both sad and tragic. We will always regret it and you will regret it soon,” Juncker said Wednesday in his annual state of the union address before the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

“Nonetheless we have to respect the will of the British people, but we will have to make progress, we will move on, because Brexit isn’t everything – it’s not the future of Europe,” he added.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: EU Seeks Australia Trade Deals By 2019: Juncker President European Commission

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: EU Seeks Australia Trade Deals By 2019: Juncker President European Commission

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said there were “good chances” that the EU would agree the main elements of a new free trade with the Mercosur countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and of an updated trade partnership with Mexico by the end of this year.

“And today, we are proposing to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand,” Juncker told EU lawmakers.

“I want all of these agreements to be finalised by the end of this mandate. And I want them negotiated in the fullest transparency,” he added.

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UK POLITICS: Cracking Deadlock on Brexit Bill May Require EU Summit Talks

UK POLITICS: Cracking Deadlock on Brexit Bill May Require EU Summit Talks

A snag though is that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is bound by his 27 national masters not even to discuss any post-Brexit arrangements until “significant progress” is made on agreeing a divorce.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 01 September 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 01 September 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Scottish Conservatives’ leader Ruth Davidson told an audience at the Institute for Public Policy Research: “Immigration is not just about numbers, it’s about people and it’s about the sort of country that we are and want to be. Davidson, who led her party to win 13 seats in Scotland in this year’s election – 12 more than in the last vote – questioned whether the Conservative Party’s target to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands should still hold.

“We have a policy that was designed in 2009/2010 where we had unemployment of 8 percent and a quadrupling of immigration rates in a short period of time (…). Is that still a target we need to have?” she asked, adding that she had spoken to interior minister Amber Rudd about the issue.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May to Appeal to EU Leaders as Brexit Talks Deadlock

UK POLITICS: Theresa May to Appeal to EU Leaders as Brexit Talks Deadlock

But there are no signs Britain is prepared to change its negotiating strategy. Speaking Thursday during a visit to Japan, Theresa May said, “I think a good trade deal is not just about the UK, it is about what is good for businesses in what will be the 27 remaining states of the EU as well.”

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UK POLITICS: Labour Party to Offer Alternative Policy Ahead of New Brexit Talks in Brussels

UK POLITICS: Labour Party to Offer Alternative Policy Ahead of New Brexit Talks in Brussels

A Labour spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the Guardian report that Labour agreed to back “continued membership of the EU single market beyond March 2019” in an attempt to offer a clear alternative to the Brexit currently proposed by Theresa May’s Conservative government.

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UK POLITICS: Job Opportunities Diminishing Because of Brexit: British Employers

UK POLITICS: Job Opportunities Diminishing Because of Brexit: British Employers

The opening rounds of Brexit talks with the EU, which began in June, have made little progress. REC chief executive Kevin Green said the drop in confidence should raise a “red flag” and push London to clarify its Brexit approach.

“The government must do more to create an environment where businesses have clarity,” Green said. “The jobs market is in a good place but employers will only continue to hire and invest if they feel assured about the future.”

“The UK has made little attempt to progress separation issues, while its ideas for transition could require yet more negotiation and risk eroding the benefits of transitional arrangements for business,” said Andrew Goodwin, a researcher at Oxford Economics.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 23 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 23 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: In error, Britain tells dozens of EU citizens to leave.

“A limited number of letters were issued in error and we have been urgently looking into why this happened. We are contacting everyone who received this letter to clarify that they can disregard it,” a spokeswoman for the Britain’s Home Office said in a statement.

“We are absolutely clear that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK remain unchanged.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

Bernard Jenkin, a member of parliament for Theresa May’s Conservative party, who backed Brexit in last year’s referendum, said he opposed continued EU oversight of UK borders.

“There is no need for an EU institution to police our customs, and we should not accept this,” he said in a statement.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 20 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 20 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Austria’s foreign minister Sebastian Kurz entered the fray on Sunday, criticizing Erdogan in an interview with newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag. Kurz, who is running for Chancellor in October’s election, accused Erdogan of trying to rile up the Turkish diaspora.

“President Erdogan is trying to instrumentalize ethnic Turkish communities, especially in German and Austria. He polarises and brings Turkish conflicts into the EU. I condemn the constant interference by Erdogan in the internal affairs of other states – and it’s not happening only in Germany.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

Van Den Hende said, “In theory you can design that, but in practice neither the UK nor the EU would want that because you would be replicating institutions which already exist. It would be a huge amount of money and effort. This is in one of the fundamental problems about Brexit. The UK wants to retain deep integration but the UK doesn’t like the institutions that administer all this stuff.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain ‘Confident’ of New Phase in Brexit Talks By October

UK POLITICS: Britain ‘Confident’ of New Phase in Brexit Talks By October

Prime Minister Theresa May said, “It’s good that we’ve had a constructive, positive approach to the negotiations so far, and those negotiations are continuing … There’s a lot to be done. We will develop a deep and special partnership with the European Union for the future that’s good for the UK and good for the EU as well.”

A spokeswoman for Britain’s Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement, “As the Secretary of State (Brexit minister David Davis) has said, it is important that both sides demonstrate a dynamic and flexible approach to each round of the negotiations.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

Britain said it wanted to maintain a Common Travel Area, a pact that allows free movement between the United Kingdom and Ireland for British and Irish citizens, and introduce new ‘trusted trader’ arrangements to help larger companies. Smaller firms would be exempt from customs processes. It rejected the idea of an effective customs border in the Irish Sea that separates England, Wales and Scotland from Ireland and Northern Ireland as “not constitutionally or economically viable”.

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UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Part of Plot to Stop Britain Leaving EU: Pro-Brexit Campaign Groups

UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Part of Plot to Stop Britain Leaving EU: Pro-Brexit Campaign Groups

“He is part of a cabal of Westminster MPs (Members of Parliament) who believe that if they can delay exit, they can overturn the wishes of the 52 percent who despite threats from the political classes drew upon the courage of their conviction at the ballot box,” said Leave. EU Chairman Arron Banks in a letter to voters in Hammond’s constituency.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Opponent James Chapman Seeks to Form New Political Party

UK POLITICS: Brexit Opponent James Chapman Seeks to Form New Political Party

James Chapman, a former top aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis said, “Two people in the cabinet, a number of people who have been in Conservative cabinets before now – better cabinets, I might say, than the current one – and a number of shadow cabinets ministers have also been in touch. They are not saying they are going to quit their parties, but they are saying they understand that there is an enormous gap in the centre now of British politics. There is an enormous gap in the center now of British politics that could be filled by an anti-Brexit force.”

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KENYA POLITICS: International Observers Give Kenya Election Thumbs Up

KENYA POLITICS: International Observers Give Kenya Election Thumbs Up

John Kerry, the former U.S. Secretary of State heading the Carter Center observer mission said: “The process that was put in place is proving its value thus far. Kenya has made a remarkable statement to Africa and the world about its democracy and the character of that democracy. Don’t let anybody besmirch that.”

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Most Popular News Today

UK POLITICS: Brexit Most Popular News Today

Brexit is the “…biggest calamity for our country since WW2, I’m afraid,” said James Chapman, who ran chief negotiator Davis’s office for nearly a year after the June 2016 EU referendum. He has since moved to work for a public relations firm.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Supreme Political Council Urges Active EU Role in Conflict Resolution Efforts

YEMEN POLITICS: Supreme Political Council Urges Active EU Role in Conflict Resolution Efforts

Saleh Ali al-Sammad, the Yemen’s Supreme Political Council’s head expressed hope that the EU would draw the world’s attention to the sufferings of the Yemeni people, citing the bloc’s influence on the United Nations’ Security Council member states. The protracted war, which has been accompanied by a naval and aerial blockade, has already killed over 12,000 Yemenis.

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