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EU urges crackdown on ‘golden passports’ for big investors

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe European Commission says citizenship for sale poses security risks The EU Commission has told EU states to tighten checks on non-EU nationals who acquire citizenship – so-called “golden passports” – through investments. The Commission plans closer monitoring of those schemes and of “golden visas” granting residence […]

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Brexit: PM reassures DUP on peace funding

Image copyright PAcemaker Image caption Londonderry’s Peace Bridge is one of the major projects in Northern Ireland that EU funding helped to build The government will remain committed to funding peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland regardless of Brexit, the prime minister has said. Theresa May made the pledge in a letter to “reassure” the […]

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UK employment total hits record high

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people in work in the UK has reached a record high of 32.54 million, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. Unemployment was flat, with a small increase of 8,000 between September and November for a total of 1.37 million. Average earnings excluding bonuses increased by […]

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Ferry firm amends bookings for extra Brexit crossings

Image copyright BF Image caption The company said it had modified its schedules and was contacting all affected customers Thousands of cross-channel ferry passengers have had their bookings amended to accommodate extra sailings in case of a no-deal Brexit. Brittany Ferries said timetables from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth were being modified to ensure “critical goods” […]

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‘Landmark’ overhaul for domestic abuse laws

Image copyright PA Domestic abuse victims will receive a wide range of new measures to protect them in what ministers say will be landmark legislation. New laws will for the first time create a legal definition of domestic abuse, to include economic abuse and control. The long-awaited legislation will also ban abusers from cross-examining victims […]

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Remainer MPs trying to steal Brexit, says Liam Fox

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLiam Fox: “We can compromise… with the European Union over the backstop” Brexiteer cabinet minister Liam Fox has accused pro-Remain MPs of trying to “steal Brexit”, amid backbench moves to take control of the process. He told the BBC: “You’ve got a Leave population and a Remain […]