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    • UK can cancel Brexit decision, EU court rules

      UK can cancel Brexit decision, EU court rules

      The UK has the power to reverse Brexit, without the permission of the other 27 EU members, the EU's highest court has ruled on Monday. According to the decision of European Court of Justice, the so-called Article 50 - the legal mechanism which kickstarted Brexit - allows the unilateral revocation of the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU.

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    • Britain suspends $2.5 million golden visas to tackle money laundering

      Britain suspends $2.5 million golden visas to tackle money laundering

      Britain will suspend its top tier investor visas, which require 2 million pounds ($2.55 million) in investment, as part of a drive to crack down on organized crime and money laundering. From Russian oligarchs and Middle Eastern oil barons to newly-minted Chinese entrepreneurs, the wealthy have flocked to London over the past two decades, snapping up everything from opulent homes to soccer clubs.

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    • UK bans phrase 'fake news'

      UK bans phrase 'fake news'

      The UK government decided on Tuesday to ban the term 'fake news', urging officials to use words such as 'misinformation” or 'disinformation' instead. While ministers may speak freely in the House of Commons, the phrase will no longer appear in policy documents or official papers because it is “a poorly-defined and misleading term that conflates a variety of false information, from genuine error through to foreign interference in democratic processes.”

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    • May faces ministerial resignations

      May faces ministerial resignations

      British Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly facing a number of cabinet resignations if she does not change course on her Brexit proposal, a British news outlet reported on Friday, citing unnamed source. "We have to have a 'Plan B' now – 'Plan A' is out of the window,” the source said, adding that on Monday "every Cabinet minister will have to look again and reassess like Boris and David Davis did"

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    • European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

      European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

      The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Thursday that British intelligence’s mass surveillance of private communications online is illegal. In a landmark ruling judges voted six to one the effort by its intelligence agency GCHQ for obtaining data from communications providers was "not in accordance with the law", and there were "insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material". They also voted by five to two the mass trawling for information violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteeing the right to privacy. 

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    • EU suspects MI6 of bugging Brexit talks

      EU suspects MI6 of bugging Brexit talks

      The European Union’s Brexit negotiators fear that their meetings are being bugged by the British secret service so that UK can gain an advantage in the negotiations, a highly placed EU source revealed in regard to UK's obtaining of sensitive documents "within hours" of them being presented to a meeting of EU officials.
       

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    • China tempts UK with post-Brexit trade deal

      China tempts UK with post-Brexit trade deal

      British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has discussed the possibility of a free trade agreement between the UK and China, in his first major overseas trip as foreign secretary, after he was appointed to succeed Boris Johnson. He  was in the Chinese capital to meet Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other top officials, on a trip that will also include stops in Paris and Vienna for talks with his European counterparts on Brexit. His visit also follows a trip by May earlier this year where more than $9bn worth of trade deals were signed and new measures were agreed to open up China to UK goods and services.

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