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May to speak to EU leaders this week over Brexit – FT

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May sits with members of her cabinet during the UK-Poland Inter-Governmental Consultations at Lancaster House in central London, Britain, December 20, 2018. Adrian Dennis/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo(Reuters) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to speak to European Union leaders this week including Dutch PM Mark Rutte, German…

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UK transport secretary defends Brexit contract for firm with no ferry experience

Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images UK transport secretary defends Brexit contract for firm with no ferry experience ‘I make no apologies for supporting a new British business,’ Chris Grayling says. By Judith Mischke 1/2/19, 11:42 AM CET Updated 1/2/19, 2:35 PM CET U.K. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on Wednesday defended awarding a contract to operate ferries…

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Grayling defends no-deal Brexit ferry contract

Image copyright Getty Images Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the government’s choice of a UK company with no ships as one of the providers of extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Mr Grayling told the BBC he would make no apologies for “supporting a new British business”.The firm, Seaborne Freight, won…

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Brexit: Jeremy Hunt says UK ‘can learn lessons’ from Singapore

Image copyright AFP The UK can “learn lessons” from Singapore but is not looking to follow its economic model after Brexit, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.Mr Hunt, who is on a visit to the Asian city-state, said Singapore’s success was grounded in long-term investment in education and infrastructure.But he said the UK would not…

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Grayling defends giving Brexit ferry contract to company with no ships

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s transport minister has defended awarding a 14 million-pound ($18 million) contract for shipping goods after Brexit to a new ferry company that owns no ships. Britain’s Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain, December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKayThe government last week awarded three contracts to…