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Scottish government believes it can call, win new independence vote - sources

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LONDON/EDINBURGH The Scottish government is increasingly confident it can win a new independence referendum and is considering calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Edinburgh administration say.

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Woman killed by flying debris as storm Doris batters Britain 23 Feb 2017

BROAD HAVEN, Wales A woman was killed by flying debris on Thursday as storm Doris battered Britain and Ireland, disrupting travel and leaving thousands without power as it swept in from the Atlantic.

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UK govt intervention has made energy more expensive - lawmakers 12:07am GMT

LONDON Constant government intervention in Britain's energy sector has led to a complex system of subsidies and an uncompetitive market that fails to deliver low-cost and secure electricity, a report by an upper-house parliamentary committee said on Friday.

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Vital test for Labour as polls open in party heartlands 23 Feb 2017

LONDON Britons began voting on Thursday in two areas long seen as strongholds of the Labour Party for parliamentary elections expected to test whether leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn still commands the support of his working class power base.

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Retailer John Lewis to cut net 387 jobs in restructuring 23 Feb 2017

John Lewis [JLP.UL] [JLPLC.UL], Britain's biggest department store chain, plans to cut hundreds of jobs in a reorganisation of its soft furnishings business and changes to the way it operates its in-store restaurants, it said on Thursday.

With right approach, UK can boost Commonwealth trade post Brexit - ex trade envoy 23 Feb 2017

LONDON Britain must treat the Commonwealth with humility if it is to make the most of the opportunity to boost post-Brexit trade, the head of a Commonwealth business organisation said ahead of a trade meeting next month with many former British colonies.

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Net migration to Britain falls to lowest in more than two years 23 Feb 2017

LONDON Net migration to Britain has fallen to its lowest in more than two years, official data showed on Thursday, partly driven by an increase in the number of people from some eastern European countries leaving.

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Morgan Stanley weighs initial 300 Brexit job moves - Bloomberg 23 Feb 2017

LONDON U.S. bank Morgan Stanley may initially move 300 staff from Britain following its exit from the European Union, and is scouting for office space in Frankfurt and Dublin, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

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Lull in once-rampant British housing market to persist for years - Reuters poll 23 Feb 2017

LONDON The British housing market, on a tear for more than two decades with only a brief correction during the financial crisis, appears to be set for a long pause as the government negotiates its exit from the European Union.

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Record rise in CBI retail prices gauge signals spiralling inflation 23 Feb 2017

LONDON Another sign that British inflation may surge more than expected can be found in the Confederation of British Industry's latest report. The trade group noted a record increase in its gauge of retailer selling-price expectations.

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