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Exclusive: House of Commons would back triggering EU divorce talks - Reuters research

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LONDON While the British government tries to prevent parliament voting on its plan to trigger the country's exit from the European Union, Reuters research indicates the lower house would in fact support its move, based on lawmakers' recent statements.

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Parliament set to back May's Brexit timetable 11:51am GMT

LONDON The British parliament was set to back Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit timetable on Wednesday after she headed off a rebellion in her Conservative Party over a lack of insight into the government's strategy to leave the European Union.

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UK industrial output suffers biggest fall in four years after oilfield shutdown 9:50am GMT

LONDON, Dec 7 British industrial output suffered its biggest monthly drop in more than four years in October after the temporary shutdown of a major oilfield, while factory output also sagged, official figures showed on Wednesday.

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Man arrested over racist threats against Brexit challenger Gina Miller 12:40pm GMT

LONDON British police have arrested a man on suspicion of making racist threats online against Gina Miller, who has challenged the government over how to trigger Brexit in a legal battle that has inflamed passions in Britain.

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May unveils steps to deepen defence cooperation with Gulf 9:17am GMT

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she would deepen defence cooperation with Gulf countries and work with them to push back "against Iran's aggressive regional actions".

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Hammond kicks off Brexit reassurance tour in South Africa 12:07am GMT

LONDON Chancellor Philip Hammond will seek to reassure some of the country's trade and investment partners that Brexit will not hurt them when he travels to South Africa on Wednesday and to Japan and South Korea next week.

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UK house price growth speeds up for first time since March - Halifax 9:51am GMT

LONDON Growth in British house prices in November picked up speed for the first time since March although price increases may slow in the coming months, mortgage lender Halifax said on Wednesday.

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Government accepts call to publish Brexit plan, asks parliament to respect timetable 5:31am GMT

LONDON The government has accepted the opposition Labour Party's call for it to set out its plan for leaving the European Union before formal talks begin, but has asked parliament to respect its Brexit timetable.

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UK narrows current account deficit after major data error 9:52am GMT

LONDON Britain appears to have relied slightly less on the "kindness of strangers" before the Brexit vote, after its statistics agency uncovered major errors in trade data that meant the current account deficit was narrower than first calculated.

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British Gas to pay penalty over advanced meters 11:19am GMT

UK energy regulator Ofgem fined energy supplier British Gas 4.5 million pounds for failing to supply advanced meters to some large business customers by an April 2014 deadline, it said on Wednesday.