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Breakingviews - Johnson’s poor Brexit deal avoids worse outcome

17 Oct 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Boris Johnson’s poor Brexit deal avoids a worse outcome. The British prime minister on Thursday struck a last-gasp agreement to leave the European Union, hours before the start of a crucial summit of European leaders. Winning parliamentary approval for the economically costly plan will be hard. At least the chaotic exit that Johnson had threatened is off the table for now.

Breakingviews - Markets show Boris Johnson benefits of Brexit deal

11 Oct 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Markets are showing Boris Johnson the benefits of striking a Brexit deal. The pound bounced and shares in UK-focused companies rose after the British prime minister and his Irish counterpart on Thursday declared they had found a “pathway” out of their standoff. An agreement is far from certain, and UK parliamentary support cannot be taken for granted. But the advantages of avoiding a chaotic departure from the European Union are crystal clear.

Breakingviews - Boris Johnson’s Brexit long shot is short of time

03 Oct 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Boris Johnson has launched a long-shot Brexit plan with a very short timetable. The British prime minister’s much-anticipated alternative blueprint for leaving the European Union has several major flaws. But even if Brussels is willing to negotiate a deal in time for a summit due to be held in two weeks, it’s far from clear that the UK parliament would pass it.

Breakingviews - HKEX bids $37 bln to halt London rival’s escape

11 Sep 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Hong Kong and London are both financial centres racked by political turmoil. But months of violent protest in the Chinese territory and parliamentary disarray in Britain are no obstacles to Charles Li’s hopes of combining the two cities’ stock exchanges. The chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing on Wednesday unveiled a plan to buy London Stock Exchange Group for $37 billion in cash and shares. It’s a last-ditch attempt to prevent his target from escaping.

Breakingviews - Review: The first global corporation was the worst

06 Sep 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corporate excess is a common phenomenon these days. Chief executives whizz around in corporate jets while their giant salaries pile up in offshore bank accounts. Directors breezily approve multi-billion dollar takeovers that throw thousands out of work. Lawyers and lobbyists water down environmental standards and intimidate smaller rivals while making the most of tax loopholes.

Breakingviews - Johnson’s “do or die” Brexit is unravelling

03 Sep 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy is already unravelling. Six weeks after he took office with a promise to leave the European Union by Oct. 31, “do or die”, the British prime minister is running out of escape routes.

Breakingviews - Johnson’s Brexit manoeuvre brings crisis to a head

28 Aug 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Boris Johnson is bringing the Brexit crisis to a head. The British prime minister on Wednesday announced plans to suspend parliament for more than four weeks until Oct. 14, making life harder for lawmakers who want to thwart his plans to leave the European Union by the end of that month. That will force those who want to prevent a chaotic “no-deal” Brexit to move quickly – and makes a contentious election more likely.

Breakingviews - LSE’s data download needs growth to add up

01 Aug 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - London Stock Exchange Group is making a big bet on big data. The bourse operator on Thursday confirmed its plan to take over financial information purveyor Refinitiv for $27 billion, including debt. To make the numbers add up, Chief Executive David Schwimmer will not just have to cut costs, but find new sources of growth.

Breakingviews - LSE’s $27 bln data deal is bold independence bid

29 Jul 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - David Schwimmer is making a bold break for independence. Almost exactly a year since he took charge of the London Stock Exchange Group, the former Goldman Sachs investment banker is hoping to finalise a $27 billion takeover of financial data provider Refinitiv. It’s a complex and highly leveraged attempt by the perennial takeover target to turn itself into a buyer instead.

Breakingviews - Boris Johnson’s political triumph will be fleeting

23 Jul 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Boris Johnson has finally realised his ambition. The former mayor of London and prominent Brexiteer is set to become the UK’s next prime minister after winning the contest to lead the Conservative Party, garnering 66% of the roughly 139,000 votes cast by party members. His triumph will be fleeting, though. To avoid a shorter, even less successful tenure than his predecessor Theresa May, he must wriggle through one of three narrow escape routes.

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