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The road to Brexit


Trade minister Fox to use Davos trip to discuss replicating EU agreements

LONDON Trade minister Liam Fox will use a two-day trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos to meet trade ministers from around the world to discuss rolling over existing EU trade agreements after Britain leaves the bloc, his office said.

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Explainer: The shareholder puzzle facing airlines after Brexit

LONDON Airlines that will no longer be majority owned by EU nationals once Britain leaves the European Union face the threat of losing their right to fly within the bloc after Brexit due to share ownership rules.


Fresh global growth worries drag on FTSE 100; lift-off for easyJet

Britain's FTSE 100 posted its worst day in nearly a month on Tuesday as renewed global economic slowdown worries sparked a sell-off across the U.S., Asian and European markets and a stronger pound weighed, while easyJet surged following its results.


Exclusive: No-deal Brexit puts Bentley's return to profit at risk

CREWE, England Loss-making carmaker Bentley is on track to be profitable this year but a no-deal Brexit puts that at "fundamental risk", its boss told Reuters, adding that the chance of Britain leaving the EU on March 29 with a deal now seemed "fairly low."


Brexit not to blame for shrinking UK chocolate bars - ONS

LONDON The sizes of chocolate bars, rolls of toilet paper and boxes of breakfast cereal on sale in Britain have all been shrinking, but this was just as big a problem before the country voted to leave the European Union as after, statisticians said on Monday. | Video


Sterling hits 2-month high after strong UK jobs data

LONDON Sterling jumped to a 2-month high against the euro on Tuesday after strong employment data suggested Britain's labour market remained robust despite an economic slowdown ahead of Brexit.


EU parliament to start ratifying Brexit deal next week

BRUSSELS The European Parliament expects to start next week its procedure to endorse the Brexit deal negotiated between the bloc and London, lawmakers said on Tuesday, despite the fact that Britain is still struggling to finalise the divorce agreement.


Haggis out? Scots fear Brexit means going veggie

BRUSSELS Scots with a taste for traditional meat pies or haggis face "enforced vegetarianism" after Brexit, a Scottish government minister warned on Tuesday, as it may starve abattoirs of a vital European workforce.


P&O to change flag of UK ships to Cyprus ahead of Brexit

LONDON British ferry and shipping freight operator P&O will shift the registration of its UK vessels to Cyprus ahead of Britain's departure from the European Union, in part to keep its tax arrangements in the bloc, the company said on Tuesday.


No Brexit deal means hard Irish border, EU says

BRUSSELS British-ruled Northern Ireland will automatically have a "hard border" with its southern neighbour if Britain leaves the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, the European Commission's chief spokesman said on Tuesday.


Surging labour market boosts UK economy ahead of Brexit

LONDON British workers' pay grew at the fastest pace in over 10 years and employment jumped much more than expected in the three months to the end of November, contrasting with other signs of an economic slowdown ahead of Brexit. | Video


Smaller EU states block pre-Brexit reform of finance supervisors

BRUSSELS Smaller European Union states led by Luxembourg on Tuesday blocked a plan to strengthen EU financial regulators' grip over money managers ahead of Brexit.

UK ministers given briefing on terror threat - May's spokesman

LONDON British ministers were given a security briefing by the head of the domestic intelligence agency, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Tuesday.


Brexit survival kit helps Britons face the worst with freeze-dried fajita

LEEDS With just nine weeks to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union, a company is selling worried Britons a survival kit to help them prepare for the worst. 


May to update businesses on Brexit later on Tuesday - spokesman

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a call with businesses later on Tuesday to update them on her Brexit plan and listen to their questions and concerns, her spokesman said.