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UK armed forces asked to help deal with migrant boats crossing Channel

LONDON Britain's armed forces have been asked to help deal with boats carrying migrants across the Channel from France, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday after a spate of arrivals on the southern English coast. | Video

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Extending UK furlough would trap people in false hope, finance minister says

LONDON Extending Britain's furlough scheme would leave some workers trapped in false hope that they could return to their jobs after the coronavirus pandemic, British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday.

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UK close to a trade deal with Japan - FT reporter

LONDON Britain and Japan are close to clinching a trade deal but London is holding out on agricultural access, a Financial Times reporter said on Friday.

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UK needs 'eyes wide open' approach to China, Sunak says

LONDON Britain should have an "eyes wide open" approach to its relationship with China and remain robust in standing up for its values, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday.

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Sunak says UK cannot sustain such a level of borrowing

LONDON Britain cannot sustain the level of borrowing it has undertaken to support the economy through the coronavirus pandemic, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday, warning of difficult decisions ahead.

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UK won't hesitate to add more countries to quarantine list

LONDON Britain will not hesitate to add more countries to its quarantine list, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday when asked about whether France could join Spain on the list.

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Sunak: 'Gosh' I don't have a desire to be next PM

LONDON British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday he did not have a desire to be the next prime minister but admitted that he was tired because he had been working around the clock as he grapples with the coronavirus crisis.

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Sunak: Extending furlough would trap people in false hope

LONDON British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday it was wrong to keep people "trapped" in situations of false hope, when asked if he would extend the job furlough scheme for the sectors of the economy hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

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UK's discounted meal scheme going well, finance minister says

LONDON The reaction to Britain's state-backed discounted meal scheme, aimed at boosting the country's hospitality industry after months of the coronavirus lockdown, has been positive, said finance minister Rishi Sunak.

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Sunak says Brexit deal is possible in September

LONDON A trade deal between Britain and the European Union is still possible in September, Britain's finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday.

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Sunak says optimistic much of COVID loans to firms will be repaid

LONDON British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday that he was optimistic a lot of the emergency government-backed loans given to companies during the pandemic will be repaid.

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Britain seeks to smooth post-Brexit Northern Ireland trade disruption

LONDON Britain announced a 200 million pound scheme to help smooth post-Brexit trade disruption for businesses in Northern Ireland when European Union freedom of movement rules cease to apply at the end of the year.

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City of London faces messy future with the EU

LONDON Britain's future access to European Union financial markets is looking increasingly patchy, as Brussels tries to limit the activities which can be carried out from London, prompting more business and jobs to cross the channel.

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UK-Japan trade talks make progress, both sides want deal by end-2020 - UK trade minister

LONDON Britain and Japan made progress towards a comprehensive free trade deal and are committed to getting a deal in place by the end of this year, trade minister Liz Truss said on Thursday.

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Pound at five-month high as central bank strikes a less gloomy note

LONDON Sterling rose to a five-month high against the dollar and headed for $1.32 after the Bank of England struck a less pessimistic tone on the coronavirus-battered British economy.