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Smokers Paradise lost: City’s oldest cigar shop shuts its doors

Smokers Paradise lost: City’s oldest cigar shop shuts its doors Oliver Gill Gaglani has moved premises to the slightly less ornate surroundings of Fenchurch Street where he is carving out a good trade.Read more: Mark Carney says biggest risks to the UK are outside the UKCigar importers Hunter & Frankau reviewed the shop. On its website it said: “They [Smokers Paradise] are known for their expertise and knowledge about the vast varieties of cigars they stock and offer excellent customer services with a friendly atmosphere.” One of the City’s oldest cigar shops has shut its doors after serving the great and the good of the Square Mile for almost 200 years.Smokers Paradise, a shop which was based in the iconic Royal Exchange at the heart of London’s financial district, has sold its final Montecristo after rising rent costs made it impossible for the owners to continue. Saturday 14 January 2017 4:28 pm whatsapp Eddie George, the governor of the Bank of England, used to come to our shop quite regularly. He was a very friendly guy. He used to stand in the queue and talk to us and chat. According to Gaglani, Royal Exchange landlord Oxford Properties would only allow him to sign a new lease on his premises on terms that were wholly uneconomic.Read more: A UK research centre disproved the US Surgeon General’s e-cigarette warningGaglani speculated the landlord was being put under pressure by other shop tenants that felt a tobacconist no longer fitted in with the Royal Exchange aesthetic. The landlord was under pressure to try and replace his shop with a different tenant, he said.City A.M. contacted Toronto-based Oxford Properties but have not had any response from requests to comment on Gaglani’s claims. The Royal Exchange itself was opened in 1844 by Queen Victoria (Source: Mukesh Gaglani)Eddie George Read more: Imperial Brands lights up a joint venture with Chinese tobacco giantUps and downsAfter taking over ownership of the store in 1974, Mukesh Gaglani was devastated to shut the store over the New Year. “I feel sad after all these years,” he told City A.M.. “We have seen ups and downs but we’ve always seen a demand for cigars here, especially in the area we are located.” A long history: Cigars were originally rolled in-house (Source: Mukesh Gaglani)And, he said, he isn’t the only one that is disappointed.“People are sad to see it. I told my customers and they asked: ‘Why? This is like an institution’,” he said.Uneconomic With the end of his flagship store, Gaglani can still reminisce about days when he served the likes of the governor of the Bank of England and sold the cigars for England cricket captain Alastair Cook’s wedding: Gaglani remains positive about his trading prospects (Source: Mukesh Gaglani) Share whatsapp read more

Trump bans Syrian refugees

Trump bans Syrian refugees Saturday 28 January 2017 8:45 am Helen Cahill whatsapp A 120 day suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programme A ban on Syrian refugees until the US makes “significant changes” to the vetting process A 90-day suspension on arrivals from Iraq, Syria, and “areas of concern” (reportedly Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) Prioritising refugee applications on the basis of religious persecution (but only if the person is part of a minority religion in their home country) A cap of 50,000 refugees in 2017 whatsapp The US President has banned Syrian refugees from entering the country to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US”.Trump signed an executive order which also suspended the admission of refugees for four months, and stopped visitors coming from six mainly Muslim countries for three months. The executive order authorises: Read more: Trump: “We have one of the great bonds”At a ceremony signing in Gen James Mattis as defence secretary, Trump said: “I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”A first draft of the order said the US would seek to create “safe zones” in Syria, but this was absent from the final order Trump signed at the Pentagon.However, a mention of creating “safe zones” within Syria, seen in an earlier draft, was removed from the final order.The order said new vetting policies would “evaluate the applicant’s likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society.” Share The move follows an active first week for Trump, who also set in motion plans to build a wall on the border between the US and Mexico. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndo2021 Buicks | Search AdsIntroducing The Head Turning 2021 Buicks!2021 Buicks | Search AdsUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoFactablePut Baking Soda Around The Base Of A Tomato Plant, Here’s WhyFactableUndo read more

London Bridge train and tube disruption to continue after station was evacuated and closed in police security alert

Delays and cancellations were expected on all lines from London Bridge, Cannon Street and Charing Cross well into rush hour, after London Bridge was placed on lockdown by police after reports of a suspicious vehicle this afternoon. Thameslink also said it is not currently running any services out of the station. Tuesday 7 March 2017 3:49 pm “The police have requested an exclusion zone through the area, so no trains will run towards London Cannon Street or London Charing Cross until such a time we are told it is safe to do so.”Southeastern will be diverting trains to London Blackfriars and London Victoria where they can, but some trains will need to be terminated before reaching London.”Southeastern rail said there would be no service through London Bridge until further notice because of the incident. Caitlin Morrison Emergency services at the scene on London Bridge (Source: Steve Hogarty)National Rail warned train services running to and from London Bridge may be cancelled, delayed or revised, with disruption expected until the end of the day.The rail service said: “Metropolitan Police have requested that NO trains run through London Bridge until further notice, because of a security alert nearby. whatsapp London Bridge train and tube disruption to continue after station was evacuated and closed in police security alert Southern rail said it is currently accepting Southeastern tickets on reasonable routes. Witnesses at the scene posted photos on social media:  whatsapp However, Southern has since announced that it’s not running any services in or out of London Bridge, making that offer slightly less helpful. Police, sniffer dogs and riot vans at #Londonbridge Bridge closed. pic.twitter.com/kSA4BsK4ej— Lizzie Pook (@LizziePook) March 7, 2017Bedales Evac’d from @boroughmarket / London Bridge Area due to security threat- team is out safe. Watched this space for reopening— Bedales of Borough (@BedalesWines) March 7, 2017Supposedly a bomb scare outside the office #LondonBridge ? pic.twitter.com/XrHR7n5USd— Tania Roy (@TheNameisTania) March 7, 2017 Share The Metropolitan police were called at 1.40pm, while London Bridge train station was evacuated and closed as a precaution, spokesperson said. London Bridge itself was also closed to traffic, and businesses in Borough Market were evacuated too. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org read more

Italy ‘looks for space’ to revise budget in the face of EU disciplinary action

first_img The Italian government was working to amend its budget today to attempt to avoid disciplinary action from the European Commission.But EU commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said a “substantial correction” was needed, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa and Germany’s Handelsblatt. More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Italy ‘looks for space’ to revise budget in the face of EU disciplinary action whatsapp Italian finance minister Giovanni Tria told the Senate the government was working to find “financial space to improve the balance between the need to support growth and the need to solidify the sustainability of public accounts”.Rome had threatened to defy the European Commission by refusing to change its deficit target of 2.4 per cent of GDP and its growth forecast of 1.5 per cent.The commission rejected Italy’s draft budget last month and said it breached EU rules – its first dismissal of a member state’s fiscal plan.But facing a disciplinary process that could result in fines, the government is now understood to be prepared to revise its deficit target to as low as two per cent of GDP.On Monday the government said it would conduct a cost analysis of its main budget measures, sparking suggestions it could be willing to revise its controversial spending plan. whatsappcenter_img Tria also told the Senate that if disciplinary proceedings did begin, parliament would have to “assume a very responsible decision and conduct a reality check”.When asked if a rumoured 0.2 per cent reduction of Italy’s budget deficit would be sufficient, Dombrovskis told La Stampa: “It certainly doesn’t seem to be so.”Italian government bond yields held firm despite the standoff between Rome and Brussels rumbling on.The country’s 10-year bond stood at 3.26 per cent – three basis points down for the day. Callum Keown Share Wednesday 28 November 2018 1:08 pm Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Train delays hit 10-year highs for Square Mile commuters

first_img Tags: Trading Archive Thursday 13 December 2018 3:31 pm whatsapp Greater Anglia had its worst second quarter delays since records for its services began in 2004/5, with 13.7 per cent of trains not arriving on time. The operator runs services from London Liverpool Street, as well as regional services in the east of England.A Greater Anglia spokesperson blamed the hot summer and trackside fires for the delays and said: “The majority of our trains do run on time, as these figures also show, but we are sorry when this is not the case.”Chiltern, meanwhile, had its lowest punctuality rates for July to September since 2005/06. The operator, which runs services from London Marylebone and in the west Midlands, had 9.5 per cent of its trains not arriving on time.Second quarter punctuality for C2C was at its worst since 2003/04, with 6.8 per cent of its services between London Fenchurch Street and Essex arriving late.C2C said the increase in delays was primarily caused by a high number of train failures, and it has worked with its manufacturer, Bombardier, and Network Rail to address these issues. whatsapp Train delays hit 10-year highs for Square Mile commuters center_img Share Oliver Telling Punctuality rates for three London train operators – including two that take commuters directly into the Square Mile – fell to decade-lows in the second quarter of this year.The percentage of Chiltern Railways, c2c, and Greater Anglia trains arriving late between July and September were at their highest in over 10 years, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Throughout London and the south east, the ORR reported that 13.5 per cent of trains had not arrived on time over summer.“On time” is defined by ORR as arriving at the final destination within five minutes of the planned timetable for regional operators and within 10 minutes for long distance operators.Chiltern has not yet responded to a request for comment. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableyGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LovePaws ZillaLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonPaws Zillamoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comlast_img read more

For heaven’s sake, just pay your interns

first_img Share For heaven’s sake, just pay your interns Monday 14 January 2019 8:15 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFinance Wealth PostTom Selleck’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman To Ever ExistFinance Wealth PostMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailFinancial 10NHL Player’s Wife Is Hands Down The Most Beautiful Woman In The WorldFinancial 10Total PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal Pastmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteabley A recent survey from the Sutton Trust found that one in four graduates has completed an unpaid internship – a finding which is simply unacceptable.Unpaid internships are the privilege of the few – most likely those who live in a major UK city. For those living outside cities or whose parents cannot afford to support a young adult at home, working full-time for free is a pipedream.Analysis shows that even if travel expenses are covered, an unpaid internship can cost £1,000 a month in London and £827 in Manchester – an extortionate price to pay to get ahead in your career.Getting your foot in the door as a recent graduate can be tough, and the processes are time-consuming. Securing an internship at a leading business is now just as competitive as getting a full-time role.As a result, when organisations offer unpaid internships, young people are being taken advantage of. Graduates should not be required to put themselves in an unstable financial situation to get the experience that they need. So, who is really benefiting from this arrangement?Employers may be under the impression that the arrangement of a zero-cost employee is a win-win situation – students and graduates gain valuable work experience, while businesses get enthusiastic, hardworking young people to relieve the burden of admin and research tasks at no cost.This win-win mentality is a short-sighted approach that is damaging to an organisation’s reputation and future growth trajectory.There is a lack of understanding about the huge benefits that businesses can gain from paying all their staff, interns included.Unpaid internships have a knock-on effect throughout sectors, preventing diversity of thought, creating a culture of nepotism, and encouraging an ongoing cycle of backwards-thinking mindsets. whatsapp Offering paid internships is a surefire way to breathe new life into your business. It opens the doors to any young person, whatever their background, with the right skills to contribute to your business. This will alter the demographics of who is recruited at entry level.Some of the worst offending sectors such as retail, fashion, and politics have been hugely criticised for being unreflective of the wider British society. Organisations need to plan for the future – because who they attract and recruit now will shape how that sector will look in 10 years’ time.Furthermore, paying your interns is a short-term cost. An intern can quickly become as invaluable an asset to a team as a full-time employee, who will drive new ways of thinking that will be crucial to progress in the long run.Crucially, unpaid internships also walk a fine line of legality. It may be easy to navigate around the regulations, but dodging legal responsibilities and consciously placing a financial burden on 21-year-olds does not bode well in an era of growing corporate responsibility, diversity goals, and a widespread call for work-life balance.The young talent that you employ now will shape the future of your Tags: Trading Archive More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com organisation: it will determine whether it flourishes in the face of shifting technological, environmental, and societal landscapes.The workplace is changing – keep up and maintain certain values at the core of your business. That includes paying your interns. It is 2019, and workplace inclusion, diversity, and equality remain key conversation topics for leading businesses.But many young people are still being put at an unfair disadvantage by the extensive number of unpaid internships that still exist. James Uffindell whatsapplast_img read more

Standard Chartered announces plan to slash costs

first_img Jessica Clark Read more: Trade war fears take the shine off Standard Chartered’s rising profitsUnderlying profit before tax was $3.9bn, up 28 per cent on the previous year, however it slightly missed expectations of $4bn.Operating income increased five per cent to $15bn, in line with analysts expectations and the bank’s wealth management division grew three per cent but slowed in the second half of the year as sentiment weakened.During the year the lender made a $900m payment for legacy financial crime control matters and FX trading issues.A final dividend per share of 15 cents was announced, up 36 per cent on 2017.Why it matters whatsapp The lender’s shares have dropped 40 per cent since Winters took the top job in 2015 and undertook a three-year restructuring programme. The bank said the trading environment was largely supportive but the global economy began to lose some steam in the second half of the year, with the trade war between the US and China and tighter financial conditions due to the US Federal Reserve raising rates throughout the year.What the company saidStandard Chartered chief executive Bill Winters said: “Over the last three years we have fundamentally overhauled the bank. It is now a solid platform off which we can grow profitably and sustainably to deliver a double-digit return on tangible equity by 2021.Read more: Standard Chartered opposes animal testing as it tightens green policies“We will achieve this through relentlessly focusing on where we have a distinct competitive advantage, attacking the residual causes of lower returns and ramping-up innovation and productivity.“We view the profound technology-driven changes in banking as an opportunity: we are big enough to be relevant to our most complex clients and partners, yet nimble enough to be a profitable disrupter.” Standard Chartered today announced further plans to slash costs as the lender reported that profits grew 28 per cent last year.The figuresThe group has completed $3.2bn worth of cuts since 2015 and is targeting a further $700m reduction in costs as part of its new three-year strategy to boost growth, it announced in its full-year results today. Standard Chartered announces plan to slash costs center_img whatsapp Share More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Tuesday 26 February 2019 8:16 am Tags: Company Standard Charteredlast_img read more

Legal and General shares fall in wake of record £10bn annuities sales

first_img Profit after tax was down three per cent year-on-year for the 12 months ending 31 December to £1.82bn, while operating profit rose 10 per cent to £1.9bn, up from £1.7bn the year before.Meanwhile the company said it sold £10bn of annuities, while earnings per share were 24.74p, up seven per cent on 23.1p in 2017.The full-year dividend rose seven per cent to 16.42p per share.Why it’s interestingLegal and General sold most of its annuities through the bulk annuity market, in which companies offload the risk to insurers of their defined benefit, or final salary, pension schemes.With the bulk annuity market expected to hit record levels of around £30bn this year, L&G’s chief financial officer Jeff Davies said it was actively quoting on around £20bn in bulk annuity deals. Annuities are capital-intensive, leading some insurers, such as Prudential, to exit the market in recent years and Barclays analysts asked if the firm “can fund this level of annuity volumes and continue to grow the dividend”.Analysts at Shore Capital Markets said: “The outlook remains very strong for a business that is well positioned to take advantage of demographic changes in a number of markets.”What Legal and General saidChief executive Nigel Wilson said: “Legal & General’s consistent strategy, market leading businesses, balance sheet strength and high quality people have enabled us to deliver eight years of compound annual profit growth of over ten percent.”2018 saw political uncertainty, asset market declines and slowing economic growth, but we are resilient and performed strongly. We became the UK’s first £1 trillion investment manager, executed a record £9 billion of pension risk transfer deals and invested billions in the UK’s future infrastructure and cities.” Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoParenting FactorLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonParenting FactorUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost FunUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoLady GreatMaggie Wheeler Had To Live Like This Before ‘Friends’ HappenedLady GreatUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoGrowitchRemember Penny From The Big Bang Theory? This Is Her NowGrowitchUndo Legal and General shares fell four per cent this morning as the insurance group reported record sales of annuities in its full-year results.But investors’ confidence was knocked after analysts questioned whether the company could continue raising its dividend at the same time.The figures whatsapp Wednesday 6 March 2019 11:19 amcenter_img Alex Daniel whatsapp Legal and General shares fall in wake of record £10bn annuities sales Share Tags: Insurancelast_img read more

A Norway Plus compromise is the worst of both Brexit worlds

first_img whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. We’re coming together out of horror at the alternative, not any actual enthusiasm.Back in June 2016, I voted Remain. But when 17.4m people disagreed with me, I accepted their verdict.Brexit had to happen – and it had to happen in a way that looked and felt like Brexit. That meant taking back control of our money, laws, and borders – and seeking to maximise opportunities rather than just mitigate losses. The worst thing would be to opt for a shoddy photocopy of EU membership.Since then, millions have signed petitions. Many of them have marched through London’s streets. But there is little sign of the kind of mass “Bregret” among Leave voters that would invalidate the referendum result.And as for the idea that the vote was invalid because the campaign was rigged, or that people were misled by some dodgy numbers on a bus, it’s worth remembering that the government spent £9.3m – more than Vote Leave’s entire budget – on a leaflet telling us that Brexit would cause the oceans to boil and crops to wither in the fields. A Norway Plus compromise is the worst of both Brexit worlds Robert Colvile As the Brexit process descends ever deeper into chaos, a simple argument has started to gain ground. Remainers want to remain. Leavers want to leave. So isn’t the obvious way out of this impasse to go for the version of leaving that is closest to remaining?As I write, MPs are due to vote on whether they want to “take control of Brexit”. Even if that amendment fails, they are promised a series of indicative votes on their preferences. This has revived, from the near-dead, an idea being championed by a cross-party group of MPs including the Conservative Nick Boles and Labour’s Stephen Kinnock, under the brand names “Norway Plus” or “Common Market 2.0”. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OraclePost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemPets DetectiveAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongPets Detective Sharecenter_img In other words, on the surface, Norway Plus looks like a sincere attempt to bridge the chasm between incompatible positions. But that bridge collapses once you put any intellectual weight on it.Being bound by European rules, but having no say in their making. Continuing to make substantial payments to the EU. Having our potential to strike our own trade deals or diverge on regulation drastically curtailed.Remainers would argue that, faced with this unappetising menu, you might as well stay in. For Leavers, it’s Brexit but without the Brexit.Or, to be more specific, it’s a solution that denies us the chance to do any of the things that might actually give us a long-term competitive advantage: a Brexit devised by people who believe that there can be no upside from Brexit – only damage to mitigate.And the thing is, both Leavers and Remainers have a point. Boles cites an academic study showing that this is “the compromise most people could accept”. But that’s like saying that I want Liverpool to win the Champions League and you want Manchester United, so we’ll settle on supporting Spurs. Tuesday 26 March 2019 10:59 am whatsapp Whatever the outcome of the Brexit process, there will be pain, anger and disillusionment for many.Personally, I still feel that – for all the passion shown by the marchers last weekend – the cancellation or indefinite postponement of Brexit would represent a crippling blow to our democracy.We would effectively be telling millions of people beyond the affluent Remain heartlands, many of whom voted for the first and only time, that their vote was worthless.Yet an almost equally poor outcome from this frenetic game of parliamentary ping-pong would be the embrace of Norway Plus, or a similar solution which offends the least number of people rather than energising the most.Because once the dust had settled, we would realise that, in the name of trying to satisfy everyone, we had satisfied no one at all. Opinion The plan is to leave the EU, but protect the economy – and solve the Northern Irish question – by staying in the Single Market and customs union, or a very close approximation of both. Jeremy Corbyn has been having lengthy talks with the group, and is said to be keen.It sounds like a sensible compromise. But, in fact, it shows exactly why Brexit has become such an intractable issue.Last week, the People’s Vote campaign commissioned a new poll from YouGov. It showed – as all other recent polls have – that voters have polarised between no deal and no Brexit. The idea of leaving but staying in the key EU institutions was supported by just 13 per cent.Equally striking were the more detailed findings. Both Remain and Leave voters (and, indeed, both Tory and Labour supporters) felt that retaining free movement – an inexorable consequence of the Norway Plus solution – would not honour the referendum result.Nor would continuing to pay large sums to Europe or following its rules and regulations, which are both part of the package. Tags: Brexit Jeremy Corbyn Manchester United Peoplelast_img read more

UK ships ‘on heightened security’ after Iran tries to block tanker

first_img UK ships ‘on heightened security’ after Iran tries to block tanker “I think that that will be developing over the next couple weeks,” he told a Senate hearing. A senior Iranian military commander warned Britain and the US would regret detaining the vessel. The UK has reportedly raised security measures for British-flagged ships in Iranian waters to the highest level after the Royal Navy blocked an attempt to seize a British oil tanker. Read more: Royal Navy blocks Iran efforts to seize British oil tanker Main image credit: Getty Share Last month Trump ordered air strikes against Iran after an unmanned US drone was shot down, but called off the attack at the last minute. The highest security level is reserved for times when there is a “probable or imminent” risk of a security incident and requires boats to ramp up their protective measures, according to the International Maritime Organisation. Tensions have been rising between Iran and the US over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal more than a year ago. Thursday 11 July 2019 7:22 pm But foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif today said the allegation that Iran tried to block the British ship was “worthless”. A government spokesperson urged Iran to “de-escalate the situation in the region”. whatsappcenter_img It came as Gibraltar police said they have arrested the captain and chief officer of the detained Iranian tanker on suspicion of violating EU sanctions. But the crisis has threatened to spill over into conflict in recent weeks, with the US blaming Iran for attacks on oil tankers. The standoff came a week after the UK seized an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar in a move that sparked threats of retaliation from President Hassan Rouhani. The US has ramped up sanctions against Iran in a bid to bring its oil exports to zero. Tehran has responded by breaching limits on uranium enrichment outlined by the nuclear pact. The UK has now raised its security code for ships in the area to “critical” level, Reuters reported, citing a security source. US Army general Mark Milley said his country was in talks with its allies to provide escorts for oil tankers in the Gulf. HMS Montrose was forced to intervene when three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats attempted to block the BP-operated British Heritage on its passage into the Strait of Hormuz. James Warrington More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Read more: UK issues warning after Iran breaches nuclear agreement A security source told Reuters the UK would defend its maritime interests, but did not plan to escort every British-flagged vessel through the strait. whatsapplast_img read more