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27Mar/17

The road to Brexit – a timeline of events as May prepares to trigger Article 50

The road to Brexit has been a tumultuous one, with protests and lawsuits and a bitterly divided country. British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on Wednesday (March 29) which means official talks on Britain leaving the European Union can begin.

VILLACOUBLAY AIRPORT, NEAR PARIS, FRANCE (REUTERS) – On Wednesday (March 29) British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50, which will formally kickstart the process of Britain leaving the European Union.

It comes nine months after 2016’s June 23 referendum in which Britons voted to leave 52 percent to 48 percent.

The result divided the country, with remain voters feeling their wishes and concerns are being ignored.

The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that parliament must approve May triggering Article 50. This angered the Leave camp, which believed pro-Europe campaigners were trying to subvert the result of the referendum.

Last weekend, leaders of the remaining 27 states met without departing Britain for a summit that they hope could relaunch the Union in the city where it was founded 60 years earlier. The Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community (EEC) of France, Germany, Italy and the Benelux, was signed on March 25, 1957.

‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

The election of U.S. President Donald Trump spurs an alliance of disparate religious groups inspired to counter Trump’s policies on immigration, health care and social policy.

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Brits want a hard Brexit that is soft in the middle – survey

The British government faces a tricky balancing act during two years of Brexit negotiations as the public want to end freedom of movement but maintain free trade within the European Union, a National Centre of Social Research survey says.

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND,UK (MARCH 21, 2017) (REUTERS – The British public want the government’s Brexit deal to retain free trade within the EU but end freedom of movement, a survey released on Tuesday (March 21) said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union under Article 50 of the EU treaty on March 29, kicking off two years of exit negotiations.

European Union leaders have said post-Brexit Britain can only get access to the EU’s single market if it accepts the freedom of movement of workers.

This will cause a political dilemma for the British government as 68 percent of voters hope for a “hard Brexit” and an end to freedom of movement, while 88 percent are in favour of a “soft Brexit” and the continuation of free trade, a National Centre of Social Research (NatCen) survey said.

Immigration, including the arrival of large numbers of people from the EU’s poorer east, was a major issue during the British referendum campaign that ended with a vote for “Brexit”.

On the streets of London, which voted to remain in last year’s referendum, commuters were hopeful for the “best deal possible”.

The NatCen survey was carried out between early February to early March 2017 and based on 2,322 people – half remain voters, and half leave voters.

21Mar/17

U.S. restricts carry-on electronics from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East

Donald Trump’s administration imposes a ban on passengers carrying electronics larger than cell phones aboard flights coming to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries, including Turkey.

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21Mar/17

After tasting success at home, Malawi winery looks to foreign markets

Linga fruit wines are produced from eight types of fruits locally grown by smallholder farmers in Malawi. The fruit wine brand started in 2006, has grown popular at home over the years and has now found its market in the United Kingdom with prospects the demand could grow to other countries in the future.

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