MPs reject Mays EU withdrawal deal again

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay: I profoundly regret MPs’ decision Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal has been rejected by MPs by an overwhelming majority for a second time, with just 17 days to go to Brexit. MPs voted down the prime minister’s deal by 149 – a smaller margin than when they rejected it in January. Mrs May said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed. She said Tory MPs will get a free vote on a no-deal Brexit. LIVE: Reaction as May’s deal is voted down ‘People must decide’ Brexit – Sturgeon Brexit: What could …

Energy bills: ‘I don’t know who to trust’

Outfox the Market had to apologise late last year after it admitted sending annual bill forecasts that were 25% too high, as it introduced a winter/summer payment split. Winter likely to finish off some energy firms, analysts say Brilliant Energy becomes 10th energy firm to fail in a year The company is one of five new or smaller energy providers which have been given a customer service rating of less than two out of five by Citizens Advice in the final quarter of 2018. The others were Eversmart Energy, PFP Energy, Pure Planet and iSupply, although Pure Planet has argued that Citizens Advice’s scoring method is outdated and unfair. Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “We have seen …

Do supermarkets know more about us than we do?

Analysing the decisions we make in the supermarket can help us understand the choices we make in other areas of our lives. Shaped by our choices To explore shoppers’ decision-making, we collected more than a million till receipts from one of the UK’s major supermarket chains over several years. Unsurprisingly, we discovered that people’s purchases reveal what they value and what their aims are. These range from very specific goals such as making a stir-fry, to general goals such as reducing their overall spending. Image copyright Getty Images Human decision-making can sometimes be more logical, with takeaway food choices one example of this. A wide-ranging study looked at users of a popular food delivery app in 197 cities, to deduce …

Topshop retail group explores restructuring

Arcadia said that it was issuing its statement in response to that media speculation, but made no mention about a CVA nor potential sales. “Within an exceptionally challenging retail market and given the continued pressures that are specific to the UK high street we are exploring several options to enable the business to operate in a more efficient manner,” Arcadia said. “None of the options being explored involve a significant number of redundancies or store closures. The business continues to operate as usual including all payments being made to suppliers as normal,” it added. Criticism CVA’s can be used to cut shop rent bills, and other costs, but they are controversial and when House of Fraser used the arrangement it …

Four Brexits and a Divorce: What do MPs want?

At this five minutes to midnight moment, the House of Commons is still thinking. PM to bring third Brexit deal vote to MPs Latest updates: Fallout from no-deal vote Brexitcast: Something has changed It’s been clear for two years what MPs do not want. Theresa May’s deal has now been rejected twice, while Labour’s plan for joining a customs union has never secured a majority. Most MPs did not want to leave the EU, but apart from a minority insisting another referendum is needed to break the stalemate, they are reconciled to leaving. The question is how? Image copyright UKParliament/Jessica Taylor Former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke believes a Brexit that keeps the UK closer to the EU economically is the …

Zoopla bars ‘no housing benefit’ rental ads

The move follows increasing pressure on mortgage lenders, insurers, property agents and property ad sites not to discriminate against people on benefits. This month NatWest Bank said it would change its restrictions on buy-to-let mortgages – which in one case led to a landlord receiving a demand for the revocation of an existing mortgage while being refused a re-mortgage after she rented the property to a tenant on housing benefits. Parliamentary inquiry Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into discrimination against benefits claimants. It is quizzing lenders, landlords, agents and benefit recipients and running an online survey of claimants who have had problems finding a place to rent or problems with their landlords. The National Housing Federation …

Simon Mayo on the ‘gap in the radio market’

“It’s fair to say I’m a lot calmer today than I was last Monday,” he laughs. “It’s fairly tough starting a new show, but when you’re starting a new show on a new station, that was something else. So last Monday was a scary place. “Even though I’ve been doing this for a while, that inner voice is always nagging saying, ‘What if you mess up the first link? What if there’s no-one listening?’” The presenter, who has launched his new programme three months after his departure from Radio 2, need not have worried. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jo Whiley, pictured at last month’s Brit Awards, joined Mayo as a co-host at Radio 2 “There was genuine pressure …

Brexit uncertainty ‘holds back house moves’

“[The survey] makes it pretty clear that the ongoing uncertainty around how Brexit will play out is the critical factor influencing both buyers and sellers,” said Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at RICS. “With little sign that the issue will be resolved anytime soon, it could prove to be a challenging spring for the housing market and the wider economy.” However, surveyors were “broadly positive” about the outlook for the UK housing market in 12 months’ time, assuming that greater clarity would emerge in the Brexit process. Commentators have also argued that the Brexit effect was having a greater impact on London and the South East of England than many other regions. In his Spring Statement on Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond …

10 ways you could be affected by no-deal Brexit

There have also been warnings about possible price rises for dairy goods. A no-deal Brexit could mean the UK charges tariffs, or taxes on products such as cheese and butter from the EU, but it is thought unlikely that retailers would pass all of this increase on to the customer. Or the UK could waive tariffs – but under WTO rules it would have to offer the same reductions to other countries as well. Government advice for the food and drink sector UK will apply food tariffs in case of no deal Could the UK drop tariffs to zero? If you are planning to make a journey to an EU member state after 29 March, the government is advising you …

The flower growers worried about Brexit

This is set by an interim arrangement, which Kenya secured through signing and ratifying the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the East African Community. The deal is temporary until the three other members in the regional group sign up so it can come into full effect. Other major Kenyan exports such as tea, fruit and vegetables enjoy the same terms. Why worry about Brexit? Kenya Flower Council chief executive Clement Tulezi said the infrastructure for handling flowers flown directly to the UK was not well developed, which left Amsterdam and Liege, in Belgium, as the most important entry points for flowers into Europe, So, Kenyan flower-sellers are hoping the UK signs a deal with the EU before officially …

Leonard: Workers ‘let down by the system’

Saturday will see policy debates on education, local government and equalities – with the latter now including a statement from the party executive about anti-Semitism after local party groups had been denied an emergency motion on the topic. Related Topics Scottish Labour Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Delay would be ‘calamity’, say Brexiteer MPs

They said that such an outcome would be “a costly delay for businesses which have prepared to exit on 29 March”. Both were confident that without changes to the deal, Mrs May would be “defeated firmly” again on Tuesday. Related Topics Steven Baker Nigel Dodds Theresa May Brexit Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Debenhams in profit alert as sales slide

Debenhams secures cash lifeline Debenhams ‘trying to make shopping fun again’ Debenhams may close stores this year Sergio Bucher, the chief executive of Debenhams, said: “We are making good progress with our stakeholder discussions to put the business on a firm footing for the future. “We still expect that this process will lead to around 50 stores closing in the medium term.” He said the business would need the help of landlords and local authorities to address rent and rate levels and lease commitments. A month ago, the department store chain said it had been granted a cash injection of £40m to buy it extra time as it battled to secure a longer-term deal with lenders. At the time, the …

The Prince of Wales, the oligarch and the house

The loan was secured on land nearby, which Prince Charles was confident his foundation could develop. The plan was to turn it into a model village akin to Poundbury in Dorset, to be called Knockroon. The hope was that income from the town and tourism would support the estate and help to regenerate the neighbouring area. The crash Then came the 2008 financial collapse. By 2009 the value of the land, after planning permission was granted, was barely £9m, far less than the foundation owed, putting the loan in negative equity. The prince, or the Duke of Rothesay as he is officially titled in Scotland, told ITV it was a “huge worry”: “You know you wake up in the middle …

Brexit plan to increase vet inspectors

Brexit: What is the no-deal WTO option? If extra vets are needed, they are likely to be deployed at Dublin and Rosslare Ports, according to a statement sent to BBC News by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Depending on demand, veterinary inspectors may also be required to work at Shannon Airport or elsewhere, the statement adds. But the elephant in the room is whether inspectors could be posted at the Irish border – it’s a question no-one seems keen to answer. Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture says it has already recruited additional vets “to assist preparedness for EU exit scenarios” – but the UK government told BBC News: “There won’t be additional checks at on goods being …

The killer pills delivered via social media

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAn investigation by BBC reveals drugs are being bought online and sent through the post More people in Scotland are dying from drugs than ever before and the deaths are hitting every part of the country. An investigation by BBC Scotland’s The Nine studied the record rise in one rural area – Dumfries and Galloway. Could the increase in drug-related deaths in south-west Scotland be down to a burgeoning black market trade in pills bought through social media? ‘I heard that she’d bought the tablets online’ Increasingly concerned, Marianne issued an appeal to her Facebook friends. Had anyone seen her daughter? Did they know where she was? Did they know anything at …