Walmart’s Bid to Create U.K.’s Largest Grocery Chain Blocked by Regulators – The Wall Street Journal

LONDON—Regulators blocked the proposed merger between Walmart Inc.’s British grocery unit and rival J Sainsbury PLC citing competition concerns, meaning the U.S. retail giant must now find ways to drive stand-alone growth for Asda Group in the U.K.’s highly competitive retail market. Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday the merger would reduce competition and […]

Fearing no-deal Brexit, European funder orders U.K. researchers to transfer grants – Science Magazine

A European funder has taken action against U.K. researchers in advance of Brexit. By Erik StokstadApr. 25, 2019 , 11:05 AM The prospect of Brexit, the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, has loomed long and large over researchers, but the effects on funding, so far, have been speculative. Now, a European funding […]

UK’s ‘creative carbon accounting’ breaches climate deal, say critics – The Guardian

The UK is breaching the Paris agreement on climate change by excluding international aviation and shipping figures from carbon budgets, according to a leading NGO. The Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg accused the British government this week of “very creative carbon accounting” after the government defended its work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The UK government […]

Extinction Rebellion protests win political attention in the U.K. – NBC News

Extinction Rebellion protests win political attention in the U.K. – NBC News

LONDON — A string of demonstrations that blocked bridges and major streets in central London, disrupted train services and saw over a thousand people arrested are being declared a success in forcing climate change higher up the political agenda. Extinction Rebellion, a protest movement calling for the prevention of ecological collapse that launched in the […]

2019 European elections: A party-by-party UK guide – BBC News

2019 European elections: A party-by-party UK guide – BBC News

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Conservatives are not turning their backs on the elections despite their reluctance to take part UK elections to the European Parliament are fast approaching. The polls are only four weeks away and political parties and independent candidates planning to stand have until 16.00 BST on Thursday to notify the […]

A Bid to Buy Walmart’s U.K. Unit Is Officially Dead – Fortune

J Sainsbury Plc dropped its 7.3 billion-pound ($9.4 billion) bid to buy Walmart Inc.’s Asda unit after U.K. antitrust authorities formally blocked the merger of grocery stores. The companies quickly raised the white flag after the Competition and Markets Authority said that the combination, even with the substantial divestiture of stores, would mean higher prices […]

UK growth likely to rise above 1.5% next year, says thinktank – The Guardian

Britain’s growth rate will bounce back above 1.5% next year as ministers exceed existing public spending budgets to cope with an ageing population, a leading thinktank has said. The National Institute for Social & Economic Research (NIESR) said plans to ease austerity only slightly over the next five years were “unbelievable”. It added that government […]

Measles: Half a million UK children missed jab – BBC News

Measles: Half a million UK children missed jab – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption Experts say children should have two doses of the measles vaccine to fully protect against the disease More than half a million children in the UK were not given a crucial measles jab between 2010 and 2017, an analysis by children’s charity Unicef reveals. It comes as NHS chief Simon […]

Call to scrap visa fees for Commonwealth veterans of UK forces – The Guardian

MPs have demanded that the Home Office abolish visa fees for Commonwealth soldiers who have served in the British armed forces but can end up paying almost £10,000 for a family of four to settle in the UK. A cross-party group of more than 130 MPs, coordinated by the Conservative Richard Graham and Labour’s Madeleine […]

UK diplomat swipes at French ambassador over dig on US relations: ‘We will not take any lessons’ – Fox News

Video Trump tries to soothe relationship with UK President Trump backtracks on comments about Prime Minister May’s handling of Brexit; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports from London. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt fired back at a claim by the outgoing French ambassador to the U.S. that Britain’s influence in Washington, D.C. has “vanished” — […]

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