In the news…
- Brexit – Markets really don’t like uncertainty and the pound quivered near a three-month low earlier, with stocks weak before May’s Brexit stance speech. Despite not knowing the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling, today sees Theresa May laying out her vision for clean break from EU. In the meantime, again in the face of unproven effects, IMF releases upward revision for UK economy fueling the Brexit debate. Work permits at heart of UK’s Brexit immigration control plan
- Economy – Governor of the Bank of England remains close lipped on the pound, merely noting it moves up and down. Instead he says the UK is reliant on buoyant consumers. UK bosses are more upbeat on growth than a year ago, which is good for confidence.
- Elections – Northern Ireland elections on March 2 will be important over the next few months and will act as a barometer on the UK government, EU, and local tensions
- Europe – Council of Europe calls on Slovenia to reject some amendments on migrants. And an international courgette shortage leads to outrage in the UK. Have people considered eating more seasonal greens?!
- Legal – Judges win landmark fight over discrimination in pensions, Court case delays press crackdown ruling
- Sport – FA considers retrospective diving bans
- Tech – From privacy to tightening regulations and FB issues. Amazon’s leading voice in the next big tech shift, South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung heir-apparent, China tightens app store regulations, Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany, SAP raises fears over EU data privacy rules
- US – Has there ever been such a start to a Presidential term? Trump’s blast at Germany, EU and Nato raises hackles in Berlin, and ‘astonishment’ at labelling Nato ‘obsolete’. His Washington hotel could trigger early test of conflicts and his team defends health pick Tom Price over ethics charge. Sill, he looks to be friends with the UK with a trade pledge, but there are hurdles to a quick deal
- Britain will not seek ‘half in, half out’ EU deal – May
- Turkish police capture suspected New Year’s nightclub attacker in Istanbul
- Credit card refund offers hope for rail commuters
- Dozens killed as cargo plane crashes into village
- Rolls-Royce to pay £671m to settle bribery probes
Government news and consultation
- Daily News 16 / 01 / 2017 – insurance, EU code week