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May denies Britain heading for 'hard Brexit'
London (AFP) - Prime Minister Theresa May denied Monday that Britain was heading for a "hard Brexit" and insisted her hopes for immigration control were not incompatible with a good trade deal with the EU.
"He talks about the 'hard Brexit' that the government is going to take this country into. There is no suggestion of that whatsoever," she said after a challenge by an opposition lawmaker in the House of Commons.
"That's because the right honourable gentleman seems to think that all of these matters are binary decisions between either you're able to control immigration, or you have some sort of decent trade arrangements.
"That is not the case. We are going to be ambitious for what we obtain for the United Kingdom, which means a good trade deal as well as control over immigration."
EU leaders have insisted that access to Europe's single market is dependent on the freedom of movement, something that May has promised to end after the issue of immigration dominated the EU referendum debate.
Businesses are pressing for continued access to the single market of 500 million people, warning that leaving it would result in the imposition of debilitating tariffs.
"For people who put this purely in terms of some variation of access to or membership of the single market, what matters is what the trading relationship is," May said.
"If we bind ourselves by saying it has to be in this particular form at this stage, then it will not be open to us to negotiate the best possible deal."
She added: "What matters is that we have the maximum possible ability to trade with and operate within the single European market and to do that across both goods and services."
Direct flight route connects Hong Kong, Cam Ranh
A HK Express flight, a budget airline from Hong Kong, landed in Cam Ranh International Airport on November 9 afternoon, bringing 180 tourists from the Chinese territory to Nha Trang city. This is a direct flight from Hong Kong to Cam Ranh, which is based in the south central province of Khanh Hoa. A representative of HK Express said whenever opening a new route they hope to inspire passengers’ desire to explore new destinations and connect with different cultures. The… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Clashes as Yemen ceasefire ends without extension
Sanaa (AFP) - Yemeni government forces and rebels were engaged in fierce fighting as a 48-hour ceasefire declared by the pro-government Arab coalition ended Monday, military officials said.Fifteen rebels and nine loyalist troops were killed in clashes overnight in and around the flashpoint southwestern city of Taez, military and medical sources said.Four civilians were killed and 11 others wounded in rebel bombing of loyalist-held neighbourhoods, the sources said.Early Monday, forces loyal to… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
250 people contact police as UK soccer abuse scandal spreads
LONDON (AP) — British police investigating sexual abuse in soccer have received calls from 250 people, the government announced Tuesday, as FIFA said the high-profile scandal could lead to offenses by youth development coaches being exposed worldwide.In a day of developments, Chelsea also opened an investigation into an employee from the 1970s who is now dead, while the English Football Association acknowledged it was braced for compensation claims.Former professionals have been speaking… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Shootings drive up number of police killed in line of duty
Ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and other shootings around the country led to a sharp increase in the number of police killed in the line of duty this year.From Jan. 1 through Wednesday, 135 officers lost their lives. Some died in traffic accidents, but nearly half were shot to death. That's a 56 percent increase in shooting deaths over the previous year.Of the 64 who were fatally shot, 21 were killed in ambush attacks often fueled by anger over police use of force involving… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
US stock indexes shift mostly higher in afternoon trading
Health care companies led the major U.S. stock indexes mostly higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, as the market gave up some of its gains from earlier in the day. Consumer goods and financial stocks also rose, while real estate companies were the biggest laggard. Crude oil prices headed lower.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 27 points, or 0.1 percent, to 19,860 as of 2:05 p.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 1 point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,270. The… chat_bubble_outline Read More...