DEFIANT Boris Johnson arrived arm in arm with partner Carrie Symonds ahead of the Tory conference - as his aides slammed the police referral over his links to a US model. The Prime Minister's aides blasted his referral to a cop watchdog over his relationship with a former US model as a "nakedly political put-up job". He was last night referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to assess whether there should be a criminal investigation over his relationship ex-model and businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri. The row overshadowed the annual Tory Party conference in Manchester as the PM was tonight pictured with girlfriend Carrie Symonds arriving in the city on the eve of the conference.Mr Johnson refused to answer questions about his political and personal battles as he arrived with Ms Symonds at the Midland Hotel. A small group of protesters gathered outside the ring of steel which surrounds the conference venue, and their anti-Brexit cries could be heard as Mr Johnson got out … [Read more...] about Defiant Boris Johnson goes arm in arm with Carrie Symonds at Tory conference as aides slam police referral over US model as ‘nakedly political put-up job’
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As only the French can, Edouard-Francois de Lencquesaing, president of the European Institute of Financial Regulation (EIFR), knows how to get up English noses. Waving off the impact of Brexit for the EU's only global trading center, the City of London, he told an audience at the Krynica Economic Forum in Poland, "The rise of London as a global financial center was a mere accident of history." Anglo noses of all political colors were put out of joint. "Like all industries, London at some point benefitted from the proximity of commodities, traders, intermediary institutions like insurance, but like all industries, it has to change and will," de Lencquesaing continued. London dominates markets like global foreign exchange and commercial insurance and is home to international bond trading and fund management. About a third of the transactions involve clients in the EU. The financial services sector accounts for about 12 percent of Britain's GDP and employs 1.1 … [Read more...] about Will Brexit kill The City?
Just seven months until Britain is due to leave the EU, the co-founder of global fashion chain Superdry has donated 1 million pounds (€1.1 million, $1.28 million) to a group seeking a new referendum on membership of the bloc. Julian Dunkerton, whose streetwear brand has outlets in 46 countries, wrote in Britain's Sunday Times that he is backing the People's Vote campaign because he predicts Brexit will be a "disaster" and "we have a genuine chance to turn this around." Read more: Scotland wants to avoid Brexit but doesn't know how His donation will be spent on one of the biggest polling operations ever undertaken in the United Kingdom. No Brexit vision Dunkerton used Sunday's opinion piece to complain: "There is no vision for Brexit and the politicians have made a mess of it." "Increasingly, the public knows that Brexit is going to be a disaster. Maybe they just need to be given that little bit of hope that comes when they see how opinion is moving. Julian … [Read more...] about Brexit: Fashion tycoon seeks second EU vote
Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, on Monday said a deal for the UK's formal exit from the European Union could be completed within the next eight weeks. "I think that if we are realistic, we are able to reach an agreement on the first of this negotiation, which is the Brexit treaty, within six or eight weeks," Barnier told a conference in Slovenia. He said it was imperative that an agreement be reached "before the beginning of November" to give EU parliaments a chance to ratify the deal. The announcement triggered a jump in the British pound, hitting a five-week high against the US dollar at $1.31, while rising 0.5 percent against the euro to €1.12. Read more: Germany's 'Little Britain' forced to close down — for now 'Deal in October' British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson said her government was "focused on securing a deal in October." "You have seen over the summer I think an intensification in the talks — that is obviously something … [Read more...] about ‘Realistic’ Brexit deal in 8 weeks, says EU negotiator