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3 MPs quit governing party over Brexit
LONDON: Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain’s governing Conservatives quit over the government’s “disastrous handling of Brexit” on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union. The lawmakers, long critical of May’s Brexit strategy to leave the EU which they believe is being driven by Conservative eurosceptics, said in a statement they would join a new
 
 
Eighth MP jumps ship in crisis for Labour
LONDON: An eighth Labour MP quit the party on Wednesday in protest against leader Jeremy Corbyn, joining a mounting rebellion sparked by rows over anti-Semitism and Brexit. Joan Ryan told BBC radio that Corbyn had “introduced or allowed to happen in our party this scourge of anti-Semitism. It has completely infected the party.” “The other huge problem is that I think Jeremy Corbyn is aiding and abetting a hard Brexit,” she said.
   
Hunt says he is hopeful Brexit deal can get done
LONDON: British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Wednesday that he was hopeful that a Brexit deal could be passed by the British parliament if the government’s attorney-general is in a position to change his advice on its implications for the Irish backstop. “We can get this deal through parliament, if we can have a deal where the attorney general can change his advice to parliament. That is going to be key to unlocking it,”
 
 
Britain strips Daesh teen of citizenship
LONDON: A British teenager who joined the Daesh in Syria in 2015 said on Wednesday she was shocked by a government decision to revoke her citizenship. Shamima Begum, who now wants to return home after giving birth in a refugee camp in Syria last weekend, said the order was “unjust.” “I am a bit shocked,” she told ITV News after learning of the move which was announced in a letter on Tuesday from Britain’s interior ministry to her
   
Toughen anti-slavery laws, say lawmakers
LONDON: Fashion companies who flout a law requiring them to publish details of their actions to combat slavery should face a penalty under a toughening of legislation, British lawmakers said after holding an inquiry into the industry. Large firms should also be forced to take responsibility for worker abuse and child labour throughout their supply chains, said a report from the Environmental Audit Committee published on Tuesday.
 
 
Gove says UK will use tariffs to protect farming
BIRMINGHAM: Britain will use import tariffs to protect its farming industry if it fails to reach a trade pact with the European Union, farming and environment minister Michael Gove said. Gove told the annual conference of the National Farmers Union that the cabinet has been discussing what the tariff rates would be in the event of a no-deal Brexit. “You (farmers) have argued that we need tariffs on sheep meat, beef, poultry,
   
UK to expand drone no-fly zones near airports
LONDON: No-fly zones for drones within 5 kilometres of British airports will come into force next month, the government said on Wednesday, after drone sightings caused severe disruption at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. “The enlarged zone will better protect the UK’s airports from those misusing drones, and will come into force on March 13,” the transport ministry said in a statement. The ministry said it was also teaming up with
 
 
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