Britain is set to hand over an eye-watering £9.4 billion Brexit divorce payment to Brussels this year, according to official EU figures. The bumper bill will still leave the UK with a massive £26.6 billion left to pay under the terms of the withdrawal deal , the Commission says. It will swell the bloc’s coffers at a time when the UK and other European states are battling rising inflation and a cost of living crisis . Brussels’s calculation for this year’s payment is almost £3 billion higher than that forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility. It had been expected the cost would rise because of the weakening of the pound against the euro, which the settlement is paid in. The Treasury puts the final tally of the divorce bill at £35 billion to £39 billion, whilst the Commission has priced it slightly higher at £41 billion. It was agreed in 2019 and covers money that the UK had already pledged to EU schemes as a member, plus the pensions of British officials. But … [Read more...] about Britain must pay EU £9.4bn this year as weak pound swells Brexit divorce bill
The day after the UK voted to quit the European Union (EU), Baroness Martha Lane-Fox’s reaction was like much of the rest of the tech sector’s. “I was very upset,” she says. “It made me feel… uncomfortable.” As an industry, technology overwhelmingly opposed Brexit. At the time of the vote in 2016, around 90pc of those in the sector came out against leaving the European Union. Three years later, it’s time to move on, says the lastminute.com founder. While politicians have been wrangling over clauses, exit dates and transitional arrangements, behind the scenes the technology sector has been coming to grips with life outside the EU. And now, whilst many entrepreneurs in the space may not have voted for Brexit, they are starting to recognise the opportunities the historic break presents. “It’s a chance for us to reset the regulations,” Rob Kniaz, a partner at venture capital firm Hoxton Ventures explains. A chance, he says, to find the “sensible middle ground” … [Read more...] about How UK innovation can blossom post-Brexit by stripping away EU red tape
Love it or loathe it, Brexit means change: an opportunity to forge our own path, for better or worse, for richer or poorer. And so does the pandemic: it’s turned teleconferencing from something we’d see in sci-fi movies into an everyday staple, and made commuting to work as quaint and old-fashioned as bowler hats and Morris dancing. So we’re at a moment of change, a fork in the road, and the question is which route will we take? One of the best and biggest opportunities would be to give you and me more and better choices about what we buy, and who we buy it from, because having more firms constantly jostling and jockeying to offer us something that’s better, or cheaper, or more organic, or greener is one of the best and most reliable ways to drive up post-Brexit, post-pandemic living standards for all of us, every year. Even better, it would sharpen up British firms a treat, making our entire economy more competitive on the global stage, which is the only real long-term … [Read more...] about Time for the Tories to find their inner Maggie and embark on supply-side reforms
Tom Cruise looks young in Hyde Park outing He appeared young and lively as he attended the British Summer Time music Festival in Hyde Park on Friday. (Image: GETTY) Sign up for FREE for the latest news from the world of showbiz SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Tom Cruise, 59, has stepped out to attend the British Summer Time music festival in Hyde Park looking young and fresh shortly ahead of the Hollywood megastar’s milestone 60th birthday tomorrow. The Top Gun star's sprightly appearance comes after he split from his Mission: Impossible 7 co-star Hayley Atwell last month. The actor went for a casual look to watch Adele perform, sporting a navy blue suede jacket and matching polo tee. He wore casual blue jeans and chunky black boots … [Read more...] about Tom Cruise looks younger than ever at Adele gig before turning 60 amid Hayley Atwell split
Remainer plot EXPOSED as 'Whitehall shenanigans' used to punish team Leave (Image: GETTY) Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Kate Hoey, Labour MP for Vauxhall between 1989 and 2019, has suggested the partygate fallout is being weaponised by Remainers. Speaking in the House of Lords, she said: "I think outside this place, and perhaps some elements of the media that many elements of the public -probably the majority of the public - want to draw a line under all this so we can move on so we can get on with the issues that are really effecting the country. But can I ask the noble lady, does she agree with me that there will be some people who will never ever give up criticising the … [Read more...] about Brexit: Remainer plot EXPOSED as ‘Whitehall shenanigans’ used to punish team Leave
She's certainly no stranger to posting eye-popping social media snaps. And Chloe Ferry turned heads once again as she worked her magic for the camera in a very racy nude bikini for sizzling shots uploaded to her Instagram page on Saturday. The Geordie Shore star, 26, had her ample assets on full display as she posed up a storm in the barely-there two-piece. Bikini babe: Chloe Ferry turned heads once again as she worked her magic for the camera in a very racy nude bikini for sizzling shots uploaded to her Instagram page on Saturday The television personality slipped her feet into towering rope wedge heels, and accessorised with silver hoop earrings. Chloe showed off her collection of body art and diamond belly button piercing as she posed up a storm. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Maura Higgins sparks speculation she is dating football... Christine McGuinness says she 'followed her heart' on rare... TOWIE's Frankie Essex … [Read more...] about Chloe Ferry turns heads in a VERY racy nude bikini as she shares sizzling social media snaps
WHILE his sister Chas has been beside herself, Cain Dingle remains seemingly indifferent to Faith's cancer. But the Emmerdale tough man softens next week and has a progressive change of heart. Soap fans know only too well how strained Cain's (portrayed by Jeff Hordley ) relationship with his mother Faith (Sally Dexter) has been, despite her many attempts at bridging a gap. He's displayed no change in his behaviour after Faith announced she was battling cancer again during an explosive birthday bash at The Woolpack. Cain's loved ones, most notably his sister Chas ( Lucy Pargeter ) and his wife Moira ( Natalie J. Robb ) are growing increasingly desperate to see make amends with Faith - and time is running out . Next week, Faith has to undergo a scan and Moira encourages Cain to accompany her but, instead, he chooses to have drinks in the pub, infuriating Chas who catches him red-handed. Read more on Emmerdale SIDE-KIT … [Read more...] about Emmerdale spoilers: Cain Dingle makes shock decision about dying mum Faith
JACK KEATING is among the new contestants joining Love Island 2022 for the infamous Casa Amor stage. But who is he, and what's pop star dad Ronan said about him? Who is Jack Keating? Jack is among the six new boys joining Love Island 2022 . The 23-year-old lives in London and works in social media marketing. His dad is Boyzone singer turned TV-host Ronan Keating , who presents The One Show . Jack's the only son from Ronan's first marriage to wife Yvonne along with sisters Missy and Ali. Ronan and Yvonne split in 2015 and the singer then had two children, Cooper and Coco, with current wife Storm. Asked why he was taking part in the ITV show, Jack explained: "I’ve been single for a long time, probably 4 or 5 years now. READ MORE ON LOVE ISLAND MUM'S THE WORD Love Island star Antigoni Buxton's famous mum breaks silence after her axe 'MAMA SAYS NO' Amanda Holden 'worried' daughter will follow Gemma Owen to … [Read more...] about Who is Love Island star Jack Keating?
KATIE BOULTER raised the roof at Wimbledon when she knocked out 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova. The Brit beat the Czech in three sets and is now looking at a place in the second week if she can defeat Serena Williams' conqueror Harmony Tan . The Wimbledon crowd will be cheering their compatriot on to the very end, win or lose, this tournament. But how much is known about Boulter's love-life? Who is Katie Boulter's boyfriend Alex de Minaur? Boulter IS in a relationship, as it happens. The 24-year-old was confirmed to be with fellow tennis player Alex de Minaur in 2021. Rumours had raged for months that the pair were an item, and De Minaur finally made things official back in March of last year. He posted on Instagram: "Happy International women's day!! Specially to this one, I don't mind you!! @katiecboulter." De Minaur is ranked No 27 in the world and broke British hearts by knocking Jack Draper out of the Wimbledon second round . It looks as if the … [Read more...] about Who is Katie Boulter’s boyfriend Alex de Minaur, how long has the Wimbledon 2022 star been with Aussie tennis ace?
COUNTRYFILE host Helen Skelton’s pals claim her husband has gone on holiday — days after their marriage failed. Rugby League star Richie Myler, 31, who has three children with Helen , 38, is believed to be “riding out the storm”. Pals say the Leeds Rhinos scrum-half called at the couple’s home last week to collect his passport. A source said: “He said he was going on holiday. "He wants to be out of the public eye. “Helen’s holding it together well, which is admirable given she was blindsided by his new relationship. Read more on Helen Skelton HELEN HEARTBREAK Helen Skelton seen without wedding ring after rugby ace husband left her ULRIKA JONSSON I know exactly how Helen Skelton feels - I was abandoned after giving birth “Mutual friends think he’s treated her appallingly. "It’s a shock to them that he’s moved on so soon after she announced the marriage was over.” BBC presenter Helen and Richie married … [Read more...] about Helen Skelton’s husband Richie Myler ‘has fled abroad for a holiday’ after dumping TV presenter