EU citizens will face problems renting properties in the UK because of Brexit, private landlords have said. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) said the confusion over Brexit meant some landlords were likely to refuse EU citizens as future tenants because the government had failed to give them clear instructions over the settled status scheme introduced last week. “They do not follow every twist and turn of Brexit and it is unreasonable to assume that they are going to be able to divine the details of the settled status scheme from statements made by Theresa May or government ministers,” said David Smith, the RLA’s policy director. Under the right-to-rent rules introduced three years ago, landlords face fines of up to £5,000 per adult tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to an illegal immigrant. This and Brexit was having a “chilling effect” on the rental market, the RLA said. Last month the RLA won a high court case brought … [Read more...] about Brexit confusion could hit EU tenants in UK, say landlords
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The EU pharma industry has prepared for a hard Brexit scenario but this is not enough as EU leaders need to take specific measures to ensure steady medical supplies after the UK’s departure, EU pharma chief Stefan Oschmann has said. In an op-ed, Oschmann, president of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations and CEO of Merck, hinted that EU leaders had not prioritised public health and patients during Brexit talks. “Considering the urgency and the importance of medicines to all our health, we have been concerned by a certain lack of focus, outside of our industry, on protecting medicines supply. We have witnessed positive action in areas such as fisheries, transport and financial services but more needs to be done to protect public health and the supply of medicines to patients,” Oschmann said. Health risks being forgotten in Brexit negotiations, potentially delaying the availability of new medicines and imposing large costs on … [Read more...] about Pharma industry urges EU leaders to ‘re-focus’ on patients post-Brexit
LEADERS across Europe have reacted with dismay after May's Brexit deal was trounced in Parliament. Here's what they had to say the morning after the night before... Germany In a surprising reaction, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested there was still time for negotiations between the European Union and Britain over its departure from the bloc. Merkel said that she regretted the decision by MPs to oppose the agreement negotiated by British Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU. She told reporters in Berlin that "we will of course do everything to find an orderly solution, but we are also prepared if there is no orderly solution." Merkel added: "We still have time to negotiate, but we are now waiting to see what the British prime minister proposes." While German Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday was a "bitter day for Europe". France French President Emmanuel Macron warned: "The pressure is mainly on them," He warned that a transition period is … [Read more...] about How has the EU responded to the Brexit vote?
Theresa May has defeated her rivals and will remain Conservative leader and Prime Minister after winning a vote of confidence. She gave a statement on her victory outside 10 Downing Street where she said she will now "get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for the country”. Mrs May previously warned a change of Prime Minister would put the UK's future at risk and could delay or halt Brexit. She needed to secure the votes of 158 Tory MPs - half the parliamentary party plus one - in a ballot on Wednesday evening to remain as party leader. In order to win over MPs, she was told the party she would step down as leader before the next General Election. It has been revealed that 200 Conservative MPs voted that they DO have confidence in her. A total of 117 voted that they don’t. Because she was won, another challenge cannot be mounted against her position as Tory leader for a year. The no confidence vote came after the PM … [Read more...] about Brexit latest LIVE: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote
An EU agreement to cut emissions from cars by over a third by 2030 has faced opposition from Europe’s car industry for being “unrealistic”, as well as criticism from environmental groups for being insufficient to achieve climate change targets. EU countries will aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars by 37.5% by 2030 compared with 2021, while emissions from new vans will have to be 31% lower. There was also an interim target of a 15% cut for cars and vans by 2025. Europe’s car industry reacted with fury, saying the commitment was driven purely by political motives and “totally unrealistic”. Erik Jonnaert, the secretary general of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents companies such as Renault and BMW, said the targets “will be extremely demanding on Europe’s auto industry”, with a “seismic impact” on jobs. The agreement on Monday night, which aims to spur the move … [Read more...] about Carmakers criticise ‘unrealistic’ EU plan to slash vehicle emissions