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Month: October 2019


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An open letter from HMA Hugh Elliott to British citizens living ...

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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You will all have seen that the EU has agreed the UK’s request for a further extension. This means that the UK will not now be leaving the EU on the 31st of October. The extension sets a new deadline of the 31st of January 2020. I met with some of the citizens’ rights […]

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Redundancy talks for 140 toll booth operators

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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Motorway company Aumar is starting the process to make 140 workers on two toll roads that will pass into public ownership from January 1 redundant. These are the section of the AP-7 that goes from just south of Taragonna, to Alicante and the AP-4 that runs between Sevilla and Cadiz. […]

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Spain’s High Court charges builder FCC over Panama ...

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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The High Court has charged Spanish building and infrastructure company FCC with corruption and money laundering in connection with the payment 82 million euros made in Panama. The High Court’s said FCC paid bribes to obtain metro and hospital contracts in the central American country between 2010 and 2014. FCC […]

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Catalan separatist leader denied entry to Canada

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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The leader of the Catalan separatist movement in Spain has been officially denied entry to Canada. Carles Puigdemont, fled Spain after Catalonia voted for independence in an illiegal referendum in 2017 and now lives in Belgium. Canada’s immigration officials in Paris refused entry on the grounds of the criminal charges […]

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Microsoft’s GitHub blocks Catalan protest app

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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Microsoft-owned GitHub has blocked Spanish users from accessing an app designed to help Catalan independence protesters. It follows a takedown request by the Spanish military police. Authorities described the Tsunami Democràtic group, which is behind the app, as a “criminal organisation” which incites riots.

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Ahead of Spanish election, fake Facebook pages spend €40,000 ...

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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Facebook have opened an investigation after pages paying up to €40,000 for political adverts on the social media site criticised political rivals of Spain’s conservative Popular Party (PP). The 59 ads, which have been viewed nearly nine million times, criticise the (PSOE) Socialist Party of acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, […]

Brexit News

UKIP leader Richard Braine resigns after three months in the job

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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UKIP leader Richard Braine has resigned saying he had not joined the party “to waste time on internal conflict”. Mr Braine was elected leader in August 2019, making him the party’s eighth different leader since the Brexit referendum in 2016. He said he had wanted to unite the party but […]

Brexit News

Which MPs are standing down at the election?

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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The general election date is set and most MPs are entering campaign mode. Others, however, are clearing out their desk for the last time. The House of Commons will lose over 750 years of parliamentary experience with more than 50 incumbents preparing to stand down – and there may be […]

Brexit News

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal ‘would deliver £70bn ...

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will not deliver a “dividend”- with the economy expected to be 3.5% smaller in ten years’ time than if the UK had stayed in the EU, new analysis suggests. Figures from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) suggested that the cost of a […]

Brexit News

General election: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clash over NHS...

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clashed over the NHS in what was likely the last PMQs before the Christmas election. Britain’s EU exit has dominated politics in recent weeks and PMQs was expected to be no different ahead of the 12 December poll that is designed to break the Brexit deadlock in […]

Spanish News

A quest for chocolate and cheese sparks a mini border crisis in ...

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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And a quest for cheese and chocolate has triggered a diplomatic incident of surprising proportions after four Spanish Civil Protection volunteers crossed into Gibraltar to do some shopping and sightseeing. Four border control agents have been suspended as an internal investigation by Gibraltarian authorities is carried out into what is […]

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Polling suggests increase in support for PSOE and PP

Laura | October 31, 2019 close
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One of the last pre-election polls has suggested an increase in support for Pedro Sanchez’s PSOE, with data suggesting the current governing party could gain as many as 27 seats in next months election. According to the CIS survey, voter share for the Partido Popular would also increase, gaining a […]