Brexit Rebuff in Berlin Shows Europeans Unfazed by U.K. Election – Bloomberg

Follow @Brexit for all the latest news, and sign up to our daily Brexit Bulletin newsletter. The U.K. has made little headway in Germany with efforts to push Britain’s case for a beneficial Brexit deal after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government refused to enter into informal contacts, according to officials on both sides with knowledge of […]

UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

Image copyright Science Photo Library Online shoppers in the UK spend more per household than consumers in any other country, a report says, amid a shift from stores to the internet. UK households spent the equivalent of $5,900 (£4,611) using payment cards online in 2015, the UK Cards Association said. This was higher than Norway […]

EU leader: UK would be welcomed back if voters overturn Brexit – The Guardian

The president of the European parliament has said Britain would be welcomed back with open arms if voters changed their minds about Brexit on 8 June, challenging Theresa May’s claim that “there is no turning back” after article 50. Speaking after a meeting with the prime minister in Downing Street, Antonio Tajani insisted that her […]

Reality Check: How much does the UK spend on overseas aid? – BBC News

The Microsoft founder Bill Gates has urged the UK to maintain its promise to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid. He warned that reducing the commitment would cost lives. But some Conservative MPs and newspapers have suggested that the figure is too high and should not be maintained after the election. How much […]

Farage rules out standing in UK election – RTE.ie

Nigel Farage has ruled out standing for Parliament in the general election, claiming his position as an MEP gave him a better chance to influence Brexit. The former UkIP leader said he would be able to use his profile in European politics to put “real pressure” on MEPs to back a “sensible deal” for the […]

EU toughens Brexit stance and demands UK pay liabilities in euros – The Guardian

The EU is toughening its Brexit negotiating stance after consultation with member states, further downplaying hopes of a trade agreement before the UK leaves while insisting that Britain settle its divorce bill in euros rather than sterling. Leaked documents reveal the EU’s position has hardened in recent weeks since the publication of the European council’s […]

Bill Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid – BBC News

Media captionBill Gates: ‘There will be trade-offs’ Reducing the UK government’s commitment to foreign aid spending would cost lives, American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has warned. The Microsoft founder urged the UK to keep spending at least 0.7% of national income on foreign aid, saying it was proof of its goodwill and humanity. Theresa May […]

Cardiff University gets £13m to be UK dementia centre – BBC News

Cardiff University will be home to one of six UK centres aimed at finding new ways to diagnose and treat dementia. £13m will go to the university, with the potential for another £17m in the next five years. Up to 60 scientific researchers will be employed in Cardiff by 2022. Prof Julie Williams, the centre’s […]