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first_imgWith record-low interest rates for at least another few months and housing supply set to remain low, the general consensus among households across the UK is that property prices will increase in 2016, albeit at a slower rate than in 2015.The latest data from the House Price Sentiment Index (HSPI) from Knight Frank and Markit Economics found that house price growth this year is expected to be led by the East of England and London, with more modest levels of price increases set to be recorded in many other parts of the UK.The future HPSI, which measures what households think will happen to the value of their home over the next year, increased marginally this month to 70.5 from 70.3 in December. This is the highest reading since June 2015, but remains below the peak of 75.1 reached in May 2014.Expectations for residential property price growth among households in the East of England hit an all-time high of 81.1, suggesting that they expect to see the highest rise in property values over the next year.Home prices in London, where an average HPSI reading of 79.1 was recorded, is also expected to outstrip the national average.In contrast, there was a noteworthy fall in the future reading for the North West, down from 67.5 to 62.3 in January, as well as Scotland, which dropped to 61.8, down from 65.8 in December.Homeowners with a mortgage outstanding expressed the greatest confidence that home prices will increase over the next 12 months at a reading of 76, followed by those who own their property outright at 73.1.“Mortgage borrowers are the most positive about the outlook for house prices over the next year, perhaps reflecting the anticipation of a longer period of ‘ultra-low’ rates after the Bank of England’s decision to hold rates this month, and signals from rate-setters that the UK base rate could be at 0.5% for some time yet,” said Gráinne Gilmore (left), Head of UK residential research at Knight Frank.The future sentiment index is now sitting just above where it was in January 2015, Gilmore explained, pointing to the fact that UK house prices rose by 4.5 per cent during the course of the year.“The latest house price sentiment index suggests that monetary and political housing policies have not had a dramatic impact on households’ assessment and outlook for the value of their property,” she added.housing market knight frank house price rise in 2016 House Price Sentiment Index HSPI property prices UK house prices January 27, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » UK house prices set to rise in 2016 previous nextHousing MarketUK house prices set to rise in 2016Households across the UK expect house prices to rise in 2016.The Negotiator27th January 20160558 Viewslast_img read more

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first_imgBritish virtual tours firm EyeSpy360 has bagged a second distribution deal for its service after being added to a major estate agency software company’s suite used by 1.4 million realtors across America.The deal follows last week’s news that the London-based proptech firm had signed a similar but global deal with US estate agency giant RE/MAX, which has 11 branches in the UK.Hot on the heels of this, EyeSpy360 has now signed a deal with Lone Wolf Technologies, the US’s largest supplier of estate agency software, which also has an office in London.It also offers agents a recently-launched Marketplace suite of third-party service suppliers designed to be used in each stage of the sales transaction process.Andrew Nicholls (top, left), founder of EyeSpy360, says: “Lone Wolf’s Marketplace comes at precisely the right time for the real estate industry.“The digital tools that agents and brokerages are using today aren’t going to suddenly become irrelevant once ‘normal’ returns. This is the norm now.”Michael Valentine (top, right), co-founder and COO says “EyeSpy360’s scalability and ease of integration has been instrumental in allowing easy access to our technology quickly and affordably”Both announcements means his platform is now one of the most widely distributed British proptech products in the US where every year some 5.5 million homes are sold in a normal year.“As we expand our marketplace, we are always looking at partners who can serve our customers with innovative solutions – and EyeSpy360 does just that,” says Jason Cheverton of Lone Wolf.“Their intuitive, cost effective, and feature rich platform is a great addition to our marketplace – particularly during these challenging times – but also for years to come, as business continues to become more digital and technology driven.”Lone Wolf Technologies jason cheverton Andrew Nicholls EyeSpy360 May 8, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 9th May 2020 at 2:02 pmEyespy360 – Andrew Nicholl’s & Michael Valentine’s proptech company is like many now coming into its own due to the pandemic, which like so many proptech companies I deal with are seeing a massive uptake in their services. Strange how it takes a world shattering event to awakening all of the real estate industry to the efficiencies and ‘truths’ that I and many in my circle have been advocating for so long.Well done Eyespy360 – leading the charge – showing that real estate and the old models of real estate are changing, sometimes almost overnight. Two months ago video conferencing was not a tech tool of the masses, now it is a staple of everyone’s daily life.Adoption and adaptation, are the two A’s coming out of this terrible Covid-19 crisis, and any agent thinking that the public want to go back to the usual slow ways of residential and letting agency business, need to look at that wrecking ball with the words Proptech progress painted on it, poised to smash into their business.For me you either want to be driving the business forward in control of that ‘wrecking ball’ or taking retirement, because your Gen-Z public, half the world’s population want a snappy, omni-channel plug in and play, clickety click fun ride when they transact property, not an answer phone switched to off.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » US deal makes British virtual viewings firm one of most widely distributed proptech platforms in the world previous nextProducts & ServicesUS deal makes British virtual viewings firm one of most widely distributed proptech platforms in the worldEyeSpy360 has signed an agreement with Lone Wolf Technologies, which is to distribute its service among the company’s 1.4 million estate agent customers.Nigel Lewis8th May 20201 Comment2,667 Viewslast_img read more

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first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 19.2 View post tag: deal Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, based in Moorestown, New Jersey, has been assigned with a contract modification to exercise options for fiscal 2013 Aegis Platform Systems Engineering Agent activities and Aegis Modernization Advanced Capability Build engineering.The cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-award-fee contract is worth USD 19.2 million.The Platform Systems Engineering Agent manages the in-service combat systems configurations, as well as the integration of new or upgraded capability into CG 47 and DDG 51 class ships.Lockheed Martin managed to scoop up a $100 million contract as the Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) in March 2013.The tendering process saw a tight competition for the Aegis system between Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon. The  U.S. Navy and Lockheed developed the system in the 1970s.  Aegis has been managed by the company ever since.Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be completed by September 2013.The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 12, 2013; Image: Lockheed Martin June 12, 2013 View post tag: Defence USA: Lockheed Martin Snatches USD 19.2 Mln Aegis Deal View post tag: Navy View post tag: USD View post tag: Martin View post tag: Aegis View post tag: Lockheed Equipment & technology Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Lockheed Martin Snatches USD 19.2 Mln Aegis Deal View post tag: Snatches Share this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgBrooklyn-based nine-piece funk powerhouse Turkuaz has released an acoustic video for “European Festivity Nightmare”, off of the band’s 2015 Digitonium release. Recorded during a recent Sugarshack Session in Miami, FL, the video is the second to be released from the “unplugged” session, following the release of Turkuaz’s bluegrass-inspired “Life In The City” video.Guitarist Dave Brandwein explains, “We were hesitant to do this at first when we were told it was an ‘unplugged’ session. Our live show is very loud, in-your-face, and most of all, ELECTRIC! – in every sense of the word. But it ended up being an inspiring challenge and opportunity for us to do something totally new. For the first cut from the session, we decided to embrace that challenge to the fullest, and do ‘Life in the City’ in a completely different style. It worked surprisingly well, and we had a fine time doing it!”Watch Turkuaz’s new acoustic take on “European Festivity Nightmare” below:Turkuaz – “European Festivity Nightmare” [Live Acoustic][Video: Sugarshack Sessions]Turkuaz continues their spring tour on Thursday, April 11th, with a show at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY, followed by performances in Washington, D.C. (4/12) and Charlotte, NC (4/13). Check out a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates below.For ticketing and more information, head to the band’s website.Turkuaz 2019 Tour Dates:04.11 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt04.12 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club*04.13 Charlotte, NC: The Underground04.18 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground04.19 Kingston, NY: BSP Kingston^04.20 Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club04.21 Atlanta, GA: Sweetwater 420 Festival04.25 Charleston, SC: The Pour House04.26 Tampa, FL: Crowbar04.27 Miami, FL: North Beach Bandshell05.03 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina’s05.05 Pittsboro, NC: Shakori Hills Festival05.18 Richmond, VA: Dominion RiverRock Festival05.24 Martinsville, VA: Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival05.26 Napa, CA: BottleRock Festival06.01 Newport, ME: Branch Fest06.22 Morrison, CO: Red Rocks~06.26 Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room06.28 Bozeman, MT: The Rialto06.29 Missoula, MT: Top Hat Lounge07.04 Sandpoint, ID: The Hive07.05 Whitefish, MT: Remington Bar07.06 Whitefish, MT: Remington Bar07.13 Snowshoe, WV: 4848 Festival07.27 Burlington, VT: Tumble Down Festival08.01 Thornville, OH: Werk Out Music & Arts Festival08.10 Telluride, CO: Telluride Jazz Festival08.17 Cockeyesville, MD: Hot August Music Festival08.24 Tuscaloosa, AL: Druid City Music Festival09.01 Aspen, CO: Jazz Aspen Snowmass* w/ Aqueous^ w/ Brass Against~ w/ Umphrey’s McGeeView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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first_imgEvery summer the Farmers & Consumers Market Bulletin brims with photos of someone’s overgrown produce. County fairs award blue ribbons for the largest and heaviest vegetable in the show. Monster prizes Then there’s the big league. The real prize-winning, take-home-the-cash, scale-busting contests. Take Robert Ehigh of St. Clairsville, Ohio, for example. In 1994, he won $10,000 from Miracle Gro for growing a 4-pound, 6.5-ounce tomato. That same year, Herman Bax of Brockville, Ontario, got almost $15,000 for his 990-pound pumpkin. The Dill’s Atlantic Giant variety averaged gaining 31 pounds per day. It topped the record of 884 pounds set in 1993. Wide load guidelines Each crop has special secrets to success. Carrots For instance, to break the carrot record of more than 158 inches, you might try this recipe. Start with a deeply turned raised bed. Build a box up to 9 feet high on top of the bed. Fill the box with five parts soil, one part leaf mold and one part coarse sand, plus superphosphate and sulfate of potash. Actually, this mixture should sit over the winter. In early spring, add 4 ounces of calcified seaweed per square yard. Make holes 3 feet deep and 4 inches in diameter and fill with potting soil. Soak seeds, and plant them 1 inch deep, three or four to each hole. When the plants are 2 inches high, thin to the single strongest plant. Feed, water and protect this plant from pests. Some growers use special secrets in this phase. One was known to crush birth control pills and add them to the water, hoping the estrogen would make the vegetables drink more water. So how does anyone grow such gargantuan produce? Most of the ones in the local paper happen through unusual circumstances. However, they can be planned, with the right nurturing and attention. This type of gardening has become the rage in some areas. Big leaguers can attend competitions such as the United Kingdom Giant Vegetable Food and Flower Championships in Weston, Lincolnshire. It’s like setting new standards in the pole vault. Records are made to be broken. So who can compete in this sport (or art) of giant vegetable production? The late Raymond Burr of Perry Mason fame was one such competitor. But everyday folks can compete for fun, ribbons, cash and, yes, even personal satisfaction in growing prodigious produce. Pumpkins For pumpkins, prepare a sunny site. Till in 5 gallons of composted manure, 1 pound of 10-10-10 and 1 pound of lime in a 1.5-cubic-foot hole. Leave at least 20 feet between hills, and plant two seeds per hill. Water to a depth of 2 inches. Feed each vine weekly with 5 gallons of liquid fertilizer solution. Water as needed. Keep the foliage dry. After the vines set several pumpkins, remove all but two from each. That will allow the plant to devote its resources to the size, not the number, of pumpkins.center_img Secrets for success Growing record produce GROWING WHOPPER VEGGIES takes patience and a lot of TLC. Jessica Milligan, a White County 4-H’er grew this 140-pound pumpkin whopper for a Georgia 4-H contest. Follow some general guidelines in producing these wide loads. Select seed of varieties bred for size, and give special attention to each plant. These specimens require daily care. Supply extra space, fertilizer and water. And space them wide enough to prevent competition between plants. Hand pollination or extra bees may be needed. Obviously, the crop must be protected from insects and diseases and have a weed-free environment. All your care can go for naught even under the best conditions. Then again, you may take home the ribbon from the county fair. What about eating them? Oh, shudder at the thought. Some consider these large produce quite good. Others think they’re only for looks. But you might as well try it.last_img read more

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first_imgLisa Harris of Husky wins HR awardBurlington, VT – The Vermont Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) named Lisa Harris, Human Resources Manager of Husky Injection Molding Systems, Milton, as its 2008 HR Professional of the Year at the Association’s annual meeting held at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center in September.Harris was away at a Husky training session in Canada at the time, and according to her General Manager, Geoff Glaspie, she learned of the award while seated for dinner next to company President and CEO, John Galt.”That will be hard to top,” said Glaspie, about arranging for Harris to accept the award on behalf of SHRM from Fran Mount, owner of Westaff, the sponsor of the award.In his nomination, Glaspie said, “Lisa is the consummate business partner. She is an active member of the Management Team, serves as an invaluable sounding board and counselor to her peer managers on both tactical and strategic management issues. She participates in setting priorities for the operation to ensure overall business goals are achieved.”Harris was recognized for the development of a Leadership Training Program at the Milton Campus that has served as a model for a company wide initiative at Husky. According to Glaspie’s nomination, the program provides training for managers, but also incorporates intensive one-on-one coaching sessions with each leader between each session to work specifically on that leader’s development needs.”We work with a lot of Vermont businesses who are facing challenging workforce issues,” said Fran Mount. “It’s a top priority to source and develop a highly qualified talent pool and Lisa’s program addresses that for the profitability of Husky. Recognizing specific success stories is how we help each other do better. That’s what SHRM is all about.”Harris also coordinated the development of a manufacturing training program that enabled Husky to train unskilled employees to be successful manufacturing team members in a relatively short time. She worked with engineering managers to develop a sustainable co-op program to train 20 students during their college years and she collaborated with Vermont HiTec to institute an apprenticeship program at Husky for technically trained, non-college bound students.Harris is a member of Vermont Human Resources Association, an active member of the Relay for Life Event Planning team and an active mentor in the Howard Human Services organization mentor program.About SHRMThe SHRM Vermont State Council is a non-profit council made up ofmembers of four Vermont chapters of SHRM. The goal of the SHRM Vermont State Council annual meeting is to provide human resource professionals and individuals managing the human resources function, training, networking and best practice ideas for working in Vermont.last_img read more

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first_imgCongressional Democrats seek changes in restructuring agreement for Puerto Rico utility FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bond Buyer ($):Thirty-six Democratic members of Congress are asking Puerto Rico’s legislature to reject a May 3 proposed agreement for restructuring $8 billion in debt issued by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).The agreement “would increase prices by up to 21%” and it’s “highly unlikely PREPA will be able to completely offset the legacy debt charges,” resulting in “considerably higher electricity rates for decades to come,” said the letter signed by four senators and 32 House members.House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva of Arizona spearheaded the letter which was signed by three senators seeking the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination — Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.Tom Sanzillo, who last month criticized the deal as too generous to bondholders, said in an email he welcomed the congressional opposition to the deal.“There is a growing concern expressed now by Congress but also from labor and business and community that this deal is wrong for Puerto Rico, said Sanzillo, director of finance at The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “As the consensus about the problems with the deal grow, we think it may make it less likely that it is approved. The debate is taking place in public opinion, in courts, in legislative halls, in the houses of finance on Wall Street and the energy companies involved. We expect that if a response is made on the merits that it will be disapproved.”PREPA agreed to the May 3 Restructuring Support Agreement in a multiparty deal involving the Financial Oversight Board, the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (“AAFAF”), the Ad Hoc Group of PREPA Bondholders, and Assured Guaranty Corp.More ($): Congressional Democrats urge Puerto Rico lawmakers to reject PREPA debt deallast_img read more

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) meets with staff from Illinois credit unions and the Illinois Credit Union League during a “Hike the Hill” visit to Capitol Hill this week. continue reading »center_img It was a busy week in Washington, D.C. for credit unions, as five credit union leagues representing nine states came in for Fall “Hike the Hill” visits to discuss credit union issues with legislators and regulators. The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, Illinois Credit Union League, League of Southeastern Credit Unions, Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, and Mountain West Credit Union Association participated.Many young professionals kicked off their week with CUNA’s young professionals advocacy training. The visits throughout the week included dozens of meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill, and officials at NCUA and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, as well as briefings from CUNA staff.“As a credit union leader, I believe it is vital to our industry’s mission to maintain and increase dialogue with legislators and their staff. Participating in this year’s Hike the Hill event presented a terrific opportunity to do just that,” said Brad R. Bergmooser, vice president and general counsel of BCU, Vernon Hills, Ill. “The League’s advocacy team has a remarkable bipartisan relationship with lawmakers, and it has been deeply rewarding to witness the advancement of credit union public policy interests first hand.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe CNTB’s organic posts on the social networks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter also record excellent results. Thus, the global Facebook page reached a reach of 2.5 million people in a few hours, and when we add to that the reach achieved on other Facebook pages created separately by markets, we come to a total reach of 5 million people. On this social network, which recorded more than 9000 new fans in just one day, the most popular was a promotional video with football players and posts about a short “school” on how to become a Croatian fan in seven steps. The announcement created in cooperation with the Great British Chefs, which promoted Croatian eno-gastronomy through the preparation of the best Croatian dish for the football championship by the top British chef Tom Brown, also records excellent results, the CNTB concludes.Twitter praised CNTB activitiesOf course, Twitter is also recording great results, as is the social network Instagram where the CNTB channel was visited by more than 8.5 million fans, and only on Twitter almost 3 million impressions were achieved, while the promotional video on this social network was seen by more than a million people.Saša Škorić, director of the HTTPOOL agency, which is a representative of Twitter, emphasizes that the CNTB has best recognized the advantages of Twitter in Croatia, using very active communication with fans. “With constant and year-round campaigns, the CNTB realized that it is even more important to see on Twitter which are the current events that are particularly emotional. Fans were the most active during the matches, during the halftime and at the end of the matches, and the CNTB placed promotional content at that very moment, thus maximizing the effectiveness of their messages.”, stressed Skoric.CNTB promotional bannerIn any case, this is an immeasurable advertisement for Croatia, and we will see in the near future how we used it, what story we told and how we will use it. The excellent performance of the Croatian national football team at the World Cup, where our country won a historic second place, significantly contributed to the promotion of Croatia. The culmination of pride and glory was the final match against France, and the focus and interest of the world public was recognized by the Croatian National Tourist Board as an exceptional opportunity to further promote our country as an attractive and desirable tourist destination.”The fact that Croatia played the finals of the World Cup is a historic result that has provided our country with the attention and admiration of the world. This is confirmed by the recorded results of our website, which during Sunday and the final recorded an increase in visits by more than 200 percent compared to the same period last year. The highest number of visits to the website was recorded from 16 pm until one hour after the match, and the highest number of visits was recorded from India, Italy, the USA, Germany, Croatia, Russia and France. “, said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, adding that a special version of the slogan of Croatian tourism had been created “Croatia Full of excellent players” which confirms its adaptability and the possibility of modification in accordance with promotional messages.Abbreviated version of the promotional video (attached below) Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism, in which Croatian national football team members appear Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic, Lovren i Kovačić, was the backbone of promotional activities on social networks and new media.According to the CNTB, on the occasion of the final match, the promotional campaign on the YouTube channel and on the social networks Facebook and Instagram was well received.The focus was on the area around Luznhiki Stadium, and after the match on the entire Moscow area, and the campaign was further expanded to emitting markets such as Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland. These are countries that are important markets for Croatian tourism, but also countries where our players play for big clubs. As part of this campaign, impressive results were achieved: almost 4 million impressions, a shortened video reached a reach of 2.5 million people, and more than a million people commented, shared or liked the CNTB’s promotional announcement.last_img read more

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first_img“Significant differences still remain on a number of important issues,” Johnson’s official spokesman said on Monday, citing in particular EU access to UK fishing waters.The UK would “continue to engage constructively” with the EU, he added, but warned time was running out.”We’ve said we don’t want the talks to drag on into the autumn, that we want to make progress as quickly as possible in order to give certainty and clarity to business and there’s no change to that,” he told reporters. ‘Chasm’Brussels appears less pressed for time and believes the necessary ratification by the European Parliament and others would require a deal by late October.Weekend reports in British newspapers said Johnson is “reconciled” to the talks ending after the final scheduled round in mid-August, because of the “chasm” between the sides.Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier kicked off this week’s talks with a joint dinner on Monday evening.Their teams are set to discuss a host of issues, from fisheries and so-called level playing field rules on fair competition to law enforcement and judicial cooperation. Without a new agreement, the two sides would see ties reduced to minimum standards set by the World Trade Organization with high tariffs and serious disruptions to business.London last week unveiled its first detailed proposals for managing Britain’s post-Brexit borders, insisting they would be implemented regardless of whether a deal was struck.The blueprint confirmed the adoption of a staged approach to border enforcement over the first six months of 2021, with initial “light-touch” checks on goods from the bloc.But a leaked letter from International Trade Secretary Liz Truss to ministerial colleagues said the proposals risk smuggling, damaging Britain’s reputation and could face a legal challenge from the WTO.Business in Northern Ireland, whose frontier with southern neighbors Ireland will be Britain’s only land border with the EU, have also demanded more clarity about arrangements.The raft of proposed border measures set out in the 206-page document laid bare the added paperwork — and costs — many firms will face in trading with entities in the EU.One key plank of anti-EU “leave” supporters’ campaign was against Brussels bureaucracy. Britain and the European Union resume talks on Tuesday, with the clock running down to a year-end deadline for a new post-Brexit deal to replace half a century of integration.The latest round of negotiations takes place over three days in the British capital, with stalemate in key areas stoking fears of a no-deal scenario.Britain formally left the EU in January, following 47 years in the European project but agreed to a standstill transition until December 31 pending new trade terms. Topics : After the coronavirus pandemic combined with the two sides’ entrenched positions to stall progress, London and Brussels last month launched five weeks of intensified negotiations. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in June vowed to add “a bit of oomph” into the gridlocked process, and predicted talks could conclude as early as this month.But several face-to-face sessions since then have yielded few signs of compromise, and the two sides remain far apart on various issues, with only two further rounds of talks left.Britain steadfastly refuses to extend the transition period and insists it will not let the negotiations “drag on” towards the end of the year.last_img read more

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