UK economic system suffers shock 0.2pc contraction pre-Brexitin second quarter

Britain’s economic system shrank for the primary time since 2012 within the second quarter, an unexpectedly extreme hangover from a pre-Brexit stockpiling enhance in early 2019 and boding poorly because the nation prepares to depart the European Union on Oct 31.

Gross home product (GDP) fell at a quarterly fee of 0.2 % within the three months to June, under all forecasts in a Reuters ballot of economists that had pointed to a flat studying. 12 months-on-year financial progress slid to 1.2pc from 1.8pc within the first quarter, Britain’s Workplace for Nationwide Statistics mentioned, its weakest because the begin of 2018.

Annual progress in June alone was the weakest since August 2013 at 1pc. With Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s authorities dedicated to leaving the EU on Oct 31, no matter whether or not he can safe a brand new transition deal to keep away from commerce disruption, the outlook for the rest of 2019 is very unsure.

The world economic system has additionally slowed due largely to a commerce battle between the US and China. The Financial institution of England final week predicted that progress will solely stage a restricted pick-up to a quarterly fee of 0.3pc throughout the present quarter and that progress for the 12 months as a complete will drop to 1.3pc.

Earlier information had already proven a collapse in manufacturing output in April as automotive producers introduced ahead their annual summer season shutdowns to observe the unique March 29 Brexit deadline that was postponed to Oct 31. However June manufacturing information was additionally unexpectedly poor and output for the quarter contracted on the quickest fee since early 2009, when Britain was mired in recession.

“Manufacturing output fell again after a powerful begin to the 12 months, with manufacturing introduced ahead forward of the UK’s unique departure date from the EU,” ONS statistician Rob Kent Smith mentioned.

Personal-sector enterprise surveys have proven the manufacturing and building sectors each contracted in July, whereas the bigger companies sector eked out solely modest progress.

Britain’s economic system has slowed since June 2016’s vote to depart the EU, with annual progress charges dropping from greater than 2pc earlier than the referendum to broaden by 1.4pc final 12 months. Friday’s information confirmed enterprise funding contracted 0.5pc within the second quarter of the 12 months versus economists’ expectations of a 0.3pc fall.

Family spending, which has been far more resilient than enterprise funding, attributable to falling unemployment and rising wages, rose 0.5pc on the quarter. Commerce figures and its contribution to GDP have been distorted erratic flows of non-monetary gold and in addition confirmed the impact of companies build up fewer shares than within the first quarter of the 12 months once they have been readying for Brexit.




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Mazari urges EU to take discover of human rights violations in held Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari urged the European Union (EU) to play its due position to cease the atrocities and human rights violations being dedicated by the Indian safety forces in occupied Kashmir, ARY Information reported. 

In accordance with an announcement issued by the ministry, Shireen Mazari, throughout a gathering with a delegation of European parliamentarians, urged the legislators to lift the difficulty of large human rights violations towards girls in occupied Kashmir. She mentioned that worldwide neighborhood ought to come ahead to resolve the longstanding concern of Kashmir dispute.

Speaking to them, Shireen Mazari additionally confirmed her issues concerning the points and issues which Muslim neighborhood and Pakistani Diaspora have been dealing with in some states of Europe notably in training their faith.

She urged the parliamentarians that they need to come ahead and lift voice towards worst violations of primary rights in Kashmir.

The delegation appreciated the endeavors of the federal government particularly the ministry of human rights for the safety and promotion of human rights and guaranteed its full assist on this regard.

Learn Extra: FO calls for discover and motion over atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir

Earlier on July 11, the international workplace spokesperson Dr. Faisal had lashed out towards rising aggression towards occupied Kashmir by India which had resulted in a loss of life of a youth.

The FO spokesman had slammed India for continued atrocities within the valley and demanded motion from the United Nations upon the difficulty.

The spokesperson had hailed the latest report launched by the worldwide physique over the sufferings being inflicted on Kashmiri’s.




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Donald Trump administration ‘uniquely dysfunctional’, says UK envoy

LONDON: Britain’s ambassador to the US described President Donald Trump’s administration as “dysfunctional”, “clumsy” and “inept”, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported, citing a sequence of confidential memos.

The report drew ire from Trump, who stated the British ambassador, Kim Darroch, “didn’t serve the UK nicely.”

In memos to the British authorities which date from 2017 to the current, Darroch stated Trump “radiates insecurity” and advises officers in London that to cope with him successfully “that you must make your factors easy, even blunt”.

“We don’t actually consider this Administration goes to change into considerably extra regular; much less dysfunctional; much less unpredictable; much less faction riven; much less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” Darroch wrote in a single, based on the newspaper.

In others, the newspaper stated he had described the administration as “uniquely dysfunctional” and that media stories about White Home “knife fights” are “largely true”.

Chatting with reporters as he departed Morristown, New Jersey, Trump was dismissive of the report. “We’ve had our little ins and outs with a few nations and I’d say that the UK and the ambassador has not served the UK nicely, I can inform you that.”

“We’re not huge followers of that man and he has not served the UK nicely so I can perceive and I can say issues about him however I received’t hassle,” Trump stated, referring to Darroch.

Darroch wrote that “we may be firstly of a downward spiral, reasonably than only a rollercoaster: one thing might emerge that results in shame and downfall.”

However he additionally warned British officers to not write Trump off, saying there was a “credible path” to him profitable a second time period in workplace. He stated Trump could “emerge from the flames, battered however intact, like (Arnold) Schwarzenegger within the closing scenes of The Terminator.”

“Particular Relationship”

A spokesman for the International Workplace stated the general public would anticipate ambassadors “to supply ministers with an trustworthy, unvarnished evaluation of the politics of their nation”.

“Their views should not essentially the views of ministers or certainly the federal government. However we pay them to be candid,” he stated.

“It’s necessary that our ambassadors can provide their recommendation and for it to stay confidential. Our staff in Washington have sturdy relations with the White Home and little doubt these will stand up to such mischievous conduct.”

The International Workplace later stated a proper investigation into the leak would happen.

In a memo written final month, Darroch described confusion throughout the administration over Trump’s resolution to name off a navy strike on Iran, and that the president citing the variety of predicted casualties as the explanation he had modified his thoughts “didn’t rise up”.

“It’s extra probably that he was by no means totally on board and that he was nervous about how this obvious reversal of his 2016 marketing campaign guarantees would look come 2020,” Darroch wrote, including that Trump might nonetheless set off a battle with Iran.

“Only one extra Iranian assault someplace within the area might set off one more Trump U-turn. Furthermore, the lack of a single American life would most likely make a vital distinction.”

Throughout a state go to to Britain final month, Trump was effusive in regards to the “particular relationship” between the US and Britain, promising a “phenomenal” commerce deal after Britain leaves the European Union.

The Mail on Sunday reported that in a message despatched after that go to, Darroch stated that the president and his staff had been “dazzled” by the go to and Britain is perhaps “taste of the month” however “that is nonetheless the land of America First”.




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EU hits Broadcom with interim calls for in antitrust probe

BRUSSELS: EU antitrust regulators need U.S. chipmaker Broadcom to scrap its exclusivity clauses with TV and modem makers to keep away from irreparable hurt to the market whereas they examine whether or not this tactic and others are designed to dam rivals.

The European Fee stated the so-called interim measures, the primary in 18 years, had been warranted due to Broadcom’s probably dominance within the TV and modem chipset markets and offers between the corporate and 7 main prospects that resulted within the latter shopping for chips solely from Broadcom.

The EU competitors enforcer on Wednesday despatched an announcement of objections, or cost sheet, to the corporate setting out the reason why such measures are wanted. Broadcom has two weeks to reply. It may additionally ask for a closed door listening to to defend itself.

Such measures are uncommon due to the excessive bar proving lasting hurt. The Fee imposed interim measures in opposition to German insurer IMS Well being in 2001 due to critical and irreparable injury to 2 rivals.

Learn Extra: Broadcom’s $2 billion warning rattles international chip sector

The San Jose, California-based firm’s communications chips energy Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity in smartphones.

Fee chief economist Tommaso Valletti stated enforcers had been sending a powerful sign.

 “That is good as a result of it says to the corporate: you might be doing one thing which is probably noxious. Cease now. Instant impact. To the extent that is foreclosing others, then it stops now, not in 10 years,” Valletti stated in a tweet.

The Fee stated its investigation would give attention to Broadcom’s practices together with unique buying obligations, tying rebates or different advantages to unique or minimal buy necessities, product bundling, abusive IP-related methods and intentionally making it troublesome for Broadcom merchandise to perform with rival merchandise

Broadcom’s anti-competitive practices stop its prospects, and in the end customers, from having fun with the advantages of alternative and innovation, European Competitors Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated in an announcement.

Broadcom stated it believes it complies with European Competitors guidelines and that the issues are “with out benefit.”

In a submitting with U.S. regulators, Broadcom stated it didn’t count on a cloth influence on its set-top field or broadband modem enterprise from the Fee’s transfer.

It stated the Fee’s deliberate interim measures wouldn’t preclude Broadcom from persevering with to promote any merchandise.

The Fee can levy fines of as much as 10% of an organization’s international revenues for breaching EU guidelines. Alphabet unit Google and Qualcomm have been hit with heavy fines in recent times for his or her anti-competitive practices.



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We are going to go away EU by Oct. 31, Johnson vows in pitch to be UK PM

LONDON: Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be Britain’s prime minister, promised he would take the UK out of the European Union by Oct. 31, saying that solely by making ready to go away with out an settlement might a no-deal Brexit be prevented.

Johnson, a former international minister and London mayor, is the clear favourite to interchange Theresa Might. He gained the backing of 114 of 313 Conservative lawmakers in a primary spherical of voting on Thursday, nearly thrice as many as his nearest rival.

The competition has been dominated by the query of how and when Britain will go away the EU, Britain’s largest political disaster in a technology.

In his first broadcast interview because the marketing campaign began, Johnson gave an unequivocal pledge that Brexit would occur by the newest Brexit deadline of Oct. 31 and Britain needed to put together for a no-deal exit, which he stated wouldn’t be a catastrophe.

Learn Extra: Boris Johnson tops first-round vote for British PM

UK’s Johnson says will participate in TV debate on Tuesday: BBC

“All those that say that we must always delay … I believe they danger doing terminal injury to belief in politics. We’ve got to get on and do that. We’ve obtained to be out by Oct. 31,” Johnson advised BBC radio on Friday.

 “If now we have to get out on what is named no-deal phrases, or WTO (World Commerce Group) phrases, then it’s our absolute duty to organize for it. And it’s by making ready for it that we’ll stop that final result.”

Might resigned as Conservative Celebration chief having failed thrice to get her EU divorce deal via parliament.

The bloc has stated repeatedly it won’t renegotiate that settlement, which was aimed toward taking Britain out of the bloc on March 29, earlier than the date was pushed again twice to October.

Johnson stated he didn’t desire a no-deal Brexit however he dominated out an additional extension past the present Oct. 31 deadline.

 “It will be completely weird to sign at this stage that the UK authorities was keen as soon as once more to run-up the white flag and delay but once more,” he stated.

Johnson offered few particulars however stated the so-called Irish backstop, an insurance coverage coverage to forestall the return of border controls between Northern Eire and the Irish republic, could possibly be solved by having items checked away from the border.

 “(The EU) will see that politics has modified within the UK and in Europe,” he stated.

Johnson’s interview got here after rivals accused him of hiding from scrutiny due to his historical past of gaffes.


He agreed to participate in a televised debate on Tuesday however not one on Sunday.

Overseas minister Jeremy Hunt stated earlier on Friday that Johnson’s Brexit proposals needed to be scrutinized.

 “We will solely have that debate if our frontrunner on this marketing campaign is a bit bit braver by way of getting out into the media, partaking in debates,” Hunt advised the BBC.

 “What would Churchill say if someone who desires to be prime minister of the UK was hiding away from the media, not collaborating in these large events?” he added in a jibe at Johnson, who wrote a biography of Britain’s World Battle Two chief.

With Johnson to date forward within the first spherical of voting, the media have speculated that some rivals would possibly withdraw to permit a extra centered problem to the person who led the official Go away marketing campaign within the 2016 referendum.

Well being minister Matt Hancock give up the competition on Friday, leaving Johnson with 5 rivals.

A second spherical of voting amongst lawmakers takes place on Tuesday because the candidates are whittled right down to a remaining two earlier than 160,000 Conservative grassroots members select the subsequent chief and prime minister by the tip of July.

All Might’s potential successors have stated they might discover the answer to the Brexit disaster which eluded her. Parliament has indicated it would attempt to cease a no-deal Brexit which buyers warn would damage monetary markets and shock the world financial system.

“He (Johnson) retains saying he’ll ship Brexit by Oct. 31 however how?” one in all his challengers, support minister Rory Stewart, stated. “How is he going to renegotiate with Europe? How’s he going to get it via parliament as a result of this could’t be only a blind act of religion?”



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Pro-Brexit politician doused in milkshake by protestor

NEWCASTLE, England: Nigel Farage, the chief of Britain’s Brexit Celebration, was doused in milkshake by a protestor on Monday, the newest anti-EU determine to be focused throughout campaigning for the European Parliament elections.

Farage, one of many main figures within the marketing campaign for Britain to go away the European Union, was lined within the milkshake at an occasion within the northern English metropolis of Newcastle.

Shortly after addressing supporters he was hit by a shake thrown by a person in his early thirties, earlier than being escorted away by aides and right into a taxi, in accordance with a Reuters witness.

“Sadly some remainers have turn out to be radicalized, to the extent that standard campaigning is changing into inconceivable,” Farage tweeted after the incident. “For a civilized democracy to work, you want the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum end result have led us to this.”

Learn Extra: May to make MPs a final ‘bold offer’ on Brexit deal

Farage’s newly-formed pro-Brexit get together is predicted by opinion polls to win probably the most assist in Britain on the elections later this week, promising to take the nation out of the European Union with out a deal.

Different anti-EU candidates not related to the Brexit Celebration have additionally been focused by milkshakes in current weeks.

Farage, a 55-year-old former commodities dealer, performed an instrumental position in persuading Britain’s mainstream political events to carry a referendum on leaving the European Union in 2016, after which convincing voters to again Brexit through the subsequent marketing campaign.

Britain stays deeply divided over the problem and parliament has been unable to agree when, how or even when the nation ought to go away the bloc.