UK Prime Minister Theresa May requests three-month delay to Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May formally requested a short delay to Brexit on Wednesday, 1,000 days after the U.K. narrowly voted to leave the European Union. The request, in a letter to EU leaders, seeks to put Britain’s departure on hold until June 30. Under current law, the U.K. is set to leave the EU — with or without a deal — at 11 p.m. London time on March 29. The prime minister confirmed she intends to bring her Withdrawal Agreement to the House of Commons for a third time. Last week, U.K


U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May formally requested a short delay to Brexit on Wednesday, 1,000 days after the U.K. narrowly voted to leave the European Union. The request, in a letter to EU leaders, seeks to put Britain’s departure on hold until June 30. Under current law, the U.K. is set to leave the EU — with or without a deal — at 11 p.m. London time on March 29. The prime minister confirmed she intends to bring her Withdrawal Agreement to the House of Commons for a third time. Last week, U.K
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May requests three-month delay to Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May formally requested a short delay to Brexit on Wednesday, 1,000 days after the U.K. narrowly voted to leave the European Union.

The request, in a letter to EU leaders, seeks to put Britain’s departure on hold until June 30.

Sterling slipped nearly 1 percent to trade at $1.3156 at around 1 p.m. London time.

Under current law, the U.K. is set to leave the EU — with or without a deal — at 11 p.m. London time on March 29.

Any delay would need to be accepted by all 27 other member states. May is set to travel to Brussels on Thursday to discuss the options with her counterparts.

In a letter addressed to European Council President Donald Tusk, May said she had warned U.K. lawmakers that the consequences of their second rejection of her plan to leave the EU were “unpredictable and potentially deeply unpalatable.”

The prime minister confirmed she intends to bring her Withdrawal Agreement to the House of Commons for a third time. That’s despite a surprise intervention from Commons Speaker John Bercow earlier this week, who had said May’s deal would need to be “fundamentally different” in order to hold another vote.

Last week, U.K. lawmakers comprehensively rejected May’s Withdrawal Agreement by 149 votes. They also voted in favor of ruling out leaving the EU without a deal and supported an extension of Article 50 — the legal mechanism to take the U.K. out of the bloc.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has previously said the bloc would not grant a delay without a “concrete plan” from Britain about what it planned to do with the extra time.


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New gun laws will make New Zealand safer after mosque massacre, says Prime Minister

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The owner of a New Zealand gun store the man charged with murder in the mosque shootings had bought firearms and ammunition online from the store, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the massacre. Gun City owner David Tipple said the alleged gunman bought four weapons and ammunition betw


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The owner of a New Zealand gun store the man charged with murder in the mosque shootings had bought firearms and ammunition online from the store, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the massacre. Gun City owner David Tipple said the alleged gunman bought four weapons and ammunition betw
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New gun laws will make New Zealand safer after mosque massacre, says Prime Minister

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.

“Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer,” Ardern said at news conference after her cabinet reached in principle decisions on gun reform laws in the wake of New Zealand’s worst ever mass shooting.

In addition to the 50 killed, dozens were wounded at two mosques in the South Island city during Friday prayers.

The owner of a New Zealand gun store the man charged with murder in the mosque shootings had bought firearms and ammunition online from the store, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the massacre.

Gun City owner David Tipple said the alleged gunman bought four weapons and ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018.

“The MSSA, military-style automatic, reportedly used by the alleged gunman was not purchased from Gun City. Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category firearms,” Tipple told a news conference in Christchurch.


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Russia will be fully compliant with OPEC-led supply cuts by April, energy minister says

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Sunday that Moscow will be fully compliant with OPEC-led supply cuts over the coming weeks. “As for the target output level that forms part of the signed agreement, we plan to reach those figures by the end of March (or) beginning of April. The producers meet in mid-April to review their oil supply cut agreement, which is scheduled to last through the first-half of 2019. OPEC’s share is 800,000 b/d, to be delivered by 11 members — with Iran, Venezu


Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Sunday that Moscow will be fully compliant with OPEC-led supply cuts over the coming weeks. “As for the target output level that forms part of the signed agreement, we plan to reach those figures by the end of March (or) beginning of April. The producers meet in mid-April to review their oil supply cut agreement, which is scheduled to last through the first-half of 2019. OPEC’s share is 800,000 b/d, to be delivered by 11 members — with Iran, Venezu
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Russia will be fully compliant with OPEC-led supply cuts by April, energy minister says

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Sunday that Moscow will be fully compliant with OPEC-led supply cuts over the coming weeks.

“As far as the meeting is concerned we, of course, discussed the situation with the execution of the agreement (and) we stressed once again that Russia is discharging its obligations in accordance with the agreement to smoothly achieve the target output,” Novak told CNBC’s Dan Murphy in Baku, Azerbaijan, according to a translation.

“As for the target output level that forms part of the signed agreement, we plan to reach those figures by the end of March (or) beginning of April. This is earlier than in the same period two years ago by about one month.”

His comments come three months into a fresh round of production cuts from the so-called OPEC+ alliance. The producers meet in mid-April to review their oil supply cut agreement, which is scheduled to last through the first-half of 2019.

The Middle East-dominated group, alongside non-OPEC allies such as Russia, agreed to reduce output by 1.2 million barrels per day (b/d) for six months.

OPEC’s share is 800,000 b/d, to be delivered by 11 members — with Iran, Venezuela and Libya exempt from cuts.

When asked whether Russia would support an extension to the cuts, Novak replied: “It is a little premature to talk about this. The deal after all covers the first six months of the year so any extension will be discussed in May or June this year.”


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40 people killed in shootings at New Zealand mosques, prime minister says

About 40 people were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. The commissioner said police had been dealing with two shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, one at Deans Avenue and one at Linwood Avenue. The Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, a team coach told media. Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on


About 40 people were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. The commissioner said police had been dealing with two shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, one at Deans Avenue and one at Linwood Avenue. The Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, a team coach told media. Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on
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40 people killed in shootings at New Zealand mosques, prime minister says

About 40 people were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that four people had been taken into custody, three men and one woman. As of 5:47 p.m. local time (12:47 a.m. ET), authorities said that a lock down of local schools had been lifted.

Bush said several explosives had been attached to vehicles. He added that there is no assumption the attack was contained to Christchurch.

“This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

She said during a news conference that authorities currently believe about 40 people had been killed in the attacks. More than 20 others were seriously injured, she added.

“It is clear that this can only be described as a terrorist attack,” the prime minister said, according to a transcript of her address.

Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.

One Malaysian was injured in the attack, and three Indonesians survived the shooting while three more are unaccounted for, according to reports.

The commissioner said police had been dealing with two shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, one at Deans Avenue and one at Linwood Avenue. “Those locations remain locked down,” he said in a statement published at 6:06 p.m. local time.

“Police are still treating this incident as ongoing and Christchurch residents are strongly urged to stay indoors and keep safe, and monitor the Police website and social media for further information. We continue to utilize every possible resource to resolve the situation,” Bush said, adding that all mosques in the country had been asked to shut their doors.

Bush said he would not at this time “be discussing the offenders’ possible motivations or the causes of this incident.”

The Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, a team coach told media.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and “there was blood everywhere.”

“Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred,” said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.

The Bangladesh cricket team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.

Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team was quoted by the New Zealand Herald as saying that the team was close to where the shooting occurred, but was safe.

“The players are shaken up but fine,” Villavarayen was quoted as saying.

—Reuters contributed to this report.


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European markets open slightly higher after UK lawmakers vote to delay Brexit

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke via telephone with U.S. Trade Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Xinhua news agency reported Friday. Back in Europe, British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing once more to try and win approval for her twice-rejected Brexit deal. U.K. lawmakers voted on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the EU. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a second humiliating defeat as it was voted down b


Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke via telephone with U.S. Trade Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Xinhua news agency reported Friday. Back in Europe, British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing once more to try and win approval for her twice-rejected Brexit deal. U.K. lawmakers voted on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the EU. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a second humiliating defeat as it was voted down b
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European markets open slightly higher after UK lawmakers vote to delay Brexit

Market focus is largely attuned to global trade developments, as sentiment improved on a report that more progress has been made in talks between the world’s two largest economies.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke via telephone with U.S. Trade Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

It comes after Mnuchin said on Thursday that a summit to secure a comprehensive trade agreement between President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping would not happen at the end of March as previously discussed.

In Asia, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, rose 0.5 percent.

Back in Europe, British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing once more to try and win approval for her twice-rejected Brexit deal.

U.K. lawmakers voted on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the EU. It marked the end to a dramatic trilogy of events this week which have added yet more confusion into the whole Brexit process.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a second humiliating defeat as it was voted down by a majority of 149 votes. Then on Wednesday, U.K. lawmakers rejected the idea of leaving the bloc without a withdrawal agreement in place.

On the data front, investors are likely to closely monitor a final reading of annualized euro zone inflation rate data for February at around 10:00 a.m. London time.


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Blame for Brexit ‘mess’ on both UK and EU, former Swedish finance minister says

Blame for Brexit ‘mess’ on both UK and EU, former Swedish finance minister says5 Hours AgoAnders Borg, former Swedish finance minister and senior advisor at IPsoft, discusses Brexit and the possibility of Sweden following suit.


Blame for Brexit ‘mess’ on both UK and EU, former Swedish finance minister says5 Hours AgoAnders Borg, former Swedish finance minister and senior advisor at IPsoft, discusses Brexit and the possibility of Sweden following suit.
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Blame for Brexit 'mess' on both UK and EU, former Swedish finance minister says

Blame for Brexit ‘mess’ on both UK and EU, former Swedish finance minister says

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Anders Borg, former Swedish finance minister and senior advisor at IPsoft, discusses Brexit and the possibility of Sweden following suit.


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Trump says US will stay out of Brexit but slams handling by UK’s May

The United States will stay out of Britain’s negotiations over its exit from the European Union, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday, even as he criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of the talks. Speaking to reporters ahead of his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Trump said he wants Brexit talks to work out but was surprised at how badly the negotiations have gone, adding that May did not listen to his suggestions on how to negotiate. Trump also said h


The United States will stay out of Britain’s negotiations over its exit from the European Union, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday, even as he criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of the talks. Speaking to reporters ahead of his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Trump said he wants Brexit talks to work out but was surprised at how badly the negotiations have gone, adding that May did not listen to his suggestions on how to negotiate. Trump also said h
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Trump says US will stay out of Brexit but slams handling by UK's May

The United States will stay out of Britain’s negotiations over its exit from the European Union, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday, even as he criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of the talks.

Speaking to reporters ahead of his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Trump said he wants Brexit talks to work out but was surprised at how badly the negotiations have gone, adding that May did not listen to his suggestions on how to negotiate.

Trump also said he did not think another vote on Brexit would be possible because it would be unfair, and reiterated that he would like to see a U.S. trade deal with the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU.

Varadkar, sitting alongside Trump at the White House, said he looked forward to discussing Brexit with Trump and that he would like to see a European trade deal with the United States.


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Facebook, Google should be investigated for dominating digital advertising, UK finance minister says

The U.K.’s competition watchdog should examine the dominance of tech companies like Facebook and Google in digital advertising “as soon as possible,” Britain’s finance minister said. In his Spring budget statement to the Parliament on Wednesday, U.K. Finance Minister Philip Hammond urged the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to launch a review of Britain’s digital advertising market, citing concerns that digital platforms are stifling competition. “I am today writing to ask whether the CMA


The U.K.’s competition watchdog should examine the dominance of tech companies like Facebook and Google in digital advertising “as soon as possible,” Britain’s finance minister said. In his Spring budget statement to the Parliament on Wednesday, U.K. Finance Minister Philip Hammond urged the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to launch a review of Britain’s digital advertising market, citing concerns that digital platforms are stifling competition. “I am today writing to ask whether the CMA
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Facebook, Google should be investigated for dominating digital advertising, UK finance minister says

The U.K.’s competition watchdog should examine the dominance of tech companies like Facebook and Google in digital advertising “as soon as possible,” Britain’s finance minister said.

In his Spring budget statement to the Parliament on Wednesday, U.K. Finance Minister Philip Hammond urged the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to launch a review of Britain’s digital advertising market, citing concerns that digital platforms are stifling competition.

“I am today writing to ask whether the CMA Board would prioritise a decision on whether to take forward a market study into digital advertising market, as soon as you consider it possible to do so, and come forward with recommendations,” Hammond said in a letter to the CMA also sent on Wednesday.

Hammond welcomed the findings of a U.K. government report published on Wednesday that recommended Britain’s competition rules “must be updated for the digital age.” The 150-page report stopped short of calling for a break-up of big tech but found companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft are stifling innovation and limiting consumer choice.


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Thailand election: Economic growth, income inequality are key issues

Investors are hoping for greater political and economic stability in Thailand after the country’s upcoming general election — but some analysts aren’t so sure that will come to pass. This year, foreign buying of Thai equities has not return in a significant way, with many investors opting to wait for clarity on the political front. The election on March 24 will be Thailand’s first since a military coup overthrew the elected government in 2014. An anti-military camp that consist of the Pheu Thai


Investors are hoping for greater political and economic stability in Thailand after the country’s upcoming general election — but some analysts aren’t so sure that will come to pass. This year, foreign buying of Thai equities has not return in a significant way, with many investors opting to wait for clarity on the political front. The election on March 24 will be Thailand’s first since a military coup overthrew the elected government in 2014. An anti-military camp that consist of the Pheu Thai
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Thailand election: Economic growth, income inequality are key issues

Investors are hoping for greater political and economic stability in Thailand after the country’s upcoming general election — but some analysts aren’t so sure that will come to pass.

Last year, the Thai stock market suffered a record $9 billion in foreign investment outflows as investors withdrew from emerging markets amid rising interest rates in the U.S. and global economic concerns. This year, foreign buying of Thai equities has not return in a significant way, with many investors opting to wait for clarity on the political front.

The election on March 24 will be Thailand’s first since a military coup overthrew the elected government in 2014. The vote is set to be a contest between three political fractions:

A pro-military camp that include the Palang Pracharat Party, which named current Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha as its candidate to lead the country.

An anti-military camp that consist of the Pheu Thai Party — which is linked to exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra — and the newly founded Future Forward Party.

A group of parties that are neutral or undecided on which side they would align, including the Democrat Party led by another former prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, and Bhumjaithai Party, which recently made headlines for its promotion of marijuana as a new cash crop in Thailand.

None of the parties are expected to single-handedly win enough seats to form the next government, which means the most likely scenario is a coalition administration. That may be challenging, however, in a polarized political environment like Thailand, analysts said.


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Malaysia shuts 111 schools as poisonings become ‘more critical’

Malaysia has shut more schools after a suspected chemical leak last week left more than 200 children, teachers and others being treated for poisoning, its education minister said late on Wednesday. The number of schools shut down climbed to 111 on Wednesday from 13 the day before. Authorities believe the poisoning was caused by toxic waste dumped into a river near the schools in the southern state of Johor. “Based on the current situation and advisory from the state’s disaster management committ


Malaysia has shut more schools after a suspected chemical leak last week left more than 200 children, teachers and others being treated for poisoning, its education minister said late on Wednesday. The number of schools shut down climbed to 111 on Wednesday from 13 the day before. Authorities believe the poisoning was caused by toxic waste dumped into a river near the schools in the southern state of Johor. “Based on the current situation and advisory from the state’s disaster management committ
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Malaysia shuts 111 schools as poisonings become 'more critical'

Malaysia has shut more schools after a suspected chemical leak last week left more than 200 children, teachers and others being treated for poisoning, its education minister said late on Wednesday.

The number of schools shut down climbed to 111 on Wednesday from 13 the day before.

Authorities believe the poisoning was caused by toxic waste dumped into a river near the schools in the southern state of Johor.

“Based on the current situation and advisory from the state’s disaster management committee, the Ministry of Education have decided to shut all 111 schools in the Pasir Gudang area immediately,” Education Minister Maszlee Malik said in a statement.

Earlier on Wednesday, Maszlee said in a Facebook post that the situation was “getting more critical”.

The number of people treated climbed to 207 compared with 35 reported last week. As of Monday, 44 people were in hospital where six were in intensive care. Thirty-three of them are pupils.


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