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In an unexpected outcome, people of the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the European Union in June 23rd referendum. For so many months, we have kept our readers updated on the referendum through our "Briferendum Series". Now with the referendum in place, we can hardly call it an end, instead, it's a new beginning of an era of greater uncertainties. With this non-binding referendum, there are so many possible scenarios that may play out including a second referendum. In this series, we once again vow to keep our readers up to the minute as the path ahead unfolds.

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit calls for free trade are a convenient smoke screen for more corporate tax privilege

Nov 22, 2017 05:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

Liam Foxs call for Britain to champion the cause for free trade in the wake of Brexit and increasing trade barriers, needs to be examined against further revelations of the so-called Paradise Papers scandal, and other...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Oct 29, 2017 14:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit Series: Juncker assures of deal to diffuse media reports of Theresa May begging

Oct 24, 2017 10:19 am UTC| Commentary

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and his team rushed for damage control after a German media reported on his dinner with the British prime Minister Theresa May, where she is described as begging to the...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit: what the EU and UK still don't agree on

Oct 23, 2017 15:34 pm UTC| Insights & Views

As expected, the leaders of the EU27 decided at a summit in Brussels on October 20 that there had not been sufficient progress in the negotiations on the UKs withdrawal from the EU to move on to talks about a post-Brexit...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Why a 'guest worker' visa system is not the answer for Britain after Brexit

Sep 25, 2017 12:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views

At the 2017 general election, the UKs two largest political parties both agreed that the current system of free movement would end when the country leaves the European Union. The Labour Party has since shifted to a...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit negotiations: here's where we're at so far

Sep 21, 2017 14:27 pm UTC| Insights & Views

While many have enjoyed a summer break, the Brexit negotiating teams in Brussels and London have been busy. But has there been any progress? In terms of substance, the answer is short: not really. There have been three...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit Series: No decisive progress on Brexit negotiations after third round of talks

Aug 31, 2017 12:41 pm UTC| Commentary

The European Unions top Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier said during a press conference at the conclusion of the third round of talks on Thursday that no decisive progress has been made so far. Speaking alongside his UK...

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Economy

Ford Motor announces price cuts on Mustang Mach-E electric car models

Ford Motor Company is lowering the prices of its Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles, just weeks after Tesla announced price cuts for its EVs. While the automaker is trimming the prices, it is increasing the production of its...

Coca-Cola to use new tethered caps in EU markets

Coca-Cola will begin using a new tethered closure designed to remain intact with its PET bottle, making it less likely to be littered and more likely to be recycled. The lightweight, tethered closure was designed by...

Gucci’s new creative director Sabato De Sarno tasked to reignite heat, boost timeless appeal

Sabato De Sarno has been appointed as creative director by Kering to reinvigorate its Gucci brand by sparking heat with a new direction. Analysts say the task is delicate, given the emphasis executives have also put on...

Hong Kong to enforce CBD ban on February

Hong Kongs ban on cannabidiol (CBD) comes into effect on February 1, imposing harsh penalties for importing, producing, or possessing the substance. CBD will be subject to the same strict controls as other drugs listed...

Nike, Tiffany & Co. collaborate on sneakers

Tiffany Co. and Nike are collaborating on a pair of black and robins egg-blue shoes, dubbed the Tiffany Co. x Nike Air Force 1 1837. Nike announced its collaboration with Tiffany Co. on Instagram, posting a...

Politics

US: Biden administration to propose Obamacare expansion to cover birth control

The Biden administration this week proposed a new provision to the Affordable Care Act that would expand coverage to access birth control. The provision would be for women whose employers have opted out of contraceptive...

UK PM Sunak says acted 'decisively' in dismissing Conservative party chair Zahawi over tax case

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said his dismissal of Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi was done decisively following the findings of the ethics probe over Zahawis tax affairs. Sunaks comments are part of efforts...

East China Sea: China coast guard drives away Japanese vessels off disputed islets

The Chinese coast guard said it has driven away Japanese vessels that were transiting through disputed islets in the East China Sea. The incident marks another flare in tensions between China and Japan over the...

Russia-Ukraine war: Zelenskyy visits Mykolaiv, meets with Danish PM Frederiksen

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the southern territory of Mykolaiv this week to meet with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. The meeting marks a rare instance a foreign leader visited an area close to...

Science

S. Korean researchers develop urine test that diagnoses cancer

A South Korean research team has developed a strip-type urine test that successfully diagnoses prostate and pancreatic cancer on-site by amplifying the optical signal of the metabolome in urine. The joint research team...

S. Korea to invest ₩275 billion in biopharma R&D projects

South Korea will invest 274.6 billion won in the bio-industry this year for 252 new RD projects in the four fields of biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, biomaterials, and medical equipment in 2023. According to South...

Scientists have started steering lightning with lasers – here's how

Lightning may look beautiful but every year it kills thousands of people, does huge amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and causes power outages. The only protection we have is lightning rods, which were...

Our Solar System is filled with asteroids that are particularly hard to destroy, new study finds

A vast amount of rocks and other material are hurtling around our Solar System as asteroids and comets. If one of these came towards us, could we successfully prevent the collision between an asteroid and Earth? Well,...

Eisai, Biogen apply for Alzheimer's drug approval in Japan

Eisai Co. and Biogen Inc. hope to gain approval with the Japanese health ministry by the end of the year of an Alzheimers drug that could both treat the cause and slow symptom progression. The U.S. Food and Drug...

Technology

McDonald’s tests robot-manned restaurant in US

McDonalds has opened its first restaurant almost without employees in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A video of this restaurant posted on Twitter shows that once a customer walks in, theres no one...

Osaka University designs anti-insect laser gun that could work on roaches too

A research team at Osaka Universitys Institute of Laser Engineering has created a blue laser diode gun that could target and lock on to insects weak spots before firing a precision beam. Led by Professors Hiroshi Fuji...

Intel loses $8 billion in market value after revealing dim forecast

Intel Corp saw about $8 billion wiped off its market value after it fanned fears in the personal computer market by predicting a loss for the first quarter and giving a revenue forecast of $3 billion below...

SK Telecom steps into AI coffee robot biz

SK Telecom is launching an unmanned coffee robot service dubbed AI Barista Robot in collaboration with Doosan Robotics Co. The robot can make about 20 different types of coffee and drinks and offers coffee that...

LG Innotek's net up 10.3% in 2022 on auto components demand

LG Innotek Co. posted a net income of 979.8 billion won in 2022, up 10 percent on-year, due to robust sales of high-value products and growing demand from automotive components. The company, an affiliate of LG group and...
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