Soaring UK inflation tops 9%, fuels labor unrest

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Jun 23, 2022
The Ukraine war and the impacts of the pandemic sparked a global spike in prices. Britain is grappling with the domestic consequences.
Workers marched through London last weekend, demanding pay raises to match inflation.
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U.K. weighs whether to restore its old system of imperial measurements

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Jun 15, 2022
The prime minister pledged to make the use of pounds and ounces official again after Brexit. We checked sentiment at Shrewsbury Market.
In the imperial measurement system, an inch is based on the length of three grains of barley.
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Why the U.K. is threatening to tear up part of its Brexit treaty with the European Union

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May 27, 2022
The British move to change unilaterally part of its withdrawal deal with the EU could trigger a trade war with the bloc.
The Brexit grace period is over for most nonfood products arriving in Northern Ireland from the British mainland, and a wide swathe of goods already has been squeezed out of the Northern Ireland market.
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Brits push back against SLAPP lawsuits that "gag" critics of oligarchs

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Apr 29, 2022
The U.K. government has promised to act against the suits that allow wealthy litigants to abuse libel law and deter reporting on their finances.
The U.K. government has promised to take action against SLAPPs, lawsuits that often target journalists, authors and campaign groups.
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"Patriotic Millionaires" in the U.K. call for higher taxes … on themselves

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Apr 5, 2022
The group of wealthy individuals say they would be happy to pay a lot more in taxes to ease the burden on the poor and the middle classes.
As the United Kingdom grapples with high inflation, a group of millionaires is volunteering to take a bump in taxes.
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UK accused of dragging its feet over sanctions on Russian oligarchs and of failing to clean up the “London laundromat”

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Mar 4, 2022
Despite billions' worth of assets in London owned by Russian oligarchs, only a handful have been formally sanctioned by the U.K.
Roman Abramovich, owner of the Chelsea soccer club and one of London's most well-known Russian oligarchs, has not yet been sanctioned by the United Kingdom.
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Trump-era export tariffs are still rattling British steelmakers

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Jan 19, 2022
President Biden lifted a 25% tariff from European Union steel, but British steelmakers complain that they’re being unfairly penalized.
Then-President Donald Trump poses with the 2018 steel import proclamation, which added a 25% tariff on imported steel. President Joe Biden has lifted the tariff for countries in the European Union but not for the United Kingdom.
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Will Brits embrace economic recovery under the mistletoe this Christmas?

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Dec 13, 2021
Some say the return of the U.K.’s only annual mistletoe auction heralds the beginning of the end of COVID-induced social distancing.
Mistletoe consultant Jonathan Briggs surrounded by his beloved berries. "It's not surprising it was seen as something magical," he said.
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Brexit import changes are still painful for London honey seller after 2 years

Dec 7, 2021
After a strong summer, a London honey seller is dealing with the coronavirus omicron variant and changing trade policy on animal goods.
A beekeeper in northwestern Italy. New laws governing imports of animal byproducts in the United Kingdom go into effect in January.
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The U.K. aspires to become the "Qatar of hydrogen"

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Nov 30, 2021
British prime minister Boris Johnson pledges to turn the U.K. into a leading producer of carbon-free hydrogen to cash in on a global boom.
Building an electrolyzer, the machine splits hydrogen from oxygen creating what some regard as the "dream, green fuel."
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