The average number of properties on surveyors' books has hit a new all-time low, a report has found.Just over 42 homes were available for sale per branch on average in June, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said.The number of fresh homes coming to market had fallen for 16 months in a row - and "against this backdrop, average stock levels have slipped to a new low" - Rics, whose survey started in 1978, said.House prices continued to push upwards in June, but the pace of growth had slowed.A net balance of 7 per cent of surveyors across the UK saw prices rise rather than fall in June, but in May more surveyors had been seeing prices increase, with an overall balance of 17 per cent.In central London the pace of decline in house price inflation continued, with 45 per cent more surveyors seeing a decline in prices over the month while the South East and East Anglia were showing a flatter trend, Rics said.Surveyors' expectations for house sales in the coming 12 months had … [Read more...] about Surveyors warn that house sales are ‘flatlining’ – why is the property market slowing?
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THE SNP are threatening to hold Theresa May’s flagship Brexit bill to ransom unless Nicola Sturgeon is handed a seat at the top table for our EU negotiations.The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday the Government's key Repeal Bill may require a “legislative consent motion” in the Scottish Parliament.The law, which repeals the 1972 Act which took the UK into the European Economic Community, was one of eight Brexit bills unveiled in the Queen’s Speech.But her admission potentially hands a veto to the Parliament in Edinburgh where the SNP governs as a minority administration.Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, signalled they would be seeking a place in the Brexit talks in order to achieve a different arrangement for Scotland as the price of allowing the legislative consent motion to pass.He told the BBC: “There needs to be a meeting of the joint ministerial committee - the Parliament in London, meeting together with the governments in Edinburgh, of … [Read more...] about SNP threaten to hold Brexit bill to ransom unless Nicola Sturgeon gets a seat at the negotiations with the EU
LEO VARADKAR insists there should be no “economic border” on the island of Ireland and told Brexiteers: “If anyone is angry it should be us.”The Government is pushing for the Irish Sea to become the post Brexit border with the UK, an idea which was first mooted months ago.The Taoiseach revealed he and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney do not want to see the nation split in two when it comes to freedom of trade and customs issues.Speaking to journalists, our premiere said it is up to Britain to sort out any issues that may arise in relation to the border.He said: “Between Ireland and Northern Ireland there is a political border. But currently there is no economic border.“There hasn’t been an economic border since 1992. As far as this Government is concerned there shouldn’t be an economic border. We don’t want one.“It’s Britain that has decided to leave and if they want to put forward smart solutions, technological … [Read more...] about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar insists there should be no ‘economic border’ on the island of Ireland
KEITH Chegwin says the UK should leave the European Union as the country to get a better deal with Brussels.The Cheggers Plays Pop legend becomes the latest celeb to back Brexit, though he is unlikely to be the big name backer Boris Johnson et al were looking for.His views on the June 23 referendum were revealed in an online Q&A with mFortune Bingo last week.The former Naked Jungle star declared: “I’m Brexit! There you go. I’m honest about it.“The only reason being is because, yes, we can stay in and renegotiate new terms."But I think it’s always better to shut the door, then open it again and agree better terms.“So let’s come out and agree a better deal for our United Kingdom. It just seems that there’s a lot of money going to Europe, and it doesn’t seem like there’s that much coming back.“So let’s leave, and let’s create a new contract.”The 59-year-old, who came fourth in Celebrity Big Brother … [Read more...] about Keith Chegwin backs the UK leaving the EU in online Q&A with bingo website, declaring: ‘I’m Brexit!’
NICOLA Sturgeon's plans to keep the UK in the Single Market after Brexit have been slapped down by Theresa May as "impractical".The First Minister, who is desperate to stay as close to the EU as possible, said today that the "best option" would be to become a full member of the EU as an independent country, but that she would push for the UK to remain in the free trading bloc.Theresa May said she will look "very seriously" at the proposals, which outlined plans for Scotland post-Brexit, but admitted this afternoon that some of them may be "impractical".The First Minister wants special treatment with a unique deal for Scotland, including more powers over immigration, employment law and social protection after we leave.But the UK Government say this isn't possible, and the union as a whole voted for Brexit.Mrs May said this afternoon that Ms Sturgeon's proposals were just a "contribution to the debate" and she expected input from the Welsh and Northern Irish Governments too.She … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for Britain to remain in the Single Market after Brexit rebuked by Theresa May
All updates are in Universal Coordinated Time Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the government is, once again, in control of the country, following a failed coup attempt which started late Friday. The takeover saw a night of explosions, air strikes and gunfire. The Turkish parliament in Ankara was bombed and Istanbul's main airport was seized. The coup attempt also led to the temporary seizure of the state broadcaster TRT. Erdogan, who had been holidaying on the southwest coast when the coup was launched, called the uprising an "act of treason" and said that those responsible would pay a heavy price. 20.31: A Turkish military crew has arrived in the Greek port of Alexandroupolis to retrieve the Black Hawk helicopter used by eight Turkish soldiers to flee the country following the failed coup. The putsch members have claimed political asylum in Greece. Turkey has insisted they be extradited but Greek officials say they must go through an asylum review first, which could … [Read more...] about +++ Updates: Military attempt to seize power in Turkey +++
The eyes of the world are on the UK this week as it heads into its historic referendum to decide whether voters want Britain to leave the European Union (Brexit) or remain a member of the bloc. Among those taking to the polls Thursday are hundreds of thousands of Africans, both British Africans and Commonwealth citizens living in the UK. Around two percent of the country's population described themselves as black African or mixed African in the last census. The vote has been described as the decision of a generation and for many voters it's a tough choice. At a market in the northeast of the city, Londoners from all over the world are buying and selling everything from brightly colored fabrics to dried fish. Opinions about Brexit are just as varied. Ian Campbell, a perfume trader, was born in London to Nigerian parents. He finds himself split between the two options because much of his business is linked to European trade. "As a self-employed person, one side says leave and one … [Read more...] about Brexit: Africans in the UK share their views
Deutsche Welle: Libya is currently in the grips of perhaps its worst crisis since the toppling of Moammar Gadhafi and his regime. What went wrong strategically in Libya after the ouster of Gadhafi that has led to the current crisis the country is facing now? Bernardino Leon: We should talk about the different factors and conflicting views of the different stake holders. On the one hand, the militias didn't trust the rest of the institutions and decided not to integrate, disarm or disband which is one of the key factors that complicate things today. But not the only one. The institutions, maybe because of a lack of tradition and democratic debate, have conflicting views. And problems between the government and the parliament in the past have been quite serious. Probably the lack of a tradition and political debate and lack of institutions that were eliminated by the Gadhafi regime have led us to the situation that we have today. The Europeans took … [Read more...] about Bernardino Leon: ‘Libyans need international help to solve the crisis’
Ailie Crerar, 24, Glasgow: 'We cannot let fear drive us apart' "The EU is not a failure and it hasn't run out of steam. If anything, it is probably restrained by increasingly conservative national governments, not the other way around. I will vote 100 percent remain. No doubt. I've received personal benefits from the EU, in being able to travel and study abroad as an Erasmus student. The EU has done a lot to protect workers' rights, promote equality, support human rights, protect the environment, and support culture. These are all things I care deeply about, and they are all things the current UK government has already tried to erode. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I think it's not a coincidence that Europe has seen an unprecedented era of peace while the EU has been in existence. This union brought to end centuries of fighting, and has meant all nations must become more outward-looking and open to the world. A Brexit would lead to an inward-looking, small-minded and … [Read more...] about Should we stay or should we go? UK youth weigh in on EU referendum
The leader of the British government is creating an image of a glorious future. Foreign countries are queuing up to give us trading advantages and access to their markets. Or – as Ken Clarke, a conservative member of parliament and one of his party's leading pro-Europeans, suggested – is it more like in Alice in Wonderland: all just a dream? Theresa May needs to shed light on the tangle that is Brexit, and soon. The government "White Paper" that's supposed to illuminate the path towards Brexit is not much help here. It formulates the government's ambitious goals: a free trade agreement with the EU as well as a new customs agreement, but without paying huge sums into the EU budget. It remains unclear why the EU, which has repeatedly denounced the renegade Brits' "cherry-picking," would be interested in any such deal. Promises without concrete substance The government paper makes special promises to the Scots and the Northern Irish, the majority of whom voted against … [Read more...] about Time to tell the truth about Brexit, Theresa May!