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Brexit countdown begins as MPs back Article 50 Bill


MPs have backed the European Union Bill by a majority of 384, allowing the Government to push ahead with Brexit.

Yesterday’s vote saw a result of 498 in favour of the Bill to 114, the BBC reports.

The Labour leadership supported the Bill but the Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru opposed. Forty-seven Labour MPs and former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke also reportedly opposed.

Prime Minister Theresa May intends to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by 31 March, when formal negotiations with the EU will start.

The Bill will return to the House of Commons next week before being scrutinised by the House of Lords.



Govt loses Supreme Court appeal on triggering Brexit

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without putting it to a Parliamentary vote. In a vote of eight to three, the Supreme Court has ruled that MPs must vote to approve the measure that would start the UK’s exit from the EU. Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger said that […]

Comment: No need to stop breaking records

This year, I would like to call on other lenders to consider equity release as more than just a niche player in the market Last year was another record-breaking one for the lifetime mortgage market. For the first time in any three-month period, £500m was released in Q2 2016, with total lending for the year […]


PM outlines 12 objectives for Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May has threatened to transform the UK into a tax haven if the European Union negotiates a bad deal for Brexit, as she confirms the country will leave the single market. In a speech at midday, May outlined 12 objectives for a Brexit deal, including that the UK would not remain a […]


Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy


Five ways to make your employee focus group session a success

by Debra Corey, group reward director  You just planned and booked what you thought was the perfect vacation for you and your family. You call everyone together to share the great news and instead of receiving sounds of glee and delight, you receive groans and complaints.Your youngest says: “I hate beaches, didn’t you know that?” (You think to […]


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