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Britain Goes Offshore As Osborne Slashes Corporation Tax

Britain started the process of detaching itself from continental Europe following news that George Osborne plans to slash corporation tax to 15 per cent. The chancellor unveiled a five-point plan to protect the UK economy in the wake of the referendum vote, announcing that we are to remain competitive as an island by becoming more offshore in nature. Osborne says he also wants to secure new investment from China, boost banking lending, attract investment into the North of England and maintain...

UK Class Divide ‘Alive and Well’

Social research specialists NatCen have confirmed that the UK class divide is "alive and well" following a social attitudes study. The research revealed 77 per cent of people interviewed thought the class divide was either fairly wide or very wide, and just 26 per cent thought it was not very difficult to move between social classes, compared with 35 per cent in 2005. The British Social Attitudes survey is a tracker study that has been carried out every year since 1983, with...

Goodbye organic reach. Hello paid promotion and employee advocacy

Tor Goldfield, Head of Content at Southerly – the creative content agency Right now, there are two camps of marketers. There are some who still believe a well-crafted piece of content will resonate so naturally with the intended audience that it can be sent out into the world with little more than a nudge on social media and deliver the desired results. Then there are those who’ve realised times are changing and that it often takes a bit more to...

Watch: Racial Incidents On The Rise Following EU referendum

Hundreds of racist incidents have been reported following the UK's decision to leave the European Union. The police online hate crime reporting site has been inundated with reports, with Twitter hashtag #postrefracism created to shame those involved on social media. One Twitter user, Ben Zen, wrote that two Britons waved an English flag towards him and, having heard him speak in Romanian, said: "We voted you out. Go home you f*****g immigrants." On Facebook, Ai Sha shared a video showing members of...

Surge In Demand For Irish Passports

There has been a surge in demand for Irish passports following the UK's vote to leave the European Union. Foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan urged British citizens with the right to an Irish passport to apply only if it was necessary after significant interest from Britons seeking to ensure their long-term right to free movement after Brexit. Large queues formed outside the country’s passport office and post offices ran out of application forms. Mr Flanagan told the Times: "Following the UK referendum, there...

Jeremy Corbyn’s Brother Voted Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers has revealed he is a Brexiteer despite his brother campaigning for remaining in the EU. Speaking to the London Evening Standard he said "I voted to leave. Of course. “The EU has big problems.” The Labour party is in disarray following the Brexit vote, with several members of the shadow cabinet resigning in the wake of the vote. But Mr Corbyn’s brother today remained defiant over Labour’s chances of winning an election under its current left-wing leader....

Tax rises and spending cuts required, says Osborne

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The under pressure Chancellor George Osborne has announced that tax rises and spending cuts will be needed to deal with the “shock” of Brexit to help the UK economy weather the storm. Osborne said that these cuts will need to be decided by the next conservative leader whoever that may be. Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, Osborne said he stood by his Remain campaign warnings about what would happen in a Brexit situation, saying...

Ryanair Will ‘Pivot’ All Of Its Growth Into The EU Market

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary says the airline will "pivot all its growth into the European Union" following the UK's vote to leave the single market. The outspoken airline boss said the company is taking another 50 aircraft next year, and it is highly unlikely that any of them would be placed in the UK. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, O'Leary said Ryanair will now focus on expanding its business within the European Union. He was vocal about the UK's place within...

Video – Farage booed and jeered during EU speech

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Nigel Farage had his day in the sin today during an emergency meeting of the EU Parliament, to discuss the ramification of Brexit. Farage, during his speech, told the meeting of European MEPs, “you’re not laughing now.” His comments were met with boos and jeers from many in the chamber. Farage wasn’t finished there though, he said they were “in denial” and then told MEPs that they had “never had a proper job before.” I...

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