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Calls grow for 2nd Brexit referendum - EUbusiness Week newsletter 829


EUbusiness Week 829 top stories: EU signs largest ever free trade deal with Japan; Google fined EUR 4.3 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules; EU shields against steel imports after Trump tariffs; VW yet to guarantee post-dieselgate emissions repairs; Brussels warns Airbnb over pricing policy; Protection of cross-border investments: new guidance

Publisher's Note

This week's Communication on the EU's preparedness for Brexit does not mince words. The repercussions for European businesses and citizens, whichever scenario plays out, are serious: from new controls at the EU's outer border with the UK, the validity of UK-issued licences, to certificates and authorisations and different rules for data transfers. The EU's patience, as well as that of the 63 per cent of Britons who did not vote for Brexit, is wearing thin. Embarrassment grows at the ineptitude of the UK government's performance, as a band of Brextremist politicians, having misled the voters, now dictate her government policy. Responsibility and power must be returned to the public through a second referendum, a People's Vote.
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Nick Prag
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1. EU signs largest ever free trade deal with Japan

EU and Japanese leaders signed a landmark free trade agreement Tuesday, removing nearly all tariffs paid by EU companies exporting to Japan and sending out a clear message against protectionism.
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2. Google fined EUR 4.3 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules

The Commission has fined Google EUR 4.34 billion for using Android to cement its internet search dominance by imposing restrictions on device manufacturers and mobile operators.
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3. EU shields against steel imports after Trump tariffs

The Commission introduced safeguard measures on imports of steel products Wednesday, to address the diversion of steel from other countries to the EU market as a result of recently imposed US tariffs.
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4. VW yet to guarantee post-dieselgate emissions repairs

VW is yet to guarantee its emissions repairs do not affect its cars' performance, the Commission said in conclusions on the 8.5m car recalls made after the 'dieselgate' scandal.
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5. Brussels warns Airbnb over pricing policy

The Commission and consumer authorities have called on online accommodation marketplace Airbnb to align its terms and conditions with EU consumer rules and to be transparent on pricing.
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6. Protection of cross-border investments: new guidance

New guidance issued Thursday is intended to help investors invoke their rights before national administrations and courts and help states protect the public interest in compliance with EU law.
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Migrants in Hungary: the Commission referred Hungary to the EU Court of Justice Thursday for non-compliance of asylum and return legislation with EU law, and sent a letter of formal notice concerning new Hungarian migrant legislation.
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