Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 28
points higher at 7,156 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
* BT GROUP: Britain's BT Group Plc is in talks to sell its corporate
business in Ireland to London-based Mayfair Equity Partners, a Sky News reporter
tweeted on Thursday.
* EDDIE STOBART LOGISTICS: Eddie Stobart Logistics Plc will
announce on Friday that Chief Executive Officer Alex Laffey will step down
following a multimillion-pound accounting er
This weekend will be a moment of reckoning for survivors around the world, as the Pope arrives for the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly 40 years amid a growing outcry over Church-related sexual abuse.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred for the second successive day on Thursday to "an excellent paper" endorsed by pro-Brexit members of parliament proposing alternatives to replace the so-called Irish backstop.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Boris Johnson held constructive talks on Thursday and agreed that exchanges between Britain and the European Union in search of a Brexit deal should continue until the end of September, an official in Macron's office said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had not given Britain 30 days to find a solution for the so-called Irish backstop but had wanted to highlight how short time was before Britain's planned European Union exit date of Oct. 31.
The British pound jumped more
than half a cent on Thursday to nearly a one-month high after
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a solution to the Irish
border issue could be found before the Oct. 31 deadline for
Britain to leave the European Union.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she had not set Britain a 30-day deadline to find a solution for the so-called Irish backstop, saying they could also have time until Oct. 31, when Britain is due to leave the European Union.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that under no circumstances would the United Kingdom set up border checks on the boundary between EU member Ireland and the British region of Northern Ireland.
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