UK and Japan aim for free trade deal this year as negotiations begin

first_imgTalks will be held via video conference and will be kicked off by British trade minister Liz Truss and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs   Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday.“This deal will provide more opportunities for businesses and individuals across every region and nation of the UK and help boost our economies following the unprecedented economic challenges posed by coronavirus,” Truss said in a statement.Britain said it aimed to reach a deal which builds on Japan’s existing agreement with the EU, going further by including areas such as digital trade.Japan was Britain’s fourth-biggest non-EU trading partner in 2019, with total trade between the two countries of 31.4 billion pounds, according to government statistics.Britain hopes ultimately to join the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and sees trade talks with Japan as a step towards that end.Britain said around 100 negotiators would be involved on its side, with talks led by Graham Zebedee, a former British ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and overseen by Britain’s Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser Crawford Falconer.  Topics : Britain will begin negotiating a post-Brexit trade agreement with Japan on Tuesday which the government said both sides hoped would enter into force by the end of this year.After decades outsourcing its trade policy to the European Union, Britain is embarking on negotiating free trade deals with countries around the world, and last month launched formal negotiations with the United States.Trade deals typically take years to complete. Britain is also hoping to reach a trade agreement with the EU by the end of the year.last_img read more

Redknapp laughs off Super Eagles job rumours

first_img Loading… Top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also quashed the rumours, stating hiring the 73-year-old would mean returning the Super Eagles to the 80s. “The news is all a hoax as some people are trying to be mischievous,” a NFF source told Goal. Former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth manager, Harry Redknapp, has debunked speculation linking him to the Nigeria job. “Even if Nigeria ever thought of having a new coach, it would definitely not have been Redknapp. Hiring him would mean returning the Super Eagles to the 1980s, which is ridiculous. “Our boys haven’t done badly under Gernot Rohr, so why should we dump him at this critical moment? We in the NFF believe in him and we will let him continue with his good work for the next few years.” This was echoed by another NFF chief, who added: “I don’t know about this. Everyone has been calling me about this and I am in my house under lockdown. “The only thing that I know is that we just extended Gernot Rohr’s contract. We sent him an agreement and he will reply to the General Secretary. As far as I know, we have not discussed anything about another coach and we don’t know where this is coming from.” read also:Redknapp: Mourinho should not have taken Spurs trio to training ground Besides managing Spurs and Portsmouth, Redknapp also coached West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Bournemouth and Southampton. His last coaching job was in 2017 when he managed Championship side Birmingham City. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The Englishman was rumoured to have been contacted to take over from Gernot Rohr in the event where the Franco-German tactician fails to secure a new deal with the Super Eagles. However, on Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed they have reached an agreement with Rohr to continue as coach of the three-time African champions. In his reaction, Redknapp laughed off the claims, joking he would sell his house and leave for Africa along with his wife. “Yeah, well I spoke to Sandra and she’s always wanted to live in Nigeria,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “She said it’s amazing that this has come up now, because that was her dream. So we’re looking to sell up, we’re putting the house on the market. We’re looking to get somewhere over there if possible. I’m sure, she’d love it there. I’ve told her, she’d absolutely love it. I’m ready to go!” Speaking seriously, Redknapp added: “I actually went there a few years ago with Portsmouth, we played Manchester United, but I don’t think I’ll really be going back.” Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By MysteryWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Pretty Polly glory for Varian

first_img Shirocco Star, from Hughie Morrison’s stable, was third and Harasiya fourth. The 10-furlong feature lost a little of its gloss when the ante-post favourite Alive Alive Oh was withdrawn, being reported to be in-season. Newmarket-based Varian said: “That’s great, amazing. It was the plan (to make the running). We’ve held her up in the past. She ran very well in the Middleton at York (second to Dalkala) but they didn’t go very quick, and we held her up at Haydock and did they didn’t go quick there either and she was keen. “I said to Johnny she stays well so there was nothing to lose sending her forward and being positive. I was sure she’d keep going, she’s very tough. That’s my first Group One in Ireland and I love coming here. It was a brilliant ride from Johnny, he was very good. “She’s not straightforward, the lads did a brilliant job to make sure she was not over the top before that race – at Haydock she lost the race before that start. We’ll enjoy today and worry about where to go after that.” Murtagh added: “Roger said she was hard and tough. He said they might go slow, so from draw one to let her use her stride. The wind was behind, which probably helped her. She was game in the end as they all lined up to have a go at her, but she dug deep. She didn’t waste much energy round the back so from three out she had a good bit left.” O’Brien said of last year’s Epsom Oaks winner Was: “She ran a stormer. The only day she’s ever got her ground was in the mile race (at the Curragh on debut) and the Oaks, we know she gets a mile and a half and she was coming home well.” He indicated an option in America could be a possibility for Was. The Roger Varian-trained filly made most of the running in the hands of Johnny Murtagh and fended off all-comers to land the Group One spoils. Harasiya cut out the initial pace but Ambivalent soon got her head in front as Murtagh made the most of the rail position from stall one, and after seeing off that challenger the 10-1 shot pulled out more as the pack closed in, keeping on grimly to the line to defeat the Aidan O’Brien-trained 5-2 favourite Was by half a length. Ambivalent sprang a minor surprise with a gutsy success in the Oxigen Environment Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more