UK vows no ‘Mad Max style’ deregulation after Brexit

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis. (AFP)
Updated 20 February 2018
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UK vows no ‘Mad Max style’ deregulation after Brexit

LONDON: Britain is trying to reassure the European Union that it doesn’t plan to slash regulations and standards in order to boost its economy after Brexit.
Brexit Secretary David Davis will use a speech Tuesday in Vienna to promise that Brexit won’t lead to “an Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom, with Britain plunged into a ‘Mad Max’-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction.”
Britain’s Brexit department said Monday that Davis will tell Austrian business leaders that maintaining similar standards and regulations will allow trade to continue without barriers after Britain leaves the EU in 2019.
Britain wants to retain close economic ties with the EU, while also becoming free to strike new trade deals around the world.
EU leaders warn Britain can’t have both freedom from the bloc’s regulations and frictionless trade.


At least 12 dead in Mali attack — sources

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At least 12 dead in Mali attack — sources

  • Militants claiming allegiance to Daesh have been clashing with local groups
  • Mali’s unrest stems from a 2012 Tuareg separatist uprising which was exploited by militants

BAMAKO: At least 12 Tuareg civilians died Tuesday in an attack in eastern Mali, a region hit by chronic unrest between local tribes and jihadist militants, sources said.
About 200 people, many of them civilians from the Fulani and Tuareg tribes, have been killed in the area this year.
Militants claiming allegiance to Daesh have been clashing with local groups backing a French security force and the Malian army.
The attack took place 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Menaka, according to a local official, a security source, and a statement by former rebels in the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA).
“Armed men on motorcycles killed at least 12 civilians,” the official said, citing a resident of the town who claimed to have seen the bodies.
The official, who asked not to be named, added that “for now we do not know exactly who did it. I don’t know if it was the result of a dispute between tribes or a terrorist act.”
The security source said some of his sources spoke of 12 dead, while others put the toll at 16.
The MSA statement said “armed individuals on motorcycles had executed 17 civilians” from two Tuareg camps.
Mali’s unrest stems from a 2012 Tuareg separatist uprising which was exploited by militants in order to take over key cities in the north.
The extremists were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.