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Nigel Farage on shortlist to be Time’s person of the year

Nigel Farage has been shortlisted for Time magazine’s prestigious person of the year award.

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The finance sector paid 11.5% of the UK's total tax bill last year. Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

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The annual Black Friday sales gave stores a boost last month. Picture: Jon Savage

Black Friday shoppers send non-food sales soaring

Bargain-hungry shoppers bolstered retail takings last month, with non-food sales jumping 40 per cent during the week including Black Friday.

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Brexit clouds are gathering over the finance sector, a major contributor to government coffers. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Financial sector pays 11.5% of total UK tax bill

The financial services sector contributed £71.4 billion in tax last year, highlighting the potential hit to UK government coffers if Brexit results in restricted access to the EU’s single market.

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Helen Marten speaks after winning the 2016 Turner Prize at Tate Britain. Picture: PA

Helen Marten scoops 2016 Turner Prize

The artist Helen Marten has scooped a £25,000 jackpot after she was named winner of the 2016 Turner Prize.

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The High Court ruled that MPs should be given a say on triggering Brexit, prompting an appeal to the Supreme Court

Brexit: Referendum gave ministers ‘right to trigger Article 50’

The UK’s highest court has been told the EU referendum gave ministers the right to trigger an exit from the bloc without the approval of MPs.

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Picture: PA

Brexit: EU citizens living in UK will need ‘documentation’

Three million EU citizens living in Britain will need to have some form of documentation following Brexit, the Home Secretary has said.

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Shop manager Jonathan Smyth said he heard a loud knock at the door and thought it was 'the bread man.' Picture: Contributed

Goat attacks OAP, jumps on cars after being refused entry to shop

A raging goat attacked a pensioner and jumped on cars after being refused entry to a shop in Northern Ireland.

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The services sector accounts for about 75% of the UK economy. Picture: John Devlin

Services sector overcomes Brexit to hit ten-month high

Activity in the UK’s powerhouse services sector jumped to a ten-month high in November as the economy showed further signs of resilience in the face of Brexit uncertainty.

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The Supreme Court in Westminster will rule if the government can trigger Article 50 without the need for legislation. Picture: PA

UK Government goes to Supreme Court to overturn Brexit ruling

The Government goes to the Supreme Court today in the latest stage of the legal battle over Brexit.

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Ford's Fiesta topped the UK sales charts last month. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Car sales accelerate in November, says trade body

New car sales grew by 2.9 per cent in November compared with the same month last year, according to the latest industry figures.

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Liberal Democrat candidate Sarah Olney and her husband Ben pose for photos with supporters after being announced as the winner of the Richmond Park by-election. Picture: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Brian Monteith: UKIP rather than the Lib Dems may cause the next upset

Dublin and Richmond Park change nothing, but UKIP’s Paul Nuttall might, writes Brian Monteith

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Boris Johnson said on The Andrew Marr Show that no decisions have been made on how much to pay into the EU budget. Picture: PA

Boris Johnson says no ‘large’ EU bill for single market

Boris Johnson has stoked Cabinet tensions over Brexit after he dismissed the idea that the UK could pay “large” amounts into Brussels for continued access to the single market after it had left the European Union.

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The cold war continues between the supermarket and the Icelandic government. Picture: PA

Iceland and Iceland at a stalemate over trademark dispute

The supermarket Iceland claims that the Icelandic government is “not willing to hold any serious discussion” to reach agreement in a trademark dispute.

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Sir Michael Rake: Customer service not good enough. Picture: PA

BT ‘must improve customer service for broadband users’

BT needs to raise the level of customer service for its broadband users, chairman Sir Michael Rake has said.

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Tony Gardner contracted Zika filming in Guadeloupe. Picture: PA

British actor Tony Gardner contracts Zika virus

Actor Tony Gardner has told how he contracted the Zika virus while filming in the Caribbean.

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Prince of Wales, who went on to become Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936. Picture: PA

Edward VIII would’ve been a ‘useless king’, claims historian

Edward VIII would have been a “useless king” had he stayed on the throne and his abdication saved the monarchy, a historian has said.

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The Foreign Secretary was given a "pub quiz" by Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan. Picture: AFP

Boris Johnson quits TV interview over world leaders ‘quiz’

Boris Johnson walked away from a television interview after he was challenged to name the president of South Korea.

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Madeleine disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007. Picture: PA

Madeleine McCann detectives ‘following important new lead’

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are following an “important” new lead, according to reports.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May as demanded urgent action to tackle leaks. Picture: Getty Images

Theresa May cracks down on Government moles..leaked memo reveals

Theresa May has ordered a crackdown on unauthorised leaks by ministers and civil servants with a warning that culprits will face instant dismissal if they are caught ... a leaked memorandum has revealed.

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