UK’s Osborne warns voters of Brexit’s permanent hit to economy

  British finance minister George Osborne told voters that leaving the European Union would cost them thousands of pounds a year and sap funding for public services because it would do permanent damage to the country’s economy. In a move likely to grab the attention of many Britons, who remain split on whether to stay in the bloc, Osborne pointed to Treasury figures which said breaking away could cost each household 4,300 pounds ($6,100) a year by 2030. Three days after official campaigning began for the EU membership referendum on…

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Czechs do not rule out legal action against permanent migrant quotas

The Czech Republic cannot rule out legal action if the European Union tries to put in place any permanent quota system for distributing asylum seekers, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Sunday. The country was one of four central and eastern European states to oppose an EU quota scheme approved by member states last year to distribute 120,000 asylum seekers. Now the European Commission wants a permanent re-distribution system in place. The Czech leader said he thought it was unlikely the bloc would approve a permanent quota plan. “I expect…

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