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CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson asserted that Egypt ranked fifth among countries hosting British education around the world.

In statements on Monday on the sidelines of a visit by a high-level delegation from 11 British universities, the ambassador said that 19,800 students registered in the UK programs, adding that Britain is a key partner to Egypt in education field.

Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and UK Minister of Universities and Science signed a memorandum of understanding to bring in more UK universities into Egypt in 2018, he added.

As many as 11 UK universities’ representatives are in Egypt this week to explore opportunities to create branches not only in Cairo and Giza but extending to other governorates as well, the ambassador further said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli attended the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding to boost scientific cooperation between the Higher Education Ministry and the British University of Liverpool.

The deal was signed by Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar and President of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool Professor Dame Janet Beer.

CAIRO, June 25,2018 (MENA) - Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli attended on Monday the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding to boost scientific co-operation between the Higher Education Ministry and the British University of Liverpool.

The deal was signed by Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool Professor Dame​ Janet Beer.

In statements following the signing ceremony, the higher education minister said that the MoU aimed at developing a strategic partnership between the Higher Education Ministry and Liverpool University, along with exchanging and training teaching staff and students.

He invited Beer to visit Egypt's educational and scientific research institutes to get acquainted with their distinguished human and scientific potentials, particularly Nile University and Zewail City of Science and Technology. 

The University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive higher education institutions. Consistently ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, Liverpool is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities, and has a global reach and influence that reflects its academic heritage as one of the UK’s largest civic institutions.

RAMALLAH, June 24, 2018 (MENA) - Palestine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomed Britain's stance which asserts that Al Quds (East Jerusalem) is part and parcel of Palestine.

The ministry praised Britain's insistence that a visit of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to Palestine is to include Al Quds.

In a press statement on Sunday, the ministry expressed appreciation of the British stance and renewed rejection of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocation of its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

LONDON, June 24, 2018 (News Wires) - Pro-Brexit politicians and business figures have urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to be ready to walk away from the European Union without a trade agreement, despite warnings from major manufacturers that a "no deal" Brexit would be an economic disaster.

In an open letter, 60 lawmakers, economists and business chiefs accused the EU of being "intransigent" in divorce talks and said Britain should threaten to withhold the 39 billion pound ($52 billion) divorce bill it has already agreed to pay.

The letter released Sunday by Economists for Free Trade was signed by prominent supporters of a "hard Brexit," including ex-UK Treasury chief Nigel Lawson, Conservative lawmakers John Redwood and Peter Bone, and Tim Martin, chairman of the Wetherspoons pub chain.

They urged U.K. authorities "to accelerate their preparations for 'no deal' and a move to a World Trade Deal under WTO rules."

That would mean tariffs and other trade barriers between Britain and the EU, and many businesses say it would severely harm the UK economy. Airbus, Siemens and BMW have all warned recently that leaving the EU without a free-trade deal would hurt British businesses and cost jobs. Airbus alone employs nearly 14,000 workers in the UK.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the warnings from businesses were "inappropriate" and undermined chances of getting a "clean Brexit."

"The more that we undermine Theresa May, the more likely we are to end up with 'a fudge,' which would be an absolute disaster for everyone," he told the BBC.

May's Conservative government is divided between Brexit-backing ministers calling for a clean break so that Britain can strike new trade deals around the world, and those who want to stay closely aligned to the EU, Britain's biggest trading partner.

Hunt urged people to unite behind the prime minister, saying she would mix "cautious pragmatism" with a determination to fulfil voters' decision to leave the EU.

LONDON, June 24, 2018 (News Wires) - A British minister accused Airbus and other major companies of issuing "completely inappropriate" threats and undermining Prime Minister Theresa May in a sign of growing tensions with businesses leaders over Brexit.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus last week issued its strongest warning over the impact of Britain's departure from the European Union, saying a withdrawal without a deal would force it to reconsider its long-term position and put thousands of British jobs at risk.

Other European companies with major operations in Britain have also started to speak out two years on from the Brexit vote, voicing concerns over a lack of clarity on the terms of trade when Britain leaves next March.

"It was completely inappropriate for businesses to be making these kinds of threats for one very simple reason - we are in an absolutely critical moment in the Brexit discussions and what that means is that we need to get behind Theresa May," Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC.

"The more that we undermine Theresa May the more likely we to end up with a fudge which will be absolute disaster for everyone," he added.

German carmaker BMW has warned the company would have to make contingency plans within months if the government did not soon clarify its post-Brexit position and German industrial group Siemens said it urgently needs clarity on how its operations would have to be organised.

The leaders of five major business lobby groups also warned the prime minister over the weekend that the ongoing uncertainty about Brexit could cost the economy billions of pounds.

Hunt, a senior figure in the government who is viewed as a potential future prime minister, dismissed "siren voices" who say Brexit negotiations are not going well and said people should ignore them.

With only nine months until Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, little is clear about how trade will flow as May, who is grappling with a divided party, is still trying to strike a deal with the bloc.

Business leaders are increasingly concerned that their concerns are being ignored and are stepping up their contingency plans in case Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.

The foreign minister Boris Johnson was quoted in the Telegraph newspaper by two sources over the weekend as dismissing business leaders' concerns about the impact of Brexit, using foul language in a meeting with EU diplomats.

A spokesperson for the foreign office disputed whether Johnson had used bad language and said he had been attacking business lobbyists.

Around 100,000 supporters of the EU marched through central London on Saturday to demand that the government hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit, organisers said.

 

LONDON, June 24, 2018 (News Wires) — Pro-Brexit politicians and business figures are urging British Prime Minister Theresa May to be ready to walk away from the European Union without a trade agreement, despite warnings from major manufacturers that a "no deal" Brexit would be an economic disaster.

In an open letter, 60 lawmakers, economists and business chiefs say Britain should threaten to withhold the 39 billion pound ($52 billion) divorce bill it has already agreed to pay.

The letter released on Sunday by Economists for Free Trade urges UK authorities "to accelerate their preparations for 'no deal' and a move to a World Trade Deal under WTO rules."

That would mean trade barriers between Britain and the EU.

Still, Airbus, Siemens and BMW have all warned that leaving the EU without a free-trade deal would hurt British businesses and jobs.

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