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Brexit: What happens now?

The bill to hold a general election on 12 December has now received Royal Assent which means it is law.

It follows the confirmation of a Brexit delay until 31 January 2020 after the EU agreed to the UK’s extension request.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously said the UK would leave by 31 October “do or die”. He has agreed a deal with the EU but the bill implementing it has been put on hold. It will now not progress before the general election.

[BBC]

Trump: Brexit deal ‘precludes’ US-UK trade agreement

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal would prevent the U.K. from striking a trade agreement with the U.S., Donald Trump said.

Speaking to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on LBC radio, the U.S. president said: “To be honest with you, this deal, under certain aspects of the deal, you can’t do it. You can’t trade. We can’t make a trade deal with the U.K.”

Trump added that under the Brexit deal agreed between Boris Johnson’s government and the EU, “under certain ways we’re precluded.” He said that was “completely ridiculous.”

[Politico]

Middle East

No import of drones without permission from Ministry of Interior of Kuwait

Minister of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al-Roudhan issued a decree banning the import of all types of unmanned aerial vehicles of all sizes, which are operated by remote control system and equipped with cameras, communication or reception equipment, except after obtaining a license from the Ministry of Interior.

The decision included that companies and shops which are licensed by the Ministry of the Interior to sell drones need to record name of the buyer, civil ID number and phone number.

[Arab Times]

Ministers of Transport and Communications, Commerce and Industry launch Qatar’s “E-commerce” portal – “Theqa” at QITCOM 2019

HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications (MoTC) and HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Minister of Commerce and Industry launched “Theqa” – the new website of Qatar’s e-commerce gateway on the sidelines of the fifth edition of the Qatar Information Technology Conference & Exhibition (QITCOM 2019).

Following the launch, the two ministers toured the pavilions of local companies providing E-Commerce and certified by THEQA, which so far has given its stamp of trust to 42 companies. The launch is part of MoTCs’ efforts to enhance consumer confidence in the local e-commerce sector and improve the quality of services provided by local online suppliers, in addition to providing traders and shoppers with the latest updates in the sector.

[Zawya]