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Carbon tax controversy may spark trade war: Airbus boss

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A widening split in the global aviation industry over an unpopular European carbon tax may trigger a trade war, the head of plane manufacturer Airbus said Monday.

“I have to say I’m really worried also as a manufacturer about the consequences,” Airbus Chief Executive Thomas Enders told a conference on the eve of the Singapore Airshow.

“I have seen the position in China, in Russia, in the US, in India, and what started as a scheme to present a solution for the environment has become a source of potential trade conflict,” he added.

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The European Union imposed the tax with effect from January 1, but over two dozen countries, including India, Russia, China and the United States, have opposed the move, saying it violates international law.

The EU has said the carbon tax will help the 27-nation bloc achieve its goal of cutting emissions by 20.0 percent by 2020.

China has barred its airlines from complying with the requirement while Europe’s low-cost carriers accused their Chinese and US rivals of employing “gunboat” diplomacy in opposing the scheme.

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Boris Johnson said he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than delay Brexit — but just asked to extend deadline

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to write to Brussels seeking a Brexit deadline extension after MPs voted Saturday to demand he delay Britain's October 31 departure date.

In a phonecall with European Council President Donald Tusk after the vote, Johnson said he would send the letter mandated by MPs to seek more time, a EU source told AFP.

"The PM confirmed that the letter would be sent to Tusk today," the source said.

"Tusk will on that basis start consulting EU leaders on how to react. This may take a few days," he added.

Tusk said on Twitter that he was "waiting for the letter".

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Another blow for Boris: British MPs delay vote on Johnson’s Brexit deal

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At a special session of Parliament intended to ratify the Brexit deal, lawmakers voted 322-306 to withhold their approval on the Brexit deal until legislation to implement it has been passed.

The vote aims to ensure that the U.K. can't crash out of the EU without a divorce deal on the scheduled Oct. 31 departure date. But it means Johnson he has to ask the EU to delay Britain's departure, since Parliament previously passed a law compelling him to do that if a Brexit divorce deal had not been passed by Saturday.

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Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal mostly ‘cut and pasted’ from May’s

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a knife-edge vote on his last-minute Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Saturday. But except for replacing the contentious “backstop” with new arrangements to ensure an open border in Ireland, the agreement Johnson struck with the EU is similar to that of his predecessor – which was rejected by parliament three times.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a knife-edge vote on his last-minute Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Saturday. But except for replacing the contentious “backstop” with new arrangements to ensure an open border in Ireland, the agreement Johnson struck with the EU is similar to that of his predecessor – which was rejected by parliament three times.

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