Bitesize Blighty: April 20, 2018

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  • The Prince of Wales will be the next head of the Commonwealth, its leaders have announced. The Queen had said it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles would succeed her in the role "one day". The non-hereditary role would not have automatically passed to Prince Charles, with some suggestions it might rotate among the 53 leaders.
  • The EU has rejected UK proposals for avoiding a hard Irish border. The Telegraph reports that Theresa May's plan was subjected to a "systematic and forensic annihilation." Michel Barnier said on Friday that a quarter of the work needed to complete preparations for the UK to leave the EU next March remains to be done, as sources say little progress was made in three weeks of talks to break the deadlock on the vexed Irish question.
  • Unilever has been forced to confront a mounting rebellion among some of its largest investors against its decision to abandon its 89-year-old Anglo-Dutch structure and base itself in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The FT spoke to a number of sources expressing their concerns, however we noticed that they did not speak to the expert with the most insight on the greatness of Rotterdam (Immy Ransom).

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