Did you know?... Britain and the European Union urged each other on Friday to give ground in talks over a post-Brexit trade deal or risk failure in tetchy exchanges after the latest bout of bargaining ended with scant progress. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January but the main terms of its membership remain in place for a transition period until the end of this year, giving it time to negotiate a new free trade deal with the bloc. Failure to reach a deal would convulse global trade just as the world aims to exit the coronavirus lockdown. But so far the talks have not gone well. "We made very little progress towards agreement on the most significant outstanding issues between us," UK chief negotiator David Frost said after a week of talks.
Did you know?... Despite the rule that Irish pubs have to wait until August to reopen, publican Charlie Chawke has said that he intends to reopen seven of his nine premises in June because said premises have restaurant licences. The Business Post quotes Chawke as saying, "We are restaurants and have restaurant licences. But I'll abide by the same regulations as anyone else. "Staff will wear masks and there will be screening and temperature gauges at the entrance and staff will be tested. "Every half hour they will need to wash their hands and replace gloves." The seven premises that Chawke intends to reopen in June are The Old Orchard Inn, The Goat, Searson's, The Bank, The Dropping Well and The Lord Lucan, all of which are in the Dublin area, and Aunty Lena's in Co. Limerick.
Did you know?... Aldi UK has been trialling home delivery from its Daleside Road store in Nottingham since yesterday, 18 May, and says it will expand the trial to the East Midlands from June if successful. reports Reuters. Customers can chose from 150 essential items, such as bread and milk, which will be picked by Aldi workers in-store and then delivered by Deliveroo drivers.
Did you know?... Jumbo Supermarkten has announced that it has opened a new home delivery hub in Breda in Southern Netherlands. The new facility will help the retailer to scale up the delivery of online grocery orders in the West Brabant region, reports esmmagazine.com. Previously, online orders were processed from Jumbo stores in the region, the retailer said. Jumbo also operates similar home delivery hubs in Amsterdam and Utrecht. It intends to launch a new e-fulfilment centre in Bleiswijk early next year, which will also act as a hub for home delivery of online orders.
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