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NI deal ‘may be done by February’

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A ‘no entry’ sign is seen near the Stormont Parliament Buildings on the day Britain is expected to publish a bill to unilaterally scrap some of the rules governing post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland, as its dispute with the European Union over the protocol has not yet been resolved, in Belfast, Northern Ireland June 13, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

The United Kingdom may be close to agreeing a new deal with the European Union on how trade involving Northern Ireland should be handled.
The province, which is part of the UK, shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland, which is a member of the EU. The border between them has been a thorny issue ever since the UK left the EU in 2020 because in the past it was a flash-point for sectarian violence involving factions wanting a united island and those favoring the status quo.
All sides wanted to avoid reinstating a hard border, over fears it would reignite the violence.
London and Brussels agreed to leave a soft border in place, but, under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, goods crossing it would be checked remotely.
Additionally, they agreed Northern Ireland would be largely treated, for trade issues, as if it were still part of the EU and not part of the UK. That part of the deal was controversial among people who wanted Northern Ireland to be treated exactly the same as the rest of the UK, which made the protocol largely unworkable from the start.
On the weekend, The Sunday Times newspaper said UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was close to agreeing a new deal with the EU, following secret talks, and that it could be in place by February.
The Daily Express newspaper said Sunak had also appointed hardline Brexiteer Oliver Lewis, who was a prominent member of the Vote Leave campaign ahead of the 2016 referendum, to reassure hardline euroskeptics the proposed deal was acceptable.
The paper said Lewis’s appointment was aimed at calming nerves among the European Research Group, a staunchly pro-Brexit faction within the governing Conservative Party.
An anonymous government source told the paper Lewis would aim to make sure they feel “listened to” and “in the loop”.
The Times said the new deal will likely include the EU giving ground on data-sharing and on the role of the European Court of Justice.
An unnamed government official told the paper: “We want to give negotiations the best chance. Public discussions of amendments would not be helpful at this stage. We’ll let the team try the negotiations with Brussels first.”
The Times added that all sides hope a new deal can be reached before April, when United States President Joe Biden is likely to visit the island of Ireland, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended decades of sectarian violence and which set up the soft border and power-sharing.
Biden has told Sunak and his predecessors he wants to see the Northern Ireland Protocol issue sorted out by the April anniversary, and that any kind of improved trade deal between London and Washington may depend on it.

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ICE London 2023 to feature exhibitors from record 68 nations – IAG

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
IAG will have a team of four at ICE London next week. Visit us at Stand ND7-C.

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David Ford and Annie Dressner Live in London

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There’s something special about London on a Saturday night – there’s a certain buzz in the air as you head into the Capital city. For me that buzz was extra special, as I was going to see David Ford and Annie Dressner at The Lexington in Islington. I literally listened to their ’10 Days (Live)’ album for the first time a week ago, but since then it’s been on repeat and heading in I knew that the night was going to be special.
The Lexington is a great place for music, with a bar on the ground floor before heading up the winding stairs to the spacious venue itself. And as the crowd started coming in, the atmosphere in the room was growing by the minute.
Opening the night was Scottish singer songwriter Gary Stewart. He set the night off really well, with an engaging set that got the crowd onside from the start. He opened with his 2021 single ‘Hot To Trot‘ and you already knew the set was going to be a good one – a rousing folk song with great lyrical dexterity. The highlight of the set was ‘Frontlines’, a simply gorgeous song (check out a YouTube video of the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCLwYwsesk). Gary ended with a fine cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Song for the Asking’.
It was time for a quick visit to the bar before settling down for the main event. 
The duo appeared on the stage to great applause, David in an orange shirt and Annie in a sparkling black dress. They opened with ‘Easy Falling’, the first song that I’ve ever heard of theirs, and a song that convinced me I needed to listen to the rest of the album. This slow and moving number is a touching love song and shows off the brilliant harmonies of David and Annie – there’s something special about the English (David) and US accents (Annie) mingling in the way that they do. 
Throughout the set, there were so many highlights. ‘Something I’ll Have to Learn‘ is a song with an almost timeless feel that feels like a conversation in song, Annie’s original ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names‘ was simply brilliant and ‘Some Folks Are Lucky I Guess‘ is a song with a great sentiment. ‘Can’t Help What I Want‘ (below) is a great example of those brilliant harmonies that the two share.

‘Trash‘, a cover of the Suede hit, was a particular highlight – a song that was a nice surprise on the live album. As they break into ‘Oh maybe, maybe it’s the clothes you wear‘ it almost feels like this was a song that Suede wrote for David and Annie, their version is that good. Outstanding.
The set had a second cover, a song that Annie introduced as ‘an American classic‘. This classic was ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You‘ from Chas and Dave, a song that typified the cockney sound of London back in the 1980’s. I love the way they re-worked it and there was something special about the way Annie sings the word ‘Darling’ in her US twang that just resonated and put a smile on my face.
There were great moments of humour throughout the night, the chat between the two great. At one point mid-song, Annie passed her guitar to David, exclaiming ‘I knew there were chords in this song, I just didn’t know which ones‘ which had the crowd laughing.
The best of the night was saved till last. ‘Warning Sign’ had quickly become my favourite song from the pair and hearing it live in person lived up to all expectations. There’s such a beauty in live music, and hearing songs like this with other people in a venue can really bring a song home – and almost even change your own personal relationship with a song.
The final song of the night (there was no encore as David explained that they literally had no more songs!) was ‘Put Me In A Corner’. Annie’s vocals take the lead in this track and it was just magical, the emotion of the song emanating from the stage and filling the room. You can listen and see for yourself below.

You never know what to expect when you see an artist or artists perform for the first time. Some exceed expectations and some just don’t hit the heights you expect. In David Ford and Annie Dressner, it was definitely the former. The gig was stripped back – just two people on a stage creating a moment. And what a moment it was.
Annie and David and reviewer Nick Cantwell
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***Note – I need to say a word about the audience for the gig. The audience was impeccable, with barely any talking at all at any point (apart from whispered orders at the bar). Credit goes to Gary, Annie and David, who managed to grab the audience from the start, but also to everyone there. If you were there yourself, give yourself a high five!***
Review written by Nick Cantwell (instagram.com/nickcantwellmanagement)
 
 
 


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