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No deal Brexit

Failure to reach an agreement by 31 December would result in a no-deal Brexit. Prices could go up for the goods the UK buys and sells from and to the EU. That’s because the UK and EU would trade on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms – the basic rules for countries without trade deals.

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US Election Terms

Bellwether state:

A state that historically tends to vote for the winning candidate, perhaps because it is, demographically, a microcosm of the country as a whole. A good example is Ohio, which has not backed a losing presidential candidate since 1960.

The term derives from the name for a sheep which shepherds would fit with a bell. By listening out for this sheep, the bellwether, shepherds were able to locate the position of the entire flock.

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Word of the day – Quartz worktops

Quartz worktops are made of pieces of natural stone bonded together with a small amount of adhesive. The stone used is quartz, one of nature’s toughest materials, and a very versatile one. Quartz worktops are 90-99% quartz. The exact ratio depends on the manufacturer and type of quartz worktop.

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Word of the Day – Escrow

An Escrow is a financial agreement between two people or organizations in which money or property is kept by a third person or organization until a particular condition is met. It helps make transactions more secure by keeping the payment in a secure escrow account which is only released when all of the terms of an agreement are met as overseen by the escrow company.

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