A major publicity campaign will be launched on Monday to prepare the public and businesses for the United Kingdom’s final break with the European Union at the end of the year.

The prospects are fading of London and Brussels reaching a free trade agreement to come into force on 1 January, when the post-Brexit transition period ends.

With less than six months to the severing of Britain’s ties with the bloc, £705m is being spent on building new checks in ports, hiring staff and developing technology to ensure the UK’s border systems are fully operational next year.

The information campaign will include guidance to holidaymakers on travel insurance and taking their pets abroad.

Its launch reflects concerns that awareness of Britain’s imminent departure from the single market and customs union has faded while the country has focused on combating the coronavirus health emergency.

Advertisements carrying the slogan “The UK’s new start: let’s get going” will run on television, radio and online, with text messages sent to the public.

They will carry a “Check, Change, Go” strapline and direct people and businesses to a checker tool on the Government’s website showing the next steps they need to take.

Businesses will also be able to contact a “field force team” for one-to-one advice on new export arrangements.

And businesses planning to export or import to or from the EU will be told to ensure they have registered with the relevant customs authority.

Some UK-wide guidance will not apply to trade between Northern Ireland and the EU until negotiations have concluded. Initial guidance for Northern Ireland is expected to be published in the coming weeks.

The Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove yesterday set out plans to spend £470m for infrastructure at ports and at inland sites, and £235m for computer systems and staffing, with extra cash for HM Revenue and Customs.

Full implementation of Britain’s new border regime has been delayed until July 2021, although France and other EU countries will have their controls in place from 1 January.

Mr Gove said: “With or without further agreement with the EU, this £705 million will ensure that the necessary infrastructure, tech and border personnel are in place so that our traders and the border industry are able to manage the changes and seize the opportunities as we lay the foundations for the world’s most effective and secure border.”

Source: inews

Sweden was ranked the best country in the world for women, according to a new report recently published by the CEOWORLD magazine. Denmark and the Netherlands follow up in second and third place, respectively. Norway ranks 4th. Eight out of the top ten countries for women are in Europe, including Finland (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 7), France (No. 9), and Germany (No. 10); the list also included Canada (No. 5) and New Zealand (No. 8). The 2020 rankings placed Luxembourg in 11th ahead of Austria into 12th; while Italy ranked 13th and Spain 14th. Overall, among the top 20 best countries in the world, for women to live, the 15th, 16th, and 17th positions are held by Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

There is a universal pattern of discrimination and crime against women, but volume and intensity differ from country to country. Regional, racial, and socio-economic factors play a crucial role in determining the objectification of the feminine body and gender equality. Frankly, there is no country in the world that is 100% safe for women with the freedom to live equally. But, some countries are better than others when it comes to equal rights, social inclusion, and a sense of security.

Sweden: Sweden is the most favorite country for women to live and shine. For over 10 million Swedish, there is no such thing as gender discrimination; the country score of 99.7 says it all. If you are coming from the U.S. or the Far East, you will find women playing a more proactive role in day-to-day life. It is more like hyper-equal as you aren’t conditioned to see women fully independent.

Based on a survey of nearly 256,700 women around the world, CEOWORLD magazine has released its annual ranking of the Best Countries for Women. To produce the Best Countries for Women list, 156 countries were given scores across 9 attributes: gender equality, percentage of legislative seats held by women, sense of security (females 15 years and older who report feeling safe while walking alone at night), income equality, care about human rights, women empowerment, average years of education among women, women age 25 and older who are engaged in paid work, and women’s inclusion in society.

Each country was given an equally-weighted score across 9 attributes in order to produce the women-focused ranking. Unsurprisingly, Scandinavian countries dominated the list. The latest data show that some of the worst countries for women have achieved gains, even as some of the best are lagging in crucial areas.

There is no doubt women are participating more and have relatively more liberty to rise and shine in the modern era, but the rate of progress is very slow, especially in third world countries. In simple terms, half of the world population is living with a sense of insecurity, and we cannot ever make this world a better place with the half population living in fear. If you compare the level of women’s empowerment around the world, measured in terms of security, justice, and inclusion, then you will find European countries, especially Scandinavian countries doing great. In contrast, some developed countries are still far behind in the race to create a holistic ecosystem for women to flourish with freedom.

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