Demonstrators hold anti-Brexit and anti-US President Donald Trump placards as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on February 1, 2017. British MPs have approved the first stage of a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. Ahead of the vote MPs were debating the legislation which would allow the government to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, formally beginning two years of exit negotiations.

Most British expatriates living in the European Union are concerned that Brexit will limit their automatic right to live in their country of residence, according to a new survey.

Almost 83% of respondents said that they were “very concerned” about the impact Brexit could have on their rights and benefits as an EU citizen. Less than 4% claimed to be “not at all” concerned.

More than 5000 Brits living in the EU, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland participated in the survey, which was carried out by the European branch of the British Liberal Democrat party.

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The Finns Party is delighted that its proposal to abandon the tax on motorcycles was successful, says Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group.
The Finns Party is delighted that its proposal to abandon the tax on motorcycles was successful, says Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group.

The Finnish Government has called off its plan to levy a tax on motorcycles and pleasure boats.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) announced yesterday that the revenues generated by the taxes will, according to the latest calculations, fall short of initial estimates and that the preparatory work has been suspended at the request of Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (PS).

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Pekka Haavisto (Greens) appeared on YLE TV1's Ykkösaamu on 11 February, 2017.
Pekka Haavisto (Greens) appeared on YLE TV1's Ykkösaamu on 11 February, 2017.

Pekka Haavisto (Greens) announced his willingness to become the candidate of the Green League in the presidential elections of 2018 in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.

Haavisto revealed to the public broadcasting company that he mulled over his decision for a while but decided in favour of seeking the presidency to ensure the elections will provoke discussion about the future and security of Finland.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) kicked off the municipal election campaign of the Centre Party on Sunday.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) kicked off the municipal election campaign of the Centre Party on Sunday.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) insists that there is no pressing need to resort to additional spending cuts in Finland.

“The cuts necessary in the short term have been made. We will not make more cuts,” he promised in a speech during the municipal election cruise of the Centre Party on Sunday. “A turn for the better has taken place in the economy. Unemployment fell below eight per cent in December. The economy is growing, and more and more people are finding jobs.”

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Antti Rinne was re-elected for his second term as the chairperson of the Social Democrats in Lahti on 3 February, 2017.
Antti Rinne was re-elected for his second term as the chairperson of the Social Democrats in Lahti on 3 February, 2017.

Antti Rinne has won re-election as the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party.

Rinne received the simple majority, or 281, of the 495 votes cast in the party conference of the Social Democrats in Lahti on Friday, beating his rival candidates – Timo Harakka and Tytti Tuppurainen – in the first round of voting.

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Anni Sinnemäki (Greens) could become the next Mayor of Helsinki if the Green League emerges as the largest party on the Helsinki City Council in the municipal elections on 9 April, 2017.
Anni Sinnemäki (Greens) could become the next Mayor of Helsinki if the Green League emerges as the largest party on the Helsinki City Council on 9 April, 2017.

Anni Sinnemäki (Greens), the Deputy Mayor for Real Estate and City Planning in Helsinki, has beaten Pekka Sauri (Greens), the Deputy Mayor for Public Works and Environmental Affairs, by a 36-13 vote to win the mayoral nomination of the Helsinki Greens.

“I am glad and honoured by the confidence placed in me. Developing Helsinki into an ever better city is an important and precious responsibility to me,” said Sinnemäki.

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Timo Harakka (centre) is up against Antti Rinne (right) and Tytti Tuppurainen (left) in the race to lead the Social Democratic Party.
Timo Harakka (centre) is up against Antti Rinne (right) and Tytti Tuppurainen (left) in the race to lead the Social Democratic Party.

Timo Harakka (SDP), one of three candidates vying for the leadership of the Social Democratic Party, has refuted suggestions that socialism is dead but conceded that it may have to reinvent itself to remain relevant in the 21st century.

“Economic inequalities persist and continue to grow globally. If socialism is understood as addressing social inequalities, which constitutes the basis of the Nordic welfare state, a new version of it is needed,” he says to Uusi Suomi. “I believe the country must provide businesses with all of the preconditions needed to succeed.”

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Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, continues to enjoy the support of the party leadership.
Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, continues to enjoy the support of the party leadership.

The Centre Party's leadership has re-affirmed its “strong support” for the efforts and objectives of Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications.

The leadership issued yesterday a public statement to express its support for the establishment of a parliamentary task force to devise new solutions for building and maintaining the public roads, railways and waterways of Finland, a proposal tabled by Berner on Tuesday.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has voiced her concern about the conflict-of-interest suspicions surrounding Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has voiced her concern about the conflict-of-interest suspicions surrounding Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, believes the persistent suspicions of conflict of interest are the main issue in the ongoing debate surrounding Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) – rather than his participation in export promotion trips or the business activities of his family members.

“The problem is that suspicions of conflict of interest continue to arise regarding the Prime Minister. No decision-maker must use their position to promote the interests of their inner circle,” she writes.

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Sanna Marin, the second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, was pictured outside the session hall of the Parliament House in Helsinki on 15 December, 2016.
Sanna Marin, the second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, was pictured outside the session hall of the Parliament House in Helsinki on 15 December, 2016.

Sanna Marin, the second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, has accused Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) of consolidating the interests of his inner circle at the expense of national interests.

“Day by day, it seems more and more like Sipilä isn't in politics to protect the interests of our home country but his inner circle,” she tweeted on Tuesday.

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Lasse Männistö (NCP) was pictured during a question time debate in the Finnish Parliament on 4 September, 2014.
Lasse Männistö (NCP) was pictured during a question time debate in the Finnish Parliament on 4 September, 2014.

Lasse Männistö, the chairperson of the National Coalition Group on the Helsinki City Council, will resign from politics, reports Kauppalehti.

“The reason [for my resignation] has to do with the challenges of time use. A person employed in an executive role in the private sector has limited possibilities to concentrate on municipal decision-making,” he explains in an interview with the commerce-oriented newspaper.

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