UAE’s Broccoli sprouts in to global market
First Minister looks at country’s ‘options’
The head of the Scottish government has reached out to Germany, the European Union’s most populous member, as she tries to keep Scotland in the bloc — and is arguing that Scotland should be able to remain part of the EU without leaving the United Kingdom.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told German broadcaster ARD that “because we are in unprecedented circumstances, we should be prepared to think about unprecedented solutions. And that’s the spirit that I will have in any discussions”.
The UK as a whole — which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — voted to leave the EU in a June 23 referendum, but voters in Scotland voted by a wide margin to remain in the 28-nation bloc.
And Sturgeon believes this vote should allow them to remain in the EU.
“I would have thought it was very positive for the wider European Union for a part of the United Kingdom, if not the whole of the United Kingdom, to want to continue to be part of the European family of nations,” Sturgeon said.
The Scottish leader, who has already travelled to Brussels to press the same argument, met in Berlin on Tuesday with Germany’s deputy foreign minister, Michael Roth.
He is responsible for European issues at the German Foreign Ministry.
Sturgeon reiterated her stance that a new referendum on Scottish independence from the UK remains “one option” for Scotland to stay.
Roth said the meeting was a “very pleasant and constructive conversation between two dedicated pro-Europeans”. “I hope that the UK finds a way forward that will benefit Europe as a whole in the end,” he said.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s new British government hasn’t yet formally set in motion the process of leaving the EU, and it remains unclear what future relationship it will seek with the bloc.
Meanwhile, the European Union has set new deadlines for Spain and Portugal to bring their budget deficits into line after both countries escaped fines for failing to rein in spending.
EU headquarters said that “Portugal is now required to correct its deficit by 2016 and Spain by 2018 at the latest”.
The two countries must submit a report by October 15 on how they plan to bring their deficits under the EU ceiling of 3 per cent.
Portugal expects its deficit will fall from 4.4 per cent of GDP last year to 2.2 per cent this year. Last year’s deficit in Spain was 5.1 per cent. A homegrown restaurant is branching out from the UAE and going global - with its newest outlet now operational in the UK,
Broccoli Pizza and Pasta has opened the doors to its first branch in Covent Garden, Central London, hoping it will be the gateway to further expansion. “We wanted to extend our great tasting pizzas to Europe by opening up our first branch in London,” said James Patrick Bondoc, from Broccoli Pizza and Pasta. “The opening of the new branch in UK is our first step to operating in Europe. We will soon open a second branch in the UK before going to other European countries.” Expansion into the UK, according to Bondoc, is the culmination of a year of hard work and now they are looking to grow quickly. Broccoli serves up pizzas, pastas and salads, with a focus on fresh ingredients with fast and friendly service. To fit in at Covent Garden, renowned for its high density of office workers, Broccoli has adapted to offer daily meal deals and ‘grab & go’ meals, with Chicken Pasta and the freshly made Lasagne proving popular. The restaurant’s top-selling dishes in the UAE, however, include the 4 eggs (any style) during breakfast, Chicken Pasta at lunch and the Deluxe Pizza in the evenings. The first Broccoli restaurant opened in Tecom, Dubai in December 2011. There are now 26 branches - 18 in the UAE, seven in Saudi Arabia and one in the UK, with plans to open 40 new branches - 19 in the UAE, 17 in Saudi Arabia, two in Bahrain one each in the UK and Oman.