|31/07/2021||Success for Stonehenge Campaigners||,,
Ed: The “Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site Ltd” issued the following press release on 30 July 2021. West England Bylines have supported the campaign with articles like this in June. SAVE STONEHENGE WORLD HERITAGE SITE LTD High Court Judgement AGAINST A303 Stonehenge scheme! Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site is delighted the High Court has today […]
|31/07/2021||Consumer “Right to Repair” – Part 3 – Learning from other Countries||,,
Ed: In Part 2, Colin looked at how we have been enveloped in a throwaway disposable consumer market, with a few examples of the impact of the new legislation and its imposed limitations on the consumer. In this final part of the series, Colin examines how one EU country has adopted the Eco-Design Directive and […]
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|31/07/2021||It’s not Covid that’s damaging British trade. It’s Brexit||,,
Report after report is reaching the same conclusion: exporters, including many in the red wall, will be suffering for a long time
Brexit is beginning to take its toll. Trade with the EU is suffering and foreign investment is heading south. Neither trend is temporary and both harm the government’s stated aim of “levelling up” regions that until now have depended on overseas trade to create well-paid jobs.
It’s not clear if the red wall has noticed. Or anyone among the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit. So far, all the in-depth polling shows there is little movement on the vexed question of EU membership.Continue reading...
|31/07/2021||Travel farce: anger from British nationals in Europe||,,
The latest changes to travel rules and mixed messaging from the UK government with the Amber Plus list is causing anger for Brits abroad
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Travel farce: anger from British nationals in Europe
|31/07/2021||Norky’s ramblings: choir||,,
Norky's ramble this week describes his time participating in a choir, attending competitions and meeting people.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Norky’s ramblings: choir
|31/07/2021||Olympic coverage: concern over limited broadcasting with many missed events||,,
Recent anger over limited BBC Olympic coverage comes down to a deal done between the IOC and Discovery, and the Ofcom response
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Olympic coverage: concern over limited broadcasting with many missed events
|31/07/2021||Whitehall Staff Are Scrambling For Treasury Cash With Green Spending Review On The Horizon||,,Whitehall staff are scrambling to bid for Treasury cash ahead of a Spending Review expected to be held this Autumn.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/07/2021||Blur Drummer Warns Post-Brexit Touring Costs Will Destroy Next Generation Of Bands||,,Exclusive: The next generation of Blurs will be "gone" unless the government secures new post-Brexit arrangements for the UK's musicians and other touring performers, a member of the iconic Britpop band has warned.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/07/2021||Labour MP Apsana Begum Found Not Guilty On Three Counts Of Housing Fraud||,,Labour MP Apsana Begum has been found not guilty of housing fraud following claims she withheld information to access social housing.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/07/2021||Freedom day or stolen childhoods? ‘Opening up’ in the time of covid||,,
While freedom day has come and gone, the consequences of unlocking for England's children are still going to be significant.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Freedom day or stolen childhoods? ‘Opening up’ in the time of covid
|30/07/2021||Driver shortage crisis threatens UK milk deliveries in wake of Brexit and Covid||,,
Dairy industry giant Arla calls on UK government to address driving test backlog, visa issues and self-isolation rules
Supermarkets could face a “summer of disruption” to milk deliveries if widespread driver shortages amid the Covid pandemic are not addressed, according to the UK’s biggest dairy supplier.
Arla, which supplies milk to about 2,400 stores each day in the UK, said it was unable to deliver to 600 shops last Saturday due to dwindling driver numbers.Continue reading...
|30/07/2021||Covid-19 Cases Are Still Rising Across All UK Nations Except Scotland, ONS Data Suggests||,,Scotland was the only UK nation to see a fall in coronavirus rates last week as the Delta variant continues to drive up infections.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/07/2021||Flood Victims Who Protect Their Homes Will Get Cheaper Insurance, Minister Announces||,,Flood victims who protect their homes to withstand rising water in the future could get cheaper insurance premiums under new plans released by the Environment Secretary.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/07/2021||Grant Shapps Says It's “A Good Idea” To Be Fully Vaccinated Before Office Return||,,Grant Shapps said he supported companies requiring staff to be fully vaccinated before they return to the office — but insisted this would be down to individual employers.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/07/2021||Beating Crime Plan: tough talk, harsh measures, poor policy||,,
The Beating Crime Plan will punish more severely the already dispossessed, the poorest and the least able members of our society and it will further victimise black people while having no impact on victims of crime or crime statistics.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Beating Crime Plan: tough talk, harsh measures, poor policy
|29/07/2021||Dominic Raab confirms France is on the unique ‘amber plus’ list||,,
The decision to place France on the Amber Plus list, meaning double-vaccinated travellers will still have to quarantine, is baffling.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Dominic Raab confirms France is on the unique ‘amber plus’ list
|29/07/2021||“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”||,,
"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."These words were remembered by Robert Oppenheimer, after the first test of an atomic weapon.
|29/07/2021||Great government slogans, lousy government strategy||,,
The government regularly demonstrates the difference between slogans and strategy. Slogans come thick and fast, the strategy is harder to see
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Great government slogans, lousy government strategy
|29/07/2021||Labour Insiders Fear Keir Starmer's Make-Or-Break Conference Could Be Overshadowed By Job Losses||,,Labour’s plan to axe 90 jobs as part of a bid to save £5m in costs could overshadow Keir Starmer’s pivotal conference next month, according to staffers.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|29/07/2021||Trade Tunnel Vision||,,
For the last couple of months I have been immersed in university final exams, preventing me from writing or paying much attention to current affairs. Despite this, I still saw how quickly the Australian Trade Deal went from being publicly debated to being signed off in June with total disregard for the interests of UK […]
|29/07/2021||Online Platforms Are In An “Arms Race” With Scammers Against Harmful Content, Says Advertising Regulator||,,The chair of the UK’s independent advertising regulator has described how the body and the online platforms it oversees are in an “arms race” against “sophisticated” scammers.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|29/07/2021||Congratulations England: the race to the bottom||,,
You can spout racist abuse and fear people who are different, or be like Marcus Rashford - support equality and make a difference
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Congratulations England: the race to the bottom
|29/07/2021||Almost 690,000 'Pinged' To Self-Isolate In A Single Week By NHS App||,,A record number of people were told to self-isolate in England and Wales last week after getting pinged by the NHS app.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|29/07/2021||Dominic Cummings pushed through award of £580k Covid deal to Vote Leave ally||,,
Former No 10 adviser pressed civil service to urgently approve polling contract, saying he had ‘ordered it’ from PM
Dominic Cummings personally called a former colleague on the Vote Leave Brexit campaign and asked if his company would work for the government on its response to the Covid pandemic, leading to the award of a £580,000 Cabinet Office contract with no competitive process.
In an email on 20 March 2020, Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser asked the most senior civil servant responsible for contracts to sign off the budget immediately, and that if “anybody in CABOFF [the Cabinet Office] whines”, to tell them Cummings had “ordered it” from the prime minister.Continue reading...
|29/07/2021||Dominic Raab Defends “Smart And Sensible” Quarantine-Free Travel Plans For US And EU Travellers||,,Dominic Raab has insisted plans to drop quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated US and EU travellers are “sensible”, despite claims by Labour that the decision is “reckless”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|29/07/2021||‘Pingdemic’ ending as true costs of pandemic emerge?||,,
The latest report by the public accounts committee looks at the true cost of the pandemic so far, including the cost of mistakes made.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: ‘Pingdemic’ ending as true costs of pandemic emerge?
|28/07/2021||The Case for a “Progressive Alliance”||,,
There is increasing concern that Johnson’s new Tory government is undermining our democracy. Measures such as voter suppression, weakening of judicial reviews and draconian new prosecution laws for everyone from street protesters and asylum seekers to Extinction Rebellion (XR) poster makers and investigative journalists, are all driving us “ever closer to authoritarianism”. Our sister publication, […]
|28/07/2021||North Yorkshire/York unitary authorities: a basic government decision has been taken||,,
The new unitary authorities in North Yorkshire represent the easiest option, with little creativity, but some benefits for Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: North Yorkshire/York unitary authorities: a basic government decision has been taken
|28/07/2021||Doctors Warn Rise In ‘Staycations’ Could Put Pressure On Stretched NHS In Holiday Hotspots||,,NHS staff have warned they are bracing for a summer "like no other" with the increase in Brits holidaying in the UK likely to put excess pressure on frontline services already stretched by the pandemic.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|28/07/2021||Solar Farm Alfreton – right idea, wrong place?||,,
Summary Alfreton is considering allowing a 300 acre solar farm which would both affect local amenity value and remove precious farmland. Is this the right thing to do?
|28/07/2021||Minister Insists British People Have Confidence In Boris Johnson After Accusations of Lying||,,Therese Coffey has said that the public has “every confidence” in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister despite claims from Labour that he lied in the Commons.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|28/07/2021||Honda workers in Swindon to face 'reality check' after it closes||,,Swindon car plant prepares to stop production on July 30 after 35 years of production.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/07/2021||Brexit: EU pauses legal action against UK over NI Protocol 'breaches'||,,The action began in March after the UK made a move to change the implementation of the protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/07/2021||Consumer “Right To Repair” – Part 2 – Consumer Impact||,,
Ed: In Part 1, Colin explored the position the UK government appears to be taking on the Consumer “Right to Repair” legislation and touched on the EU Eco Design Directive. In Part 2, Colin looks at how we have been enveloped in a throwaway disposable consumer market, with a few examples of the impact of […]
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|27/07/2021||Tesco offers lorry drivers £1,000 signing-on fee due to shortage||,,
The effects of Brexit, Covid and tax changes have led to competition for workers between UK supermarkets
Tesco is offering a £1,000 signing-on fee for lorry drivers who join the company before the end of September, as it scrambles to overcome a desperate shortage of workers that has led to gaps on supermarket shelves.
The bonus has been publicised via a job advert posted on Tesco’s site, with the supermarket telling potential candidates: “You’ll play a vital role for our customers and communities, representing Tesco on the highways and byways of the UK.”Continue reading...
|27/07/2021||UK retailers warn of stock shortages extending into the autumn||,,
CBI survey reports supply problems caused by Brexit, red tape, Covid restrictions and labour shortages
Retailers have warned they could struggle to meet demand and fill shelves into the autumn after months of supply holdups sent stock levels plunging in July to record lows for a second consecutive month.
The CBI said its monthly survey of major businesses across the retail and wholesale sectors found that a spending spree on Britain’s high streets this month has stretched their ability to source vital supplies.Continue reading...
|27/07/2021||Johnson’s hi-vis chain gang plan for offenders ‘will cause long-term harm’, campaigners claim – as it happened||,,
This live blog is now closed. You can read the full report here
This is from James Timpson, head of Timpson, the family-run high street shoe repair company which is widely admired for its record employing ex-offenders. His brother Edward is a Conservative MP and a former children’s minister.
Instead of making offenders wear high viz jackets in chain gangs, how about helping them get a real job instead? In my shops we employ lots of ex offenders and they wear a shirt and tie. Same people, different approach, a much better outcome.Continue reading...
|27/07/2021||UK And EU Prepare For September "Pressure Point" With Northern Ireland Talks This Week||,,UK and EU leaders expect talks over the Northern Ireland Protocol to reach a cliff-edge once again, with both sides still a long way off agreeing a way forward before various grace periods covering trade across the Irish Sea expire in September.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|27/07/2021||F1 sponsor to deliver a loss to Towcester?||,,
Concerns over Formula 1 sponsor The recent British Grand Prix saw concerns raised by campaigners in Towcester. DHL, a British GP sponsor, has applied to build a massive warehouse near the historic town which could change its character, they claim. The group, No DHL at Towcester said the proposed one million square foot centre is […]
|27/07/2021||Labour MP Wes Streeting Confirms He's Cancer Free And “Back At Work, Fighting Fit”||,,Labour MP Wes Streeting has confirmed he will be returning to work as MP for Ilford North after successfully undergoing treatment for kidney cancer earlier this year.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|27/07/2021||Police Minister Claims Force Should Feel "Valued" After Officers Say They're "Sick Of Gimmicks"||,,Kit Malthouse has said the government is “trying to put everything we can” behind police in England and Wales despite the Police Federation slating new crime proposals as “gimmicks”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|27/07/2021||Racism in England is systemic says UN report||,,
The civil society report to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) is dear to my heart. Curated by the Runnymede Trust, it was submitted by a coalition of over 100 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and is a report to the United Nations (UN) on race and racism in England. The […]
|27/07/2021||Boris Johnson’s Summer of Discontent||,,
The popularity of Boris Johnson and his Government was boosted by the British people’s gratitude for the vaccine rollout, giving hope that some kind of normality and freedom could be restored. The British nation, having been imprisoned for months, appeared to suffer some kind of Stockholm syndrome, as the reasons for Britain having the worst […]
|27/07/2021||Brexit: EU publishes proposals to simplify NI Protocol||,,The UK government says plans on the transport of medicines, food and animals do not go far enough.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/07/2021||UK rejects EU’s Northern Ireland moves, saying Brexit deal must be renegotiated||,,
Downing Street says Brussels overtures are insufficient and ‘comprehensive’ solutions needed
Boris Johnson has rejected Brussels’ latest attempt to iron out problems with the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland, insisting that the withdrawal agreement signed last year must be renegotiated.Continue reading...
|26/07/2021||Army Is Needed To Deal With Devastating Weather Events, Says Flood Zone MP||,,The army should be brought in to help councils deal with devastating inner city flooding, according to an MP whose community bore the brunt of the weekend’s downpour.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|26/07/2021||Dad’s Covid Army||,,
The battle against Covid increasingly resembles a rather bizarre episode of Dad’s Army mocking the idea of British genius and resolve.
|26/07/2021||Government Has Scaled Up “Cough In A Box” Plans To Detect Covid-19 With Algorithms||,,The government has expanded its ongoing trial of so-called “cough in a box” technology, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect Covid-19 by analysing the sound of people coughing.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|26/07/2021||Children’s Minister Won't Rule Out Students Needing Full Vaccination To Attend Lectures||,,Education minister Vicky Ford did not rule out suggestions that the government plans to require university students to be double-vaccinated to attend lectures this autumn.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|25/07/2021||EU haulage firms now avoiding the UK||,,
One of a series of articles addressing the UK’s haulage and looming supply chain crisis. Central Bylines has already written about the UK’s shortage of HGV drivers. According to the Road Haulage Association, the profession is about 100,000 drivers short. In brief this is mainly because European drivers formerly based in the UK have returned […]
|25/07/2021||If Britain wants to resolve the Northern Ireland protocol, this is not the way to do it | Anand Menon and Jill Rutter||,,
The UK has legitimate concerns about the deal, but threatening to tear it up will destroy the trust that’s so vital
Taking responsibility should be the flipside of taking back control. But admissions of responsibility are in short supply in the government document published on the Northern Ireland protocol on Wednesday. According to this, the protocol was the responsibility of (delete according to taste) Theresa May, Hilary Benn or indeed the 2019 parliament. Anyone, in other words, except the people who negotiated it – the prime minister and his chief negotiator, David Frost.
The blame shifting should not, however, lead us to ignore the fact that the British government has legitimate concerns about the way the protocol has functioned.Continue reading...
|25/07/2021||Sajid Javid Apologises After Backlash From Bereaved Covid Families Over "Cower" Comments||,,The Health Secretary has apologised and deleted a tweet following heavy criticism after he urged people not to "cower" from coronavirus.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|25/07/2021||Don’t be fooled – the UK economy is not having a rerun of the 1970s | Larry Elliott||,,
A Brexit and Covid-induced pay boom won’t last long while employers hold all the the cards
The past few days have had a hint of the late 1970s about them. A shortage of lorry drivers has led to fears of food shortages. Nurses are thinking about taking industrial action over pay. The Bank of England has been fretting about rising inflation.
Holed up in Chequers, the self-isolating Boris Johnson has been as unconvincing as a bronzed Jim Callaghan was on his return from Guadeloupe in January 1979, when he was misquoted as saying, “Crisis? What crisis?”.Continue reading...
|25/07/2021||For those in peril on the sea: the Seafarers Centres||,,
Last Sunday was Sea Sunday, when the hymn, ‘Eternal Father strong to save’ is sung by seafarers around the world. It is perhaps better known by its other name – ‘For those in peril on the sea’. My Aunt Teresa had been chief cashier at the Shell (now Essar) Refinery in Stanlow. When she retired, […]
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|25/07/2021||Labour must say it out loud: Brexit needs to be reversed||,,
In Northern Ireland, the Leavers’ folly is now manifest. How can the opposition stay silent about the root cause of the crisis?
‘He did not want to die until Brexit was reversed.” These words were spoken at the funeral last week of my dear friend and former Observer colleague Dick Leonard.
Dick died a month ago at the ripe old age of 90. The speaker was his widow, Irène Heidelberger-Leonard, before a group of mourners who included the Labour leader Keir Starmer, to whom Dick had been something of a political mentor.Continue reading...
|25/07/2021||Ministry of Defence "Failing" To Protect Women in the Armed Forces, MPs Report Finds||,,Women serving in the Armed Forces are not being protected by the Ministry of Defence or helped to reach their full potential, a damning new report by MPs has found.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/07/2021||Limited Funding for Postgraduates hinders Social Mobility||,,
Roman emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, once wrote that one should endeavour to: “Speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy”. The “truth” as I see it is that there is a lack of funding for low-income students in England who seek to undertake a Masters degree. As such […]
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|24/07/2021||Consumer “Right to Repair” – Part 1 – UK Legislation||,,
Ed: This is the first of three articles exploring what we know about the proposed UK legislation on the Consumer “Right to Repair”, its impact on the consumer and how another country legislates within the EU “Eco Design Directive”. If you belong to my generation (well over 25!), I’m pretty sure you will have at […]
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|24/07/2021||Ministers Are Holding Their Nerve That Their Summer Covid Gamble Will Defeat The Third Wave||,,MPs have set off for summer not knowing what they will return to in September, the government having taken a foot off the brakes by removing all Covid legal restrictions this week as infections continue to rise.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/07/2021||Lorry Drivers Union Criticises "Ridiculous" Isolation Exemption Process For Critical Workers||,,The lorry drivers union has described the government as putting the industry into a “ridiculous situation” by making firms apply to be exempt from self-isolation when the sector is already facing huge job shortages.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2021||UK supermarkets ask suppliers for payments due to driver shortage||,,
Asda, Tesco and others forced to pay delivery drivers more because of scarcity caused by Covid and Brexit
Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are asking some suppliers for extra payments to cover increased costs after being forced to raise wages for delivery drivers because of widespread shortages.
In a letter seen by the Guardian, Asda wrote to suppliers that use its collection service asking for a 5% rise in payments for transport costs and blaming the national HGV driver shortage.Continue reading...
|23/07/2021||Local Farmers discuss the Australia Deal||,,
The post-Brexit Australian Deal is going to affect the future of British farming, whether you’re a small farmer or a mass producer. Matt and Laura Elliot are two farmers who run the National Trust Sandy Hill Mob farm in Gloucestershire. They are regenerative farmers, which means they use the cattle to regenerate the soil and […]
|23/07/2021||UK Covid Infections Jumped To More Than 800,000 Last Week||,,New figures have shown coronavirus infections and hospitalisations from the illness continued to rise across the UK last week.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2021||Liberal Democrats – Stuck in the Past but perhaps not far enough?||,,
“He’s taking us back to the 1980’s” was a criticism I heard time and time again about Corbyn the man and his policies. Yet in the quagmire of mudslinging that occurs between Government and the opposition there was a party, quietly sat in the middle, bumbling along as always hoping desperately that no one would […]
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Supermarket shortages deepen as Britain’s supply chain is on the brink of collapse.
|23/07/2021||Over 10,000 Essential Workers Given Exemption From Self-Isolation In Bid To Avoid Food Shortages||,,Environment secretary George Eustice said that around 10,000 workers across 500 distribution centres and food supply chain depots will be able to skip 10-day isolation requirements amid fears of food shortages.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2021||Brexit: 'Clear opportunities and frictions' in NI Protocol, says Invest NI||,,There is clarity for firms considering investment in Northern Ireland, says the boss of Invest NI.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2021||Why is the Northern Ireland protocol still an issue? Actions have consequences | Fintan O'Toole||,,
Someone tell Boris Johnson: you can’t bake your ‘oven-ready deal’ and then remove a key ingredient (even if it’s a sausage)
Ask a stupid question and you get a stupid answer. The Northern Ireland protocol is a stupid answer: it imposes a complex bureaucracy on the movement of ordinary goods across the Irish Sea. But it is the only possible response to a problem created by Boris Johnson. The reason it keeps coming around again and again, like a ghoul on a ghost train, is that it requires Johnson and his government to do something that goes against the grain of the whole Brexit project: to acknowledge that choices have costs.
There used to be a gameshow on American radio and TV called Truth or Consequences. It was so popular that a whole city in New Mexico is named after it. It’s where we live now. In each episode, the contestant was asked a deliberately daft question – and when they failed to answer it, they had to perform a zany or embarrassing stunt.Continue reading...
|22/07/2021||Thousands aged over 65 failed to apply for EU settled status – report||,,
Lords report calls on the government to ensure support remains in place to help late applicants secure their status
Significant numbers of Europeans in the UK aged over 65 failed to apply to the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) before the deadline, a parliamentary report has found, warning that this could make thousands of retirement-aged EU nationals vulnerable to Britain’s hostile environment policies.
Just 2% of all applications for the settlement scheme were submitted by people aged over 65, a percentage that is unlikely to reflect the population of older EU nationals living in the UK. Charities supporting older Europeans to apply said they had “encountered many individuals who have no mobile phone, no digital access and inappropriate or no documentation”, and the report warned that people who struggled with the digital technology required to apply were more likely to have missed the deadline for applications at the end of last month.Continue reading...
|22/07/2021||Excl: Sadiq Khan Launches Urgent Review Of 'Homes For Londoners' Listings After Promoting Properties With Unsafe Cladding||,,The London Mayor has ordered a full review of the affordable homes scheme after PoliticsHome identified multiple properties with cladding and fire safety problems.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||UK Covid: Labour MP ordered to leave Commons for saying Boris Johnson has lied ‘over and over again’ – as it happened||,,
Dawn Butler ordered to leave the House of Commons after refusing to withdraw claims Boris Johnson ‘lied to the country’. This live blog is now closed – for coronavirus updates, please follow the global live blog
Scotland has recorded its highest daily Covid fatalities figure since March, after NHS figures showed that 22 deaths of people with confirmed Covid infections were recorded in the past 24 hours.
That brings the death toll of those who died within 28 days of a positive Covid test to 7,842. The latest fatalities figure comes after a sustained drop in detected infections: 1,825 people tested positive in the past 24 hours.
1/ Cases continue to fall in (positivity today down to 6%) - to everyone helping achieve this. However, there’s always a lag before we see hospital admissions and deaths reduce too. A further 22 deaths reminds us of toll virus can take - my condolences go to those grieving https://t.co/6k77XQUfvqContinue reading...
|22/07/2021||UK has no idea of EU fishing catch in its waters, says Labour||,,The government says it is trying to get EU boats to declare everything they land in UK waters.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||Brexit: Von der Leyen rejects Boris Johnson bid to renegotiate Irish protocol||,,
EU has already proposed changes to lessen impact on Northern Irish citizens, say officials
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has rejected Boris Johnson’s move to renegotiate the Northern Irish protocol, raising the temperature of a simmering Brexit row.
“The EU will continue to be creative and flexible within the protocol framework. But we will not renegotiate,” she said after a call with the prime minister on Thursday.Continue reading...
|22/07/2021||Jacob Rees-Mogg Accused Of "Racist Language" In Parliament After Using An Anti-Asian Term||,,Jacob Rees-Mogg has issued an apology after complaints from MPs that he had used racist language, but claimed he "didn't know" he had used an offensive term.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||Brexit: No breakthrough on NI protocol after PM speaks to EU chief||,,Boris Johnson speaks to EU chief Ursula von der Leyen about the UK's demand to rework the Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||Westminster Orders Northern Ireland's Leaders To Set Up Abortion Services Immediately||,,The UK government has intervened on abortion access in Northern Ireland with the secretary of state Brandon Lewis issuing a directive ordering Stormont to roll out services.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||Speaker “Far From Happy” With Government Over Commons Snub On NHS Pay Announcement||,,Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has criticised the government after health minister Helen Whately failed to announce details of the NHS pay deal in her statement on Wednesday.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||Lex Greensill Had "Extraordinarily Privileged" Relationship With Government, New Report Concludes||,,A new report has criticised David Cameron over his role in the lobbying scandal and concluded Lex Greensill had "privileged" access to ministers.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||Minister Admits He Is "Very Concerned" About Food Shortages Caused By Self-Isolation "Pingdemic"||,,The Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said he is "concerned" about reported food supply issues but urged shoppers not to "panic".||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/07/2021||UK says it wants to substantially rewrite Northern Ireland Brexit protocol||,,
Blueprint for alternative arrangement published as sources say protocol was flawed at conception
The UK has launched an audacious bid to rewrite a key plank of the Brexit deal, saying the Northern Ireland protocol was flawed at conception but served its purpose to get the UK out of the EU as “one country”.
The European Commission immediately ruled out a renegotiation of the deal, which was trumpeted by Boris Johnson as a solution to the Irish border impasse two years ago. The commission is understood to be open to some changes on the special arrangements for Northern Ireland, however.Continue reading...
|21/07/2021||The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s Brexit lies: reality demands a rewrite | Editorial||,,
The prime minister needed a Northern Ireland deal for political reasons ahead of the general election. He now wants to dump it because it’s bad for Britain
Boris Johnson’s proposal to rewrite the Northern Ireland protocol he signed in 2019 suggests that he has still not come to terms with the implications of his red lines on Brexit. Mr Johnson’s delusions on the issue run deep. In October 2019, the prime minister repeatedly told MPs that “there will be no checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland” despite his own government’s impact assessment saying precisely the opposite. These hurdles, Mr Johnson knew full well, would not be insignificant, as shoppers in Northern Ireland are now finding out. They are the predictable consequences of customs and regulatory deviations between the UK and the EU. Divergence required a border somewhere; the extra bureaucracy was baked into the protocol.
Mr Johnson needed a deal for political reasons ahead of the 2019 general election. He now wants to dump it because it’s bad for Britain. This has much to do with his government’s own behaviour, which has often been lazy, surly and chaotic. What has kept the show on the road has been grace periods, accepted by the EU, where rules of the deal are not applied. These are coming to an end. Without a breakthrough after months of talks behind closed doors, Mr Johnson has decided to conduct negotiations with Brussels in public.Continue reading...
|21/07/2021||Cummings condemns England’s political ‘duffers’. But our problems are structural | Owen Jones||,,
Archaic power relations allow the Westminster elite to get away with anything – even the deaths of thousands of people
Dominic Cummings’ latest utterances should not be treated as revelations, but rather as corroborating evidence of what should, in a functioning democracy, be treated as Britain’s gravest peacetime scandal. A prime minister sent tens of thousands of his own citizens to premature graves because he valued other considerations more highly than human life.
We knew Boris Johnson resisted demands from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies for a national lockdown in September, even if Johnson’s former senior adviser now fleshes out the prime minister’s reasonings: that most of those dying were in their 80s, whose disproportionate political loyalty to the Conservative party was rewarded by its leader caring not whether they lived or died. It was already clear that Johnson’s administration wanted Covid to “wash through the country”, because they briefed favoured journalists that “herd immunity” was their official strategy more than 17 months ago. Britain has a more severe death rate per million inhabitants than the United States in part because Johnson – alongside Rishi Sunak, whose reputation Cummings has sought to whitewash – wanted to prioritise the economy over life, and ended up devastating both.Continue reading...
|21/07/2021||UK’s Northern Ireland protocol demands sap Brussels’ goodwill||,,
Analysis: EU flatly rejects rewrite call as command paper finds fault with everyone except Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson became prime minister two years ago this week and later won an election promising to “get Brexit done”.
On Wednesday his minister in charge of EU relations, David Frost, set out plans to rework a central part of the withdrawal agreement the pair negotiated and agreed with Brussels. “The difficulties we have in operating the Northern Ireland protocol are now the main obstacle” to a good relationship with the EU, Frost told the House of Lords. He regretted that the relationship was “punctuated with legal challenges” and “characterised by disagreement and mistrust”.Continue reading...
|21/07/2021||Brexit: What's the Northern Ireland Protocol?||,,Urgent changes to the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol have been called for by the UK government.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/07/2021||Why is UK publishing a ‘command paper’ on Northern Ireland protocol?||,,
Trading arrangements continue to be a significant flashpoint in relations with Dublin and Brussels
Just seven months after it came into force, the Northern Ireland protocol is once again a significant flashpoint in the UK’s relations with Dublin and Brussels.
On Wednesday, the UK published a “command paper” on the protocol. Some will see it as an attempt to tear up the agreement Boris Johnson struck in 2019; others will see it as a serious attempt to fix a deal they argue was flawed from the beginning but signed to help the British prime minister to get Brexit done, as he had promised.Continue reading...
|21/07/2021||Brexit: UK wants to redraw Northern Ireland Protocol||,,Lord Frost says the Northern Ireland Protocol is tearing the UK's "fabric" - but the EU won't renegotiate.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/07/2021||Where have all the HGV drivers gone?||,,
Falling numbers of HGV drivers while demand rises could lead to rolling shortages in UK shops.
|21/07/2021||Brexit minister: UK seeking 'significant change' to Northern Ireland protocol – video||,,
The UK has launched an attempt to substantially rewrite the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol that Boris Johnson signed up to in 2019.
But as the Brexit minister published the UK’s blueprint for an alternative, he stopped short of ripping up the document completely or arguing the time was right to trigger the article 16 provision that enables either the UK or EU to suspend part of the arrangements in extreme circumstances.
'These proposals will require significant change to the Northern Ireland protocol,' David Frost said. 'We do not shy away from that. We believe such change is necessary to deal with the situation we now face'
|20/07/2021||UK clashes with EU over Gibraltar's post-Brexit status||,,Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says a draft EU mandate undermines UK sovereignty over the territory.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/07/2021||2021 Rule of Law: EU report shows positive developments in Member States but also points to serious concerns||,,The European Commission has published the second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law with a Communication looking at the situation in the EU as a whole and dedicated country chapters on each Member State.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|19/07/2021||Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules||,,The European Commission has presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU's anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/07/2021||Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council||,,EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to discuss the EU's organic action plan, agriculture-related trade issues and the Slovenian presidency's priorities for agriculture and fisheries.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/07/2021||The Guardian view on academic freedom: ministers’ claims don’t add up | Editorial||,,
The government says it is the champion of free speech in universities. But its actions tell another story
Academic freedom should be sacrosanct. To foster a culture of intellectual inquiry, and develop expertise, is the point of universities. In a society that values education, those engaged in the production of knowledge – both teaching and research – must be supported. If academics or students say that restrictions are being placed in their way, this is a serious problem.
Ministers say a climate of intolerance has developed in the UK’s higher education sector. Introducing a bill aimed at reversing this trend, the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, quoted the 17th-century poet John Milton: “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” Sadly, such claims to cherish free speech above all else cannot be taken at face value. On the contrary, the government is treating universities as a battleground in the anti-left culture war that it is waging.Continue reading...
|17/07/2021||National security is threatened when politics is in thrall to cash | Nick Cohen||,,It’s not just a party matter when politicians pay little heed to who gives them money
The sight of Winston Churchill’s grandson being threatened with legal action for passing on warnings about a political influencer’s dealings with a hostile foreign power ought to stir the national memory. A tingle of an alarm perhaps. A feeling that patriots should be given a hearing, not shut down by London lawyers charging £500 an hour to any passing member of the global super-rich.
Last week, the Financial Times told how the former Conservative MPs Sir Nicholas Soames and Charlotte Leslie passed memos that reportedly dealt with the past dealings in Russia of a businessman and philanthropist named Mohamed Amersi to Ben Elliot, the co-chairman of the Conservative party.Continue reading...
|17/07/2021||Long Covid – what is it and who gets it?||,,
Long Covid is a debilitating disease affecting those who have had Covid-19. What is it, who gets it and how might it affect society in the long term? Long Covid Coronavirus Disease 19, also known as Covid-19, can cause symptoms that last for weeks or months, even after the infection has cleared. This is called […]
|15/07/2021||European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests||,,The European Commission has adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/07/2021||COVID-19 travel restrictions: EU reviews list of third countries||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/07/2021||July infringements package: key decisions||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/07/2021||European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions||,,The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|12/07/2021||Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council||,,EU economic and finance ministers approved 12 Council decisions on national recovery and resilience plans, exchanged views on the Commission's new sustainable finance proposals, and approved conclusions on in-depth reviews of member states' macroeconomic imbalances.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|12/07/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup meeting||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/07/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,EU ministers of foreign affairs discussed current affairs and exchanged views on the geopolitics of new digital technologies, Ethiopia and the Strategic Compass. The Council also approved conclusions on a Globally Connected Europe and on the EU's priorities at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/07/2021||Brexit: Downing Street rejects EU's estimate of divorce bill||,,The EU says the UK owes £40.8bn - nearly £2bn higher than previous estimates.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/07/2021||Brexit: Lord Frost says EU and UK must find 'new balance'||,,The UK and EU need to find a "new balance" to solve NI Protocol problems, Lord Frost tells MLAs.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/07/2021||Plenary highlights: LGBTIQ in Hungary, migration, infrastructure||,,MEPs criticised new LGBTIQ rules in Hungary, approved funds for migration measures as well as investments for transport, digital and energy projects.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/07/2021||Brexit: Government to publish NI Protocol plans in July||,,Lord Frost says the situation with the NI Protocol is becoming "urgent".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/07/2021||Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars||,,The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|07/07/2021||EU Justice Scoreboard 2021: digital tools help courts and prosecution services mitigate COVID-19 challenges||,,The European Commission has published the 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard, an annual overview providing comparative data on the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|06/07/2021||Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery||,,The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|06/07/2021||€30 billion for infrastructure projects connecting EU regions||,,Parliament has adopted the upgraded Connecting Europe Facility programme and released new funds for transport, digital and energy projects for 2021-2027.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/07/2021||Commission puts forward new strategy to make the EU's financial system more sustainable and proposes new European Green Bond Standard||,,The European Commission has adopted a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/07/2021||Why 6m settlement applications doesn’t mean 6m EU citizens live in the UK||,,
Home Office figures caused speculation that number had been underestimated
Last week, the Home Office announced it had received 6m applications for the EU settlement scheme, prompting some to conclude the number of non-British Europeans living in the UK was almost double previous estimates.
Some on social media claimed that it meant 9% of the UK’s population of 67 million was now made up of EU or European Economic Area (EEA) citizens.Continue reading...
|04/07/2021||Farm to Fork Strategy: 65 companies and associations sign the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices||,,The Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, has officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, another deliverable under the Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/07/2021||Analysis: why is the narrow Labour byelection victory in Batley and Spen being treated as a comeback?||,,
Expectations, influenced by Hartlepool, were low, but demographics of the West Yorkshire seat are much more mixed
Expectations matter in politics. A narrow byelection victory for the opposition, with a swing against them in a seat they have held for over 20 years, would not normally be treated as a triumph. Yet, because the consensus expectation was that Labour was doomed in Batley and Spen, this is how Friday morning’s victory in the seat has been received.
Two factors drove the belief that Labour would lose last week: Hartlepool and Galloway. Labour’s dramatic byelection defeat two months ago in a heavily Leave-voting northern seat led many to believe the party would face similar trouble in another Leave-voting northern seat. And Galloway, who has form as a disruptive force in Labour byelections, looked set to weaken the party’s principal advantage in Batley and Spen – a substantial and hitherto heavily Labour-voting Muslim community.Continue reading...
|01/07/2021||Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan||,,The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/07/2021||Post-Brexit trade: UK extends EU-era steel protections||,,The government overrules its post-Brexit trade advisers to keep EU-era limits on products.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/07/2021||Checkatrade boss warns of shortage of skilled trade workers||,,Richard Harpin says it should be made easier for EU bathroom fitters and kitchen installers to come to the UK.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2021||Brexit: EU postpones ban on British meat sales in NI||,,The proposed ban on items like fresh sausages was a consequence of the Northern Ireland Protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol is lawful, High Court rules||,,Unionist politicians, including Arlene Foster and Lord Trimble, challenged the protocol in a judicial review.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2021||Settled status: EU citizens urged to apply to stay in UK now or lose rights||,,Labour is calling for the deadline to be extended amid fears that thousands could lose UK residency.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2021||Brexit: What is a level playing field?||,,What is a level playing field in trade and what has it got to do with Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|29/06/2021||Long-term vision for rural areas: for stronger, connected, resilient, prosperous EU rural areas||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|29/06/2021||Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit||,,The European Commission has proposed revisions of two sets of EU rules to enhance consumer rights in a world reshaped by digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|29/06/2021||European Citizens' Initiative: Commission to propose phasing out of cages for farm animals||,,The Commission has decided to positively respond to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”, the sixth successful initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. In its reply, the Commission sets out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/06/2021||Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors||,,The Commission has published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. The guidelines aim to provide a coordinated approach in line with the specific national, regional and local conditions.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/06/2021||Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council||,,At the June Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg, ministers discussed a range of topics including the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, setting a protection goal for bees, fisheries control, the market situation, and the recent extreme weather event in Czechia.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/06/2021||COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics||,,The EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics delivers its first outcome, with the announcement of the first portfolio of five therapeutics that could soon be available to treat patients across the EU.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|27/06/2021||Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work||,,The Commission is renewing its commitment to update occupational safety and health rules by adopting the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027. It sets out the key actions needed to improve workers' health and safety over the coming years.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/06/2021||Main results of the European Council||,,At their meeting in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to step up coordination on COVID-19 measures, including vaccinations, global solidarity, new variants and ways to return to free movement of people. They also discussed economic recovery, migration, relations with Turkey and Russia, and addressed the issue of discrimination against LGBTQI people.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/06/2021||EE to reintroduce Europe roaming charges in January||,,The mobile operator EE is to charge new UK customers to use their phones in Europe.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/06/2021||EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050||,,The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|23/06/2021||Settled status: what EU citizens need to know about 30 June deadline||,,
With a week to go before the cut-off date, here’s the latest information about applying for UK settled status
With just one week to go before the cut-off date for applying for settled status, many EU and European Economic Area citizens are concerned about their future rights and find it difficult to make contact with the helplines set up by the Home Office.
Here is the latest information from a Home Office press briefing on the EU settlement scheme (EUSS). It says it has been inundated with applications and has had 1.5m calls to its helplines. It has recently changed its messaging to stop people repeatedly calling and clogging the lines.Continue reading...
|22/06/2021||EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents||,,The Commission has laid out a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|22/06/2021||UK Brexit minister claims British TV cut in EU would be a detriment to Europeans – video||,,
David Frost claimed any attempt by Brussels to take UK content out of the protected quotas would not be good for European TV viewers, adding the government was in favour of 'free circulation of audiovisual goods'.
Speaking to MPs on the foreign affairs select committee, Frost said he and other Brexiters may not have expected the UK's relationship with EU to be as difficult now as it isContinue reading...
|21/06/2021||Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Commission supports researchers and organisations with €822 million in 2021||,,The Commission has announced new calls to support researchers' training, skills and career development under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the EU's flagship funding programme under Horizon Europe for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/06/2021||Main results of the General Affairs Council||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/06/2021||European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions||,,The Commission has released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/06/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs, and exchanged views on Belarus, Iraq and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Council also adopted conclusions on Cultural Heritage, and sanctions regarding Belarus and Myanmar/Burma.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/06/2021||Brexit: GB chilled meat ban 'will not hit NI Tesco supplies'||,,Fresh sausages and other meats from GB are to be banned from Northern Ireland due to the NI Protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/06/2021||Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council||,,EU economic and finance ministers took stock of the economic recovery in Europe, exchanged views on the ongoing VAT files and the state of play of the banking union. They also discussed fiscal sustainability in the framework of the European Semester 2021.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/06/2021||COVID-19: EU lifts travel restrictions for more countries||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/06/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup meeting||,,The Eurogroup was informed on the post-programme surveillance reports on Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, and discussed the tenth enhanced surveillance report on Greece.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/06/2021||Brexit: Can the UK and the EU reach a deal on Northern Ireland?||,,How might the UK and EU compromise on the Northern Ireland protocol?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/06/2021||Australia trade deal will not hit UK farmers, says Liz Truss||,,The trade secretary denies Australian beef imports will flood the UK and says export markets will grow.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/06/2021||UK-Australia trade deal: what does it mean?||,,
Key elements of the ‘historic’ post-Brexit deal signed by Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison
Boris Johnson has hailed a “historic” trade deal with Australia as a “new dawn” for the two countries, but what is the deal about?Continue reading...
|15/06/2021||'This will be good news': UK PM hails trade deal with Australia – video||,,
The UK has agreed the outline of a trade deal with Australia, with Boris Johnson promising the deal 'will benefit British farmers' and contain strict rules on animal welfare.
Speaking alongside Scott Morrison at No 10 on Tuesday, the leader said: 'It will be good news for British car manufacturers, it will be good news for British services, for British financial services, and it will be good news for the agricultural sector on both sides'Continue reading...
|14/06/2021||Main results of the EU-US summit||,,The EU-US summit on 15 June delivered a series of bilateral trade initiatives. Leaders agreed to resolve long-standing disputes regarding aircraft, discuss measures on steel and aluminium, and set up a Trade and Technology Council. They also discussed COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring a sustainable recovery, protecting the planet and cooperating on foreign and security issues.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/06/2021||NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises €20 billion in first transaction to support Europe's recovery||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/06/2021||Main results of the EU-Canada summit||,,At a summit held in Brussels on 14 June, the leaders of the EU and Canada agreed to further strengthen their strategic partnership. They committed to ensuring universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, ambitious climate action, and a sustainable and green economic recovery. The EU and Canada will also cooperate more closely in the areas of health, ocean protection, raw materials, and security and defence.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/06/2021||Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council||,,Employment and social affairs ministers discussed minimum wages, the follow up of the Porto Social Summit and new challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining. Meanwhile, health ministers discussed a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness, and access to medicines and medical devices.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/06/2021||COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on free movement restrictions||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/06/2021||Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to major societal challenges||,,The Commission has launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|12/06/2021||G7 to provide one billion vaccine doses over the next year||,,At the Cornwall summit from 11 to 13 June, the G7 leaders committed to improving global access to COVID-19 vaccines, strengthening the global health system, and ensuring ambitious climate action.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/06/2021||Talent Partnerships: Commission launches new initiative to address EU skills shortages and improve migration cooperation with partner countries||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/06/2021||Plenary highlights: Covid certificate, LUX Prize, biodiversity||,,Back in Strasbourg, MEPs had a full agenda with votes on the Covid certificate, rule of law, Belarus, the EU's biodiversity strategy, as well as the LUX Prize.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/06/2021||Northern Ireland protocol 'has to be implemented', says Ursula von der Leyen – video||,,
EU leaders have stressed the Northern Ireland protocol must be implemented fully by Boris Johnson to respect the 'rule of law' during a press conference at the G7 in Cornwall on Thursday.
Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, said the bloc would be flexible and did not expect a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, but that unilateral decisions by the UK endangered the EU's single marketContinue reading...
|09/06/2021||Main results of the Environment Council||,,EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss climate change adaptation, batteries and waste batteries, and zero pollution.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/06/2021||Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver||,,To accelerate global vaccine rollout, MEPs demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for COVID-19 vaccines.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/06/2021||Brexit: solution to Northern Ireland protocol row 'easily doable', says Johnson – video||,,
Boris Johnson says he does not expect deadlocked talks with the EU over Northern Ireland protocol to overshadow the G7 in Cornwall. The PM insisted he was 'very optimistic' that differences between UK and EU could be reconciled
|09/06/2021||Brexit: UK considering all options with Northern Ireland talks stalled, says Frost – video||,,
David Frost, the Brexit minister, has said there has been 'no breakthrough' after more than two hours of talks with the EU over customs checks in Northern Ireland. Amid fears that the escalating crisis could develop into a trade war, Lord Frost said the UK wanted a negotiated settlement but was 'considering all options'Continue reading...
|09/06/2021||EU chief warns of 'crossroads' in Brexit dispute on Northern Ireland – video||,,
'Patience is wearing thin' with the UK on the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, the European Commission's vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, has warned, adding the EU could retaliate by suspending some cooperation and imposing tariffs.
The UK Brexit minister, David Frost, has put forward concerns around maintaining peace in Northern Ireland. Šefčovič has said while maintaining peace was of utmost importance, Brexit could not now be renegotiatedContinue reading...
|09/06/2021||Brexit: what is the Northern Ireland row about?||,,
Rules designed to prevent a border on the island of Ireland have tarnished UK-EU relations and raised the prospect of a trade war
Just six months into Brexit and relations between Brussels and London have hit a new low with veiled threats of trade wars from the EU if the UK does not comply with an agreement Boris Johnson signed over Northern Ireland almost 18 months ago.
What is the row about?Continue reading...
|08/06/2021||Parliament gives its final green light to the EU Digital COVID Certificate||,,MEPs completed the legislative work on the EU digital COVID Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/06/2021||June infringements package: key decisions||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|07/06/2021||EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe's recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future||,,The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Their combined firepower will mobilise significant investments to boost the economic recovery, safeguard sustainability, and create jobs.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|07/06/2021||Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|07/06/2021||Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council||,,Ministers exchanged views on the internal security outlook regarding artificial intelligence and on the impact of COVID-19 on preventing and fighting crime. They had an initial discussion on the Schengen strategy, adopted by the Commission on 2 June. The Presidency reported on the state of play regarding the new pact on migration and asylum.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|03/06/2021||EU proposes a strong multilateral trade response to the COVID-19 pandemic||,,The EU has submitted its proposal seeking the commitment of World Trade Organization (WTO) members for a multilateral trade action plan to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and ensure universal and fair access.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|03/06/2021||Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunications)||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/06/2021||Commission proposes a trusted and secure Digital Identity for all Europeans||,,The Commission has proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. Citizens will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents from their European Digital Identity wallets with the click of a button on their phone.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/06/2021||Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)||,,The Council agreed its positions on the Single European Sky, hired vehicles and third countries’ certificates in inland navigation. It adopted conclusions on rail and sustainable and smart mobility.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/06/2021||European Semester Spring Package: Paving the way for a strong and sustainable recovery||,,The European Commission has presented the European Semester Spring Package, which focuses on providing fiscal guidance to Member States as they continue the process of gradually reopening their economies.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/06/2021||Towards a stronger and more resilient Schengen area||,,The European Commission presented a new Strategy to make the largest free travel area in the world – the Schengen area – stronger and more resilient.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|31/05/2021||EU Digital COVID Certificate: EU Gateway goes live with seven countries one month ahead of deadline||,,The EU Digital COVID Certificate has reached another important milestone with the go-live of the technical system at EU level, which allows to verify certificates in a secure and privacy-friendly way. The EU certificate was proposed by the Commission to resume safe travelling this summer.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|31/05/2021||Zero Pollution: Vast majority of Europe's bathing waters meet the highest quality standards||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|30/05/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated travel measures ahead of the summer||,,The European Commission has proposed an update to the Council Recommendation on the coordination of free movement restrictions in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|27/05/2021||Main results of the Competitiveness Council||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/05/2021||Main results of the EU-Japan summit||,,At a summit held by videoconference, the leaders of the EU and Japan concluded a ‘green alliance’ that will boost cooperation to accelerate climate and environmental action. They also discussed global access to COVID-19 vaccines, digital transformation, bilateral relations, and foreign and security policy.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/05/2021||Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|25/05/2021||Commission presents guidance to strengthen the Code of Practice on Disinformation||,,The Commission has published its guidance on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the first of its kind worldwide, should be strengthened to become a more effective tool for countering disinformation.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/05/2021||Commission disburses €14.1 billion under SURE to 12 Member States||,,The European Commission has today disbursed €14.137 billion to 12 EU Member States in the seventh instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/05/2021||Main results of the Special European Council||,,On 24 and 25 May 2021, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, climate change, Belarus, Russia, the UK, the Middle East and Mali.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/05/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup meeting||,,The Eurogroup discussed macroeconomic and fiscal developments in the euro area and looked into the functioning of adjustment mechanisms. Ministers also adopted the Eurogroup work programme for the second half of 2021 and heard the reports from the chairs of the ECB Supervisory Board and of the Single Resolution Board.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/05/2021||Plenary highlights: Covid-19, climate and culture||,,Parliament debated waiving vaccine patent rights and outside plenary reached a deal with the Council on an EU Covid certificate to facilitate travelling in Europe during the pandemic.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|19/05/2021||Coronavirus: Commission signs a third contract with BioNTech-Pfizer for an additional 1.8 billion doses||,,The European Commission has signed a third contract with the pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer. It reserves an additional 1.8 billion doses on behalf of all EU Member States, between end 2021 to 2023.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|19/05/2021||EU digital Covid Certificate: provisional deal between Parliament and Council||,,EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal for an EU digital Covid certificate to facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic. The certificate will be available in either digital or paper format. It will attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|19/05/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)||,,The Council exchanged views on the trade policy review. Ministers reviewed the state of play of the WTO reform and preparations for the next Ministerial Conference of the WTO and took stock of latest developments and prospects in EU-US trade relations.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/05/2021||Europe's global approach to cooperation in research and innovation: strategic, open, and reciprocal||,,The Commission has adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world. With this, the EU aims to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnerships, and to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital and healthy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/05/2021||Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council||,,Ministers met in Brussels to discuss equity and inclusion in education and training, the European Universities initiative and participation of young people in decision-making processes. They adopted conclusions on the recovery and resilience of the cultural sector, Europe's media in the digital decade and sport innovation.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/05/2021||Future-proof taxation – Commission proposes new, ambitious business tax agenda||,,The European Commission has adopted a Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century to promote a robust, efficient and fair business tax system in the European Union. It sets out both a long-term and short-term vision to support Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure adequate public revenues over the coming years.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/05/2021||European Green Deal: Developing a sustainable blue economy in the European Union||,,The European Commission has proposed a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves||,,The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||European Green Deal: Commission aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil||,,The European Commission has adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/05/2021||Main results of the General Affairs Council||,,Ministers focused on the state of play on the COVID-19 EU coordination and the Conference on the Future of Europe. Under any other business, the Council was informed about matters related to the Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process, and the EU-Switzerland relations.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/05/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Western Balkans and transatlantic relations. The Council also adopted conclusions on Security and Defence, and the Horn of Africa.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|06/05/2021||French fishing representative explains 'anger' over Jersey restrictions – video||,,
French fishers ended their protest around the Channel island of Jersey on Thursday.
French trawler crews, angered by limits on access to British fishing grounds, had sailed in a flotilla to Jersey earlier on Thursday to register their protest.
Representative Hugo Lehuby said the French government needed to proceed with retaliatory measures such as the one suggested by France's sea minister, Annick Girardin, to cut power supplies to Jersey if its fishers are not granted full access to UK waters under the post-Brexit trading termsContinue reading...
|06/05/2021||Dozens of French boats gather at Jersey port in protest – video||,,
British naval patrol vessels arrived in the waters around Jersey on Thursday as scores of French boats gathered at the port in St Helier to protest about post-Brexit fishing rights.
It followed French threats to cut off electricity to Jersey, a self-governing dependency of the UK off the tip of northern France. French fishers are protesting over new licences issued on Friday that restrict for the first time the number of days they can operate in shared watersContinue reading...
|06/05/2021||What is behind the dispute over fishing rights around Jersey?||,,
British navy patrol boats, protesting French fishers and Brexit – a summary of the escalating row
The immediate threat to which the prime minister was apparently responding when he dispatched the patrol vessels on Wednesday evening was a mooted blockade by French fishing boats of the port of St Helier, Jersey’s main entry point for supplies. French fishers accuse the Jersey authorities of limiting access to the waters around the Channel Island – and being in breach of the post-Brexit arrangements agreed between the EU and the UK in its Christmas Eve trade and cooperation agreement. A flotilla of boats full of angry fishers did indeed gather at the port on Thursday morning under the watchful gaze of two Royal Navy River class patrol vessels. The bigger picture, however, is the rancour and tension between Britain and EU member states after a bruising few years since the June 2016 referendum result.Continue reading...
|05/05/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics||,,The European Commission is complementing the successful EU Vaccines Strategy with a strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics to support the development and availability of much-needed COVID-19 therapeutics, including for the treatment of ‘long COVID'.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/05/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/05/2021||France threatens to cut Jersey's electricity over post-Brexit fishing rights – video||,,
The French maritime minister, Annick Girardin, warned on Tuesday that France could cut off electricity to the British island of Jersey in a dispute over fishing rights. The warning followed claims from Paris that Jersey was stalling in issuing licences to French boats under the terms of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. 'The agreement provides for retaliatory measures and these measures of retaliation we are ready to use,' Girardin told French lawmakers.
|04/05/2021||Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe's recovery||,,The Commission has updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/05/2021||Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market||,,The legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the regulatory gap in the Single Market, whereby subsidies granted by non-EU governments currently go largely unchecked, while subsidies granted by Member States are subject to close scrutiny.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/05/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU||,,The Commission proposed that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/04/2021||EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination||,,Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic. MEPs agreed that the new “EU COVID-19 certificate” - instead of Digital Green Certificate, as proposed by the Commission - should be in place for 12 months and not longer.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/04/2021||Better Regulation: Joining forces to make better EU laws and to prepare for the future||,,The Commission has adopted a Communication on Better Regulation, proposing several improvements to the EU law-making process. To foster Europe's recovery, it is more important than ever to legislate as efficiently as possible, while making EU laws better adapted to tomorrow's needs.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/04/2021||European Parliament upgrades rail passengers’ rights||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/04/2021||EU ratifies the deal with the UK||,,The Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and the security of information agreement. This is the last step for the EU in the ratification of the post-Brexit deal. Both agreements will enter into force on 1 May 2021.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|27/04/2021||Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement||,,Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the agreement setting the rules of the future EU-UK relationship. The consent decision was adopted by 660 votes for, five against and 32 abstentions, while the accompanying resolution, setting out Parliament’s evaluation of and expectations from the deal, passed by 578 votes, with 51 against and 68 abstentions.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/04/2021||Coronavirus: EU channels critical support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/04/2021||Migration management: New EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration||,,The Commission adopted the first EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration. The Strategy promotes voluntary return and reintegration as an integral part of a common EU system for returns, a key objective under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/04/2021||European climate law: Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement||,,The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/04/2021||Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence||,,The Commission has proposed new rules and actions aiming to turn Europe into the global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI). The combination of the first-ever legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses, while strengthening AI uptake, investment and innovation across the EU.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/04/2021||Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy: Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities||,,The European Commission has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to help improve the flow of money towards sustainable activities across the European Union.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|19/04/2021||COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen: EMA finds possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets||,,At its meeting of 20 April 2021, EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concluded that a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. PRAC also concluded that these events should be listed as very rare side effects of the vaccine.||www.ema.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/04/2021||Conference on the Future of Europe: launch of the multilingual digital platform||,,The Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe, comprising representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, is launching the multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe inviting all EU citizens to contribute to shaping their own future and that of Europe as a whole.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/04/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,The Eurogroup held a discussion on insolvency frameworks and looked into ongoing work on the euro as a digital currency. Ministers were also briefed about the outcomes of recent international meetings and reviewed the Eurogroup's transparency policy.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: First call for proposals to support youth volunteering activities||,,The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. The European Solidarity Corps supports young people wishing to engage in volunteering activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping people in need to supporting health and environmental action, across the EU and beyond.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery||,,The Commission has taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens. The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around €800 billion in current prices until 2026.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations||,,The Commission presented a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|31/03/2021||How tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions have changed since Brexit||,,Tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions: what's changed since Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/03/2021||Turing Scheme: What is the Erasmus replacement?||,,What will Brexit mean for students in the UK wanting to work or study abroad?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/02/2021||Brexit: How much disruption has there been so far?||,,It has been a month since the rules changed in the UK's relationship with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Brexit trade deal: What does it mean for fishing?||,,Fishing was one of the sticking points of the UK-EU trade negotiations but now a deal has been done.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU||,,The UK and EU begin a new relationship on 1 January 2021.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: How will it affect my holiday to Spain? And other questions||,,We answer some of your questions about Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: What are the key points of the deal?||,,These are the most important aspects of the UK-EU deal, and what they mean for people's lives and businesses.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/12/2020||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From free trade agreement to no deal, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/09/2020||Brexit: Where are we now?||,,It's been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2020||Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?||,,Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/07/2020||Brexit: What happens now?||,,Brexit officially happened on 31 January but the UK is now in a transition period until the end of 2020.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/02/2020||Brexit trade deal: What do the UK and EU want?||,,The UK and EU have set out their stalls for negotiations on their future relationship.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the EU referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit: How did we get here? The past four years in two minutes||,,It's been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union but how did we get here?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Why we lost – and where we go from here||,,
When the history of Brexit is written, the Lib Dems’ decision to let Johnson hold this election will be seen as a key strategic error.
|11/12/2019||7 reasons to vote Johnson out||,,
We can kick Johnson out. So brave the elements and vote for the candidates with the best chance of beating the Tories.
|11/12/2019||Trump sabotages Brexiters’ last-ditch safety net||,,
Relying on the WTO for our trade was always a terrible idea. Now that the US president has ripped a hole in it, it’s economic suicide.
|11/12/2019||With a final tactical voting push, we can beat Johnson||,,
Good news from YouGov poll is Tory lead is shrinking. Bad news is they are still ahead because too many pro-European votes are being wasted.
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|10/12/2019||Johnson won’t stop the chaos – that’s just propaganda||,,
A Tory victory means more chaos. The only way to end the arguments over Brexit and fix our real problems is to vote them out.
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|10/12/2019||Tories bully BBC because it’s easily cowed||,,
Johnson yesterday hinted he would axe the licence fee. This had two purposes: cover up his NHS blunder and pummel the BBC into submission.
|10/12/2019||At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson||,,
PM rips off Love Actually in his video but misses out the punch line: “Just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth.”
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|10/12/2019||Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win||,,
Right-wing press has branded Corbyn unelectable. They are right - he is. Not for the reasons they suggest, but because of simple maths.
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|09/12/2019||Tory “punch” propaganda backfires||,,
To cover up Johnson’s NHS disaster, Tories fabricate story about Labour activist punching Hancock aide.
|09/12/2019||Johnson’s dishonesty and disorganisation on Irish Sea border||,,
Not only is Johnson lying about surrendering to the EU demand for an internal UK border, he isn’t ready to deliver a deal by December 2020.
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|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/07/2019||Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU||,,Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|