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26/10/2021 Replace Build Back Better with Build Back Fairer

The government urgently needs to change its mantra to Build Back Fairer to level up and reduce poverty inequalities

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26/10/2021 What’s the culture war really about?

How is the culture war used by the right to demonise groups and push certain agendas? America and the UK have become more 'anti-woke'.

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26/10/2021 This Is Everything We Know Is In The 2021 Budget So Far The Treasury has heavily pre-briefed this year’s Budget, with more than a dozen major proposals already released to the press. Here’s the run-down on what Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s department has already announced – with £24bn in spending allocated... www.politicshome.com
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26/10/2021 Former Treasury Minister Says Pre-Briefings Suggest There Is “Very Difficult News” Hidden In The Budget Rishi Sunak has been accused of trying to “camouflage” bad news in tomorrow’s Budget after a raft of policy announcements ahead of his speech. www.politicshome.com
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26/10/2021 Review: Bill’s Night Fever menu – a boogie wonderland for all

Bill's in Leeds has launched a night fever menu full of delicious foods plus cocktails with disco inspired names!

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26/10/2021 Tory MP Clashes With Local Bradford Leaders After Calling For Inquiry Into Child Sexual Exploitation Conservative MP Robbie Moore will lead a debate in the Commons this evening on child sexual exploitation in the Bradford district, an issue the parliamentarian claims is being “swept under the carpet” by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Bradford... www.politicshome.com
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26/10/2021 Socialising the network

Some MPs receive online abuse and hate speech every day. What is the danger of online anonymity and how can we change this?

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26/10/2021 Minister Says He Can't “Guarantee” Above-Inflation Pay Rise For Public Sector Small business minister Paul Scully was unable to confirm if public sector workers will get a real-term pay rise in April amid concern that inflation could outstrip any boost to their pay. www.politicshome.com
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26/10/2021 Building cultural bridges or burning them? Brexit and the music industry

At the latest EU|UK event, experts from the music industry painted a depressing picture of the new normal for touring musicians post-Brexit.

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26/10/2021 What does a stream of raw sewage symbolise? Broken Brexit promises, for one | Zoe Williams

A Lords amendment sought to stop water companies dumping raw sewage – and 265 Tories voted against it. This faecal matter has become a powerful symbol of modern Britain

I remember the good ol’ days, when we weren’t always lurching from one crisis to another and we had time to wonder why the EU’s clean-beach legislation hadn’t done more for its popularity. Maybe people just didn’t care about sewage, one way or the other?

That was possibly the working assumption of Conservative MPs, who are now experiencing mounting unease – lobby-speak for freaking the hell out – over the environment bill that is ping-ponging through parliament. It’s a rangy piece of legislation, of which the faeces element is only a small part. A Lords amendment sought to put a duty on water companies not to dump raw sewage into the waterways – and 265 Tories voted against it. The website Evolve Politics published the list in full and thus crashed itself, so urgent was public interest in the names. Querulous Tories are taking to Twitter crying fake news, puzzled by the strength of public feeling.

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25/10/2021 Rishi Sunak Agrees To End Public Sector Pay Freeze After Approving 6.6% Minimum Wage Rise The Treasury has confirmed that millions of nurses, teachers and members of the armed forces will receive a pay rise after agreeing to end the freeze on public sector wages. www.politicshome.com
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25/10/2021 State of the Energy Union 2021: Renewables overtake fossil fuels as the EU's main power source The Commission adopted its State of the Energy Union Reports for 2021, taking stock of the progress that the EU is making in delivering the clean energy transition, nearly two years after the launch of the European Green Deal. ec.europa.eu
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25/10/2021 European scrutiny committee puts on stunning display of collective amnesia | John Crace

Why is Lord Frost furious about the Northern Ireland protocol given that he negotiated it?

The clue should be in the name. The purpose of the European scrutiny committee ought to be to scrutinise. Only it turns out there are times when the select committee, largely composed of hardline Brexiters, will go to some lengths to do anything but. Especially when their star witness is the Brexit minister, Lord Frost. The man on whom so many of them have staked all their hopes. This is a committee which exists as an echo chamber. It only hears what it wants to hear.

You would have thought that the first thing the ESC might want to ask Frost is how come he is so furious about the Northern Ireland protocol given that he was the person who negotiated it two years ago and told everyone how brilliant it was. But apparently not. The ESC is quite happy for some bygones to remain bygones. Then again many of its members would then be forced to remember they had voted for the withdrawal agreement knowing that it effectively split Northern Ireland from the UK as a separate customs territory and would be subject to EU law. Anything to get Brexit done. Even if it did mean selling out Northern Ireland.

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25/10/2021 David Frost says EU close to breaching Brexit deal over science programme

Minister ‘quite concerned’ about delay to finalising UK’s participation in €80bn Horizon Europe scheme

A fresh Brexit row has been blown open with Brussels after David Frost accused the EU of being close to breaching the trade deal struck last Christmas.

He said the UK was “getting quite concerned” about Brussels delaying ratification of the UK’s participation in the €80bn (£67bn) Horizon Europe research programme, costing British scientists their place in pan-European research programmes.

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25/10/2021 Tory MPs Defend Controversial Sewage Vote As A "Storm In A Teacup" Conservative MPs have defended their decision to vote against an amendment to the Environment Bill that would have seen raw sewage banned from being dumped in British rivers and oceans. www.politicshome.com
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25/10/2021 Facebook is ‘unquestionably making hate worse’, says whistleblower Frances Haugen – as it happened

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Johnson says he is “very worried” about Cop26 because they might not get the agreements they need for the world to get to net zero by the middle of the century.

But he thinks it can be done.

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25/10/2021 Facebook Whistleblower Warns MPs Political Unrest Organised On Social Media Is Just The "Opening Chapter" Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has warned that events like the Capitol Riots and ethinic violence in Ethiopia are just “opening chapters” to worse events if social media companies are left unchecked. www.politicshome.com
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25/10/2021 Government abandons British agriculture with New Zealand trade deal

The New Zealand trade deal will be damaging to British agriculture and will drastically lower food standards in a competitive market.

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25/10/2021 Brexit breaks new hospital build in Birmingham Brexit breaks new hospital build in Birmingham

New hospital in Birmingham is delayed again - the supply chain crisis that has developed since Brexit is engulfing the construction industry.

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25/10/2021 Michael Gove Is Holding Regular Talks With Top Red Wall MPs To Flesh Out Levelling Up Michael Gove has told officials in his department to engage directly with the increasingly influential Northern Research Group (NRG) of Conservative MPs on levelling up as he tries to flesh out the government's headline policy. www.politicshome.com
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25/10/2021 The Davis Downside Dossier

Davis famously said there would be no downsides to Brexit only considerable upsides

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25/10/2021 The week ahead in politics

A look at this week in politics, including the budget & spending review, the start of COP26 and the Twitter storm #StoolBritannia.

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25/10/2021 The right to a healthy environment: the time is now!

The United Nations Human Rights Council had recognised that people have the right to a healthy environment

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25/10/2021 Black History: an ever-present aspect of British life

Richard Hall asks how much progress we've made as we mark Black History Month

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25/10/2021 Sajid Javid Says Mandatory Covid Vaccinations For NHS Staff Is His "Direction Of Travel" Sajid Javid has said requiring all NHS staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is his “direction of travel” amid growing concerns over rising case numbers. www.politicshome.com
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25/10/2021 Unite To Back Proportional Representation

Mark Cunliffe applauds Unite's backing of proportional representation

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25/10/2021 The rule of Raab: new justice secretary seeks “mechanism” to overrule ECHR

Dominic Raab's plan to defy the European Court of Human Rights, and overrule the rule of law, will delight dictators worldwide

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24/10/2021 British scientists being ‘frozen out’ of EU research due to NI row, claims MP

Bill Cash says UK still not being made full member of Horizon Europe science programme linked to dispute over NI protocol

UK scientists are being “frozen out” of the £80bn EU research programme Horizon Europe because of the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, a House of Commons committee has claimed.

Participation in the science research programme is being hampered by the ongoing dispute, the European scrutiny committee chair, Sir Bill Cash, said.

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24/10/2021 80% of UK employers plan to hire over next 12 months, survey says

Brexit and Covid-19 causing acute shortages of workers in sectors from haulage to hospitality

The majority of UK employers are planning to hire staff over the next 12 months, the highest recruitment intentions in eight years, as Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic have caused acute shortages of workers in sectors ranging from haulage to hospitality and social care.

80% of businesses and other organisations are planning to take on more staff over the next 12 months, according to a survey by the recruitment firm Hays. Recruitment intentions are particularly high in Scotland and Wales where 88% plan to hire over the next 12 months, followed by 87% in the East of England and 85% in London.

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24/10/2021 Rishi Sunak Insists He Is A Low Tax Tory, But Won't Rule Out Further Rises Rishi Sunak said he is instinctively low tax, but refused to rule out further rises before the next general election. www.politicshome.com
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23/10/2021 UK ‘will not cave in over role of European court in NI protocol’

Government sources say talks with EU ‘constructive’ but ‘we are still far apart on big issues’

The UK government has described talks with the EU over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol as “constructive” but insisted it was not about to cave in on its demands that the role of the European court of justice be scrapped.

Government sources dampened hopes of a breakthrough, saying the two sides were still “far apart on the big issues”.

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23/10/2021 Disabled people struggling to hire carers after Brexit

Ministers refuse to ease immigration restrictions as campaigners warn of ‘social care time bomb’

Disabled people are struggling to hire carers to help with vital daily tasks due to low pay and Brexit, the Observer has been told, with ministers refusing to ease immigration restrictions to address the crisis.

According to a report published earlier this month, an estimated 70,000 care users employ around 100,000 live-in carers and personal assistants (PAs) through public funds, via a system known as direct payments, to assist with daily tasks such as cleaning, personal care and transport.

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23/10/2021 New trade deals ‘are unfair on farmers and won’t help emissions’

Chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee condemns New Zealand and Australia agreements as unworkable

The chairman of the government’s climate change advisory board has condemned trade deals with Australia and New Zealand as “totally offensive” as he warned they would undermine attempts to tackle emissions.

Lord Deben, the former Tory cabinet minister who chairs the Climate Change Committee, said that the agreements were “entirely unacceptable for climate change purposes”. He warned they would damage efforts to ask UK farmers to help consumers shift to eating less meat, but of higher quality.

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23/10/2021 Tory MP: BBC ‘should hire a Brexiteer as its next political editor’

Commons committee chair Julian Knight says Laura Kuenssberg’s replacement should be ‘much more pro-Brexit’ if she steps down

A senior Conservative MP has said that if Laura Kuenssberg steps down as the BBC’s political editor, the corporation should consider replacing her with somebody “much more pro-Brexit”.

Julian Knight, who is the chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, which monitors the BBC, has reportedly said that if the top political job became available, the corporation should “throw the net wider” and consider hiring a journalist who supported Brexit.

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23/10/2021 Take your old trainers to Nike for recycling? Not in Brexit Britain…

Trainer drop-off scheme has been quietly shelved as haulage and tax costs soared after UK left the EU

Nike has shelved its popular recycling scheme in the UK in response to higher costs arising from Brexit.

The Reuse-a-Shoe scheme allowed UK customers to deposit their old trainers at a Nike store, where they would be shipped to one of Nike’s four distribution centres in Flanders, Belgium, to be recycled into rubber for use in track surfaces, gym flooring and new Nike footwear and apparel.

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23/10/2021 HGV Driver Shortage – Open Letter to Grant Shapps

Dear Sir, We are slipping into a desperate crisis which has been inflicted by this blinkered government. The crucial sinews which hold the British supply network together have been seriously damaged. The HGV driver shortage in the UK is estimated at 100,000 and this shortage is having a knock on effect. For example, drivers of […]

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23/10/2021 My Covid Story

During much of the pandemic, Cheltenham, like the rest of the South West, had relatively low infection rates, notwithstanding the super spreader event that was the horse racing festival in March 2020. The vaccine rollout went well. My Covid story started well too. I received my second jab in May, a week earlier than my […]

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23/10/2021 Rishi Sunak Faces A Tightrope Walk Of Pleasing Wary Tories And Reversing Austerity With His Budget Rishi Sunak is facing a tough balancing act with this week’s Budget, where he will be hoping to please the public with spending, while keeping his fiscally prudent fans in the Conservative party on side. www.politicshome.com
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22/10/2021 Build your own Martial Arts Studio at Home

Working out at home is an excellent alternative when you can’t get to the gym. For martial artists especially, having a functional home gym is a great way to complement your regimen and to meet your fitness goals. Keeping your space safe, comfortable and productive requires some preparation though. In this article I explain what […]

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22/10/2021 Supermarkets using cardboard cutouts to hide gaps left by supply issues

Public mockery as problems with deliveries and a move to fewer product lines result in empty shelves

Supermarkets are using cardboard cutouts of fruit, vegetables and other groceries to fill gaps on shelves because supply problems combined with a shift towards smaller product ranges mean many stores are now too big.

Tesco has begun using pictures of asparagus, carrots, oranges and grapes in its fresh produce aisles, prompting ridicule on social media.

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22/10/2021 LGBT+ community protest against homophobic attacks in Birmingham LBGT Attacks Birmingham

LGBT+ attacks still take place, has anything really changed since the 1980's despite improvement in technology and support?

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22/10/2021 SAGE Told Government To Prepare For “Rapid Deployment” Of “Plan B” Winter Covid Measures Last Week The government’s scientific advisers said work must be done now to ensure “rapid deployment” of Covid measures as they warn there should “no complacency” around the risk of a new variant. www.politicshome.com
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22/10/2021 Nursing Shortages Are Putting Extra Pressure On Hospitals As Ministers Reject Covid "Plan B" Medics have warned that escalating nursing shortages are putting hospitals under further strain as the number of patients hospitalised with coronavirus continues to rise. www.politicshome.com
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22/10/2021 Veteran Ex-MP Frank Field Announces He Is Terminally Ill While Backing The Assisted Dying Bill Frank Field — who served as MP for Birkenhead for 40 years — announced today that he is dying while voicing his support for the Assisted Dying Bill. www.politicshome.com
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22/10/2021 Care Minister Claims Mask Wearing Should Not Become A "Sign Of Virtue" Care Minister Gillian Keegan has said mask wearing should be a "personal choice" and that opting to do so should not become a "sign of virtue". www.politicshome.com
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22/10/2021 Derby public health director breaks ranks with national guidance

Dr Robyn Dewis, Public Health Director for Derby issues a common sense plea for us to help each other keep safe with covid-19

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22/10/2021 Covid Testing Fails in the South West

Ed: 24 October: Updated with latest stats from UK Health Security Agency. Ed: Please send copies of this letter to your MP and local newspaper so that we get a proper investigation. Dear Sir, Serious doubts are growing about the government policy of out-sourcing Covid testing contracts to private companies. One such company is Immensa, […]

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21/10/2021 Main results of the European Council EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss COVID-19, energy prices, trade and external relations. They also held a debate on the rule of law and discussed migration and the EU’s digital transition. www.consilium.europa.eu
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21/10/2021 Plenary highlights: Poland, Sakharov Prize, climate, food MEPs said the primacy of EU law must be upheld in Poland, welcomed the EU's new farm to fork strategy and awarded Alexei Navalny the 2021 Sakharov Prize. www.europarl.europa.eu
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21/10/2021 Commons Speaker Told To Call Out MPs Refusing To Wear Masks In Parliament Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle should insist MPs wear face masks when they are in the chamber, according to the civil service union, who criticised politicians for "making light" of the issue. www.politicshome.com
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21/10/2021 Treasury And BEIS Wrangling Leaves Industry Waiting For Emergency Gas Price Support The failure of government departments to agree on how best to support industries affected by soaring gas prices has left impacted sectors waiting for help which they say is needed urgently. www.politicshome.com
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21/10/2021 Distilling in the Cotswolds Distillery_Cotswolds

Ann Holland learns about distilling gin and whiskey in the Cotswolds, the importance of a community and the impacts of covid and Brexit

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21/10/2021 Schools Face Sending Whole Classes Home After Spike In Covid Cases Unions have warned that schools may soon begin sending home whole classes as a result of a rise in positive Covid cases among pupils and the shortage of supply teachers to keep lessons running. www.politicshome.com
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21/10/2021 Tory MP Doctor Wants Covid Plan B Activated Now A Conservative MP who has been back working in the NHS during the pandemic is calling for the government to move to its “Plan B” now to deal with Covid-19 this winter. www.politicshome.com
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21/10/2021 Ali Harbi Ali Charged With Murder Of Conservative MP Sir David Amess The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that 25-year-old Ali Harbi Ali has been charged with the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess. www.politicshome.com
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21/10/2021 Minister Admits Race Between Virus And Vaccine Is "Narrowing", But Defends Holding Off Plan B Health minister Edward Argar has claimed the NHS is under "sustainable pressure" and defended the government's decision not to introduce Covid mitigation measure, despite a spike in cases. www.politicshome.com
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21/10/2021 British leavers and remainers as polarised as ever, survey finds

Nine out of 10 people would vote the same way again, but leavers feel better about UK politics since Brexit

Brexit divisions in UK society appear to be as entrenched as ever, according to the latest British social attitudes survey, with little sign that the issue is losing its polarising force. Nine in 10 of leave and remain voters said they would vote the same way again, it found.

Although Britain’s departure from the EU pushed overall public trust and confidence in government to its highest level for more than a decade, the survey reveals that this surge in support for the UK political system came almost entirely from leave voters – with remainers as disillusioned as they were previously.

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20/10/2021 UK agrees free trade deal with New Zealand The government says consumers and businesses will benefit from deal, but it is unlikely to boost growth. www.bbc.co.uk
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20/10/2021 Labour Warns Renters Could Be Hit By Higher Fuel Bills With Green Home Plans A focus on homeowners in the government's new heat pump plan could mean that renters could "bear the brunt" of green housing policies, Labour has warned. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 Sajid Javid Warns Winter Poses “Greatest Threat” To Pandemic Recovery And Daily Cases Could Hit 100,000 Sajid Javid has issued a stark warning that coronavirus “remains a threat” to the nation’s pandemic recovery as winter provides the “perfect conditions” for coronavirus and other seasonal diseases. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 Number 10 Rejects NHS Call To Trigger Covid “Plan B” Despite Highest Deaths And Cases Since March Downing Street has rejected calls by the NHS to move to its “Plan B” to deal with Covid-19 this winter despite the highest case and death figures since March. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 Meat factory labour plan 'does not go far enough' NI's agriculture minister says he has concerns about the ability to recruit workers for the scheme. www.bbc.co.uk
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20/10/2021 House of Commons Pays Tribute To “Gentleman” James Brokenshire Following His Death From Lung Cancer Boris Johnson said former Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire — who died from lung cancer earlier this month — was a “gentleman politician” whose passing came “tragically early”. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 COP26 CEO Says Climate Negotiations Will Likely Go Down To The Wire The CEO of COP26 has warned that climate negotiations at the upcoming conference are likely to “go to the wire”. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 Pig Culling Will Continue For Weeks With Visa Scheme Rollout Set To Take Until Next Month The culling of pigs is set to continue for another few weeks with the majority of foreign butchers recruited under the government's new visa scheme not expected to be working in the UK until mid November, industry figures have told PoliticsHome. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 Keir Starmer Challenges Boris Johnson To Sanction Social Media Platforms Over Extremist Content Boris Johnson has said the government “will have criminal sanctions with tough sentences” for those who do not tackle harmful content on their platforms after Labour leader Keir Starmer said there was still a “safe space for terrorists” online. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 Investment in Management Skills Crucial to 'Levelling Up', Say Business Leaders Business leaders have called on the Chancellor to make investment in management and leadership skills a central plank of the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 Kwasi Kwarteng Rules Out Future Lockdowns Despite Covid Case Surge Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said that the UK will not need a winter lockdown despite admitting "concern" over a sharp rise of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the UK. www.politicshome.com
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20/10/2021 Black History Month: why did black Britons have to pay white slavers? Black History month

Millions of black Britons have had no choice but to give financial support to those who committed the most appalling crimes against humanity.

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19/10/2021 Who started the politics of hate? Well, we all knew who re-started it. hate

Who started the politics of hate? Well, we all knew who re-started it. Mark Francois leads the charge of the hate brigade.

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19/10/2021 A Tory ex-MP who wants to defend Democracy and Share Power

Robert Key was the former Conservative MP for the City of Salisbury. He served under Margret Thatcher and John Major and continued to serve the city when the party was in opposition in the noughties. Just as West England Bylines asked the opposition parties to support Proportional Representation, Robert asks his Conservative Party to share […]

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18/10/2021 Commission relaunches the review of EU economic governance The European Commission has adopted a Communication that takes stock of the changed circumstances for economic governance in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and relaunches the public debate on the review of the EU's economic governance framework. ec.europa.eu
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18/10/2021 The Tories are sacrificing Northern Irish businesses on the altar of Brexit purity | Polly Toynbee

Single-market status has been a boon to firms – but stirring up a trade dispute with the EU may be worth more to Boris Johnson

Here comes the destroyer, as David Frost, the Brexit minister, stomps into talks on the Northern Ireland protocol this week with European commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič. His mission from Boris Johnson is to stir up Brexit trouble, and keep stirring: yes, even at the risk of stirring the darkest shadows of Northern Ireland’s history. Let Brexit never be done if it can keep alive the antagonisms that shot Johnson into No 10.

Johnson may miscalculate the public’s appetite for new Eurostrife: “Get Brexit done” worked with many voters who never wanted to hear the word again. But he may be hoping that EU trade wars against the despots of Brussels can distract voters from his pile-up of crises: shortages of HGV drivers and butchers, port blockages, NHS and social care at tipping point, music and arts crippled for lack of EU visas, soaring energy bills. EU noise might help drown out some of the bad news from next week’s austerity budget.

Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist

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18/10/2021 Greenham Women

The protest at Greenham Common influenced a whole generation of women. It taught us about collective action, imaginative non-violent ways of protesting and gave us the confidence to use our own unique voice.

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18/10/2021 Announcing the Festival of Europe, Hope for the future Festival of Europe

The Festival of Europe comprises a ‘Summer of Europe’ (nationwide events throughout the UK from May to September) and a ‘Festival Finale’

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18/10/2021 The gap between reckless Brexit promises and reality will soon be too big to ignore | John Harris

Voters invested hope in the idea of leaving the EU. But a few years of queues and chaos could further erode public trust

What must it be like to be in the inner circles of this government, watching the economy bounce from crisis to crisis? Shortages mount, while livestock that suddenly cannot be put into the food chain is slaughtered and sent to rendering plants. Ships are diverted from UK ports because no drivers can be found to transport their cargo once it is offloaded. In response to ministers’ threats to suspend the trading arrangements for Northern Ireland – that we are now told the government never believed in to start with – there is reportedly pressure within the EU to begin preparations for a trade war.

The prime minister goes off to Marbella, where he pretends to paint pictures; the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, is said to be pinning his hopes for an easing of the current energy crisis on a “wet, windy and mild” winter. Yet the Conservative party is still ahead in the polls, apparently shored up by the weakness of the Labour party and the clear, optimistic narrative that Boris Johnson has so far managed to project on to events. And I wonder: in cabinet meetings and ministerial get-togethers, do they laugh at the apparent absurdity of it all, or anxiously exchange estimates of when the roof might finally start to fall in?

John Harris is a Guardian columnist

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17/10/2021 Cotswolds Ecosystem in Danger – Part 2 – River Pollution

“There’s water, water of life”. Those words were part of a hymn I had to sing at my small C of E primary school in the heart of the Cotswolds as a child. While little water runs through the village of Chedworth where my school lay, the Cotswolds has certainly been blessed with at least […]

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17/10/2021 Facing chaos and needing a scapegoat, the Tories seek an endless fight with Europe | Fintan O’Toole The EU’s proposals on the Northern Ireland protocol offered what business leaders wanted, but the prime minister prefers failure and grievance

Last week, Boris Johnson, with his paintbrush and easel at his holiday villa in Marbella, touched up his self-portrait as the reincarnation of Winston Churchill. Meanwhile, another bodysnatcher, Johnson’s Brexit tsar, David Frost, was also in sunny Iberia. In Lisbon on Tuesday evening, he channelled the intellectual father of modern conservatism, the 18th-century Irish writer and politician Edmund Burke.

Frost demanded that the EU agree to rewrite completely the Northern Ireland protocol of the withdrawal treaty that Johnson hailed in October 2019 as a “fantastic deal for all of the UK”. His speech was entitled, in imitation of a famous Burke pamphlet, “Observations on the present state of the nation”.

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17/10/2021 Suez taught us our future lay in Europe. So will Brexit

Britain’s two great self-inflicted crises of the postwar era point to a conclusion that voters may soon rediscover for themselves

Many countries are experiencing economic problems associated with the pandemic and supply chain shortages, but none is in such a bad position as the UK.

This is entirely because of Brexit. Quite apart from the multiplicity of crises associated with the acute shortage of heavy goods vehicle drivers – pigs being culled, but not for eating, farmers pouring milk down the drain, queues for petrol, you name it – the economic self-harm is now showing up in the statistics, with the International Monetary Fund putting the UK bottom of its Group of Seven future growth league. This contrasts with our prime minister’s shallow claims that the UK is currently enjoying the fastest growth in the G7.

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16/10/2021 Word Salad and War on the Poor

The recent Conservative conference was a real feast of word salad, ‘a confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases’, culminating in an appalling speech from the PM that ignored a series of crises of historical proportions.  This word salad disguises a deliberate war on the poor. Let us walk through some implications […]

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16/10/2021 Perfidious Albion: why French faith in Boris Johnson has nosedived

Analysis: Emmanuel Macron’s government thinks UK wishes to use France to keep Brexit alive in British politics

Boris Johnson’s foreign policy is 80% driven by short-term domestic political interests that make it impossible to come to stable arrangements with him, senior French sources have concluded.

Paris is increasingly convinced the British prime minister is not interested in solving the bilateral problems weighing down the relationship, and instead wants to use France as a running sore to keep Brexit alive in British politics.

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15/10/2021 Representation for All – Labour’s Last Chance?

I love Brighton. It has its share of shabby corners and deprivation but it’s still a remarkable town. As I stood on the promenade at the Labour conference, armed with GetPRDone’s promotional material on Proportional Representation (PR), it struck me that Brighton could even be a metaphor for a brighter, progressive political future. Led in part by […]

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15/10/2021 We in Northern Ireland are sick of being pawns in the Brexit game | Sarah Creighton

The public have protocol fatigue. It’s time for politicians to find some good faith and repair the damage already caused

Being from Northern Ireland is exhausting. Being from Northern Ireland and experiencing Brexit is maddening. Two years ago Boris Johnson hailed the withdrawal agreement, which established the Northern Ireland protocol, as an “oven-ready” deal. The EU patted itself on the back. We knew better. We had an inkling of what was to come.

Here we are, almost a year since the protocol was actually implemented, and we’re still talking about it. After declaring that there was no Irish Sea border, after ignoring the fact that businesses in Northern Ireland were sounding the alarm about its implications, the EU and the UK government are still trying to fix their mess.

Sarah Creighton is a lawyer, writer and political commentator from Northern Ireland

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14/10/2021 Climate Emergency – Citizens do have Power!

Gregorio Mirabal is General Coordinator of the COICA (Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin) and was their representative to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress in September this year. He is a prime example that citizens do have power. In my previous article, I argued that […]

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14/10/2021 Cotswolds Ecosystem in Danger – Part 1 – Pesticide Use

George tells us of his lobbying local councils in the Cotswolds to reduce their pesticide use, a major threat to the Cotswolds Ecosystem.

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14/10/2021 Ian Paisley claims Boris Johnson promised to 'tear up' NI Protocol MP Ian Paisley says Boris Johnson promised to tear up the protocol before signing the Brexit deal. www.bbc.co.uk
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14/10/2021 Britain and the EU are on a Brexit collision course – but there is a way out | Anand Menon

With legal action by the EU possible and the UK’s threat to abandon the NI protocol, this is a time for cool heads

After days of rising tensions, the European Union has agreed to drop most checks on supermarket goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Britain. But it still fears that Boris Johnson will reject the new offer.

According to Britain’s Brexit negotiator Lord Frost, speaking on Tuesday, the Northern Ireland protocol is not working – either in terms of its impact on trade or in terms of the hostility towards it from parts of the unionist population.

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13/10/2021 Brexit: Most NI checks on British goods to be scrapped The proposals are a "genuine response" to address Brexit trade issues, says the European Commission. www.bbc.co.uk
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13/10/2021 Šefčovič: EU turning rules 'upside down and inside out' to ease post-Brexit tensions – video

The European Union has turned its rules 'upside down and inside out' to ease post-Brexit tensions, the EU's Brexit commissioner, Maroš Šefčovič, said on Wednesday. Referring specifically to a proposal on the transit of medicine between Northern Ireland and the UK, the Slovak commissioner said the EU sought by doing so to 'find a solid solution to an outstanding challenge'. He added that the priority of the EU was to protect the 'hard-earned gains' of the Good Friday agreement

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13/10/2021 What is the ‘new model’ the EU is proposing for Northern Ireland?

‘Bespoke Northern Ireland-specific solution’ includes potential new rules on food, plants and medicines

The EU’s latest proposals, described as “a new model” for Northern Ireland, are a significant concession from Brussels. Having ruled out renegotiation of the protocol in July, the EU is proposing a “bespoke Northern Ireland-specific solution”.

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13/10/2021 Brexit: What's the Northern Ireland Protocol? The EU has outlined new proposals for the Northern Ireland Protocol. www.bbc.co.uk
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13/10/2021 Brexit: Irish deputy PM Leo Varadkar warns nations UK might not keep its word Leo Varadkar speaks out after Dominic Cummings says the UK had never meant to stick to Brexit deal. www.bbc.co.uk
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12/10/2021 Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts The Commission adopted a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe's people and businesses. ec.europa.eu
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12/10/2021 Brexit: Lord Frost proposes 'entirely new' NI protocol The UK's Brexit minister says the existing protocol cannot survive and warns the UK could still trigger Article 16. www.bbc.co.uk
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12/10/2021 What next for the Northern Ireland protocol?

What is the proposed EU solution – and will it please David Frost?

Within the UK’s Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU, a protocol lays out arrangements that effectively keep Northern Ireland in the single market, drawing a customs border between it and the rest of the UK, with checks on goods passing from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

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12/10/2021 Brexit: What has the European Court of Justice got to do with the NI Protocol? The UK government wants the European Court of Justice removed from oversight of the NI Protocol. www.bbc.co.uk
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11/10/2021 Afghanistan: Commission announces €1 billion Afghan support package ec.europa.eu
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11/10/2021 EU-Ukraine summit The summit reaffirmed the continued commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union, and the European Union's unwavering support to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. www.consilium.europa.eu
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11/10/2021 Frost throws ECJ spanner in works on Northern Ireland protocol

Analysis: minister’s pre-emptive response to EU offer leaves planned talks looking potentially futile

Before the unveiling on Wednesday of a package of proposals from the EU for Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit arrangements designed to becalm inflamed tensions and unblock its trade with the rest of the UK, David Frost, the prime minister’s tough-talking Brexit minister, has thrown a spanner in the works.

In a UK government command paper published in July, Lord Frost had laid out a series of changes that he believed needed to be considered. One of those had been the role of the European court of justice (ECJ) in enforcing EU law in Northern Ireland and at the regulatory border with the rest of the UK.

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11/10/2021 Brexit: UK dismissal of NI protocol solutions 'more serious' The Irish foreign minister says this is "more serious" as EU prepares new package on NI Protocol. www.bbc.co.uk
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10/10/2021 Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates ec.europa.eu
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10/10/2021 Commission to provide 60,000 rail passes to young Europeans The Commission will provide free travel rail passes to 60,000 Europeans aged from 18 to 20 years, thanks to DiscoverEU. Applications open tomorrow, 12 October, at noon and close on 26 October, at noon, for a travel period in 2022, which will be the European Year of Youth. ec.europa.eu
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10/10/2021 Brexit: UK's NI Protocol demands 'could break relations' Ireland's foreign minister says the demands are a new "red line" that the EU cannot move on. www.bbc.co.uk
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08/10/2021 A resentful UK plc hits back at Boris Johnson’s conference business-bashing

Analysis: from retailers to farmers, employers have not taken kindly to being told to stop whingeing about the supply crisis

There was a moment in Boris Johnson’s speech to the Conservative party faithful on Wednesday when he took time off from berating business to heap praise on the private sector’s part in saving lives during the pandemic.

“It was capitalism that ensured that we had a vaccine in less than a year, and the answer therefore is not to attack the wealth creators, it is to encourage them because they are responsible for the aggregate increase in the country’s wealth that enables us to … level up everywhere,” the prime minister said.

Farming, where ministers have been saying this week that UK agriculture should get round labour shortages by emulating Australia’s capital intensive fruit-picking industry. The National Farmers’ Union’s vice-president, Tom Bradshaw, said: “Farm businesses have done all they can to recruit staff domestically, but even increasingly competitive wages have had little impact because the labour pool is so limited – instead only adding to growing production costs. A solution to this crisis will need the right people with the right skills and training available in rural areas, where many roles are based.”

Retailing, where the counterattack was made more potent by being led by the Brexit-supporting Tory peer Lord Simon Wolfson, the chief executive of Next. Noting that there was “a real panic and despondency” in some sectors, Wolfson rejected the idea that business needed a shock to wean it off cheap labour. “That approach leads to queues at petrol stations and pigs being unnecessarily shot,” he said.

Hospitality, where another prominent Leave supporter, Tim Martin, chair of the pub chain JD Wetherspoon, said it was “cobblers” that living standards would rise if draconian immigration controls were introduced. “Brexit decided that immigration policy should be decided by those we’ve elected, not what the policy should be.”

Manufacturing. The trade body that represents UK industry, Make UK, said it was already a high-skill sector with a good record for training through apprenticeship schemes. While the average annual salary across the economy was £29,000, in manufacturing it was £32,000.

Food processing, where pigs are being culled because of a shortage of abattoir workers. The British Meat Processors Association said the industry was short of 15,000 people, including 9,000 butchers, and that there were no unemployed or furloughed meat workers. A spokesperson said: “We need skilled butchers in our plants today. They only way we can possibly do that in the short term is to bring them in from overseas.”

London, where Boris Johnson served two terms as mayor between 2008 and 2016. Richard Burge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “London’s businesses certainly wish to hear a little less of London being presented almost as a villain in the levelling-up narrative. London is the UK’s world city. It is a key player in a global economy. We need to further ensure that investment into London brings further benefit across this country. Do London down, and that investment may end up leaving these shores altogether, and that benefits no one here.”

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07/10/2021 Plenary highlights: energy prices, tax revelations, Arctic MEPs discussed solutions to the current energy price hikes as well as new tax avoidance revelations during October's first plenary session. www.europarl.europa.eu
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07/10/2021 Brexit: New NI Protocol proposals to be brought by EU They will be "very far reaching", says European Commission Vice President Maros Šefčovič. www.bbc.co.uk
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06/10/2021 Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council Ministers held a debate on pre-trial detention, an issue which has an impact on individual freedoms and is also important for mutual trust and mutual recognition. They were also informed about the latest developments regarding the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO). www.consilium.europa.eu
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06/10/2021 Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonise status across the EU www.europarl.europa.eu
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05/10/2021 Use of artificial intelligence by the police: MEPs oppose mass surveillance To combat discrimination and ensure the right to privacy, MEPs demand strong safeguards when artificial intelligence tools are used in law enforcement. www.europarl.europa.eu
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05/10/2021 EU-Western Balkans summit, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia During the summit, EU leaders adopted a declaration, with which the Western Balkans leaders have aligned themselves. The declaration reaffirms the EU's unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans. www.consilium.europa.eu
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05/10/2021 Main results of the Environment Council EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to exchange views on the Fit for 55 package, prepare the COP26 climate summit and discuss the new EU forest strategy for 2030. www.consilium.europa.eu
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04/10/2021 Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council Economy and financial affairs ministers discussed the economic recovery, in particular the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the implementation of the SURE instrument and Malta's national recovery and resilience plan. They also continued preparations for international meetings, including the G20, IMFC and COP26. www.consilium.europa.eu
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04/10/2021 Commission presents first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life The European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. With antisemitism worryingly on the rise, in Europe and beyond, the Strategy sets out a series of measures articulated around three pillars: to prevent all forms of antisemitism; to protect and foster Jewish life; and to promote research, education and Holocaust remembrance. ec.europa.eu
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04/10/2021 Conservative conference: NI protocol coming apart and we must act, says Frost Brexit minister says if the EU isn't "ambitious", the UK will trigger a mechanism to suspend the deal. www.bbc.co.uk
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04/10/2021 Rishi Sunak says Brexit will be worth it for the economy in the long term – video

In his speech to the annual Conservative party conference, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said when he backed Brexit five years ago, he was told his political career would be over before it had begun. He went on to outline why, despite the challenges, he believes Britain's departure from the EU will be positive for the UK

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04/10/2021 What may happen if article 16 of Northern Ireland protocol is triggered?

Brexit minister David Frost threatens EU with use of emergency brake

The UK Brexit minister, David Frost, has stepped up demands on the EU to renegotiate the Northern Ireland protocol, a linchpin of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. At a speech to the Conservative party conference, Frost said “tinkering around the edges” of the protocol would not be enough. “We cannot wait for ever. Without an agreed solution soon, we will need to act, using the article 16 safeguard mechanism, to address the impact the protocol is having on Northern Ireland.”

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03/10/2021 Main results of the Eurogroup meeting The Eurogroup discussed macro-economic developments in the euro area, including inflation and energy price developments. www.consilium.europa.eu
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01/10/2021 Brexit: Boris Johnson says NI Protocol could work if it was 'fixed' Boris Johnson does not rule out triggering Article 16 if there is no movement on current problems. www.bbc.co.uk
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29/09/2021 Fishing rights row: French anger as UK rejects most permits The UK grants just 12 licences from 47 applications for smaller vessels to fish in its territorial sea. www.bbc.co.uk
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28/09/2021 Commission proposes partial suspension of EU–Belarus Visa Facilitation Agreement for officials of the Belarus regime ec.europa.eu
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28/09/2021 Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Internal market and industry) www.consilium.europa.eu
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28/09/2021 Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges The Commission launches five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond. EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas. ec.europa.eu
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28/09/2021 New Pact on Migration and Asylum: reporting on developments and stepping up fight against migrant exploitation One year on from the adoption of the proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is presenting a Report on Migration and Asylum. The Commission is also adopting a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling and a Communication on the application of the Employers Sanctions Directive. ec.europa.eu
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27/09/2021 Council adopts a €5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve www.consilium.europa.eu
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27/09/2021 European Health Union: Towards a reform of EU's pharmaceutical legislation As part of its work to create a future-proof and crisis-resilient regulatory framework for the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission has published a public consultation on the revision of the EU's pharmaceutical legislation. This is the latest step towards an ambitious reform as announced in the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, adopted in November 2020. ec.europa.eu
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27/09/2021 Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Research) EU research ministers adopted conclusions on the EU’s global approach to research and innovation and discussed the new European Research Area. www.consilium.europa.eu
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27/09/2021 Merkel's likely successor suggests end of free movement caused UK fuel shortage – video

Olaf Scholz, who is seeking to form a coalition government after the SPD emerged as the biggest party in Germany’s federal elections, said he hoped Boris Johnson would be able to deal with the consequences of the UK’s exit from the EU

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24/09/2021 Perfect storm: how the energy crisis, pandemic and Brexit affect UK households

With inflation set to rise, alongside the cost of shopping and transport, the economic fallout will squeeze Britons’ budgets

The Bank of England warned this week that surging energy bills will lead to inflation topping 4% this winter, piling pressure on already tight household budgets. The economic fallout from the pandemic and Brexit is pushing up the cost of essentials such as food and clothing as well as travel and even doing up your home. We look at how this perfect storm is affecting you.

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24/09/2021 What is causing the UK crisis in petrol supplies?

Lack of HGV drivers is hitting supply chains across the country, but is there any reason to panic?

First it was Nando’s chicken, then McDonald’s milkshakes and Ikea mattresses. Now petrol stations have started rationing as the impact of the chronic lorry driver shortage widens. What is causing the crisis in petrol supplies and what are the solutions – and is there any reason to panic?

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23/09/2021 Energy Transition: Commission announces three Energy Compacts at UN High-Level Dialogue in New York At the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy this week in New York, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson presented three Energy Compacts, in partnership with the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency. ec.europa.eu
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23/09/2021 Healthy Lifestyle: Commission launches a European-wide campaign The Commission launched the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for all, across generations and social groups, with the objective to improve the health and well-being of Europeans. Linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies, this two-year campaign involves civil society, non-governmental organisations, national, local and regional authorities and international bodies. ec.europa.eu
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22/09/2021 Europeans strongly support science and technology according to new Eurobarometer survey ec.europa.eu
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22/09/2021 Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws The Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications. ec.europa.eu
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22/09/2021 Pulling the plug on consumer frustration and e-waste: Commission proposes a common charger for electronic devices The Commission takes an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience, caused by the prevalence of different, incompatible chargers for electronic devices. Years of working with industry on a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution. The Commission is now putting forward legislation to establish a common charging solution for all relevant devices. ec.europa.eu
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22/09/2021 European Green Deal: Commission launches public consultation for cleaner air ec.europa.eu
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22/09/2021 Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day'. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for the development of organic production, adopted by the Commission on 25 March 2021, which announced the creation of such a day to raise awareness of organic production. ec.europa.eu
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22/09/2021 US lifting ban on imports of British lamb, says Boris Johnson The PM admits the UK is now aiming only for "incremental steps" on US trade, rather than a full agreement. www.bbc.co.uk
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22/09/2021 Joe Biden plays down chances of UK-US trade deal The US president's comments come as he meets Boris Johnson for talks in the White House. www.bbc.co.uk
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22/09/2021 Joe Biden warns UK not to damage Northern Ireland peace over Brexit – video

 Joe Biden has underlined the importance of ensuring peace in Northern Ireland is not jeopardised by post-Brexit tensions. Asked about a UK-US trade deal, the US president told reporters in Washington on Tuesday: 'There are two separate issues: on the deal with the UK, that continues to be discussed, but on the protocols, I feel very strongly about those. It was a major bipartisan effort made, and I would not at all like to see – nor, I might add, would many of my Republican colleagues – like to see a change in the Irish accords, and the end result having a closed border again'

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21/09/2021 Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries The Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges of GSP countries as well as reinforce the scheme's social, labour environmental and climate dimension. ec.europa.eu
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21/09/2021 Coronavirus: Commission signs contract for the supply of a monoclonal antibody treatment ec.europa.eu
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21/09/2021 EU and Colombia today open a new chapter to strengthen bilateral relations ec.europa.eu
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21/09/2021 Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe's future The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ec.europa.eu
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21/09/2021 SURE: Report confirms instrument's success in protecting jobs and incomes The Commission has published its second report on the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The report finds that SURE has been successful in cushioning the severe socio-economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. National labour market measures supported by SURE are estimated to have reduced unemployment by almost 1.5 million people in 2020. ec.europa.eu
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20/09/2021 Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The future is digital, and this renewed app will make sure students are going even more paperless. ec.europa.eu
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20/09/2021 Main results of the General Affairs Council Ministers assessed the state of play in EU-UK relations, in light of recent events regarding the implementation of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič updated ministers on the latest developments, including his recent visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ministers reiterated their support for the European Commission's approach. www.consilium.europa.eu
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19/09/2021 EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021 ec.europa.eu
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19/09/2021 Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge ec.europa.eu
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17/09/2021 Brexit: Imperial units only part of laws revamp, says No 10 Downing Street says a review of EU rules on measures is just one element of its post-Brexit agenda. www.bbc.co.uk
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16/09/2021 Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022 ec.europa.eu
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16/09/2021 Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Afghanistan, health MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session. www.europarl.europa.eu
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16/09/2021 Marks & Spencer blames Brexit as it closes 11 French stores Brexit has made it "near impossible" for it to supply fresh and chilled products to France, the retailer says. www.bbc.co.uk
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15/09/2021 Team Europe: €34 billion disbursed so far to tackle COVID-19 in partner countries ec.europa.eu
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15/09/2021 European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities. ec.europa.eu
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14/09/2021 State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030 Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism. ec.europa.eu
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14/09/2021 State of the Union 2021 In her State of the Union address on 15 September 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year. ec.europa.eu
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14/09/2021 European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation MEPs are ready to negotiate with member states to reinforce the EU’s disease prevention and control framework and jointly tackle cross-border health threats. The proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was adopted with 598 votes in favour, 84 against and 13 abstentions. www.europarl.europa.eu
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14/09/2021 State of the Union: Commission calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU ec.europa.eu
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14/09/2021 New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to provide access to all citizens to goods that are circular and less carbon intensive. ec.europa.eu
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14/09/2021 Brexit: Checks on goods imported from the EU delayed again The government blames Covid and supply chain difficulties as it puts back changes. www.bbc.co.uk
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14/09/2021 NI Protocol: Lord Frost 'concerned' over EU comments The UK's Brexit minister says it would be a "mistake" to think the UK will not trigger Article 16. www.bbc.co.uk
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13/09/2021 NextGenerationEU: Fourth bond issuance maintains strong momentum for EU borrowing for recovery The European Commission has today raised a further €9 billion to support Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, through the fourth NextGenerationEU bond issuance since the start of the programme in mid-June. ec.europa.eu
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13/09/2021 Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, say MEPs. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union. www.europarl.europa.eu
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10/09/2021 Brexit: EU 'not looking for political victory' on protocol Maros Sefcovic ends his two-day visit to Northern Ireland saying he wanted a "win-win" for all. www.bbc.co.uk
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10/09/2021 Protocol not the problem says EU amid Northern Ireland border row – video

The EU has pushed back sharply against demands the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol be scrapped, warning that a renegotiation would merely lead to more instability for traders and communities. The European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, added: 'A renegotiation of the protocol, as the UK government is suggesting, would mean instability, uncertainty and unpredictability in Northern Ireland'

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09/09/2021 Main results of the Eurogroup meeting The Eurogroup discussed the economic situation and how to manage the uneven impact of COVID-19 in the euro area. Ministers also looked into the corporate solvency and adjustment capacity in the recovery period and were informed by the ECB on the latest steps related to the digital euro project. www.consilium.europa.eu
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07/09/2021 2021 Strategic Foresight Report: Enhancing the EU's long-term capacity and freedom to act The Commission has adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report – “The EU's capacity and freedom to act”. This Communication presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on the EU's open strategic autonomy in an increasingly multipolar and contested global order. ec.europa.eu
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06/09/2021 NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds The European Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU's total issuance. ec.europa.eu
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31/08/2021 Brexit: What next for the Northern Ireland Protocol? NI's economy minister says there will be "real problems" if grace periods expire on 1 October. www.bbc.co.uk
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30/08/2021 Coronavirus: 70% of the EU adult population fully vaccinated Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course. ec.europa.eu
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30/08/2021 Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council Home affairs ministers met to discuss developments in Afghanistan, more specifically in relation to potential implications in the areas of international protection, migration and security. The Council adopted a statement on the matter. www.consilium.europa.eu
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29/08/2021 COVID-19: Council removes 5 countries and one entity/territorial authority from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted www.consilium.europa.eu
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23/08/2021 G7 meeting on Afghanistan On 24 August, G7 leaders met via video conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and to coordinate international action. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the virtual meeting. www.consilium.europa.eu
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05/08/2021 Paul Embery: Pro-Brexit fire union official unfairly sacked, tribunal finds A tribunal finds Paul Embery was subject to a "witch hunt" after appearing at a Leave Means Leave rally. www.bbc.co.uk
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03/08/2021 Coronavirus: Commission approves new contract for a potential COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax The European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022. ec.europa.eu
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02/08/2021 Brexit: Vegetable producer says labour shortage means food is being thrown away Vegetable producer Alfred G Pearce said it was operating at 70% of its labour capacity. www.bbc.co.uk
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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14/07/2021 July infringements package: key decisions ec.europa.eu
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14/07/2021 COVID-19 travel restrictions: EU reviews list of third countries www.consilium.europa.eu
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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
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12/07/2021 Main results of the Eurogroup meeting www.consilium.europa.eu
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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29/06/2021 Long-term vision for rural areas: for stronger, connected, resilient, prosperous EU rural areas ec.europa.eu
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 is

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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
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21/06/2021 Main results of the General Affairs Council www.consilium.europa.eu
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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
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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
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17/06/2021 COVID-19: EU lifts travel restrictions for more countries www.consilium.europa.eu
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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
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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
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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
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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'

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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
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14/06/2021 NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises €20 billion in first transaction to support Europe's recovery ec.europa.eu
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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
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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
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13/06/2021 COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on free movement restrictions www.consilium.europa.eu
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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 market

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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