|05/03/2021||Brexit: Government relaxes more trade rules between GB and NI||,,The UK is taking the step to ease movement of plants without the agreement of the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/03/2021||Andrew Pozzi laments Brexit rules that threaten Olympic hurdling hopes||,,
Britain’s world champion hurdler Andrew Pozzi fears his Olympic dream is under threat because of Brexit regulations that could force him to quit his training base in Italy.
Pozzi’s career has been revitalised since he moved to Formia in 2018 to train under the Cuban hurdling guru Santiago Antunez and he is the favourite to add the European Indoor 60m hurdle title to his world indoor crown this weekend in Poland.Continue reading...
|05/03/2021||Joining the caring profession in the midst of a pandemic has been a challenging experience||,,
Sally Dobie writes on the challenge of moving into the care sector in the middle of a pandemic. "But the people I’ve met in this field of work have shown me how much difference ‘caring’ makes, and I’m proud to work alongside them".
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Joining the caring profession in the midst of a pandemic has been a challenging experience
|05/03/2021||Chris Whitty Told To Urgently Explain Science Behind Masks In Schools Before Children Return On Monday||,,The government is being urged to set out to parents and teachers the science behind new guidance recommending secondary school pupils to wear masks in class when they return to school on Monday.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/03/2021||Sperm count, endocrine disruptors and the future of the human race||,,
Brian McHugh examines the issue of declining sperm count throughout the Western world, and what this means for the future. “The current state of reproductive affairs can’t continue much longer without threatening human survival”
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Sperm count, endocrine disruptors and the future of the human race
|05/03/2021||Arlene Foster accuses EU of inflexibility over Northern Ireland||,,
DUP leader’s comments are latest salvo in party’s campaign to dilute or ditch Northern Ireland protocol
Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s first minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist party (DUP), has accused the EU of belligerence and inflexibility in its application of post-Brexit arrangements for the region.
The EU commission was disrupting supply chains and damaging the Good Friday agreement through a “disproportionate” application of the Northern Ireland protocol, the part of the Brexit deal that keeps the region in the bloc’s single market, she said on Friday.Continue reading...
|05/03/2021||Nursing Union Sets Up £35m Strike Fund To Oppose “Pitiful” 1% NHS Pay Rise||,,The Royal College of Nurses has laid the groundwork for strike action after calling the government's proposed 1% pay rise “pitiful”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/03/2021||Summat’s up with Sunak, as levelling-up money funnelled to Tory seats||,,
The chancellor’s ability to understand economics and read a simple spreadsheet has been brought into serious question. This follows his announcement on Wednesday that the rich and leafy Richmondshire in North Yorkshire is a more deserving case for levelling up money than Barnsley or Sheffield.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Summat’s up with Sunak, as levelling-up money funnelled to Tory seats
|05/03/2021||How The 1% NHS Pay Rise Leaves Experienced Nurses With Just £3.50 Extra Per Week||,,A major row has broken out between the government and healthcare unions as they attacked the "pitiful" proposals to increase NHS staff pay by just 1%.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/03/2021||Health Minister Claims 1% NHS Pay Rise Is “The Most We Can Afford” After Nurses Call It “Pitiful”||,,Nadine Dorries has defended the government's decision to reward NHS staff for dealing with the Covid pandemic with just a 1% pay rise.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/03/2021||The truth about asylum seekers in the UK||,,
Reanna Smith, in her first article for Yorkshire Bylines, explains how 2020 saw a rise in myths and misconceptions around asylum seekers, namely that they are economic migrants and that there is 'no room' for them in the UK.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: The truth about asylum seekers in the UK
|05/03/2021||Brexit: EU to launch legal proceedings against UK 'very soon'||,,
Threat of action follows UK moves to unilaterally delay implementation of part of deal relating to Northern Ireland
Brussels has warned it will launch legal action “very soon” following a move by the UK to unilaterally delay implementation of part of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland.
The European commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, said the announcement by the government on Wednesday had come as a “very negative surprise”.Continue reading...
|04/03/2021||International Women's Day 2021: COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for gender equality||,,Ahead of International Women's Day, the Commission published its 2021 report on gender equality in the EU, that shows the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Brexit: EU legal action imminent over UK extension to grace periods||,,The UK says it will unilaterally extend grace periods for Irish Sea border checks on parcels and agri-foods.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Yorkshire film seeks to turn the tide on post-Brexit coastal decline||,,
Brexit means the United Kingdom’s fishing industry is under the microscope as never before. A new film made in Yorkshire, seeks to help us to understand fishing’s crucial importance to people in coastal communities. Shot in Scarborough and supported by the British Film Institute, The Tide stars Game of Thrones actor Francis Magee and will premiere […]
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Yorkshire film seeks to turn the tide on post-Brexit coastal decline
|04/03/2021||The Guardian view on Lord Frost: control him or sack him | Editorial||,,
Boris Johnson’s new EU relations chief is wrecking the agreement he once negotiated. The prime minister must rein him in or give him his cards
Lord Frost became a member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet, in charge of relations with the European Union, only on Monday. He has wasted no time in wielding the wrecking ball. On Tuesday, he told the EU that Britain would unilaterally extend the “grace period” for checks on mainly food-related goods that ship between Britain and Northern Ireland. This has triggered a major row with the EU, done serious harm to Britain’s longstanding relations with Ireland, and significantly ramped up the political tensions in Northern Ireland. Lord Frost’s impact is seriously alarming. The effect on Britain’s standing with the US administration, and in the world, threatens to be dire. Thank goodness he never became national security adviser, as was once planned.
The cabinet office minister may see all this as a good first week’s work for an ardent hard Brexiter like himself. He will doubtless be cheered on by the usual xenophobic parts of the Tory party and the press. But this approach disables trust in the British government at home and abroad. Lord Frost’s reckless actions do nothing but damage to Britain’s international standing, show disrespect to our nearest and best international neighbour, and crank up an increasingly confrontational mood in Northern Ireland politics after two decades of peace. This has to stop, and it has to stop now. Boris Johnson must call Lord Frost off – or sack him.Continue reading...
|04/03/2021||Rishi Sunak defends budget amid claim it will plunge 500,000 more people into poverty – politics live||,,
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All individuals who tested positive and their contacts have been traced and advised to isolate, and the variant was designated a variant under investigation (VUI) on February 24, PHE said on Thursday.
The variant is understood to have originated in the UK, and it contains the E484K mutation, which is also found in two existing VUIs present in the UK, but does not feature the N501Y mutation, present in all variants of concern (VOCs).
Surge testing will be deployed in targeted areas of north-west London and north-east England where the South African variant of coronavirus has been found, PA Media reports. PA says:
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Thursday that additional testing and genomic sequencing will be rolled out in the north Wembley area of Brent in the capital and the TS19 postcode area in Stockton-on-Tees, in County Durham, as part of efforts to suppress the spread of the variant.Continue reading...
|04/03/2021||Brexit: Stormont leaders at odds over UK-EU protocol row||,,Arlene Foster says the EU is ignoring unionist concerns, but Michelle O'Neill says Number 10 is acting in bad faith.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Sturgeon, Salmond and women in politics – it’s still a jungle out there||,,
This whole episode is a sad day for Scottish politics and for Alex Salmond personally. The SNP has energised the Scottish electorate in a way that other parties would give their eye teeth for. They have inspired a nation and given hope of a better future to more than just those living in Scotland. Now to stand on the brink of having the most popular national politician, who happens to be a woman, brought down by her former mentor and colleague, is a potential setback on many levels.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Sturgeon, Salmond and women in politics – it’s still a jungle out there
|04/03/2021||Priti Patel Reaches Six-Figure Settlement With Former Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam||,,Priti Patel has reached an unspecified six-figure settlement with the former senior civil servant who said he was forced out of his job at the height of the bullying row involving the Home Secretary.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||EU trade deal: does delay signify Lord Frost's loyalty to PM?||,,
UK insists Brussels is overreacting but Europe is not convinced and is looking to Westminster for answers
If Lord Frost were seeking to put a marker down on how he would engage with the EU, it wasn’t necessary. His robust style is well appreciated in Brussels after a tumultuous year of trade and security talks, including the first attempt to break international law by violating the terms of the withdrawal agreement through the infamous internal market bill.
There is then some confusion in Brussels and Dublin at Wednesday’s announcement about trade at the border between Northern Ireland, which in effect remains in the single market for goods, with the rest of the UK firmly outside.Continue reading...
|04/03/2021||Stonehenge Alliance wins a Three Day High Court Hearing||,,
Stonehenge Alliance heard last week (24 February) that Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site Ltd (SSWHS), the company set up to take forward its legal case against the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ decision to approve the A303 development through the World Heritage Site (WHS), has been granted a three day hearing at the High Court. This […]
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|04/03/2021||Is Lord Frost becoming a stain on England’s bright banners?||,,
Lord Frost has barely settled into his new role before breaking an international treaty and unilaterally extending until October the 3-month grace period that the UK government declared in December last year was not renewable having committed itself to being fully ready by 1 April.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Is Lord Frost becoming a stain on England’s bright banners?
|04/03/2021||“So where are you growing your veg, Tim?”||,,
Steve and Tim discuss the huge possibilities on offer when growing vegetables in your car boot. And tunnels. Catch up with the conversation!
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: “So where are you growing your veg, Tim?”
|04/03/2021||Northern Ireland Brexit issues can be solved with 'goodwill', says Johnson – video||,,
Boris Johnson has said the latest problems surrounding Brexit and Northern Ireland could be solved with 'goodwill' and 'common sense'. The EU said it would take legal action against the UK government after it unilaterally extended a grace period for checks on food imports to Northern Ireland, against terms of the Brexit dealContinue reading...
|04/03/2021||US Agrees To Suspend Millions Of Pounds In Tariffs On UK Exports Including Scotch Whisky||,,The US has agreed to suspend millions of pounds' worth of tariffs on UK exports after the two countries agreed a joint de-escalation of a transatlantic Boeing-Airbus trade war.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Women Soldiers Forced To Use Socks and Paper As Period Products While On Tour, MPs told||,,Women in the military have turned to using socks and bits of paper when they get their period on tour because the army does not supply them with sanitary products, a committee of MPs has heard.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Britain comes to terms with Brexit!||,,
|04/03/2021||European Parliament Postpones Brexit Deal Vote Amid Fury Over The UK's Northern Ireland Protocol Plan||,,The European Parliament has shelved plans to confirm a date for ratifying the European Union's trade deal with the UK amid anger in Brussels with the government's decision to unilaterally change the Northern Ireland Protocol.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||EU postpones setting date for ratifying Brexit trade deal||,,
Move follows claim Boris Johnson broke international law for second time over Northern Ireland
The European parliament has postponed setting a date for ratifying the trade and security deal with Britain after Boris Johnson was accused of breaking international law for a second time over Northern Ireland.
The chamber’s political groups agreed on Thursday to wait, in light of the latest row with Downing Street, with some senior MEPs warning that the Christmas Eve deal will not be passed at all if the UK goes ahead with its plans.Continue reading...
|04/03/2021||A Touch of Frost||,,
With effect from 1 March 2021 the newly-ennobled Lord David Frost stepped into the role of UK Chair of the Partnership Council. He therefore enters the Cabinet, and becomes yet another ‘unelected bureaucrat’ at the centre of power. He is there to preside over a difficult new round of negotiations at a time when ministers would […]
|04/03/2021||UK car industry reports worst February sales since 1959||,,
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders cuts 2021 forecast after 35.5% year-on-year decline
The car industry has had its worst February for sales since 1959 as dealerships across the UK remained closed through national lockdowns.
British consumers bought only 51,300 cars in the month, a 35.5% year-on-year decline, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).Continue reading...
|04/03/2021||Britain loses eTwinning as well as Erasmus+||,,
Most people have heard of Erasmus+, but very few know why Britain decided not to participate in it after leaving the EU. The reason Boris Johnson gave is that the enhanced Erasmus+ is now too expensive. This implies that he may have agreed to stay in had Erasmus not been upgraded. But who knows? Despite […]
|04/03/2021||Government Accused Of Masking Long-Term Cuts And £50bn Tax Hike With Short-Term Covid Spending In Budget||,,A leading economic think tank has said Rishi Sunak’s spending plans “don’t look deliverable, at least not without considerable pain”, in a damning criticism of his Budget forecasts.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||UK Plan To Change Northern Ireland Protocol Is Doing "Avoidable" Damage To EU Trust, Committee Chair Warns||,,The government's contentious move to alter the Northern Ireland Protocol without the European Union's agreement erodes trust and will make future negotiations more difficult, the chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has warned.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Brexit: loyalist paramilitary groups renounce Good Friday agreement||,,
Loyalist Communities Council warns of ‘strength of feeling’ over border checks but says protests should stay peaceful
Loyalist paramilitary groups have told the British and Irish governments they are withdrawing support for the Good Friday agreement in protest at Northern Ireland’s Irish Sea trade border with the rest of the UK.
The Loyalist Communities Council, an umbrella group that represents the views of the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando, wrote a letter to Boris Johnson and Ireland’s taoiseach, Micheál Martin, warning of “permanent destruction” of the 1998 peace agreement without changes to post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.Continue reading...
|04/03/2021||Vaccines Tweaked To Fight New Covid-19 Variants Can Be Developed In Just A Few Months||,,The UK will be able to modify vaccines in the space of just a few months to fight new variants of the coronavirus after regulatory authorities said there was no need for "lengthy" clinical trials.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Strengthening UK-EU relations under a Labour government: building up from a thin deal||,,
Marc Limon explains the areas that the UK government will have to work on in order to ensure a working relationship with the EU. What path would Sir Keir Starmer take and what would this mean for Labour?
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Strengthening UK-EU relations under a Labour government: building up from a thin deal
|03/03/2021||Pay Transparency: Commission proposes measures to ensure equal pay for equal work||,,The European Commission presented a proposal on pay transparency to ensure that women and men in the EU get equal pay for equal work.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||The European Pillar of Social Rights: turning principles into actions||,,The Commission sets out its ambition for a strong Social Europe that focuses on jobs and skills for the future and paves the way for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||EU says plan to extend Brexit grace period breaks international law||,,
EU says move to exempt goods entering Northern Ireland from checks is ‘violation’ of withdrawal treaty
The British government has been accused of breaking international law for a second time by the European commission after ministers said the UK would unilaterally act to give Northern Ireland businesses time to adapt to post-Brexit rules.
In a damning statement, Maroš Šefčovič, the vice-president of the commission, said a move announced by Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis to exempt goods coming from Great Britain from checks amounted to a “violation” of the withdrawal agreement.Continue reading...
|03/03/2021||World hearing day: living with tinnitus||,,
I’ve been living with tinnitus since 2005, from the day my son was born. I hear it at two levels: a high-pitched screech or whistle, alongside a loud shushing noise. And it’s 24/7. It will never go away, and the only way to reduce it is to try not to think about it – which is almost impossible, as anyone know who’s tried really hard not to think about something!
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: World hearing day: living with tinnitus
|03/03/2021||Rishi Sunak Accused Of Not Being As Honest As He Claims On Tax Hike Plans To Fix Post-Covid Economy||,,Rishi Sunak’s repeated claims he is being “honest” about plans to rebalance the post-Covid economy have been questioned by a leading economic think tank.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Brexit, Welfare And Social Care: Everything Missing From Rishi Sunak's Budget Plans||,,Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget included some major announcements, but there were also some conspicuous absences too. PoliticsHome points out the gaps.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||New Civil Service Jobs In Darlington And Leeds Announced In Budget Renews Calls For Transport Links||,,Politicians and leaders in the North of England have cautiously welcomed Rishi Sunak's announcement to relocate civil service work out of London but say it must be accompanied by transport investment.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Freeports: What are they and where will they be?||,,The government says the low-tax zones will boost struggling parts of the UK, but not everyone agrees.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Pubs And Restaurants Welcome Budget But Warn Roadmap Delay Will Destroy More Businesses||,,Hospitality groups have welcomed the package of support announced by Rishi Sunak, but said pubs and restaurants must be allowed to reopen without limitations on June 21st to avoid more businesses going under.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Everything Rishi Sunak Announced In The Budget Including Furlough, Universal Credit, Corporation Tax Rise and Freeports||,,Rishi Sunak has set out his three-point plan for helping the economy recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic with a raft of spending commitments, an increase to corporation tax and moving the Treasury to Darlington.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Universal Credit Uplift Extended In The Budget Amid Reports Chancellor "Took Some Convincing"||,,Tory backbenchers claimed victory after Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed he will maintain the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit in the Budget for six months.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||UK service sector optimism grows to highest level since 2006||,,
Firms planning to expand despite being hit by Brexit port delays and falling orders due to Covid
Optimism across the services sector improved for the fourth consecutive month in February to its highest level since 2006, reflecting hopes that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will lead to a strong economic rebound.
The IHS Markit survey found that business leaders were planning to expand their activities over the next 12 months despite several months of falling orders during the UK’s third lockdown and port delays after the Brexit trade deal was reached with the EU in December.Continue reading...
|03/03/2021||Boris Johnson Called “Disgraceful” After Criticising Keir Starmer For Questioning Yemen Aid Cut And Arms Sales||,,Boris Johnson has been criticised taking a swipe at Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leader questioned the government's cut to Yemen aid by half, while continuing to sell arms which could be used in the conflict.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Sunak Reveals "Unprecedented" Tax Cut For Businesses Investing After The Pandemic||,,Rishi Sunak has announced that companies will be able to reduce their tax bill by up to 130% when they make investments in a policy “never tried before in our country”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Rishi Sunak Vows To Do "Whatever It Takes" To Protect Economy With Budget Including Corporation Tax Rise And Covid-19 Recovery Spending||,,The Chancellor has announced a range of new financial measures to help support businesses recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, but revealed a major increase in corporation tax would be introduced to pay for it.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Sturgeon: Failure To Identify Leak To Media 'Deeply Troubles Me'||,,Nicola Sturgeon has said the failure to identify the leak of information relating to harassment complaints made against Alex Salmond to the Daily Record “deeply troubles” her.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Rishi Sunak Will Increase Contactless Payment Limit To £100||,,The government will more than double the contactless payment limit as part of plans in the Budget to help retail businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Sturgeon ‘Deeply Regrets’ Botched Handling Of Salmond Harassment Complaints||,,First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has apologised to the two women who made complaints against Alex Salmond in her opening statement to the committee investigating the Scottish government’s handling of them.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||Budget 2021 Live: Rishi Sunak Has Revealed His Plans For An Economy "Fundamentally Altered" By Covid||,,Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered the government's 2021 Budget to parliament.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Union of Equality: European Commission presents Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030||,,The European Commission presented an ambitious Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 to ensure their full participation in society, on an equal basis with others in the EU and beyond.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Commission presents updated approach to fiscal policy response to coronavirus pandemic||,,The European Commission has adopted a Communication providing Member States with broad guidance on the conduct of fiscal policy in the period ahead. It provides guiding principles for the proper design and quality of fiscal measures.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Government Will Extend Furlough Scheme Until The End Of September||,,Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce that he is extending the furlough scheme until the beginning of the autumn to support people out of work because of Covid-19 through the UK's recovery.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Fishing firms could go bust over Brexit, MPs told||,,Industry figures warn extra costs could see British firms relocate to Europe or stop trading.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Why Rishi Sunak's Budget Needs To Help Struggling Young People Recover From The Impact Of Covid||,,Younger age groups may be less vulnerable to the physical effects of Covid-19, but they have taken the brunt of the economic impact of the pandemic, and its reverberations could be felt in earnings for years to come.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Government’s Own Education Recovery Commissioner Says Covid-19 Catch-Up Funding Is “Not Sufficient”||,,The government’s multi-million pound support package to help pupils recover from Covid disruption has been labelled “not sufficient” by its own education recovery commissioner.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Search For Missing Brazil Covid Case Zones In On 379 Homes In South East England, Matt Hancock Says||,,Matt Hancock has announced efforts are underway to contact 379 households in the south-east where it is suspected an unidentified person infected with a Brazilian strain of Covid-19 is staying.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Cutting UK Aid To Yemen By Half Is A “Strategic Mistake With Deadly Consequences”, House Of Commons Told||,,A former International Development Secretary has condemned the UK's decision to cut the amount of aid the UK pledges to war-torn Yemen by half.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||What Could A UK “Vaccine Passport” System Actually Look Like?||,,After months of contradictory messaging on vaccine passports, Boris Johnson has confirmed that so-called “covid status certificates” are under consideration.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||How to roll out a successful Vaccine Programme||,,
Wednesday morning was sunny so I rode my bike through Sandford Park in the centre of town to Cheltenham East Fire Station. Inside, I took my shirt off, someone stuck a needle in my shoulder, I rested for 15 minutes and then I cycled home. Once there, I sat and watched England’s batting collapse in […]
|01/03/2021||Protecting European consumers: Safety Gate efficiently helps take dangerous COVID-19 products off the market||,,The European Commission published its annual report on the Safety Gate, which is the EU rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products helping to take dangerous non-food products off the market.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/03/2021||Commission supports reform projects in Member States for more jobs and sustainable growth||,,The Commission approved 226 projects in all 27 Member States that will support their efforts in designing and implementing national reforms to enhance growth.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/03/2021||Biden’s Hyenas – Tory Backtrackers and the UK/US Ideological Alliance||,,
The nightmare is finally over. Or is it? In his inauguration speech Biden reminded us that democracy is fragile. Consider just some of Biden’s huge remit. Firstly, he has to sort out the joint crises of Covid, racial tensions and a trashed domestic economy. Failure to conquer these mountains simultaneously will be swiftly judged by […]
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|28/02/2021||New EU energy labels applicable from 1 March 2021||,,To help EU consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint, a brand new version of the widely-recognised EU energy label will be applicable in all shops and online retailers from Monday, 1 March 2021.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/02/2021||The left/right divide still exists. But it's struggling to escape the lure of identity politics | Kenan Malik||,,
Social and economic changes have pushed people into ‘reluctant individualism’
First, the good news. Britons see inequality as a major problem and divide broadly along traditional political lines in their attitudes towards it. Then, the bad news. Britons are also inclined to see inequalities as driven by individual behaviour as much as by social policy or structural factors.
So suggests Unequal Britain, a new study of public attitudes to inequalities published last week by the Policy Institute at King’s College, London. It’s a fascinating deep dive into perceptions both of the problems and the solutions.Continue reading...
|28/02/2021||I hate to say it, but Britain's doing OK. Even Germany envies us...||,,
For diehard Remoaners like me, all this endless good news about jabs and carbon emissions is pretty hard to take
For those of us who like to talk Britain down, all this good news is hard to take. The vaccination figures are shocking. Nearly 20 million first doses administered. A forward-thinking procurement plan. The leading large nation, far ahead of the US and, more gallingly for us frothing Remoaners, miles ahead of Europe. Nothing could be more depressing for the honest self-loathing liberal Brit. You know the type. Recycle assiduously but fly once a fortnight.
We can’t say we haven’t had a good run. The past few years have been wonderful. Any positive stories could be written off as a fluke or a statistical aberration. There has been abundant bad news to confirm what we already knew: Britain is a sad, grey little Plague Island in the Atlantic, incapable of relinquishing its past glories and heading full tilt towards irrelevance. Brexit has been Gloomster Glastonbury.Continue reading...
|27/02/2021||Keir Starmer is betraying his promises and losing voters as a result | Michael Chessum||,,
The Labour leader has failed to hold the Tories to account on Brexit, and has abandoned his radical domestic programme
Do you remember the halcyon days of April 2020, when, after an inspiring leadership contest full of new ideas, inspired debate and bright personalities, Keir Starmer took the helm with a huge mandate and it felt as if Labour might awaken from its post-election gloom, and find its voice and sense of purpose?
No, me neither. With the exception of 2015 and 2016, Labour leadership contests have always, at best, felt like a medieval royal funeral: inside the great hall, the contenders put on their most solemn faces, noting the sad departure of the previous leader and the party’s latest cataclysmic election defeat, while outside their underlings scamper round the city excitedly drumming up support for their candidate in the hope that soon, with a bit of luck, they too might be allowed to run Labour momentarily on the way to its next cataclysmic defeat.Continue reading...
|25/02/2021||Main results of the European Council video conference||,,On 25 February, the members of the European Council met via video conference to discuss the current situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparedness for health emergencies. On 26 February they met again, focusing on security and defence, and relations with the Southern Neighbourhood.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|25/02/2021||Post-Brexit trade: Boris Johnson calls for eat British fish campaign||,,The PM promises action to boost the industry - but Labour says his Brexit deal threatens jobs.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
Dear Editor, On a relatively unremarkable, dreary lockdown Tuesday in mid-January, over 100 people in Cheltenham joined virtual workshops organised by Cheltenham Borough Council and local charity “Vision 21” to talk about climate change, emissions reduction and solutions. The resulting formation of the CheltenhamZero partnership aims to provide a collaborative group to support the council’s […]
|25/02/2021||Anonymity on the Internet||,,
The role of anonymity in fuelling abuse of public figures has recently received significant attention in the media. Both footballers and politicians, having been subjected to horrendous levels of anonymous abuse and harassment on social media, have proposed that anonymity be banned, with all users required to verify their identity. Clean up the Internet (CUTI) […]
|24/02/2021||Brexit: NI leaders at odds on Irish sea border meeting||,,Arlene Foster says the EU was 'tone-deaf' but Michelle O'Neill says the meeting was "constructive".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/02/2021||Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change||,,The European Commission adopted a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|23/02/2021||Commission proposes new Regulation to ensure EU travellers continue to benefit from free roaming||,,To ensure that citizens can continue to enjoy roaming without additional charges when travelling in the EU, the Commission proposed a new Roaming Regulation. At a time when non-essential travel is discouraged, this is an important action in preparing a brighter future.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|23/02/2021||Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners||,,The Commission launched the first-stage consultation of European social partners on how to improve the working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms. Platform work is developing rapidly in the EU across a growing number of business sectors.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|23/02/2021||Brexit is a machine to generate perpetual grievance. It's doing its job perfectly | Rafael Behr||,,
The story of plucky Britain standing up to bullying Brussels spares leavers the discomfort of admitting they voted for a con
Brexit has changed everything about Britain’s relationship with the European Union, and also nothing. For anyone trying to do business across borders newly gummed with bureaucracy, the comparison is stark and painful. But in politics, an old pattern is playing out – a cycle of suspicion and self-sabotage that began long before the 2016 referendum.
It starts with the belief that Britain does not depend on its neighbours for trade or anything else. That leads to neglect of the diplomacy required to make the partnership work. Going against the grain of economics and geography escalates every negotiation into a test of national self-esteem. Each adjustment for reality is resented as a surrender of sovereignty.Continue reading...
|22/02/2021||EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition||,,The Commission has proposed to set up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry. The goal is to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|22/02/2021||Brexit: DUP says NI Protocol could cause political instability||,,The DUP urges No 10 to scrap the mechanism, but a government minister says issues can be resolved.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/02/2021||Conductor Sir Simon Rattle leaves London to become a German Citizen||,,
Music, classical music in particular, has no borders. While the notes are written down on paper, the music is transmitted through the air and cannot be controlled by political authorities. Note the similarity with the Covid virus! Beethoven’s ninth’s symphony with the message, “Alle Menschen werden Brüder” (All people will become brothers [and sisters, we […]
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|21/02/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Russia, and Hong Kong. The Council also adopted conclusions on: Myanmar/Burma, a human-rights-based post-COVID-19 recovery, and EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2021.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/02/2021||EU industry: Commission takes action to improve synergies between civil, defence and space industries||,,The Commission presented an Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries to further enhance Europe's technological edge and support its industrial base.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/02/2021||First calls under Horizon Europe to be launched by the European Research Council||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/02/2021||There’s something fishy going on at Tory HQ | Stewart Lee||,,
Is the Brexit-Covid government’s framing of free speech designed to make lefties fight among themselves?
Before Brexit, 44% of British musicians, including my showbusiness friend Fish from Marillion, earned up to half their income from now inaccessible European audiences. But, should Fish find some way around the government’s failure to preserve artists’ touring opportunities, his unfortunate choice of stage name could mean he was still subject to time-consuming delays at EU customs. Thousands of pages of Fish’s Fish Health Certification documents would need to be checked by penny-pinching EU officials, and Fish from Marillion would be left rotting on the quayside like some eels, an undignified state for the 62-year-old progressive rock survivor.
“No man may comprehend the heap of consequences that Brexit has piled on musicians, fish, and musicians called Fish better than I,” said Fish, over our weekly Zoom chat on Monday night, “but fate is inexorable. My delayed farewell tour, Weltschmerz, just became an even bigger scrotal irritant.”Continue reading...
|21/02/2021||Keir Starmer has caught the public mood. Now he can shape the political argument | Will Hutton||,,
As the Labour leader said, the impact of the virus has been worsened by injustice
It’s society, stupid. First, more than a decade ago, a banking crisis that would have brought the economy down without the £1tn in capital injections, asset guarantees and vast infusions of Bank of England cash into the banking system. Now a pandemic that will cumulatively cost another £1tn in extra borrowing, emergency lending and a doubling of cash from the Bank. Without deploying societal resources of £1tn twice over, the country would have succumbed to a collapse on an unimaginable scale.
Both crises have libertarianism at their root: a banking system allowed to run amok and a pandemic whose spread has been intensified by gross social inequalities and fatal hesitancy about exerting state authority. Yet a Conservative government, its hand forced by events, has had to throw all we have at it in order to overcome a threat that menaces everyone. Denial of the primacy of society in the name of libertarianism kills.Continue reading...
|21/02/2021||Covid jabs and spending don’t make Johnson a good prime minister | William Keegan||,,This bungling, populist government is basking in the reflected glory of the experts who created the Covid vaccine
Philip Stephens, the chief political commentator of the Financial Times, tells a wonderful story about how he was playing football in the playground at school – in those days playground football was with tennis balls – and a ball hit the Latin master as he was passing.
The Latin master immediately clipped Stephens round the ears – which, these days, would no doubt have led to the master’s dismissal. Stephens protested: “It wasn’t me, sir.” To which the reply was: “Let this be a lesson to you, my boy. There is no justice in this world.”Continue reading...
|20/02/2021||How David Frost’s dizzying ascent of the greasy pole damaged Britain | Nick Cohen||,,The bureaucrat was going nowhere in his career until he turned himself into a hardcore Brexiter
Every revolution “evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy”, said Franz Kafka. Britain’s Brexit revolution is evaporating now and leaving behind the slime of David Frost.
The most damning criticism of the Brexit that Frost negotiated is that not one industry or trade can say that, however greatly others are suffering, we at least are benefiting from being outside the EU. Even fishermen and women, whose precarious lives were exploited with such cynicism by Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, are finding they must fill in 71 pages of paperwork to export one lorry of fish, as new bureaucracy extends to every fishing village in the land.Continue reading...
|19/02/2021||Twycross Zoo conservation 'halted by lack of Brexit forms'||,,Twycross Zoo says it is unable to export its female Amur leopard for breeding until the new paperwork is available.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/02/2021||EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion to ensure safe and effective vaccines for low and middle-income countries||,,The European Union has announced an additional €500 million for the COVAX Facility, doubling its contribution to date for the global initiative that is leading efforts to secure fair and equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle-income countries.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/02/2021||February infringements package: key decisions||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/02/2021||Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy||,,The European Commission has set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU's openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as a renewed focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules to ensure that they are fair and sustainable.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/02/2021||Lord Frost: Brexit negotiator joins cabinet to deal with EU||,,Downing Street says the UK's Brexit negotiator will help carve out a new relationship with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/02/2021||National Theatre shelves European touring after Brexit||,,The venue says a "lack of clarity" about visas and permits makes such tours "not financially viable".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||Coronavirus: Commission approves second contract with Moderna to ensure up to additional 300 million doses||,,The European Commission has approved a second contract with the pharmaceutical company Moderna, which provides for an additional purchase of 300 million doses (150 million in 2021 and an option to purchase an additional 150 million in 2022) on behalf of all EU Member States.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||Coronavirus: preparing Europe for the increased threat of variants||,,The new European bio-defence preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants called “HERA Incubator” will work with researchers, biotech companies, manufacturers and public authorities in the EU and globally to detect new variants, provide incentives to develop new and adapted vaccines, speed up the approval process for these vaccines, and ensure scaling up of manufacturing capacities.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU's agenda||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol is 'only solution' despite challenges||,,EC vice president Maros Sefcovic says the NI deal is "administratively extremely challenging".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||British Industry: what’s that all about then?||,,
Based in Birmingham and forming part of the very epicentre of UK high-end engineering, GKN Automotive has more than 500 jobs at stake
|14/02/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,The Eurogroup exchanged views on macroeconomic developments and policy prospects in the euro area, based on the European Commission's Winter Forecast.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/02/2021||Dominic Raab appears to blame EU for Brexit trade troubles – video||,,
The UK's foreign secretary has said people should take a '10-year view' of the economic troubles caused by losses in trade with the EU after Brexit, arguing that opportunities in developing markets outside Europe would eventually close the gap. Questioned on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show about warnings from UK businesses of the threat that new bureaucracy and duties pose to viable trade with the EU, he appeared to blame Brussels, saying that it was imposing obstaclesContinue reading...
|12/02/2021||UK and EU hold 'frank but constructive' talks on NI trade rules||,,The two sides vow to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol and "address all outstanding issues".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/02/2021||Plenary highlights: Covid-19 recovery, vaccines, circular economy||,,MEPs approved the EU’s key instrument to help countries recover from Covid-19, debated the vaccines situation and called for tighter recycling rules.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/02/2021||Winter 2021 Economic Forecast: A challenging winter, but light at the end of the tunnel||,,Europe remains in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. The resurgence in the number of cases, together with the appearance of new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, have forced many Member States to reintroduce or tighten containment measures. At the same time, the start of vaccination programmes throughout the EU provides grounds for cautious optimism.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/02/2021||EU recovery package: Council adopts Recovery and Resilience Facility||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||Circular economy: MEPs call for tighter EU consumption and recycling rules||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||Parliament gives go-ahead to €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility||,,Parliament approved the Recovery and Resilience Facility, designed to help EU countries tackle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||COVID-19 vaccination: MEPs call for EU and global solidarity||,,The EU must continue its concerted efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and take urgent measures to ramp up vaccines production to meet citizens’ expectations, MEPs say.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||Brexit: NI port staff to return after security concerns||,,Officials were withdrawn from post-Brexit checks at border posts after claims of intimidation.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||Brexit effect: No custard creams for Brits in Europe||,,A British supermarket chain in Belgium is on the verge of closure with no deliveries since December.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/02/2021||Southern Neighbourhood: EU proposes new Agenda for the Mediterranean||,,To relaunch and strengthen the strategic partnership between the European Union and its Southern Neighbourhood partners, the European Commission and the High Representative adopted a joint communication proposing an ambitious and innovative new Agenda for the Mediterranean.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/02/2021||Brexit: What trade deals has the UK done so far?||,,The UK-EU agreement came into force on 1 January 2021, but what other trade deals has the UK done?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/02/2021||Brexit: Trade unions dispute Larne port threats claim||,,Three trade unions ask a council to withdraw remarks attributed to them about "suspicious activity".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/02/2021||Brexit: Irish Sea border issues foreseen when deal was done||,,The NI Protocol problems, which have been in sharp focus this week, were predicted by civil servants.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/02/2021||Brexit: 71 pages of paperwork for 1 lorry of fish||,,How new rules on exporting to the European Union have affected a British fishing firm.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/02/2021||SAMIRA Action Plan: Radiological and nuclear technology in support of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan||,,The Commission presented its SAMIRA Action Plan – the Strategic Agenda for Medical Ionising Radiation Applications. The Plan will improve EU coordination, ensure that radiological and nuclear technologies continue to benefit the health of EU citizens, and contribute to the fight against cancer and other diseases.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/02/2021||Brexit: Arlene Foster says unionism coming together to oppose Protocol||,,DUP leader Arlene Foster accuses the British government of "sleepwalking" into NI's Brexit arrangements.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/02/2021||EU's article 16 blunder has focused minds on Northern Ireland||,,
Impact of Brexit protocol on politically unstable region could now get scrutiny it has long deserved
The EU’s aborted attempt to trigger article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol could be a blessing in disguise for Northern Ireland.
Its decision to pull the emergency cord on an agreement that had introduced regulatory checks on some products travelling between Britain and Northern Ireland without notifiying Dublin or London was quickly reversed.Continue reading...
|03/02/2021||Commission opens infringement procedures against 24 Member States for not transposing new EU telecom rules||,,The European Electronic Communications Code modernises the European regulatory framework for electronic communications, to enhance consumers' choices and rights, for example by ensuring clearer contracts, quality of services, and competitive markets.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|03/02/2021||PM urges EU action to ease Brexit tensions in NI||,,The UK wrote to the bloc calling for lighter enforcement of rules as port staff face threats over checks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/02/2021||Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: A new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care||,,On the eve of the World Cancer Day, the European Commission presented Europe's Beating Cancer Plan – a main priority in the area of health of the von der Leyen Commission and a key pillar of a strong European Health Union.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/02/2021||EU temporarily withdraws staff from Northern Irish ports over Brexit security concerns – video||,,
EU staff will be temporarily withdrawn from their work at Northern Irish ports due to security concerns, an EU commission spokesman said. Northern Ireland’s government has also suspended Brexit checks on animal and food products arriving into Belfast and Larne ports after 'sinister and menacing behaviour' towards staff led to fears for their safetyContinue reading...
|02/02/2021||EU shellfish import ban indefinite, UK fishing industry told||,,The government promises to push Brussels to change its transport rules on scallops, clams and mussels.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/02/2021||Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States||,,The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine Member States in the fourth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/02/2021||Brexit: How much disruption has there been so far?||,,It has been a month since the rules changed in the UK's relationship with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2021||Covid: EU and AstraZeneca in 'step forward' on vaccines||,,The Commission chief announces a "step forward" after criticism over EU handling of vaccine plans.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2021||COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on measures affecting free movement||,,Under the updated recommendation, a new colour (dark red) is added to the existing categories of green, orange, red and grey in the weekly map published by the ECDC.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|31/01/2021||UK applying to join Asia-Pacific free trade pact CPTPP||,,If successful, Britain will join a club including Japan and Australia and covering 500m people.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/01/2021||EU vaccine export row: Bloc backtracks on controls for NI||,,It follows anger over a decision to invoke an emergency provision in the Brexit deal in order to control vaccine exports.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|29/01/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol 'obstructs free movement of military'||,,The UUP says the MoD must now fill out customs declaration forms to move equipment.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/01/2021||Commission puts in place transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines||,,In an effort to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for all EU citizens and to tackle the current lack of transparency of vaccine exports outside the EU, the Commission has put in place a measure requiring that such exports are subject to an authorisation by Member States.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/01/2021||Vaccines: contract between European Commission and AstraZeneca now published||,,Following the renewed request from the European Commission on 27 January 2021, pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has agreed to publish the redacted contract signed between the two parties on 27 August 2020. The Commission welcomes the company's commitment towards more transparency in its participation in the rollout of the EU Vaccines Strategy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/01/2021||Brexit: Seven things changing on 1 January||,,What will be different about the UK's relationship with the EU from 1 January 2021?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/01/2021||Post-Brexit trading 'difficult' for my business - Samantha Cameron||,,The fashion brand owner tells Woman's Hour she speaks to her former PM husband about her firm's frustrations.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/01/2021||Screening of websites for ‘greenwashing': half of green claims lack evidence||,,The European Commission and national consumer authorities have released the results of a screening of websites (“sweep”), an exercise carried out each year to identify breaches of EU consumer law in online markets.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|27/01/2021||Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/01/2021||Rule of Law: Commission adopts next step in the infringement procedure to protect judicial independence of Polish judges||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/01/2021||Commission launches debate on responding to the impact of an ageing population||,,The European Commission presented a green paper to launch a broad policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of Europe's ageing society. It sets out the impact of this pronounced demographic trend across our economy and society and invites the public to express their views on how to respond to this in a public consultation, which will run for 12 weeks.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/01/2021||How Brexit shapes people's views on Scottish independence||,,Sir John Curtice looks at whether a future Yes vote in Scotland could be boosted by the UK leaving the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/01/2021||Commission study finds positive impact of trade agreements on agri-food sectors||,,The EU trade agenda is set to have an overall positive impact on the EU economy and the agri-food sector, according to a new study. Trade agreements are due to result in substantial increases in EU agri-food exports, with more limited increases in imports, creating a positive trade balance overall.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/01/2021||European Commission launches Green Consumption Pledge, first companies commit to concrete actions towards greater sustainability||,,The Green Consumption Pledge is part of the European Climate Pact which is an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/01/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes additional safeguards on travel from outside the EU and updated criteria for applying travel restrictions||,,New coronavirus variants and the volatile health situation worldwide call for further action to ensure that any travel to the EU takes place safely.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/01/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,The Council also adopted conclusions on Venezuela, coordinated maritime presences and climate and energy diplomacy.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|22/01/2021||Brexit: Retailers warn they could burn goods stuck in EU||,,UK retailers may abandon goods EU customers want to return because it is cheaper than bringing them home.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/01/2021||Brexit: Nissan commits to keep making cars in Sunderland||,,The Japanese car maker has told the BBC its Sunderland plant is secure for the long term.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/01/2021||Plenary highlights: vaccines, new US president, right to disconnect||,,MEPs demanded more clarity about Covid-19 vaccine contracts and welcomed the inauguration of Joe Biden as US president during Parliament's first plenary session of the year.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/01/2021||UK accused of 'petty' behaviour in EU diplomat row||,,Ex-ministers have criticised the UK for downgrading the diplomatic status of the EU's ambassador.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/01/2021||EU website purchases: the import charges UK customers have to pay||,,
Consumers now face UK VAT, rather than local rates, as well as customs duty and courier admin charges
Before Brexit, UK consumers were free to buy items from anywhere in the EU without incurring import duties and other charges. That all changed on 1 January 2021.
Online orders up to £135 are now supposed to have the UK’s prevailing VAT rate added at the point of sale by the EU retailer, which has to have registered with HM Revenue & Customs.Continue reading...
|21/01/2021||Brexit: 'I was asked to pay an extra £82 for my £200 coat'||,,Shoppers buying items from Europe now have to pay customs or VAT charges on those above a certain value.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Main results of the video conference of the members of the European Council||,,EU heads of state or government discussed via video conference coordination on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They shared best practices and exchanged views on testing, vaccinations and detecting new variants of the virus.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Additional and more flexible funding to help those most in need||,,Parliament voted to continue making additional resources available in 2021 and 2022 in order to provide food and basic assistance to the most deprived.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Parliament demands significantly tighter EU sanctions against Russia||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025: Parliament’s reaction and input||,,Parliament welcomes the positive measures included in the EU’s new Gender Equality Strategy but calls for additional actions and specific and binding targets.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Brexit: 'My meat shipment is rotting in Rotterdam'||,,Brexit border hold-ups mean customers are starting to go elsewhere says UK meat exporters group.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Brexit trade deal: What does it mean for fishing?||,,Fishing was one of the sticking points of the UK-EU trade negotiations but now a deal has been done.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/01/2021||New US President: MEPs hope for a new dawn in transatlantic ties||,,MEPs welcome the inauguration of Joe Biden as an opportunity for Europe to strengthen EU-US ties and tackle common challenges and threats to the democratic system.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/01/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/01/2021||Commission takes further steps to foster the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system||,,The European Commission presents a new strategy to stimulate the openness, strength and resilience of the EU's economic and financial system for the years to come.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/01/2021||Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19||,,Two days ahead of the meeting of European leaders on a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/01/2021||Brexit: Fishing firms hold London protest over disruption||,,Boris Johnson promises £23m in compensation for exporters which have lost orders due to delays.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/01/2021||Statement from the President of the European Commission following the detention of Alexei Navalny yesterday in Moscow||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/01/2021||New European Bauhaus: Commission launches design phase||,,The Commission has launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/01/2021||European Citizens' Initiative: European Commission replies to ‘Minority Safepack' initiative||,,The European Commission responded to the European Citizens' Initiative ‘Minority Safepack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe', the fifth successful Initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. The Initiative aims to improve the protection of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/01/2021||Jacob Rees-Mogg says fish are British and 'happier' because of Brexit – video||,,
The leader of the House of Commons claimed fish delayed for export because of the introduction of the post-Brexit fishing regime were 'happier' because they are now British. 'The key is we’ve got our fish back,' he told MPs. 'They’re now British fish and they’re better and happier fish for it'Continue reading...
|13/01/2021||Brexit: 'My £50,000 shellfish lorry was delayed for 30 hours'||,,A Welsh shellfish exporter says she is struggling with new post-Brexit border rules.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/01/2021||Brexit: Five surprising consequences||,,Confiscated ham sandwiches, delayed Scottish salmon and other fallout from the new regime.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/01/2021||Brexit: MP says teething problem remark is an 'insult'||,,The DUP's Ian Paisley says the Irish Sea border is having "severe economic consequences".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/01/2021||Brexit: Supermarkets call for action on NI food supplies||,,Retailers have been grappling with problems importing some products from Great Britain||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/01/2021||'Welcome to Brexit': Dutch officials seize ham sandwiches from British drivers – video||,,
Dutch TV news has aired footage of customs officers confiscating ham sandwiches from drivers arriving by ferry from the UK under post-Brexit rules banning personal imports of meat and dairy products into the EU.
Shown on the current affairs programme EenVandaag, officials wearing hi-vis jackets explained to startled car and lorry drivers at the Hook of Holland ferry terminal that since Brexit, “you are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe ...” A bemused driver with several sandwiches wrapped in tin foil asked if he could surrender the meat and keep the bread. One customs officer replied: “No, everything will be confiscated. Welcome to Brexit, sir, I’m sorry.”
The ban came into force on New Year’s Day as the Brexit transition period came to an end, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) saying travellers should “use, consume, or dispose of” prohibited items at or before the border
|12/01/2021||Brexit leaves Spain's Costa Brits facing dilemmas||,,British expats in Spain tell the BBC how the new post-Brexit rules have changed their lives.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/01/2021||Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine||,,The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and they could further purchase up to 30 million more doses.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/01/2021||Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border||,,Dutch TV films officials confiscating ham sandwiches from UK drivers under new food import rules.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/01/2021||Global health insurance card to replace EHIC under new rules||,,UK residents can apply for the new card to access emergency medical care when their EHIC card runs out.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/01/2021||Keir Starmer says he will not campaign for return of EU free movement – video||,,
The Labour leader said his party had to be honest with the public, and that if it won the next general election a major renegotiation of the Brexit treaty would not be possibleContinue reading...
|08/01/2021||Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI||,,Criticism of new Brexit trade rules is growing as firms warn of more bureaucracy, higher costs and delays.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/01/2021||Were there hold-ups in first week after Brexit?||,,Low traffic at borders has meant there have been few problems in Kent, but there have been other issues.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/01/2021||Brexit barriers for the arts 'heartbreaking'||,,Industry leaders say uncertainty over future funding is causing concern.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/01/2021||Commission proposes to purchase up to 300 million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine||,,The European Commission proposes to the EU Member States to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/01/2021||European Commission authorises second safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19||,,The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/01/2021||European Innovation Council Fund: first equity investments of €178 million in breakthrough innovations||,,The Commission has announced the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. 42 highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will together receive equity financing of around €178 million to develop and scale up breakthrough innovations in health, circular economy, advanced manufacturing and other areas.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/01/2021||Brexit: Fresh test for Irish Sea trade border processes||,,As businesses return to work after Christmas, the amount of freight moving through NI will increase.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/01/2021||Brexit: Arlene Foster sees 'gateway of opportunity' in UK-EU trade deal||,,NI's first minister says the UK-EU deal eases "some of the difficulties with the NI Protocol".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/01/2021||‘We’re going home’: Britons told pre-Brexit ID documents invalid for flights to Spain – video||,,
Journalist and photographer Max Duncan was told his green residency paper was no longer valid as he interviewed Britons barred from flying home to Spain.
People were prevented from boarding a joint BA-Iberia flight to Madrid on Saturday night after airline staff said their pre-Brexit residency papers were no longer validContinue reading...
|01/01/2021||Brexit: New era for UK as it completes separation from European Union||,,Boris Johnson celebrates the "freedom in our hands" as the long Brexit process comes to a conclusion.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/01/2021||Brexit: Are the borders ready?||,,With a Brexit deal done, we look at the challenges to come at British borders.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/01/2021||Brexit trade deal places Europe back at centre of UK politics||,,
Analysis: Far from being free of the EU, Johnson now faces the economic reality of his political demands
In the words of one official in Brussels involved in the Brexit negotiations, the last year “accelerated the grieving process” over the UK’s departure from the EU.
This is not to say the bloc’s institutions will be celebrating the country’s passing from the single market and customs union, 48 years to the day after its accession to the then European Communities on 1 January 1973. It remains a devastating loss to the EU, from which the full repercussions are yet to be seen even four and a half years after the referendum.Continue reading...
|31/12/2020||'This is the beginning': Boris Johnson signs post-Brexit trade deal – video||,,
Boris Johnson signed his post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union on Wednesday, adding his signature to that of EU chiefs after the document was flown from Brussels to LondonContinue reading...
|31/12/2020||Brexit: Gibraltar gets UK-Spain deal to keep open border||,,The deal - yet to become a treaty - enables Spanish workers to continue entering Gibraltar freely.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/12/2020||'A day for hope': UK and Spain agree draft deal on post-Brexit status of Gibraltar – video||,,
British and Spanish negotiators have reached a draft agreement on the future of Gibraltar after Brexit. Spain’s foreign minister, Arancha González Laya, welcomed the deal which she said meant the British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula would be able to join EU programmes and policies such as SchengenContinue reading...
|31/12/2020||Passports and permits: what are the biggest changes to expect after Brexit?||,,
Industry leaders warn of invisible chaos as businesses grapple with trading rules and software systems
The bells of Big Ben will chime to mark the occasion but there will be no street parties or chaos on the roads for the arrival of Brexit at 11pm, when the transition period ends.
Covid curbs mean the roads of Kent and streets of Dover, emblematic of the divorce from the EU, are expected to be deserted with little public sign of the abrupt end of a 47-year relationship with the EU.Continue reading...
|31/12/2020||Brexit: Dover-Calais route 'will work well on 1 January'||,,Channel Tunnel operator Getlink says there will not be congestion when new trading rules begin later.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/12/2020||Brexit: What is a level playing field?||,,What are people talking about when they refer to a level playing field and what has it to do with Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/12/2020||Sector by sector: are British firms ready for post-Brexit trade?||,,
Analysis: From retail to aviation to pharmaceuticals, we look at what will change from 1 January
After months of tortuous negotiations between the UK and the EU, a Brexit trade deal was agreed at almost the last minute. But how prepared are UK businesses for the significant changes that will come into force on 1 January? Are they happy with the terms of the agreement?Continue reading...
|31/12/2020||Brexit: New EU trade arrangements to begin after Parliament vote||,,The UK's hard-fought agreement with the EU is set to come into force at 23:00 GMT on Thursday.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU||,,The UK and EU begin a new relationship on 1 January 2021.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: How will it affect my holiday to Spain? And other questions||,,We answer some of your questions about Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: Labour aides quit over Starmer's backing for trade deal||,,Three frontbenchers were among 36 Labour MPs to defy orders to back laws enacting post-Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||MSPs vote to 'refuse consent' for Brexit deal||,,The Scottish Parliament is set to demand a "pause" to Brexit rather than the deal negotiated with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Post-Brexit trade: UK having its cake and eating it, says Boris Johnson||,,The PM refuses to acknowledge his post-Brexit trade deal brings new barriers to trade, in a BBC interview.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Labour to back Brexit deal as SNP says Scotland is ‘united’ against bill – video||,,
Boris Johnson celebrated the Brexit bill as MPs debated the deal he negotiated with the EU. The agreement was condemned by SNP’s leader in the Commons, Ian Blackford, and criticised but backed by Labour’s Keir Starmer.
The deal is expected to sail through the parliamentary approval process in just a day, with the backing of LabourContinue reading...
|30/12/2020||Brexit: What are the key points of the deal?||,,These are the most important aspects of the UK-EU deal, and what they mean for people's lives and businesses.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||From Brussels to the Palace: how Brexit deal will be passed in a day||,,
EU (future relationship) bill to pass through all parliamentary stages - and get royal assent - on Wednesday
MPs and peers are expected to approve the Brexit trade deal with the EU on Wednesday, in a frantic day of parliamentary activity.Continue reading...
|29/12/2020||What's the timetable for parliament's vote on the Brexit trade deal?||,,
European Union (future relationship) bill is expected to go through both the Commons and Lords in just a day
It is a time of year when MPs might typically still be at home chomping through Christmas leftovers. But, instead of devouring turkey sandwiches during the festive break, they will probably be leafing through pages of draft legislation in preparation for Wednesday’s vote on the historic Brexit trade deal with the EU.Continue reading...
|28/12/2020||Brexit: NI MPs to vote against trade deal in Commons||,,The trade deal does not address "many issues that are damaging to Northern Ireland", says a DUP MP.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/12/2020||Brexit: 'Bumpy' period expected as UK adjusts to new EU rules||,,Ministers warn of "practical and procedural changes" when the Brexit transition period ends this week.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/12/2020||Brexit deal: What is in it?||,,A post-Brexit agreement has been announced. Here are 10 key questions.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/12/2020||Brexit: PM vows to focus on 'levelling up country' after securing deal||,,Boris Johnson promises "big changes" after Brexit, but fishermen's leaders accuse him of "caving in".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/12/2020||Brexit trade deal 'moment of national renewal', says Lord Frost||,,The UK's chief Brexit negotiator says the new trade agreement with the EU is "one of the biggest ever".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/12/2020||Brexit: UK and EU can have 'special relationship', says Michael Gove||,,The Cabinet Office minister says he has lost friends over Brexit and admits it turned UK politics "ugly".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/12/2020||Brexit deal 'will make UK safer', Priti Patel says||,,The home secretary says border controls will be "fairer" but there are concerns over data access.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/12/2020||Brexit: EU diplomats briefed on Brexit trade deal||,,The BBC has seen the 1,246-page document, which includes about 800 pages of annexes and footnotes.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/12/2020||Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU||,,The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/12/2020||Brexit trade deal 'not what was promised for Wales' says FM||,,First Minister Mark Drakeford says it is not what Wales was promised, but is better than no deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/12/2020||Brexit: PM announces new deal between UK and EU||,,Boris Johnson called the deal between the UK and EU the ‘biggest trade deal yet’||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/12/2020||European Commission announces ‘fair’ post-Brexit trade deal||,,The President of the European Commission announces the end of negotiations between the UK and EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/12/2020||EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: protecting European interests, ensuring fair competition, and continued cooperation in areas of mutual interest||,,After intensive negotiations, the European Commission has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom on the terms of its future cooperation with the European Union.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/12/2020||European Commission authorises first safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19||,,The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/12/2020||When is the deadline for a Brexit trade and security deal?||,,
Timeframes to reach agreement explained with just 11 days before end of transition period
After nine months of talks and with just 11 days to go before the end of the transition period when the UK will leave the EU’s single market and customs union, there is still no sign of a post-Brexit trade and security deal.Continue reading...
|17/12/2020||Commission publishes recommendations for Common Agricultural Policy national strategic plans||,,The Commission has published recommendations for each Member State to assist in the drafting of their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) strategic plans, accompanied by a Communication.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/12/2020||Coronavirus: Commission puts forward rules on rapid antigen tests and secures 20 million tests for Member States||,,The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council recommendation on a common framework for the use, validation and mutual recognition of rapid antigen tests.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/12/2020||Plenary highlights: EU budget, Sakharov Prize, water||,,MEPs approved the EU's budget for 2021-2027 and presented the Sakharov Prize to opposition leaders in Belarus during the 14-18 December plenary.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/12/2020||Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council||,,Ministers reached an agreement on the three regulations fixing fishing opportunities for 2021 in certain areas of the Atlantic, North Sea, Mediterranean and Black Sea as well as for certain deep-sea stocks (the latter also for 2022). They also approved Council conclusions on an EU-wide animal welfare label.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/12/2020||Multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027 adopted||,,Following the European Parliament's consent, the Council has adopted the regulation laying down the EU's multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/12/2020||Main results of the Environment Council||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/12/2020||EU regions get additional 47.5 billion EUR to tackle local effects of COVID-19||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/12/2020||New EU Cybersecurity Strategy and new rules to make physical and digital critical entities more resilient||,,As a key component of Shaping Europe's Digital Future, the Recovery Plan for Europe and the EU Security Union Strategy, the Strategy will bolster Europe's collective resilience against cyber threats and help to ensure that all citizens and businesses can fully benefit from trustworthy and reliable services and digital tools.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/12/2020||Coronavirus response: Tackling non-performing loans (NPLs) to enable banks to support EU households and businesses||,,The European Commission has presented a strategy to prevent a future build-up of non-performing loans (NPLs) across the European Union, as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The strategy aims to ensure that EU households and businesses continue to have access to the funding they need throughout the crisis.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/12/2020||Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms||,,The Commission has proposed an ambitious reform of the digital space, a comprehensive set of new rules for all digital services, including social media, online market places, and other online platforms that operate in the European Union: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/12/2020||Team Europe contributes €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/12/2020||Parliament adopts deal to improve quality of tap water and reduce plastic litter||,,The new rules are designed to offer high quality tap water across the EU. This is in response to the demands of over 1.8 million Europeans who signed the first-ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative, “Right2Water”, in support of improving access to safe drinking water for all Europeans.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/12/2020||Commission proposes revised rules for cross-border energy infrastructure in line with the European Green Deal||,,The European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the EU rules on Trans-European Networks for Energy (the TEN-E Regulation) to better support the modernisation of Europe's cross-border energy infrastructure and achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2020||Main results of the video conference of home affairs ministers||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2020||Main results of the video conference of energy ministers||,,EU energy ministers held an informal video conference to discuss energy system integration in the EU. They also received an update by the Commission on external energy relations and on a number of other matters.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2020||Brexit: What would no deal mean?||,,What will it mean if there is no deal between the UK and EU by the end of the year?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/12/2020||Brexit trade deal: What do WTO rules or an Australia-style relationship mean?||,,If the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal it will have to trade on WTO terms.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/12/2020||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From free trade agreement to no deal, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/12/2020||Brexit: Malcolm Turnbull tells UK 'be careful what you wish for' over EU trade||,,Malcolm Turnbull tells BBC Question Time his country's arrangement with the EU has "large barriers".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/12/2020||Main results of the European Council||,,EU leaders reached a deal to address the concerns expressed on the recovery package and agreed on the 55% emissions reduction goal. They also adopted conclusions on COVID-19, security and external relations, and met for a Euro Summit in inclusive format.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/12/2020||Relations with the UK: Commission proposes targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario||,,The European Commission has put forward a set of targeted contingency measures ensuring basic reciprocal air and road connectivity between the EU and the UK, as well as allowing for the possibility of reciprocal fishing access by EU and UK vessels to each other's waters.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/12/2020||Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy||,,The European Commission proposes to modernise EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/12/2020||Brexit: Lords defeat government in row over devolved powers||,,Critics of the Internal Market Bill say it will undermine devolution after the UK regains EU powers.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/12/2020||Security Union: A Counter-Terrorism Agenda and stronger Europol to boost the EU's resilience||,,The Commission presented a new Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU to step up the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and boost the EU's resilience to terrorist threats.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/12/2020||A fundamental transport transformation: Commission presents its plan for green, smart and affordable mobility||,,The European Commission presented its ‘Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy' together with an Action Plan of 82 initiatives that will guide our work for the next four years. This strategy lays the foundation for how the EU transport system can achieve its green and digital transformation and become more resilient to future crises.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/12/2020||Brexit food supply fears grow: 'It's too late, baby'||,,The industry tells MPs it has not had enough time to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/12/2020||Main results of the video conference of transport ministers||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|06/12/2020||Main results of the video conference of telecommunications ministers||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|06/12/2020||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,Foreign affairs ministers exchanged views on transatlantic relations, strategic autonomy and current affairs. The Council also adopted the EU global human rights sanctions regime, as well as conclusions on EU-US relations and Lebanon.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/12/2020||Brexit: UK-EU trade talks to resume over 'critical issues'||,,Negotiators will talk on Sunday, but "significant differences" between the two sides in post-Brexit trade talks remain.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/12/2020||Post-Brexit trade talks paused amid 'significant divergences'||,,Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula Von Der Leyen will seek to break deadlock on Saturday.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/12/2020||Live animal exports to be banned in England and Wales||,,The environment secretary says the ban could be in place by the end of 2021 in a move away from EU rules.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/12/2020||Main results of the video conference of ministers of employment and social policy||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/12/2020||Digital Decade: Commission launches Action Plan to support recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sectors||,,The Commission adopted an Action Plan to support the recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sector. These sectors, particularly hit by the coronavirus crisis, are essential for democracy, Europe's cultural diversity and digital autonomy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/12/2020||December infringements package: key decisions||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/12/2020||European Democracy Action Plan: making EU democracies stronger||,,Standing up to challenges to our democratic systems from rising extremism and perceived distance between people and politicians, the Action Plan sets out measures to promote free and fair elections, strengthen media freedom and counter disinformation.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/12/2020||Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period||,,Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/12/2020||Commission renews its commitment to strengthen fundamental rights in the EU||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/12/2020||Coronavirus: Commission presents “Staying safe from COVID-19 during winter” strategy||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/12/2020||EU-US: A new transatlantic agenda for global change||,,The European Commission and the High Representative put forward a proposal for a new, forward-looking transatlantic agenda.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/12/2020||Modernising EU justice systems: New package to speed up digitalisation of justice systems and boost training of justice professionals||,,The European Commission adopted a package of initiatives to modernise the EU justice systems. The two main pillars of the new package are the Communication on the digitalisation of justice in the EU, and the new Strategy on European judicial training.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/12/2020||Main results of the video conference of justice ministers||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|30/11/2020||Commission disburses €8.5 billion under SURE to five Member States||,,The European Commission has disbursed €8.5 billion in the third instalment of financial support to five Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today's operations, Belgium has received €2 billion, Hungary €200 million, Portugal €3 billion, Romania €3 billion and Slovakia €300 million.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|30/11/2020||Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers||,,Ministers discussed amendments to the Council directive on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation ('DAC 7'), confirming their support for the agreement reached at technical level. They also exchanged views on the banking union, the capital markets union, the European Semester, international taxation and international debt relief.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|29/11/2020||EU greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2019 to the lowest level in three decades||,,The Commission adopted its annual EU Climate Action Progress Report, covering the EU's progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27 decreased by 3.7 % year-on-year, while GDP grew by 1.5%. Emissions have now been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|29/11/2020||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,The Eurogroup reached a political agreement on the reform of the ESM Treaty and the early introduction of the common backstop to the Single Resolution Fund (SRF) by the beginning of 2022. Ministers also discussed the eighth enhanced surveillance report on Greece and greenlighted the release of the fourth tranche of policy-contingent debt measures.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/11/2020||Brexit: Progress made in tough areas, says EU chief||,,The president of the EU Commission says there has been recent "movement" in important areas.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/11/2020||Brexit: Lords defeat government twice over internal market law||,,Peers vote to change the bill dealing with internal markets after claims it would "shackle" devolved governments.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/09/2020||Brexit: Where are we now?||,,It's been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2020||Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?||,,Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/07/2020||Brexit: What happens now?||,,Brexit officially happened on 31 January but the UK is now in a transition period until the end of 2020.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/02/2020||Brexit trade deal: What do the UK and EU want?||,,The UK and EU have set out their stalls for negotiations on their future relationship.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the EU referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit: How did we get here? The past four years in two minutes||,,It's been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union but how did we get here?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Why we lost – and where we go from here||,,
When the history of Brexit is written, the Lib Dems’ decision to let Johnson hold this election will be seen as a key strategic error.
|11/12/2019||7 reasons to vote Johnson out||,,
We can kick Johnson out. So brave the elements and vote for the candidates with the best chance of beating the Tories.
|11/12/2019||Trump sabotages Brexiters’ last-ditch safety net||,,
Relying on the WTO for our trade was always a terrible idea. Now that the US president has ripped a hole in it, it’s economic suicide.
|11/12/2019||With a final tactical voting push, we can beat Johnson||,,
Good news from YouGov poll is Tory lead is shrinking. Bad news is they are still ahead because too many pro-European votes are being wasted.
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|10/12/2019||Johnson won’t stop the chaos – that’s just propaganda||,,
A Tory victory means more chaos. The only way to end the arguments over Brexit and fix our real problems is to vote them out.
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|10/12/2019||Tories bully BBC because it’s easily cowed||,,
Johnson yesterday hinted he would axe the licence fee. This had two purposes: cover up his NHS blunder and pummel the BBC into submission.
|10/12/2019||At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson||,,
PM rips off Love Actually in his video but misses out the punch line: “Just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth.”
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|10/12/2019||Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win||,,
Right-wing press has branded Corbyn unelectable. They are right - he is. Not for the reasons they suggest, but because of simple maths.
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|09/12/2019||Tory “punch” propaganda backfires||,,
To cover up Johnson’s NHS disaster, Tories fabricate story about Labour activist punching Hancock aide.
|09/12/2019||Johnson’s dishonesty and disorganisation on Irish Sea border||,,
Not only is Johnson lying about surrendering to the EU demand for an internal UK border, he isn’t ready to deliver a deal by December 2020.
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|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/07/2019||Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU||,,Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|