|17/04/2021||Crowning glory: monarch, politics and Parliament in an age of democracy||,,“The more democratic we get,” Walter Bagehot predicted in 1867, “the more we shall get to like state and show, which have ever pleased the vulgar.” The outpouring of tributes triggered by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh indicates that Bagehot was ...||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/04/2021||“Three Errors and Out”: Life at Springfield Mill, West Yorkshire in the 40s and 50s||,,
John Heywood looks back at life at Springfield Mill, West Yorkshire in the 40s and 50s
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: “Three Errors and Out”: Life at Springfield Mill, West Yorkshire in the 40s and 50s
|17/04/2021||Luxury caterpillar takes on budget caterpillar||,,
Paul Bright, in his first article for Yorkshire Bylines, explains the rivalry between Colin the Caterpillar from M&S and Cuthbert from Aldi. Will M&S have a chance at winning the judicial review, or should there be, as Judge Rinder put it, 'caterpillars everywhere'?
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Luxury caterpillar takes on budget caterpillar
|17/04/2021||‘We love foie gras’: French outrage at UK plan to ban imports of ‘cruel’ delicacy||,,
UK officials are exploring restrictions on product after minister described it as ‘unbearably barbaric’
The head of France’s foie gras producers’ association has said she is “shocked and outraged” that the British government is considering banning imports of the product.
And she has invited MPs to visit French farms producing foie gras to see the force feeding of ducks and geese and judge for themselves whether it is “cruel and torturous”, as animal rights campaigners claim.Continue reading...
|16/04/2021||Primary schools in England record steep fall in demand||,,
Covid disruption and Brexit could be behind fall in applications for reception class places, say councils
Birmingham and London have recorded steep falls in demand for primary school places next year, with local authorities reporting that disruption caused by the Covid pandemic, as well as the falling birthrate and migration after Brexit, may be behind the decline.
London’s boroughs had a 7% fall in applications for reception class places in September, while Birmingham had 9% fewer applications compared with 2020. Major local authorities in the south-east of England reported declines of 2% or more, including Essex, Kent, and Brighton and Hove.Continue reading...
|16/04/2021||Black, White, Black||,,
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Martin Griffiths looks at the impact of history on language transference and music. A 1986 BBC TV series and subsequent book, “The Story of English” (McCrum, Cran and MacNeil) says that: “‘Black English’ [or African-American Vernacular English] is the product of one of the most infamous episodes in the history of […]
|16/04/2021||Provoke the ‘woke’ to fire up the culture wars||,,
John Cole draws attention to the impact the new police and crime bill will impact civil liberties; the Sewell report, which concluded that the UK was not insititutionally racist, will have grave consequences and the pushback from the 'woke' may ignite the culture wars which Johnson can use to make harsher rules.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Provoke the ‘woke’ to fire up the culture wars
|16/04/2021||Liar, Liar – Pants on Fire!||,,
Write to us at email@example.com Johnson’s lies have led to the destabilisation of Ireland’s fragile peace. The real culprit for the current unrest in Ireland is the hard-line Brexit dogmatically pursued by Boris Johnson and the Brexiteers. Despite a succession of lies told by Johnson (including that there would be checks and controls between Britain and […]
|16/04/2021||EU and UK hold ‘productive’ talks on Northern Ireland crisis||,,
Brexit minister David Frost says momentum has been established in efforts to ease tensions
Talks between the EU and UK to ease tensions in Northern Ireland have been described as “productive” and “constructive” with momentum now established to achieve a solution to the crisis, the Brexit minister, David Frost, has said.
But the EU used the first face-to-face meeting since lockdown between Lord Frost and the European commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, to warn that the outcome needed to be jointly agreed.Continue reading...
|16/04/2021||Baroness Shirley Williams 1930–2021||,,
Obituary for Baroness Shirley Williams, who defined democracy for the UK. Her work and wisdom inspired generations to question the way politics worked.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Baroness Shirley Williams 1930–2021
|16/04/2021||Exclusive: MP Criticises “Frankly Insulting” University Hardship Funding As English Students Get Less Support Than Devolved Nations||,,Paul Blomfield, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students, has told ministers he has “serious concerns” about levels of hardship funding on offer to students in England.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/04/2021||Mayor Andy Burnham weighs in on the battle over ‘fire and rehire’||,,
Steve Pottinger highlights the poor treatment of British Gas drivers who have been forced to work overtime with no extra pay. Andy Burnham has criticised the company and shown support to the workers planning a strike.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Mayor Andy Burnham weighs in on the battle over ‘fire and rehire’
|16/04/2021||The Government Has Denied It Is Planning To Reduce Rapid Covid Testing Following Concerns Over False Positives||,,The Government has batted away suggestions it could scale back the rapid testing programme despite internal concerns over false positive rates.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/04/2021||Support Surges For Crowdfunding Campaigners The Good Law Project After Pandemic Transparency Work||,,The activist group have seen a surge in support following their legal challenges against the government during the pandemic.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/04/2021||Festival of Debate 2021||,,
The Festival of Debate 2021, is starting in a few weeks. Its purpose? To increase political discourse, encourage local voices to speak up, and come up with solutions to the most pressing issues in society right now. All events are free and welcome to anyone interested.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Festival of Debate 2021
|15/04/2021||Let’s drop ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’||,,
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Last week I wrote a tweet, as I do probably once a day, sometimes more. The tweet read: “I’d like ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ (CFS) to be dropped as a term’. The tweet went viral and I felt like Piers Morgan – difference being I wasn’t spouting tedious commentary on Prince Harry […]
|15/04/2021||We need to talk about lying: Johnson’s ‘liefest’||,,
Porkies and other defects Like it or not, Prime Ministers are role models. Hence Johnson’s moral bankruptcy has set a new standard of contempt for the truth. He may be only a part of a bigger process of erosion but he has massively accelerated it. By filling his cabinet with sycophants even weaker than himself […]
|15/04/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,The Eurogroup held a discussion on insolvency frameworks and looked into ongoing work on the euro as a digital currency. Ministers were also briefed about the outcomes of recent international meetings and reviewed the Eurogroup's transparency policy.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/04/2021||Northern Ireland: young people are not to blame for Westminster’s indifference||,,
Dr Stella Perrott draws to light the impact the Troubles had on young people in Northern Ireland, and likens it to the impact Brexit is now having on the youth. Westminster underestimates this impact and is not doing enough to maintain peace in the region.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Northern Ireland: young people are not to blame for Westminster’s indifference
|15/04/2021||Doncaster Conservative councillor defects to the Green Party||,,
Earlier this year, Councillor Jonathan Wood, who has been a councillor representing the rural Sprotbrough Ward in Doncaster for the last 12 years, defected from the Conservatives and joined the Green Party. On 28 February he finally cut up his membership card explaining that “For some time, it has been clear to me that the interests […]
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Doncaster Conservative councillor defects to the Green Party
|15/04/2021||MPs Put Fresh Pressure On Government To Address “Urgent” Eating Disorder Funding Gap||,,MPs and campaigners have renewed calls on the government to increase funding for eating disorder services following a sharp spike in cases over lockdown.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/04/2021||Cronyism Rules Need Urgent Reform In The Wake Of The Greensill Scandal, Says Watchdog Chair Lord Pickles||,,The chair of the body which vets private sector roles for former politicians and officials says the system needs fixing “urgently” in the wake of the Greensill lobbying scandal.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/04/2021||The environmental dangers of mining the ocean depths||,,
Andy Brown reveals the dangers of mining the ocean. Environmental damage in the sea is difficult to clean, and oil and gas extraction is a threat to sea wildlife. If we want to pass on a healthy ocean to younger generations, change must happen.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: The environmental dangers of mining the ocean depths
|15/04/2021||Here Are All the Inquiries David Cameron Will Have To Answer To Over Greensill Lobbying Scandal||,,David Cameron has indicated he will be happy to face MPs to explain his actions surrounding Greensill Capital, but the former Prime Minister now faces multiple inquiries as the scandal widens.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/04/2021||That Amazon vote: what went wrong?||,,
Granville Williams writes about the Amazon vote which was given to workers who voiced their discontentment with their treatment and working conditions. The ballot, however, was run in a way which made it difficult for workers to vote, and was ultimately a setback for trade unionism.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: That Amazon vote: what went wrong?
|14/04/2021||European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: First call for proposals to support youth volunteering activities||,,The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. The European Solidarity Corps supports young people wishing to engage in volunteering activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping people in need to supporting health and environmental action, across the EU and beyond.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||Commons Treasury Committee Is Set To Launch Inquiry Into Greensill Lobbying||,,The powerful select committee has announced it will launch an inquiry into the "lessons from Greensill Capital".||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||James Dyson says Brexit has given him 'freedom'||,,Sir James Dyson defends moving his firm's headquarters to Singapore and says Dyson is a British firm.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||Westminster neglected the union for decades. No wonder it’s crumbling | Martin Kettle||,,
If he refuses a referendum that Scots have voted for, there would be no lawful way to leave the UK. The implications are huge
Three weeks from now, if opinion polls are correct, the Scottish National party will win another term as Scotland’s government. It will do so armed with a mandate to hold a referendum on independence. Elections, of course, retain a glorious capacity to surprise. But it is a mark of the slovenliness of Boris Johnson’s government that its strategy for avoiding the breakup of the United Kingdom is now reduced to two words: fingers crossed.Continue reading...
|14/04/2021||Tory MPs Block Labour Push For Parliamentary Inquiry Into David Cameron And Lobbying||,,Labour’s push for a parliamentary inquiry into David Cameron, Greensill and the wider rules around lobbying has been blocked by the Conservatives.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||Covid Vaccines May Become Compulsory For Care Home Staff, Matt Hancock Says||,,The Health Secretary said ministers had a "duty of care" to vulnerable people as he announced a consultation into whether vaccines should be made mandatory for some healthcare workers.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||Keir Starmer Accuses Boris Johnson Of Using "Shoplifters' Defence" Over Lobbying Scandal||,,Keir Starmer told the Prime Minister attempts to shift attention onto Labour amid the lobbying scandal “would not wash” as he accused him of using the “shoplifters’ defence”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||Former Brexit Secretary David Davis Admits He Agreed With Gina Miller Taking The Government To Court in 2016||,,Exclusive: David Davis, the former Brexit Secretary, has admitted he privately agreed with campaigner Gina Miller taking the government, of which he was a part at the time, to court over Article 50.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||Brexit isn’t the cause of the Belfast riots – but it is harming political reconciliation | Matthew O'Toole||,,
Young people who weren’t even born when the Good Friday peace deal was signed are being drawn in to old rivalries
Politicians in Northern Ireland share something with the royal family on certain occasions: a heightened sense of the power of the symbolic act. This gift for symbolism was in evidence on Monday, as Irish republicans joined with unionist members of the Stormont assembly in paying tribute to Prince Philip. This would have been, to use to a phrase that has become hackneyed in the Northern Ireland peace process, unthinkable just a few years ago.
One reason for the breadth of the tributes was the Duke’s role in the royal family’s efforts at acts of British-Irish reconciliation over the past decade: he and the Queen going to the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin; her cúpla focail on the same state visit; shaking hands with Martin McGuinness. All richly symbolic, and all unthinkable just a few years ago.Continue reading...
|14/04/2021||Animals farmed: heat stress, happy cows and foie gras bans||,,
Welcome to our monthly roundup of the biggest issues in farming and food production, with must-read reports from around the web
Outbreaks of Covid-19 continue at meat-processing plants in the US, according to the Food and Environment Reporting Network, which reports a lack of information, protective gear and adequate distancing. In total, its data analysis found, just under a third of meat-plant workers in the US have been infected by the virus and at least 284 have died.Continue reading...
|14/04/2021||Labour Accuses Tories Of Going “Back To The Sleaze Of The 1990s” With David Cameron Lobbying Scandal||,,Labour is accusing the Conservatives of returning “to the sleaze of the 1990s” amid fresh revelations over the Greensill lobbying scandal.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||Brexit: Lord Frost to meet EU to discuss NI Protocol||,,Lord Frost and Maros Sefcovic will discuss the UK's "work plan" for the NI part of the Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations||,,The Commission presented a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery||,,The Commission has taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens. The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around €800 billion in current prices until 2026.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||Fighting trafficking in human beings: new strategy to prevent trafficking, break criminal business models, protect and empower victims||,,The Commission presented a new Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (2021-2025), focusing on preventing the crime, bringing traffickers to justice and protecting and empowering victims.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||Johnson & Johnson To "Proactively Delay" European Rollout Of Covid Jab Amid Blood Clot Fears||,,The pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has announced its plans to "proactively delay" the rollout of its Covid-19 jab in Europe following reports of blood clots.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||Labour Push For MP-Led Inquiry Into David Cameron And Greensill Lobbying Scandal||,,Labour will use tomorrow’s opposition day debate to push for an MP-led investigation of David Cameron and Greensill after accusing the government of trying to “mark its own homework” over the scandal.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||UK trade recovering but picture is clouded by Covid and Brexit | Larry Elliott||,,
Government figures showing a bounceback in February rightly come with a health warning
The government’s monthly trade figures come with a health warning – and rightly so. A combination of Covid-19 and Brexit means it is impossible to draw any firm conclusions about the trend from a single month’s data.
Look at what has happened to the UK’s exports to the EU. These collapsed by a revised record of 42% in January but, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), subsequently rose by more than 46% in February.Continue reading...
|13/04/2021||Kwasi Kwarteng Says He Wasn't “Pushed Under The Bus” By Rishi Sunak Over The Greensill Lobbying Row||,,The business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has rejected the claim his department has been “pushed under the bus” by Rishi Sunak after the Treasury deflected questions over the Greensill scandal to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strateg...||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||Brandon Lewis Rejects Calls To Hold Emergency Summit Over Violence In Northern Ireland||,,Violence on the streets of Northern Ireland has subsided in recent days, Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has said, as the government faces growing calls to convene an urgent meeting with the Republic of Ireland's government.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||UK exports to EU rebound partially after January's slump||,,Despite the improvement, exports still remain below 2020 levels, the UK statistics body says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||NHS Website Crashed After People Aged 45 And Over Tried To Book Covid Vaccine||,,Anyone aged 45 and over can now book their first dose of a Covid vaccine as the second phase of the government’s rollout has begun.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/04/2021||Death of a salesman?||,,
Write to us at email@example.com The Queen’s husband has died, not far off his 100th birthday. As a republican my first thought was ‘Oh, yes… So what?’ This is an event that has no impact whatsoever on my life or the life of anyone else I can think of. I have no objection to commemorating the […]
|12/04/2021||Baroness Shirley Williams, “Liberal Lion And True Trailblazer”, Has Died Aged 90||,,Baroness Shirley Williams, a political trailblazer and one of the Liberal Democrats' most famous politicians has died aged 90, the party has confirmed.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/04/2021||Boris Johnson Remembers "Ahead Of His Time" Prince Philip As MPs Pay Tribute In A Special Commons Session||,,MPs have returned early from their Easter recess to take part in a memorial debate for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday aged 99.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/04/2021||Local Liberal Democrats Are Leafleting For May Elections Despite Campaign Pause After Prince Philip's Death||,,The Liberal Democrats have claimed their pledge to suspend their "national" campaign does not apply to local activists delivering leaflets.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/04/2021||Boris Johnson was not honest about the Irish border. What is he going to do about it? | Simon Jenkins||,,
The prime minister’s bluster is meeting head-on with the complex reality of Northern Irish politics
Apologies make cynical history, but Boris Johnson has a big one to make, and fast. He must apologise to Northern Ireland’s unionists that he did not mean it last year when he pledged “no border” down the Irish Sea. As the Good Friday agreement negotiator, Jonathan Powell, wrote on Sunday, this was a lie. Johnson had just told the Irish government that the Good Friday deal held and there would be no border on the island of Ireland. Given Britain’s intention to leave the EU’s customs union, the two statements were incompatible, and Johnson knew it. Every truck on the Belfast ferry knows it, too.
The current Belfast riots have invoked the usual platitudes. The Irish taoiseach, Micheál Martin, has called for calm. Joe Biden has offered concern. Everyone is outraged that children are being encouraged to attack the police. Even Prince Philip’s death has been cited as a call for restraint. Deprivation, local political grievances, poor relationships with the police – these are all factors behind the disturbances. But every act of violence also carries the same word: exasperation. Will someone answer the question? Johnson lied, and what is Britain going to do about it?Continue reading...
|12/04/2021||UK and EU edge closer to deal on Brexit checks in Northern Ireland||,,
Efforts are focused on removing ‘rolling deadlines’ from border control implementations, sources say
The UK is edging towards a new deal with the EU on Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland with the potential for easing border checks on certain goods.
Officials in London and Brussels have been involved in intense “technical talks” in the past two weeks over the future checks on food, plants and parcels going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.Continue reading...
|12/04/2021||Boris Johnson Orders Independent Review Into David Cameron And Greensill Lobbying Scandal||,,Boris Johnson has called for an independent review into the role of Greensill Capital in government amid the David Cameron lobbying row.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/04/2021||Gordon Brown Calls For Tougher Lobbying Laws After David Cameron Greensill Scandal||,,The former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for tough new lobbying laws saying the current rules “bring public service into disrepute”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/04/2021||Exclusive: Universities Are Accused Of Lack Of Support For Students Facing Domestic Abuse, Despite “High Prevalence” In Age Group||,,Universities are under pressure to offer dedicated support for victims of domestic abuse as campaigners warn that it is “highly prevalent” in universities.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/04/2021||Questions Remain For David Cameron Over Greensill Lobbying Scandal, Despite Ex-PM Breaking His Silence||,,David Cameron finally broke his silence on his role in the Greensill lobbying scandal but critics say “serious questions remain unanswered” over his actions and those still in government.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/04/2021||Walk – A Poem||,,
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org I’ve walked this way before.Down the steep slopeInto a fog of darkness Where iron-black treesCage my breathWith their un-giving silence. Then I find youStanding besides me.Taking my hand,Intertwining our fingers,We walk together once more. Out through the cutting cold,The drizzle and the dark.Back up onto Harebell Hill Where once, a warmer […]
|11/04/2021||Coronavirus response: Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU from VAT in times of crisis||,,Once in place, the new measures will allow the Commission and other EU agencies and bodies to import and purchase goods and services VAT-free when those purchases are being distributed during an emergency response in the EU. The recipients might be Member States or third parties, such as national authorities or institutions (for example, a hospital, a national health or disaster response authority).||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/04/2021||The Guardian of view of Boris Johnson’s folly: a plan to divide and misrule | Editorial||,,
History is littered with past mistakes of splitting peoples into nationalists and unionists. The prime minister seems wont to repeat them
In a modern democracy, using raw power to frustrate one’s opponents is neither democratic nor sensible. If demands are ignored, pressure will build up and eventually undermine political legitimacy. Boris Johnson thinks his Commons majority, elected on a first-past-the-post basis, can defy such logic. This is a reckless strategy. Rather than consider how the country ought to be governed when nationalism gains popularity, Mr Johnson aims to harness an English version of it in May’s “Super Thursday” elections. These polls will be therefore mostly about tactical advances, which give no answer to the question of what sort of modern-day state the UK should be.
At the heart of much of the debate today is that within England the centre thinks of itself as unambiguously in charge. English councils are “creatures of statute”. Their powers can be altered or abolished by central government. But outside England there are the competing understandings of what constrains the UK executive. These have been heightened by rising nationalist sentiment in England, Wales and Scotland.Continue reading...
|11/04/2021||As the grip of Covid eases, the UK looks set for a classic short-lived boom | Larry Elliott||,,
Heavy borrowing by businesses could easily end in higher inflation and a ballooning trade deficit
Never have the opening lines of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land seemed more apt. In 2020, April really was the cruellest month, as the first wave of Covid-19 deaths peaked and businesses were shuttered. Between March and April, UK output slumped by a fifth.
This year, April will be different. The success of the vaccine programme means the government can go ahead with the next phase of the gradual unlocking of England’s economy. From Monday, it will be possible to go to the pub for a pint, provided you are prepared to brave the spring weather and drink outside.Continue reading...
|11/04/2021||John Major Says He Agreed With Prince Philip That There Are “Too Many” MPs||,,Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has said that he agreed with the late Duke of Edinburgh — who died on Friday aged 99 — that there are “too many” MPs and peers in the Houses of Parliament.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|11/04/2021||Peace in Northern Ireland is in danger – Johnson’s lies and inaction offer no help | Jonathan Powell||,,The region has been used as a pawn since the Brexit vote. All sides must now start talking to avoid an escalation of violence and division
The Northern Ireland conundrum over Brexit was always insoluble. As John Major and Tony Blair pointed out in the referendum campaign, if the UK left the single market and customs union there had to be a border somewhere, either on the island of Ireland or in the Irish Sea. In either case, someone’s rights were going to be hurt: nationalists or unionists.
In December 2019, Boris Johnson opted to put the border in the Irish Sea to get his Brexit deal over the line. He then chose to lie about it, live on TV, saying there would be no border and that no one would have to fill in any forms. At first, the unionist response was muted. Arlene Foster even said NI had the best of both worlds.Continue reading...
|11/04/2021||Former Northern Ireland Secretary Accuses Government Of "Casual Indifference" After A Week Of Violence||,,Two former Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland have called on the government to step up its engagement with the province amid criticism that ministers have been slow to react to sectarian violence.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|11/04/2021||A new Windrush is in the making. Its victims are the most vulnerable of young people | Sonia Sodha||,,
Children in care born to EU parents face complex barriers to remaining in the UK
Three years on, the individual tales of Windrush injustice still have the power to catch my breath. Men and women who moved to Britain as children decades ago, who found themselves banished from the UK for the remainder of their life after a holiday abroad, wrongfully arrested, detained and threatened with deportation, and denied life-saving care on the NHS. So many stories of the British state ruining black lives, but one stands out for its exquisite cruelty: that of Jay, the son of a Windrush immigrant.Continue reading...
|11/04/2021||Tribute to Prince Philip by Lord Robertson||,,The Duke of Edinburgh was an interesting and interested man. He could take you by surprise with his knowledge and his passionate interest in surprising subjects and he always invited challenge. He could also be direct and blunt. But always magnetic.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|10/04/2021||Taoiseach says Northern Ireland must not ‘spiral back to dark place’||,,
On 23rd anniversary of Good Friday agreement, Martin says onus on political leaders ‘to step forward’
The Irish taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that political leaders must not allow Northern Ireland to “spiral back to that dark place of sectarian murders and political discord” after the region was marred by another night of disorder.
On the anniversary of the Good Friday agreement 23 years ago, the taoiseach said there was “a particular onus on those of us who currently hold the responsibility of political leadership to step forward and play our part and ensure that this cannot happen”.Continue reading...
|10/04/2021||There are Millions Missing from their lives due to ME||,,
Ed: Updated with more links – 11 April 2021Write to us at email@example.com Dear Editor, #millionsMissing. Have you heard about it? “ME/CFS”. Do you know what it is? 12 May is not only my birthday but also the sixth anniversary of Myalgic Encephomyelitis (ME) International Awareness Day for the #MillionsMissing. This has been represented in many […]
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|10/04/2021||Violence against Women – What Can Men Do?||,,
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org It feels like an age ago when the controversial police response to a vigil held at Clapham Common hit us. It feels even longer since we heard about the devastating news of Sarah Everard’s death itself. Something about Sarah Everard’s death seemed to hit the country hard. Maybe it was because […]
|10/04/2021||How The New ‘Traffic Light’ Travel System Will Work And What It Will Mean For Holidays||,,Ministers have announced new plans to ease travel restrictions from as early as next month in an effort to restart international travel. PoliticsHome explains the new system and how it will work for holidaymakers.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|09/04/2021||Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle pays tribute to Prince Philip||,,When I first heard about the death of Prince Philip, I thought of the tremendous loss to the Her Majesty the Queen – the Duke was always by her side and gave his ideas, advice and encouragement to her for more than 70 years.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|09/04/2021||UK consumers need clear idea of cost of EU purchases, Which? says||,,
Consumer organisation says many people have been taken by surprise by bills for VAT and import duties
Consumers in Britain should be given a clearer idea of the costs they face when buying from EU retailers following Brexit so they are not left with unexpected fees or scammed, the consumer group Which? has said.
Since the transition period ended, many customers buying from the EU have faced bills for VAT and, when the item has been imported from another country first, import duties. On top of these costs, couriers have their own fees for handling the deliveries.Continue reading...
|09/04/2021||One of our Writers challenges Another!||,,
Dear Editor, I write in reaction to Guy Maughfling’s (Fragmentation or Unity, April 1 2021) article. Whilst the article started with a well-meaning highlighting of some poor logistical planning, it went on to make a number of far-fetched arguments from this. Firstly, the author clearly believes in democracy, but still manages to become highly undemocratic, […]
|09/04/2021||The consequences of Boris Johnson’s careless Brexit are playing out in Belfast | Jonathan Freedland||,,
This week’s violence is an ominous sign that leaving the EU took a wrecking ball to the Good Friday agreement
The most powerful arguments against Brexit were never about trade and tariffs. They were about peace and war, about life and death. One was a general argument centred on the true, founding purpose of the European Union: to ensure that a continent mired in blood for centuries would not descend into conflict again. The other was more specific, peculiar to these islands: that shared membership of the EU had proved to be the key that unlocked peace in Northern Ireland after three decades of murderous pain.
The logic was simple enough. So long as both the UK and Ireland were in the same EU club, the border between them could be blurred, allowing people in the north to identify as British or Irish or both without too much friction. That was the foundation on which the Good Friday agreement, signed 23 years ago tomorrow, was built – a foundation that would be broken if either country were to break from Brussels. Taken together, these were the life-and-death arguments for continued UK membership of the EU, and some tried valiantly to make them. But they were barely heard.Continue reading...
|09/04/2021||Brexit: EU and UK 'still at odds' over subsidy rules||,,MPs on the European Scrutiny Committee examine the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/04/2021||Belfast police use water cannon on Northern Ireland rioters – video||,,
Rioters have been blasted with water cannon by police on the streets of Belfast as unrest continued into a seventh day.
Stones and fireworks were thrown at police by groups of young people who had gathered on the nationalist Springfield Road, close to where riots took place on Wednesday night.
After calls for calm this week, there was a heavy security presence, with water cannon, riot officers and police dogs at the sceneContinue reading...
|08/04/2021||White House expresses concern over Northern Ireland violence||,,
Joe Biden joins Boris Johnson and Irish prime minister in a call for calm after worst violence in Belfast in years
The White House has expressed concern over a week of riots in Northern Ireland, with Joe Biden joining Boris Johnson and the Irish prime minister in calling for calm after what police described as the worst violence in Belfast for years.
It came as police used water cannon against nationalist youths in west Belfast, as unrest stirred again on the streets on Thursday evening, with reports that officers later warned they could use “impact rounds” – also known as plastic bullets.Continue reading...
|08/04/2021||Brandon Lewis restates determination to address problems with Northern Ireland protocol – as it happened||,,
Northern Ireland secretary makes statement following talks with leaders at Stormont. This live blog is now closed.
It’s really good to see all five parties coming together with a clear statement which is that violence is not acceptable.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge over the first few months of the year there were real issues around how the protocol has landed for people, both as consumers and those in the loyalist and unionist community.
In a letter to Anneliese Dodds, Mr Sunak says David Cameron lobbied three ministers:
More details on the texts... pic.twitter.com/siFh8jGJF8
Here is more from the Brandon Lewis briefing in Belfast.
Lewis says he spoke to the Prime Minister "just a short time ago."Continue reading...
|08/04/2021||Sharp pick-up in UK construction amid rapid economic recovery||,,
Surge in housebuilding joined by strong growth in infrastructure and commercial projects
Britain’s construction sector has had its sharpest pick-up in activity since 2014 amid signs that the domestic economy is recovering more quickly than Brexit- and pandemic-affected trade flows, new figures have shown.
The latest snapshot of the construction sector, which accounts for around 6% of total UK output, pointed to an across-the-board increase in March, with house-building, commercial projects and infrastructure work all displaying strong growth.Continue reading...
|08/04/2021||Northern Ireland unrest: why has violence broken out?||,,
Rioting has spilled on to streets in pockets of unionist areas in Derry, Belfast and towns in County Antrim
Northern Ireland has been rocked by six successive nights of violence with 55 police officers injured in a level of unrest “not seen in years”.Continue reading...
|06/04/2021||Coronavirus: Commission mobilises €123 million for research and innovation to combat the threat of variants||,,The Commission is mobilising €123 million from Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme, for urgent research into coronavirus variants.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/04/2021||Northern Ireland clashes reflect loyalists' fear of marginalisation||,,
Analysis: Brexit terms and handling of funeral seen as latest in a litany of perceived or real concessions
A Sinn Féin funeral was the spark but loyalists in Northern Ireland have been throwing petrol bombs and burning cars partly because they fear political marginalisation.
The union flag no longer flutters daily over Belfast city hall, a trade border separates the region from the rest of the UK and the police are allegedly beholden to Sinn Féin. Add to this a criminal gang’s resentment at recent arrests and you have the context for three consecutive nights of rioting in several towns that have left dozens of police officers injured, including five on Sunday night.Continue reading...
|03/04/2021||How do I feel after a Year of Lockdowns?||,,
Angry, frustrated and now just despair! For decades successive Governments have recognised that a global pandemic was the biggest threat to our national security. Yet when faced with one, the government of the day was found wanting. Local Public Health Services had been critically weakened, and the National Health Service run down and demoralised. At […]
|31/03/2021||How tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions have changed since Brexit||,,Tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions: what's changed since Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/03/2021||What Brexit changed for clothes, flower and sausage firms||,,Three months since the end of the transition period, bosses share their stories of how trade has changed.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/03/2021||Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the European Court of Justice to protect independence of Polish judges and asks for interim measures||,,The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the law on the judiciary of 20 December 2019, which entered into force on 14 February 2020. The Commission also decided to ask the Court of Justice to order interim measures until it has issued a final judgment in the case.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|29/03/2021||Commission disburses further €13 billion under SURE to six Member States||,,The European Commission has disbursed €13 billion to six EU Member States in the sixth instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. This is the third disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Belgium €2.2 billion, Spain €4.06 billion, Ireland €2.47 billion, Italy €1.87 billion and Poland €1.4 billion.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|29/03/2021||SURE: Commission proposes additional €3.7 billion to six Member States to protect jobs and incomes||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/03/2021||Nigel Farage's new ventures now include paid-for video messages||,,
As punditry dries up, ex-politician’s turn on celebrity website Cameo likely reveals search for new income
While Nigel Farage has adopted several guises over his public career, the 30-second video bouncing around social media this week presented a notably different image of the former leader of Ukip and the Brexit party.
“Leave means leave! Adoption means adoption!” Farage says into a camera, as disembodied digital emblems begin to float around him. “Basic attention token is now a DeFi powerhouse!”Continue reading...
|26/03/2021||Brexit: UK lost 'significant' access to EU policing data under deal, report warns||,,Post-Brexit security arrangements are "complex and untested", a House of Lords report warns.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/03/2021||Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme||,,EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, supporting the fight against cross-border health threats and boosting the EU's preparedness and capability to respond effectively to future health crisis, as part of a future strong European Health Union.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|25/03/2021||Brexit: EU shellfish ban indefensible, says minister||,,George Eustice says UK fishermen may have to find "alternative markets" away from the EU for their catch.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/03/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol needs consent of 'all of the people' in Northern Ireland||,,Lord Frost says the government is working to sustain the protocol in a "pragmatic fashion".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/03/2021||Video conference of the members of the European Council||,,EU leaders met via video conference to take stock of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation. They also discussed transatlantic relations together with US President Joe Biden. The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, relations with Russia, the single market, digital agenda and the international role of the euro were also on the agenda.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/03/2021||Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond||,,The Commission adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027. With a budget of €26.2 billion, (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU's external instruments, the new and revamped programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million Europeans of all ages and all backgrounds.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/03/2021||European Green Deal: Commission presents actions to boost organic production||,,The Commission has presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, as well as to increase organic aquaculture significantly.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/03/2021||How Brexit added layers of bureaucracy to meat exports||,,
Producers in Great Britain could once sell meat to EU customers as easily as they could at home. Since Brexit, exporters face a process of up to 26 steps, with every shipment logged in multiple databases and certified by reams of red tape. Here are all the hoops exporters must jump through
Before Brexit, it was as easy to send a shipment of meat to Bavaria as it was to Birmingham, but since Britain left the EU, trade with the continent requires significantly more paperwork, cost and effort. Animal products such as meat have a particularly high number of checks and documents.
Before 1 January, meat exporters based in the UK only needed to obtain a consignment note (CMR) and a delivery note before their goods could be loaded on to a lorry and transported across the Channel.Continue reading...
|23/03/2021||Commission strengthens transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines||,,The European Commission has introduced the principles of reciprocity and proportionality as new criteria to be considered for authorising exports under the transparency and authorisation mechanism for COVID-19 vaccine exports.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|23/03/2021||Commission proposes action to uphold child rights and support children in need||,,The Commission has adopted the first comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, as well as a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee, to promote equal opportunities for children at risk of poverty or social exclusion.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|22/03/2021||Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council||,,EU agriculture and fisheries ministers met to discuss fishing opportunities for stocks shared with the United Kingdom, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and measures against plant pests.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/03/2021||Report confirms SURE's success in protecting jobs and incomes||,,The Commission has published its first preliminary assessment of the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/03/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,The Foreign Affairs Council was briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Southern neighbourhood and Turkey. Ministers also held an informal exchange with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|19/03/2021||Raab and Johnson show two faces of UK's vaccine diplomacy||,,
Analysis: Foreign secretary’s robust response to the EU contrasted with the PM’s emollience towards India
Boris Johnson went out of his way this week not to blame Delhi for the later-than-expected arrival of 5m doses of the Oxford vaccine from India, which is contributing to a significant dip in supplies in April.
“No, no, no,” he said, when asked by a reporter whether Delhi had blocked the export of the vaccines, as the country battles a resurgence in Covid cases.Continue reading...
|17/03/2021||Commission launches European Innovation Council to help turn scientific ideas into breakthrough innovations||,,The European Commission launched, at an online event, the European Innovation Council (EIC) with a budget of over €10 billion (in current prices) for 2021-2027 to develop and expand breakthrough innovations.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/03/2021||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...|
|16/03/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate||,,The European Commission has proposed to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/03/2021||Commission disburses further €9 billion under SURE to seven Member States||,,The European Commission has disbursed €9 billion to seven EU Member States in the fifth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/03/2021||Brexit: EU to begin legal action over alleged NI Protocol breach||,,PM Boris Johnson says the UK's actions "temporary and technical measures that we think are very sensible".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/03/2021||Horizon Europe's first strategic plan 2021-2024: Commission sets research and innovation priorities for a sustainable future||,,The European Commission has adopted the first strategic plan for Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme worth €95.5 billion in current prices. The strategic plan is a novelty in Horizon Europe and sets the strategic orientations for the targeting of investments in the programme's first four years.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/03/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,The Eurogroup discussed the impact of the pandemic on various sectors of the euro area economy, as well as possible structural changes it may have triggered. Ministers also exchanged views on the fiscal support measures.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|12/03/2021||'Lawful and right': Johnson defends easing of post-Brexit trade checks with Northern Ireland – video||,,
Boris Johnson defends Britain’s unilateral move to extend grace periods for checks on some food products going to Northern Ireland that has angered the European Union, repeating on Friday during a trip to the province that they were lawful and right. The EU has said London should respect what it signed up to and has said it will launch legal action, or a so-called ‘infringement procedure’, against BritainContinue reading...
|12/03/2021||Turing Scheme: What is the Erasmus replacement?||,,What will Brexit mean for students in the UK wanting to work or study abroad?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/03/2021||UK exports to European Union drop 40% in January||,,Official figures show a sharp drop in trade in goods with the EU as the Brexit transition period ended.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/03/2021||Plenary highlights: Future of Europe, EU4Health, media freedom||,,During a busy plenary session MEPs marked International Women´s Day, adopted investment and health programmes and paved the way for the Conference on the Future of Europe.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/03/2021||Brexit: UK delays border checks on EU goods into Great Britain||,,Ministers say the move will help firms after Covid - but Labour says it "smacks of ill-preparedness".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/03/2021||Brexit: NI official being sent to US amid UK-EU tensions||,,US president Joe Biden has previously expressed concerns about the situation in Ireland after Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/03/2021||European Commission authorises fourth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19||,,The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and the fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/03/2021||Parliament declares the European Union an ‘‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’’||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/03/2021||Brexit: UK acted prevent empty shelves, says Brandon Lewis||,,Brandon Lewis defends the decision to extend Brexit check grace periods without the EU's agreement.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/03/2021||Commission supports Member States in tackling coronavirus hotspots with offer of four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to be delivered this month||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/03/2021||Humanitarian action: New outlook for EU's global aid delivery challenged by COVID-19||,,The Commission has proposed to strengthen the European Union's global humanitarian impact in order to meet the substantially rising humanitarian needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/03/2021||MEPs: Put a carbon price on certain EU imports to raise global climate ambition||,,To raise global climate ambition and prevent ‘carbon leakage’, the EU must place a carbon price on certain imports from less climate-ambitious countries, say MEPs.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/03/2021||Europe's Digital Decade: Commission sets the course towards a digitally empowered Europe by 2030||,,The Commission presented a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. This is also critical to achieve the transition towards a climate neutral, circular and resilient economy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/03/2021||Parliament gives green light for new EU4Health programme||,,MEPs adopted the EU4Health programme for 2021-2027, which aims to prepare EU health systems more rigorously for future health threats and pandemics.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/03/2021||Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments||,,MEPs adopted the new InvestEU programme, which will mobilise public and private investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/03/2021||Brexit: Further trade rules relaxed between GB and NI||,,The UK government is taking the step to ease the movement of plants without the agreement of the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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||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||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...
|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||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...|
|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||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||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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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||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||February infringements package: key decisions||,,||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: 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||A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU's agenda||,,||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||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||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...|
|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||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||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||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...|
|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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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...|
|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...|
|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||Parliament demands significantly tighter EU sanctions against Russia||,,||www.europarl.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||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||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||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...|
|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 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||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||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||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...|
|17/01/2021||Statement from the President of the European Commission following the detention of Alexei Navalny yesterday in Moscow||,,||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...|
|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||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: 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: 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||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...
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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||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...|
|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||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...|
|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||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...|
|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...|
|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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