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UK denies Russia fired warning shots at Royal Navy ship off Crimea

MoD contradicts Moscow’s assertion that shots were fired at destroyer and bombs dropped nearbyThe UK has rejected claims from Russia that warning shots were fired at the British warship HMS Defender in the Black Sea on Wednesday morning, as it sailed off the coast of the disputed territory of Crimea.Britain’s Ministry of Defence said “no warning shots have been fired” at the destroyer, contradicting a statement made by its Russian equivalent which said that shots had been fired and a warplane dr...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Military, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Crimea, Royal Navy, Moscow, Black Sea, Crimea Britain

Radiohead, New Order and more artists call for overhaul of post-Brexit touring rules

More than 200 UK acts including the Chemical Brothers, Kano and Wolf Alice back Let the Music Move initiative, calling for financial help and cutting red tape for EU toursBritish music acts including Radiohead, the Chemical Brothers, Biffy Clyro and Annie Lennox are calling on the UK government to offer financial support to help artists tour the EU post-Brexit.The terms of the Brexit agreement mean that performing artists of all kinds must now have work permits to earn money from gigs in EU coun...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Music Industry, Radiohead, Culture, Pop and rock, Kano, New Order, Brexit, Mark Knopfler, Annie Lennox

UK aid cuts imposed with no transparency, says watchdog

Icai review cites lack of access to officials and papers to assess aid budget since Foreign Office-DfID merger UK aid cuts have been imposed with inadequate transparency, according to an independent watchdog, which said it was becoming increasingly difficult to interact with the government.The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Icai), a public body that reports to parliament, said the lack of cooperation, partly due to the disruption of aid cuts, has meant it was unable even to assess whethe...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Independent Commission for Aid Impact Icai, Department for International Development (DfID, Commonwealth and Development Office, Foreign Office DfID

Stonehenge road tunnel go-ahead unlawful, high court told

Judicial review hears Grant Shapps did not properly consider damage to ancient sites and artefacts in his decisionThe transport secretary’s decision to allow a road tunnel to be built near Stonehenge was unlawful because it did not properly consider damage that would be done to a string of prehistoric sites and many thousands of ancient artefacts, the high court has been told.Campaigners including archaeologists, environmental groups and the druids who regard the great Wiltshire stone circle as ...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Road transport, Wiltshire, Stonehenge, Grant Shapps

Five years on from the Brexit referendum, the result is clear: both unions are losing

The UK has been weakened, but so too has the EU. Relations between them need not be this badFive years after the fateful referendum on 23 June 2016, what is the current balance sheet of Brexit? Answer: two weakened unions, the British and the European, and bad-tempered relations between them. Lose. Lose. Lose.The weakening of the British union is obvious. There will be another referendum on Scottish independence within the next few years. Scottish nationalists may win it with the argument that S...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Scotland, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Belfast, Brexit

Recruitment of under-18s to British military should end, ministers told

Human rights groups call for bar on junior entry, which accounts for quarter of intake to armyMinisters have been urged to stop the practice of recruiting children to Britain’s military by a coalition of 20 human rights organisation as MPs debate the armed forces bill.The pressure to end the practice also comes as figures showed that girls aged under 18 in the armed forces made at least 16 formal complaints of sexual assault to military police in the last six years – equivalent to one for every ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Children, Society, UK News, Britain, Military, House Of Commons, British Army, Amnesty International, Ben Wallace

Moving on: why the EU is not missing Britain that much

On the 5th anniversary of Brexit, commentators reflect on the EU’s success at rallying together after Britain’s exit On the night of 23 June 2016 a storm broke out over Brussels. Rain poured, thunder rolled and lightning flashed over the headquarters of the European Union’s institutions.Then in the small hours came a political thunderbolt almost no one had forecast: the UK had voted to leave the union. Five years on, the Brexit tempest has subsided – in Brussels, if not in London. Continue read...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, France, Germany, Eu, European Union, UK News, Euro, Britain, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Brexit, Brussels Rain

EU citizens in UK face 28-day notice if they miss settled status deadline

Tens of thousands to be issued with warnings to submit applications for post-Brexit scheme or risk losing rightsTens of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK will be issued with a formal 28-day notice if they have failed to apply for post-Brexit settled status within a week, the government has warned.The notices will tell them to submit an application or risk consequences which include losing their rights to healthcare and employment. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Brexit

They might have got more Brexit sense out of Frosty the Snowman | John Crace

The UK’s chief negotiator with the EU did his best to prove why he isn’t really up to the jobYou win some, you lose some. We’re still nowhere near finding out if the government has a coherent plan for tackling social care – only late on Monday the prime minister cancelled a meeting with Rishi Sunak and Matt Hancock due to take place on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issue. So we can probably assume not. But we are a little better informed as to why the negotiations with the EU over the Norther...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Frost, Brexit, John Crace, David Frost, Matt Hancock, Rishi Sunak

UK foreign secretary urged to raise arrest of activists during Cambodia visit

Dominic Raab due to hold talks with Prak Sokhonn as part of efforts to expand diplomatic and trade ties in south-east AsiaHuman rights groups have called on the British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to intervene over the detention of three young environmental activists when he meets Cambodian leaders on Wednesday in efforts to build trade ties between the two countries.The activists, who were arrested at the weekend, face up to 10 years in jail for insulting the Cambodian king. Their case has...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Cambodia, Foreign, Dominic Raab, Greta Thunberg, Prak Sokhonn

Welsh government to suspend all future road-building plans

Deputy minister for climate change will announce move as part of plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050The Labour-led Welsh government is to freeze new road-building projects as part of its plans to tackle the climate emergency, and an external panel will review all proposed schemes.The deputy minister for climate change, Lee Waters, is to tell the Welsh parliament on Tuesday afternoon: “Since 1990, Welsh emissions have fallen by 31%. But to reach our statutory target of net zero emissions by...
Tags: Politics, Wales, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Labour, Transport, Road transport, Welsh politics, Welsh Government, Lee Waters

Jeffrey Donaldson only nominee for DUP leadership

Westminster MP the only person to be put forward after resignation of Edwin PootsSir Jeffrey Donaldson is the only person who has been nominated to become the next leader of the DUP, the party has confirmed.More details soon … Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Westminster, DUP, Jeffrey Donaldson, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, Edwin PootsSir Jeffrey Donaldson

Lord Frost says Brexiters did not expect UK’s relationship with EU to be as difficult now as it is – politics live

Latest updates: Frost says the post-Brexit relationship with the UK is ‘settling down’ but it will be bumpy for some timeLabour leader Keir Starmer axes chief aide Jenny ChapmanNo 10 says G7 summit not to blame for rise in Cornwall’s Covid casesUK government borrowing eases as recovery helps tax takeCoronavirus global updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.13pm BST Tugendhat ends by thanking Frost for his time.But he repeats his earlier point about Frost effectively being Europe m...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Scotland, Eu, UK News, NHS, House Of Commons, Nicola Sturgeon, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Frost, Brexit, Jenny

Labour leader Keir Starmer axes chief aide Jenny Chapman

Removal of political secretary in face of MPs’ criticism is latest step in reshuffle of Labour’s top teamKeir Starmer’s closest aide, Jenny Chapman, is to be removed from her role as political secretary after significant criticism from MPs, another major change after a weekend in which the Labour leader replaced almost his entire top team.Chapman’s departure follows a sideways move for Starmer’s chief of staff, Morgan McSweeney, and the departure of his two most senior communications staff, Ben ...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Keir Starmer, Chapman, Starmer, Paul Ovenden, Jenny Chapman, Morgan McSweeney, Ben Nunn

Conservative MPs put pressure on government to scrap planning reforms

Labour has called upcoming bill a ‘developers’ charter’, while Tories fear it cost them the Chesham and Amersham byelectionCommunities should not have new housing shoved down their throats with no right to object, Conservative MPs have urged as they upped pressure on the government to scrap some of its controversial planning reforms.They went public with their concerns after the Tories lost the Chesham and Amersham byelection last week, a defeat partly blamed on how planning changes and HS2 woul...
Tags: Politics, Housing, Conservatives, Communities, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Tories, Buckinghamshire, Chesham, Amersham

Boris Johnson a pundit who stumbled into politics, says Cummings

Former aide says in Substack Q&A that No 10 is now ‘just a branch of the entertainment industry’Downing Street under Boris Johnson is “a branch of the entertainment industry” and nothing will get done in terms of serious policy focus until he leaves, Dominic Cummings has said in his latest blast at his former boss.In a question and answer session with paid subscribers to his Substack newsletter, Johnson’s former chief adviser described the prime minister as “a pundit who stumbled into politics a...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Matt Hancock

Scottish education system to be overhauled after damning OECD report

Independent review said curriculum had not kept pace with changes, and exams and inspections were in need of reformScotland’s exams agency and its schools inspections system are to be substantially reformed after a damning report said the current system was cumbersome and over-complex.An independent review by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a Paris-based agency, found the Scottish education system had failed to keep pace with the latest best practice and had no long-t...
Tags: Politics, Education, Scotland, UK News, Labour, Paris, Scottish politics, Green Party, OECD, Organisation for Economic Co, Scottish National party (SNP

130,000 EU citizens on UK benefits yet to apply for settled status, leak suggests

Scheme closes in nine days, with many still at risk of losing access to healthcare, jobs and homesFears have been raised that at least 100,000 EU citizens settled in the UK risk losing access to healthcare and other benefits, after the leak of government figures on the EU settled status scheme.With just nine days to go before the scheme closes, the figures show that 130,000 of the 820,000 Europeans claiming benefits ranging from children’s allowance to income support have not yet applied for set...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Brexit

EU prepares to cut amount of British TV and film shown post-Brexit

Exclusive: number of UK productions seen as ‘disproportionate’ and threat to Europe’s cultural diversityThe EU is preparing to act against the “disproportionate” amount of British television and film content shown in Europe in the wake of Brexit, in a blow to the UK entertainment industry and the country’s “soft power” abroad.The UK is Europe’s biggest producer of film and TV programming, buoyed up by £1.4bn from the sale of international rights, but its dominance has been described as a threat ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Film, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Film Industry, Culture, Television industry, Brexit

Simon Jenkins is wrong about the NHS infected blood inquiry | Letters

A public inquiry was the only way to get justice for those affected by this scandal, which went on for two decades and was covered up for 20 years more, writes Diana Johnson MPI categorically disagree with the comments from Simon Jenkins about the use and purpose of public inquiries, and with his particular reference to the NHS infected blood inquiry (Public inquiries are institutionally corrupt, we should just give the money to victims, 17 June) .After nearly 40 years of campaigning and the ref...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Theresa May, NHS, Health policy, Aids and HIV, Simon Jenkins, MPI, Hepatitis C, Diana Johnson, Contaminated blood scandal

Medical leaders urge Boris Johnson to bring air pollution below WHO limit

Alliance of doctors and nurses calls for environment bill to include reduction in small particle pollution limitsMedical leaders are urging Boris Johnson to cut legal levels of air pollution in the UK to below World Health Organization limits in response to the death of the schoolgirl Ella Kissi-Debrah from toxic air.Members of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change are calling for the reduction in limits of PM2.5 to be included in the environment bill, which returns to parliament this week. C...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Environment, Society, UK News, Air Pollution, Pollution, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Green politics, Ella Kissi Debrah, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

Sir Patrick Vallance handed tech role to build on vaccine success

Chief scientific adviser will head new government body looking at big bets in science and technologyThe government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has been asked by Boris Johnson to investigate whether the UK’s successful vaccine procurement programme can be replicated in other areas of technology.Vallance, who has become a household name following his appearances at coronavirus press conferences, will take on the new title of national technology adviser, serving alongside his ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, UK News, Science policy, Boris Johnson, Patrick Vallance, Vallance

Oil firm led by Tory donor investigated over alleged bribes in nine countries

UK-based Petrofac accused of making payments over more than 15 years to secure contractsA multinational oil firm which was led by a major Conservative donor has been under investigation for allegedly paying million-pound bribes to secure contracts in nine countries.The anti-corruption agency the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been examining allegedly suspicious payments made by the UK-based firm Petrofac. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Conservative, UK News, Oil and gas companies, Tory, Petrofac, Serious Fraud Office SFO, Petrofac Continue

John Bercow defects to Labour with withering attack on Johnson

Former Speaker says party has become reactionary and xenophobic under its current leadership• The blue wall: what next for the Tories after shock defeat?John Bercow, the former Tory MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, today delivers an extraordinary broadside against Boris Johnson and the Conservative party as he announces he has switched his political allegiance to Labour.In an explosive interview with the Observer, Bercow says he regards today’s Conservative party as “reactionary, populist...
Tags: Politics, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Ed Davey, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, Keir Starmer

Furloughed workers reluctant to return, says Andrea Leadsom

Former business secretary claims UK’s economic recovery under threat with firms struggling to persuade staff back to the officeThe former business secretary Andrea Leadsom has warned that some people are reluctant to return to work because furlough has been “great” for them while others were “terrified” of going back to the office, sparking criticism from workers and business-owners.The Conservative MP said some businesses in her South Northamptonshire constituency were struggling to get employe...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Economics, UK News, Economic recovery, Andrea Leadsom, South Northamptonshire, Coronavirus, UK job furlough scheme

David Miliband charity pushes ‘white supremacy culture’, workers allege

International Rescue Committee hires law firm to review internal policies as leadership accused of ‘belittling and gaslighting’ staffThe International Rescue Committee reinforces “white supremacy culture”, staff have alleged, with the aid organization subsequently hiring a law firm to review its policies relating to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the Guardian can reveal.Headed by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, the IRC is a major NGO with 20,000 staff and volunteers and ...
Tags: Politics, UK, New York, Africa, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, David Miliband, Aid, Global development, International Rescue Committee, NGO, IRC

The Guardian view on the Liberal Democrats: seeing and shaping politics | Editorial

Clearly the death of Liberal England has been prematurely foretold, but more will be needed to turn a stunning byelection win into a successful revivalIt is often hard to try to derive a national message from a single byelection. The effect on party morale usually dwarfs that felt on government policy. The election of Liberal Democrat Sarah Green as the MP for Chesham and Amersham, a commuter-belt seat north-west of London, stuns on both counts. The result will make Conservative MPs in relativel...
Tags: Europe, Politics, England, London, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Green, Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, Local Politics, Byelections, Boris Johnson, Hs2, Buckinghamshire, Chesham

Scotland’s Covid travel ban extended to Manchester and Salford

Nicola Sturgeon prohibits non-essential travel as Delta variant spreads through north of EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has imposed a travel ban between Scotland and Manchester and Salford as a result of rising Covid cases.The restrictions, which will come into force from Monday, add to travel limits put in place last month as the Delta variant spread rapidly through the north of England. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Scotland, UK News, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Nicola Sturgeon, Delta, Scottish politics, Salford, England Continue, Coronavirus

Boris Johnson says Tory loss in Chesham and Amersham byelection ‘disappointing’ – UK politics live

PM claims ‘particular circumstances’ behind Lib Dem victory as Lib Dem leader Ed Davey says party is threat to Conservatives now Lib Dems can topple Tory ‘blue wall’ in south of England, says DaveyByelection win suggests trouble for Tories in ‘blue wall’Lib Dems win Chesham and Amersham byelection in stunning upsetGlobal coronavirus updates – live 1.21pm BST Boris Johnson has declined to confirm whether thousands of football fans would be allowed into the country for the semi-finals and fina...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Conservatives, UK News, Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Lib Dem, Chesham, Amersham, Dewsbury West Yorkshire, Coronavirus, DaveyByelection, Kirklees College

Why did Edwin Poots resign as DUP leader and who will replace him?

Analysis: The leader of the Democratic Unionist party in Northern Ireland has quit after just 21 days in the jobPoots quit on Thursday night because colleagues revolted over a deal he had agreed with Sinn Féin and the British government about Irish language legislation. The deal clinched Sinn Féin’s agreement to revive the stalled Stormont executive and to install Poots’ protege Paul Givan as first minister. But DUP assembly members and Westminster MPs considered it a concession too far. Continu...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin, Northern Irish politics, Stormont, DUP, Poots, Democratic Unionist party, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, Edwin Poots, Paul Givan

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