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Theresa May says 'reckless' Brexit bill risks UK's reputation

Ex-PM says internal market bill could lead to a united Ireland and undermine trust in UKTheresa May has launched a blistering attack on the government’s plan to give itself powers to renege on the special arrangements for Northern Ireland in the Brexit deal.She described the plans as “reckless” and “irresponsible” and said they “risked the integrity of the United Kingdom”, as they would not only tarnish Britain’s reputation globally as an upholder of the law but could contribute to a reunited Ir...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Brexit


Italian airport quashes claims of secret Boris Johnson trip

President of Perugia airport contradicts press reports that PM visited on 11 SeptemberCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn Italian airport has quashed reports the prime minister landed there to make a secretive trip to the country less than a fortnight ago, a claim described by Downing Street as “completely untrue”.Citing unnamed sources, La Repubblica and Umbria 24 on Sunday reported that Johnson landed in Perugia on 11 September and left on 14 September. The story eme...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Italy, Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Umbria, Perugia, La Repubblica, Coronavirus outbreak


Raising of UK Covid alert level opens door to major restrictions

Chief medical officers agree jump to level 4, meaning virus is ‘high or rising exponentially’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s Covid-19 alert level has been raised to four, meaning the virus is “high or rising exponentially” – a move which will give Boris Johnson cover for significant new restrictions to stem the surge of the virus.The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the change “reflects the significant shift in the current threat posed by coronavirus”. He...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Patrick Vallance, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty


Can the UK avoid 50,000 Covid-19 cases a day?

Continued doubling of infection rate feared by top advisers is unlikely to happen, say some expertsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn one thing, everyone agrees: the UK is at a turning point.After a summer of crowded beaches and pubs reopening, followed by children returning to school and employees going back to the workplace, new cases of Covid-19 are definitely on the rise. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty, COVID


Don’t ignore Sweden in Covid-19 lessons | Letter

The Swedish health agencies had clear and consistent guidelines from the start. But they also have a sensible population, notes David ReedSorry to see no mention of Sweden or other Nordic countries in your roundup of global actions on Covid-19 (Covid test and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?, 18 September). You ran a report earlier in the week (16 September) showing that Sweden has one of the lowest infection rates in the world, at 22.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Sweden, Austerity, Conservatives, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak, David ReedSorry


Westminster Cathedral says PM's son baptised on day of alleged Italy trip

No 10 says PM attended baptism in London on 12 September so he could not have taken secret trip to PerugiaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of Boris Johnson’s ministers has denied a report in the Italian media that the UK prime minister made a secret trip to the country less than a fortnight ago, a claim Downing Street has also rejected as “completely untrue”.Asked if Johnson had landed in Perugia in the past two weeks, which the Umbrian airport said in a statement ...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, UK News, Italy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Evgeny Lebedev, Grant Shapps, Perugia, Coronavirus outbreak


UK could have 50,000 Covid cases a day by mid-October, say scientific advisers

Country told it is on course for 200 deaths a day and to prepare for six months of restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has “turned a corner” for the worse and is on course for up to 50,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 by mid-October, which could lead to 200 deaths a day by the following month, the government’s chief scientific and medical advisers have warned.The country should be prepared for significant restrictions for the next six months, over the wi...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty


How the end of the rail franchise system will affect Britain's trains

The government says its rescue deal is the biggest shake-up of the industry in 25 yearsUK ends rail franchising as Covid measures extended Since privatisation a train operator’s profit or loss broadly depended on how many passengers they carried. Normal franchise agreements were suspended in March, when the government told people not to travel because of coronavirus. Virtually all rail firms would have defaulted or gone bust under existing contracts this year. Those emergency deals expired on Su...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK News, Consumer affairs, Britain, Transport, Rail transport, Transport policy, Ticket Prices, Rail industry, Coronavirus outbreak


UK could have 50,000 Covid cases a day by mid-October, says chief medical officer

Country should be prepared for significant restrictions for next six months, says Chris WhittyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has “turned a corner” for the worse and is on course for up to 50,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 by mid-October, which could lead to 200 deaths a day by the following month, the chief medical officer for England has warned.The country should be prepared for significant restrictions for the next six months, over the winter period when th...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Patrick Vallance, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty, COVID, Chris WhittyCoronavirus


No 10 denies reports Boris Johnson went on secret Italy trip

Minister also rejects airport’s statement PM flew into Perugia in past fortnightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of Boris Johnson’s ministers has denied a report in the Italian media that the UK prime minister made a secret trip to the country less than a fortnight ago, a claim Downing Street has also rejected as “completely untrue”.Asked if Johnson had landed in Perugia in the past two weeks, which the Umbrian airport said had happened in a statement, Grant Shapps...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Italy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Evgeny Lebedev, Grant Shapps, Perugia, Coronavirus outbreak


Why UK Covid testing must be more than just a numbers game

Focus should not be on how many tests are done, but how they are used and where, say experts Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHow many coronavirus tests does the UK really need? The official aim is 500,000 a day by the end of October, more than double the current total. But, amid concern over a series of missed targets, scientists have tried to quantify the projected need – and their findings help illustrate why demand is so high now, and why it will be even higher com...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Boris Johnson's Brexit bill straight out of Trump playbook, David Lammy says

Labour MP criticises Cummings and says Tory government has dented UK’s standing in the worldBoris Johnson’s law-breaking Brexit bill is straight out of the Donald Trump playbook, and leaves justice secretary Robert Buckland looking “a very small figure,” says David Lammy .As the controversial internal markets bill returns to the House of Commons this week, the prime minister appears to have bought off most Tory rebels by promising a parliamentary vote before the powers in it would be used. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, David Lammy, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, Donald Trump


Black Britons still lack protection from Covid, says doctors' chief

More than a third of coronavirus intensive care patients are from ethnic minoritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, prompting the head of the British Medical Association to warn that government inaction will be responsible for further disproportionate deaths.Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA Council chair, was the first public figure to call for an inquiry into whether and wh...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Race, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Inequality, British Medical Association, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


BAME Britons still lack protection from Covid, says doctors' chief

More than a third of coronavirus intensive care patients are from ethnic minoritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, prompting the head of the British Medical Association to warn that government inaction will be responsible for further disproportionate deaths.Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA Council chair, was the first public figure to call for an inquiry into whether and wh...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Race, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Inequality, British Medical Association, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


£10,000 fines warning for failing to self-isolate as Covid infections soar

Penalties are part of carrot-and-stick plan that includes cash help for lost earnings during isolation periodsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who refuse to self-isolate when required to do so will face fines of up to £10,000 under an emergency “carrot and stick” plan to control the second wave of Covid-19 sweeping the country.With infections rising at rates last seen before the full lockdown in March, around four million people on low incomes and in receipt of ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Labour, Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus outbreak


Experts call for stronger measures as UK daily coronavirus cases hit four-month high

Official figures show 4,422 people tested positive in past 24 hours, the highest daily total since 8 MayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDaily coronavirus cases in the UK have reached a four-month high for the second day in a row, the latest government figures show.A total of 4,422 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours – 100 more new cases than on Friday and the highest daily total since 8 May. A further 27 people died within 28 days of testing...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, Coronavirus outbreak


Dominic Raab bodyguard suspended after gun reportedly left on plane

Police protection officer had been returning from US trip with foreign secretaryA police protection officer who was travelling with Dominic Raab has been suspended from duty after reportedly leaving his gun on a plane.The officer had travelled with the foreign secretary on a visit to the US when he allegedly left his gun on a plane at Heathrow airport on Friday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Police, US, Conservatives, UK News, Heathrow, Dominic Raab


Dominic Raab's bodyguard suspended after reportedly leaving gun on plane

The police protection officer had been returning from a US trip with the foreign secretaryA police protection officer who was travelling with Dominic Raab has been suspended from duty after reportedly leaving his gun on a plane.The officer had been travelling with Raab on a visit to the US when he allegedly left his gun on a plane at Heathrow airport on Friday. The gun was reported to have been found by a cleaner. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Police, US, David Cameron, Conservatives, UK News, US news, Heathrow, Nancy Pelosi, Raab, Mike Pompeo, Dominic Raab


Engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts trebles in one month

Exclusive: Guardian analysis prompts calls for new drive to combat conspiracy theories Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngagement with anti-vaccine posts on a sample of UK Facebook pages trebled between July and August, analysis by the Guardian has found, triggering calls for a major new push to tackle conspiracy theories.Interactions on posts expressing scepticism or hostility towards vaccines on six UK ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Internet Safety, UK Facebook, Coronavirus outbreak


Bye bye bilaterals: UN general assembly to embrace Zoom diplomacy

Conditions that make the annual event a diplomats’ playground will be absent as it goes mostly online Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDiplomats and foreign ministers are slowly emerging from their Covid-induced hibernation, but the 75th United Nations general assembly – supposedly a display of the world’s connectedness – will largely be an exercise in remote Zoom diplomacy.World leaders will not be at the podium in New York delivering set-piece speeches, but instead w...
Tags: Politics, New York, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Un, UN General Assembly, 75th United Nations


New lockdown measures for London 'increasingly likely', says Sadiq Khan

Mayor says that action is needed before a second Covid-19 wave hits LondonIt is “increasingly likely” that lockdown restrictions will soon be needed to slow the spread of coronavirus in London, the capital’s mayor has warned.London mayor Sadiq Khan said he was of the “firm view” that action should be taken before the virus spirals out of control, and leaders were considering measures already imposed in other parts of the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, UK News, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus outbreak


UK entering second wave of coronavirus, Boris Johnson warns

PM set to impose measures across country as experts say death toll could be as high as in first spike unless behaviour changesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain is entering a second wave of coronavirus, Boris Johnson has said as scientists expressed fears the death toll could be as high as in the first spike without a rapid change in public behaviour. Related: The Guardian view on a second wave: Boris Johnson should be worried | Editorial Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson says 'second wave coming in' and warns measures may be intensified

PM warns it is ‘inevitable’ coronavirus will hit UK again; R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4; 4,322 new cases recordedStricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 6.27pm BST On whether ministers were considering a short “firebreak” lockdown, the prime minis...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Lancashire Merseyside, Warrington ` Circuit, Sadiq KhanGlobal


This Brexit government’s ignorance is steering us towards disaster | Jonathan Freedland

Clueless about the US, uninterested in Ireland, Boris Johnson and his team are crashing on to rocks they can’t even see There is so much this government doesn’t know. But two particular areas of ignorance exploded into view this week, allowing us to take a long, hard look at the cost they are inflicting on the country. Both are central to the Brexit project that remains this government’s defining mission – but only one of them is surprising.Start with the unexpected ignorance, which is of the US...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Angela Merkel, US, European Union, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, United States, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Maine, Northern Ireland, Wisconsin, House Of Cards


UK coronavirus live: R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4 as 4,322 new cases recorded

New infections grow by up to 7% daily; UK cases surge; Welsh leader slams ‘vacancy at heart of UK’; Scotland given ‘advance notice of hard decisions’Stricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.18pm BST Coronavirus cases in England almost doubled in the space of ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Ons, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Lancashire Merseyside, Warrington ` Circuit, Sadiq KhanGlobal


Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over 'lamentable' Brexit bill

Exclusive: prominent human rights lawyer writes to foreign secretary with stinging denunciationAmal Clooney, the high-profile human rights lawyer, has resigned from her position as the UK’s special envoy on media freedom in protest at the government’s intention to breach international law through the internal market bill.In a stinging denunciation of Boris Johnson’s threat to override Britain’s international treaty obligations in the EU withdrawal agreement, the barrister described the governmen...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Amal Clooney, Brexit, Clooney


QAnon conspiracy theory gaining ground in UK, analysis shows

Followers believe that Donald Trump is waging secret war against ritual child abusersA conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against an elite who engage in ritual child abuse is growing across UK social media, Guardian analysis has found.The QAnon conspiracy theory is propelled by an unlikely coalition of spirituality and wellness groups, vigilante “paedophile hunter” networks, pre-existing conspiracy forums, local news pages, pro-Brexit campaigners and the far right. Contin...
Tags: Politics, UK, Social Media, UK News, World news, US news, Digital Media, Donald Trump, Brexit, QAnon


UK coronavirus live: R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4; Welsh leader slams 'vacancy at heart of UK'

New infections growing by 2% to 7% daily; Mark Drakeford has had one talk with PM since May; Scotland given ‘advance notice of hard decisions’Stricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 2.36pm BST A headteacher in Lancashire has blamed an outbreak of Covid-19 at a...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Lancashire, Mark Drakeford, Matt Hancock, Bacup, Coronavirus outbreak, Lancashire Merseyside


Brexit: consortium of companies led by Fujitsu wins £200m Irish Sea contract

Deal is the first concrete implementation of the special arrangements for Northern IrelandA £200m contract to implement Brexit checks on goods in the Irish Sea has been won by a consortium of companies led by Japanese company Fujistu.HMRC announced on Friday that a two-year contract for the new trader support service (TSS) has been awarded to a consortium led by the tech company and its partners, the Customs Clearance Consortium, an organisation run by customs expert Robert Hardy and the Institu...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Politics, Hmrc, European Union, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Tss, Fujitsu


UK coronavirus live: Welsh leader slams 'vacancy at heart of UK', as Sturgeon calls for Cobra meeting

Mark Drakeford says he has had only one brief conversation with Boris Johnson since May; Scotland given ‘advance notice of hard decisions’Stricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live 1.33pm BST “There is a vacancy at the heart of the United Kingdom and it needs urg...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Leicestershire, Mark Drakeford, Matt Hancock, Drakeford, Oadby



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