Category Archives: British News

Labour attacks ’embarrassing’ Brexit talks

Ministers say no part of the UK will be treated differently in the Brexit talks as Labour branded their approach an “embarrassment” No agreement has been reached with the EU after a DUP backlash against proposals for the Irish border. Brexit Secretary David Davis told MPs the government was close to concluding the first phase of talks. Negotiations will continue for the rest of the week with the UK hoping for the green light to begin trade talks. Continue reading →

Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a ‘precaution’

Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new customers following an official warning about Russian security software. The bank emailed 290,000 online banking customers on Saturday to say the move was a “precautionary decision”.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to wed in Windsor in May

According to Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May. The Royal Family will pay for the wedding, including the service, music, flowers and reception – the date will be announced later. Ms Markle, 36, a protestant, will be baptised and confirmed before the wedding, the palace added. Continue reading →

Lib Dems urged to stand up for immigration

The Liberal Democrats should lead a national debate on the benefits of immigration, the party’s Scottish leader has said. Willie Rennie told the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference that any loss of EU citizens after Brexit could have a devastating economic impact. Continue reading →

Paradise Papers: Everything you need to know about the leak

The Paradise Papers are a huge leak of financial documents that throw light on the top end of the world of offshore finance. A number of stories are appearing in a week-long expose of how politicians, multinationals, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals use complex structures to protect their cash from higher taxes. Continue reading →

UK Sexual harassment claims are ‘no witch hunt’, says Harman

Labour MP Harriet Harman has told BBC News that the string of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against MPs is not a witch hunt. She said: “There are a lot of men saying this has been blown out of all proportion, it’s a witch hunt. No, it’s not a witch hunt, it’s long overdue.”BBC

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New terror laws ‘would criminalise thought’, watchdog warns

Ministers should not “criminalise thought” with plans to prosecute people who view extremist content online, the UK’s terror watchdog has said. Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently announced plans to increase jail terms for those found guilty to 15 years. Continue reading →

Theresa May urges Donald Trump to keep Iran nuclear deal

Prime Minister Theresa May has urged the US to recertify the nuclear deal with Iran because it is “vitally important for regional security”. In a phone call with President Trump, Mrs May stressed the importance of the deal being “carefully monitored and properly enforced”.BBC

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Royal Mail staff set date for strike over pay and pensions

Royal Mail workers plan to strike for 48 hours from 19 October in a dispute over pensions, pay and jobs. The Communication Workers Union said it had told the Royal Mail Group that 111,000 postal workers will walk out at midday. The industrial action follows the 89.1% vote in favour of a strike announced by the union on Thursday. Continue reading →

Wimbledon station commuters flee train in ‘Bible’ panic

Passengers forced open the doors on a busy rush-hour train and climbed on to tracks after becoming “panicked” in the carriage. It happened outside Wimbledon station in south-west London at 08:30 BST as a man apparently began reading lines aloud from the Bible. Continue reading →