Economy

Boris Johnson has warned vaccinated people not to meet up indoors this Easter because the jabs “are not 100% effective”. The prime minister’s video message comes as politicians across party divides are uniting to oppose the possible introduction of vaccine passports that risk creating “a two tier nation of division”. More than 70 MPs and peers have joined forces to apply...

US threatens UK with 25% tariff hike in digital tech tax...

The US is threatening to impose up to 25% tariffs on UK exports as retaliation in a row over a digital services tax that has hit US tech giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook. UK companies exporting ceramics, overcoats, games...

Budget 2021 – £65n boost for business but focus is biggest tax hikes for...

Rishi Sunak delivered his second Budget as chancellor with a further £65 billion boost for businesses and workers hit by the pandemic, but the focus has been on the...

Sunak set to extend furlough while PM spends £100k to refurbish flat

Rishi Sunak is set to announce the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of September in with the chancellor pledging to use the “full firepower” at his...

Johnson declares ‘the end is in sight’ while Sage says at least 32,000 more...

Boris Johnson has laid out England’s exit from lockdown, declaring “the end is in sight” on the day the UK passed 129,498 deaths of people with Covid-19. The prime minister’s...

Starmer’s ‘moral crusade’ will be funded by the £250 billion saved by Brits in...

Sir Keir Starmer has laid out his vision for the Labour party and the UK – one he hopes will be funded by the £250 billion saved by Britons during the pandemic. The Labour leader...

Liars will get 10 years jail and £10,000 fines for quarantine rule breakers

Travellers who arrive in the UK and fail to follow new rules to contain the coronavirus will face £10,000 fines and 10 years in prison, the health secretary has told the Commons. Matt Hancock said...

UK exports to EU down 68% – Gove repeatedly ignored hauliers warning

British ports have recorded a massive 68% drop in the volume of exports to the EU this January, compared to same month last year. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) have called on Michael Gove to...

Suspend Brexit deal now, urges DUP MP – Northern Ireland is ‘one storm away’...

The UK government has been warned that Northern Ireland is “one storm or boat breakdown away” from “a collapse of the NI supply chain”. Michael Gove has received an 11-page report forecasting the grim scenario...

Gove warns of ‘bumpy’ moments to come as businesses and individuals get ready for...

Michael Gove has warned UK businesses of “bumpy” moments ahead as the new arrangement with the EU comes into effect while individuals have been told to check their phone contracts, health insurance and passports...