Economy

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 that could occur within five days without urgent action from ministers. Cabinet office minister Gove said the post-Brexit trade chaos inside the UK between GB and...

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

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 if they plan to travel...

UK’s record rise in redundancies compounded by jobs at risk from automation

The number of workers made redundant in the UK has soared to a record high in the three months to October – the original date for the end of...

British Brexiter billionaire ditches Wales to build 4×4 in France

The UK’s richest man and prominent Brexiter Sir Jim Ratcliffe has scrapped plans to manufacture his new 4x4 vehicle in Wales, choosing instead a former Mercedes-Benz factory in France. Ratcliffe’s...

Wales to ban booze as English get to shop around the clock

Wales has announced a ban on alcohol sales in bars, restaurants and cafes starting on Friday (December 4), while shops in England will get the go ahead to trade...

Sunak’s historic spending review will cause ‘100,000 preventable deaths’, claims former minister

The chancellor’s plan to combat the UK’s worst recession for 300 years has been attacked for its cuts to international aid spending that one former Tory minister claims will cause “100,000 preventable deaths, mainly...

NAO report on government’s £18bn Covid contracts; Starmer v Corbyn; and the PM’s green...

The highly critical National Audit Office report into the government’s awarding of £18 billion in procurement deals has been overshadowed by infighting in the Labour party and the prime minister’s green plan for the...

Sunak U-turns on furlough – 3 million workers still excluded; Bank of England’s (extra)...

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his fourth winter economic plan in six weeks by announcing the extension of the furlough scheme until March. It means the government will pay 80% of workers’ wages with companies paying...

England under four week lockdown from Thursday to save the NHS

Boris Johnson will impose a national lockdown on England on Thursday to save the NHS from the second wave of coronavirus advancing through the country. Announcing the new lockdown which will last until at least...

Covid war of words escalates between ‘North and South’ as letter splits Tories

Northern Tory MPs have hit out at a letter by 20 of their southern Conservative colleagues - pushing for Manchester to accept tighter Covid restrictions - as “ill advised”. Labour mayor of Greater Manchester Andy...