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After days of anticipation, the government finally announced yesterday that the UK is now in the delay phase. But if you were hoping for severer measures in the government's coronavirus action plan, you must have been disappointed. Thursday's Cobra meeting ran well into the afternoon. When Ireland decided to close all schools and colleges and restrict numbers at public gatherings,...

PM warns ‘many more will lose loved ones’ as UK enters...

The prime minister has announced the UK has moved to phase two ‘delay’ in its fight against the coronavirus, calling the outbreak “the worst public health crisis for a generation.” Boris Johnson warned the disease will “spread further” and “many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.” The latest figures show 596 confirmed cases in the UK...

UK 2020 budget summary – what you need to know

28 eight days into his tenure, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his UK 2020 budget speech. As expected, he has pledged billions of pounds to help the NHS and...

Health minister tests positive for coronavirus – Parliament stays open

Health minister Nadine Dorries has become the first MP to test positive for the coronavirus prompting questions as to why the Commons has not closed in line with medical...

Government sees off Tory backbench revolt on Huawei – for now

Boris Johnson has avoided his first Commons defeat after Conservative backbenchers rebelled against their government’s decision to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G network. The prime minister’s 80...

Coronavirus won’t delay Brexit – but could cause recession

Brexit will not be delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesman for the prime minister has confirmed, saying the UK will not ask for an extension to the transition period which expires on December 31, 2020. However, the outbreak could push the UK’s economy to the brink of recession, warned Goldman Sachs as the number of confirmed cases continues to...

Government in ‘cloud-cuckoo land’ over UK-US trade deal

The government’s objectives for the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with the United States are evidence it is “living in cloud-cuckoo land” because it is “risking our standards for a mere 0.07%-0.16% of GDP” growth. The Department for International Trade (DIT) expects trade talks with the US to begin this month (March) and has vowed to “rigorously protect” the UK’s high...

Top civil servant at Home Office quits to sue government

Sir Philip Rutnam, the top civil servant at the Home Office has quit his post citing a “vicious and orchestrated campaign” against him by the home secretary Priti Patel. The Home Office permanent secretary – who has 33 years experience working in Whitehall –announced his resignation today (Saturday) and said he intends to sue the government for constructive dismissal. Rutnam’s resignation...
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No deal Brexit back on the table as UK and EU...

Ruling out a no-deal Brexit was a top priority of a majority of MPs during long-running debates. The Benn Act appeared to prevent such an outcome, but those voices who warned that the Withdrawal Agreement mounts to a no-deal by the backdoor may prove to be right. One year is a short time when it comes to negotiating a deal...

‘Greenest ever’ new blue UK passport is made in Poland by...

The Home Office has confirmed the UK’s new blue passport will be issued from next month, replacing the burgundy coloured passport used by European Union countries since 1988. It will also be the “greenest British passport ever”, according to a government spokesperson, who said: “The carbon footprint produced through manufacture will be reduced to net zero, through projects such as...