Beyond England

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 24-hours-a-day in the run up to Christmas and beyond. Wales’ first minister Mark Drakeford said the rising rate of coronavirus infection in Wales requires new rules, including a 6pm curfew on...

UK’s Covid Christmas rules announced while reality of Brexit becomes clearer...

Families will be able to reunite at Christmas across the UK after the leaders of the four nations reach agreement about “bubbling” over the festivities. The rules will allow up to three households to meet-up and mix over five days...

UK’s four nations back a ‘four-families-bubbling’ Christmas plan

The four nations of the UK have agreed a unified plan to allow families to “bubble” together at Christmas with Covid restrictions to be suspended for a short period...

Scottish Tories fume about PM’s ‘disastrous’ devolution comments as Scotland levels-up restrictions

Scottish Conservatives are furious about Boris Johnson’s latest gaffe saw him call devolution “a disaster” just months before the Holyrood election. From his self-isolation in Downing Street the prime minister...

PM won’t U-turn on Brexit bill despite US election; Lord sparks race row with...

The prime minister will not U-turn on the international law-breaking Internal Market Bill in the wake of Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election, Downing Street insists. Biden has...

Wales set for ‘firebreaker’ lockdown, Manchester resists govt on move to tier 3

Wales’ first minister has announced the country will go into a full lockdown on Friday for a 17-day “firebreak” to stem the rise in coronavirus cases. Mark Drakeford said the two-and-a-half weeks will provide a...

Rees-Mogg attacks Welsh ‘hard-left’ border ban on fellow Brits as ‘unconstitutional’ and comes under...

Jacob Rees-Mogg has attacked “hard left socialists” and denounced plans to ban people travelling from Covid hotspots to Wales as “unconstitutional”. Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford announced an entry ban to Wales on Wednesday to...
Bloody Sunday massacre

Bloody Sunday massacre: PPS upholds decision not to charge 15 veterans

Almost 50 years after the Bloody Sunday Massacre, the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has upheld its decision not to charge 15 veterans for the killing of 14 civilians. Prosecutors have cited insufficient...

PM’s Brexit ‘climbdown’ is not enough says EU, as Biden warns UK on Good...

Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill “climbdown” with MPs over his contentious internal markets bill is not enough for Europe or senior members of his party. EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said the UK government must “correct”...
Barbados government

Barbados government set to leave colonial past behind

The Barbados government has announced its plans to remove Queen Elizabeth as its head of state in November 2021. From then on Barbados will be a republic thus cutting the ties to its colonial...