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The DUP has launched a legal challenge to the Northern Ireland protocol, part of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the EU. Arlene Foster said the protocol has driven “a coach and horses” through the Act of Union following the change in trading between Northern Ireland and Britain since the start of 2021. “Fundamental to the Act of Union is unfettered trade...

High Court rules Hancock acted unlawfully over multibillion-pound Covid contracts

Health secretary Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to publish details of multibillion-pound coronavirus contracts awarded by the government, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Chamberlain said Hancock had “breached his legal obligation” by failing to publish details...

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...

Government ‘betrayal of millions’ in cladding scandal; BoE governor warns households of higher costs

The government has been accused of “a betrayal of millions’” over their £3.5 billion fund to fix the cladding scandal that has left leaseholders in debt and limbo since...

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...

Fish exporters protest ‘Brexit carnage’, Johnson blames closed restaurants on the continent

Scottish fishing businesses descended on London to protest the severe disruption to their trade caused by Brexit bureaucracy. “Brexit carnage” and “incompetent Government: destroying shellfish industry” proclaimed banners on some of the 20 trucks parked...

1.8m children need devices for remote learning – ‘alternative is unacceptable’ says Children’s Commissioner

Almost two million children in the UK do not have access to a laptop, desktop computer or tablet at home, with warnings that the digital divide will lead to more inequality and further damage...

Covid death toll passes 75,000 – Starmer demands immediate national lockdown for England

Sir Keir Starmer has called on the prime minister to put England into a national lockdown within 24 hours to contain the “out of control” coronavirus as the official death toll for the UK...

Unicef ‘should be ashamed of itself’ for feeding British children, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg has criticised Unicef for providing funding to help feed British school children, saying the UN agency “should be ashamed of itself”. The Leader of the House of Commons told MPs that Unicef’s pledge...

PM to go to Brussels for make or break talks as Brexit enters ‘endgame’

The prime minister will travel to Brussels for face-to-face talks with the European Commission president in a final attempt to secure a post-Brexit trade and security deal. Boris Johnson’s trip “in the coming days” raises...