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Brexit backlash: Boris Johnson ‘forced to cave to EU’ as Tories fear Joe Biden
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Brexit backlash: Boris Johnson ‘forced to cave to EU’ as Tories fear Joe Biden

Joe Biden piled the pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the lead-up to his eventual US election victory last month. While campaigning, the Democrat criticised the UK for its approach to Brexit as the Government infuriated the EU with the Internal Market Bill. Mr Johnson wanted to make changes to the already agreed Northern Ireland protocol, sparking a legal...

Brexit trap: UK firms could be forced to pay up to £1.6bn if EU blocks deal
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Brexit trap: UK firms could be forced to pay up to £1.6bn if EU blocks deal

The EU and the UK have resumed crucial talks in London this week, in what has been described as the last “major” opportunity to avoid a no deal scenario at the end of December. The bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier is said to be offering to give Britain back 15 to 18 percent of the quota European fleets currently...

Matt Hancock under pressure to explain £30m test tube work for ex-neighbour
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Matt Hancock under pressure to explain £30m test tube work for ex-neighbour

There is mounting pressure on Matt Hancock to explain how his former neighbour was awarded about £30m-worth of work making test tubes for Covid test samples as questions arose about the safety certification of the products. A Guardian investigation revealed last week that Alex Bourne, who used to run a pub in Hancock’s village, and had no previous experience...

Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘complete inconsistency’ summed up as trade unionist rages at SNP
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Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘complete inconsistency’ summed up as trade unionist rages at SNP

Ms Sturgeon last night weaved into her nation’s Covid-19 response reasons as to why Scotland should seek independence. Her party conference speech, this time lacking a live audience because of the lockdown, unusually opened with Ms Sturgeon’s praise for Europe and Europeans. She said that Scotland “wants to return (to the EU) – and we hope to do so soon...

Brexit: Anger as US firm involved in detention of child migrants to run ‘border operations centre’
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Brexit: Anger as US firm involved in detention of child migrants to run ‘border operations centre’

 firm involved in the detention of child migrants in the US will help run a new operations centre to ease post-Brexit border chaos, triggering an outcry. Amnesty International and the Liberal Democrats hit out at Michael Gove after he picked Palantir – widely criticised over Donald Trump’s “human rights violations of asylum-seekers and migrants” – for his multimillion-pound unit. The centre will use cutting-edge software to...

West Papua independence leaders declare ‘government-in-waiting’
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West Papua independence leaders declare ‘government-in-waiting’

West Papuan leaders have declared a provisional “government-in-waiting” of the contested Indonesian province, as the United Nations said it was “disturbed by escalating violence” there, including the killing of a child allegedly by security forces. The province marks independence day on 1 December, the anniversary of West Papua’s declaration of independence from Dutch colonial rule...

Australian lamb industry hit as Qatar cancels subsidy on $300m-a-year trade
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Australian lamb industry hit as Qatar cancels subsidy on $300m-a-year trade

The Qatari government has moved to cancel a subsidy for the Australian lamb industry, even as Australia’s agriculture and meat sector continues to reel from Chinese import bans. Australia’s $300m-a-year lamb trade with Qatar has been underpinned by a subsidy program in place since 2015. It was due to finish in 2023, but the Qatari...

Giant Arecibo radio telescope collapses in Puerto Rico
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Giant Arecibo radio telescope collapses in Puerto Rico

A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has long played a key role in astronomical discoveries collapsed on Tuesday, officials said. The Arecibo Observatory had been shuttered since August after an auxiliary cable snapped and caused a 100ft gash on the reflector dish. Then a main cable broke in early November, leading the National Science Foundation...