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More than 420,000 Irish passports issued in Britain since Brexit vote, official figures show
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More than 420,000 Irish passports issued in Britain since Brexit vote, official figures show

The number of Irish passports issued in Britain surged following the Brexit vote, official figures suggest. Data shared by Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney – which he said showed “the number of passports issued to applicants resident in Great Britain” – suggested that figure exceeded 422,000 between 2016 and 2020. Some 46,400 and 63,500 Irish passports were issued to...

Downing Street refuses to say if Boris Johnson will give evidence to Jennifer Arcuri inquiry
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Downing Street refuses to say if Boris Johnson will give evidence to Jennifer Arcuri inquiry

Boris Johnson’s press secretary has refused to say if the prime minister will give evidence to a Greater London Authority inquiry into whether he acted with “honesty and integrity” in his relations with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri during his time as London Mayor. Press secretary Allegra Stratton insisted that Mr Johnson does conduct himself in line with the Nolan Principles,...

‘Vaccine certificates’ would allow state to ‘demand that we provide our papers’, David Davis warns
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‘Vaccine certificates’ would allow state to ‘demand that we provide our papers’, David Davis warns

Requiring a “vaccine certificate” to enter venues would end the centuries-old ban on allowing the state to “demand that we provide our papers”, a senior Conservative has warned. David Davis condemned the proposal – currently being considered by the government – as a “massive intrusion” on ordinary life which would “discriminate” against the young and ethnic minorities. The...

Stonehenge discovery: ‘Hidden features’ of ‘invisible’ site uncovered with drone flyover
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Stonehenge discovery: ‘Hidden features’ of ‘invisible’ site uncovered with drone flyover

Experts put forward a new theory on the ancient stone structure during BBC Two’s ‘Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed’ documentary. Researchers now believe a dismantled stone circle at Waun Mawn, in the Preseli Hills of West Wales, is likely to have been used as the foundation for the site that stands in Salisbury, Wiltshire, today. Excavations and...

Coronavirus vaccine: Boris keeping UK supply secret in case EU rivals demand bigger share
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Coronavirus vaccine: Boris keeping UK supply secret in case EU rivals demand bigger share

Yesterday vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told MPs he was unable to say how many doses of Covid vaccines the UK was receiving because of “national security”. Today the Prime Minister’s official spokesman indicated the Government was worried other countries would try to limit future deliveries if they knew the extent of Britain’s stock. He said:...

Starmer accepts end of EU free movement in Brexit reversal
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Starmer accepts end of EU free movement in Brexit reversal

Keir Starmer has abandoned the commitment to free movement of people in the European Union he made to Labour members during the party’s leadership contest. The Labour leader said his party had to be honest with the public, and that if it won the next general election a major renegotiation of the Brexit treaty would not be possible. The...

Covid UK deaths hit 1,162, second highest daily toll ever
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Covid UK deaths hit 1,162, second highest daily toll ever

The UK has recorded another 1,162 deaths from coronavirus – the second-highest daily increase in the government’s figures. For the second time this week, Britain has seen an increase of more than a thousand in the number of those who have died after contracting the virus within the previous 28 days. The highest increase in fatalities was...

UK to move to highest coronavirus alert level as full lockdowns loom
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UK to move to highest coronavirus alert level as full lockdowns loom

The government is expected to announce new steps to control the spread of coronavirus, as the chief medical officers recommended that the UK move to the highest coronavirus alert level. Boris Johnson is due to make a TV address on Monday evening where he is set to announce mass school closures and tight lockdown restrictions. MPs...