Category: <span>UK</span>

Sharing of crime-fighting data ‘slower and clunky’ under Brexit deal, former national security adviser warns
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Sharing of crime-fighting data ‘slower and clunky’ under Brexit deal, former national security adviser warns

The sharing of vital crime-fighting data will be “slower and more clunky” under Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, a former national security adviser has warned. And even the limited agreement reached with the EU will be ripped up if the UK ever pulls out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the full document reveals. Peter Ricketts, the security chief...

George Blake dead: British spy and Soviet Union double-agent dies in Moscow
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George Blake dead: British spy and Soviet Union double-agent dies in Moscow

The infamous spy died at the age of 98, Russia announced this morning. Blake, who was born George Behar, has been in Russia since he escaped Wormwood Scrubs prison and fled the country in 1966. Rotterdam-born Blake was a British spy who was in fact a Soviet double-agent during the Cold War. He had become...

Storm Bella: gale warnings as Bedfordshire residents urged to leave homes
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Storm Bella: gale warnings as Bedfordshire residents urged to leave homes

More than 1,300 households have been urged by police to evacuate their homes due to a risk of flooding in parts of Bedfordshire as large swaths of the UK brace themselves for Storm Bella. Torrential rain has brought widespread flooding to the country, with people having to be rescued from vehicles and others evacuated from...

‘Sturgeon won’t stop me!’ Galloway unleashes furious rant after France blocks UK lorries
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‘Sturgeon won’t stop me!’ Galloway unleashes furious rant after France blocks UK lorries

The Scottish politician, broadcaster and writer tweeted: “When Netherlands, Belgium, and France folded like a cheap tent before Hitler’s Blitzkreig we were for a time left standing alone. The Fascists were at the Channel Ports and the founders of the SNP were collaborating with the enemy. London’s burning I don’t care’ wrote their Poet.” Scottish poet...

Boris Johnson rejects calls to try to extend Brexit talks into 2021
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Boris Johnson rejects calls to try to extend Brexit talks into 2021

Downing Street has rejected calls from some Conservative MPs and the mayor of London to consider extending Brexit talks beyond the new year, saying any trade deal had to be in place and approved before 31 December. Boris Johnson’s spokesman also dismissed the idea of allowing MPs to ratify a trade deal retrospectively as time was too...

BBC ‘may need funds to replace licence fee’ for over 75’s
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BBC ‘may need funds to replace licence fee’ for over 75’s

Culture Minister John Whittingdale warned that the broadcaster may require different sources of income. He said the licence model is guaranteed until 2027 explaining that the “justification that everybody benefits from paying it because everybody benefited from the BBC is still largely the case, but that will diminish over time”. He said: “I suspect that...

Brexit fisheries outrage as UK-France dispute signals ‘declaration of war’
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Brexit fisheries outrage as UK-France dispute signals ‘declaration of war’

Brexit trade talks are yet to reach a formal agreement as disagreements over fishing and regulation remain a sticking point between the UK and the EU. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said today that there is a “path to an agreement”, but this has not come without tension between the UK and France. Last week...

I’ll miss ‘good friend to UK’ Donald Trump, defence secretary says
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I’ll miss ‘good friend to UK’ Donald Trump, defence secretary says

Defence secretary Ben Wallace has said he will “miss” Donald Trump as the US president has been “quite a good friend” to the British government. The minister praised the outgoing US leader, who has repeatedly refused to admit defeat to president-elect Joe Biden, during a visit to British troops in Estonia. “I’ll miss Donald Trump, because he was quite a good...