Category: <span>UK</span>

‘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...

Boris Johnson snubbed by Merkel and Macron after requesting phone call
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Boris Johnson snubbed by Merkel and Macron after requesting phone call

Boris Johnson has been snubbed by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron after he requested a phone call with them to try and unblock Brexit talks. A senior EU official said the request for a three-way call on Monday was rejected because all negotiations should go via the European Commission rather than individual leaders. The claim, which is...

No-deal Brexit now ‘very, very likely,’ Boris Johnson says
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No-deal Brexit now ‘very, very likely,’ Boris Johnson says

Boris Johnson has said it is “very, very likely” that the UK will fail to strike a trade agreement with the European Union, raising the prospect of a no-deal Brexit at the end of this month. On a visit to Blyth in Northumberland, the prime minister predicted the UK would not strike a post-Brexit deal with the EU before the end of the transition period....

Brexit: Further trade talks in bid to resolve ‘significant differences’, says EU chief after talks with Boris Johnson
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Brexit: Further trade talks in bid to resolve ‘significant differences’, says EU chief after talks with Boris Johnson

Last-ditch efforts to break the deadlock in UK/EU trade talks have failed to produce a breakthrough, as Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that “significant differences” remain on crucial issues. In a downbeat joint statement after phone talks lasting an hour on Saturday evening, the pair said that no free trade agreement (FTA) was “feasible” unless they could bridge...