US, EU, UK Block Russia’s UNGA Resolution on Sanctions Relief Amid COVID-19

“As it is known, our document failed to be adopted by consensus. Ukraine, Georgia, UK, US, and EU prevented it. We regret that a small group of states championing sanctions-based policy appeared unready to respond to the call of the UN Secretary-General and refused to cast aside politicized approaches and interests,” the Russian mission said, […]

Brexit: Spending on UK’s final European elections revealed

Tears and relief as the UK’s MEPs bid goodbye Brexit Party dominates in EU elections The poll saw the Brexit Party and the anti-Brexit Lib Dems gain at the expense of the Conservatives and Labour.

Britain hands in Brexit file as British EU lawmakers say “au revoir”

BRUSSELS, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Britain’s ambassador to the European Union passed documents formalising Brexit to a senior EU official on Wednesday, hours before European lawmakers are due to sign off on a deal that will see Britain finally quit the bloc on Friday.

MPs condemn UK cannabis laws after epileptic boy’s medication seized

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Home Office is sympathetic to the difficult and rare situation that Billy and his family are faced with. Whilst we recognise that people with debilitating illnesses are looking to alleviate their symptoms, Border Force has a duty to stop banned substances from entering the UK.”

Barnier’s environmental and labour demands are a sham – Britain should stop trying to negotiate with the EU

Brave activists from Amici della Terra took me on tour of dumping zones scattered along the lower slopes of Mount Vesuvius, which were leaking deadly chemicals into the water system. Mafia scouts watched closely and wrote down number plates. 

Coronavirus: EU internal borders could stay shut

Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism Mediterranean cruises put on hold The Costa Crociere shipping company is cancelling all cruises in the Mediterranean for the time being. The cruises will be suspended until April 3, the Italian company announced on Tuesday (March 10). The measure affects thousands of passengers. Ships still operating in the Mediterranean will […]

UK ministers struggle to keep promise of 100k coronavirus tests by end of April

“The other big problem is that we are competing, not just nationally but internationally for access to these reagents – and competing is a horrible term because we are all trying to help the same people. We’ve got to be very conscious of that in the UK, that we’re not depriving other hubs and other […]

Brexit could damage UK’s fight against corruption, says OECD

In a statement a Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “The government welcomes this report by the OECD which recognises our active enforcement of anti-bribery laws and we are proud that the UK continues to be commended as a global leader in the fight against bribery.

Is it time to legalise medical cannabis in the UK?

Sumnall is in favour of reform, but says the emerging industry is plagued by non-scientific methods. Is cannabis oil the new snake oil then? Sumnall notes that some sources claim the drug can treat more than 30 wildly varying conditions, from cystitis and depression to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. “Despite positive reports of symptom relief […]

Edible insects set to be approved by EU in ‘breakthrough moment’

“We reckon these authorisations will be a breakthrough for the sector so we are looking for those authorisations quite impatiently. They are taking the necessary time, they are very demanding on information, which is not bad. But we believe that once we have the first novel food given a green light from EFSA that will […]