UK ‘relaxed too much about coronavirus’ over summer and now cases are soaring

“We’ve been able to relax a bit over the summer, the disease levels have been really quite low in the UK through the summer but these latest figures really show us that as much as people might like to say “oh well it’s gone away” – this hasn’t gone away.

Civil service: Government’s top lawyer to stand down

It added that people “close to Sir Jonathan said he was ‘very unhappy’ about the decision to overwrite parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, part of the 2019 withdrawal agreement, with new powers in the UK internal market bill.”

Coronavirus: What is the future of religious worship in the UK?

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick warned at Sunday’s No 10 briefing that “large gatherings in places of worship, particularly because of the demographic in some faiths, because of singing hymns and so on – which can lead to exhalation – can create particular problems.”

UK’s Brexit plans would ‘break international law,’ minister admits

However, Lewis’ admission that the legislation will breach international law will set off alarm bells in Brussels. An EU diplomat told CNN on Monday that the “withdrawal agreement has been signed and ratified by the UK and the EU, it is in force … If the UK chose not to respect it, then theoretically the […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Government considers diplomatic protection

Mr Ratcliffe’s MP, Tulip Siddiq, who joined him in the meeting, said he had failed to obtain a visa to visit Iran over the last 19 months and had not seen his daughter Gabriella, who is living in the country with her maternal grandparents, during that time.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran ‘tried to get jailed mum to spy on UK’

Briton jailed in Iran begins hunger strike Prisoner caught in Iran power struggle Nazanin’s husband tells of jail anguish Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is going on an initial three-day hunger strike in Iran’s Evin prison, alongside prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, but may strike for longer if her demands are not met.

Japan Reportedly Aims to Finalise UK Trade Deal This Week

“We want to reach a broad agreement on trade talks with Britain this week under Foreign Minister Motegi”, the official said. “Otherwise, a trade pact between Japan and Britain may not come into force January 1 next year considering Japan’s political situation”, he added. The official pointed out that a deal between Japan and the […]

Kim Darroch: Former top UK diplomat ‘does not regret’ Trump criticism

Lord Darroch left his post in July 2019 amid a huge diplomatic row over the leaking of a series of private cables,, in which he had questioned the competence of the Trump administration and its handling of major foreign policy issues, such as relations with Iran.

The government’s warning system is flashing red

Bolton restrictions tightened amid rise in cases What are the local lockdown rules? UK faces ‘impossible balancing act’ In the last four or five days there has been a significant rise in the number of coronavirus cases. It’s not a gradual gentle drift upwards, but a sharp and obvious spike. The rate of positive tests […]

Brexit: Ministers to unveil law on policing UK trade

Minister: New bill will ‘break international law’ Ministers unveil post-Brexit powers for UK nations Fresh row over devolved powers after Brexit What do I need to know about Brexit now? The legislation will see Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland handed powers in areas such as air quality and building efficiency currently regulated at EU level.