UK Credit Rating Cut Due to Coronavirus Pandemic, Uncertainty Over Post-Brexit Trade Deal With EU

“The UK’s public finances were already set to weaken following the stimulus measures announced in the budget on 11 March, and they are now set to deteriorate more rapidly”, Fitch stated. The fiscal impact “will depend on the severity and length of the lockdown and the sustainability of any progress in coronavirus containment”. The decision […]

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

“I think there’s an important point that EU citizens who come here after we’ve left the EU will have done so knowing that we’re leaving the European Union and will have different expectations to those who have been here for some time and are entitled to settled status,” she said.

Fitch cuts UK credit rating to AA-

Facing what some economists say could be Britain’s deepest recession in a century after the government ordered many businesses to close to slow the spread of coronavirus, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a string of stimulus measures to try to prevent a surge in unemployment.

UK’s coronavirus death toll leaps by 260 in a single day to hit 1,019: Britain suffers its worst day yet with huge spike in victims as more than 17,000 have now been infected

The woman, who gives her name as Gemma, confronts the officer and says: ‘This is not graffiti, it’s chalk, it washes off. So you would rather all my customers don’t stand two metres apart? I’m doing it for people’s safety – to stop the spread of coronavirus’, to which the officer replies: ‘It doesn’t matter. It’s criminal […]

Boris Johnson overhauls cabinet on first day as PM

Boris Johnson’s battles Bouquets and brickbats: May’s final PMQs A solemn start in No 10 Mr Johnson also pledged to improve infrastructure, recruit 20,000 new police officers and “level up” school spending. He promised reforms to ensure the £20bn in extra funding earmarked for the NHS “really gets to the front line”.

Fruit and veg ‘will run out’ unless Britain charters planes to fly in farm workers from eastern Europe

Some large farms have already been chartering planes to bring in labour from eastern Europe. But farming organisations and recruitment agencies say that, in the face of massive disruption to the agricultural sector caused by the spread of the coronavirus, the government needs to step in and help organise more flights.

Bug hunt: Volunteers needed to spot insect’s ‘spittle’

Facts about the spittlebug Small, sap-sucking insects which are also known as froghoppers Can be found in UK gardens, meadows, grasslands and woodlands from April to late June The most common species in the UK is the meadow spittlebug (Philaenus spumarius). Adults are 0.5cm long and vary in pattern and colour from pale brown to […]

Alister Jack: What do we know about the new Scottish Secretary?

Mr Jack quickly rose through the internal Tory ranks during his first two years at Westminster, first acting as an aide to the Leader of the House of Lords and then rising through the whips office to become Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.

Scottish Tories sign Brexit letter to PM

SNP MP Stephen Gethins said it was clear that the process of leaving the EU had been “hijacked by hard right Tories whose agenda for Brexit at any costs will be devastating for us all in terms of jobs, the economy and opportunities for young people in the future.”

Boris Johnson sacks David Mundell as Scottish secretary

Boris Johnson starts shaping cabinet team Johnson becomes UK’s new prime minister Boris Johnson’s first PM speech in full Mr Mundell told BBC Scotland News: “Mr Johnson made it clear he wanted a cabinet in his own mould – I’m clearly not in that mould.