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Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars
19/04/2021 | news | science | 1,167
The Ingenuity drone completes the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.
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TUI says summer holiday season can be saved
16/04/2021 | news | business | 807
The boss of Europe's biggest holiday company thinks successful vaccine programmes can prevent another washout.
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Liberty Steel boss: Plants won't shut on my watch
01/04/2021 | news | business | 607
Metal tycoon Sanjeev Gupta is racing to refinance his business after his financial backer collapsed.
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Covid-19: Few people with symptoms are self-isolating, study finds
01/04/2021 | news | health | 775
And fewer than one in five people request a test if they have symptoms, a report on test-and-trace says.
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Brexit: UK 'risks falling behind' EU on workers’ rights
31/03/2021 | news | business | 2,191
The EU is working to improve conditions but the UK is not keeping pace, says the TUC.
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Coronavirus: UK vaccine offer to Ireland 'a runner', says Arlene Foster
28/03/2021 | news | uk | 605
Arlene Foster says she will again ask Boris Johnson to offer vaccines to the Republic of Ireland.
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People may quit if forced to work from home, Rishi Sunak warns
26/03/2021 | news | business | 2,932
The chancellor urges firms not to scrap offices altogether, warning employees may leave if they do.
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'Greed' and 'capitalism' helped UK's vaccines success, says PM
24/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,658
But Boris Johnson immediately retracts the comments made during a Zoom meeting with Tory MPs.
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Covid vaccine: UK supply hit by India delivery delay
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,405
It is understood a shipment of five million AstraZeneca doses to the UK has been held up by four weeks.
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Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid jab safe, insists Hancock
17/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,160
People should "get the jab", the health secretary says, after some countries suspend its use.
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Integrated review: UK to lift cap on nuclear stockpile
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 6,832
The UK will also shift focus towards Indo-Pacific countries, following a year-long foreign policy review.
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Cumbria coal mine: Public inquiry after government U-turn
12/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,074
Ministers say "increased" controversy over the Cumbria mine means a public inquiry is needed.
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UK exports to European Union drop 40% in January
12/03/2021 | news | business | 8,104
Official figures show a sharp drop in trade in goods with the EU as the Brexit transition period ended.
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Covid: Labour urges 'germ games' to plan for pandemics
09/03/2021 | news | politics | 703
The party's shadow health secretary says yearly drills would help the UK prepare for future threats.
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Brexit: Lord Frost accuses EU of 'ill will' over UK exit
08/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,948
Lord Frost says the EU has "significantly undermined" post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.
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Covid: Germany approves AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s
04/03/2021 | news | world | 587
The decision comes after Chancellor Merkel said data showed the jab was effective for the elderly too.
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Sir Keir Starmer's critics in Labour become increasingly vocal
02/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,318
The Labour leader is not being strident enough in opposition, two ex-shadow ministers say.
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University to pay out £5k for 'less valuable' experience
02/03/2021 | news | education | 216
Details of student complaints about Covid's impact are released - including one award of £5,000.
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Brazilian variant: Hancock denies quarantine delays put lives at risk
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,725
It comes as the search continues for a person in England infected with the Brazilian variant.
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MPs investigate ditching smart motorways
26/02/2021 | news | politics | 607
A coroner says the roads - where hard shoulders become lanes at busy times - create a death "risk".
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Frasier and Rugrats both set to return to TV
25/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 527
The 1990s shows will be rebooted for the new Paramount+ streaming site. So why all the nostalgia?
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Coronavirus: Public need 'home truths' on economy - Hammond
25/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,970
The ex-chancellor says Boris Johnson must "do the right thing", even if it means risking unpopularity.
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Get used to fewer trains, says rail body
25/02/2021 | news | business | 1,289
Around one in 10 rail services should be cut while passenger numbers remain low, says Network Rail.
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Asda says 5,000 jobs at risk in new business plan
25/02/2021 | news | business | 1,534
The supermarket says it has begun consulting with workers over a major restructuring of its business.
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A-level and GCSE results to be decided by teachers
25/02/2021 | news | education | 919
A combination of mock exams, coursework and essays will be used to decide grades in England this year.
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Summer catch-up schools planned for pupils in England
24/02/2021 | news | education | 2,510
A total of £700m will help ensure "no child is left behind" due to the pandemic, Boris Johnson says.
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Schools back 8 March in England with Covid tests taken at home
22/02/2021 | news | education | 1,017
Parents of secondary school pupils will carry out Covid tests and face masks will be worn in class.
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Live music 'at the back of queue to reopen'
22/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 706
Music and live events bosses have had their say on the PM's new roadmap out of Covid restrictions.
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Covid: Boris Johnson to focus on 'data, not dates' for lockdown easing
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,947
The lifting of England's restrictions must be "cautious and prudent", Boris Johnson says.
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Over-75s 'given time' to pay BBC licence fee
17/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 308
The BBC says there will be "no amnesty", but greater flexibility because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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'Spy pixels in emails have become endemic'
17/02/2021 | news | technology | 561
Email app Hey reveals that two-thirds of the messages it handles contain the hidden trackers.
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Covid hotel quarantine less strict than Australia's
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 987
There are key differences in rules between England’s system and elsewhere, a BBC analysis shows.
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Climate Change: Government may review road-building policy
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 399
It follows a legal challenge from campaigners, who argue the policy does not fit with climate targets.
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Covid: Boris Johnson 'very confident' in vaccines being used in UK
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,621
A small study suggests the AstraZeneca vaccine may be less effective against the South African variant.
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Covid-19: Avoid 'setting dates' for lifting lockdown, scientist warns
06/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,952
Leaders should not be "driven by a calendar", says a scientist advising the government.
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Barclays urges UK to focus on US and Asia post Brexit
05/02/2021 | news | business | 1,745
Brexit gives one of the UK's most important sectors the chance to define its own agenda, he said.
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Bank of England: Economy to rebound strongly due to vaccine
04/02/2021 | news | business | 4,038
High Street banks are also told to prepare for the possibility that interest rates could fall below zero.
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Climate change: Boris Johnson 'risks humiliation' over coal mine
04/02/2021 | news | science | 1,032
A leading scientist warns Boris Johnson digging for coal undermines the UK's climate change efforts.
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Covid: 'Not practical' to close UK borders, says Boris Johnson
03/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,058
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer wants tougher restrictions to prevent new coronavirus variants coming in.
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Covid: New Oxford vaccine 'ready by the autumn' to tackle mutations
03/02/2021 | news | health | 2,382
An improved jab that will be more effective against variants can be made quickly, says Oxford-AstraZeneca.
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Scrap interest on student loans, say vice-chancellors
02/02/2021 | news | education | 709
Call to wipe interest on student loans in England for 15 months, as ministers offer £50m support fund.
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Prosperity comes at 'devastating' cost to nature
02/02/2021 | news | science | 855
Landmark review calls for fundamental change in our approach to economics to stem nature loss.
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Covid: EU-AstraZeneca disputed vaccine contract made public
29/01/2021 | news | world | 14,137
The European Commission argues the drug-maker is failing to fulfil its promises on the Covid jab.
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Covid: Schools will be told of reopening plans 'as soon as we can'
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 6,101
Boris Johnson says he understands parents' frustrations but the infection rate is "still very high".
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Gordon Brown: Trust has broken down in way UK is run
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,134
The UK's nations and regions are being treated as if they were "invisible", the former PM warns.
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Brexit: Nissan commits to keep making cars in Sunderland
22/01/2021 | news | business | 5,149
The Japanese car maker has told the BBC its Sunderland plant is secure for the long term.
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Covid: Gavin Williamson hopes England's schools will reopen by Easter
21/01/2021 | news | education | 1,424
The education secretary says schools in England will be given two weeks' notice before reopening.
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University tuition fees frozen at £9,250 for a year
21/01/2021 | news | education | 780
Tuition fees in England are being frozen for another year and ministers outline plans to reform post-16 education.
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Food supply problems in NI clearly a Brexit issue - Coveney
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 375
NI Secretary Brandon Lewis said empty shelves in Northern Ireland were down to Covid-19.
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Coronavirus: Priti Patel says UK should have closed borders in March 2020
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 5,020
The home secretary has been recorded telling supporters she was an "advocate" of closures last year.
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Musicians 'failed by government' over EU touring, stars say
20/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 924
Some of the UK's biggest music stars sign an open letter demanding action over post-Brexit touring.
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Brexit: Government considers scrapping some EU labour laws
20/01/2021 | news | business | 929
Labour accuses Kwasi Kwarteng of "unpicking" workers' rights, as minister confirms he will review rules.
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Universal credit: MPs urge PM to keep £20 benefit 'lifeline'
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,720
Pressure grows on PM after non-binding motion on universal credit top-up is passed by 278 votes.
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Brexit: Fishing firms hold London protest over disruption
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 8,431
Boris Johnson promises £23m in compensation for exporters which have lost orders due to delays.
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Covid: Morrisons and Sainsbury's ban maskless shoppers
11/01/2021 | news | business | 5,785
People refusing to wear face coverings who are not medically exempt will not be allowed to shop inside.
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Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI
08/01/2021 | news | business | 11,810
Criticism of new Brexit trade rules is growing as firms warn of more bureaucracy, higher costs and delays.
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Covid-19: Travellers to UK will need to show negative test result
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,428
International travellers will have to take a Covid test up to 72 hours before departing.
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Covid-19: Johnson warns England's lockdown won't end 'with a bang'
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,061
There will be a "gradual unwrapping" of England's lockdown, Boris Johnson tells MPs ahead of a vote later.
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Greggs faces first loss for 36 years as lockdown bites
06/01/2021 | news | business | 778
The bakery chain says it does not expect profits to return to pre-Covid levels until 2022 at the earliest.
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FTSE 100 chief executives 'earn average salary within 3 days'
06/01/2021 | news | business | 1,645
FTSE 100 chiefs will by Wednesday have earned more this year than the average worker's annual wage.
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Covid: Sir Keir Starmer calls for 'round the clock' vaccinations
05/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,448
In a TV address, Labour's leader says millions of doses need to be given each week by the end of January.
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EU firms refuse UK deliveries over Brexit tax changes
04/01/2021 | news | business | 8,377
Some EU specialist firms stop delivering to the UK because of tax changes that took effect on 1 January.
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Brexit: New EU trade arrangements to begin after Parliament vote
31/12/2020 | news | politics | 6,478
The UK's hard-fought agreement with the EU is set to come into force at 23:00 GMT on Thursday.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,428
The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.
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Covid-19: UK bans travel from South Africa over variant
24/12/2020 | news | uk | 170
The rule reflects the "increased risk" from a variant linked to two cases in England, officials say.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson set to unveil trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,448
Officials on both sides are hammering out the final details ahead of an expected announcement.
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Brexit: EU-UK trade deal expected, as cabinet briefed
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,629
Officials continue to thrash out final details, after weeks of argument over fishing and business rules.
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Coronavirus: EU urges countries to lift UK travel bans
22/12/2020 | news | world | 3,766
Dozens of countries, alarmed by a new coronavirus variant, have suspended travel links with the UK.
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EU and UK in 'final push' for post-Brexit trade deal
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,496
Talks are continuing in Brussels, with less than 10 days to go until the UK leaves EU trading rules.
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Covid-19: Almost 3,000 lorries stuck in Kent as UK and France aim to restart freight
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 4,373
Politicians are in talks to resume freight, after France closed the border because of the new variant.
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Covid-19: Christmas rules tightened for England, Scotland and Wales
20/12/2020 | news | uk | 9,170
Family mixing at Christmas will be much reduced and scrapped completely for parts of the South East.
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'Just a few hours' left to agree Brexit trade deal, says Michel Barnier
18/12/2020 | news | politics | 13,556
Michel Barnier says it is now "the moment of truth", while Boris Johnson warns of "difficult" talks.
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Brexit: UK and EU restart trade talks after leaders' call
14/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,840
A final decision on a deal was expected on Sunday, but the two sides sent negotiators back to the table.
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Covid: Public must think carefully about Christmas risk, NHS bosses warn
13/12/2020 | news | health | 4,855
NHS bosses say they are worried about January, after the US saw a spike in cases after Thanksgiving.
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Brexit trade talks: UK and EU to 'go the extra mile' in effort to agree deal
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,651
Ursula von der Leyen says talks were "constructive", but Boris Johnson warns no deal is "most likely".
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Brexit trade talks: ‘Political will’ needed for deal, says Dominic Raab
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,272
Boris Johnson and his EU counterpart are due to make a decision on the future of talks shortly.
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Brexit: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
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'Not enough' climate ambition shown by leaders
12/12/2020 | news | science | 1,904
UK minister Alok Sharma says world leaders are failing to show the necessary level of ambition.
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Brexit: UK-EU talks continue as Navy boats put on standby
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,580
Four Navy boats get ready to patrol UK fishing waters in event of no deal, as negotiations resume.
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Brexit: PM and EU say trade deal unlikely by Sunday
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 18,053
Boris Johnson urges Brussels to make a "big change" as the deadline set by the two sides approaches.
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Brexit: 'Strong possibility' of no trade deal with EU - PM
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,024
Boris Johnson says negotiations with the EU will continue, but are "not yet there at all".
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Brexit: Trade talks 'unlikely' to go beyond Sunday, says Dominic Raab
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,574
The EU has set out the measures it would take if no trade deal is agreed with the UK.
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Britons could be barred from EU entry on 1 January
10/12/2020 | news | business | 1,289
EU pandemic rules and Brexit may restrict travellers from entering the European Union.
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Brexit: 'Large gaps' remain after trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,332
Sunday becomes the new deadline for a decision on trade talks, after the PM and EU chief meet in Brussels.
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Brexit: UK and Singapore sign free trade agreement
10/12/2020 | news | business | 533
The deal is one of many aimed at replicating trade pacts that will cease when the UK leaves the EU.
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Tesco: Brexit 'could see people choose cheddar over brie'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 5,874
The chairman of Tesco says price rises related to Brexit could change what people choose to eat.
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Brexit: PM says deal 'still there to be done' ahead of crunch trip
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,396
Boris Johnson says the UK must be able to follow its own rules, as he arrives in Brussels for talks.
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Rich countries hoarding Covid vaccines, says People's Vaccine Alliance
09/12/2020 | news | health | 934
Poorer nations will miss out despite steps to ensure access is fair, campaigners warn.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson to meet Ursula von der Leyen for trade deal talks
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,555
Boris Johnson will meet Ursula von der Leyen for talks over dinner, as time runs out to reach a trade deal.
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Brexit: Johnson heads to Brussels on Wednesday for last ditch trade talks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,689
Boris Johnson seeks a last minute breakthrough in stalled talks over a UK-EU trade agreement.
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Brexit: UK and EU reach deal on Northern Ireland border checks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,425
The UK will drop plans to override the Brexit divorce deal, removing a potential obstacle to a trade deal.
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Brexit: PM says 'sweet reason' can get UK and EU to trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,967
Boris Johnson says "hope springs eternal" ahead of a meeting with the European Commission president.
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Brexit: PM to meet EU chief in bid to save trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,864
The UK and EU say "significant differences" still remain as the leaders prepare to talk face-to-face.
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Brexit: MPs reinsert controversial sections of Internal Market Bill
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,450
But in a possible compromise, ministers said they could remove the measures if trade talks succeed.
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Brexit: Trade talks 'have reached critical stage'
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,859
The UK says it is still working for a deal, but the EU's mood is described as "gloomy".
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Brexit: UK-EU trade talks continue as 'sticking points' remain
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,302
EU sources say the two sides are nearing an agreement on access to UK waters by EU fishing fleets.
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Brexit: UK-EU trade talks to resume over 'critical issues'
05/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,291
Negotiators will talk on Sunday, but "significant differences" between the two sides in post-Brexit trade talks remain.
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Brexit stalemate: Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen seek to break trade deal deadlock
05/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,914
EU and UK negotiators call in leaders in last ditch effort to secure a trade deal.
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Post-Brexit trade talks paused amid 'significant divergences'
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,163
Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula Von Der Leyen will seek to break deadlock on Saturday.
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Brexit: Time running out as Brexit trade talks restart
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,655
The UK warns chances of a breakthrough are "receding", as it negotiates with the EU over business rules.
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Coronavirus: UK got vaccine first because it's 'a better country', says Gavin Williamson
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,358
The EU says vaccines are not a "football competition" after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson's comment.
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Brexit: 'Prospect of breakthrough receding' in UK-EU talks
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 7,540
Talks continue, as a source tells the BBC that Brussels are "bringing new elements into the negotiation".
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Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period
02/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,709
Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.
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Covid: PM calls for 'unity' as he agrees to publish data behind new tiers
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 658
Boris Johnson will publish data behind England's new tiers later in a bid to win over Tory rebels.
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Brexit: UK in 'last leg' of trade talks with EU, says Raab
29/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,951
The foreign secretary said a deal was possible if the EU side showed "pragmatism" in the coming days.
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Union backlash over public sector pay freeze
26/11/2020 | news | business | 363
Leaders of Britain's biggest unions vow to resist chancellor's freeze on workers who "risked everything".
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Over-55s growing less satisfied with the BBC, Ofcom says
25/11/2020 | news | entertainment | 2,752
Satisfaction with the BBC among its most loyal audiences is showing "signs of waning", Ofcom says.
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EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
10/09/2020 | news | politics | 11,728
Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.
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