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Brazilian variant: Hancock denies quarantine delays put lives at risk
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,371
It comes as the search continues for a person in England infected with the Brazilian variant.
Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% in over-80s
01/03/2021 | news | health | 1,756
The UK will soon be in a "very different world", government scientists promise after the success of the jabs.
Budget 2021: PM has 'no doubt' about strong jobs recovery
01/03/2021 | news | politics | 396
Boris Johnson's comments come as Tory MPs lobby the Chancellor to cut rates for business in the budget
Covid: Teachers' risk 'similar' to other under-65s
01/03/2021 | news | health | 1,208
The study measured infection rates in school staff and pupils in November and December.
Covid-19: Brazil variant case in England hunted by officials
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,166
The whereabouts of one infected person is unknown, as they did not give their full contact details.
Covid-19: Critical care beds shortage prompts calls for review
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 711
The UK has 7.3 critical care beds per 100,000 people, compared to Germany's 33.8 and the US's 34.3.
Budget 2021: 'Now is not the time for tax rises', say MPs
01/03/2021 | news | business | 609
The Treasury Committee says "significant" measures may be needed later to improve public finances.
Cumbria coal mine plan 'damaging PM's reputation'
01/03/2021 | news | science | 314
Foreign ambassadors say Boris Johnson's tacit support for the mine prompts accusations of hypocrisy.
Budget 2021: Extra £1.6bn for UK's Covid vaccination rollout
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 347
The chancellor is to provide more funding for the programme, which has now given 20m first doses.
Jobless rate around UK airports above average, say MPs
01/03/2021 | news | business | 52
A report by MPs found the number of people claiming jobless benefits was much higher near the top 20 UK airports.
Apprenticeships levy 'has failed on every measure', says HR body
01/03/2021 | news | business | 90
The professional body for HR said apprenticeship starts have fallen and far fewer have gone to young people.
Coronavirus levels 'burning quite hot' in some of UK
26/02/2021 | news | health | 2,344
Infection rates are declining overall, but some regions are seeing a rise in cases.
Covid: Thousands sign petition against vaccine passports
26/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,407
More than 200,000 people are urging the government not to introduce documents offering proof of vaccination.
Coronavirus spread slowed by vaccines, study suggests
26/02/2021 | news | health | 704
There was a 75% reduction in staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital testing positive after a vaccination.
Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab rollout
26/02/2021 | news | health | 3,392
Over-40s will be first in line from mid-April after the top nine priority groups receive one dose.
British Airways owner IAG calls for digital health passes
26/02/2021 | news | business | 552
IAG, which owns British Airways and Iberia, makes a record loss after the pandemic grounds flights.
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".
Budget 2021: Support pubs by cutting beer duty, say Conservative MPs
26/02/2021 | news | business | 211
Cheaper beer could support struggling pubs MPs argue, but alcohol awareness campaigners are opposed.
UK Covid alert level drops as NHS threat 'recedes'
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,122
The move to the second-highest level means the NHS is no longer at imminent risk of being overwhelmed.
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.
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.
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.
Post-Brexit trade: Boris Johnson calls for eat British fish campaign
25/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,437
The PM promises action to boost the industry - but Labour says his Brexit deal threatens jobs.
Vauxhall: Crunch talks to save Ellesmere Port plant continue
25/02/2021 | news | business | 238
Vauxhall's parent company has previously said its fate depends on the government's commitment to the car industry.
Serco: Test-and-trace firm's boss defends scheme
25/02/2021 | news | business | 236
The boss of outsourcer Serco says there are now as many people being tested per week as vaccinated.
Brexit: NI leaders at odds on Irish sea border meeting
24/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,543
Arlene Foster says the EU was 'tone-deaf' but Michelle O'Neill says the meeting was "constructive".
Reading and Leeds boss 'very confident' festivals will happen
24/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,561
Organisers are "very confident" the events will happen this summer, as lockdown is due to be eased.
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.
Heathrow passenger numbers fall to 1970s' levels
24/02/2021 | news | business | 1,068
Covid "devastated" air travel in 2020, the UK's largest airport says, as it sinks to a £2bn loss.
Covid-19: PM promises review on issues of vaccine passports
23/02/2021 | news | uk | 7,050
Having to show a certificate to go to a pub raises "deep and complex issues", Boris Johnson says.
Covid: Airline industry travel pass ready 'within weeks'
23/02/2021 | news | business | 222
Industry body IATA says it sees its pass as essential for reopening quarantine-free travel.
Roadmap: Can we avoid an economic long Covid?
23/02/2021 | news | business | 734
The cautious lifting of restrictions will also push back the economic rebound further into spring.
Brexit: DUP says NI Protocol could cause political instability
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,353
The DUP urges No 10 to scrap the mechanism, but a government minister says issues can be resolved.
Lockdown: Boris Johnson unveils plan to end England restrictions by 21 June
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,281
Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality could reopen on 12 April, Boris Johnson says.
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.
Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness
22/02/2021 | news | health | 966
First evidence jabs are having major impact on serious illness as well as cutting transmission.
Covid lockdown: 'We are burning through about £500,000 a day'
22/02/2021 | news | business | 1,509
The owner of PureGym says lockdown has been costing his business hundreds of thousands of pounds a day.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson to unveil 'cautious' plan to lift England's lockdown
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,520
All schools are expected to reopen on 8 March, with some outdoor socialising allowed from 29 March.
John Lewis considers closing more stores
22/02/2021 | news | business | 731
The department store giant may close another eight stores in a further blow for the High Street.
Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness
22/02/2021 | news | health | 2,955
First evidence from the UK's vaccine programme shows a reduction in hospital admissions in Scotland.
Hospitality suppliers: 'It’s not just a case of turning on a switch'
21/02/2021 | news | business | 41
Firms across the supply chain say notice and certainty are key to a full menu being available post-lockdown.
Covid: Unblock logjam for new laws, senior MPs urge ministers
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 181
Commons select committee chiefs want laws held up during the pandemic to be put back on the agenda.
Covid vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,819
Boris Johnson is encouraging other rich countries to donate vaccine doses at a virtual G7 meeting.
UK sees further drop in coronavirus numbers
19/02/2021 | news | health | 2,967
The number of new infections in the community has decreased in all regions, latest data shows.
Covid-19: Johnson still working on 'roadmap' to ease lockdown
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,617
Ministers will "crunch the numbers" over the weekend, amid pressure to reduce Covid restrictions.
UK to launch 'high risk' science agency
19/02/2021 | news | business | 1,117
The new agency will help "cement the UK's position as a science superpower", the government says.
Sir Keir Starmer: Savings scheme would boost UK's recovery post-Covid
18/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,966
The Labour leader says there can be "no return to business as usual" as he sets out post-Covid policies.
Coronavirus: 'No jab, no job' policies may be legal for new staff
18/02/2021 | news | business | 3,406
It may be legal to insist on vaccinations in new staff contracts, the justice secretary says.
Coronavirus: Barclays says loans worth £4.8bn may never be repaid
18/02/2021 | news | business | 686
Barclays sees profits dive after setting aside billions for loans expected to turn sour due to Covid.
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.
National Theatre shelves European touring after Brexit
17/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,247
The venue says a "lack of clarity" about visas and permits makes such tours "not financially viable".
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.
Brexit: NI Protocol is 'only solution' despite challenges
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,219
EC vice president Maros Sefcovic says the NI deal is "administratively extremely challenging".
Covid: Rapid tests and vaccines 'will allow venues to reopen' - minister
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 526
Those measures will "get our economy back on its feet", vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi says.
Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list
16/02/2021 | news | health | 331
Move brings total to 4m in England and means vaccinations will be prioritised more quickly.
Plan for campus free speech post prompts autonomy warning
16/02/2021 | news | education | 744
Concerns are raised as ministers announce new free speech role to stop "silencing" in universities.
UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring 'crisis'
16/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,446
The government says it hopes to open negotiations with individual European nations "very shortly".
Covid vaccine impact revealed in over-80s blood tests
16/02/2021 | news | health | 2,625
More people in this age group in England now have detectable antibodies that can fight the virus.
450,000 families ‘behind on rent because of Covid’
16/02/2021 | news | business | 653
One in 20 private renters say they have been refused rent reductions, a report says.
Covid-19: First travellers arrive in UK for hotel quarantine stay
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,615
Arrivals from "red list" countries must pay £1,750 to spend 10 days in government-sanctioned hotels.
Jaguar car brand to be all-electric by 2025
15/02/2021 | news | business | 1,958
JLR will launch electric models of its entire Jaguar and Land Rover line-up by 2030.
Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown 'cautious but irreversible', says Boris Johnson
15/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,171
Boris Johnson says the government will set out its plans on 22 February, which could include target dates.
Pound hits three-year high on vaccination hopes
15/02/2021 | news | business | 739
Sterling rises above $1.39 as the vaccine programme raises hopes that lockdown can be eased.
Wetherspoons calls for pubs to reopen 'to save jobs'
15/02/2021 | news | business | 2,677
The chairman of the chain is calling for pubs to reopen at the same time as non-essential shops.
Covid: Virus cases are going down across the UK
12/02/2021 | news | health | 4,579
Data suggests lockdown is working, but the health secretary says there is "still a long way to go".
Why Sunak says he will be “open and honest” over the Budget
12/02/2021 | news | business | 643
The government's plan is to provide a roadmap out of restrictions in a fortnight.
UK economy suffered record annual slump in 2020
12/02/2021 | news | business | 4,395
The size of the economy shrank by 9.9% in 2020 as coronavirus restrictions hit output, figures show.
Brexit: Trade friction 'not teething problems'
12/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,034
Jeremy Miles MS says it is irresponsible for UK officials to claim trade changes were "unexpected".
UK economy poised like a coiled spring, says Bank economist
12/02/2021 | news | business | 284
Andy Haldane says the UK economy will surge back this spring thanks to the vaccine programme.
UK and EU hold 'frank but constructive' talks on NI trade rules
12/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,791
The two sides vow to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol and "address all outstanding issues".
Covid-19: 'Too early' to decide on summer holidays, says Hancock
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,228
The health secretary's comments prompted criticism from Labour who said people wanted clarity.
Four English councils get emergency government funding
11/02/2021 | news | politics | 222
Eastbourne, Bexley, Luton and Peterborough will be able to borrow more to fund day-to-day costs.
Holiday bookings jump despite 'confusion over rules'
11/02/2021 | news | business | 464
Official calls for people to pause summer holiday plans have made no difference, UK holiday providers say.
Brexit: London loses out as Europe's top share trading hub
11/02/2021 | news | business | 5,678
Amsterdam ousts London in the wake of Brexit changes, as the Bank of England warns over EU financial rules.
Covid-19: Starmer says 10-year jail term for travel lies 'empty threat'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 191
Labour leader says proposed maximum sentence for people lying about their travel history is not realistic.
Covid-19: Kent virus variant 'on course to sweep world'
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,790
The expert heading the UK's genetic surveillance says research into strains will go into the 2030s.
US airline set to buy flying electric taxis for airport runs
11/02/2021 | news | business | 108
United Airlines plans to buy 200 of the aircraft to fly passengers to airports within the next five years.
Brexit: DUP boycott Brexit discussion with Irish TDs
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,059
It comes as NI businesses tell MPs they need longer "grace periods" for Irish Sea border checks.
Covid: Don't book holiday yet, government warns
10/02/2021 | news | politics | 4,934
Boris Johnson urges people to "be patient", after the transport secretary says summer breaks are in doubt.
Covid: WHO backs Oxford vaccine 'even if variants present'
10/02/2021 | news | health | 2,949
Its use in people over 65 as well as in countries where variants are circulating is recommended.
Beer and pub leaders plead for reopening date after sales halve in 2020
10/02/2021 | news | business | 832
The industry shows the government a "roadmap to recovery" as it waits for a reopening date.
Covid-19: Sports equipment presents 'low risk'
10/02/2021 | news | health | 375
A study finds coronavirus particles decay rapidly on sports equipment, including cricket and tennis balls.
Putting councils 'in the driving seat' would save £1.6bn, says report
10/02/2021 | news | politics | 172
Centralising responsibility for social care would risk disruption, a council-commissioned report says.
EU vaccine export row: Irish government 'in talks' with European Commission
09/02/2021 | news | world | 401
Officials are trying to work out ways of avoiding more controversies involving Northern Ireland.
Tesco urged by investors to sell more healthy food
09/02/2021 | news | business | 184
The investors want the UK's largest supermarket chain to do more amid a growing obesity problem.
Covid-19: Travellers face £1,750 cost for England quarantine hotels
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 5,265
People arriving in England from Covid hotspots also face £10,000 fines or jail if they break the rules.
Brexit worse than feared, says JD Sports boss
09/02/2021 | news | business | 4,918
Chairman Peter Cowgill says the new EU trade deal has meant "double-digit millions" in extra costs.
Covid: Two tests for all UK arrivals during quarantine
09/02/2021 | news | business | 850
Details of the new system, aimed at tracking cases and detecting new variants, will be set out later today.
Holiday giant Tui bets on summer bounce back
09/02/2021 | news | business | 806
The travel firm expects holiday bookings to be 80% of usual levels thanks to the vaccine programme.
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.
Coronavirus: Motorists 'turned back' at Irish border
08/02/2021 | news | world | 2,310
People crossing the Irish border without "a reasonable excuse" can be fined €100 (£88) from Monday.
Music stars raise pressure over EU touring
08/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 273
Radiohead, Ronan Keating and Sir Elton John call for the government to "renegotiate" Brexit terms.
Tesco tells chancellor to hit online rivals with sales tax
08/02/2021 | news | business | 669
Boss Ken Murphy has asked Chancellor Rishi Sunak for a "level playing field" when it comes to tax.
UK weather: 'Beast from the East Two' to bring snow, ice and floods
06/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,139
The cold snap will not be as extreme as in 2018, forecasters say, but will cause disruption this weekend.
Covid: All over-50s in UK to be offered vaccine by May
05/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,840
Nearly 11 million people have already received a first jab against coronavirus.
Covid: Local elections to go ahead in England
05/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,827
Measures include asking voters to bring pens - but some councils fear it will be too difficult to organise.
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.
Brexit: Arlene Foster says unionism coming together to oppose Protocol
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,653
DUP leader Arlene Foster accuses the British government of "sleepwalking" into NI's Brexit arrangements.
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.
Covid: Don't ease lockdown restrictions too soon - Starmer
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,050
The Labour leader urges the PM not to repeat "the mistakes of last time," amid Tory calls for easing.
UK and EU in 'constructive discussions' over NI trade row
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 216
Both sides have vowed to "work intensively" to solve post-Brexit trade problems in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
PM urges EU action to ease Brexit tensions in NI
03/02/2021 | news | politics | 5,194
The UK wrote to the bloc calling for lighter enforcement of rules as port staff face threats over checks.
EU shellfish import ban permanent, UK fishing industry told
02/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,361
The government promises to push Brussels to change its transport rules on scallops, clams and mussels.
UK variant has mutated again, scientists say
02/02/2021 | news | health | 2,932
The Kent variant now dominant in the UK appears to be undergoing some "worrying" new changes.
Buy now, pay later firms such as Klarna face stricter controls
02/02/2021 | news | business | 618
The financial regulator says it would be easy for customers to build up unseen debts of £1,000.
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.
South Africa variant: Urgent Covid testing after community cases found
01/02/2021 | news | health | 860
Testing will start in Surrey - but London, Kent, Hertfordshire and Walsall are also being targeted.
Covid: Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about summer holiday prospects
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,928
The PM says it relies on factors such as the vaccine rollout going well and Covid cases coming down.
Covid-19: UK orders extra 40m doses of Valneva vaccine
01/02/2021 | news | health | 2,018
Deliveries will come towards next winter when people may need to be revaccinated.
Brexit: Processes to ease food delivery to NI announced
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 928
The NI Executive also announces summer extension to light touch approach to Irish Sea border for pets.
Ryanair forecasts 'strong return' of beach holidays this summer
01/02/2021 | news | business | 780
Boss Michael O'Leary thinks travel restrictions will be dropped once high risk groups are vaccinated.
Firms call for details of post lockdown reopening so they can plan
01/02/2021 | news | business | 380
The CBI employers' group tells the government a post-Covid economic strategy will unlock investment.
GameStop: Global watchdogs sound alarm as shares frenzy grows
29/01/2021 | news | business | 1,130
Financial regulators in the US and UK say they are monitoring share trading and potential market abuse.
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.
Covid vaccine: Single-dose Johnson & Johnson jab is 66% effective
29/01/2021 | news | health | 3,713
An international trial shows the jab gives complete protection against hospitalisation and death.
Coronavirus: Germany set to limit AstraZeneca jab to under-65s
28/01/2021 | news | world | 5,216
German vaccine officials say there is not enough data about the jab, which is widely used in the UK.
Boris Johnson says independence debate 'irrelevant' to most Scots
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 14,052
Boris Johnson says most people in Scotland are focused on defeating Covid rather than another referendum.
Coronavirus: EU and AstraZeneca seek to resolve vaccine supply crisis
28/01/2021 | news | world | 703
Both sides pledge to work together after a reported 50 million-dose shortfall for the 27-member EU.
UK holiday boom: Bookings 'coming in thick and fast'
28/01/2021 | news | business | 1,846
With new hotel quarantine rules for arrivals from abroad, many people are seeking UK holidays instead.
Covid: English schools could return 8 March 'at the earliest' - PM
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,042
The PM sets the date he hopes England's lockdown will begin to ease, but warns of a "perilous situation".
Contactless limit could rise to £100
27/01/2021 | news | business | 522
The financial regulator will consult "shortly" on a rise from the current limit of £45.
Coronavirus: Vaccinate teachers at half-term - Starmer
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,153
Labour calls for key workers to be added to the first phase of the vaccination programme.
Boris Johnson promises plan next month for 'phased' easing of lockdown
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,999
The “phased” lifting of restrictions will depend on data on hospitalisations, deaths and vaccinations.
Covid-19: Cough, fatigue, sore throat 'more common' with new variant
27/01/2021 | news | health | 1,036
But loss of taste and smell may be less likely to affect those with the new strain, a study suggests.
Covid-19: Vaccine minister 'confident' of supplies amid production delays
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,759
Nadhim Zahawi says supply is tight, but he expects the UK to meet its February target of 15 million doses.
UK Covid deaths: Why the 100,000 toll is so bad
26/01/2021 | news | health | 7,254
As the number of people who died reaches six figures, the factors that led to this terrible total.
Coronavirus: Vaccine supply fears grow amid EU export threat
26/01/2021 | news | world | 5,858
The EU calls for "fair" distribution after vaccine companies cut back on pledged supplies.
Covid: UK virus deaths exceed 100,000 since pandemic began
26/01/2021 | news | health | 2,612
Another 7,700 registered with coronavirus on the death certificate brings the total to nearly 104,000.
Covid: Quarantine hotel plan to be discussed by ministers
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,489
The requirement would apply to British nationals arriving in the UK from high-risk countries.
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".
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.
Moderna vaccine appears to work against variants
25/01/2021 | news | health | 1,652
Laboratory tests suggest antibodies can recognise and fight the UK and South Africa variants.
Mastercard to push up fees for UK purchases from EU
25/01/2021 | news | business | 3,320
The move sparks concerns that customers could see prices rise if merchants pass on the higher cost.
Barclaycard customers face higher minimum payments
25/01/2021 | news | business | 201
The changes affecting some customers take effect as finances are squeezed by Covid and Christmas.
Coronavirus: UK R number 'between 0.8 and 1'
22/01/2021 | news | health | 4,946
The UK's chief medical adviser warns that "a very small change and it could start taking off again".
Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
22/01/2021 | news | world | 883
The tech giant says it will remove its main search function from Australia if it passes a new law.
UK borrowing hits highest December level on record
22/01/2021 | news | business | 461
Government borrowing hit £34.1bn last month, as the cost of pandemic support measures weighed on the economy.
Brexit: Retailers warn they could burn goods stuck in EU
22/01/2021 | news | business | 2,921
UK retailers may abandon goods EU customers want to return because it is cheaper than bringing them home.
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.
Covid: 'Too early' to say if lockdown will end in spring - Boris Johnson
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 5,496
Boris Johnson says England's measures will be reviewed once the priority groups have had the vaccine.
Covid: £800 house party fines to be introduced in England
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 169
Fines of £800 will be handed to anyone attending a house party of more than 15 people from next week.
Covid: Nearly 2m UK people got first Covid vaccine in last week
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,890
Around 200 vaccines are being given every minute, the health secretary tells the Commons.
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.
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.
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.
Covid vaccine: Priti Patel 'working to get jabs to front-line roles'
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,702
The PM says he wants them vaccinated "as soon as possible" but will listen to scientific advice.
Inflation: Cost of living up despite Covid Christmas curbs
20/01/2021 | news | business | 812
The UK inflation rate jumps to 0.6% in December from 0.3% in November, led by higher transport costs.
BBC faces 'financial risk' over licence fee income, watchdog says
20/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,861
A National Audit Office report calls on the corporation to produce "a long-term financial plan".
Scrapping £20 benefit could see Tories called 'nasty party' - Casey
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,122
The ex-government adviser said the Tories would be seen as the "nasty party" by ending the top-up.
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.
Storm Christoph: Flood warnings in parts of England
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,405
Police in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire say they are expecting flooding in their regions.
Covid: UK records new daily high of 1,610 deaths
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,346
The total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test during the pandemic is now above 90,000.
Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn
19/01/2021 | news | health | 2,367
Some 10% of the UK population is showing signs of recent infection, a doubling since October, says ONS.
Covid: Cash refusal 'creeping into UK economy'
19/01/2021 | news | business | 2,698
A survey by consumer group Which? raises concerns over coronavirus leading to more cashless stores.
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.
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.
EasyJet Holidays sees summer bookings surge 250%
18/01/2021 | news | business | 62
'People want to go on holiday,' says the airline's boss, as bookings for this summer rise sharply.
Covid-19: Critical care wards full in hospitals across England
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 787
There are very few spare beds for the most seriously ill patients in parts of the country, the NHS says.
Trampoline prices 'to soar 50% on shipping costs'
18/01/2021 | news | business | 1,202
The owner of a toy retailer says high transport costs may mean larger toys become more expensive.
Covid-19: Early signs of lockdown restrictions working
15/01/2021 | news | health | 1,947
The R number in the UK is officially estimated at 1.2-1.3 as a further 1,280 deaths are reported.
Marcus Rashford and top chefs demand free school meals review
15/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,300
The footballer joins celebrities and campaigners to call for action in a letter to the prime minister.
UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as services suffered
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,004
Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.
Insurers must pay many small firms for Covid lockdown losses
15/01/2021 | news | business | 1,424
A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.
Brexit: 'Most difficult week I've had in this job in 20 years'
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,663
Some hauliers say they have faced long delays and fear things will get worse before they get better.
EU blames UK after outcry over end to visa-free touring for musicians
14/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 2,839
Brussels points the finger at the British government for problems facing musicians and crews.
Primark refuses to go online despite £1bn lockdown loss
14/01/2021 | news | business | 619
The retailer insists it has no plans to move online, despite warning shop closures could cost it £1bn.
Covid: Infections levelling off in some areas - scientist
14/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,748
But the expert says the new Covid variant means any relaxation of rules will be a "gradual process".
Covid-19: New test rule for England arrivals pushed back to Monday
14/01/2021 | news | business | 42
A negative test had been due to be required from Friday, but ministers said people needed time to prepare.
Covid-19: Surge leaves key hospital services 'in crisis'
14/01/2021 | news | health | 2,151
England's cancer, critical care, A&E and routine treatments all hit as hospitals accommodate virus patients.
Brexit will increase food supply chain costs, warn business groups
13/01/2021 | news | business | 1,774
More red tape after the EU trade deal will raise food and manufacturing costs, business groups tell MPs.
Covid-19: Lockdown measures 'starting to show signs of some effect' - PM
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,577
But Boris Johnson does not rule out tougher restrictions in England, saying they are kept under review.
Johnson: 24-7 Covid-vaccine hubs as soon as supply allows
13/01/2021 | news | health | 889
The prime minister wants round-the-clock vaccination but adds supply is currently the limiting factor.
Covid-19: We can make this the peak by following rules, says Hancock
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,131
The health secretary urges people to follow rules, saying "individual decisions" make a difference.
Customs staff: Vaccinate us to keep trade flowing
13/01/2021 | news | business | 163
One operator told the BBC his staff were working up to 16 hours a day to help traders.
Civil service: Call to move 50,000 officials out of London
12/01/2021 | news | politics | 164
Tory think tank says government departments should re-locate to Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Tesco, Asda and Waitrose ban shoppers without face masks
12/01/2021 | news | business | 3,369
It follows similar moves by Morrisons and Sainsbury's, but those with medical reasons will be exempt.
Covid-19: Rule-breakers 'increasingly likely' to be fined - Cressida Dick
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,550
People are still holding house parties, raves and gambling gatherings, the UK's most senior police officer says.
Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border
11/01/2021 | news | world | 5,522
Dutch TV films officials confiscating ham sandwiches from UK drivers under new food import rules.
Covid: UK at 'worst point' of pandemic, says Hancock
11/01/2021 | news | uk | 6,486
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says 2.3 million people in the UK have now had a Covid-19 vaccine dose.
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.
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.
Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK
08/01/2021 | news | health | 3,791
Seventeen million doses have been ordered by the UK and are expected to arrive in spring.
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.
Pfizer vaccine 'works' against key variant mutation, study suggests
08/01/2021 | news | health | 159
The vaccine is able to attack one of the mutations found in new forms of the virus, lab studies show.
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.
Government offers firms new grants to survive lockdown
06/01/2021 | news | business | 2,322
Business groups welcomed the new help as a good start but said more aid and a clear plan would be needed.
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.
Virgin joins Tui and Thomas Cook in cancelling holiday bookings
05/01/2021 | news | business | 1,388
Virgin Holidays joins Tui and Thomas Cook in cancelling holidays after latest coronavirus restrictions.
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.
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.
Covid: Boris Johnson set to announce new England lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,874
Boris Johnson will make a televised address at 20:00 GMT to outline further steps as virus cases rise.
Covid: Brian Pinker, 82, first to get Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,552
The PM says the number of vaccine doses will amount to "tens of millions" by the end of March.
Covid: Regional rules 'probably going to get tougher', says Boris Johnson
03/01/2021 | news | politics | 12,813
Boris Johnson says more areas may need tougher rules, as Labour urges England-wide curbs within 24 hours.
Brexit: Johnson hails UK's 'freedom' moment as EU era draws to close
31/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,342
The government insists borders systems will cope when changes to trade and travel kick in at 11pm.
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.
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.
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.
EU to allow post-Brexit UK farm produce exports
24/12/2020 | news | business | 752
While this is a "critical step forward", seed potatoes are not included because of EU regulatory fears.
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.
Covid-19: Truckers who tested negative board ferries for France
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,781
Those with a negative test result can now leave the UK, but it could take days to clear the backlog.
UK has two cases of variant linked to South Africa
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,703
Travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been introduced to limit the spread.
Pound gains on hopes a Brexit trade deal is close
23/12/2020 | news | business | 475
Reports suggest a deal between the UK and EU could be announced later on Wednesday.
Lufthansa airlifts food to the UK amid lorry chaos
23/12/2020 | news | business | 543
The German airline is flying in fresh fruit and vegetables for shops such as Tesco and Sainsbury's.
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.
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.
Ports chaos 'bad for trust and post-Brexit trade'
22/12/2020 | news | business | 1,699
The food industry says port disruption makes it hard for foreign firms to trust UK exporters post-Brexit.
Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,878
Boris Johnson says his position is "unchanged", as time for the UK and EU to reach a deal runs short.
Coronavirus: Impact of new variant on children investigated
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,005
Experts urgently assess whether the mutation of coronavirus spreads more easily among the young.
Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 12,078
Spain and India are among the nations to suspend flights amid concern over spread of new variant.
Shares fall as new Covid strain spooks investors
21/12/2020 | news | business | 1,524
Wall Street slips after Europe markets fall over the UK's new Covid-19 variant.
Covid: Case for recalling MPs over emergency, says Sir Keir Starmer
21/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,120
The Labour leader also urges the PM to give daily updates, amid cross party calls for Parliament's return.
Covid-19: 'Serious disruption' feared as Dover halts traffic to France
21/12/2020 | news | business | 2,845
France will stop lorries arriving from the UK for 48 hours amid concerns about a new coronavirus variant.
Brexit: No trade deal unless 'substantial shift' from EU, UK says
20/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,732
With a decision expected before Christmas, UK sources say it is increasingly likely there will be no deal.
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.
'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.
Brexit: Trade talks in 'a serious situation' says Boris Johnson
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,148
The PM and the EU Commission head speak again by phone, and acknowledge differences remain.
Rishi Sunak extends furlough scheme for another month
17/12/2020 | news | business | 896
Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April 2021.
Port of Dover facing 'unnecessary holdups' on 1 January
17/12/2020 | news | business | 281
The company managing the port says lack of government support will make the transition "more challenging".
Chancellor Rishi Sunak reveals date of next Budget
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 466
The Budget had been set to happen in Autumn 2020 but was ditched due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brexit: 'Narrow path' in view for trade deal - EU chief
16/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,963
The president of the EU Commission says the "next few days" will be decisive for trade negotiations.
Housing: Formula for locating new homes revised after Tory backlash
16/12/2020 | news | politics | 447
Urban developments in the Midlands and north of England will now be prioritised in government U-turn.
Covid vaccine: More than 130,000 vaccinated in UK in first week
16/12/2020 | news | health | 1,134
Health Minister Nadhim Zahawi says it is a "really good start" to the UK's programme.
Brexit: UK wants EU trade deal but not 'at any cost' - Boris Johnson
15/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,937
UK and EU negotiators are trying to agree a post-Brexit trade deal by 31 December.
Covid: Chaotic start for travellers' Covid testing system
15/12/2020 | news | business | 468
The Test to Release programme is supposed to cut quarantine times for people arriving in England.
EU reveals plan to regulate Big Tech
15/12/2020 | news | technology | 943
Facebook, Google and others face yearly checks and limits on what they can do with users' data.
Hospitality worst-hit as unemployment rises again
15/12/2020 | news | business | 137
UK loses 819,000 paid jobs since start of pandemic, with a third of the cuts in hospitality.
Low-paid workers face pandemic 'double whammy'
15/12/2020 | news | business | 188
The Commission on Workers and Technology says the pandemic has accelerated the automation of low paid work.
Covid: London to move into tier 3 as infections rise
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,384
Parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will also face the toughest restrictions, the health secretary says.
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.
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".
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.
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".
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.
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.
Covid: UK isolation period shortened to 10 days
11/12/2020 | news | health | 1,294
The change will apply to contacts of coronavirus cases and people quarantining after travel.
Brexit: Malcolm Turnbull tells UK 'be careful what you wish for' over EU trade
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,894
Malcolm Turnbull tells BBC Question Time his country's arrangement with the EU has "large barriers".
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".
Brexit: EU sets out plans in case trade talks with UK fail
10/12/2020 | news | world | 7,009
The EU's contingency plans for "no deal" include measures to ensure smooth air and road travel.
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.
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.
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.
UK has 'no authority' to impose tariffs in Boeing row says US
10/12/2020 | news | business | 300
The US says the UK has no place participating in the fight because it has left the EU.
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.
UK to drop US goods tariffs in bid for trade deal
09/12/2020 | news | business | 554
The move breaks ranks with the EU in a dispute with the US over subsidies for Boeing and Airbus.
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.
'Price rises likely' due to UK shipping problems
09/12/2020 | news | business | 1,578
Businesses say importing goods to the UK is now so difficult, higher costs will be passed on to consumers.
Covid vaccine: What you need to know about vaccine safety
09/12/2020 | news | health | 1,014
And how to immunise yourself against the spread of fake news about what medicines work.
'Tax the wealthy to pay for coronavirus'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 1,128
The government should consider a wealth tax to patch up the public finances, tax experts say.
Honda pauses production after UK port woes
08/12/2020 | news | business | 1,304
The Japanese carmaker temporarily stops production at its Swindon plant after UK ports congestion.
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.
Oxford Covid vaccine 'safe and effective' study shows
08/12/2020 | news | health | 2,210
The peer-reviewed work in the Lancet medical journal confirms the vaccine is 'safe and protects'.
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.
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.
Brexit food supply fears grow: 'It's too late, baby'
08/12/2020 | news | business | 2,126
The industry tells MPs it has not had enough time to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.
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.
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.
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".
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.
What will happen to closed High Street shops?
06/12/2020 | news | business | 347
As retail chains fade, town centres may have to find other ways to attract custom.
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.
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.
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.
Covid-19: UK 'confident' of having 800,000 vaccine doses by next week
04/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,583
Alok Sharma says he expects the doses to arrive for the start of the UK's vaccination programme.
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.
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.
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".
Covid-19: UK surpasses 60,000 deaths
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,251
Only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico have recorded more coronavirus deaths than the UK.
Brexit: It's nearly now or never for UK-EU trade deal
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,995
As pizza-fuelled talks continue into the night, there appears to be stuff worth chewing over.
Live animal exports to be banned in England and Wales
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 609
The environment secretary says the ban could be in place by the end of 2021 in a move away from EU rules.
Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK
02/12/2020 | news | health | 5,840
The UK is the first country to approve the Pfizer vaccine - with 800,000 doses due to arrive soon.
EasyJet to charge for overhead luggage lockers
02/12/2020 | news | business | 1,995
Customers who want to use overhead storage must buy more expensive tickets, the airline says.
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.
Covid tiers: MPs back tougher system for England, despite Tory rebellion
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,874
The restrictions will start at 00:01 GMT, despite 55 Tory MPs voting against the government.
Boris Johnson able to call early election under proposed new law
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 354
The proposed law would do away with the five year set period between general elections.
Covid: Boris Johnson urges MPs to back tough tiers for England
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,392
The prime minister said the NHS remained under pressure, despite a four-week national lockdown.
Covid-19: No plans for 'vaccine passport' - Michael Gove
01/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,494
It follows suggestions pubs and restaurants may turn away people who don't get a coronavirus vaccine.
Coronavirus: Government publishes data behind stricter tiers
30/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,337
Some Conservative backbenchers have threaten to vote against the plan for England on Tuesday.
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.
Covid vaccine: Moderna seeks approval in US and Europe
30/11/2020 | news | health | 751
Regulators will decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend for widespread use.
Covid: Shops in England can open 24 hours a day over Christmas
30/11/2020 | news | business | 1,419
Local authorities in England will be allowed to temporarily waive rules restricting retail opening hours.
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.
Brexit: Barnier arrives in UK for face-to-face talks
27/11/2020 | news | politics | 6,943
The EU's Michel Barnier arrived in London on Friday evening, as the two sides try to agree a deal.
Oxford Covid vaccine: Regulator asked to assess jab
27/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,086
The referral is "a significant first step" to a possible rollout of the vaccine, the government says.
Rishi Sunak faces state pension conundrum
27/11/2020 | news | business | 1,482
Official forecasts suggest the state pension will rise by 4.1% in April 2022 when unemployment is high.
Covid-19: Tougher post-lockdown rules 'strike a balance', says PM
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 622
Almost all of England will go into tiers two and three when the lockdown ends on 2 December.
Universal Credit: Millions face losing £1,000 in benefits, campaigners warn
26/11/2020 | news | politics | 339
Campaigners urge Chancellor Rishi Sunak to keep a temporary Universal Credit increase in place.
Spending Review: Council tax likely to rise, says think-tank
26/11/2020 | news | business | 3,370
The IFS says the Spending Review means council tax could rise an average £70 per household.
Covid tiers 'a mortal blow' to hospitality
26/11/2020 | news | business | 2,780
One bar owner says 'it simply isn't viable' to operate under restrictions as English tiers are revealed.
Brexit: M&S warns that 15% of food lines may be unavailable in NI
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 451
Retailer Marks & Spencer says that some of its food product lines may be unavailable in January.
Covid crisis could 'cut pay by £1,200 a year by 2025'
26/11/2020 | news | business | 425
The virus is one of three "once in a lifetime" recent economic shocks says the Resolution Foundation.
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".
Covid: Call for UK-wide rules after Christmas
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,110
Mark Drakeford says restrictions brought in after Christmas should be agreed by the four nations.
Rishi Sunak warns 'economic emergency has only just begun'
25/11/2020 | news | business | 5,382
The pandemic will deal lasting damage to growth and jobs, the chancellor has warned.
Covid: PPE price rises cost taxpayers £10bn, report says
25/11/2020 | news | health | 1,222
"Inadequate" stockpiles meant the government had to boost supplies quickly, the spending watchdog says.
Spending Review: Chancellor outlines government spending plans
25/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,670
Rishi Sunak's spending review comes amid a difficult economic backdrop caused by the pandemic.
Covid-19: Three households can mix over Christmas in UK
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,371
People can form a "Christmas bubble" and mix in homes and outdoors between 23 and 27 December.
Covid-19: England arrivals to be able to cut quarantine with private test
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,068
People arriving in England can end their self-isolation with a negative test taken after five days.
UK car industry warns of £55bn no-deal Brexit hit
24/11/2020 | news | other | 441
Big losses will be seen in the next five years if the UK fails to strike a deal with the EU, the sector warns.
Northern England facing economic crisis 'worse than 1980s'
24/11/2020 | news | business | 387
Covid has increased regional inequalities, Labour Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham warns.
Deaths in UK 'a fifth higher than normal levels'
24/11/2020 | news | health | 1,780
Nearly 14,000 deaths occurred in the week ending 13 November - with 3,000 linked to Covid.
Rishi Sunak's Spending Review: Four things to look out for
24/11/2020 | news | business | 904
The Spending Review marks the start of the chancellor's economic recovery strategy. Here's what to watch for.
Brexit: Hauliers fear 'mayhem' at Holyhead port
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 525
There are claims Holyhead port will not be ready for the end of the Brexit transition period.
Covid-19: PM sets out 'tougher' post-lockdown tiers for England
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,128
England will return to a regional approach from 2 December but the tiers will be "tougher", the PM says.
Covid-19: Daily coronavirus test plan to cut contacts' 14-day self-isolation
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 617
Contacts of people with the virus will not need to quarantine if they test negative, the government says.
Covid: Boris Johnson to unveil post-English lockdown plans
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,206
Boris Johnson will unveil the latest Covid plans, including lifting a ban on outdoor grassroots sport.
Rishi Sunak says Spending Review will not spell austerity
23/11/2020 | news | business | 1,190
The chancellor says he will uphold pre-Covid funding pledges on police, nurses and schools.
Brexit: Progress made in tough areas, says EU chief
20/11/2020 | news | politics | 4,017
The president of the EU Commission says there has been recent "movement" in important areas.
Coronavirus: Christmas socialising poses 'substantial risks' - scientist
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,573
Proposals to ease restrictions over Christmas will be set out next week, a No 10 spokesman said.
Defence funding boost 'extends British influence', says PM
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,192
Boris Johnson says "the safety of the British people must come first" as he outlines a new package.
Cineworld eyes UK cinema closures and rescue deal
19/11/2020 | news | business | 513
The cinema chain has appointed restructuring experts to negotiate unlocking more cash from lenders.
Climate change: Can sending fewer emails really save the planet?
19/11/2020 | news | technology | 396
UK officials are reportedly considering asking us to stop sending "thanks" emails - but why?
Brexit: UK 'will be less safe without EU security deal' - police chief
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,464
The UK's counter-terrorism head says a deal is "incredibly important" for the country's security.
Covid-19: Family Christmas get-togethers being considered
18/11/2020 | news | uk | 6,554
Rules could be relaxed for a few days, with people urged to travel by car and not hold big gatherings.
Covid vaccine: Pfizer says '94% effective in over-65s'
18/11/2020 | news | health | 2,714
The jab works equally well in people of all ages and ethnicities, further data suggests.
Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM's green plan
18/11/2020 | news | science | 6,946
The PM confirms he is bringing the ban forward as he sets out his "green industrial revolution".
Brexit: NI businesses 'not ready for Irish Sea border'
18/11/2020 | news | uk | 731
Meanwhile, Naomi Long warns of potential crime "bonanza" on Irish border if there is no Brexit deal.
Nissan warns on its UK future without a Brexit deal
18/11/2020 | news | business | 1,049
The carmaker, which runs Britain's biggest car plant, said the factory 'will not be sustainable'.
Coronavirus: Doctors spell out how to exit England's lockdown
18/11/2020 | news | health | 767
The British Medical Association fears a surge in infections will cripple the NHS if unlocking goes wrong.
Coronavirus: Ministers want 'greater consistency' in tier system
17/11/2020 | news | uk | 706
England's Covid alert levels are being reviewed ahead of plans to bring them back, one minister says.
Covid: 'A fifth' of hospitality sector jobs lost in 2020
17/11/2020 | news | business | 133
The head of the industry's trade group tells MPs 660,000 jobs were lost before the latest lockdown.
Boris Johnson 'called Scottish devolution disaster'
17/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,979
No 10 does not deny reports the PM made the comment in a meeting with Tory MPs.
Travel rules changed for Christmas turkey farm workers
17/11/2020 | news | business | 1,120
Seasonal workers are now able to work during quarantine to ensure demand for Christmas is met.
EasyJet slumps to first annual loss amid pandemic
17/11/2020 | news | business | 369
The airline reports an annual loss for the first time in its 25-year history as demand collapses.
FTSE 100 and Dow Jones jump on second Covid vaccine hopes
16/11/2020 | news | business | 266
The Dow hits a new record on hopes of a second coronavirus vaccine breakthrough from US drugs firm Moderna.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson and six Tory MPs self-isolating after No 10 meeting
16/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,202
Boris Johnson, six Tory MPs and two aides have been told to self-isolate after a breakfast meeting in No 10.
Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection
16/11/2020 | news | health | 3,057
The results add to growing confidence that vaccination can end the pandemic.
Brexit: PM confident UK 'will prosper' without EU trade deal
16/11/2020 | news | politics | 7,165
Boris Johnson's comments come ahead of another week of negotiations for a post-Brexit trade deal.
Clintons boss: Supermarkets selling greeting cards 'grossly unfair'
16/11/2020 | news | business | 1,430
Supermarkets should not be able to sell non-essential goods in lockdown, says boss of Clintons cards.
Covid-19: Normal life back next winter, says vaccine creator
15/11/2020 | news | health | 1,546
Prof Ugur Sahin also raises hopes the vaccine, developed with Pfizer. could halve Covid transmission.
Brexit: Trade deal sticking points 'can be resolved', says UK minister
15/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,397
The UK's environment secretary says "agreement exists" with the EU, but time is "very, very short".
EU-UK talks: 'Make or break' moment approaching, say both sides
14/11/2020 | news | politics | 6,422
The two sides say big gaps remain between them as the "moment of truth" is nearing for an agreement.
Tata: Concern over future of Port Talbot steelworks
13/11/2020 | news | uk | 804
Urgent talks are being sought to see how a funding plan will affect Port Talbot's workforce.
R number for UK has fallen to between 1 and 1.2
13/11/2020 | news | health | 2,121
ONS data also says the number of people infected with coronavirus is slowing down.
Stonehenge A303 tunnel plan approved by transport secretary
12/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,834
The £1.7bn project will see a two-mile tunnel built near the ancient monument in Wiltshire.
Brexit: EU's 'penny is dropping' on UK sovereignty, says Gove
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 4,331
Brussels is starting to accept UKs independent status as trade talks deadline looms, says minister.
Xbox and Call of Duty cause record broadband data use in UK
12/11/2020 | news | technology | 240
BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk are among broadband providers that saw record demand on Tuesday.
Covid: Car use down as second lockdown takes effect
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 119
But the roads are much busier than during the first lockdown, new government figures show.
UK out of recession but growth slows in September
12/11/2020 | news | business | 1,869
The economy grows by a record 15.5% in July to September, but is still smaller than before the pandemic.
Brexit: UK has to 'knuckle down' and get a trade deal with EU - Irish PM
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,168
Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin warns that failing to reach an agreement would be "very damaging".
Capital gains tax: Rate should double, says government review
12/11/2020 | news | business | 2,141
The chancellor commissioned the report in July as part of efforts to cover Covid-19 costs.
Are big retailers exploiting lockdown loopholes?
12/11/2020 | news | business | 748
Some chains are capitalising on rules that allow them to sell non-essential goods alongside food.
Post-Brexit trade talks to continue next week
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,393
The UK government does not expect to reach a deal with the EU in this week's talks.
£3.6bn struggling English towns fund 'not impartial', say MPs
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 531
The way towns in England were selected for a cash boost was "not impartial", a spending watchdog says.
Covid vaccine: No guarantees on Pfizer roll-out but NHS ready - Hancock
10/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,280
The health secretary also announces that, from Tuesday, NHS staff will be tested twice a week.
Covid: Mass testing for 67 local areas in England
10/11/2020 | news | uk | 642
Areas including Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and parts of the West Midlands will receive new rapid tests.
Brexit: Government's bill suffers heavy House of Lords defeat
10/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,269
Peers vote overwhelmingly to remove a section that would allow ministers to break international law.
Covid: Hope for quarantine-free air travel - minister
09/11/2020 | news | uk | 827
A new testing regime could also reduce the 14-day self-isolation period, the transport secretary says.
Brexit: EU and UK negotiators resume trade talks in London
09/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,732
Negotiators are meeting again after Boris Johnson insists a post-Brexit deal is "there to be done".
Covid vaccine: First 'milestone' vaccine offers 90% protection
09/11/2020 | news | health | 5,815
The vaccine is a "significant step" forward for getting life back to normal, but challenges remain.
Brexit: 'Significant differences remain' over trade deal
07/11/2020 | news | politics | 10,796
The PM and EU Commission president agree to "work hard" to reach a deal when talks resume on Monday.
Covid: Johnson says Covid statistics 'irrefutable' amid new row
06/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,460
The PM insists the "upward curve" in deaths is "unmistakeable" after government charts had to be revised.
Retailers criticise lockdown rules on essential items
06/11/2020 | news | business | 217
A leading retail lobby group says government guidance over what products are essential is arbitrary.
UK coronavirus infections may be 'stabilising'
06/11/2020 | news | health | 1,434
Although the number of new cases continues to rise, the growth rate is slowing, latest data show.
Covid-19: Will the pandemic shift the power balance in England for good?
06/11/2020 | news | politics | 308
The pandemic has boosted the profile of local leaders - but will it lead to something bigger?
NHS England's IT plan expensive and risky, say MPs
06/11/2020 | news | technology | 264
The Public Accounts Committee says massive sums of public money could be wasted.
Brexit: Watchdog warns of 'significant' border disruption
06/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,653
The National Audit Office says traders are unlikely to be ready for changes due from next January.
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson stresses 'stay at home' message for England
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,706
Boris Johnson says four weeks of the new measures will be enough to make "a real impact".
Covid: Regulator criticises data used to justify lockdown
05/11/2020 | news | health | 2,381
Government used out-of-date model predicting 4,000 deaths a day in TV briefing.
Covid-19: Warning over tough fines as new lockdown begins
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,178
People who seriously flout the new rules in England will face fines, the justice secretary says.
Bank of England boss pledges to do 'everything we can'
05/11/2020 | news | business | 1,813
Policymakers vote to pump an extra £150bn into the economy as a second lockdown in England begins.
Covid-19: Northern Tory MPs demand England lockdown exit plan
05/11/2020 | news | politics | 222
The PM is urged not to leave large parts of England "locked into" restrictions after 2 December.
Covid: MPs vote to back four-week England lockdown
05/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,387
Boris Johnson sees off a rebellion by 34 Tory MPs over restrictions which came into force at midnight.
Coronavirus: Extremely vulnerable advised not to go to work from Thursday
04/11/2020 | news | health | 647
The advice for people at higher risk from Covid-19 is to stay at home as much as possible for a month.
Covid: MPs to vote on England's four-week lockdown
04/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,359
It comes as the head of NHS England says nearly 11,000 patients with Covid are now in hospital.
Mass exodus of students is expected as lockdown starts
04/11/2020 | news | education | 894
The NUS warns students are preparing for a mass exodus before England's lockdown starts on Thursday.
Covid-19 self-isolation fines 'tend not to work'
04/11/2020 | news | uk | 143
Fines should be "an absolute last resort," a Welsh Government advisor says.
Covid: Destructive rules only current option, says Chris Whitty
03/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,060
England's chief medical officer defends lockdowns as a further 397 coronavirus deaths are recorded.
Rishi Sunak 'must come up with six-month economy plan'
03/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,893
Labour accuses the chancellor of "panicked" decision-making after he extended furlough.
Covid-19: Liverpool to pilot city-wide coronavirus testing
03/11/2020 | news | health | 1,875
It will use rapid results tests that could be offered to "millions" by Christmas, the PM says.
Covid: Deaths 10% higher than normal as virus deaths rise
03/11/2020 | news | health | 1,421
There were nearly 12,300 deaths in latest week - 1,100 linked to Covid.
Third of staff 'fear catching Covid at work'
03/11/2020 | news | business | 440
The poorest paid are particularly worried - but are also the least likely to speak up, research finds.
Coronavirus lockdown: PM warns UK faces 'medical disaster' without action
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,160
Boris Johnson says lockdown rules will expire on 2 December - with MPs to vote on what happens next.
Nigel Farage: Brexit Party to focus on fighting lockdown
02/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,227
The party leader applies to change its name to Reform UK, calling the PM's Covid response "woeful".
Mortgage holidays extended for up to six months
01/11/2020 | news | business | 1,399
The scheme to help borrowers facing financial difficulty had been due to end on 31 October.
Covid-19: Ministers striving to avoid blanket rules - Raab
30/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,563
It comes amid calls from some scientists to introduce a strict national lockdown in England.
House prices climb to record high, says Nationwide
30/10/2020 | news | business | 319
House prices rise at their fastest rate for five years as buyers race to avoid paying stamp duty.
Covid: Are we heading back into a full lockdown?
30/10/2020 | news | health | 893
Infection rates are rising and European countries are going into lockdown. Could the UK be next?
Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day - study
29/10/2020 | news | health | 3,475
England is at a "critical stage" with infections doubling every nine days, a major analysis estimates.
Covid-19: 'Too early to say' what Christmas rules will be says minister
28/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,312
Environment Secretary George Eustice says people "may not be able to get together in larger groups".
Heathrow overtaken as Europe's busiest airport amid pandemic
28/10/2020 | news | business | 409
Paris Charles de Gaulle is now busier as passenger numbers at Heathrow dive 84% because of Covid.
Brexit border software developers warn of delays
27/10/2020 | news | technology | 648
Software designed to solve post-Brexit border friction is unlikely to be ready in time, they say.
Covid: Don't let north get 'left behind' Tory MPs warn PM
27/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,025
More than 50 Tory MPs call for a "clear road map" out of lockdown restrictions for northern England.
Covid Christmas: Rapid tests could get students home
27/10/2020 | news | education | 646
Covid testing pilot projects are launched in universities - as plans begin to get students home at Christmas.
Boots to offer 12-minute turnaround on Covid nasal swab test
26/10/2020 | news | health | 1,297
The £120 nasal swab test will be available to people not showing any symptoms.
Post-Brexit trade talks extended
25/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,518
The EU's Michel Barnier will stay in London, rather than returning to Brussels later.
Coronavirus infections continue to rise across UK
23/10/2020 | news | health | 2,629
The highest levels continue to be in the north of England, says the Office for National Statistics.
Brexit: Trade talks continue as negotiators meet in London
23/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,938
The EU's Michel Barnier has warned "every day counts" ahead of December's deadline to reach a deal.
Britain and Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal
23/10/2020 | news | business | 2,557
The countries formally sign a deal described by the UK's international trade secretary as "ground-breaking".
Covid: Starmer attacks 'miserly' Johnson in Covid cash row
21/10/2020 | news | politics | 1,065
The Labour leader accuses the PM of "grubby" deals with struggling regions after Manchester stand-off.
'We didn't have exact measures' in place for Covid says ex-civil service head
21/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,091
Lord Sedwill, former civil service head, talks to the BBC about coronavirus, Dominic Cummings and Donald Trump.
Brexit: Standoff continues in trade talks after negotiators' call
20/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,028
Both sides are calling on one another to compromise over a deal, as a December deadline looms.
UK plan to be first to run human challenge Covid trials
20/10/2020 | news | health | 1,511
Volunteers will be deliberately exposed to the virus in trials due to start in January.
Covid-19: First UK airport coronavirus testing begins
20/10/2020 | news | business | 553
The aim is to help people travelling to destinations where a negative result is required on arrival.
Bank boss: UK facing 'unprecedented economic uncertainty'
19/10/2020 | news | business | 1,415
Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey warns there is significant risk of lower economic growth.
Covid-19: Firms warn of 'catastrophic' impact of new coronavirus rules
18/10/2020 | news | business | 265
More financial support is needed to avoid mass redundancies and closures, businesses say.
Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10
17/10/2020 | news | politics | 17,913
"No point" in further discussions with the EU unless it changes course, Downing Street says.