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The body is currently searching for a new Director General to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who is standing down from the position on 31 August. But now the Prime Minister is set to play his trump nomination card by putting forward former Trade Secretary Liam Fox as the UK’s preferred candidate. The ex-Cabinet minister is a vocal Brexiteer and ally of...

German MEP Martin Schirdewan furiously hit out at the European Union over its past errors which saw an increase in austerity during the bloc’s 2007-2008 economic crisis. Mr Schirdewan explained Europe hasn’t forgotten those days as he urged Brussels to ensure that work is secure for Europeans. It comes as the European Union works to help countries following...

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said the bloc would be willing to accept British demands for zonal attachment, dropping pressure to allow the UK to break from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Giving evidence to the House of Lords on June 23, Mr Barnier appeared to offer a major compromise on fishing, which has been among the most contentious issues during...

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and British negotiator David Frost began the latest bout of Brexit trade-deal discussions last night over dinner. The two senior figures dined on chargrilled asparagus, followed by a fillet of halibut and then a terrine of summer fruits at Number 10 last night. This was the first face-to-face meeting in months following...

Mr Khan joined other dignitaries on the 15th anniversary of the outrage that killed 52 people and injured around 700 others. He said: “Our thoughts remain with all those affected that day. There will always be those who seek to divide us, but our city remains united in spirit. We will never be cowed by terrorism.” Britain’s top police officer also...

“Now Boris Johnson is trying to shift the blame.” His criticism comes after Mr Johnson suggested “too many” care homes did not properly follow procedures to fight the coronavirus crisis. Mr Johnson’s comments have been widely criticised and branded a “realslap in the face” for care workers by the Independent Care Group, while...

The EU’s chief negotiator told a House of Lords Committee Brussels “will not delay things” after Britain announced a gradual three phased implementation of border checks of its own. Ministers said full border checks will now only apply on EU goods entering the UK from July 2021. Mr Barnier said the EU was ready for Britain to leave the Customs Union and...

Health Minister Caroline Dinenage hit out at SNP’s Jack Nicolson in the House of Commons as he said the UK Government’s help in the creative industries sector has come too late. Ms Dinenage pointed out the SNP Government would receive £57million through the Barnett formula as Mr Nicolson raged over a lack of funding for self-employed workers. The Barnett...

Fish was on the menu for dinner as well as discussions between officials last night ahead of informal negotiations opening this morning. Access to UK waters after the transition period ends in December is one of the key stumbling blocks in striking a future trade deal. {%=o.title%} ]]> Documents released yesterday revealed...

The SNP MP said: “Will you agree with the SNP that we need a stimulus package of at least £80billion including a two percent cut to employers’ national insurance contribution and reducing VAT for the hospitality sector as demanded by the Scottish Government? “If he does not believe these steps should be taken will he allow the Scottish Government...

An investigation by Parliament’s Commissioner for Standards found the former Labour Party MP for North West Durham – who lost her seat in the general election – sent thousands of elderly constituents letters detailing changes to rules around TV licences for those aged over 75. But the Commissioner ruled “alterations made by Ms Pidcock to a letter...

Jonathan Ashworth called for Boris Johnson to apologise for the comments he made regarding care homes yesterday. The Labour MP branded the Prime Minister’s comments as crass remarks. However, Mr Hancock hit back and fiercely defended the Conservative leader in the House of Commons.     {%=o.title%} ]]> Mr Ashworth...

The UK is currently embroiled in protracted talks with the EU as both sides attempt to thrash out a favourable post-Brexit trade deal. As the two negotiating teams dispute what concessions should be made, many Brexiteers and MPs are hopeful Germany’s Angela Merkel would ensure the UK will receive a favourable deal – but this may no longer be the case. ...

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman admitted no follow-up checks on travellers returning to Scotland from abroad have been carried out due to “data protection issues” with the Home Office immigration systems. Speaking yesterday, she added: “We had to have our Public Health Scotland officials security cleared in order to access the Home Office systems. ...

Nicola Sturgeon’s administration has thought to have spent almost £40million to dispose of medical waste since Healthcare Environmental Services Ltd in Shotts, North Lanarkshire ceased trading. Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) were responsible for the disposing of clinical waste in NHS organisations across the UK. {%=o.title%} ...

The latest round of negotiations on the future relationship after Brexit took place in Brussels last week – the first time the two sides have met face-to-face in more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. But talks collapsed and ended a day early, with both sides again blaming each other for a lack of progress being made and warning time is running...

Britain is on course to leave the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) next year and become an independent coastal state – free to set its own tariffs and quotas on stocks. But the issue of access to each other’s waters after Brexit has proven to be a major hurdle in the current trade deal talks – with both sides refusing to move from their positions. Now...

The shadow chancellor insisted Britain was behind lots of other countries on support for hard-hit sectors in an appearance on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday. But BBC presenter Andrew Neil said for the claim to be “verified” she should have been pressed on the point. He tweeted: “For this to be verified she should have been asked: what other countries and...

Researchers from the University of the Highlands and Islands Language Sciences Institute (UHI) noted that just 11,000 people reported an ability to speak the language. The authors said Gaelic is “in crisis, and that within remaining vernacular communities of Scotland, the social use and transmission of Gaelic is at the point of collapse”. ...

Readers voted in our exclusive poll on whether it is time for UK consumers to buy British as negotiations with the Brussels bloc are yet to make progress. This website asked: ‘Is it time for UK consumers to buy British and show EU we won’t be pushed around?’ A huge 98 percent of readers said yes, while just two percent said no. Commenting on...

Currently, people arriving in Scotland from abroad have to quarantine for 14 days or risk a £480 fine. All people arriving have to supply contact details, travel details and the address of where they will self-isolate. {%=o.title%} ]]> Public Health Scotland officials were expected to carry out spot checks and impose...

It emerges just days after Beijing caused fury in Britain and democracies worldwide by imposing a  new security law on the former colony, breaking terms of the handover treaty which guaranteed it democracy under “one nation two systems” until 2047. But last night experts warned that President Xi Jinping ‘s aggressive policies may be running out of fuel as...

Professor Matthew Goodwin argues the Tories can tap into support in seats that stuck with Labour in the December election. He said: “That well is still deeper than the Conservatives have currently realised… There are a number of Labour-held seats today that have much more smaller majorities but are filled with the exact same types of voters that are in seats...

Exclusive polling reveals that more than seven out of 10 of us (72 percent) expect the country to be hit with a second wave of the deadly virus. Nearly six out of 10 (58 percent) say people who broke the rules or were not cautious will be to blame if this disaster happens. Just 31 percent would pin the blame on the Government for easing lockdown restrictions too...

Brexit talks between the UK and the European Union ended prematurely on Thursday with outstanding issues remaining over trade and fisheries. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has demanded a level playing field with the UK over trade as well as access to UK fishing waters after the transition period – something his counterpart David Frost has rejected. ...