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EU, UK unveil vast trade pact set to enter force on Jan 1

The European Union and the United Kingdom made public Saturday the vast agreement that is likely to govern future trade and cooperation between them from Jan. 1, setting the 27-nation bloc’s relations with its former member country and neighbor on a new but far more distant footing. EU ambassadors and lawmakers on both sides of the English Channel will now ...

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Britain faces major Brexit challenges after last-minute deal

Britain is set for a new chapter Friday after securing a hard-fought post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union as EU envoys gathered to discuss an accord reached only after months of tortuous negotiations. The country will now not tumble off a trade “cliff-edge” come January 1, avoiding a mountain of harmful tariffs and quotas. But major changes are inevitable ...

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UK announces 39,036 more coronavirus cases and 574 deaths

The UK has announced 39,036 more cases of coronavirus and 574 deaths, as the epidemic grows by almost 40 per cent in a week. It comes as official data showed the vast majority of local authorities in England saw infections rise in the last week, with the biggest jumps in Tier 1 and 2 areas. Some 85 per cent of ...

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EU and Britain seal post-Brexit trade deal

The European Union and Britain on Thursday struck a post-Brexit trade deal to cushion the economic blow of the UK’s imminent departure from the single market after 10 months of tortuous negotiations. “A deal is done,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted. “We have finally found an agreement,” said the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. “It ...

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UK records 744 new Covid deaths – the highest since April 29

Lorry drivers carry out a mass protest at the A299 at Manston Airport in Kent this morning as the chaos continues A further 744 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK, the highest number since April 29 during the peak of the pandemic. The total number of UK deaths is now at 69,051.There were also a further 39,237 lab-confirmed ...

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Covid: Here’s what you can and can’t do in England’s Tier 4

Matt Hancock has announced more parts of the country will be put in stricter tiers in a bid to limit the spread of Covid-19. The Health Secretary announced the new measures amid rising concerns over the new mutant strain which is thought to have emerged from Kent, as well as new evidence of a new Covid variant which emerged from ...

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Pfizer and Moderna are testing their vaccines against UK coronavirus variant

Pfizer and Moderna are testing their coronavirus vaccines to see if they work against the new mutated version of the virus that’s recently been found in the United Kingdom and other countries, according to company statements. “Based on the data to date, we expect that the Moderna vaccine-induced immunity would be protective against the variants recently described in the UK,” ...

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UK coronavirus variant now has no significant impact on vaccines: WHO

Despite a number of mutations so far of SARS-CoV-2 virus, the culprit behind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, none of them, including the latest UK variant, has made a significant impact on the susceptibility of the virus to any of the currently used therapeutics, drugs or the vaccines under development, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have said. According to ...

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Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals

More than 40 countries have banned UK arrivals because of concerns about the spread of a new variant of coronavirus. Flights from the UK are being suspended to countries across the world including Spain, India and Hong Kong. France shut its border with the UK for 48 hours, meaning no lorries or ferries can leave from the port of Dover. ...

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Coronavirus: UK records more than 33,000 new cases and 215 more deaths

Travellers, one dressed in a Father Christmas outfit and all wearing face coverings, queue with their luggage in the departures hall at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport in west London The UK has recorded more than 33,000 new cases of Covid-19 as cases continue to soar across the country in South East England and Wales. Some 33,364 new cases of ...

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