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GCSEs: 100,000 pupils a year leaving ‘without basic qualifications’

There has been a “shameful” rise in the number of young people in England leaving school without five good GCSEs or equivalent technical qualifications, the children’s commissioner has said. Research found a 28% increase since 2015, with about 100,000 pupils a year affected – almost one in five Anne Longfield said the impact on the poorest families was most marked. ...

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Brexit secretary: EU and UK share common purpose

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has said the UK and EU share a “common purpose” in reaching a new withdrawal deal, after a meeting in Brussels with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier. He said they had had “serious detailed discussions” and things were “moving forward with momentum”. Mr Barnier said it had been a “cordial” meeting, but “lots of work has ...

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Supreme Court to rule next week on UK parliament suspension

Britain’s Supreme Court announced Thursday it will rule next week on whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in shutting down parliament in the final weeks before Brexit, reports AFP. Following three days of intense arguments as the Brexit battle switched to the highest court in the land, judges are set to decide on Johnson’s advice to Queen Elizabeth II ...

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Brexit: UK shares confidential documents with EU

Confidential documents that “reflect the ideas the UK has put forward” on Brexit have been shared with the EU, the UK government has said. Ministers will table “formal written solutions when we are ready” and not to an “artificial deadline”, it added. Boris Johnson said he did not want to “exaggerate progress” of negotiations, but some was being made. It ...

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Supreme Court: Ex-PM’s lawyer argues against prorogation

Boris Johnson suspended Parliament to stop MPs “interfering” in Brexit, said the lawyer of former PM Sir John Major. The three-day Supreme Court hearing on whether the decision to prorogue was unlawful has finished its final day. The President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, said the judges would announce a decision early next week. The government argues prorogation is ...

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Cameron and the Queen: Palace ‘displeasure’ over comments

David Cameron’s revelation that he sought help from the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence vote in 2014 has caused displeasure at Buckingham Palace, a source has said. The former PM told the BBC he had asked whether the Queen could “raise an eyebrow” about the prospect of Scotland voting for independence. The Queen later said people should “think carefully ...

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Supreme Court: Parliament suspended ‘to stop MPs frustrating PM’, judges told

Boris Johnson sought to suspend Parliament to avoid the risk of MPs “frustrating or damaging” his Brexit plans, the Supreme Court has heard. Lawyers for campaigners challenging the suspension said there was “strong evidence” the PM saw MPs “as an obstacle” and wanted to “silence” them. But a government lawyer said the PM was “entitled” to suspend Parliament, and it ...

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British MPs in Sylhet to clean up Surma

Sylhet Office :  Sylhet is called the Second London. This myth could be prevalent because a large number of Sylhetis live in Britain. There are indeed some similarities. London is situated on the banks of the River Thames while Sylhet is on Surma River banks. It could be that, with that attachment in hearts, a 22-member delegation, comprising three MPs ...

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Brexit: UK will reject any delay offer, PM to tell Juncker

The UK is not prepared to postpone Brexit beyond the current 31 October deadline, Boris Johnson is to tell European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at talks on Monday, reports BBC. The lunchtime meeting in Luxembourg will be the first time the pair have met since the PM took office in July. A Downing Street source says Mr Johnson will stress ...

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Hong Kong protesters rally for support at British Consulate

Photo: A protester uses a placard to block his face as they participate in a peaceful demonstration outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Hong Kong, Sept 15 : Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Sunday outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong, stepping up calls for international support in their months-long campaign for democratic reforms in the ...

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