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£705m boost for Britain’s Brexit border checks

A £705m funding package to boost infrastructure and recruit more staff on Britain’s border has been announced as the UK prepares to leave the EU customs union at the end of the year. Plans include new border control posts and 500 extra Border Force staff. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the move would help the UK “seize the opportunities” ...

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Boris Johnson calls on public to return to work

Boris Johnson has called for workers to return to the office if they can in a major shift of emphasis in the Government’s coronavirus strategy. The Prime Minister said that “the faster we can get back to the status quo ante the better” for industries such as hospitality, manufacturing and academia as he signalled he is keen to speed up ...

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Coronavirus: Pools, gyms, team sport and outdoor gigs to return

  Pools, gyms and sports facilities will be able to reopen and team sports and outdoor gigs resume in England, the government has announced. Outdoor pools and performances can resume from Saturday with social distancing in place, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said. Beauticians, nail salons and tattooists can also reopen from Monday, he said. Indoor gyms, sports facilities and pools ...

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UK pharmacy Boots says to cut over 4,000 jobs

UK pharmacy giant Boots on Thursday said it will cut more than 4,000 jobs after the country’s coronavirus lockdown slashed sales, especially affecting its opticians. US-owned Boots said it planned “significant restructuring across its head office, store teams and opticians… resulting in a reduction of its headcount of more than 4,000 and the closure of 48 Boots Opticians stores”. Boots ...

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UK universities comply with China internet limits

UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China – which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. It enables students in China to keep studying UK degrees online, despite China’s limits on internet access. But it means students can only reach material on an “allowed” list, BBC reported. Universities UK ...

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak cuts VAT in emergency plan to save jobs

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to cut VAT on hospitality as part of a £30bn plan to prevent mass unemployment as the economy is hit by coronavirus. The government will also pay firms a £1,000 bonus for every staff member kept on for three months when the furlough scheme ends in October. And Mr Sunak announced a scheme to give 50% ...

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Coronavirus Update : UK death toll increase by 155 to 44,391

The UK coronavirus death toll has increased by 155 in a large rise from yesterday’s low of just 16, the latest official figures released today show. The official death toll across all settings is now at 44,391 in the latest figures from the Department of Health today. This includes hospitals, care homes and the community. There has been a further ...

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UK imposes sanctions against human rights abusers

The UK is imposing sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years. Individuals implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 will have their UK assets frozen and banned from entering the country. And Saudi Arabian officials involved in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are also being ...

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Post-Brexit UK’s first sanctions to target top-ranking Myanmar generals

Two high-ranking Myanmar military generals involved in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities have been designated for sanctions under a powerful new regime established by the UK. Forty-nine individuals and organisations including two Myanmar military generals involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations and abuses in recent years have been ...

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Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over ‘interference’

  China has warned the UK not to interfere with Hong Kong following the imposition of a new national security law, as one pro-democracy campaigner begged for international support. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said the UK’s offer of a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kongers amounted to “gross interference”. The offer came after Beijing brought in the ...

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