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‘No specific plans’ for Boris Johnson’s Channel bridge

Downing Street has said there are “no specific plans” for a bridge between the UK and France after Boris Johnson floated the idea of a “fixed link”. The UK foreign secretary reportedly ran the idea past French President Emmanuel Macron at a summit on Thursday. But Downing Street said he had been referring to a panel looking at Anglo-French major ...

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Government to carry out major environmental assessment of UK seas

  Defra prioritises post-Brexit fisheries plan and protection of UK’s coldwater reefs, promising data will be made publicly available online An assessment of the seas around the UK will carried out by the government and made available online, the (Defra) has promised, with a view to cleaning up and improving the inshore environment. Thérèse Coffey, a Defra minister, said that by ...

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What do you give the man who is lending us the Bayeux Tapestry?

President Macron’s offer to loan the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK is a diplomatic masterstroke. Even the most ardent Brexiteer can recognise the gesture of a European leader extending the hand of friendship at a time of discord and difficulty. The Bayeux Tapestry is perhaps the single most famous work of European medieval art — that’s quite something, given it ...

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Winter weather: Thousands without power after gales hit UK

  Around 24,600 homes and businesses are without power as severe gales brought disruption to much of the UK. A further 130,000 properties in eastern England have had power restored after gusts of up to 83mph (134 kph) damaged power lines, UK Power Networks said. Across the country, high winds brought down trees and power cables, blocked transport links and ...

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Back Brexit law or risk chaos, May’s Conservatives tell MPs

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party urged MPs to back the government’s Brexit legislation at a vote in parliament later on Wednesday, warning opponents that trying to block the plan would bring chaos. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is set to complete its first journey through parliament’s lower house some time after 1900 GMT, a milestone on the long road ...

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Celine Dookhran murder accused ‘obsessed’ with victim

A builder kidnapped, raped and cut the throats of two women before putting one of their bodies in a deep freezer, a court has heard. Mujahid Arshid, 33, is charged with the rape and murder of 20-year-old Celine Dookhran. She was found on 19 July last year in an empty house in Kingston, south London. He is also accused of ...

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Forecasters issue new warning of persistent heavy snow

    Forecasters have issued a fresh warning of persistent heavy snow for southern Scotland and north east England. A Met Office amber “be prepared” alert is now in place from 21:00 on Wednesday until 05:00 on Thursday. Hundreds of drivers who spent the night stranded on the main route between Scotland and England have resumed their journey. Traffic Scotland ...

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Mayor Biggs focusses Budget on employment and tackling anti-social behaviour

  Mayor John Biggs has formally put forward his Budget proposals for Tower Hamlets Council, with a focus on employment and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB). The proposals were agreed at a Cabinet meeting, and will now go to a meeting of the Full Council next month. The Budget proposals include an additional £1.4m to tackle crime and ASB ...

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UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

The UK’s inflation rate has fallen for the first time since June, mainly because of the impact of air fares. The inflation rate dipped to 3% in December, down from November’s rate of 3.1% – a six-year high. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that while air fares rose last month, it had a smaller impact than at the same ...

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Travel warning as parts of UK set for heavy snow

Much of Scotland has already been hit by snow, shutting schools and causing major disruption on the roads. Parts of the UK could see up to 25cm (9.8in) of snow on Tuesday night, the Met Office has said. Amber warnings for snow and ice have been issued for southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, with forecasts of between 15cm (5.9in) and ...

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