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Brexit ‘hitting foreign languages in schools’

Brexit is causing poorer children to fall further behind in learning foreign languages, says the British Council. Parents in disadvantaged areas are telling teachers languages will be less useful after Brexit, it says. It warns that GCSEs and A-level languages in England are seen as being hard subjects in which to get a good grade. The government said the overall ...

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Vodafone switches on 5G network in seven UK cities

London, Jul 4 : Vodafone has become the second UK mobile operator to turn on its 5G network, offering faster speeds and the opportunity for new services, reports the BBC. The network is going live in seven UK cities, including Cardiff, London, Manchester and Glasgow. Making a success of the service could be crucial to the firm which has seen ...

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UK recession fears mount amid Brexit and global slowdown

Photo: In this May 2, 2019, file photo Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England speaks during an Inflation Report Press Conference at the Bank of England in the City of London. London, Jul 3 : The British economy appears to be showing signs of falling into recession as uncertainty over Brexit combines with a less benign global ...

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Tory leadership: Jeremy Hunt sets 30 September ‘no-deal deadline’

Jeremy Hunt has said he will decide by the end of September whether there is a “realistic chance” of reaching a new Brexit deal with the EU. The Tory leadership contender said he would deliver a provisional “no-deal Brexit budget” in early September and then give the EU three weeks. He vowed to abandon talks after that if there was ...

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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson backtracks over Scottish funding

Johnson has long criticised the Barnett formula Boris Johnson’s leadership team have promised “no change” to how Scottish government funding is calculated if he becomes prime minister. Jeremy Hunt had already pledged to “maintain” what’s known as the Barnett formula, and had challenged his rival to match his commitment. Mr Johnson has long criticised the formula. At one point he ...

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UK seeks new no-deal Brexit freight plan

London, Jul 1 : Transport companies are being asked to bid to provide extra freight capacity to be used in the event of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October reports BBC. The hurried ferry procurement process as the UK prepared to leave the EU on 29 March cost taxpayers more than £85m. That included £34m in a settlement and legal ...

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Theresa May: Salisbury poisoning suspects must face justice

The suspects in the Salisbury Novichok attack should be “brought to justice” and Russia must stop its “destabilising activities”, Theresa May has said. The PM spoke to the BBC before she met Russia’s President Putin at the G20 summit for one-to-one talks on Friday. The UK believes two officers from Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, were behind the poisoning ...

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Brexit: Theresa May refuses unconditional support for next PM

Theresa May has refused to promise unconditional support for her successor’s Brexit plan. Asked if she would back whichever Brexit outcome the next prime minister achieves, including a no-deal Brexit, she said that amounted to agreeing to “whatever happens in future”. Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson will be announced as the winner of the Tory Party leadership race on 23 ...

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Bank of England’s Carney hints at stimulus in no-deal Brexit

In this May 2, 2019, file photo Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England speaks during an Inflation Report Press Conference at the Bank of England in the City of London. File Photo London, June 26 : Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says he’d be inclined to back a stimulus package to shore up the British economy ...

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Brexit: Survival of UK in doubt, Gordon Brown warns

Gordon Brown has warned the future of the union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is “more at risk” than at any time in 300 years. The ex-prime minister said the United Kingdom risked “unravelling” due to Brexit and the “narrow nationalism” of the Conservative and SNP governments. In a speech in London, he urged the “patriotic majority” to ...

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