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France reopens UK border for travellers who are Covid-free
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France reopens UK border for travellers who are Covid-free

By Administrator_India Capital Sands Freight from Britain and passengers with a negative virus test began arriving on French shores Wednesday, after France relaxed a two-day blockade over a new virus variant that had isolated Britain, stranded thousands of drivers and raised fears of shortages. Associated Press reporters witnessed a ferry pulling into the French port of Calais before dawn and trains carrying freight and car passengers were allowed to cross to the continent beneath the English Channel again. People arriving from Britain are required to have a virus test capable of detecting the new variant, according to a late-night agreement reached after 48 hours of frenzied negotiations among French, British and EU authorities. European nations and others around the world beg...
UK could agree on ‘mini deals’ with European Union if trade talks fail
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UK could agree on ‘mini deals’ with European Union if trade talks fail

By Administrator_India Capital Sands UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said that Britain and the European Union could engage in a series of “mini unilateral” deals if no trade agreement is reached by the end of the month. Gove said that Britain and the bloc’s 27 member states could form a new “special relationship” after the end of the transition period, close to the UK and US link, which could include agreements he described as “side deals,” the Telegraph reported. Any trade agreement is “realistically unlikely” to be approved until after Christmas, meaning that lawmakers may only vote on a potential deal just hours ahead of the end of the transition period, he said. Speaking in Parliament last week, Gove said that like any set of neighbors, there will be conversations betw...
UK PM to detail new restrictions on Oct 12 to curb Covid-19 spread
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UK PM to detail new restrictions on Oct 12 to curb Covid-19 spread

By Administrator_India Capital Sands UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a statement to MPs on October 12 detailing new restrictions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in England. A letter from Edward Lister, Johnson's chief strategic adviser to MPs in the North West of England and seen by the BBC states that "it is very likely that certain local areas will face further restrictions". The letter said that the government was hoping to "finalise these details as soon as possible" amid "rising incidence in parts of the country". It also cites the "engagement that is taking place today and during the course of the weekend with local authority leaders in your region". A set of measures being discussed "present difficult choices. We must seek to strike the right ...
UK GDP collapsed nearly 20% in second quarter in historic Covid hit
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UK GDP collapsed nearly 20% in second quarter in historic Covid hit

By Administrator_India Capital Sands London: Britain suffered a record collapse in economic output in the second quarter of 2020 when COVID-19 lockdown measures were in full force, though the decline was slightly smaller than first estimated. Gross domestic product shrank by 19.8% in the three months to June, the Office for National Statistics said, slightly less than the initial estimate of a quarterly 20.4% crash but still more than for any other major advanced economy. The fall was the biggest since the ONS records began in 1955. Other data has suggested Britain is on course for its biggest annual fall since the 1920s. Britain's economy had already shrunk by 2.5% in the January-March period as the country entered lockdown in late March. Output has rebounded i...
Boris Johnson faces Lords fight after giving ground to Brexit rebels
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Boris Johnson faces Lords fight after giving ground to Brexit rebels

By Administrator_India Capital Sands UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a battle in the House of Lords over his controversial plan to break international law over Brexit despite making concessions to buy off rebels in the House of Commons. Former Tory leader Michael Howard, himself a Brexiter, promised a “rough passage” for the Bill when it reaches the upper chamber and said his fellow Lords —who have the power to delay the legislation by as much as a year —are “highly likely” to block it as a point of principle. “It invites Parliament to use its sovereignty to break international law and I don’t think Parliament should be asked to do that,” Howard said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Anna Edwards. “On this issue, that’s so fundamental and such an issue of principle...
UK justice secretary Robert Buckland warns he may quit over Brexit plan
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UK justice secretary Robert Buckland warns he may quit over Brexit plan

By Administrator_India Capital Sands Justice Secretary Robert Buckland defended the UK government’s plan to break international law by re-writing the Brexit deal, but warned he could quit over the issue if it isn’t adequately resolved by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “If I see the rule of law being broken in a way I find unacceptable, then of course I will go,” Buckland said on BBC TV on Sunday, when asked if he would resign if Britain acted on its plan to unilaterally override the legally binding Brexit divorce treaty. “We are not at that stage.” Buckland said he expects the UK will resolve its differences with the EU in discussions in the coming weeks and won’t have to act on Johnson’s plan. He described Johnson’s proposal as a “break the glass in emergency provision” and an ...
No end to lockdown yet but ‘careful’ easing begins, British PM Johnson says
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No end to lockdown yet but ‘careful’ easing begins, British PM Johnson says

By Administrator__India Capital Sands The coronavirus lockdown will not end yet, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, urging people to “stay alert” to the risks as he outlined plans to begin slowly easing measures that have closed much of the economy for seven weeks. While his directions were for England, the government wants the United Kingdom’s other nations to take the same approach. But there were immediate divisions, with the leaders of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland saying they were sticking with the existing “stay-at-home” message. In a televised address, Johnson announced a limited easing of restrictions, including allowing people to exercise outside more often and encouraging some people to return to work. “This is not the time simply to end th...
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UK PM Johnson, on the mend after COVID-19, faces lockdown conundrum

By Administrator_India Capital Sands Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces the biggest conundrum of his premiership as he recuperates from COVID-19: how to lift a lockdown that is destroying swathes of the British economy without triggering a deadly second wave of the outbreak. Johnson, 55, is on the mend at his country residence after spending three nights in intensive care at a London hospital earlier this month with COVID-19 complications. He later said he owed his life to the hospital staff. But as speculation mounts that the prime minister is preparing to return to work, Johnson is under pressure to explain just how and when the world’s fifth largest economy will exit the crippling lockdown. “He sounded incredible,” U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday of how John...
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UK coronavirus death toll could be 15% higher than previously shown

By Administrator_India Capital Sands Britain's death toll from the coronavirus could run some 15% higher than official figures have indicated so far, according to broader data published on Tuesday that include deaths in the community such as in nursing homes. The Office for National Statistics said 6,235 people in England and Wales had died by April 3 with mentions of COVID-19 on their death certificates. "When looking at data for England, this is 15% higher than the NHS numbers as they include all mentions of COVID-19 on the death certificate, including suspected COVID-19, as well as deaths in the community," ONS statistician Nick Stripe said. Unlike the daily data published by the government that show only deaths in hospitals, Tuesday's figures include deaths in the commu...