Brexit: UK ‘overwhelmingly reliant’ on EU vets and abattoir workers

Brexit: UK ‘overwhelmingly reliant’ on EU vets and abattoir workers

Image copyright Reuters The UK is “overwhelmingly reliant” on EU workers to uphold animal welfare standards, a group of peers has warned. The Lords EU Environment Committee said 90% of veterinary surgeons and 75% of abattoir workers were EU nationals and retaining them after Brexit was vital. Peers said there was no reason welfare standards […]

Crossrail 2: City mayors criticise government backing

Crossrail 2: City mayors criticise government backing

Image copyright AFP Two city mayors have criticised the government’s decision to back Crossrail 2, days after it scrapped rail electrification plans in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said there would be “widespread anger” at the decision to back the railway line, which will run through London. […]

Liam Fox downplays UK-US chlorinated chicken differences

Liam Fox downplays UK-US chlorinated chicken differences

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chlorinated chicken is a familiar feature on US shelves but is banned in the EU Liam Fox has downplayed talk that a future US-UK trade deal after Brexit could be threatened by disagreements over chlorinated chicken imports. The international trade secretary said the issue of whether the current UK ban […]

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Image copyright Getty Images Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said. New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the […]

Welsh food and farming industry’s post-Brexit warning

Welsh food and farming industry’s post-Brexit warning

Media captionFarming unions called for politicians to put aside differences and work towards a “sensible” Brexit. The Welsh food and farming industry is in danger of “being put back decades” when the UK leaves the European Union, the environment secretary has warned. Lesley Griffiths met Westminster counterpart Michael Gove for the first time since his […]

Boris Johnson: Hongi greeting could be mistaken in Glasgow pub

Boris Johnson: Hongi greeting could be mistaken in Glasgow pub

Media captionThe foreign secretary joked about the traditional ‘hongi’ greeting in New Zealand A traditional Maori greeting could be mistaken “in a pub in Glasgow”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has joked. On a visit to New Zealand, Mr Johnson thanked locals for teaching him the hongi greeting, in which people touch their noses together. He […]

UK and US to start talks on post-Brexit trade deal

UK and US to start talks on post-Brexit trade deal

Image caption Liam Fox will spend two days in Washington The UK is to hold its first talks with the US to try to sketch out the details of a potential post-Brexit trade deal. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox will spend two days in Washington with US counterpart Robert Lighthizer. EU rules mean the UK […]

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Image copyright Getty Images Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said. New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the […]

Ruth Davidson calls for Conservatism ‘reboot’

Ruth Davidson calls for Conservatism ‘reboot’

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson has warned the UK government it must show greater leadership if it wants to survive. Writing for the website UnHerd, Ms Davidson said the government must be “bold” and do more to make the case for Conservatism. She also said people were losing faith in […]

Ruth Davidson calls for Conservatism ‘reboot’

Ruth Davidson calls for Conservatism ‘reboot’

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson has warned the UK government it must show greater leadership if it wants to survive. Writing for the website UnHerd, Ms Davidson said the government must be “bold” and do more to make the case for Conservatism. She also said people were losing faith in […]

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