UK plans to ban sales of diesel and petrol cars by 2040 – The Verge

The UK plans to ban sales of all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, The Guardian reports, as part of a government campaign to improve air quality. Environment Secretary Michael Gove is expected to announce the £3 billion ($3.9 billion) clean air plan on Wednesday. In addition to the diesel and petrol ban, the proposal [...]

UK economy expanded by 0.3% in second quarter of 2017 – The Independent

The UK economy expanded by 0.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2017, in line with consensus forecasts, as a slump in the pound and a spike in inflation continued to weigh on growth. The Office for National Statistics said that growth in the three months to the end of June was driven by [...]

Gove says chlorinated chicken would be banned under any UK-US trade deal – Politics live – The Guardian (blog)

NR: So if the Americans say, ‘Ah, this super great deal’ – whatever Donald Trump’s language is – ‘We’ve got to have access for our farmers’, Michael Gove says, ‘Well, Mr Trump, sorry, you can kiss goodbye to your trade deal’? MG: Yes. Critically, we need to ensure that we do not compromise those standards. [...]

UK urged to push for EU foreign policy observer status role after Brexit – The Guardian

The UK has been urged to formally propose a role for itself in the EU’s foreign policy after Brexit by taking up observer status at the twice-weekly meetings of diplomats that shape the bloc’s relations with the rest of the world. The idea was first suggested earlier this year by Crispin Blunt, the then chairman [...]

Teenage girl charged with plotting UK terror attack with Isis fighter – The Guardian

A 17-year-old girl has been charged with terrorism offences after allegedly communicating with an Isis fighter in Syria and arranging to receive weapons in order to conduct an attack in the UK, Scotland Yard said. She is also alleged to have received instructions on how to train and use weapons and asked for assistance in [...]

New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK – BBC News

Image copyright PA New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers are to unveil a £255m fund to help councils introduce steps to deal with pollution from diesel vehicles as part of £3bn spending [...]

Inside a US/UK trade deal – BBC News

Image copyright NHS Image caption The US has some big healthcare businesses which would be keen to establish a stronger presence in the UK Relations with the United States were always going to be a high priority for British trade policy post-Brexit. So no surprise that Liam Fox has gone to Washington to discuss prospects. [...]

Brexit: UK and EU still split on citizens’ rights – BBC News

Brexit Secretary David Davis has said there is a “moral imperative” to reach a swift deal on the rights of EU nationals living in the UK. He said the UK government took “very, very seriously” the need to end their anxiety and uncertainty. Mr Davis again signalled that he was not willing to compromise over [...]

Parents, UK hospital clash over taking baby Charlie Gard home to die – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard on Tuesday accused a London hospital of preventing their son from coming home to die, the latest harrowing confrontation in a legal battle that has raised emotions far and wide. Great Ormond Street Hospital’s lawyer told the High Court it had moved “heaven and [...]

Brexit: UK ‘overwhelmingly reliant’ on abattoir vets from EU – BBC … – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption Up to 75% of abattoir workers are estimated to be migrants, many from the EU The UK is “overwhelmingly reliant” on EU workers to enforce animal welfare and food hygiene standards in abattoirs, a group of peers has warned. The Lords EU Environment Committee said it was concerned 90% of [...]

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