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Saturday 23 September 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Britain

This week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
Brian Rowan: The head of the new Troubles legacy body will have a mountain to climb
The former BBC correspondent looks at the UK’s legacy bill and meets ex-police commander Peter Sheridan of the new Commission for Investigations.
This month
September 2023
UK Department of Education releases report into concrete in school buildings
The Irish government have been quick to clarify that the material in question is not used in Irish buildings.
Record broken as almost 900 migrants cross Channel to Britain in 24 hours
The overall number of migrants who have crossed the Channel so far in 2023 is still less than at this point last year.
This year
Sunak and Biden announce 'Atlantic Declaration' to strengthen US-UK economic ties
The world leaders hope the partnership will boost industry ties on defense and renewable energy.
Joe Biden says he came to Ireland to make sure 'the Brits didn't screw around'
The US President was referring to Britain’s commitments to Northern Ireland.
Charles and Camilla retire to Buckingham Palace after Charles' coronation
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, President Michael D Higgins, and Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill were among the guests from these isles to attend.
Opinion: Charles' coronation comes at a tricky time - is the jig up for the British monarchy?
Peter Flanagan looks at the history and current state of the British monarchy ahead of the crowning of King Charles this weekend.
A third of British residents 'wouldn't mind' Northern Ireland leaving the UK
The findings come as the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement approaches.
King Charles shows support for research into British monarchy’s historical links to slavery
The research will investigate the UK monarchy’s involvement in the slave trade and engagement with the empire.
UK's post-Brexit immigration rules may be relaxed due to labour shortage
The UK currently has about one million unfilled jobs.
Majority of UK firms who took part in four-day work week trial will stick with it
Researchers found that the overall health and well-being of employees had improved during the shorter working week trial.
Britain will be only major economy to plunge into recession in 2023, IMF warns
The IMF predicts that the UK economy will contract by 0.6% this year, 0.9 percentage points worse than its previous forecast in October.
Tory chairman sacked by Rishi Sunak after ‘serious breach’ found in tax affairs investigation
It comes after an investigation into Mr Zahawi’s tax affairs.
Dutch Ambassador: There has been a shift in how Ireland is discussing neutrality
Recently The Journal met with Dutch Ambassador Adriaan Palm and his country’s military attaché Lieutenant Colonel Richard Piso, to discuss Ireland and the Netherlands’ connections.
Last year
Mother accused of murdering two young sons appears in London court
Kara Alexander, 44, is charged over the deaths of Marley Thomas, aged five, and two-year-old Elijah Thomas.
Man arrested after egg ‘thrown in direction' of King Charles
Charles was temporarily steered away from crowds following the incident.
UK and Greece in 'secret talks' over possible return of ancient sculptures
The Parthenon Marbles were taken from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the early 19th century.
Taoiseach and UK PM determined to get deal done on NI Protocol 'as quickly as possible'
The Taoiseach met with UK PM Rishi Sunak this evening in what is being seen as a first step in relationship rebuilding between the two nations.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin met UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the British-Irish Council Summit in Blackpool this evening.
UK Government is keen on getting a negotiated settlement done on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Sunak said he was committed to strengthening UK-Irish ties.
Man detained after eggs thrown at Britain's King Charles during visit to York
Police officers were seen restraining a suspect following the incident, which left the British Royals unhurt.
UK navy launches probe into allegations of sexual harassment on submarines
Britain began admitting women to the navy in 2011.
British sprinter handed 22-month ban for failed drug test at Tokyo Olympics
Team GB lost their 4x100m silver medal when CJ Ujah tested positive for two prohibited substances.
Waiting time in queue to see Queen Elizabeth lying in state reaches 24 hours
Earlier, people were urged not to join the line until at least 4pm today due to overwhelming demand.
Crowds gather in London as queen's coffin to go on display
Members of the public have been paying their respects to the late monarch since 5pm this evening.
Charles formally declared British King as Elizabeth's funeral details released
“I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now passed to me.”
'A watershed moment': British newspapers react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Numerous papers carry an image of the queen at her coronation on 2 June 1953.
Opinion: Boris has left his party with a tough choice - a leader to the right or hard right
Peter Flanagan says the new leader of Britain will be decided by a small number of people and the choice isn’t great.
Sunak allies insist ‘all to play for’ in UK Tory leadership bid even as Truss pulls ahead
Supporters of the former UK chancellor seized on a poll of Tory councillors showing him as neck-and-neck with Truss.
UK's next PM: Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will go head-to-head in Tory leadership vote
Former Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt lost out by just eight votes.
Penny Mordaunt was eliminated in the final round of MP voting this evening.
The results of the runoff between Sunak and Truss will be announced on 5 September.
It is expected that the winner will replace Boris Johnson on 6 September.
Unprecedented peak demand for water in the UK
The UK’s The Met Office has forecast that London could see highs of 38C when the heatwave sweeps across England.
Britain facing record temperatures as public warned of widespread disruption
Temperatures could break a record of 38.7C as the heatwave continues.
Opinion: As Boris departs, the British public should ask the Conservatives 'what took you so long?'
Cabinet members and Conservative backbenchers stuck with Johnson while the public cried for him to leave, former UK/EU negotiator Sydney Nash writes.
Nick Kyrgios admits spitting in direction of fan at Wimbledon
British number eight Paul Jubb just fell short of a big first-round shock.
80% of Britain’s train services expected to be cancelled by biggest rail strike in a generation
Passengers will face commuter chaos from today due to the biggest strike by rail workers in 30 years.
Two British soldiers and Moroccan national ‘sentenced to death' by pro-Moscow rebels in Donetsk
The men were accused of being “mercenaries” after fighting with Ukrainian troops.
Senior British Conservative under fire for arguing UK should rejoin EU single market
Tobias Ellwood claims there is an ‘appetite’ in Britain to make ‘course corrections’ to the current Brexit model.
Thousands gather at Buckingham Palace for day one of jubilee celebrations
Thousands gathered at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as royal family greeted them from the palace balcony.
British MP Neil Parish formally resigns after admitting watching pornography in parliament
The Treasury said it had accepted the Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton’s resignation.
Rwanda president says UK asylum seeker deal 'not trading in humans'
The agreement has attracted criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in Britain and Rwanda, and the United Nations.
EU adopts laws to ensure continued supply of medicines from Britain to Northern Ireland
The issue stems from the outworkings of the NI Protocol, which means NI remains covered by the EU’s pharmaceutical regulations.
British Tory MPs divided over Channel 4 privatisation as plans could face revolt
Father of the House Peter Bottomley told the PA news agency the House of Lords will take out any clause that privatises the network.