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# uk - Wednesday 30 December, 2020

Covid-19: UK health service facing 'unsustainable' pressure as ambulances queue outside hospitals
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Covid-19: UK health service facing 'unsustainable' pressure as ambulances queue outside hospitals

Dec 30th 2020, 9:30 AM 33,257 Views 35 Comments

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to announce more Tier 4 restrictions.

# uk - Monday 28 December, 2020

UK reports record number of new Covid-19 infections as case numbers continue to surge
# New Strain
# New Strain

UK reports record number of new Covid-19 infections as case numbers continue to surge

Dec 28th 2020, 4:31 PM 93,880 Views 31 Comments

A total of 41,385 new cases were recorded today.

# uk - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Simon Coveney: 'Ireland has defended itself against the vulnerabilities Brexit forced upon us'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Simon Coveney: 'Ireland has defended itself against the vulnerabilities Brexit forced upon us'

Dec 27th 2020, 6:30 AM 23,189 Views 30 Comments

The EU and the UK published full 1,246-page text of the treaty yesterday.

# uk - Saturday 26 December, 2020

Congestion eases at UK border but hauliers warn ‘it’s not over yet’
# Port Queues
# Port Queues

Congestion eases at UK border but hauliers warn ‘it’s not over yet’

Dec 26th 2020, 2:38 PM 22,197 Views 7 Comments

15,000 lorry drivers have been tested for coronavirus as of noon today.

Sturgeon says Brexit is ‘forcing Scotland in wrong direction’
# Deal
# Deal

Sturgeon says Brexit is ‘forcing Scotland in wrong direction’

Dec 26th 2020, 1:31 PM 51,077 Views 18 Comments

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack insists the UK Government has struck a “‘fantastic deal”.

'The devil is in the detail': Scrutiny of Brexit deal begins after full text of trade agreement is published
# Brexit
# Brexit

'The devil is in the detail': Scrutiny of Brexit deal begins after full text of trade agreement is published

Dec 26th 2020, 12:43 PM 33,639 Views 26 Comments

The 1,246-page document waspublished this morning.

# uk - Friday 25 December, 2020

'That approach can't continue forever': Britain travel ban to be replaced by strict health regulations
# Eamon Ryan
# Eamon Ryan

'That approach can't continue forever': Britain travel ban to be replaced by strict health regulations

Dec 25th 2020, 10:54 AM 32,059 Views 26 Comments

The government first introduced a suspension on flights and passenger ferries from Britain last Sunday night for an initial 48-hour period.

# uk - Thursday 24 December, 2020

A look at the detail: What is in the Brexit trade deal?
# And That's A Wrap
# And That's A Wrap

A look at the detail: What is in the Brexit trade deal?

Dec 24th 2020, 8:44 PM 80,343 Views 81 Comments

From what has been published so far, the UK conceded on both fisheries and the level playing field, while the EU conceded on governance.

Brexit trade deal agreed between EU and UK
# A Christmas Miracle
# A Christmas Miracle

Brexit trade deal agreed between EU and UK

Dec 24th 2020, 2:55 PM 52,588 Views 68 Comments
  • After 24 hours of speculation that there was a deal, the news was confirmed this afternoon.
  • “This agreement will write history,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said.
  • A Downing Street source said the deal takes the UK out of the “lunar pull of the EU” and the ECJ.
Thousands of lorry drivers could spend Christmas in Kent traffic backlog
# Channel Crossing
# Channel Crossing

Thousands of lorry drivers could spend Christmas in Kent traffic backlog

Dec 24th 2020, 12:01 PM 25,483 Views 18 Comments

Drivers coming from the UK need to be tested to be allowed into France – causing huge delays despite the borders being opened.

# uk - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

A post-Brexit trade deal looks imminent as speculation mounts about an announcement
# Brexciting
# Brexciting

A post-Brexit trade deal looks imminent as speculation mounts about an announcement

Updated Dec 23rd 2020, 11:07 PM 35,800 Views 28 Comments

It had been reported that the negotiating teams were pushing to get a deal over the line before Christmas.

Man arrested as stranded lorry drivers clash with police in England
# Kent
# Kent

Man arrested as stranded lorry drivers clash with police in England

Dec 23rd 2020, 2:58 PM 33,596 Views 39 Comments

The British Retail Consortium has warned of possible food shortages until the backlog of more than 5,000 lorries is cleared.

# uk - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

France to ease Covid travel ban from UK - but negative test result needed to travel
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

France to ease Covid travel ban from UK - but negative test result needed to travel

Updated Dec 22nd 2020, 7:41 PM 25,288 Views 23 Comments

The UK government’s chief scientific adviser said cases of the variant strain are appearing “everywhere”.

UK announces 36,804 new Covid cases today - its highest daily increase
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

UK announces 36,804 new Covid cases today - its highest daily increase

Dec 22nd 2020, 5:28 PM 32,772 Views 15 Comments

It tops the previous daily record of 35,928, which was recorded on Sunday.

Stormont advises against non-essential travel between NI and both Republic and Britain
# New Strain
# New Strain

Stormont advises against non-essential travel between NI and both Republic and Britain

Dec 22nd 2020, 6:56 AM 20,054 Views 33 Comments

People arriving in Northern Ireland will also be advised to self-isolate for 10 days.

# uk - Monday 21 December, 2020

Poll: Will there be a Brexit trade deal before 31 December?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Will there be a Brexit trade deal before 31 December?

Dec 21st 2020, 9:32 AM 30,961 Views 56 Comments

Another weekend of tense negotiations failed to achieve a breakthrough.

Eamon Ryan says Ireland will work with UK 'on what comes next' after 48-hour suspension of transport
# New Strain
# New Strain

Eamon Ryan says Ireland will work with UK 'on what comes next' after 48-hour suspension of transport

Updated Dec 21st 2020, 9:10 AM 34,936 Views 50 Comments

The Green Party leader also said increased restrictions will come into effect in Ireland “sooner than was originally planned”.

ECDC says there is a lack of evidence on how bad new virus strain is
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

ECDC says there is a lack of evidence on how bad new virus strain is

Dec 21st 2020, 8:18 AM 25,265 Views 16 Comments

The new coronavirus strain is estimated to be 70% more transmissible than previous strains.

Post-Brexit trade talks resume as ‘significant differences’ remain
# Customs Union
# Customs Union

Post-Brexit trade talks resume as ‘significant differences’ remain

Dec 21st 2020, 7:10 AM 7,652 Views 9 Comments

Michel Barnier and Lord Frost met in Brussels yesterday.

# uk - Sunday 20 December, 2020

France blocks lorry freight from UK as part of travel ban
# Food Supplies
# Food Supplies

France blocks lorry freight from UK as part of travel ban

Dec 20th 2020, 10:01 PM 79,647 Views 86 Comments

“Brexit stockpiling is one thing, the Christmas rush is another thing, but the absolute hammer blow now is to close the borders for 48 hours,” the Road Haulage Association said tonight.

Flights and passenger ferries from Britain to Ireland suspended for 48 hours from midnight
# Grounded
# Grounded

Flights and passenger ferries from Britain to Ireland suspended for 48 hours from midnight

Updated Dec 20th 2020, 8:49 PM 151,024 Views 146 Comments
  • Flights and passenger ferries from Britain to Ireland have been suspended over fears of the new coronavirus strain.
  • The restrictions will be reviewed by Cabinet in a meeting on Tuesday.
  • France is the latest country to join Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy in restricting flights from the UK.
Government considering travel restrictions from Britain as European countries ban UK flights
# COVID19 STRAIN
# COVID19 STRAIN

Government considering travel restrictions from Britain as European countries ban UK flights

Updated Dec 20th 2020, 3:25 PM 94,348 Views 133 Comments
  • The UK has announced tougher measures to contain the spread of the variant
  • Belgium has said the ban will remain in place for at least 24 hours
  • The Dutch ban on UK flights will remain in place until 1 January
New coronavirus variant spreading to other parts of UK, public health leader warns
# New Strain
# New Strain

New coronavirus variant spreading to other parts of UK, public health leader warns

Dec 20th 2020, 12:31 PM 22,751 Views 33 Comments

The strain has been detected in Wales and Scotland, but not yet in Northern Ireland.

# uk - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Path to post-Brexit deal blocked by fish dispute
# Sinking Ship
# Sinking Ship

Path to post-Brexit deal blocked by fish dispute

Dec 19th 2020, 7:20 PM 57,779 Views 24 Comments

Fishing is now the main obstacle to securing a pact by 1 January.

Scotland takes 'firm' action to tighten restrictions ahead of Christmas
# Ramped Up
# Ramped Up

Scotland takes 'firm' action to tighten restrictions ahead of Christmas

Dec 19th 2020, 6:12 PM 30,890 Views 10 Comments

Travel will not be allowed between Scotland and other parts of the UK over the Christmas period.

# uk - Friday 18 December, 2020

Jacob Rees-Mogg accuses Unicef of 'stunt' for campaign to feed UK children
# Feed The World
# Feed The World

Jacob Rees-Mogg accuses Unicef of 'stunt' for campaign to feed UK children

Dec 18th 2020, 8:21 AM 29,121 Views 64 Comments

Unicef said it will supply thousands of breakfast boxes over the two-week Christmas school holidays.

# uk - Thursday 17 December, 2020

Trump administration trying to secure mini trade deal with UK, US says
# Brexit
# Brexit

Trump administration trying to secure mini trade deal with UK, US says

Dec 17th 2020, 7:34 AM 34,324 Views 23 Comments

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer said he is “hopeful” of an agreement.

Britain urged to scale back Christmas as Johnson encourages 'smaller, safer' festivities
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Britain urged to scale back Christmas as Johnson encourages 'smaller, safer' festivities

Dec 17th 2020, 7:10 AM 6,378 Views 7 Comments

The NI Executive will meet today to discuss Covid-19 restrictions.

# uk - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

Covid-19: Curfews, lockdowns and travel limits in place across Europe amid fears of Christmas surge
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Covid-19: Curfews, lockdowns and travel limits in place across Europe amid fears of Christmas surge

Dec 16th 2020, 2:34 PM 19,425 Views 6 Comments

Tougher measures are being implemented across the continent.

Boris Johnson says restrictions will ease across the UK for Christmas despite concerns
# Christmas Bubble
# Christmas Bubble

Boris Johnson says restrictions will ease across the UK for Christmas despite concerns

Dec 16th 2020, 12:35 PM 12,258 Views 16 Comments

Between 23 and 27 December, up to three households will be allowed to mix under the festive bubble rules.

'We have found a way forward': Ursula von der Leyen says path to a Brexit agreement is in sight
# Brexit
# Brexit

'We have found a way forward': Ursula von der Leyen says path to a Brexit agreement is in sight

Dec 16th 2020, 9:10 AM 36,111 Views 37 Comments

The European Commission president addressed the European Parliament this morning.

# uk - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Brexit trade talks to continue but Johnson says two sides remain 'very far apart'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Brexit trade talks to continue but Johnson says two sides remain 'very far apart'

Updated Dec 13th 2020, 3:12 PM 33,954 Views 45 Comments

The legal date for the UK to leave the Customs Union and Single Market is 31 December.

# uk - Saturday 12 December, 2020

English schools could face legal action if they plan to shut early for Christmas
# Christmas
# Christmas

English schools could face legal action if they plan to shut early for Christmas

Dec 12th 2020, 2:43 PM 16,780 Views 19 Comments

The idea to close schools early for Christmas was also raised in Ireland in recent weeks.

UK began a landmark review into its gambling laws this week - Ireland doesn't even have a regulator yet
# Betting
# Betting

UK began a landmark review into its gambling laws this week - Ireland doesn't even have a regulator yet

Dec 12th 2020, 6:30 AM 11,334 Views 13 Comments

Legislation that would create a regulator in Ireland was first proposed by the government seven years ago.

# uk - Thursday 10 December, 2020

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns there is 'strong possibility' that trade deal will not be struck with EU
# Brexit
# Brexit

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns there is 'strong possibility' that trade deal will not be struck with EU

Updated Dec 10th 2020, 6:00 PM 23,601 Views 48 Comments
  • UK and EU to "come to a decision" on trade negotiations by Sunday
  • Micheál Martin says he doesn't expect a 'lengthy discussion' on Brexit at today's European Council meeting
  • Senior Downing Street source says it is “unclear” if differences can be bridged
Kay Burley to go off air for six months in wake of controversial birthday gathering
# Sky News News
# Sky News News

Kay Burley to go off air for six months in wake of controversial birthday gathering

Dec 10th 2020, 4:25 PM 57,265 Views 38 Comments

Political editor Beth Rigby and correspondent Inzamam Rashid have agreed to be off air for three months

# uk - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Johnny Depp applies to overturn ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard
# Libel Trial
# Libel Trial

Johnny Depp applies to overturn ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard

Dec 9th 2020, 7:57 AM 10,798 Views 0 Comments

The actor lost a case against The Sun’s publisher last month.

# uk - Monday 7 December, 2020

Covid-19 vaccine to be given to the elderly, carers and hospital staff in UK from tomorrow
# Pfizer BioNTech
# Pfizer BioNTech

Covid-19 vaccine to be given to the elderly, carers and hospital staff in UK from tomorrow

Dec 7th 2020, 8:05 PM 14,706 Views 14 Comments

Vaccinations will be administered at dozens of hospital hubs from Tuesday.

Brexit trade talks: Boris and Ursula to meet in coming days to discuss final 'significant differences'
# End Game
# End Game

Brexit trade talks: Boris and Ursula to meet in coming days to discuss final 'significant differences'

Updated Dec 7th 2020, 6:53 PM 41,894 Views 48 Comments
  • 'Significant differences' remain on the level playing field, fisheries and governance
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said new problems on fisheries had arisen
  • The House of Commons votes to reject Lords' amendments to Internal Market Bill, but UK government agrees to 'deactivate' contentious clauses if there is a trade deal

# uk - Sunday 6 December, 2020

'This is the final throw of the dice': Talks on post-Brexit trade deal resume in Brussels
# Brexit
# Brexit

'This is the final throw of the dice': Talks on post-Brexit trade deal resume in Brussels

Updated Dec 6th 2020, 1:22 PM 12,862 Views 25 Comments

Lord Frost and Michel Barnier are attempting to resolve the remaining issues.