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O2 apologises for major network outage across UK

O2 apologises for major network outage across UK

The telecommunications network O2 has apologised after its service went down on Thursday afternoon, leading to thousands of complaints from customers across the UK who were unable to use their mobile phones. People in the most densely populated areas of all four UK nations reported being unable to use their O2 devices, according to the […]

Ely bids to become UK's first 'plastic bag-free city centre'

Ely bids to become UK's first 'plastic bag-free city centre'

Image caption Ely hopes its modest size helps it to become the UK’s first city centre free of plastic bags A city has set its sights on having the UK’s first plastic bag-free city centre. Ely’s chances of bagging the claim are helped by the fact it is one of the country’s smallest cities, with […]

UK weather forecast: Temperatures to PLUMMET as BITTER cold front and rain hit UK

UK weather forecast: Temperatures to PLUMMET as BITTER cold front and rain hit UK

On Thursday the north is expected to be particularly wet and windy. According to Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill Thursday will see “a cold front make its way southeastwards throughout the day. “That will bring some stronger winds. “We are going to see some rain pushing into northern parts that could be a bit heavy, […]

Immigrant language criteria to harden after Brexit, says Javid

Immigrant language criteria to harden after Brexit, says Javid

People seeking British citizenship are to face tougher English language requirements after Brexit, the home secretary has said, as he announced an overhaul of the immigration system that will include the end of free movement from the EU. Sajid Javid, addressing the Conservative party conference amid febrile chatter over his prospects as a potential future […]

Three of UK PM May's ministers privately 'see argument for' second Brexit vote: lawmaker

Three of UK PM May's ministers privately 'see argument for' second Brexit vote: lawmaker

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Three British government ministers privately support the idea of holding a second referendum on the final Brexit deal, a former junior minister said on Monday. Conservative lawmaker Phillip Lee, who resigned from the justice ministry in June over the government’s handling of Brexit, told a packed pro-EU event on the sidelines […]

Flawed UK and US patriotism behind 'nation first' politics

Flawed UK and US patriotism behind 'nation first' politics

During my posting as ambassador in London, I regularly attended the main party conferences. Debates in the main conference hall tended to be fairly downbeat and sometimes sparsely attended. However, at the Conservative conference, two things were guaranteed to rouse delegates from any slumbers. Calls to preserve the United Kingdom and references to Boris Johnson. […]

UK weather forecast: Temperatures to PLUNGE to FREEZING as NUMBING Arctic air hits Britain

UK weather forecast: Temperatures to PLUNGE to FREEZING as NUMBING Arctic air hits Britain

Temperatures are set to plunge on Sunday as a layer of freezing Arctic air engulfs parts of the UK. Meteorologist Marco Petagna said Britain is set “to turn quite chilly” with temperatures plummeting “into the low single figures” – low enough to bring frost as Britons wake up. He warned that “a band of cloud […]

BREAKING: TUI flight to UK from Majorca in mid-air EMERGENCY as plane diverts

BREAKING: TUI flight to UK from Majorca in mid-air EMERGENCY as plane diverts

A TUI flight to the UK from Majorca is currently diverting after declaring an on-board emergency. The aircraft was flying over Spain after taking off from Palma de Majorca when it declared an incident. It is not yet clear what the nature of the emergency is, but the aircraft landed back in Majorca at […]

UK nationals would suffer under skills-based immigration, EU tells Javid

UK nationals would suffer under skills-based immigration, EU tells Javid

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has been warned by Brussels that the UK’s own nationals will suffer if it introduces a post-Brexit immigration system that discriminates between European citizens according to their skills. The policy is likely to be unveiled at the Conservative party conference, which begins on Sunday. Following a meeting this week with […]

Most UK Businesses Aren't Preparing for Brexit Yet, BCC Says

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