Weather: temperatures to reach 30C over UK bank holiday weekend | UK news

Britain is expected to bake again this bank holiday weekend with temperatures rocketing to 30C (86F). The Met Office said parts of the south-east of England could experience temperatures that are double their usual level for this time of year, with the mercury reaching a near-record on bank holiday Monday. “The average temperature for this […]

UK urged to sanction ‘top Putin oligarchs’ as new powers take effect | World news

Britain should target high-profile Russians with economic sanctions soon after so-called Magnitsky powers passed by parliament come into force, according to campaigners and MPs who supported the introduction of the legislation in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning. Bill Browder called on the government to implement “swift and robust action” against individuals. The financier, who […]

EU talks with Australia and New Zealand deal blow to UK free trade plans | Politics

The EU has leapt ahead of the UK in the pursuit of free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand after member states gave the green light for talks to start within weeks. With Theresa May insistent that leaving the EU will involve exiting the customs union and the bloc’s external commercial policy, the announcement […]

U.K. stocks hang onto all-time high with BOE hearing in focus

U.K. stocks struggled for direction on Tuesday, a day after scoring an all-time closing high, as traders waited for fresh catalysts to give the market a kick. The pound rebounded from its 2018 low as several Bank of England members — including Governor Mark Carney — appeared at a hearing on inflation and monetary policy […]

UK public sector borrowing, CBI industrial trends

Alice Woodhouse in Hong Kong May 22, 2018 Print this page Pension schemes backed by the UK’s top 100 listed businesses have swung into the black for the first time since the financial crash of 2007, according to new analysis.  FTSE 100 pension plans had an overall accounting surplus of £4bn by the end of […]

UK CEOs warn protectionism is biggest threat to growth for British business

Chief executives of some of the UK’s biggest businesses have warned that the rise of protectionism is the number one threat to growth, a study by KPMG reveals. In a survey of 150 British business leaders, as well as 1,150 CEOs from across the world, 64 per cent of UK leaders and 55 per cent of […]

Ken Livingstone Quits U.K. Labour Party in Anti-Semitism Dispute

Ken Livingstone, once a leading political figure and a former mayor of London, on Monday quit Britain’s opposition Labour Party more than two years after being suspended over comments that fueled claims of anti-Semitism within the party. Mr. Livingstone, an ally of Labour’s left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said in a statement that he was leaving […]

Australia and UK urged to strike free-trade deal to counter Trump’s protectionism | Business

Australia and the United Kingdom have been urged to negotiate a high-quality free-trade agreement to help rebuild public trust in trade liberalisation. The agreement should include labour and environmental standards but not a controversial investor dispute settlement clause, says new research from two progressive thinktanks, the McKell Institute in Australia and Demos in the UK. […]

U.K. Unlikely to Block Comcast’s Proposed Sky Takeover, Top Official Says

LONDON — Britain’s culture secretary said on Monday that he was unlikely to block the American cable giant Comcast’s proposed takeover of the British satellite broadcaster Sky, the latest twist in a merger battle between Comcast and Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. In a statement, the culture secretary, Matt Hancock, said he was not inclined […]

The UK wants to police social media with new ‘online safety’ laws

The UK wants to introduce new legislation that tackles “the Wild West elements” of the internet, particularly social media. Culture and digital minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday that new laws would be introduced “in the next couple of years” that would aim to curb a range of legal and illegal online harms, from cyberbullying […]

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