Coronavirus latest: London and the North face two week lockdown if cases do not fall | UK | News

All pubs, restaurants and bars would be ordered to shut for two weeks under the new lockdown measures being considered if COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said any new national lockdown would threaten jobs, livelihoods and human contact. But government sources say London’s fate is “in the balance” after the capital’s Mayor warned it is at a “tipping point”. While Merseyside and other areas in the northeast are under threat of further restrictions as early as this week. Liverpool recorded the third highest…

Big Ben back! Clock tower on full display after 3 YEARS of multi-million pound renovations | UK | News

Elizabeth Tower underwent renovations in 2017 as the iconic landmark suffered extensive wear and tear over the years. Repairs on the tower ended up totalling at an astonishing £79.7 million due to newly discovered faults. But Big Ben’s scaffolding will start being removed this week, with onlookers getting a clear view of the clock face over the coming days. Scaffolding will take six weeks to remove fully, but the top of the tower will become visible for the first time since renovations began. Renovations will continue on the rest of…

Coronavirus news: Boris Johnson considers street parties to honour COVID volunteers | UK | News

Aimed at boosting community relationships, the holiday would be similar to a French incentive called the Fete des Voisons, or ‘neighbour party’. If enacted in the UK, it would see roads closed to traffic for one day each year to get residents out of their houses and meeting one another. The news follows a report into the matter which was ordered by Mr Johnson earlier this year, which recommended the proposals. Put together by Danny Kruger, Conservative MP for Devizes, the 52-page document also calls for a National Volunteer Reserve…

Boris Johnson demands China be more ‘transparent’ amid Barbados split | UK | News

China and Barbados’ relations have strengthened in recent years with the island joining Beijing’s Chinese Belt and Road initiative in 2019. Under the initiative, China lends money to poorer countries to help them fund infrastructure projects including ports and high speed rail lines. China is able to seize control of the finished projects if the country defaults. Mr Johnson said China needs to be more “transparent” about its financial dealings with other countries. Barbados gained independence in 1966 and recently announced that it would become a republic in 2021. The island’s…

Brexit news: Taoiseach ‘not optimistic’ for UK-EU trade deal as talks on brink | UK | News

The UK is due to begin its ninth round of Brexit negotiations with EU officials this week, with talks taking place in Brussels. Analysts say the talks will be overshadowed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Internal Markets Bill, which is likely to be a point of contention. They will allow Parliament to modify previously-agreed policies – set out in the Withdrawal Deal signed this year – regarding trade between Northern Ireland the rest of Britain. Mr Martin warned the bill had “damaged the credibility” of these existing agreements between…

Boris Johnson promises to protect 30% of Britain’s nature to avoid ‘CATASTROPHIC’ dangers | UK | News

The Prime Minister is set to urge Britain that action is needed immediately to save wildlife and habitats. He will warn that the county’s natural environment is disappearing at a “frightening rate”. Mr Johnson will make his pledge during a virtual event held by the United Nations. He is promising to pledge an extra 400,000 hectares of land in the next decade. The Prime Ministers plans will increase the amount of protected land in England from 26 percent to 30 percent by 2030 which includes national parks and areas of outstanding…

Coronavirus news: Staggering scenes as HUGE crowds ignore social distancing on Snowdon | UK | News

A video taken on Saturday shows a long line of people waiting to take a photo at the peak of the highest mountain in Wales. One walker, who climbs Snowdon every week, said he was “shocked” by the busy scenes. Arwyn Roberts, from Llangefni, said most car parks were full by 8am when he arrived. He told North Wales Live: “I managed to find somewhere to park and I had planned to take a quieter route up the mountain – but there were no quieter routes. “I usually walk up…

Britons split on whether university tuition fees should be scrapped amid lockdown chaos | UK | News

University students have had multiple changes implemented on their studies, including online lectures, the cancellation of freshers’ events and restrictions on the use of study facilities. Some students have even been banned from leaving their halls of residence in response to recent coronavirus outbreaks. As a result, students are calling for the £9,250 tuition fees to be reduced or even scrapped, as they are getting a very different university experience. In response to the calls, Express.co.uk asked its readers what they thought. The poll, carried out from 11.30am-10pm on September…

Pub curfew news: Boris under pressure to make U-turn on 10pm closing time | UK | News

The Prime Minister ordered all pubs and restaurants in England to close at 10pm from Thursday September 25 following concerns social distancing would not be observed by late-night revellers. Customers must also wear a face-covering in pubs, restaurants, cafés and bars whenever they are not sat at a table. In the past 48 hours, the change in rules has appeared to backfire, after pictures emerged up and down the country of large crowds gathering at the same time once venues had closed. After 10pm, large groups of people have been seen…