Nicola Sturgeon humiliated: SNP’s currency plan ridiculed by top economist | UK | News

Ahead of Scotland’s 2014 independence referendum, the Scottish National Party (SNP) tried to reassure voters by citing a resurgent economy, a relatively modest budget deficit and the prospect of free trade with both the UK and the EU. However, things look very different now. Brexit means that an independent Scotland in the EU — the SNP government’s goal — would face the prospect of a hard border with England, its most important market. Moreover, data released in August showed Scotland’s national fiscal deficit climbing to £15billion in the year to…

Rishi Sunak announcement in full: What are new measures? | UK | News

Rishi Sunak has taken to the House of Commons to announce new economic measures to prevent mass job loss when the Jobs Retention Scheme ends at the end of October. The Government has been urged by public figures, business leaders and politicians to find an alternative to the furlough scheme, which has paid wages of workers up and down the country since March. The furlough scheme has been winding down since August, with plenty of concern for what will replace the flagship scheme. He said: “The furlough was the right…

Carrie Symonds Italy holiday: Will Boris Johnson fiancé have to self isolate on UK return? | UK | News

Carrie Symonds, the 32-year old fiance of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has been photographed enjoying a holiday abroad in Italy with her baby boy Wilfred. The PM quashed claims he had been on a secret trip to Italy earlier this month. But now his fiance appears to be enjoying sunshine in Italy, but will she and son Wilfred have to self-isolate upon their return to the UK?  Carrie Symonds has been seen enjoying a holiday in the exclusive Italian resort of Lake Como with her baby Wilfred according to the MailOnline.…

Brexit news: Boris Johnson should ‘scrap WHOLE withdrawal agreement’ | UK | News

The UK is currently in a transition period that keeps it bound to the EU‘s rules until December 31. The two sides have been trying to negotiate a new trade deal that would come into effect once this period ends, but talks on the future relationship have been deadlocked for months. With less than four weeks to go, the Government’s plan is now to rewrite elements of the withdrawal agreement agreed last year in order to prevent the EU from being “abusive” to Britain. Downing Street described the Internal Market…

Pirates of the Caribbean: Johnny Depp ‘almost’ didn’t join the Disney franchise | Films | Entertainment

“Initially, when they came to me it was just the name – Pirates of the Caribbean,” he explained. “Then, of course, the memory of the theme park ride. “There was no concept at that time – or at least nothing that they said to me.” He added: “So, early on I just wanted to wait a while and see where they were going to go with it.” Source link

BBC row: Charles Moore’s furious critique of ‘groupthink’ Donald Trump coverage | UK | News

Charles Moore would represent a significant change to the BBC is he were to be appointed Chairman. The former Telegraph editor is understood to be Downing Street’s preferred choice to take on the role. Lord Moore, 63, is a vehement critic of the Corporation, accusing it of having left-wing “woke” values. He also objects to its guaranteed £4 billion-a-year income from the licence fee. One aspect of the BBC’s coverage that could be impacted if Charles Moore were to become Chairman would be its coverage of US President Donald Trump.…

Nicola Sturgeon: Humiliation for Sturgeon as party forced to row back | UK | News

The legislation was introduced in order to provide further protections against any hate crime relating to religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. Initially, the bill would mean words or behaviour considered to be “abusive” or likely to stir up hatred would be considered an offence. The bill received a huge backlash, however, with critics arguing it would stifle free speech. The Scottish Government has now confirmed an amendment would now be placed on the legislation. If agreed, the new offence would only be considered as “stirring up” hatred if it…

Coronavirus latest: Israel makes huge lockdown changes in warning for UK | UK | News

Israel went back into lockdown, its second during the pandemic, this week as the the number of daily new COVID-19 cases reached early 7,000 among a population of 9 million.It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week introduced tough new coronavirus restrictions to curb the spread of the invisible killer disease. Britain has the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe, with a total close to 42,000. New infections have been accelerating in recent weeks, leading scientists to say they could hit 50,000 per day by mid-October if left unchecked.…

Coronavirus news: Controversial vaccine trials to see volunteers intentionally infected | UK | News

Volunteers for the coronavirus vaccine trials will be intentionally exposed to the virus a month after injecting the experimental vaccine. The controversial studies will begin in January and have been backed by the Government. It comes as AstraZeneca and Oxford Universities vaccine trials were paused over fears of harmful side effects. The controversial tests, known as human challenge trials, were detailed in a report from the Financial Times and will begin in January. Volunteers will take part in the trials in a secure facility at the Royal Free Hospital in…