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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Britain

Last month
May 2023
# Special Relationship
Joe Biden says he came to Ireland to make sure 'the Brits didn't screw around'
The US President was referring to Britain’s commitments to Northern Ireland.
Charles and Camilla retire to Buckingham Palace after Charles' coronation
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, President Michael D Higgins, and Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill were among the guests from these isles to attend.
Opinion: Charles' coronation comes at a tricky time - is the jig up for the British monarchy?
Peter Flanagan looks at the history and current state of the British monarchy ahead of the crowning of King Charles this weekend.
This year
# United Kingdom
A third of British residents 'wouldn't mind' Northern Ireland leaving the UK
The findings come as the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement approaches.
# British Royal family
King Charles shows support for research into British monarchy’s historical links to slavery
The research will investigate the UK monarchy’s involvement in the slave trade and engagement with the empire.
# UK
UK's post-Brexit immigration rules may be relaxed due to labour shortage
The UK currently has about one million unfilled jobs.
# UK
Majority of UK firms who took part in four-day work week trial will stick with it
Researchers found that the overall health and well-being of employees had improved during the shorter working week trial.
# Recession
Britain will be only major economy to plunge into recession in 2023, IMF warns
The IMF predicts that the UK economy will contract by 0.6% this year, 0.9 percentage points worse than its previous forecast in October.
# westminster
Tory chairman sacked by Rishi Sunak after ‘serious breach’ found in tax affairs investigation
It comes after an investigation into Mr Zahawi’s tax affairs.
# Adriaan Palm
Dutch Ambassador: There has been a shift in how Ireland is discussing neutrality
Recently The Journal met with Dutch Ambassador Adriaan Palm and his country’s military attaché Lieutenant Colonel Richard Piso, to discuss Ireland and the Netherlands’ connections.
Last year
# England
Mother accused of murdering two young sons appears in London court
Kara Alexander, 44, is charged over the deaths of Marley Thomas, aged five, and two-year-old Elijah Thomas.
# British Royal family
Man arrested after egg ‘thrown in direction' of King Charles
Charles was temporarily steered away from crowds following the incident.
# Artefacts
UK and Greece in 'secret talks' over possible return of ancient sculptures
The Parthenon Marbles were taken from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the early 19th century.
# Relationship reset
Taoiseach and UK PM determined to get deal done on NI Protocol 'as quickly as possible'
The Taoiseach met with UK PM Rishi Sunak this evening in what is being seen as a first step in relationship rebuilding between the two nations.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin met UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the British-Irish Council Summit in Blackpool this evening.
UK Government is keen on getting a negotiated settlement done on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Sunak said he was committed to strengthening UK-Irish ties.
# Pelted
Man detained after eggs thrown at Britain's King Charles during visit to York
Police officers were seen restraining a suspect following the incident, which left the British Royals unhurt.
# UK navy
UK navy launches probe into allegations of sexual harassment on submarines
Britain began admitting women to the navy in 2011.
# Suspension
British sprinter handed 22-month ban for failed drug test at Tokyo Olympics
Team GB lost their 4x100m silver medal when CJ Ujah tested positive for two prohibited substances.
# London
Waiting time in queue to see Queen Elizabeth lying in state reaches 24 hours
Earlier, people were urged not to join the line until at least 4pm today due to overwhelming demand.
# UK
Crowds gather in London as queen's coffin to go on display
Members of the public have been paying their respects to the late monarch since 5pm this evening.
# Royal Family
Charles formally declared British King as Elizabeth's funeral details released
“I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now passed to me.”
# Front Pages
'A watershed moment': British newspapers react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Numerous papers carry an image of the queen at her coronation on 2 June 1953.
Opinion: Boris has left his party with a tough choice - a leader to the right or hard right
Peter Flanagan says the new leader of Britain will be decided by a small number of people and the choice isn’t great.
# the race is on
Sunak allies insist ‘all to play for’ in UK Tory leadership bid even as Truss pulls ahead
Supporters of the former UK chancellor seized on a poll of Tory councillors showing him as neck-and-neck with Truss.
# Yes Minister
UK's next PM: Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will go head-to-head in Tory leadership vote
Former Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt lost out by just eight votes.
Penny Mordaunt was eliminated in the final round of MP voting this evening.
The results of the runoff between Sunak and Truss will be announced on 5 September.
It is expected that the winner will replace Boris Johnson on 6 September.
# weather emergency
Unprecedented peak demand for water in the UK
The UK’s The Met Office has forecast that London could see highs of 38C when the heatwave sweeps across England.
# Heatwave
Britain facing record temperatures as public warned of widespread disruption
Temperatures could break a record of 38.7C as the heatwave continues.
Opinion: As Boris departs, the British public should ask the Conservatives 'what took you so long?'
Cabinet members and Conservative backbenchers stuck with Johnson while the public cried for him to leave, former UK/EU negotiator Sydney Nash writes.
# Unhappy
Nick Kyrgios admits spitting in direction of fan at Wimbledon
British number eight Paul Jubb just fell short of a big first-round shock.
# off the rails
80% of Britain’s train services expected to be cancelled by biggest rail strike in a generation
Passengers will face commuter chaos from today due to the biggest strike by rail workers in 30 years.
# Russia
Two British soldiers and Moroccan national ‘sentenced to death' by pro-Moscow rebels in Donetsk
The men were accused of being “mercenaries” after fighting with Ukrainian troops.
# tobias ellwood
Senior British Conservative under fire for arguing UK should rejoin EU single market
Tobias Ellwood claims there is an ‘appetite’ in Britain to make ‘course corrections’ to the current Brexit model.
# UK
Thousands gather at Buckingham Palace for day one of jubilee celebrations
Thousands gathered at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as royal family greeted them from the palace balcony.
# Britain
British MP Neil Parish formally resigns after admitting watching pornography in parliament
The Treasury said it had accepted the Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton’s resignation.
# Immigration
Rwanda president says UK asylum seeker deal 'not trading in humans'
The agreement has attracted criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in Britain and Rwanda, and the United Nations.
# NI Protocol
EU adopts laws to ensure continued supply of medicines from Britain to Northern Ireland
The issue stems from the outworkings of the NI Protocol, which means NI remains covered by the EU’s pharmaceutical regulations.
# Britain
British Tory MPs divided over Channel 4 privatisation as plans could face revolt
Father of the House Peter Bottomley told the PA news agency the House of Lords will take out any clause that privatises the network.
# Organised Crime
Corrupt port and airport workers 'central' to operations of organised crime gangs in Ireland
A new report by The Azure Forum examines the crime ecosystem between Ireland and the UK.
Ports and airports have been infiltrated by gangs to facilitate the smuggling of drugs and other illegal commodities, Niall O'Connor writes.
A new report warns that the Common Travel Area is being exploited by crime groups.
It also recommends greater sharing and monitoring of information about criminal activity between Irish and UK police forces.
# Partygate
Police to issue Covid-19 fines against people who attended lockdown parties at Downing Street
The Metropolitan Police said investigators will refer the 20 fixed penalty notices to the ACRO Criminal Records Office.
# Court
Boris Becker ‘offered up wedding ring to pay off debts’, court told
The tennis star is accused of hiding or failing to hand over assets at Southwark Crown Court.
# Britain
Boris Becker ‘deliberately keeping trophies that made him a star’, court is told
The former world number one is accused of failing to hand over nine awards, including two of his three Wimbledon men’s singles titles.