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Monday 20 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Britain

All time
# On the rise
Coronavirus cases rise across UK as R number creeps above 1
According to government advisers, the last time R was above 1 in the UK was in early March.
# ruling the airwaves
'The words will be sung': BBC backs down in row over Rule Britannia slavery lyrics
The song features the lyrics: “Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.”
# Coronavirus
UK in worst recession on record after GDP plunges 20.4% between April and June
The recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic led to the biggest fall in quarterly GDP on record.
# London
British government delay in closing borders 'accelerated' spread of Covid-19, Westminster report finds
The Government was also criticised for treating children ‘as an afterthought’ during the pandemic.
# Coronavirus
Johnson: 'Second wave’ in Europe could mean further quarantine orders in Britain
The British prime minister defended his government’s decision to impose restrictions on those returning from Spain.
# Travel
US won't be on travel green list and UK 'unlikely' to make the cut, confirms Coveney
The green list will have countries on it which pose no higher risk than travelling in Ireland represents.
# Boris Johnson
Face coverings to be made compulsory in shops in England
The order comes into force on 24 July and people who don’t comply could face a fine of up to £100 (€110).
# air bridges
UK Government publishes list of 73 countries exempt from quarantine from next weekend
Countries including Barbados, Hong Kong and Vietnam will be exempt from the quarantine regulation in the UK.
# The countdown is on
EU and Britain intensify talks on post-Brexit future
The new round of talks in Brussels will be the first to be held face-to-face since the coronavirus shutdown.
# Covid-19
Boris Johnson to discuss easing lockdown and two-metre rule with scientists
Johnson will tomorrow outline the plans to parliament for pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers to reopen in England.
# Durham
Police say Cummings may have committed 'minor breach' of lockdown rules but will face no further action
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he believes his senior aide “behaved reasonably and legally”.
# citriodiol
Insect repellant given to British armed forces as 'an additional layer of protection' against Covid-19
A Citriodiol-based spray has been given to personnel in light of the surgeon general’s advice
# Covid-19
Boris Johnson promises 'comprehensive plan' in first press conference since recovering from Covid-19
The plan is to include ways in which people might travel to work and how children can go back to school or into childcare
# Coronavirus
UK now has third-most deaths from Covid-19 as latest figures show death toll above 26,000
A further 3,811 deaths have been recorded in UK care homes and the wider community, and these will now be counted in the daily figures.
# covid19
Britain records 917 new deaths in 24 hours pushing death toll close to 10,000
The number of new infections from the disease climbed by 5,234.
# Coronavirus
British Health Secretary says people ignoring social-distancing advice are ‘selfish’
Over the weekend, photos emerged showing crowds of people visiting open spaces across many parts of the UK and Ireland.
UK's Covid-19 support package includes three-month mortgage freeze and cash grants for small businesses
The package comes after the public was told to avoid all non-essential contact and travel.
# flattening the curve
Why the UK's reliance on 'herd immunity' is being condemned as 'wrong' and 'letting the fire burn'
“Their view really is to let this fire burn, and they will try and damp it down where they can,” Dr Gabriel Scally said today.
Racing in Britain set to go behind closed doors
The move is likely to take place later in the week, initially until the end of March.
# Coronavirus
Britain cancels its May local elections due to coronavirus outbreak
The Electoral Commission yesterday wrote to ministers warning of ‘real risks’ to holding the elections as planned on 7 May.
# matt hancock
Twelve new Covid-19 cases confirmed in UK, bringing total to 35
The UK health secretary said shutting down cities was possible despite a “huge economic and social downside”.
# trade deal
British minister refuses to rule out chlorinated chicken in trade deal with North America
George Eustice also defended the Government’s new immigration system after businesses raised fears of a shortage of workers.
# fanfare for europe
Stink bombs, celebration, and a 'hesitant' public: When Britain joined the EEC in 1973
Britain joined the same year that Ireland joined the then-EEC.
# Brexit
British flag lowered from outside European Parliament ahead of Brexit hour
As the clock strikes 11pm, Britain becomes the first country to leave the 28-member bloc.
# Britain
Coveney claims Brexit will 'dominate Irish politics' as UK prepares to leave the EU tonight
He also said there will be no discussions on a trade deal if there is not a ‘level playing field’.
# Brexit
Boris Johnson unveils ‘most radical Queen’s Speech in a generation'
Of the 25 Bills detailed in Johnson’s second Queen’s Speech in less than three months, seven are devoted to Brexit.
# getting it done
Johnson says he has an 'overwhelming mandate' to take Britain out of EU by end of January
Johnson lead the Tories to a massive victory in the general election.
Do the results in the North make a united Ireland more likely? 'People shouldn't race ahead of themselves' says Varadkar
The Taoiseach said the tectonic plates of the political landscape in the North have shifted.
# Northern Ireland
Corbyn claims Johnson misled people about customs checks in his Brexit deal
The Labour leader said a confidential report paints a ‘damning picture’ of Boris Johnson’s deal, especially when it came to Northern Ireland.
# non nationals
Italian could overtake Irish in list of most common non-British nationalities in UK
An estimated 322,000 Irish people were living in the UK in the year to June 2019, new figures suggest.
# Britain
Wife of White Helmets founder ‘barred from leaving Turkey’ amid death probe
James Le Mesurier was found dead outside his Istanbul home on November 11.
# Brexit
Brexit will make Britain a 'second-rate player', Donald Tusk says
Tusk, who leaves office at the end of the month, has made no secret of his opposition to Brexit.
Opinion: 'The poppy argument in Ireland is an ideological battle that's been raging since the 19th century'
Caoimhín de Barra looks at nationalism and unionism, and the conflicting emotions people have around the use of the poppy.
# Brexit
Minister blames Bercow for making it 'very difficult' to leave EU by October deadline
“It looks like they may well give us an extension.”
# Royals
What can we expect from the Queen's Speech?
The ceremony has existed in its current form since 1852, and kickstarts the British government’s legislative agenda.
# Brexit
Brexit talks resume in Brussels after 'constructive meeting' between Varadkar and Johnson
The talks will indicate whether discussions between the Taoiseach and Prime Minister Boris Johnson paved way for a potential breakthrough.
# Prorogued
'Who runs Britain?': UK papers divided over Supreme Court ruling as parliament returns
A Guardian writer calls Johnson a “liar” while the Express asks what’s lawful about denying the result of the Brexit vote.
# European Leaders
UK, France and Germany blame Iran for Saudi oil attacks
In a joint statement, the countries called on Tehran to choose dialogue over further “provocation”.
Michel Barnier: 'No reason to be optimistic' that Brexit deal will be reached
Barnier’s stark assessment came as MEPs said there can be no Brexit deal without the Irish backstop.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Who is Dominic Cummings?
In this week’s episode of The Explainer,