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# United Kingdom

This month
May 2023
Peter Flanagan: 'We were class at Eurovision back then' - remembering when Ireland was edgy & cool
The comedian looks at the quirks of Irish Eurovision entries over the years and says we’ve (probably) come a long way.
# Coronation
Met Police say they 'police proportionately' following outcry over coronation arrests
Among those arrested was Graham Smith, chief executive of the anti-monarchy group Republic.
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.
Last month
April 2023
# Racism
UK Labour's Diane Abbot loses party whip after suggesting Jewish, Irish and Traveller people do not face racism
Abbott made the remarks in a letter published in the Observer.
# 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.
Last year
# uk's next pm
Boris Johnson drops out of race to become UK Prime Minister, leaving Sunak as clear favourite
“You can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in Parliament,” Johnson said tonight.
# leadership contest
Boris Johnson jets back to UK as Tories split on his expected leadership bid
Johnson cut short a luxury stay in the Dominican Republic to join the seemingly three-person race to replace Liz Truss.
# 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.
# olivia pratt-korbel
Man targeted by gunman who killed nine-year-old girl in Liverpool arrested
Olivia Pratt-Korbel died in Kingsheath Avenue in the Dovecot area of Liverpool on Monday night.
# Not so United
Future Scottish independence referendum ‘should be put to all four UK nations’
The debate comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon began laying out the case for a second Scottish independence referendum.
# United Kingdom
Tory MP Neil Parish suspended pending investigation into House of Commons pornography claim
Senior Conservative colleagues had decried reports of the incident as “shameful”.
# UK Politics
Not a ‘chance in hell’ Boris Johnson will step aside voluntarily, Tory peer says
Gavin Barwell, who served as chief of staff to Theresa May and now sits in the House of Lords, said there was a “strong case for change”.
All time
# omicron
New moves to cancel UK Christmas celebrations unlikely despite Omicron surge
Boris Johnson did not impose new restrictions yesterday, but he said the government will “reserve the possibility” of taking further action.
# republic
Singer Rihanna made national hero as Barbados becomes a republic
Barbados won independence from Britain in 1966.
# Brexit
EU warns of 'serious consequences' if UK decides to trigger Article 16
London has said it could move to suspend the NI protocol.
# david amess
Counterterrorism units to lead investigation into fatal stabbing of UK MP David Amess
David Amess was attacked today at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
David Amess died after he was stabbed several times during a constituency clinic.
A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene and remains in custody.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Micheál Martin are among those who have shared sympathies.
UK police to 'review security for MPs' as Boris Johnson pays tribute to David Amess
# bojo's big break
Boris Johnson’s holiday ‘important for whole country’, minister suggests
Home Office minister Damian Hinds defended the Prime Minister’s decision to go on holiday to Spain.
# Sarah Everard
Priti Patel backs emergency phone service to protect women as they walk home
The Mail reported the new “walk me home” service could be in operation by Christmas.
# conference time
Bullish Boris Johnson does not mention Northern Ireland Protocol during 45 minute Tory speech
Johnson shrugged off petrol queues and said that British businesses will have to invest in their workers and technology.
# labour shortage
UK military drivers mobilised to deliver fuel to petrol stations
It came as opposition parties raised the prospect of a parliamentary recall to address the wider situation of labour shortages.
# United Kingdom
Johnson says 'fix it or ditch it' on Northern Ireland protocol
Boris Johnson did not rule out triggering Article 16.
# rollout
Ireland has overtaken the UK in fully vaccinating its population against Covid
Ireland has now fully vaccinated 72.5% of its adult population compared to the UK’s 71.8%.
# reopening
Boris Johnson to restore freedoms as he tells public to ‘learn to live’ with Covid-19
Boris Johnson will lead a Downing Street press conference updating his plans for ‘freedom day’ on 19 July.
# sausages from toulouse
DUP leader writes to French president explaining how Northern Ireland is part of the UK
Emmanuel Macron reportedly implied that Northern Ireland was a separate country.
# Inquiry
Boris Johnson says he doesn't 'think there's anything to see here' amid flat refurbishment probe
The Electoral Commission will investigate Johnson’s flat renovations.
# Downing Street
Boris Johnson denies making ‘bodies pile high’ comment over third UK lockdown
The claim was first reported in the Times, but Downing Street dismissed it as a “gross distortion” of Johnson’s position at the time.
# United Kingdom
Prince Philip funeral procession ends with Duke's coffin taken from chapel to royal vault
Prince Philip will be laid to rest at the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel following the funeral mass.
# the good information project
Scotland and its elections are key to the union and to a united Ireland
Northern Ireland’s place in the Union could be decided for it, if Scotland decides its future is better in the EU, rather than the UK.
# Allegations
Boris Johnson acted with ‘honesty and integrity’ amid Jennifer Arcuri claims, Downing Street says
Arcuri has made fresh allegations that she and Johnson had a four-year romantic relationship when he was mayor.
# Jabs
Ireland yet to receive Covid vaccine offer from UK, says Coveney but government interested in discussing it
The United Kingdom reportedly plans to supply Ireland with 3.7 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland accept surplus UK vaccines?
Or should we stick to what we are already due to receive?
# Buckingham Palace
Prince Philip admitted to hospital after feeling unwell
He was taken to hospital on the advice of his doctor and a palace statement said it was a “precautionary measure”.
# covid19
UK ‘past the peak’ of coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and deaths
But Boris Johnson warned that the level of infection is still ‘forbiddingly high’.
# Brexit
More than half of people in North want referendum on a united Ireland
Half of people in Scotland also want an independence referendum, according to a new opinion poll.
# Extradition
‘Huge disappointment’ as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange refused bail
Assange’s partner Stella Moris said she had hoped to be reunited with him after it was ruled he should not be extradited.
# Coronavirus
All travellers into Ireland will need negative PCR test from previous 72 hours
The travel ban from Britain is set to be lifted at midnight on Friday.
# second vaccine
Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in UK
The vaccine has been shown to prevent severe disease and stop people contracting Covid-19.
# Coronavirus
'Extreme concern': UK reports another record number of new Covid infections
It’s up more than 10,000 on the record set yesterday.
# Britain
Covid-19 in the UK - What do the stats tell us about the current situation?
The country has seen a new variant of coronavirus spread through parts of London, the south-east and Wales.
New coronavirus strain reported in three European countries, ECDC says
A few cases with the new variant have been reported already by Iceland, Denmark and the Netherlands.