- 2020-09-27 14:12:58Z
The Prince of Wales said the social and economic crisis created by the coronavirus is reminiscent of the upheavals of the 1970s, when youth unemployment was one of the pressing issues facing British society. The comments came as the spread of COVID-19 accelerates across the U.K., prompting the government to impose new restrictions. Lawmakers and public health experts have criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government for problems with the national test-and-trace program that was supposed to help control the spread of the disease and reduce the need for limits on social interactions.
- 2020-09-27 10:17:02Z
Britain's culture minister said on Sunday that two prominent critics of the BBC who have reportedly been offered important roles in the British media had "strengths". Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked Charles Moore, a former editor of the Daily Telegraph, to become the chairman of the BBC and wants Paul Dacre, a former editor of the Daily Mail, to be chairman of media regulator Ofcom, according to The Sunday Times. Culture minister Oliver Dowden said the process for the appointment of both roles would be launched soon and that the government was seeking "strong, credible" people and a chair of the BBC who could hold it to account.
- 2020-09-26 19:35:07Z
The Prime Minister's chief Brexit negotiator hinted at progress in the trade talks last night, but insisted the EU still needed to be more "realistic" about the rules that the UK could accept. Lord Frost said the last fortnight of informal talks with Michel Barnier, his Brussels counterpart, had been "relatively positive", as he suggested that the EU had scaled back on some "unrealistic ambitions". The two sides have been at loggerheads over fishing rights in British waters and EU demands for the UK to continue following the bloc's rules on industrial subsidies. Government sources have also claimed that the EU's method of conducting the negotiations has led...
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the "common foe" of COVID-19. Johnson, who made the remarks in a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, said that, nine months into the pandemic, "the very notion of the international community looks tattered." Johnson set out a plan for preventing another global pandemic, including a network of zoonotic research labs around the world to identify dangerous pathogens before they leap from animals to humans.
- 2020-09-25 17:53:00Z
The UK will become the World Health Organisation's largest country donor, Boris Johnson will announce today, amid calls for the body to get tough on China and identify where Covid-19 came from. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Prime Minister will reveal that the UK will pledge £340 million to the global health body over the next four years, a 30 per cent increase on its previous contribution. The extra funding will be seen as an attempt to plug the gap left by Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the WHO over its handling of the pandemic. However, the UK has made clear that the increase is conditional on the organisation undergoing significant reform in...
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