United Kingdom

  • UK, EU clinch post-Brexit free trade agreement, hail biggest bilateral deal
    London, December 24 (PTI): Britain clinched a historic deal with the European Union on Thursday as both sides managed to thrash out a post-Brexit free trade agreement (FTA) just days before the December 31 deadline. Thousands of pages of legal text accompanies the deal, with details of the agreement set to emerge in the course of the next few days, including the final ratification of the FTA by Parliaments on both sides. "The deal is done," was the message posted on soc
  • New Covid strain: Centre issues SOPs for UK flyers
    New Delhi, December 22 (PTI): Passengers coming from the United Kingdom should undergo RT-PCR test and be isolated in a separate unit of an institutional facility if found positive, stated the health ministry's standard operating procedure issued on Tuesday in view of the new variant of coronavirus detected there. India has suspended all passenger flights connecting the United Kingdom from Wednesday till December 31 or till further orders in the wake of the emergence of a mutate
  • Who, when and how? A look at the UK's vaccination rollout
    London, December 2 (AP): British regulators have become the first to approve the COVID-19 vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech for experimental use. Because trials of the vaccine have shown that it has 95 per cent efficacy, there is acute interest in how the U.K. plans to implement its biggest immunisation programme in decades. Here's a look at what is known about Britain's vaccination plan: HOW MUCH OF THE VACCINE DOES THE U.K. HAVE?
  • Where's the meat? UK's first vegan butchers launches
    LONDON, November 2 (Reuters): In a corner of north London, a new gleaming butchers is preparing to open. The only thing it lacks is meat. To coincide with Sunday's World Vegan Day, Britain's first permanent vegan butcher, Rudy's, is opening, set to sell meat-free versions of traditional products such as baycon, soysage and turk'y. Demand for vegan products has surged in recent years in Britain, with increasing numbers of people cutting out animal-derived i
  • Where's the meat? UK's first vegan butchers launches
    LONDON, November 2 (Reuters): In a corner of north London, a new gleaming butchers is preparing to open. The only thing it lacks is meat. To coincide with Sunday's World Vegan Day, Britain's first permanent vegan butcher, Rudy's, is opening, set to sell meat-free versions of traditional products such as baycon, soysage and turk'y. Demand for vegan products has surged in recent years in Britain, with increasing numbers of people cutting out animal-derived i
  • Where's the meat? UK's first vegan butchers launches
    LONDON, November 2 (Reuters): In a corner of north London, a new gleaming butchers is preparing to open. The only thing it lacks is meat. To coincide with Sunday's World Vegan Day, Britain's first permanent vegan butcher, Rudy's, is opening, set to sell meat-free versions of traditional products such as baycon, soysage and turk'y. Demand for vegan products has surged in recent years in Britain, with increasing numbers of people cutting out animal-derived i
  • Johnson locks down England as UK COVID-19 cases pass 1 million
    LONDON, November 1 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered England back into a national lockdown after the United Kingdom passed the milestone of one million COVID-19 cases and a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service. The United Kingdom, which has the biggest official death toll in Europe from COVID-19, is grappling with more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day and scientists have warned the "worst case" scenario of 80,000 de
  • A good chance we can get a deal with EU, says UK minister Lewis
    LONDON, October 25 (Reuters): Britain and the European Union have a good chance of striking a deal on future relations, the British government's Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis said on Sunday. The United Kingdom left the EU in January but the two sides are trying to clinch a deal that would govern nearly a trillion dollars in annual trade before a transition period of informal membership ends on Dec. 31. Talks resumed last week after Britain walked away in frustr
  • UK queen, 94, makes first outing in seven months to visit secret defence laboratory
    LONDON, October 15 (Reuters): Queen Elizabeth carried out her first major engagement since a coronavirus lockdown in March, visiting the Porton Down military research facility on Thursday which was involved in dealing with a 2018 Novichok nerve agent attack. The 94-year-old monarch, who spent Britain's national lockdown at her Windsor Castle home, has carried out her official duties remotely by video or telephone, or at a royal residence, since social restrictions were intr
  • 'Things will get worse': London goes into stricter lockdown
    LONDON, October 15 (Reuters): London, the world's international financial capital, will enter a tighter COVID-19 lockdown from midnight on Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to tackle a swiftly accelerating second coronavirus wave. The respiratory pandemic, which emerged in China last year and has killed over a million people worldwide, is spreading in most parts of Britain, whose official death toll of 43,155 is the highest in Europe. Anger, though, is rising
  • UK's Johnson doesn't want a no-deal Brexit but can live with it
    LONDON, October 4 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not particularly wish for the Brexit transition period to end without a new trade deal in place but believes that Britain could live with such an outcome, he said on Sunday. With the Dec. 31 expiry of the transition period fast approaching, Johnson and the head of the EU's executive, Ursula von der Leyen, agreed in a phone call on Saturday to step up negotiations on a post-Brexit deal. "I think i
  • Europeans, UK tell U.N. Navalny poisoning a 'threat to international peace, security'
    NEW YORK, October 1 (Reuters): The poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny "constitutes a threat to international peace and security," Britain, France, Germany, Estonia and Belgium wrote in a letter to the United Nations Security Council, seen by Reuters on Thursday. "We call on the Russian Federation to disclose, urgently, fully and in a transparent manner, the circumstances of this attack and to inform the Security Council in this regard," they said in
  • EU takes action over UK's blow to Brexit bill
    BRUSSELS/LONDON, October 1 (Reuters): The European Union launched a legal case against the United Kingdom on Thursday for undercutting their earlier divorce deal and a senior UK minister said differences remained in talks on a post-Brexit trade agreement. Controversy over the Internal Market Bill has thrown the tortuous Brexit process into a new crisis while disagreements over corporate subsidies, fisheries and ways to solve disputes overshadow paralell trade negotiations. &
  • Biden warns UK on Brexit: No trade deal unless you respect Northern Irish peace deal
    LONDON, September 17 (Reuters): U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden warned the United Kingdom that it must honour the Northern Irish peace deal as it extracts itself from the European Union or there would be no U.S. trade deal. "We can't allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit," Biden said in a tweet. "Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for
  • UK's Johnson faces rebellion over plan to break Brexit treaty
    LONDON, September 14 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will try to persuade rebellious lawmakers in his party to vote on Monday for a bill that will break international law by breaching parts of the Brexit divorce deal and which has enraged Brussels. The House of Commons will debate the Internal Market Bill, which the EU has demanded Johnson scrap by the end of September in the latest brinkmanship of a four-year saga since Britain voted narrowly to leave the bloc.
  • EU boosts 'no-deal' planning as UK refuses to blink in Brexit stalemate
    LONDON/BRUSSELS, September 11 (Reuters): The European Union stepped up planning for a 'no-deal' Brexit on Friday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government refused to revoke an ultimatum on breaking the divorce treaty that Brussels says will sink four years of talks. Britain said explicitly this week that it plans to break international law by breaching parts of the Withdrawal Agreement treaty that it signed in January, when it formally left the bloc. B
  • Majority of Scots support independence from UK - YouGov poll
    LONDON, August 12 (Reuters): A majority of Scots support independence from the United Kingdom, a YouGov poll found on Wednesday, with support for nationalists bolstered by a much more positive view of how they have responded to COVID-19 compared with London. The poll for the Times newspaper found that 53% of people would vote for Scottish independence in a referendum, up 2 percentage points from January and the highest level of support for independence recorded by YouGov. It
  • UK says it's confident of Brexit trade deal as EU changing tone
    LONDON, August 7 (Reuters): Britain's top minister overseeing Brexit talks said on Friday he was confident a free trade deal would be clinched with the European Union as there had been a distinct change of tone from the bloc in recent weeks allowing progress to be made. The United Kingdom left the EU on Jan. 31 but the main terms of its membership remain in place - including being in the EU customs union and single market - during a transition period until the end of this year,
  • UK says there is no evidence of Russian meddling in Brexit vote
    LONDON, July 22 (Reuters): There is no evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 Brexit referendum and Britain's spies did not take their eyes off the ball on Russia, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Wednesday. The British parliament's intelligence and security committee said in a report published on Tuesday that Russia had interfered in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum but it had not seen hard evidence of Russian meddling in the Brexit vote.
  • UK tells China: step back from the brink on Hong Kong
    LONDON, June 2 (Reuters): The United Kingdom on Tuesday called on China to step back from the brink over a national security law in Hong Kong that it said was a breach of Beijing's international commitments to the "one country, two systems" principle agreement on the former colony.   "To be very clear and specific about this, the imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong by the government in Beijing rather than through Hong Kong's o