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British House of Lords rejects Single Market Act by a large majority
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Credit: Annie Mole (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The British House of Lords rejected the Single Market Act by a large majority. It voted 395 to 169 against the draft. If the law passes at a later point Boris Johnson's government could use the law to cancel parts of the exit agreement between London and the EU.

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British government evaluates building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland
British government evaluates building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland
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According to the government, Prime Minister Boris Johnson commissioned a corresponding study on Saturday. Among other things, the study is to focus on the feasibility of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Johnson had recently repeatedly expressed sympathy for such a project. Such a bridge would have a length of at least 32 kilometers. In addition, the project is to focus on the possible expansion of air, road and rail links in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The results of the study should be available in the middle of next year.

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Theresa May criticises Johnson's government over Brexit bill
Theresa May
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The former prime minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May has stated in a Commons speech that "the government is acting recklessly and irresponsibly with no thought for the long-term impact on the standing of the United Kingdom in the world" referring to the new Brexit bill that would be in breach with international law.

She added that "the government didn’t really understand what it was signing up to when it signed the withdrawal agreement".

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Johnson considers new restrictions amid surging COVID-19 cases
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Credit: EU2017EE Estonian Presidency (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

PM Boris Johnson is considering tougher restrictions in England as the country sees "a second wave" of COVID-19, among them a ban on households mixing and reducing opening hours for eaters.

Mr Johnson said he did not "want to go into bigger lockdown" but that stricter measures might be necessary to curb infections. "Clearly when you look at what is happening, you have got to wonder whether we need to go further than the rule of six that we brought in on Monday," Johnson added.

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A staff member at Coalville school tests positive for Covid-19 days after Boris Johnson said the biggest risk is not Covid-19

The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, had visited the Castle Rock School in Coalville, Leicestershire for the reopening and told students that the biggest risk was "continuing to be out of school" and not the Covid-19.

Now a staff member of the school has tested positive for Covid-19 resulting in multiple classes and tutor groups going into self-isolation as "a precautionary measure". The school stated that the safety at the institution is "paramount".

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United Kingdom threatens to back out of parts of EU withdrawal treaty

According to reports from the Financial Times, the United Kingdom's government under prime minister Boris Johnson plans to render some regulations from the EU withdrawal treaty void.

The British government allegedly plans to pass laws on Wednesday that could override parts of the Brexit agreement on state aid and border regulations with Ireland.

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Johnson demands Brexit deal until 15th of October
Johnson demands Brexit deal until 15th of October
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The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has demanded a fully negotiated Brexit deal until the 15th of October. If this is not the case, there will be no free trade between the United Kingdom and European Union after the transition period, according to Johnson.

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Boris Johnson Halts Further Lockdown Easing
Boris Johnson Halts Further Lockdown Easing
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PM Johnson halts lockdown easing in England for at least another two weeks to slow down rising coronavirus infections, saying it was time to "squeeze the brake pedal." This results in venues such as bowling allies, casinos and close-contact services having to remain closed until 15 August. Mandatory face masks will be extended to indoor venues, including cinemas, museums and places of worship.

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Boris Johnson hopes for 'significant return to normality' by christmas
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street Credit: UK Prime Minister's Office (Open Government Licence v3.0)

PM Boris Johnson reveals plans for further easing of restrictions in England as he plans for a "significant return to normality" by Christmas, though he added was hoping for the best but "planning for the worst." Johnson encourages people to use public transport again and hands decisions on work-from-home-rules to employers starting August 1.

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Boris Johnson unveils £3 billion NHS funding plan in preparation for possible second Covid wave
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Credit: Number 10 (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

PM Boris Johnson unveiled £3 billion of funding for the NHS in England in preparation for a possible second Covid wave during winter. Further additional funds will also be directed towards Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Johnson pledged the increase of the daily Covid test capacity to at least half a million until late October.

The extra funding comes as the country is preparing for a winter that could possibly see a virus that's "more virulent" alongside "the usual annual winter pressures."

"We're making sure we're ready for winter and planning for the worst," Johnson said.

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Face Coverings Compulsory in England Starting 24 July
Woman wearing face mask inside a clothing store
Woman wearing face mask inside a clothing store Credit: unsplash.com/Arturo Rey

After PM Boris Johnson had urged the English population to wear face mask inside shops, face coverings will be compulsory in England from 24 July on, following Scotland and other European countries. Labour had previously demanded "urgent clarity" and called the ministers' response "slow and muddled", questioning the time until the regulation takes effect. 

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Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens
Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens
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Following up on previously made considerations, the prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has announced that his country will extend the rights of Hong Kong citizens to live and work in the Kingdom, following the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong. Johnson called this a "clear and serious breach" of the Sino-British joint declaration with Britain that China has made over Hong Kong. Holders of the British National (Overseas) passport will be granted "limited leave to remain with the ability to live and work in the UK and thereafter to apply for citizenship and that is precisely what we will do now", according to Johnson.

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England to lift most restrictions on July 4
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, April 2020
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, April 2020 Credit: UK Prime Minister's Office (Open Government Licence v3.0)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would lift most lockdown restrictions by July 4 while speaking to the House of Commons on Tuesday, saying "today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end and life is beginning to return to our streets and our shops."

Pubs, museums, cinemas and restaurants are set to reopen alongside other amenities such as hotels, places of worship and outdoor gyms while still adhering to social distancing rules.

Johnson added that Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland would take their own approach in lifting restrictions.

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Forces' Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn dies at age 103
Vera Lynn in 1972
Vera Lynn in 1972 Credit: Punt / Anefo / CC0 (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

Dame Vera Lynn, whose live performances of her hit songs including We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover entertained front-line troops during the Second World War, has died at age 103.

Dame Vera, affectionately known as a Forces' Sweetheart, became the oldest artist to top the UK album chart in 2020 when We'll Meet Again was referenced by the Queen during a speech to the British public who were struggling with being separated from friends and loved ones during the lockdown imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leading the tributes, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Dame Vera's "charm and magical voice entranced and uplifted our country in some of our darkest hours". Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer added that "her songs still speak to the nation in 2020 as they did in 1940".

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United Kingdom announces "Covid summer food fund" after celebrity campaign
Marcus Rashford, FIFA World Cup 2018
Marcus Rashford, FIFA World Cup 2018 Credit: Oleg Bkhambri (Voltmetro) / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

After a public campaign by Manchester United's player Marcus Rashford, the spokesperson of prime minister Boris Johnson has stated that "the prime minister welcomes Marcus Rashford’s contribution to the debate around poverty, and respects the fact that he has been using his profile as a sportsman to highlight important issues". This came after Boris Johnson had announced that the food program providing free school meals would be extended over the summer at a cost of £120m. The program had previously been extended over the Easter break and every entitled family would receive a voucher at the end of the term over £15 per week that can be spent in supermarkets.

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Prime minister Johnson urges EU workers to come back to the UK
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, September 2019
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, September 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

The prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has urged EU workers to come to the United Kingdom once the retail sector will re-open. This comes after Johnson campaigned before the Brexit referendum vote to reduce the number of as he phrased it "low-skilled workers" in the country. Him now saying "but we want you back" marks a change in policy.

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Former PM Theresa May Criticises Johnson's Brexit and Covid-19 Plans
Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street in 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street in 2018 Credit: Number 10 / Public Domain

Theresa May has taken a stab at Boris Johnson's government while speaking in The House of Commons on Wednesday. May, who had kept mostly quiet in the last months, said that Johnson's government had “rightly been focused on keeping people safe” but warns that “International air travel is necessary for trade. Without it, there is no global Britain. So instead of bringing in measures to close Britain off from the rest of the world, why is the government not taking a lead in developing an international aviation health screening standard, to save jobs and ensure that Britain is open for business?”

May also warned of security implications of a no-deal Brexit, demanding reassurance that the UK would have “access to the quantity and quality of data it currently has” such as air passenger name records as of 1 January 2021. 

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Boris Johnson announces that Hong Kongers will be able the become citizens of the UK
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson Credit: Pippa Fowles / no 10 Downing Street.

The British Prime Minister has announced that the new security law imposed by China on Hong Kong "would curtail freedoms and dramatically erode its autonomy" and that the United Kingdom, in case that the law passes, will make "one of the biggest changes in our visa system in British history" in order to enable holders of the British National (Overseas) passports longer stays without a visa and easier access on the path to citizenship.

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Captain Tom Moore to be awarded knighthood

Captain Tom Moore, the veteran who has raised millions for NHS charities, will be receiving knighthood, making him Captain Sir Tom Moore. Boris Johnson recommended the veteran for the honour which has been approved by the Queen and is set to be formally announced on Wednesday. Johnson added: "On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He's a true national treasure."

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Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care

After being admitted to a London hospital the prime minister of the United Kingdom has been moved to an intensive care unit as his condition worsens following his infection with the coronavirus.