Greater Manchester given midday Tuesday deadline for tier 3 deal | Manchester

The strictest Covid restrictions will be imposed on nearly 3 million people across Greater Manchester if no deal is reached by midday on Tuesday, the government has said in a dramatic ultimatum. The communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, warned northern leaders late on Monday night that if they fail to agree to pub closures and a … Read more Greater Manchester given midday Tuesday deadline for tier 3 deal | Manchester

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s Covid gamble: not a winning wager | Editorial | Opinion

Like a gambling addict, Boris Johnson racks up losses but keeps laying larger bets, convinced a last big win awaits him. In a casino, this plan might hurt his wallet and his pride. In a pandemic wrapped around the shock of Brexit, such a strategy could cost, unnecessarily, lives and livelihoods. But Mr Johnson has … Read more The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s Covid gamble: not a winning wager | Editorial | Opinion

Wales to go into national two-week ‘firebreak’ Covid lockdown | World news

A temporary national lockdown will be imposed in Wales, the Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has announced. The Welsh government believes a two-week “firebreak” – from Friday at 6pm until Monday 9 November – is vital to help bring the virus under control. About 2.3 million people in Wales are already living under local lockdown … Read more Wales to go into national two-week ‘firebreak’ Covid lockdown | World news

Brexit: Gove praises ‘constructive move’ as EU agrees to intensify talks | Brexit

Michael Gove has praised a “constructive move” by the EU in an about-turn after its chief negotiator agreed to Downing Street’s conditions for the resumption of Brexit talks in pursuit of a deal. Shortly after castigating the EU for its attitude to the talks during an appearance in the House of Commons, Gove had to … Read more Brexit: Gove praises ‘constructive move’ as EU agrees to intensify talks | Brexit