No-deal Brexit ‘would overwhelm local emergency teams’ | Politics

Preparing for the impact of a no-deal Brexit later this year would overwhelm local emergency response teams exhausted by the Covid-19 pandemic, a leaked Whitehall report has warned. A review by a committee set up to review the response to coronavirus said failing to seek an extension to Brexit negotiations threatened to “compound Covid-19 with … Read more No-deal Brexit ‘would overwhelm local emergency teams’ | Politics

Boris Johnson will not face criminal inquiry over Jennifer Arcuri | Politics

Boris Johnson has avoided a criminal investigation into his relationship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri while he was mayor of London. But he will face a further investigation into his conduct when he was mayor, after the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found evidence that officials were influenced by the close relationship between … Read more Boris Johnson will not face criminal inquiry over Jennifer Arcuri | Politics

UK economy on course for a slow rebound, healthcheck show | Business

Britain’s economy is on course for a slow rebound from the coronavirus outbreak amid mounting business concern over the hit to consumer demand and the looming end point for Brexit negotiations. Following an unprecedented slump in April as lockdown measures brought the UK economy to an effective standstill, the latest monthly health check for growth … Read more UK economy on course for a slow rebound, healthcheck show | Business

Coronavirus triggers fall in UK asylum and visa applications | Coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic triggered a significant drop in applications to the UK for asylum and visas in the first quarter of the year, as well as a fall in the number of people removed from the country, official figures show. There were significant falls for work and study visas in March, in particular for Chinese … Read more Coronavirus triggers fall in UK asylum and visa applications | Coronavirus outbreak

We forced the government to do right by NHS workers. Let’s keep pressure on | Hassan Akkad | Opinion

Every day, I wake at the crack of dawn. I walk to my local hospital, put on my scrubs and my PPE. I sweat in it – mopping floors, disinfecting surfaces, cleaning everything that might be touched by a hand. I am aware that if I miss a spot, the virus might stay on the … Read more We forced the government to do right by NHS workers. Let’s keep pressure on | Hassan Akkad | Opinion