EU warns UK to tone down political rhetoric as trade talks start | Politics

The EU is urging Britain to drop the “political rhetoric” around Brexit as historic talks on the future trading relationship open in Brussels. As an army of 100 officials led by Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, descend on the Belgian capital on Monday, senior EU diplomats are warning that if the political temperature continues … Read more EU warns UK to tone down political rhetoric as trade talks start | Politics

US-UK trade deal: PM eyes three-course meal, but may end up with packet of crisps | Politics

It was supposed to be one of the biggest Brexit dividends. According to Liz Truss, an “ambitious and comprehensive” trade agreement with Donald Trump would reflect Britain’s unique relationship with the US, cutting red tape and tariffs to help British businesses and the economy grow. The value to the nation: at most, an economy 0.16% … Read more US-UK trade deal: PM eyes three-course meal, but may end up with packet of crisps | Politics

Coronavirus: two patients die in France as four new cases detected in England – live updates | World news

3.29pm GMT15:29 Kim Willsher It is being reported in the French press that less than a week after the death of a high-school professor in the Oise region of northern France, two other people have died from the coronavirus in the same hospital. Le Parisien newspaper says it has the information from three sources. “The … Read more Coronavirus: two patients die in France as four new cases detected in England – live updates | World news

UK government lifts block on new onshore windfarm subsidies | Business

The UK government has abandoned its opposition to subsidising new onshore windfarms, four years after ministers scrapped support for new projects. The government has agreed to reverse its block against onshore wind projects by allowing schemes to compete for financial support contracts alongside other renewable energy technologies. The U-turn follows the government’s commitment to cut … Read more UK government lifts block on new onshore windfarm subsidies | Business

DWP accused of offering disabled people ‘take it or leave it’ benefits | Society

Vulnerable and disabled people are being pressured to accept unrecorded telephone “deals” paying thousands of pounds less in benefits than they may be legally entitled to, charities and lawyers have said. The Department for Work and Pensions has been accused of making “decide right now” offers to people who have appealed against a decision to … Read more DWP accused of offering disabled people ‘take it or leave it’ benefits | Society