UK bill of rights will not be scrapped, says Liz Truss – The Guardian

A British bill of rights will go ahead as promised, the justice secretary, Liz Truss, has said, though she refused to give a timeframe for any detailed proposals. There has been repeated speculation that the legislation, which was a 2015 Conservative manifesto promise and set to replace the Human Rights Act introduced by the last […]

Ex-priest Laurence Soper in court on child sex abuse charges – BBC News

Ex-priest Laurence Soper in court on child sex abuse charges – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption Laurence Soper was arrested at Luton Airport on Sunday A former Roman Catholic priest accused of historical sex offences against five victims has appeared in court. Laurence Soper, 72, appeared at Ealing Magistrates’ Court accused of assaulting boys, one under 14, over a period from 1971 to 1983. The nine […]

Poll: Brits want EU migrants to stay after Brexit – The Week UK

An overwhelming majority of Britons – including those who voted to leave the European Union – believe EU nationals living in the UK should be allowed to stay in the country after Brexit, according to a new poll. Perhaps surprisingly, given that immigration was the cornerstone of the Leave campaign, 77 per cent of those […]

Scale of British rush for freedom-of-movement passports revealed – The Independent

Britons are hurrying to ensure their access to the European Union remains intact. In the two months since UK voters chose to quit the bloc, 16 embassies and high commissions in London, contacted by Bloomberg News, reported increases in either applications for passports or questions about residency. The stronger demand suggests eligible UK residents are eager to […]

Kosovo sends accused ex-priest Lawrence Soper back to UK – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption Lawrence Soper was arrested at Luton Airport A former Roman Catholic priest accused of historical sex offences has been returned to the UK from Kosovo after a five-year police hunt. Lawrence Soper, 72, was officially arrested as he arrived at Luton Airport on Sunday on suspicion of nine charges of […]

Powerful European trade body refuses British chief’s resignation saying UK is too important for him to quit –

Engineering businesses and manufacturers in Britain have long complained of shortages of staff with key skills and how they have to seek employees abroad to fill vacancies, as well as trade extensively with European counterparts. As a result they are desperate to have their voice heard in the complex negotiations over how Britain will leave […]

Race hate crime on UK railways soared after Brexit vote, figures show – The Guardian

The number of suspected race hate crimes on Britain’s railways jumped sharply following the EU referendum, figures show. In the fortnight after the vote, British Transport police (BTP) recorded 119 incidents including allegations of racist abuse and attacks at stations – equivalent to eight a day. The number of alleged race hate offences logged by […]

Sweden Warns U.K. Against Aggressive Tax Cuts Amid Brexit Talks – Bloomberg

The U.K. should avoid any drastic steps to cut corporate taxes, or similar measures, as it prepares to start talks on leaving the European Union, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said. The premier of the largest Nordic economy also said the U.K.’s exit from the 28-nation bloc “shouldn’t take longer than necessary.” “But if the […]

UK explores multi-billion pound free trade deal with China – BBC News

Media captionPhilip Hammond: “I don’t think they’re in punishment mode… they’re very much focused on the economic prizes available” Chancellor Philip Hammond has begun discussions with China on an ambitious free trade deal which could see greater access for major Chinese banks and businesses to the UK economy. The Chancellor told the BBC it was […]