Brexit Transition Must Be Extended, According to UK Officials

Brexit Transition Must Be Extended, According to UK Officials

The Brexit transition period will need to be extended potentially for years because any new customs regime will not be ready to come into force in time, according to senior British officials. In what would be a politically explosive decision, the U.K. will have to stay inside the European customs union beyond the transition period’s […]

Met dismisses police spy who tricked activist into sexual relationship

Met dismisses police spy who tricked activist into sexual relationship

An undercover officer who had an unauthorised sexual relationship with an environmental campaigner has been dismissed from the police after a disciplinary hearing. Jim Boyling, who infiltrated leftwing groups for five years, was found guilty of gross misconduct. He is the first undercover officer sent to spy on political groups who is known to have […]

UK probe goes on despite Cambridge Analytica bankruptcy

UK probe goes on despite Cambridge Analytica bankruptcy

British authorities are promising to continue their investigation of Cambridge Analytica, the campaign consultant at the center of the Facebook privacy scandal, even though the company is going out of business. Cambridge Analytica announced Wednesday that it plans to file for bankruptcy in Britain and the U.S., saying negative publicity surrounding allegations that it improperly […]

MPs prepared to force Channel Islands and Isle of Man to reveal firms' owners

MPs prepared to force Channel Islands and Isle of Man to reveal firms' owners

MPs are prepared to look at ways of forcing the crown dependencies of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to introduce public registers of company ownership if they are not willing to, in the wake of this week’s decision by parliament to insist that the overseas territories do so. Andrew Mitchell, a Conservative, […]

Ripple Put on Defensive at UK Parliament Blockchain Hearing

Ripple Put on Defensive at UK Parliament Blockchain Hearing

Skepticism dominated a Tuesday hearing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain at the U.K. parliament, but it was not the members of parliament (MPs) who set the negative tone. Rather, it was interbank payments startup Ripple’s XRP cryptocurrency and blockchain platforms that came under fire as Martin Walker, director of the non-profit Centre for Evidence Based Management and […]

UK parliament's call for Zuckerberg to testify goes next level

UK parliament's call for Zuckerberg to testify goes next level

The UK parliament has issued an impressive ultimatum to Facebook in a last ditch attempt to get Mark Zuckerberg to take its questions: Come and give evidence voluntarily or next time you fly to the UK you’ll get a formal summons to appear. “Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament […]

UK asthma death rates among the worst in Europe

UK asthma death rates among the worst in Europe

Overall, the rate of asthma deaths in the UK was 2.21 per 100,000 people in 2015, a rise from 1.83 in 2011. The average rate over the period was 1.98 per 100,000, compared with an EU average of 1.32.  The lowest rates were found in the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Greece, with rates of 0.56, 0.52 […]

UK-US initiative to study mighty Thwaites Glacier

UK-US initiative to study mighty Thwaites Glacier

Image copyright John S Sonntag/Nasa Image caption Thwaites is a colossal feature in West Antarctica that drains ice into the ocean It is going to be one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in Antarctica. UK and US scientists will lead a five-year effort to examine the stability of the mighty Thwaites Glacier. This ice […]

Regulators could stand in way of Sainsbury's-Asda deal

Regulators could stand in way of Sainsbury's-Asda deal

Jonathan Eley, Retail Correspondent April 29, 2018 Print this page The combination of J Sainsbury and Asda, details of which should be confirmed on Monday, will constitute a revolution in UK retailing — if they can persuade regulators to allow it. Putting the two together under the leadership of Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s chief executive, would […]

Apple results, Fed decision, UK elections

Apple results, Fed decision, UK elections

The FT’s Josh de la Mare looks at the main stories making news this week. Including: Apple’s results and the latest smartphone sales figures; a decision by the Federal Reserve on interest rates; and difficult local elections for the UK Conservative government. April 29, 2018 Studio filmed by Petros Gioumpasis, Nicola Stansfield and Rod Fitzgerald. […]

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