THERESA May has suggested that she is seeking "changes" to the controversial backstop in her Brexit deal, rather than its total removal from the UK's EU Withdrawal Agreement.In a speech in Belfast, the prime minister restated her "unshakeable" commitment to avoiding a hard border in Ireland after Brexit, pledging: "The UK government will not let that happen. I will not let that happen."But asked how she could convince the people of Northern Ireland to accept a Brexit deal, which was stripped of the backstop, Mrs May said: "I'm not proposing to persuade people to accept a deal that doesn't contain that insurance policy for the future."What Parliament has said is that they believe there should be changes made to the backstop."It was in that light that she was working with MPs, the Dublin government and the EU to find a way to meet the commitment to take Britain out of the EU on March 29 with a deal that avoided a hard border, she said.Mrs May is due to travel to Brussels on Thursday for … [Read more...] about May tells north’s business leaders of her unshakeable commitment to preventing hard border
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Hundreds of Northamptonshire roads removed from the winter maintenance service will be gritted once more after the council performed a U-turn on its controversial policy following severe criticism. Conservative leader Cllr Matt Golby announced this morning Northamptonshire County Council will scrap its policy which had seen 411km of roads removed from the precautionary gritting network. The leader had faced calls from all quarters including fellow councillors and residents to think again about the cost-saving policy after a number of reported accidents over the past few icy weeks on ungritted roads.In one incident a woman crashed her car down a hill in Daventry after a request made by the police to the council was reportedly refused. A pregnant woman also crashed her car in Northampton on a road that had been removed from the gritting network.Cllr Golby said it was his personal decision to make the about-turn and that no other services will suffer as a result of a boost in road … [Read more...] about Winter gritting victory as council leader listens to our call to think again on controversial policy
TWENTY years ago a historic peace agreement signalled the end of three decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. But what were the Troubles and what is the Good Friday agreement? Here's the lowdown on the years of bloody violence. When were The Troubles? The Troubles describe a 30-year period between the late 60s and early 90s, when sectarian violence in Northern Ireland caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and security personnel. Historians tend to place the beginning of the Troubles with the 1968 civil rights movement, which demanded an end to Unionist-dominated rule from the devolved Northern Ireland government at Stormont. Marches, protests, civil disobedience and increasing violence led to the British government's decision in 1969 to deploy troops to the streets, especially in Belfast and Londonderry. In 1971, the government introduced its policy of internment, locking up terror suspects without trial. By the following year, the situation had deteriorated. On … [Read more...] about When were the Northern Ireland Troubles, what happened in Belfast and what is the Good Friday Agreement?
BRITAIN’S struggling high streets have shed 100,000 jobs over the past three years - turning cities into “ghost towns”, it emerged today. As big firms collapsed and internet shopping soared in popularity, thousands of retail workers have been left jobless, according to official stats. The news comes as the Lib Dems call for business rates to be scrapped in a bid to help out high street shops. New analysis by the Labour party shows there are 100,000 fewer Brits working in the retail industry than there were in 2015. And last year alone, the high street lost a total of 1,800 shops. Major chains like House of Fraser and BHS have fallen into administration, while even retail giants such as M&S have had to close branches. Companies blame the rise of Amazon and other online shopping sites for driving footfall away from town centres. Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey said today: “Our high streets are dying but the Government isn’t doing anything … [Read more...] about 100,000 jobs disappear from the high street as online shopping drives out brick-and-mortar stores
News / UK and world by Press Association September 14, 2018, 12:07 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Church of England has been criticised after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, slammed Amazon at the recent TUC Congress in Manchester, despite the Church holding stock in the online retail giant. Here is a closer look at the Church’s investment fund and policies: Why does the Church of England have an investment fund? Managed by a body called the Church Commissioners, the investment fund is the modern incarnation of the Church of England’s historic property assets. The Church Commissioners distribute returns from the fund into the Church of England, accounting for approximately 15% of the Church’s running costs. It also pays pensions for retired clergy, provides funding for the poorest areas and supports research into how the Church can grow. What does the Church invest in? The Church … [Read more...] about How does the Church of England invest its wealth?