UK goods trade gap biggest on record – BBC News

The UK’s goods trade gap with the rest of the world widened by £1.9bn to a record high of £125bn in 2015, official figures show. The Office for National Statistics also warned the latest figures would have a negative impact on its second estimate of fourth-quarter economic growth. But 2015 also saw a record surplus […]

UK intelligence committee slams IP Bill for being too vague – Engadget

The new report delves deeper into the government’s proposed legislation, taking issue with three specific capabilities — equipment interference, more commonly known as hacking, bulk personal data datasets and communications data, which refers to peripheral information about our conversations such as where, when and how a message was sent or received. The Committee says these […]

Global woes will delay UK interest rate rise until 2020, say analysts – The Guardian

Anxiety in global markets and a weakening US economy will force the Bank of England to delay UK interest rate rises until at least 2020, according to a leading firm of analysts. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) forecast, which will cheer mortgage borrowers and disappoint savers, extends by at least three years the timeline for […]

Age UK halts controversial energy deal with E.On – BBC News

Charity Age UK and energy provider E.On have suspended a branded tariff following criticism of the deal. On Thursday, the Sun newspaper claimed the charity was earning £6m a year from recommending energy deals that were not the cheapest available. The withdrawal, for new and renewing customers, was prompted by “continued speculation regarding the partnership”. […]

Portugal wrinkles its nose at UK’s EU deal – BBC News

Image caption Mark found the UK renegotiation wasn’t a big talking point in Lisbon Joanna Pedro twists her hair in her hands, visibly upset at the idea that the British Prime Minister wants to cut benefits to people from her country who work in Britain. She is a Portuguese nurse and worked in the UK […]

EU referendum: PM says Brexit could bring Calais ‘Jungle’ to UK – BBC News

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The prime minister will warn that migrant camps could appear in the UK if the UK leaves the EU David Cameron is expected to warn that migrant camps like the “Jungle” in Calais could appear in south-east England if the UK leaves the EU. The PM will suggest that if […]

Second wind for UK oil and gas? – BBC News

Image copyright Total Image caption Two 18 inch pipelines have been laid to take the gas produced 90 miles to land There’s a second wind to Britain’s oil and gas industry. And it’s been in the pipeline for years. Getting to “first gas” from the Laggan field has taken a long time. The Laggan field […]

Health charge for New Zealanders and Australians is UK being ‘pretty cheap’, says John Key – The Guardian

The New Zealand prime minister, John Key, has accused Britain of being “pretty cheap” after it revealed plans to make New Zealanders and Australians pay a surcharge to access some health services. Australians and New Zealanders visiting the UK for six months or more – or who are already in the country and are applying […]

UK-US deal would allow MI5 to get chat, e-mails directly from US companies – Ars Technica

The UK and US governments are working on an agreement that would allow MI5 and other intelligence agencies to serve orders on US companies like Google and Facebook for live intercepts of conversations if they involve only British citizens. According to a report in The Washington Post, the UK would also be able to request […]

UK weather: Storm Imogen slams the south with gales and torrential rain – live –

12:55 Water, water everywhere The flooded train tracks on the Cambrian line as an Arriva Trains sits stranded in Wales following bad weather  Photo: PA 12:40 Hangar door ripped off by wind at Royal Navy site A giant hangar door at a Royal Navy dockyard, has been “ripped off” by the wind and blown onto […]

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