The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill has cleared its first Commons hurdle after MPs approved giving it a second reading by 340 votes to 263, majority 77.
The government has admitted its coronavirus testing issues will take 'weeks' to solve.
More than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK in the last 24 hours.As of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 3,105 lab-confirmed cases, bringing the total to 374,228, the Government said.
The 'BGT' judge is focusing on his young family as he remains strong against the torrent of racial abuse directed towards him.
Influenza and pneumonia has contributed to more weekly deaths than Covid-19 since the middle of June, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. Just 78 people died of coronavirus in the week ending September 4 - the latest for which death registrations are available - the first time the figure has fallen below 100 since lockdown began in March. Just one per cent of deaths now mention coronavirus on the death certificate compared to 12.8 per cent which mention influenza and pneumonia, making those conditions nearly 13 times more deadly. The numbers of overall deaths has also plummeted well below the five-year average for England and Wales, with 1,443 fewer deaths in the most recent weekly figures. There were 23 fewer deaths than the previous week, however the ONS warned that the significant fall in death registrations may partly be explained by the August bank holiday.
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From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, India's military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In recent months, one of India's biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border stand-off with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand combat.
Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has said she had a panic attack while the girl group were performing in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.
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The Queen has led royal tributes to the Duke of Sussex as he celebrates his 36th birthday from afar.The monarch, the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all shared a stream of nostalgic snaps as they wished Harry a “very Happy Birthday”.
The 43-year-old newsreader is a single mother to eight-year-old son Tushaan.
The BBC has revealed which of its stars take home the biggest pay packets with the publication of its annual financial report.Since 2017, the corporation has published the names of presenters, journalists and radio hosts who receive salaries of £150,000 and above - with plenty of famous faces making the list.
On 14 March a piece of human tissue, a small intestine, was recovered from Andrew Jones's home at Bronwydd Road. It is the prosecution case that Andrew Jones lured Michael O'Leary to another property he owned, Cyncoed Farm, and he died.
A list of top earning BBC stars has been released by the corporation as it faces criticism for offering pay rises despite a wave of redundancies earlier this year.The BBC is having to make savings of £125m this year because of the pandemic, and has announced a swathe of job cuts in its news division.Despite the job losses, however, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker topped the list with a salary of £1.75m in the year to the end of March, although he will take a 23% pay cut. Meanwhile presenters such as Zoe Ball saw her pay increase by £990,000 in the past year.Last year's figures put the Radio 2 Breakfast Show host on about £370,000, but she had only just replaced Chris Evans on the airwaves.Fiona Bruce also moved up the published pay figures by £195,000 to around £450,000, now she is hosting Question Time.And Graham Norton is on at least £725,000 – a rise of around £115,000.The BBC’s new boss Tim Davie said he expects presenters to work for less because of challenges posed by coronavirus and defended the pay rises for stars like Ball."Zoe is absolutely a broadcaster at the top of her game. She's delivering over eight million listeners," he said.And he added of the station as a whole: "I think we're getting incredible value."
The president of the European Commission is expected to say that a UK-EU trade deal is still possible but not at any price in her annual flagship speech on Wednesday. Ursula von der Leyen is expected to use her State of the Union address in the European Parliament in Brussels to double down on her warning that Britain must drop plans to renege on the Withdrawal Agreement. Backsliding on the Brexit treaty would seriously damage the trust needed to finalise the agreement, she has previously warned. Brexit is expected to only take up a small part of the speech. It will largely focus on the European Commission’s policy priorities for the future and in particular the bloc’s relations with China, its response to the coronavirus pandemic and accelerating plans to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The contents of the speech are a closely guarded secret but Mrs von der Leyen could repeat her warning that the Internal Markets Bill, if approved by Parliament, would jeopardise the negotiations on the future trading relationship. The EU has already given Britain a deadline of the end of the month to drop offending provisions in the Bill, which it says breaks international law and the Withdrawal Agreement. The Bill disapplies provisions on state aid and requirements on export declarations on goods from the UK to Northern Ireland. Brussels has warned that it reserves the right to take legal action against the UK in the European Court of Justice, could trigger dispute mechanisms in the Brexit treaty and ultimately freeze other agreements with the UK as punishment. EU diplomats had suggested that Mrs von der Leyen could use the speech to tee up political level talks between herself, Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel. Those talks would be designed to break the deadlock on divisive areas before handing back to the chief negotiators to smooth out the details and pave the way to a deal before the end of October. That is now seen as unlikely, given that relations between the two sides have plummeted to a new low. The commission is keen to keep the talks over the Withdrawal Agreement separate to the trade deal in order to minimise the increasing risk of no deal. Mrs von der Leyen will address MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday leaders of the European Parliament groups, which will have an effective veto over any trade deal with Britain attacked Boris Johnson. Manfred Weber, leader of the centre-Right European People's Party, the largest group in the European Parliament, said, “The draft bill is unprecedented and shocking. This is what populism can do to a country, which was a global leader of international law and trade. “We need clarification within the next few days. Why negotiate an agreement about the future if we cannot count on our agreements of the past?” Philippe Lamberts, member of the Brexit coordination group and leader of the European Greens, said, “The United Kingdom has joined too long a list of countries who abandoned the idea of a rules-based international order in favour of a world where might is right or political expediency is right.”
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New restrictions banning households from meeting each other have come into force in Birmingham following a spike in coronavirus cases in the city.
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