Greenpeace activists have barred all entrances to BP’s London HQ, demanding an end to all new oil and gas exploration. The campaigners arrived at 3am on Monday and encased themselves in heavy containers ahead of the oil company’s annual general meeting on Tuesday
Britain is preparing to bring in a new spying law and is considering updating treason legislation to counter the threat from hostile states in the wake of the nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury last year, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday.
Britain’s largest carmaker hit by weak Chinese market and falling diesel sales
Jaguar Land Rover suffered the largest loss in its history last year, sinking £3.6bn into the red as it wrestled with a weak Chinese market, falling diesel sales and a one-off downward revision to the value of its business.
Britain’s largest carmaker, owned by India’s Tata Motors, pointed to a return to profitability in the fourth quarter of the year, when it recorded a £120m pretax profit.
David Macdonald says he is ‘doing the unprecedented’ to shore up the remain vote
The top Change UK choice in Scotland at this week’s European elections has written an open letter to his party’s fellow candidates urging them to consider following his lead and voting for the Liberal Democrats or other remain parties.
In a damaging blow for the fledging party, David Macdonald announced last week that to avoid splitting the remain vote in Scotland, pro-remain voters who also opposed Scottish independence should instead back the Lib Dems.
New role is likely to put spotlight on UK’s approach to autocratic regimes
The British government is appointing an international ambassador dedicated to the promotion of human rights, in a move that is likely to put the UK’s patchy approach to autocratic regimes under greater scrutiny.
The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has appointed Rita French, formerly his principal private secretary, to take on the task of promoting the UK’s work at the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council and the cause of human rights internationally.
Daze Aghaji, 19, says her generation must lead the way to avert climate catastrophe
Few prospective MEPs will be in the middle of their first year undergraduate exams when hundreds of millions of people across Europe go to the polls later this week. But 19-year-old Londoner Daze Aghaji believes now is the time for her generation to make a stand.
“We are at a turning point,” says Aghaji. “This generation can take leadership and make this change happen or we are facing a genuinely terrible future – so I am trying to do something, to be part of a new politics, part of the new world I want to see.”
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Yesterday, in an article for the Sunday Times (paywall), Theresa May said that when MPs vote on the EU withdrawal agreement bill in the first week of June, it would involve a “new, bold offer” with “an improved package of measures” that she hoped would win over some of those MPs who voted against her Brexit deal on the previous three occasions. In interviews this morning, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said that if MPs wanted Brexit to happen, they should vote for the bill at second reading; if they wanted to change the terms of Brexit, they could amend it later, he argued.
A five-page summary of the bill sent to cabinet ministers last week contained no ideas on how to bridge the gap between the Tories and Labour on a possible customs union with the EU, and no fresh thinking on the Northern Irish backstop, which is designed to prevent a hard border in Ireland if no trade deal is agreed.
Instead, it promises to incorporate an idea first proposed by the Tory MP Sir Hugo Swire in January that would give parliament the final say on implementing the backstop, as well as an obligation for the government to “seek” alternative arrangements to the backstop by the end of 2020.
No. The reason I voted for the last two variants of it is that it had been modified a bit, but what was clear was if we didn’t get that through, there would be a chaotic consequential outcome. And that is what we are seeing now, this chaos.
And the trouble is - Matt [Hancock] was doing a good job of defending the line this morning. But this is not a great new offer; it’s a great new concession. What it will do, and this is the critical thing, is, if we pass that act, it opens things up so that the successor to the prime minister, the next prime minister, will have their hands tied. And I think the next prime minister must have the right to reset the negotiations on their terms.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary says airline is cutting prices to encourage bookings
Ryanair has reported its lowest profit in four years and forecast another slide this year, as air fares fell on the back of Brexit uncertainty and fierce competition in Europe.
Michael O’Leary, the Ryanair chief executive, said fares would continue to fall in the UK and Germany, pointing to consumer nervousness about Brexit. “There is a later booking pattern and we’re having to stimulate bookings with lower air fares,” he said.
Bectu to enter talks with bosses after deaths of Jeremy Kyle and Love Island guests
The UK’s biggest broadcasting union, Bectu, has passed an emergency motion expressing concern about the level of support and care that staff and guests on programmes such as Love Island and The Jeremy Kyle Show receive, after members said they often felt ill-equipped to deal with vulnerable guests.
The entertainment and media trade union, which passed the emergency motion at its annual conference in Brighton on Sunday, will now enter talks with broadcast industry bosses to compel them to do more to improve mental health and support for staff and guests working on TV and radio programmes.