UK local government declared “major incident” as thousands ignore social distancing to flock to beach

Story By: Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council Thousands of people have ignored social distancing requirements and flocked to the beach at the beachside town of Bournemouth, causing the local council to declare a “major incident”, and urged people to leave the town. This happened on Thursday (local time), on the second…

UK government to pick up payroll tabs on closed pubs

By Helene Fung UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, night clubs, theatres and gyms to shut their doors as soon as possible, to cut the risk of coronavirus transmission; but business could continue to provide takeaway services. He said the measures were intended to be temporary, and the length…

Tory win means Australia may re-negotiate UK relations

Boris Johnson has returned to Number Ten Downing Street after a historic landslide victory over Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn last week. Johnson’s Conservative party took government with 365 seats, beating Labour by 165 seats and taking many traditionally Labour voting areas. Boris Johnson ran the campaign on a platform of “getting Brexit done,” committed to leaving…

British PM met French President in “constructive” Brexit talk

By Helene Fung French President Emmanuel Macron met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Elysee Palace on Thursday local time, during which Mr Macron told Mr Johnson there’s not enough time for a total re-write of the Brexit deal before the deadline set on the 31st of October. In talks described by the French as…

Boris Johnson vows to make Britain “the greatest place on earth”

By Helene Fung Newly elected UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he wants to make Britain “the greatest place on earth” during his maiden speech to Parliament, echoing his US counterpart Donald Trump across the Atlantic Ocean. Mr Trump has previously called Mr Johnson a British version of himself. Mr Johnson said that he…

May reaches Brexit agreement before deadline

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reached an agreement with Brussels regarding what will happen on ‘Brexit day’, March 29, 2019. Details of the agreement were leaked hours after the announcement that the deal was done. The deal will see Britain leave the EU, but remain part of the Customs Union and Single Market, as…