• Slug pellet pesticide to be banned from 2020, Government announces

    Slug pellet pesticide to be banned from 2020, Government announces

    • December 19, 2018

    By Emily Beament, Press Association Environment Correspondent A pesticide used in slug pellets is to be banned because of the danger it poses to other wildlife, the Government has announced. The ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde, which is used to control slugs in a range of crops and in gardens, will be introduced

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  • Voters across Britain back second EU referendum, data suggests

    Voters across Britain back second EU referendum, data suggests

    • December 19, 2018

    New analysis of polling figures shows that voters back a second EU referendum in every area of the country – including the constituencies of Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson – campaigners have claimed. The research, released to the Press Association by the Best for Britain campaign 100 days before the scheduled date of

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  • Spanish court gears up for high-stakes trial of Catalan separatists

    Spanish court gears up for high-stakes trial of Catalan separatists

    • December 18, 2018

    A preliminary hearing in a rebellion case against Catalan separatists has displayed some of the dynamics between defence and prosecutors expected during a trial that is likely to dominate Spanish politics. Eighteen former politicians and activists from the Catalonia region are charged with rebellion, sedition, disobedience and misuse of public funds for their parts in

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  • May joins ‘pooper’ party as Catalan figurine

    May joins ‘pooper’ party as Catalan figurine

    • December 18, 2018

    Prime Minister Theresa May has joined the ranks of the famous and powerful in Catalonia as a traditional Christmas figurine. But with her dignity dented by widespread condemnation of her Brexit plan, she may consider the recognition a mixed blessing. The hand-painted clay statuettes, known as “caganers” or “poopers”, are depicted with their pants down.

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  • UK Government ramps up preparations for no-deal Brexit

    UK Government ramps up preparations for no-deal Brexit

    • December 18, 2018

    Theresa May’s Cabinet has agreed to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, 101 days before the UK is due to leave the European Union. Ministers agreed to activate all of the Government’s no-deal plans in the hope of preparing the country for the possibility that the UK will crash out without agreement on March

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  • Environmental issues dominate UK statistics of the year

    Environmental issues dominate UK statistics of the year

    • December 18, 2018

    By Ian Jones, Press Association Plastic pollution, rail delays and the number of Jaffa Cakes in a festive tube have all been named among 2018’s statistics of the year. The list, compiled by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) from nominations by the public, is intended to highlight some of the biggest trends and news stories

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