• Small businesses unprepared for chaotic no-deal Brexit, study finds

    Small businesses unprepared for chaotic no-deal Brexit, study finds

    • September 18, 2018

    By Alan Jones, Press Association Industrial Correspondent Only one in seven small firms have started planning for the UK leaving the EU without a deal in place, while many say they would have to cut staff, a new study finds. Half of the firms polled by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) believe a no-deal

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  • EU must compromise in order to reach Brexit deal, UK says

    EU must compromise in order to reach Brexit deal, UK says

    • September 18, 2018

    By Andrew Woodcock and David Hughes, Press Association Political Staff European leaders have been urged by the UK to compromise on their Brexit stance on the eve of a major summit. Prime Minister Theresa May will use Wednesday’s gathering in Salzburg, Austria, to make a direct pitch to fellow leaders to back her divisive Chequers

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  • Drop in vaccine uptake among children in England – report

    Drop in vaccine uptake among children in England – report

    • September 18, 2018

    By Ella Pickover, Press Association Health Correspondent A declining number of children in England are being vaccinated against potentially deadly diseases, new figures show. Data from NHS Digital shows that vaccination coverage declined last year for a number of immunisations which protect youngsters from a horde of different illnesses, from meningitis to measles. Coverage for

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  • Jeremy Hunt: government cautiously optimistic of striking Brexit deal

    Jeremy Hunt: government cautiously optimistic of striking Brexit deal

    • September 18, 2018

    By Elizabeth Arnold, Press Association Political Staff Britain is “cautiously optimistic” of striking a Brexit deal with the European Union “but there is a lot of work to do to get there”, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. Mr Hunt said he was “confident” the Prime Minister would succeed in her negotiations with the EU,

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  • Ofcom outlines potential regulation of social media firms

    Ofcom outlines potential regulation of social media firms

    • September 18, 2018

    By Martyn Landi, Press Association Technology Correspondent Technology giants such as Facebook and Google could be regulated in the same way as broadcasters, according to media regulator Ofcom. It has published a document designed to examine how to tackle harmful online content using lessons from regulating other media industries, and how these could be applied

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  • MPs urge Brexit fallback plan to avoid no-deal chaos if Chequers fails

    MPs urge Brexit fallback plan to avoid no-deal chaos if Chequers fails

    • September 18, 2018

    Theresa May must consider alternatives to her Chequers blueprint that keep Britain aligned to Brussels to avoid a “chaotic and damaging” no-deal Brexit if it is rejected, MPs have warned. The Government should look at either a customs union or European Economic Area (EEA) membership as a fallback to avoid leaving the European Union without

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