Theresa May’s plan blasted as she is warned of ‘black hole Brexit’ | Politics | News

Brexiteer lawyer Martin Howe QC has written a damning analysis of the Prime Minister’s desperate new Brexit plan, which would mean the UK maintains close ties with the EU. Mrs May claimed that the plan would ensure that “the people won’t be let down”. Mr Howe’s concerning briefing note, which has said the plan would leave the country trapped in a “legal and regulatory tar pit”, is being circulated by the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory Brexiteer MPs. Although the analysis has not been formally endorsed by the ERG,…

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Scotland can no longer let drug dealers ‘off the hook’ | UK | News

GETTY Scotland has been named the overdose death capital of Europe Now the Sunday Express can reveal that, while overdose deaths have rocketed, the number of drug dealers being caught by the police has fallen by more than 60 per cent. Scotland’s eight former police forces recorded 9,328 crimes of possession of drugs with intent to supply in 2007/08 when the SNP first came to power. By last year, that number was down to 3,531 – the lowest total since the annual crime statistics were published more than two decades…

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Thai cave rescue update: How are the boys surviving trapped in the Thailand cave? | World | News

The group of 12 young boys and their instructor became trapped in a cave in Thailand on June 23 when rainwater from a monsoon flooded the nook they were exploring. A massive rescue operation was launched but after more than a week of searching, it seemed as though any hope of finding them alive was fading – and fast. But as the brave teams of recovery specialists continued searching, British specialist rescue divers came upon an area of high ground, where they found all 13 of the missing people huddled…

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Brexit news: Verhofstadt warns he will examine May’s plan VERY carefully | Politics | News

Mr Verhofstadt said of the Chequers statement “the devil is in the detail” and that he MEPs on the Brexit steering group would scrutinise the statement at a meeting on Thursday before he gives a “considered initial response”. He said on Twitter: “I read the #Chequers statement with great interest. “But the devil is in the detail. The @Europarl_EN’s Brexit Steering Group awaits the White Paper which it will examine very carefully at its meeting on 12/7 and then give its considered initial response.” It comes as a QC’s analysis…

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Amesbury poisoning – Police officer in hospital for suspected Novichok poisoning | UK | News

The officer, who is thought to be with Wiltshire Police, is currently receiving treatment at Salisbury District Hospital. The Salisbury hospital is a short distance from Amesbury where Charlie Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill after coming into contact with the potentially fatal substance last Saturday. The pair remain in critical condition after they handled an item contaminated with the nerve agent. The police officer first attended Great Western Hospital in Swindon before he was transferred to Salisbury, it is believed. Forensic investigators are continuing to…

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Hawaii volcano update: Huge sinkholes opening up near Hawaii volcanoes national park | World | News

A huge sinkhole opened on Highway 11 near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Thursday. The State Department of Transportation said the sinkhole was caused by earthquake damage. The Hawaii County Police Department closed one lane near the 30 mile marker near Volcano Country Club. Drivers were warned to avoid the area if possible, as alternate routes were not available. However, state crews filled the sinkhole on Friday. How long will Kilauea erupt for? Kilauea has been erupting since May 3, which has caused thousands of residents to evacuate from Leilani…

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England must NOT shake hands with Sweden – and THIS is why | UK | News

Manager Gareth Southgate’s squad have been advised to fist bump players instead while playing in World Cup 2018 in Russia. Team doctor Robin Chakrabarty and his staff issued the guidelines to guard against the spread of germs, Inews has reported. Research from Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences revealed fist bumps are 20 times more hygienic than the most traditional form of greeting. It is hoped the curb on skin contact will stop key players like Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling falling ill. Not shaking hands can…

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MEPs reject reforms bringing transparency to £4,000-a-month expenses claims | World | News

The Bureau of the European Parliament voted by a narrow majority to throw out proposals to forcing MEPs to keep receipts, employ a professional paying agent to carry out checks on their General Expenditure Allowance (GEA) and return unused funds. The reform was supported by Vice-Presidents of Greens, Liberals, Left and Italian Five Stars with two Social-Democrats on their side. The GEA of almost £4,000 per month is designed for office expenses such as rent and stationery and is paid on top of salaries as a tax free lump sum.…

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England comes to a standstill – roads EMPTY and pubs packed as Three Lions take on Sweden | UK | News

England manager Gareth Southgate and fans across the country are beyond jubilant as the team beat Sweden to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.  England secured their win after Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored the two goals for their side. Delighted fans have been celebrating the win across the country as pubs have been packed out with England flags and Three Lions football shirts, beers were thrown in the air and flags waved after the final whistle was blown. Boozed-up fans have been screaming “It’s coming home” across…

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Thailand cave rescue: Rescuers drilling 100 ‘shafts’ into mountain | World | News

Rescuers will carry out the operation to save the group in the next “one or two days” before monsoon rains hit and make the cave impassable. Governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said rescuers are looking into alternative ways of rescuing the group. He said today: “Some of the shafts are as deep as 400 metres. But they still cannot find their location yet. A lack of technology in their mission has made it difficult “to pinpoint where they are staying”, he said. “We estimate that they are 600…

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