Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Formal Brexit negotiations will first focus on issues to do with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as part of a sequenced approach to talks, the European Commission has said. The BBC has been told by EU sources that the talks will follow the EU’s preferred pattern of exit negotiations first, with the future relations between the two sides at a later date. The UK’s Department for Exiting the EU said it still held the…

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Loose Women strip 'to empower others to be body confident'

Loose Women strip 'to empower others to be body confident'

The stars of ITV’s Loose Women stripped down to their swimwear to show “normal is perfectly fine”, says one of the nine, Janet Street-Porter. The photograph of them, taken by singer Bryan Adams, shows the panellists without filters or airbrushing. Ms Street-Porter, 70, said they were “sick of pictures of women being photoshopped into ‘perfection’”. Actresses Nadia Sawalha, 52, and Linda Robson, 59, and TV star Katie Price, 38, are among those who took part….

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Brexit: Government 'to stand up' for Gibraltar's interests

Brexit: Government 'to stand up' for Gibraltar's interests

The UK has said it will stand up for Gibraltar’s interests after the territory accused Spain of using Brexit to forward its territorial aims. After reported lobbying from Spain, the EU’s Brexit negotiation strategy is that decisions affecting Gibraltar will be run past the Spanish government. Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo said this was “unacceptable”. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has held talks with Mr Picardo in an effort to reassure him of the UK’s support….

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Campaigners seek 'to sell US politicians' browsing data'

Campaigners seek 'to sell US politicians' browsing data'

The organisers of two privacy campaigns say they plan to buy, then sell, the internet browsing histories of some of America’s best-known politicians. But experts said the schemes were doomed to fail. The campaigners are protesting against a congress vote to repeal a key internet privacy law earlier this week. They said the SJR34 resolution, which would let companies continue to sell user data without their consent, would infringe people’s privacy. President Donald Trump is…

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Unite urges Watson 'to keep nose out of our business'

Unite urges Watson 'to keep nose out of our business'

Unite boss Len McCluskey has described as “ridiculous” claims by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson that his union is involved in a “secret plot” to help a left-wing group take over the party. Mr Watson has accused Unite of planning to fund activist group Momentum, which he said could “destroy” Labour. But Mr McCluskey said the claims were “a complete fabrication” and “there are no plans to fund anybody”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced hecklers…

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Whistleblowers 'to be protected' if they apply for NHS job

Whistleblowers 'to be protected' if they apply for NHS job

NHS whistleblowers could be protected against discrimination if they apply to work for the health service again. Government plans would give applicants a right to complain to an employment tribunal if they believed they had suffered discrimination. Jeremy Hunt said he wanted to create “a culture of openness” where staff feel they can speak up about patient safety. Barrister Sir Robert Francis recommended the measure after a public inquiry into Stafford Hospital deaths. Protecting NHS…

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Use pram covers 'to protect babies from air pollution'

Use pram covers 'to protect babies from air pollution'

Parents should use pram covers to protect babies and young children from harmful air pollution during the school run, researchers suggest. Traffic lights and bus stops were pollution hotspots and there were higher levels of pollution in the morning compared with the afternoon, the University of Surrey study said. Young children are more at risk because their bodies are small and developing. And they could be breathing in damaging substances, the study said. A recent…

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T in the Park festival 'to take a break'

T in the Park festival 'to take a break'

Scotland’s largest music festival, T in the Park, is to take a break next year, its organisers have confirmed. DF Concerts said it needed to “take stock” and that the two years since the festival moved to Strathallan from Balado “have had their challenges.” The promoter said “continued restrictions” had had a “negative impact” on festivalgoers. It added that the limitations placed on their fans’ experience were “too great”. The organisers said: “We now need…

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