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UK ‘certain’ of new phase in Brexit talks
LONDON: Britain said on Thursday it was “confident” talks with the European Union would move towards discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from the top EU negotiator that the target is receding. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government wants to push the discussion beyond the divorce settlement soon, to offer companies some assurance of what to expect after Britain leaves in March 2019.
 
 
A-Level students left under prepared, finds survey
LONDON: A-level students were left under prepared for this year’s exams, they have claimed, thanks to out of date textbooks and exam paper mistakes putting them at a disadvantage compared with previous years. Responding to a survey conducted by online student community The Student Room, more than half of 5,252 A-level students polled said they did not have access to suitable practice papers while studying.
   
Cable believes that Brexit will not happen
LONDON: Sir Vince Cable has said he still believes there is a “significant possibility” that Brexit will not happen. The Liberal Democrat leader told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that he stood by the view that the UK might not leave the European Union (EU). Sir Vince said a combination of the politics of Brexit “unravelling” and the “sheer practical difficulties” could stop UK government plans to leave
 
 
UK ‘plans visa-free post-Brexit travel’
LONDON: European nationals will still be able to pass freely without passport checks between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland after the UK’s departure from the EU, under new government plans. It comes after officials published the second Brexit negotiating position paper on the contentious issue of the Irish border, which includes preserving the Common Travel Area between the two countries. Due to the government’s insisten
   
Developers must build low-cost homes, says Khan
LONDON: Developers who fall short of requirements to build low-cost homes will be forced to make financial records public to show why they cannot build more, under plans by announced by the mayor of London on Wednesday. Mayor Sadiq Khan has asked London’s boroughs to confront the city’s shortage of affordable housing by forcing developers to submit plans for scrutiny by city hall experts, following a high profile project where
 
 
Police arrest suspect in Italy model kidnap
LONDON: British police on Wednesday arrested the brother of a man accused of an extraordinary abduction of a young British model in Italy, following a request from the Italian authorities. “Officers... this morning arrested the brother of Lukasz Pawel Herba in connection with the kidnapping of Chloe Ayling,” the National Crime Agency said in a statement. “Michal Konrad Herba, aged 36, was apprehended at an address... (near
   
NHS executive sacked over ‘gross misconduct’
LONDON: Sir Leonard Fenwick, the longest serving NHS chief executive, has been sacked over “gross misconduct.” The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust boss had been put on extended leave at the beginning of the year as investigations began. He had also appealed against the allegations. The reasons behind the dismissal still remain largely mysterious, because the trust is unable to comment publicly with proceedings
 
 
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