As ‘Brexit’ Clock Ticks, UK Seems Adrift – New York Times

The chaos is being met with consternation elsewhere in the European Union, where negotiators say they are beginning to wonder if the British will ever decide on a coherent strategy. “You hear more and more voices saying, ‘It is ridiculous what the Brits are doing,’ ” said Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, director of the Europe program at […]

Forced migration was UK’s worst child abuse scandal, says Brown – The Guardian

The former prime minister Gordon Brown has described the forced migration of British children as a bigger sex abuse scandal than that perpetrated by Jimmy Savile. Giving evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Brown said the mass transportation of 130,000 British children overseas between the 1940s and 70s amounted to “government-enforced trafficking”. […]

Warm weather drives UK shoppers back to the high street – The Guardian

Retail sales rebounded in June as the sunny weather put consumers in the mood to update their summer wardrobes. Sales rose by 0.6% last month, beating the 0.4% increase forecast by economists and following a sharp 1.1% drop in May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). While consumers splashed out on T-shirts and […]

SSE loses 230000 customers in ‘highly competitive’ UK market – The Guardian

SSE lost nearly a quarter of a million customers in the three months to June as it warned that it faced “complex challenges” this year. The UK’s second biggest energy supplier has been shedding customers at a faster rate than before, with the exodus of 230,000, and 210,000 households switching to rival suppliers in the […]

Peak Bake Off? UK’s home baking boom develops soggy bottom – The Guardian

There are signs Britain’s home baking boom may be running out of steam, just as Channel 4 prepares to relaunch one of its main catalysts, The Great British Bake Off. The amount of baking ingredients, including flour, dried fruits and cake coverings, sold by supermarkets fell 3.8% in the year to the end of March, […]

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’ – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption David Davis, left, and Michel Barnier The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens’ rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough […]

Number of UK degree students receiving firsts soars – The Guardian

One-third of UK universities and colleges are awarding firsts to at least 25% of their students, four times as many as five years ago, figures show. In 2015-16, 50 institutions gave at least one-quarter of degrees the top grade, while 10 awarded more than one-third a first. This compares with 12 and two respectively in […]

Warm weather drives UK shoppers back to the stores – The Guardian

Retail sales rebounded in June as the sunny weather put consumers in the mood to update their summer wardrobes. Sales rose by 0.6% last month, beating the 0.4% increase forecast by economists and following a sharp 1.1% drop in May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). “A particularly warm June seems to have […]

9/11 survivors urge May to publish UK terror funding report – The Guardian

A group of September 11 attack survivors and bereaved relatives have urged Theresa May to publish a report into the funding of extremism in Britain, with ministers still facing questions as to whether the report highlights Saudi Arabia. Last week, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said the report had been concluded but would not be […]

Hot weather boosts UK retail sales – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images UK retail sales rose by more than expected in June, rebounding from May’s decline, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The quantity of goods bought rose by 0.6% in June from May, which was stronger growth than economists had been expecting. The rise was driven by strong sales of […]

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