UK explores multi-billion pound free trade deal with China – BBC News

Media captionPhilip Hammond: “I don’t think they’re in punishment mode… they’re very much focused on the economic prizes available” Chancellor Philip Hammond has begun discussions with China on an ambitious free trade deal which could see greater access for major Chinese banks and businesses to the UK economy. The Chancellor told the BBC it was […]

Six sea deaths around Britain lead to safety calls – BBC News

Image copyright Paul Blatchford Image caption Lifeboats taking part in the rescue at Fistral Beach in Cornwall The Coastguard has urged holidaymakers and swimmers to be aware of lifeguards’ warnings and changeable weather after six people died in seas around Britain. Strong winds and high tides are feared to be behind the deaths of three […]

67-year-old Irish trawler skipper is charged in UK with importing over €90m of cocaine – Irish Independent

The drugs were discovered on the Bianca, a British-registered converted fishing trawler, on Thursday, in UK waters just south of Falmouth, in Cornwall. The trawler was intercepted during a joint operation involving NCA and Border Force maritime command officers, who boarded the boat and found around 50 bags containing what was suspected to be cocaine. […]

‘Race hate’ crimes on UK railways increase sharply after Brexit vote – The Independent

Suspected race hate crimes on Britain’s railways jumped sharply following the EU referendum, new figures show. In the fortnight after the poll, British Transport Police recorded 119 incidents including allegations of racist abuse and attacks at stations – equivalent to eight every day. The number of alleged race hate offences logged by the force between […]

Mother and son killed as fierce winds and high waves hit UK coasts – The Guardian

A mother and her seven-year-old son were among three people who died on Saturday as strong winds and rain battered parts of Britain’s coast. The 37-year-old woman and the boy were among five people pulled from the sea after they got into difficulty while playing at Aberdeen beach. They later died in hospital. Another boy, […]

U.K. Economic Stamina Not Assured After Early Brexit Resilience – Bloomberg

U.K. Economic Stamina Not Assured After Early Brexit Resilience – Bloomberg

The U.K. economy has shown some post-Brexit strength. All it needs now is stamina. Focus is on whether the economy can sustain the initial robust readings that came last week. Labor-market resilience and the best retail-sales growth in any July since 2002 helped push Citigroup Inc.’s Economic Surprise Index, which measures the data’s strength relative […]

North Korea calls UK-based defector ‘human scum’ – BBC News

North Korea calls UK-based defector ‘human scum’ – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Thae (seen on the right in this file picture) is now under the protection of South Korea North Korea has branded a UK-based diplomat who defected to South Korea as “human scum”. Thae Yong-ho, deputy envoy in London, and his family are now under the protection of the […]