UK should not legislate to control children's use of technology, says culture secretary

UK should not legislate to control children's use of technology, says culture secretary

The UK culture secretary, Matt Hancock, does not allow his own children to have mobile phones and thinks none should have access to devices overnight, but would not follow the French government’s lead in legislating on the issue. Hancock, whose brief includes digital issues, said: “Keeping children safe online is mission-critical, and everybody has a […]

Ex-British army chief falls from horse after Trooping the Colour

Ex-British army chief falls from horse after Trooping the Colour

A former head of the British armed forces is in hospital after falling from his horse following the Trooping the Colour ceremony. Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank received medical attention and was being looked after in hospital, an army spokesman said. Lord Guthrie, 79, could be seen lying on the ground and surrounded by […]

Row over rail boss CBE overshadows Queen's birthday honours

Row over rail boss CBE overshadows Queen's birthday honours

The Queen’s birthday honours list, in which actor Emma Thompson was made a dame, has been partially overshadowed by a row over the decorating of Network Rail’s outgoing boss. Mark Carne was awarded a CBE at a time when passengers have been facing huge disruption to their journeys. The Department for Transport admitted the timing […]

Brexit analysis: Barnier lays waste to UK plan

Brexit analysis: Barnier lays waste to UK plan

The headline of one tabloid screamed “Brexit back on course”. The polite reception in Brussels – and Dublin – for the UK’s latest Brexit paper on the “backstop”, prompted by relief that at last they had something to talk about, led some optimists in London to the view that a robust UK had pulled one over […]

UK stocks slide as tensions flare up ahead of G-7 meeting

UK stocks slide as tensions flare up ahead of G-7 meeting

U.K. blue-chip stocks closed lower Friday in a broader selloff across European equities, with investors preparing for what’s likely to be a tense gathering of leaders in the Group of Seven advanced economies in Quebec. Meanwhile, BT Group PLC was in focus on news that the telecom company’s chief executive, Gavin Patterson, will be leaving […]

World Cup: England fans' safety at risk in Russia, say MPs

World Cup: England fans' safety at risk in Russia, say MPs

England football fans visiting Russia for the World Cup are at serious risk of homophobic, racist and anti-British attacks and have been offered only “vague reassurance” about their safety by the Foreign Office and police, MPs have warned. The security risk will be greatest away from England qualifying matches or city centre fan zones, the […]

More UK retail woes as department store makes deep cuts

More UK retail woes as department store makes deep cuts

LONDON (AP) — The move toward online shopping and a Brexit-related rise in prices are causing more pain for British retailers, with department store House of Fraser saying it plans to close over half its stores, including its flagship premises on London’s Oxford Street. The company filed plans in court Wednesday to close 31 stores, […]

Four RAF F-35 fighter jets land in UK

Four RAF F-35 fighter jets land in UK

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The RAF F-35Bs arrived at RAF Marham on Wednesday evening Four new RAF F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets have landed in the UK. The jets, which cost £92m each, made the 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic from a US Marine Corps base in South Carolina. The supersonic planes will […]

Norway-EU relations highlight UK's Brexit dilemma

Norway-EU relations highlight UK's Brexit dilemma

When Norway’s conservative prime minister, Erna Solberg, meets her UK counterpart, Theresa May in London on Wednesday (6 June), they may find that they have a lot in common. They are both conservative female leaders of countries that seek close relations to the EU without being members. Subscribe now for unrestricted access to EUobserver. Sign […]

Brexit: End of free movement risks collapse of UK social care, report warns

Brexit: End of free movement risks collapse of UK social care, report warns

The end of EU free movement because of Brexit risks exacerbating the crisis in social care and causing a “domino effect” in the sector, new research has warned. The services, which face growing demand because of an ageing population, currently have a deficit of 90,000 staff vacancies – with charities increasingly hiring skilled EU nationals […]