New lockdown announced for England

5 January 2021

The Prime Minister announced a further national lockdown in England on 4 January 2021 with people told to stay at home, except for specific reasons including essential shopping, to work (if it is not reasonable for their job to be done at home), to exercise, to seek medical help or to escape domestic abuse.

EU sets out its preparations for no-deal scenario

10 December 2020

With the latest deadline for the UK-EU trade talks (13 December) getting perilously close to the end of the transition period, the European Commission has published what it is calling targeted contingency measures to prepare for a possible no-deal.

Campaign launched for loos in “Brexit” lorry parks in Kent

11 November 2020

A trade union has launched a campaign to lobby MPs and councillors in Kent to ensure that proper welfare facilities be installed at all lorry parks built in the county, in anticipation of transport delays at the end of December 2020 when the UK’s transition deal with the EU ceases.

Government extends furlough scheme to March

5 November 2020

Only a few days ago we reported on the Chancellor’s decision to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) as a result of the Government’s decision to take England into a second lockdown (see Furlough extended as PM sets new national restrictions for England).