As long ago as 2019, the UK Government confirmed that, following the decision to leave the EU, it was introducing the “UK GDPR” which is essentially the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) with necessary changes such as introducing references to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in place of the European Commission.
Following the decision by the UK Government to delay the lifting of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions (see Freedom day moved back by four weeks), the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments have now given their own updates.
Given the widespread pessimistic predictions in the days leading up to his announcement, it would have been a major surprise if the Prime Minister had said that the final stage of his roadmap to freedom had been successfully completed.
G7 Leaders have agreed to strengthen climate commitments, reverse biodiversity loss and renew the $100 billion pledge to finance emissions cuts in developing countries. But critics say plans lack detail and ambition.
Testing sewage for Covid-19 and variants now covers more than two-thirds of the population of England, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed, with one of the biggest wastewater processing labs in the world recently opened in Exeter.