EU-UK trade talks in danger of delay

18 May 2020

With public and media attention almost totally focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing trade talks between the UK and the European Union are getting little to no attention.

Warning on fake and unsuitable COVID-19 face masks

18 May 2020

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has warned that some manufacturers are selling medical face masks and other fake personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers using false certificates and that other A4-sized face shields, made in good faith by communities to help frontline workers, could be unsafe because they are too narrow.

London Congestion Charge and LEZ reinstated

18 May 2020

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that the Congestion Charge, Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will be reinstated on Monday 18 May, “to prevent London’s roads from becoming unusably blocked”.

UK to start trade negotiations with Japan 

15 May 2020

Based on the existing EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the UK is seeking to conclude a similar trade deal with Japan and has published its negotiating objectives ahead of the planned beginning of talks.

Hauliers welcome early upgrade of major trade route

15 May 2020

Britain’s biggest road-building project is opening for traffic eight months ahead of schedule, Highways England has announced, with the last of the 24/7 roadworks having been removed from the A14 (Cambridge to Huntingdon).

Updated Government advice on face coverings

14 May 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced new advice on face coverings, suggesting the public should consider using them on public transport and in shops to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Trade Credit Insurance guaranteed during pandemic

13 May 2020

Businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance (TCI) and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to the coronavirus pandemic are to get support from the Government.

COVID-19 deaths — proof the virus is an occupational disease?

13 May 2020

New figures published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) linking coronavirus deaths to people’s jobs, have prompted some experts to argue the data is proof that the coronavirus is an occupational disease while others have claimed the figures speak to Britain’s “social class divide”.