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Patel: UK “ready to welcome the best and brightest”

Home secretary Priti Patel has said that the UK is “ready to welcome the best and brightest global talent”, with further details of the government’s post-Brexit immigration plans due to come this week.

Barnier: “Significant divergences” remain in UK-EU trade negotiations

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier has said that there are still “significant divergences” between the UK and EU in talks over a free-trade agreement.

Public spending on Covid-19 measures hits almost £190 billion, Treasury says

Figures released by the Treasury indicate that government spending on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic has reached almost £190 billion.

Chancellor’s £2 billion “kickstart scheme” to be set out on Wednesday

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is poised to present his £2 billion “kickstart scheme” which is intended to guarantee more jobs for young people.

PM under fire for comments made about care homes

Prime minister Boris Johnson has faced criticism for comments he made on Monday this week, after he suggested that “too many care homes didn’t really follow” coronavirus safety procedures.

Foreign secretary to lay out new Sanctions Act in Parliament

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab is set to lay out the UK’s new sanctions framework which will come into force after Brexit, by naming the first offenders whose assets will be frozen.

Shadow justice secretary accuses PM of misleading Parliament over his racial inequalities review

Shadow justice secretary David Lammy has accused prime minister Boris Johnson of misleading MPs over the government’s response to his own review into the treatment of ethnic minority individuals within the UK criminal justice system.

Interim Lib Dem leader launches campaign for permanent position

The interim leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, has officially launched his campaign to take on the role permanently.

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