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Cheesed off: Stilton proves to be unexpected barrier in UK-Japan trade talks, FT reports

While talks over a UK-Japan trade deal are ongoing, the Financial Times reports that negotiations may have hit a snag after international trade secretary Liz Truss sought better terms for trading British blue cheeses.

UK enters recession

The largest economic contraction on record between April and June this year has officially seen the UK enter recession, after the economy shrank 20.4 per cent compared with the first quarter of the year.

Eat Out to Help Out sees 10.5 million discounted meals purchased in its opening week

The first week of the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme saw 10.5 million discounted meals claimed, according to the Treasury.

UK and France working on new plan to prevent migrant crossings

Immigration minister Chris Philp has said that the UK and France are discussing new measures to prevent migrants from crossing the English Channel.

NHS Test and Trace to offload 6,000 staff

The government has said that 6,000 staff will be cut from the NHS Test and Trace system in England by the end of the month, following criticism of its efficiency.

ONS: April to June brings largest quarterly employment decline in over ten years

Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that employment fell by 220,000 between April and June 2020, the largest quarterly decline since May to July 2009 during the financial crisis.

PM hints at changes to UK asylum laws after Brexit

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that his government must weigh up changing asylum laws after Brexit to deter migrants from attempting to cross the English Channel, calling it “very, very difficult” to legally return those who make the crossing from France at present.

Williamson: "Little evidence" that Covid-19 is "transmitted at school"

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said that there is “little evidence” of Covid-19 transmission occurring in schools, as educational institutions prepare to reopen.

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