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Leaders Council: Varadkar issues warning ahead of Johnson speech

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that the outcome of general elections in the Republic of Ireland could have a knock-on effect on future UK-EU trade deal negotiations, the Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland reports.

The Weekly Review: Jan 27 - Feb 2

Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors.

Greater connectivity to aid businesses like Dontyne Systems

Before being elected leader of the Conservative party, one of Boris Johnson’s key pledges was to “level up” broadband across the country, ensuring the entire UK had access to full fibre broadband by 2025. While the specific date of this plan was abandoned in October 2019, ministers have maintained that their aim is to roll out “gigabit-capable” speeds.

Blackpool council to cut jobs and raise tax to fund children services

The council for Blackpool, the seventh most deprived local authority in England, will cut 75 jobs and raise council tax by 4 per cent, the maximum allowed, to pay for children’s services.

Reducing migrant salary cap could benefit firms like London Seamless Flat Roofing

One of Boris Johnson’s key election pledges, and therefore one of the main tasks of his government, was reforming the UK’s immigration system. To do this, alongside introducing a Global Talent visa and an “Australian-style points system”, the government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to provide advice and guidance on migrant salary thresholds.

FCA investigate pound jump prior to interest rate announcement

The Financial Conduct Authority will investigate a rise in the pound which happened directly before the Bank of England announced they would maintain interest rates at 0.75 per cent.

Shared Earth’s ethical approach offers hope for struggling retail sector

The ailing retail sector was dealt another blow last year as total retail sales fell for the first time in 25 years. Already struggling with high business rates and the growing popularity of online retail, the sector is facing significant decline. One aspect of retail, however, is bucking this trend: ethical products.

Exporting plastic waste to developing countries to be banned

Under a revised version of the Environment Bill which has been presented to parliament, exporting plastic waste to developing countries will be banned or heavily restricted.

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