Rolls-Royce cuts 4,600 jobs, mainly in UK

Rolls-Royce cuts 4,600 jobs, mainly in UK

Rolls-Royce manufactures engines and power systems for aircraft, ships and energy producers. British engineering company Rolls-Royce plans to cut 4,600 jobs in an effort to slash costs across its business. The firm said in a statement Thursday that it would make the cuts over the next two years as it seeks to reduce annual costs […]

Recycled plastic could supply nearly three quarters of UK demand

Recycled plastic could supply nearly three quarters of UK demand

Recycled plastic could supply nearly three-quarters of the raw materials needed by UK manufacturers for products and packaging, according to a report. Steps such as bringing in mandatory targets for recycled content in products, short-term subsidies and funding to stabilise prices could help develop a system that sees waste plastic collected and reused in the […]

In test case for gig economy, UK court backs contractor

In test case for gig economy, UK court backs contractor

A London plumber who claimed he was unfairly dismissed after years of working as a contractor won a court ruling Wednesday giving him employment rights, in a closely watched case testing labor rules in the so-called gig economy. Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers full-time for six years, was […]

Facing Defeat on Brexit, May Gives Ground to U.K.’s Parliament

Facing Defeat on Brexit, May Gives Ground to U.K.’s Parliament

On Tuesday, the pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker, Edward Leigh, warned that defeating Mrs. May on the Lords amendment “would be a catastrophe for the government,” whose opponents, he said, want to “create a situation in which the whole process is frustrated.” Dominic Grieve, one of the Conservative rebels, told lawmakers that “the irrationality of the debate […]

Brexit: Davis appeals to Tory rebels on Withdrawal Bill vote

Brexit: Davis appeals to Tory rebels on Withdrawal Bill vote

Image copyright AFP David Davis has told Conservative MPs the UK’s whole approach to negotiations with the EU risks being undermined by amendments to its flagship Brexit bill. The Commons will vote later on whether to give MPs a decisive say on any final deal struck with the EU in the autumn. In a letter […]

Mother of epileptic boy will not get confiscated cannabis oil back | Society

The mother of a boy who has up to 100 epileptic fits a day has been told by a government minister that potentially life-saving cannabis oil confiscated from her at Heathrow will not be returned. Charlotte Caldwell was not cautioned when she was stopped by customs officers trying to “openly smuggle” the substance into the […]

Ex-British army chief falls from horse after trooping the colour | UK news

A former head of the British armed forces is in hospital after falling from his horse following the trooping the colour ceremony. Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank received medical attention and was being looked after in hospital, an army spokesman said. Lord Guthrie, 79, could be seen lying on the ground and surrounded by […]

Row over rail boss CBE overshadows Queen’s birthday honours | UK news

The Queen’s birthday honours list, in which actor Emma Thompson was made a dame, has been partially overshadowed by a row over the decorating of Network Rail’s outgoing boss. Mark Carne was awarded a CBE at a time when passengers have been facing huge disruption to their journeys. The Department for Transport admitted the timing […]

Barnier lays waste to UK plan

Barnier lays waste to UK plan

The headline of one tabloid screamed “Brexit back on course”. The polite reception in Brussels – and Dublin – for the UK’s latest Brexit paper on the “backstop”, prompted by relief that at last they had something to talk about, led some optimists in London to the view that a robust UK had pulled one over […]