UK and Norway ‘sub-hunters’ will work together to counter Russian naval threat

UK and Norway ‘sub-hunters’ will work together to counter Russian naval threat

“The change of gear in the relationship with Russia meant filling the gap [in MPA capability] in the 2015 Defence Review was a significant priority,” he says. Submarine hunting skills had been retained in the RAF by embedding personnel in the US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand armed forces. The decision was taken in 2015 […]

Europe Should Help the U.K. to Cancel Brexit

Europe Should Help the U.K. to Cancel Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s meeting on Friday with President Emmanuel Macron of France is part of a wider effort to sell her Chequers plan for Brexit to European Union heads of government – and to loosen the grip of Michel Barnier, the unyielding civil servant who’s conducting the negotiations on their behalf. Her campaign […]

US space companies are bringing rocket launches to the UK

US space companies are bringing rocket launches to the UK

The only previous launch from U.K. soil was a military demonstration test in February 2016. The mission launched an American rocket from the western coast of Scotland, used to test a missile defense system over the Atlantic Ocean. For commercial purposes, however, a launch infrastructure has never existed. The light-class rockets designed to launch small […]

Chess prodigy Shreyas Royal in plea to stay in UK

Chess prodigy Shreyas Royal in plea to stay in UK

Image copyright Jitendra Singh Image caption Shreyas Royal has competed in European and world championship tournaments The family of a nine-year-old chess prodigy from India who have been told they must leave the UK are calling on the government to let them stay. Shreyas Royal has been dubbed Britain’s “greatest chess prospect in a generation” […]

Brexit deal: Theresa May is making a mistake leaving the European Union

Brexit deal: Theresa May is making a mistake leaving the European Union

Prospect magazine’s Jonathan Lis has a piece titled “36 things that will happen if Britain crashes out of Europe with no deal” that I, an American who has been casually but not obsessively following Brexit, found extremely helpful. Let’s back up a second: In 2016, the British people narrowly voted to exit the European Union. […]

Swiss Re to IPO UK life assurance unit next year

Swiss Re to IPO UK life assurance unit next year

Ralph Atkins in Zurich August 3, 2018 Print this page Swiss Re is planning a stockmarket listing next year for its UK unit which specialises in managing the closed books of life assurance companies. The Zurich-based reinsurance company said the planned initial public offering (IPO) of shares in its UK unit, ReAssure, would pave the […]

Buried UK government report finds fracking increases air pollution | Environment

A UK government report concluding that shale gas extraction increases air pollution was left unpublished for three years and only released four days after ministers approved fracking in Lancashire, it has emerged. The report, written by the government’s Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), was given to ministers in 2015, but was published quietly on 27 […]

UK assets suffer from Brexit drag

UK assets suffer from Brexit drag

Kate Allen in London August 2, 2018 Print this page Investors have imposed a Brexit discount on some UK assets, underlining the political uncertainty that the Bank of England will have to grapple with as it decides on interest rates today. The outperformance of shares of UK companies that generate their revenues abroad relative to […]

Fields medal: UK refugee wins ‘biggest maths prize’

Fields medal: UK refugee wins ‘biggest maths prize’

Image copyright Uni Cambridge Image caption Caucher Birkar was born in Iran but now works at the University of Cambridge One of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics has been handed out at a ceremony in Brazil. Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli and Peter Scholze, and Akshay Venkatesh are all honoured for major contributions to their […]