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England cricket legend Ian Botham introduced as a peer in the House of Lords
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England cricket legend Ian Botham introduced as a peer in the House of Lords

Botham will sit as a non-party peer in Lords, whose members are mostly political appointees, with a smattering of hereditary nobles, judges and clergy. The cricket legend will be known as Lord Botham.

EU to take legal action against UK over 'problematic provisions' in contentious Brexit bill
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EU to take legal action against UK over 'problematic provisions' in contentious Brexit bill

EU leaders fear that if the bill becomes law, it could lead to the re-imposition of a hard land border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, and erode stability in the region

Boris Johnson's controversial Brexit bill clears first hurdle, wins vote in House of Commons
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Boris Johnson's controversial Brexit bill clears first hurdle, wins vote in House of Commons

The bill aims to override parts of the Brexit deal and enable goods and services to flow freely across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when the UK leaves the EU on 1 January

'UK govt shaming itself': Two former prime ministers pen op-ed panning Boris Johnson's proposed Brexit legislation
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'UK govt shaming itself': Two former prime ministers pen op-ed panning Boris Johnson's proposed Brexit legislation

In an article in The Sunday Times, John Major and Tony Blair, who played a crucial role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland, warned that the Internal Market Bill imperils that peace

'Seriously damaged trust': EU demands UK drop planned law overriding Brexit deal or face sanctions
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'Seriously damaged trust': EU demands UK drop planned law overriding Brexit deal or face sanctions

The British government announced this week that it plans to legislate to give itself the power to deviate from some of the provisions in the agreement about Northern Ireland trade.

UK will quit Brexit talks if no deal is reached by 15 October, says Boris Johnson; 8th round of negotiations tomorrow
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UK will quit Brexit talks if no deal is reached by 15 October, says Boris Johnson; 8th round of negotiations tomorrow

The key points are European boats’ access to UK fishing waters and a level playing field for competition so British firms can’t undercut the bloc’s environmental or workplace standards

Hard to prove Russia's influence on Brexit, but UK govt did nothing to protect referendum, finds report
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Hard to prove Russia's influence on Brexit, but UK govt did nothing to protect referendum, finds report

The Labour Party has accused the British govt of failing to publish the report because it would lead to further questions about links between Russia and the pro-Brexit campaign, which Johnson helped lead

Dominic Cummings lockdown row: Boris Johnson defies calls to sack senior advisor from Conservative Party, risks backlash
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Dominic Cummings lockdown row: Boris Johnson defies calls to sack senior advisor from Conservative Party, risks backlash

British prime Minister Boris Johnson backed his senior adviser Dominic Cummings on Sunday, despite calls from within his own Conservative Party for the aide to resign for driving 250 miles during the coronavirus lockdown.

Overseas players hoping to join Premier League set to be subject to points-based immigration criteria post-Brexit
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Overseas players hoping to join Premier League set to be subject to points-based immigration criteria post-Brexit

All players from overseas seeking to join Premier League clubs are set to be subject to points-based criteria after Britain's departure from the European Union is complete.

The Long Goodbye album review: Riz Ahmed echoes ache and bitterness of immigrants in a post-Brexit UK
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The Long Goodbye album review: Riz Ahmed echoes ache and bitterness of immigrants in a post-Brexit UK

Riz Ahmed released his first music in four years, The Long Goodbye, alongside a 12-minute short film.

Island of irony: How UK politicians’ ranting on CAA and Delhi riots is quite British in its humour
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Island of irony: How UK politicians’ ranting on CAA and Delhi riots is quite British in its humour

British politicians are lecturing India on how to deal with matters of citizenship when Brexit, the biggest challenge the UK faces after World War II, is mainly predicated on Britons voting to end rampant immigration under liberal European Union laws.

With Brexit underway, Britain and European Union enter trade negotiations on an acrimonious note
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With Brexit underway, Britain and European Union enter trade negotiations on an acrimonious note

Negotiations for a sweeping new trade agreement between Britain and the European Union are beginning in an atmosphere of deepening acrimony, with each side accusing the other of bad faith, posturing and moving the goal posts

Oscars 2020: Brad Pitt wins first Academy Award in supporting actor category for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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Oscars 2020: Brad Pitt wins first Academy Award in supporting actor category for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

At Oscars 2020, Brad Pitt, ever topical, commented on former National Security Adviser John Bolton in his acceptance speech.

Brad Pitt's acceptance speeches this awards season are a work of art, from Brexit jokes to digs at his singlehood
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Brad Pitt's acceptance speeches this awards season are a work of art, from Brexit jokes to digs at his singlehood

Brad Pitt made some memorable victory speeches as he accepted awards for his role as the Best Supporting Actor in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Maldives rejoins Commonwealth; island nation had quit organisation in October 2016 over criticism of its human rights record
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Maldives rejoins Commonwealth; island nation had quit organisation in October 2016 over criticism of its human rights record

Maldives had quit the Commonwealth in October 2016 after being threatened with suspension over its human rights record and lack of progress on democratic reform

Last train to Europe before Brexit: Passengers board Eurostar with sorrow, optimism and anger as Britain bids goodbye to EU
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Last train to Europe before Brexit: Passengers board Eurostar with sorrow, optimism and anger as Britain bids goodbye to EU

The last Eurostar before Britain's historic exit left London's St Pancras station at 8.10 pm on Friday

Britain's exit marks first stage of Brexit saga, UK to follow bloc rules during 11 months 'transition period'; EU to recover from 'historic blow' as ex-member becomes competition
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Britain's exit marks first stage of Brexit saga, UK to follow bloc rules during 11 months 'transition period'; EU to recover from 'historic blow' as ex-member becomes competition

With little fanfare, Britain left the European Union on Friday after 47 years of membership, taking a leap into the unknown in a historic blow to the bloc.

EU puts brave face on Brexit day, says united 27 countries can tackle climate change and technological transformation
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EU puts brave face on Brexit day, says united 27 countries can tackle climate change and technological transformation

Britain leaves the EU at midnight or 23.00 UK time on Friday after nearly half a century of close-knit cooperation

Britain's Brexit shrug: With historic departure from EU hours away, country calls for leaders to just 'get on with it'
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Britain's Brexit shrug: With historic departure from EU hours away, country calls for leaders to just 'get on with it'

Britain formally exits the European Union on Friday night, casting off from the Continent after nearly half a century and ending a debate that had convulsed the country for more than three years. Yet for all the gravity of the moment, there is a palpable sense of anticlimax.

'We will always love you': EU Parliament clears Brexit deal; Britain set to leave European Union after 47 years of membership today
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'We will always love you': EU Parliament clears Brexit deal; Britain set to leave European Union after 47 years of membership today

European Union grudgingly let go of the United Kingdom with a final vote Wednesday at the EU's parliament that ended the Brexit divorce battle and set the scene for tough trade negotiations in the year ahead.