New UK governments, even when formed by the same political party, often start out by reviewing the policies of their predecessors, with defence and security being a favourite area. So it is with the government of Boris Johnson. One of the first moves he announced after the Conservatives won their 80-seat parliamentary majority in December was the launch of just such a review.
- Australia’s wildfires have burned through an area the size of Greece since September.
- Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London are helping with emergency seed collection in areas devastated by the bushfires.
- Seed specimens are being stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, a big underground freezer, which already contains 41,000 different species.
Elizabeth Howcroft, Editorial Trainee, Reuters
Platforms are reorganising the way we care for each other. But on-demand apps won’t plug the holes in our broken social infrastructure.
The odds that the UK and the EU will reach full, or even much, agreement within the breakneck timetable imposed by London do not look good.
Leaders of France, Germany and Britain, European signatories of Iran 2015 nuclear agreement, on Sunday said they are “extremely concerned” by the fuelling tension in the Gulf region, which they said likely to put the accord at risk unless the concerned parties join the same table of talks.
Former foreign secretary of Britain said huge efforts are underway by European countries to find a way for implementing the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).
With Jeremy Hunt replacing Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, the UK government has the opportunity to step back and reconsider some of the key messages of its foreign policy.
Richard G Whitman
In December, negotiators from the European Union and the United Kingdom were able to conclude phase one of the Brexit negotiations by leaving key issues unresolved. But British leaders’ apparent conviction that they can muddle through the Brexit process is setting up the UK for a rude awakening.