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Brexit: Theresa May warns of ‘uncharted waters’ ahead of key vote

Image copyright REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo With two days to go until the crucial Brexit vote, the prime minister has warned MPs they face “uncharted waters” if they reject her deal. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the PM said a rejection of her proposals would mean “grave uncertainty” for the UK. She warned MPs their actions could lead to a general election, and there was a “very real risk of no Brexit”. Downing Street has also denied newspaper reports that Theresa May will postpone Tuesday’s vote. “The vote is going…

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Mother of monkey dust drug addict warns of dangers

Jane Eagles has allowed a BBC film crew into her son’s flat to show the devastation the drug monkey dust can cause. Kevin Eagles from Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is currently in jail after he climbed up on a roof whilst high on the class B drug and threw roof tiles at police. He pleaded guilty to criminal damage and affray at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last month and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. His mother told Jeremy Cooke that the drug has ruined her son’s life. Meanwhile, Staffordshire Police has…

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UK faces constitutional crisis over Brexit legal advice, Labour warns

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is facing a “constitutional crisis” if Theresa May does not publish legal advice on her Brexit deal on Monday, Labour has warned. The prime minister insists the advice is confidential – but critics say it could sink her deal if it is published. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will make a statement on it on Monday, ahead of five days of debate on the deal. Some MPs believe the full legal advice suggests the UK could end up in an indefinite customs union with the…

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Measles resurgence ‘due to vaccine hesitancy’, WHO warns

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a worldwide resurgence of measles, with many countries experiencing “severe and protracted” outbreaks last year, a report warns. The World Health Organization data shows a rise in cases in almost every region of the world, with 30% more cases in 2017 than 2016. Experts say complacency, collapsing health systems and a rise in fake news about the vaccine are behind the rise. They say the measles vaccines can save millions of lives. ‘Devastating disease’ Measles is a highly contagious disease that in severe…

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Brexit: Security minister Ben Wallace warns of no-deal risk

Image copyright PA A no-deal Brexit deal would hit UK-EU security ties and have a “real impact” on protecting the public, Security Minister Ben Wallace is to warn. In a speech to law enforcement leaders, he will say the “heart of effective security is close co-operation”. Mr Wallace will say Theresa May’s deal, which MPs vote on next month, sets the foundations for the most comprehensive security relationship in EU history. But Labour’s Diane Abbott said the plan “fails on guarantees for security”. The shadow home secretary’s party is to…

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Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life

Image copyright EPA Image caption The report warns that the frequency of wildfires could increase if climate change is unchecked Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns. “Future risks from climate change depend… on decisions made today,” the 4th National Climate Assessment says. The report says climate change is “presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth”. The warning is at odds with…

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Government will miss smart meter deadline, watchdog warns

Image copyright Smart Energy GB There is “no realistic prospect” of the government meeting its own deadline to install smart meters, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The public accounts watchdog has joined a chorus of voices – including a group of MPs and Citizens Advice – which say the target is impossible to reach. Every home in Britain is supposed to have a smart meter – which avoids the need for customer readings – by 2020. However the government has insisted that it will meet its commitment. The…

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GCHQ warns on Black Friday cyber-threat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Black Friday could provide “prime pickings” for cyber-crime, warns the security agency Black Friday sales could be targeted as “prime pickings” for cyber-crime, the UK’s cyber-security defence agency has warned shoppers. The National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ intelligence service, is issuing advice to shoppers of the risk of “malicious” online threats. It is the first such official cyber-warning in the run-up to the Christmas shopping season. “It’s vital that knowledge is shared,” says Ian Levy of the cyber-agency. The cyber-wing of…

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Energy firms likely to miss smart meter deadline, warns Which?

Image copyright Getty Images Large energy suppliers will need to triple the number of smart meters they are installing to meet a 2020 deadline, consumer group Which? has warned. It said firms would need to install 30 smart meters a minute, every day, for the next two years to replace the 46 million existing meters. At present, large energy suppliers are only putting in 9.7 meters a minute. Smart Energy GB said suppliers “are working hard to offer all households smart meters as soon as possible”. Watch: Smart meter roll…

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Pubs fail to stop underage gambling, watchdog warns

Image copyright Getty Images Only 10% of pubs intervene to stop children gambling on their premises, the Gambling Commission has found. The watchdog said it had found a “concerning” number of pubs where youngsters used gaming machines. Pub staff are expected to prevent under-18s playing on the machines and there should be clear signage indicating the age restriction. The British Beer and Pub Association said it took the findings “very seriously”. The Gambling Commission said it had been working with local police and licensing authorities to check pubs were acting…

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