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Locals in West Bromwich on Thursday. New modelling by University College London’s Karl Friston suggests that Britain has only two or three weeks to improve contact tracing before the virus spreads out of control. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson has warned that a second wave of coronavirus infections in the UK is inevitable, amid reports that his government is considering a two-w(...)

Then UK prime minister David Cameron and education secretary Michael Gove visit a school in Birmingham, September 2013. Photograph: Paul Rogers/WPA Pool/Getty

It was late, the garden was almost in darkness and the conversation was starting to peter out, but the evening was warm and still and nobody was makin(...)

Former Conservative Party leader Lord Howard: ‘The government is still asking Parliament to break international law.’ Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

Former Conservative leader Michael Howard has said a compromise between Downing Street and backbench rebels is not enough to enable him to vote for th(...)

Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost: Negotiations with Michel Barnier continue.  Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s decision to give MPs a vote before he breaks international law by reneging on the Brexit withdrawal agreement should be enough to spar(...)

Boris Johnson during PMQs in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has moved to defuse a Conservative backbench rebellion by promising MPs a vote before he reneges on parts of the Brexit withdrawal agree(...)

Former British ambassaror to the EU Ivan Rogers in Dublin in March last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Britain’s former ambassador to the European Union Ivan Rogers has predicted that Britain will leave the post-Brexit transition at the end of this year(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty

Boris Johnson attempted to quell a burgeoning Conservative backbench rebellion on Monday, telling MPs his plan to break international law was necessar(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson listens as former Labour leader Ed Miliband speaks in the debate on the Internal Market Bill in the House of Commons on Monday. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

It is unusual for a prime minister to open a debate on the second reading of a bill in the House of Commons and Boris Johnson’s last-minute decision t(...)

British  prime minister Boris Johnson: he faces a big challenge in the House of Lords where the bill’s Conservative critics include Brexiteers Michael Howard and Norman Lamont.  Photograph: Getty Images

While MPs at Westminster debate a bill that would breach the Brexit withdrawal agreement on Monday, Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost will be in (...)

UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

Boris Johnson faces a Conservative backbench rebellion on Monday when MPs debate a Bill his government admits will break international law by overridi(...)

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