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Brexit: May offers more assurances to EU nationalsBack


 Brexit: May offers more assurances to EU nationals

Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the prime minister insisted the application process for settled status would be “streamlined” and the cost “as low as possible”. She said representatives of EU citizens will sit on a “user group” which will iron out any problems in the system. The other 27 EU leaders will assess overall progress in the talks so far.


Pro-Brexit MPs urge Theresa May to quit talks 

Theresa May is being urged to walk away from Brexit negotiations this week if EU leaders refuse to start trade talks. The call comes from a group of pro-Brexit Tory and Labour politicians, including former Chancellor Lord Lawson, as well as business leaders. The prime minister is to push for the deadlocked talks to move to the next phase at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday. But EU officials are not expecting any movement at the summit.


Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues 

UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.1% from June to August, said the Office for National Statistics.


Spain moves to suspend Catalan autonomy

Spain is to start suspending Catalonian autonomy on Saturday, after its leader threatened to declare independence. The PM’s office said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region. Catalonia’s leader said earlier the region’s parliament would vote on independence, backed in a disputed referendum on 1 October, if Spain “continues repression”. Some fear the moves could spark unrest.



The Times


Spot fines for drivers caught in closed lanes on motorways 

Motorists face being fined for flouting the rules on hundreds of miles of motorway where the hard shoulder has been removed, The Times has learnt. Highways officials are preparing to introduce a system of £100 fines and penalty points to prevent misconduct on so-called smart motorways that has led to safety concerns. It is understood that from early next year drivers will receive fixed-penalty notices similar to those for speeding if they ignore red “X” signs on overhead gantries.



The Daily Telegraph


Ring 555 if you are victim of bank fraud: New hotline suggested to tackle scams 

A new 555 emergency hotline may be set up for bank fraud victims under plans to tackle the growing number of crimes. The emergency number specifically for bank fraud has been suggested in order to crack down on rising scams and alert banks to illegal money transfers. The idea is reportedly being discussed by ministers, police and financial officials. Current advice states that victims should contact Action Fraud rather than 999 as police rarely investigate individual instances of bank fraud. More than 900,000 cases of fraud were recorded in the first half of 2017 alone, equating to more than 5,000 a day. The idea for a hotline was put forward at a meeting of the Joint Fraud Taskforce in September attended by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and senior staff from a number of UK banks.



The Daily Mail


All the UK’s 1 MILLION potholes added together would be 25 MILES DEEP – here’s how to make a claim if one damages your vehicle

 Some 1,031,787 potholes were reported by drivers in 2016, said

  • The average pothole measures 40mm deep – all of them combined is 25.6 miles
  • Follow out guide to making a claim if one of these craters damages your car
  • Scrolling animation compares UK potholes to the other landmark depths
  • Scotland had the deepest dilemma with 154,310 potholes reported in 2016


Posted by Paul Carpenter on 19/10/2017