However, China has stressed that due to Hong Kong's status as part of China, the legislation is an internal matter. The government has also highlighted clauses within the formal handover agreement between the UK and China in 1997 when Hong Kong ceased its status as a British colony and reunified with the mainland. … [Read more...] about China to Retaliate if UK Eases Path to British Citizenship for Hongkongers
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Donald MacKay: We’ve got the so-called Scottish Government, who are run by a second rate politician masquerading as a statesman, as she tries to make us all feel better, but the lockdown has been far too intense, and although nobody is questioning the need to take common-sense measures; the small business community has been demolished by this. … [Read more...] about UK Coronavirus Lockdown ‘Should Have Been Lifted Sooner’, UKIP Scotland Leader Says
LONDON: UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out the UK government's plans to taper off the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from August as the economy gradually opens up from the pandemic lockdown. The Indian-origin finance minister on Friday said the furlough, or forced leave, scheme, under which the UK taxpayer covered 80 per cent of the wages of nearly a million jobs, will begin to wind down with employers asked to contribute a "modest" proportion of those costs from August before it ends in October. “The furlough scheme cannot continue indefinitely. Employers will be asked to contribute, alongside the taxpayer, to pay the wages of their staff,” said Sunak, as he highlighted that no British government in history had undertaken a scheme at such a scale. “From July 1, a flexible furlough will be in place. Employers will have maximum flexibility to decide to bring back employees for a number of days per week,” he said. As part of the changes, in June and July, … [Read more...] about UK’s COVID-19 job saving scheme to taper off from August: Rishi Sunak
But a group of experts calling themselves the Independent Sage Group have said opening schools too early could lead to a new surge of infections in the community – and risks pushing the ‘R’ rate above one. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus UK LIVE: Rishi Sunak unveils furlough scheme changes and self-employed extension as deaths hit 38,161
China's new law: Why is Hong Kong worried? How is Hong Kong run? US and allies defend HK as 'bastion of freedom' But this new plan, if put into law, would make it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority in Hong Kong, and many are concerned it could end Hong Kong's unique status. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: What is the BNO and what does the UK move mean?