Independent Britain’s first day: Channel traffic smooth on French & UK sides as new post-Brexit era begins

Follow RT on Despite fears of a transport collapse, freight traffic across the Channel continued without major hold-ups and complications in the first hours of Friday after the UK officially quit the EU customs union. Hundreds of lorries have already travelled between France and Britain in both directions through the Channel Tunnel, while dozens more […]

Welcome to the Vaccine Canteen: Brewing company tempts hipsters in for vaccinations with free beer

Follow RT on Pubs across the UK may be shuttered, but one brewer wants to convert its bars into vaccination centers, rewarding customers with a free beer for taking the jab. Scottish beer manufacturer BrewDog is no stranger to taking up fashionable causes. In 2015 it released“the world’s first ‘non-binary, transgender beer’” to fundraise for […]

THIRD Covid-induced national lockdown ‘probable’ in January, says SAGE expert as 44mln people in England wake up to Tier 4

Follow RT on A scientist who advises the UK government has warned that yet another national lockdown may be just around the corner as the new virus variant rampages across the country and case numbers in Britain continue to rise. Speaking on Thursday morning, Mike Tildesley, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for […]

England school holiday closures extended by 14 days to allow army-led mass Covid testing of pupils & teachers

Follow RT on Some schools in England will delay their reopening in the new year so that mass testing can be rolled out for all pupils and staff in an attempt to reduce the spread of Covid-19, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said. Some 1,500 soldiers will be brought in to provide assistance to schools, […]

British MPs approve Brexit trade deal with EU in landslide Commons vote

Follow RT on The UK parliament approved the trade deal with the European Union on Wednesday, with PM Boris Johnson describing Brexit as the beginning rather than an end of the country’s relationship with Brussels. British lawmakers approved the legislation to enact the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with the EU last week. The vote was […]

Three-quarters of English population being placed under Tier 4 restrictions as UK health secretary extends Covid-19 curbs

Follow RT on Britain’s health secretary has announced that an additional 20 million people in England will be subjected to Tier 4 restrictions as a new and highly contagious virus strain spreads throughout the UK. Speaking to Parliament on Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rising Covid-19 cases numbers and hospitalisations “demonstrate the need […]

Hundreds more dying at home in England & Wales during Covid-19 pandemic than normal year, UK govt stats body says

Follow RT on A new report on deaths in England and Wales from the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) has indicated that hundreds more people have been dying at home and at hospital recently than in a normal year. The figures for deaths in private homes and hospitals are 678 and 835 higher respectively […]

UK radically changes Covid vaccination strategy after AstraZeneca approval, prioritising 1st dose for all vulnerable people

Follow RT on The UK’s four chief medical officers have backed a new inoculation strategy which will see people wait up to 12 weeks for their second dose, allowing others to get a potentially life-saving first jab as soon as stock is available. Accompanying the approval of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine was the news that the […]

Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in the UK

Follow RT on The MHRA, the UK drug regulator, has given approval to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to be used for immunization on British soil. The formula is the second one given the green light in the country. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) gave the go-ahead as part of a “rolling review,” a […]

‘Extreme concern’: UK reports record 53,000 Covid-19 cases as experts warn of ‘dangerous new phase’ in pandemic

Follow RT on The UK reported 53,135 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, its highest daily total of the entire pandemic, as the country braces for the tightening of health measures in a renewed effort to stem the rising tide of infections. There were also a further 414 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive […]

Britain must ramp up vaccine distribution by TEN TIMES & retain national lockdown to avoid major Covid spike, new study warns

Follow RT on The UK must increase its vaccinations to 2 million doses per week – a tenfold jump – and keep up a national Tier 4 lockdown if it is to curtail a spike in Covid-19 driven by a highly infectious strain, a new study has warned. Conducted by the London School of Hygiene […]

LBC radio host goes on ‘LOCKDOWN KILLS’ rant live on air, argues ‘public is being scared into backing another lockdown’

Follow RT on LBC radio host and anti-extremism activist Maajid Nawaz has urged Brits not to be “scared” into supporting another coronavirus lockdown, arguing they do more harm than good – and then received widespread praise online. On his LBC show on Monday, Nawaz – better known in the UK as an anti-Islamism activist and […]

EU member states endorse Brexit trade deal with UK – spokesman

Follow RT on Ambassadors from the 27 EU member states have confirmed their governments’ approval for the post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, a spokesperson for the EU presidency has said. The agreement will come into effect on January 1. The member-state envoys formally endorsed the deal in Brussels. “EU ambassadors have unanimously approved the […]

Fighting post-lockdown weight gain? UK plans unhealthy food and drink restrictions to beat obesity as part of battle against Covid

Follow RT on The UK government plans to prohibit supermarkets from displaying unhealthy snacks and drinks at checkout areas, entrances, and at the end of aisles, in an effort to combat obesity. The UK government plans to prohibit supermarkets from displaying unhealthy snacks and drinks at checkout areas, entrances, and at the end of aisles, […]

‘Pampered’ BBC diversity chief on £75k salary ripped for ‘lecturing’ poor, white Brits about ‘privilege’

Follow RT on BBC Creative Diversity Director June Sarpong claimed even low-income white people experience “benefits” because of their race. Spiked editor Brendan O’Neill has torn into BBC Creative Diversity Director June Sarpong for lecturing poor, working-class white people on their “privilege,” saying she did this despite being “pampered” and highly-paid herself. Appearing on the […]

UK radio host under fire for highlighting low Covid-19 mortality among healthy & young and calling for them to ‘carry on living’

Follow RT on A British journalist was accused of callousness and stupidity after sharing NHS figures showing that Covid-19 “mostly kills the very old & the very sick,” and arguing that the young and healthy should go on with their lives. Talkradio host Julia Hartley-Brewer drew fire and fury online by injecting some statistics into […]

Sussex residents kick, bite & spit on police in string of Christmas Day assaults on officers

Follow RT on Christmas is typically associated with acts of kindness and merry-making, but it appears the goodwill was not extended to police in Sussex. The force has reported more than a dozen assaults on its officers during the holiday. In a statement published on its website, Sussex Police said that at least 16 officers […]

Instant immunity? UK scientists test drug to prevent people exposed to Covid-19 from catching disease via rapid antibodies boost

Follow RT on British scientists have started testing a new drug that they claim gives instant immunity to Covid-19 and could save many lives by being administered as emergency treatment to those exposed to coronavirus. “The advantage of this medicine is that it gives you immediate antibodies,” while vaccines against the coronavirus take around a […]

Both Britain & EU say post-Brexit agreement is a great deal! Now Scotland, Ireland and Wales want in on the action

Follow RT on The free trade deal that will dictate future economic cooperation between the UK and EU has been hailed by both sides as a success, but the breakthrough agreement received a cold reception in Scotland. After nearly a year of contentious negotiations, the two parties produced a 2,000 page document which, at least […]

UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal: What’s inside the landmark agreement?

Follow RT on The United Kingdom and the European Union have inked a last-minute agreement outlining post-Brexit trade relations, just a week before Britain was set to exit the bloc’s economic zone without a deal. What’s in the fine print? The comprehensive document, totalling around 2,000 pages, covers everything from doctor certification to fisheries, and […]

US imposes mandatory Covid-19 tests for UK air travelers to protect Americans from mutant strain – CDC

Follow RT on The US government will require anyone traveling from Britain to test negative for coronavirus 72 hours before departing the country, the CDC said, citing a new and more transmissible variant of the illness detected in the UK. In a statement issued late on Thursday night, the top US health agency said the […]

Hackers threaten to leak massive trove of ‘before & after’ plastic surgery photos, warn they’re ‘not a pleasant sight’

Follow RT on A dark web hacking outfit claims to have purloined some 900 gigabytes of “before and after” photos from a UK cosmetic surgery chain with a litany of celebrity endorsements, vowing to release the images unless a ransom is paid. The hack on the surgery chain, the Hospital Group, was reported by the […]

Royal Navy submarine-hunting warship forced back to shore after Covid-19 outbreak among crew

Follow RT on A Royal Navy top brass cut its warship’s operations short, making it return to port and ordering the crew to isolate over the Christmas period after a suspected Covid-19 outbreak onboard. A Royal Navy spokesman said on Thursday that the HMS Northumberland had been forced to return to the Devonport Naval Base, […]

London the new ‘hotspot’ as ONS says 1 in 85 people had Covid-19 in England last week

Follow RT on The Office for National Statistics has announced that an estimated 645,000 people had Covid-19 between December 12 and 18, representing a sharp increase from previous weeks. One in 85 people in England had Covid-19 last week, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday.  The figures represent a […]

UK govt plunges millions more into most draconian Covid-19 measures amid record infections surge & new mutation

Follow RT on Millions more people will be plunged into England’s toughest Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions from December 26 in a bid to stem the rising number of infections, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday. The new measures will apply to Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, some areas of Essex and the borough of […]

UK discovers another even ‘more transmissible’ coronavirus variant – health secretary

Follow RT on UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has sounded the alarm after yet another variant of the coronavirus, which is believed to be even more contagious that the previous one, had been found in the country. “We’ve detected two cases of another new variant of coronavirus here in the UK,” Hancock said during a […]

Covid-19 testing starts for thousands of hauliers trapped in UK after France shut border over mutant virus strain

Follow RT on Thousands of lorry drivers stranded in southern England, waiting to enter France, have started being tested for Covid-19 in an operation involving British soldiers, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Wednesday. The French government is among at least 50 countries to keep its borders to the UK shut this week after […]

WATCH: Irate lorry drivers scuffle with police as French-UK border reopens

Follow RT on A group of men, believed to be lorry drivers irate at sudden border closures due to the outbreak of the new, more virulent strain of Covid-19, clashed with police in Dover on Wednesday morning as tensions flared. The reported “standoff” was the result of a delay in reopening the border after a […]

Swedish firm Klarna ‘irresponsibly encouraged’ credit use to ‘improve people’s mood’ during lockdown, UK ad watchdog rules

Follow RT on Klarna, a popular ‘buy now, pay later’ service, has received a slap on the wrist from the UK’s advertising watchdog for promoting credit-fueled shopping as a coping mechanism during the coronavirus pandemic. The Swedish bank, which offers a service that allows customers to make staggered payments for online purchases, became the subject […]

UK government ‘won’t hesitate’ to change Christmas Covid rules if needed, says minister, as infections soar

Follow RT on The British housing minister has warned that the government may change the Covid-19 rules again for Christmas as the UK experiences a surge in infections amid the emergence of a new ‘high contagious’ strain. Speaking on Wednesday, Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick told Sky News that the government is ready […]