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You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening. Hopes of a big breakthrough on a UK-EU trade deal took quite a knock tonight as Michel Barnier tweeted that “significant divergences” remain between the two sides. Still, frantic talks may continue this weekend, as both London […]

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned conditions for an agreement on a post-Brexit trade deal are “not met” as negotiations were put on “pause” because of “significant divergences” on key issues. He said he and the UK’s Lord Frost have agreed the move while they brief their principals on the state of play of the […]

A 16-year-old boy was among four people killed after an explosion at a waste water treatment site near Bristol, police have confirmed. The four people who died on Thursday have been named by Avon and Somerset Police as Michael James, 64, Brian Vickery, 63, Raymond White, 57, and Luke Wheaton, 16. Investigators will speak to […]

The drowning of a 12-year-old in a river in Bury has been ruled accidental by a coroner, more than a year after her death.  The body of Shukri Abdi, who came to the UK as a refugee with her family, was recovered by underwater search teams from the River Irwell in Greater Manchester on June […]

The reproduction number, or R rate, of coronavirus transmission across the UK has fallen again to between 0.8 and 1, according to the latest government figures. It represents a drop from last week’s estimate of between 0.9 and 1.0, in further potential evidence that the four-week lockdown in England is helping to reduce infections. R […]

Good Morning Britain has attracted Ofcom complaints following host Ben Shephard’s on-air clash with chancellor Rishi Sunak. Over 1,000 viewers contacted the TV watchdog after the chancellor of the exchequer appeared on the ITV breakfast show last Thursday to discuss his new budget plans.  Ofcom confirmed to The Sun that the complaints related to the […]

Downing Street has admitted Brexit talks are still in a “very difficult” place with less than a month before the end of the transition period. It came after UK government sources claimed the EU had introduced new demands during the 11th hour of the negotiations, which in turn has been denied by sources in Brussels. […]

Huge parties will erupt in the streets if people are forced out of pubs at 11pm on New Year’s Eve, the leading nightlife industry body has warned. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) also predicts a spike in illegal raves, as underground promoters take over the increasing number of empty buildings and factor the potential […]

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are “disappointed” over changes to their role on This Morning, friend Gloria Hunniford has claimed.  Last week, it was confirmed that Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary are to take over from the husband and wife team on Fridays, with the couple now only set to host the ITV daytime show […]

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Kevin Clifton has spoken up in defence of contestant Maisie Smith, following the trolling she has experienced on social media.  Despite being one of the strongest dancers in this year’s competition, the EastEnders star has had a difficult journey on the BBC ballroom show, ending up in the bottom two twice during the […]

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