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Post-Brexit rules could leave food rotting at UK border, says Sainsbury’s chief

Fresh food could be left rotting at the British border if strict customs controls for EU goods are put in place after Brexit, Sainsbury’s chief executive has warned In a direct intervention into the Brexit debate, Mike Coupe said anything disrupting established food supply chains, currently governed by EU customs arrangements, would be “detrimental”. “The UK sources roughly a third of ...

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Low skills and poor infrastructure blamed for UK productivity gap

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that boosting productivity in the north of England is “at the very heart” of the UK government’s economic ambitions as it gets ready for Brexit. “As we prepare to leave the European Union it is even more important that we support the Northern Powerhouse to reach its full potential,” he said on Monday, ahead of ...

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Coastal communities among worst off in UK, report finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Great Yarmouth ranked lowest in England and Wales for post-16 education The UK’s coastal communities are among the country’s worst off for earnings, employment, health and education, a report for the BBC has found. The Social Market Foundation said the economic gap between coastal and non-coastal places has grown. Average wages are £3,600 a ...

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Tenth of men aged 50 ‘have heart age 10 years older’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In September alone, an estimated 7,400 people will die in England from heart disease or stroke One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are, heightening their risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke, a study suggests. The Public Health England analysis is based on responses from 1.2 ...

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Kentucky basketball telethon raises $1 million for Harvey relief

Kentucky basketball’s Teaming Up For Texas telethon Sunday raised $1 million for the relief effort from areas of the Lone State State devastated by Hurricane Harvey. UK Coach John Calipari said the telethon showed how leading Kentucky’s basketball program can serve in ways off the court as well as on. “You cheat the position if all you’re going to do ...

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McDonald’s faces first UK industrial action

Image copyright Getty Images Fast food chain McDonald’s is facing its first strike in the UK as workers at two sites walk out in a dispute over zero-hours contracts and conditions. Workers at Cambridge and Crayford, south-east London, began the 24-hour action at midnight. A union called it a “brave” move by low-paid staff. The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers ...

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Rail strike chaos as UK goes back to work

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will stage a walkout on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail services in a dispute over train guards. Thousands of trains will be cancelled and stations closed, with the RMT also threatening to spread the protest to the South West and Wales. Northern and Southern guards also walked out on Friday while Merseyrail ...

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No rate rise until 2019, economists say

Image copyright Getty Images Most economists do not expect UK interest rates to rise until 2019 despite inflation remaining above target, according to a BBC snapshot survey. Most of those surveyed think the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will be reluctant to raise rates during Brexit negotiations. The base rate has stood at a record low of 0.25% ...

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Sainsbury’s CEO warns post-Brexit rules could leave food rotting at UK border

1/64 3 September 2017 World War II veteran from the Auxiliary Territorial Service Betty Webb (R) joins other veterans who worked at Bletchley Park and its outstations for a group picture in front of Bletchley Park Mansion during an annual reunion in Milton Keynes, England. Bletchley Park was the Government Code and Cypher School’s (GC&CS) main codebreaking centre during World ...

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