Return to home2020 Jan 2,
Britain's Greggs launched a vegan version of its popular steak bake,
aiming to capitalize on the success of the meatless sausage roll
that has boosted the baker's profits and helped fuel an 80% rise in
its share price last year.
2020 Jan 6, British authorities
sentenced Reynhard Sinaga (36) to 30 years in prison following his
conviction for sexual offenses against 48 men. He was described as
the most prolific rapist in British legal history. Sinaga had
arrived in Britain from Indonesia in 2007 on a student visa and
received two degrees from the Univ. of Manchester.
(SFC, 1/7/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 8, The Duke and
Duchess of Sussex announced that they intend to divide their time
between North America and the UK to carve out a "progressive new
role" and step back from their senior positions.
2020 Jan 9, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson urged Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to end the
confrontation with the US and underlined Britain's commitments to
Tehran's nuclear agreement.
(The Telegraph, 1/9/20)
2020 Jan 9, Britain's
parliament gave finally approve to Brexit, allowing the traumatized
country to become the first to leave the European Union on January
(SFC, 1/10/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 10, Authorities in
Britain formally requested the extradition of Anne Sacoolas, the
wife of an American diplomat, who was charged in the death of a
(ABC News, 1/11/20)
2020 Jan 12, Roger Scruton
(75), one of Britain’s most prominent conservative philosophers,
died after a six-month battle with cancer. Scruton was knighted by
Queen Elizabeth II in 2016 for services to philosophy, teaching and
public education. His more than 50 books on morality, politics,
culture and aesthetics included “The Meaning of Conservatism," “The
Aesthetics of Architecture" and “England: An Elegy".
2020 Jan 12, World leaders
traveled to Oman to meet the country's new sultan, named just a day
earlier after the death of the nation's longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos
bin Said. British PM Boris Johnson and Prince Charles were among
those who arrived in Muscat to meet Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al
Said. Leaders from Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Yemen also
visited. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to
Muscat as well to meet Sultan Haitham.
2020 Jan 14, Britain, France
and Germany triggered a dispute resolution mechanism under the
already tattered 2015 nuclear deal, prompting Iran to warn them of
2020 Jan 14, Iran declared
British ambassador Robert Macaire "persona non grata," calling for
him to be expelled for his alleged role in recent anti-government
protests. A judiciary spokesman said Macaire had played a
“provocative role" when he attended a vigil at the weekend for
passengers killed in the passenger jet crash last week.
(The Telegraph, 1/14/20)
2020 Jan 15, It was reported
that Pakistan has arrested Piran Ditta Khan (71) in the 2005 killing
of Sharon Beshenivsky (38), a British police officer who was gunned
down as she responded to a robbery in the city of Bradford in 2005.
Six men were later arrested in Britain but Khan, who was suspected
of being the armed gang's organizer, had fled abroad.
2020 Jan 16, It was reported
that Donald Trump threatened the UK last week with a 25 per cent
tariff on its cars unless the British government officially accused
Iran of breaking the 2015 nuclear deal, it has been reported.
(The Independent, 1/16/20)
2020 Jan 21, PM Boris Johnson's
government suffered a fourth defeat on its Brexit legislation when
members of parliament's upper chamber voted to ensure protections
for child refugees after Britain leaves the European Union.
2020 Jan 21, Britain's
Sainsbury said it plans to cut hundreds of management jobs as it
seeks to bring its main supermarket operation and its Argos general
merchandise arm closer together.
2020 Jan 22, The lower house of
Britain's parliament overturned changes made by the upper house to
the legislation needed to ratify the country's divorce agreement
with the EU.
2020 Jan 22, Terry Jones (77),
one of the British Monty Python comedy team and director of
religious satire "Life of Brian", died after a long battle with
2020 Jan 23, Queen Elizabeth II
gave her formal assent for Britain to end its decades-long
involvement in the EU and seek a more independent but uncertain
future at the end of the month. Britain's Brexit bill became law.
(AFP, 1/23/20)(SFC, 1/24/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 23, British
supermarket group Morrisons said it plans to cut 3,000 management
jobs as part of a workforce restructuring that will create 7,000
frontline jobs in its stores.
2020 Jan 23, The US denied an
extradition request for Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American
diplomat who police say fatally struck a British teenager with her
car as he was walking on the side of the road last August.
(ABC News, 1/23/20)
2020 Jan 26, Britain unveiled a
new 50 pence coin minted to mark the country's departure from the
European Union, which bears the inscription "Peace, prosperity and
friendship with all nations" and the Brexit date of 31 January 2020.
2020 Jan 28, Britain gave the
green light to a limited role for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in
the country's 5G network, in a decision it said was necessary for
developing its future digital economy but one that left the United
States "disappointed" after it called for a total ban.
2020 Jan 29, Boris Johnson’s UK
government said it will take the troubled Northern Rail franchise
back into state ownership from March 1, in the latest sign that his
Conservative administration is willing to intervene in the running
of ailing private companies.
2020 Jan 29, The BBC said it
will axe 450 jobs from its news division in a cost-saving plan that
will result in cuts at the World Service and its 5Live radio station
and in fewer reports being made by analysis show Newsnight.
2020 Jan 29, British Airways
announced that it has suspended all flights to and from mainland
China "with immediate effect," as the country struggles to contain
the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
(Good Morning America, 1/29/20)
2020 Jan 30, Brexit cleared its
final formal hurdle as the 27 European Union member states that
Britain will leave behind approved the withdrawal agreement reached
last October after more than three years of tortuous negotiations.
2020 Jan 31, The United Kingdom
left the European Union with a mixture of joy, anger and
indifference, casting off into the unknown in one of the biggest
blows yet to Europe's attempt to forge unity from the ruins of World
2020 Jan 31, It was reported
that British PM Boris Johnson is preparing to impose full customs
and border checks on all European goods entering the UK after
Brexit, in an attempt to ramp up pressure on the bloc in trade
talks. Thousands of pro-Brexit supporters in central London erupted
in cheers, sent balloons into the sky and sang "Rule Britannia", as
Britain left the European Union.
(Reuters, 2/1/20)(AFP, 2/1/20)
2020 Feb 1, Austria, Germany,
and Slovenia confirmed they would not extradite their nationals to
the UK during the 11-month transition period which starts tomorrow.
(Business Insider, 2/1/20)
2020 Feb 2, The UK’s departure
from the European Union this weekend led to a reallocation of 27 of
the country’s 73 seats in the EU assembly among 14 member nations.
2020 Feb 2, London police
officers shot and killed a suspect after at least two people were
stabbed in what authorities investigated as a terror attack. The
suspect was soon identified as recently released convict Sudesh
(AP, 2/2/20)(SFC, 2/3/20, p.A7)
2020 Feb 3, Britain and the EU
laid down their red lines for post-Brexit trade talks, offering
contrasting visions for their future relationship that raise the
prospect of clashes to come.
2020 Feb 4, PM Boris Johnson
formally launched the UN COP26 process in London with a pledge to
bring forward the UK’s target to end the sale of new petrol and
diesel cars by five years to 2035, in a bid to cut greenhouse gas
pollution. COP26 is the abbreviated name of the 26th session of the
Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change. COP26 will be held in Glasgow in November.
(Bloomberg, 2/4/20)(AFP, 2/4/20)
2020 Feb 7, Shamima Begum (20),
a UK woman who as a teenager ran away to join the Islamic State
group in 2015, lost a legal challenge Friday aimed at restoring her
citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds.
2020 Feb 9, Storm Ciara
battered the UK and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and
heavy rains, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas
that closed down ports.
2020 Feb 11, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson committed tens of billions of pounds for a controversial new
high speed rail line linking London with cities to the north,
despite soaring costs and mounting anger from his own Conservative
2020 Feb 12, Britain's Foreign
Office said it was putting the annual $6.1 million contribution to
the Commonwealth Secretariat on hold following accusations cronyism.
(SFC, 2/13/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 12, BP set one of the
oil sector's most ambitious targets for curbing carbon emissions as
new chief executive Bernard Looney began the biggest revamp in its
2020 Feb 13, British Finance
Minister Sajid Javid resigned just weeks before the publication of
the government's annual budget, in a shock move provoked by PM Boris
Johnson's attempts to shake up his cabinet after Brexit.
2020 Feb 15, British rescuers
found a body in rough seas following an extensive search off the
coast of southeast England, as the UK faced a second straight
weekend of wild winter weather and flooding. The body of a second
man was pulled from the sea in the afternoon. The fourth named storm
of the season, dubbed Dennis by Britain's Met Office weather
service, was expected to deepen through the weekend.
2020 Feb 15, Caroline Flack
(b.1979), English television and radio presenter, was found dead at
her London apartment. In August a coroner ruled that she had killed
herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Flack)(SFC, 8/7/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 16, Storm Dennis
roared across Britain with high winds and heavy rains, prompting
authorities to issue a record number of flood warnings and alerts
for England and a rare “red warning" for extremely life-threatening
flooding in Wales.
2020 Feb 17, The UK said it
will spend 1.2 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) on developing the most
powerful weather and climate supercomputer in the world. Britain
issued severe flood alerts, warning of life-threatening danger after
Storm Dennis dumped weeks' worth of rain in some places. One woman
swept away by the floodwaters was feared dead.
(Bloomberg, 2/17/20)(AP, 2/17/20)
2020 Feb 18, The British Meat
Processors Association (BMPA) said British producers will not be
able to export processed meat like sausages and burgers to Europe
after Brexit unless they get a specific European Union health
certificate which currently does not exist.
2020 Feb 19, Boris Johnson’s
government unveiled plans to end what it called Britain's dependence
on “cheap low-skilled labor" and deliver on its pledge to halt
freedom of movement from the European Union after Brexit.
2020 Feb 20, In London Daniel
Horton (29) stabbed muezzin Raafat Maglad (70) in the neck at the
London Central Mosque. Horton was soon charged with grevious bodily
(SSFC, 2/23/20, p.A4)
2020 Feb 21, British
entrepreneur Richard Branson (69) heralded his first cruise ship
"Scarlet Lady" as targeting a younger generation of holidaymakers
with a range of attractions that he believes will outweigh any fears
2020 Feb 21, Vietnam's state
media said seven people have been charged with the deaths of 39
Vietnamese migrants who bodies were found in a trailer near London
last Oct. 23.
(SFC, 2/22/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 23, Four passengers
tested positive for coronavirus in England after being evacuated
from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. This brought the
total number of cases in the UK to thirteen.
2020 Feb 25, Generic drugmaker
Mallinckrodt, based in England, said it has a tentative $1.6 billion
deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the US opioid crisis.
(SFC, 2/26/20, p.A5)
2020 Feb 25, Tesco, Britain's
biggest supermarket chain, opened its first high street cashless
store, marking a shift among shoppers to electronic payments from
coins and notes.
2020 Feb 27, The British Court
of Appeal ruled that a plan to build a third runway at London's
Heathrow Airport was unlawful because it violated Britain's
commitments to climate change.
(SFC, 2/28/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 29, It was reported
that Philip Rutnam, one of the UK’s most senior civil servants, quit
his job at the government department responsible for policing,
counter-terrorism and immigration over what he claims was an
orchestrated campaign against him.
2020 Feb 29, The number of
people infected with coronavirus in the United Kingdom rose to 23,
after three more patients tested positive.
2020 Mar 1, Britain announced a
jump in coronavirus cases, with 12 new infections taking the total
2020 Mar 2, Britain's Foreign
Office said Germany, France and the UK have offered a 5 million-euro
($5.6 million) package to Iran to help fight coronavirus in the
2020 Mar 4, In Britain the
number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 87 in the biggest
daily jump since it was first detected in the country.
(Reuters, 3/4/20)(Econ., 3/7/20, p.53)
2020 Mar 5, Britain's HSBC sent
more than 100 staff home after a worker tested positive for
coronavirus, the first known case at a major company in London.
Britain counted 90 cases.
2020 Mar 5, It was reported
that a British judge has ruled that Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid al-Maktoum (70) ordered the abduction of two of his
daughters and orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against
Princess Haya (45), his former wife.
2020 Mar 6, Gilbert Khoo, a
seafood salesman in the UK, received a two-year suspended sentence
for six offenses related to the transport of $7 million worth of
(Business Insider, 3/8/20)
2020 Mar 6, Japanese carmaker
Nissan said it is pushing on with plans to build its new Qashqai
sports utility vehicle at its British factory despite warnings over
Brexit. Nissan announced a 52-million pound investment in a new
press line at the site.
2020 Mar 9, In Britain a sixth
person in the UK has died from coronavirus. There were 319 confirmed
(Reuters, 3/9/20)(AP, 3/10/20)
2020 Mar 11, Britain announced
a $39-billion war chest to soften the economic impact of the
coronavirus after the Bank of England cut interest rates.
2020 Mar 12, Michel Roux
(b.1941), the French-born chef who had a profound influence on
elevating Britain's dining habits, died in England. Roux and his
brother, Albert, are widely credited with revolutionizing Britain's
staid and old-fashioned culinary scene, notably with their opening
of Le Gavroche in London in 1967.
(AP, 3/12/20)(Econ, 3/28/20, p.78)
2020 Mar 12, It was reported
that a supercomputer, donated by Britain and based in Kenya, is
boosting efforts in East Africa to control a locust outbreak that
raises what the UN food agency calls "an unprecedented threat" to
the region's food security. The UN recently raised its aid appeal
relating to locusts to $138 million, up from $76 million, saying the
need for more help is urgent. Experts have warned that if the number
of locusts is unchecked they could grow 500 times by June, when
drier weather is expected in East Africa.
2020 Mar 13, Britain's number
of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 590. Ten people have died.
2020 Mar 14, US Vice President
Mike Pence said that new travel bans would be implemented on the
United Kingdom and Ireland as the novel coronavirus pandemic
(The Daily Beast, 3/14/20)
2020 Mar 15, The British
government announced England will join a growing list of countries
offering HIV-prevention pill to all those at high risk of catching
the virus. More than 100,000 people were estimated to be living with
HIV in the UK in 2018.
2020 Mar 15, Airlines called on
the British government to help ensure their survival during the
coronavirus crisis after the US extended restrictions on European
travelers to include Britain.
2020 Mar 16, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson advised people to avoid all unnecessary contact due to
(Econ., 6/20/20, p.46)
2020 Mar 16, Britain's Fred
Olsen Cruise Lines wrote in a statement that its cruise ship
Braemar, that was turned away from several ports in the Caribbean
after five passengers were confirmed to have the new coronavirus,
has set sail to Cuba which is allowing it to dock.
2020 Mar 17, Britain's health
ministry said cases of coronavirus rose 26% to 1,950 from 1,543 the
day before. The National Health Service (NHS) announced plans to
cancel all routine surgery for three months and to send home as many
patients as possible to free up staff and beds to deal with the
spread of the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 17, The BBC reported
that Hashem Abedi, the brother of the bomber who blew himself up at
the end of an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of
Manchester in May 2017, has been found guilty of murdering the 22
2020 May 18, Britain expanded
its testing scheme to allow anyone aged over five with COVID-19
symptoms to book a test to see if they have the virus. PM Boris
Johnson announced that schools would close due to coronavirus
(AP, 5/18/20)(Econ., 6/20/20, p.46)
2020 Mar 18, Wales closed its
schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. Scotland and Wales soon
(Econ, 3/21/20, p.17)
2020 Mar 20, Britain ordered
the closure of pubs and restaurants to slow the spread of the
coronavirus. This came weeks after similar measures by the rest of
(Econ, 3/28/20, p.51)
2020 Mar 20, GlaxoSmithKline's
HIV treatments division said it has received approval for its
long-acting HIV injection from Canada's healthcare regulator, in a
major win for the British drugmaker after a US rejection late last
2020 Mar 21, Britain told
people who were panic-buying and hoarding food due to the
coronavirus outbreak to calm down, pointing to a video on social
media showing an exhausted nurse driven to tears by finding shelves
bare after her shift.
2020 Mar 22, Britain warned it
will impose tighter restrictions if citizens fail to follow
government calls to stop non-essential travel and gatherings to curb
the spread of the coronavirus. The UK reported 281 total deaths due
to COVID-19. The government said there are 5,683 confirmed cases,
with London hardest hit.
(Bloomberg, 3/22/20)(Reuters, 3/22/20)(Reuters,
2020 Mar 23, Scientists at
Britain's Oxford University said they have started a clinical trial
to investigate the effects of an HIV medicine and a steroid drug in
UK patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 caused by the new
coronavirus. It will test AbbVie's Kaletra: a combination of
lopinavir and ritonavir which is normally used to treat the Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS - and the steroid
dexamethasone, which is used to reduce inflammation in a wide range
2020 Mar 23, PM Boris Johnson
brought Britain into alignment with lockdowns across Europe, closing
all nonessential shops and requiring people to stay in their homes,
except for trips for food or medicine due to the coronavirus
(NY Times, 3/24/20)(Economist, 4/4/20, p.41)
2020 Mar 25, Britain passed the
Coronavirus Act, granting the government emergency powers to handle
the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 Mar 25, It was reported
that nearly half a million people in Britain have filed welfare
benefit claims in the past nine days, a sign of how the government's
shutdown of much of the economy to slow the spread of coronavirus is
2020 Mar 25, Britain’s Prince
Charles (71) of Wales became the latest high-profile infection of a
pandemic that has infiltrated all walks of life and paralyzed a
2020 Mar 26, The number of
people in the UK who have died from coronavirus increased by 31% to
2020 Mar 26, It was reported
that Mologic, a British company behind a 10-minute coronavirus
antibody test, has begun sending prototypes to laboratories for
validation, which could be a game-changer in the fight against the
pandemic. The test would cost about a $1.
2020 Mar 26, In Morocco
hundreds of mostly British tourists who were traveling in motorhomes
have found themselves stranded in a parking lot near a Tangier
highway that authorities have turned into a makeshift quarantine
center. Morocco has identified 225 cases of COVID-19.
2020 Mar 27, British PM Boris
Johnson (55) said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Health
Secretary Matt Hancock was also confirmed to have the virus. British
fatalities due to the coronavirus jumped by 260, to 1,019. Some
14,579 people in the UK have tested positive, an increase of about
25%, above the five-day average of 20%.
(Bloomberg, 3/27/20)(AP, 3/27/20)(Bloomberg,
2020 Mar 28, Britain reported
17,089 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 1,019 deaths and the
peak of the epidemic in the country is expected to come in a few
2020 Mar 30, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca Plc said US regulators have approved its Imfinzi
treatment for use against an aggressive type of lung cancer in
previously untreated patients, as it moves to expand its
specialization in tackling the disease.
2020 Mar 30, Guinness World
Records confirmed 112-year-old Bob Weighton of the United Kingdom as
the newest title holder, just one day after his birthday.
(Good Morning America, 4/3/20)
2020 Mar 30, Romek Marber
(b.1925), graphic designer and Holocaust survivor, died in Essex,
England. His wartime memoir "No Return: Journeys in the Holocaust"
was published in 2010.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romek_Marber)(Econ., 5/2/20, p.73)
2020 Mar 31, The death toll in
England from the coronavirus outbreak rose 29% to 1,651. Scotland
said 60 people had died. Wales said 69 people had died.
2020 Apr 1, The United
Kingdom's death toll climbed to a total of 2,352 -- an increase of
563 in the past 24 hours. Some 29,474 people have been diagnosed
with COVID-19 in the U.K.
(ABC News, 4/1/20)
2020 Apr 4, Britain's main
opposition labor Party elected lawyer and lawmaker Keir Starmer (57)
as party leader.
(SSFC, 4/5/20, p.A3)
2020 Apr 4, In Britain cases of
coronavirus rose to 47,806 from 41,903. Total deaths rose by 708 to
2020 Apr 5, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson, infected with the coronavirus, went to St. Thomas’s
hospital in central London as a precaution.
2020 Apr 6, British PM Boris
Johnson was transferred to intensive care as his COVID-19 symptoms
worsened significantly after he was admitted to a London hospital
for tests. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was designated as his
replacement if he becomes incapacitated.
(The Week, 4/7/20)
2020 Apr 6, British drugmaker
GlaxoSmithKline Plc said it will invest $250 million in Vir
Biotechnology Inc and collaborate to develop potential treatments
for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
2020 Apr 8, Britain's confirmed
death toll from the coronavirus reached 7,097, an increase of 938
from 24 hours earlier. PM Boris Johnson remained in intensive care
with the disease. Transit union s demanded more protection following
the deaths of 14 London transport staff.
(AP, 4/8/20)(SFC, 4/9/20, p.A5)
2020 Apr 9, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson came out of three nights of intensive care at St Thomas'
Hospital as he continued COVID-19 recovery.
2020 Apr 9, Home rental firm
Airbnb blocked British bookings on its platform for the vast
majority of customers, allowing only key workers to stay in
properties for as long as emergency government coronavirus
restrictions are in place. The move came after hosts using the site
had been criticized for advertising "isolation retreats." Airbnb put
pressure on other online booking platforms to follow suit.
2020 Apr 10, British hospitals
reported 980 more deaths. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases
surpassed 74,000 and the death toll neared 9,000.
2020 Apr 11, Britain's COVID-19
death toll neared 10,000 after health officials reported another 917
2020 Apr 12, Britain recorded
737 additional coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours,. PM Boris
Johnson was discharged from a London hospital where he was treated
in intensive care for the virus. The UK reported 84,279 positive
test results for COVID-19 and 10,612 deaths.
(ABC News, 4/12/20)
2020 Apr 12, Britain said it
was pledging 200 million pounds ($248 million) to the World Health
Organization (WHO) and charities to help slow the spread of the
coronavirus in vulnerable countries and so help prevent a second
wave of infections.
2020 Apr 13, In Britain
confirmed cases of the coronavirus rose by 4,342 to a national tally
of 88,621. The death toll in British hospitals rose to 12,107.
(Reuters, 4/13/20)(Reuters, 4/14/20)
2020 Apr 14, In Britain a
further 778 people have died in hospitals from the coronavirus, up
from 717 a day earlier. Confirmed cases rose to 93,873 from 88,621.
(Bloomberg, 4/14/20)(AP, 4/14/20)
2020 Apr 15, Britain's death
toll from COVID-19 in hospitals rose 861 to 13,729, as of 1600 GMT.
It was the biggest daily rise in five days. Deaths in English
hospitals rose by 740 to 12,396.
2020 Apr 16, Britain's hospital
death toll due to the coronavirus rose to 14,576. The government
extended a nationwide lockdown for three more weeks.
(Reuters, 4/17/20)(SFC, 4/17/20, p.A5)
2020 Apr 17, Oxford scientists
said a million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed
by British scientists are already being manufactured and will be
available by September, even before trials prove whether the shot is
effective. The experimental product, called "ChAdOx1 nCoV-19", is a
type known as a recombinant viral vector vaccine and is one of at
least 70 potential COVID-19 candidate shots under development by
biotech and research teams around the world.
2020 Apr 17, A new report said
that cites modeling from Imperial College London said Africa could
see 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus this year even under the
2020 Apr 18, Britain's daily
deaths rose by 888 to 15,464. The number of cases reached more than
114,000. It was reported that Britain has paid $20 million for new
coronavirus antibody test kits from two Chinese companies, AllTest
Biotech and Wondfo Biotech. The testing kits in fact proven
(Bloomberg, 4/18/20)(NY Times, 4/18/20)
2020 Apr 19, In Britain a
further 596 deaths linked to the coronavirus were recorded in
hospitals, the lowest daily number since April 6. Total fatalities
climbed to 16,060.
2020 Apr 21, Britain's health
ministry data a total of 17,337 people who tested positive for
coronavirus have died in hospitals in Britain, an increase of 828 on
the figure published 24 hours earlier. The number of confirmed cases
of the new coronavirus has risen to 129,044.
2020 Apr 22, In Britain the
number of people who have died in hospitals after testing positive
for the coronavirus rose by 616 to 18,738 in the last 24 hours. The
number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 133,495.
2020 Apr 23, Britain's death
toll from the new coronavirus in hospitals across the United Kingdom
rose to 19,506, an increase of 684 in 24 hours.
2020 Apr 24, Britain now has
143,464 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
2020 Apr 25, The British
government said that 20,319 people with COVID-19 have died in
British hospitals, an increase of 813 from the death toll reported
the day before. The figure does not include deaths in nursing homes,
which are likely to number in the thousands.
2020 Apr 29, Britain's official
death toll from the coronavirus jumped to 26,097 after deaths in
nursing homes were added to the daily total for the first time.
(SFC, 4/30/20, p.A4)
2020 May 1, Hungarian budget
carrier Wizz Air flew into London's Luton airport from Sofia,
becoming one of the first European airlines to restart routes during
the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 May 2, It was reported
that a top British hospital will use blood plasma treatment for
COVID-19 patients as part of a trial that transfuses plasma from
recovered people into sick people to give their immune systems a
boost to fight the virus.
2020 May 4, Britain as of today
had recorded nearly 190,000 coronavirus cases and almost 28,500
2020 May 5, Britain and the
United States agreed to conduct talks on a trade deal at an
2020 May 5, Britain became the
first country in Europe to confirm more than 32,000 coronavirus
2020 May 7, It was reported
that Liberty Global and Telefonica have agreed to merge their
British businesses in a $38 billion deal that will create a
powerhouse in mobile and broadband to take on market leader BT.
2020 May 7, British physicians
in The Lancet reported that a rare, life-threatening condition is
developing in some children after exposure to the new coronavirus
that researchers are calling "Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory
Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.
2020 May 8, Britain's COVID-19
death toll rose to 31,241.
2020 May 9, It was reported
that the British government has told airlines it will introduce a
14-day quarantine period for most people arriving from abroad to try
to avoid a second peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 May 10, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson announced a modest easing of the country's coronavirus
lockdown and outlined his government's roadmap for further lifting
(SFC, 5/11/20, p.A4)
2020 May 11, The British
government published its plan for exiting the coronavirus lockdown.
The 51-page document, entitled "Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK
Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy", gives an outline of how
the United Kingdom could return to normal life.
2020 May 13, British PM Boris
Johnson said that the deaths of 144 health care workers and 131
social care workers had been reported as involving COVID-19. The
United Kingdom's total COVID-19 death toll now exceeds 40,000, by
far the worst yet reported in Europe. England tentatively began
easing its coronavirus lockdown, with some people who cannot do
their jobs at home urged to return to work.
2020 May 15, In Britain
government scientific advisers said the reproduction ('R') rate of
the coronavirus in the United Kingdom is now somewhere between 0.7
2020 May 15, London's Mayor
Sadiq Khan said cars will be banished from miles of streets in
central London to encourage more walking and cycling and help public
transport cope with social distancing restrictions.
2020 May 15, Britain's wildlife
charity the RSPB said it has been "overrun" by reports of birds of
prey being illegally killed since the lockdown started six weeks
ago. All birds of prey are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside
2020 May 18, Britain expanded
its testing scheme to allow anyone aged over five with COVID-19
symptoms to book a test to see if they have the virus.
2020 May 18, Climate activists
placed more than 2,000 pairs of children's shoes in neat rows across
London's Trafalgar Square to demand the British government stop
bailing out carbon intensive industries that pollute the
2020 May 18, Experts warned
that the Oxford University vaccine tipped as a "front runner" in the
race to develop a coronavirus jab does not stop the virus in monkeys
and may only be partially effective.
(The Telegraph, 5/18/20)
2020 May 19, Britain's EasyJet
said that hackers had accessed the email and travel details of
around nine million customers, as well as the credit card details of
more than 2,000 of them, in a "highly sophisticated" attack. Hacking
tools and techniques used to access the travel records of millions
of customers of easyJet pointed to a group of suspected Chinese
hackers thought to be behind multiple attacks on airlines in recent
2020 May 19, Britain's COVID-19
death toll neared 43,000.
2020 May 19, World-leading
British medical journal The Lancet challenged a key claim in US
President Donald Trump's May 18 four-page diatribe against the World
Health Organization (WHO), saying the US leader cited academic
research that did not exist.
(South China Morning Post, 5/20/20)
2020 May 20, England-based
airline engine maker Rolls-Royce announced plans to cut 9,000
workers as it grapples with the collapse in air travel due to the
2020 May 20, Britain's death
toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 338 to 36,042
according to the health ministry. Broader figures based on suspected
COVID-19 deaths put the toll at over 43,000.
2020 May 21, A spokesman for PM
Boris Johnson said Britain has agreed a deal to acquire antibody
tests for the coronavirus.
2020 May 22, A British court
ruled that Farhad Azima, an Iranian-American aviation magnate and
gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal, must pay Ras
al-Khaimah, a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates, over $4.1
million over a series of business disputes.
2020 May 26, J.K. Rowling
published the first chapters of a fairy tale about a monster known
as the Ickabog, an allegory about truth and abuse of power that is
free online so that children can read it during coronavirus
2020 May 27, Britain closed its
embassy in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang and ordered its
staff to leave the country. The surprise closure was linked to
coronavirus-related restrictions in place since earlier this year.
(The Telegraph, 5/27/20)
2020 May 27, Police in Belgium
and France announced the arrests of 26 people suspected of human
trafficking in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants who were found
in a refrigerated truck in Britain last October.
2020 May 28, It was reported
that British drugmaker AstraZeneca last week started phase 2 and 3
trials of a coronavirus vaccine, looking to recruit around 10,000
adults and children in Britain. AstraZeneca revealed that new data
showed that its drug Tagrisso reduced the risk of relapse in some
early-stage lung cancers by 83%.
(Reuters, 5/28/20)(Econ., 7/6/20, p.57)
2020 May 28, Oxford Biomedica
said it has signed a one-year clinical and commercial supply
agreement with AstraZeneca to provide multiple batches of a
coronavirus vaccine, called AZD1222, and that the majority of the
batches would be produced throughout 2020.
2020 May 29, It was reported
that AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo's Enhertu helped patients with
three different types of cancer live longer in trials, pointing to
potential broader use of the breast cancer treatment.
2020 May 31, Thousands gathered
in central London to offer support for American demonstrators.
Chanting "No justice! No peace!" and waving placards with the words
“How many more?" at Trafalgar Square, the protesters ignored UK
government rules banning crowds because of the pandemic. Police
didn't stop them.
2020 Jun 3, Thousands of
protesters gathered in London’s Hyde Park to demonstrate against
police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George
Floyd in Minneapolis, which has set off days of unrest in the United
2020 Jun 4, In East London two
men were shot in broad daylight as they drove through Barking, a
stronghold of the Hellbanianz, a notorious Albanian crime group.
This followed the murders of five Albanians in the past year as
Albanian gangs tighten their grip on the UK cocaine market.
(The Telegraph, 6/13/20)
2020 Jun 4, Rupert Hine, a
prolific English producer and songwriter, died at his home in
Wiltshire, England. He thrived in the synth-pop heyday of the 1980s
making hits with Tina Turner, the Fixx and Howard Jones.
(NY Times, 6/16/20)
2020 Jun 5, Brussels and London
pledged to step up the pace of Brexit trade talks to try to strike a
deal by the end of October, after the latest round of negotiations
ended with no major breakthrough. David Frost, Britain's chief
Brexit negotiator, said that progress was limited at talks with the
European Union on a free trade deal though the tone had been
(AFP, 6/5/20)(Reuters, 6/5/20)
2020 Jun 5, British scientists
halted a major drug trial after it found that the anti-malarial
hydroxychloroquine, touted by US President Donald Trump as a
potential "game changer" in the pandemic, was "useless" at treating
2020 Jun 5, The UK became the
second country to officially record more than 40,000
coronavirus-related deaths as more than 100 scientists wrote the
British government to urge it to reconsider lifting virus lockdown
2020 Jun 6, In central London
14 officers were injured during clashes with protesters that
followed a largely peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration
attended by tens of thousands.
2020 Jun 7, British protesters
in Bristol toppled a statue of slave trader Edward Colston (b.1636)
and threw it into the harbor. The bronze memorial had been in place
2020 Jun 9, Britain has seen
the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with nearly 40,700
confirmed deaths. Official statistics released today suggested that
thousands more have died in the pandemic, and the true toll could be
over 50,000 dead.
2020 Jun 9, AstraZeneca
received $23.7 million in funding from a US government agency to
advance the development of antibody-based COVID-19 treatments as the
British drugmaker ramps up efforts beyond its potential vaccine to
combat the pandemic.
2020 Jun 10, It was reported
that scientists have used human embryonic stem cells to create an
embryo-like research model to help them study some of the earliest
stages of human development. Gastruloids have no potential to
develop into fully-formed embryos. Alfonso Martinez-Arias, a
professor at Britain's Cambridge University, co-led the project.
2020 Jun 11, Emergent
BioSolutions Inc said it has signed an $87 million deal to make
AstraZeneca Plc's experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the United
States, boosting the British drugmaker's efforts to bring a vaccine
to the market.
2020 Jun 12, Britain said it
would introduce border controls in stages on European Union goods
after the end of the Brexit transition period, to try to soften the
blow for companies already battling the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Jun 15, An American
fighter jet crashed into the North Sea off the coast of England.
Pilot 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen was soon found and confirmed to be dead.
(Good Morning America, 6/16/20)
2020 Jun 16, British PM Boris
Johnson said the Department for International Development is to be
scrapped and the Foreign Office handed direct control of the £14
billion aid budget.
(The Telegraph, 6/16/20)
2020 Jun 16, Researchers in
England said they have the first evidence that a drug can improve
COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid called
dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill
hospitalized patients. Japan-based Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co was
among those that produce dexamethasone.
(AP, 6/16/20)(Reuters, 7/21/20)
2020 Jun 16, Charles Webb (81),
author of the novel “The Graduate" (1963), died in East Sussex,
England. The novel was the basis for the hit 1967 film.
(NY Times, 6/29/20)
2020 Jun 18, Vera Lynn (103),
British singer, died. She became a symbol of hope in Britain during
World War Two and again during the coronavirus pandemic with her
song "We'll Meet Again".
(Reuters, 6/18/20)(Econ., 6/27/20, p.78)
2020 Jun 19, British actor Ian
Holm (88), best known for his roles in "The Lord of the Rings"
trilogy and "Alien", died from a Parkinson's related illness.
2020 Jun 20, One in seven
Britons live in London, an int'l. travel hub which prior to the
pandemic received nearly 1,500 flights a day.
(Econ., 6/20/20, p.45)
2020 Jun 20, Anti-racism
demonstrators held a fourth weekend of protests across the UK,
despite a ban on large gatherings because of the coronavirus
2020 Jun 20, In England three
people were killed and three others seriously wounded in a stabbing
attack that came out of the blue in Forbury Gardens park in Reading.
Unarmed officers from the Thames Valley Police force arrested a
local man at the scene. The Press Association named him as Khairi
Saadallah (25), a Libyan asylum-seeker. Police soon declared the
stabbings a terror attack. Saadallah (25) faced three counts of
murder and three of attempted murder over the knife attack.
(AP, 6/21/20)(AP, 6/29/20)
2020 Jun 24, Africa's first
participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial started today as
volunteers received injections developed at the University of Oxford
in Britain. The large-scale trial is being conducted in South
Africa, Britain and Brazil.
2020 Jun 25, Unilever, a
British-Dutch consumer products giant, said it is aiming for a “more
inclusive vision of beauty" in its skin care products and will
remove words such as “fair," “whitening" and “lightening" from its
products, a move that comes amid intense global debate about race
sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement.
2020 Jun 26, Britain's official
death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 186 to 43,414.
2020 Jun 28, Online accounts
provided by lender Morses Club have been frozen following action by
British regulators against the UK unit of Wirecard, a collapsed
payments services firm. Several other UK fintech firms have been
forced to suspend services after the Germany-based firm's collapse.
2020 Jun, Anglo-Dutch firm Eat
Takeaway.com bought Grubhub, an American firm, for $7.3 billion.
(Econ., 7/4/20, p.56)
2020 Jul 1, Britain announced
that it was extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong
Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport,
stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to the former
British colony after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national
security law in the city.
2020 Jul 2, A British judge
refused a request by Venezuela's Pres. Nicolas Maduro who sought the
return of $1.8 billion in gold bars sitting in the Bank of England
to help his nation fight the coronavirus pandemic. The UK has
recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.
(SFC, 7/2/20, p.A4)(SFC, 7/3/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 3, It was reported
that distressed British satellite constellation operator OneWeb,
which had entered bankruptcy protection proceedings at the end of
March, has completed a sale process, with a consortium led by the UK
Government as the winner. The group includes funding from India's
2020 Jul 4, Pubs and movie
theaters across England reopened as part of Britain’s biggest step
toward post-outbreak normal.
2020 Jul 6, British online
fashion retailer Boohoo said it will end relationships with any
supplier found to have breached its code of conduct, following a
media report about dire working conditions in one English factory.
The Sunday Times newspaper had reported that workers in a factory in
Leicester, central England, making clothes destined for Boohoo were
being paid as little as 3.50 pounds ($4.38) an hour.
2020 Jul 6, Britain used a new
legislation drafted in the memory of a killed Russian tax adviser to
sanction 25 Russian nationals linked to prosecution and mistreatment
of tax adviser Sergei Magnitsky as well as 20 Saudis involved in the
murder of a journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
(The Telegraph, 7/7/20)
2020 Jul 7, Britain said it
would resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia, halted last year after a UK
court ruling over the Gulf kingdom's bombing campaign in neighboring
2020 Jul 7, Britain's GSK said
that an injection of its cabotegravir drug given every two months
was found to be 66% more effective in preventing HIV infections than
Gilead's Truvada daily oral pills.
2020 Jul 7, UK-based Reckitt
Benckiser Group Plc said that the US Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has approved use of its Lysol Disinfectant Spray against
2020 Jul 11, A new UK study,
which has not yet been peer-reviewed, found that COVID-19 antibodies
may start to decline 20 to 30 days after the onset of symptoms and
that detectable amounts of antibodies fell rapidly in the weeks
(Yahoo News, 7/19/20)
2020 Jul 14, Britain and France
moved to make face coverings compulsory in more places as both
countries try to get their economies going while at the same time
seeking to prevent further coronavirus outbreaks.
2020 Jul 14, Britain became one
of the few countries to agree to ban the Chinese technology company
Huawei from making equipment for Britain’s high-speed wireless
network. US officials fear China could use such equipment to spy or
launch a cyberattack.
(NY Times, 7/15/20)
2020 Jul 16, Britain, the
United States and Canada accused Russia of trying to steal
information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.
2020 Jul 16, Shamima Begum, a
UK woman who as a teenager ran away to join the Islamic State group,
won the right to return to Britain to fight for the restoration of
her citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds. She
is one of three east London schoolgirls who traveled to Syria in
2020 Jul 16, Officials in the
English city of Bristol removed a statue of Jen Reid, a Black Lives
Matter activist, that was installed on a pedestal once occupied by a
monument to a 17th-century slave trader. It was erected before dawn
a day earlier without the approval of city authorities.
2020 Jul 17, It was reported
that British ministers are making plans to distribute millions of
free coronavirus antibody tests after a version backed by the UK
government passed its first major trials. The fingerprick tests,
which can tell within 20 minutes if a person has ever been exposed
to the coronavirus, were found to be 98.6% accurate in secret human
trials held in June.
2020 Jul 18, Britain has
registered more than 45,300 COVID-19 deaths, the highest toll in
Europe. But the government said it will halt issuing daily updates
to that toll while authorities investigate the way the statistics
2020 Jul 20, The British
government suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and
blocked arms sales to the former British territory following China's
imposition of a new national security law.
(SFC, 7/21/20, p.A3)
2020 Jul 20, Britain said it
had agreed in principle to buy 60 million doses of the Valneva
vaccine, with an option to purchase 40 million more if it proved
safe, effective and suitable. France's Valneva is aiming for
clinical trials of the vaccine to start in November or December this
year. The vaccine uses an adjuvant, or booster, by Dynavax.
2020 Jul 20, Synairgen shares
rose almost sixfold after the British drugmaker said its medicine
helped reduce the risk of severe cases in hospitalized patients with
COVID-19, but some experts have cautioned against too much optimism
in the market.
2020 Jul 21, In Britain Kevan
Jones, a member of the House of Commons Intelligence and Security
Committee ((ISC), published his report into Russian interference in
(Econ., 7/25/20, p.36)
2020 Jul 22, It was reported
that the US and UK have agreed to end an "anomaly" that allowed Anne
Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat accused of running over
British teenager Harry Dunn last year, to claim diplomatic immunity.
(ABC News, 7/22/20)
2020 Jul 22, Britain’s
opposition Labour Party agreed to pay substantial damages to seven
whistleblowers who sued for defamation after they voiced concerns
last year of anti-Semitism within the party.
2020 Jul 23, Britain and the EU
broke up their latest round of post-Brexit trade negotiations by
ruling out a quick deal but voicing hope for agreement in the coming
2020 Jul 23, London-based Cell
and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT Catapult), a firm backed by the UK
government, said it has purchased a vaccine manufacturing facility
from healthcare company Benchmark Holdings for 16 million pounds
($20.36 million) in cash, as the country ramps up efforts to produce
potential coronavirus vaccines.
2020 Jul 24, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca said the US FDA has approved its drug Breztri Aerosphere
to treat patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD.
2020 Jul 25, It was reported
that British rap artist Wiley (41) is facing a police investigation
after a string of anti-Semitic comments appeared on his social media
accounts, prompting his management to drop him. Wiley, whose real
name is Richard Cowie, released a number one single in Britain in
2012 and had several other top 10 hits. He received a UK government
honor for his contribution to music in 2018.
2020 Jul 25, Peter Green (73),
British blues guitarist, died on Canvey Island, England. He helped
form Fleetwood Mac, which made its debut at the British Blues and
Jazz Festival in 1967.
2020 Jul 26, Britain's
government said passengers arriving from Spain will have to
self-isolate for two weeks, after a surge in cases in the
Mediterranean country, with health officials pointing to nightlife
as a possible culprit.
2020 Jul 27, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca said that Farxiga, which is used for the most common
form of diabetes, helped to improve renal function or reduced the
risk of death compared with a placebo in diabetic and non-diabetic
patients in a study.
2020 Jul 27, UK-based clinical
diagnostics company Novacyt announced more new products to test for
the presence of the coronavirus.
2020 Jul 28, It was reported
that the UK government has given the green light for the export of
British tear gas and rubber bullets to the US despite the continuing
use of force against protesters – and warnings from the United
(The Independent, 7/28/20)
2020 Jul 29, Britain said it
has signed a deal for up to 60 million doses of a potential
coronavirus vaccine being developed by Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline
(GSK), its latest such arrangement as the race to tame the pandemic
2020 Jul 31, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson put some planned measures to ease the UK's lockdown on hold,
just hours before they were due to take effect, saying the number of
new coronavirus cases in the country is on the rise for the first
time since May.
2020 Jul 31, British PM Boris
Johnson named 36 new members to Parliament’s unelected House of
Lords, including his brother, a slew of prominent Brexit supporters
and a Russia-born newspaper owner whose father was a KGB agent.
2020 Jul 31, British film
director Sir Alan Parker (b.1944) died in London following a long
illness. His films included "Fame" (1980), Mississippi Burning"
(1988), "The Commitments" (1991), and "Angela's Ashes" (1999).
2020 Jul 31, In Florida Graham
Clark (17) of Tampa was arrested "for being the mastermind behind" a
July 15 Twitter hack that saw high-profile accounts, including those
belonging to former President Obama and former Vice President Joe
Biden, taken over to promote a Bitcoin scam, which involved asking
followers to send money to a Bitcoin address while claiming double
that amount would be returned. The DoJ announced charges against two
alleged co-conspirators, Mason Sheppard (19) and Nima Fazeli (22),
of Orlando, Florida, who goes by the hacker name “Rolex". Sheppard,
from Bognor Regis (UK), faces three charges in connection with the
apparent cyber scam targeting around 130 accounts on the social
(The Week, 7/31/20)(The Independent, 8/1/20)
2020 Aug 1, London police
arrested a Conservative Party lawmaker after a former parliamentary
aide accused him of rape and sexual assault while they were in a
relationship. The man was not named and was soon released on bail.
2020 Aug 3, Indian drugmaker
Wockhardt Ltd said it will supply millions of doses of multiple
COVID-19 vaccines, including that being developed by AstraZeneca and
Oxford University, under a deal with the UK government.
2020 Aug 5, Britain's all-party
home affairs committee said the Government’s “inexplicable" decision
to lift restrictions on some one million people who arrived in the
UK between March 13 and lockdown on March 23 contributed to the pace
and scale of the Covid-19 outbreak in Britain.
(The Telegraph, 8/5/20)
2020 Aug 6, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca Plc said Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products will
produce the company's potential COVID-19 vaccine in mainland China.
2020 Aug 8, Britain’s military
said it has been asked by the government to help prevent people from
reaching the UK from France in small boats, after a surge in the
number of vessels making the dangerous journey.
2020 Aug 8, Health care workers
rallied in British cities demanding hefty pay raises for their hard
work during the pandemic.
(SSFC, 8/9/20, p.A11)
2020 Aug 10, A Royal Air Force
surveillance plane flew over the English Channel as the British
government sought to curb the number of people crossing from France
in small boats. An inflatable dinghy carrying about 20 people was
met by a UK Border Force boat and escorted to the port of Dover.
2020 Aug 11, A British appeals
court ruled that the use of facial recognition technology violated
human rights and data protection laws. Civil rights campaigner Ed
Bridges had his face scanned while shopping in 2017 and again as he
attended a peaceful anti-arms protest in 2018.
(SFC, 8/12/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 12, Britain reported a
total of 1,009 new cases of COVID-19, taking the cumulative number
of cases in the country to 313,798.
2020 Aug 13, It was reported
that at least 782 American guns have been discovered by British
police since 2017.
(NY Times, 8/13/20)
2020 Aug 14, Britain extended
lockdown restrictions on regions of northwest England, saying there
was no evidence that the COVID-19 infection rate in the area had
2020 Aug 14, Julian Bream
(b.1933), British champion of the classical guitar and lute, died in
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Bream)(Econ., 8/22/20, p.74)
2020 Aug 15, Thousands of
British tourists beat a hasty retreat from France, packing out
planes, trains and ferries to return to the UK by the early hours of
this morning to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home.
2020 Aug 20, In London Hashem
Abedi, the brother of the suicide bomber who set off the May 17,
2017, explosion at a 2017 Ariana Grande concert in Manchester,
England, was sentenced to a minimum of 55 years in prison.
2020 Aug 21, It was reported
that Britain's AstraZeneca has received regulatory approval to
conduct part of a Phase III trial of its potential COVID-19 vaccine
2020 Aug 22, Britain recorded
1,288 new positive cases of COVID-19, up from 1,033 a day earlier.
2020 Aug 27, British police
said a man (45) has been arrested in London on suspicion of war
crimes relating to the first and second Liberian civil wars between
1989 and 2003.
2020 Aug 30, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca said its Farxiga drug improved survival chances for
patients suffering from kidney disease, underscoring the medicine's
role outside its established field of diabetes.
2020 Aug 31, It was reported
that British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and partner Vir Biotechnology
have started testing their experimental antibody on early-stage
COVID-19 patients, entering the race to find a winner in a promising
class of antiviral drugs to combat the pandemic.
2020 Sep 1, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca Plc said its Imfinzi medication has been approved in the
EU to treat an aggressive form of lung cancer in previously
untreated adult patients.
2020 Sep 1, Britain, China,
France, Germany, and Russia, dubbed the "4+1," defeated US efforts
to restore international sanctions on Iran.
2020 Sep 2, The British
government re-imposed local COVID-19 restrictions on parts of the
Greater Manchester area in northern England, just as they were being
lifted, the latest in a series of abrupt reversals.
2020 Sep 2, French drugmaker
Sanofi and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline said they had started a
clinical trial of their protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate,
and aimed to reach the final testing stage by December.
2020 Sep 3, AstraZeneca Plc
signed a manufacturing deal with privately held Albany Molecular
Research Inc to produce millions of doses of the British drugmaker's
experimental coronavirus vaccine annually.
2020 Sep 4, Britain appointed
Australia's former prime minister Tony Abbott (62) as a trade
adviser as it seeks to agree new post-Brexit deals. The appointment
sparked criticism from the opposition Labour party and campaign
groups due to his past use of sexist language, skepticism of
man-made climate change, and opposition to same-sex marriage.
2020 Sep 4, Virgin Atlantic
announced 1,150 more job cuts due to the coronavirus crisis, saying
its 1.2 billion pound ($1.6 billion) rescue deal alone was not
enough to secure its future.
2020 Sep 6, In Britain one man
was killed and at least five people were injured after a series of
stabbings in Birmingham early today. Police said they are still
hunting a single suspect. Zephaniah McLead (27) was arrested a day
later. He was soon charged with murder and seven counts of attempted
(AP, 9/6/20)(SFC, 9/8/20, p.A2)(SFC, 9/10/20,
2020 Sep 8, Britain's
government admitted that it may break international law by not
applying parts of its Brexit divorce deal relating to Northern
Ireland, as a top legal adviser quit, reportedly over the plans.
2020 Sep 8, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca said it has paused global trials of its experimental
coronavirus vaccine after an unexplained illness in a participant, a
move seen as dimming prospects for an early rollout.
2020 Sep 9, Britain's Internal
Market Bill was published. It became contentious as it overrides
parts of the EU's legal divorce deal, known as the Withdrawal
Agreement, which came into effect on 31 January 2020.
2020 Sep 9, Shere Hite (77),
author of the landmark 1976 book on women’s sexuality, “The Hite
Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality," died in London. Her
work enraged some men and Christian groups, and criticism and
threats drove her to leave the US.
(NY Times, 9/14/20)
2020 Sep 10, BP entered the
offshore wind market with a $1.1 billion deal to buy 50% stakes in
two US developments from Norway's Equinor, a significant step by the
oil firm towards its energy transition goals.
2020 Sep 10, British actress
Diana Rigg (82) died in London. She had enthralled London and New
York theater audiences with her performances in classic roles for
more than a half-century. She remained best known as the
quintessential new woman of the 1960s on the television series “The
Avengers" and found new fans later playing Lady Olenna Tyrell on
“Game of Thrones".
(NY Times, 9/11/20)
2020 Sep 11, Britain announced
its first major post-Brexit trade agreement -- a deal with Japan --
as its negotiations with the European Union become increasingly
2020 Sep 12, AstraZeneca
announced that it received confirmation from the United Kingdom's
Medicines Health Regulatory Authority that it was safe to resume
clinical trials for the company's coronavirus vaccine in the UK
after they were paused over safety concerns earlier this week.
(The Week, 9/13/20)
2020 Sep 14, Vietnam jailed
four people over their roles in the death of 39 migrants found in a
refrigerated truck in Britain last October.
(The Telegraph, 9/14/20)
2020 Sep 15, Former British
lawmaker Charlie Elphicke was sentenced to two years in prison for
sexually assaulting two women a decade apart. Elphicke was convicted
in July at London's Southwark Crown Court of three counts of assault
against two victims.
2020 Sep 16, Britain reported
3,991 new coronavirus cases up from 3,105 a day earlier.
(SFC, 9/17/20, p.A4)
2020 Sep 17, It was reported
that a British COVID-19 test known as DnaNudge, that gives results
in just over an hour and which requires no laboratory, was accurate
in almost all cases.
2020 Sep 18, It was reported
that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has ordered that the disgraced
movie mogul Harvey Weinstein be stripped of the 2004 prestigious CBE
honor he received for services to the British film industry.
(NBC News, 9/18/20)
2020 Sep 18, The British
government targeted more areas in an attempt to suppress a sharp
spike in new coronavirus infections.
2020 Sep 18, GlaxoSmithKline
(GSK) said Europe's health regulator has recommended the approval
its cancer treatment Zejula as a first option to keep advanced
ovarian cancer at bay in women who have responded to chemotherapy.
2020 Sep 19, Police in London
clashed with protesters at a rally against coronavirus restrictions,
even as the mayor warned that it was “increasingly likely" that the
British capital would soon need to introduce tighter rules to curb a
sharp rise in infections. Demonstrators took the streets of London,
Tel Aviv and other cities to protest coronavirus restrictions as the
global death toll approached 1 million.
2020 Sep 19, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca said its top-selling drug Tagrisso has been shown to
slow the spread of a certain type of lung cancer to the brain when
diagnosed at an early stage.
2020 Sep 21, Britain’s top
medical advisers painted a grim picture of exponential growth in
illness and death if nothing is done to control the second wave of
coronavirus infections, laying the groundwork for the government to
announce new restrictions later this week.
2020 Sep 21, It was reported
that Britain's government will fine people up to 10,000 pounds who
refuse to self-isolate if they test positive for the coronavirus or
are traced to a close conact. The rule goes into effet on Sept. 28.
(SFC, 9/21/20, p.A6)
2020 Sep 21, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended
approval for Lynparza in patients with a form of prostate cancer and
as a first-line maintenance treatment for a form of advanced ovarian
2020 Sep 22, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson warned that Britons should not expect to return to a normal
social or work life for at least six months, as he ordered new
restrictions that his government hopes will suppress a dramatic
surge in confirmed coronavirus cases.
2020 Sep 22, Britain’s National
Trust, which looks after hundreds of the country’s well-loved
historic sites, detailed in a new report how dozens of its
properties have links to slavery and colonialism.
2020 Sep 22, Britain turned
over to US authorities evidence against two members of an alleged
terror cell known as “the Beatles," ending a drawn out legal battle
to block the handover of the information.
2020 Sep 24, Britain recorded
its highest number of daily cases of COVID-19 at 6,634, reflecting a
second wave of infections sweeping through the country but also a
much higher level of testing than during the first wave.
2020 Sep 25, The British
charity People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) said Magawa, a
giant African pouched rat, has been awarded its Gold Medal for his
"lifesaving bravery and devotion" after discovering 39 landmines and
28 items of unexploded ordinance in the past seven years in
Cambodia. Before Magawa, all the recipients were dogs.
2020 Sep 26, British PM Boris
Johnson said that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds
between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the
“common foe." London police clashed with demonstrators as they broke
up a protest in Trafalgar Square against COVID-19 restrictions.
(AP, 9/26/20)(SSFC, 9/27/20, p.A9)
2020 Sep 28, A British judge
restored Uber’s transportation license in London, one of the
ride-hailing company’s most important global markets, where
regulators had threatened to ban its cars for safety concerns.
(NY Times, 9/28/20)
2020 Sep 29, Britain and Canada
imposed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, his
son and other senior government officials following the disputed
presidential election and a crackdown on protesters in Belarus.
2020 Sep 29, British
broadcaster David Attenborough led a call from conservation groups
for the world to invest $500 billion a year to halt the destruction
of nature, warning that the future of the planet was in "grave
2020 Sep 30, The British
government hailed a historic fisheries treaty with Norway and
offered Brussels a three year transition period on fishing during
trade negotiations with the EU.
(The Telegraph, 9/30/20)
2020 Sep 30, England's chief
medic said outbreaks of COVID-19 are accelerating quite rapidly in
the north west and north east of England and there has been a
significant uptick in the number of people being admitted to
intensive care. Britain reported 7,108 new COVID-19 cases, the
second day in a row there have been over 7,000 cases as COVID-19
2020 Sep, Britain-based
Birdlife International, an umbrella group of NGOs, expelled its
longstanding member from Taiwan, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation
(CWBF). The CWBF had refused not to take any "political" stances
regarding Taiwan's int'l. status.
(Econ., 9/26/20, p.41)
2020 Oct 1, Britain, France,
Germany, Estonia and Belgium wrote in a letter to the United Nations
Security Council that the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny
"constitutes a threat to international peace and security."
2020 Oct 1, The EU launched
legal proceedings in response to the British government's attempt to
overturn parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
2020 Oct 4, It was reported
that Cineworld, the world's second-biggest cinema operator, will
close all its screens in the United States, Britain and Ireland this
week after studios pulled major releases such as the latest James
2020 Oct 6, Britain's Financial
Conduct Authority (FCA) said it would ban the sale to retail
investors of products tracking the price of crypto assets like
Bitcoin, arguing that most people lost money on them. The ban, which
prompted surprise and anger in the sector, will come into force on
Jan. 6, 2021.
2020 Oct 8, Britain's
Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned that some businesses will be "legally
shut" again as he set out his new support for jobs ahead of Boris
Johnson's next address to the country on Oct. 12. Sunak confirmed
that businesses forced to close under the new traffic light system
will have two thirds of their workers’ wages paid for by the
(The Telegraph, 10/9/20)
2020 Oct 8, A study showed that
people who were asymptomatic accounted for 86% of the people who
tested positive for COVID-19 in a UK sample population during
lockdown, meaning the current policy of testing people with symptoms
might miss many cases.
2020 Oct 9, It was reported
that Tara Hanlon (30) was traveling through London's Heathrow
Airport on her way to Dubai when authorities discovered about 2
million pounds, or about $2.6 million, in her suitcases. Hanlon was
charged with money laundering and could spend up to 14 years behind
bars if she's convicted.
2020 Oct 9, The largest study
on prevalence of the coronavirus in the population said there are as
many as 45,000 new COVID infections in England each day, adding that
a resurgence in the north of the country could be replicated
elsewhere in weeks.
2020 Oct 11, It was reported
that the widely used BCG tuberculosis vaccine will be tested on
frontline care workers in Britain for its effectiveness against
2020 Oct 12, The British
government announced new restrictions on business and socializing in
major northern England cities with high infection rates. But pubs,
restaurants and other businesses pushed back, arguing that they are
not to blame for a resurgent outbreak.
2020 Oct 13, Britain reported
17,234 new confirmed cases and 143 new deaths from COVID-19, the
highest daily figure since June, as parts of the country were facing
tougher social distancing restrictions under a new three-tiered
alert system. Total deaths reached 43,018.
2020 Oct 14, A British royal
navy vessel seized 450 kg (990 pounds) of methamphetamine in the
northern Arabian Sea in the largest-ever bust by a joint maritime
operation in the region.
2020 Oct 14, Herbert Kretzmer
(95), a lyricist and a song writer from South Africa, died at his
home in London. In 1985 he was asked to reimagine an obscure French
musical, “Les Misérables." He wrote the English lyrics and turned it
into one of the most successful and longest-running theater
(NY Times, 10/14/20)
2020 Oct 14, Wales announced
that it intended to ban people living in areas with high rates of
COVID-19 infections in the rest of the United Kingdom from entering
the country, in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease.
2020 Oct 15, London and seven
other areas will face further restrictions after the British
government raised their coronavirus risk levels in an effort to slow
the exponential rise in infection rates across the country.
2020 Oct 15, Scientists from
Britain's University of Oxford said they have developed a rapid
COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five
2020 Oct 15, European Union
leaders agreed to keep on talking to Britain to get a new trade
agreement "in the coming weeks" but also decided to step up their
contingency preparations should the troubled negotiations fail.
2020 Oct 15, The cabless
trailer of an articulated lorry, known as the Pod, ran the Dunsfold
test track in Surrey at over 80 mph. The vehicle was made by
Einride, a Swedish firm founded in 2016 by Robert Falck.
(Econ., 10/24/20, p.72)
2020 Oct 16, British PM Boris
Johnson's spokesman said talks to agree a Brexit trade deal with the
European Union are over, saying there was no point carrying on
unless the bloc fundamentally changed its stance.
2020 Oct 16, GlaxoSmithKline
Plc said an injection of its cabotegravir drug given every two
months, in combination with Johnson & Johnson's rilpivirine, was
recommended for approval to treat HIV infections by a panel of the
European health regulator.
2020 Oct 16, UK data showed
that a further 136 people died within 28 days of testing positive
for coronavirus, bringing the total official toll to 43,429.
2020 Oct 18, Mauritian PM
Pravind Jugnauth labelled the British and Americans "hypocrites" and
"champions of double talk" for the way they have behaved over the
2020 Oct 19, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca Plc said the European medicines watchdog has recommended
approving its Forxiga and Trixeo Aerosphere treatments for a form of
heart failure and a lung disorder.
2020 Oct 20, Imperial College
London and a group of researchers said they are preparing to infect
90 healthy young volunteers with the coronavirus in an effort to
potentially speed up development of a vaccine that could help end
(SFC, 10/21/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 21, Britain’s Court of
Appeal ruled that a government policy that gave migrants as little
as 72 hours’ notice before they are deported is unlawful.
2020 Oct 21, A British
scientist on the government's advisory committee for the pandemic
said the coronavirus will be around for "evermore" as it is unlikely
it will be eradicated.
2020 Oct 22, European Union
negotiators headed to London to resume Brexit trade talks after
Britain called off a boycott, with both sides vowing to work round
the clock to seal a deal in the slender time left.
2020 Oct 24, A police force in
England says it will try to stop people from leaving Wales, which
has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a surging rate of coronavirus
2020 Oct 25, The UK military
seized control of an oil tanker that dropped anchor in the English
Channel after reporting it had seven stowaways on board who had
2020 Oct 26, British
high-street pharmacy chain Boots said it was launching in-store
COVID-19 testing at 120 pounds ($156) per test for asymptomatic
people, and that a 12-minute test would be launched within weeks.
2020 Oct 27, London's
Metropolitan Police said thousands of prints by popular London
street artist STIK that he wanted to give to his local community as
a gesture of solidarity during the COVID crisis have been stolen.
STIK, known internationally for his distinctive stick figures, had
arranged for 100,000 prints of a work entitled "Holding Hands" to be
distributed to residents of Hackney, the east London neighborhood
where he lives and works.
2020 Oct 27, A study found that
antibodies against the novel coronavirus declined rapidly in the
British population during the summer, suggesting protection after
infection may not be long lasting and raising the prospect of waning
immunity in the community.
2020 Oct 27, Britain recorded a
further 22,885 new COVID-19 cases.
2020 Oct 27, At least four
people, including two young children, died when a boat carrying at
least 19 migrants capsized off France while trying to cross the
English Channel to Britain.
2020 Oct 30, Britain's data
watchdog said it has fined Marriott International 18.4 million
pounds ($23.98 million) in a six-year old cyber attack on its
Starwood hotels reservation system in one of the largest data
breaches in history.
2020 Oct 30, AstraZeneca Plc
said it would sell commercial rights for two of its drugs to a
German pharmaceutical company for $400 million as the British
drugmaker looks to focus on newer medicines in new therapy areas.
2020 Oct 31, Britain announced
expansive new restrictions that effectively establish a national
lockdown to try to keep their hospitals from being overwhelmed amid
vast second-wave surges in coronavirus infections.
(NY Times, 10/31/20)
2020 Nov 2, Sterling fell to an
almost four-week low against the dollar after England announced a
new national lockdown, but analysts said hopes for a Brexit deal
prevented a bigger drop for the currency.
2020 Nov 2, Britain said it
confirmed H5N8 bird flu at a chicken farm near Frodsham in Cheshire,
England, but said the risk to public safety from the virus was "very
2020 Nov 2, Johnny Depp lost
his court case against a British newspaper that called him a “wife
beater" and claimed there was “overwhelming evidence" that he had
assaulted the actress Amber Heard repeatedly during their marriage.
(NY Times, 11/2/20)
2020 Nov 3, Britain reported
397 new deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily figure since May 27.
Government data showed 20,018 new confirmed case.
2020 Nov 3, Kenya and Britain
said they have agreed in principle the text of a new trade agreement
to safeguard annual trade, estimated at 200 billion shillings ($1.84
billion), after Brexit.
2020 Nov 4, British PM Boris
Johnson said his government would roll out new types of COVID-19
testing "on a scale never seen before" to stem the growing pandemic
when a new lockdown in England expires on Dec. 2.
2020 Nov 5, PM Boris Johnson
ordered England back into lockdown. Britain has the highest death
toll in Europe and has passed the milestone of 1 million cases. A
second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm its national
(NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020 Nov 5, Geoffrey Palmer
(93), British character actor, died at his home in Buckinghamshire.
His career had peeked during the long run of "As Time Goes By," the
romantic BBC sitcom in which he and Judy Dench played lovers
reunited after 38 years apart.
(SSFC, 11/29/20, p.C14)
2020 Nov 7, Lord Jonathan Sacks
(72), the former chief rabbi in the UK (1991-2013) who reached
beyond the Jewish community with his regular broadcasts on radio,
(AP, 11/8/20)(Econ., 11/21/20, p.82)
2020 Nov 10, British nurse Lucy
Letby (30) was taken ionto custody again and faced eight charges of
murder and 10 charges of attempted murder related to infant deaths
at the Countess of Chester Hospital from march 2015 to July 2016.
(SFC, 11/13/20, p.A4)
2020 Nov 10, An English study
said high levels of so-called "T cells" that respond to the
coronavirus could be sufficient to offer protection against
infection, adding to the evidence of the crucial role they play in
immunity to COVID-19.
2020 Nov 11, Britain reported a
total of 50,365 deaths due to COVID-19, making it the fifth country
to pass the 50,000 mark.
(SFC, 11/12/20, p.A6)
2020 Nov 11, Britain's
Agricultural Act received royal assent. It allows the agricultural
dept. to phase out per-hectare payments over the next seven years,
and spend more on public goods.
(Econ., 11/28/20, p.53)
2020 Nov 11, Britain's
environment department said the H5N8 bird flu has been identified in
a small number of wild birds in southwest England.
2020 Nov 12, The United Kingdom
reported 33,470 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily total to
date, as the government struggles to control a second wave of
infections going into the winter.
2020 Nov 13, It was reported
that Nigel Farage's new political party already has more than 3,000
applicants to stand as candidates in May's local elections, in a
move which will alarm Conservatives. Reform UK, renamed from the
Brexit Party, was setup 11 days ago.
(The Telegraph, 11/13/20)
2020 Nov 13, Britain reported
27,301 new COVID-19 cases, a slight fall from the previous day's
all-time high but the second-highest daily figure recorded.
2020 Nov 13, Peter Sutcliffe
(74), the British serial killer known as the “Yorkshire Ripper,"
died at a hospital in Yorkshire. He was serving concurrent life
sentences for killing 13 women in Yorkshire and northwest England
between 1975 and 1980.
2020 Nov 18, In Northern
Ireland police arrested a man (65) in connection with the Nov. 21,
1974, bombings of two pubs that killed 21 people and injured more
than 200 in Birmingham, England.
2020 Nov 18, RSA Insurance, one
of the UK's oldest insurance companies, agreed to a takeover by
Canadian and Danish buyers in a cash deal that values it at 7.2
billion pounds ($9.4 billion).
2020 Nov 19, Douglas Stuart won
the Booker Prize for his autobiographical novel “Shuggie Bain," the
story of the lonely gay son of an alcoholic mother in 1980s
(NY Times, 11/20/20)
2020 Nov 20, A British study
reported that people who've had COVID-19 are highly unlikely to
contract it again for at least six months after their first
2020 Nov 20, It was reported
that GHB, the club and party drug, is to be reclassified to increase
the penalties to up to five years in jail for possession after
British Government advisers uncovered a “concerning increase" in the
harm it causes. Reynhard Sinaga, the UK's most prolific rapist, was
jailed earlier this year for drugging and raping more than 40 men,
with his trials hearing that he laced his victims' drinks with drugs
like GBH to render them unconscious.
(The Telegraph, 11/20/20)
2020 Nov 20, Jan Morris,
British author, journalist and transgender movement leader, died in
Wales. A procedure in 1972 permanently altered her body. Her books
included the best-selling memoir "Conundrum" (1974).
(SSFC, 11/22/20, p.C7)(Econ., 11/28/20, p.82)
2020 Nov 21, Britain and Canada
struck a continuity trade deal to maintain the flow of goods and
services worth $27 billion between the two countries after Brexit,
and vowed to deepen ties with talks on a bespoke agreement next
2020 Nov 23, British-Swedish
company AstraZeneca became the third major vaccine developer to
announce promising results, saying that its coronavirus vaccine is
70.4 percent effective on average. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is expected
to come with relatively simple storage requirements. AstraZeneca
said its COVID-19 vaccine could be as much as 90% effective, giving
the world's fight against the global pandemic a new weapon, cheaper
to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.
(NY Times, 11/23/20)(Reuters, 11/23/20)
2020 Nov 24, Cambridge Univ.
launched an appeal to find two valuable notebooks written by Charles
Darwin that have been missing since 2000.
(SFC, 11/25/20, p.A2)
2020 Nov 25, Britain unveiled
plans for more massive state spending despite soaring debt on
coronavirus fallout, including pay rises for nurses to support the
ravaged economy as the nation embarks on its post-Brexit future.
2020 Nov 25, Iran released
Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the British-Australian academic who has been
detained in the country for over two years on espionage charges, in
exchange for three Iranian prisoners who were being held abroad.
2020 Nov 25, AstraZeneca
acknowledged a key mistake in the vaccine dosage received by some
study participants, adding to questions about whether the vaccine’s
apparently spectacular efficacy will hold up under additional
(NY Times, 11/26/20)
2020 Nov 26, Britain defended
swingeing cuts planned to its overseas aid budget after an
outpouring of protests that it marks a life-threatening retreat on
the government's ambitions to play a global role after Brexit.
2020 Nov 26, Britain's
100-year-old charity hero Captain Tom Moore and motor racing
champion Lewis Hamilton have topped GQ magazine's Men of the Year
Awards at a virtual ceremony broadcast via GQ's YouTube channel.
Moore (99) had walked 100 laps in his garden to raise £,1000 to
support health workers. He ended up raising £33 million.
(Reuters, 11/26/20)(Econ., 2/6/21, p.46)
2020 Nov 26, AstraZeneca CEO
Pascal Soriot said the company is likely to run an additional global
trial to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, after
questions over the results from its late-stage study.
2020 Nov 27, British scientists
said anti-inflammatory colchicine will be tested as a possible
COVID-19 treatment in one of the world's biggest trials, the latest
effort to repurpose existing medicines to fight the pandemic.
2020 Nov 27, Britain's National
Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said North Korea authorized a
state-sponsored cyber gang to pose as headhunters in an attempt to
steal Britain's Covid-19 vaccine secrets.
(The Telegraph, 11/27/20)
2020 Nov 27, Priti Patel,
Secretary of State for Britain's Home Department, hit back at
attempts by 82 black public figures to halt the deportation of up to
50 Jamaican criminals next week, saying she was "unapologetic" about
removing people who posed a risk to the public.
(The Telegraph, 11/28/20)
2020 Nov 28, The British
government appointed a vaccines minister as it prepares to inoculate
millions of people against the coronavirus, potentially starting
within days. Conservative lawmaker Nadhim Zahawi will oversee the
country’s biggest vaccine program in decades.
2020 Nov 28, A new Anglo-French
deal to prevent Channel migrant crossings was signed this evening,
as France agreed to double police beach patrols but continued to
resist taking back arrivals.
(The Telegraph, 11/28/20)
2020 Nov 28, David Prowse (85),
the English actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars
films, died in London. The champion weightlifter-turned-actor
starred as the body, but not the voice, of one of cinema's
2020 Nov 29, The British
government said H5N8 bird flu has been found at a turkey farm in
northern England. All 10,500 birds at the farm would be humanely
culled to limit the spread of the disease.
2020 Nov 30, A large-scale
study of more than 100,000 volunteers showed that COVID-19
infections have fallen by 30% during England's month-long national
lockdown and the virus is now in retreat.
2020 Nov, British mobile phone
operator Vodafone said it would use a technology called Openran to
replace some gear made by Hauwei, a Chinese firm whose products are
considered to much of a security risk to be used in the new 5G
(Econ., 11/7/20, p.16)
2020 Dec 1, The British
government said a type of COVID-19 test that can be taken without
the need for a nose or throat swab has been found to be highly
effective in identifying infectious cases, including for people not
showing symptoms. The RT-LAMP tests, made by privately-held British
company OptiGene, have been studied in a pilot program in the
southern English city of Southampton.
2020 Dec 1, AstraZeneca said it
would sell rights to its erstwhile blockbuster cholesterol drug,
Crestor, to German pharmaceutical company Gruenenthal GmbH for an
upfront payment of $320 million as the British drugmaker focuses on
its cancer treatments portfolio.
2020 Dec 2, Britain approved
Pfizer’s vaccine, making it the first Western country to allow mass
inoculations against Covid-19. BNT162b2 was developed by Pfizer, an
American pharmaceutical giant, and BioNTech, a smaller German firm.
(NY Times, 12/2/20)(Econ., 12/5/20, p.78)
2020 Dec 3, A London ceremony
announced that this year's Global Teacher Prize has been awarded to
Ranjitsinh Disale (32) for his work helping girls, most of then from
poor tribal communities, at a village school in western India.
Disale immediately announced he would share the $1 million prize
money with the nine other finalists.
2020 Dec 3, In Britain four
people died following an explosion at a waste water treatment plant
near the southwest England city of Bristol.
2020 Dec 3, The UK became the
fifth country to officially record more that 60,000
coronavirus-related deaths. 414 new deaths took the confirmed total
(SFC, 12/4/20, p.A5)
2020 Dec 4, Liverpool Mayor Joe
Anderson (62) was arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation and
conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with a long-running
police investigation into fraud in the city. Merseyside Police said
five men had been arrested as part of an investigation into building
and development contracts in Liverpool.
(The Telegraph, 12/4/20)
2020 Dec 4, Britain's
government reported the highest daily number of new COVID cases
since Nov. 26, after the number of new positive test reports rose to
16,298 from 14,879 the day before.
2020 Dec 4, Hargobind
Tahilramani (41) of Indonesia, suspected of being the "Con Queen of
Hollywood", appeared in court in London. He was arrested last week
and is alleged to have swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars out
of hopeful actors. The US has made a provisional application for his
2020 Dec 4, Switzerland said it
has approved an agreement to allow free movement of service workers
between the country and Britain after Brexit.
2020 Dec 5, The prehistoric
monument of Stonehenge in southern England was closed to visitors
after dozens of protesters staged a trespass against the British
government's road-building plans, including a new tunnel near the
World Heritage Site.
2020 Dec 6, British negotiators
arrived in Brussels for a last-ditch attempt to strike a Brexit
trade deal with the European Union and avert a chaotic parting of
ways at the end of the year.
2020 Dec 7, Britain reported
14,718 new cases of COVID-19, down from 17,272 cases a day earlier.
The United Kingdom has recorded a total of 1.738 million cases of
the disease and 61,434 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
2020 Dec 7, Doug Scott (79),
part of the first British team to climb Mount Everest in 1975,
diedat his home in the Lake District in northern England.
2020 Dec 8, Britain became the
first country in the world to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine
developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, initially making the shot
available at 50 hospitals. The vaccine begins conferring some
protection after the first shot and reaches full effectiveness about
a week after the second shot, which follows the first after three
2020 Dec 8, Peer-reviewed data
published in The Lancet showed that AstraZeneca and Oxford
University have more work to do to confirm whether their COVID-19
vaccine can be 90% effective, potentially slowing its eventual
rollout in the fight against the pandemic.
2020 Dec 9, Britain's medicine
regulator has advised that people with a history of significant
allergic reactions do not get Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine after two
people reported adverse effects.
2020 Dec 10, Britain signed a
free trade deal with Singapore. The deal came as PM Boris Johnson
and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen tried to seal a new trade pact and
avert what some fear will be a chaotic end to the five-year Brexit
(The Telegraph, 12/10/20)
2020 Dec 10, England's COVID
test and trace system said it is making a 500 pound ($665) support
payment available for people who self-isolate after receiving a
notification via its app.
2020 Dec 11, Britain and
Vietnam finalized a free trade agreement, the second deal London has
reached in Southeast Asia in as many days while deadlock continues
over post-Brexit European Union arrangements.
2020 Dec 12, Britain's
AstraZeneca said it has agreed to buy US drugmaker Alexion
Pharmaceuticals for $39 billion in its largest ever deal,
diversifying away from its fast-growing cancer business in a bet on
rare-disease and immunology drugs.
2020 Dec 12, John le Carré
(89), the best-selling British author of Cold War spy thrillers,
including “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," died in Cornwall, England.
Graham Greene described le Carré's best-selling novel “The Spy Who
Came in From the Cold" (1963), “the best spy story I have ever read.
(NY Times, 12/13/20)(Econ., 12/19/20, p.126)
2020 Dec 13, PM Boris Johnson
said that Britain and the European Union remained very far apart on
key issues in Brexit trade talks so people should be prepared for a
no-deal on Dec. 31.
2020 Dec 13, It was reported
that hundreds of senior employees at British banks HSBC and Standard
Chartered have been members of the Chinese Communist Party.
(The Telegraph, 12/13/20)
2020 Dec 14, Britain reported
that over 1,000 cases of a new coronavirus variant have been
identified in the past few days in England, predominantly in the
south of the country where it could be connected to a surge in
cases. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the variant is more likely
to cause serious disease, and the latest clinical advice is that
it's highly unlikely that this mutation would fail to respond to a
2020 Dec 14, A single-patient
study conducted by British scientists has found that Gilead's
antiviral drug remdesivir could be highly effective against
COVID-19, raising questions about previous studies that found it had
no impact on death rates from the disease.
2020 Dec 14, Codagenix Inc and
India's Serum Institute said they have received regulatory approval
in the United Kingdom to begin an early-stage trial of their
single-dose, intranasal COVID-19 vaccine.
2020 Dec 15, British PM Boris
Johnson repeated to his top ministers that the most likely outcome
of post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union was no deal, but
that his team would still try to reach agreement.
2020 Dec 15, British scientists
said they are trying to establish whether the rapid spread in
southern England of a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19
is linked to key mutations they have detected in the strain.
2020 Dec 16, Britain's Supreme
Court overturned a Court of Appeal judgement that had stopped the
expansion of Heathrow Airport.
(Econ., 12/19/20, p.89)
2020 Dec 17, The British
government extended its salary support program by another month
through to the end of April as it tries to keep a lid on
unemployment as coronavirus restrictions slam businesses.
2020 Dec 17, Oxford University
said its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, licensed to AstraZeneca, has a
better immune response when a two full-dose regimen is used rather
than a full-dose followed by a half-dose booster.
2020 Dec 17, The European
Parliament has issued a three-day ultimatum to Brexit negotiators to
strike a trade deal, warning that MEPs won't have time to ratify an
agreement this year unless it is ready by the end of Dec 20.
2020 Dec 18, The British Office
for National Statistics said the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in
England has risen sharply and is back above 500,000 infections in
the latest weekly data, after dropping in the three previous weeks.
2020 Dec 18, OneWeb, the
satellite firm rescued by the British government and India's Bharti
Group, resumed flights in its push to provide global broadband
coverage as 36 of its satellites blasted off into orbit from
Russia's Far East. The launch was the first fully commercial flight
from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome.
2020 Dec 18, The Channel Tunnel
remained clogged with queues at Dover stretching back 20 miles, as
business leaders warned they had run out of time to prepare for
2020 Dec 19, British PM Boris
Johnson imposed tighter coronavirus controls on millions of people
in England and drastically scaled back plans to ease restrictions
over Christmas, seeking to curb a new more infectious strain of the
2020 Dec 19, England's Chief
Medical Officer Chris Whitty said a new strain of COVID-19
identified in the United Kingdom can spread more quickly and urgent
work is under way to confirm that it does not cause a higher
2020 Dec 19, Apple Inc said it
has temporarily shut all of its 53 stores in California because of a
coronavirus outbreak and 16 stores in the United Kingdom following
restrictions introduced by the government in London.
2020 Dec 20, Several European
countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, and
the Netherlands, imposed bans on flights and ferries from the United
Kingdom, after reports that a new, more infectious variant of the
coronavirus is spreading in southeast England.
(The Week, 12/20/20)
2020 Dec 20, Canada joined a
growing number of European countries late today and banned passenger
flights from Britain, effective as of midnight, as southern England
grapples with a new variant of COVID-19. The ban will be in place
for 72 hours.
(The Week, 12/20/20)
2020 Dec 20, Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait and Oman said they are closing their borders and suspending
commercial flights over fears about a new coronavirus strain.
2020 Dec 21, A virulent new
coronavirus strain (the B.1.1.7 lineage) in the UK prompted a London
lockdown and widespread travel restrictions against Britons.
Supermarkets warned that supplies of fresh produce could run short
within days. “French borders closed,“ signs on roads approaching the
English Channel port of Dover flashed, steering truck drivers away
as traffic backed up.
(Reuters, 12/21/20)(AP, 12/21/20)
2020 Dec 21, Australia said it
had detected cases of the new fast-spreading coronavirus strain
identified in the UK, while Hong Kong and India said they would
suspend flights from Britain. Authorities say a new strain of the
coronavirus in Sydney's north most likely originated in the United
States, but how it got from the airport to the community remains a
2020 Dec 21, AstraZeneca Plc
said that the US drug regulator had approved Tagrisso, the British
drugmaker's top selling treatment for another type of lung cancer
when diagnosed at an early stage, pushing its potential sales
2020 Dec 21, New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo said British Airways has agreed to allow only
passengers who test negative for the novel coronavirus to fly to New
York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, as international
leaders reacted to news of a highly infectious new strain.
2020 Dec 22, British PM Boris
Johnson's government was working with France in an attempt to find a
way to lift border closures that have snarled one of Europe's most
important trade routes just days before the Brexit cliff edge.
Britain agreed late today to conduct mass coronavirus tests on truck
drivers as part of a deal with France to reopen the border to some
travelers and to freight trucks, raising hopes of relief for
hundreds of drivers stuck near British ports and for supermarkets
warning that they could soon run short of fruit and vegetables.
(Reuters, 12/22/20)(NY Times, 12/22/20)
2020 Dec 22, It was reported
that the mutation of the virus found in Britain appears to be up to
70 percent more contagious than earlier strains. Britain reported a
record number of new COVID-19 infections.
(NY Times, 12/22/20)(Reuters, 12/22/20)
2020 Dec 22, Britain and Canada
said they struck a short-term deal to ensure that free trade between
the two after Brexit can continue until the Canadian parliament
approves a new bilateral agreement.
2020 Dec 22, Stella Tennant
(22), one of Britain's top models, died. Her unconventional,
androgynous looks helped her break into the world of fashion in the
2020 Dec 23, British health
minister Matt Hancock said more areas in England would be placed
into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions in a bid to curb
the spread of a more transmissible variant of COVID-19.
2020 Dec 23, Britain approved
using a COVID-19 self-test kit endorsed by its state-run health
service to detect asymptomatic cases, as it mulls further
restrictions to stem the spread of a highly infectious variant of
2020 Dec 23, Britain and Swiss
drugmaker Roche offered reassurances that the accuracy of diagnostic
tests used to detect COVID-19 was unlikely to be affected by a
fast-spreading mutant strain of the virus.
2020 Dec 24, Britain clinched a
Brexit trade deal with the European Union, just seven days before it
exits one of the world's biggest trading blocs in its most
significant global shift since the loss of empire.
2020 Dec 24, First Minister
Nicola Sturgeon said it was time for Scotland to become “an
independent, European nation" after a trade deal was sealed with
Brussels, and accused Boris Johnson of "cultural vandalism" for
pulling out of the Erasmus student program.
(The Telegraph, 12/24/20)
2020 Dec 24, Spanish PM Pedro
Sanchez said Madrid and London would continue to negotiate an
agreement on the British territory of Gibraltar on the Iberian
2020 Dec 24, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention announced that as of Dec. 28 the US
will require airline passengers from Britain to get a negative
COVID-19 test before their flight.
2020 Dec 25, Around 1,000
British soldiers spent Christmas Day trying to clear a huge backlog
of truck drivers stuck in southeast England after France briefly
closed its border to the UK, then demanded coronavirus tests from
all amid fears of a new, apparently more contagious, virus variant.
Rail operator Eurotunnel was also back in action, offering a way
back into France.
2020 Dec 27, Hurricane-force
winds reaching up to 106 mph (170 kph) and heavy rainstorms battered
parts of Britain, disrupting train services and stranding drivers in
2020 Dec 27, The head of
drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is developing a coronavirus vaccine
widely expected to be approved by UK authorities this week, said
that researchers believe the shot will be effective against a new
variant of the virus driving a rapid surge in infections in Britain.
2020 Dec 28, Britain said it
will ban "buy one get one free" promotions for food high in fat,
sugar or salt and free refills of sugary soft drinks in restaurants
from April 2022.
2020 Dec 28, COVID-19 deaths in
Britain breached the 600-a-day mark.
(Econ., 1/9/21, p.47)
2020 Dec 29, Britain and Turkey
signed a free-trade agreement, effective Jan. 1, as the UK prepares
to leave the European Union's economic orbit at the start of the new
2020 Dec 30, Britain’s House of
Commons voted resoundingly to approve a trade deal with the European
Union, paving the way for an orderly break with the bloc that will
finally complete the UK’s long and divisive Brexit journey.
2020 Dec 30, The British
government said more areas of England would be placed under the
strictest COVID-19 restrictions as a highly infectious variant of
the virus is spreading across the country.
2020 Dec 30, Britain approved
the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University
of Oxford, the first country to do so, clearing a path for a cheap
and easy-to-store shot that much of the world may rely on.
(NY Times, 12/30/20)
2020 Dec 31, PM Boris Johnson
said that Britain would withdraw from Erasmus, citing its high
costs. Since its introduction in 1987, Erasmus has sent millions of
people abroad for study exchanges, work placements or traineeships.
(NY Times, 12/31/20)
2020 Dec 31, The British
government said it will allow people to be given shots of different
COVID-19 vaccines on rare occasions, despite a lack of evidence
about the extent of immunity offered by mixing doses.
2020 Dec 31, Thirty-three
migrants on four boats crossed the Channel under the cover of
darkness in freezing temperatures this morning, in a desperate
attempt to reach the UK before Brexit. Some 8,400 people arrived on
British shores this year having left northern France.
(The Telegraph, 12/31/20)
2020 Dec 31, Negotiators from
the UK and Spain said they have reached a draft agreement on the
post-Brexit future of Gibraltar. As part of the deal Gibraltar would
be able to join European Union program and policies such as
(The Guardian, 12/31/20)
2020 The British economy
suffered its biggest decline in more that 300 years due to the
(SFC, 2/13/21, p.A4)
2021 Jan 1, London Mayor Sadiq
Khan said the British government has decided to close all primary
schools in London for the next two weeks to counter the rapid spread
of a more infectious variant of the COVID-19 virus.
2021 Jan 1, Britain became the
latest country to abolish the so-called "tampon tax," eliminating
sales taxes on women's sanitary products.
2021 Jan 3, British PM Boris
Johnson warned that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England
are likely in the coming weeks as the country reels from a new
coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates to their highest
2021 Jan 4, Britain ramped up
its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using
the shot developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca.
2021 Jan 4, UK scientists
expressed concern that COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out in Britain
may not be able to protect against a new variant of the coronavirus
that emerged in South Africa and has spread internationally.
2021 Jan 4, A British judge
ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to
the US, giving him a victory against the American authorities who
accused him of conspiring to hack government computers and releasing
(NY Times, 1/4/21)
2021 Jan 4, It was reported
that some EU specialist online retailers have said they will no
longer deliver to the UK because of tax changes which came into
force on 1 January.
2021 Jan 5, Britain began
its third COVID-19 lockdown with citizens under orders to stay at
home and the government calling for one last major national effort
to stem the virus before mass vaccinations turn the tide. The UK
recorded more than 60,000 COVID-19 cases in daily figures for the
first time as the government struggles to deal with a more
infectious variant of the virus.
2021 Jan 6, British PM Boris
Johnson warned parliament that ending England's latest lockdown
would require a "gradual unwrapping" over time, pledging that
schools would be the "very first things to reopen." The UK recorded
more than 1,000 COVID-19 daily deaths for the first time since April
as the government struggles to deal with a new, more infectious
variant of the coronavirus.
2021 Jan 6, Britain, France and
Germany pressed Iran to reverse a decision to start enriching
uranium to levels beyond the limits of a 2015 nuclear agreement, a
move which they said “risks compromising" chances of diplomacy with
the incoming US administration.
2021 Jan 6, London-listed
specialist investment firm Hipgnosis Songs Fund said
singer-songwriter Neil Young has sold it a half share of the rights
to his entire catalogue of 1,180 songs.
2021 Jan 8, Britain reported
1,325 new deaths from COVID-19, its highest daily figure since the
outbreak of the pandemic, with another 68,053 additional cases. The
official death toll stood at 79,833, the highest in Europe.
Britain's medical regulator approved Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for
use. The health ministry said that it had agreed to purchase an
additional 10 million doses as it eyed a spring rollout of the shot.
(Reuters, 1/8/21)(SFC, 1/9/21, p.A6)
2021 Jan 8, Logistics group
DFDS said a high number of vehicles travelling from Britain to
France have been refused entry or delayed due to having the
incorrect paperwork after Brexit.
2021 Jan 8, It was reported
that the bee-killing pesticide Cruiser SB neonicotinoid, which is
banned by the EU, has been approved for use by sugar beet farmers in
(The Telegraph, 1/8/21)
2021 Jan 8, Afghanistan,
Britain, Canada, Sweden and Ukraine said they want Tehran “to
provide a complete and thorough explanation of the events and
decisions that led to this appalling plane crash," on the one-year
anniversary of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crash.
2021 Jan 9, It was reported
that British PM Boris Johnson has secretly ordered civil servants to
strip references to the EU from tens of thousands of laws to stop
Labour reversing Brexit after the next general election in a plan
known by some in Whitehall as “Operation Bleach".
(The Telegraph, 1/9/21)
2021 Jan 10, David Barclay
(86), one of the billionaire identical twins whose business empire
includes Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, died.
2021 Jan 10, The foreign
ministers of Australia, Britain, Canada and the USA issued a joint
statement expressing "serious concern" about the arrest of 55
democracy advocates in Hong Kong last week.
(SFC, 1/11/21, p.A4)
2021 Jan 11, The British
government said that as of tomorrow Britons will be able to apply
for a new global health insurance card, a post-Brexit replacement
offering emergency healthcare to those travelling in the EU.
2021 Jan 11, In London Khairi
Saadallah (26), a Libyan man who stabbed three friends to death as
they sat in an English city park on a summer evening, was sentenced
to life in prison with no chance of parole. Friends James Furlong
(36), David Wails (49) and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett (39) were stabbed
to death last June 20 in Reading.
2021 Jan 12, The UK's foreign
secretary said British companies will face fines unless they meet
new government requirements showing their supply chains are free
from forced labor, as he announced measures aimed at tackling human
rights abuses against the Uighur minority in China’s Xinjiang
2021 Jan 12, It was reported
that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who was
knighted for inventing the internet navigation system known as the
World Wide Web, wants to re-make cyberspace once again with a new
startup called Inrupt.
2021 Jan 13, Britain's Food and
Drink Federation has warned that Brexit red tape is likely to
increase food supply chain costs. The UK’s biggest supermarket
chains warned that food supplies in Northern Ireland face disruption
because of new checks imposed by Britain’s departure from the
(BBC, 1/13/20)(AP, 1/13/20)
2021 Jan 13, Britain reported
1,564 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, a
record daily toll.
2021 Jan 14, PM Boris Johnson's
spokesman said Britain's government is looking to compensate those
in the fishing industry which have been impacted by post-Brexit
trade changes. He described the problems as temporary.
2021 Jan 14, DB Schenker, owned
by national rail firm Deutsche Bahn, said that for the time being,
it was not accepting new UK-bound consignments. The German company
said "enormous bureaucratic regulations" linked to post-Brexit
trading arrangements were to blame.
2021 Jan 15, British transport
minister Grant Shapps said a Brazilian variant of the coronavirus is
significant enough to justify stopping flights from South America as
2021 Jan 15, Britain recorded
55,761 new cases of COVID-19, an increase on the 48,682 cases
recorded the previous day, as the number of infections rises despite
hopes that lockdowns across the country could start to help push
2021 Jan 16, Britain, France
and Germany pressed Iran to back off the latest planned violation of
its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, saying that Tehran has “no
credible civilian use" for uranium metal.
2021 Jan 18, British seafood
haulers descended on roads near 10 Downing Street today, saying they
were being "tied in knots with paperwork" by the Brexit fishing
deal. Metropolitan Police confirmed that 14 people had been issued
with fines for making unnecessary journeys. PM Boris Johnson said
the fishing industry is being hamstrung "in large part" by the
pandemic. Johnson unveiled a £23 million fund to compensate the
fishing industry for losses caused by Brexit red tape as Scottish
seafood haulers descended on Downing Street to protest.
(The Telegraph, 1/18/21)
2021 Jan 18, British drugmaker
said AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo's breast cancer drug has been
approved as a treatment for a certain type of advanced gastric
cancer in the US. AstraZeneca made a $7-billion bet on the
treatment, Enhertu, when it partnered with Daiichi in 2019 in a
direct challenge to Roche.
2021 Jan 19, Britain reported a
record number of deaths from COVID-19 with 1,610 people dying within
28 days of positive coronavirus test, exceeding the previous peak
set last week. Britain said it would give COVID-19 shots to up to
2,000 people working in vaccine supply chains, after AstraZeneca
requested protection for its workers trying to deliver an ambitious
vaccine rollout program.
2021 Jan 20, Britain reported a
record number of deaths from COVID-19, with 1,820 people dying
within 28 days of positive coronavirus test, surpassing the previous
peak set a day earlier.
2021 Jan 21, It was reported
that Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the EU by declining
to grant the bloc’s first-ever ambassador to the country full
diplomatic status. The British government says the EU is an
international organization, rather than a country, and has not given
Vale de Almeida the full rights accorded to ambassadors under the
Vienna Convention, including immunity from taxation and prosecution.
2021 Jan 21, Britain's foreign
secretary announced that his government would offer more than $50
million to help poor Sudanese families as their government embarks
upon major austerity measures to revive its battered economy.
2021 Jan 21, London's
metropolitan police officers found 150 people packed into the
Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls' School with blacked-out windows for a
wedding despite a nationwide lockdown that bars households from
(AP, 1/22/21)(SFC, 1/23/21, p.A4)
2021 Jan 21, UK prosecutors
said day trader Walid Choucair, who was convicted of insider trading
along with a UBS Group AG compliance official, agreed to forfeit 3.9
million pounds ($5.4 million). The sum also included the money
Choucair had made in 15 other trades.
2021 Jan 21, The death toll
from COVID-19 in the United Kingdom hit 94,580 after the country
recorded another 1,290 fatalities, while official data showed medics
had delivered a new high of 363,508 vaccines in the last 24 hours.
2021 Jan 21, Britain's health
minister Matt Hancock said data supports the country's decision to
move to a 12-week dosing schedule for Pfizer's COVID vaccine, adding
details on efficacy gathered during the rollout would be published
as soon as possible.
2021 Jan 22, A survey showed
that Britain's relapse into a third national COVID-19 lockdown has
sparked the sharpest drop in business activity since May, with
services companies hit hardest.
2021 Jan 22, Japanese carmaker
Nissan confirmed that it will maintain its operations in Britain in
the wake of the post-Brexit trade deal between the country and the
2021 Jan 24, Britain said it is
expanding a coronavirus vaccination program that has seen almost 6
million people get the first of two doses, even as the country’s
death toll in the pandemic approached 100,000.
2021 Jan 25, Around 25,000 UK
retailing jobs remained under threat even as it emerged that online
fashion firm Boohoo has bought Debenhams, one of the country's
oldest department store chains, and rival ASOS confirmed it wants to
pick up parts of Arcadia Group.
2021 Jan 28, The maritime law
tribunal of the UN ruled that Britain has no sovereignty over the
Chagos Islands and criticized London for its failure to hand the
territory back to Mauritius. The decision confirmed a ruling by the
International Court of Justice (ICJ) and a vote in the UN General
Assembly. The ruling should enable Mauritius to start settling its
new maritime borders.
2021 Jan 29, The UK instituted
a travel ban barring direct flights to the UAE over the spread of a
South African variant of the coronavirus.
2021 Jan 31, The United Kingdom
opened applications for a new visa scheme that provides eligible
Hong Kong residents the right to live, work, and study in the
country for five years before eventually applying for citizenship.
2021 Jan, Exports from Britain
to the European Union reportedly fell by 68% this month as trade was
disrupted after the end of a transition period following Britain's
departure from the EU.
2021 Feb 1, Activists from
Palestine Action and Extinction Rebellion chained the gates of the
Israeli-owned Elbit Ferranti factory in Greater Manchester early
today, where they claim deadly weapons are made.
2021 Feb 2, Politicians in
Britain, Northern Ireland and the European Union condemned threats
against border staff that prompted authorities to suspend checks at
ports and underscored the tremors Brexit has sent through Northern
Ireland's peace process.
2021 Feb 2, A British study
said the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be less able to
protect against infection with a South African variant of the virus
that has a worrying mutation.
2021 Feb 2, It was reported
that the UK variant, E484K, of the coronavirus has developed a new,
concerning mutation in a small number of cases, which scientists
said makes it similar to the South African and Brazilian variants
and could reduce the efficacy of vaccines.
2021 Feb 2, Britain's Captain
Tom Moore, the World War Two veteran who lifted a nation's spirits
by raising millions of pounds for health service workers battling
the coronavirus, died aged 100 after he contracted COVID-19.
2021 Feb 3, The BBC reported
that Britain has asked for an extension until 2023 of a grace period
on checks that would be conducted on trade moving between Northern
Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom to soften the Brexit
impact on the province.
2021 Feb 3, It was reported
that Kameel Ahmady, an academic renowned for researching child
brides and female genital mutilation (FGM) in Iran, has returned to
the UK after fleeing Iran in a daring escape across the mountainous
border to Turkey. He was arrested in August 2019 and sentenced last
November for "seeking to undermine Iran" by advocating an increase
to the legal age for marriage.
(The Telegraph, 2/3/21)
2021 Feb 5, Britain said it had
agreed on a deal with German biotech firm CureVac to work to develop
vaccines against coronavirus variants, placing an initial order for
50 million doses in case they are needed.
2021 Feb 5, Oxford university
said AstraZeneca and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine has
similar efficacy against the British coronavirus variant as it does
to the previously circulating variants.
2021 Feb 5, Foreign ministers
of the Britain, France, Germany and the US secretary of state held
virtual talks on topics that included Iran, China, Russia, Myanmar,
climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.
2021 Feb 7, Britain's vaccine
deployment minister said a COVID-19 booster in the autumn and then
annual vaccinations are very probable. A lead researcher for the
Oxford team said developers of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine expect
to have a modified jab to cope with the South Africa coronavirus
variant by autumn.
(Reuters, 2/7/21)(AP, 2/7/21)
2021 Feb 8, The British
government said migrants living in Britain will be eligible to
receive COVID-19 vaccines regardless of whether they have the legal
right to live and work in the country, adding that getting the shot
would not trigger immigration checks.
2021 Feb 8, Royal Dutch Shell
and renewables firm Eneco, owned by Japan's Mitsubishi Corp, said
they will provide Amazon.com Inc's European facilities with
electricity from an offshore wind farm off the Dutch coast.
2021 Feb 8, It was reported
that nearly five million EU citizens, more than all the people who
live in Croatia, have applied for settled status in Britain after
(The Telegraph, 2/9/21)
2021 Feb 9, Police in the UK
arrested eight men as part of an international investigation into a
gang that's been hacking celebrities and stealing their
(Business Insider, 2/11/21)
2021 Feb 10, It was reported
that David Wilson (36), one of Britain's most prolific pedophiles,
has been jailed for 25-years. He used fake Facebook profiles to
blackmail children into sending indecent images of themselves.
(The Telegraph, 2/10/21)
2021 Feb 10, The EU police
agency Europol said police have arrested 10 people in the UK,
Belgium and Malta for allegedly hijacking mobile phones belonging to
US celebrities including internet influencers, sports stars and
musicians to steal personal information and millions in
2021 Feb 12, Britain’s Supreme
Court ruled that a group of Nigerian farmers and fishermen can sue
Royal Dutch Shell PLC in English courts over pollution in a region
where the Anglo-Dutch energy giant has a subsidiary.
2021 Feb 12, Britain registered
15,144 new coronavirus cases to surpass 4.0 million. Another 768
deaths raised the official death toll to 116,287. Britain’s
scientific advisers said they are confident the coronavirus outbreak
is shrinking across the country for the first time in more than six
2021 Feb 12, At The Hague
member states of the International Criminal Court elected British
barrister Karim Khan the next prosecutor of the war crimes tribunal.
He will replace incumbent Fatou Bensouda when her nine-year term
expires later this year.
(AP, 2/12/21)(The Telegraph, 2/12/21)
2021 Feb 14, The UK government
said that it reached its goal of giving at least one COVID-19
vaccine shot to the most vulnerable people in the country,
increasing pressure on ministers to clarify when they will ease a
lockdown imposed in early January.
2021 Feb 15, Britain's luxury
car brand Jaguar said it will be fully electric by 2025 as it
outlined a plan to phase out internal combustion engines.
2021 Feb 16, The British
government said health authorities in England have identified 38
cases of a new coronavirus variant which has a key mutation that is
thought to reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. The variant, known
as B.1.525, has the E484K spike protein mutation, which is also
present in the South African variant.
2021 Feb 19, British PM Boris
Johnson opened the Group of Seven virtual leaders meeting on by
calling for a plan to rebuild the global economy after the ravages
of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 Feb 19, The head of
Britain’s MI6 intelligence service apologized to gay spies and
aspiring agents who were fired or denied jobs because of their
2021 Feb 19, Buckingham Palace
confirmed that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will not be
returning to royal duties. Harry will give up his honorary military
(SFC, 2/20/21, p.A2)
2021 Feb 19, A peer-reviewed
study published in The Lancet medical journal showed that
AstraZeneca and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine is more
effective when its second dose is given three months after the
first, instead of six weeks.
2021 Feb 19, The European
Commission said Britain's data protection laws were in line with the
European Union's despite Brexit and it would start a process to
allow a continued flow of police and financial data from the EU to
Britain for the next 4 years.
2021 Feb 22, Britain's foreign
secretary Dominic Raab denounced torture, forced labor and
sterilizations that he said were taking place against Muslim Uighurs
on an "industrial scale" in China's Xinjiang region.
2021 Feb 22, GlaxoSmithKline
and Sanofi said they had started a new clinical trial of their
protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, reviving their efforts
against the pandemic after a setback in December delayed the shot's
2021 Feb 23, Ahmed Zaki Yamani
(90), Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister (1962-1986) and architect
of the Arab world’s drive to control its own energy resources in the
1970s and its subsequent ability to affect oil production, fuel
prices and international affairs, died in London.
(NY Times, 2/23/21)
2021 Feb 24, It was reported
that women now hold more than a third of the seats on the boards of
Britain’s biggest companies, meeting a government target set five
2021 Mar 3, Sarah Everard (33)
vanished while walking home in London. Her body was found a week
later. Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens (48), was later
charged with the kidnap and murder. On March 13 hundreds defied
coronavirus restrictions to gather and protest violence against
women. The event ended with clashes between police and those
attending. In June Couzens pleaded guilty to her kidnap and rape. In
July Couzens admitted to her murder.
(AP, 3/14/21)(AP, 6/8/21)(Axios, 7/9/21)
2021 Mar 4, The European Court
of Justice said the UK has "systematically and persistently" broken
air pollution laws in its first ruling against the UK since Brexit.
(The Telegraph, 3/4/21)
2021 Mar 4, The US agreed to
suspend millions of dollars' worth of tariffs for four months on UK
exports including Scotch whisky as part of an effort to resolve a
long-running trans-Atlantic trade dispute over aerospace subsidies.
2021 Mar 5, Britain said it
would require people travelling abroad from March 8 to carry a new
form setting out why their trip was permitted under strict lockdown
2021 Mar 5, It was reported
that preliminary data from a study conducted at the University of
Oxford indicates that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca
PLC is effective against the P1, or Brazilian, variant.
2021 Mar 9, The UK promised to
return to Nigeria £4.2m ($5.8m) which was stolen by a former
governor. Former Delta State Governor James Ibori was convicted of
money laundering in the UK in 2012. He is thought to have stolen
around £50m from the oil-rich state.
2021 Mar 11, Britain delayed
the introduction of a range of post-Brexit import checks on goods
from the European Union by around six months, saying businesses
needed more time to prepare because of the impact of the coronavirus
2021 Mar 11, The UK's medicine
regulator said that Britons should keep on getting their COVID-19
vaccines, including the shot developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca,
after Denmark and some other countries restricted their use of it.
2021 Mar 11, Public Health
England (PHE) said a new coronavirus variant had been identified in
the UK in two people who had recently been in Antigua, adding that
it shared some traits of others but would not be categorized as
concerning for now.
2021 Mar 12, It was reported
that Britain’s military is to get an £80 billion upgrade as the
Government announces a modernization drive this month to get the
Armed Forces ready for the wars of the future.
(The Telegraph, 3/12/21)
2021 Mar 13, Britain's foreign
secretary Dominic Raab criticized China for continuing to violate
the Sino-British Joint Declaration as Beijing further tightens
control over Hong Kong.
2021 Mar 13, The British
government admitted for the first time that Uighurs are being
targeted by China on British soil "in an effort to intimidate them
(The Telegraph, 3/13/21)
2021 Mar 15, Britain said it
was imposing new sanctions on Bashar al-Assad’s regime, including
asset freezes and travel bans on the Syrian dictator’s close allies.
2021 Mar 15, The European Union
launched legal action against Britain for unilaterally changing
trading arrangements for Northern Ireland that Brussels says breach
the Brexit divorce deal agreed with London last year.
2021 Mar 16, PM Boris Johnson
said Britain will grow its nuclear warhead stockpile by more than
40% to ensure its security in a more risky global environment and as
it faces new technological threats. The government said it would
create a new homeland security headquarters as part of plans to
improve its response to the "major threat" from terrorism, saying a
successful chemical, biological or nuclear was likely by the end of
2021 Mar 16, Britain’s
financial regulator said National Westminster Bank has been charged
with violating money laundering laws in relation to 365 million
pounds ($505 million) deposited into a single customer’s accounts
over a period of five years.
2021 Mar 16, Uber is giving its
UK drivers the minimum wage, pensions and holiday pay, following a
recent court ruling that said they should be classified as workers
and entitled to such benefits.
2021 Mar 18, Britain's
medicines regulator said there had been five cases of a rare type of
blood clot in the brain among 11 million given AstraZeneca's
COVID-19 vaccine but said that it found the benefits of the shot far
outweighed any possible risks.
2021 Mar 21, Protests continued
across the UK against a proposed law that would increase police
powers. Clashes between some demonstrators and police in the city of
Bristol left 20 officers injured, two of them seriously.
(CBS News, 3/22/21)
2021 Mar 22, UK defence
minister Ben Wallace said Britain will reduce the size of the army
from 76,500 to 72,500 by 2025.
2021 Mar 23, A Banksy painting
showing a boy playing with a toy nurse as a superhero sold for more
than $20 million, setting an auction record for the elusive British
2021 Mar 23, EU ministers
agreed to extend to the end of July temporary EU catch limits for
fish stocks shared with Britain, to ensure fishing can continue
uninterrupted while Brussels and London seek a full-year deal.
2021 Mar 25, British lawmakers
agreed to prolong coronavirus emergency measures for six months.
Britain has recorded more than 126,000 coronavirus deaths.
(SFC, 3/26/21, p.A5)
2021 Mar 25, Britain unveiled a
new 50-pound note featuring WWII codebreaker Alan Turing. The bank
note will be formally issued on June 23, Turing's birthday.
(SFC, 3/26/21, p.A4)
2021 Mar 25, In central Kenya a
fire, blamed on a British military exercise, broke out at the
privately owned Lolldaiga conservancy. The 4-day destroyed about
12,000 acres of land. Linus Murangiri was crushed to death by a
vehicle as he rushed to help put out the fire.
(Reuters, 3/26/21)(AP, 7/27/21)
2021 Mar 26, Britain's Office
for National Statistics (ONS) said the prevalence of COVID-19
infections in England is no longer falling and has levelled off at
an estimated 1 in 340 people.
2021 Mar 26, In Britain over
1,000 protesters demonstrated in Bristol against a new policing
bill. A minority showed hostility to police later in the evening.
Police in riot gear beat back crowds of protesters with shields and
batons and 10 people were arrested.
2021 Mar 27, Japan-based Honda
said it has agreed to sell its only British car plant at Swindon in
southern England to logistics giant Panattoni, as the new owner
reportedly plans to make a large investment at the sprawling site.
2021 Mar 29, England's
stay-at-home lockdown order ended with people allowed to meet up
outside in groups of six for the first time in nearly three months,
though PM Boris Johnson urged caution due to rising cases in Europe.
2021 Mar 29, Britain's HSBC
said it is banning customers of its online share-trading platform
from buying or moving into their accounts MicroStrategy Inc stock.
While HSBC will allow the holding, sale and outgoing transfer of
MicroStrategy shares, it will forbid new purchases or incoming
transfer. MicroStrategy has along with Tesla Inc and payments firm
Square Inc become one of several publicly listed US companies to buy
large amounts of bitcoin for its treasury.
2021 Mar 30, Britain accused
China of breaching the joint declaration guaranteeing Hong Kong’s
freedoms after Beijing passed a law that would bar candidates from
elections on the grounds of insufficient patriotism.
(The Telegraph, 3/30/21)
2021 Mar 30, Britain cut
humanitarian funding to Syria by nearly a third at a major United
Nations donor conference, a reduction which aid agencies working in
the conflict-wracked country said “will put lives at risk".
(The Telegraph, 3/30/21)
2021 Apr 1, UK charity Oxfam
said it has suspended two members of staff in the Democratic
Republic of Congo over allegations of sexual exploitation and
2021 Apr 2, Britain's
Department for Transport said the number of countries on its “red
list" will reach 39 when the latest restrictions take effect in
England beginning April 9. International arrivals will be banned
from four more countries — Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and the
Philippines — amid concerns over new virus variants.
2021 Apr 7, Britain's Joint
Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said Britain should
not give Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to under 30s where
possible, due to a very rare side effect of blood clots in the
2021 Apr 7, It was reported
that HSBC is moving more than 1,200 staff in Britain to permanent
working from home contracts, in one of the strongest indications yet
of how banks are locking in changes to employees' work patterns as a
result of the pandemic to cut costs.
2021 Apr 7, European and
British medicine regulators said they had found possible links
between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and reports of very rare
cases of brain blood clots, in a setback for inoculation campaigns.
An official said that the European drug regulator has received
reports of 169 cases of a rare brain blood clot in people who
received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, as the agency continued to
stress that the benefits of the vaccination outweigh the risks.
2021 Apr 8, It was reported
that the UK's COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the
link between infection and serious illness or death. Britain's death
toll from the pandemic is the highest in Europe at over 127,000.
2021 Apr 9, Prince Philip (99),
Queen Elizabeth's husband for more than seven decades, died. He
helped to modernize the British monarchy and steer the royal family
through repeated crises.
2021 Apr 9, Britain said it had
given 545,511 COVID vaccine doses on April 8, the highest daily
total since April 1, while a further 60 people had died within 28
days of a positive test for the disease, raising this death toll to
2021 Apr 11, Nomadland director
Chloé Zhao continued her award sweep when she became the first woman
of color to win the best director prize at the annual British
Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.
(CBS News, 4/11/21)
2021 Apr 12, UK trial results
showed that treating COVID-19 patients at home with a commonly-used
inhaled asthma drug called budesonide can speed up their recovery.
2021 Apr 12, Shops, outdoor
dining, gyms and hairdressers reopened across England for the first
time in months.
(NY Times, 4/12/21)
2021 Apr 13, Britain began
offering coronavirus vaccinations to anyone over 45 after hitting
its target of giving at last one dose to everyone over 50 by the
middle of April.
2021 Apr 13, London-based
Reuters news service promoted Alessandra Galloni to be its new
editor-in-chief, making her the first woman to take that role in the
company's 170-year history. Reuters employs some 2,500 journalists
in 200 locations around the world as part of the larger Thomson
2021 Apr 13, It was reported
that 20 EU states are refusing to guarantee that suspected criminals
who are citizens of their country can be extradited to the UK,
reflecting the fact that Brexit means the UK is no longer part of
the European Arrest Warrant.
2021 Apr 14, NATO members
pledged to leave Afghanistan “together" as 750 British soldiers are
set to leave the country along with American troops on September 11.
(The Telegraph, 4/14/21)
2021 Apr 15, Britain reported
2,672 new COVID cases, up slightly from 2,491 a day earlier but
taking the fall over the last seven days to almost 7% compared with
a week earlier.
2021 Apr 15, It was reported
that nearly 15,000 anonymous accounts of sexual misconduct,
including harassment, groping, and rape, have been shared online by
students from schools across the U.K.
(CBS News, 4/15/21)
2021 Apr 16, Britain gave out
119,306 first vaccine doses and 485,421 second doses. A further 35
people died from the virus within 28 days of a positive test, and
2,206 people tested positive.
2021 Apr 16, Helen McCrory, the
English actress who played Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter"
franchise and Polly Gray in “Peaky Blinders," died at her home after
a battle with cancer.
(The Week, 4/17/21)
2021 Apr 17, Public Health
England reported that 73 cases of the B.1.617 variant, which was
first discovered in India, had been found, while a further four
cases were identified in Scotland.
(The Telegraph, 4/17/21)
2021 Apr 19, Britain imposed a
travel ban on most visitors from India as PM Boris Johnson called
off a trip to New Delhi. The UK has recorded 103 cases of a new
virus variant, B.1.617, first identified in India.
2021 Apr 20, Britain lifted
travel restrictions on truckers that were imposed to avoid border
chaos after the country’s economic split from the European Union at
the end of last year.
r2021 Apr 22, The British
government and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission apologized
after an investigation found that at least 161,000 mostly Africans
and Indians who died fighting for the British Empire during WWI
weren't properly honored due to pervasive racism.
(SFC, 4/23/21, p.A5)
2021 Apr 22, British lawmakers
approved a parliamentary motion declaring that China's policies
against its Uyghur minority population in the far western Xinjiang
region amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity.
2021 Apr 22, The United States,
Norway and Britain joined forces with companies including Amazon and
Nestle to launch a project aimed at protecting the world's tropical
2021 Apr 23, It was reported
that Judges have quashed the convictions of 39 former postmasters
after the UK's most widespread miscarriage of justice.
2021 Apr 23, Britain recorded
2,678 new cases of COVID-19, a drop on 2,729 recorded the previous
day, while a further 40 people had died within 28 days of a positive
2021 Apr 27, The European
Parliament ratified the Brexit trade deal by a large majority in
what Boris Johnson called the "final step" of years of negotiations
over the UK leaving the EU.
2021 Apr, British fund manager
Ruffer Investment Management exited its bitcoin bet with a $1.1
billion profit amid worries over risk after quick gains in the
2021 May 2, An unnamed Iranian
official claimed that a deal had been finalized where Ms
Zaghari-Ratcliffe would be released as soon as the UK repays a
1970s-era arms debt. He also claimed that Tehran and Washington have
agreed on a deal to swap prisoners and to release Iranian funds held
in the United States. The US promptly dismissed the reports as
(The Telegraph, 5/2/21)
2021 May 4, Two former British
paratroopers accused of the 1972 murder of Joe McCann (24), an
Official IRA leader in Belfast, were formally acquitted after the
veterans’ trial collapsed. A judge ruled that evidence implicating
the former soldiers was not admissible and prosecutors said they
would not offer further evidence at the trial.
2021 May 4, Sotheby's said it
would accept bitcoin and ethereum as payment for Banksy's iconic
artwork "Love is in the Air", a first for a physical art auction and
the latest sign of growing mainstream acceptance of
2021 May 4, Britain and India
signed an accord on migration and mobility, as they look to deepen
economic, cultural and other ties following the UK's departure from
2021 May 4, Foreign ministers
from the Group of Seven wealthy industrialized nations gathered in
London - their first face-to-face meeting in more than two years -
to grapple with threats to health, prosperity and democracy.
2021 May 6, British PM Boris
Johnson said that two Royal Navy vessels would remain off the
British Channel island of Jersey amid an escalating row with France
over post-Brexit fishing rights. Brussels rallied behind France in
an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.
(Reuters, 5/6/21)(The Telegraph, 5/6/21)
2021 May 6, PM Boris Johnson's
Conservatives scored a stunning election victory in an opposition
stronghold, after Britain held its first major ballot box test since
Brexit and the coronavirus crisis.
2021 May 6, UK government
figures showed that alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales
jumped by a fifth last year to reach their highest level in two
2021 May 6, Britain recorded a
further 2,613 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, and 13 deaths.
2021 May 9, A total of 1,770
new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the United Kingdom, with the
seven-day total of 14,659 cases down by 4.3% compared with the
previous seven days.
2021 May 10, The United
Kingdom's chief medical officers agreed to lower the COVID alert
level to 3, which means the epidemic is in general circulation, from
4, which means transmission is high or rising exponentially.
2021 May 10, Public Health
England said data from the rollout of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine
shows one dose of the shot results in 80% less risk of death from
2021 May 11, British PM Boris
Johnson promised to tackle inequality and "level up" the country
with a post-pandemic raft of laws presented by Queen Elizabeth to
2021 May 11, The British
government announced contentious plans to toughen election voting
rules by requiring photo identification at polling stations, a move
it says will protect the democratic system against electoral fraud.
2021 May 12, The British
government said that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic
will serve his life sentence for war crimes in a UK prison.
2021 May 13, Britain reported
11 new deaths from COVID-19 within 28 days of a positive test and a
further 2,657 cases of the disease, up from 2,284 new cases the day
before and the biggest daily increase since April 27.
2021 May 14, Britain's health
ministry said the estimated reproduction "R" rate in England edged
up to between 0.8 and 1.1, and it is less clear that the epidemic is
still shrinking compared to last week.
2021 May 15, Britain deployed
public health officials, supported by the army, to distribute
coronavirus tests door-to-door in two northern England towns in an
effort to contain a fast-spreading variant that threatens plans to
lift all lockdown restrictions next month.
2021 May 17, Thousands of UK
pubs and restaurants opened for indoor service for the first time
since early January. PM Boris Johnson sounded a cautious tone,
warning about a more contagious COVID-19 variant that threatens
2021 May 17, British
vacationers began arriving in large numbers in southern Portugal for
the first time in more than a year, after governments in the two
countries eased their COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.
2021 May 18, Nigerian
authorities said some $5.8m (£4.2m) recovered by UK agencies that
was stolen by a Nigerian former governor and laundered in Britain
have now been returned to Nigeria. Former Delta state Governor James
Ibori was convicted of money laundering in the UK in 2012.
2021 May 20, Britain announced
plans to bring the national rail network back under government
control, reversing one of the most controversial elements of the
privatization drive carried out by the Conservative governments of
the 1980s and ’90s.
2021 May 20, Jane Goodall
(b.1934), the conservationist renowned for her expertise on
chimpanzees and her globe-spanning advocacy of environmental causes,
was named as this year’s winner of the prestigious Templeton Prize,
honoring individuals whose life’s work embodies a fusion of science
2021 May 20, British drugmaker
GlaxoSmithKline said it has sold its entire stake in Innoviva back
to the US-based biopharmaceutical company for about $392 million, as
it simplifies operations ahead of a split into two businesses.
2021 May 22, Animal rights
protesters blockaded four McDonald's distribution centers in the UK
in an attempt to get the burger chain to commit to becoming fully
plant-based by 2025.
2021 May 24, Britain barred
Belarus’s national airline and instructed UK aircraft to avoid
Belarussian airspace after a Ryanair passenger jet was forced to
land in Minsk.
2021 May 25, Britain's Arm Ltd
deepened its rivalry with Intel Corp by releasing a batch of new
chip technology aimed at grabbing more market share among laptop
2021 May 25, Europe's top human
rights court ruled that British mass surveillance and
intelligence-gathering practices breached human rights laws, in a
partial victory for civil rights groups that had challenged the
practices exposed by former National Security Agency contractor
2021 May 26, France declared a
mandatory quarantine period for people coming from Britain due to
the increasing prevalence there of a highly contagious coronavirus
variant first detected in India.
2021 May 27, GlaxoSmithKline of
Britain and Sanofi of France launched a large trial for another
potential COVID-19 vaccine.
(SFC, 5/28/21, p.A5)
2021 May 28, The UK authorized
for use the single-dose vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson amid
growing concerns about a rise in new infections as the variant of
the virus first identified in India spreads around the country.
2021 May 28, It was reported
that about 500 Belarusian farm workers recruited under a Government
visa scheme to help Britain bring in its summer harvest are trapped
in Belarus by the flight hijack crisis.
(The Telegraph, 5/28/21)
2021 May 29, British PM Boris
Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds married in a small private
ceremony in London.
2021 Jun 1, It was reported
that Silicon Catalyst, an incubator of startup companies, has chosen
Britain as the site of its first European operation.
2021 Jun 2, Britain and the
European Union agreed the first ever annual deal on the management
of shared fish stocks after Brexit. It must still be approved by EU
(The Telegraph, 6/2/21)
2021 Jun 3, Britain said that
it is removing Portugal from its list of COVID-safe travel
destinations, meaning thousands of UK residents currently on
vacation there face the prospect of 10 days' quarantine on return.
2021 Jun 3, Workers at
Britain’s largest grocery chain won the latest round in their equal
pay lawsuit, when the European Union’s Court of Justice ruled that
more favorable EU rules governing comparisons between men and women
apply to the case.
2021 Jun 3, Alok Sharma,
Britain's climate tsar, urged companies to join the United Nations'
"Race to Zero" campaign and commit to science-based
emissions-reduction targets, ahead of global climate talks in
2021 Jun 3, Public Health
England said the Delta variant of concern first identified in India
is now dominant in Britain and might have an increased risk of
hospitalization compared to the Alpha variant. There were 5,472 new
cases of the Delta variant reported in latest weekly figures.
2021 Jun 4, Britain's health
ministry said the estimated reproduction "R" number in England
remains at over 1 and the epidemic could be growing by as much as 3%
each day. Britain's medicines regulator said it had approved the
COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for use on 12- to
2021 Jun 4, The UK announced a
post-Brexit trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
2021 Jun 6, Britain’s health
secretary says the delta variant, which is fast becoming the
dominant coronavirus variant in the UK, is 40% more transmissible
compared to the country’s existing strains.
2021 Jun 7, The Bank of England
said that payments with 'stablecoins' - a form of cryptocurrency
usually pegged to a traditional currency - should be regulated in
the same way as payments handled by banks if they start to become
2021 Jun 9, A prominent UK
epidemiologist said the Delta coronavirus variant of concern, first
identified in India, is believed to be 60% more transmissible than
the Alpha variant which was previously dominant in Britain.
2021 Jun 10, President Joe
Biden and British PM Boris Johnson met for the first time, looking
to highlight their nations' famed “special relationship" but doing
so against a backdrop of differences both political and personal.
Biden and Johnson signed a new version of the 80-year old “Atlantic
Charter," using their first meeting to redefine the Western alliance
and accentuate what they said was a growing divide between battered
democracies and their autocratic rivals, led by Russia and China.
(AP, 6/10/21)(NY Times, 6/11/21)
2021 Jun 10, In Britain Mee
Kuen Chong (67) was last seen in the Wembley area of London and was
reported missing the next day. She was found headless in the woods
near Bennett Road in Salcombe, Devon County on June 27.
2021 Jun 11, British PM Boris
Johnson greeted leaders from the Group of Seven nations and the
European Union on a wooden boardwalk on the freshly raked sand of
Carbis Bay to open the G-7 summit. G7 leaders were in broad
agreement about the need to continue supporting their economies with
fiscal stimulus after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(AP, 6/11/21)(Reuters, 6/11/21)
2021 Jun 11, It was reported
that EU fishermen have been granted the right to "plunder" UK waters
of red mullet, scallops and lobster after Britain failed to set
limits on the amount that can be caught in a post-Brexit agreement.
(The Telegraph, 6/11/21)
2021 Jun 13, US Pres. Joe Biden
and other Western leaders concluded the G7 summit with a joint
declaration criticizing the Chinese and Russian governments. G7
leaders demanded that Russia take action and investigate the use of
chemical weapons within its territory and hold accountable those
behind ransomware attacks and other cyber crimes.
(NY Times, 6/13/21)(Axios, 6/13/21)
2021 Jun 13, GB News launched
on British television this evening with the aim of giving a voice
“to those who feel sidelined or silenced." Chairman Andrew Neil
denied it will be the British equivalent of Fox News.
2021 Jun 14, England delayed
its full reopening by a month, to late July, because of a surge in
(NY Times, 6/14/21)
2021 Jun 14, It was reported
that Britain's GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to pay up to $2
billion to Boston-based iTeos Therapeutics Inc to develop and sell a
potential cancer treatment together.
2021 Jun 15, Australia and
Britain announced that they have agreed a trade deal - the first
negotiated from scratch post-Brexit.
2021 Jun 16, Britain's
government said it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing
home workers in England, arguing that the need to protect vulnerable
residents outweighed employees' right to choose whether to get the
2021 Jun 16, A junior finance
minister said Britain's government said it will extend until March
2022 a ban on evictions of businesses that stopped paying rent due
to the coronavirus crisis.
2021 Jun 16, British lawyer
Karim Khan was sworn in as the new chief prosecutor for the
International Criminal Court, pledging to reach out to nations that
are not members of the court in his quest to end impunity for
atrocities and to try to hold trials in countries where crimes are
2021 Jun 17, Britain's medicine
regulator extended the emergency use approval (EUA) for Innova's
lateral flow COVID-19 tests, saying it was satisfied with a review
of the tests after its US counterpart issued a warning about them.
2021 Jun 17, Britain reported
its biggest daily rise in new cases of COVID-19 since Feb. 19.
Government figures showed 11,007 new infections, up from 9,055 the
2021 Jun 17, A UK-US trade deal
suspended Scotch whisky tariffs for five years.
(SFC, 6/18/21, p.B2)
2021 Jun 21, Dozens of people
ignored advice not to travel to Stonehenge for the annual summer
solstice celebrations, which were cancelled today due to coronavirus
2021 Jun 23, Britain-based GSK
set out plans to turn its consumer healthcare business into a
separately listed company, aiming to strengthen drug development at
its pharmaceuticals business with an 8 billion pound ($11 billion)
2021 Jun 23, The United States,
Britain and France accused Russian mercenaries of operating
alongside Central African Republic forces and committing human
rights violations against civilians and obstructing UN peacekeeping.
The charges were immediately denied by Russia which denounced the
Western nations for engaging in an “anti-Russia political hit job."
Russia has troops in CAR training its military at the invitation of
2021 Jun 24, British mobile
operator EE said it was bringing back mobile roaming charges in the
European Union for new and upgrading customers from next January,
wiping out a benefit that has saved tourists and business travelers
millions of pounds since the charges were abolished in 2017.
2021 Jun 24, Researchers at
Oxford University said they have developed a method to predict the
efficacy of new COVID-19 vaccines based on a blood test, potentially
offering a short-cut around massive clinical trials that are
increasingly difficult to conduct.
2021 Jun 25, Britain's
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) banned Binance, one of the world's
biggest crypto exchanges, from conducting any regulated activity in
Britain as regulators across the world bolster oversight of the
2021 Jun 26, The UK recorded
its highest daily number of coronavirus infections since early
February, raising questions over whether England will be able to end
lockdown restrictions next month as planned.
(NY Times, 6/26/21)
2021 Jun 28, An Oxford study
said a mixed schedule of vaccines where a shot of Pfizer's COVID-19
vaccine is given four weeks after an AstraZeneca shot will produce
better immune responses than giving another dose of AstraZeneca.
2021 Jun 29, Malta said it will
introduce tighter COVID-19 rules on June 30, banning British
visitors who are not fully vaccinated in an effort to prevent the
spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
2021 Jun 30, The UK recorded a
further 26,068 cases of COVID-19, the highest daily figure since
January 29 and sending the seven day-tally up 70% on the week
2021 Jun 30, The EU and the UK
agreed not to let a fight over the transport of chilled meats from
Britain to Northern Ireland sputter out of control for the moment
and further damage already fraught relations. They delayed for three
months some post-Brexit trade checks that were to go into effect
2021 Jul 1, US and British
agencies disclosed details of methods they say have been used by
Russian intelligence to break into the cloud services of hundreds of
government agencies, energy companies and other organizations.
2021 Jul 1, Japan-based Nissan
Motor Co bet on Britain to supercharge its European electric future,
pledging $1.4 billion with its Chinese partner to build a giant
battery plant that will power 100,000 vehicles a year including a
new crossover model.
2021 Jul 3, It was reported
that Morrisons, the UK’s fourth-largest supermarket chain, has
accepted a 6.3 billion-pound ($8.7 billion) takeover bid from a
group of buyers led by NY-based Fortress Investment Group, a private
2021 Jul 6, Stellantis,
Vauxhall’s parent company announced that it will invest 100 million
pounds ($138 million) to make electric vans and cars at its factory
in northwestern England.
2021 Jul 7, Britain said it
would provide genomic sequencing support to Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Nigeria and Pakistan to help identify, assess and track new variants
of the novel coronavirus.
2021 Jul 8, The EU said that
Britain is liable to pay 47.5 billion euros ($56.2 billion) to the
EU as part of its post-Brexit financial settlement.
2021 Jul 9, Britain said it did
not recognize European Union's estimate of the overall Brexit
settlement cost, and that the total bill remained within the
government's original projections.
2021 Jul 10, Ashleigh Barty,
the world No. 1, claimed her first Wimbledon title, and became the
second Indigenous Australian to do so, when she defeated Karolina
Pliskova in the women’s singles final.
(NY Times, 7/10/21)
2021 Jul 11, Novak Djokovic won
the Wimbledon men’s final, giving him a record-tying 20 Grand Slam
(NY Times, 7/12/21)
2021 Jul 11, Italy won the Euro
2020 soccer tournament, beating England in a penalty shootout.
(NY Times, 7/12/21)
2021 Jul 12, Nordstrom said
it's acquiring a minority interest in four fashion brands owned by
Asos, a British company, as the store chain aims to attract more
customers in their 20s.
2021 Jul 13, The Bank of
England ditched limits on banks to pay dividends to their
shareholders that were first introduced at the outset of the
coronavirus pandemic as part of a package of measures to shore up
the British economy.
2021 Jul 15, The British
government’s top medical adviser warned that the number of people
hospitalized with the coronavirus could reach “quite scary" levels
within weeks as cases soar as a result of the more contagious delta
variant and the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
2021 Jul 16, Britain reported
its highest number of new COVID cases in more than six months, days
before the government plans to relax curbs on pubs, restaurants and
nightclubs in England and ease requirements to wear masks.
2021 Jul 16, The UK government
announced late today that people arriving from France must
self-isolate for 10 days on entering Britain, even if they are fully
2021 Jul 17, British health
minister Sajid Javid said he had tested positive for COVID-19, but
added that his symptoms were mild and he was thankful to have had
had two doses of vaccine against the disease. He had taken a rapid
lateral flow test, and was awaiting confirmation from a PCR test,
which needs processing in a laboratory.
2021 Jul 17, Britain reported
54,674 new COVID-19 cases, a rise on the 51,870 new cases reported
on the previous day to post a fresh highest daily total in six
2021 Jul 19, Britain set out a
plan to stimulate trade with 70 developing economies by lowering
tariffs and simplifying rules.
2021 Jul 19, At least 430
migrants made the perilous journey across the English Channel to the
UK today, a new record for a single day.
2021 Jul 19, England’s
nightclubs reopened as the country lifted most remaining coronavirus
restrictions after more than a year of lockdowns, mask mandates and
other pandemic-related curbs on freedom. COVID-19 cases were on a
rapid upswing because of the highly infectious delta variant first
identified in India.
2021 Jul 19, Anglo-Swedish firm
AstraZeneca said China has approved its drug Imfinzi to treat small
cell lung cancer (SCLC), an aggressive type of lung cancer in
2021 Jul 19, Ben &
Jerry’s, a Vermont unit of Britain-based Unilever, said in a
statement that it had informed its longstanding licensee —
responsible for manufacturing and distributing the ice cream in
Israel — that it will not renew the license agreement when it
expires at the end of 2022. Ben & Jerry’s said that the sale of
its ice cream in territories sought by the Palestinians for an
independent state was “inconsistent with our values".
2021 Jul 21, Britain demanded a
new deal to oversee problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern
Ireland, warning it already had the right to unilaterally ignore
parts of an agreement struck with the bloc just last year. The
European Commission immediately poured cold water on the plea.
2021 Jul 21, Civic leaders in
Liverpool expressed outrage after the English port city was stripped
of its World Heritage status by the United Nations’ culture
organization. Liverpool was placed on the organization’s heritage in
danger list in 2012 after concerns modern development was marring
the docklands’ historic character.
2021 Jul 20, France and the
United Kingdom said they have agreed to deploy more police and
invest in detection technology on the French coast to try to stop
boats carrying illegal migrants from reaching British shores.
Britain agreed to pay France about $73 million to help clamp down on
migrants crossing the English Channel by boat.
2021 Jul 22, Zimbabwe received
the first batch of dozens of its citizens being deported from
Britain, some after staying in that country for decades and forced
to leave families behind to face an uncertain future back home. The
first group of 14 were people convicted of committing crimes in
2021 Jul 23, Britain's Office
for National Statistics (ONS) said the prevalence of COVID-19
infections in England is estimated to have risen to 1 in 75 people
in the week to July 17, up from 1 in 95 recorded the week before.
2021 Jul 25, A British
parliamentary report said around two-thirds of female veterans in
the UK armed forces have experienced bullying, harassment or
discrimination in their careers.
2021 Jul 26, Britain reported
the lowest daily total of new coronavirus cases since July 4, adding
to signs that a recent surge in coronavirus cases driven by the
spread of the Delta variant may have passed its peak. The number of
new cases fell for a sixth consecutive day to 24,950 from 29,173 a
2021 Jul 26, It was reported
that United Kingdom's All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea
released a 91-page document last week that government brass killed
residents of the country, tortured political prisoners, engaged in
sex trafficking, and conducted forced abortions as well as
infanticide from 2014 to 2021.
(Washington Examiner, 7/26/21)
2021 Jul 26, British digital
bank Starling said it has acquired specialist buy-to-let mortgage
lender Fleet Mortgages in a 50 million pound ($68.93 million) cash
and share deal.
2021 Jul 28, The British
government said fully vaccinated travelers from the US and much of
Europe will be able to enter England without quarantining starting
next week. Visitors from France will continue to face quarantine.
2021 Jul 29, In Britain new
coronavirus cases rose for the second day in a row. The country
reported 31,117 cases in the last 24 hours and 85 new deaths.
2021 Aug 2, Britain opened its
borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the US and the EU as
travel industry leaders urged the government to further ease
restrictions and allow people to enjoy the benefits of a successful
COVID-19 inoculation program.
2021 Aug 4, The UK said it will
offer coronavirus vaccines to 16 and 17-year-olds in the coming
weeks after the independent body of scientists that makes
recommendations over the rollout changed its advice.
2021 Aug 5, It was reported
that Britain's competition watchdog is sticking with its view that
Pfizer and Flynn Pharma broke the law by charging the country's
public health service "unfairly high" prices for an epilepsy drug,
after being asked to reassess a previous fine.
2021 Aug 9, The BBC reported
that former PM David Cameron is reported to have made $10 million
from the Greensill financial services company that he lobbied for
before it collapsed earlier this year.
2021 Aug 9, The US, UK and
Canada imposed an array of new sanctions against Belarus, the first
anniversary of a fraudulent election that triggered a national
protest movement and a brutal crackdown by the country's
authoritarian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko.
2021 Aug 10, Britain reported
146 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, the
highest daily total since March 12, as the impact of last month's
surge in cases fed through into fatalities.
2021 Aug 10, Germany arrested a
British Embassy worker in Berlin on suspicion of being a spy after
prosecutors accused him of passing documents to Moscow.
(Washington Examiner, 8/11/21)
2021 Aug 12, Britain reported
33,074 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily rate since July 23.
About 60% of the population has been vaccinated.
(SFC, 8/13/21, p.A5)
2021 Aug 12, In England Jake
Davison (22) killed five people and then turned his gun on himself
in Keyham, a district of Plymouth, in the first mass shooting in the
country since 2010.
2021 Aug 13, It was reported
that London's High Court has ordered Binance, one of the world's
largest cryptocurrency exchanges, to identify hackers and freeze
their accounts after one of its users said it was the victim of a
$2.6 million hack.
2021 Aug 13, Shares of Virgin
Galactic Holdings Inc fell nearly 3% after its founder and British
billionaire Richard Branson sold a portion of his stake for nearly
$300 million. Branson sold more than 10 million shares between Aug.
10 and 12. The latest sale leaves Branson with about 46.3 million
shares worth roughly $1.2 billion.
2021 Aug 17, Britain's medical
agency approved the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12
(SFC, 8/18/21, p.A5)
2021 Aug 20, Britain reported
37,314 new cases of COVID-19, and a further 114 people were recorded
as having died within 28 days of a positive test. The number of
cases has been steadily rising this month after Britain lifted COVID
social distancing restrictions and other measures to contain the
disease in mid-July.
2021 Aug 20, The UK drug
regulator said it has approved an antibody cocktail developed by
Regeneron and Roche to prevent and treat COVID-19, as the nation
battles rising hospitalizations due to the more infectious Delta
2021 Aug 22, Britain reported
32,253 new cases of COVID-19. A further 49 people were recorded as
having died within 28 days of a positive test.
2021 Aug 24, British PM Boris
Johnson said the G7 had agreed a plan to deal with the Taliban, with
their number one condition being that militants must allow safe
passage to Afghans wanting to leave the country even after an Aug.
2021 Aug 24, Britain recorded
174 COVID deaths, the highest since March 12, and another 30,838 new
cases. With 88% of the adult population receiving a first vaccine
and 77% receiving both doses, Britain lifted nearly all its
restrictions in mid-July, allowing people to socialize, travel and
return to work in offices.
2021 Aug 24, Rolling Stones
drummer Charlie Watts (80) died in a London hospital surrounded by
2021 Aug 25, Britain recorded
35,847 new COVID-19 cases, up from 30,838 a day earlier, and 149
deaths within 28 days of a positive test, down from 174 the previous
2021 Aug 25, British police
arrested a man after processed meats and microwaveable products at
three supermarkets in west London were injected using a number of
2021 Aug 26, Britain reported
38,281 new cases of COVID-19, while a further 140 people were
recorded as having died within 28 days of a positive test.
2021 Aug 26, The UK said it had
evacuated more than 13,000 people from Afghanistan.
2021 Aug 27, Britain recorded a
further 38,046 cases of COVID-19, down slightly from Thursday's
38,281 but taking the total number of new infections in the past
seven days to 239,237, the most for any seven-day period since July
2021 Aug 28, The last British
flight evacuating civilians from Afghanistan left Kabul, bringing to
an end an operation that has airlifted almost 15,000 Afghan and
British citizens in the two weeks since the Taliban took control.
2021 Aug 28, Britain recorded
32,406 new cases of COVID-19, down from 38,046 a day earlier, and
reported a further 133 COVID-19 deaths that took place within 28
days of a positive test.
2021 Aug 29, Britain recorded a
further 61 COVID deaths and 33,196 more cases. Britain has recorded
an average of 114 daily deaths in the last week.
2021 Aug 30, In Britain
demonstrators from the Extinction Rebellion group, which is
demanding urgent action by governments and business to limit climate
change and biodiversity loss, staged a sit-down protest that stopped
traffic from using Tower Bridge in London.
2021 Aug 30, Britain reported
26,476 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest number since Aug. 10.
2021 Aug 31, Britain recorded
32,181 new cases COVID-19, up from 26,476 the previous day following
a long holiday weekend. Britain reported 50 deaths within 28 days of
a positive coronavirus test, compared to the 48 recorded a day
2021 Aug 31, BBC journalist
Sarah Rainsford left Russia after Moscow abruptly refused to extend
her permission to work in what it said was a tit-for-tat row with
Britain over the treatment of foreign media.
2021 Aug 31, In western England
the alpaca named Geronimo (8), at the center of a legal row with the
British government and whose plight triggered a nationwide campaign
to keep him alive, was killed after twice testing positive for
2021 Sep 1, Britain recorded
207 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, marking
the highest toll since March 9. Authors of an English study on long
COVID in adolescents said as many as 1 in 7 children may have
symptoms linked to the coronavirus months after testing positive for
2021 Sep 2, Britain announced
new Myanmar sanctions, saying it was targeting a key business
associate of the military junta for providing arms and financial
support following a coup earlier this year.
2021 Sep 2, Britain reported
38,154 new COVID-19 cases and 178 more deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Sep 3, Britain's vaccine
advisers said they were not recommending the vaccination of all 12-
to 15-year-olds against COVID-19, preferring a precautionary
approach in healthy children due to a rare side effect of heart
2021 Sep 3, Britain reported
42,076 new COVID-19 cases and 121 deaths within 28 days of a
positive test, down from 178 the previous day.
2021 Sep 4, Britain reported
37,578 new cases of COVID-19, meaning cases reported between Aug. 29
and Sept. 4 were up 2.4% compared with the previous seven days.
2021 Sep 5, Britain recorded
37,011 new daily COVID-19 cases, similar to the previous day's total
2021 Sep 6, Britain recorded
41,192 new daily COVID-19 cases, up from 37,011 a day earlier.
2021 Sep 7, British PM Boris
Johnson set out plans to raise taxes on workers, employers and some
investors to try to fix a health and social care funding crisis,
angering some in his governing party by breaking an election
2021 Sep 7, Britain reported
209 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, the highest
daily total since March 9.
2021 Sep 8, Britain recorded a
further 191 daily deaths from COVID-19 and 38,975 new cases.
2021 Sep 9, Soulful British
singer-songwriter Arlo Parks (21) won the prestigious Mercury Prize
for her debut album “Collapsed in Sunbeams".
2021 Sep 9, Britain recorded
38,013 new coronavirus cases, down slightly from 38,975 a day
earlier, and 167 new deaths from COVID-19, which occurred within 28
days of a positive test for the disease, down from 191 recorded the
2021 Sep 9, Britain's medical
regulator gave the go-ahead for Pfizer and AstraZeneca's COVID-19
vaccine to be used as booster shots, but said any decision to
proceed with a booster program was for others to make.
2021 Sep 9, Oxford Nanopore, a
provider of rapid COVID-19 tests to Britain's national health
service, announced a London listing as it aims to build on the 2.4
billion pound ($3.3 billion) valuation it achieved in its latest
2021 Sep 10, Britain recorded
147 new deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, down from
167 a day earlier. Figures showed. 37,622 new cases of the virus.
2021 Sep 10, NHS England said
lung cancer patients in England will become the first in Europe to
receive a drug made by US biotech Amgen Inc that targets a specific
2021 Sep 11, Britain recorded
29,547 news cases of the coronavirus and 156 new deaths within 28
days of a positive COVID-19 test.
2021 Sep 11, At the US Open
Britain's Emma Raducanu (18) and Canadian Leylah Fernandez (19)
displayed their youthful exuberance and fearless style of play at
Arthur Ashe Stadium. Raducanu bagged the ultimate prize to become
the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.
2021 Sep 13, A spokesman for PM
Boris Johnson said a dispute between Britain and the French company
Valneva over vaccines is an ongoing commercial issue but will have
no impact on vaccine supply in Britain.
2021 Sep 13, Britain recorded
30,825 new cases, up from 29,173 reported a day earlier, with a
further 61 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
2021 Sep 13, Britain's
state-run National Health Service began the world's biggest trial of
Grail Inc's flagship Galleri blood test that can be used to detect
more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear.
2021 Sep 13, British-Israeli
digital security software provider Kape Technologies PLC said it was
buying virtual private network (VPN) firm ExpressVPN for $936
million in a deal aimed at creating what it called a "premium
consumer privacy and security player".
2021 Sep 14, Britain said it
will begin a broad-based COVID-19 vaccine booster program for older
and more vulnerable people soon as PM Boris Johnson's government
relies on vaccines rather than further lockdowns to navigate a
"bumpy" winter. Johnson announced a plan to offer all those age 50
and older a booster vaccine as part of a winter coronavirus
(Reuters, 9/14/21)(NY Times, 9/15/21)
2021 Sep 15, London's High
Court said it would take steps if necessary to serve papers on
Britain's Prince Andrew in a US lawsuit brought by a woman who
accuses him of sexually assaulting her two decades ago.
2021 Sep 15, Britain recorded a
further 201 daily deaths from COVID-19 and 30,597 new cases.
2021 Sep 15, The Biden
administration took a major step in challenging China’s broad
territorial claims in the Pacific, announcing that the United States
and Britain would help Australia to deploy nuclear-powered
submarines, adding to the Western presence in the region. Australia
will build eight nuclear-powered submarines under an Indo-Pacific
(NY Times, 9/16/21)(Reuters, 9/16/21)
2021 Sep 16, The UK government
announced a far-reaching review of EU-era legislation that it plans
to ditch after Brexit.
2021 Sep 16, Britain reported
26,911 new COVID-19 cases and 158 more deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. NHS England launched its COVID-19 booster vaccination
2021 Sep 16, British retailer
Marks & Spencer said that it will close 11 of its stores in
France, mainly in Paris, as a result of fresh and chilled food
supply issues related to Britain's departure from the European
2021 Sep 17, Britain’s Court of
Appeal ruled that doctors can prescribe puberty-blocking drugs to
children under 16 without a parent’s consent, overturning a lower
court’s decision that a judge’s approval should be needed.
2021 Sep 17, Britain recorded
32,651 new cases and a further 178 deaths within 28 days of a
positive coronavirus test.
2021 Sep 18, Britain recorded
164 daily COVID-19 deaths and 30,144 new cases.
2021 Sep 19, Britain recorded
29,612 daily COVID-19 cases and 56 deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Sep 20, British PM Boris
Johnson called for wealthy countries to meet a pledge to spend $100
billion a year to tackle climate change as he prepares to host a UN
summit starting at the end of October.
2021 Sep 20, London’s subway
opened two new stations in the network’s first expansion since the
2021 Sep 20, Britain reported
36,100 daily COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Sep 20, Environmental
protesters pressuring the British government to insulate all homes
brought traffic chaos to M25, London's major ring road, for the
fourth time in recent days.
2021 Sep 20, London-listed meat
processor Cranswick warned that a shortage of carbon dioxide in
Britain coupled with a labor crunch could bring production to a halt
throughout the supply chain ahead of Christmas.
2021 Sep 20, Prince Andrew of
Britain was served in the United States with a lawsuit brought by
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex
with him and was assaulted by him when she was 17.
(Washington Examiner, 9/21/21)
2021 Sep 21, Britain sold 10
billion pounds of its first 'green' government bond after attracting
over 100 billion pounds ($137 billion) of demand from investors, a
record high which shows the clamor for assets which can be marketed
as good for the planet.
2021 Sep 21, British police
said a third Russian had been charged in absentia with the 2018
Novichok murder attempt on former double agent Sergei Skripal,
saying they could also now confirm the three suspects were military
intelligence operatives. Russia accused Britain of using the
poisoning case as a tool to sabotage UK-Russia ties and stoke
2021 Sep 21, The family of
British teenager Harry Dunn, killed in a car crash involving a US
diplomat's wife, said they had reached a resolution in a civil
damages claim over the 2019 accident, and could now focus on a
separate criminal case.
2021 Sep 22, Britain recorded
34,460 new COVID-19 cases and a further 166 deaths within 28 days of
a positive coronavirus test. England's Chief Medical Officer Chris
Whitty said that COVID-19 transmission was currently highest in 12-
to 15-year-olds, and that almost all unvaccinated children would get
infected at some point.
2021 Sep 22, Britain and South
Korea have agreed to swap over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with
each other, with the UK sending a first batch of Pfizer shots in the
coming weeks and Korea returning the same volume by the end of the
2021 Sep 22, Roger Michell
(65), British theater and film director, died. His films included
"Persuasion" (1995), "Notting Hill" (1999), "The Mother" (2003) and
"Enduring Love" (2004).
(SFC, 9/24/21, p.C4)
2021 Sep 23, Britain reported
36,710 new COVID-19 cases and 182 more deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Sep 24, Britain's retail
industry warned the government that unless it moves to alleviate an
acute shortage of truckers in the next 10 days then significant
disruption was inevitable in the run-up to Christmas.
2021 Sep 24, Britain reported
35,623 new COVID-19 cases and 180 more deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Sep 25, PM Boris Johnson's
office said it was looking at temporary measures to address the
shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers. The UK's Road Haulage
Association (RHA) says Britain needs 100,000 more drivers if it is
to meet demand.
2021 Sep 25, Britain reported
31,348 new COVID-19 cases and 122 more deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Sep 25, In London
Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk dethroned world heavyweight champion
Anthony Joshua in his own backyard with a stunning display to earn a
unanimous points decision in front of a sell-out crowd at the
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
2021 Sep 26, Britain reported
32,417 coronavirus cases and 58 more deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Sep 27, It was reported
that warehouses in Britain are having to pay up to 30% more to
recruit staff after a chronic shortage of workers exacerbated
pressure on already buckling supply chains and threatened to derail
the run up to Black Friday and Christmas.
2021 Sep 27, Britain reported
37,960 new COVID-19 cases and 40 more deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Sep 29, Britain ordered
soldiers on to start driving fuel tankers to replenish empty pumps,
as motorists remained mired in queues after nearly a week of
shortages, despite PM Boris Johnson saying the situation was
2021 Sep 29, The UK Serious
Fraud Office (SFO) said one person had been arrested and properties
across Britain raided in an investigation into a 150 million pound
($205 million) investment scheme that targeted 1,500 people from 50
2021 Sep 29, Rolls-Royce, owned
by BMW, said it will produce only electric cars by 2030, joining
other premium brands making the switch such as VW's Bentley and
Jaguar's Land Rover.
2021 Sep 30, Germany's Merck
KGaA and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline ended their collaboration on
cancer treatment bintrafusp alfa, once seen as one of Merck's most
promising experimental drugs mostly due to disappointing lung cancer
2021 Sep, In central England
around 80 engineers at the factories began to strike every Tuesday
and Wednesday. From Nov. 8 strikes began every Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday, causing further disruption to Weetabix, one
of the country’s most popular breakfast cereals.
2021 Oct 1, Britain's pig
farmers warned of a pork crisis unless the government urgently eased
an acute shortage of abattoir workers and butchers that has left up
to 150,000 pigs backed up on farms and facing a costly cull.
2021 Oct 1, Climate change
protesters temporarily disrupted an access road close to Heathrow
Airport, Britain's biggest travel hub, before police cleared the
protest and arrested 13 people.
2021 Oct 1, UK nationals
visiting India this month will have to undergo mandatory quarantine
even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in retaliation
for UK curbs on Indian citizens. The new rules, which take effect
2021 Oct 2, It was reported
that Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has won the auction for Morrisons
with a 7 billion pound ($9.5 billion) bid, paving the way for the US
private equity firm to take control of Britain's fourth-biggest
2021 Oct 2, Britain recorded a
further 121 daily COVID-19 deaths and 30,301 new cases, both slight
falls from the previous day's tallies of 127 and 35,577
2021 Oct 3, Britain reported
30,439 new COVID-19 cases, up from 30,301 a day earlier, and 43
deaths within 28 days of a positive test, a drop on the previous
2021 Oct 3, Ethiopia's Sisay
Lemma won the men's London Marathon in a time of two hours, four
minutes and one second after breaking away from the leading pack
late in the race.
2021 Oct 4, British military
personnel in combat fatigues arrived at a BP storage depot after the
government ordered the army to help deliver fuel to tackle an acute
shortage of truckers.
2021 Oct 4, Britain reported
35,077 new daily COVID-19 cases, up from the 30,439 cases reported a
day earlier and a further 33 deaths within 28 days of a positive
coronavirus test result.
2021 Oct 4, London-based
drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC said it signed a deal to supply 10,000
doses of its COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy to the Canadian
2021 Oct 4, Climate change
activists blocked major routes into London, causing huge tailbacks
and chaos for rush hour traffic into the British capital in the
latest disruptive protest which ministers have vowed to put an end
to. PM Boris Johnson said Britain was aiming to produce "clean
power" by 2035 as part of the country's goal of reaching net zero
2021 Oct 5, British military
personnel in fatigues began delivering fuel to ease an acute trucker
shortage that triggered panic buying at the pumps, though PM Boris
Johnson denied the world's fifth largest economy was heading into
2021 Oct 5, Britain has
reported 33,869 new cases of COVID-19, meaning cases reported
between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5 were down 2.3% compared with the
previous seven days.
2021 Oct 6, British PM Boris
Johnson rallied his Conservative party faithful, vowing a
far-reaching overhaul to wean the UK economy off cheap foreign labor
2021 Oct 6, England's High
Court ruled that Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum
(72) ordered the phones of his ex-wife, Princess Haya bint
al-Hussein (47), and her lawyers to be hacked as part of a
"sustained campaign of intimidation and threat" during the custody
battle over their children. This came 19 months after the court
concluded that Mohammed had abducted two of his daughters,
mistreated them and held them against their will.
2021 Oct 6, Britain reported
39,851 new cases of COVID-19, meaning cases reported between Sept.
30 and Oct. 6 were down by 2.0% compared with the previous seven
2021 Oct 6, Amazon opened its
first general store, called "4-star," outside the United States in a
mall in Britain, selling the online retailer's most popular products
including books, toys, games and consumer electronics.
2021 Oct 7, Britain's NatWest
pleaded guilty to failing to prevent the laundering of nearly 400
million pounds ($544 million) and faces a heavy fine after becoming
the first bank in Britain to admit to a criminal offence of this
2021 Oct 7, Britain recorded
40,701 new cases of COVID-19, up 12% on a week ago and marking the
biggest total since Sept. 6.
2021 Oct 7, Sky, the pay-TV
company that bought multi-channel viewing to millions of Britons via
satellite, said it is launching a smart TV called Sky Glass that
does away with set-top boxes, cables and a dish on the side of the
2021 Oct 8, Britain announced
that it will offer new vaccinations to thousands of people who
volunteered for trials of the Novavax coronavirus vaccine, which has
not yet been approved for use in any country. Britain’s health
department said more than 15,000 participants will be given two
doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in order to let them travel.
(AP, 10/8/21)(Reuters, 10/8/21)
2021 Oct 8, Britain recorded
127 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, a slight
increase on a day earlier when 122 people died.
2021 Oct 8, South African
travel agencies reported a surge in reservations for travel to and
from Britain ahead of the country being removed from the UK's
COVID-19 red list next week.
2021 Oct 9, Pride in
Football, the alliance of LGBT+ supporters' groups in Britain,
criticized Newcastle United's takeover by a Saudi Arabia-led
consortium and called for reforms to the Premier League's owners'
and directors' test.
2021 Oct 9, Britain
recorded 133 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, a
slight increase on a day earlier when 127 people died.
2021 Oct 10, Britain recorded
34,574 new cases of COVID-19 and 38 new deaths within 28 days of a
positive test for coronavirus. This compared with 34,950 new cases
and 133 deaths reported a day earlier.
2021 Oct 11, British police
announced they will not take any action against Prince Andrew after
a review prompted by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who claims that he
sexually assaulted her.
2021 Oct 11, Britain reported a
further 40,224 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Oct 11, AstraZeneca said
it antibody cocktail against COVID-19, which has proven to work as a
preventative shot in the non-infected, was also shown to save lives
and prevent severe disease when given as treatment within a week of
2021 Oct 12, Britain reported
38,520 further cases of COVID-19 and 181 more deaths within 28 days
of a positive test.
2021 Oct 13, The British trade
department said Britain and Italy have agreed to pursue a new trade
partnership, following talks on the sidelines of a G20 ministerial
meeting in Italy.
2021 Oct 13, Britain reported
42,776 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number since mid-July, and
136 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
2021 Oct 13, Bank of England
Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe said a collapse in cryptocurrencies is
a "plausible scenario" and rules are needed to regulate the
fast-growing sector as a "matter of urgency".
2021 Oct 14, Britain reported
45,066 new COVID-19 cases and 157 more deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. COVID-19 infections in children in England rose in
September after schools returned from summer holidays.
2021 Oct 15, David Amess (69),
a lawmaker from PM Boris Johnson's Conservative Party, was stabbed
to death by a 25-year-old man who lunged at him at a meeting with
voters from his constituency at the red-brick Belfairs Methodist
Church in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London. Ali Harbi Ali, the son of an
ex-media adviser to a former prime minister of Somalia, was soon
arrested by British police under anti-terrorism laws following the
killing of Amess.
(Reuters, 10/15/21)(Reuters, 10/17/21)
2021 Oct 15, Britain recorded
145 more deaths from COVID-19, taking the total number of fatalities
within 28 days of a positive test to 138,379.
2021 Oct 15, The UK Health
Security Agency (UKHSA) said a private COVID-19 testing laboratory,
run by Immensa Health Clinic in central England, has been suspended
over concern that it has been incorrectly giving negative PCR test
results to people who are infected.
2021 Oct 15, Cambridge
University's Jesus College said that it would return a looted bronze
cockerel to Nigeria later this month, making it the first UK
institution to hand back one of the artifacts known as the Benin
2021 Oct 16, Britain reported
43,423 new COVID-19 cases, with the total number of cases recorded
between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16 up 12.8% from the previous seven days.
2021 Oct 17, Britain reported
45,140 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since the
middle of July, and 57 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
2021 Oct 17, Milan and Costa
Rica were among the winners of the Earthshot Prize, an environmental
award created by Britain's Prince William, who has criticized world
leaders for an uninspiring response to the climate change crisis.
2021 Oct 18, Britain reported
the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in three months with 49,156
new COVID-19 cases and 45 more deaths within 28 days of a positive
2021 Oct 19, British PM Boris
Johnson set out his ambition for a green revolution that he hopes
will force countries around the world to kick their addiction to
fossil fuels and commit to net zero carbon emissions.
2021 Oct 19, Britain reported
223 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, the
highest figure since March.
2021 Oct 20, Britain and New
Zealand reached agreement in principle on a free trade deal designed
to reduce tariffs, improve services trade, and take London one step
closer to membership in a broader trans-Pacific trade agreement.
2021 Oct 20, Britain's
competition regulator said it has fined Facebook 50.5 million pounds
($69.4 million) for breaching an order imposed during its
investigation into the US social media giant's purchase of GIF
2021 Oct 20, British lender
Lloyds Banking Group said it will close a further 48 branches across
England and Wales, as it seeks to further cut costs by trimming its
2021 Oct 20, Britain's
competition watchdog fined Facebook $69.4 million for violating
rules during the UK investigation into the social media giant's
purchase of the GIF-sharing platform.
(SFC, 10/21/21, p.C2)
2021 Oct 20, It was reported
that the AY.4.2 variant of the delta virus now accounts for about 8%
of sequenced coronavirus cases in Britain.
(SFC, 10/20/21, p.C2)
2021 Oct 20, Britain reported
49,139 new COVID-19 cases and 179 more deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. The number of new cases has been rising rapidly, with
infections in the last seven days up 17% compared to the week
2021 Oct 21, Britain reported
52,009 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily amount since July 17,
and 115 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. PM Boris Johnson
Britain is sticking with its current plan for managing COVID-19.
2021 Oct 21, Austria, Britain,
France, Italy, Spain and the United States said they have reached an
agreement on the transition from national digital services taxes
contested by Washington to a new global tax deal.
2021 Oct 24, Richard Ratcliffe,
the husband of UK charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has
been detained for more than five years in Iran, began a hunger
strike again after a court decided she has to spend another year in
prison. His effort was to pressure PM Boris Johnson to secure the
release of his wife and other detained dual British-Iranian
2021 Oct 26, Official data
showed that full-time earnings in Britain rose by the most since
2008 in April, up by 4.3% from a year earlier, although the
government's furlough scheme and other distortions related to
COVID-19 probably pushed up growth.
2021 Oct 27, Britain’s finance
minister Rishi Sunak said stronger economic growth and lower
borrowing would allow him to increase public spending as Britain
emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, and he vowed to protect
households from rising inflation.
2021 Oct 28, British teenager
Danyal Hussein (19), who murdered two sisters in a London park in
2020 as part of a pact he believed he had made with demonic forces
to kill women every six months in exchange for a future lottery win,
was jailed for a minimum of 35 years.
2021 Oct 28, David Henderson
(67), the businessman who organized the 2019 flight that crashed and
killed pilot David Ibbotson and soccer player Emiliano Sala (28),
was found guilty by the Cardiff Crown Court of endangering the
safety of the aircraft. Ibbotson, who regularly flew for Henderson,
did not hold a commercial pilot's license or a qualification to fly
2021 Oct 28, France detained a
British fishing boat in French waters overnight. Britain warned
Paris against further retaliation in a rapidly deteriorating row
over post-Brexit fishing rights.
2021 Oct 29, Britain's Office
for National Statistics said the prevalence of COVID-19 infections
in England hit its highest level since the start of the year,
reaching around 1 in 50 people in the week ending Oct. 22.
2021 Oct 29, Britain's Prince
Andrew rejected Virginia Giuffre's accusations that he sexually
abused her more than two decades ago when she was 17, and urged a US
judge to dismiss her civil lawsuit.
2021 Nov 1, Britain gave France
48 hours to back down in a fishing row that threatens to spiral into
a wider trade dispute between two of Europe's biggest economies or
face tortuous legal action under the Brexit trade deal.
2021 Nov 1, Britain recorded
40,077 new COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths of people who had tested
positive for the disease within 28 days.
2021 Nov 1, French President
Emmanuel Macron said his government was postponing implementation of
sanctions on Britain over a fishing row until the end of Tuesday
while the two sides discuss fresh proposals to resolve the dispute.
2021 Nov 3, Damon Galgut won
the Booker Prize for “The Promise," a satirical novel about a white
family in post-apartheid South Africa.
(NY Times, 11/3/21)
2021 Nov 4, Britain became the
first country in the world to approve molnupiravir, a potentially
game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by US-based
Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to the fight against
(Reuters, 11/4/21)(SFC, 11/5/21, p.A7)
2021 Nov 4, The Scotland
registered Cornelis Gert Jan scallop dredger, impounded by France
amid the dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights, arrived in the UK
after being released by French authorities.
2021 Nov 5, A government funded
feasibility study confirmed a report that Britain could revive
domestic production of super strong magnets used in electric
vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines with government support, to reduce
its reliance on China and achieve vital cuts in carbon emissions.
2021 Nov 5, It was reported
that British scientists have identified a gene that doubles the risk
of dying from COVID-19, providing new insights into why some people
are more susceptible to the disease than others, while opening up
possibilities for targeted medicine. Researchers said around 60% of
people with South Asian ancestry carry the high-risk gene.
2021 Nov 5, Britain reported
193 deaths people who had tested positive for COVID-19 within the
past 28 days, and an extra 34,029 cases.
2021 Nov 6, Britain reported
155 deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 within the
past 28 days, and a further 30,693 new infections.
2021 Nov 8, Britain’s farm
ministry confirmed that an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu
has been reported at a small poultry unit in central England.
2021 Nov 9, Britain’s health
minister Sajid Javid said health workers in England will have to be
vaccinated against COVID-19 by April 1.
2021 Nov 9, The UK's
telecoms regulator said thousands of Britain's iconic red phone
boxes will be protected from removal under new rules, saying they
can still be a lifeline for people in need.
(SFC, 11/10/21, p.A3)
2021 Nov 10, Britain's
parliament was embroiled in a growing sleaze scandal as allegations
of lawmakers being paid for external work which may have breached
parliamentary rules dominated the headlines.
2021 Nov 10, In an investiture
ceremony at Windsor Castle, Prince Charles anointed rock star and
charity patron Elton John as a member of the Order of the Companions
2021 Nov 13, It was reported
that Boris Johnson's Conservatives have lost their lead in two
opinion polls after a growing parliamentary standards scandal
prompted almost two thirds of respondents in one survey to say the
British prime minister's party was disreputable.
2021 Nov 13, Britain’s
Economist Magazine said that Hong Kong declined to renew the visa of
one its journalists, urging the city to maintain foreign media
access as concerns grow about media freedoms in the global financial
2021 Nov 13, The UK recorded
157 deaths from COVID-19 and a further 38,351 cases.
2021 Nov 14, In England an
explosion engulfed a taxi in flames outside a hospital in Liverpool.
Police the next day identified Emad Al Swealmeen (32), a suspected
terrorist who was killed in the blast.
2021 Nov 15, Officials said
Britain's COVID-19 booster vaccine rollout is to be extended to
people aged between 40 and 49, in a bid to boost waning immunity in
the population ahead of the colder winter months.
2021 Nov 15, Royal Dutch Shell
said it would scrap its dual share structure and move its head
office to Britain from the Netherlands, pushed away by Dutch taxes
and facing climate pressure in court as the energy giant shifts from
oil and gas.
2021 Nov 16, Britain reported
37,243 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 compared with 39,705 a day
2021 Nov 17, A British court
sentenced nine members of the climate action group Insulate Britain
to up to six months in prison for breaching an injunction designed
to prevent road blockades.
2021 Nov 17, Britain recorded
38,263 new COVID-19 cases and a further 201 deaths within 28 days of
a positive test.
2021 Nov 17, Law enforcement
agencies in the US, Britain, and Australia issued a joint statement
labeling an Iran-sponsored group as a serious threat to cyber
(Fox News, 11/17/21)
2021 Nov 18, Britain's
Environment Agency and water regulator Ofwat said it had launched a
major investigation into sewage treatment after water companies
admitted that they could be releasing unpermitted sewage discharges
into rivers and watercourses.
2021 Nov 18, Britain recorded
46,807 daily COVID-19 cases, the highest since Oct. 22, and 199
2021 Nov 19, Britain's health
ministry said it would add booster shots to the COVID-19 pass for
outbound international travel, though it added they would not be
added to the domestic pass at this time. Britain reported 44,242 new
COVID-19 cases and 157 more deaths within 28 days of a positive
2021 Nov 19, Britain's interior
minister Priti Patel said she had banned the Palestinian militant
group Hamas in a move that brings the UK's stance on Gaza's rulers
in line with the US and the EU.
2021 Nov 20, The British
government said it is seeking to eliminate all avoidable plastic
waste. Under proposals in a 12-week public consultation, businesses
and consumers will need to move towards more sustainable
2021 Nov 20, Britain recorded
40,941 daily COVID-19 cases, a decrease on a day earlier when 44,242
cases were recorded.
2021 Nov 21, Britain called for
international action on the issue of medical devices such as
oximeters that work better on people with lighter skin, saying the
disparities may have cost lives of ethnic minority patients during
the COVID-19 pandemic. Britain reported 40,004 new cases and 61
(Reuters, 11/21/21)(Reuters, 11/22/21)
2021 Nov 21, It was reported
that the class of US Rhodes Scholars for 2022 includes the most
women ever selected for the scholarship in one year. Of the 32
students chosen to study at the University of Oxford in England, 22
2021 Nov 22, The organizers of
the Brit Awards announced they are scrapping separate male and
female artist categories in a shakeup designed to make the music
prizes more inclusive. Next year’s awards will feature trophies for
UK and international artist of the year, replacing male and female
awards in each category.
2021 Nov 22, Britain reported
44,917 further cases of COVID-19 and 45 more deaths within 28 days
of a positive test.
2021 Nov 23, Britain said it
will allow privately-held oil reserves to be released voluntarily in
answer to a global stockpile release effort led by the United
2021 Nov 23, Britain reported
42,484 further cases of COVID-19 and 165 more deaths within 28 days
of a positive test.
2021 Nov 24, Britain reported
43,676 further cases of COVID-19 and 149 more deaths within 28 days
of a positive test.
2021 Nov 25, Britain reported
47,240 new cases of COVID-19. A further 147 people were reported as
having died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19.
2021 Nov 26, Central London
shops and businesses hoping to receive a much-needed boost from
Black Friday sales were hit by disruption to the tube network as
drivers held their biggest strike since 2018.
2021 Nov 26, Members of
Extinction Rebellion targeted 13 Amazon fulfilment centers in the
United Kingdom with the aim of disrupting 50% of the company's
deliveries on Black Friday, which marks the unofficial start to the
holiday shopping season. They staged similar protests in Germany and
2021 Nov 26, The head of the
COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium said it is likely that the new
coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 that is spreading in South Africa will
end up in Britain, but efforts to buy time and reduce transmission
2021 Nov 26, Britain reported
50,091 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since October 21, government
statistics showed, adding there had been a further 160 deaths within
28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
2021 Nov 26, French fishermen
disrupted cross-Channel traffic for several hours in protest at the
post-Brexit fishing rights granted by Britain, blocking ferries and
freight traffic through the Channel Tunnel.
2021 Nov 27, In Britain at
least two people died and tens of thousands were left without power
as Storm Arwen brought strong winds across many parts of the UK,
with gusts of up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph).
2021 Nov 27, Britain announced
new measures to try to slow the spread of the newly identified
Omicron coronavirus variant. Health minister Sajid Javid said two
linked cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been
detected in Britain connected to travel to southern Africa.
2021 Nov 27, Malaysian police
said it will look into a claim a factory worker of Dyson supplier
ATA IMS Bhd was beaten at its station but that it had not received
any formal complaints. British home appliance maker Dyson has said
that it was ending its contract with ATA after an audit of the
company's labor practices and allegations by a whistleblower.
2021 Nov 28, Tens of thousands
of people northern England and Scotland remained without power after
a storm brought sleet, subzero temperatures and disruptions across
much of the UK.
2021 Nov 28, Britain said it
has recorded the third case of the newly identified Omicron
coronavirus variant. The infected individual, who was no longer in
Britain, was linked to travel to Southern Africa.
2021 Nov 29, Britain said it
will offer a COVID-19 booster shot to all adults in a bid to
accelerate its vaccination program amid concern over the new Omicron
coronavirus variant, as eight more cases were found in the country.
2021 Nov 29, Britain reported
42,583 further cases of COVID-19 and 35 more deaths within 28 days
of a positive test, according to official data.
2021 Nov 30, The UK said a
further eight cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been
identified in England, taking the total number to 13. New mask
mandates and other measures aimed at curbing the spread of the
Omicron coronavirus variant came into force.
2021 Nov 30, Barbados removed
Britain's Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a
republic, as it severed imperial ties some 400 years after English
ships first reached the Caribbean island. President-elect Sandra
Mason replaced Queen Elizabeth.
2021 Nov 30, Belgium and
Britain said they will cooperate more closely to fight illegal
migration, days after France snubbed Britain and said it needed to
get serious before talks on the matter could resume.
2021 Dec 1, PM Boris Johnson
issued a "call to get jabs in arms" as Britain stepped up its
COVID-19 booster program to fend off the Omicron variant after
another 10 cases of the new strain were identified.
2021 Dec 1, France said the
Channel island of Guernsey has approved all licences its fishermen
are entitled to under the terms of Britain's post-Brexit trade
agreement, but dozens more were still being withheld by Britain and
2021 Dec 2, Meghan, Britain's
Duchess of Sussex, called for an overhaul of tabloid newspapers
after she won victory in her long-running privacy battle with a
British newspaper which had printed a personal letter she wrote to
her estranged father.
2021 Dec 2, Britain recorded
53,945 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily figure since July 17,
as the dominant Delta variant spreads and measures come in to curb
the Omicron variant of concern.
2021 Dec 2, British drugmaker
said GSK said laboratory analysis of the antibody-based COVID-19
therapy it is developing with US partner Vir has indicated the drug
is effective against the new Omicron variant.
2021 Dec 3, Britain reported
50,584 further cases of COVID-19 and 143 more deaths within 28 days
of a positive test.
2021 Dec 3, Authorities in
Germany said a former employee at the British embassy in Berlin
accused of passing documents to the Russian intelligence service is
facing extradition to Britain. The British national named only as
David S. in accordance with German privacy conventions, was arrested
in August on suspicion of providing information to Russian
intelligence in exchange for cash since at least November 2020.
2021 Dec 4, Britain reported
42,848 new COVID-19 cases, a drop in daily cases following two
straight days where more than 50,000 cases were recorded.
2021 Dec 5, Britain's
health security agency reported 86 new cases of the Omicron variant
of COVID-19, taking the total number identified so far to 246.
2021 Dec 6, Britain reported
51,459 further cases of COVID-19 and 41 more deaths within 28 days
of a positive test.
2021 Dec 6, Belarus announced
retaliatory restrictions on airlines from the European Union and the
UK, as well as a ban on imports of Western goods from countries that
have introduced sanctions against the former Soviet nation.
2021 Dec 7, Britain said it has
found a further 101 confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus
variant, taking the total number of cases to 437.
2021 Dec 7, British drugmaker
GSK said its antibody-based COVID-19 therapy with US partner Vir
Biotechnology is effective against all mutations of the new Omicron
coronavirus variant, citing new data from early-stage studies.
2021 Dec 8, Australia and
Britain said they will join the United States in a diplomatic
boycott of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, as other allies
weighed similar moves to protest at China's human rights record.
2021 Dec 8, British PM Boris
Johnson apologized after a video surfaced showing his staff laughing
and joking about a party in Downing Street during a Christmas
COVID-19 lockdown last year when such festivities were banned.
2021 Dec 8, Britain reported
51,342 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 161 deaths within 28 days
of a positive coronavirus test result. Cases were up 11.3% over the
last seven days compared to the previous seven days. Britain
reported 131 new cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, taking
the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 568.
2021 Dec 9, Britain said it had
agreed a digital trade deal with Singapore, the first
digitally-focused trade pact signed by a European nation.
2021 Dec 9, Britain said it
will send 140 military engineers to Poland this month to provide
support at its border with Belarus, in response to what it termed
pressures from "irregular migration".
2021 Dec 9, Britain's farming
and environment minister George Eustice said the UK is experiencing
it worst ever outbreak of bird flu. Around 500,000 birds had been
culled as a result of 36 confirmed outbreaks.
2021 Dec 9, The British-based
Uyghur Tribunal, an unofficial tribunal of lawyers and campaigners,
said Chinese President Xi Jinping bore primary responsibility for
what it said was genocide, crimes against humanity and torture of
Uyghurs and members of other minorities in the Xinjiang region.
2021 Dec 10, Britain said it
had signed a trilateral agreement with Norway and the European Union
on fishing catch limits for 2022 for six jointly managed fish stocks
in the North Sea.
2021 Dec 10, Britain granted
another 23 licenses to French fishermen meeting to resolve a
post-Brexit battle over fishing rights. The EU had set London a
December 10 deadline to grant licenses to dozens of French fishing
boats under a Brexit deal signed last year.
2021 Dec 10, Britain recorded
58,194 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 120 deaths within 28 days
of a positive coronavirus test.
2021 Dec 10, Foreign ministers
from the Group of Seven industrialized nations gathering for a
weekend in Liverpool, with the British hosts seeking elusive unity
to ease growing tensions with Russia, China and Iran.
2021 Dec 10, The US announced
that Australia, Denmark and Norway would join it in an effort to
curb technology exports to governments that use the products for
repression. Canada, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom
also supported the move.
2021 Dec 11, The G7 democracies
sought to present a united front against Russian aggression toward
Ukraine as Britain hosted a meeting of foreign ministers in the
northern English city of Liverpool.
2021 Dec 11, Britain reported
54,073 new COVID-19 cases and 132 more deaths within 28 days of a
2021 Dec 11, Teen pilot Zara
Rutherford (19) landed in Seoul from Russia, the first Asia stop on
her attempt to become the youngest woman to fly around the world
solo. The British-Belgian departed from Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in
western Belgium on her 51,000-km (32,000-mile) journey, which is to
span five continents and 52 countries.
2021 Dec 12, Britain raised its
COVID alert level to 4 from level 3 on its 5-point scale in response
to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the virus. Medical
authorities warned that hospitalizations are likely to rise sharply
over the coming weeks.
2021 Dec 12, G7 delegates
meeting in L:iverpool warned that Russia faces massive consequences
and severe costs if President Vladimir Putin attacks Ukraine.
2021 Dec 13, British PM Boris
Johnson said the first patient had died after contracting the
Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The United Kingdom has recorded
a further 54,661 cases of COVID-19 and 38 more deaths.
2021 Dec 13, NatWest was fined
265 million pounds ($350.9 million) for failing to prevent the
laundering of nearly 400 million pounds, capping the first criminal
money laundering case against a British bank.
2021 Dec 13, UK-based Virgin
Atlantic said it has received 400 million pounds ($530 million) of
new funding from its shareholders to help the airline ride out the
2021 Dec 13, One of two Danish
crew members missing from a capsized barge was found dead in the
hull after an overnight collision with a British cargo vessel in a
busy Baltic Sea route off Sweden. Two crew members on a British
cargo vessel were found to be over the legal limit for alcohol after
(Reuters, 12/13/21)(Reuters, 12/14/21)
2021 Dec 14, Britain reported
59,610 new COVID-19 cases, the highest figure since early January,
as it faces what PM Boris Johnson has called a "tidal wave" on
infections from the Omicron variant.
2021 Dec 15, The UK recorded
its most daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic as
a senior British health chief said there could be a "staggering"
rise over the next few days. A further 78,610 COVID-19 infections
were reported, about 10,000 more than the previous high reported in
2021 Dec 15, In London David
Fuller (67), a double murderer who sexually abused more than 100
corpses in hospital mortuaries was sentenced, to life in prison.
Fuller had filmed himself carrying out the attacks on at least 102
bodies in mortuaries inside the now-closed Kent and Sussex Hospital
and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital, in Pembury, where he had worked as
an electrician since 1989.
2021 Dec 15, Britain-based
GlaxoSmithKline and France-based Sanofi said they expect data from
late-stage clinical trials of its booster dose of their COVID-19
vaccine candidate in the first quarter, instead of this year.
Preliminary data from trials showed the single-dose booster provided
strong immune responses.
2021 Dec 16, Britain became the
first G7 economy to hike interest rates since the onset of the
pandemic, with the US Federal Reserve also signaling plans to
tighten in 2022 but the European Central Bank only slightly reining
2021 Dec 16, New cases of
COVID-19 in Britain hit a record high for the second day running.
Britain reported 88,376 new infections, the highest since the start
of the pandemic and up around 10,000 over the previous day.
2021 Dec 16, AstraZeneca said a
lab-study of its COVID-19 antibody cocktail, Evusheld, found that
the treatment retained neutralizing activity against the Omicron
coronavirus variant, showing promise for wider use of the therapy.
2021 Dec 16, Canada, Britain,
Sweden and Ukraine set a new deadline for Iran to negotiate
reparations for families of victims of the Jan 8, 2020, downed
Ukrainian flight, warning that their "patience is wearing thin."
They said Tehran must indicate by January 5 if it is willing to
engage in negotiations.
2021 Dec 17, British PM Boris
Johnson said he took personal responsibility for the loss of a
Conservative stronghold in an election defeat that showed public
dismay over a litany of scandals and stepped up pressure on the
British prime minister from mutinous lawmakers.
2021 Dec 17, A British study
showed that the risk of reinfection with the Omicron coronavirus
variant is more than five times higher and it has shown no sign of
being milder than Delta. Britain reported a new high of 93,045
COVID-19 infections, breaking the record set a day earlier.
2021 Dec 18, London Mayor Sadiq
Khan declared a "major incident" to help the capital's hospitals
cope with a surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the fast-spreading
Omicron coronavirus variant. The UK reported 90,418 new COVID-19
cases, down from a record of just over 93,000 a day earlier, and 125
deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
2021 Dec 18, Former Brexit
negotiator David Frost resigned from the government with immediate
effect, topping a torrid week for British PM Boris Johnson after a
party rebellion on new coronavirus curbs and by-election
2021 Dec 18, Germany's national
disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, added Britain to
its list of “virus variant areas" late today.
2021 Dec 19, PM Boris Johnson
was left reeling after his Brexit minister resigned, ending a
difficult week during which his Conservative party suffered a
humiliating defeat in a local by-election and his own MPs rebelled
over new coronavirus curbs.
2021 Dec 19, Britain reported
more than 12,000 further confirmed cases of the fast-spreading
Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The UK reported 82,886 new
COVID-19 cases and 45 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
2021 Dec 19, Sky News reported
that GlaxoSmithKline Plc has picked former Chief Executive Officer
of Tesco Plc Dave Lewis to head GSK's consumer healthcare unit,
which is being spun off into a standalone business.
2021 Dec 19, Carlos Marín (53),
a Spanish baritone, died Manchester, England. He rocketed to
international fame after the impresario Simon Cowell chose him to be
a member of Il Divo, the multinational quartet whose slick pop music
delivered in operatic style sold millions of records and filled
(NY Times, 12/20/21)
2021 Dec 21, Britain announced
1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) of extra support for businesses hit
hardest by the wave of Omicron variant coronavirus cases, which is
hammering the country's hospitality sector and other businesses.
2021 Dec 21, Britain said it
had agreed a new deal with Norway for fishing in each other’s waters
2021 Dec 21, Britain reported
90,629 new COVID-19 cases, and total cases in the seven days to Dec.
21 were 63% higher than in the previous seven-day period.
2021 Dec 21, British PM Boris
Johnson apologized in a letter for not disclosing an exchange of
messages with a Conservative Party donor to the head of an
investigation into how his flat refurbishment was funded. the letter
was made public on Jan. 6, 2022.
2021 Dec 21, Dubai's ruler,
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, was ordered by the High Court
in London to provide a British record of more than 554 million
pounds ($733 million) to settle a custody battle with his ex-wife,
Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, over their two children.
2021 Dec 22, The British
government said that it was reducing the COVID-19 self-isolation
period to seven days from 10 days for people in England who get a
negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row. Britain
said it has signed contracts to buy a further 4.25 million courses
of antivirals for its health service to help combat the new Omicron
variant of coronavirus.
2021 Dec 22, Britain reported
more than 100,000 new daily COVID-19 cases for the first time since
widespread testing was introduced, with 106,122 compared with 90,629
a day earlier.
2021 Dec 22, Pfizer Inc said it
will provide an additional 2.5 million doses of its COVID-19 pill
Paxlovid to the United Kingdom.
2021 Dec 22, The EU and the UK
announced that they have struck a fishing deal on their shared
stocks. Environmentalists said fish will continue to be
overexploited under the new rules.
2021 Dec 23, Britain recorded a
record number of new coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant swept
across the country, with the daily tally reaching 119,789 from
106,122 a day earlier.
2021 Dec 23, AstraZeneca said a
three-dose course of its COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the
rapidly-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant.
2021 Dec 24, Britain reported
another day of record COVID-19 cases, with new estimates showing
swathes of London's population are carrying the virus, underlining
the relentless advance of the Omicron variant. Government data
showed 122,186 new cases.
2021 Dec 26, Britain's Home
Secretary Priti Patel said people found guilty of online racist
abuse against footballers will be banned from attending games for up
to 10 years under new laws.
2021 Dec 27, Britain reported
98,515 new cases of COVID-19 and 143 deaths within 28 days of a
positive test result.
2021 Dec 27, April Ashley (86),
one of the first Britons to undergo gender confirmation surgery,
died. She rose from poverty to the heights of London society,
rubbing shoulders with John Lennon and Mick Jagger — and all while
fighting for legal recognition of her gender.
(NY Times, 1/3/22)
2021 Dec 28, Britain reported a
record 129,471 new cases of COVID-19, a day after PM Boris Johnson
said he would not bring in new restrictions to limit the spread of
the virus this year.
2021 Dec 29, British PM Boris
Johnson warned that the overwhelming majority of patients ending up
in intensive care with COVID-19 had not received their booster
vaccine, as he urged people to get their jabs. Patients with
COVID-19 occupied 10,462 beds in English hospitals, up by 916 on the
day before. Britain reported 183,037 COVID-19 cases, a new record
and over 53,000 more than the previous highest figure registered
just a day earlier.
2021 Dec 30, Britain's foreign
minister Liz Truss spoke to her counterparts from the United States,
Germany and France about deterring Russian aggression towards
Ukraine, concerns about Iran's nuclear program and solidarity with
Lithuania in face of China pressure.
2021 Dec 31, Britain said it
has approved Pfizer's COVID-19 pill for adults who have mild to
moderate infection and are at high risk of their illness worsening,
its second easily administered antiviral against the coronavirus.
2021 Dec 31, Britain reported a
record high 189,846 new cases of COVID-19, up slightly from 189,213
the previous day. A British analysis said the risk of
hospitalization with the Omicron variant of coronavirus is about
one-third that of the Delta variant.
2021 Dec 31, Denis O’Dell (98),
a British film producer and director who worked with The Beatles on
the movie “A Hard Day’s Night" and other productions, died overnight
at his home in Spain.
2021 Kate Lister, a lecturer at
Leeds Trinity University in England, authored “Harlots, Whores &
Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale".
(NY Daily News, 10/27/21)
2022 Jan 1, New post-Brexit
custom rules for goods arriving from the European Union to Britain
took effect. The British Frozen Food Federation said this week that
the new border controls could lead to food shortages.
2022 Jan 2, Britain reported
137,583 new cases of COVID-19 in England and Wales, compared with
162,572 cases in England a day earlier.
2022 Jan 3, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson said new measures are not needed now to fight the Omicron
variant, which is "plainly milder" than earlier forms of the
coronavirus. England and Scotland reported 157,758 new cases of
COVID-19, while another 42 people in England died within 28 days of
a positive test.
2022 Jan 3, Warner Music
Group's publishing unit said it has bought late British rock star
David Bowie's entire catalog spanning six decades, including hits
such as "Heroes" and "Let's Dance." A person familiar with the
matter said the purchase was worth about $250 million.
2022 Jan 3, A
near-dozen-year-old legal settlement between Virginia Giuffre and
Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier and convicted sex offender whom
she accused of sexual abuse, was released. Giuffre, who has sued
Britain's Prince Andrew for sexual abuse, agreed in a 2009 civil
settlement with Jeffrey Epstein to restrictions on her ability to
sue others, language that could potentially impact whether the
lawsuit against the prince goes forward. Giuffre had received
$500,000 in her lawsuit against Epstein. Andrew said the deal with
Epstein shields him from any liability.
(The Guardian, 1/3/22)(Reuters, 1/3/22)
2022 Jan 5, A Bristol Crown
Court cleared three men and a woman of causing criminal damage for
helping to pull down a statue of Edward Colston, a 17th century
slave trade magnate, and throw it into Bristol harbor in southwest
England during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.
2022 Jan 5, Britain reported
record COVID-19 prevalence for the last week of 2021, with one in 15
people in England infected. PM Boris Johnson said cases were
increasing at the fastest rate ever. The UK Health Security Agency
said people who test positive for COVID-19 on rapid lateral flow
tests will not need to confirm their results with a follow-up PCR
test if they are not showing symptoms.
2022 Jan 6, Britain warned
Moscow that it was working with Western partners on high-impact
sanctions targeting Russia's financial sector should it invade
2022 Jan 6, British PM Boris
Johnson said COVID-19 vaccines would not be made mandatory even
though anti-vax campaigners were dissuading people from taking up
2022 Jan 6, The UK Health
Security Agency said there had been a confirmed human case of avian
flu in southwest England, adding that the person had been in close
contact with infected birds and there was no evidence of onward
2022 Jan 7, Britain's Ministry
of Defence said that it had begun the deployment of the military to
support hospitals experiencing staff shortages and extreme pressures
due to record COVID-19 cases in the country.
2022 Jan 7, In Scotland EDF’s
Hunterston B nuclear power plant closed after some 46 years of
operation. France's EDF is building Britain’s first new nuclear
plant in more than two decades, Hinkley Point C, with backing from
2022 Jan 8, Britain reported
146,390 new cases of COVID-19, down from 178,250 cases a day
earlier, while the number of new deaths reported increased to 313
from 229. British health officials said booster jabs are still
providing high levels of protection for older people against severe
disease from the Omicron coronavirus variant and there is no need
for now for people to have a fourth shot.
2022 Jan 9, Britain reported
141,472 new cases of COVID-19, down from 146,390 cases a day
earlier. The number of new deaths reported fell to 97 from 313.
2022 Jan 10, UK-based private
company Kabanga Nickel said BHP Group has invested $40 million in a
Tanzania nickel project, the first new bet by the world's biggest
miner in Africa in years.
2022 Jan 11, Britain's Royal
Mail said it will issue a special set of 12 stamps as a tribute to
the Rolling Stones, one of the most enduring rock groups of all
2022 Jan 11, Britain reported
120,821 new cases of COVID-19, a drop on 142,224 a day earlier, and
another 379 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, up from 77.
2022 Jan 12, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson apologized after ITV reported that the premier's senior
adviser had invited about a 100 people to a drinks party in the No.
10 garden in May 2020, a time when the UK battled its first wave of
the coronavirus. Johnson called it a "work" event.
(SFC, 1/13/22, p.A4)
2022 Jan 12, It was reported
that Aras Amiri, an Iranian employee of the British Council, has
arrived back in the UK after an Iranian court lifted her travel ban
over her spying sentence. Amiri was arrested in March 2018 in Tehran
while visiting her family and a year later an Iranian Revolutionary
Court sentenced her to 10 years in prison on a conviction for
2022 Jan 12, US District Judge
Lewis Kaplan said Virginia Giuffre could pursue claims that Prince
Andrew battered her and intentionally caused her emotional distress
while the late financier Jeffrey Epstein was trafficking her.
2022 Jan 13, Britain's domestic
spy service MI5 told the House of Commons speaker that the Chinese
Communist Party has been employing a woman to exert improper
influence over lawmakers.
2022 Jan 13, Britain and India
formally launched trade talks in New Delhi, seeking freer movement
of goods and people with a deal projected to increase bilateral
trade by billions of pounds.
2022 Jan 13, Buckingham Palace
said Britain's Prince Andrew has renounced his military affiliations
and royal patronages. The move came after Andrew's lawyers failed to
persuade a US judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him that
accuses him of sexual abuse.
2022 Jan 14, Britain said it
will build a new communications facility on one of two bases it
maintains on the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus.
2022 Jan 15, The United Kingdom
reported 81,713 new cases of COVID-19, leaving the seven-day tally
down by nearly 33% on the previous week.
2022 Jan 15, GlaxoSmithKline
said it has rejected a 50-billion-pound offer from Unilever for its
consumer goods arm, saying it "fundamentally undervalued" the
business and its future prospects and that it would stick to its
plan of spinning off the unit.
2022 Jan 16, It was reported
that Britain's government will cut the BBC's funding by ordering a
two-year freeze on the fee that people pay to watch the broadcaster.
2022 Jan 16, Britain reported
70,924 new cases of COVID-19 and 88 deaths within 28-days of a
positive test. Data on new infections from Scotland was not included
in this total due to a technical issue.
2022 Jan 17, Britain's finance
ministry said it is to crack down on "misleading" advertisements for
crypto assets, which often target retail consumers with poor
knowledge of the risks.
2022 Jan 17, Britain reported
84,429 new cases of COVID-19 and 85 deaths within 28-days of a
2022 Jan 18, Britain's payments
regulator fined five payments companies including Mastercard a total
of 33 million pounds ($45.01 million) for cartel behavior involving
prepaid cards issued to vulnerable people on welfare benefits.
2022 Jan 18, Britain reported
438 new deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily total since Feb. 24
2022 Jan 19, British PM Boris
Johnson defied calls to resign in a feisty performance in
2022 Jan 19, British PM Boris
Johnson announced the end of COVID-19 measures introduced to curb
the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in England as he looks to
live with the virus after a peak in cases. The UK reported 108,069
new cases of COVID-19, leaving the seven-day tally down by 37.2% on
the previous week.
2022 Jan 19, Britain's
financial watchdog said it planned to curb the marketing of crypto
assets and other high-risk investments, a move that comes amid a
boom in crypto ads and endorsements from celebrities.
2022 Jan 20, Britain reported
107,364 new cases of COVID-19 and 330 new deaths within 28 days of a
positive test for the virus.
2022 Jan 20, British-Belgian
teenager Zara Rutherford (19) became the youngest woman to fly solo
around the world and the first person to do so in a microlight plane
after a five-month, five-continent odyssey in her Shark ultralight.
2022 Jan 20, Airbus revealed it
was walking away from a contract with Qatar Airways for A321neos in
skeletal arguments presented during a scheduling session over the
A350 dispute at a division of Britain's High Court. Qatar has
claimed for more than $600 million in compensation over A350 flaws
penciled in for the week of April 26 in London.
2022 Jan 21, The UK Health
Security Agency designated BA.2, a sub-lineage of the dominant and
highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, as a variant under
investigation, saying it could have a growth advantage.
2022 Jan 21, Britain reported
95,787 new cases of COVID-19, down from 107,364 on the previous day.
2022 Jan 21, Shell officially
changed its name, ditching "Royal Dutch", which has been part of its
identity since 1907, following plans to scrap its dual share
structure and move its head office from the Netherlands to Britain.
2022 Jan 22, Britain reported
76,807 new COVID-19 cases, continuing a recent downturn in the
number of infections, and 297 more deaths within 28 days of a
2022 Jan 22, Thousands of
people gathered in European capitals to protest vaccine passports
and other requirements governments have imposed in hopes of ending
the coronavirus pandemic. Demonstrations took place in Athens,
Helsinki, London, Paris and Stockholm.
2022 Jan 22, The British
government said that the Kremlin was developing plans to install a
pro-Russian leader in Ukraine, and had already chosen a potential
candidate, as President Vladimir V. Putin weighs whether to order
the Russian forces amassed on Ukraine’s border to attack. Britain's
foreign ministry said Russia was considering the Ukrainian
politician Yevhen Murayev to lead a new government. Russia dismissed
Britain's accusation as "disinformation." Murayev poured cold water
on the claim in comments to the Observer newspaper.
(NY Times, 1/22/22)(Reuters, 1/23/22)
2022 Jan 23, Britain's Sunday
Times reported that Nusrat Ghani (49), who lost her job as a junior
transport minister in February 2020, has said she was fired from a
ministerial job in PM Boris Johnson's Conservative government partly
because her Muslim faith was making colleagues uncomfortable.
2022 Jan 23, Britain reported
74,799 new COVID-19 cases and 75 deaths within 28 days of a positive
test. Positive tests have fallen by 15.4% to 641,687 in the last
2022 Jan 24, Britain reported
88,447 new COVID-19 cases and 56 deaths within 28 days of a positive
test. The number of cases in the last seven days has fallen 6.8%.
2022 Jan 25, British police
said they had opened an investigation into possible COVID-19
lockdown breaches at Boris Johnson's Downing Street office and
residence, the latest blow to a prime minister facing growing calls
2022 Jan 25, Britain reported
94,326 new COVID-19 cases and 439 more deaths within 28 days of a
positive test, up from 88,447 cases and 56 deaths reported a day
2022 Jan 25, Britain's Royal
Mail said it will lay off around 700 managers as part of
cost-cutting efforts aimed at transforming the centuries-old postal
company, boosting its shares.
2022 Jan 25, London-based
Unilever said it will cut about 1,500 management jobs and reshape
its business to focus on five main product areas as it tries to
boost growth after a failed acquisition and with an activist
investor to appease.
2022 Jan 26, Britain reported
102,292 new COVID-19 cases and 346 more deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. That compared with 94,326 cases and 439 deaths
reported a day earlier.
2022 Jan 27, Britain said it
will give 100 million pounds ($135 million) of support to France’s
EDF to help it build the Sizewell C nuclear plant in Suffolk,
England and encourage new investors in the project.
2022 Jan 27, Britain recorded
338 deaths and 96,871 new cases of COVID-19. On a seven day basis,
cases were down 2.2% on the week before, and deaths down 1.1%.
2022 Jan 28, A British judge
found that tech tycoon Mike Lynch had masterminded an elaborate
fraud to inflate the value of his company Autonomy before it was
bought by Hewlett-Packard for $11 billion in 2011 in one of the UK's
biggest tech deals.
2022 Jan 28, Britain reported a
further 89,176 cases of COVID-19 and 277 more deaths.
2022 Jan 28, Britain's KP
Snacks was hit by a cyber-attack which could hit supplies of popular
snacks. It was the victim of a ransomware attack.
2022 Jan 28, A group of more
than 50 countries, led by Britain, asked the World Health
Organization to strengthen its approach to dealing with sexual
abuse, exploitation and harassment, saying such cases "deeply
undermine" its important work.
2022 Jan 29, Britain reported a
further 72,727 cases of COVID-19 and 296 more deaths. Cases were
down 3.6% over the last seven days compared with the week before,
while deaths were down 3.2% over the same seven-day period.
2022 Jan 30, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak said a planned increase in
social security contributions from workers and employers will go
ahead in April.
2022 Jan 31, A British inquiry
said some events at PM Boris Johnson's office and residence during a
COVID-19 lockdown should not have taken place, describing serious
failures of leadership and judgment at the heart of the British
government. PM Boris Johnson apologized and vowed to "fix it".
2022 Jan 31, Britain's pig
industry said it faces collapse after an exodus of east European
workers led to a shortage of butchers and a backlog in slaughtering
more than 170,000 pigs.
2022 Jan 31, Cyprus's highest
court quashed the conviction of a British woman found guilty by a
lower court of faking a claim that she was gang-raped on the island
in 2019. Lawyers, activists, politicians and the woman's family said
authorities must reopen the initial complaint of the woman having
2022 Jan 31, The United States,
Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on seven individuals and two
entities connected to Myanmar, in the latest measures against people
connected to the military that seized power in a coup one year ago.
2022 Feb 1, Britain reported
112,458 new cases of COVID-19 and 219 deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. The number of cases in the last seven days has fallen
2022 Feb 1, Leaders of Britain,
Poland and Ukraine met in Kyiv to strengthen their three-way
cooperation in the face of the threat of a new Russian military
2022 Feb 1, Anglo-Australian
miner Rio Tinto released an 85-page internal report with admissions
of sexual assault, racism and bullying.
2022 Feb 2, Britain intercepted
and escorted four Russian bomber aircraft approaching its area of
interest early today. The aircraft did not enter Britain's sovereign
2022 Feb 2, Britain reported
534 deaths within 28-days of a positive COVID-19 test, the highest
daily figure since late February 2021. The government data also
showed 88,085 new cases of COVID-19, in line with recent numbers.
2022 Feb 2, British study
leaders said the world's first "human challenge" trial in which
volunteers were deliberately exposed to COVID-19 to advance research
into the disease was found to be safe in healthy young adults.
2022 Feb 3, Britain approved
Novavax's two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for use in adults, bringing a
fifth coronavirus shot to the country amid the rapid spread of the
Omicron variant that has led to a spike in cases. Britain reported
88,171 new COVID-19 cases and 303 more deaths within 28 days of a
2022 Feb 4, It was reported
that British tech tycoon Mike Lynch has resigned as an adviser to
Darktrace PLC, a British cyber security firm. The former Autonomy
boss faced extradition to the US to face criminal charges.
2022 Feb 4, Britain reported
84,053 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 254 deaths within 28 days
of a positive test, as numbers drifted lower following a wave of
Omicron cases at the turn of the year.
2022 Feb 4, Belfast's High
Court said import checks on food and agricultural goods from Britain
to Northern Ireland under post-Brexit trade rules must remain in
place, pending the result of a judicial review to be heard next
2022 Feb 5, Queen Elizabeth
said it was her "sincere wish" that when the day comes, Camilla
would be known as Queen Consort.
2022 Feb 5, Britain reported
60,578 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 259 deaths within 28 days
of a positive test, as numbers drifted lower following a wave of
Omicron cases at the turn of the year.
2022 Feb 6, Queen Elizabeth
(95) marked her platinum jubilee, a first for a British monarch.
2022 Feb 6, Britain reported
54,095 COVID-19 cases and 75 deaths in its daily official data, with
the seven-day figure for both falling compared with the week before.
2022 Feb 7, Britain firmly
rejected a statement from China that affirmed Beijing's support for
Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands, as relations between
London and Asia's leading power remain strained.
2022 Feb 7, Britain's National
Grid ESO said it has for the first time awarded a contract to an
offshore wind farm to help keep voltage levels in the power network
2022 Feb 7, Britain reported
57,623 new COVID-19 cases and 45 more deaths within 28 days of a
2022 Feb 8, British PM Boris
Johnson, fighting for his political survival, reshuffled some
ministers in his administration to try to appease his lawmakers
angered by a series of scandals.
2022 Feb 8, PM Boris Johnson
reiterated the UK's disappointment in China's use of coercive
trading practices against Lithuania," after talks between Johnson
and Lithuanian PM Ingrida Simonyte.
2022 Feb 8, Britain reported
314 new COVID-19 deaths and a further 66,183 cases. This compared to
45 deaths and 57,623 cases reported a day earlier.
2022 Feb 9, Britain reported
68,214 new COVID-19 cases and 276 deaths. In the last seven days,
infection numbers were down 23% and deaths were down 16% on the week
2022 Feb 9, Britain's GSK
forecast growth in 2022 after racking up 1.4 billion pounds ($1.9
billion) in COVID-related sales in 2021, beating quarterly forecasts
in its first earnings report since rejecting Unilever's bid for its
2022 Feb 10, Britain reported
66,638 new COVID-19 cases and 206 deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. Case numbers in the last seven days have fallen 25%
compared with the previous seven days, while deaths have fallen 20%
on the same measure.
2022 Feb 11, Britain reported
58,899 new COVID-19 cases and 193 deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. The number of cases in the last seven days has fallen
28.7% compared with the previous seven days, while deaths have
2022 Feb 13, Britain reported
41,270 new COVID-19 cases and 52 deaths within 28 days of a positive
test. That compared with 46,025 cases and 167 deaths reported a day
2022 Feb 14, The British
government reaffirmed its sovereignty over a remote Indian Ocean
archipelago after Mauritius underlined its own territorial claim by
planting a flag on the Chagos Islands.
2022 Feb 14, British tax
authorities said they had made their first seizure of non-fungible
tokens in a crackdown on suspected criminal activity to hide money.
2022 Feb 14, Britain reported
41,648 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths further deaths within 28
days of a positive test. Cases over the last seven days were down
30% on the previous week, with weekly deaths down 27.2% compared to
the previous seven days.
2022 Feb 15, Britain's Ministry
of Defence said it had signed a letter of arrangement with Japan to
work together on research for a fighter jet sensor to detect lethal
2022 Feb 15, Britain reported
46,186 new cases of COVID-19 and 234 deaths further deaths within 28
days of a positive test.
2022 Feb 15, A US federal court
filing showed that Britain's Prince Andrew has settled a lawsuit by
Virginia Giuffre accusing the Duke of York of sexually abusing her
when she was a teenager and also being abused by the late financier
Jeffrey Epstein. Lawyers said the prince intends to make a
substantial donation to Giuffre's charity in support of victims'
2022 Feb 16, Britain said it
will double the size of the British force in Estonia as part of a
NATO deployment and will send equipment, including tanks and armored
fighting vehicles, to the country amid fears of a Russian invasion
2022 Feb 16, Britain reported
54,218 new COVID-19 cases and 199 deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. That compared with 46,186 cases and 234 deaths a day
earlier. Britain's vaccine officials advised that all children aged
5-11 should be offered COVID-19 shots.
2022 Feb 17, British PM Boris
Johnson said that an attack on a kindergarten in Ukraine was a false
flag operation designed to discredit the Ukrainians.
2022 Feb 17, Britain scrapped
so called "golden visas" for wealthy investors amid heightened
concerns about illicit Russian money after the Kremlin positioned
more than 100,000 troops around Ukraine's border.
2022 Feb 18, Strong winds
battered parts of Britain and Northern Europe, damaging buildings
and severely disrupting travel. A total of 436 flights were
cancelled across the United Kingdom amid record winds from storm
Eunice. The 2nd major storm in three days, known in Germany as Storm
Zeynep, smashed through northern Europe. At least 12 people were
killed in Belgium, Britain, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands
(NY Times, 2/18/22)(Reuters, 2/18/22)(SSFC,
2022 Feb 18, Britain reported
47,685 new cases of COVID-19 and 158 further deaths within 28 days
of a positive test. That compared with 51,899 cases and 183 deaths
reported a day earlier.
2022 Feb 19, Britain reported
34,377 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 128 deaths within 28 days
of a positive test, taking total deaths on this measure since the
start of the pandemic to 160,507.
2022 Feb 20, Queen Elizabeth
tested positive for COVID-19, sharpening concerns about the health
of the world's longest-reigning monarch two weeks after she marked
70 years on the British throne. The United Kingdom recorded 25,696
new cases and 74 new deaths.
2022 Feb 20, Storm Franklin
pushed into northern Europe from the North Atlantic even as crews
worked to clear fallen trees and restore power to thousands of
customers hit by storms Dudley and Eunice last week. At least two
people were killed.
(AP, 2/21/22)(BBC, 2/21/22)
2022 Feb 20, Jamal Edwards
(31), the founder of British online music platform SBTV, died after
a sudden illness. SBTV helped launch the careers of stars including
Ed Sheeran. Edwards founded SBTV aged 15 and went on to receive an
MBE in 2014 for his services to music.
2022 Feb 21, PM Boris Johnson
lifted all restrictions in England and announced an end to most free
(NY Times, 2/21/22)
2022 Feb 21, Britain reported
38,409 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. The figures compared to 25,696 cases and 74 deaths
reported a day earlier.
2022 Feb 22, Britain imposed
sanctions on Gennady Timchenko and two other billionaires with close
links to Vladimir Putin after the Russian president ordered troops
to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
2022 Feb 22, Britain reported
41,130 new COVID-19 cases and 205 more deaths within 28 days of a
2022 Feb 22, GlaxoSmithKline
said its consumer healthcare venture with Pfizer will be named
Haleon, as the British drugmaker confirmed the business will be spun
off in mid-2022 as planned after having rejected overtures from
2022 Feb 23, PM Boris Johnson
said Britain will provide further military support to Ukraine,
including lethal defensive weapons. Britain accused Russian news
channel RT of being a tool of a Kremlin disinformation campaign and
asked the UK media regulator to take action if needed after Russia
recognized two rebel regions of eastern Ukraine.
2022 Feb 23, Foreign Secretary
Liz Truss said Britain will stop Russia selling sovereign debt in
London after President Vladimir Putin deployed military forces into
two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine.
2022 Feb 23, Britain reported
39,656 new COVID-19 cases and 164 more deaths within 28 days of a
positive test. This compared to 41,130 cases and 205 deaths reported
a day earlier.
2022 Feb 23, Drugmakers Sanofi
and GlaxoSmithKline said they will seek regulatory approval for a
new COVID-19 vaccine after human trials showed it provided a high
level of protection against the disease.
2022 Feb 24, British PM Boris
Johnson unveiled a package of "severe" sanctions against Russia,
targeting banks, members of President Vladimir Putin's closest
circle and the extremely wealthy who enjoy high-rolling London
2022 Feb 24, Britain expanded
the criteria for its visa program for people in former colony Hong
Kong to allow adult children of eligible residents to apply
independent of their parents.
2022 Feb 24, Russia's Aeroflot
was banned from flying to the United Kingdom after President
Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine.
2022 Feb 25, British transport
minister Grant Shapps said in a tweet that no Russian private jet
can fly in UK airspace or touch down, effective immediately.
2022 Feb 24, All
government-mandated coronavirus restrictions in England were lifted.
(SFC, 2/25/22, p.A7)
2022 Feb 25, In London Mikhail
Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man before he fell foul of the
Kremlin, said that only revolution would topple Vladimir Putin, and
he expected the Kremlin chief to crack down further on dissent at
home after invading Ukraine.
2022 Feb 25, It was reported
that Virgin Atlantic has cancelled its cargo-only flights between
London and Shanghai while it looks at ways to re-route the service
following a decision to avoid Russian airspace for overflights.
2022 Feb 25, Britain reported
31,933 new cases of COVID-19 and another 120 deaths within 28 days
of a positive test.
2022 Feb 25, Russia said it has
banned British airlines from landing at its airports or crossing its
airspace. The move follows London's ban on the flights of Russian
flag carrier Aeroflot imposed in response to Russia's invasion of
2022 Feb 26, Britain said it
has cancelled visas for the Belarusian men's basketball team over
their nation's support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
2022 Feb 26, British Airways
canceled dozens of flights from Heathrow Airport as it struggled to
fix “technical issues" that hobbled booking and check-in systems.
2022 Feb 26, Britain's National
Crime Agency (NCA) warned that Albanian gangs are cornering the
market in cannabis farms as they exploit modern slavery laws to
2022 Feb 27, British foreign
minister Liz Truss said she would press for further measures against
Russia, particularly in cutting off their oil and gas supplies, at a
meeting with her counterparts in the G7 group of rich nations.
2022 Feb 28, Britain ordered
its ports to block any vessels that are Russian-flagged or believed
to be registered, owned or controlled by any person connected with
Russia as it ratcheted up the pressure on Moscow.
2022 Feb 28, Foreign Secretary
Liz Truss said Britain will lock Russia's Sberbank out of sterling
clearing and slap sanctions on three other banks.
2022 Feb 28, Britain confirmed
that a requirement for health workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination
would no longer be introduced in April and care home workers would
no longer be required to have the shots from March 15.
2022 Feb 28, A London court
ordered two Lebanese banks to pay a depositor $4 million of his
money locked in Lebanon's crippled banking system by informal
capital controls in place since a financial meltdown in 2019, the
first such ruling in Britain.
2022 Feb 28, Evgeny Lebedev,
the ennobled British-Russian media boss and son of a former KGB spy,
pleaded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war in
2022 Feb 28, Shell Oil Co. said
it will exit all its Russian operations, including a major liquefied
natural gas plant, becoming the latest major Western energy company
to quit the oil-rich country following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
2022 Mar 1, Britain announced
an asset freeze against Russian Direct Investment Fund, a financial
entity functioning as a sovereign wealth fund and designed to
attract capital into high-growth sectors. Britain also said it would
freeze the assets of the fund's Chief Executive Officer Kirill
2022 Mar 1, Britain said it was
pledging another 80 million pounds ($106.5 million) towards aid for
Ukraine to help it tackle a growing humanitarian crisis.
2022 Mar 1, British supermarket
group Sainsbury's said it plans to close 200 in-store cafes next
month, putting 2,000 jobs at risk as it brings in third-party
2022 Mar 1, Luxury carmaker
Jaguar Land Rover paused the delivery of vehicles to Russia, saying
the current global situation had presented it with trading
2022 Mar 1, Estonian PM Kaja
Kallas said NATO must improve its defenses of the Baltic nations,
the most vulnerable part of the military alliance, after meeting
with Britain's Boris Johnson and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.
Johnson said the shelling of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv by
Russian forces is an atrocity reminiscent of the attacks on Sarajevo
by the Serbs in the 1990s, adding such attacks were uniting the
world against Russia.
2022 Mar 2, British PM Boris
Johnson said that he believed the actions of Russian President
Vladimir Putin towards Ukraine already qualified as a war crime.
Johnson also said law firms working to stop Russian oligarchs from
being hit by government sanctions could face penalties themselves.
2022 Mar 2, British online
fashion retailers ASOS and Boohoo said they have suspended sales in
Russia after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, joining a growing list of
companies shunning the country.
2022 Mar 2, Britain's Premier
League club Everton said it has suspended all commercial sponsorship
arrangements with the Russian companies USM Holdings, MegaFon and
Yota with immediate effect as a result of Russia's invasion of
2022 Mar 2, Motorsport UK
banned Russian and Belarusian license holders from racing in the
British Grand Prix amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
2022 Mar 3, British Defense
Secretary Ben Wallace said Russian President Vladimir Putin has
deployed thermobaric weapons systems in Ukraine and London is
worried about how broadly they could be used.
2022 Mar 3, Russia's foreign
ministry said, without providing evidence, that the British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was being used to undermine the
internal political situation and security in Russia.
2022 Mar 3, Russia's foreign
ministry vowed to impose tough, but proportionate measures against
British interests in Russia over what it called "sanctions hysteria"
in London during the conflict in Ukraine.
2022 Mar 4, British Deputy
Prime Minister Dominic Raab said Britain will seize the properties
of Russian oligarchs if there is the legal basis to do so.
2022 Mar 4, The London Stock
Exchange said it had suspended trading in the remainder of the
Russian securities listed on the exchange, after suspending the bulk
of them earlier this week.
2022 Mar 4, Britain's BBC said
it would temporarily suspend the work of all its journalists and
support staff in Russia following the introduction of a new law that
could jail anyone found to be intentionally spreading "fake" news.
2022 Mar 4, A depositors' union
said Lebanon's Bank Audi has closed more than 30 accounts belonging
to UK nationals or their close relatives since a London court
ordered it to transfer funds stuck in the crisis-hit banking sector
to a British client.
2022 Mar 5, Britain urged its
nationals to consider leaving Russia after Moscow's decision to
2022 Mar 5, Britain's Foreign
Office revealed that the UK had frozen a total of £258.8 billion of
bank assets, compared to £240 billion by the US and £33.8 billion by
(The Telegraph, 3/5/22)
2022 Mar 7, PM Boris Johnson
rejected calls for Britain to ease visa demands on Ukrainian
refugees fleeing conflict, saying Britain was a generous country but
it needed to maintain checks on who was arriving. Johnson said his
government was pledging another 175 million pounds ($230.28 million)
in aid for Ukraine to help it deal with a growing humanitarian
2022 Mar 7, Britain set out
ways it would crack down on "dirty money," introducing new
legislation to "hobble" Russian President Vladimir Putin by making
it more difficult for those close to him to use London as their
2022 Mar 7, Britain's Ministry
of Defense said Russia is probably targeting Ukraine's communication
infrastructure to reduce access to reliable news sources.
2022 Mar 8, The BBC resumed
reporting from Russia after suspending it last week in light of
draconian new censorship laws.
2022 Mar 8, Ukraine's President
Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Britain’s Parliament, echoing Winston
Churchill during World War II: “We will fight in the forests, in the
fields, on the shores, in the streets." Zelenskiy signed a decree
recalling all peacekeeping forces and equipment, including
helicopters, in order to assist in the war effort at home.
(NY Times, 3/9/22)(Reuters, 3/9/22)
2022 Mar 8, US President Joe
Biden announced a US ban on Russian oil and other energy imports,
ramping up a pressure campaign on Moscow in retaliation for the
invasion of Ukraine. Oil prices surged as the United States and
Britain moved to ban Russian oil imports. Biden predicted prices
would rise further as a result of "Putin's war," but pledged to do
all he could to minimize the impact on the American people.
2022 Mar 8, A US judge ordered
the dismissal of Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit accusing Britain's
Prince Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was underage, as
Britain's finance ministry confirmed that no public funds were used
in their settlement.
2022 Mar 9, Britain said it had
impounded a plane connected to a Russian billionaire under new
aviation sanctions which give authorities the power to detain any
Russian aircraft and to ban exports of aviation or space-related
goods to Russia. The private jet was linked to Eugene Shvidler, a
billionaire business associate of Roman Abramovich.
2022 Mar 9, Defense minister
Ben Wallace said Britain is planning to supply Ukraine with
anti-aircraft missiles to help it defend its skies from Russian
2022 Mar 9, The UK Ministry of
Defense said Russia has confirmed its use of a thermobaric weapon
system, or "vacuum" bombs, during Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
Thermobaric bombs are capable of sucking the air out of person's
lungs, causing them to fill with liquid, or causing a person's lungs
to rupture or explode. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby,
meanwhile, said that he has seen "no indications" that Russia has
used thermobaric weapons in Ukraine.
(Fox News, 3/9/22)
2022 Mar 10, British PM Boris
Johnson said he feared Russia would deploy chemical weapons in
2022 Mar 10, Britain said it
will streamline a system next week to allow Ukrainians to enter the
country, after an outcry over a requirement for people fleeing
Russia's invasion to get biometric tests before being allowed in.
2022 Mar 10, Britain imposed
sanctions on Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich and Igor
Sechin, the chief executive of Russian oil giant Rosneft, hitting
them with asset freezes and travel bans because of their links to
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Abramovich was among seven Russian
businessmen added to Britain's sanctions list as it ramped up
pressure on the pariah state over its invasion of Ukraine.
(Reuters, 3/10/22)(Europe News, 3/10/22)
2022 Mar 10, It was reported
that Britain has urged Myanmar's former ambassador to leave the
official London residence where he has continued to live since he
was ousted for criticizing last year's military coup, citing
pressure from the junta.
2022 Mar 11, Britain imposed
sanctions on 386 members of Russia's lower house of parliament, to
increase diplomatic pressure on Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin for
2022 Mar 11, BP and Eni said
they have completed a deal to merge their oil and gas operations in
Angola. The deal will create a company called Azule Energy that is
expected to be Angola’s largest producer.
2022 Mar 12, The Premier League
board said it has disqualified Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as a
director at the English top-flight soccer club after he was
sanctioned by the British government over Russia's invasion of
2022 Mar 13, British finance
minister Rishi Sunak called on more British companies to wind down
their existing investments in Russia and said new investments should
be halted after President Vladimir Putin's decision to invade
2022 Mar 13, It was reported
that Britain will pay people to open their homes to Ukrainians
fleeing the Russian invasion as the government moves to deflect
anger over its response to the fastest-growing refugee crisis in
Europe since World War Two.
2022 Mar 14, City police moved
in to evict squatters who had occupied a London mansion suspected of
belonging to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who was placed on
Britain's sanctions list last week in response to Russia's invasion
2022 Mar 14, Business Secretary
Kwasi Kwarteng said Britain said it will donate more than 500 mobile
generators to help Ukraine and weaken Russia's attempts to cripple
its power supply. They would be enough to power 20,000 buildings.
2022 Mar 14, A London tribunal
ruled that a 2018 Bermuda law that bans same-sex marriage in the
British overseas territory is constitutional, a departure from the
broad trend towards legalization of gay marriage in the West. The
ruling also blocked gay marriages in the Cayman Islands.
(Reuters, 3/14/22)(SFC, 3/15/22, p.A3)
2022 Mar 15, Britain imposed
sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and entities, using a
new law to catch up with the European Union and United States in
targeting people accused of propping up Russian President Vladimir
Putin. Britain said that it would ban exports of high-end luxury
goods to Russia while hitting Russian products like vodka with new
tariffs that represent a 35% increase.
(Reuters, 3/15/22)(NY Times, 3/15/22)
2022 Mar 16, British PM Boris
Johnson met the de facto leaders of Gulf oil exporters Saudi Arabia
and the United Arab Emirates on a visit aimed at securing oil
supplies and raising pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin
over Ukraine. This came a day after US security advisor Brett McGurk
arrived with a US delegation to urge Saudi Arabia to use capacity to
pump more oil.
2022 Mar 16, Foreign Secretary
Liz Truss said Britain has paid a historic 400 million pound ($522
million) debt owed to Iran relating to military equipment, and also
confirmed the release of British-Iranian dual nationals previously
held in Iran.
2022 Mar 16, Defense minister
Ben Wallace said Britain is supplying starstreak anti-aircraft
missiles to Ukraine.
2022 Mar 16, Russian
authorities blocked the website of Britain's BBC, which foreign
ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Telegram post was
"just the beginning of response actions to an information war
unleashed by the West".
2022 Mar 17, Britain said it
will deploy its Sky Sabre missile system in Poland, as NATO moves to
beef up the security of its eastern flank in view of Russia's
invasion of Ukraine.
2022 Mar 17, British military
intelligence said in an update that Russia's invasion of Ukraine had
"largely stalled on all fronts", and Russian forces were suffering
heavy losses from a staunch and well-coordinated resistance.
2022 Mar 17, Britain said it
was suspending the exchange of tax information with Russia and
Belarus in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
2022 Mar 17, The Bank of
England raised interest rates to 0.75% from 0.5%, but softened its
language on the need for further increases from here.
2022 Mar 17, The BBC said it
had agreed to make a substantial payout to the former private
secretary of the late Princess Diana over the corporation's now
much-criticized 1995 interview with the royal.
2022 Mar 17, It was reported
that Britain's medicines regulator has approved AstraZeneca's
antibody-based COVID-19 treatment for preventing infections in
adults with poor immune response, marking a major step in the fight
against the pandemic as infections surge globally.
2022 Mar 18, Britain's media
regulator revoked Russian-backed television channel RT's license to
broadcast in the United Kingdom with immediate effect, citing its
links to the Kremlin.
2022 Mar 18, Trade unions
protested at British ferry ports after Dubai-owned P&O Ferries
abruptly sacked 800 workers via a video message, drawing widespread
condemnation and raising the prospect of disruption to key tourist
and goods routes.
2022 Mar 18, Six Western
nations (US, UK, France, Albania, Ireland and Norway) accused Russia
of using the UN Security Council to launder disinformation, spread
propaganda and justify an unprovoked attack on Ukraine.
2022 Mar 21, OneWeb, British
satellite communications company, said it will resume satellite
launches with Elon Musk's SpaceX after it suspended launches from
Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
2022 Mar 21, Anglo-Swedish
drugmaker AstraZeneca said its antibody-based cocktail to prevent
and treat COVID-19 retained neutralizing activity against Omicron
coronavirus variants, including the highly contagious BA.2
sub-variant, in an independent lab study.
2022 Mar 22, Britain said it
would increase compensation to postal workers wrongly convicted of
fraud in one of England's biggest ever miscarriages of justices.
Hundreds of Post Office workers were prosecuted between 2000 and
2014 after a software glitch in the IT system Horizon left holes in
2022 Mar 22, London police
received yet another rebuke for internal corruption and links to
crime in a damning report born out of their flawed investigation of
a 1987 murder.
2022 Mar 22, Britain's Prince
William and his wife Kate arrived in Jamaica as part of a week-long
Caribbean tour, hours after activists protested to demand
reparations for slavery amid growing scrutiny of the British
Empire's colonial legacy.
2022 Mar 22, Sweden's
government gave a qualified green light to Britain's Beowulf Mining
to proceed with plans for an iron ore mine in the far north that has
been opposed by indigenous people over its environmental impact.
2022 Mar 22, The United States
and Britain ended a four-year dispute over US steel and aluminum
tariffs, pledging to work together to counter China in a deal that
also removes retaliatory tariffs from US motorcycles, whiskey and
2022 Mar 23, British finance
minister Rishi Sunak cut fuel duty and softened some of a looming
payroll tax increase as he sought to alleviate a severe
cost-of-living squeeze against the backdrop of slowing economic
2022 Mar 23, Britain's biggest
domestic bank Lloyds said it will close 60 further branches, as it
steps up efforts to shrink its physical branch network amid a surge
in the popularity of digital banking.
2022 Mar 23, Julian Assange
married Stella Moris, his long-term partner, inside a high-security
prison in southeast London during visiting hours this afternoon.
(The Independent, 3/23/22)
2022 Mar 23, The export credit
agencies of the United States, Britain and Canada said that they are
withdrawing new export credit support for Russia and Belarus over
Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
2022 Mar 24, The UK sanctioned
Polina Kovaleva (26), stepdaughter of Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov, who owns a luxury £4 million ($5 million) property in
(Business Insider, 3/24/22)
2022 Mar 24, Britain and Canada
launched talks on a new free trade deal, as Britain's trade minister
visited her Canadian counterpart to try to deepen ties already worth
2022 Mar 24, City of London
Police said they have arrested seven people, ages 16-21, following a
series of hacks by the Lapsus$ hacking group which targeted major
firms including Okta Inc and Microsoft Corp.
2022 Mar 24, A senior British
judge has concluded that Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
al-Maktoum, inflicted "exorbitant" domestic abuse against his
ex-wife, as he awarded Princess Haya bint al-Hussein sole
responsibility for looking after their children.
2022 Mar 24, Chief executive
Peter Hebblethwaite said P&O Ferries, a British unit of
Dubai-owned ports firm DP World, broke the law by sacking 800
seafarers last week without consulting unions.
2022 Mar 24, Britain's Prince
William and his wife Kate arrived in The Bahamas for the third leg
of a Caribbean tour.
2022 Mar 24, Russia's top
shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF), already struggling to find berths
to discharge cargoes, faced fresh pressure after the UK today joined
countries that have slapped sanctions on it, with implications for
insurance and certification.
2022 Mar 25, Britain's PM Boris
Johnson told Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, to urge Vladimir
Putin to pull out of Ukraine during a "frank and candid" 50-minute
(The Telegraph, 3/25/22)
2022 Mar 25, It was reported
that the British government has signed laws giving it the power to
formally detain two private jets belonging to Eugene Shvidler, the
right-hand man of Roman Abramovich.
(The Times, 3/25/22)
2022 Mar 25, Britain's defense
ministry said Ukraine has retaken towns and defensive positions up
to 35 km east of Kyiv, helped by Russian forces falling back on
overextended supply lines.
2022 Mar 25, It was reported
that London-based HSBC, Europe's second biggest bank, is shunning
prospective Russian clients and declining credit to some existing
ones, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, as the
bank seeks to shield itself from Western sanctions against Moscow.
2022 Mar 26, British foreign
minister Liz Truss said sanctions imposed on Russian individuals and
companies could be lifted if Russia withdraws from Ukraine and
commits to end aggression.
2022 Mar 27, Britain's National
Grid said it would sell a 60% stake in its British gas transmission
and metering business to Australia's Macquarie Asset Management and
British Columbia Investment Management Corporation as it shifts
2022 Mar 28, Britain instructed
public sector bodies to review energy and other contracts they have
with Russian firms and consider switching suppliers, noting that
existing energy agreements could benefit the Russian state.
2022 Mar 28, Britain's BBC said
the Taliban have banned its television news in three main languages
of Afghanistan from being broadcast.
2022 Mar 28, It was reported
that millions of dollars of public funds allegedly stolen by two of
Kenya's richest men are being returned from Jersey to Kenya to buy
life-saving Covid-19 equipment following a landmark agreement signed
2040 In 2017 France's
government unveiled a law to ban all production and exploration of
oil and natural gas by this time on the country's mainland and
overseas territories. In 2017 Britain and France said that by this
year new cars reliant on petrol or diesel will be illegal.
(AP, 9/6/17)(Econ, 9/9/17, p.65)