Rishi Sunak said cooperation between the UK and France on tackling the small boats crisis is now at an “unprecedented level”, after agreeing a £500 million deal with Emmanuel Macron. We also have the latest as the BBC told Gary Lineker to “step back” from presenting Match of the Day.
UK will fund new migrant detention centre in France
Rishi Sunak hailed a “new beginning” for relations between the UK and France , after a £500 million three year Anglo-French deal to tackle the small boats crisis was agreed. A new detention centre to prevent migrants leaving France on small boats will be funded by Britain as part of the deal. Appearing alongside Emmanuel Macron at a press conference in Paris, the Prime Minister said today’s UK-France Summit – the first held in five years – marked the moment of an “entente renewed”. He said that “today we have taken our cooperation to an unprecedented level” to tackle the “shared challenge” of the migrant Channel crossings crisis, as he announced new measures to stop people making the perilous journey. Our home affairs editor Charles Hymas outlines the other measures here.
BBC tells Lineker to step back from Match of the Day
Gary Lineker outside his home yesterday Credit: Jamie Lorriman
Gary Lineker is stepping down as presenter of Match of the Day after a row over his comparing the Government’s migration policy to Nazi Germany.
A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC has been in extensive discussions with Gary and his team in recent days. We have said that we consider his recent social media activity to be a breach of our guidelines.”
The ceremony’s viewing figures have been in freefall since – funnily enough – the shift around ten years ago towards more niche nominees. Last year’s edition was watched live by 15.36 million: an audience just over a third of the size of the one that saw 12 Years a Slave win in 2014. And what do we talk about afterwards? Everything that went wrong: envelope mix-ups, dreadful speeches, live on-stage violence.
Business news: UK ‘no longer at risk of recession’
The UK will avoid a recession this year, according to a string of City analysts who changed their gloomy predictions after the economy returned to growth in January. Our economics editor Szu Ping Chan has the full story here.
A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world.
We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".
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