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'Russian fake Twitter posts targeted Brexit vote'

'Russian fake Twitter posts targeted Brexit vote'

Technology
Fake Twitter accounts created by a Russian propaganda unit made a determined, co-ordinated attempt to interfere during the EU referendum, Sky News can reveal.A detailed analysis of Twitter accounts identified by the US senate as being linked to the Kremlin shows this activity before, during and after the Brexit vote in 2016.However, although co-ordinated, Russian activity appears to be at a much lower level than in the US presidential elections.The analysis was carried out by Yin Yin Lu, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute.Ms Lu cross-referenced a pre-existing database of 22.6 million tweets she created last year with the 2,752 accounts identified as creations of the Russian Internet Research Agency by the US senate.She found 416 tweets from the Russian usernames from March to Ju...
Firms deliver Brexit warning to May at talks

Firms deliver Brexit warning to May at talks

Business
Business groups from across the EU have warned Theresa May on the threat to investment and jobs without "urgent progress" in Brexit talks within the next two weeks. The delegation visited Downing Street to voice fears that current uncertainty over the UK's future trading relationship with the EU was damaging to firms across the continent.Business groups from countries including Germany, France and Ireland joined UK counterparts in urging both sides in the break-up to heed their united stance on the need for trade talks to be given the green light by EU leaders at their December summit in two weeks' time.As we leave the EU, we must do all we can to ensure that UK and EU businesses continue to thrive side-by-side. That’s why it was so important to speak to European business leaders in Downin
Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Science
A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would hold the powerful to account and deliver a green Brexit.The plans come amid concerns that environmental regulations enshrined in EU law could be lost after Brexit.Mr Gove told the Andrew Marr Show standards would not be sacrificed as part of a potential US free trade deal.Wildlife prioritisedMr Gove wants the watchdog to be independent of government - able to speak its mind freely, he said, with clear legal authority.Writing in The Telegraph, he said the watchdog would have "real bite" but did not outline exact planned powers.He said it was important that environmental enforcement and policym...
We want our Brexit cash boost – NHS boss

We want our Brexit cash boost – NHS boss

Health
The health service should get the cash boost it was promised during the EU referendum, the head of the NHS in England is expected to say later.Simon Stevens will use controversial claims used by Vote Leave to put the case for more money in a speech later.With waiting times worsening, he will say trust in politics will be damaged if the NHS does not get more.During the referendum it was claimed £350m a week was sent to the EU and that would be better spent on the NHS.The claim was widely contested at the time and ever since - it did not take into account the rebate the UK had nor the fact the UK benefited from investment from the EU.Some argued it proved highly influential in the referendum result.If you can't see the NHS Tracker, click or tap here. 'Honour the promises'The speech by Mr Ste
A pint of view: What do farmers think about Brexit?

A pint of view: What do farmers think about Brexit?

Science
What do the farmers out in the field, in the dairy and in the milking parlour think about Brexit? No-one knows what's around the corner for the dairy industry.Specific negotiations over a future trade deal haven't even started. Some experts predict oblivion; others see opportunity. So let's start with what we do know: the state of the industry 20 years ago, and what it's like today.The number of dairy farmers has shrunk dramatically: In 1996 there were around 35,000. Now there are around 13,000 - a drop of almost two-thirds. Farms are getting bigger: The average herd size was 75 cows and now it's 140. And as for the cost of a pint: back in 1996 it was 36 pence, now it's 43 pence - and many farmers say it's too low.So how do those working in the industry feel about what the next 20 years ...