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Ursula von der Leyen: EU, Britain making progress in Brexit talks

Ursula von der Leyen: EU, Britain making progress in Brexit talks

World
Nov. 20 (UPI) -- With a Dec. 31 deadline looming, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Friday the bloc and Britain are making "better progress" in negotiating final Brexit issues that will lead to a trade deal. Little progress had been made between Britain and the European Union up to the recent round of negotiations that started after Britain agreed to a withdrawal agreement with the bloc. Many details still had to be worked out, from quotas and tariffs to their relationship in various sectors, including energy, transportation and security. Advertisement "After difficult weeks with very, very slow progress, now we've seen in the last days better progress, more movement on important files," von der Leyen said. "This is good. We still have of course the three main diffic...
Britain, Belgium to collaborate on MQ-9B drone acquisition

Britain, Belgium to collaborate on MQ-9B drone acquisition

Business
Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Britain and Belgium signed a statement of intent to work together after both countries acquire the MQ-9B drone, they announced this week. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System is built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of San Diego, and is known as the Protector RG Mk1 in Europe. Advertisement In remote signing ceremonies on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston of the Royal Air Force and Maj. Gen. Frederik Vansina, Commander of the Belgian Air Component, agreed to seek cooperative opportunities for training, maintenance, logistic support, interoperability and capability enhancement. "As the second Air Force acquiring this system, we are proud to join the United Kingdom in setting the first milestones towards interoperability between both our systems," said Vansina...
Britain buys General Atomics’ Protector drone in $81M deal

Britain buys General Atomics’ Protector drone in $81M deal

Business
July 15 (UPI) -- San Diego-based General Atomics will build three Protector drones for Britain in an $ 81 million deal, the British Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday. The aircraft will also be deployed in intelligence, surveillance, targeting and reconnaissance missions, replacing Britain's current fleet of Reaper drones, officials said. Advertisement "The U.K. is proving once again that we are a world leader in defense technology," said Defense Minister Ben Wallace on Wednesday at the virtual 2020 Air and Space Power Conference. "Protector will provide the RAF [Royal Air Force] with vast global reach, meeting the U.K.'s defense and security needs for decades to come, and provides another increase to the unmanned inventory for the armed forces. The aircraft is a modification of t...
Little Britain pulled from iPlayer and Netflix because ‘times have changed’

Little Britain pulled from iPlayer and Netflix because ‘times have changed’

Entertainment
Little Britain has been removed from BBC iPlayer, Netflix and BritBox as objections resurfaced to some of the sketch show's characters.Netflix pulled the Matt Lucas and David Walliams series on Friday, along with their other comedy Come Fly With Me.The BBC and Britbox took Little Britain off on Monday. Both outlets said "times have changed" since it first aired.Both shows include scenes where the comedians portray characters from different ethnic backgrounds."There's a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review," a BBC spokesperson said."Times have changed since Little Britain first aired so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer."No Netflix rebootNetflix has not commented on the reasons for the removal, but ha...
Britain goes coal free as renewables edge out fossil fuels

Britain goes coal free as renewables edge out fossil fuels

Science
Britain is about to pass a significant landmark - at midnight on Wednesday it will have gone two full months without burning coal to generate power.A decade ago about 40% of the country's electricity came from coal; coronavirus is part of the story, but far from all.When Britain went into lockdown, electricity demand plummeted; the National Grid responded by taking power plants off the network.The four remaining coal-fired plants were among the first to be shut down.The last coal generator came off the system at midnight on 9 April. No coal has been burnt for electricity since. The current coal-free period smashes the previous record of 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes which was set in June last year.The figures apply to Britain only, as Northern Ireland i...