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Bitesized Blighty: February 28, 2020

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  • Coronavirus cases have now been confirmed in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, bringing the total in the UK to 19. England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, warned that it is "just a matter of time" until coronavirus spreads, saying schools and offices in the UK could be closed for more than two months if the outbreak becomes “out of control”.
  • Business leaders have warned that jobs and trade could be jeopardised after government plans for a third runway at Heathrow were ruled unlawful. The Court of Appeal ruled that the £14bn scheme failed to meet UK commitments on climate change. The government has confirmed it will not appeal. Heathrow, however, said it would take the case to the Supreme Court. It comes as outgoing Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned the City that the world risks missing carbon targets unless businesses improve how they disclose their impact on the environment.
  • The British government has laid out its ambitions for a post-Brexit agreement with the EU, proposing aCanada-style trade deal – and a June deadline for progress. The government called for “regulatory freedom” from the EU and said it will walk away from negotiations if it doesn’t feel a “broad outline” has been agreed by June.

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