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Bitesized Blighty: November 10, 2017

Georgia Brown,  Ligia Vela-Reid

  • Earlier today we found out that Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed. The firm said it would appeal against this latest ruling (no surprise) since, according to the firm, 80% of their 50,000 UK based drivers would rather be classed as self-employed.
  • Former Great Britain Olympian Jess Varnish is suing UK Sport and British Cycling on claims that she suffered sex discrimination, detriment for whistleblowing, victimisation and unfair dismissal. The sprinter was dropped from the British Cycling's elite programme last year, after which former technical director Shane Sutton was found to have used sexist language towards her.
  • Earlier today, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, set the British government a deadline of two weeks to give “vital” clarification on the financial commitments it is willing to honour at the end of a sixth round of Brexit talks that offered little evidence that any progress has been made. The UK’s Brexit secretary, David Davis, pled Barnier and the EU27 to be flexible and move on to discuss their future relationship. 

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