Tuesday morning press briefing: UK power struggle
The UK is on the brink of an energy disaster, but how did it get there? As families brace for higher bills, energy experts anxiously pore over the weather forecast for clues of relief.
But not all energy difficulties will be solved even if the electricity production of wind farms suddenly increases. The search for greener energy has driven up costs and the UK is vulnerable to geopolitical power games.
Economic editor Russell lynch has the inner history of Britain’s energy crisis – and how to fix it.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, who yesterday “made a Corporal Jones” in the Commons, is under increasing pressure from energy companies to remove the price cap as the wholesale price of natural gas in the UK has increased. reached an all time high.
It came as buyers were warned of potential food shortages by the end of the week amid dwindling carbon dioxide stores.
PM admits he faces wait for US trade deal
Boris Johnson will visit the White House today for the first time since becoming Prime Minister and will meet face to face with Joe Biden in the Oval Office. The Prime Minister appears to have lost all hope of securing a UK-US free trade deal anytime soon, saying the US president has other “fish to fry”. Political editor Ben riley smith, who travels with Mr Johnson, says that means that more than half a decade after the Brexit vote, it is still unclear how, when and in what form a trade deal between the UK and the States -Unis will happen. Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has warned that post-Brexit issues with Northern Ireland “cannot go on forever” as he claimed the Dutch PM has offered to mediate on the issue.
After the White House announced it was lifting its blanket ban on travelers from the UK and the EU, it’s unclear whether unvaccinated children will be able to accompany their parents on trips to the US. US sources said there would be very limited exemptions, but officials declined to confirm whether children would be included. Read what we know about the travel rule changes starting in early November – and our pick of 15 trips to book now, from budget to explosion.
Prince Philip’s no-frills desk, preserved as he left it
It was the center of his professional life for decades. The Duke of Edinburgh’s office can now be seen as he left it, with a ship-shaped desk and touching memories of his marriage. The study at Duke’s Buckingham Palace, described as a “very practical no-frills room”, was filmed for the BBC as part of a tribute to the oldest husband in history, with insights from those who knew him best. Look at the photos of the Duke’s office and read the memories of his grandchildren.
Daily dose of Matt
Today’s cartoon | Seen MastThe latest cartoon from, with an ironic take on the UK energy crisis.
Also in the news: other headlines today
Canadian election | Canadians brought Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau back to power earlier today in a hotly contested election against a rookie Conservative leader, but he failed to secure an absolute majority. Rozina Sabur has the latest news from Montreal. A new image of Mr. Trudeau in blackface had emerged as voters walked to the polls.
Around the world: mounted police round up migrants
Police armed with lassos on horseback have been deployed to prevent thousands of Haitian migrants from illegally crossing the Rio Grande to America. American Correspondent Jamie johnson reports from the Texas town of Del Rio where some 16,000 people have arrived from Mexico in the past fifteen weeks. View a gallery of the world’s most striking images of the day.