5 Things You Need To Know (17/7/17)
Welcome to our daily update, where we summarise the key talking points from the last 24 hours.
The second round of Brexit talks have taken place between the UK’s David Davis and the EU’s Michel Barnier.
Mr Davis has called for greater effort, saying it is time to “get down to business.”
Talks are focusing on key matters such as citizens’ rights and financial issues that could be impacted during separation. Northern Ireland and the Irish border are also being addressed.
2. Internet censorship
A nine month countdown is underway towards compulsory age checks for websites which the UK government deems adult in nature.
The Digital Economy Act will begin in April 2018, and it means that anyone wanting to view an adult website in the UK will be required to unblock the site via something such as a credit card verification.
3. Theresa May
Theresa May is set to deliver a warning to her cabinet, the spokesman for the Prime Minister has said.
A series of leaks has taken place, with the most recent leak revealing comments by Chancellor Philip Hammond.
The leaks have revealed some of the divisions in the government, and Mrs May is set to remind ministers that they should remain quiet and get on with the job of governing.
4. Education funding
An extra £1.3 billion funding for schools has been announced for over the next two years.
Education Secretary Justine Greening said the money will ensure schools have “the investment they need to offer a world-class education to every single child.”
5. Election abuse
The electoral commission has reacted to reports of people voting more than once in June’s UK election. The watchdog concluded that while there is little evidence of widespread abuse, the reports are “troubling.”
It has recommended that council managed electoral registers be better joined up in order to weed out duplicates.