Posts tagged as UK

Lithuanians among the most numerous applicants for UK’s settled status

Friday, May 22, 2020

Nearly 177,000 Lithuanians have applied for the settled status in the UK, one of the biggest national groups and more numerous than French or Germans citizens. While migration to the UK has been on the decrease in recent years, the figure highlights the sheer size of the population that Lithuania has lost over the last decades. The UK government has recently released data, showing that 3.5 million EU citizens have…

As EU borders close, UK agriculture gets preview of Brexit – opinion

Monday, April 6, 2020

With seasonal workers and migrants separated from the UK by quarantine and closed borders, Britain’s farms are facing devastating labour shortages in a sign of things to come after Brexit, writes Craig Turp at Emerging Europe. Yes, technically Britain left the European Union on January 31, shortly before the coronavirus outbreak – at that stage confined to parts of China – became a global pandemic. Under the terms of the…

Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock test positive for Covid-19

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The prime minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, was seen running from Downing Street, around the same time that Boris Johnson announced to the nation he had contracted covid-19 on Thursday. In the footage, captured by BBC and Sky news cameras, Cummings flees from a back gate with a rucksack. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed that he had also tested positive shortly after.

US, British soldiers fall in Iraq; US attacks militia group

Friday, March 13, 2020

In Iraq, a rocket attack has hit a US military base killing two American and one British soldiers. The US has conducted air strikes against what its coalition forces called Iran-backed fighters. The Camp Taji military base near Baghdad, hosts foreign soldiers from the US-led international coalition against IS. Their mission is to train and advise Iraqi security forces. A coalition statement announced that on Wednesday, March 11, Camp Taji…

Lithuania’s Eurovision hopeful cancels trips to UK and Netherlands due to coronavirus

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Roop, which is representing Lithuania in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has cancelled a trip to the Netherlands and all planned performances in London and Amsterdam due to the coronavirus, the band said on Thursday. “We do not want to risk our own or the public’s health,” the band’s lead singer Vaidotas Valiukevičius said in a statement. On Thursday, the Lithuanian government announced a series of anti-epidemic measures, including…

UK warns it could walk away from EU trade talks

Friday, February 28, 2020

The United Kingdom has unveiled a negotiating mandate for talks with the European Union that puts it on a collision course with Brussels, saying it was ready to walk away if “good progress” was not made by June. After leaving the EU last month, the UK has until the end of the year to negotiate a trade deal and agreements on everything from fishing to transport, to replace more than 40 years of closely…

Latvia condemns Russian cyber-attack on Georgia

Friday, February 21, 2020

Latvia added its voice February 21 to condemnation from the United States and United Kingdom of a massive cyber-attack that targeted Georgia on 28 October, 2019. The cyber-attack targeted Georgia’s government and private companies’ websites as well as the national TV stations. “Latvia shares in the views expressed in the statements made by Georgia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, which attribute the cyber-attack to the Main Division of the General…

Lithuania-UK cooperation is to continue to grow in the future

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Brian Olley, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Lithuania, to discuss prospects for the bilateral political and economic cooperation. According to the Head of Government, Lithuania greatly values the partnership with the United Kingdom, both in the international organizations and in the bilateral relations. The countries share the same approach on many issues, and Lithuania will support further the close cooperation between the…

Waiting for Brexit: Lithuanians in UK ‘sick and tired’ of uncertainty

Friday, January 31, 2020

As Britain is finally gearing up towards Brexit, many Lithuanians in the UK are preparing for it with relative equanimity, even though London and Brussels are yet to negotiate the terms of the future relationship. Lina Garnytė has been running a small Lithuanian bookshop in London, popular with a rather sizable UK Lithuanian community, for over ten years. She says life goes on as usual, even though the country is…

Veber family returns from UK for the children’s sake

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Veber family can’t complain about life in England – they have their own apartment, main breadwinner Dimitriy has a good job as a driver, though he is an economist by education. While Inesa has an architectural technologist degree from the  Riga Building College   she has already closed and sold her Latvian goods store in Spalding. The family is raising two children, which is one of the reasons for…