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Firearms licensing service improved after criticism

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has been made aware that several firearms licensing departments that had previously stopped grant applications have revised their policy after criticism from BASC, press coverage and intervention by MPs. Licensing departments in North Yorkshire, Thames Valley, Kent and Northamptonshire had all previously announced that grant applications for… Read more »

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Truss summons French Ambassador for talks amid fishing row
Truss summons French Ambassador for talks amid ongoing fishing dispute

Foreign secretary Liz Truss has summoned the French Ambassador Catherine Colonna to meet with Britain’s Europe Minister Wendy Morton this afternoon, amid an ongoing fishing licenses row. This latest flashpoint was triggered overnight on Wednesday, when France detained a British trawler and verbally warned another off the coast of Le Havre, and the French government… Read more »

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Priti Patel dubs France's detainment of British trawler 'disappointing' amid fishing license row
Priti Patel dubs French government ‘disappointing’ amid fishing license row

Home secretary Priti Patel has described France’s decision to detain a British trawler and verbally warn another as “disappointing”. When asked today whether she was in talks with her French equivalent, she told journalists: “It is disappointing, and we as a country fulfilled all our obligations under the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA). “But at… Read more »