Morning new headlines: Hard Brexit to cost UK up to £66bn a year, says treasury; Samsung shares plunge as sales of fire-hit Galaxy note 7 halted
HARD BREXIT TO COST UK UP TO £66BN A YEAR, SAYS TREASURY
Treasury coffers will take a £66 billion annual hit if Britain goes for a so-called hard Brexit, Cabinet ministers have been warned.
Leaked Government papers suggest leaving the single market and switching to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would cause GDP to fall by up to 9.5% compared with if the country remained in the European Union.
The draft Cabinet committee paper seen by The Times is based on forecasts from the controversial study into the predicted impact of quitting the EU published by George Osborne in April during the referendum campaign.
SAMSUNG SHARES PLUNGE AS SALES OF FIRE-HIT GALAXY NOTE 7 HALTED
Samsung has halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and urged owners to switch them off following reports that handsets issued as safe replacements during a recall had caught fire.
The Korean technology giant’s share price tumbled 7% in trading in Seoul on Tuesday, wiping billions of pounds off its value, as the future of the flagship handset was thrown into jeopardy.
The £740 smartphone was due to relaunch in the UK at the end of October after sales were delayed amid concerns that the mobiles were at risk of overheating or catching fire.
JCB QUITS CBI AMID REPORTS OF CLASHES OVER BREXIT
Construction equipment giant JCB is quitting the CBI business lobbying group amid reports of clashes over Brexit.
Lord Bamford, whose father founded JCB in 1945, has been an outspoken supporter of leaving the EU, while CBI members have warned against it.
Both parties confirmed the decision on Monday night, but declined to offer reasons why.
BBC ‘FALLING SHORT’ IN REPRESENTATION OF OLDER WOMEN AND MINORITY COMMUNITIES
The BBC is “falling short” on its obligations towards older women and minority communities, the head of the media watchdog has said.
Sharon White, Ofcom’s chief executive, said the corporation is “not doing as good a job as it should be” in relation to certain groups in society.
Drawing on Ofcom research into diversity in public service broadcasting (PSB), Ms White told the Financial Times: “We have done an awful lot of research, talking to people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and they do not feel the stories being told sufficiently reflect their stories.
VP CANDIDATE MIKE PENCE URGES ‘FORGIVENESS’ FOR DONALD TRUMP OVER VIDEO COMMENTS
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence has emerged after a weekend out of the public eye to reaffirm his relationship with under-fire running mate Donald Trump.
After cancelling a weekend campaign appearance and leaving Mr Trump alone to deal with the backlash from a video of sexually predatory remarks, Mr Pence was campaigning again and praising Mr Trump’s performance in Sunday’s debate with Hillary Clinton.
But even as Mr Pence struggled to clean up a disagreement with Mr Trump on Syria, the Indiana governor – a devout Christian – tried to put Mr Trump’s obscene remarks about women behind him.
AUSTRALIAN OPPOSITION BLOCKS GAY MARRIAGE VOTE
The Australian opposition has blocked government plans for a public but non-binding vote on recognising gay marriage, arguing that it would better if the issue was decided in parliament.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition government needs the support of the centre-left Labour Party to get enabling legislation through the senate to hold a national vote on gay marriage on February 11.
But a meeting of Labour politicians has unanimously decided against supporting the plebiscite, opposition leader Bill Shorten said.
HEALTH ALERT AS 1.6M CHILDREN START SECONDARY SCHOOL OVERWEIGHT
More than 1.6 million children who started secondary school in the past decade were overweight or obese, new calculations show.
Between 2006/07 and 2014/15, there were 1,654,894 children in England who started Year 7 with an unhealthy weight, according to Cancer Research UK.
The alarming figure foretells a future of ill-health for the nation, the charity says.
CALL FOR MORE FUNDING FOR ‘NEGLECTED’ BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH
A bereaved girlfriend has spoken about about the “shocking” level of funding for brain tumour research after the cancer claimed the life of her partner.
After aggressively fighting off the disease for 15 months, Darel Bryan lost his battle against glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in February.
His partner of 12 years, Natalie Overs, said she was dismayed to discover the proportion of the national cancer budget that is spent on brain tumours compared with other cancers.
GPS TO BE SENT ADVICE BOOK ON SPOTTING SIGNS OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER
Thousands of family doctors are to be given free books to help them spot head and neck cancer in a bid to drive up diagnosis rates.
The guides aim to help doctors spot the different types of cancer that can occur in the head and neck – from more than 30 sites where the disease can start.
The books have been created by the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
GP RECEPTIONISTS SHOULD BE TRAINED TO ‘DEAL MORE SENSITIVELY’ WITH PATIENTS
Receptionists could put people off seeing their GP by asking about their symptoms, according to new research.
A new study found that both men and women dislike telling receptionists what is wrong ahead of being able to book an appointment with their GP.
It is common practice for receptionists to ask about symptoms when people try to book an appointment. Experts argue this helps identify the most urgent cases and puts people in touch with the right service. But critics say receptionists – who are often not medically trained – should not be allowed to triage patients.
QUEEN AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH TO ATTEND AWARDS CEREMONY AT ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be the special guests when they attend an awards ceremony at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The monarch, patron of the Royal Academy, will present awards to five individuals who have made a national contribution to the visual arts or architecture.
The Queen will also be presented with a small bronze replica sculpture of one of the oak trees in Windsor Great Park to commemorate her contribution to the arts in the year of her 90th birthday.