The morning news headlines: PM prepares major Brexit speech after resignation of UK's EU ambassador; Living close to busy road 'can increase risk of alzheimer's'
PM PREPARES MAJOR BREXIT SPEECH AFTER RESIGNATION OF UK’S EU AMBASSADOR
Theresa May is preparing to make a major speech on Brexit amid accusations by the disgruntled outgoing top UK civil servant in Brussels that the Government lacks an exit strategy.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis are contributing to the content of the address, which is expected later in January.
The Prime Minister will reportedly say Britain will pull out of the single market if the European Union fails to make concessions on freedom of movement, although No 10 sources insisted the claims were speculation.
LIVING CLOSE TO BUSY ROAD ‘CAN INCREASE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S’
Living close to a busy road increases the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by up to 12%, a major study has found.
Scientists who tracked the progress of more than six million Canadian adults for 11 years found a clear trend with dementia incidence rising the nearer people lived to main roads.
Compared with those whose homes were more than 300 metres away, people living within 50 metres of heavy traffic had a 7% higher risk of developing dementia.
SPEAKING ENGLISH ‘THE KEY TO FULL PARTICIPATION IN SOCIETY’
Immigrants should be expected to learn English before coming to Britain – or be enrolled on compulsory language classes when they arrive, according to a parliamentary report.
MPs and peers also called on ministers to consider a radical overhaul which could see regions handed immigration powers in place of the current “one size fits all” system.
They are the headline proposals in a sweeping report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on social integration to be launched on Thursday.
CHILDREN ‘LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES’ AGAINST ONLINE BULLYING AND GROOMING
Children are being left to “fend for themselves” against dangers such as bullying and grooming in the digital world, the Children’s Commissioner for England has claimed.
Anne Longfield said that youngsters who are spending increasing amounts of time online are not getting the level of support required and called on the Government to take action.
A year-long study into children and the internet, titled Growing Up Digital and published by the Commissioner on Thursday, claims that “much more needs to be done to create a supportive digital environment for children and young people”.
FATHER OF MAN SHOT DEAD IN POLICE SWOOP SAYS HIS SON WAS ‘KILLED UNLAWFULLY’
The father of man shot dead by police on a motorway slip road has said he feels his son was “killed unlawfully”.
Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, 28, died after police opened fire on the car he was travelling in during a “pre-planned” operation near the M62.
The police watchdog said a “non-police issue” firearm was later found in the car and it was “working hard” to establish the circumstances around the fatal swoop.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING AS TEMPERATURES DROP
A severe weather warning is in place across parts of the country, telling people to be aware of icy conditions.
It comes as icy patches were predicted to form on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, particularly in areas that saw showers.
Clear spells on Wednesday night meant a chance of temperatures dropping below freezing, allowing the ice to form.
WARNING AFTER NEW CAR SALES REACH ALL-TIME HIGH FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Annual new car sales have reached an all-time high for a second consecutive year – but are expected to fall in 2017, according to an industry trade association.
Around 2.7 million cars were registered in the UK last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
This is up by approximately 2.2% on 2015.
NHS DIABETES PREVENTION PLAN ‘UNLIKELY’ TO HAVE IMPACT, STUDY SUGGESTS
A national programme to prevent people developing Type 2 diabetes is unlikely to have a major impact, research suggests.
The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme started last year and will be rolled out across England by 2020, with up to 100,000 people being referred to it each year.
Those sent on the programme by their GP will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. This includes lessons on healthy eating, help to lose weight and bespoke exercise programmes.
‘WALLPAPER’ TVS, SMART FRIDGES AND ANTI-SNORING DEVICES STAR AT TECH SHOW
TVs “as thin as wallpaper” that emit sound directly from the screen without the need for speakers will be among the big draws when the doors of the CES tech show open later on Thursday.
Big name brands LG, Samsung and Sony all used events on Wednesday to unveil what they each believe are the next generation of televisions.
They included LG’s new Signature OLED W, which is only 2.57mm thick and attaches to walls using magnetic brackets, creating the illusion it is mounted into the wall.
JANUARY BUSIEST TIME OF YEAR FOR PEOPLE TO CONSIDER TEACHING CAREER, DATA SHOWS
As the nation heads back to work after the festive break, workers are often considering changing jobs – with many thinking about heading into the classroom, figures suggest.
January is the busiest time of the year for interest in the teaching profession, according to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
In the first month of 2016, there were just over 21,000 registrations of interest in teaching, and of these, just over 14,000 came from people who wanted to change career.