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Events from the year 2018 in the United Kingdom.

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Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 2 January – Rail passengers face their biggest price increase for five years, with average tickets rising in cost by 3.4%.[1]
  • 2–4 January – Storm Eleanor causes widespread disruption across the UK, with flooding and gusts of wind reaching 100 mph (161 km/h).[2]
  • 3 January – The NHS in England cancels all non-urgent treatments from mid-January until the end of the month, as reports emerge of patients facing long waits for treatment and being stuck on trolleys in corridors and of ambulances left queuing outside A&E.[3]
  • 5 January – Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger in 1993, is charged with possessing indecent images of children.[4]
  • 8 January – Theresa May announces a Cabinet reshuffle.[5]
  • 9 January
    • The manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products with plastic microbeads is banned in England, with a ban on their sale due to come into force by July 2018.[6]
    • Virgin Trains announces it has stopped selling copies of the Daily Mail on its West Coast trains following "considerable concern [about] the Mail's editorial position on issues such as immigration, LGBT rights and unemployment".[7]
  • 11 January – Theresa May pledges to eradicate all "avoidable" plastic waste throughout the UK by 2042.[8]
  • 12 January – US President Donald Trump scraps a planned visit to the UK, blaming his predecessor, Barack Obama, for a "bad deal" on the new embassy due to be opened in London, despite the fact it was agreed under the administration of George W Bush.[9]
  • 15 January – Carillion, the UK's second-largest construction company, goes into liquidation with debts of £1,500,000,000.[10]
  • 16 January – Supermarket chain Iceland announces that it will end the use of plastic for its own-brand products by the end of 2023.[11][12]
  • 17 January
  • 18 January – Scotland Yard said that American actor Kevin Spacey is being investigated over a third accusation of sexual assault, dating from 2005.[15]
  • 21 January – The UK Independence Party's National Executive Committee (NEC) delivers a vote of no confidence in its leader, Henry Bolton, following a recent controversy involving his girlfriend.[16]
  • 23 January – Rupert Murdoch’s £11,700,000,000 bid to take full control of Sky is provisionally blocked by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).[17]
  • 24 January – Sir Elton John announces that he is to retire from touring after nearly fifty years.[18]
  • 25 January
    • Industry body Water UK announces that all shops, cafés and businesses in England will provide free water refill points in every major city and town by 2021.[19]
    • The number of rough sleepers in England reaches its highest level since records began – an estimated 4,751.[20]
  • 30 January – A leaked government paper shows that Brexit will damage the UK economy no matter what kind of deal is agreed, with up to 8% of GDP growth lost within fifteen years.[21]

February[edit]

  • 2 February – Finsbury Park Mosque attacker Darren Osborne, who drove a van into a group of Muslims, is jailed for life, with a minimum term of 43 years.[22]
  • 3 February – British Youtuber KSI defeats fellow British Youtuber Joe Weller in 3 rounds in a YouTube boxing match at the Copper Box Arena. The event is considered the biggest event in YouTube history as 20 million people are believed to have watched the fight on live streams.
  • 7 February
    • The chief constable of Police Scotland, Phil Gormley, resigns amid a series of investigations into claims of gross misconduct.[23]
    • Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger, is jailed for possessing child abuse images for a second time.[24]
  • 8 February – NHS hospitals in England record their worst ever A&E performance, with only 77.1% of patients treated within four hours in January, far short of the 95% target.[25]
  • 9 February
  • 17 February
  • 21 February – The National Farmers Union elects Minette Batters, the first female president in its 110-year history.[30]
  • 22 February – The 2018 UK higher education strike began at sixty-four UK universities over proposed changes to the USS pension scheme.[31]
  • 27 February
  • 27 February – 4 March – Heavy snow causes disruption across much of the UK.[34] Over subsequent days the Met Office issues the first ever red snow warning for Scotland,[35] South-West England and South Wales, meaning the weather poses a potential risk to life.[36] With ten severe weather warnings in place, the Army is called in to help rescue hundreds of stranded motorists.[37] Several people are reported to have died in circumstances related to the freezing conditions.[38] As temperatures later begin rising and ice thaws, the Environment Agency issues weather warnings due to flooding, mainly in the South-West and North-East England.[39]
  • 28 February
    • The UK's largest toy retailer, Toys "R" Us, goes into administration with a £15,000,000 VAT bill it is unable to pay.[40]
    • One of the UK's biggest electronics retailers, Maplin, goes into administration after talks with potential buyers fail to secure a sale.[41]
    • An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 and depth of 4 km hits Mosser, Cumbria. It was felt in Grasmere, Kendal, Cockermouth and Keswick and was the second earthquake to hit the United Kingdom within two weeks.[42]

March[edit]

  • 1 March
  • 4 March – Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia are poisoned with a publicly unidentified nerve agent in Salisbury.[45] They are brought to hospital in critical condition, along with a police officer who was first on the scene. Counter-terrorism police investigate amid speculation the Kremlin was behind the incident.[46]
  • 5 March
    • After the recent cold spell, homes across the UK have water supply problems and thousands of people in Wales and South-East England are urged to use as little as possible.[47]
    • A Sinn Fein delegation meets the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels about the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland due to Brexit.[48]
    • The sale of energy drinks to under-sixteens is banned by most UK supermarkets due to high levels of sugar and caffeine.[49]
  • 6 March – Ex-UKIP leader Henry Bolton announces he will create a new political party called "OneNation" that would "campaign unceasingly for our full independence from the EU", and "mirror some of the changes that I sought to bring to UKIP".[50]
  • 7 March
  • 11 March – Following the events of 4 March, up to 500 pub-goers and diners in Salisbury are told to wash possessions after traces of a nerve agent are found.[54]
  • 12 March
  • 13 March
  • 14 March
    • Stephen Hawking, world-renowned theoretical physicist, author, and cosmologist, dies at his home in Cambridge, aged 76.[61]
    • It is reported that all "Toys R Us" stores in the UK will close within six weeks following the chain's collapse into administration in February and its failure to find a buyer.[62]
    • The government calls for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal on 4 March. Theresa May announces that 23 Russian diplomats will be expelled from the UK after Russia fails to respond to claims of involvement.[63]
  • 15 March
    • Following the events of 4 March, Theresa May visits Salisbury. In a joint statement, the leaders of the UK, US, France and Germany say the ex-spy poisoning was the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War, and that Russian involvement is the "only plausible explanation".[64]
    • The Space Industry Act 2018 becomes law, giving UK spaceports the legal framework to function.[65]
  • 17–19 March – Heavy snow affects much of the UK. It is dubbed the "mini beast from the east"; a sequel to the previous cold wave at the start of the month. On 17 March, amber weather warnings are issued for North-West England, Yorkshire, the Midlands, London and South-East England.[66] On 18 March, they are issued for South-West England, South-East England, mid-Wales and the West Midlands.[67] Dozens of vehicles were stuck overnight on the A30 in Devon whilst two weather warnings remained still in place for much of the UK after wintry showers disrupted many parts of Britain.[68]
  • 18–19 March – Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson dismisses claims from Russian EU ambassador, Vladimir Chizhov, who said that Porton Down may have been the source of the nerve agent. It is reported that experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will arrive on 19 March to test samples of the substance.[69]
  • 19 March
  • 20 March
    • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg receives a formal request from the UK Government to answer questions regarding Cambridge Analytica and the "catastrophic failure of process" behind the data breach.[74][75]
    • The board of Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO Alexander Nix with immediate effect, pending a full and independent investigation.[76]
  • 21 March – Following eight years of the austerity programme, a pay rise is agreed for 1,300,000 NHS staff, with minimum increases of at least 6.5% over three years and some people getting as much as 29%.[77]
  • 22 March – The Bank of England keeps UK interest rates at 0.5%, but hints that it will raise them to 0.75% in May.[78]
  • 23 March
  • 24 March – Plaid Cymru announces that if elected, they will hold an independence referendum for Wales by 2030.[81]
  • 25 March – The first scheduled direct flight from Australia to the UK—Qantas Flight QF9 from Perth—lands at London's Heathrow Airport after a seventeen-hour flight and 9,009 miles in the air.[82]
  • 28 March
    • The UK Government announces that consumers in England will soon pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste, but consumers will get the money back if they return the container.[83]
    • General Sir Nicholas Carter is named as the new Chief of the Defence Staff.[84]
  • 31 March – The government receives a request from the Russian Embassy to visit Yulia Skripal in hospital after the poisoning on 4 March.[85]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 1 June – The Met Office confirms that May 2018 was the warmest May since records began in 1910 and was also likely to be the sunniest since 1929.[138]
  • 5 June – The government approves a controversial plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.[139]
  • 7 June – Human rights campaigners lose a Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland's abortion law, but a majority of judges say the existing law was incompatible with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.[140]
  • 8 June – Scottish drinks company Highland Spring announces that it will become the first UK water brand to introduce and trial a 100% recycled bottle in a bid to cut ocean pollution.[141]
  • 12 June – A 15,000 people rally in support jailed Tommy Robinson an English far-right activist is held.[142]
  • 13 June
    • By 327 votes to 126, the House of Commons rejects a Lords amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill, which had attempted to keep the UK in the European Economic Area after Brexit. Other changes made to the bill are also overturned, including a requirement to negotiate a customs union with the EU.[143]
  • 14 June – The Lewisham East by-election is held, with Labour winning the vote, but with a significantly reduced majority.
  • 15 June
    • A bill that would make upskirting a criminal offence is blocked in the House of Commons by Tory MP Sir Christopher Chope. He faces criticism from those within his own party, including Theresa May.[144]
    • The Macintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art is gutted by another huge fire, four years after part of the same building was destroyed by fire. The fire spreads to close-by buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue, which suffers "extensive damage". The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service reports no casualties.[145]
  • 17 June – The government announces an extra £20bn for the NHS by 2023, a budget increase of 3.4% a year.[146] However, this is less than the average 3.7% the NHS had over the previous 70 years. The plan is also criticised by former Treasury officials, who cast doubt on the idea of a "Brexit dividend" and say the extra public spending will require higher taxes or public borrowing.[147]
  • 19 June
    • It becomes illegal in England and Scotland to sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products that contain microbeads.[148]
    • The government announces a review into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.[149]
  • 20 June
    • Theresa May condemns the forced separation of migrant children from their parents in the US, but dismisses calls to cancel President Donald Trump's visit to the UK.[150]
    • A rebellion by Conservative MPs is defeated, as the House of Commons votes by 319 to 303 against a "meaningful vote", which could have given MPs the power to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal.[151][152]
  • 23 June – Around 100,000 anti-Brexit campaigners march through central London demanding a final vote on any UK exit deal. The organisers, People's Vote, say that Brexit is "not a done deal" and people must "make their voices heard", whilst James McGrory from pressure group Open Britain says there should be "a choice between leaving with the deal that the government negotiates, or staying in the European Union".[153]
  • 24 June
  • 25 June
    • The UK experiences the hottest weather of the year so far, with temperatures reaching up to 29.4 °C (84.9 °F) in London. The highest temperature is recorded in St James's Park. The same location had experienced the year's previous record temperature of 29.1 °C (84.3 °F) in April.[157]
    • The government throws out plans for the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, claiming the £1.3 billion project is not good value for money.[158]
  • 26 June – The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) warns that there is "no Brexit dividend", urging the government to “as a minimum” remain in the customs union and forge a deal that delivers “single market benefits”. In the same statement, the SMMT says that investment in new models, equipment and facilities in the UK has halved compared to the previous year.[159][160]
  • 27 June – The British Medical Association (BMA) votes to oppose Brexit “as a whole” and calls for a public say on any final deal.[161]
  • 28 June – The Washington Post reports that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is being investigated by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team for his ties to Donald Trump's associates and Russian colluders.[162]
  • 29 June – Professor Philip Alston, a special rapporteur on human rights and extreme poverty, says the UN will investigate the impacts of Tory austerity in Britain, the organisation's first such probe into an advanced European country since 2011.[163]
  • 30 June
    • Thousands of people march through London to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS and to protest against government cuts to the health service.[164]
    • It becomes illegal to manufacture, import or sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads in Wales.[165]

July[edit]

  • 3 July – England's World Cup penalty shootout win over Colombia is watched by 23.6 million viewers, the highest peak audience for live sport since England played Portugal in the 2004 European Championships.[166]
  • 4 July – Counter terror police investigate after a man and woman are exposed to the Novichok nerve agent near Salisbury, four months after a similar incident in the area.[167]
  • 6 July – Theresa May secures approval from the cabinet to negotiate a soft Brexit. This includes proposals to create a new UK-EU free trade area, the ending of free movement but with a new "mobility framework" for UK and EU citizens, and the ending of jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice but with the UK paying regard to its decisions in areas where common rules are in force.[168][169]
  • 7 July – In the World Cup Quarter-finals, England win 2–0 against Sweden, taking them through to the Semi-finals on 11 July. It is the first time they have reached this stage since 1990.[170] The match is live-streamed online by 3.8 million people, making it the BBC's highest online-viewed live programme ever.[171]
  • 8 July
    • Police launch an international murder investigation after Dawn Sturgess dies in Salisbury Hospital after being exposed to a "high dose" of novichok nerve agent in Wiltshire on 30 June.[172]
    • David Davis resigns as Brexit secretary.[173][174] Following this, one more DExEU minister, Steve Baker also resigns.
  • 9 July
  • 10 July
    • The Royal Air Force (RAF) marks its 100th anniversary with a flyby of 100 aircraft over London and South East England. The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, also presents a new Queen's Colour to the Royal Air Force at a ceremony on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.[179]
    • Two vice chairs of the Conservative Party, Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley, resign in protest at Theresa May's Chequers Brexit compromise plan.[180]
  • 11 July – England are defeated by Croatia in the World Cup Semi Final, losing 2–1.
  • 12 July
  • 13 July –
  • 14 July – The RRS Sir David Attenborough is launched into the River Mersey by its namesake, Sir David Attenborough.[186]
  • England finishes fourth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, losing the third place play-off 2–0 to Belgium.[187]
  • 15 July – The ongoing heatwave and dry conditions lead to a huge grass fire on Wanstead Flats, East London, which becomes the largest incident of its kind ever dealt with by the London Fire Brigade.[188]
  • After the 2018 World Cup English Footballer Harry Kane wins the golden boot scoring 6 goals at the world cup. Kane is the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot since Gary Lineker at the 1986 World Cup.
  • 16 July – The government confirms that it will accept all four demands by the European Research Group. Downing Street insists they are all consistent with its recent Brexit white paper, but critics say the Chequers agreement of 6 July is dead.[189] MPs vote by 305 to 302 in favour of the amendment.[190]
  • 17 July
    • Brexit campaign group Vote Leave is fined and referred to police for breaking electoral law.[191]
    • In a vote of 307 to 301, MPs reject a proposal to form a customs union if the UK and EU do not agree a trade deal. However, in a separate vote of 305 to 301, they back an amendment to keep the UK in the European medicines regulatory network.[192]
  • 18 July – Sir Cliff Richard wins a privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home. High Court judge Mr Justice Mann awards him £210,000 in damages.[193]
  • 19 July – Conservative MP Philip Davies submits a letter of no confidence in Theresa May to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, saying he has “lost trust” in her ability to deliver the EU referendum result.[194]
  • 23 July – In response to the ongoing heatwave, the Met Office urges people to "stay out of the sun" and issues a level 3 amber alert for the east and south-east of England.[195]
  • 24 July – Home Secretary Sajid Javid announces that the UK government will not object to the United States seeking the death penalty for two suspected British members of ISIL – Waiving its long-standing objection to foreign executions.[196][197]
  • 26 July
    • Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, rejects the UK's proposal to collect customs duties on its behalf.[198]
    • The ongoing heatwave reaches its peak, temperatures at Faversham reach 35.3 °C (95.5 °F). The hottest day of the year.[199]
  • 29 July – Ministers reveal plans to send in the Army to deliver food, medicine and fuel supplies if Britain leaves the EU without a deal. It is also reported that supermarkets are beginning to stockpile supplies.[200]
  • 30 July – The Supreme Court rules that legal permission is no longer required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state.[201]
  • 31 July – Xeneral Webster, 19, is jailed for 17 years for the manslaughter of Joanne Rand, who died in June 2017, eleven days after he splashed her with acid. The case is the first acid killing in the UK.[202]

August[edit]

  • 2 August – The Bank of England raises the baseline interest rate from 0.5 to 0.75%, its highest level since March 2009.[203]
  • 6 August – Boris Johnson is criticised for a column that he had written in the Daily Telegraph. As part of an article discussing the introduction of a burka ban in Denmark, Johnson said that Muslim women who wore burkas "look like letter boxes" and compared them to "bank robbers".[204][205]
  • 10 August
  • 14 August – A man is arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car is driven into people and cyclists outside the Houses of Parliament, causing injuries to three of them, before crashing into security barriers.[208][209]
  • 15 August – Iain Livingstone is confirmed as the new chief constable of Police Scotland, having been in interim charge of the national force since last autumn.[210]
  • 18 August – 45 years after forming in 1973, folk rock band Runrig performs their last-ever show against the backdrop of Stirling Castle.[211]
  • 20 August – The government announces its intention to take control of Birmingham Prison from the private security company G4S after the Chief Inspector of Prisons said it had fallen into a "state of crisis", and described it as the worst prison he had ever visited.[212]
  • 23 August – The government publishes the first in a series of guidelines for businesses and the public on how to prepare in the event of a "no deal" Brexit scenario.[213][214]
  • 25 August – British Youtuber KSI gets a majority draw in his YouTube boxing match vs American youtuber Logan Paul at the Manchester Arena. The fight went down as the biggest event in YouTube history.
  • 29 August – Former SNP leader Alex Salmond resigns from the party to avoid internal division amid sexual misconduct claims, which he denies.[215]
  • 30 August – Labour MP Frank Field resigns the Labour whip over "excuses for the party’s toleration of antisemitism". He retains his party membership, describing himself as an "independent Labour MP".[216]
  • 31 August – Transport officials announce that the opening of London's £15bn Crossrail line – Europe's largest infrastructure project – will be delayed by nine months "to ensure a safe and reliable railway".[217]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 1 November
  • 4 November – Ross Edgley, 33, becomes the first person to swim around the entire coast of Great Britain. His journey of 1,780 miles had lasted for 157 days.[261]
  • 6 November – Renewable energy capacity overtakes that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, at 41.9 gigawatts.[262]
  • 9 November – Transport minister Jo Johnson resigns from the Cabinet and calls for a fresh referendum on Brexit, including an option to remain in the EU.[263][264]
  • 11 November – The United Kingdom marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph accompanied by the ringing of church bells throughout the country, followed by a march past the Cenotaph of 10,000 people. In the evening there is a ceremony at Westminster Abbey and 1,000 beacons are lit nationwide.[265][266]
  • 14 November – Theresa May secures Cabinet support for her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement after "a long, detailed and impassioned debate".[267][268]
  • 15 November – Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigns, stating that he "cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU". Further resignations follow: Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, Junior Brexit minister Suella Braverman, Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara, and Parliamentary Private Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan.[269] The pound falls sharply in response.[270] A letter of no confidence in Theresa May is sent by Jacob Rees-Mogg to the 1922 Committee, as he seeks to trigger a Tory leadership challenge.[271]
  • 16 November
    • Steve Barclay is named as the new Brexit Secretary,[272] while Amber Rudd returns to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.[273]
    • Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, publishes the results of his two-week fact-finding mission to the UK. He severely criticises the government's "punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous approach" to the poor and vulnerable, writing that levels of child poverty are "not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster."[274][275]
  • 17 November – Thousands of protesters block the five main bridges over the River Thames in central London as part of "Extinction Rebellion", a campaign to raise awareness of climate change and biodiversity loss.[276]
  • 18 November – The Parole Board for England and Wales rules that John Worboys must remain in prison and is not suitable for release.[277]
  • 19 November – Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne is charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a train from York to Durham.[278]
  • 21 November – British academic Matthew Hedges is jailed for life, after being accused by the United Arab Emirates of "spying for or on behalf of" the UK government.[279]
  • 25 November – After more than 18 months of negotiations, EU leaders endorse the Brexit withdrawal agreement.[280][281]
  • 26 November – British academic Matthew Hedges, jailed for spying in the UAE, is pardoned with immediate effect.[282]
  • 28 November
    • Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announces that all forms of Brexit will make the UK worse off, but Theresa May's plan is the best option. The Treasury's analysis of the deal shows it would leave the UK economy up to 3.9% smaller after 15 years, compared with staying in the EU, while a no-deal Brexit would leave it 9.3% smaller.[283]
    • An analysis by the Bank of England predicts that, in the aftermath of a no-deal Brexit, the UK economy would shrink by 8%, house prices would plunge by almost a third, while the pound could fall by a quarter.[284]
    • The government announces plans for the UK's first carbon capture and storage project.[285][286]
  • 29 November – Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle reveals that he is HIV positive, becoming the first politician to announce his HIV status in the House of Commons, and only the second to publicly disclose they are living with the condition.[287]
  • 30 November – Sam Gyimah resigns as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, saying that he cannot vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal[288] and stating "we shouldn’t dismiss out of hand the idea of asking the people again what future they want, as we all now have a better understanding of the potential paths before us."[289]

December[edit]

  • 1 December
    • The government confirms that it will not use the EU Galileo satellite system for defence or critical national infrastructure after Brexit.[290]
    • Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor resigns to support family after events surrounding her son's drugs conviction. She stepped down weeks after she was reported to Parliament's standards watchdog.[291]
  • 3 December – The Government fails to publish the Attorney General's full and final legal advice on the Brexit withdrawal deal, as was ordered by Parliament. A cross-party group of MPs writes a letter to the Speaker, John Bercow, asking him to launch proceedings of contempt.[292]
  • 4 December – In a vote of 311–293, MPs find the Government in contempt, for failing to publish its full legal advice on Theresa May's Brexit deal. They also back Dominic Grieve's amendment to hand back control of Brexit to Parliament if the deal is defeated the following week.[293]
  • 5 December
  • 6 December
    • Police investigating extreme right-wing activity in the UK arrest three men on terror charges.[296]
    • A major disruption to the O2 mobile network, caused by faulty software, leaves up to 32 million people without access.[297]
    • The Sun newspaper is criticised for a column threatening another murder like Jo Cox if Brexit is overturned.[298]
  • 7 December – Former Cabinet member Priti Patel suggests that the Government should threaten Ireland with food shortages to pressure its leaders to drop demands for a Brexit “backstop” arrangement.[299]
  • 9 December – The NHS in England announces a ban on the sale of fax machines starting in January 2019, as part of a government plan to phase them out entirely by March 2020.[300]
  • 10 December
    • The European Court of Justice rules that the UK can cancel Article 50 without the consent of the 27 other EU states.[301][302]
    • Theresa May delays the parliamentary vote on approving the European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, postponing it from the following day to 21 January 2019. The pound falls to its lowest level in 18 months.[303]
  • 11 December – Theresa May meets with European leaders in an attempt to improve her Brexit deal, despite European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, insisting that no further concessions will be possible. An emergency debate is held in the House of Commons to discuss May's decision to delay the Brexit process.[304]
  • 12 December – Theresa May wins a vote of no confidence on her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200–117.[305] The vote is held after Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee receives the 48 letters required from Conservative MPs to trigger a no confidence vote.[306]
  • 13 December – The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, co-founded by Brexit campaigner and MEP Daniel Hannan, is ordered to repay more than half a million euros of EU funds following an investigation into their spending.[307]
  • 15 December – A huge fire breaks out at Chester Zoo.[308]
  • 16 December – Tolls for crossing the Severn Estuary between England and Wales are scrapped, 800 years after they were first introduced.[309]

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Barry Chuckle (right) with his brother Paul

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