The marked change of tone comes after months of accusations from Edinburgh and Cardiff that Westminster was mounting a "power grab", while a recently leaked document found ministers were set to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill even without Scottish and Welsh support. Cabinet Secretary David Lidington argued that the move to put 24 areas under London control immediately after the UK leaves the EU would avoid short-term confusion in areas such as food hygiene, chemicals and animal welfare.
That has led to accusations by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that the Government is planning a "power grab" from Holyrood. According to the letter, which was leaked to the BBC, the Government would initially “seek to publish this document with the devolved administrations’ support”, but adds that they would still do so “even if this support is not forthcoming”. It also appeared to admit that ministers had found it difficult to counter claims of a power grab.
Damage to the Caribbean island Sint Marteen after Hurricane Irma hit in September 2017. Credit: Utrecht Robin/ ABACA/ PA ImagesThe Foreign and Commonwealth Office should have been better prepared as some of the most ferocious hurricanes the Caribbean has ever seen hit the region last year, MPs have argued. The FCO was commended for its role in coordinating government’s cross-departmental response, which was described as “swift and strategic” by some of the islands affected.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".