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Events from the year 2018 in the United Kingdom.

Incumbents

Events

January

  • 1 January
  • 2 January – Rail passengers face their biggest price increase for five years, with average tickets rising in cost by 3.4%.[3]
  • 2–4 January – Storm Eleanor causes widespread disruption across the UK, with flooding and gusts of wind reaching 100 mph (161 km/h).[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 5 January – Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger in 1993, is charged with possessing indecent images of children.[6]
  • 8 January – Theresa May announces a Cabinet reshuffle.[7]
  • 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.[8]
    • 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".[9]
  • 11 January – Theresa May pledges to eradicate all "avoidable" plastic waste throughout the UK by 2042.[10]
  • 12 January
  • 15 January – Carillion, the UK's second-largest construction company, goes into liquidation with debts of £1,500,000,000.[13]
  • 16 January – Supermarket chain Iceland announces that it will end the use of plastic for its own-brand products by the end of 2023.[14][15]
  • 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.[18]
  • 20 January – A 54-year-old man is arrested after a "domestic incident", during which an eight-year-old girl is stabbed to death in Brownhills, near Walsall.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 22 January – Buckingham Palace announces that Princess Eugenie of York is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor, in the autumn.[21]
  • 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).[22]
  • 24 January – Sir Elton John announces that he is to retire from touring after nearly fifty years.[23]
  • 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.[24]
    • The number of rough sleepers in England reaches its highest level since records began – an estimated 4,751.[25]
  • 26 January
    • A water main in the west London district of Hammersmith bursts, flooding the area's main shopping street, King Street.[26]
    • Three teenage boys on their way to a sixteenth birthday party are killed when a car mounts a pavement in Hayes, West London. Police arrest a 28-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.[27] A second, 34-year-old man, who fled the scene, later hands himself in to police.[28]
  • 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.[29]
    • Chris Parker, a homeless man who stole from victims of the Manchester Arena bomb attack, is jailed for four years and three months.[30]
  • 31 January
    • Shares in government contractor Capita plunge more than 40% after the company issues a profit warning.[31]
    • Another water main bursts in West London, this time in Shepherd's Bush, flooding Goldhawk Road, one of the main streets in the area.[32]

February

  • 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.[33]
  • 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. KSI then called out American Youtuber Logan Paul and his brother named Comedyshortsgamer fought American Youtuber Jake Paul who is the brother of Logan Paul on 25 August 2018 at the Manchester Arena.
  • 5 February – Downing Street insists that the UK will leave the EU customs union after Brexit, amid claims of Tory disunity over the future UK-EU relationship.[34]
  • 7 February
    • The chief constable of Police Scotland, Phil Gormley, resigns amid a series of investigations into claims of gross misconduct.[35]
    • Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger, is jailed for possessing child abuse images for a second time.[36]
    • Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, backs a ruling by the High Court that victims of the serial sex offender John Worboys can challenge in court the parole board’s decision to release him from prison.[37]
  • 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.[38]
  • 9 February
  • 17 February
  • 20 February – Brexit secretary David Davis states that Britain will not be "plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction" after it leaves the EU and suggests a Brexit deal by the end of 2018 is "well on the cards".[43]
  • 21 February
  • 22 February – The 2018 UK higher education strike began at sixty-four UK universities over proposed changes to the USS pension scheme.[46]
  • 23 February – Stephen Fry announces that he has been treated for a particularly aggressive form of prostate cancer and has had eleven lymph nodes removed.[47]
  • 25 February – Five people die in an explosion at a shop in Leicester.[48]
  • 26 February – Jeremy Corbyn announces that Labour would negotiate "full tariff-free" access to EU markets for UK businesses after Brexit in March 2019.[49]
  • 27 February
  • 27 February – 4 March – Heavy snow causes disruption across much of the UK.[53] Over subsequent days the Met Office issues the first ever red snow warning for Scotland,[54] South-West England and South Wales, meaning the weather poses a potential risk to life.[55] With ten severe weather warnings in place, the Army is called in to help rescue hundreds of stranded motorists.[56] Several people are reported to have died in circumstances related to the freezing conditions.[57] 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.[58]
  • 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.[59]
    • One of the UK's biggest electronics retailers, Maplin, goes into administration after talks with potential buyers fail to secure a sale.[60]
    • 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.[61]

March

  • 1 March
  • 4 March – Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia are poisoned with a publicly unidentified nerve agent in Salisbury.[65] 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.[66]
  • 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.[67]
    • 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.[68]
    • The sale of energy drinks to under-sixteens is banned by most UK supermarkets due to high levels of sugar and caffeine.[69]
  • 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".[70]
  • 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.[74]
  • 12 March
  • 13 March
  • 14 March
    • Stephen Hawking, world-renowned theoretical physicist, author, and cosmologist, dies at his home in Cambridge, aged 76.[81]
    • A think tank warns that taxes will need to rise by £40,000,000,000 by the mid-2020s.[82]
    • 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.[83]
    • 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.[84]
  • 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".[85]
    • The Space Industry Act 2018 becomes law, giving UK spaceports the legal framework to function.[86]
  • 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.[87] On 18 March, they are issued for South-West England, South-East England, mid-Wales and the West Midlands.[88] 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.[89]
  • 17 March – A 21-year-old man is arrested and charged with attempted murder after driving a Suzuki Vitara into the Blake's nightclub at Gravesend, Kent, injuring thirteen people.[90]
  • 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.[91]
  • 18 March – TV presenter Ant McPartlin is arrested for drink driving after a car crash in Richmond, London.[92]
  • 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.[98][99]
    • The board of Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO Alexander Nix with immediate effect, pending a full and independent investigation.[100]
  • 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%.[101]
  • 22 March
    • Martin Sutherland, CEO of De La Rue announces that Gemalto has won a £490,000,000 contract to create post-Brexit UK passports in France.[102]
    • The Bank of England keeps UK interest rates at 0.5%, but hints that it will raise them to 0.75% in May.[103]
  • 23 March
  • 24 March – Plaid Cymru announces that if elected, they will hold an independence referendum for Wales by 2030.[107]
  • 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.[108]
    • Brexit activist Shahmir Sanni claims the Vote Leave campaign used the group BeLeave to exceed legal spending limits.[109]
  • 27 March – A former Cambridge Analytica worker, Christopher Wylie, speaking to a House of Commons select committee, claims the EU referendum was won through fraud and breach of legal spending limits.[110]
  • 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.[111]
    • The High Court overturns the Parole Board's decision to grant parole to convicted rapist John Worboys after two of his victims launched a legal challenge. The decision comes as the chair of the Board, Nick Hardwick, tenders his resignation.[112]
    • General Sir Nicholas Carter is named as the new Chief of the Defence Staff.[113]
    • Thousands, including several celebrities, turn up to pay their final respects to the late comedian, Sir Ken Dodd at his funeral at Liverpool Cathedral. Dodd died on 11 March at his lifelong home in Knotty Ash at the age of 90, following a chest infection.[114]
  • 29 March – Christine Shawcroft resigns from the Labour Party's Disputes Sub-Committee.[115]
  • 31 March

April

May

June

  • 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.[192]
  • 3 June – A leaked Whitehall report, published by the Sunday Times, predicts shortages of food, fuel and medicine if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.[193]
  • 5 June – The government approves a controversial plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.[194]
  • 6 June – A major fire damages the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, a week after "the most extensive restoration in its 115-year history" was completed. Plumes of black smoke are visible across London.[195]
  • 7 June
    • Department store chain House of Fraser announces the closure of 31 stores affecting 6,000 jobs, which includes its flagship store in Oxford Street, London. It will stay open until early 2019.[196]
    • 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.[197]
    • The government publishes its new 'backstop' plan for post-Brexit Northern Ireland, with an expected end date of 2021.[198][199]
  • 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.[200]
    • Buzzfeed publishes a leaked recording of Boris Johnson at a private dinner of Conservative activists, during which he praises U.S. President Donald Trump, warns that Brexit is heading for "meltdown" and says "I don’t want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It’s going to be all right in the end."[201]
  • 9 June
  • 10 June – Documents obtained by The Observer show that Leave.EU co-founder Arron Banks had multiple meetings with high-ranking Russian officials in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, despite his repeated denials of any involvement with them.[204]
  • 12 June – Philip Lee, a remain-supporting justice minister, resigns in order to "better speak up for my constituents and country over how Brexit is currently being delivered."[205]
    • A 15,000 people rally in support jailed Tommy Robinson an English far-right activist is held.[206]
  • 13 June
    • A study from The Mammal Society and Natural England says that almost one in five British mammals are at risk of extinction, which includes the red squirrel, wildcat, and grey long-eared bat. All have been put on a "red list" for wild mammals due to climate change, loss of habitat, overuse of pesticides and disease.[207]
    • 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.[208]
  • 14 June
    • On the first anniversary of the Grenfell fire disaster, the tower is illuminated green along with 12 other buildings across West London and Downing Street at 00:54 BST. A vigil takes place at a nearby church, where the names of the dead are announced at 01:30 BST, while a minute's silence takes place at midday.[209]
    • Rolls-Royce announces it will cut 4,600 jobs over the next two years as part of a major reorganisation.[210]
    • 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.[211]
    • At around 23:20 BST, 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.[212]
    • Two people are arrested on suspicion of arson after a former nightclub and the Bethel Church in Newport, Wales are both gutted in a fire.[213]
  • 17 June – The government announces an extra £20bn for the NHS by 2023, a budget increase of 3.4% a year.[214] 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.[215]
  • 19 June
    • It becomes illegal in England and Scotland to sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products that contain microbeads.[216]
    • The government announces a review into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.[217]
  • 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.[218]
    • 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.[219][220]
  • 22 June
    • Airbus warns that it could leave the UK under a "no deal" scenario with the European Union.[221] On the same day, BMW joins them warning of the adverse consequences of Brexit.[222]
    • It is reported that Boris Johnson, when asked at a Foreign Office reception about the concerns of some business leaders over Brexit, replied: “f*** business.”[223]
  • 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".[224]
  • 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.[228]
    • The government throws out plans for the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, claiming the £1.3 billion project is not good value for money.[229]
  • 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.[230][231]
    • Spanish firm Ferrovial reveals it plans to move its international base from Oxford to Amsterdam, to avoid the negative effects of Brexit.[232]
  • 27 June
  • 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.[235]
  • 29 June
    • EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warns that "time is very short" and that "huge and serious divergence remains, in particular on Ireland and Northern Ireland". Meanwhile, European Council president Donald Tusk issues a "last call" for the UK to "lay the cards on the table" if a Brexit deal is to be achieved in time, warning that the "most difficult" issues are still unresolved.[236]
    • 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.[237]
  • 30 June
    • Four young men aged between 18 and 21 are killed when their car collides with a taxi on the A6120 outer ring road, Leeds. Two girls aged 16 and 17, also in the car, are injured, along with the driver of the taxi, a 42-year-old man from Bradford.[238]
    • Thousands of people march through London to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS and to protest against government cuts to the health service.[239]
    • Representatives for the Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirm reports that he "physically ripped up" a report on Theresa May's preferred option for a new customs partnership with the EU.[240]
    • It becomes illegal to manufacture, import or sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads in Wales.[241]

July

  • 1 July – In an interview with Sky News, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn says: “I think at this stage we should say that medical use of cannabis is good. Cannabis oil use is clearly beneficial to people and that should be decriminalised and made readily available as quickly as possible.”[242]
  • 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.[243]
  • 4 July
    • U.S. actor Kevin Spacey faces three more allegations of sexual assault against men, bringing the total number of open investigations in the UK to six.[244]
    • 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.[245]
  • 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.[246][247]
  • 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.[248] The match is live-streamed online by 3.8 million people, making it the BBC's highest online-viewed live programme ever.[249]
  • 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.[250]
    • David Davis resigns as Brexit secretary.[251][252] Following this, one more DExEU minister, Steve Baker also resigns.
    • Dutch electronics firm Philips warns that it may shift production out of Britain in the event of a “hard” Brexit, with CEO Frans van Houten stating: “I am deeply concerned about the competitiveness of our operations in the UK, especially our manufacturing operations.”[253]
  • 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.[259]
    • Two vice chairs of the Conservative Party, Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley, resign in protest at Theresa May's Chequers Brexit compromise plan.[260]
  • 11 July
  • 12 July
    • The government publishes its White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union.[262]
    • US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK. The four-day visit includes talks with Theresa May, tea with the Queen and a trip to Scotland. There are mass protests in London, featuring a six metre tall 'Trump baby' blimp flown over Westminster.[263]
  • 13 July –
  • 14 July – The RRS Sir David Attenborough is launched into the River Mersey by its namesake, Sir David Attenborough.[267]
  • 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.[268]
  • After the 2018 World Cup English Footballer Harry Kane wins the golden boot scoring 6 goals at the world cup. Harry kane is the first Englishman to win the World Cup Golden Boot since Gary Lineker at the 1986 World Cup.
  • 16 July
    • Former education secretary Justine Greening calls for a second referendum on Brexit, becoming the most high-profile Conservative to endorse such a move.[269]
    • 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.[270] MPs vote by 305 to 302 in favour of the amendment.[271]
  • 17 July
    • Brexit campaign group Vote Leave is fined and referred to police for breaking electoral law.[272]
    • 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.[273]
  • 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.[274]
  • 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.[275]
  • 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. The hottest day of the year is recorded in Santon Downham in Suffolk, reaching 33.3 °C (92 °F).[276]
  • 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.[277][278]
  • 26 July – Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, rejects the UK's proposal to collect customs duties on its behalf.[279]
  • 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.[280]
  • 30 July – The Supreme Court rules that legal permission is no longer required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state.[281]
  • 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.[282]

August

  • 1 August – Tommy Robinson is released on bail pending a new hearing.[283]
  • 2 August – The Bank of England raises the baseline interest rate from 0.5 to 0.75%, its highest level since March 2009.[284]
  • 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".[285][286]
    • HSBC announces that it will move seven offices from London to Paris, in response to the "political and regulatory developments in Europe".[287]
  • 10 August
  • 12 August – Ten people are wounded, including two children, after a shooting at a street party in Moss Side, Manchester.[290]
  • 13 August – Ticketmaster announces that it will close its secondary ticketing websites, Seatwave and Get Me In, in a bid to combat touts.[291]
  • 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.[292][293]
  • 15 August
  • 18 August – 45 years after forming in 1973, folk rock band Runrig performs their last-ever show against the backdrop of Stirling Castle.[296]
  • 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.[297]
  • 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.[298][299]
  • 24 August – Former Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, describes sexual misconduct allegations against him as "patently ridiculous" and says he is taking the Scottish government to court to challenge the complaints procedure which had been activated against him.[300]
  • 26 August – Wonga, the UK's biggest payday lender, is reported to be on the brink of collapse following a surge of customer compensation claims.[301] On 30 August, Wonga announced it would go into administration.[302]
  • 27 August – A leaked memo suggests that The People's Vote, which campaigns for a second referendum on Brexit, are attempting to secure a motion at the 2018 Labour Party conference calling for the Labour Party to support a second referendum.[303]
  • 28 August – At around 11:00 BST, a fire breaks out on the fifth floor or the roof of the historic Bank Buildings in Belfast.[304]
  • 29 August – Former SNP leader Alex Salmond resigns from the party to avoid internal division amid sexual misconduct claims, which he denies.[305]
  • 30 August
    • In response to Brexit concerns, Panasonic announces that it will move its European HQ from London to Amsterdam.[306]
    • 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".[307]
  • 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".[308]

September

October

  • 1 October
    • Paul Dacre is due to become Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Associated Newspapers and will stand down as Editor of the Daily Mail in the following month.[328]
    • The ban on microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics and cleaning products will be extended to Northern Ireland.[329]
  • 12 October – Princess Eugenie of York is scheduled to marry her long-term boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.[330]

November

  • 11 November – All the church bells in the United Kingdom are to ring in unison to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War.[331]

December

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Private Bill Speakman

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August

Barry Chuckle (right) with his brother Paul

September

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  570. ^ "Battle of Britain RAF Spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellum dies". BBC News. BBC. 20 July 2018. 
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  598. ^ "Donald Hunt, long-serving master of choristers at Worcester Cathedral – obituary". The Telegraph. 13 August 2018. 
  599. ^ "Chuckle Brothers star Barry dies at 73". BBC News. BBC. 5 August 2018. 
  600. ^ "Eastbourne Eagles' Bob Dugard dies aged 76". Eastbourne Herald. 5 August 2018. 
  601. ^ "Former Kent wicket keeper Anthony Catt dies". Kent County Cricket Club. 6 August 2018. 
  602. ^ "Comic Strip co-writer Peter Richens dies at 65". chortle.co.uk. 
  603. ^ "Professor David Coates (1946–2018)". University of Sheffield (SPERI). 8 August 2018. 
  604. ^ "Obituary: Arthur Davies, operatic tenor and star at Scottish Opera". Scottish Herald. 27 August 2018. 
  605. ^ "Nobel Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul dies at 85". Star Tribune. 12 August 2018. 
  606. ^ "Lawyer accused of beating boys at Christian camps dies". The Guardian. 12 August 2018. 
  607. ^ "Michael Scott Rohan (1951–2018)". sf-encyclopedia.com. 13 August 2018. 
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  609. ^ "Ian "Doc" Dean Passes Away". Professional Wrestling Insider. 14 August 2018. 
  610. ^ "In Memoriam: Emerita Professor Ann Moss FBA". Causeway Education. 
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  612. ^ "Tributes to former Nottingham MP Martin Brandon-Bravo who died aged 86". Nottingham Post. 16 August 2018. 
  613. ^ "Vivian Matalon, Tony-winning director, is dead at 88". New York Times. 21 August 2018. 
  614. ^ "Emeritus Fellow Sir John Rowlinson dies aged 92". Exeter College Oxford. 15 August 2018. 
  615. ^ "Legendary entertainer Count Prince Miller dies". Jamaica Gleaner. 16 August 2018. 
  616. ^ "Jeremy Catto, much loved Oxford historian – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 21 August 2018. 
  617. ^ "Sir Peter Tapsell obituary". The Guardian. 19 August 2018. 
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  619. ^ "Alan Boyson, creator of Salford Tree of Knowledge, passes away". Salford Star. 28 August 2018. 
  620. ^ "Ted Atkins killed in climb". Nepal Times. 21 August 2018. 
  621. ^ "Rt Rev Peter Nott, former Bishop of Norwich – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 22 August 2018. 
  622. ^ "Obituary – Donald Sage Mackay, former Lord Advocate and judge of the Supreme Courts". Herald Scotland. 25 August 2018. 
  623. ^ "Ex-Fleet goalkeeper passes away". Ebbsfleet United F.C. 23 August 2018. 
  624. ^ "David Yallop, author who fought for Arthur Allan Thomas release has died". stuff.co.nz. 1 September 2018. 
  625. ^ "Robin Leach dead: 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' host dies, aged 76". Hollywood Reporter. 24 August 2018. 
  626. ^ "Obituary: James Mallinson 1943–2018". LSO. 28 August 2018. 
  627. ^ "Gordon Riddick RIP". Brentford F.C. 28 August 2018. 
  628. ^ "Sir Adrian Swire obituary". The Times. 29 August 2018. 
  629. ^ "Lindsay Kemp, performer and Bowie mentor, dies at 80". BBC News. BBC. 25 August 2018. 
  630. ^ "Brotherhood of Man songwriter Tony Hiller dies at 91". Eurovision. 27 August 2018. 
  631. ^ "Britain's oldest person, Olive Boar, dies aged 113". The Daily Telegraph. 1 September 2018. 
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  633. ^ "Stan Brock, global humanitarian and founder of Remote Area Medical, has died". Knox News. 30 August 2018. 
  634. ^ "In Memoriam: Sir James Mirrlees (1936–2018)". Institute for Fiscal Studies. 30 August 2018. 
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  636. ^ "Professor David Watkin architectural historian obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 2 September 2018. 
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  642. ^ "BBC presenter Rachael Bland dies aged 40". BBC. 5 September 2018. 
  643. ^ "Tributes as former MLA Robert Coulter passes away". Belfast Telegraph. 5 September 2018. 
  644. ^ "Heartbeat and Blackadder actor Peter Benson dies". BBC News. BBC. 8 September 2018. 
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