Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 30 Mar 2017

1. Government outlines Brexit great repeal bill

A parliamentary white paper today will explain how the government plans to enshrine all existing EU-driven laws in UK law with a great repeal bill. The legislation will repeal a few rules while thousands of others will be adapted in order to function properly. The Commons' library says it will be one of the largest legislative projects ever undertaken.

Brexit: What is the great repeal bill?

2. UK 'not threatening EU over Brexit security'

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green says the UK is not attempting to blackmail the EU by saying it could withdraw security and intelligence cooperation if trade deals are not agreed. In her letter triggering Article 50, Theresa May said "a failure to reach agreement" would have consequences for security. "It's not a threat, I think that's the misunderstanding," Green said.

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3. Five dead in helicopter crash

Five people have been killed in a helicopter crash in north Wales. The privately-owned red Twin Squirrel helicopter vanished en route from Luton to Dublin on Wednesday. The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered on Thursday in the Rhinog mountains near Harlech. The bodies of all five people on board had been found, they are thought to have been on their way to a christening.

4. Trump travel ban: Hawaii judge upholds block

Donald Trump's revised attempt to ban people from mainly Muslim countries entering the US has hit another stumbling block, after a judge in Hawaii refused to overturn the injunction he has imposed blocking it across the entire US. Douglas Chin, the state's attorney general, says the policy is discriminatory and hurts tourism.

5. Spanish woman jailed for Twitter joke

Spain has sentenced a history student to one year in jail for tweeting jokes about the assassination of former prime minister Luis Carrero Blanco in 1973. Cassandra Vera was found guilty of glorifying terrorism and humiliating its victims. She is likely to serve her sentence in the community. Blanco was heir apparent to fascist dictator General Francisco Franco.

6. Chocolate bars to shrink in fight against obesity

Food manufacturers have been told to shrink products, reduce sugar content or make healthier foods to fight the obesity crisis. Public Health England has called on the industry to cut sugar by 20% by the year 2020. Children are said to consume three times more sugar than the daily recommended amount and one in five are overweight when they start school.

7. Trump Russia dossier: 'Key claim verified'

US officials have reportedly verified a key claim in the dossier alleging links between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia - that a Russian diplomat in Washington was a spy, reports the BBC. It is claimed that Mikhail Kalugin, head of the Russian embassy's economics section until August 2016, was under surveillance by US security agents.

8. David Cameron: 'I was right to hold referendum'

David Cameron has defended his decision to hold a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, saying the issue had been "poisoning British politics for years". Speaking on the day Theresa May triggered Article 50, the former prime minister said: "I made a promise to hold a referendum. I think it was the right thing to do."

9. Katy Perry and Stormzy join Glastonbury line-up

Glastonbury Festival organisers have announced the full line-up for this year’s event, with Katy Perry, The XX, Lorde and Stormzy joining headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran. Other names playing the weekend include Biffy Clyro, The National and Father John Misty, as well as Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb, who performed with Coldplay last year.

Glastonbury Festival: full line-up announced

10. Briefing: What will Brexit mean for me?

Brexit has formally begun, nine months after the UK voted in a national referendum to leave the EU. Theresa May's government now has two years to thrash out the terms of the departure, including how much the "divorce bill" will be, and establish new trade deals with the 27 other member nations. From a return to blue passports to a national Pret a Manger sandwich shortage, the consequences could be far-reaching.

Article 50: What will Brexit mean for me?

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