Any Brexit deal will hit UK economy – government paper

Any Brexit deal will hit UK economy – government paper

Image copyright PA The UK economy will grow more slowly outside the European Union, no matter what deal is struck with Brussels, a leaked government document suggests. The BuzzFeed News website reports the Whitehall analysis found growth over the next 15 years could be up to 8% lower than if the UK stayed in the […]

Theresa May on China trip to boost ‘golden era’ of trade ties

Theresa May on China trip to boost ‘golden era’ of trade ties

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trade between China and the UK is worth £59bn Theresa May is to embark on a three-day visit to China to boost “vital” trade and investment ties. The prime minister will arrive in the country on Wednesday and travel to Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai. She will hold talks with […]

PM urged to ‘see off’ hard Brexiteers as Tory divisions continue

PM urged to ‘see off’ hard Brexiteers as Tory divisions continue

Image caption Anna Soubry urged the prime minister to show leadership on Brexit Theresa May has been warned the UK risks disaster unless she “sees off hard Brexiteers” in her own party amid continuing Tory divisions over Europe. Ex-minister Anna Soubry said the PM must not let what she said were 35 MPs dictate the […]

Cost of British passport to increase

Cost of British passport to increase

Image copyright Getty Images The price of a British passport is to rise by £12.50 from 27 March for those applying by post. Currently, an adult’s passport costs £72.50 regardless of how you apply for it but under government plans this would rise by 17% up to £85. The cost of online applications will also […]

Personal Independence payments: All 1.6 million claims to be reviewed

Personal Independence payments: All 1.6 million claims to be reviewed

Image copyright PA Image caption The government made changes to Personal Independence Payments in 2017 Every person receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will have their claim reviewed, the Department for Work and Pensions has said. A total of 1.6 million of the main disability benefit claims will be reviewed, with around 220,000 people expected to […]

EU agrees Brexit ‘transition’ negotiation guidelines

EU agrees Brexit ‘transition’ negotiation guidelines

Image copyright AFP Image caption The guidelines are for the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier European Union ministers have met in Brussels to finalise their negotiating position on the transitional period that will follow the UK’s departure from the bloc. They propose it will run from Brexit in March 2019 to 31 December 2020. Theresa […]

No 10 responds to criticism of Theresa May’s leadership

No 10 responds to criticism of Theresa May’s leadership

Image copyright AFP Downing Street has responded to critics claiming that Theresa May has been too cautious as prime minister. The PM’s official spokesman said she was “grasping the many opportunities” of Brexit while also acting on housing, schools and the NHS. The defence came after former cabinet minister Justine Greening urged her colleagues to […]

Justine Greening calls for return of student grants

Justine Greening calls for return of student grants

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Justine Greening says maintenance grants should be reinstated for poorer students Former education secretary Justine Greening says maintenance grants for poorer students – scrapped in England last year by ministers – should return. Ms Greening, removed in the recent cabinet reshuffle, also said she was concerned about the level […]

The myth of the 2017 ‘youthquake’ election

The myth of the 2017 ‘youthquake’ election

Image copyright Getty Images A surge in youth turnout has often been cited as the reason for Labour’s unexpectedly strong performance in the 2017 election. The trouble is, it seems there was no such “youthquake”, write members of the British Election Study team. After the surprise of the Conservatives losing their majority in the June […]

Stop sounding off, Justine Greening tells Tories

Stop sounding off, Justine Greening tells Tories

Image copyright PA “Soundings off” against Prime Minister Theresa May have to stop, former cabinet minister Justine Greening has told her Tory colleagues. Ms Greening, who lost her job as education secretary in the reshuffle, said the PM needed support for almost “impossible” Brexit talks. She also said university maintenance grants, replaced with loans by […]