Minister Sam Gyimah ‘deeply uncomfortable’ with Trump visit

Minister Sam Gyimah ‘deeply uncomfortable’ with Trump visit

Image copyright AFP A UK government minister has said he is “deeply uncomfortable” about the prospect of Donald Trump’s state visit, amid controversy over his tweets. Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said on BBC One’s Question Time the US President would be “divisive at a time when we are trying to unite our country”. Mr Trump’s […]

PM ‘cheering on’ Debbie McGee on Strictly Come Dancing

PM ‘cheering on’ Debbie McGee on Strictly Come Dancing

Image copyright PA Image caption McGee is partnered with Giovanni Pernice The prime minister says she is “cheering on” Debbie McGee to win this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Theresa May said Ms McGee, who is one of her constituents, was “doing very well” in the BBC show but her rival Alexandra Burke was also “very […]

Sammy Wilson warns Brexit talks may jeopardise DUP-Tory deal

Sammy Wilson warns Brexit talks may jeopardise DUP-Tory deal

Media captionAny attempt to ‘placate Dublin and the EU’ could jeopardise DUP support for Tories DUP MP Sammy Wilson has warned that his party’s deal to support the Conservative government could be jeopardised by the Brexit negotiations. He said any attempt to “placate Dublin and the EU” could mean a withdrawal of DUP support at […]

Net migration falls by more than 100,000 after Brexit vote

Net migration falls by more than 100,000 after Brexit vote

Image copyright Getty Images Net migration is estimated to have fallen by nearly a third to 230,000 in the year to June, new figures show. It is the first time that a full year of data has been available since the UK voted to leave the EU last June. The figure is still short of […]

Brexit Countdown: Why is the Northern Ireland border question so hard?

Brexit Countdown: Why is the Northern Ireland border question so hard?

Image copyright PA The international border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is about 310 miles long with, depending on how many tracks you include, as many as 275 crossing points. In reality, the entire border is a crossing point because, apart from road signs changing from miles per hour to kilometres per […]

Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict

Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict

With Theresa May in the Middle East – stand-ins Damian Green and Emily Thornberry faced each other at Prime Minister’s Questions. How did they do? The pair clashed over nursing numbers in the NHS – and why so many are quitting. Standard fare, you might think, but with Labour’s Emily Thornberry in typically theatrical form […]

Brexit: Barnier suggests vote challenged European terror unity

Brexit: Barnier suggests vote challenged European terror unity

Image copyright EPA Image caption Intelligence-sharing would continue after Brexit, the EU’s chief negotiator said The UK failed to show solidarity with a Europe reeling from terror attacks when it voted for Brexit in 2016, the EU’s chief negotiator has suggested. The UK “chose to be on their own again” when the need to act […]

Donald Trump wrong to share far-right videos – PM

Donald Trump wrong to share far-right videos – PM

Image copyright Reuters It was “wrong” for US President Donald Trump to retweet videos posted by far-right group Britain First, Downing Street has said. Mr Trump shared three posts by the group’s deputy leader, including unverified footage purporting to show Muslims committing crimes. Theresa May’s spokesman said Britain First used “hateful narratives which peddle lies […]

Brexit: UK divorce bill offer worth up to 50bn euros

Brexit: UK divorce bill offer worth up to 50bn euros

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The amount of money the UK will pay as part of Brexit has been one of the main sticking points so far The UK has offered a larger potential “divorce bill” to the EU – which could be worth up to 50bn euros (£44bn), the BBC understands. There has […]

Some lost rail routes may be ‘restored’

Some lost rail routes may be ‘restored’

Image copyright Getty Images Railway lines closed in the 1960s could be reopened if they boost the economy, the government has said. The plan forms part of a wider rail strategy under which the government will consider splitting up two of the biggest train operators. The move would affect Great Western and GTR, which comprises […]