Brexit bill: Lords back down over issue of residents’ rights

Brexit bill: Lords back down over issue of residents’ rights

Image copyright PA Image caption The Brexit bill is in its final stages after MPs voted down the Lords changes The Brexit bill is in its final parliamentary stages, with the House of Lords on the verge of backing down and backing the landmark legislation. The EU Withdrawal Bill is set to be passed after […]

Budget deficit beyond 2025 warns spending watchdog

Budget deficit beyond 2025 warns spending watchdog

Image copyright PA The Government may struggle to meet its target of clearing the deficit in public finances by 2025 according to the official spending watchdog. Robert Chote, chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, was giving evidence before the Commons Treasury Committee. He said ministers still had to explain how they expected to balance […]

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to seek second referendum

Media captionNicola Sturgeon says a second independence referendum will be called between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she will ask for permission to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence. Ms Sturgeon said she wanted a vote to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following […]

Brexit bill: Ministers expect MPs to reject changes

Brexit bill: Ministers expect MPs to reject changes

Image copyright PA Ministers believe MPs will reject the two changes made to the Brexit bill in the House of Lords when they debate it for the second time later. Peers want to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK and ensure Parliament has a vote on any deal. The EU Withdrawal Bill […]

David Davis urges MPs ‘not to tie PM’s hands’ over Brexit bill

Media captionDavid Davis: “The issue of the rights of citizens is the first thing” David Davis has urged MPs to back the Brexit bill and insisted the UK would be prepared, if it has to leave the EU with no deal in place. The Brexit secretary urged MPs not to “tie the prime minister’s hands” […]

GCHQ warns politicians about Russian hacking threat

GCHQ warns politicians about Russian hacking threat

Image copyright Thinkstock Attacks by Russian hackers could threaten British democracy, GCHQ has warned politicians. The spy agency’s computer security chief has written to political parties offering advice on preventing hacks, according to The Sunday Times. US intelligence officials have accused the Kremlin of using cyber-attacks to influence the November election. But Foreign Secretary Boris […]

Shadow business secretary challenged on spending plans

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has been challenged over how Labour would pay for £63bn spending promises if it gets voted into government. The BBC’s Andrew Marr said the party’s fiscal credibility was at stake because Ms Long-Bailey was unable to provide a detailed breakdown of its plans – suggesting her numbers were “£30bn short”. […]

DUP leader Arlene Foster ‘did not consider resigning’ after NI election

DUP leader Arlene Foster ‘did not consider resigning’ after NI election

Image caption Arlene Foster said she would not be stepping down as there is a “job of work to be done” Arlene Foster has said she never thought about resigning as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader in the wake of the Northern Ireland Assembly election. Mrs Foster told Sky News the election had not been […]

Wille Rennie wants Scottish independence poll blocked

Wille Rennie wants Scottish independence poll blocked

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie has said he would vote to block holding another independence referendum. Mr Rennie said holding another poll would be “divisive, unhelpful” and not good for Scotland’s future. His comments contrast to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said on Saturday that another referendum would be “absolutely fine”. Nicola Sturgeon has […]

Brexit: David Davis warns MPs to leave bill unchanged

Brexit: David Davis warns MPs to leave bill unchanged

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption David Davis wants the prime minister to be free to get on with the job of triggering Brexit The Brexit secretary has urged MPs to leave the bill for exiting the EU unchanged when it is debated in the Commons on Monday. David Davis said he will ask MPs […]