Brexit: UK will ‘soon regret’ leaving EU argues Juncker

Brexit: UK will ‘soon regret’ leaving EU argues Juncker

Media captionBrexit is “a very sad and tragic moment in our history” The UK will “soon regret” leaving the EU, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said. Mr Juncker told the European Parliament that Brexit would be a “sad, tragic” moment for the EU but that the 27-member union would “move on”. “Brexit is not […]

Unemployment rate falls to 4.3% as wages stagnate

Unemployment rate falls to 4.3% as wages stagnate

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 75,000 in the three months to July, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.3% from 4.4% in the previous quarter. The rate remains at its lowest since 1975, but a squeeze on real incomes continues, according to the Office for National Statistics figures. Wages in the period […]

Government wins committee change vote

Government wins committee change vote

Image copyright AFP Controversial changes giving the government control of key Parliamentary committees have been agreed by MPs. The vote gives the Tories a majority on the public bill committees in charge of the detailed scrutiny of legislation. Opposition MPs said it was a “constitutional outrage” and a “power grab” from a government lacking a […]

Hurricane Irma: Boris Johnson sees impact on Caribbean

Hurricane Irma: Boris Johnson sees impact on Caribbean

Image copyright MOD Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has defended the UK’s response to communities hit by Hurricane Irma, as he arrived in the Caribbean. The UK responded “extremely fast”, he said, as he travelled to the British overseas territory of Anguilla. Mr Johnson said the UK would be there for Anguilla for “the long term” […]

Brexit: Ex-minister Lord Bridges urges ‘honesty’ over EU exit

Brexit: Ex-minister Lord Bridges urges ‘honesty’ over EU exit

Image copyright Getty Images A former Brexit minister has said the UK must be “honest” about the “complexity and scale” of leaving the EU. Lord Bridges also urged honesty about the lack of time to reach agreement with the EU over the UK’s withdrawal. The Tory peer, who left government after June’s general election, emphasised […]

Brexit: Next round of talks delayed a week ‘for consultation’

Brexit: Next round of talks delayed a week ‘for consultation’

Image copyright AFP Image caption David Davis and Michel Barnier are currently meeting once a month The next round of Brexit talks has been postponed by a week to “allow more time for consultation”. The fourth round of UK-EU negotiations, due to begin on 18 September, will start on the 25th instead. The government said […]

Public sector pay cap to be lifted

Public sector pay cap to be lifted

Image copyright PA Image caption Rank and file police officers will get a 1% bonus on top of a rise in their pay The cap on public sector pay rises in England and Wales is to be lifted. Ministers will now get “flexibility” to breach the longstanding 1% limit. The announcement came as the government […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond sets date for next Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond sets date for next Budget

The next Budget will be held on Wednesday 22 November, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has said. It will be the first Budget since the Conservatives lost their majority in the House of Commons in the snap election in June. Mr Hammond delivered another Budget earlier this year in the spring. But he has […]

Labour seeks to derail tuition fee rise

Labour seeks to derail tuition fee rise

Image copyright PA Image caption Tuition fees are increasing to £9,250 and then again the following year Labour is forcing a vote in the House of Commons in a bid to prevent an increase in tuition fees in England. Fees are due to rise to £9,250 this year and then again to more than £9,500 […]

Police and prison staff to get more than 1% pay cap

Police and prison staff to get more than 1% pay cap

Image copyright PA Image caption Rank and file police officers will get a 1% bonus on top of a rise in their pay The government has announced pay rises for police and prison officers which breach the 1% public sector pay cap. Prison officers will get a 1.7% rise while police will get a 1% […]