Brexit: UK to be ‘educated’ about consequences, says Barnier

Brexit: UK to be ‘educated’ about consequences, says Barnier

Image copyright AFP Image caption The latest salvos come after a week of Brexit talks involving David Davis (left) and Michel Barnier The EU’s Brexit negotiator has said he sees the process as an opportunity to “teach the British people and others what leaving the EU means”. Michel Barnier said he would never resort to […]

Brexit: PM appeals to backbench Tories over repeal bill

Brexit: PM appeals to backbench Tories over repeal bill

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May has appealed for unity from pro-EU Conservative MPs as the Commons is set to debate the government’s Brexit repeal bill on Thursday. The bill, seen as a key plank of the government’s Brexit policy, transfers EU law into UK legislation Mrs May has said there will be proper scrutiny, but […]

MPs declare sports and bookies as most common donors

MPs declare sports and bookies as most common donors

Image copyright PA Image caption MPs have declared about £215,000 worth of gifts, benefits and hospitality Sports and betting companies top the list of donors treating MPs to gifts and hospitality. The Ladbrokes Coral group appeared 15 times in the register of members’ interests, more than any other donor. Out of 187 donations from UK […]

Councils to be allowed to charge for road closures

Councils to be allowed to charge for road closures

Councils in England would be allowed to charge utility companies by the hour for roadworks which cause significant disruption, if government proposals are approved. The plan aims to halve the delays motorists endure due to utility works. Roadworks cost the economy £4bn a year due to delayed deliveries and people being unable to get to […]

Brexit: David Davis ‘optimistic’ over EU trade deal

Brexit: David Davis ‘optimistic’ over EU trade deal

Media captionDavis: Brexit talks ‘getting a bit tense’ David Davis says he remains optimistic that a “seamless” trade deal can be struck with the EU, despite tension over issues like the UK’s divorce bill. The UK Brexit secretary used a speech in the US to champion free trade and said, on Brexit, he wants “an […]

DUP wants an immediate return to Stormont

DUP wants an immediate return to Stormont

Image copyright Pacemaker The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, proposed an immediate restoration of the assembly in Northern Ireland along with a parallel, time-limited process to deal with culture and language. Mrs Foster described it as a “common-sense solution” to the ongoing political deadlock. Sinn Féin rejected the plan and said the DUP have not addressed […]

UK manufacturing growth ‘accelerates’

UK manufacturing growth ‘accelerates’

Image copyright Getty Images Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector accelerated last month, according to a closely watched survey, with output, orders and employment all picking up. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for manufacturing rose to 56.9 in August from 55.3 in July. A figure above 50 indicates expansion. Rob Dobson from Markit said […]

Brexit: UK ‘must not allow itself to be blackmailed’

Brexit: UK ‘must not allow itself to be blackmailed’

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Fox spoke to the media at the end of a three-day visit to Japan The UK must not allow itself to be “blackmailed” by the EU over its Brexit settlement bill in order to start trade talks, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said. He said a bad Brexit […]

‘Divorce bill’ row frustrates Brexit talks

‘Divorce bill’ row frustrates Brexit talks

Media captionMichel Barnier, EU’s chief Brexit negotiator: UK’s requests are “simply impossible” Both the UK and EU have expressed frustration at the pace of Brexit talks amid disagreement over the size of the UK’s “divorce bill”. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK did not feel “legally obliged to honour its obligations” after Brexit. He […]

No decisive progress on Brexit – Barnier

No decisive progress on Brexit – Barnier

Image copyright EPA Image caption David Davis says the EU needs to be more flexible and imaginative if a deal is to be reached Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says there has been “no decisive progress” on key issues in talks with the UK. He said the two sides were “quite far” away from […]