Corbyn in north west NI for border visit

Image copyright Getty Images Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has crossed the Irish border after meeting business leaders in Londonderry to hear their concerns over Brexit. Mr Corbyn walked across the bridge linking Strabane in County Tyrone and Lifford in County Donegal on Friday morning. He began his visit on Thursday with a speech at Queen’s […]

Brexit: UK official warns EU over talks ‘insult’

Image copyright EPA UK officials have warned the EU that its approach to Brexit negotiations risks damaging its security and economic relationship. It comes as a senior EU official said the UK was living in a “let’s just keep everything we have now… fantasy”. A UK official described those remarks as “laughable” and warned against […]

Boris Johnson targeted by Russia prank caller

Media captionListen to a clip from the recording that was posted online Boris Johnson has been targeted by a Russian prank caller pretending to be the new prime minister of Armenia. In a recording posted online, the UK foreign secretary congratulates the caller on his election and goes on to discuss UK-Russia relations, the Salisbury […]

Labour would be neutral in any border poll – Jeremy Corbyn

Image caption Jeremy Corbyn is making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected Labour leader three years ago Jeremy Corbyn has told the BBC that if he is prime minister the UK government would take a neutral position in any border poll campaign. He said he was not asking for or advocating […]

Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns quits government role ‘to fight for Brexit’

Image copyright Conservative Party A Leave-backing MP has resigned from her junior government role saying she wants to “fight for Brexit”. Andrea Jenkyns quit as a parliamentary private secretary, saying she wanted to “commit” to other duties. Ms Jenkyns said PM Theresa May had her “full support” but warned “we need to leave the customs […]

Brexit: UK wants £1bn back from EU if it is excluded from Galileo

Image copyright ESA Image caption The Galileo system was conceived to give Europe an independent sat-nav capability The UK wants the EU to repay £1bn if it is excluded from the Galileo satellite navigation system after Brexit. David Davis’s Brexit department is also warning the scheme could cost the EU an extra €1bn (£876m) without […]

Tax rises needed ‘to prevent NHS misery’

Image copyright PA Taxes are going to have to rise to pay for the NHS if the UK is to avoid “a decade of misery” in which the old, sick and vulnerable are let down, say economists. The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health Foundation said the NHS would need an extra 4% a year […]

Brexit deal cannot include return to hard border – Jeremy Corbyn

Image caption Jeremy Corbyn last visited Northern Ireland in 2015 when he was a candidate in the Labour leadership race Labour will not support any Brexit deal that includes a return to a hard border, Jeremy Corbyn will say later. Mr Corbyn is making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as […]

Brexit: UK’s ‘strong objections’ to Galileo sat-nav exclusion

Image copyright ESA Image caption The Galileo system was conceived to give Europe an independent sat-nav capability The UK has lodged a “strong objection” to EU negotiators over plans to limit its participation in the Galileo satellite programme after Brexit. In a document seen by the BBC, UK officials warn EU counterparts the scheme could […]

Brexit: Technology-based customs system ‘could cost £20bn’

Image copyright Getty Images The post-Brexit customs system favoured by Boris Johnson and other leading Brexiteers could cost businesses up to £20bn a year, officials have suggested. The chief executive of HM Revenue and Customs told MPs firms would have to pay £32.50 for each customs declaration under the so-called “max fac” solution. Jon Thompson […]