Brexit vote by Labour and Plaid Welsh MEPs ‘a disgrace’

Brexit vote by Labour and Plaid Welsh MEPs ‘a disgrace’

Image copyright Getty Images It is an “utter disgrace” that Welsh members of the European Parliament voted for a delay in Brexit talks, UKIP MEP Nathan Gill has said. Labour’s Derek Vaughan and Jill Evans of Plaid Cymru backed the EU not to start on the next phase of trade talks. Mr Vaughan said the […]

Theresa May to dine with EU chiefs amid Brexit ‘deadlock’

Theresa May to dine with EU chiefs amid Brexit ‘deadlock’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The PM will meet with Jean-Claude Juncker, pictured, as well as Michel Barnier Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days […]

UK farmers will ‘grow more food’ if no Brexit deal – minister

UK farmers will ‘grow more food’ if no Brexit deal – minister

Media captionChris Grayling said that British farmers would produce more if food prices increase post-Brexit British farmers would produce more food themselves in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal, a cabinet minister has suggested. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was responding to industry claims that food prices could rise sharply […]

Call for ‘rethink’ on Scottish fracking ban

Call for ‘rethink’ on Scottish fracking ban

Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has said the party should “think again” on its attitude to fracking. The Scottish government has announced an “effective ban” on the controversial method of extracting oil and gas. Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said consultation on the issue showed “overwhelming” opposition. Mr Sillars told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland […]

MPs can stop no-deal Brexit, says Labour’s McDonnell

MPs can stop no-deal Brexit, says Labour’s McDonnell

Image copyright JEFF OVERS Image caption Leaving the EU without a deal was “not a realistic option”, Mr McDonnell claimed Parliament can stop the UK leaving the EU without negotiating a deal, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. He told the BBC there was “not a majority” in the Commons for such a scenario and […]

Inflation ‘to cause £300 benefit squeeze’- think tank

Inflation ‘to cause £300 benefit squeeze’- think tank

Image copyright PA Benefit freezes combined with the predicted rise in inflation could set some low-income households back £300 next year, a think tank has warned. September’s inflation data will be released on Tuesday, and some analysts predict the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be 2.9%. The Resolution Foundation says loss of income due to […]

NHS patients to be asked about sexuality

NHS patients to be asked about sexuality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NHS England advises sexuality is recorded during “face to face contact” with patients Health professionals in England are to be told to ask patients aged 16 or over about their sexual orientation, under new NHS guidelines. NHS England said no-one would be forced to answer the question but recording […]

Iran blamed for Parliament cyber-attack

Iran blamed for Parliament cyber-attack

Image copyright PA Iran has been blamed for a major cyber-attack on Parliamentary email accounts, including those of cabinet ministers. Whitehall officials say Iran was behind a “sustained” cyber-attack on 23 June with hackers making repeated attempts to guess passwords of 9,000 accounts. Up to 30 accounts are thought to have been compromised. Security sources […]

Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

The chancellor has labelled the European Union’s Brexit negotiators as “the enemy” – a remark he subsequently described as a “poor choice of words”. During a television interview, Philip Hammond also called the negotiators “the opponents” and said they should “behave like grown-ups”. But he tweeted later: “I was making the point that we are […]

Boris Johnson to visit Moscow as part of ‘robust’ dialogue’

Boris Johnson to visit Moscow as part of ‘robust’ dialogue’

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson is to visit Moscow later this year as part of efforts to build a more constructive dialogue with Russia on global security issues. The foreign secretary has been invited by his counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Items on the agenda are likely to include North Korea, Iran and security for next year’s […]