Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Image copyright AFP/Getty The UK’s approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on “pure illusion”, Donald Tusk says. The European Council president also told the media in Brussels he rejected any notion of the UK “cherry picking” its future relationship with the EU. Mr Tusk said he could only go […]

‘We’re on our way,’ says 96-year-old expat votes campaigner

Image copyright bbc A 96-year-old war veteran is celebrating after his campaign to get the vote for all British expatriates moved a step closer to success. Harry Shindler, who lives in Italy, said he had cracked open a bottle of wine as MPs approved the second reading of a bill to remove the 15-year limit […]

Bid to change organ law gets initial backing from MPs

Media captionLabour MP: What happened to Rebecca could happen to anyone Plans to change the rules on organ donation consent in England, which it is claimed could save up to 500 lives a year, have been backed by MPs. A bill requiring people to “opt out” if they do not want their organs used passed […]

Plastic straws could be banned, suggests Michael Gove

Image copyright PA Environment Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that plastic straws could be banned in Britain. When asked by the Daily Telegraph if he would prohibit plastic straws Mr Gove replied “watch this space”. He added that a balanced approach would be needed but said: “If it is bad, then banning it is a […]

Brexit: Jeremy Hunt says UK will not stay in customs union

Image copyright Jay Allen/Downing St Cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt has said there is no possibility that the government would back remaining in a customs union after Brexit. The health secretary said the UK wanted “frictionless trade” but would “find a different way” to achieve that. A Conservative MP says she has cross-party support for an […]

MPs debate changes to law on consent for organ donations

Image copyright NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT Proposed changes to the laws on organ donation are being debated as campaigners urge action for those awaiting life-saving transplants. MPs will consider changing the rules on consent so people would expressly have to “opt out” if they did not want their organs used after their death. At the […]

RBS reports first profit in 10 years

Media captionRBS profit ‘very symbolic’ says RBS chief executive Ross McEwan Royal Bank of Scotland has returned to profit for the first time in a decade as it continues its recovery. Chief executive Ross McEwan told the BBC it was “a really symbolic moment.” The bank, which is majority-owned by the taxpayer, made an annual […]

Ministers conclude crunch Brexit talks at Chequers

Image copyright Jay Allen/Downing St Theresa May and her senior ministers met for eight hours at the PM’s country retreat in the latest attempt to settle the government’s approach to Brexit. The group of 11 were at Chequers to decide how closely the EU and UK should align after exit day in March 2019. Downing […]

Theresa May holding crunch Brexit cabinet at Chequers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brexit Secretary David Davis arrives by car at Chequers Theresa May and her senior ministers are meeting at the PM’s country retreat in the latest attempt to settle the government’s approach to Brexit. The group of 11 are at Chequers to decide how closely the EU and UK should align […]

UK net migration falls to 244,000

Image copyright Getty Images The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade with 130,000 emigrating in the year to September, figures show. But far more EU nationals (220,000) moved to the UK in the same period, the Office for National Statistics found. It means net EU migration […]