Karen Bradley: No-deal Brexit could create ‘feelings of unrest’

The Northern Ireland secretary has said she believes a no-deal Brexit could put in jeopardy some of the UK’s current constitutional arrangements. Karen Bradley said there could be “feelings of unrest” among those who did not want the to leave the EU. She would not comment on reports that she told cabinet a no-deal scenario […]

Brexit failure a catastrophic breach of trust, says May

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images A failure to deliver Brexit would be “a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy”, Prime Minister Theresa May has warned. Writing in the Sunday Express, Mrs May pleaded with MPs to back her Brexit deal in Tuesday’s crunch Commons vote. Not doing so risks the UK leaving the […]

Brexit: ‘Basic questions unanswered’ on Swiss trade deal

Image copyright PA Image caption Liam Fox has been accused of making “blithe assurances of progress” The government must clarify the UK’s future relationship with Switzerland and up to 70 non-EU countries after Brexit, a Commons committee has said. Last month, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced a deal to allow British and Swiss businesses […]

Brexit: Lord Hattersley says people should get vote on PM’s deal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord Hattersley has said that leaving the European Union would be a “disaster” Former Labour deputy leader Roy Hattersley has said he supports another Brexit referendum “very strongly”. The politician said Britons have “a right” to have their say on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, which goes to a vote […]

Brexit: British people have a right to vote on PM’s deal, says Lord Hattersley

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord Hattersley has said that leaving the European Union would be a “disaster” Former Labour deputy leader Roy Hattersley has said he supports another Brexit referendum “very strongly”. The politician said Britons have “a right” to have their say on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, which goes to a vote […]

Blocking Brexit could cause far-right surge – Grayling

Image copyright AFP Blocking Brexit could lead to a surge in far-right extremism in the UK, the transport secretary has said. Chris Grayling told the Daily Mail that failing to leave the EU would cause the 17 million people who voted for Brexit to feel “cheated”. This could end centuries of “moderate” politics in the […]

Ministers consider ending jail terms of six months or less

The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales. Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily Telegraph that such sentences were “long enough to damage you and not long enough to […]

Universal credit payment to be given to household’s main carer

Image copyright PA Image caption Amber Rudd made her first major welfare speech on Friday Universal credit payments will go directly to a household’s main carer in a move which is expected to help more women, Amber Rudd has announced. The work and pensions secretary also confirmed she would delay asking MPs to allow the […]

Plaid Cymru assembly member Steffan Lewis dies aged 34

Image caption Steffan Lewis with his family being sworn into the assembly in 2016 One of Wales’ youngest assembly members has died at the age of 34. Steffan Lewis, the Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales East, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in late 2017. Mr Lewis, who was brought up in Crosskeys and […]

Parliament security boosted ahead of Brexit vote

Image copyright PA Image caption Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick has faced calls to tighten security Security around Parliament is to be increased in the run-up to Brexit, amid concern about the harassment of MPs. The speakers of the Commons and Lords met Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick on Thursday, days after Tory MP Anna […]