PM and ministers to set out ‘road to Brexit’

Image copyright PA Image caption The PM has been under pressure from Brussels and her party to set out her vision for Britain after Brexit Theresa May will deliver a major speech within the next three weeks outlining the future relationship Britain wants to have with the EU. Before that, senior ministers are also due […]

Charities warned after Oxfam Haiti prostitute claims

Image copyright PA Image caption Penny Mordaunt said it was “despicable” that sexual exploitation and abuse existed in the aid sector Charities doing overseas aid work will lose funding if they fail to cooperate over safeguarding issues, warned the international development secretary. Penny Mordaunt said it was “despicable” that sexual exploitation and abuse still existed […]

John McDonnell: Labour public ownership plan will cost nothing

Image copyright Getty Images Labour’s proposal to bring services such as water, energy and rail into public ownership would be “cost free,” John McDonnell has said. The shadow chancellor says he wants to put public services “irreversibly in the hands of workers” so they can “never again be taken away”. In a speech in London, […]

Rohingya crisis: Boris Johnson to visit refugee camp

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh Myanmar must find a safe and dignified way for Rohingya Muslims to return, the UK foreign secretary has said, after meeting the government of Bangladesh. Boris Johnson is to visit camps on the Bangladesh border which hold the […]

Stormont deal could be unveiled ‘next week’

Image caption Stormont has been without a devolved government for more than a year There is growing speculation that a deal to end the year-long political deadlock at Stormont could be unveiled as early as next week. Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive collapsed amid a bitter row between the DUP and Sinn Féin last January. On […]

Brexit: Transition period not ‘a given’, says Barnier

Image copyright EPA EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that a transition period immediately after Brexit in 2019 is “not a given”. He outlined continuing disagreements between the UK and EU over issues like freedom of movement during the period. He also said the UK’s decision to leave the EU single market and customs […]

Theresa May ‘considering NI trip to help clinch deal’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May has in the past been criticised for taking a “hands off” approach to the talks process Prime Minister Theresa May is considering coming to Northern Ireland next week to help secure a power-sharing deal, the BBC understands. However, she would only travel if it was felt her […]

EU leaked paper discourteous, says David Davis

Image copyright AFP David Davis has described a leaked EU paper suggesting it could cut UK access to the single market if there was a post-Brexit row as “discourteous”. A draft document leaked on Wednesday suggested any dispute could mean UK benefits being suspended in the “transition period” after Brexit. The UK Brexit secretary said […]

MPs face tougher sanctions for sexual harassment and bullying

Image copyright Getty Images MPs found to have bullied or harassed their staff will have to write a letter of apology and undergo training, under new proposals. In more serious cases, they could be suspended or forced to face a public vote on their future. The plans were drawn up by a cross-party committee after […]

Council tax hikes planned ‘across England’

Image copyright Matt Cardy/Getty Images Image caption Local authority finances are “on the edge” and “perilously close” to failure, it is claimed Nearly all local authorities in England are set to raise council tax and service charges amid concerns for their financial stability, a survey suggests. Council tax is set to rise in 95% of […]

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