Brexit

Nissan millions under threat after about turn on UK plans

The car maker Nissan must re-apply for almost £60m of taxpayer cash after it decided not to proceed with plans to build the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant. A deal struck between the Government and Nissan in 2016 stipulated that the cash would only...
Westminster

UK’s house price growth has ‘almost ground to a halt’

House prices in the UK ‘almost ground to a halt’ in January, according to figures from the Nationwide. The building society said growth was the lowest for almost six years, with prices up 0.1 per cent – they went up by 0.5 per cent in...
Brexit

Brexit may have to be delayed, Foreign Secretary admits

The Brexit process may have to be extended in order to get key legislation in place ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. He said a delay beyond the scheduled exit date of March 29 would become necessary...
Brexit

May hints she will not take Irish backstop out of her Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May appeared today to confirm that the backstop proposal for the Irish border would not be removed from her Brexit deal. She told an audience in Belfast that she would instead seek changes to the controversial backstop plan she had negotiated with the EU as part of...

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Prime Minister seeks Brexit consensus to break deadlock

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will meet MPs over the next few days as she attempts to find a solution to the political impasse over Brexit. She suffered a heavy Commons defeat in Tuesday's vote on her withdrawal deal and survived a vote of no confidence in...

Government sees off motion of no confidence by 19 votes

Theresa May’s government survived an attempt to remove them from power by 19 votes in the Commons tonight. MPs who had lined up to vote against the Prime Minister’s Brexit...

Ruling on Brexit vote puts Speaker in Commons firing line

A row erupted in the Commons last night after Speaker John Bercow broke with precedent to allow MPs to vote on a Brexit amendment and inflict another defeat on...

MPs demand action over harassment by protestors

More than 115 MPs have demanded an improved police response to abusive protestors targeting politicians outside Parliament. They called on Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick as concerns grew about the...

COMMENTARY

Article 50 Brexit

UK has the power to cancel Brexit, says EU legal expert

The UK could cancel its departure from the EU at the stroke of a pen, a leading European law expert has said. European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona said it can be done without permission from the other 27 EU states. He had been asked by a group of Scottish politicians to give a non-binding legal opinion...

Home Office faces court over £1k fee levied on children

Campaigners have been given the all clear by a judge to challenge the Home Office in court over fees charged to register a child as a British citizen. The Project...

Leave.EU and Arron Banks’ firm hit with £135,000 fines

Fines of £135,000 have been imposed on Brexit campaign organisation Leave.EU and an insurance company owned by Arron Banks. They were announced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) this week...

Police investigate Labour over anti-Semitism claims

A criminal inquiry has been launched into suspected anti-Semitic hate crimes in the Labour Party, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed today. The investigation began after London’s LBC Radio obtained...
Irish Brexit

Border backstop the only option for Ireland, says minister

The Irish economy would come under ‘significant stress’ if the UK crashed out of the EU without a deal next March, the country’s foreign minister said yesterday. Simon Coveney also told the Irish broadcaster RTÉ that the backstop solution for the border with Northern Ireland was the only workable option. He said the Irish government had not made any further plans...

Stormont power vacuum halts Northern Ireland reforms

Vital education, health and housing reforms in Northern Ireland are being thwarted by the power vacuum at Stormont, the province’s top civil servant has said. The devolved power sharing Government...

Brexit deal will be devastating for Scotland, says Sturgeon

Scotland will be left worse off if the UK government’s draft Brexit agreement is passed by Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. She said the SNP’s 35 Westminster MPs...

Slate region of Wales could become a World Heritage site

Iconic locations such as the Great Barrier Reef and Taj Mahal could be joined on a list of World Heritage sites by the slate quarries of Gwynedd, Wales. The county’s...