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Home secretary Priti Patel has been accused of “bullying” and “belittling” officials and “creating an ‘atmosphere of fear’” as it emerged she has tried to get rid of her most senior civil servant “after a toxic clash at the top of the Home Office”. The Times splashed with the headline “Home Office at war after staff accuse bully Patel” with...

Britain’s Brexit Day front pages – a coin and ‘low key...

The United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union at 11pm tonight, January 31, with the nation’s newspaper front pages marking the historic moment and reflecting the Brexit divides still evident across the country. A mix of triumphalism, despair, doom, anger and optimism dominate the papers, many of whom have published special “souvenir” Brexit Day editions. 'The curtain goes up on a...

NI power-sharing deal and Brexit Bill cap strong week for PM

Sinn Fein’s decision to back the deal returning power to Stormont has capped a strong week for Boris Johnson who can also celebrate the passing of his Brexit Bill. Just...

Quitting royals capture UK’s front pages

The British press has focused on the Queen’s reaction to the “shock” announcement by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex of their “transition” away from the Royal family...

Farage launches Brexit Party to fight Euro elections

The former UKIP leader Nigel Farage called for a ‘democratic revolution’ in British politics as he launched his new Brexit Party. He told an audience in Coventry today that if...

Up to one million joined Brexit protest march, say organisers

An estimated one million people packed the streets of London yesterday to call for a second EU referendum as the UK’s Brexit deadlock continued. The ‘Put It To The People’ march drew support from across the political spectrum, with many leading figures addressing huge crowds at a rally after the march. They included Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, SNP leader Nicola...
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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 if talks over changes to the withdrawal deal drag on too long. Prime Minister Theresa May...
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Brexit likely to be delayed, says former Chancellor

A delay to the UK’s departure from the EU is the most likely next step instead of a game of ‘Russian roulette,’ the former Chancellor George Osborne said today. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, The London Evening Standard editor said he believed the prospect of a hard Brexit was now fading. Osborne told the BBC the UK faces...
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Second referendum must be an option for Labour, says Starmer

The possibility of holding a second referendum with Remain on the ballot must be kept open by Labour, the party’s shadow Brexit Secretary has said. Sir Keir Starmer said Labour should either pressure the government to negotiate a deal based on a customs union, or fight for a new public vote. His comments came after Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal...
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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 withdrawal deal rallied to her side to help secure victory by 325 votes to 306. The vote had been triggered by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said after last night’s Brexit...