Beyond England

Wales is launching the UK’s first universal basic income (UBI) pilot scheme, first minister Mark Drakeford has announced. The policy will “see whether the promises that basic income hold out are genuinely delivered” for people, said Drakeford, confirming recipients will get a monthly stipend from the Welsh government. Jane Hutt, the newly appointed social justice minister is being tasked to lead...

India variant threatens lockdown exit; Poots elected DUP leader

Boris Johnson has warned that the route out of lockdown may face “serious disruption” because of the India variant, just two days before the biggest lifting of restrictions in England for a year. Rising numbers of cases combined with “important...

Sturgeon pledges referendum as SNP celebrates record breaking election win

A jubilant SNP is celebrating a record breaking landslide victory in Scotland after recording the “highest number of votes, highest number of constituency seats ever, highest vote share...

Arlene Foster forced out as NI first minister and leader of the DUP

Arlene Foster has announced she is quitting her positions as Northern Ireland’s first minister and leader of the DUP after a surprise revolt within the party. Foster’s official exit as...

Scottish govt slams ‘morally repugnant’ UK govt in children’s rights row

The Scottish government has condemned the UK government’s decision to launch a Supreme Court challenge against laws protecting children’s rights that were unanimously passed by Holyrood last month. The SNP...

Water cannon blasts Belfast rioters as US president calls for calm

Police used water cannon on rioters, and charged them with dogs, in Belfast last night (Thursday) after Joe Biden intervened to call for calm following a week of violence in Northern Ireland. The US president...

‘Criminal cartel’ behind riots; NI policing is ‘politicised and toxic’

The worst violence in almost a decade has flared across Northern Ireland with petrol bombs, car hijackings and vehicle burnouts reported over several nights in Derry, Belfast, Newtonabbey and other loyalist communities. While politicians engage...

Salmond launches new party in bid for pro-independence ‘supermajority’

Alex Salmond has made a dramatic return to frontline politics with the launch of a new political party to strengthen Scotland’s bid for independence. His new Alba party will stand at least 32 “list” candidates...

Sturgeon fights for her future; Johnson gets jabbed

Nicola Sturgeon has come out fighting against calls for her resignation, declaring she stands by “every word” of evidence given to the Alex Salmond committee. Scottish Conservatives have escalated their demands for the first minister...

UK delays Brexit border checks again – Gove blames Covid, business says UK still...

The UK government has pushed back border checks on EU goods entering Britain by a further six months, after being warned by businesses the country is still not ready to implement them. While companies have...