Beyond England

Cabinet reshuffle
What the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle means is beginning to become clear. Apart from merging the staff team at number 10 and number 11 which is in itself a seismic move, the people of Northern Ireland have been less than pleased with the sacking of Julian Smith. After all, he played a pivotal role in getting Stormont back up...

Scotland’s finance secretary quits over texts to teenage boy, hours before...

Scotland’s finance secretary has quit hours before he was due to deliver the government’s budget after it emerged he had been “bombarding” a 16 year old schoolboy with text messages. Derek Mackay – who had been tipped as a successor to SNP leader and Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon – resigned from his position with a statement saying he took...

Coronavirus – evacuated Brits to be quarantined; BA suspends all flights to China

British citizens are expected to be evacuated from China’s Wuhan city on flights starting tomorrow and to be put in quarantine for two weeks on their return home. British...

Stormont Assembly proposal – governments urge parties to sign up

Three years to the day since the Stormont Assembly collapsed, the British and Irish governments have published a deal for the restoration of power in Northern Ireland. Late on...

Iran crisis – UK withdraws embassy staff in Iraq and Iran

The Iran crisis is gathering momentum. Revenging the US's killing of general Soleimani, Iran has fired 22 missiles at army bases hosting coalition and US soldiers in Iraq, warning...

N Ireland businesses want £100m Brexit compensation

Buisness leaders in Northern Ireland are demanding £100 million cash-compensation from the UK government for any disruption to trading caused by Brexit. The call comes following a meeting between leading entrepreneurs, business people and politicians on Friday to discuss fears surrounding increased costs arising from the effective trade barrier down the Irish Sea. In a rare show of cross party support...
migrants crossing the channel

Migrants crossing the channel desperate to start a better life

2019 has seen the number of migrants crossing the channel grow three-fold in 2019. On Boxing Day, the coast guard found 60 migrants attempting to reach UK shores. According to Bloomberg, Brexit lies at the heart of the surge in numbers. Aid workers believe that migrants feel this may be their last chance to start a new life in...
Stormont talks

Stormont talks resume in Northern Ireland to end the political vacuum

In an attempt to break the deadlock and end the political vacuum in Northern Ireland, Stormont talks resumed on Monday. Yesterday, new Northern Ireland MPs took their seats in the House of Commons with both the DUP and Sinn Fein giving way to middle-ground MPs from the Alliance Party and the SDLP. The Northern Ireland Secretary and the British and...

‘Forget Farage, vote Tory’ say MEPs quitting Brexit Party

Three Brexit Party MEPs have resigned the whip and called on Leave supporters to forget about Nigel Farage and vote Conservative instead. The MEPs carried out their “mutiny” just a day after another Brexit Party MEP was stripped off the party whip - and just one week before the general election. The group of four – including Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata –...
Russian election interference

Russian election interference – Hillary Clinton wants report released

Although disliked by many, Hillary Clinton has never been afraid to speak her mind. During her UK visit she spoke about Russian election interference and said she was 'dumbfounded' at the British government's refusal to release the report. She said that 'every person who votes in this country deserves to see that report before your election happens.' Downing Street has...