#Brexit special section

Brexit
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 the UK took part in May's European elections, they would be his new party's first challenge. But he said the party’s primary aim was to ‘change politics’ and added: "I said...
Finance

‘We need to get Brexit off the table,’ says Hammond

Chancellor Philip Hammond said today that Britain needs to focus on issues other than Brexit, with economic growth a top priority. Speaking in Washington, where he is attending IMF and World Bank meetings, Hammond said it was is time to ‘get Brexit off the table.’ He said crucial economic decisions needed to be taken and that securing a Brexit deal would...

May to request another extension to Brexit deadline

Prime Minister Theresa May said tonight that she will ask for a second extension to the UK’s Brexit deadline in an attempt to solve the deadlock in Parliament. She vowed...

Softer Brexit is now an option, says Justice Secretary

MPs should not be ignored if they vote for a softer Brexit this week, the Justice Secretary David Gauke said today. Parliament will hold an indicative vote on Brexit alternatives...

New independence referendum will happen, says Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that there will be a second independence referendum in Scotland. She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today that another poll was ‘inevitable’ but...

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...
Brexit

May hints she will not take Irish backstop out of her...

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 the withdrawal deal. The Prime Minister insisted that her commitment to...
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 be paid if the car was made in the UK. The company has received just £2.6m...
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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...
Brexit

Barnier says Irish backstop will not be renegotiated

There will be no renegotiation of the Irish backstop provision in the withdrawal deal agreed with the UK, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said today. He said the backstop was ‘part and parcel’ of the agreement with the UK and was a realistic solution to avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland. Barnier’s stance reflects the EU’s and...