#Brexit special section

Brexit will not be delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesman for the prime minister has confirmed, saying the UK will not ask for an extension to the transition period which expires on December 31, 2020. However, the outbreak could push the UK’s economy to the brink of recession, warned Goldman Sachs as the number of confirmed cases continues to...

Government in ‘cloud-cuckoo land’ over UK-US trade deal

The government’s objectives for the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with the United States are evidence it is “living in cloud-cuckoo land” because it is “risking our standards for a mere 0.07%-0.16% of GDP” growth. The Department for International Trade (DIT) expects trade talks with the US to begin this month (March) and has vowed to “rigorously protect” the UK’s high...

No deal Brexit back on the table as UK and EU appear poles apart

Ruling out a no-deal Brexit was a top priority of a majority of MPs during long-running debates. The Benn Act appeared to prevent such an outcome, but those voices...

‘Greenest ever’ new blue UK passport is made in Poland by French owned firm

The Home Office has confirmed the UK’s new blue passport will be issued from next month, replacing the burgundy coloured passport used by European Union countries since 1988. It will...

Government’s ‘toxic’ and ‘xenophobic’ immigration plans ‘spell absolute disaster’ for care

The government’s new immigration policy has been condemned as “toxic” and “xenophobic” with business set to be hit hard by plans that "spell absolute disaster” for Britain’s care system. Home...

‘Infuriated’ PM and ‘sabre rattling’ Raab set tone for Brexit negotiations

The prime minister will set out the United Kingdom’s hardline negotiating position with the European Union in a speech tomorrow (Monday), ruling out any alignment with, or concessions to Brussels as he seeks a deal “as least as ambitious” as that struck by Canada with the EU – a deal achieved after seven years of negotiations. The UK has just...

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...
child refugees in the UK

Child Refugees in the UK – Lords vote to uphold family...

The government has lost five votes on amendments to the withdrawal agreement bill. Among them, an amendment to the rights enjoyed by child refugees in the UK, post-Brexit. Labour peer, Alf Dubs, who arrived as a child refugee in the UK during the second world war, proposed the amendment which would restore the rights to family-reunion. These rights were...

UK’s ‘No to coal’ (but ‘Yes’ to oil and gas) and...

The prime minister has told African leaders there will not be “single penny more” of UK taxpayers’ money spent on coal mining or coal powered energy stations. Boris Johnson also said an overhaul to the immigration system post-Brexit will “put people before passports” and ability before country of origin, in a bid to attract talented Africans to the UK, which...

Chancellor’s ‘no alignment with EU’ rings ‘death knell for frictionless trade’

Sajid Javid has warned manufacturers there will be no alignment with EU regulations after Brexit, signalling the “death knell for frictionless trade”, according to an industry expert. The chancellor insisted UK manufacturers must adjust to new regulations and said the Treasury will not lend support to those that favour EU rules because companies “have known since 2016 that we are...