#Brexit special section

Downing Street has confirmed the United Kingdom will not automatically deport European Union citizens who have not signed up to the settled status scheme. Guy Verhofstadt, the EU’s Brexit co-ordinator said the UK government had given assurances that EU citizens who miss the 30 June 2021 deadline will still be able to make an application to stay in UK without...

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 seven days ago reporters, politicians and pundits were pillorying the prime minister for remaining silent at a luxury resort on a Caribbean island while the world pondered all-out war with...

Big Ben blow for Brexiteers

Brexiteers have been dealt a big New Year blow after their campaign to get Big Ben to bong  for Brexit on January 31 has been dashed. An amendment to the...

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...

Farmers’ beef with government over post-Brexit chicken and food standards

The National Farmers Union has a major beef with the government about the possibility of chlorinated chicken being sold in post-Brexit Britain. The president of the NFU, Minette Batters used...

PM wants EU to pay for NI-Scotland bridge

Boris Johnson wants the European Union to pay for a bridge linking Scotland and Northern Ireland post-Brexit, according to Ireland’s taosieach Leo Varadkar. The Irish leader said he and the UK prime minister had recently discussed the plan which Johnson described last week as a “very interesting idea”. Varadkar said he told Johnson the UK would be expected to pay for...

Big Ben will bong for Brexit

The newly elected speaker of the House of Commons has given Brexiteers the Christmas gift they’ve campaigned for by announcing he will allow Big Ben to bong on January 31. Sir Lyndsay Hoyle said he was “not going to stand in the way” of MPs who want the iconic bell to chime at 11pm on Brexit Day, reversing the decision...

PM’s Brexit Bill may have ‘tragic consequences’ for child refugees

Boris Johnson has been warned his new Brexit bill may have “tragic consequences” for child refugees after the government scrapped a legal commitment to help them. The measure is one of several changes to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill being debated in the House of Commons today and has been slammed by charities and campaigners working to help reunite refugee children...

Brexit, NHS and terrorism dominate ‘radical’ Queen’s Speech

The monarch returned to parliament for the second time in nine weeks to deliver what Boris Johnson claims is the “most radical” Queen’s Speech “in a generation”. Brexit, the NHS and terrorist sentencing – three key issues from the election campaign – dominated the speech which also laid out plans for constitutional reform and measures to deal with spies and...

Pound plummets with fear of no-deal Brexit

The pound has tumbled as fears of a no-deal Brexit resurfaced wiping out the gains made following Boris Johnson’s comprehensive election victory. Sterling plummeted more than 1.5% against both the dollar and euro after the prime minister announced an amendment to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) outlawing any extension to the transition period beyond the end of 2020. Markets were similarly...