#Brexit special section

Brexit
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...
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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...

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...

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...

UK facing an ‘accidental Brexit’ EU negotiator warns

The UK faces an increasing risk of an ‘accidental hard Brexit’ a senior European Union negotiator has warned. Sabine Weyand, deputy chief negotiator for the EU, said Brussels had taken...
Irish Brexit

Backstop cannot be changed, says Irish deputy PM

Ireland’s deputy prime minister has warned the British government that the border backstop in the EU withdrawal agreement will not be changed. The backstop aims to prevent a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and is hotly opposed by many UK MPs. That opposition led to Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal losing a House of...
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Airbus threatens to quit UK in the event of a hard...

The plane manufacturer Airbus said today that it would move its wing-building operation out of the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit. Chief executive Tom Enders said crashing out of the EU without a deal would force the company to make ‘potentially very harmful decisions for the UK.’ He said it was a ‘disgrace’ that British-based firms are still unable...
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Brexit likely to be delayed, says former Chancellor

A delay to the UK’s departure from the EU is the most likely next step instead of a game of ‘Russian roulette,’ the former Chancellor George Osborne said today. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, The London Evening Standard editor said he believed the prospect of a hard Brexit was now fading. Osborne told the BBC the UK faces...
EU

£65 registration fee for EU citizens to live in UK is...

The £65 fee demanded of EU citizens who register to continue living in the UK after Brexit is to be scrapped, Prime Minister Theresa May announced today. She delivered the news that will delight millions of EU residents in the UK in a statement responding to the defeat of her Brexit withdrawal bill last week. The Prime Minister told MPs in...
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Johnson denies making false claims about Turkey’s EU bid

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been criticised for denying that he misled voters during the Brexit referendum campaign. Johnson, who campaigned for Leave, was reported at the time as suggesting that 80 million Turks would come to the UK if it stayed in the EU. But he denied ever making the comments as he took questions after giving a speech...