Martin McGuinness: Ex-deputy first minister will not stand in NI election

Media captionMartin McGuinness will not stand in the upcoming election Martin McGuinness, former IRA leader turned peacemaker, has confirmed he will not stand in the Northern Ireland Assembly election. He quit as deputy first minister in a row over a botched green energy scheme, sparking an election on 2 March. He had been in the […]

May’s ‘positive discussion’ with banks

Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May: “I’ve had a very good, positive discussion with banks” Prime Minister Theresa May has had “positive discussion” with big banks about how they might be encouraged to keep jobs in the City of London. They talked about what had attracted them to London and “how we can continue to build […]

Brexit: Back Article 50, Corbyn to tell Labour MPs

Brexit: Back Article 50, Corbyn to tell Labour MPs

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn says he will ask his MPs to vote for the Article 50 Brexit process to begin, if the government is forced to seek Parliament’s approval. He said it was “very clear” his party accepted the referendum result. Some shadow cabinet members are reportedly considering voting against triggering the UK’s EU […]

Brexit: May warns business leaders not to fuel division

Brexit: May warns business leaders not to fuel division

Theresa May has told leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the UK will be a “world leader” on trade. But the prime minister also warned that inequality blamed on globalisation was aiding the “politics of division”. Her speech to business leaders and politicians in Switzerland comes after EU leaders said a post-Brexit […]

Brexit: Welsh views ‘must make a difference’

Media captionMark Drakeford says Welsh views will continue to be “fully and significantly expressed” Ministers in Wales need to be given confidence their views on Brexit are making a difference, the finance secretary has said. Mark Drakeford said the devolved administrations had “anxieties” about the joint ministerial committee (JMC) set up by the UK government. […]

Devolved administrations hold ‘difficult’ Brexit talks

Devolved administrations hold ‘difficult’ Brexit talks

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Russell called the UK government’s approach “concerning” Scotland’s Brexit minister has said there is “great frustration building up” over the UK’s handling of Brexit. Speaking after a gathering of ministers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, Mike Russell said it had been a “difficult” morning. He said Prime Minister […]

Conservative-led Surrey County Council plans 15% council tax hike

Conservative-led Surrey County Council plans 15% council tax hike

Image copyright Google Image caption The government said Surrey voters would have the final say about the proposed tax rise at the referendum A Conservative-run council wants to raise its tax by 15% in the next financial year, blaming government cuts and increased demand for social care. Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said the […]

Brexit: SF accuse govt of treating ministerial council as ‘talking shop’

Brexit: SF accuse govt of treating ministerial council as ‘talking shop’

Image copyright EPA Image caption David Davis has said the relationship between the UK and Ireland is good Sinn Féin is threatening to pull out of the Joint Ministerial Council over concerns about negotiations for the UK to leave the EU. The party’s Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard, and his colleague, John O’Dowd, are in London […]

Theresa May will tell world leaders UK is ‘open for business’

Theresa May will tell world leaders UK is ‘open for business’

Image copyright AFP Theresa May will tell leaders the UK is “open for business” when she speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos. At the gathering of business and government leaders in Switzerland, the PM is also expected to warn about those “left behind” by globalisation. Her trip comes after EU leaders said reaching […]

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against ‘punishment beatings’

Media captionBoris Johnson warns EU against ‘punishment beatings’ Boris Johnson has warned EU leaders not to give the UK “punishment beatings” for Brexit “in the manner of some World War Two movie”. The foreign secretary said penalising “escape” was “not in the interests of our friends and our partners”. PM Theresa May set out her […]

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