Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn pressed to commit to single market

Image copyright Getty Images Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is being pressed to commit to remaining in the European single market and customs union after the UK leaves the EU. More than 40 senior Labour figures, including 30 MPs, have signed an open letter published in the Observer. They say the party must offer a clear […]

Theresa May urges EU to retain trade terms for two years after Brexit

Media captionTheresa May says an “implementation period” of two years “will create valuable certainty” for the UK and EU PM Theresa May has said there should be a transition period of about two years after Brexit, during which trade should continue on current terms. EU migrants will still be able to live and work in […]

Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was ‘very difficult’

Image copyright UK Parliament A Scottish Conservative MP has admitted she did not vote in last year’s EU referendum because the decision was “very difficult”. Kirstene Hair said she left the choice to “everyone else” and decided to go with the “will of the UK”. But she said she had thought Remain would ultimately win […]

Parliament advertises for new Black Rod

Image copyright PA Image caption Black Rod is best known for summoning MPs to hear the Queen’s Speech Parliament is advertising for a new Black Rod to replace Lieutenant General David Leakey, who is retiring. Black Rod is best known for a role in the State Opening of Parliament, knocking on the door of the […]

Plaid leader Wood says McEvoy ‘impossible to work with’

Image caption Neil McEvoy and Leanne Wood both launched Plaid’s local election campaign in March Neil McEvoy is impossible to work with, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said, following his suspension from the party’s assembly group. Ms Wood defended the decision in an email to a Plaid member who complained. She claimed that Mr […]

Brexit: PM bids to break deadlock with two-year deal offer

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May will tell EU leaders there is a shared responsibility to make Brexit work “smoothly” as she attempts to break the deadlock in negotiations. In a major speech in Florence on Friday, she will say history will judge Brexit “not for the differences we faced, but for the vision we showed”. […]

UK’s terror fight ‘puts unsustainable strain on police’

Image copyright EPA Image caption A response will “never be as good as preventing” attacks in the first place, Sara Thornton says The UK’s counter-terrorism effort is putting an “unsustainable strain” on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said. Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing […]

Sadiq Khan to address Labour conference, Corbyn confirms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The mayor of London is one of Labour’s most powerful elected figures London mayor Sadiq Khan is to address the Labour Party conference after initially being told he would not get a slot. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told BBC London: “Sadiq is speaking. I’m delighted to say he is […]

Government to pay £1.1m for Sir Edward Heath inquiry

The Home Office will pay £1.1m towards the costs of the controversial police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Sir Edward Heath. Wiltshire Police began the inquiry into the former prime minister, who died 12 years ago, in 2015. Two people were arrested and released as part of Operation Conifer. There have been no […]

Brexit: Theresa May ‘to offer 20bn euros transitional deal’

Image caption The foreign secretary and chancellor left No 10 together smiling Theresa May is set to propose a transitional deal with the EU of up to two years in a speech on Friday, a cabinet source has told BBC News. The PM is also expected to make an “open and generous” offer, potentially worth […]

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