Brexit: UK seeks ‘close co-operation’ on legal disputes deal

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is to call for “close co-operation” with the EU to resolve cross-border legal disputes after Brexit. An agreement will be needed on how divorces, commercial disputes and consumer claims that span multiple countries are handled. Currently EU regulations specify how the appropriate court is chosen. Lawyers have warned that […]

Brexit: UK publishes more EU negotiation plans

Image copyright PA The UK government has set out proposals to ensure trade in goods and services can continue on the day the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. A position paper calls for goods already on the market to be allowed to remain on sale in the UK and EU without additional restrictions. […]

Brexit: UK to publish more EU negotiation plans

Image copyright PA The UK government is to publish more details of its Brexit negotiating strategy before addressing the key issue of the role of European courts. Two papers – on goods being traded on the day the UK leaves and information sharing – have been published. More papers – including one on the sticking […]

Big Ben falls silent for repairs

Image copyright EPA Big Ben has fallen silent for major repair work expected to last until 2021. The midday bongs were the last regular chimes from the famous bell until the repairs to its tower are complete. It will still be used for special occasions, including New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday. There were cheers […]

June poll was ‘hold your nose election,’ says vote reform campaign

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The general election was a two-horse race Tactical voting reached a new peak at June’s general election as voters tried to get round a failed system, according to electoral reform campaigners. The Electoral Reform Society branded the poll a “hold your nose election,” claiming 6.5 million voted tactically rather […]

Stormont talks: Sinn Féin proposes resumption date

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption The next round of talks should be “focused and time-limited”, Michelle O’Neill says. Sinn Féin’s northern leader has written to the UK and Irish governments proposing a formal resumption of Northern Ireland power-sharing talks. Michelle O’Neill suggested parties should be given a tight deadline from next Monday to restore […]

MPs to gather for Big Ben’s bongs ahead of silencing

Image copyright EPA A group of MPs plan to gather outside Parliament for Big Ben’s chimes later, before it falls silent for essential repair work to take place. The bongs will sound at midday and are expected to be disconnected until 2021. Labour MP Stephen Pound said he hoped at least 20 “traditionalists” would gather […]

UK General Election 2017: 1.8 million Scots votes ‘wasted’

Image copyright PA Up to 1.8 million Scottish votes were “wasted” in June’s general election because they had no impact on the result, a study claims. The Electoral Reform Society found 66.4% of votes did not go towards electing an MP under Westminster’s first-past-the-post (FPTP) system. It said there had been a “sea of wasted […]

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, […]

Pension cold-calling ban to include texts and emails

Image copyright Getty Images A forthcoming ban on cold-callers who try to scam people out of their pension savings will include emails and texts, the government has announced. Nearly 3,000 savers have been conned out of an average of £15,000 each since 2014, after fraudsters persuaded them to cash in their pensions. Certain types of […]