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Brexit: Government set to publish no-deal advice

Brexit: Government set to publish no-deal advice

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dominic Raab will travel to Brussels on Tuesday for talks with Michel Barnier The government is set to publish the first in a series of technical notices designed to prepare the UK for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. The notices will include advice for businesses, citizens and public bodies. […]

Public ‘back’ taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

Public ‘back’ taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

Image copyright PA There is high public support for using the tax system to reduce waste from single-use plastics, the Treasury says. A consultation on how taxes could tackle the rising problem and promote recycling attracted 162,000 responses. Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick said the government was looking at “smart, intelligent incentives” to get plastic producers […]

Labour Party suspends former MP Jim Sheridan

Labour Party suspends former MP Jim Sheridan

Image copyright Labour Party The former MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North Jim Sheridan has been suspended by the Labour Party. The move followed posts Mr Sheridan was alleged to have been responsible for on social media regarding the party and the Jewish community. Mr Sheridan lost his parliamentary seat in the 2015 General Election. […]

Kofi Annan: Theresa May pays tribute to ‘great leader’

Kofi Annan: Theresa May pays tribute to ‘great leader’

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May has paid tribute to the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, who has died aged 80, calling him a “great leader”. His foundation announced the death on Saturday following a short illness. Mrs May said Mr Annan reformed the UN and made a “huge contribution to making the […]

Brexit: Nigel Farage to go ‘on the road’ with Leave group

Brexit: Nigel Farage to go ‘on the road’ with Leave group

Image copyright PA Nigel Farage has said he is going “back on the road” to campaign against the prime minister’s Brexit plan. In the Daily Telegraph, the UKIP MEP said Theresa May’s Chequers agreement was a “sell-out” as it included regulatory alignment with the EU. He wrote he would join pro-Brexit group Leave Means Leave […]

Hunt clarifies no-deal comments: UK ‘would survive’

Hunt clarifies no-deal comments: UK ‘would survive’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The foreign secretary has been visiting Denmark, Latvia and Finland Jeremy Hunt has clarified his comments about a no-deal Brexit, saying Britain “would survive and prosper” – but it would be a “big mistake for Europe”. On Thursday he told ITV News a “messy” no-deal Brexit “would be a mistake […]

Hunt: We would regret no-deal Brexit for generations

Hunt: We would regret no-deal Brexit for generations

Image copyright AFP Image caption The foreign secretary has been visiting Denmark, Latvia, and Finland Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said a no-deal Brexit “would be a mistake we would regret for generations”, after a working tour of northern Europe. But he said he believed that other countries wanted to “engage seriously” to try to […]

Lord Sheikh Tunisia row: complaint ‘politically motivated’

Lord Sheikh Tunisia row: complaint ‘politically motivated’

Media captionTory peer Lord Sheikh tells Today complaints against him are “politically motivated” A Tory peer says complaints about his attendance at a conference in Tunisia “are politically motivated”, because of his criticism of Boris Johnson. Three Conservative MPs filed complaints against Lord Sheikh, claiming “anti-Semites and terrorists” spoke at the 2014 event on Palestinian […]

Boris Johnson’s Afghan trip cost over £20,000

Boris Johnson’s Afghan trip cost over £20,000

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Johnson held talks with Afghan minister Hekmat Karzai Labour says Boris Johnson should pay for an overseas trip that caused him to miss a crunch Heathrow vote, after it emerged it cost more than £20,000. The bill for staff accompanying Mr Johnson – foreign secretary at the time – […]

Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils

Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils

Image copyright PA Image caption John Swinney has called education the government’s “defining mission” Scotland’s education secretary has defended tests being given to P1 pupils after admitting there were “mixed opinions” about them among teachers. A major teaching union and opposition parties have swung behind a campaign to stop assessments for younger children. But John […]

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