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Government facing Brexit defeat in Lords over EU nationals

Government facing Brexit defeat in Lords over EU nationals

Image copyright EPA Image caption An estimated three million EU nationals are resident in the UK The government is facing a first defeat for its Brexit bill in the House of Lords later. Peers are expected to agree to amend the draft legislation to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. Home […]

Brexit: UK has ‘moral responsibility’ to Gibraltar, peers say

Brexit: UK has ‘moral responsibility’ to Gibraltar, peers say

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has a “moral responsibility” to protect the interests of Gibraltar during Brexit negotiations, a Lords committee says. The EU committee said the single market and cross-border travel were vital to the territory’s economy, and warned the UK government not to let Spain use trade talks to claim sovereignty. […]

Government sets out post-Brexit digital strategy

Government sets out post-Brexit digital strategy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government wants millions more to gain digital skills The government has launched its plan to keep the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution in the wake of its impending exit from the European Union. It includes plans to offer digital skills to millions of individuals, charities […]

George Osborne warns against leaving EU without trade deal

George Osborne warns against leaving EU without trade deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption The former chancellor said he was not seeking to “fight the last war” George Osborne has warned that leaving the European Union without any trade deal would amount to “the biggest act of protectionism in British history.” The ex-chancellor told business leaders that the UK could not rely on new […]

Rudd offers fresh reassurance over status of EU nationals

Rudd offers fresh reassurance over status of EU nationals

Image copyright EPA Image caption An estimated 3 million EU nationals are resident in the UK Ministers have sought to reassure peers about the status of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit as they face possible defeat over the issue in the Lords. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has written to peers to say the […]

Theresa May gives up crisps for Lent

Theresa May gives up crisps for Lent

Image copyright Reuters Prime Minister Theresa May will refrain from tucking into crisps for Lent, Downing Street has revealed. At the regular press briefing, the PM’s spokesman said her favourite flavour was salt and vinegar – but stopped short of endorsing a specific brand. He was also unable to tell reporters how often Mrs May […]

Government looks for new spending cuts of up to 6%

Government looks for new spending cuts of up to 6%

Image copyright PA Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his latest Budget on 8 March Government departments have been told to find spending cuts of up to 6% as part of plans to save £3.5bn by 2020. Ahead of next week’s Budget, the Treasury announced Whitehall would begin coming up with ways to contribute […]

Sir John Major attacks ‘unreal’ Brexit vision

Sir John Major attacks ‘unreal’ Brexit vision

Britons are being offered an “unreal and over-optimistic” vision of what Brexit will look like, Sir John Major has warned. The former Tory prime minister also called for “more charm and a lot less cheap rhetoric” from the UK government towards the rest of the EU. And he said the costs of leaving would be […]

Hain: High cost of Brexit for Northern Ireland peace

Hain: High cost of Brexit for Northern Ireland peace

Brexit could mean a “dangerously high cost” for peace in Northern Ireland, a former minister has warned. Ex-Labour Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Hain said the peace process could “so easily unravel”. He said the Brexit bill should be changed to support maintaining the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. But former […]

John McDonnell says ‘soft coup’ launched against Corbyn

John McDonnell says ‘soft coup’ launched against Corbyn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shadow chancellor John McDonnell (centre) warns of “dark arts” Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says “a soft coup” has been launched against Jeremy Corbyn by “elements in the Labour Party”. Mr McDonnell accuses unnamed “plotters” and the “Murdoch media empire” of a “coordinated and fully resourced” coup. In an article […]