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Brexit: ‘Small number of issues’ stand in way of deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ministers have been briefed on the state of the negotiations A “small number of outstanding issues” stand in the way of a Brexit agreement, Downing Street has said after Theresa May updated her cabinet on the talks. There remains “optimism on both sides”, government sources have said, as negotiations continue […]

A brief guide to where we are with Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images We are now entering the Brexit “endgame”, Prime Minister Theresa May tells us. What does she mean? The basics: A reminder The UK is due to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday 29 March, 2019. The reason the UK is leaving is because people voted by 51.9% to 48.1% […]

‘Cautious optimism’ over UK-EU Brexit deal talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May and husband Philip attend the Lord Mayor’s Banquet Late-night UK-EU talks in Brussels ended with “optimism on both sides”, government sources say, although no final Brexit deal has been agreed. The Northern Ireland border remains the key issue to be resolved. Prime Minister Theresa May is updating her […]

Brexit talks in endgame, says Theresa May

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May and husband Philip attend the Lord Mayor’s Banquet Negotiations over the UK’s departure from the EU are “now in the endgame”, Theresa May says. Addressing the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in the City of London, the prime minister said the talks were “immensely difficult”, but the sides were working […]

Tory rebellion over fixed-odds betting terminals

Media captionWhat are fixed-odds betting terminals? The government is facing a rebellion over when a crackdown on fixed-odds gambling machines is introduced. Ministers have promised to cut the maximum stake from £100 to £2 in October 2019 – but some MPs are calling for it to happen sooner. More than 20 Conservatives have joined opposition […]

Academic Sir Roger Scruton’s housing role defended by ministers

Ministers have defended the choice of Sir Roger Scruton to head a new housing body, amid calls for him to quit. The conservative academic was recently named as chairman of a new public body to encourage better designed homes. But Labour said past “hateful” comments about homosexuality, which he once said was “not normal”, and […]

Brexit: Ministers told ‘judgement day’ looms for decision

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May returning to Downing Street on Monday Ministers have been told “judgement day is coming” over Brexit as the two sides strive for a deal within 48 hours. Officials are trying to hammer out an agreement on the terms of the UK’s exit by Wednesday to enable EU leaders […]

MPs can stop no-deal Brexit, says Labour’s Starmer

Media caption“All options are on the table” if there is a no deal Brexit, Starmer tells Today Parliament will not allow the UK to leave the European Union without a negotiated agreement, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has claimed. Asked during a BBC interview whether MPs could prevent a no-deal exit, he replied “absolutely”. […]

Lord Lester faces suspension over sexual harassment claims

Image copyright PA The Lords Privileges Committee says Lord Lester of Herne Hill should be suspended for sexually harassing a complainant and offering her “corrupt inducements to sleep with him”. The committee recommended a suspension until 2022, which would be the longest in modern parliamentary history. The House of Lords will debate a motion to […]

Welsh city and town centre smoking ban proposed by Mark Drakeford

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Drakeford has proposed extending the smoking ban Smoking could be banned in town and city centres if Mark Drakeford succeeds in his bid to become the next first minister. The Welsh Labour leadership candidate has included the plan in his manifesto for the contest. Mr Drakeford, considered to […]