Brexit divorce cost uncertain, say auditors

Brexit divorce cost uncertain, say auditors

Image copyright PA Image caption The government estimated the cost in pounds, but the bill will be paid in euros The total cost of the Brexit “divorce” bill remains uncertain, auditors say, as much depends on future events. The National Audit Office said the £35bn-£39bn range put forward by the government was “a reasonable estimate”. […]

Ex-MP Tessa Jowell first to donate data to medical database

Ex-MP Tessa Jowell first to donate data to medical database

Media captionTessa Jowell opens up about living with brain cancer Baroness Tessa Jowell has become the first person to donate her medical information to a new global database. The ex-culture secretary, who has an aggressive brain tumour, said she hoped that the Universal Cancer Databank would help develop better treatments. She feels a “sense of […]

Ministers ‘want to help with Windrush financial losses’

Minister Liz Truss has told BBC Question Time the government will “look sympathetically” at compensation requests from Windrush migrants. She said people “deserved to be properly compensated” for financial losses suffered – giving the example of a man who had lost his job as a teaching assistant “as a result of actions by the government”. […]

Commonwealth meeting: Leaders to discuss who will succeed Queen as head

Commonwealth meeting: Leaders to discuss who will succeed Queen as head

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Queen has endorsed Prince Charles to take over her role as head of the Commonwealth Commonwealth leaders will meet behind closed doors later to discuss whether the Prince of Wales should succeed his mother as head of the 53-nation body. On Thursday the Queen endorsed Prince Charles as […]

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A ban on plastic straws in England will form part of a consultation later in the year Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government’s bid to cut plastic waste. Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws […]

Windrush: Investigation urged over landing cards

Windrush: Investigation urged over landing cards

Media caption“There were some who saw it… as almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the way it’s working” – Lord Kerslake A former head of the civil service has called for an investigation into who authorised the destruction of thousands of landing cards of Windrush migrants. Lord Kerslake told BBC Newsnight the Borders Agency was […]

Brexit: Ministers suffer first defeat on EU Withdrawal Bill

Brexit: Ministers suffer first defeat on EU Withdrawal Bill

Image caption Lord Patten was among two dozen Conservative peers to defy the party whip Peers have defeated the government on the issue of the UK staying in a customs union after Brexit. The House of Lords voted by 348 to 225 in favour of a plan requiring ministers to report on steps to negotiate […]

Windrush: Theresa May hits back at Labour over landing cards

Windrush: Theresa May hits back at Labour over landing cards

Media captionA series of questions about Windrush immigration end with heated exchanges between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May Theresa May has said the decision to destroy the landing cards of Windrush migrants was taken under Labour. The prime minister told MPs she was not home secretary when the move was approved, saying it happened in […]

Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict

Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict

Theresa May went head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons. Here’s what happened. The Windrush scandal dominated, leading to some of the most explosive exchanges yet between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. In a pre-emptive strike, the prime minister went straight into an apology for the “confusion and anxiety” caused to the children […]

Brexit: ‘Windrush warning’ over right-to-remain process

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Around three million EU residents will have the right to remain in the UK after Brexit European nationals must not face a “bureaucratic nightmare” to stay in the UK after Brexit, a top MEP has said. Guy Verhofstadt told the European Parliament the three million or so EU residents […]