Brexit: Cabinet ‘united’ over EU transition deal

Brexit: Cabinet ‘united’ over EU transition deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 2019 The “cabinet is united” over the need for a transitional period after Britain officially leaves the European Union, Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said. He said an “implementation period” ensuring access to migrant labour and economic stability would […]

Vince Cable: I can offer the same formula as Macron

Vince Cable: I can offer the same formula as Macron

Image caption Sir Vince worked with the French president when he was a minister in Francois Hollande’s government The Liberal Democrats can offer “exactly the formula” of centrist French President Emmanuel Macron, Sir Vince Cable has said. The new Lib Dem leader told the BBC that he wanted to occupy the “vast middle ground in […]

UK government borrowing rises in June

UK government borrowing rises in June

Image copyright Reuters Government borrowing increased last month after the state was forced to pay higher interest on its debt. Public sector net borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, rose to £6.9bn in June, up £2bn from a year earlier. The government’s debt costs jumped by more than a third in June from a year earlier after […]

Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’ – Michael Gove

Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’ – Michael Gove

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gove says leaving the EU will allow Britiain to reform how it cares for the environment Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said in a speech. Farmers will only get payouts if they agree to […]

Former victims’ commissioner is new Parliament watchdog

Former victims’ commissioner is new Parliament watchdog

Kathryn Stone has been appointed as the new parliamentary commissioner for standards. Ms Stone will take on the role of overseeing the code of conduct and rules for MPs, including the register of financial interests. She has previously served as the commissioner for victims and survivors of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Ms Stone will […]

Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’ – Gove

Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’ – Gove

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gove says leaving the EU will allow Britiain to reform how it cares for the environment Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove is expected to say in a speech later. Farmers will get only get taxpayers’ […]

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

Image copyright PA Image caption David Davis, left, and Michel Barnier The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens’ rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough […]

Migration policy risks being made in the dark, peers warn

Migration policy risks being made in the dark, peers warn

Image copyright Getty Images UK methods of measuring immigration are “wholly inadequate” and must be improved if ministers are to take control of the issue, say peers. “Flawed” sample surveys used to calculate net migration mean ministers risk formulating policy “in the dark”, the House of Lords report concludes. The government has pledged to reduce […]

Theresa May urged to intervene in imminent Saudi executions

Theresa May urged to intervene in imminent Saudi executions

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May should “urge” Saudi Arabia’s king to halt the executions, say MPs A group of MPs have written to PM Theresa May asking her to intervene in the case of 14 Saudi prisoners believed to be facing imminent execution. The MPs say they are “gravely concerned” UK police training […]

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

Image copyright PA Image caption David Davis, left, and Michel Barnier The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens’ rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough […]