EU leaders make defence ties a priority

EU leaders make defence ties a priority

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters in Turkey hold a placard reading “Aleppo is the world’s shame” EU leaders are looking to boost security and defence co-operation as they try to tackle crises in Europe’s neighbourhood. They are reacting to the destruction of Aleppo, migrant pressure from Africa and Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. “We are […]

Social care: Sajid Javid defends social care measures

Social care: Sajid Javid defends social care measures

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption About £19.7bn will be spent on social care in England this year The government has defended new measures aimed at boosting funding for social care in England. Local authorities have been told they can bring forward council tax rises to cover costs over the next two years. Communities […]

Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK’s exit without Theresa May

Media captionTheresa May welcomed the Brexit talks, as she arrived at the summit The EU’s 27 other leaders will meet without British Prime Minister Theresa May later to discuss their plans for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. They will have dinner at the European Council summit in Brussels amid tensions over the handling of talks. Downing […]

Sky and 21st Century Fox agree £18.5bn takeover deal

Sky and 21st Century Fox agree £18.5bn takeover deal

Image copyright AP Broadcaster Sky and 21st Century Fox have reached agreement on the terms of a takeover deal. Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox will pay £11.7bn for the 61% stake it does not already own. Sky shareholders will receive £10.75 in cash for each share, valuing the entire company at £18.5bn. The deal comes […]

Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK’s ambassador

Media captionTheresa May asked about ’10-year Brexit deal’ at EU summit A post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal might take 10 years to finalise and still fail, Britain’s ambassador to the EU has privately told the government. The BBC understands Sir Ivan Rogers warned ministers that the European consensus was that a deal might not be done […]

Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK’s exit without Theresa May

Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK’s exit without Theresa May

Image copyright AFP The EU’s 27 other leaders will meet without British Prime Minister Theresa May later to discuss their plans for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. They will have dinner at the European Council summit in Brussels amid tensions over the handling of talks. Downing Street said Mrs May had not sought to be present […]

Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK’s exit without Theresa May

Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK’s exit without Theresa May

Image copyright AFP The EU’s 27 other leaders will meet without British Prime Minister Theresa May later to discuss their plans for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. They will have dinner at the European Council summit in Brussels amid tensions over the handling of talks. Downing Street said Mrs May had not sought to be present […]

Social care: Ministers to set out funding plans

Social care: Ministers to set out funding plans

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption About £19.7bn will be spent on social care in England this year Details of how councils in England will be able to raise hundreds of millions of pounds to spend on social care in the next two years are to be outlined. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is expected […]

Brexit: Warning firms could leave City over uncertainty

Brexit: Warning firms could leave City over uncertainty

Image copyright AP Image caption The City’s loss could be Wall Street’s gain, the report warns Financial services firms could quit the City unless a transitional Brexit deal is secured, ministers have been warned. A cross-party group of peers said Britain’s financial sector must be offered a Brexit “bridge” to prevent firms moving to rival […]

University to lower entry grades for poor

University to lower entry grades for poor

Image caption The university wants to force the pace on widening access A leading university is to increase its intake of disadvantaged students by offering places with reduced grades. The University of Bristol is to accept lower exam grades from disadvantaged local pupils and applicants from schools with poor A-level results. Vice-chancellor Hugh Brady said […]