Government ‘has no plan’ for Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin

Government ‘has no plan’ for Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin

Media captionUK PM ‘is facilitating talks gridlock’ The government “does not have a viable plan” to deal with the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s president has said. Mary Lou McDonald said she feared “entrenchment and drift” in efforts to restore the executive, which collapsed 13 months ago. PM Theresa May has held talks […]

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

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

Image copyright HoC Theresa May went head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons. Here’s what happened. It was a noisy, boisterous session, which had the Speaker in full headmaster mode even before Mr Corbyn had got to his feet – it was the first of several interventions from John Bercow. Skip Twitter post […]

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

Image copyright Reuters The UK has published proposals for how it wants the transition period immediately after Brexit to work. It says the period should last as long as it takes to “prepare and implement the new processes and new systems”. Number 10 denied this meant it would be longer than the planned two years. […]

Labour rejects ex-Czech agent’s Corbyn claims as ‘absurd’

Labour rejects ex-Czech agent’s Corbyn claims as ‘absurd’

Media captionJan Sarkocy described Mr Corbyn as a “very, very good source” Labour has again denied allegations Jeremy Corbyn had been either a collaborator or agent of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. The Labour leader’s spokesman said the claims had come from a single source and were “absurd and hallucinogenic”. It comes […]

Government ‘has no plan’ for Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin

Government ‘has no plan’ for Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin

Image caption Mary Lou McDonald (left) and Michelle O’Neill spoke to the the media at Westminster The government “does not have a viable plan” to deal with the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s president has said. Mary Lou McDonald feared “entrenchment and drift” in efforts to resurrect devolved institutions at Stormont which collapsed […]

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

Image copyright Reuters The UK has published proposals for how it wants the transition period immediately after Brexit to work. It says the period should last as long as it takes to “prepare and implement the new processes and new systems”. Number 10 denied this meant it would be longer than the planned two years. […]

Government loses clean air court case

Government loses clean air court case

Image copyright PA Campaigners have won a third High Court victory over the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution. The judge in the case said the government plan was “unlawful” and that more action was needed in 45 English local authority areas. He said ministers had to ensure that in each of the areas, […]

NFU elects first female president

NFU elects first female president

Media captionMinette Batters: UK must not ‘open flood gates’ to cheap food The National Farmers Union has elected its first female president in the organisation’s 110-year history. Minette Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, takes over from Meurig Raymond, who held the post for four years. She had just one opponent, Essex farmer Guy Smith, […]

UK setting out post-Brexit transition period position

UK setting out post-Brexit transition period position

Image copyright Reuters The UK is sticking to its demand for a transition period of about two years after Brexit – or longer if necessary, according to a leaked document. The EU has said it wants the transition to end no later than 31 December 2020, 21 months after Brexit in March 2019. But the […]

Ex-Save the Children boss Justin Forsyth apologises over texts

Ex-Save the Children boss Justin Forsyth apologises over texts

Image copyright Save the Children A former chief executive of Save the Children faced three complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff before leaving the charity, the BBC has learned. Justin Forsyth was accused of sending inappropriate texts and commenting on what young female staff were wearing. Mr Forsyth said he had “apologised unreservedly” to […]

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