UK expresses ‘deep concern’ to Russia over Eastern Ghouta attacks

UK expresses ‘deep concern’ to Russia over Eastern Ghouta attacks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UN has accused the Syrian government of a “monstrous campaign of annihilation” The UK has urged Russia to put pressure on the Syrian regime to observe a UN-backed ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta and allow humanitarian access to the area. The Foreign Office summoned Russia’s ambassador to express its “deep […]

Nicola Sturgeon rejects offer in Brexit devolution row

Nicola Sturgeon rejects offer in Brexit devolution row

Image copyright PA Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has rejected the UK government’s latest proposal in a row over who should exercise certain powers after Brexit. Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said the “vast majority” of returning EU powers will start in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. He said Westminster would only be involved where a […]

Brexit: Liam Fox to warn of customs union ‘sell out’

Brexit: Liam Fox to warn of customs union ‘sell out’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rest of the world offers more potential growth in services than the EU, Mr Fox will say Any form of customs union with the EU after Brexit would be a “complete sell out” for the UK, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is to argue. The UK would find […]

Simon Coveney of ‘one mind’ with EU negotiators

Simon Coveney of ‘one mind’ with EU negotiators

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Disagreements remain over how the Irish border should be treated after Brexit The Irish foreign minister says he is of “one mind” with the EU’s Brexit negotiators. Simon Coveney made the comments after meeting with Michel Barnier in Brussels on Monday. On Wednesday, the EU is expected to publish a […]

Far-right terror threat ‘growing’ in UK as four plots foiled

Far-right terror threat ‘growing’ in UK as four plots foiled

Media captionMark Rowley said four far-right terror attacks were foiled last year The retiring head of counter-terrorism policing in the UK has warned of the growing threat of far-right terrorism. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who will retire from the Met Police next month, said four extreme-right terror plots were disrupted last year. Ten Islamist-inspired plots […]

Jeremy Corbyn backs permanent customs union after Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn backs permanent customs union after Brexit

Media captionLive coverage of Jeremy Corbyn speech on the BBC News Channel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has backed the UK being in a permanent customs union with the EU in a speech setting out his approach to Brexit. He said this would avoid the need for a “hard border” in Northern Ireland and ensure free-flowing […]

Scotland to set 50p minimum unit price for alcohol

Scotland to set 50p minimum unit price for alcohol

Image copyright PA Image caption The measure is largely aimed at cheap, high-strength alcohol in supermarkets and off-licenses The Scottish government has recommended that the minimum price for a unit of alcohol should be set at 50p. The minimum pricing scheme will come into force in May, after ministers won out in a lengthy legal […]

Move to cap ‘rip-off’ energy bills

Move to cap ‘rip-off’ energy bills

Image copyright Getty Images New legislation to free people from “rip off” energy tariffs should be operating next winter, a move which would protect 11 million customers. The law will allow energy regulator Ofgem to limit how much companies can charge customers for their standard variable tariffs. The government is under pressure to ensure that […]

Brexit law ‘will strengthen devolution’, claims UK minister

Brexit law ‘will strengthen devolution’, claims UK minister

Image copyright BBC News Image caption In a speech in Flintshire, Mr Lidington will claim changes to the repeal bill will “strengthen devolution” Changes to a proposed Brexit law will “strengthen and enhance” devolution settlements, a cabinet minister will claim. First Minister Carwyn Jones has repeatedly claimed the EU (Withdrawal) Bill amounts to a “power […]

UK Minister’s ‘warning’ to SNP over devolved EU powers

UK Minister’s ‘warning’ to SNP over devolved EU powers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption David Lidington is preparing to make a major speech after controversial comments about devolved EU powers A senior UK minister is to warn the Scottish government it could cause the British economy to become “disjointed”. Cabinet minister David Lidington said negotiations could be damaged if a successful deal is not […]