Brexit: EU agrees to Brexit delay, but no date yet

Media captionChancellor Sajid Javid says the 31 October Brexit deadline “can’t be met” EU ambassadors have agreed to delay Brexit, but will not make a decision on a new deadline date until next week. The European Commission said work on this would “continue in the coming days”. The talks came after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted […]

Invasive species: MPs call for a million people’s help

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Asian hornet is one of the invasive species in the UK More than a million volunteers are needed to tackle the spread of invasive non-native species in the UK, MPs say. It is estimated that between 36 and 48 new such species will become established in the next […]

Commemorative Brexit coins bearing 31 October date ‘put on hold’

Image copyright HM Treasury Image caption The 50p coin was similar to this previous design – but with a different departure date. The production of thousands of special commemorative Brexit coins has been put on hold amid continuing uncertainty over when the UK will leave the EU. The Royal Mint had been asked to make […]

Brexit: EU considers extension as MPs mull election

Media captionChancellor Sajid Javid says the 31 October Brexit deadline “can’t be met” EU ambassadors are meeting to discuss what length of Brexit extension to offer the UK, as MPs consider Boris Johnson’s call for an early election. Most EU states are understood to favour a three-month delay, with an option to end earlier if […]

Invasive species: MPs call for a million people’s help

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Asian hornet is one of the invasive species in the UK More than a million volunteers are needed to tackle the spread of invasive non-native species in the UK, MPs say. It is estimated that between 36 and 48 new such species will become established in the next […]

South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy standing down at next election

South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy has announced she will be standing down at the next general election. The Conservative MP, a mother of three, said she would be focussing on other priorities in her life. Mrs Kennedy, 45, has held the seat since 2015 and said it had been “a huge privilege” to serve as […]

MPs approve Queen’s Speech by 16 votes

Media captionThe Queen’s Speech was approved by 310 votes to 294 MPs have approved the Queen’s Speech, which sets out Boris Johnson’s priorities for the parliamentary session, by 310 votes to 294. Labour and SNP amendments criticising the speech were rejected. The chancellor said the speech delivered on “people’s priorities”, but Labour said it only […]

Overhaul exclusions to beat knife crime, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Excluded teens are “easy pickings” for criminal gangs, says a group of MPs and peers Better support for excluded pupils could help stem the rise in knife crime, a report from a cross-party group of MPs and peers has found. Too many excluded pupils get only a couple of […]

Brexit: EU to consider extension as MPs mull election

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images EU ambassadors are to meet to discuss what length of Brexit extension to offer the UK, as MPs consider Boris Johnson’s call for an early election. Most EU states are understood to favour a three-month delay, with an option to end earlier if a deal is ratified sooner than this by […]

MPs approve Queen’s Speech by 16 votes

Media captionThe Queen’s Speech was approved by 310 votes to 294 MPs have approved the Queen’s Speech, which sets out Boris Johnson’s priorities for the parliamentary session, by 310 votes to 294. Labour and SNP amendments criticising the speech were rejected. The chancellor said the speech delivered on “people’s priorities”, but Labour said it only […]

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