Boris Johnson plays down fears of Brexit betrayal over customs

Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? Brexiteers do not need to worry about a “betrayal” over the UK’s customs ties with the EU, Boris Johnson says. Mr Johnson said Theresa May would be “true to her promises” and deliver a deal that meant there was no need for ministers’ “backstop” plan. The backstop would […]

UK turns blind eye to dirty Russian money, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The City of London is being used to hide the “corrupt Russian assets,” the report says The UK has been accused of turning a “blind eye” to Russia’s “dirty money”, putting national security at risk. The Commons foreign affairs committee said London was being used to hide the “corrupt […]

Artificial intelligence can be weapon in cancer fight, PM to say

Image copyright Getty Creative The diagnosis of cancer and other diseases in the UK can be transformed by using artificial intelligence, Theresa May is to say. The NHS and technology companies should use AI as a “new weapon” in research, the PM will urge in a speech later. Experts say it can be used to […]

UK must counter ‘threats’ in space – Williamson

Image copyright AFP The UK must be ready to counter “intensifying threats” emerging in space, the defence secretary has said. Those threats include the “jamming” of military satellites used by the army. Launching the UK’s first defence space strategy, Gavin Williamson said that he would boost staff in the sector by a fifth to 600. […]

Brexit: MP Barry Gardiner pressed on ‘playing up’ remark

Labour’s Barry Gardiner was pressed on whether he stood by remarks he made to a private audience about Brexit negotiations that were made public. The shadow international trade secretary did not confirm whether he believed people were playing up concerns about Irish border for political reasons. But he told interviewer Emma Barnett: “Sometimes you have […]

UK’s clean car goal ‘not ambitious enough’

Image copyright Getty Images The government’s ambition to clean up motor vehicles by 2040 is not ambitious enough a leading energy expert says. Professor Jim Watson, head of the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre, said the target should be at least five years earlier, as in Scotland. The government is currently considering obliging new cars […]

New internet laws pledged as social media firms snub talks

Media captionTech companies ignored invite to government meeting about online behaviour, says Matt Hancock The culture secretary has agreed he does not have enough power to police social media firms after admitting only four of 14 invited to talks showed up. Matt Hancock told the BBC it had given him “a big impetus” to introduce […]

Sturgeon: Growth commission will ‘restart’ independence debate

Image copyright PA Image caption Nicola Sturgeon speaking last week at the National Economic Forum in Dumfries Nicola Sturgeon will “restart the debate” on Scottish independence this week as her party’s economic growth commission report is published. But the SNP leader and first minister again insisted she would only decide on whether to hold a […]

Brexit: MP Barry Gardiner pressed on ‘playing up’ remark

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UKIP ‘should fold’ if Brexit done right, says ex-Welsh leader

Media captionMr Gill was speaking with Vaughan Roderick on BBC Radio Wales’ Sunday Supplement UKIP has no future and should fold if the right Brexit deal is done, the party’s former leader in Wales has said. MEP Nathan Gill said the party “could have been amazing” in Wales but had achieved nothing – due to […]

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