Brexit: Talks continuing amid claims deal is close

Image copyright Reuters Downing Street is playing down reports of an imminent Brexit deal with the EU, saying talks are still ongoing. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure to get a fresh agreement by Thursday’s EU summit, but his spokesman said there was “more work still to do”. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier had […]

SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon says indyref2 ‘must happen next year’

Media captionSturgeon: SNP ‘will demand indyref powers by New Year’ A second referendum on Scottish independence “must happen next year”, Nicola Sturgeon has told the SNP conference. Ms Sturgeon confirmed that she will ask the UK government for formal consent by the end of this year. She said Westminster had “no right” to block the […]

SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon says indyref2 ‘must happen next year’

Media captionSturgeon: SNP ‘will demand indyref powers by New Year’ A second referendum on Scottish independence “must happen next year”, Nicola Sturgeon has told the SNP conference. Ms Sturgeon confirmed that she will ask the UK government for formal consent by the end of this year. She said Westminster had “no right” to block the […]

Conservative campaign leaflets: Vote for rivals puts Brexit at risk

Image copyright Conservatives Image caption This election leaflet says Brexit could be ‘blocked’ – implying it hasn’t happened yet Conservative leaflets obtained by the BBC suggest the party accepts the UK might not have left the EU by the time it has to fight an election. One says voting for The Brexit Party would mean […]

Curbing MP abuse ‘not high priority’ for leaders, says watchdog

Image copyright UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Image caption MPs are facing calls to moderate their language Tackling the growing abuse and intimidation of MPs does not appear to be a “high priority” for party leaders, the UK’s standards watchdog has said. Lord Evans, chairman of the committee on standards in public life, said leaders must set […]

Turkey-Syria offensive: UK government halts arms export licences to Turkey

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images The UK will continue selling arms to Turkey but will not grant new export licences for weapons which might be used in military operations in Syria, the foreign secretary has said. Dominic Raab told the Commons the UK would keep its exports to Turkey under “very careful and continual review”. The […]

Brexit: Narrow path to deal at EU summit, says Barnier

Image copyright Reuters There is a “narrow path” to a Brexit deal this week, but the two sides have to agree the details by the end of Tuesday, the EU’s negotiator has said. Michel Barnier said it was “time to turn good intentions into legal text” if EU leaders were to back the terms of […]

SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon says indyref2 ‘must happen next year’

Media captionLIVE: Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP party conference speech A second referendum on Scottish independence “must happen next year”, Nicola Sturgeon has told the SNP conference. Ms Sturgeon confirmed that she will ask the UK government for formal consent by the end of this year. She said Westminster had “no right” to block the request, and […]

Brexit deal ‘still possible, but more difficult’ – Barnier

Image copyright Reuters The EU’s chief negotiator has said a Brexit deal could still be struck this week despite it becoming “more difficult” to reach an agreement. Michel Barnier said it was “time to turn good intentions into legal text”. Mr Barnier, who will update EU ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg later, has previously […]

Brexit: EU ministers to be updated as talks continue

Image copyright Reuters EU ministers meeting in Luxembourg are to receive an update on Brexit talks from the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, later. Discussions between EU and UK officials aimed at reaching a Brexit deal have intensified in recent days. Hopes of a deal being agreed before the 31 October Brexit deadline were boosted […]

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