Pro-Brexit MPs urge Theresa May to quit talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson is among those calling for the UK to take decisive action Theresa May is being urged to walk away from Brexit negotiations this week if EU leaders refuse to start trade talks. The call comes from a group of pro-Brexit Tory and Labour politicians, […]

Don’t ignore MPs’ universal credit vote, Sir Edward Leigh warns

Image copyright PA A senior Conservative MP has criticised the government’s response to a Commons vote against its welfare plans. The Tories did not contest Wednesday night’s non-binding vote, which called for universal credit to be paused, handing Labour a symbolic victory. The tactics – and the lack of ministerial response after the result – […]

UK banks ‘exposed to money laundering in South Africa’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Many protesters are highly critical of the Gupta family UK financial regulators and the Serious Fraud Office are to review if banks HSBC and Standard Chartered are linked to a South Africa corruption scandal. It comes after Lord Peter Hain said the banks may “inadvertently have been conduits” for […]

Clinton and May discuss Stormont crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bill Clinton arriving at Number 10 for talks with Theresa May The prime minister has discussed the current political impasse in Northern Ireland with former US president Bill Clinton. Speaking after their Downing Street talks, Mr Clinton said he and Theresa May had a good meeting. The former president […]

Brexit: May offers more assurances to EU nationals

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May says the future of British and EU nationals has always been her “first priority” Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the […]

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges

Media caption‘It’s a lot of weeks to wait’ People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them. But she […]

Clinton and May to discuss Stormont crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin and DUP politicians in Belfast on Tuesday The prime minister is to discuss the current political impasse in NI with former US president Bill Clinton. Mr Clinton, who met the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin’s Stormont leader in Belfast, will […]

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose […]

EU Withdrawal Bill ‘won’t be debated this month’

Image copyright EPA The EU Withdrawal Bill may not now be discussed in the House of Commons until after the Autumn recess, sources have told the BBC. The law is designed to transfer EU law into UK law ahead of Brexit. It is facing stiff resistance from some Tory rebels as well as from the […]

Theresa May scraps universal credit helpline charges

Media caption‘It’s a lot of weeks to wait’ People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them. But she […]