Brexit: Theresa May wants to intensify pace of talks

Image copyright PA Britain is ready to “intensify” Brexit talks with the European Union rather than stick to the one-week-a-month schedule, Downing Street has said. Brexit Secretary David Davis has just concluded a week of talks in Brussels about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. EU officials say progress is short of what is needed […]

MSP Anas Sarwar launches Scottish Labour leadership bid

Image caption Anas Sarwar was a Glasgow MP before he was elected to Holyrood in 2016 Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar has announced his candidacy for the position of party leader. The Glasgow representative said he was “ready to unite our party and lead us back to power”. Central Scotland member Richard Leonard has also […]

Stormont deadlock: NI secretary to hold talks with parties

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is to meet the five main political parties later in a bid to end the Stormont deadlock. James Brokenshire will meet the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP, Alliance and SDLP. It follows Sinn Fein’s rejection of a DUP proposal for an an immediate restoration of the assembly along with a parallel, […]

Brexit talks: Chance for Wales and UK to ‘reset relationship’

Brexit talks: Chance for Wales and UK to ‘reset relationship’

A meeting to discuss Brexit is a chance to “reset the relationship” with the UK government, the Welsh Government has said. On Monday, Damian Green, the prime minister’s deputy, will meet First Minister Carwyn Jones to discuss issues surrounding leaving the European Union. Mr Jones had accused Westminster of a “power grab” over plans to […]

Hammond’s vow to North ahead of meeting with mayors

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Hammond will say Brexit makes regional growth more, not less, important Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised to keep backing the Northern Powerhouse ahead of a meeting with three of the region’s leading politicians. He is to meet Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, Liverpool’s Steve Rotheram and Tees Valley mayor Ben […]

Coastal communities among worst off in UK, report finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Great Yarmouth ranked lowest in England and Wales for post-16 education The UK’s coastal communities are among the country’s worst off for earnings, employment, health and education, a report for the BBC has found. The Social Market Foundation said the economic gap between coastal and non-coastal places has grown. […]

Policing facing a ‘perfect storm’ due to budget cuts and rising crime

Image copyright Getty Images Policing in England and Wales is facing a “perfect storm” due to staff shortages and rising crime, a senior police chief is expected to say. Policing services are routinely based on fewer people working more hours and days, Ch Supt Gavin Thomas will warn. The president of the Police Superintendents’ Association […]

Nicola Sturgeon ‘to scrap public sector pay rise cap’

Image copyright Getty Images Nicola Sturgeon will scrap the 1% cap on public sector pay rises when she sets out her legislative plans for the coming year, it is understood. The first minister will announce the measure when she reveals her 2017-18 programme for government on Tuesday. The SNP had committed to lifting the pay […]

PM urges Tories to support Brexit bill

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May has appealed for unity from pro-EU Conservative MPs as the Commons is set to debate the government’s Brexit repeal bill on Thursday. The bill, seen as a key plank of the government’s Brexit policy, transfers EU law into UK legislation Mrs May has said there will be proper scrutiny, but […]

Brexit: UK to be ‘educated’ about consequences, says Barnier

Image copyright AFP The EU’s Brexit negotiator has said he sees the process as an opportunity to “teach the British people and others what leaving the EU means”. Michel Barnier said he would never resort to blackmail but saw it as his job to “educate” the UK about the price it would pay for leaving […]

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