In quotes: Reaction to Article 50 being triggered

Image copyright PA Prime Minister Theresa May said: “This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back – Britain is leaving the European Union – we’re going to make our own decisions and our own laws, we’re going to take control of the things that matter most to us. “And we’re […]

Brexit: The UK’s letter triggering Article 50

Brexit: The UK’s letter triggering Article 50

Here is the full text of Theresa May’s letter to European Council president Donald Tusk, beginning the start of Brexit negotiations. Dear President Tusk On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we […]

Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May signs the letter to the EU confirming the UK’s departure Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk on […]

Scottish Parliament backs referendum call

Media captionThe UK government says it will block a referendum until the Brexit process is complete Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland has been formally backed by the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. […]

Unions criticise 1% pay rise for public sector workers

Unions criticise 1% pay rise for public sector workers

Image copyright Science Photo Library Unions say millions of public sector workers are being “taken for granted” after being given a 1% pay rise. NHS staff, doctors, dentists and armed forces personnel will receive an average 1% increase in basic pay in 2017-8 after ministers accepted the recommendations of pay review bodies. Ministers urged a […]

MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote

MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote

Image copyright Scottish Parliament Image caption The backing of the Greens gives the SNP a pro-independence majority at Holyrood MSPs are set to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second independence referendum in a Holyrood vote. Members will vote after the resumption of a debate which was cut short in the wake of […]

Stormont talks: Westminster to ‘consider all options’ after Easter

Media captionJames Brokenshire said he intends to bring legislation on Northern Ireland to Westminster after the Easter recess The UK government will “consider all options” after Easter, including direct rule, if talks to form a Northern Ireland Executive fail. Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire made the comment in the House of Commons on Tuesday. He […]

Brexit: Theresa May eyes ‘special partnership’ with EU

Brexit: Theresa May eyes ‘special partnership’ with EU

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The prime minister says the UK wants to remain friends and partners with the EU Theresa May has said the UK is facing “one of the most significant moments” in its recent history as she prepares to begin the process of leaving the EU. The prime minister, who will officially […]

MPs deny foreign aid cash being ‘wasted’

MPs deny foreign aid cash being ‘wasted’

Image copyright Department for International Development MPs have denied accusations that a lot of foreign aid cash is “wasted” and have said that the government should do more to publicise its good work. The International Development Committee said money should be allocated “on evidence rather than media coverage”. Some programmes seemed to have been closed […]

Brexit: Watchdog spoke to Bank of England over EU campaign rules

Brexit: Watchdog spoke to Bank of England over EU campaign rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mark Carney made several interventions in the referendum debate The Bank of England, International Monetary Fund and other economic bodies were approached during last year’s EU referendum to ensure they understood the rules around political campaigning. Governor Mark Carney came under fire from Brexit supporters for his warnings about the […]

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