Russian oligarchs in UK told to explain luxury lifestyles

Russian oligarchs in UK told to explain luxury lifestyles

Image caption James Norton plays the son of a former Russian “Godfather” in the BBC’s McMafia Russian oligarchs suspected of corruption will be forced to explain their luxury lifestyles in the UK, the security minister has said. As part of an organised crime crackdown, Ben Wallace told the Times officials could now seize suspicious assets […]

Theresa May under pressure over Brexit position

Theresa May under pressure over Brexit position

Media captionPM: The UK will not have to choose between EU deal and one with the rest of the world. Theresa May is coming under increasing pressure to set out where she stands on Britain’s future trade agreements. Speaking at the end of a trade visit to China, the PM said Britain would not face […]

Steve Baker accepts mistake in civil service ‘conspiracy theory’ row

Steve Baker accepts mistake in civil service ‘conspiracy theory’ row

Image copyright House of Commons A Brexit minister has said he accepts he made a mistake in a Commons exchange which prompted a row about the independence of the civil service. Unions had accused Steve Baker of not challenging a “half-baked conspiracy theory” that the Treasury was trying to influence policy on the customs union. […]

Are civil partnerships under threat?

Are civil partnerships under threat?

Image copyright PA Image caption Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan lost their case for heterosexual civil partnerships in the Court of Appeal in February 2017 Civil partnerships in England and Wales could be scrapped or made available to heterosexual as well as gay couples, in a government review. Ministers are set to back a bid […]

Carwyn Jones warns over international Brexit trade deals

Carwyn Jones warns over international Brexit trade deals

Media captionFirst Minister Carwyn Jones says the European market is hugely important New trade deals with countries such as the United States cannot replace the UK’s current trading relationship with the EU, the Welsh Government has said. Ministers in Cardiff accept there are “significant trading opportunities” outside the EU and support the “merits of international […]

Brexit: Theresa May to fight EU transition residency plan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The prime minister said those arriving after Brexit would have a different set of expectations Theresa May has indicated she will fight a proposal to give residency rights to EU citizens during the transition period after Brexit. She said there had to be a “difference” between those arriving after the […]

Lord Bates’s resignation over lateness rejected by PM

Lord Bates’s resignation over lateness rejected by PM

Media captionMinister Lord Bates ‘quits’ for being late to debate The prime minister has refused to accept the resignation of a lord who offered to leave his post after being late to the chamber. Lord Bates stunned colleagues in the House of Lords by stating his intention to resign after the “discourtesy” of arriving late […]

MPs vote to leave Parliament during refit

MPs vote to leave Parliament during refit

Image copyright AFP Image caption The majority of the iconic building dates back to the mid-19th Century MPs have voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while a proposed multi-billion pound refurbishment of the historic building takes place. The Commons approved a motion calling for a “full and timely decant”, designed to allow essential repairs, […]

MSPs back SNP-Green budget agreement

MSPs back SNP-Green budget agreement

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Mackay and Mr Harvie announced on Wednesday morning that a deal had been reached The Scottish budget has passed its first parliamentary hurdle after winning the support of the Greens. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had been in negotiations with opposition leaders to find backing for the plans he first […]

Ministers agree to publish Brexit report if requested by MPs

Ministers agree to publish Brexit report if requested by MPs

Image caption Brexit minister Robin Walker made the announcement in Parliament Leaked studies on the economic impact of Brexit will be released if MPs back the move in a vote later. No 10 said it would allow MPs and peers to see the report on a confidential basis if directed to do so. Ministers said […]