Brexit: No 10 says Tory revolt could damage EU talks

Brexit: No 10 says Tory revolt could damage EU talks

Image copyright PA Downing Street has warned that a revolt by Tory Brexiteers could “seriously damage” the prime minister’s attempts to get a revised Brexit deal. MPs will vote on the next steps in the process later but BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg says some Tories are refusing to back the government. They say the […]

Brexit: MPs to debate next steps

Brexit: MPs to debate next steps

Image copyright PA MPs are to debate and vote on the next steps in the Brexit process later, as Theresa May continues to try to get a deal through Parliament. A series of amendments – designed to change the direction of Brexit – will be considered in the debate, which is expected to be a […]

John McDonnell calls Winston Churchill a ‘villain’

John McDonnell calls Winston Churchill a ‘villain’

Media captionSpeaking at a Politico event, shadow chancellor John McDonnell called Churchill a “villain” John McDonnell has branded Sir Winston Churchill a “villain” over his role in dealing with striking miners in 1910. Speaking at a Politico event and when asked whether Churchill was a hero or villain, the shadow chancellor replied: “Tonypandy – villain”. […]

Theresa May ‘scrapes the mould off jam’

Theresa May ‘scrapes the mould off jam’

As if Theresa May was not in enough of a jam over Brexit, she has now sparked a debate about how to handle actual jam – the kind that comes in jars. It comes after she reportedly told cabinet ministers she scrapes the mould off the fruit preserve rather than throw it away. The SNP’s […]

Border technology ‘could take 10 years’

Border technology ‘could take 10 years’

Media captionBorder technology ‘could take 10 years’ It could take 10 years to develop a technical solution for a frictionless Irish border after Brexit a trade expert has told MPs. David Henig was giving evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. He said a technical solution should not be ruled out, but that it would […]

Brexit: Theresa May plays down ‘deal or delay’ report

Brexit: Theresa May plays down ‘deal or delay’ report

Theresa May has played down reports that she could force MPs to choose between backing her deal or accepting a delay to EU withdrawal. ITV News said chief UK negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard in a Brussels bar saying the EU was likely to allow an extension to the Brexit process. The PM suggested MPs […]

Ford warns no-deal Brexit would be ‘catastrophic’

Ford warns no-deal Brexit would be ‘catastrophic’

Image copyright PA Image caption Unions says Ford aims to cut 1,000 jobs at Bridgend by 2021 Ford has said a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for the firm’s manufacturing operations in the UK and that it would do “whatever is necessary” to protect its business. The comments come after a report the carmaker was […]

No ministers could become NI ‘new normal’

No ministers could become NI ‘new normal’

Image caption David Sterling, the head of the NI Civil Service, made the warning in a BBC documentary The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has said he is concerned the absence of elected ministers could become “the new normal”. Civil servants have been in effect running departments since the executive collapsed two years […]

Home secretary: ‘Sweep the net, take down knife-crime posts’

Home secretary: ‘Sweep the net, take down knife-crime posts’

Image copyright Getty Images Sajid Javid, the home secretary, wants to introduce new laws to stop social media being used to fuel knife crime. He’s told Newsbeat he doesn’t have what he needs to crack down on things that fuel gang disputes – despite the laws which exist to remove terrorism content and child sex […]