Juncker: I hope post-Brexit UK will rejoin EU

Media captionJean-Claude Juncker says he hopes “the day will come when the British re-enter the boat” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he hopes that the UK will rejoin the European Union at some point in future. Mr Juncker, the most senior official in Brussels, said he did not like Brexit because he wanted […]

Education secretary heckled by angry head teachers

Education secretary heckled by angry head teachers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some schools will have to cut their opening hours, heads have warned Angry head teachers heckled Education Secretary Justine Greening as she told a conference about her plans for new grammar schools. There were cries of “rubbish” and “no, no” as she said selective schools could close the achievement […]

Budget 2017: ‘Disarray’ over National Insurance rises

Budget 2017: ‘Disarray’ over National Insurance rises

Image copyright AFP Labour’s shadow chancellor says the government is in disarray after Theresa May said Budget tax rises would not go before MPs until the autumn. John McDonnell called it a “partial U-turn” over National Insurance increases for self-employed workers. Prime Minister Mrs May defended the change as “fair”, amid a backlash from some […]

Britons should keep EU rights post-Brexit – Guy Verhofstadt

Media captionGuy Verhofstadt tells Today a special arrangement could be made for British citizens who wish to remain in the EU British citizens should be allowed to keep the benefits of EU membership, according to the chief Brexit negotiator at the European Parliament. Guy Verhofstadt said allowing individuals to keep rights, such as freedom to […]

May defends ‘fair’ National Insurance rise amid criticism

Media captionTheresa May says the rise in National Insurance for the self-employed will make things fairer Theresa May has said the National Insurance increase for self-employed workers will make the system “fair”, amid criticism from some Conservatives. The Budget change broke a manifesto pledge – with one Conservative whip saying ministers should apologise. But Mrs […]

Closing Parliament for repair work ‘most efficient’ option

Closing Parliament for repair work ‘most efficient’ option

Image copyright AP Vacating the Palace of Westminster to carry out urgent restoration work is the most economic and efficient option, says Parliament’s spending watchdog. The World Heritage Site has asbestos, leaks, old electrics and is said to be at high risk of “catastrophic failure”. Further delaying a decision on a total overhaul may inflate […]

Public appointments process not transparent, say MPs

Public appointments process not transparent, say MPs

Image copyright PA The process for filling senior jobs at public bodies is not transparent despite changes, MPs have said. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee said it was concerned ministers, not the watchdog, set the appointments code. MPs said they were not assured that candidates would not be deliberately excluded from high profile […]

UK aid in Libya could be harmful – watchdog

UK aid in Libya could be harmful – watchdog

Image copyright PA An independent watchdog has warned that the UK’s aid programme in Libya could be harming vulnerable migrants. About £9m is spent providing water and sanitation for refugees in detention centres, training Libya’s coastguard, and helping migrants return home. But the Independent Commission for Aid Impact says that support could be leading to […]

National Insurance rise ‘fair’, says PM

Media captionTheresa May says the rise in National Insurance for the self-employed will make things fairer Theresa May has said the National Insurance increase for self-employed workers will make the system “fair”, amid criticism from some Conservatives. The Budget change broke a manifesto pledge – with one Conservative whip saying ministers should apologise. But Mrs […]

Boris Johnson: UK should reject ‘Brexit cash bill’

Media captionBoris Johnson: Britain has an “illustrious precedent” Boris Johnson has told the BBC that Britain should reject any EU demands for a £50bn “exit bill” and follow the example of former PM Margaret Thatcher. It has been reported that EU negotiator Michel Barnier has said the UK must continue to pay into the EU […]