Tory MPs issue Brexit transition warning

Tory MPs issue Brexit transition warning

Image copyright EPA Dozens of Tory MPs are warning ministers not to use a post-Brexit transitional period to stay in the EU “by stealth”. They say to remain in the EU’s single market during the transition would be a “historic mistake”. The Eurosceptic MPs’ concerns are revealed in a letter seen by the BBC. Chancellor […]

Brexit: Davis and Starmer clash over key legislation

Brexit: Davis and Starmer clash over key legislation

David Davis has accused Labour of a “cynical and unprincipled” attempt to block a key piece of legislation that will take Britain out of the EU. The Brexit Secretary claimed Britons “will not forgive” Labour if they try to “delay or destroy” the process. Labour backs Brexit but says it will vote against the bill […]

Northern Ireland ‘should have different Brexit deal’ – EU

Northern Ireland ‘should have different Brexit deal’ – EU

Image copyright PA Image caption The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is a key issue for Brexit talks The European Union wants Northern Ireland to have a different Brexit deal from the rest of the UK, papers seen by the BBC suggest. The document says the UK should take responsibility for […]

Brexit: MPs to begin scrutiny of vital withdrawal bill

Brexit: MPs to begin scrutiny of vital withdrawal bill

Image copyright PA Image caption Labour says the government will use Brexit to accrue huge new powers MPs from all parties have been urged to “work with” the government to pass its main Brexit bill as they prepare to begin debating the legislation. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill will end the supremacy of EU law in […]

No 10 seeks Brexit backing from business

No 10 seeks Brexit backing from business

Image copyright PA Downing Street has approached some of the UK’s biggest companies, asking them to give public backing to the government’s approach to Brexit. Business leaders are being asked to sign a letter expressing support, a copy of which has been seen by BBC business editor Simon Jack. However, some leaders said they are […]

PMQs: New dangerous cycling laws considered, Theresa May says

PMQs: New dangerous cycling laws considered, Theresa May says

Media captionDangerous driving offences should be extended to cyclists, says Labour’s Heidi Alexander The government says it will consider new laws to tackle dangerous cycling. Theresa May made the commitment in PMQs when asked about the trial of a cyclist who knocked over and killed a woman. Cyclist Charlie Alliston – whose fixed gear bike […]

Brexit: Businesses warn over ‘UK workers first’ proposal

Brexit: Businesses warn over ‘UK workers first’ proposal

Image copyright Reuters Firms that rely on EU workers have warned of the “catastrophic” impact of proposals to slash unskilled migration on the day Britain leaves the EU. Under the draft plan, leaked to the Guardian, firms would have to recruit locally unless they could prove an “economic need” to employ EU citizens. They could […]

Vince Cable warns inherited wealth is fuelling inequality

Vince Cable warns inherited wealth is fuelling inequality

Image copyright PA The way “inherited wealth” is taxed must be overhauled to tackle widening inequalities and improve social mobility, Sir Vince Cable will say. In his first big speech since becoming Lib Dem leader, he will call for a review of taxes on property and other assets passed down the generations. While taxing income […]

Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘completely opposed’ to abortion

Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘completely opposed’ to abortion

Image copyright PA Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says he is “completely opposed” to abortion, including in cases of rape or incest. The backbencher told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that abortion was “morally indefensible”. “Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception,” he said. The North East Somerset MP has recently faced questions about […]

UK shipyards: Five frigates at centre of new strategy

UK shipyards: Five frigates at centre of new strategy

Image copyright John Linton/BAE Systems/PA Image caption HMS Queen Elizabeth was built in blocks across six cities before being assembled in Rosyth A new national shipbuilding strategy intended to benefit UK shipyards is being unveiled by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. The government plans to buy at least five frigates, and share the work between […]