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 […]

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 […]

MPs ‘walk out’ in protest at ‘too gloomy’ Brexit report

MPs ‘walk out’ in protest at ‘too gloomy’ Brexit report

A number of Brexit-backing MPs walked out of a private meeting of the Commons Brexit Select Committee in protest at a report they claimed was “too gloomy”. A source said Labour chairman Hilary Benn had tried to “bounce” members into agreeing a 155-page report into the government’s Brexit White Paper. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg […]

Immigration should rise and fall after Brexit, David Davis says

Immigration should rise and fall after Brexit, David Davis says

Immigration should rise and fall depending on the UK’s needs after it has left the EU, the Brexit secretary says. David Davis said a “sustainable” system would take into account the needs of the NHS and different industries. He also said the government had a “huge contingency plan” for the UK leaving the EU without […]

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon meet ahead of Article 50

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon meet ahead of Article 50

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May met at a hotel in Glasgow on Monday afternoon The prime minister has met Scotland’s first minister in a Glasgow hotel as she prepares to formally trigger Article 50. Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon held talks for about an hour during the prime minister’s trip […]

Stormont talks: ‘No appetite for fresh election’

Media caption“Short window of opportunity” to resolve Stormont crisis The Northern Ireland secretary has said there is “no appetite for another election” after the deadline to form a new power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland passed. James Brokenshire said there was a “short window of opportunity” to strike a deal. He added that he will be […]

Brexit won’t be completed in two years, says Simon Fraser

Media caption“We won’t have resolved everything… before the expiry of the Article 50 process” – Sir Simon Fraser The future relationship between the UK and the EU will not be negotiated within two years, says the former head of the Foreign Office. Separation talks could be completed within the two year deadline set out in […]

London attack: Khalid Masood mother ‘shocked and saddened’

London attack: Khalid Masood mother ‘shocked and saddened’

Image copyright Daily Mail/Solo Syndication The mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is “shocked, saddened and numbed” by his actions. Janet Ajao said she had “shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident”. Masood killed three people when he drove a car into pedestrians last Wednesday. He then […]

PM says Brexit will make UK ‘more united’

Media captionTheresa May: “When this great union of nations sets its mind to something and works together with determination, we are an unstoppable force.” Leaving the European Union will be an opportunity to strengthen the ties between the nations of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has said. The prime minister was speaking during a visit […]