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Reality Check: When is Brexit crunch time?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Irish foreign minister spoke to chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier ahead of an EU meeting “Clearly this is a very important week for Brexit negotiations,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday after a meeting of EU ministers. “But the issues aren’t new.” It was a […]

‘Cautious optimism’ over UK-EU Brexit deal talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May and husband Philip attend the Lord Mayor’s Banquet Late-night UK-EU talks in Brussels ended with “optimism on both sides”, government sources say, although no final Brexit deal has been agreed. The Northern Ireland border remains the key issue to be resolved. Prime Minister Theresa May is updating her […]

Brexit talks in endgame, says Theresa May

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May and husband Philip attend the Lord Mayor’s Banquet Negotiations over the UK’s departure from the EU are “now in the endgame”, Theresa May says. Addressing the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in the City of London, the prime minister said the talks were “immensely difficult”, but the sides were working […]

Tory rebellion over fixed-odds betting terminals

Media captionWhat are fixed-odds betting terminals? The government is facing a rebellion over when a crackdown on fixed-odds gambling machines is introduced. Ministers have promised to cut the maximum stake from £100 to £2 in October 2019 – but some MPs are calling for it to happen sooner. More than 20 Conservatives have joined opposition […]

MPs can stop no-deal Brexit, says Labour’s Starmer

Media caption“All options are on the table” if there is a no deal Brexit, Starmer tells Today Parliament will not allow the UK to leave the European Union without a negotiated agreement, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has claimed. Asked during a BBC interview whether MPs could prevent a no-deal exit, he replied “absolutely”. […]

Academic Sir Roger Scruton’s housing role defended by ministers

Ministers have defended the choice of Sir Roger Scruton to head a new housing body, amid calls for him to quit. The conservative academic was recently named as chairman of a new public body to encourage better designed homes. But Labour said past “hateful” comments about homosexuality, which he once said was “not normal”, and […]

Brexit: Ministers told ‘judgement day’ looms for decision

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May returning to Downing Street on Monday Ministers have been told “judgement day is coming” over Brexit as the UK and EU strive for a deal within 48 hours. Officials are trying to hammer out an agreement on the terms of the UK’s exit by Wednesday to enable EU […]

Brexit: Ministers told ‘judgement day’ looms for decision

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May returning to Downing Street on Monday Ministers have been told “judgement day is coming” over Brexit as the UK and EU strive for a deal within 48 hours. Officials are trying to hammer out an agreement on the terms of the UK’s exit by Wednesday to enable EU […]

MPs can stop no-deal Brexit, says Labour’s Starmer

Media caption“All options are on the table” if there is a no deal Brexit, Starmer tells Today Parliament will not allow the UK to leave the European Union without a negotiated agreement, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has claimed. Asked during a BBC interview whether MPs could prevent a no-deal exit, he replied “absolutely”. […]

Brexit: Cabinet ministers ‘voiced doubts over PM’s plan at start’

Image copyright PA Image caption Cabinet ministers in discussion at Chequers in July, when the Brexit plan was agreed Multiple cabinet ministers expressed significant doubts about the prime minister’s preferred Brexit plan from the start, the BBC has learned. Parts of Theresa May’s plan were described as “worrying”, “disappointing” and “concerning” by members of her […]