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‘Landmark’ overhaul for domestic abuse laws

Image copyright PA Domestic abuse victims will receive a wide range of new measures to protect them in what ministers say will be landmark legislation. New laws will for the first time create a legal definition of domestic abuse, to include economic abuse and control. The long-awaited legislation will also ban abusers from cross-examining victims […]

Remainer MPs trying to steal Brexit, says Liam Fox

Media captionLiam Fox: “We can compromise… with the European Union over the backstop” Brexiteer cabinet minister Liam Fox has accused pro-Remain MPs of trying to “in effect steal Brexit”, amid backbench moves to take control of the process. He told the BBC: “You’ve got a Leave population and a Remain Parliament. Parliament has not got […]

Downing Street warns MPs not to block Brexit

Image copyright AFP/Getty Attempts by backbench MPs to remove the government’s power to deliver Brexit are “extremely concerning”, Downing Street has said. On Monday one group of MPs will present a bill that could allow Brexit to be delayed if Parliament does not approve an EU withdrawal agreement. According to the Sunday Times, another group […]

Brexit: Theresa May should become mediator, says Sir John Major

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May needs to become a mediator to help break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament, former prime minister John Major has said. He wants MPs to be given a vote on all Brexit options, indicating their preference on the way forward. Mrs May should consider dropping her red lines “in the […]

Speaker Bercow ‘could be denied peerage’

Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Speaker John Bercow has been criticised by some Tory MPs Such is the anger with the Speaker at senior levels of government, it has been suggested he could be blocked from getting a peerage when he retires. Ministers are furious at what they see as John Bercow’s “bias” during […]

Brexit: Liam Fox yet to seal no-deal trade agreements

Image copyright Reuters The UK has yet to finalise agreements to replace existing free trade deals the EU has with 40 big economies if there is a no-deal Brexit. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said he “hoped” they would but it depended on whether other countries were “willing to put the work in”. He said […]

Speaker Bercow ‘could be denied peerage’

Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Speaker John Bercow has been criticised by some Tory MPs Such is the anger with the Speaker at senior levels of government, it has been suggested he could be blocked from getting a peerage when he retires. Ministers are furious at what they see as John Bercow’s “bias” during […]

Brexit: Did Boris Johnson talk Turkey during referendum campaign?

The claim: Boris Johnson told a Channel 4 News reporter that he “didn’t say anything about Turkey during the referendum. Since I made no remarks…I can’t disown them”. Reality Check verdict: Boris Johnson talked about the issue of Turkey joining the EU several times in the lead-up to 23 June 2016 and was co-signatory of […]

Farage seeking ‘new party’ in case UK fights Euro elections

Media captionNigel Farage ‘looking for new party’ Nigel Farage says he is ready to fight the European elections in May if Brexit is delayed. The former UKIP leader, who quit his party in December, said he was seeking “the right political vehicle”. As things stand, the European Parliament is axing most of the UK’s seats, […]

Liam Fox: Customs union ‘would not deliver Brexit’

Image copyright Reuters Liam Fox says that staying in a permanent customs arrangement with the EU would “not be delivering Brexit”. The international trade secretary said he did not believe the UK could have an independent trade policy if it stayed in a customs union. The PM is meeting cabinet members in No 10 today […]