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Brexit at PMQs: Corbyn tells PM to ‘step aside’ and let Labour do deal

Image copyright PA Theresa May should “step aside” if she cannot get her ministers to agree on trade relations with the EU after Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The “uncertainty” facing Britain due to lack of cabinet agreement over future customs plans was holding back economic growth, the Labour leader said. Major employers were considering […]

East Coast train line to be put into public control

Rail services on East Coast Main Line are being brought back under UK government control, operator Stagecoach Group says. Stagecoach says it has been advised that an “operator of last resort” would be appointed to run the London to Edinburgh service. Stagecoach has operated the franchise with Virgin Trains since 2015. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling […]

Brexit: UK promises ‘significant’ White Paper

Image copyright EPA The government says a White Paper setting out its Brexit position will be its “most significant publication on the EU” since the 2016 referendum. It will include “detailed, ambitious and precise explanations of our positions”, Brexit Secretary David Davis told colleagues. Ministers have yet to settle a debate about managing post-Brexit customs. […]

Carillion board oversaw a ‘rotten corporate culture’, say MPs

Media captionRachel Reeves says Carillion directors ‘destroyed a British company’ Carillion’s board presided over a “rotten corporate culture” and was culpable for its “costly collapse”, two committees of MPs have concluded. They also called for a potential break-up of the big four audit firms, after they “waved though” the indebted construction firm’s accounts. And they […]

Brexit: UK promises ‘significant’ White Paper

Image copyright EPA The government says a White Paper setting out its Brexit position will be its “most significant publication on the EU” since the 2016 referendum. It will include “detailed, ambitious and precise explanations of our positions”, Brexit Secretary David Davis told colleagues. Ministers have yet to settle a debate about managing post-Brexit customs. […]

Carillion board oversaw a ‘rotten corporate culture’, say MPs

Media captionRachel Reeves says Carillion directors ‘destroyed a British company’ Carillion’s board presided over a “rotten corporate culture” and was culpable for its “costly collapse”, two committees of MPs have concluded. They also accused the government and big four accounting firms of failing to stop Britain’s second biggest construction firm from going under. The MPs […]

MPs criticise government clean energy policies

Image copyright EPA Heavy criticism has been levelled at UK government energy policies by two separate parliamentary committees. The Environmental Audit Committee says ill-thought out policies caused a dive in clean energy investment, which fell 10% in 2016, and 56% last year. And the Public Accounts Committee says a government scheme to encourage clean heat […]

Brexit: ‘Little progress’ in talks since March, says Barnier

Image caption Michel Barnier is leading the negotiations for the EU side Brexit talks have made “little” progress since March, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier said there was a “risk of failure” in two key areas – Northern Ireland, and how the agreement will be governed. He said June’s EU summit was […]

Brexit: ‘Little progress’ in talks since March, says Barnier

Image caption Michel Barnier is leading the negotiations for the EU side Brexit talks have made “little” progress since March, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier said there was a “risk of failure” in two key areas – Northern Ireland, and how the agreement will be governed. He said June’s EU summit was […]

Tessa Jowell was the best of us – Speaker John Bercow

Media captionDame Tessa Jowell: From social worker to London 2012 Tessa Jowell was the “best of us”, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said as he led tributes to the late Labour politician and cancer campaigner. He told MPs her death at the age of 70 left Parliament “infinitely poorer”. She was a “stellar, progressive change-maker” […]