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Green Party leadership hopefuls announced

Image caption Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas have come to the end of their two-year leadership term The Green Party has announced the shortlist of candidates hoping to become its new leader. Jonathan Bartley, who has led the party alongside Caroline Lucas since 2016, is standing on a joint ticket again, this time with London […]

Brexit customs plan will offer ‘best of both words’

Media captionMay: Brexit means Brexit does mean Brexit A new plan for post-Brexit customs arrangements will be a “significant step forward”, a Downing Street source has promised. The proposal, to be presented to ministers on Friday, will offer “the best of both worlds” – an independent trade policy and friction-free trade, the source added. But […]

Brexit: Third customs model devised ahead of cabinet talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mrs May hopes to resolve cabinet splits on Brexit at a meeting this week Downing Street has produced a third model for handling customs after the UK leaves the EU, the BBC understands. Details of the new plan have not been revealed publicly but senior ministers will discuss it […]

NHS plan in case of no-deal Brexit, Simon Stevens says

Image copyright Getty Images “Extensive” planning is under way to prepare the health service for a no-deal Brexit scenario, the NHS England chief executive says. Simon Stevens said immediate planning was taking place around the supply of medicines and equipment. “Nobody’s pretending this is a desirable situation, but if that’s where we get to it […]

Ministers ‘will agree Brexit stance’ at Chequers summit

Media captionJames Brokenshire tells Andrew Marr he is confident his colleagues can agree a Brexit stance A cabinet minister says he is “confident” his colleagues will settle their differences over Brexit at a crunch summit at Chequers on Friday. James Brokenshire said there were “strong views” on both sides but predicted the away-day would yield […]

‘Livid’ Michael Gove rips up EU customs partnership report

Image copyright REUTERS/Simon Dawson Image caption Brexiteer Michael Gove objects to the customs partnership favoured by Theresa May Environment Secretary Michael Gove physically ripped up a report on Theresa May’s preferred option for a new customs partnership with the EU. He was said to have been “livid” as he felt the government document downplayed his […]

‘Livid’ Michael Gove rips up EU customs partnership report

Image copyright REUTERS/Simon Dawson Image caption Brexiteer Michael Gove objects to the customs partnership favoured by Theresa May Environment Secretary Michael Gove physically ripped up a report on Theresa May’s preferred option for a new customs partnership with the EU. He was said to have been “livid” as he felt the government document downplayed his […]

Renters would get longer tenancies under government plans

Image copyright Reuters A minimum tenancy term of three years would be introduced under government proposals to give people renting homes in England more security. Figures show 80% of tenants currently have contracts of six or 12 months and ministers say longer agreements would allow them to put down more roots. They add tenants would […]

Govia Thameslink ‘could lose franchise’ over rail chaos

Image copyright PA Rail operator Govia Thameslink faces being told it will be stripped of its franchises unless performance on its services in the South East of England rapidly improves, the BBC understands. Passengers on its Thameslink and Great Northern trains have faced more than a month of disruption following the introduction of new timetables […]

Brexit: ‘Last call’ for deal, Donald Tusk warns UK

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tusk said the “most difficult” issues were as yet unresolved Donald Tusk has issued a “last call” to the UK to “lay the cards on the table” if a Brexit deal is to be done in time. The European Council president said the “most difficult” issues were unresolved and […]