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Brexit: What’s behind Donald Tusk’s Instagram diplomacy?

Donald Tusk rejected Theresa May’s Brexit proposals at an EU summit this week and posted on his Instagram story shortly afterwards. “A piece of cake, perhaps?,” said the head of the European Council, alongside a picture of him and May at the summit in Austria. “Sorry, no cherries.” This provocative post was Tusk’s idea and […]

Court to rule on whether UK can halt Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Court in Luxembourg is said to be ready to hear the case soon Anti-Brexit campaigners have been given permission to take their case to Europe’s highest court as they seek a ruling on whether it can be halted. The cross-party group of politicians argue that Article 50 can […]

Facebook stops sending staff to help political campaigns

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Image caption Facebook employees advised Donald Trump’s election campaign managers Facebook will no longer send employees to work at the offices of political campaigns during elections, the company has announced. The social network used to offer dedicated staff to political campaigns to help them develop their online advertising campaigns. Donald Trump’s […]

Brexit: EU must compromise or no deal, says minister

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May’s Chequers plan was rejected by EU leaders at their Salzburg summit Cabinet minister Chris Grayling has said there will be no deal with the EU on Brexit if it does not soften its position on the Irish border. His comments come after EU leaders rejected Theresa May’s Chequers […]

UKIP aiming to be ‘radical, populist’ party

UKIP should become a “radical, populist party” standing up for free speech against the “politically-correct thought police”, says its leader. Its “interim manifesto”, unveiled on the eve of its conference, also urges a “clean exit” from the EU. Leader Gerard Batten said the policies unveiled aimed to help “the people who form the backbone of […]

Jeremy Corbyn defends Labour racism inquiry

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Corbyn has promised that Labour will not tolerate racism Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has defended his party’s handling of allegations of racism against a councillor. Dumfries and Galloway Councillor Jim Dempster was suspended over claims that he told officials no-one would have seen Scottish government minister Humza Yousaf “under […]

Ian Paisley: DUP MP ‘stunned’ and ‘humbled’ at keeping seat

Media captionRecall petition: North Antrim’s unshakable Paisley legacy Ian Paisley has said he is “stunned” and “greatly humbled” after retaining his seat as an MP. The North Antrim MP will not face a by-election after fewer than 10% of his constituents signed a recall petition. The petition was triggered after the DUP MP was suspended […]

Jeremy Corbyn ‘not ruling out’ indyref2 consent

Media captionCorbyn: “We would decide at the time” about indyref2 Jeremy Corbyn has said he is not ruling out allowing a second Scottish independence referendum to be held if he becomes prime minister. The Labour leader said he would “decide at the time” what to do if Nicola Sturgeon asked for his consent. But he […]

Brexit: ‘No deal’ without EU compromise, says Grayling

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May’s Chequers plan was rejected by EU leaders at their Salzburg summit Cabinet minister Chris Grayling has said there will be no deal with the EU on Brexit if it does not soften its position on the Irish border. He said the UK would not abandon its Chequers plan, […]

Ian Paisley: DUP MP ‘stunned’ and ‘humbled’ at keeping seat

Media captionRecall petition: North Antrim’s unshakable Paisley legacy Ian Paisley has said he is “stunned” and “greatly humbled” after retaining his seat as an MP. The North Antrim MP will not face a by-election after fewer than 10% of his constituents signed a recall petition. The petition was triggered after the DUP MP was suspended […]