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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”. […]

Lord Lester faces suspension over sexual harassment claims

Image copyright PA The Lords Privileges Committee says Lord Lester of Herne Hill should be suspended for sexually harassing a complainant and offering her “corrupt inducements to sleep with him”. The committee recommended a suspension until 2022, which would be the longest in modern parliamentary history. The House of Lords will debate a motion to […]

Welsh city and town centre smoking ban proposed by Mark Drakeford

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Drakeford has proposed extending the smoking ban Smoking could be banned in town and city centres if Mark Drakeford succeeds in his bid to become the next first minister. The Welsh Labour leadership candidate has included the plan in his manifesto for the contest. Mr Drakeford, considered to […]

Badger cull: Vets accuse ministers of ‘barefaced lies’

Image copyright SPL A campaign group of vets has accused Defra and its ministers of telling “barefaced lies” about the effectiveness of one of its badger culls. The claim is contained in a letter from the group to the chief vet. It asks her to ensure the department retracts “insupportable claims that its badger cull […]

Brexit: Cabinet ministers ‘voiced doubts at 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 […]

Brexit: UK must not be trapped in backstop, Leadsom says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mrs Leadsom was a prominent Brexit campaigner Any Brexit deal negotiated with the EU must not “trap” the UK in a customs arrangement it cannot choose to leave, Andrea Leadsom has told the BBC. The Brexiteer minister urged Tories to back the PM and said she was “sticking in […]

Brexit: New referendum still an option, says Emily Thornberry

Labour frontbencher Emily Thornberry has told the BBC “all options remain on the table”, including a new referendum, if MPs vote down a Brexit deal. She was asked about party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s comment to a German newspaper that Brexit cannot be stopped. Labour would prefer a general election, she said, but could campaign for […]

Armistice Day: Growing criticism of Trump WW1 no-show

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Trump is in France to mark 100 years since the end of World War One A British minister has appeared to join growing criticism of US President Donald Trump’s decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday due to rain. Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood took an apparent swipe at […]

Former MP killed in WW1 finally added to Parliament’s memorial

Media captionWW1: The forgotten hero MP A forgotten hero has finally been remembered on Parliament’s World War One memorial. The marble installation recognises the sacrifice of peers, MPs, MPs’ sons, and senior officers of Parliament, who died in service during the Great War. But 96 years after its completion, a leading historian realised one MP […]

Jo Johnson: ‘Democratic travesty’ not to have another Brexit vote

Media captionJo Johnson: “It was a fantasy set of promises that have been shown up for what they were.” The UK needs to “pause and reflect” before doing something “irrevocably stupid” over Brexit, Jo Johnson said a day after quitting as a minister. On BBC Radio 4’s Today he called again for another referendum, saying […]