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Brexit: Next round of talks delayed a week ‘for consultation’

Brexit: Next round of talks delayed a week ‘for consultation’

Image copyright AFP Image caption David Davis and Michel Barnier are currently meeting once a month The next round of Brexit talks has been postponed by a week to “allow more time for consultation”. The fourth round of UK-EU negotiations, due to begin on 18 September, will start on the 25th instead. The government said […]

Public sector pay cap to be lifted

Public sector pay cap to be lifted

Image copyright PA Image caption Rank and file police officers will get a 1% bonus on top of a rise in their pay The cap on public sector pay rises in England and Wales is to be lifted. Ministers will now get “flexibility” to breach the longstanding 1% limit. The announcement came as the government […]

Police and prison staff to get more than 1% pay cap

Police and prison staff to get more than 1% pay cap

Image copyright PA Image caption Rank and file police officers will get a 1% bonus on top of a rise in their pay The government has announced pay rises for police and prison officers which breach the 1% public sector pay cap. Prison officers will get a 1.7% rise while police will get a 1% […]

Chancellor Philip Hammond sets date for next Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond sets date for next Budget

The next Budget will be held on Wednesday 22 November, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has said. It will be the first Budget since the Conservatives lost their majority in the House of Commons in the snap election in June. Mr Hammond delivered another Budget earlier this year in the spring. But he has […]

Sky-Fox deal faces further hurdles

Sky-Fox deal faces further hurdles

Image copyright Reuters 21st Century Fox’s bid to buy Sky faces further hurdles after the culture secretary said she was “minded” to refer the deal to regulators over concerns about broadcasting standards. Karen Bradley had already said she was minded to refer the £11.7bn tie-up over concerns about media plurality. Fox owns 39% of Sky […]

Government wine cellar: Consumption down 12% during Brexit vote

Government wine cellar: Consumption down 12% during Brexit vote

Image caption Bottles gather dust in the government’s wine cellar Ministers and their guests quaffed less wine from the government’s official cellars in the year to March. The 12% reduction was put down to a decrease in the number of official receptions during the Brexit referendum. But there was a big increase in the cost […]

Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote

Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote

The government’s bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first Parliamentary test. The EU Withdrawal Bill was backed by MPs by 326 to 290 in a late-night vote despite critics saying it represented a “power-grab” by the government. The bill, which will end the supremacy of EU […]

Ruth Davidson ‘not flying the flag for Brexit’

Ruth Davidson ‘not flying the flag for Brexit’

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Davidson was a high-profile Remain campaigner ahead of the referendum in June 2016 The Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said she would campaign to remain in the European Union if another referendum were to be held. In an interview with BBC director of news James Harding she said […]

Brexit: MPs urged not to ‘frustrate’ repeal bill

Brexit: MPs urged not to ‘frustrate’ repeal bill

Image copyright EPA Any MPs who oppose the government’s EU repeal bill will be backing a “chaotic” Brexit, ministers have warned ahead of the first key vote on the legislation. The EU Withdrawal Bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, is being debated in the Commons. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson […]

Jeremy Corbyn: Single market membership ‘open for discussion’

Jeremy Corbyn: Single market membership ‘open for discussion’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn says staying in single market is “up for discussion” on Radio 4’s The World at One Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said it is “open for discussion” whether the UK remains in the EU single market. But the party then insisted its policy had not changed and that the UK would not […]