Ireland demands border promise before Brexit trade talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Irish PM Leo Varadkar was speaking at an EU summit in Sweden The Irish government has said Brexit trade deal talks should not proceed until there is a firm commitment to preventing a “hard” Irish border. Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said the assurance must be written down before […]

Brexit ‘collaborator’ slur rejected by Tory MP Sandbach

Brexit ‘collaborator’ slur rejected by Tory MP Sandbach

Image caption Antoinette Sandbach: “We must work together and not seek to divide” A former Conservative member of the Welsh Assembly has hit back at claims that Tory MPs aiming to amend the UK government’s Brexit plans as “collaborators” with Labour. Antoinette Sandbach, now MP for Eddisbury in Cheshire, said the use of that word […]

Brexit: Davis says the UK has compromised in talks

Media captionDavid Davis: “Nothing comes for nothing” in negotiations David Davis says he has “been offering some creative compromises and not always got them back” in Brexit talks. He told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg many EU countries do want to move on in the negotiations because they can see it is very important to their […]

Simon Coveney: Ireland ‘jumping into dark’ on Brexit

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Boris Johnson and Simon Coveney are holding talks in Dublin Ireland is not ready to allow talks on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union to move to the second phase next month, the country’s foreign minister has said. Simon Coveney was speaking ahead of talks with his UK counterpart, […]

Brexit: ‘Don’t put politics above prosperity’, Davis urges EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Davis laughed off a question about the UK being prepared to pay 60bn euros for financial obligations David Davis has warned against “putting politics above prosperity” in Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. In a speech in Berlin, the UK’s Brexit Secretary outlined his hopes for a deal […]

Brexit: Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein suggests second vote

Brexit: Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein suggests second vote

Image copyright Reuters The chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, has suggested holding another referendum on Brexit. Mr Blankfein tweeted: “Here in UK, lots of hand-wringing from CEOs over #Brexit… So much at stake, why not make sure consensus still there?” The firm, which is known to have taken office space in Frankfurt, employs […]

Theresa May to talk Brexit with EU chief Donald Tusk

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Theresa May and Donald Tusk in October Theresa May is to hold Brexit discussions with the president of the EU Council as the UK seeks to move talks on to a new trade deal. The prime minister and Donald Tusk will meet in Gothenburg on Friday, Mr Tusk’s spokesman said […]

Labour MP Chris Bryant says journalist taunted him about suicide

Labour MP Chris Bryant says journalist taunted him about suicide

Labour MP Chris Bryant has claimed a Daily Mail journalist told him in 2003 that people were “taking bets” on when he would kill himself. The Rhondda MP was in the headlines at the time after he apologised for emailing a picture of himself in his underpants via a gay website. He said there was […]

School counsellors needed to tackle self-harm ‘epidemic’, minister told

Image copyright Thinkstock All young people in the UK should have access to school counsellors to tackle an “epidemic” in self-harm, the government has been been told. Baroness Walmsley said the problem was worse among young women and girls. But instead of hiring more counsellors, who could offer free and non-judgemental support, schools were having […]

New borrowing rules will ‘boost home building’

Image copyright Getty Images New powers to fund house-building have been announced, as ministers promised more measures in next week’s Budget. Housing associations will be reclassified as private bodies allowing their £70bn debt to be removed from the government’s balance sheet. Housing providers said the technical change would allow them to build more affordable homes. […]