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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold

Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold

Media captionMs Sturgeon said legislation for a second referendum would not now be introduced until at least the autumn of next year Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a “reset” of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the […]

David Davis blames ‘badly designed’ campaign for Tory losses

David Davis blames ‘badly designed’ campaign for Tory losses

Image copyright PA Brexit Secretary David Davis has blamed the Tories’ general election losses on a “badly designed” campaign and Theresa May’s social care “U-turn”. Mr Davis helped persuade Mrs May to call a “snap election” to strengthen his hand in Brexit talks. But he now says the party did not have enough time to […]

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

Image copyright PA The UK could carry out military strikes in response to cyber attacks, the UK defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon told the Chatham House think tank the UK had the ability to respond to hackers “from any domain – air, land, sea or cyber”. Sir Michael also emphasised the UK’s ability […]

Lib Dems: Davey rules himself out of leadership race

Lib Dems: Davey rules himself out of leadership race

Former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey has ruled himself out of the race to be the next Liberal Democrat leader. The ex-energy secretary said he had taken the decision with his family in mind and amid concerns about the “inevitable intrusion” that a leadership bid would entail. Former business secretary Sir Vince Cable is so […]

David Davis: Brexit ‘as complicated as moon landing’

David Davis: Brexit ‘as complicated as moon landing’

Image copyright PA The minister in charge of the UK’s exit from the EU says elements of his job make landing on the moon look simple. Brexit Secretary David Davis made the remark to business leaders as he discussed the interim arrangements that will be in place after the UK leaves. He suggested the UK […]

Stormont talks: Simon Coveney warns time ‘running out’

Stormont talks: Simon Coveney warns time ‘running out’

Image caption Simon Coveney said the DUP and Sinn Fein would have to be prepared to compromise The Irish foreign minister has warned that the Northern Ireland parties must be close to an agreement by Tuesday night in their talks to restore power-sharing. The parties were holding further talks at Stormont on Monday evening. They […]

Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’

Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May’s £1bn deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to back her minority government has been branded “a bung” and “shabby” by opposing parties. The Northern Irish party’s 10 MPs will support the Conservatives in key Commons votes in areas such as the Queen’s Speech, Budget and Brexit. Labour warned it would […]

Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

Conservatives agree pact with DUP to support May government

Image copyright PA Image caption The talks have taken two weeks to conclude The Conservatives have reached an agreement with the Democratic Unionists which will see them support Theresa May’s minority government. The deal, which comes two weeks after the election resulted in a hung Parliament, will see the 10 DUP MPs back the Tories […]

John McDonnell: Grenfell victims ‘murdered by political decisions’

John McDonnell: Grenfell victims ‘murdered by political decisions’

Image copyright PA Labour’s John McDonnell has claimed victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were “murdered” by “political decisions”. Speaking at Glastonbury Festival on Sunday, the shadow chancellor blamed the decision to “view housing as only for financial speculation”. At least 79 people are feared to have died in the fire in west London, which […]

Brexit: Details of offer to EU citizens to be published

Brexit: Details of offer to EU citizens to be published

Image copyright PA EU nationals living in the UK will get more detail later of what rights they can expect to have after Brexit. A 15-page document outlining plans for EU citizens to be granted “settled status” will be published as Theresa May addresses MPs on EU matters. Ministers have sought to reassure the 3.2m […]

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