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Theresa May condemns abuse of MPs over Brexit

Image copyright House of Commons Theresa May has condemned abuse of MPs following last week’s Brexit vote. The prime minister said despite “strongly held views” on both sides of the Commons there was no place for threats of violence and intimidation. Several Conservative MPs have received abusive messages and tweets because of their views on […]

UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

Image copyright EPA A four-point plan for tackling plastic waste has been outlined by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove. He told BBC News that he wants to reduce the amount of plastic used in the UK, and to make it simpler for people to recycle. Environmentalists fear Mr Gove will be reluctant to set tighter […]

Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The Britain First Twitter account and that of its two leaders have been blocked Twitter has suspended the accounts of two leaders of a British far-right group shortly after revising its rules on hate speech. Paul Golding, Britain First’s leader, and Jayda Fransen, his deputy, can no longer tweet and […]

Grenfell Tower fire: Building safety cuts corners, says review

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Grenfell Tower fire claimed the lives of 71 people in June 2017 Building regulations are leaving room for shortcuts, the woman leading a review into fire safety after the Grenfell Tower blaze has said. In her interim report, Dame Judith Hackitt said she was “shocked” by some of […]

Group calls for a ‘shared market’ with EU

Image copyright AFP A think tank is proposing a post-Brexit trading deal based on the UK and the EU sharing each other’s markets. It would see the UK and EU continuing the regulatory alignment that exists today, and the formation of a new customs union similar to the existing one, the centre-left IPPR said. It […]

Brexit: Theresa May to discuss end deal with ministers

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May is due to meet her “Brexit cabinet” – about a dozen of her most senior ministers – to discuss for the first time what the UK’s future relationship with the EU should be. The PM will later tell MPs the UK wants to sign trade deals during what she calls […]

Brexit: Theresa May says she ‘will not be derailed’

Image copyright Reuters The prime minister has said the government is “proving the doubters wrong” with its Brexit negotiations. EU leaders agreed talks can move on to the next stage in the new year, shortly after Theresa May suffered her first Commons defeat on Brexit. Writing in two Sunday papers, she vowed she would “not […]

Diane Abbott: Listen to CBI and NHS’ on Brexit migration

Image copyright Getty Images Public services and businesses would be in a “terrible position” if there was a big reduction in migration post-Brexit, Labour’s Diane Abbott has told the BBC. The shadow home secretary said business group the CBI, health and social care say “they need these European migrants – and we have to listen […]

Student vote ‘swings further to Labour’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour’s support is at a new high among students, say researchers The student vote is moving even more to Labour than at the general election, according to research for the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi). With the promise of scrapping tuition fees, there were big swings to Labour in […]

Michelle O’Neill believes the Executive can be restored

Image caption Michelle O’Neill said she is hopeful that the Stormont Assembly can be restored Sinn Féin’s Stormont leader said she is hopeful that the institutions at Stormont can be restored. Speaking to BBC’s Sunday Politics Michelle O’Neill said she “wants to give hope to people” that a solution to the current deadlock can be […]

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