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Brexit: Government insists UK will leave customs union

Brexit: Government insists UK will leave customs union

Image copyright PA Image caption Goods can move tariff-free within countries in a customs union The government has restated its commitment to leaving the EU’s custom union – ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week. Last Wednesday, the government suffered defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Lords on […]

Windrush: Corbyn says PM ignored immigration policy warnings

Windrush: Corbyn says PM ignored immigration policy warnings

Media captionWindrush scandal: Facing the threat of deportation Jeremy Corbyn has called for an end to the government’s so-called “hostile environment” immigration policy, saying it has “ripped apart” people’s lives. The Labour leader said the Windrush generation and their families had been treated as “second-class citizens”. The opposition has repeated its call for Home Secretary […]

Brexit: Morgan calls for ‘rational debate’ on UK’s customs plans

Brexit: Morgan calls for ‘rational debate’ on UK’s customs plans

Image caption The former education secretary is behind a motion to be debated on Thursday Former education secretary Nicky Morgan has warned pro-Brexit Tories against “sabre-rattling” over the UK’s future customs arrangements with the EU. She said speculation that Theresa May could face a challenge if MPs ended up backing some form of post-Brexit customs […]

Carwyn Jones ‘not done yet’ says Jeremy Corbyn

Carwyn Jones ‘not done yet’ says Jeremy Corbyn

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “Thank you Carwyn for all you have done, and will do” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has paid tribute to Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones, following Mr Jones’ announcement yesterday that he would be standing down in the autumn. Mr Corbyn was speaking at the Welsh Labour Conference in Llandudno. He thanked Mr […]

Carwyn Jones exit ‘does not help Sargeant family’

Carwyn Jones exit ‘does not help Sargeant family’

Image caption Carwyn Jones (R), pictured in 2009, fired Carl Sargeant after allegations emerged about the minister’s conduct First Minister Carwyn Jones’ decision to stand down does not help Carl Sargeant’s family, their lawyer has told BBC Wales. Neil Hudgell said there will be no “closure” until the inquiry into the circumstances around Mr Sargeant’s […]

Brexit: No 10 still ‘confident’ of Irish border solution

Brexit: No 10 still ‘confident’ of Irish border solution

Image copyright AFP No 10 says it is confident a deal can be done to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit despite signs of an impasse over the issue. The BBC understands UK plans to resolve the matter faced sustained criticism from the EU at a meeting on Wednesday. The […]

Windrush: Alan Johnson says landing cards decision was made in 2009

Windrush: Alan Johnson says landing cards decision was made in 2009

Media captionAlan Johnson: “It was an administrative decision taken by the UK Border Agency” The decision to destroy the landing cards for Windrush migrants was taken under Labour, former home secretary Alan Johnson has said. Asked if he knew about the 2009 decision, he told the BBC: “No, it was an administrative decision taken by […]

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A ban on plastic straws in England will form part of a consultation later in the year Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government’s bid to cut plastic waste. Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws […]

Windrush: Investigation urged over landing cards

Windrush: Investigation urged over landing cards

Media caption“There were some who saw it… as almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the way it’s working” – Lord Kerslake A former head of the civil service has called for an investigation into who authorised the destruction of thousands of landing cards of Windrush migrants. Lord Kerslake told BBC Newsnight the Borders Agency was […]

Brexit: Ministers suffer first defeat on EU Withdrawal Bill

Brexit: Ministers suffer first defeat on EU Withdrawal Bill

Image caption Lord Patten was among two dozen Conservative peers to defy the party whip Peers have defeated the government on the issue of staying in a UK-EU customs union after Brexit. Lords voted by 348 to 225 in favour of a plan requiring ministers to report on steps to negotiate a continued union. Backing […]

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