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Brexit: Extend transition only to scrap backstop, says Dominic Raab

Brexit: Extend transition only to scrap backstop, says Dominic Raab

Image copyright EPA Any extension to the Brexit transition period should come instead of – not as well as – a “backstop” for Northern Ireland, the Brexit secretary has said. Dominic Raab says this would avoid an “unacceptable” EU plan to keep Northern Ireland aligned to its rules in the event no Brexit deal was […]

Anonymous Pro-Brexit ads on Facebook say ‘bin Chequers’

Anonymous Pro-Brexit ads on Facebook say ‘bin Chequers’

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Image caption Political groups have been spending increasing amounts of money on Facebook adverts An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them “to bin Chequers” and back Brexit. Evidence given to the government’s fake news inquiry found that a site […]

Sturgeon boycotts event in far-right row

Sturgeon boycotts event in far-right row

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Steve Bannon left his White House job amid reports of a power struggle Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of a conference in Edinburgh next month because Donald Trump’s ex-strategist Steve Bannon was also due to speak. The first minister had been scheduled to take part in the three-day News Xchange […]

Brexit: Bid to stop NI civil servants acting on backstop

Brexit: Bid to stop NI civil servants acting on backstop

Image copyright AFP Image caption Steve Baker urged the prime minister to change her Brexit plan earlier this month A former Brexit minister has tabled an amendment to the Northern Ireland bill to prevent senior civil servants acting on any backstop arrangements for the border in the absence of an assembly. The bill aims to […]

Anonymous Facebook ads urge voters ‘to bin Chequers’

Anonymous Facebook ads urge voters ‘to bin Chequers’

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Image caption Political groups have been spending increasing amounts of money on Facebook adverts An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them “to bin Chequers” and back Brexit. Evidence given to the government’s fake news inquiry found that a site […]

Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

Image copyright PA Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg as head of its global affairs and communications team. The 51-year-old politician was leader of the Liberal Democrats and formed a coalition government with David Cameron and the Conservatives in 2010. Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and the threat of government regulation […]

Amber Rudd: I’d like to be home secretary again

Amber Rudd: I’d like to be home secretary again

Image copyright Getty Images Amber Rudd has said she would “quite like” to be home secretary again “because there’s a few things I’d like to do a bit better than last time”. Ms Rudd quit the role in April, saying she had “inadvertently misled” MPs over the Windrush scandal. She wished she had looked into […]

How many Labour MPs will vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal?

How many Labour MPs will vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal?

Image copyright Getty Images The former US President Lyndon Baines Johnson said the first rule of politics is being able to count. And looking at the numbers in the Commons Theresa May must wonder how on earth she can get a Brexit deal through Parliament, even if she breaks the impasse in Brussels. As it […]

How many foreign trips has your MP accepted?

How many foreign trips has your MP accepted?

Members of Parliament have benefitted from more than £2m worth of free overseas trips in the last two years. More than half were paid for by foreign governments and Saudi Arabia spent more than any other, BBC analysis of Parliament’s expenses register reveals. A total of 810 visits were recorded by 340 MPs in the […]

Brexit: Tories must be as united as EU, says Hunt

Brexit: Tories must be as united as EU, says Hunt

Image copyright Reuters Jeremy Hunt has urged Tory MPs to get behind Theresa May – amid a backlash against suggestions the Brexit transition period could be extended. The foreign secretary said the “great strength” of other EU nations was that they had stayed united in the talks – and he urged Tories to do the […]