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Brexit: Row erupts over Commons ‘meaningful vote’

Brexit: Row erupts over Commons ‘meaningful vote’

Image copyright Getty Images Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has riled some MPs after appearing to suggest Parliament might not get a so-called “meaningful vote” on any deal. Some MPs want the right to amend whatever Theresa May eventually comes back with, but Mr Raab hinted it may only be a “take it or leave it” […]

John Bercow: Labour MPs urged not to ‘confuse’ Brexit and Commons bullying

John Bercow: Labour MPs urged not to ‘confuse’ Brexit and Commons bullying

Image copyright Houses of Parliament The Labour leadership has distanced itself from suggestions by some Labour MPs that Brexit is more important than dealing with bullying in the Commons. Several top figures, including Emily Thornberry, have said John Bercow must stay on as Speaker to ensure MPs have a decisive say on the UK’s EU […]

Brexit: UK ‘may consider longer transition period’

Brexit: UK ‘may consider longer transition period’

Image copyright AFP Theresa May is willing to consider extending the proposed 21-month transition period after Brexit to break the current deadlock over Northern Ireland, senior EU officials have said. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said No 10 had refused to rule out extending it during a summit in Brussels. The PM has been addressing EU […]

British farmers shouldn’t get cheap EU labour – government adviser

British farmers shouldn’t get cheap EU labour – government adviser

Image copyright PA Britain’s farmers should no longer get “privileged” access to low-skilled, low-paid workers from the EU after Brexit, says a top government adviser. Alan Manning, who chairs the Migration Advisory Committee, said fruit and vegetable growers would probably “go backwards”. But it would not be the “end of the earth” for the UK […]

Brexit: Commons vote must be ‘unequivocal’, says Raab

Brexit: Commons vote must be ‘unequivocal’, says Raab

Image copyright UK Parliament/Mark Duffy The decision on whether MPs approve or reject any Brexit deal must be “unequivocal”, ministers have said. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the outcome of the “meaningful vote” due to take place in Parliament must be “clear to the British public”. In a letter to MPs, he suggests they will […]

Teach children how to avoid dog bites, say MPs

Teach children how to avoid dog bites, say MPs

More needs be done to teach children how to stay safe around dogs and to reduce the risk of avoidable injuries. That’s the view of MPs who want animal behavioural experts and charities to come up with a canine childhood education plan for schools and parents. They also want a review into causes of “dog […]

The students who fear for their ambitions amid college cuts

The students who fear for their ambitions amid college cuts

These six young people are ambitious and determined. They are an aspiring teacher, a future social worker, a would-be accountant, a budding cardiologist, a wannabe pilot and a veterinary surgeon of tomorrow. But they fear their dreams, and those of young people like them, may be thwarted by further education funding pressures. They are all […]

Brexit: ‘No optimism’ for summit breakthrough, says Donald Tusk

Brexit: ‘No optimism’ for summit breakthrough, says Donald Tusk

Image copyright EPA Donald Tusk has poured cold water on hopes of a Brexit breakthrough at Wednesday’s EU summit, saying the Irish border was still a sticking point. The European Council president said he had “no grounds for optimism” it would be solved at the summit. And he called on Theresa May to come up […]

John Bercow ‘to quit as Speaker next summer’

John Bercow ‘to quit as Speaker next summer’

Media captionSpeaker: Commons needs new body to investigate bullying Speaker John Bercow has told friends he’s decided to stand down next Summer, the BBC understands. His departure – in June or July – would coincide with his tenth year in office. The news comes after a damning report on the failure of high level figures […]

Brexit: Deadlock over Irish border ahead of EU summit

Brexit: Deadlock over Irish border ahead of EU summit

Media captionTheresa May’s Brexit update statement: “The terms of our exit are now clear.” Hopes an EU summit on Wednesday would unblock Brexit talks have taken a blow, with agreement still to be reached on what happens at the Irish border. The UK and the EU had hoped that enough progress had been made to […]