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Britons should keep EU rights post-Brexit – Guy Verhofstadt

Media captionGuy Verhofstadt tells Today a special arrangement could be made for British citizens who wish to remain in the EU British citizens should be allowed to keep the benefits of EU membership, according to the chief Brexit negotiator at the European Parliament. Guy Verhofstadt said allowing individuals to keep rights, such as freedom to […]

Closing Parliament for repair work ‘most efficient’ option

Closing Parliament for repair work ‘most efficient’ option

Image copyright AP Vacating the Palace of Westminster to carry out urgent restoration work is the most economic and efficient option, says Parliament’s spending watchdog. The World Heritage Site has asbestos, leaks, old electrics and is said to be at high risk of “catastrophic failure”. Further delaying a decision on a total overhaul may inflate […]

Public appointments process not transparent, say MPs

Public appointments process not transparent, say MPs

Image copyright PA The process for filling senior jobs at public bodies is not transparent despite changes, MPs have said. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee said it was concerned ministers, not the watchdog, set the appointments code. MPs said they were not assured that candidates would not be deliberately excluded from high profile […]

UK aid in Libya could be harmful – watchdog

UK aid in Libya could be harmful – watchdog

Image copyright PA An independent watchdog has warned that the UK’s aid programme in Libya could be harming vulnerable migrants. About £9m is spent providing water and sanitation for refugees in detention centres, training Libya’s coastguard, and helping migrants return home. But the Independent Commission for Aid Impact says that support could be leading to […]

May defends ‘fair’ National Insurance rise amid criticism

Media captionTheresa May says the rise in National Insurance for the self-employed will make things fairer Theresa May has said the National Insurance increase for self-employed workers will make the system “fair”, amid criticism from some Conservatives. The Budget change broke a manifesto pledge – with one Conservative whip saying ministers should apologise. But Mrs […]

Boris Johnson: UK should reject ‘Brexit cash bill’

Media captionBoris Johnson: Britain has an “illustrious precedent” Boris Johnson has told the BBC that Britain should reject any EU demands for a £50bn “exit bill” and follow the example of former PM Margaret Thatcher. It has been reported that EU negotiator Michel Barnier has said the UK must continue to pay into the EU […]

Northern Ireland could face another snap election, says Brokenshire

Northern Ireland could face another snap election, says Brokenshire

Image copyright AP Image caption A second snap election would cause uncertainty and disruption, James Brokenshire said Northern Ireland could face another election if political parties cannot reach agreement within three weeks, James Brokenshire has said. The Northern Ireland Secretary warned that there would be “significant consequences” if there is no deal to restore Stormont’s […]

SDP’s ‘Gang of Four’ reunited on stage

SDP’s ‘Gang of Four’ reunited on stage

Image copyright Jack Sain Image caption L to R: Paul Chahidi as Bill Rodgers, Roger Allam as Roy Jenkins, Debra Gillett as Shirley Williams and Tom Goodman-Hill as David Owen What can a play about the formation of the SDP in 1981 tell us about today’s political landscape? In the annals of great political statements, […]

Institute for Fiscal Studies backs National Insurance increase

Institute for Fiscal Studies backs National Insurance increase

Image copyright BEN STANSALL The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says the chancellor was right to raise National Insurance contributions for the self employed in his Budget. The rise will see millions of self-employed workers pay an average of £240 a year more, but ministers say those earning £16,250 or less will pay less. Philip […]

Budget calculator: How will the Budget affect you?

Do tax changes in the Budget leave you better or worse off in 2017/18? Use our Budget calculator, developed by Deloitte, to find out how the tax measures may affect you in the coming year. Some changes – such as the increase in National Insurance for self-employed workers – will not be seen until the […]