Brexit: UK ‘will not enter into briefing war’ with EC

The UK will not enter into “a briefing war” with the European Commission over Brexit talks, Tory sources have said. It follows reports in a German paper of repeated clashes between Theresa May and Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a Downing Street dinner. EU sources claimed UK misunderstanding of the talks process, and ignorance about […]

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Downing Street rejects Hague call for snap election

Downing Street has rejected former Conservative leader Lord Hague’s call to hold a snap general election. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Lord Hague said bringing forward an election “would strengthen the government’s hand at home and abroad” which could help with Brexit negotiations. A No 10 source told the BBC it was not something Prime […]

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Respect Brexit decision, peers urged

Peers have been urged to “respect” voters’ decision to leave the EU as they began debating the Brexit bill. With Prime Minister Theresa May taking the unusual step of sitting in the Lords to watch the opening speeches, Leader of the House Baroness Evans said peers must not “frustrate” Brexit. But Labour said “reasonable changes” […]

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High Court challenge to UK’s child refugee efforts

Campaigners will challenge the government’s handling of the arrival of unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, at a High Court hearing later. They say ministers have not worked with local councils to find enough places for vulnerable children. Separately, the daughter of the man called “Britain’s Schindler” has criticised the ending of the “Dubs amendment” child […]

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Affordable rent measures promised in housing White Paper

The government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy for England this week. Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said there would be minimum tenancies and more homes built for rent in a “change of tone” from previous Tory policy. He said the government had not given […]

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Theresa May to press EU leaders on defence spending

The UK prime minister is to urge EU Nato members to spend more on defence, at an informal summit in Malta. Theresa May will brief leaders on her talks in the US with Donald Trump, when he indicated his commitment to Nato. The UK is one of the few alliance members to meet pledges to […]

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Brexit: MPs to begin formal process with two-day debate

MPs are to begin two days of debate over the government’s parliamentary bill to get the formal process of Brexit under way. Discussions on the European Union Bill have been extended to midnight on Tuesday to accommodate more speakers, with a vote to take place on Wednesday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has ordered his MPs […]

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