Brexit: UK to set out plans to replace all EU laws

Brexit: UK to set out plans to replace all EU laws

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of EU laws on everything from workers’ rights to the environment are to be scrapped or replaced with UK equivalents in a new plan. Details of the planned Great Repeal Bill are to be published shortly – the day after the UK officially began the two year process of leaving […]

Brexit sovereignty plan set out in Great Repeal Bill

Brexit sovereignty plan set out in Great Repeal Bill

Image copyright Getty Images The government will set out how it plans to remove EU law from the statute book later by publishing details of its Great Repeal Bill. Having formally triggered Brexit, ministers are promising a “smooth and stable transition” with legislation ending the supremacy of EU judges. It will also incorporate thousands of […]

‘No turning back’ on Brexit as Article 50 triggered

‘No turning back’ on Brexit as Article 50 triggered

Image copyright European Photopress Britain’s departure from the European Union is “an historic moment from which there can be no turning back”, Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister said it was a “unique opportunity” to “shape a brighter future” for the UK. She was speaking after Britain’s EU ambassador formally triggered the two […]

Brexit: The UK’s letter triggering Article 50

Brexit: The UK’s letter triggering Article 50

Here is the full text of Theresa May’s letter to European Council president Donald Tusk, beginning the start of Brexit negotiations. Dear President Tusk On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we […]

Key points from the Article 50 letter

What can be read into Theresa May’s letter to European Council President Donald Tusk giving formal notice of Brexit? BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth examines it for clues on how events may unfold over the next two years. Read the full text of the letter (PDF) What’s the significance? This is all about the timing […]

Article 50 a leap in the dark – Sturgeon

Media captionNicola Sturgeon says unanswered questions on Brexit mean the triggering of Article 50 is a “leap in the dark” The prime minister has taken a “leap in the dark” by triggering Article 50, Scotland’s first minister has claimed. The letter signed by Theresa May that formally begins the UK’s departure from the EU has […]

In quotes: Reaction to Article 50 being triggered

Image copyright PA Prime Minister Theresa May said: “This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back – Britain is leaving the European Union – we’re going to make our own decisions and our own laws, we’re going to take control of the things that matter most to us. “And we’re […]

Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May signs the letter to the EU confirming the UK’s departure Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk on […]

Scottish Parliament backs referendum call

Scottish Parliament backs referendum call

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Sturgeon will outline next month how she will respond if the UK government continues to block a referendum Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland has been formally backed by the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission […]

Unions criticise 1% pay rise for public sector workers

Unions criticise 1% pay rise for public sector workers

Image copyright Science Photo Library Unions say millions of public sector workers are being “taken for granted” after being given a 1% pay rise. NHS staff, doctors, dentists and armed forces personnel will receive an average 1% increase in basic pay in 2017-8 after ministers accepted the recommendations of pay review bodies. Ministers urged a […]