Brexit talks must speed up, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker say

Brexit talks must speed up, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker say

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mrs May and Mr Juncker embraced after their working dinner in Brussels Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have agreed to “accelerate” Brexit negotiations – but there was no sign of a breakthrough after their working dinner. A joint statement said the Brussels talks – which came […]

UK inflation at highest since April 2012

UK inflation at highest since April 2012

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s key inflation rate hit its highest for more than five years in September, driven up by increases in transport and food prices. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) climbed to 3%, a level it last reached in April 2012, and up from 2.9% in August. The pick-up in inflation raises […]

Updated MP boundary plans published

Updated MP boundary plans published

Image caption This summer’s general election was fought on boundaries first used in 2010 Revised proposals for the shape of parliamentary seats at the next general election have been published. The proposed constituency boundaries in England, Scotland and Wales have been drawn up on the basis the total number of MPs will be cut from […]

OECD warns ‘no deal’ Brexit would hit UK economy hard

OECD warns ‘no deal’ Brexit would hit UK economy hard

Image copyright Reuters The Paris-based think tank, the OECD, has warned a break-up of Brexit talks without a deal would unleash a host of economic problems for the UK. Its latest report predicts “no deal” would see business investment seize up, send the pound to new lows and lead to a downgrade of the UK’s […]

Bombardier to partner Airbus on C-Series jets

Bombardier to partner Airbus on C-Series jets

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Parts of Bombardier’s C-Series planes are made in Belfast European aerospace firm Airbus is to take a majority stake in Bombardier’s C-Series jet project. Bombardier has faced a series of problems over the plane, most recently a trade dispute in the US that imposed a 300% import tariff. Bombardier’s Northern […]

Brexit negotiations should accelerate, say May and Juncker

Brexit negotiations should accelerate, say May and Juncker

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mrs May and Mr Juncker embraced after their working dinner in Brussels Brexit negotiations should “accelerate over the months to come,” says a joint statement from the UK prime minister and the president of the EU Commission. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker met in Brussels earlier for a dinner […]

Ministers back tougher sentences for attacks on emergency staff

Ministers back tougher sentences for attacks on emergency staff

Image copyright PA Attacks on emergency workers will face tougher sentences under a new law which has been given government backing. Labour MP Chris Bryant’s private member’s bill would double the maximum sentence for common assault against an emergency worker to a year. Mr Bryant called assaults on police and paramedics “a national disgrace”. Policing […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber to retire from House of Lords

Andrew Lloyd Webber to retire from House of Lords

Image copyright PA Image caption Lord Lloyd Webber was made a Conservative peer by John Major in 1997 Andrew Lloyd Webber is to retire from the Lords as of midnight on Monday, the House has confirmed. The 69-year-old composer became a life peer in the 1997 New Year’s Honours list and sat as a Conservative […]

Vauxhall: Union calls for support to protect jobs

Vauxhall: Union calls for support to protect jobs

Image copyright Vauxhall The government should give “a clear signal” that it will support the automotive industry through Brexit to protect jobs at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, the Unite union says. The union is calling for reassurance from the plant’s French owners, PSA Group, that they will continue to invest in the facility. But Unite […]

Brexit vote by Labour and Plaid Welsh MEPs ‘a disgrace’

Brexit vote by Labour and Plaid Welsh MEPs ‘a disgrace’

Image copyright Getty Images It is an “utter disgrace” that Welsh members of the European Parliament voted for a delay in Brexit talks, UKIP MEP Nathan Gill has said. Labour’s Derek Vaughan and Jill Evans of Plaid Cymru backed the EU not to start on the next phase of trade talks. Mr Vaughan said the […]