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  • Brexit Secretary: Crunch commons vote to go ahead amid criticism and protests

    The Brexit Secretary says Tuesday’s crunch vote on Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal will go ahead despite MPs urging the Prime Minister to go back to Brussels to renegotiate. Parliament looks likely to reject the deal in a move that threatens to bring down Mrs May’s government. Today pro and anti Brexit campaigners were out…

  • 9 Dec 2018

    A body believed to be that of British backpacker Grace Millane has been found near a beauty spot on the outskirts of Auckland. The 22-year-old was last seen eight days ago in a hotel in the city centre.

  • 8 Dec 2018

    Norway Plus? More like EU-minus. That was the somewhat ‘inside Brexit’ barb from David Davis towards his former cabinet colleague Amber Rudd. He poured cold water on her suggestion that Britain could pursue a Norway-style deal and accept freedom of movement as part of membership of the single market and customs union. Ahead of a…

  • France has seen yet another day of anti-government violence and there have been more than 500 arrests. For a fourth weekend in a row, thousands of protesters descended on the capital. Ministers have now claimed that their movement has been taken over by violent infiltrators and today protesters were confronted by thousands of riot police.…

  • Police in New Zealand are to charge a man with the murder of missing British backpacker Grace Millane. Grace, from Essex, was on a year-long trip and was last seen a week ago at an Auckland hotel. Her father travelled to New Zealand to help search for his 22-year-old daughter whose body has not yet…

  • 7 Dec 2018

    President Trump has raged through a wild tweetstorm, named his new choices for Attorney General and UN Ambassador, and faced questions over his Chief of Staff John Kelly being poised to resign.

  • Much has been said about “Norway Plus” – a free trade area inside the EU single market, with a customs arrangement with the EU added on – as an alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit plan. Michael Gove calls it better than EU membership, though worse than the current deal. The DUP say they’d consider it, the SNP…

  • France is bracing itself for what’s being called a “day of rage” tomorrow. Already dozens of tax offices across the country have been attacked and mass protests are planned in Paris and other cities.

  • It’s the end of an era in Germany. The Christian Democrat party has chosen a new leader after 18 years with Angela Merkel at the helm. Her successor is a close ally and very much in the same mould. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer narrowly defeated Friedrich Merz, a one-time Merkel rival, in a run-off at the party congress in…

  • The government’s attempt to sell its Brexit deal today was more stick than carrot, with warnings that ports could be disrupted for up to six months and traffic flows across the Channel could drop to just 13 per cent, if the UK leaves without a Brexit deal.

  • Debates on the Brexit withdrawal agreement have begun and with the meaningful vote on Theresa May’s deal on the horizon, this week’s podcast asks what Brexit will mean for party politics and much else besides. I talk to pro-Leave professor, Robert Tombs, who has a rather calm outlook on where we’re heading. Listen and subscribe to…

  • Damon Albarn had made his name as a political musician – as the frontman for Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad and The Queen – he was vocally opposed to the Iraq War and now, is entirely frustrated by Brexit. He talks to me backstage before his gig in Hackney about how politics and music…

  • 6 Dec 2018

    The role played by UAE in the Yemen conflict has gone largely unnoticed. Yet the country stands accused of conducting a dirty war on the ground. We speak to a former prisoner who accuses the UAE of running secret prisons and subjecting hundreds of people to torture.

  • A year long independent review says the 1983 Mental Health Act is outdated. It calls for a series of new rights, including giving the 50,000 people who are sectioned every year more say in their own treatment.

  • Wales is about to get a new First Minister after the Welsh Labour party elected Mark Drakeford as its new leader. In his victory speech, the Corbyn loyalist pledged to lead “a Labour party true to our roots”.