• 11 Mar 2018

    China’s parliament has rubber stamped an unprecedented move allowing President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. The constitutional change tears down a system put in place to avoid any return to a Mao style autocratic dictatorship – and the authorities have already moved to suppress any signs of public dissent.

  • 11 Mar 2018

    The founder of the left-wing Momentum group, Jon Lansman, has announced he is pulling out of the contest to become Labour’s general secretary – in a move which clears the way for Jeremy Corbyn’s preferred candidate.

  • 10 Mar 2018

    The Home Secretary has given more details about the investigation into the attempted murder of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter – revealing that police are looking at more than 240 pieces of evidence. Following an emergency Cobra meeting on the suspected nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Amber Rudd said over 200 witnesses have been identified.

  • 10 Mar 2018

    Thousands of women have joined a march through central London demanding an end to violence against women around the world – from female genital mutilation to harassment at work.

  • 8 Mar 2018

    As Donald Trump moves closer to kicking off an international trade war, many Republicans are worried that his steel tariff will hurt the US economy just in time for the mid-term elections. Democrats are fighting to take control of the House of Representatives in November, but to win the Presidential election in 2020, they need…

  • 7 Mar 2018

    EU Brexit guidelines include ‘very bony fish to swallow’

    The EU Guidelines published at lunchtime were dismissed by Philip Hammond as the sort of opening bid you would expect from a negotiating partner. Nothing to see here. Move along. The draft guidelines proclaim that there could be a zero tariff agreement with post-Brexit Britain that includes all goods (including, unusually, agriculture and fisheries). That addition of…

  • 2 Mar 2018

    Environment Secretary Michael Gove discusses Theresa May’s Brexit speech and says it would be “hugely disruptive and disrespectful” to have a second referendum.

  • 2 Mar 2018

    Lipstick on the cake?

    Talking to some EU sources, you sense that they think Mrs May has gone through the motions of acknowledging the downsides of her red lines and then repeated her previous attempt to have cake and eat it anyway.

  • 1 Mar 2018

    Theresa May gets eve of speech warnings from EU

    As Theresa May got Cabinet sign off for the “serious” and “ambitious” Brexit policy she’ll set out in her speech tomorrow, EU leaders have warned that her own red lines mean Britain is closing the door on itself.

  • 28 Feb 2018

    Brexit, Northern Ireland and John Major

    Those around Theresa May are now hopeful that they can kick the draft treaty down the tracks just as they did the original Joint Report on Article 50.

  • 27 Feb 2018

    Theresa May is being urged to intervene over the Home Office’s treatment of former child migrants who came here from the West Indies during the 60s. Caribbean high commissioners say they want their immigration status treated as a special category. It follows the case of Anthony Bryan, who faced removal to Jamaica even though he’d…

  • 27 Feb 2018

    The International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has set out his vision of Britain’s trade policy after Brexit, insisting that Britain must leave the customs union to take advantage of global economic growth outside the EU. But the former top civil servant at his department compared Mr Fox’s plan to swapping a three-course meal for the…

  • 26 Feb 2018

    Labour’s international trade spokesman Barry Gardiner discusses the party’s plans for a customs union with the EU.

  • 26 Feb 2018

    So what does Labour’s conversion to a post-Brexit customs union mean for the UK’s businesses? I’ve been speaking to the boss of one of Britain’s biggest paper, packaging and recycling firms worth £5bn, which runs factories here and on the continent.  

  • 26 Feb 2018

    Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed Labour’s new policy on Brexit . In a speech in Coventry, he said a Labour government would negotiate a new customs union between Britain and the European Union. But he said a condition of such a new tariff-free customs arrangement would be that Britain has a “say in future trade deals”…