• 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”…

  • 26 Feb 2018

    The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has argued with a top EU official over proposals to ban plastic drinking straws. He suggested the EU was holding back UK ambitions to ban them, but Frans Timmermans responded by claiming the EU was actually “one step ahead”. So what’s the truth?

  • 26 Feb 2018

    Corbyn backs customs union

    After weeks of pressure from trade unions and some Labour MPs on the front and back benches, Jeremy Corbyn has conceded the U.K. under a Labour government would seek to join a customs union that looked a lot like the customs union we are already in as members. Jeremy Corbyn said Britain must be able…

  • 25 Feb 2018

    The Labour party has warned today that “crunch time is coming” on Brexit. It’s shifted its own position – with the Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer indicating that Jeremy Corbyn will tomorrow endorse a policy of remaining in “a” customs union with the EU. So could Theresa May’s position be in danger – if anti-Brexit…

  • 24 Feb 2018

    “Job Done” – that was the tweet from the grime artist Stormzy after he helped a petition calling for the government to reshape the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire pass the 100,000 signatures it needed to take it to Parliament. After his controversial performance at the Brit awards this week criticising the Prime Minister’s…

  • 21 Feb 2018

    Brexit referendum – the sequel?

    A pro-Remain campaign bus mocking the Brexit slogan from the referendum struggled through back lanes of Westminster for a photo op this morning. Wedged between cars as the bus driver executed a 50 point turn, one campaigner on the bus said: “Oh no, this is going to be the story.” In front, a waiting firing squad of cameras suggested that might be on the money.

  • 20 Feb 2018

    If you were worried that Britain could descend into a Mad Max-style dystopia after Brexit – unregulated, uncontrolled bandits roaming the empty roads – then ministers have insisted that this nightmare scenario won’t happen. And if you weren’t worried about it before, maybe all this talk of chaos and a race to the bottom might…

  • 20 Feb 2018

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come out fighting over allegations that he was paid to spy on Britain during the Cold War, dismissing them as nonsense.

  • 20 Feb 2018

    Over 60 MPs sign letter to Prime Minister in defence of full fat Brexit

    A letter from the Europe Research Group to the Prime Minister has turned up in The Times. There is an air of menace about it not least exemplified by the 62 signatures on the bottom of it. It’s 48 MPs that are required to trigger a vote of no confidence. The letter went into No.…

  • 17 Feb 2018

    Theresa May says she wants a “deep and special” partnership with Europe after Brexit to make sure the UK and EU continue to work together on security and defence issues. But as more evidence emerges of Russia’s complex cyber interference in the 2016 U.S. election, what kind of new security arrangements will Britain have to…

  • 17 Feb 2018

    Ukip has lost another leader as members back a no confidence motion against Henry Bolton. Mr Bolton was only in the job for a few months – with the party now left with more uncertainty and another leadership election within 90 days.