• Published on 18 Jan 2018 Sections France, Politics, UK

    Brexit talks: May and Macron do lunch

    The skies opened and thunder could be heard as Mrs May and President Macron went into Sandhurst to begin their talks and a rainbow was visible in the sky.

  • Published on 17 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    DUP calls for direct rule

    At Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May signalled that another round of intensive talks to get Stormont up and running again might not be far off. Mrs May sounded determined to avoid direct rule if she could.

  • Published on 21 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK, World

    Theresa May’s main business today has been a trip to Poland, where she refused to criticise the Polish authorities over what critics call its attacks on judicial independence – insisting it was a matter for them. The European Union has begun unprecedented proceedings which could end with the suspension of Poland’s voting rights – saying…

  • Published on 21 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Theresa May has repeated her concerns about police conduct after sacking her first secretary of state Damian Green for making “misleading statements” about the discovery of pornography on his Commons computer. The Prime Minister said she expected a proper investigation into claims that information was leaked by a former senior officer. Mr Green has continued…

  • Published on 15 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK, World

    For once, some Brexit news which Theresa May can put under the Christmas tree. European leaders have given the green light for the Brexit negotiations to continue to their second stage. But at the Brussels summit, they warned that the next phase of talks would be more difficult than the first. And they said Britain…

  • Published on 14 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK, World

    Despite her first parliamentary defeat last night, Theresa May insisted today that her government is still on course to deliver Brexit. Tonight she is in Brussels having dinner with EU leaders. Tomorrow they are due to declare that negotiations can move on to stage two and begin discussion on our future trading arrangements. But will…

  • Published on 12 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Did Theresa May’s Brexit deal save her job last week?

    As Theresa May fought to save her Brexit negotiations last week – it seems she was also fighting to save her job. So what was going on behind the scenes between the Government and the DUP?

  • Published on 9 Dec 2017 Sections Politics

    Ministers’ Brexit talks now 18-19 December

    The full Cabinet meeting on 19 December will still, under current plans, be the first full Cabinet discussion on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

  • Published on 5 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Labour announces fundamental shift in Brexit policy

    In a fast-moving plot, yet another twist. The Labour front bench has used the urgent question put down to ask David Davis about yesterday’s Brussels mess-up to announce a fundamental shift in its own policy.

  • Published on 3 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    “Talking the talk is all very well, but you also need to walk the walk” – the parting shot of the Chairman of the government’s Social Mobility Commission. Alan Milburn said he didn’t doubt the Prime Minister’s personal commitment to the issue, but he’d reluctantly concluded that Brexit is occupying much of her attention, to…

  • Published on 29 Nov 2017 Sections Business, Politics, UK, World

    Britain’s Brexit divorce bill could be almost £50bn. Theresa May insisted today that negotiations are still going on, but it looks like that is what Britain could promise to pay the EU in order to move the talks on to the crucial question of future trading arrangements. The pressure is on for a deal to be…

  • Published on 16 Nov 2017 Sections FactCheck

    We’ve heard a lot in recent weeks about Russia’s alleged involvement in the EU referendum. On Monday, Theresa May said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies” and was “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. Although on Wednesday, the Prime Minister appeared to soften her language. She told parliament: “if…

  • Published on 9 Nov 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    The Prime Minister may have solved one problem by promoting Penny Mordaunt to replace Priti Patel as International Development Secretary. But the criticism of her foreign secretary Boris Johnson has continued. On Tuesday Mr Johnson suggested Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is in prison in Iran, was “training journalists”. Her family say she was there on holiday. Overnight…

  • Published on 2 Nov 2017 Sections Politics, UK, World

    It was meant to be a meeting to show unity between Israel and the UK a hundred years on from the Balfour Declaration, which signalled British support for the creation of a Jewish homeland. But cracks were quickly apparent. Theresa May pointed to illegal Israeli settlements as a barrier to peace, while her Israeli counterpart…

  • Published on 2 Nov 2017 Sections Business, Politics, UK

    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable discusses the Westminster harassment saga and the interest rate rise.