Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join a “single market a la carte” The UK’s approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on “pure illusion”, Donald Tusk says. The European Council president told a news conference in Brussels that the UK was […]

Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol resigns

Image copyright PA The general secretary of the Labour party, Iain McNicol, has stood down “to pursue new challenges” after serving for a “tumultuous seven years”. In a statement, issued late on Friday, Mr McNicol said he would continue to work “in the service” of the party. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn thanked him for his […]

‘We’re on our way,’ says 96-year-old expat votes campaigner

Image copyright bbc A 96-year-old war veteran is celebrating after his campaign to get the vote for all British expatriates moved a step closer to success. Harry Shindler, who lives in Italy, said he had cracked open a bottle of wine as MPs approved the second reading of a bill to remove the 15-year limit […]

Julian Assange: Ecuador says latest talks on release failed

Image copyright PA Ecuador says the country’s latest efforts to negotiate the departure of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy have failed. Foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said the UK was unwilling to take part in talks about his release. Mr Assange, 46, has been staying at the country’s London embassy since 2012 […]

Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol resigns

Image copyright PA The general secretary of the Labour party, Iain McNicol, has stood down “to pursue new challenges” after serving for a “tumultuous seven years”. In a statement, issued late on Friday, Mr McNicol said he would continue to work “in the service” of the party. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn thanked him for his […]

Brexit: EU leaders debate financial impact of UK’s departure

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel say any cuts to EU programmes could be damaging EU leaders have agreed to spend more on common defence and security policy in their next long-term budget, European Council President Donald Tusk says. Leaders of 27 states were meeting in Brussels to shape the […]

‘We’re on our way,’ says 96-year-old expat votes campaigner

Image copyright bbc A 96-year-old war veteran is celebrating after his campaign to get the vote for all British expatriates moved a step closer to success. Harry Shindler, who lives in Italy, said he had cracked open a bottle of wine as MPs approved the second reading of a bill to remove the 15-year limit […]

Bid to change organ law gets initial backing from MPs

Media captionLabour MP: What happened to Rebecca could happen to anyone Plans to change the rules on organ donation consent in England, which it is claimed could save up to 500 lives a year, have been backed by MPs. A bill requiring people to “opt out” if they do not want their organs used passed […]

Brexit: Jeremy Hunt says UK will not stay in customs union

Media captionJeremy Hunt tells Today the government has ruled out staying in a customs union after Brexit Jeremy Hunt has said there is no possibility of the government backing a customs union with the EU after Brexit. The health secretary said the UK wanted “frictionless trade” but would “find a different way” to achieve that. […]

Bid to change organ law ‘could save 500 lives a year’

Image copyright House of Commons Image caption The MP said he had been “guilty” for some time of thinking of registering but not doing so Up to 500 lives could be saved a year if laws on organ donation in England are changed, MPs have been told. MPs are debating changing the rules on consent […]

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