Brexit: SF accuse government of treating council as ‘talking shop’

Brexit: SF accuse government of treating council as ‘talking shop’

Image copyright EPA Image caption David Davis has said the relationship between the UK and Ireland is good Sinn Féin is threatening to pull out of the Joint Ministerial Council over concerns about negotiations for the UK to leave the EU. The party’s Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard, and his colleague, John O’Dowd, are in London […]

Theresa May: UK will be a global leader on trade

Theresa May: UK will be a global leader on trade

Theresa May has told leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the UK will be a “world leader” on trade. But the prime minister also warned that inequality blamed on globalisation was aiding the “politics of division”. Her speech to business leaders and politicians in Switzerland comes after EU leaders said a post-Brexit […]

Brexit: Welsh minister wants unfettered market access

Brexit: Welsh minister wants unfettered market access

Wales will continue to push for “full and unfettered” access to the European single market, the finance secretary has said. Mark Drakeford made the pledge as he arrived in London for a Brexit meeting of ministers from around the UK. It was the first such gathering since Theresa May said on Tuesday that the UK […]

Prime minister wants Scots ‘fully engaged’ in Brexit

Prime minister wants Scots ‘fully engaged’ in Brexit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Scottish government published its Brexit plan before Christmas Prime Minister Theresa May has said the Scottish government should be “fully engaged” in the Brexit process. A Brexit document prepared in Edinburgh is to be discussed later at a gathering of ministers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Scottish […]

Brexit: NI ministers meet David Davis in London

Brexit: NI ministers meet David Davis in London

Image copyright EPA Image caption David Davis has said the relationship between the UK and Ireland is good Northern Ireland infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard of Sinn Féin and DUP junior minister Alastair Ross have met with the Brexit Secretary David Davis in London. They were joined by ministers from Scotland and Wales. At the meeting, […]

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against ‘punishment beatings’

Media captionBoris Johnson warns EU against ‘punishment beatings’ Boris Johnson has warned EU leaders not to give the UK “punishment beatings” for Brexit “in the manner of some World War Two movie”. The foreign secretary said penalising “escape” was “not in the interests of our friends and our partners”. PM Theresa May set out her […]

Brexit: Boris Johnson says countries queuing up for trade deals

Brexit: Boris Johnson says countries queuing up for trade deals

Image copyright PA Other countries are “queuing up” to sign trade deals with the UK once it leaves the EU, Boris Johnson has said. The foreign secretary also said the UK would not be “hauling up the drawbridge” despite new migration controls promised by Theresa May. Mrs May set out her Brexit strategy – which […]

UK unemployment falls to 1.6 million

UK unemployment falls to 1.6 million

Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 52,000 to 1.6 million in the three months to November, official figures showed. The jobless rate was steady at an 11-year low of 4.8%, in line with forecasts, the Office for National Statistics said. The employment rate was steady at a record 74.5%, while wage growth picked […]

Brexit: Boris Johnson says countries ‘queuing up’ for trade deals

Brexit: Boris Johnson says countries ‘queuing up’ for trade deals

Image copyright PA Other countries are “queuing up” to sign trade deals with the UK once it leaves the EU, Boris Johnson has said. The foreign secretary also said the UK would not be “hauling up the drawbridge” despite new migration controls promised by Theresa May. Mrs May set out her Brexit strategy – which […]

Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May

Media captionTheresa May confirmed that the final deal would be put to the vote in Parliament Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all”. But the prime minister promised to push for the “freest possible trade” with […]