Boris Johnson takes Czech minister for a paddle

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson has treated his Czech counterpart to a paddle around the lake of his official residence. During a walk around the estate at Chevening House, the UK foreign secretary tried to encourage ministers from other European countries allies to join him in the small boat. Accompanying Czech deputy foreign minister Ivo […]

Theresa May to dine with EU chiefs amid Brexit ‘deadlock’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The PM will meet with Jean-Claude Juncker, pictured, as well as Michel Barnier Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days […]

Call for ‘rethink’ on Scottish fracking ban

Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has said the party should “think again” on its attitude to fracking. The Scottish government has announced an “effective ban” on the controversial method of extracting oil and gas. Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said consultation on the issue showed “overwhelming” opposition. Mr Sillars told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland […]

MPs can stop no-deal Brexit, says Labour’s McDonnell

Image copyright JEFF OVERS Image caption Leaving the EU without a deal was “not a realistic option”, Mr McDonnell claimed Parliament can stop the UK leaving the EU without negotiating a deal, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. He told the BBC there was “not a majority” in the Commons for such a scenario and […]

UK farmers will ‘grow more food’ if no Brexit deal – minister

Image copyright AFP Image caption Broccoli is one of a number of products that could be more expensive in the event of a Brexit no-deal British farmers would produce more food themselves in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal, a cabinet minister has suggested. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was […]

Inflation ‘to cause £300 benefit squeeze’- think tank

Image copyright PA Benefit freezes combined with the predicted rise in inflation could set some low-income households back £300 next year, a think tank has warned. September’s inflation data will be released on Tuesday, and some analysts predict the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be 2.9%. The Resolution Foundation says loss of income due to […]

NHS patients to be asked about sexuality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NHS England advises sexuality is recorded during “face to face contact” with patients Health professionals in England are to be told to ask patients aged 16 or over about their sexual orientation, under new NHS guidelines. NHS England said no-one would be forced to answer the question but recording […]

Iran blamed for Parliament cyber-attack

Image copyright PA Iran has been blamed for a major cyber-attack on Parliamentary email accounts, including those of cabinet ministers. Whitehall officials say Iran was behind a “sustained” cyber-attack on 23 June with hackers making repeated attempts to guess passwords of 9,000 accounts. Up to 30 accounts are thought to have been compromised. Security sources […]

Philip Hammond says his remarks were a poor choice of words

The chancellor has described the European Union’s Brexit negotiators as “the enemy” – a remark he subsequently described as a “poor choice of words”. During a television interview, Philip Hammond also called the negotiators “the opponents” and said they should “behave like grown-ups”. But he tweeted later: “I was making the point that we are […]

Boris Johnson to visit Moscow as part of ‘robust’ dialogue’

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson is to visit Moscow later this year as part of efforts to build a more constructive dialogue with Russia on global security issues. The foreign secretary has been invited by his counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Items on the agenda are likely to include North Korea, Iran and security for next year’s […]