EU leaders ‘not bluffing’ over Brexit terms, warns Malta’s PM

EU leaders ‘not bluffing’ over Brexit terms, warns Malta’s PM

EU leaders are not “bluffing” when they say the UK will be left without access to the single market when it leaves the bloc if there is no free movement of people, Malta’s prime minister says. Joseph Muscat, whose country assumes the EU’s presidency in January, told the BBC “this is really and truly our […]

Thatcher ‘resisted’ chancellor’s new kitchen plea

Thatcher ‘resisted’ chancellor’s new kitchen plea

Image copyright PA Margaret Thatcher was reluctant to allow her first Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe to spend £4,150 on a new kitchen, newly-released papers show. The papers from 1979 show Edna Healey, wife of Sir Geoffrey’s predecessor, warned of the “antediluvian” room at Number 11 Downing Street. Three calls were made to “nag” Mrs Thatcher […]

Autumn Statement: Workers’ pay growth prospects dreadful, says IFS

Media caption“Worst decade for livings standards,” says IFS chief. The outlook for wages is “dreadful” with the squeeze on pay lasting for more than 10 years, independent economists have said. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said workers would earn less in real wages in 2021 than they did in 2008. Other analysis shows the […]

Autumn Statement: Hammond defends post-Brexit economy forecasts

Media captionPhilip Hammond opened his Autumn Statement by looking at the UK economic figures. Chancellor Philip Hammond has called economic forecasts in the Autumn Statement one of a “range of outcomes” after some pro-Brexit MPs criticised them for being too pessimistic. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast more government borrowing and reductions in economic […]

Nigel Farage warns of ‘seismic shock’ if Brexit not delivered

Nigel Farage warns of ‘seismic shock’ if Brexit not delivered

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ambassador Farage? ‘You’re spoiling us…’ “Another big seismic shock” could hit British politics at the next election, Nigel Farage has warned Theresa May if Brexit is not delivered by 2020. The interim UKIP leader said he suspected the Conservative Government “is not fit for the legacy of Brexit”. He made […]

Autumn Statement: Government defends post-Brexit economy forecasts

Media captionPhilip Hammond opened his Autumn Statement by looking at the UK economic figures. The government has defended economic forecasts in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement after criticism by some pro-Brexit MPs that they are too gloomy. Philip Hammond quoted Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predictions of increases in borrowing and reductions in economic growth following […]

UK economy ‘resilient’ despite £122bn hit to finances

Media captionPhilip Hammond opens his first Autumn Statement by looking at the UK economic figures. The UK economy is “resilient” despite forecasts that government finances will be £122bn worse off than previously expected by 2020, the chancellor said. In his Autumn Statement Philip Hammond said growth predictions had been cut as a result of the […]

Jo Cox: Man jailed for ‘terrorist’ murder of MP

Media captionBBC News looks back at events that led up to the murder. Thomas Mair has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. The 53-year-old shot and stabbed to death the mother-of-two in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June, a week before the EU referendum vote. […]

Autumn Statement: UK to be ‘match fit’ for Brexit

Autumn Statement: UK to be ‘match fit’ for Brexit

Image copyright HoC Philip Hammond has promised an economy that will be “match fit” for Brexit as he presents his Autumn Statement to MPs in the Commons. The chancellor is expected to announce measures aimed at boosting workers’ income and increasing housebuilding. But the first major economic statement since the Brexit vote also includes forecasts […]

Man guilty of murdering MP Jo Cox

Media captionBBC News looks back at events that led up to the murder. Thomas Mair has been found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. The 53-year-old shot and stabbed to death the mother-of-two in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June, a week before the EU referendum vote. Mair, who did not enter […]