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Macron says UK heading for no deal if MPs defy May, as PM arrives in Brussels - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extensionMay arrives at EU summit saying UK must ‘deliver Brexit’ for the peopleMacron says UK will be heading for no deal if MPs vote down agreement 2.13pm GMT Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission, president, said there would have to be another summit if there is a vote against the Brexit deal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Emmanuel Macron


May arrives at EU summit saying UK must 'deliver Brexit' for the people - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extension 1.06pm GMT Stefan Lofven, the Swedish prime minister, said a short article 50 extension would depend on MPs backing the Brexit deal as he arrived at the EU summit. He said:An extension would also depend upon the voting in the House of Commons because we believe it is very important that the H...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Stefan Lofven


Sacred giant turtle gets embalmed in Vietnam

Reptile is believed to be the last in a long line of large turtles in Hoàn KiếmA sacred giant turtle that died in Hanoi’s Hoàn Kiếm lake has been given a new lease on life by city authorities who have embalmed the beloved creature for posterity – and tourist visits.Hanoians were shocked by the death of the critically endangered Swinhoe softshell turtle in 2016, believing its passing was a sign of ominous times ahead. Continue reading...
Tags: Barack Obama, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Vietnam, Hanoi, Anthony Bourdain, Hoàn KiếmA


Brexit: May's appeal to nation backfires as MPs accuse her of stoking hate - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extension 9.12am GMT Theresa May travels to Brussels today to formally request an extension to article 50, that would delay Brexit behind Friday next week, when the UK was supposed to leave the EU. British prime ministers have often had difficult encounters with their EU counterparts over the years, bu...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Brussels, Parliament, Brexit, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump History, Pitting Parliament


Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal – as it happened

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting Full story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 12.27am GMT I am going to wrap this up now. Here a few of tonight’s highlights at a glance:Theresa May tells the British People ‘I’m on your side” ...which side is that? Leave, Remain, or Resign? 11....
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk, Andrea Leadsom, Beth Rigby, Downing Street and Labour


Home Office has utterly failed in immigration detention, MPs find

Irresponsibility led to people being wrongly detained, committee chair says The Home Office approach to immigration detention is careless and cavalier and has led to people being wrongfully detained, an influential parliamentary committee has concluded.The home affairs select committee said in a scathing report that the department had overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Yvette Cooper, Home Office, Refugees


Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal in No 10 statement – Politics live

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting Full story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 9.20pm GMT Here the the PM’s full statement: “Nearly three years have passed since the public voted to leave the European Union. “It was the biggest democratic exercise in our country’s history. “I ca...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, National Health Service, Parliament, Article 50, Sunday Times, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn walks out of party leaders' meeting – Politics live

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including Labour leader leaving meeting and May’s letter to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 JuneFull story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 8.25pm GMT The PM is running late and is rumoured to keep things short and snappy. PM statement delayed to 2030. Am told to expect a relatively short one. 8.18pm GMT Ther...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk, Andrea Leadsom


Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision

Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed backThe family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.Begum fled her east London family for Syria in February 2015, aged 15, along with two school friends after reading terrorist prop...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Javid, Begum, Special Immigration Appeals Commission


Brexit: EU to allow short article 50 extension only if MPs vote for deal, says Tusk – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 June, and tells MPs at PMQs public would find long delay unacceptableFull story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUExplainer: what happens next?PMQs verdictDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 6.21pm GMT Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has now released the text of the letter he has sent to EU leaders ahead of the summit star...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Jean-claude Juncker, Strasbourg, Article 50, Brexit, Tusk, Jeremy Corbyn


Donald Tusk: EU will only back short Brexit delay if May's deal passes

Brussels expects UK government to ask for long extension if deal fails againFollow the day’s political developments – live updatesDonald Tusk has put a no-deal Brexit back in play by saying EU leaders will only agree a short Brexit delay if Theresa May’s deal is backed by the Commons next week.After belatedly receiving the prime minister’s formal request for an extension and speaking to her on the phone, the European council president admitted that success appeared “frail, even illusory”. Contin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Tusk


Pathetic, incoherent, chaotic: Europe's verdict on Brexit shambles

UK’s reputation for diplomacy, pragmatism and self-restraint has all but gone, say politicians and officials across EUWhen he started out as a young civil servant, said Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a German MP from the liberal Free Democratic party, Britain was “always held up as a model of good diplomacy, of pragmatism and of self-restraint”.That was then. Now, with the UK’s scheduled exit barely a week away and still no clarity in sight, “No one would sign up to that view,” Lambsdorff said. “Now...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Lambsdorff


Trump's plan for new homes in Scotland backed by officials

Controversial proposal for 550 luxury homes near golf club recommended for approval Planners in Aberdeenshire have backed Donald Trump’s controversial plans to build up to 550 luxury homes near his golf course, despite a record number of objections.The council’s planning officers said the scheme, due to be built in phases at a cost of around £25m, had “considerable merit” for the local economy and recommended that it is approved by the council next month, subject to conditions. Continue reading....
Tags: Politics, Scotland, UK News, Aberdeen, US news, Golf, Local Government, Scottish politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Aberdeenshire


Theresa May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 June

Prime minister says longer delay would mean a failure to deliver on 2016 referendumFollow the latest political developments - live updatesTheresa May has written to the EU seeking a brief delay to Brexit until the end of June, telling MPs that a longer delay would mean “a failure to deliver” on the result of the 2016 referendum. Related: Theresa May is seeking a short Brexit delay – what happens next? Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Article 50, Brexit


PMQs: May says she doesn't want a long Brexit delay as No 10 releases letter to EU – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit, and faces Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsFull story: Theresa May to ask for three-month Brexit delayJuncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next weekCorbyn to meet Barnier before May asks EU leaders for delay 12.19pm GMT Corbyn says today marks 1,000 days since the referendum. May is running down the clock, he says. But she has failed to convince MPs that her deal is anything other than a failure. People are frustrated by her approach. Wi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Andrea Leadsom, Barnier, Will May


Home Office held 'illegal interview' with asylum seeker

Woman attended immigration centre in Sheffield and was met by Zimbabwean officialsConcerns have been raised that the Home Office acted illegally when it invited Zimbabwean government officials to interview an asylum seeker at an immigration centre.The Zimbabwean woman, who has been in the UK for more than 16 years and has an ongoing asylum claim, attended Vulcan House in Sheffield in December to find Zimbabwean officials waiting to speak to her. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Sheffield, Zimbabwe, Vulcan House


Juncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next week

European commission president says fresh meeting likely as May ‘doesn’t have agreement to anything’Follow the day’s political developments - live updatesJean-Claude Juncker has raised the prospect of an emergency summit of EU leaders next week to decide on a Brexit delay, blaming ongoing chaos in Theresa May’s cabinet.The European commission president said a letter from May requesting an extension to article 50, delaying the UK’s exit beyond 29 March, had not arrived overnight as expected. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk, Juncker, Claude Juncker


Brexit: May bends to pressure from Tory Brexiters and rules out long article 50 extension request – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit, and faces Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsBrexit delay decision unlikely this week, says Juncker 9.15am GMT Here are some more lines from Jean-Claude Juncker’s interview with the German radio station DRF.[Months set aside for a short article 50 extension] would have to produce, as an end result, an agreement from the British Parliament to the [agreement] text which is before them. If that doesn’t happen, and if Great Britain does not leave at the end...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Great Britain, Jean Claude Juncker, British Parliament, Juncker, DRF, Tory Brexiters


Brexit delay decision unlikely this week, says Juncker

Revolt by pro-Brexit cabinet ministers forces PM to request only three-month extension from EUTheresa May will ask for only a short extension to article 50 delaying Brexit by less than three months, after a revolt among pro-leave cabinet ministers and MPs that threatened her premiership.The prime minister had previously intended to agree a longer extension with the EU involving European parliamentary elections if her withdrawal agreement did not pass by Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Juncker


May asks EU for Brexit delay with cabinet in deadlock over 'crisis'

PM forced to seek extension of article 50 as No 10 admits it is too late to leave with a dealTheresa May will be forced to write to EU leaders on Wednesday and beg them to delay Brexit, with her cabinet deadlocked over the best way out of what Downing Street now concedes is a “crisis”.The government had maintained until the last possible moment that Brexit could go ahead as planned on 29 March or after a brief “technical extension”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Conservative Leadership, Donald Tusk


Donald Trump Jr and John Bolton berate UK leaders over Brexit

President’s son and US national security adviser in apparent coordinated interventionDonald Trump Jr and the US national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke out over Brexit on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated intervention by the White House into British domestic politics.Both the US president’s son and Bolton attacked British political leadership after Theresa May said she would ask the EU for a delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union; in line with parliament’s wish. Continue...
Tags: Politics, UK, White House, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, US news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Bolton, Donald Trump, Brexit, John Bolton, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Jr


No-deal ferry plans to protect NHS supplies to be triggered

Action to safeguard imports of medicines to begin this week despite likely Brexit delayNo-deal contingency plans to safeguard medicine imports are set to be triggered on Wednesday, despite the potential delay to Brexit, with approved suppliers told to book space on the government’s emergency ferry service.Although the prime minister is to request an extension to article 50 which would postpone Britain’s departure from the EU, Whitehall will enact plans to ensure the flow of critical supplies sho...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Infrastructure, Britain, Foreign Policy, NHS, Transport, Water transport, Transport policy, Article 50


Tory MPs vow to quit party if Boris Johnson becomes leader

With many MPs convinced that PM’s days are numbered some are saying they will not stay in party run by ‘Brexit ultras’Conservative MPs are orchestrating against a potential leadership campaign by Boris Johnson, with several talking of resigning the whip if he were to become party leader.With Tories convinced that Theresa May’s days in No 10 are numbered, MPs are feverishly discussing who will seek to replace her, how organised the teams are and whether a general election would be necessary. Cont...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, David Davis, Brexit, Conservative Leadership, Liz Truss, Andrea Leadsom, Dominic Raab, Jacob Rees-Mogg


Barnier tells May she must offer 'something new' to get long Brexit extension from EU - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 4.51pm GMT Here is the full text of Michel Barnier’s opening statement at the press conference. 4.36pm GMT Paris reiterated its tough line on Tuesday afternoon, insisting no extension could be granted to the UK without the government presenting a credible “new strategy or plan” which would need to ha...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Angela Merkel, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Paris, John Bercow, Brexit, Donald Tusk, EU Politics, Michel Barnier, Barnier


Brexit: UK to pay health costs of retired Britons in EU if no deal agreed

Costs for 180,000 pensioners in EU countries will be paid for 12 months, minister saysThe government has thrown a potential £500m Brexit lifeline to 180,000 British pensioners in EU countries outside the UK who rely on the NHS to pay for their healthcare.Health minister Stephen Hammond has said the government is committed to covering their healthcare for 12 months after exit day in the event of no deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, NHS, Older people, Brexit, Stephen Hammond


No-deal Brexit: UK to pay some health costs of retired Britons in EU

Costs for 180,000 pensioners in EU countries will be paid for 12 months, minister saysThe government has thrown a potential £500m Brexit lifeline to 180,000 British pensioners in EU countries outside the UK who rely on the NHS to pay for their healthcare.Health minister Stephen Hammond has said the government is committed to covering all treatments that began before exit day for up to 12 months afterwards in the event of no deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, NHS, Older people, Brexit, Stephen Hammond


May to ask EU for Brexit extension as UK slides into political 'crisis'

PM’s spokesman refuses to say how long a delay she will request amid deepening chaosTheresa May believes the UK has slid into political crisis, her spokesman said, as he confirmed she would be writing to EU leaders to request a delay to Brexit.The prime minister’s plan to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for a third meaningful vote, before EU leaders gathered on Thursday, was thrown into chaos on Monday, when the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, said parliamentary convention meant ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: May under pressure from EU leaders to provide 'clarity' over article 50 extension request - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 1.21pm GMT This is from Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, following his meeting with Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, in Dublin. The two men had been due to hold a press briefing after their talks, but according to Sky News that was cancelled.⁦Welcomed @eucopresident⁩ Donald Tusk...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Rome, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Sky News, Dublin, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Laura Kuenssberg


Ten days to Brexit: what happens if the UK does not leave on 29 March?

An extension now looks likely – how long will Brexit be delayed for and can it be stopped altogether?Today’s latest political developments - live updatesIt is 10 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. Currently we do not know when, or if, Brexit will take place; if it does happen then under what, if any deal; or even, after John Bercow’s ruling, whether the government can put its plan again to MPs if it wants to do so. So what could happen next? Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit



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