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Stormont: Talks to explore appetite for fresh negotiations

[ad_1] Image copyright Paul Faith Image caption Devolved government at Stormont collapsed in January 2017 The British and Irish governments and five main Northern Ireland parties are to hold talks at Stormont on Friday. It is understood Secretary of State Karen Bradley is keen to assess the appetite for fresh negotiations aimed at restoring devolution. Tánaiste (Irish deputy prime minister) Simon Coveney is also set to attend.It will be held
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Scots and Welsh ministers quiz Treasury on post-Brexit cash

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Ministers from Scotland and Wales are demanding clarity on where vital funding will come from after Brexit.Scotland's Finance Secretary Derek Mackay and Welsh Finance Minister Rebecca Evans have asked the UK government to explain replacements for EU cash streams post-Brexit.These include university research grants, rural community funding and public sector pensions.The two will later meet Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss in Cardiff.The Federation of
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Opposition call for Chris Grayling to step down

[ad_1] Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has faced strong criticism from MPs in the House of Commons over an abandoned ferry contract.The SNP's Gavin Newlands was one of several MPs who attacked his conduct and shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald called for Mr Grayling to step down.It follows the cancellation of a controversial no-deal Brexit contract with Seaborne Freight, a firm that has no ships. Transport minister Nusrat Ghani defended her
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Tom Watson urges unity behind Corbyn amid Labour split rumours

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChris Leslie: "I certainly feel like we are being played like fools by the leadership of the Labour party."Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has urged his party's MPs to stay united amid speculation some might leave over dissatisfaction with Jeremy Corbyn.Asked if a breakaway was "unstoppable", Mr Watson said: "I hope it isn't."Some MPs are frustrated at Mr Corbyn's refusal to
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Brexit: Chris Leslie critical of Labour over referendum

[ad_1] A Labour MP said no-one could explain why his party was not backing calls for a new EU referendum, with one option being to remain in the EU.Chris Leslie said Labour's stance on Brexit was "not acceptable" and that "we are being played like fools" by its leadership.And he claimed the party political system was "shattered, and it is broken, and letting this country down".Rolling political coverage in text,
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Brexit: MPs to debate next steps

[ad_1] Image copyright PA MPs are to debate and vote on the next steps in the Brexit process later, as Theresa May continues to try to get a deal through Parliament.A series of amendments - designed to change the direction of Brexit - will be considered in the debate, which is expected to be a routine procedure.But BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the PM could be facing another defeat.Some
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Brexit amendments: The MPs trying to change Theresa May’s course

[ad_1] Image copyright PA MPs are trying to influence the Brexit process in a number of ways, as Theresa May continues her bid to get the EU to change the deal.After updating the Commons on the negotiations, the prime minister asked MPs to approve a motion simply acknowledging that process was ongoing and restating their support for the approach.But several MPs have tabled amendments setting out alternative plans.Even if they
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Theresa May ‘scrapes the mould off jam’

[ad_1] As if Theresa May was not in enough of a jam over Brexit, she has now sparked a debate about how to handle actual jam - the kind that comes in jars.It comes after she reportedly told cabinet ministers she scrapes the mould off the fruit preserve rather than throw it away.The SNP's Pete Wishart picked up on PM's comment on Twitter, saying it was "a bit like she