Brexit: Donald Tusk warns UK against ‘no deal threat’

Brexit: Donald Tusk warns UK against ‘no deal threat’

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May met Donald Tusk in Downing Street last year. The EU will “not be intimidated” by threats about the UK leaving with no deal, Donald Tusk has said. He said suggestions the UK would be better off leaving with no deal, rather than with a bad deal, “increasingly take […]

Jobless rate down but wage growth slows

Jobless rate down but wage growth slows

Image copyright Reuters UK unemployment fell in the three months to January but there was a sharp slowdown in wage growth. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the unemployment rate fell to 4.7% – it has not been lower than that since the summer of 1975. However, wage growth has slowed to 2.3% (excluding […]

Scotland leaving EU no matter what – PM

Scotland leaving EU no matter what – PM

Image caption Theresa May warned against breaking the “deep bonds” of the United Kingdom The prime minister has claimed that Scotland will be leaving the European Union regardless of whether or not it votes for independence. Speaking during an exchange with the SNP’s Angus Robertson, Theresa May also warned against “constitutional game-playing”. Mr Robertson had […]

Brexit: Donald Tusk warns UK against ‘no deal threat’

Brexit: Donald Tusk warns UK against ‘no deal threat’

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May met Donald Tusk in Downing Street last year. The EU will “not be intimidated” by threats about the UK leaving with no deal, Donald Tusk has said. He said suggestions the UK would be better off leaving with no deal, rather than with a bad deal, “increasingly take […]

Unemployment rate at lowest since 1975

Unemployment rate at lowest since 1975

Image copyright Reuters UK unemployment fell to its lowest rate in 41 years in the three months to January, according to new figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the unemployment rate fell to 4.7%, a level that has not been lower since the summer of 1975. However, wage growth has slowed significantly to […]

MP Craig Mackinlay quizzed over election expenses

MP Craig Mackinlay quizzed over election expenses

Image caption Craig Mackinlay was elected MP for South Thanet in 2015 A Conservative MP has been interviewed under caution over his election expenses, the BBC understands. Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is being investigated over alleged overspending in the 2015 general election campaign. Mr Mackinlay defeated the then UKIP leader Nigel Farage […]

Home Office staff told to avoid criticism of Donald Trump

Home Office staff told to avoid criticism of Donald Trump

Image caption Home Office staff have been told to watch what they say on social media Home Office staff and contractors working for the department have been warned not to post negative comments about Donald Trump on social media. Staff working at the department’s digital data and technology unit were told last week that some […]

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Holyrood ‘must shape’ plans for vote

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Holyrood ‘must shape’ plans for vote

Image caption Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to seek a referendum on Monday Plans for a second independence referendum “must be made in Scotland”, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking after a meeting of her cabinet, the first minister said details of the vote should be shaped by the Scottish Parliament. UK Prime Minister Theresa May […]

Theresa May hails ‘defining’ Brexit moment

Media caption‘A defining moment for our whole country” Parliament’s backing for the government’s Brexit bill will be a “defining moment for our whole country”, Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister said her timetable of triggering formal negotiations by the end of March remained on track. And she told the SNP – which has […]

Theresa May hails ‘defining’ Brexit moment

Media caption‘A defining moment for our whole country” Parliament’s backing for the government’s Brexit bill will be a “defining moment for our whole country”, Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister said her timetable of triggering formal negotiations by the end of March remained on track. And she told the SNP – which has […]