Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK’s ambassador

Media captionTheresa May was asked about ’10-year Brexit deal’ at EU summit A post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal might take 10 years to finalise and still fail, the UK’s top diplomat in Brussels has privately told the government. The BBC understands Sir Ivan Rogers warned ministers that the European consensus was that a deal might not […]

Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK’s ambassador

Media captionTheresa May was asked about ’10-year Brexit deal’ at EU summit A post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal might take 10 years to finalise and still fail, Britain’s ambassador to the EU has privately told the government. The BBC understands Sir Ivan Rogers warned ministers that the European consensus was that a deal might not be […]

Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK’s exit without Theresa May

Media captionTheresa May welcomed the Brexit talks, as she arrived at the summit The EU’s 27 other leaders will meet without British Prime Minister Theresa May later to discuss their plans for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. They will have dinner at the European Council summit in Brussels amid tensions over the handling of talks. Downing […]

Social care: Sajid Javid defends social care measures

Social care: Sajid Javid defends social care measures

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption About £19.7bn will be spent on social care in England this year The government has defended new measures aimed at boosting funding for social care in England. Local authorities have been told they can bring forward council tax rises to cover costs over the next two years. Communities […]

Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK’s exit without Theresa May

Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK’s exit without Theresa May

Image copyright AFP The EU’s 27 other leaders will meet without British Prime Minister Theresa May later to discuss their plans for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. They will have dinner at the European Council summit in Brussels amid tensions over the handling of talks. Downing Street said Mrs May had not sought to be present […]

Brexit: Warning firms could leave City over uncertainty

Brexit: Warning firms could leave City over uncertainty

Image copyright AP Image caption The City’s loss could be Wall Street’s gain, the report warns Financial services firms could quit the City unless a transitional Brexit deal is secured, ministers have been warned. A cross-party group of peers said Britain’s financial sector must be offered a Brexit “bridge” to prevent firms moving to rival […]

David Davis on Brexit: UK’s plan still being worked on

David Davis on Brexit: UK’s plan still being worked on

Image caption Mr Davis answered questions from MPs for two hours The government’s plan for Brexit negotiations will not be published until February at the earliest. Brexit Secretary David Davis told MPs there was a lot of research and policy work to be done before it was ready. Mr Davis said he wanted to be […]

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May social care ‘crisis’ clash

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May social care ‘crisis’ clash

Media captionJeremy Corbyn tells Theresa May: ‘Get a grip and fund it properly please’ Elderly people are being left isolated because of a “crisis made in Downing Street” over social care funding, Jeremy Corbyn claimed. The Labour leader urged Theresa May to replace a corporation tax cut with cash to cover social care costs as […]

Plaid Cymru threat to end deal if non-Labour AM made minister

Plaid Cymru threat to end deal if non-Labour AM made minister

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A deal broke the deadlock after Carwyn Jones and Leanne Wood were tied in a vote for first minister Plaid Cymru has warned its co-operation deal with Labour will end if it appoints another AM from outside the party to the Welsh Government. Leader Leanne Wood said a “strong […]

Call for ‘unilateral’ Brexit guarantee for EU citizens

Call for ‘unilateral’ Brexit guarantee for EU citizens

Image copyright PA Image caption The fate of EU nationals in the UK is wrapped up with wider questions over free movement The UK has a “moral” duty to guarantee the status of EU nationals living in the country ahead of negotiations over its exit, a group of peers has said. A Lords EU committee […]