Nissan talks were open and honest, says Downing Street

Nissan talks were open and honest, says Downing Street

Image copyright Reuters Discussions with Nissan before the carmaker’s decision to expand its UK operation were “open and honest”, Downing Street has said. There was “no deal, no compensation package, nothing about tariffs”, a No 10 spokesman said. The Times reported that ministers had given a “last-minute written promise” to protect Nissan from the consequences […]

Belfast High Court rejects Brexit challenges

Belfast High Court rejects Brexit challenges

Image copyright Getty Images A landmark legal challenge against Brexit has been rejected at the High Court in Belfast. Two separate proceedings, one by a cross-party group of MLAs and another from victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord, were heard earlier this month. A judge ruled there was nothing in the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement to […]

Tony Blair: Options must stay open on Brexit

Media captionTony Blair told Radio 4’s Today the option of another referendum or election should be kept open The UK should keep its “options open” over Brexit, Tony Blair has said, adding that a second referendum should not be ruled out. The former PM told the BBC the vote was a “catastrophe” and it was […]

Nissan in UK: ‘No cheque book’ involved, says minister

Nissan in UK: ‘No cheque book’ involved, says minister

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The production line was stopped at 11:00 BST on Thursday so workers could be told about the decision There was “no cheque book” involved in the assurances given to Nissan ahead of its decision to boost UK production, Business Secretary Greg Clark has said. The carmaker said it would […]

Iain Duncan Smith urges PM to reverse Universal Credit cuts

Iain Duncan Smith urges PM to reverse Universal Credit cuts

Image copyright PA Image caption The Centre for Social Justice said reversing the cuts would put money in the pockets of low-paid workers Theresa May is being urged to reverse cuts to Universal Credit by ex-Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. Mr Duncan Smith, who quit days after the 2015 Budget, is urging the […]

Abuse inquiry dropped investigation into lawyer’s conduct

Abuse inquiry dropped investigation into lawyer’s conduct

Image copyright AP The child sex abuse inquiry dropped an investigation of its most senior lawyer despite a disclosure of alleged sexual assault. Ben Emmerson was suspended in September over concerns about his conduct, but the suspension was lifted the next day when he resigned, allowing him to keep working for the inquiry for two […]

NHS set to miss target on foreign patient costs

NHS set to miss target on foreign patient costs

Image copyright PA Image caption NHS hospital care in England is free for UK residents but those visiting from overseas are charged for non-emergency treatment The government is expected to fall well short of its target of recovering £500m a year from overseas visitors treated in NHS hospitals in England. The Department of Health has […]

John McDonnell says Tories want ‘bankers’ Brexit’

Media captionMcDonnell on Nissan, GDP and ‘chaotic Brexit’ Labour has accused the government of favouring a “bankers’ Brexit” at the expense of the wider economy. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the Tories wanted to “cut special deals” for the financial sector. Asked about Nissan’s announcement of investment in Sunderland, he said the government had a […]

UK economy grows 0.5% in three months after Brexit vote

Media captionPhillip Hammond described the UK economy as “resilient” The UK’s service sector helped the economy to grow faster than expected in the three months after the Brexit vote, official figures have indicated. The economy expanded by 0.5% in the July-to-September period, according to the Office for National Statistics. That was slower than the 0.7% […]

Nissan to build new models in Sunderland

Nissan to build new models in Sunderland

Image copyright Nissan Nissan has confirmed it will build both the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant thanks to government “support and assurances”. The Japanese company’s commitment to Britain’s biggest car plant had been in doubt following the EU referendum. It comes as economic growth in the three months after the […]