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Farron likens PM's politics to Trump's and Putin's

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has issued an impassioned plea to moderate Tory MPs opposed to Theresa May’s vision of a “hard Brexit” to abandon the Conservatives and join his party. He accused the PM of pursuing the same “aggressive, nationalistic” agenda as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. He told his party’s conference Theresa May […]

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Article 50: What does it mean to you?

By the end of the month, Theresa May will trigger Article 50 and officially start the process for Britain to leave the European Union. It’s expected to take up to two years. BBC Radio 5 live’s Tony Livesey invited 50 people – from all walks of life and from both sides of the debate – […]

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Sturgeon: Holyrood's will 'must and will prevail'

Media captionNicola Sturgeon: “Let the PM be in no doubt – the will of our parliament must and will prevail.” The SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon has told her party conference that the will of Holyrood “must and will prevail” over a new independence referendum. MSPs will debate calling for permission for a vote on Tuesday and […]

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Osborne Evening Standard job prompts call for inquiry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former chancellor George Osborne has been criticised for taking on the editorship of The Evening Standard, on top of his parliamentary duties A shadow minister has called for an investigation into whether George Osborne broke ministerial rules by accepting the editorship of the Evening Standard. Labour MP Andrew Gwynne […]

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Gordon Brown: 'Holyrood should gain Brexit powers'

Media captionGordon Brown: “If we leave the British single market then a more dramatic set of consequences follow.” Gordon Brown has set out a “third option” for Scotland’s future, based on more powers being transferred to Holyrood after Brexit. The former prime minister suggested Holyrood be given power to set VAT rates and sign international […]

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Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump

Media captionThe White House press secretary pointed to Fox News sources Britain’s communications intelligence agency GCHQ has issued a statement denying it wiretapped Donald Trump in the weeks after he won the US election. The unusual move by the agency came after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cited claims first made on US TV […]

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Brexit: Ex WTO chief Pascal Lamy in 'no deal' warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pascal Lamy has been a persistent critic of Brexit Britain leaving the EU with no deal would be “extremely bad” for both parties, the former head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said. This outcome would “by definition” be worse than any kind of agreement, said Pascal Lamy, […]

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'Now not the time' for independence vote

Media captionTheresa May: “We should be working together, not pulling apart” The UK government is to reject calls for a Scottish independence referendum before Brexit after Theresa May said “now is not the time”. The prime minister said the focus should be on getting the best Brexit deal for the whole of the UK. Scottish […]

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Great Repeal Bill

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Great Repeal Bill will mean the UK is no longer bound by the European Court of Justice Parliament may have given its approval for Theresa May to trigger the UK’s departure from the EU but another Brexit battle is looming in the form of the government’s Great Repeal Bill. […]

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Expenses row

Image copyright Getty Images The Conservatives have been fined £70,000 for breaking election expenses rules. Why have the Conservatives been fined? The party failed to accurately report how much it spent on its 2015 general election campaign and on three by-elections. What’s wrong with that? The party was essentially accused of using its national party […]