Tuesday briefing: Brexit talks head for bitter end

Journalists forced to flee China – Two Australian foreign correspondents in China have been urgently flown home after a tense diplomatic standoff. It comes as China is accused of using “hostage diplomacy” against journalists from countries whose leaders have criticised its Communist party government. The ABC’s Bill Birtles took sanctuary in the Australian embassy in […]

EU Accuses UK of Sabotaging Brexit Talks, Planting Anti-Brussels News Stories, in ‘Leaked’ Docs

The messages may be seen in the context of an ongoing exchange between London and Brussels throughout the Brexit process, where negotiations over the future relationship have continued both in private and in public through newspaper briefings and “leaks” for years. One of the breakout words of the post-Brexit vote era has been intransigence, frequently wheeled […]

Boris Johnson insists controversial new Brexit legislation is a ‘safety net’ as Tory concern grows

New social gathering rules: what you can and can’t do from Monday ​Social gatherings of six or more to be made illegal as fears of second wave grow ​Government admits changes to Brexit deal break international law ​Sir Keir Starmer launching his own televised press briefings Government to fund projects across home nations in fight […]

Brussels tells Boris Johnson he has until the end of the month to scrap his plans to tear up parts of the Brexit divorce deal or the EU will launch legal action as the bloc warns trade talks are at risk

The Government argued that while countries are obliged to discharge treaty obligations ‘in good faith’ the UK is facing ‘difficult and highly exceptional circumstances’ and ‘it is important to remember the fundamental principle of Parliamentary sovereignty’.  

Lord Howard becomes the THIRD former Tory leader to savage Boris Johnson’s plans to override the Brexit divorce deal as he says the UK will no longer be able to criticise Russia or China for breaking rules if it shows such ‘scant regard’ for treaties

‘To do that we need a legal safety net to protect our country against extreme or irrational interpretations of the protocol, which could lead to a border down the Irish Sea in a way that I believe – and I think members around the House believe – would be prejudicial to the interests of the […]

Brexit plan to breach international law could face battle in Lords

For all the sway that Johnson and his lieutenants have over Tories in the Commons, especially the very Brexit-minded 2019 intake, some more seasoned MPs and peers will listen carefully to the views of Major, who said flouting international law could leave the UK having “lost something beyond price that may never be regained”.

No 10 plays down cabinet differences over Brexit

Hunt does not sit on the Brexit committee but he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the briefings did not signal a major problem.“On the contrary,” he said. “If we weren’t having lively debates in cabinet, you would be saying: ‘What’s happened to cabinet government? Why aren’t you going through, incredibly thoroughly, all the […]

Welsh and UK governments clash in row over trade rules post-Brexit

Welsh Government cancelled ‘briefing’After Welsh ministers had complained about a lack of consultation and not seeing the proposals before they were made public, it emerged that the Welsh Government had cancelled a meeting that would have given the first minister a briefing on the plans.

Wednesday briefing: England under rule of six

Owen Farrell will miss Saracens’ European Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster in Dublin next week after receiving a five-game ban for the high tackle that flattened Wasps’ teenage fly-half Charlie Atkinson on Saturday. The double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya appears to have lost her long-running legal battle against regulations requiring women with high testosterone […]

Bombshell MPs’ report accuses Russia of trying to interfere in Scottish referendum, demands probe into whether it tried to rig Brexit vote and says Britain is failing to combat Putin’s army of oligarchs, hackers, hitmen and paid British agents

It denied there was a need for an inquiry into Russian interference in the 29016 Brexit referendum, with a spokesman saying: ’Where new information emerges, the Government will always consider the most appropriate use of any intelligence it develops or receives, including whether it is appropriate to make this public. Given this long standing approach, a retrospective […]