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Brexit: UK looks to keep visa-free travel from EU

Brexit: UK looks to keep visa-free travel from EU

Image copyright Reuters The government plans to keep visa-free travel to the UK for EU visitors after Brexit, the BBC understands. The Home Office proposals would mean visitors from countries within the EU would only need permission to work, study or settle in the UK. Plans for the UK’s immigration system are due to be […]

Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over rape article

Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over rape article

Image copyright UK Parliament Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has quit the party’s front bench after criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs. The Rotherham MP wrote in The Sun that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”. She has now apologised for her “extremely poor […]

Theresa May on Trump comments: Far-right should always be condemned

Theresa May on Trump comments: Far-right should always be condemned

Media captionTheresa May: Leaders should always ‘condemn’ far-right Theresa May has said it is important to condemn far-right views “wherever we hear them” as she was asked about Donald Trump’s response to clashes in the United States. The PM said: “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them.” […]

UK Brexit position paper opposes Irish border posts

UK Brexit position paper opposes Irish border posts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The future management of the Irish border is one of three main priorities in UK-EU Brexit talks The government has said there must be an “unprecedented solution” for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit. A paper detailing its proposals focuses on the need to avoid […]

Commons to review four-year Big Ben silence after criticism

Commons to review four-year Big Ben silence after criticism

Image copyright EPA The House of Commons says it will look again at the length of time Big Ben will be silenced during renovation work after “concerns”. The bell is to be put out of use – except for special occasions – for four years on Monday to allow repairs to the surrounding Elizabeth Tower. […]

UK unemployment falls to new 42-year low

UK unemployment falls to new 42-year low

Image copyright Getty Images Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to June, official figures show, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.4% – its lowest since 1975. The squeeze on real incomes continues to grow, though at a slower pace. Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1% compared with a year […]

Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts

Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The future management of the Irish border is one of three main priorities in UK-EU Brexit talks The government has said it does not want any border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in its new position paper on Brexit. The paper is part of its […]

Brexit: UK suggests ‘untested’ customs system with EU

Brexit: UK suggests ‘untested’ customs system with EU

Image copyright Getty Images The government says it will propose an “innovative and untested approach” to customs checks as part of its Brexit negotiations. The model, one of two being put forward in a newly-published paper, would mean no customs checks at UK-EU borders. The UK’s alternative proposal – a more efficient system of border […]

Parliament defends silencing Big Ben to protect workers

Parliament defends silencing Big Ben to protect workers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bells will still sound to mark New Year celebrations Parliament has defended silencing the chimes of Big Ben for four years to protect workers’ hearing during restoration works. Cabinet minister David Davis described the move as “mad” and newspapers also criticised the decision. But a UK Parliament spokesman […]

Brexit: UK suggests ‘untested’ customs system with EU

Brexit: UK suggests ‘untested’ customs system with EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The EU’s customs union means members charge the same tariff on goods coming from other countries The government says it will propose an “innovative and untested approach” to customs checks as part of its Brexit negotiations. The model, one of two being put forward in a newly-published paper, would […]

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