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Boris Johnson accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘playing proxy wars’

Boris Johnson accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘playing proxy wars’

Image copyright Reuters Boris Johnson has accused Britain’s ally, Saudi Arabia, of engaging in “proxy wars” in the Middle East. The Guardian newspaper has published footage in which the foreign secretary talks of politicians “twisting and abusing religion” for political gain. He said Saudi Arabia and Iran were “puppeteering” because of a lack of strong […]

MPs back government’s Brexit timetable

MPs back government’s Brexit timetable

Image caption Labour’s motion and the government’s amendment both passed easily MPs have voted to back the government’s plan to start formal talks on Brexit by the end of March next year. They also supported a Labour motion calling for Parliament to “properly scrutinise” the government in its proposals for leaving the EU. The votes […]

Sleaford and North Hykeham voters to choose new MP

Sleaford and North Hykeham voters to choose new MP

Voting is due to get under way in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election, called to find a replacement for previous MP Stephen Phillips. Ten candidates are vying for the Lincolnshire constituency, with polls opening at 07:00 GMT and closing at 22:00 GMT. The weather is set to be cloudy but dry, with a predicted […]

Supreme Court Brexit case told Scotland should get say on Brexit

Supreme Court Brexit case told Scotland should get say on Brexit

Scotland’s top legal officer has said the Scottish Parliament’s consent is needed before the UK triggers Brexit. Lord Advocate James Wolffe said he was not arguing Holyrood had a veto, but said its consent was required because of the “significant changes” Brexit would make to its powers. He was speaking on day three of the […]

Lib Dems fined £20,000 by watchdog over undeclared payments

Lib Dems fined £20,000 by watchdog over undeclared payments

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg resigned in 2015, after the party kept just eight of the 57 seats won in 2010 The Liberal Democrats have been fined £20,000 by the Electoral Commission for failing to declare all their spending in the 2015 general election campaign. An investigation by the commission […]

Brexit: MPs to vote on Article 50 timetable

Brexit: MPs to vote on Article 50 timetable

Image copyright Reuters MPs are set to vote for the first time on the government’s plan to trigger Brexit by the end of March next year. Prime Minister Theresa May agreed on Tuesday to publish her plan for leaving the EU – to avoid a possible Tory rebellion and defeat in the Commons. The government […]

Theresa May ‘clear-eyed’ over Iran threat

Theresa May ‘clear-eyed’ over Iran threat

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May is on a three-day visit to Bahrain Theresa May will say she is “clear-eyed” about the threat posed by Iran to the security of the Gulf and Middle East, in a speech in Bahrain. The prime minister will stress the importance of the deal struck last year which […]

Stalking: New orders planned to give quick protection

Stalking: New orders planned to give quick protection

Image caption Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has announced the new orders New stalking protection orders will be introduced to better protect victims at the earliest possible stage, the home secretary has announced. Amber Rudd called it “a practical solution to a crime taking place now”. The orders in England and Wales will help those who […]

PM ‘will publish plan for Brexit before Article 50’

PM ‘will publish plan for Brexit before Article 50’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Number 10 has accepted Labour’s attempt to force the prime minister to publish a plan for Brexit before Article 50 is triggered, the BBC has learned. Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer put forward a motion for debate on Wednesday calling for details of the strategy, with support from some on the […]

Brexit court case: Ministers ‘have no right to trigger Article 50’

Media captionLord Pannick is acting for campaigner Gina Miller The EU referendum result does not give ministers the power to trigger Brexit without consulting Parliament, the Supreme Court has been told. The lawyer acting against the government said the “political significance” of June’s vote was “irrelevant” to the legal battle. But the government says a […]