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Brexit: Watchdog spoke to Bank of England over EU campaign rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mark Carney made several interventions in the referendum debate The Bank of England, International Monetary Fund and other economic bodies were approached during last year’s EU referendum to ensure they understood the rules around political campaigning. Governor Mark Carney came under fire from Brexit supporters for his warnings about the […]

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Boris Johnson likens GCHQ spy claims 'to gnat on rhino'

The UK foreign secretary has described the claim that GCHQ carried out surveillance on Donald Trump during the US presidential election campaign as “absurd and ridiculous”. Speaking in the House of Commons Boris Johnson denied the allegation would undermine the relationship between the UK and US intelligence agencies, likening the impact to that “of a […]

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MPs 'walk out' in protest at 'too gloomy' Brexit report

A number of Brexit-backing MPs “politely” walked out of a private meeting of the Commons Brexit Select Committee, it has been claimed. A source said Labour chairman Hilary Benn had tried to “bounce” members into accepting a 155-page report into the government’s Brexit White Paper. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the source said it […]

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Who's who

The nature of Brexit will ultimately be decided by the governments of the 27 remaining EU nations and the UK. But the figures who negotiate the detail of the deal will be hugely important. Many would argue that Germany’s Angela Merkel and the UK’s Theresa May are the two most important people in the Brexit […]

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James Brokenshire to make Commons statement on Stormont

Image caption James Brokenshire will make a full statement at Westminster on Tuesday Secretary of State James Brokenshire will make a statement to the House of Commons later on the collapse of the inter-party talks at Stormont. Mr Brokenshire said there was a short window of opportunity for the politicians to resolve their differences. Issues […]

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Brexit Question Time: Davis, Salmond and Clegg on panel

Image caption David Dimbleby will chair Monday’s debate Brexit Secretary David Davis and other leading politicians will be questioned by the public later in a special live edition of the BBC’s Question Time. The Britain after Brexit debate will be broadcast on BBC One from 20:30 BST. Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond and ex-Lib […]

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Flawed nuclear tender sees £100m payout to firms

Image copyright Getty Images Two firms who lost out on decommissioning 12 nuclear sites will get £97.5m compensation. A subsidiary of the infrastructure giant Babcock won the £6.1bn contract to clean up the sites in 2014. But last year, the High Court ruled that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) had wrongly decided the outcome of […]