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Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May signs the letter to the EU confirming the UK’s departure Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk on […]

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All in the timing

Image copyright Getty Images The Scottish Parliament has voted to back a second independence referendum. No surprise there, as the SNP and pro-independence Greens have a majority at Holyrood. But the power to call a poll lies with Westminster – so the Holyrood parliament can press only for the start of negotiations about a date. […]

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Scottish Parliament backs referendum call

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Sturgeon will outline next month how she will respond if the UK government continues to block a referendum Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland has been formally backed by the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission […]

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Unions criticise 1% pay rise for public sector workers

Image copyright Science Photo Library Unions say millions of public sector workers are being “taken for granted” after being given a 1% pay rise. NHS staff, doctors, dentists and armed forces personnel will receive an average 1% increase in basic pay in 2017-8 after ministers accepted the recommendations of pay review bodies. Ministers urged a […]

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What do school children think about Brexit?

What do school children think about Brexit? Tim Muffett reports for BBC Breakfast on a BBC School Report survey. Pollsters ComRes interviewed 1,033 young people aged 11-16 online to gather their views. Meanwhile, School Reporters from St Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen, raise concerns about the possibility of a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic […]

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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 […]