Brexit: UK seeks ‘close co-operation’ on legal disputes deal

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is to call for “close co-operation” with the EU to resolve cross-border legal disputes after Brexit. An agreement will be needed on how divorces, commercial disputes and consumer claims that span multiple countries are handled. Currently EU regulations specify how the appropriate court is chosen. Lawyers have warned that […]

George Osborne urges ‘HS3’ rail for northern England

Image copyright HS2 handout Image caption The next stage of high speed rail should be across the north of England, according to George Osborne Former Chancellor George Osborne has urged the government to build high-speed rail lines across the north of England, from Liverpool to Hull. Mr Osborne, who launched the “Northern Powerhouse” initiative when […]

Lib Dems under Vince Cable still want to legalise cannabis

Vince Cable says the Liberal Democrats will keep pushing for the legalisation of cannabis. The party’s new leader believes it makes sense to “regulate and control the market” rather than let criminals “control the mixing of substances”. The government say it has “no plans to legalise cannabis”. It says it remains a Class B drug […]

Brexit: UK seeks ‘close co-operation’ on legal disputes deal

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is to call for “close co-operation” with the EU to resolve cross-border legal disputes after Brexit. An agreement will be needed on how divorces, commercial disputes and consumer claims that span multiple countries are handled. Currently EU regulations specify how the appropriate court is chosen. Lawyers have warned that […]

George Osborne urges ‘HS3’ rail for northern England

Image copyright HS2 handout Image caption The next stage of high speed rail should be across the north of England, according to George Osborne Former Chancellor George Osborne has called on the government to build high-speed rail lines across the north of England, from Liverpool to Hull. Mr Osborne, who spearheaded the “Northern Powerhouse” initiative […]

Brexit: UK publishes more EU negotiation plans

Image copyright PA The UK government has set out proposals to ensure trade in goods and services can continue on the day the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. A position paper calls for goods already on the market to be allowed to remain on sale in the UK and EU without additional restrictions. […]

Big Ben falls silent for repairs

Media captionThe clock won’t chime again until 2021, except on special occasions Big Ben has fallen silent for major repair work expected to last until 2021. The midday bongs were the last regular chimes from the famous bell until the repairs to its tower are complete. It will still be used for special occasions, including […]

June poll was ‘hold your nose election,’ says vote reform campaign

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The general election was a two-horse race Tactical voting reached a new peak at June’s general election as voters tried to get round a failed system, according to electoral reform campaigners. The Electoral Reform Society branded the poll a “hold your nose election,” claiming 6.5 million voted tactically rather […]

MPs to gather for Big Ben’s bongs ahead of silencing

Image copyright EPA A group of MPs plan to gather outside Parliament for Big Ben’s chimes later, before it falls silent for essential repair work to take place. The bongs will sound at midday and are expected to be disconnected until 2021. Labour MP Stephen Pound said he hoped at least 20 “traditionalists” would gather […]

Stormont talks: Sinn Féin proposes resumption date

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Michelle O’Neill said the next round of talks should be “focused and time-limited” Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill has written to the UK and Irish governments proposing a formal resumption of the Stormont talks. She has suggested Monday 28 August for parties to get back around the table […]

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