Brexit: Peers to press for parliamentary veto over deal

Brexit: Peers to press for parliamentary veto over deal

Image copyright PA Image caption Peers will consider a host of proposed amendments on Tuesday Ministers are at risk of a second defeat in the House of Lords over the bill paving the way for Brexit talks. Peers may back calls for a “meaningful vote” on the final terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the […]

More free schools pledged amid budget squeeze

More free schools pledged amid budget squeeze

Image copyright Victoria Jones Image caption Theresa May says she wants more good school places The chancellor has pledged half a billion pounds to build new schools and revamp others, while heads in England grapple with a daily funding crisis. Philip Hammond will confirm, in this week’s Budget statement, a one-off £320m for 140 new […]

Vauxhall deal prompts cautious optimism from UK government

Vauxhall deal prompts cautious optimism from UK government

Image copyright Vauxhall Image caption Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port factory is known as “the Home of the Astra” The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the future of Vauxhall following a deal to sell it to a French company. PSA, the owner of Peugeot and Citroen has agreed to buy GM’s European […]

‘No revolt within DUP,’ says Foster

‘No revolt within DUP,’ says Foster

Image copyright Reuters There is “no revolt” within the DUP after its losses in the assembly election, says its embattled leader Arlene Foster. The election ended the unionist majority at Stormont, with Sinn Féin now just one seat behind the DUP. But Mrs Foster said her party had won the election, increasing its vote in […]

High heels petition being debated by MPs

High heels petition being debated by MPs

Image copyright AP Image caption More than 152,000 people signed the petition calling for a ban on forcing women to wear high heels at work A petition calling for a ban on forcing women to wear high heels at work is being debated in Parliament. More than 152,000 people signed the petition set up by […]

Brexit ‘under attack’, warns ex-chancellor Lamont

Brexit ‘under attack’, warns ex-chancellor Lamont

Image caption Peers must not try and hold up the process, Lord Lamont said Efforts to advance Brexit are “under attack”, Lord Lamont has said, warning peers not to try and make more changes to a bill on triggering Article 50. The ex-Tory chancellor said calls for a “meaningful vote” on the final deal were […]

Scottish independence: SNP’s economic case ‘should not include oil’

Scottish independence: SNP’s economic case ‘should not include oil’

Image copyright Getty Images The economic case for independence should not include North Sea oil revenues, the chairman of the SNP’s growth commission has said. The commission, headed by former MSP Andrew Wilson, was set up by the SNP to help shape its future economic policy. Mr Wilson suggested that making North Sea revenues central […]

Vauxhall-Opel sold by GM to Peugeot-Citroen

Vauxhall-Opel sold by GM to Peugeot-Citroen

Image copyright Vauxhall The French company that owns Peugeot and Citroen has struck a 2.2bn euro (£1.9bn) deal to buy General Motors’ European unit, including Vauxhall. GM Europe has not made a profit since 1999 and the deal has raised fears about job losses at Vauxhall. The UK factories at Ellesmere Port and Luton employ […]

Poland aims to thwart Tusk bid for new term as EU leader

Poland aims to thwart Tusk bid for new term as EU leader

Image copyright afp/epa Image caption The EU’s Donald Tusk (left) is not under much pressure from Polish rival Jacek Saryusz-Wolski The Polish government has put forward its own candidate to rival Donald Tusk, the EU’s Polish leader who is seeking a new 30-month term later this week. Such national hostility to a fellow countryman is […]

Peugeot-Citroen agrees deal with GM to buy Vauxhall-Opel

Peugeot-Citroen agrees deal with GM to buy Vauxhall-Opel

Image copyright Vauxhall The French company that owns Peugeot and Citroen has struck a 2.2bn euro (£1.9bn) deal to buy General Motors’ European unit, including Vauxhall. PSA Group and GM announced the sale ahead of a press conference in Paris. The deal has raised fears of job losses at Vauxhall’s UK factories, which employ 4,500 […]