Nigel Farage warns of ‘seismic shock’ if Brexit not delivered

Nigel Farage warns of ‘seismic shock’ if Brexit not delivered

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ambassador Farage? “You’re spoiling us…” “Another big seismic shock” could hit British politics at the next election, Nigel Farage has warned Theresa May if Brexit is not delivered by 2020. The interim UKIP leader said he suspected the Conservative Government “is not fit for the legacy of Brexit”. He made […]

Autumn Statement: Government defends post-Brexit vote economy forecasts

Media captionPhilip Hammond opened his Autumn Statement by looking at the UK economic figures. The government has defended economic forecasts in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement after criticism by some pro-Brexit MPs that they are too gloomy. Philip Hammond quoted Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts of more government borrowing and reductions in economic growth after […]

UK economy ‘resilient’ despite £122bn hit to finances

Media captionPhilip Hammond opens his first Autumn Statement by looking at the UK economic figures. The UK economy is forecast to be £122bn worse off by 2020 than previously thought, the Autumn Statement shows. Chancellor Philip Hammond also said growth predictions had been cut as a result of the Brexit vote but vowed to ensure […]

Jo Cox: Man jailed for ‘terrorist’ murder of MP

Media captionBBC News looks back at events that led up to the murder. Thomas Mair has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. The 53-year-old shot and stabbed to death the mother-of-two in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June, a week before the EU referendum vote. […]

Autumn Statement 2016 summary: Key points at-a-glance

Autumn Statement 2016 summary: Key points at-a-glance

Philip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement as chancellor. These are the key points. Public borrowing/deficit/spending Government finances forecast to be £122bn worse off in the period until 2021 than forecast in March’s Budget Debt will rise from 84.2% of GDP last year to 87.3% this year, peaking at 90.2% in 2017-18 Office for […]

McDonnell: Chancellor’s spending plans ‘offer no hope’

McDonnell: Chancellor’s spending plans ‘offer no hope’

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s spending plans “offer no hope for the future” after six “wasted” years, his Labour counterpart John McDonnell has claimed. He accused the government of failing on its deficit target, debt target and welfare cap – while pledging more taxes, debt and borrowing. “The verdict could not be clearer – the so-called long-term […]

Autumn Statement: Big increase in borrowing predicted

Autumn Statement: Big increase in borrowing predicted

There will be substantial increases in government borrowing in each of the next five years, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that he would abandon the government target to spend less than it earned in 2019-20. The OBR predicts it will now borrow £21.9bn that year, compared with the […]

Autumn Statement to include wages and house building announcements

Autumn Statement to include wages and house building announcements

Image copyright Reuters Measures aimed at boosting workers’ wages and increasing housebuilding are expected in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday. The first major economic statement since the Brexit vote will also unveil forecasts which are expected to show higher borrowing and slower growth. Mr Hammond has warned of “turbulence” and “an unprecedented level […]

Nigel Farage attacks response to Trump ambassador tweet

Nigel Farage attacks response to Trump ambassador tweet

Image copyright @Nigel_Farage Image caption The president-elect welcomed the UKIP leader at Trump Tower Nigel Farage has accused Downing Street of putting its dislike of him ahead of the national interest after No 10 dismissed Donald Trump’s comment that he could be a “great” ambassador. The UKIP leader said No 10 needed to accept “the […]

Jo Cox case: Jurors told to put emotions aside

Jo Cox case: Jurors told to put emotions aside

Image copyright PA Image caption Thomas Mair denies murdering MP Jo Cox The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox touched hundreds, if not thousands of people, but jurors needed to try the accused without emotion, a court has heard. Thomas Mair, 53, is accused of shooting and stabbing the mother-of-two in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on […]