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The Fight Over Britain’s Future Is in Whisky Country

It’s a damp Highland morning in Forres and the only sign of the U.K. election on the town’s main street is a shriveled yellow Scottish National Party …

Scotland

Who is Tim Farron? A profile of the ex-Liberal Democrat leader

<b>The 2017 general election was not the first time Tim Farron had taken on Theresa May.</b><p>Mr Farron was not long out of university when he was selected to fight the rock-solid Labour constituency of Durham North West at the 1992 general election, the kind of no-hope mission young politicians are …

United Kingdom

Will Brexit drive Northern Ireland out of the United Kingdom?

<i>Judy Dempsey is the author of “Das Phänomen Merkel” (Körber-Stiftung, 2013). She also edits the Carnegie Endowment’s Strategic Europe blog.</i><p>During the run-up to Ireland and Britain joining the European Union in 1973, my high school class in Dublin was completely divided over the merits of joining …

Ireland

Theresa May must do more than just say she’s not Jeremy Corbyn

May has risen to become prime minister without facing a public vote. Her Andrew Neil interview, hot on a manifesto U-turn, shows it’s time she spelled out who she is<p>Once upon a time, there was an unelected prime minister who rose into the job at least partly through sheer force of personality. This …

United Kingdom

It’s no easy job to capture the nation’s mood, but the PM did it well

When Theresa May spoke after the Manchester bombing, her sadness was touched with an edge of real anger, a feeling shared by everyone present<p>There were many who wouldn’t have got much sleep on Monday night and Theresa May was one of them. The prime minister looked haunted, slightly diminished even, …

Downing Street

Manchester attack: What Theresa May's response tells us about her character

No Prime Minister in modern times has not been compelled to provide their own terrible variation on a theme of defiance in the face of terror, a …

Theresa May wants a Brexiteer’s Brexit. She won’t get it without a fight

As the prime minister triggers article 50 and begins negotiations with the EU, these are the six tests Labour will use to make sure the UK gets a fair deal<p>On Wednesday morning, the prime minister will inform the European council that the UK intends to leave the EU. What happens next will be of …

United Kingdom

Hypocritical And Self-Serving Douglas Carswell Can Never Lecture Anyone Again

Douglas Carswell would have us believe he is a rebel - a man who takes on the established order in order to bring about change.<p>He's not. He's just …

United Kingdom

May to set out plans to reclaim legislative sovereignty

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will set out how her government plans to restore sovereignty over Britain’s laws on Thursday, publishing a detailed paper on ending “the supremacy of EU lawmakers”.<p>Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in Parliament the morning after an attack in …

United Kingdom

Labour to oppose 'Henry VIII powers' being used to rewrite EU laws

Jeremy Corbyn says Labour against giving ministers broad powers when MPs vote on repeal bill, calling for ‘total accountability’<p>Labour will oppose plans in the “great repeal bill” to give ministers sweeping powers to rewrite laws with minimal interference from parliament, Jeremy Corbyn has said.<p>The …

United Kingdom

The UK is about to formally trigger the Brexit process — here's what that means

When UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her keynote Brexit speech in January, she spoke from the same London venue where Margaret Thatcher declared the European Union, in its earliest form, "open for business" in 1988.<p>Former Prime Minister Thatcher was one of the EU's main architects, but May …

United Kingdom

Sunday Shows: Amber Rudd And Ukip Wars Dominate

It was a busy morning for politics<p><b>The Andrew Marr Show</b><p><b>Baroness Warsi,</b> the first Muslim to attend Cabinet back in 2010, appeared on Marr to discuss …

Paul Nuttall

Brexit Triggered: What Happens Now?

Nine months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has opened divorce proceedings. Both the EU and the U.K. will …

European Union

Donald Trump blames everyone but himself for healthcare legislation failure

President’s targets include conservatives, Democrats and a possible veiled jab at Paul Ryan as Republican hand-wringing over repeal-and-replace failure continues<p>Donald Trump sought on Sunday to spread blame for the failure of his first attempt at passing major legislation, the replacement of Barack …

Donald Trump

With the triggering of Article 50, will old Remainers finally get out of the way?

Before a rally in London on Saturday in support of the European Union, tributes were paid to those killed and injured in last week’s terrorist attack on Westminster. Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, declared that MPs would not be cowed and that “democracy continues”. He seemed oblivious to …

United Kingdom

Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd's call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption

UK home secretary wants police to be able to access WhatsApp, but any backdoor also makes services vulnerable to criminals<p>Tech companies are facing demands from the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to build backdoors into their “completely unacceptable” end-to-end encryption messaging apps. Speaking on …

Privacy

Theresa May's suggestion that no Brexit deal is better than a bad deal is unacceptable says EEF

Industry body asks the UK prime minister to tone down rhetoric on Brexit or risk damage to the manufacturing sector.<p>UK Prime Minister Theresa May's …

Theresa May only allowed Nicola Sturgeon to speak 'briefly' about second referendum before shutting her down

It was her big chance to tackle the Prime Minister over Scottish independence, but Nicola Sturgeon was only "briefly" allowed to mention a second referendum before she was shut down by Theresa May, it has been claimed.<p>The Prime Minister is understood to have dictated terms during their meeting at a …

Nicola Sturgeon

Trump wiretapping claim: Did Obama bug his successor?

<b>They were arguably Donald Trump's most striking claims to date: a series of tweets, accusing then-President Barack Obama of wire-tapping Trump Tower during the election.</b><p>They were not backed up by any evidence, and Mr Obama's spokesman and former US intelligence chief James Clapper denied that any …

Donald Trump

6 Reasons Why Protecting The Rights Of EU Nationals In The UK After Brexit Will Not Be That Simple

Even if all sides agreed to the right of EU citizens to stay in Britain after Brexit, the details of any arrangement are far from straightforward.<p>Since the UK voted to leave the European Union last June, the fate of the 3 million EU nationals living in Britain and the rights of 1.2 million Britons …

United Kingdom

Tory MP Warns Theresa May Against 'Catastrophic' Housing Benefit Cuts To Under-22s

The changes were slipped out on Friday<p>Parliament<p>Theresa May is facing a potential backbench revolt over housing benefit cuts after one Tory branded …

United Kingdom

Ruth Davidson: Nicola Sturgeon faces 'massive' voter backlash if she demands second indy ref

Ruth Davidson has warned Nicola Sturgeon that her public support would take a “massive hit” if she presses ahead with demands for a second independence referendum in the face of opposition from the majority of Scots.<p>The Scottish Tory leader said the First Minister would pay a “heavy price” at the …

Ruth Davidson

Brexit Bulletin: Differences Over the Divorce Bill

<i>Sign up to receive the Brexit Bulletin in your inbox, and follow @Brexit on Twitter.</i><p>It’s rare to find an optimistic chancellor of the exchequer, but …

United Kingdom

Budget 2017: Internet speeds to improve for millions with new investment for superfast 5G

Internet speeds are set to improve for millions as part of a major push by ministers to roll out super fast 5G mobile phone coverage across the UK.<p>Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, will unveil a new 5G strategy on Budget day - setting out steps for the UK to become a world leader in the next wave of …

Brexit negotiations and the possibility of ID cards

Labour is failing its members by refusing to back the retention of the single market. The leadership claims this is because it cannot support free movement of people, seen as an essential requirement in the negotiations. But UK MEPs and others in Belgium say that the free movement of EU nationals …

United Kingdom

Brexit is Theresa May’s Falklands war: a weapon of mass distraction

Behind a smokescreen of bogus patriotism, ideologically driven cuts to the NHS and all our public services are unpicking the bonds of nationhood<p>On Saturday there was a demonstration against funding cuts to the NHS. A quarter of a million people were all willing to lay down a bit of their weekend to …

United Kingdom

Monday briefing: What's bugging Trump?

FBI chief reportedly asks for public denial of wiretap allegations ... North Korea fires more missiles ... and Adele says ‘I’m married now’<p>Top story: FBI chief challenges Trump about Obama wiretap allegations<p>Good morning – this is Martin Farrer with the best of today’s stories.<p>The director of the …

Donald Trump

Hammond’s fate depends on May’s – as his Brexit budget will show

In the chancellor’s high-wire act on Wednesday, rival political ambitions will have to join forces or come plummeting down to earth<p>In countenance, Philip Hammond increasingly resembles an extremely cunning badger. Though it is his default position to calm expectations, to eschew theatricality, the …

Philip Hammond

Sessions' Senate replacement raises eyebrows

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed the state's attorney general, a key player in an effort to investigate the governor, to succeed Sen. Jeff Sessions in the US Senate.

Donald Trump

US Senate blocks Obama gun background checks rule

<b>An Obama-era regulation that tightened gun checks on mentally ill buyers has been blocked by the US Senate and could be signed into law by the White House.</b><p>The law stopped people who receive disability benefits from buying guns, affecting an estimated 75,000 people.<p>But Republicans, who control the …

Guns