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Forget Brexit, Poland Risks Being the EU's Real Rogue State

Behind the noise of Brexit negotiations, the talk in the European Union this year has been that there’s potentially a bigger problem in the east. And …

Brexit

Irish renew Brexit battle after Tories backtrack and claim border deal is not legally binding

Ireland says last-gasp agreement to ensure no hard border with Northern Ireland is "cast iron" but Brexit Secretary David Davis claims it was more a …

Brexit

Heavy snowfall sweeps across UK, in pictures

Weather

Newspaper headlines: 'Big freeze chaos' and fresh Brexit doubts

Many of Monday's papers lead with the freezing weather that hit the country over the weekend. The Daily Express warns of snow, black ice and gales for the start of the week, but claims that Britain will face Arctic conditions until Christmas Day.<p>The Daily Star calls it "Black Ice Monday" in its …

Leo Varadkar

Prime Minister Theresa May greets "new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May will today hail a “new sense of optimism” in the Brexit negotiations as she denies that the government backed down from …

Brexit

UK business investment on ice until more Brexit progress, warns BCC

With rate rise expected to remain on hold this week, British Chambers of Commerce urges ministers to finalise transitional deal<p>Britain’s biggest businesses are warning the economy will remain in the slow lane, as uncertainty from Brexit puts their investment plans on ice despite progress with …

Brexit

Theresa May's Brexit Triumph May Prove Short-Lived

How quickly a political leader’s fortunes can change.<p>On Thursday last week, Theresa May was widely derided in the British press as a disastrous prime minister, hopelessly lacking in basic political skills. How could she have gone to Brussels to close a landmark deal to conclude the first phase of …

Brexit

Labour is considering moving the Bank of England to Birmingham

Labour is considering moving the Bank of England to Birmingham as part of plans to rebalance the economy and strengthen the regions.<p>A report …

Brexit

UK consumers cut spending in run-up to Christmas - Visa

LONDON (Reuters) - Squeezed British consumers reined in Christmas travel plans and bought fewer new cars last month, setting the stage for the first fall in festive spending in five years, credit card company Visa said on Monday.<p>FILE PHOTO - A Christmas shopper pauses in Oxford street in London, …

Economy

EU will FUEL the rise of populism: New Czech PM warns Brussels over migrant policy

GETTY•EPABabis has spoken out agains the EU's migrant policy<p>Mr Babis said a Brussels diktat forcing his country to accept asylum-seekers would only …

Brexit

Government must focus on Brexit aviation deal to avoid trade hit

The Government has been urged to ­focus on the aviation industry in its Brexit talks if the country is to avoid suffering a hit to trade and investment<p>The Independent Transport Commission think-tank, one of the country’s leading research charities, has issued a report claiming a lack of support for …

Brexit

Why Michael Heseltine is still raging against Brexit

This year, at the age of 83, the Tory peer became one of the oldest rebels in history.<p>In 2017, for the first time in his 52-year political career, …

Brexit

Energy firms say price cap on bills could hit UK roll-out of smart meters

Big six also warn investment in energy sector is in jeopardy if firms are not allowed to challenge level at which bills are capped<p>Theresa May’s price cap on energy bills risks damaging her government’s hopes of installing millions more smart meters in homes, two of the UK’s biggest energy companies …

UK Politics

Royal Mail attacked by Government for refusing to print stamps to mark Britain leaving the European Union

Royal Mail has been attacked by the Government for its “premature” decision not to print stamps to Britain’s historic exit from the European Union in 15 months' time.<p>One Cabinet minister last night urged a rethink while senior Tory MPs said it was “absolutely outrageous” that the national postal …

Brexit

David Davis: No Brexit deal means no money to EU

David Davis, the U.K.’s Brexit secretary, said London would not pay any money to the EU if no final trade deal is negotiated with the bloc.<p>“No deal …

Brexit

Kate Hoey: an Antrim-born MP who said Ireland should pay for Border

‘I’ll do anything to make sure that the UK has Northern Ireland as an integral part of it’<p>8 minutes ago<p>Sky News presenter Adam Boulton is the latest …

Brexit

Abortions, births and the Belfast Child Question: Will this Brexit deal make Bristolians second class citizens in Bristol?

<b>Picture the scene – the runway at Bristol Airport, in the year 2024, and a flight took off bound for Belfast.</b><p>In the third row of the plane were two …

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UK policy of deporting homeless EU citizens could be illegal, European Commission suggests

EU member states have no right to deport EU citizens for being homeless, the European Commission has said, raising urgent questions about the …

Brexit

I'm not ecstatic about Theresa May's EU deal. But I now believe it's the best way forward

<i>The Prime Minister has secured key concessions from the EU – and proved that it wants a deal just as badly as we do</i><p>For months now the EU has been demanding that we make “sufficient progress” in our Brexit negotiations. To Eurocrats this has a specific meaning: Britain getting ever closer to the …

Brexit

Angela Merkel: Love her or loathe her...

Angela Merkel has become an icon. Abroad, she's held in high esteem due to the length of her tenure and her conduct during Europe's refugee crisis. …

Germany

Boris Johnson Ends Iran Visit Without Announcement Over Jailed British Mother

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's supporters were hopeful of a deal.<p>ATTA KENARE via Getty Images<p>Boris Johnson, seen here with the country's foreign …

Iran

Theresa May to hail Brexit 'optimism' as trade talks loom

The Prime Minister will use her speech in the Commons on Monday to say she "fully hopes and expects" EU27 leaders to allow talks to progress on to …

Brexit

Corbyn backs call for MPs’ pension fund to divest fossil fuels

Jim Pickard, Chief Political Correspondent<p>December 11, 2017<p>Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are joining a campaign for the £612m parliamentary …

Climate

Voice of The Mirror: Sneaky Tory cuts to children’s services are among the cruellest of all

Sneaky Tory spending cuts to children’s services are among the cruellest of all, robbing millions of a decent start in life.<p>First David Cameron and …

UK Politics

European allies give Tillerson an earful about Trump's decision on Jerusalem

WASHINGTON — It was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's bad luck that he was in Europe meeting with dozens of U.S. allies when President Donald Trump, …

Israel

Now migrants even get the kitchen sink in Germany, says NICK FERRARI

GETTYGermany has opened up to an untold number of new arrivals<p>When Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel threw both her arms and her nation’s borders …

Gavin Williamson

British pledges on Border ‘hard to reconcile’, claim EU negotiators

Brexit officials express doubts over UK promises on the issue ahead of Brussels summit<p>31 minutes ago<p>Video<br>• Images<p>Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr …

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How This Week's Brexit Drama Breathed Some Life Back Into Scottish Independence Campaigners

An SNP MP told BuzzFeed News the Scottish independence movement has had a shot in the arm because the government's handling of Brexit was a "clusterfuck". But Scottish Conservatives accused the SNP of naked opportunism.<p>The only thing anyone remembers this year's Conservative conference in …

Brexit

Bob Kerslake Quits As NHS Trust Boss In Latest Blast At Government Over Underfunding

Ex-head of civil service calls for a 'fundamental rethink'.<p>Barcroft Media via Getty Images<p>The former head of the civil service has quit a senior job …

Brexit

Betting the House by Tim Ross and Tom McTague and Fallout by Tim Shipman review – Theresa May’s fatal error

Two entertaining books expose the destructive role played by the prime minister’s chief advisers in her disastrous 2017 campaign<p>Some called them “the terrible twins”. To others in government they were “the gruesome twosome”. No one ever cast a vote for Fiona Hill or Nick Timothy. Only a small …

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