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Last month, Boris Johnson introduced the controversial proposed legislation as negotiations on the future relationship between London and Brussels after Brexit turned increasingly nasty. But the Prime Minister triggered outrage among European Union bureaucrats by pressing ahead with the Internal Market Bill, which could override key elements of the Brexit Withdrawal...

Fishing chief Kai-Arne Schmidt warned a no deal Brexit would see European boats banned for UK waters. His intervention comes as EU states, such as France and Belgium continue to hold out for status quo access to Britain’s fishing grounds. And Germany’s deputy finance minister and a prestigious economist both pushed for good economic relations between Berlin...

Together with Inverclyde councillor Chris McEleny, Western Isles MP MP Angus MacNeil want the manifesto for next year’s Holyrood elections to include a pledge that a pro-independence majority would be taken as a mandate to start negotiations with Westminster for Scotland to leave the UK – effectively turning the election in a de facto referendum. The...

Mr Farage spoke at the event earlier this week, describing the 74-year-old Republican as the “single most resilient and bravest person I’ve ever met in my life”. Mr Verhofstadt, who regularly sparred with Mr Farage when they were members of the European Parliament, posted: “If Farage is Trump’s secret weapon, his campaign must be in...

Nicola Sturgeon’s deputy John Swinney encouraged Scottish children and their parents to take “extra caution” and avoid visiting other households to go trick or treating. The Scottish Government is set to introduce a series of new restrictions because of the ongoing spike of coronavirus cases across Scotland. Taking over from the First Minister...

EU officials and MEPs are locked in talks over the €1.8trillion budget package for the next seven years, which includes the unprecedented bailout agreed by leaders in July. They have failed to make any progress as both sides wrangle over the exact size of the 2021-2027 budget and the pandemic recovery fund. With more economic turmoil expected as infections and...

The Brussels diplomat insisted in-person negotiations would continue while both sides respected Belgium’s coronavirus health guidelines. Lord Frost, the Prime Minister’s Brexit envoy, is in Brussels for further talks as part of the recently intensified negotiations in a bid to clinch a free-trade agreement in the coming days. After the pair met in the Commission’s...

Ahead of the US election next week, President Trump has been lagging behind Democrat candidate Joe Biden in the polls. More than 50 million Americans have already cast their votes. {%=o.title%} ]]> But now, Lord Adonis has claimed if Mr Trump does not win the upcoming election, it will mark the end of Brexit. The Labour...

The SNP’s latest Bill is “leaves open the possibility of the state abusing their power”, Andrew Doyle has warned. The comedian spoke to talkRADIO about the Scottish Government’s controversial new Hate Crime Bill. He criticised Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf over the proposal of imposing the legislation on theatres. ...

The former Labour Party leader was suspended today and had the whip removed for comments regarding the scale of antisemitism within the party. He was suspended after claiming the party, now under the leadership of Sir Keir Starmer, had “dramatically overstated” the scale of its antisemitism problem. {%=o.title%} ]]>...

Referring to a statement the former leader made on Facebook earlier today, a spokesperson for the Labour Party said: “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.” But Mr Corbyn hit back...

Sources close to the EU-UK talks confirmed the major dispute about fishing rights in Britain’s coastal waters remains unsolved. The totemic issue threatens to derail the wrangling over the future relationship pact, with Downing Street and France both holding out against concessions. But Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, was said to be working...

A former Labour MP, Luciana Berger, has revealed that Jeremy Corbyn supporters have already started to attack Jewish politicians in light of today’s damning EHRC report. Speaking to Sky News, the former MP, who is Jewish, confirmed that she had been sent messages from Corbyn supporters asking her to “prove” the allegations of anti-Semitism. The...

Today, a delayed independent report commissioned by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman revealed 113 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 were discharged from hospitals into care homes without first receiving a negative test.   {%=o.title%} ]]> The report, released by Public Health Scotland further showed there were...

Westminster officials say Scottish ministers had not given the UK Government access to documents outlining how Scotland aims to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31. These documents included information on how cash from the UK Government to support Brexit readiness had been spent and how ministers at Holyrood were ensuring that businesses...

The leader of the Brexit Party was invited on stage by the President of the United States, who labelled him one of Europe’s “most powerful men”. Addressing the crowds at the Make America Great Event in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr Trump jokingly described Mr Farage as “a very non-controversial person” and “shy”. {%=o.title%} ...

They raised the prospect of an agreement could be found as easy as next Tuesday with progress being made in a number of areas as part of the intensified wrangling over a trade deal. The two sides were said to be close to finalising a draft legal text on future common standards, including state subsidies for businesses, as part of a tentative breakthrough in the...

The Cabinet Office minister has lashed out at demands to “back down” during Brexit negotiations as crucial talks move to Brussels this week in a final push to secure a deal with the EU. Mr Gove has been told the UK government should be “flexible” when discussing issues on fishing rights and state aid. {%=o.title%} ...

The Spanish government is to agree a deal with the Rock in a bid to keep the border open – and allow the 15,000 people who cross daily to work in Gibraltar to continue doing so. A Spanish diplomatic source warned any deal aimed at creating a “shared prosperity zone” in Gibraltar was unlikely without a trade deal between the UK and the EU. ...

The bloc’s largest economies will shoulder the burden of a £30 billion loss in trade with the UK in a no deal scenario, according to a new report. German insurance giants Allianz have revealed potential slumps in business for car-makers, chemical producers and other manufacturers across the bloc if Michel Barnier refuses to budge in the wrangling over a post-Brexit...

Brexit trade talks between the EU and UK will take place in Brussels from Thursday, it was announced today. European Commission spokesman Dan Ferrie said: “I can confirm that negotiations are ongoing in London right now, they will run until tomorrow and then they will take place here in Brussels, as of Thursday.” He did not say what stage negotiations...

Lord Cormack said he believed Scotland will “almost certainly” become independent due to “the forces of English nationalism which seem to be a little too predominant in my party”. He also stressed the importance of the devolved Parliament at Holyrood, which was established in 1999. {%=o.title%} ]]> Addressing...

The First Minister has used the televised address from Holyrood to keep the public up to date with developments in the country’s fight against COVID-19. But some Scots see the press conferences as an attempt by Ms Sturgeon to improve her ratings and whip up support for the SNP. {%=o.title%} ]]> And now former Labour...

But Dr Kumin’s comments show that capitals in Europe are beginning to fear the consequences of a no deal on their economies already hit badly by the coronavirus pandemic. He said: “We all have a lot to lose on both sides. It’s also the interest of the EU, sometimes it feels like we forget this, to have an agreement.” He highlighted the impact on car makers...

The paper by the Centre for Brexit Policy has questioned Boris Johnson’s claim that the UK will go to “Australia rules” on World Trade Organisation terms if a deal is not struck with the EU. It comes after talks reopened between Britain’s Lord Frost and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in a last ditch effort to come to an agreement. The report...