EU summit: European leaders claim migration deal breakthrough – live updates

Agreement would bolster the bloc’s external borders and improve solidarity to ease pressure on nations like Greece and Italy. Follow the latest here 7.12am BST The BBC have tweeted photographs of the new European Commission conclusion on migration. The conclusion includes a section on rescue boats, believed to be included as a concession to Italy …

Why did Nigel Farage tell the world he thought remain had won? | Molly Scott Cato | Opinion

Have you ever wondered why Nigel Farage and the Brexit merchants are obsessed with George Soros? No doubt his strong support for the EU has something to do with it, but perhaps his sudden rise to wealth through a single, well-timed bet is also part of the fascination. In 1992 Soros was a relatively unknown …

MPs vote after Commons debate on Heathrow third runway – Politics live | Politics

The position of Heathrow Ltd is … this is an exceedingly dodgy company by any reckoning. Last year, its profits were just over £500m, it remitted in dividends over £700m, it is extracting rent in the form of monopoly rent from its existing holdings – particularly its monopoly control over car parks – it has …

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash over NHS funding at PMQs – Politics live | Politics

7.21am EDT07:21 Corbyn says under Labour the NHS increase would be 5% this year. And what is her offer – a promise without saying where any of it would come from, apart from phantom taxes Hammond is presumably dreaming up now. But there is a human element to this. He quotes from a letter from …

SNP MPs walk out of Commons in protest over Brexit debate | Politics

Prime minister’s questions descended into pandemonium in the Commons after Scottish National party MPs walked out en masse as part of a protest over the lack of time given to debate devolution issues connected to Brexit. The party’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, was ejected on Wednesday for repeatedly refusing to sit down after the Speaker, …

‘Winning an election isn’t about facts’: Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore face MPs’ questions – live | UK news

8.46am EDT08:46 Matheson asks how much money Banks gave to the Leave side of the referendum. Banks “doesn’t have the information”, Matheson quotes £9.6m at him, and Banks doesn’t confirm or deny. Matheson asks about an extra £12m that the Guardian said was lent in kind. Banks says a correction in the online version of …

Brexit: Justice minister Phillip Lee resigns ahead of key debate – Politics live | Politics

Another big parliamentary challenge for Brexit is coming this afternoon, but Theresa May will be more optimistic than might have been expected a few weeks ago, when the House of Lords was merrily rewriting her EU withdrawal bill to give it much more of a remain flavour and the prospect of all those defeats being …

Barnier expresses serious doubts about May’s Brexit backstop plan but denies rejecting it fully – Politics live | Politics

1) First: Is this a workable solution to avoid a hard border? The UK recognises that the proposals in its paper cannot qualify as a backstop since the issue of full regulatory alignment is not addressed. I repeat that we need regulatory alignment to avoid a hard border. How do we solve this issue? 2) …

Senior EU leaders cast doubt on UK's Brexit backstop plan – Politics live

Michel Barnier joined by Guy Verhofstadt in questioning plan unveiled on Thursday. Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen Government Brexit backstop plan – Snap summary and analysis Barnier raises doubts about UK Brexit backstop plan 4.41pm BST This is from Bloomberg’s Ian Wishart. EU27 diplomat I spoke to described the UK’s …

Brexiters hit back at no-deal ‘armageddon’ warning | Politics

Brexiters have hit back at leaked Whitehall advice warning of food and fuel shortages if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, with the Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees Mogg calling it “project fear on speed”. As Theresa May’s ministers prepared to return to Westminster after the Whitsun recess with the cabinet still deadlocked over customs …