May says transition could be extended as senior MP says Tories ‘close to despair’ over Brexit – Politics live | Politics

I campaigned for remain and reform in the referendum of 2016. But I fully understand why many people in former coalfield and other communities voted to leave after decades of wealth, jobs and opportunities had been sucked out of these communities. Why would anyone who hasn’t had a pay rise in 10 years, can’t get …

Theresa May gives statement to MPs over state of Brexit talks – Politics live | Politics

11.23am EDT11:23 Labour’s Angela Eagle asks May if she agrees with Sammy Wilson that a no deal Brexit is almost inevitable. May says she is working for a good deal. 11.19am EDT11:19 Chris Leslie, the Labour MP, says May is dancing to the tune of the Tory Brexiters. Will May agree to respect any vote …

Theresa May v the ‘Great Twatsby’ at the Tories’ Groundhog conference | Politics

When David Cameron held his referendum to “settle the issue of Europe for a generation”, I wonder if he envisaged a Conservative party conference like this one taking place more than two years after the fact. It is the third conference since the EU referendum, and the second since article 50 was triggered. The Tories …

May delivers conference speech as Tory MP joins calls for no confidence vote – Politics live | Politics

A party that is decent, moderate and patriotic. One that puts the national interest first. Delivers on the issues they care about. And is comfortable with modern Britain in all its diversity. We must show everyone in this country that we are that party. A party that conserves the best of our inheritance but is …

Ministers warn harder Brexit risks breaking up Britain | Politics

Theresa May is being warned by cabinet colleagues that a shift towards a harder Brexit will hasten the break-up of the UK, amid a renewed attempt by Brexiters to secure a clean split from the European Union. With senior Tories warning that the prime minister now risks a diplomatic calamity on the scale of the …

MEPs to challenge Orbán over rule of law Hungary | World news

Members of the European parliament are being urged to take a stand against Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, by launching legal action against violations of the rule of law in the country. MEPs will decide on Wednesday whether to trigger a little-tested EU rule of lawprocedure, which would mark a significant escalation in the bloc’s …

Tory chief tells Boris Johnson to apologise for burqa remarks | Politics

Boris Johnson has been told by Conservative party chiefs to apologise for his claim that Muslim women in burqas resemble letter boxes and bank robbers. The Tory chairman, Brandon Lewis, said he had asked the former foreign secretary to say sorry for his controversial remarks in an attempt to draw a line under the Islamophobia …

Labour: Margaret Hodge faces disciplinary action for calling Corbyn antisemitic – Politics live | Politics

SNP Westminster boss Ian Blackford says the PM caved into her Brexiteer MPs on Monday – while the PM tries to laugh it off. He says the PM has put her party interest before those of the country and ask if the events this week make a no deal more likely. The PM says negotiations …

‘Complete madness’: Tory pro-Europeans furious as Brexiters win customs bill concessions – Politics live | Politics

1.37pm EDT13:37 ‘Complete madness’ – Tory pro-Europeans react with fury as May gives in to Brexiter demands Anna Soubry’s speech at the start of the debate was a belter. Here are some excerpts. Soubry described the government’s decision to accept the European Research Group amendments as “complete madness”. She said: Members on the frontbench and …

May’s plan ‘sticks in the throat’, says Boris Johnson as he resigns over Brexit | Politics

Boris Johnson has quit as foreign secretary claiming in his resignation letter that the UK was headed “for the status of a colony” if Theresa May’s soft Brexit plans were adopted. The leading Brexiter said that he tried to support the line agreed at Chequers on Friday but said that while the “government now has …