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 …

Britons may need visas to visit France after no-deal Brexit, says Paris as draft law published – Politics live | Politics

In one central question, the question of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, there is as yet unfortunately no breakthrough. We’re not just talking here about the integrity of the single market, but the preservation of the Good Friday agreement which ended violence on the island 20 years ago. Everyone who’s ever been involved …

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 …

Offshore wealth: loopholes found in EU anti-tax evasion rules | Business

European rules designed to make it harder for wealthy individuals and companies to hide their cash offshore have loopholes that mean foreign accounts can be kept secret from tax collectors, a report has warned. Countries in the EU have exchanged financial information about accounts held by overseas residents since the introduction of the “common reporting …

Brexit: EU ambassadors told final deal still not yet agreed – Politics live | Politics

1.48pm EDT13:48 Barnier says ‘key issues’ unresolved in Brexit talks despite ‘intense efforts’ Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has now posted this on Twitter about his meeting with Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary. Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) We met today @DominicRaab and UK negotiating team. Despite intense efforts, some key issues are still open, …

Brexit: emails show DUP readying for no deal as Davis urges mutiny | Politics

Theresa May has been told that the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, is now “ready” to trigger a no-deal Brexit and regards this as the “likeliest outcome” following a “hostile and difficult” exchange with the EU’s chief negotiator, an explosive set of leaked government emails reveal. Meanwhile the former Brexit secretary David Davis has said May’s Brexit plans are …

The DUP has its ‘blood-red’ line. Does Theresa May dare cross it? | Polly Toynbee | Opinion

As the Brexit war cabinet meets this evening, it may ruefully regard its £1bn bribe to the DUP as money badly spent. As the DUP breaks its promise to back Theresa May’s precarious government, does it really mean to bring her down, or is this its usual braggadocio? In cahoots, the Mogg-Johnson European Reform Group …

EU citizens lose priority under post-Brexit immigration plans | UK news

EU citizens will no longer be given priority to live and work in Britain, in a radical overhaul of immigration policy after Brexit which Theresa May said “ends freedom of movement once and for all”. The prime minister said high-skilled staff who want to live and work in Britain will be given priority while low-skilled …

Macedonian name change referendum hit by low turnout | World news

Macedonia was facing a prolonged political crisis on Sunday following an unexpectedly low turnout by voters in a historic referendum to rename the strategic Balkan state. Voters were asked whether they endorsed a landmark deal struck with Greece, rechristening the state North Macedonia as a stepping stone to European Union and Nato membership. But 30 …

EU steps up plans for no-deal Brexit as Labour stance alarms capitals | World news

The EU is intensifying its preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid heightened fears in European capitals that Jeremy Corbyn will order his MPs to vote down any deal struck in Brussels, a leaked document reveals. Labour’s stated goal to reject Theresa May’s deal in order to spark a general election has provoked a rush of …