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 …

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 …

Starmer opens Labour’s Brexit debate and says ‘nobody is ruling out remain’ – Politics live | Politics

When Keir Starmer says Labour must campaign for a public vote with remain as an option and he gets standing ovation from our party, you know just how far we’ve come in the past few weeks. Labour is united around a policy that can not only help us the next election but will ensue we …

Theresa May: novichok attackers were Russian military intelligence officers – Politics live | Politics

8.15am EDT08:15 Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, says MPs will have noticed the “somewhat weaselly” language used by Jeremy Corbyn in relation to Russia. May says if the two individuals leave Russia, the UK will do everything possible to ensure they are brought to justice. 8.12am EDT08:12 May is replying to Corbyn. She says …

The Corbyn wreath ‘scandal’ is just an exercise in hypocrisy | Owen Jones | Opinion

In November 2004, Britain’s foreign secretary Jack Straw laid a wreath at the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. How might this have been framed with the current Labour leader? Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon saw Arafat as a “Jew murderer”. According to the Israeli minister of parliamentary affairs at the time, Danny …

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 …

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, …