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Natural Resources Wales’ budget squeeze warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption NRW’s responsibilities include rivers, protecting habitats, forestry and the countryside Wales’ environment watchdog needs more clarity from Welsh Government about its role and future funding, said its head. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) chairwoman Diane McCrea said it was being given extra responsibilities while its budget was being squeezed. She […]

Post-Brexit EU aid warning from First Minister Carwyn Jones

Image copyright Thinkstock It would be unacceptable if EU aid is replaced by a Westminster-run system, First Minister Carwyn Jones has warned. He said a regional funding scheme which left unelected officials in Whitehall to make investment decisions would be a “betrayal of devolution”. UK ministers are working on a shared prosperity fund to replace […]

Scottish income tax rises to be unveiled

Image copyright PA Image caption Derek Mackay will be presenting his second draft budget as Scottish finance secretary Scotland’s finance secretary is expected to confirm income tax rises for middle and higher earners when he unveils his draft budget for next year. Derek Mackay will say the increase in taxation is needed to raise more […]

Brexit bill: Government loses key vote after Tory rebellion

Media captionThere were cheers from the opposition benches as the result was announced The government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs. In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the […]

Brexit: EU rebel Dominic Grieve says he will ‘stand up and be counted’

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has insisted Parliament will have a “meaningful vote” on the terms of Brexit as she faces the threat of a defeat in the Commons later. The PM said MPs would have a say on the final deal before the UK exit in March 2019, but it must happen in […]

Rebellion threat to EU Withdrawal Bill

Image copyright Getty Images The government is facing the threat of a defeat by rebel backbenchers when MPs vote on its flagship EU legislation. Led by the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the rebels want to insert a legal guarantee that MPs should get a vote on any final Brexit deal before it is finalised. […]

Donald Tusk calls Brexit talks a furious race against time

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Tusk said the EU needed to show “unity” in the next phase of talks The UK and the EU face a “furious race against time” to finalise Brexit talks before March 2019, the head of the European Council says. Donald Tusk urged EU leaders to show unity as they […]

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

Image copyright Getty Images Facts that everyone can agree on are the cornerstone of democracy and do exist – despite the rise of “fake news”, a UK minister has said. Matt Hancock said it was “something of a disappointment” that he had to state publicly that “objective reality exists”. But it was “incredibly important” to […]

Donald Trump still on Theresa May’s Christmas card list

Image copyright PA Theresa May has sent a Christmas card to Donald Trump, Downing Street says. A spokesman could not say which of the PM’s three official cards – designed by children in her Maidenhead constituency – was sent to the White House. But responding to reporters’ questions, he confirmed the US president – who […]

‘That’s where the babies are suffering’

Should anti-abortion campaigners be banned from standing outside abortion centres and urging women to change their mind? Leila Nathoo visits one clinic in London to hear whether the right to freedom of expression has crossed over into intimidation. ‘That’s where the babies are suffering’}