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Lib Dems under Vince Cable still want to legalise cannabis

Vince Cable says the Liberal Democrats will keep pushing for the legalisation of cannabis. The party’s new leader believes it makes sense to “regulate and control the market” rather than let criminals “control the mixing of substances”. The government say it has “no plans to legalise cannabis”. It says it remains a Class B drug […]

Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones hold Brexit talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Jones and Ms Sturgeon say their governments are working together to ensure devolution is not damaged by Brexit The Scottish and Welsh first ministers are to hold talks on the next steps in their campaign against the UK government’s Brexit legislation. Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones claim Westminster […]

Brokenshire to discuss Brexit and Stormont with Irish minister

Image caption James Brokenshire is expected to discuss the UK government’s Brexit strategy The Northern Ireland secretary is due to visit Dublin on Tuesday to discuss Brexit and the political stalemate at Stormont. James Brokenshire will hold talks with the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney. It is understood he will also meet representatives from […]

Brexit: UK seeks ‘close co-operation’ on legal disputes deal

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is to call for “close co-operation” with the EU to resolve cross-border legal disputes after Brexit. An agreement will be needed on how divorces, commercial disputes and consumer claims that span multiple countries are handled. Currently EU regulations specify how the appropriate court is chosen. Lawyers have warned that […]

George Osborne urges ‘HS3’ rail for northern England

Image copyright HS2 handout Image caption The next stage of high speed rail should be across the north of England, according to George Osborne Former Chancellor George Osborne has called on the government to build high-speed rail lines across the north of England, from Liverpool to Hull. Mr Osborne, who spearheaded the “Northern Powerhouse” initiative […]

Brexit: UK seeks ‘close co-operation’ on legal disputes deal

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is to call for “close co-operation” with the EU to resolve cross-border legal disputes after Brexit. An agreement will be needed on how divorces, commercial disputes and consumer claims that span multiple countries are handled. Currently EU regulations specify how the appropriate court is chosen. Lawyers have warned that […]

Brexit: UK publishes more EU negotiation plans

Image copyright PA The UK government has set out proposals to ensure trade in goods and services can continue on the day the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. A position paper calls for goods already on the market to be allowed to remain on sale in the UK and EU without additional restrictions. […]

Big Ben falls silent for repairs

Media captionThe clock won’t chime again until 2021, except on special occasions Big Ben has fallen silent for major repair work expected to last until 2021. The midday bongs were the last regular chimes from the famous bell until the repairs to its tower are complete. It will still be used for special occasions, including […]

June poll was ‘hold your nose election,’ says vote reform campaign

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The general election was a two-horse race Tactical voting reached a new peak at June’s general election as voters tried to get round a failed system, according to electoral reform campaigners. The Electoral Reform Society branded the poll a “hold your nose election,” claiming 6.5 million voted tactically rather […]

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft”, argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, […]