Leading pro-Brexit politicians, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, have argued that economic imperatives – the German cars, French cheese and Italian wine sold in the UK – would oblige the EU to offer Britain a favourable trade deal, including some compromise on control over free movement which Theresa May has said is Britain’s first priority. … [Read more...] about German business leader issues warning over post-Brexit trade with UK
Sir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Caroline Lucas, the Green party co-leader, both welcomed Starmer’s announcement, but urged Corbyn to go further and to back staying in the EU single market, a position advocated by more than 80 senior Labour figures in a statement issued to the Observer. … [Read more...] about Labour backs staying in EU customs union, Keir Starmer confirms
The construction of a new state-of-the-art film studio, which aims to be up and running by 2022 subject to planning consent being granted this year, comes as the UK struggles to keep up with the demand for studio space as TV companies, film studios and the streaming giants such as Netflix pour billions into making content. … [Read more...] about Coming soon: £150m Hollywood-style film studios to Reading
At the moment the proposed transition period - during which the UK would follow EU rules and regulations without having any say in making them - finishes at the end of next year. Without saying so explicitly, the Brexit Party is warning that it will campaign to ensure Mr Johnson sticks to his promise not to extend the transition. … [Read more...] about Brexit Party: 12 key policies explained
One way to buy room for manoeuvre is to engineer an early election, which the Tories would comfortably win. The fixed-term parliament act makes this route complicated, but not impossible. There is no sign from Downing Street that May relishes the distraction or volatility of a campaign. It is not her style to swap the quiet trudge of policy-making for the fanfare of the stump. But in Westminster the laws of arithmetic have a way of trumping all other considerations. May could use a bigger majority, and one is available at relatively low risk. The logic of that equation might yet prove irresistible. … [Read more...] about 100 days after the Brexit vote: what should Theresa May do next?