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Reality Check: Breaking down the deal

Reality Check: Breaking down the deal The UK and European Commission have reached an agreement that should allow them to move Brexit talks on to the next stage. Here are some of the key lines in the agreement document. So here’s the first linguistic somersault. This agreement is designed to lock in the progress made so far, and allow technical experts to continue to work on it during the second phase of talks. But EU negotiations always work on the principle that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, and…

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Dame Margaret Hodge breached code of conduct over Garden Bridge

Dame Margaret Hodge breached code of conduct over Garden Bridge Dame Margaret Hodge has been found to have breached the MPs’ code of conduct, by the Committee on Standards. The inquiry arose from a complaint about the Labour MP’s use of parliamentary facilities for her review of the London Garden Bridge project. The code states MPs should use public resources only “in support of parliamentary duties”. Dame Margaret said she was “extremely sorry” for “inadvertently” breaching the code. The inquiry concluded the review had not been carried out as part…

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Momentum under investigation by Electoral Commission

Momentum under investigation by Electoral Commission The Electoral Commission has opened an investigation into the Labour-supporting Momentum group to see if it breached finance rules in relation to spending during the 2017 election. The elections watchdog says its probe will consider if Momentum’s returns included accurate donation information. It said questions over compliance risked harming voter confidence. Momentum was set up to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership bid and now campaigns for Labour. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Source: New feed

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Brexit: Irish PM expects new UK text on border in 24 hours

Brexit: Irish PM expects new UK text on border in 24 hours The Irish prime minister has said the UK government plans to suggest a new wording for a Brexit deal on the Irish border within the next 24 hours. Leo Varadkar told a news conference he had spoken by phone to British PM Theresa May on Wednesday. “She wants to come back to us with some text tonight and tomorrow,” he said. On Monday, the UK and EU failed to strike a deal in Brexit talks when the DUP…

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Impact assessment of Brexit on the UK 'don't exist'

Impact assessment of Brexit on the UK 'don't exist' The government has not carried out an impact assessment of leaving the EU on the UK economy, Brexit Secretary David Davis has told MPs. “There’s no sort of systematic impact assessment,” Mr Davis told the Brexit committee. He said the government had produced a “sectoral analysis” of different industries but not a “forecast” of what would happen when the UK leaves the EU. There has been a long-running row over the government’s Brexit studies. Parliament Live: Follow live updates Let’s block…

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Boris Johnson urges EU to progress Brexit talks

Boris Johnson urges EU to progress Brexit talks Boris Johnson has urged the EU to move Brexit talks forward so divisions over the Irish border can be “thrashed out”. The foreign secretary said getting on with trade talks was the “solution” to the current impasse. But the EU says this can only happen when enough progress has been made in agreeing what will happen at the Northern Ireland border. On Monday Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party objected to draft plans drawn up by the UK and the EU. The DUP…

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