Politics

Recalling awkward political dinners
Recalling awkward political dinners

Theresa May went to Brussels to meet the European Commission's top team aiming to make progress on the Brexit negotiations.

October 18, 2017

Corbyn dodges jihadist drone strike question
Corbyn dodges jihadist drone strike question

The Labour leader suggests he would rather the Islamic State jihadist had been captured and put on trial.

Jeremy Corbyn has refused to say whether he would have ordered a drone strike on British jihadist Sally Jones.

Mr Corbyn claimed Jones' death, if confirmed, would be "significant" but the Labour leader suggested he would rather she had been captured and put on trial.

Jones, from Kent, has been accused of plotting terror a...

October 13, 2017

Speaker in doghouse as MPs get paw-litical
Speaker in doghouse as MPs get paw-litical

The House of Commons Speaker is like a springer spaniel, says Tory minister in fur-ocious exchanges.

Commons Speaker John Bercow is often in the doghouse with Tory MPs.

Some of his harshest critics might even say he's barking.

But now a Cabinet minister has likened the Speaker to a springer spaniel, a gun dog described by experts as "an affectionate, excitable breed".

The canine comparison was made by the Leader of the ...

October 13, 2017

Fallon: Britons fighting for IS are 'legitimate target'
Fallon: Britons fighting for IS are 'legitimate target'

The Defence Secretary says British IS fighters run the risk "of being on the wrong end of an RAF or a United States missile".

Michael Fallon has said British nationals in Iraq or Syria who have chosen to fight for Islamic State make themselves "a legitimate target".

The Defence Secretary made the comments at a press conference following reports of the death of 'White Widow' Sally Jones, a notorious IS recruiter who is said to have ...

October 13, 2017

Lord Lawson calls for PM to sack Hammond
Lord Lawson calls for PM to sack Hammond

The Vote Leave chairman tells Sky News the Chancellor's position is "damaging to the country" and criticises the PM's energy cap.

Former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson has told Sky News he thinks the Prime Minister should remove Philip Hammond from his post at the next reshuffle.

He said: "He's pursuing a line which is not in the public interest, not in the country's interest and is not responsible."

"I was surprised by ...

October 13, 2017

No Brexit progress amid 'very disturbing' deadlock
No Brexit progress amid 'very disturbing' deadlock

The EU's chief negotiator will advise the 27 other member states not to move on to talks about a future trade agreement.

European leaders should not allow Brexit talks to progress due to a "very disturbing" deadlock on the UK's exit bill, the EU's chief negotiator has declared.

Michel Barnier revealed he would again advise the EU27 not to progress to talks on a future trade relationship when leaders gather in Brussels on 19 October...

October 13, 2017

Hostile Tory rebels delay flagship Brexit bill
Hostile Tory rebels delay flagship Brexit bill

Labour says the delay is evidence the bill "was not fit for purpose", with Sir Keir Starmer saying it puts "vital rights at risk".

No 10 has been forced to delay its flagship Brexit bill after Conservative rebels backed a series of hostile amendments.

Ministers had planned to push the EU Withdrawal Bill, which has passed its second reading in the House of Commons, through to committee stage next week.

But the timetable has sl...

October 13, 2017

Nuclear industry prepares for 'no deal' Brexit
Nuclear industry prepares for 'no deal' Brexit

The UK's nuclear chief says leaving Euratom is an "existential threat" to the industry, as MPs plan to amend the EU exit bill.

The British nuclear industry is activating plans to relocate some nuclear material and components around Europe, Sky News understands.

The move comes in anticipation of a failure to replace the UK's existing trading arrangements with Europe and the globe before Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

Ex...

October 13, 2017

EU may begin Brexit trade talks without the UK
EU may begin Brexit trade talks without the UK

There are signs of a possible breakthrough as it emerges the EU 27 could begin discussing post-Brexit trade from next week.

The European Union could begin discussing Britain's future relationship with the bloc without the UK in the room, a leaked document has revealed.

Despite refusing to begin trade talks with the UK, it has emerged the 27 other EU member states might start "internal preparatory discussions" on Britain's post-Brex...

October 13, 2017

EU boss says UK 'has to pay' for trade talks
EU boss says UK 'has to pay' for trade talks

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted the UK will "have to pay" if Brexit negotiations are to progress to trade talks.

Amid the ongoing deadlock in negotiations over Britain's financial settlement, the European Commission president warned the UK it must reach an agreement on money before being able to discuss its post-Brexit relationship.

Mr Juncker also suggested Brexit will "take longer than initially thought" as he discussed...

October 13, 2017

 President Trump expected to 'decertify' Obama-era Iran deal
President Trump expected to 'decertify' Obama-era Iran deal

This decision, which has been referred as “decertification,” would be a significant declaration but would put Congress in charge of whether or not to follow up with action, triggering a 60-day window for lawmakers to re-impose sanctions against Iran that were suspended in 2015 as part of the agreement.

Trump could also ask Congress to impose additional non-nuclear sanctions -- such as penalties against Iran’s ballistic missile program...

October 13, 2017

 Trump to end Obamacare subsidies that help low-income Americans
Trump to end Obamacare subsidies that help low-income Americans

The "cost-sharing reduction payments," worth an estimated $7 billion this year, are intended to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans on Obamacare.

Health and Human Services says the payments will be discontinued immediately.

Trump tweeted about the situation on Friday morning, saying Obamacare was "imploding."

The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies ...

October 13, 2017

 Trump aims to strike down parts of Obamacare with new executive order
Trump aims to strike down parts of Obamacare with new executive order

The president said during the signing that he is "taking the first step to providing millions of Americans with Obamacare relief."

The American people "will have so many options," he said. "This will cost the United States government virtually nothing, and people will have great, great health care. And when I say people, I mean by the millions and millions."

The Trump administration says it will direct the Department of Labor ...

October 13, 2017

 John Kelly: 'I'm not quitting today ... I don't think I'm being fired today'
John Kelly: 'I'm not quitting today ... I don't think I'm being fired today'

"Although I read it all the time, pretty consistently, I'm not quitting today," Kelly said in his first public appearance at a White House press briefing. "I don't believe -- and I just talked to the president -- I don't think I'm being fired today. And I'm not so frustrated in this job that I'm thinking of leaving."

The Fake News is at it again, this time trying to hurt one of the finest people I know, General John Kelly, by saying he...

October 13, 2017

 President Trump expected to 'decertify' Obama-era Iran deal
President Trump expected to 'decertify' Obama-era Iran deal

This decision, which has been referred as “decertification,” would be a significant declaration but would put Congress in charge of whether or not to follow up with action, triggering a 60-day window for lawmakers to re-impose sanctions against Iran that were suspended in 2015 as part of the agreement.

Trump could also ask Congress to impose additional non-nuclear sanctions -- such as penalties against Iran’s ballistic missile program...

October 13, 2017

 Trump to end Obamacare subsidies that help low-income Americans
Trump to end Obamacare subsidies that help low-income Americans

The "cost-sharing reduction payments," worth an estimated $7 billion this year, are intended to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans on Obamacare.

Health and Human Services says the payments will be discontinued immediately.

Trump tweeted about the situation on Friday morning, saying Obamacare was "imploding."

The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies ...

October 13, 2017

May: 'We don't know' impact of no deal on EU citizens
May: 'We don't know' impact of no deal on EU citizens

The PM also refuses to say whether she would back Leave in a second referendum, saying she will not answer hypothetical questions.

Theresa May has admitted "we don't know what's going to happen" to EU nationals living in the UK if Brexit negotiators fail to reach a deal.

The Prime Minister said she wanted "EU citizens to be able to stay" but that question marks over the future of their status were "one of the reasons why we want to...

October 12, 2017

Global obesity levels in children rise tenfold
Global obesity levels in children rise tenfold

Pressure is now mounting on the government to take action against big sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks brands.

Rates of obesity in children and teenagers around the world are 10 times higher than they were 40 years ago, according to a global study.

As part of world obesity day researchers have pooled together more than two thousand studies, looking at BMI and obesity, with the results being published in the Lancet Medical Journal.October 12, 2017

EU citizens' Brexit status 'intolerable' - CBI
EU citizens' Brexit status 'intolerable' - CBI

The head of the CBI warns the UK's 'health and wealth' will suffer if Brexit results in EU nationals having to leave.

The head of the UK's biggest business group has described as "intolerable" the Government's failure to resolve the rights of EU citizens after Brexit.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) director general Carolyn Fairbairn attacked a lack of progress in the divorce talks with the EU in remarks to the organisation...

October 12, 2017

Social media sites face tax on online abuse
Social media sites face tax on online abuse

The proposals for new regulations follow months of complaints about the abuse of social media platforms and dangers for children.

Social media sites face being made to pay for action to tackle online bullying, the Culture Secretary has announced.

In its manifesto, the party said the charter would "put a responsibility on industry not to direct users - even unintentionally - to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm".October 12, 2017