Rees-Mogg: I'm not in the business of attacking advisors [when asked if Olly Robbins should be sacked]. To do so would be unfair, bordering on unconstitutional

Map. History of UK conflict

24 May 2018
3 week ago
Cambridge Analytica, firm at the center of Facebook's privacy debacle, says it's declaring bankruptcy and shutting down.
3 week ago
UK Government has suffered its 10th defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill after the House of Lords voted for an amendment which backs powers to prevent a hard border in Ireland
Irish PM sees 'real risk' no Brexit withdrawal deal by October deadline
3 week ago
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson says an RAF airstrike against three Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria on 26 March "unintentionally" killed a civilian
3 week ago
An RAF airstrike against three Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria on March 26 "unintentionally" killed a civilian, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said in a written ministerial statement
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar says there is a real risk the EU will miss October's deadline on the Brexit withdrawal treaty if there is no real progress by June
3 week ago
UK says it killed a civilian by mistake in an airstrike in March against 3 Isis fighters in Syria. This is 1st confirmation by @DefenceHQ that @RoyalAirForce has caused a civilian death in counter-Isis fight in Iraq and Syria. It comes amid concerns there are likely more
3 week ago
Suspicious package found in Westminster near Department for Transport office is non-hazardous, Scotland Yard tell. Lots of police activity and evacuations. Will take a while for officers to wind down their response and lift the cordon.
Major police response to an incident in Westminster. Government ministries and roads in the area cordoned off. Several buildings evacuated. Police sirens everywhere3 week ago
Major police response to an "incident" in Westminster. Government ministries and roads in the area cordoned off. Several buildings evacuated. Police sirens everywhere
3 week ago
UK PM May's spokesman says government is working on two proposals for future customs arrangements
EU Commission proposes 1.279-trillion-euro post-Brexit budget
3 week ago
PM @theresa_may confirms the UK will leave the EU customs union, but wants to ensure "near frictionless" trade and avoid hard border in Ireland, and there are many ways in which these goals can be delivered
3 week ago
UK Prime Minister Theresa May says Government will be providing more information on its handling of the Windrush scandal and will bring forward a package of measures to reassure migrants about their rights
3 week ago
UK PM May: We've announced £10bn extra for the NHS - we want a along term plan and we want sustainable multi year funding. That's sensible - not just saying it's all about money
HMS Duncan recently led a meeting of NATO vessels in the Aegean Sea. The @RoyalNavy  Type 45 destroyer is currently flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean Sea.3 week ago
HMS Duncan recently led a meeting of NATO vessels in the Aegean Sea. The @RoyalNavy Type 45 destroyer is currently flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean Sea.
Irish high court refuses Facebook's request to delay referral to European Court of Justice in data privacy case
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Rees-Mogg: I'm fully supporting the government's legislative programme and the Prime Minister of UK
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Rees-Mogg: it's not a revolver [we're holding to Theresa May's head]or a dueling pistol
3 week ago
Rees-Mogg: there's already a border in Ireland, for excise duties and immigration
3 week ago
Rees-Mogg: if goods come into the UK destined for the EU they would have to comply with EU regulations, therefore it would effectively keep the UK in the single market
3 week ago
Rees-Mogg: I'm not in the business of attacking advisors [when asked if Olly Robbins should be sacked]. To do so would be unfair, bordering on unconstitutional
3 week ago
Rees-Mogg: the customs partnership is the single market by another name. I'm confident Theresa May will stick by the commitments in her manifesto.
3 week ago
Rees-Mogg: Michel Barnier has said he doesn't think this customs parternship idea is workable either
3 week ago
Rees-Mogg: This customs partnership is one of those clever ideas when first raised, sounded plausible, but is unworkable
3 week ago
Rees-Mogg: We're not in the business of making threats, we're supporting the PM to get Brexit through
3 week ago
Rees-Mogg: there is no question of there being an ultimatum to Theresa May
3 week ago
Theresa May is facing huge pressure from pro-Brexit MPs
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Davis - basically says the EU should be confident the UK will not lower their standards to undercut them. "They should understand that from their own dispute resolution mechanisms."
3 week ago
Davis: Commission is using time pressure as a negotiating tactic
3 week ago
Davis: When the Joint Report said "full alignment" that did not relate to the whole of the UK. It related to the North-South strands
3 week ago
Davis: the Joint Report wasn't legally binding. It not a legal treaty yet. Says there was uproar when he said that back in December
3 week ago
Davis: (on Coveneys understanding of full alignment). The previous words in the Joint Report [which were removed] related to harmonisation, unacceptable to us. We'll have to address this for each of the NS strands: agriculture for example: Ireland is a single epidemiological unit
3 week ago
Davis: we're accutely conscious of those things. It was us, at the beginning, who said we need to put Ireland into the Withdrawal Agreement
3 week ago
Davis: accepts that you can take a prescription to a pharmacy on the other side of the Irish border, and vice versa, thanks to a 2011 EU directive
3 week ago
Davis: some of the solutions we have in mind are only really doable by a Northen Ireland executive
3 week ago
Davis: a huge change in technology in the past 20 years. Following 9/11 there were new security issues, but it was old technology, but this is not the case today, electronic prenotification is very common
3 week ago
Davis: the EU starts on not talking about anything re future partnership, so we haven't been able to talk about testing the technology
3 week ago
Davis: it doesn't matter what it is, a camera, a poll, a building The existing border is done by intelligence etc, using including ANPR cameras back in Belfast
3 week ago
Davis: suggests you can have physical infrastructure, as long as it's not at the border
3 week ago
David Davis: I can't imagine circumstances in which Ireland wd put up a hard border. It's our task to avoid this
3 week ago
Davis: you can be perfectly friendly with people, but not be on the same side (when asked how he got on with the Taoiseach - whom he hasn't met - and Simon Coveney, whom he has.)
3 week ago
Davis: the two proposals, ie technology + the customs partnership, keeping the common external tariff around the UK and then rebating the EU, the Commission did push back on both
3 week ago
Davis: there's undoubtedly economic nervousness around the Irish border. That's one of the things we need to deal with: but there is a border there at the moment. It's not visible, but it does work
3 week ago
Davis: on Ireland we are very, very engaged on getting the energy issue right, that's one of the North South strands
3 week ago
Davis: if you're a small business you probably don't send the product youself, you'll use an intermediary. If you *do*, then you shd be capable of being an Authorised Economic Operator [ie, trusted trader]
3 week ago
Davis: in the event we get an FTA there will be no tariffs [ie between North and South]. It won't be a tariff issue, it will be a regulatory + rules of origin issue. That's a single market issue, not a customs union issue
3 week ago
Davis: there is already a border in Northen Ireland, on tax, on excise, VAT, a currency border, a judicial border.
3 week ago
Davis: we will make these arguments when it comes to the primary legislation [ie, despite all the ammendments over the customs union]
3 week ago
Davis: in the last 20 years exports to the UK have going 60pc 40pc to the EU to 40 - 60. Being outside the CU gives us our own commercial policy, to open up those export markets
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Davis: you don't get control of your borders if you're in a customs union
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Davis: we view leaving the EU as leaving the SM and CU. That's what the British people were told in the referendum by both sides of the arguement. Cameron, Osborne, Johnson, Gove all said that's what it means
3 week ago
Davis: if we had tried to go beyond December 2020 (for the transition) we'd have been in a new MFF, ie seven year budget. And the bill for that would have been quite big
3 week ago
Davis: while the economic partnership won't bite until January 1 2021 we want to get the security and defence partnership as soon as we can
3 week ago
Davis: We haven't yet concluded the legal text, so the money from the exit bill (could) be leveraged in the negotiations
3 week ago
Davis: Bavaria has an enormous trade with us, whether BMWs, Airbuses or agricultural products. It's part of my task to ensure that each country is aware of their own exposure to Brexit
3 week ago
Davis: there are countries, or even provinces, for whom Brexit is of existential importants. The Benelux countries for example. A hard brexit wd affect their economies by 3-4pc
3 week ago
Davis: Brexit is not the priority of the vast majority of the 27 as it is here
3 week ago
Davis: We are starting the negotiations on the future relationship right now. But the signature of the future framework treaty will happen after March because we won't be a third country till then. I hope to conclude the negotiations by then - then sign after
3 week ago
Davis: We'll have a tustle over financial services and services more generally. Professional qualifications will be an issue
3 week ago
Davis: Ireland looked like it was almost resolved in the latter part of last year
3 week ago
Davis: Nothing keeps me awake at night, I can tell you
3 week ago
Davis: we could well be looking at multiple dispute resolution mechanism
3 week ago
Davis: we're interested in being part of the EU aviation safety agency. The Swiss can certify an aircraft, judgements on safety etc, that's negotiated in a Swiss court - but we'll struggle to have something like that
3 week ago
Davis: We'll have to a choice of forum for dispute: if it's a data issue then it would be the ECJ (eg, someone in the EU saying they don't want the Brits to have their data)
3 week ago
UK Brexit Secretary Davis: dispute resolution mechanism post Brexit needs to impartial, can't be the ECJ or the Supreme Court. EU wants the ECJ to do it, we don't
3 week ago
UK Brexit Secretary Davis: we're aiming for October (for agreement on outstanding issues), it was not laid out in March that June was the deadline. The Commission likes to put time pressure on us. We can't guarantee June
3 week ago
UK Brexit Secretary Davis: the transition period is not for further negotiation, we have to have the future trade agreement nailed down before it starts. We need a substantive agreement in October in terms of the political declaration
3 week ago
UK Brexit Secretary Davis: Northen Ireland is clearly highly controversial. We stand by the words of the Joint Report in December but we don't agree with the Commission's interpretation of it. We're still working on that
Parliament issues ultimatum to Facebook. Either Mark Zuckerberg comes voluntarily. Or, he'll face a summons next time he enters British territory. Facebook really couldn't have handled this much worse3 week ago
Parliament issues ultimatum to Facebook. Either Mark Zuckerberg comes voluntarily. Or, he'll face a summons next time he enters British territory. Facebook really couldn't have handled this much worse
3 week ago
British government: London is committed to support the nuclear agreement with the Iran
3 week ago
International Trade Secretary of UK Liam Fox: No detailed discussion yet on US trade deal
3 week ago
UK factory growth sinks to 17-month low, further cutting chance of rate hike this month
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