The Telegraph is reporting that one of Christopher Steele's employees is a longtime associate of the poisoned Russian double-agent. The Telegraph suspects that Colonel Skripal may have been involved in the Trump dossier.
Russian Navy Perekop Smolnyy-class training ship passed Southbound through the English Channel
UK counter terrorism police chief says Salisbury incident being treated as attempted murder by nerve agent; says police officer who attended scene also in hospital
Russian ex-spy was victim of attempted murder with nerve agent, police say
: Any fragmentation of London's markets will involve significant costs for European businesses and citizens. The real beneficiaries will be NYC, Singapore, Honk Kong, making Europe less competitive
Chancellor @PhilipHammondUK: It makes sense for both the UK and EU to collaborate closely on cross-border financial services and to ensure that EU businesses and citizens can continue to access UK financial services. It is not a zero-sum game
3 month ago
Chatham: Ongoing incident on Chatham Hill bus involved, please credit: @Media999E
Senior EU official on EU-UK FTA: "If there are diverging external tariffs and internal rules, no shared institutions or legal system, then you will have friction. There will be economic consequences."
Senior EU official describes aspirations in Theresa May's speech as amounting to Single Market and Customs Union-lite: "This doesn't and can't exist"
3 month ago
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince is received by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace
Theresa May's spokesman says the Government is looking forward to seeing the EU's final guidelines for a transition period after Brexit and hopes they provide the bloc with the flexibility to think creatively and imaginatively about the future UK-EU economic partnership
says the cabinet will consider the final wording of referendum bill on 8th amendment tomorrow
_Bettel: when I listened to Theresa May's speech last week I didn't learn that much more than I knew beforeI still need concrete pointsThe Irish Taoiseach still has no answers to border questions
UK government today convened a Cobra meeting, which is normally held in response to terror attacks or major crises
: the outcome of negotiations must pass 2 key tests: 1) the test of balance of rights and obligations for example the EU can't agree to grant UK rights of Norway with the obligations of Canada
: Because of Brexit we will be drifting apareour agreement will not make trade between UK and EU frictionless or smoother it will make it more complicated and costly for all of us this is the essence of Brexit
I hope it [UK-EU deal] will be ambitious and advanced and we will do our best as we did with other partners such as Canada but it will only be a trade agreement
European Council president Donald Tusk says his guidelines for a transition period after Brexit show "we don't want to build a wall between the EU and Britain"
Tusk: EU27 wants UK as close friend and partner and will enter talks on future with open, positive mind. But given UK red lines only an FTA is possible. It will be the first FTA in history to loosen, not strengthen economic ties. Drifting apart is essence of Brexit
: May has confirmed UK will leave single market, customs union and ECJ jurisdiction therefore it should come as no surprise that only possible remaining model for future relationship with the UK is a free trade agreement=
_Bettel: there will be no winners after Brexit, both sides will be losers minimising the losses is the challenge
_Bettel: unity and solidarity will be the key [in Brexit negotiations,]there shall be no cherry picking Brexit
UK PM Theresa May says the government is "rewriting the rules on planning" to help more people achieve the "dream" of home ownership
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says more is known about the substance which is suspected to have poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and further information will be published by police later today
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Draft EU guidelines have leaked, below are some extracts
on UK response to President Trump's proposal of imposing steel and aluminium tariffs: we have expressed disappointment, but currently, the EU is in charge of trade defence policy
Ex-spy's suspected UK poisoning used for 'anti-Russian campaign': Moscow
According to @FT Brexit trade guidelines read: "The European Council has to take into account the repeatedly stated positions of the UK, which limit the depth of such a future partnership. Being outside the customs union and the single market will inevitably lead to frictions"
: It's too early to say what a future UK-US free trade agreement will contain, but potential results include more opportunities for British businesses and "a boost to the UK economy worth tens of billions of pounds"
Russian ex-spy, daughter still critical after suspected poisoning in UK
: After the implementation period, the UK will take independent decisions when it comes to trade remedies. We need the TRA to be set up and operational by March 2019
Minister of State for Trade Policy @GregHands speaking at @CommonsIntTrade: The creation of the future Trade Remedies Authority will ensure the UK can provide a safety net for domestic industries after Brexit
Detectives investigating the circumstances around a man and a woman taken seriously ill in Salisbury are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward
Russian foreign ministry says claims the country was involved in the alleged poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal are designed to complicate UK-Russian relations
DUP leader: EU draft Withdrawal Agreement "was not a faithful or fair translation" of the UK-EU December joint report
EP MP Verhofstadt to UK Home Office: EU citizens registration cannot become a "bureaucratic nightmare"
International Trade Committee warns UK trade with 70 nations risks "falling off a cliff edge" post-Brexit
25 EU countries agree on first joint defence projects while casting doubt on UK's future role
Belgian finance minister: 'Thousands and thousands' of jobs depend on trade with Britain and the EU should strike a quick trade deal
Britain's top ministers to meet on mysterious illness of Russian double agent
3 month ago
The ex-Kremlin spy apparently poisoned in Britain had links to the man who wrote the explosive Trump Russia dossier
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has chaired a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the case of former spy Sergei Skripal
The Russian Embassy says authorities in the UK should step in immediately to "end the demonisation" of Russia accusing the media of an "anti-Russian campaign"
: There is already a border in Ireland, but it is invisible. The UK government seeks to keep it that way. A pragmatic and unique solution can be found
: We cannot move onto the next step in negotiating the Irish border solutions until we negotiate the future trade relationship. It's like putting the cart before the horse
A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry says Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments over the illness of former spy Sergei Skripal are "wild"
: A responsible government has to be ready for a no deal outcome as a matter of good practice
: European Parliament Brexit coordinator @guyverhofstadt met with a team from the Home Office today and Home Office officials will go to the EP to discuss EU nationals' status with MEPs
: the provisions relating to the rights of EU citizens will be in a treaty. The UK government values the contributions of EU nationals and maintains its commitment to their rights in the long term
Brexit Secretary David Davis: UK will explore the idea of remaining in some EU agencies. It can be possible to reform the agencies to allow for third party participation. If the political will (from both sides) is there, this is technically achievable
Scotland Yard says the National Counter-Terrorism Policing Network is taking over the investigation into what caused former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal to fall critically ill in Salisbury
Brexit Secretary @DavidDavisMP speaking at Commons European scrutiny committee: Most free trade agreements have independent arbitration mechanisms, we expect a similar mechanism in the future UK-EU relationship, not CJEU arbitration
Johnson even threatens to pull out of World Cup if Russia behind Skripal poisoning
Social media firms are like irresponsible landlords - UK counter-terrorism police head
Woman 'murdered' in London and family found dead in Sussex
Britain's foreign secretary says if Moscow's involvement proven in ex-Russian spy illness case, UK will respond 'appropriately and robustly'
Boris Johnson says too early to speculate as to the precise nature of the crime or attempted crime that took place in Salisbury
Police Service of Northern Ireland are saying that they are trying to establish the circumstances in which "a car caught fire" on the A2 between Belfast and Bangor this morning
Boris Johnson to answer urgent Commons question on Russia following suspected spy poisoning
Foster: the car went on fire, but we do condemn utterly those who would seek to bring violence back to NI. They failed in the past and of course they will fail again in the future, and we urge everyone to work with the PSNI to bring these people to justice
Arlene Foster on bomb attack: We've just received news from NI which is very disturbing that a booby trap bomb has exploded a female police officer's car. Thankfully she wasn't in it at the time
Wiltshire Police says former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal who were found unconscious in Salisbury remain in a critical condition and all but one of the emergency services staff who were assessed have been released from hospital
Sky Sources: Security forces say a police car has caught fire after a booby-trap bomb partially exploded on the A2 between Belfast and Bangor in Northern Ireland and the driver was not injured
Army bomb disposal officers have been called to the scene of a car fire in Northern Ireland.
The BBC understands the woman in hospital alongside a Russian convicted of spying for Britain is his daughter
Activist and Labour adviser Munroe Bergdorf has stepped down from her role on the LGBT advisory board following allegations she posted offensive messages on social media
3 month ago
"We can't trust what the Kremlin says." Bill Browder says double agent Sergei Skripal could have been a victim of a Russian plot
The BBC reports that Sergei Skripal's son "died suddenly" last year on holiday in Russia.
Financial Times: US offering Britain a more restrictive ation deal post-Brexit
Hammond: Government could continue planning for no-deal Brexit up until end of transition period
Senior EU Brexit adviser expresses doubts over Theresa May's economic partnership proposal
Corbin: Teresa May has a declaration of British opposition to the violation of human rights in Saudi Arabia
3 month ago
First meeting between Michel Barnier and DUP gets underway in the @EU_Commission HQ in Brussels Brexit
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DUP delegation arrives for meeting with @MichelBarnier in Brussels
Interfax: Duma MP Lugovoi do not rule out the use of the incident with Skripal against Russia
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calls the incident "tragic" but says Moscow has no information on what happened to Skripal.
Kremlin officials say they are open to working with Britain over the incident involving former Russian spy Sergei Skripal
Russian state TV says the "British press is actively hyping up the story" of Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy who is critically ill following exposure to an unknown substance in Wiltshire.
3 month ago
Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has flatly dismissed Theresa May's idea of arranging the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after the model of the US and Canada
Counter-terrorism police say they are speaking to Wiltshire Police about the investigation of two people including former Russian spy Sergei Skripal being exposed to an unknown substance in Salisbury