Priti Patel unveils points-based immigration system for after Brexit

Priti Patel today unveiled the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system insisting the ‘brightest and best’ will still be welcome. Under the points-based system coming into effect from January 1, EU nationals will receive more equal treatment with people from the rest of the world – although they will not have to provide fingerprints for visas. In … Read more Priti Patel unveils points-based immigration system for after Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon issues Brexit state aid warning to Boris Johnson

Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris Johnson withholding state aid powers after Brexit would be a ‘full scale assault on devolution’ and boost support for Scottish independence The UK currently has to abide by European Union rules on state aid subsidies  After Brexit it will regain control of ability to intervene when industries struggle Downing Street has … Read more Nicola Sturgeon issues Brexit state aid warning to Boris Johnson

Irish PM Micheal Martin calls for ‘urgent’ progress in Brexit trade talks

Irish PM Micheal Martin warned of the need for ‘urgent’ progress in Brexit trade talks today as pressure mounts on Michel Barnier to climb down on key demands. Mr Martin, who recently took over from Leo Varadkar, said there had been ‘some progress’ but called for an ‘injection of momentum’. In an apparently message to … Read more Irish PM Micheal Martin calls for ‘urgent’ progress in Brexit trade talks

Michael Gove’s £700million plan to beef up border security

Michael Gove’s £700million plan to beef up border security at the end of the year ‘with or without’ a Brexit deal Michael Gove authorised £470m for infrastructure such as border control posts It comes after Government said ‘significant differences’ remain in Brexit talks It also follows a row on a leaked letter from Liz Truss … Read more Michael Gove’s £700million plan to beef up border security

Top civil servant quits amid growing acrimony between Downing Street and the Whitehall machine 

Revealed: Top civil servant in charge of Britain’s coronavirus response quits amid growing acrimony between Downing Street and the Whitehall machine Respected mandarin Tom Shinner is the latest high-profile figure to leave   No 10 insiders insisted that Mr Shinner’s job was only a temporary secondment One friend said he was contractually obliged to return to … Read more Top civil servant quits amid growing acrimony between Downing Street and the Whitehall machine