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Brexit: EU leaders agree Article 50 delay plan

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: "I hope we can all agree we are now at the moment of decision"EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the Article 50 process, postponing Brexit beyond 29 March.The UK will be offered a delay until 22 May, if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week.If they do not, the EU will back
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EastEnders overrun set rebuild project criticised by MPs

[ad_1] Image caption The original set was only supposed to be used for two years The BBC has been criticised by a group of MPs for the way it has handled the redevelopment of the EastEnders set.In December, the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that the project had gone £27m over budget. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the BBC was "complacent" and the project "was flawed from the start".
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Grime music is being ‘stifled’, MPs say

[ad_1] Image copyright DIY Gang Entertainment Image caption Croydon-born rapper ShaoDow told MPs he'd had difficulty staging gigs Grime music faces significant challenges because of discrimination against urban acts, MPs have said.Despite the success of Stormzy, Dave and Skepta, it is often difficult for grime acts to play live, they said.Licensing authorities and police have been known to cancel gigs at short notice, affecting musicians' ability to gain a following."Prejudices
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Brexit: No new vote on May’s deal without DUP support – chancellor

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPhilip Hammond: "We will only bring the deal back if we are confident that enough of our colleagues and the DUP are prepared to support it"Theresa May's Brexit deal will not return to the Commons this week unless it has support from the DUP and Tory MPs, the chancellor says. The PM's plan is expected to be voted on for a
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Lib Dems ‘on mission from protest back to power’, Vince Cable to say

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images The Liberal Democrats are on a mission to go from "protest back to power", the party's departing leader, Sir Vince Cable, is to say. In a speech in York, Sir Vince will call for the party to continue arguing for the benefits of staying in the EU.He will also accuse Prime Minister Theresa May of prioritising Conservative Party unity over maintaining peace in Northern Ireland.Sir
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What next for the Liberal Democrats?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Vince has said he wants to spend more time with his family and pursuing other interests Sir Vince Cable has announced he will step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats in May, saying it has been a "privilege" to lead the party at a "crucial time".What now for the Lib Dems?Sir Vince's 22-month tenure has seen the party languish in the opinion
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Brexit: May to try to persuade MPs for third time to back deal

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Prime Minister Theresa May will try to persuade MPs for a third time to back her Brexit deal over the coming days.The Commons will vote on her withdrawal agreement by 20 March, after previously rejecting it by 230 and then 149 votes.On Thursday, MPs voted to ask the EU to delay Brexit beyond the current 29 March departure date.European Council President Donald Tusk said EU leaders
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Brexit: MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay: MPs "need to face up to the consequences of their decisions"MPs will vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit after they rejected the idea of leaving the EU without a deal.In a night of high drama in the Commons, MPs surprised the government and voted by 312 to 308 to reject a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances.The vote is not binding
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Brexit: MPs reject Theresa May’s deal for a second time

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May and Jeremy Corbyn address MPs after her Brexit deal is voted down againTheresa May's EU withdrawal deal has been rejected by MPs by an overwhelming majority for a second time, with just 17 days to go to Brexit.MPs voted down the prime minister's deal by 149 - a smaller margin than when they rejected it in January.Mrs May said