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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
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Brexit: ‘Legally binding’ changes to EU deal agreed

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: We have secured what MPs asked forTheresa May says she has secured "legally binding" changes to her Brexit deal, a day ahead of MPs voting on it.But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned if the deal was voted down there was "no third chance". They spoke at a joint press conference in Strasbourg after a late meeting. Labour leader
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Brexiteer MPs say delay would be political calamity

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Two leading Brexiteers have said any delay to Brexit would do "incalculable" harm to public trust in politics.Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Tory MP Steve Baker and the DUP's Nigel Dodds said the "extended uncertainty" would be a "political calamity".On Tuesday, Theresa May will again ask MPs to back her Brexit deal, but if they reject it they may get a chance to vote to
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Brexit secretary accuses EU of trying to ‘rerun old arguments’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters/BBC Image caption Michel Barnier has been urged to agree to a "balanced solution" by Stephen Barclay Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has accused the EU's chief negotiator of trying "to rerun old arguments", as talks continue between the UK and EU.Michel Barnier said Great Britain would be free to leave the proposed single customs territory, designed to avoid physical border on the Irish border.But the government and
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iranian-Briton to get diplomatic protection

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP PHOTO / FREE NAZANIN CAMPAIGN Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella, who she saw during a temporary release from prison Jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be given diplomatic protection by Britain, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.It means the case will now be treated as a formal, legal dispute between the two states involved - Britain and Iran.Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five
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Brexit: UK urged to table ‘acceptable’ backstop remedies

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are reported to have made little progress in Brussels The UK has been urged to table fresh proposals within the next 48 hours to break the Brexit impasse.EU officials said they would work non-stop over the weekend if "acceptable" ideas were received by Friday to break the deadlock over the Irish backstop. The UK has
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‘The most I played was 32 hours straight’ – ex-gamers on their addiction

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJames Good: "I didn't leave my room"A former gaming addict has told MPs he once played for 32 hours "without eating, sleeping or leaving his room". James Good told a parliamentary committee his obsession with gaming led to him dropping out of university and suffering from depression.Mr Good, who now works with the Game Quitters support organisation, said it had affected
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Disabled pensioners freed from ‘unnecessary’ benefits checks

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Disabled pensioners will no longer face "unnecessary" repeat assessments to continue receiving benefits, the work and pensions secretary will announce.From this spring, about 270,000 people will not have personal independence payments (PIPs) regularly reviewed.But a disability group said millions of younger people would "still be stuck in a failing system".Amber Rudd is also due to increase a government target for getting a million more disabled
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Labour anti-Semitism: Tom Watson told to let party boss handle it

[ad_1] Image copyright PA John McDonnell has backed Labour's general secretary Jennie Formby in her row with deputy leader Tom Watson over how to handle anti-Semitism cases.Ms Formby has accused Mr Watson of "unacceptable" behaviour by asking MPs to forward anti-Semitism complaints to him as well as the party.Shadow Chancellor Mr McDonnell said: "That wouldn't be right. This has got to be dealt with by the party itself."Mr Watson has