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Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump

[ad_1] Media captionThe White House press secretary pointed to Fox News sources Britain’s communications intelligence agency GCHQ has issued a statement denying it wiretapped Donald Trump in the weeks after he won the US election. The unusual move by the agency came after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cited claims first made on US […]

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Brexit: Ex WTO chief Pascal Lamy in 'no deal' warning

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pascal Lamy has been a persistent critic of Brexit Britain leaving the EU with no deal would be “extremely bad” for both parties, the former head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said. This outcome would “by definition” be worse than any kind of agreement, said Pascal […]

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'Now not the time' for independence vote

[ad_1] Media captionTheresa May: “We should be working together, not pulling apart” The UK government is to reject calls for a Scottish independence referendum before Brexit after Theresa May said “now is not the time”. The prime minister said the focus should be on getting the best Brexit deal for the whole of the UK. […]

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Great Repeal Bill

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Great Repeal Bill will mean the UK is no longer bound by the European Court of Justice Parliament may have given its approval for Theresa May to trigger the UK’s departure from the EU but another Brexit battle is looming in the form of the government’s Great Repeal […]

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Expenses row

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Conservatives have been fined £70,000 for breaking election expenses rules. Why have the Conservatives been fined? The party failed to accurately report how much it spent on its 2015 general election campaign and on three by-elections. What’s wrong with that? The party was essentially accused of using its national […]

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Police forces pass election spending files to CPS

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The way the Conservatives’ “battle bus” spending was recorded is being investigated Twelve police forces have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charges over general election expenses. The CPS said it had received files from 11 forces, and a 12th, Staffordshire Police, confirmed to the BBC it […]

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U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance

[ad_1] Media captionMay: No National Insurance increases in this Parliament Plans to increase National Insurance rates for self-employed people – announced in the Budget last week – have been dropped. Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the increases which were criticised for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge. He told MPs […]

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A record breaker

[ad_1] Chancellor Philip Hammond may have set a record by scrapping a planned rise in National Insurance for the self-employed less than a week after announcing it – here are some other contenders for quickest political U-turn of recent times. Pasty tax (announced March 2012 – abandoned May 2012) Image caption The pasty tax row […]