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Brexit: Cross-party talks ‘productive’ and ‘constructive’

Image copyright PAImage caption Members of Labour’s negotiating team (l-r): Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman The latest talks between ministers and Labour to try to end the Brexit impasse were “positive” and “productive”, the PM’s de facto deputy has […]

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Rural communities being ignored and underrated, say peers

Rural communities have been “ignored” and had “inappropriate” policies forced upon them, a report says. A group of peers said a new agenda for the countryside was needed similar to the government’s industrial strategy. Priorities included improving mobile and broadband connections, replacing lost bank and bus services and tackling social isolation, the House of Lords […]

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New Northern Ireland talks process to begin on May 7

Image copyright AFP/GettyImage caption Leo Varadkar and Theresa May attended the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee in Belfast on Wednesday Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar have issued a joint statement setting up a new talks process aimed at restoring devolution in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley confirmed fresh […]