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Civil servant David Sterling takes over Stormont budget

Image caption David Sterling will use emergency powers to release cash and resources to departments until a new budget is in place A senior civil servant has taken control of Stormont’s finances. David Sterling has done so because of the failure to pass a budget for the new financial year. Mr Sterling will use emergency […]

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Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May signs the letter to the EU confirming the UK’s departure Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk on […]

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Holyrood backs Sturgeon's call for Indyref2

The Scottish Parliament has backed Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second referendum on independence. MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. Read more Scottish Parliament backs referendum call Source link

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All in the timing

Image copyright Getty Images The Scottish Parliament has voted to back a second independence referendum. No surprise there, as the SNP and pro-independence Greens have a majority at Holyrood. But the power to call a poll lies with Westminster – so the Holyrood parliament can press only for the start of negotiations about a date. […]

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Scottish Parliament backs referendum call

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Sturgeon will outline next month how she will respond if the UK government continues to block a referendum Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland has been formally backed by the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission […]

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Unions criticise 1% pay rise for public sector workers

Image copyright Science Photo Library Unions say millions of public sector workers are being “taken for granted” after being given a 1% pay rise. NHS staff, doctors, dentists and armed forces personnel will receive an average 1% increase in basic pay in 2017-8 after ministers accepted the recommendations of pay review bodies. Ministers urged a […]

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What do school children think about Brexit?

What do school children think about Brexit? Tim Muffett reports for BBC Breakfast on a BBC School Report survey. Pollsters ComRes interviewed 1,033 young people aged 11-16 online to gather their views. Meanwhile, School Reporters from St Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen, raise concerns about the possibility of a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic […]

95363373 p04y9cc7 - Sarah Vine says people have had 'sense of humour failure'
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Sarah Vine says people have had 'sense of humour failure'

The Daily Mail carried a headline today: “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it?” with a column by Sarah Vine giving her verdict on the meeting between Prime Minister Theresa May and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Politicians and members of the public have taken to Twitter to express their outrage, accusing the paper of sexism. Speaking […]

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Brexit: Theresa May eyes 'special partnership' with EU

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The prime minister says the UK wants to remain friends and partners with the EU Theresa May has said the UK is facing “one of the most significant moments” in its recent history as she prepares to begin the process of leaving the EU. The prime minister, who will officially […]

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Brexit: Watchdog spoke to Bank of England over EU campaign rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mark Carney made several interventions in the referendum debate The Bank of England, International Monetary Fund and other economic bodies were approached during last year’s EU referendum to ensure they understood the rules around political campaigning. Governor Mark Carney came under fire from Brexit supporters for his warnings about the […]