If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp. Brexit latest: Let's get this thing done, says Boris Johnson He "passionately" believes he can clinch a new Brexit deal. Boris Johnson has given the clearest indication yet that an agreement with Brussels is close. As he heads to Luxembourg today for his first meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (over a lunch of snails, salmon and cheese, the Prime Minister says he is working "flat out" to avoid no deal. Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Johnson says he wants to "get this thing done" so Britain can emerge from Brexit "on a brighter, more cheerful, more confident and global path". Click here to read his full article. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay also made a disclosure in the latest sign that Mr Johnson is preparing to compromise. With the Northern Irish … [Read more...] about Monday morning news briefing: Closing on a Brexit deal?
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If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp. Parliament suspension: Boris Johnson hits back in Queen row He stands accused of misleading the monarch. But Boris Johnson today denied lying to the Queen in order to secure the suspension of Parliament. After Scotland's highest civil court ruled the five-week prorogation was unlawful, the Prime Minister insisted such claims were "absolutely not" true. Read on for more on what he said about the legal battle. Asa Bennett has a simple guide to what it means to prorogue Parliament - and the likely impact on Brexit. Mr Johnson also revealed the cost of his plan to build a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland. This is the amount he said it would "only" cost. Meanwhile, some of the country's biggest grocers are ramping up their preparations to deal with a disorderly … [Read more...] about Thursday afternoon news briefing: ‘I did not lie to the Queen’
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp. Prime Minister offers 'ray of light' to dumped rebel MPs Could the Tory rebels controversially ditched by the party last week soon be welcomed back? Boris Johnson has offered the 21 MPs a return amid a growing split among Conservatives over his decision to kick them out. Political EditorGordon Rayner explains what the "ray of light" is for the rebels, including Sir Nicholas Soames, Kenneth Clarke and Philip Hammond. Here is a full list of those who had the party whip removed for voting to take control of the parliamentary timetable. Some think the move is linked to growing signs the Prime Minister could be about to broker a Brexit deal over Northern Ireland, for which he would need the maximum possible number of Tory MPs to get it through the Commons. And, after a Scottish court ruled the … [Read more...] about Thursday morning news briefing: Olive branch for Tory rebels
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp. Brexit deadlock: PM discusses plan to remove Irish backstop How do you solve a problem like the Irish border? Boris Johnson could have the answer. The Prime Minister is considering plans for a regulatory border in the Irish Sea in an attempt to remove the backstop and satisfy the DUP. As Political Editor Gordon Rayner reports, Mr Johnson has also ordered detailed feasibility studies into some more offbeat ideas. If you need a recap, this is why the Irish border issue is so important. Mr Johnson is under renewed pressure to reach a deal with the EU after Parliament rejected for a second time his plans for an election to win a mandate for a no-deal exit on October 31. Here is a reminder of how no-deal could affect everyday life. And Matt's cartoon today focuses on the … [Read more...] about Wednesday morning news briefing: Could PM have the answer?
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. Chancellor refuses to break fiscal rules to prepare for Brexit He is seeking to manage expectations. Chancellor Sajid Javid today plays down hopes of a pre-Brexit spending spree, warning the Government will not break its "fiscal rules" on public spending. In an exclusive article for The Telegraph, Mr Javid discloses that he will announce the outcome of a one-year spending review next Wednesday that will increase expenditure on schools, the police and NHS. But he says there will not be "blank cheques" for Whitehall departments and pledges to stick to the Tories' rules on expenditure. What does this mean for the economy amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty? Charles Hymas has the full story from Westminster. And read Mr Javid's article here. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson risks a row with Conservative Brexiteers after Downing Street indicated he … [Read more...] about Wednesday morning news briefing: No blank cheques for Brexit