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’
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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. 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
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. Prime Minister demands new arrangements with Europe With just 10 weeks until Britain is due to leave the European Union, Boris Johnson is talking tough. The Prime Minister last night tore up the Northern Irish backstop and demanded new terms for a Brexit deal. Read the blistering letter Mr Johnson sent EU Council president Donald Tusk, as he suggested new proposals. It came after a one-hour phone call in which the Prime Minister and Leo Varadkar, the Irish premier, clashed over the border issue. If you need a reminder, Europe Editor Peter Foster has a very simple guide to the Brexit backstop and Irish border conundrum. He has also travelled to Poland to write a dispatch on the reality of European border controls in a small town. Meanwhile, ministers are worried that the Government's no-deal public information website could crash under the … [Read more...] about Tuesday morning news briefing: Boris Johnson tears up backstop
Carol Morello, The Washington Post Published 1:54 pm PDT, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 The State Department spokeswoman was at the lectern again Tuesday, fielding questions from reporters about hot spots causing diplomatic agita. Morgan Ortagus had some dismissive words for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the Iranian regime. She referred questions about a Middle East peace plan to the White House. She called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "incredibly supportive" of President Donald Trump and his foreign policy agenda. Nothing Ortagus said was particularly groundbreaking. But the fact she was answering reporters' questions at all was news in itself. Ending an intermittent hiatus, the State Department's regular news briefing is coming back. After a couple of off-camera practice runs such as Tuesday's, on-camera briefings are expected to resume later this week, possibly as early as Wednesday. Ortagus has promised to try to answer questions almost every weekday when … [Read more...] about Return of the State Department news briefing