Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and Michel Barnier’s Brexit speechPMQs - Snap verdictSajid Javid’s resignation statement - Summary and analysis 3.16pm GMT After the audience all stood for the European anthem, Barnier is now being presented with an honorary degree.I will post a summary of his speech shortly. 3.13pm GMT Barnier has finished his speech. He is now taking questions.Q: Has anything surprised you in the Brexit negotiations so far? Continue reading...
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Delayed budget to outline government response to coronavirus emergencyCoronavirus – latest updatesHealth minister Nadine Dorries diagnosed...Delayed budget to outline government response to coronavirus emergencyCoronavirus – latest updatesHealth minister Nadine Dorries diagnosed with coronavirusBudget 2020 checklist: what to expect from the chancellorBank of England announces emergency rate cut – business live 11.25am GMT From the BBC’s Alex PartridgeStatement by the Health Secretary in the Commons on Coronavirus at 7pm tonight 11.22am GMT Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, has just started giving evidence to the Commons Brexit committee, or the committee on the future relationship with the EU, to give it its proper name. There is a live feed here.NEW: Next round of Brexit negotiations could be rescheduled. Michael Gove: it is a "live question". "We were also looking forward to the next stage of negotiations going ahead but we have had indications today from Belgium there may be specific public health concerns".V interesting exchange just now on Northern Ireland protocol checks. Gove asked if there will be additional checks under NI protocol" That will be a matter for the joint committee". Asked if there was any doubt over checks? "I don't want to prejudice what happens in the JC"I'm looking forward to 'developing' the Northern Ireland protocol in the Joint Committee says @michaelgove. Interesting choice of words.There won’t be any extension to the deadline.Gove says legal text of British side will be shared with the EU but reserves the right not to publish it until it deems suitableImplicit criticism of DIT and Liz Truss here for publishing the US impact assessment. Gove says it's wrong to be tied to one view of a course of action.We're not walking away from the Political Declaration at all says @michaelgove. We just want a relationship similar to the one the EU has with other sovereign equals. @CommonsFREU Continue reading...
Each side is accusing the other of bad faith, and London is once again talking about...Each side is accusing the other of bad faith, and London is once again talking about a no-deal exit. But these are still early days.
Cabinet changes on Thursday aimed to put a new stamp on the government. Mr. Javid resigned...Cabinet changes on Thursday aimed to put a new stamp on the government. Mr. Javid resigned rather than go along with the prime minister’s play for more power over economic policy.