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Brexit: David Cameron ‘advising Theresa May on options’ if deal rejected

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption David Cameron quit in the aftermath of the 2016 referendum, which he was instrumental in calling David Cameron has been advising Theresa May on how to give MPs a "greater role" in resolving any future Brexit deadlock, sources have told the BBC.The ex-prime minister has been speaking to his successor about what may happen if her proposed deal is vetoed by MPs.Several ministers want
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Delay to Brexit if UK wants new deal, says Irish minister

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Brexit may have to be delayed if the UK submits an "entirely new" proposal on its withdrawal from the EU, the Irish foreign affairs minister has said.Speaking to Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, Simon Coveney said the UK may have to rescind its Brexit notification "for the moment" if that happened.The EU has said that Theresa May's Brexit deal will not be renegotiated.But Conservative Brexiteers claim the
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Dean’s fears criminality will flourish in NI political vacuum

[ad_1] Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Stephen Forde was installed as the Church of Ireland's 14th dean in February The Dean of Belfast has expressed concern that a continued lack of political leadership in Northern Ireland will cause some vulnerable people to turn to criminality.Stephen Forde also told BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday News programme that the benefits system "is not working". He said he often begins the day talking
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Sturgeon puts more pressure on Labour to table confidence motion

[ad_1] Image copyright Press Association Image caption Nicola Sturgeon is putting more pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to take a stand over Theresa May's Brexit deal Nicola Sturgeon is putting more pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to call a confidence motion against the UK government.The first minister believes the motion could succeed, but is only guaranteed if it is raised by Labour.The SNP leader says she is still considering bringing forward the
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MPs may have to decide on Brexit options, says Fox

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters If the PM's Brexit deal cannot get MPs' backing Parliament "will have to decide on the alternatives", Liam Fox said.The cabinet Brexiteer said if there was no change on the backstop issue "it's unlikely to pass through Parliament".He said another referendum was unlikely but did not rule out MPs getting a "free vote" on different ways forward.Theresa May has accused the former Labour PM Tony Blair
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Ireland and the EU: A special case

[ad_1] Image copyright PAUL FAITH While the UK and the Republic of Ireland may be at odds over Brexit now, back in 1973 things were very different (they had both voted to join the EU, then the European Economic Community).Unlike the other 27 members though, the Republic of Ireland has always been a special case.But that's not just because of the border it shares with Northern Ireland.Irish citizens hold a
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Halt prison pepper spray plan, ministers urged

[ad_1] Ministers are being urged to reverse plans to issue prison officers with a synthetic pepper spray, known as Pava, following a trial.From next year, canisters will be issued to staff in publicly run prisons for men, in a bid to reduce violence. The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) says its own analysis of the six-month trial in four prisons showed the spray was often used "unsafely and inappropriately". Ministers have