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Is the EU really united over Brexit?

Theresa May is attending an EU summit on Wednesday as the UK and EU try to negotiate a deal over Brexit. The BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler looks at the reasons why the EU has been united in their position on Brexit, despite disunity among member states on topics like migration and the eurozone. Video […]

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John Bercow 'to quit as Speaker next summer'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpeaker: Commons needs new body to investigate bullying Speaker John Bercow has told friends he’s decided to stand down next Summer, the BBC understands. His departure, in June or July, would coincide with his tenth year in office. The news comes after a damning report on the […]

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Universal credit rollout delayed yet again

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHolly Sargent has had to sell her possessions because of problems receiving universal credit Ministers have bowed to pressure and are planning to further delay the rollout of the flagship welfare reform, universal credit. The system – which will merge six benefits into one payment – has […]

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Tory MP Craig Mackinlay on trial over election expenses

Image copyright AFP Image caption Craig Mackinlay’s trial is expected to last until December A Conservative MP overspent on his 2015 general election campaign to defeat the then UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a court has heard. South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay and his election agent Nathan Gray are accused of submitting false expenditure declarations. Southwark […]

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UK wage growth fastest for nearly 10 years

Image copyright Getty Images Wages excluding bonuses have risen at their fastest pace in nearly 10 years, official figures show. Pay rose by 3.1% in the three months to August, compared with a year ago, while inflation for the same period was 2.5%. Last week, Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane said he saw […]

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Welfare reform 'driving women to sex work'

Former Labour minister Frank Field claims women in his Birkenhead constituency are being forced into prostitution by cash shortages as a result of universal credit welfare reforms. His intervention in the House Commons follows growing calls for the UK-wide rollout of the benefit to be put on hold and for billions to be pumped into […]