MPs to vote on leaving EU with no deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May and Jeremy Corbyn address MPs after her Brexit deal is voted down again MPs will vote later on whether to block the UK from leaving the EU without a deal on 29 March, after again rejecting the PM’s withdrawal agreement. The deal was defeated in the Commons on Tuesday evening by 149 votes. Meanwhile the UK government has said it will cut tariffs on a range of imports from outside the EU and introduce measures to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland in a no-deal scenario. The EU said no deal plans were “more important than ever” after the defeat. Numerous EU leaders expressed their dismay after MPs voted …

UK joins Boeing aircraft ban after crash

In a statement, it said it took the decision because it did not currently have “sufficient information” from the flight data recorder about the fatal crash. Tui Airways and Norwegian both operate the Boeing Max 8 in the UK as part of their fleets. One Turkish Airlines flight to Birmingham turned around and returned to Istanbul. Who is flying, and who has grounded, the 737 Max 8? A Tui statement confirmed their 737 Max 8 aircraft were grounded. “Any customers due to fly home today on a 737 MAX 8 from their holiday will be flown back on another aircraft,” it read. “Customers due to travel in the coming days will also travel on holiday as planned on other aircraft.” …

MPs vote to seek delay to Brexit

How did my MP vote on 14 March? Enter a postcode, or the name or constituency of your MP Seat vacant Brexit: What could happen next? Does the UK need to hold European elections? Downing Street said the government was still preparing for a no-deal Brexit. Theresa May is planning to hold another “meaningful vote” on her withdrawal deal by Wednesday – after it was overwhelmingly rejected on two previous occasions. If she wins that vote, she will ask for a one-off extension to Brexit get the necessary legislation through Parliament at an EU summit on Thursday – if not she could ask for a longer extension. A spokesman for the European Commission said extending Article 50, the mechanism taking …

The false claim over countries having to join the euro

A five-year old newspaper headline – claiming that all European Union (EU) countries would have to adopt the euro after 2020 – was widely shared on Twitter over the weekend. The headline was originally shared by BrexitCentral, a pro-Brexit website whose editor-at-large is the former chief executive of Vote Leave, Matthew Elliott. One of those who retweeted the post was the former Work and Pensions Secretary and pro-Brexit Conservative MP Esther McVey. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Ms McVey’s Tweet was shared more than 1,000 times before being deleted So will all EU members have to adopt the euro? The short answer is no. Some European Union countries have negotiated “opt-outs” in areas of EU policy they do not want …

EU says UK must decide next Brexit steps

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBig Brexit moment: Will MPs back or bin the PM’s deal? The EU has said it is now up to MPs to decide the next steps for Brexit and it remains “committed” to agreeing a deal in time for the UK to leave this month. Officials said they had offered fresh assurances on the issue of the Irish backstop ahead of Tuesday’s second vote by MPs on Theresa May’s deal. It was “now for the Commons to take an important set of decisions”, they said. Labour and Tory MPs have told the PM she must honour her commitment to put her deal to the vote again on Tuesday. Amid speculation the vote …

How polluting are idling cars and buses?

Image copyright Getty Images Local authorities in the UK already have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to motorists in parked vehicles who refuse to turn off their engines when asked. The emissions consultancy Cambustion has looked at when it is worth switching of engines to reduce emissions. It found that for emissions of nitrogen oxide from a diesel car meeting Euro 5 requirements (that is broadly any diesel car made before late 2015) it is worth switching off the engine if you expect to be stationary for at least 30 seconds. For Euro 6 diesel cars (those manufactured after 2015) it is worth switching off if you are not going to move for three seconds. The company also …

Driving after Brexit: What you need to know

The 1926 IDP will be needed for drivers wanting to visit Liechtenstein The 1949 permit covers Spain, Iceland, Malta and Cyprus The 1968 permit allows driving in all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland Image copyright Getty Images Taking your car to the EEA without a Green Card will be against the law. The government recommends that you have a GB sticker on your car, even if you also have a GB symbol on your number plate. Perhaps most inconveniently, if you are involved in a road traffic accident in an EEA country after a no-deal Brexit, then you may need to make a claim against the responsible driver or their insurer in the country where the accident happened. …

Debenhams in profit alert as sales slide

Debenhams secures cash lifeline Debenhams ‘trying to make shopping fun again’ Debenhams may close stores this year Sergio Bucher, the chief executive of Debenhams, said: “We are making good progress with our stakeholder discussions to put the business on a firm footing for the future. “We still expect that this process will lead to around 50 stores closing in the medium term.” He said the business would need the help of landlords and local authorities to address rent and rate levels and lease commitments. A month ago, the department store chain said it had been granted a cash injection of £40m to buy it extra time as it battled to secure a longer-term deal with lenders. At the time, the …

Keith Flint in pictures

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Seen here sticking his tongue out at press photographers during the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards gala in London, Flint was known for his fluorescent spiked hair. Image copyright PA Image caption BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley described Flint as an “absolute sweetheart” and an “incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre”. Flint is seen here at the V97 concert at Temple Newsham, Leeds, 1997. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Flint grew up in Braintree, Essex, and left school at 15. Image copyright PA Image caption Flint was photographed away from his stage persona at the Glastonbury Festival in 2009. Image caption Flint and the band took over Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show in …

Brexit plan to increase vet inspectors

Brexit: What is the no-deal WTO option? If extra vets are needed, they are likely to be deployed at Dublin and Rosslare Ports, according to a statement sent to BBC News by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Depending on demand, veterinary inspectors may also be required to work at Shannon Airport or elsewhere, the statement adds. But the elephant in the room is whether inspectors could be posted at the Irish border – it’s a question no-one seems keen to answer. Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture says it has already recruited additional vets “to assist preparedness for EU exit scenarios” – but the UK government told BBC News: “There won’t be additional checks at on goods being …

Government pays 33m over Brexit ferry case

Shortly after it was awarded the contract, the BBC found out that Seaborne had no ships and had never run a ferry service. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been heavily criticised for the Seaborne deal, which would have been worth £13.8m. In January, Eurotunnel wrote to Mr Grayling to complain that it had not been considered when the contracts were awarded. It argued that unlike Seaborne, it has actually run a cross-Channel ferry service (MyFerryLink, which closed in 2015) and should have been approached. Ferry case adds to list of Grayling mishaps No-deal-Brexit port funding axed How has the government justified the payment? In a statement accompanying the agreement, Mr Grayling said: “While it is disappointing that Eurotunnel chose to …

‘Learning a second language changed my life’

He had not learnt the language at school, but was starting off a career in sports journalism and had the opportunity to go to Germany. Image copyright James Westgarth Image caption James, who works for an airline in Germany, with his two bilingual children The 44-year-old puts his successful career down to his language skills and the cultural awareness they bring. “Speaking a language helps to break the ice,” he said. “Even if it’s not perfect, it’s a good introduction and brings people on-side when you’re negotiating “My own two children, who attend an international school in Toulouse, are of course bilingual in French and English. “Now they have a lot of international friends and they’re discovering the world through …

Put May’s deal to public vote – Labour

Sir Keir rejected claims from anonymous Labour sources who had briefed that Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry “misspoke” when she set out the party’s position on the referendum. Asked if advisers to Mr Corbyn did not agree with the position, Sir Keir said he “didn’t know who said what” but Ms Thornberry had been “setting out what the position is we agreed as the Labour Party”. Labour will seek backing for its own Brexit proposals, which include a “comprehensive customs union” with the EU and “close alignment” with the single market in a Commons vote on Wednesday. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Jonathan Blake explains the impact Jeremy Corbyn’s move could have The House of …

Energy firm hit with ban on new customers

It said that between March 2018 and September 2018, “there was an unacceptably high proportion of calls abandoned and unacceptably long call waiting times”. “Whilst call handling has improved, Ofgem has not seen the required improvements elsewhere.” The regulator said that the ban would remain in place for three months unless it saw significant improvements in the company’s customer service and switching process. View comments

May offers MPs Brexit delay vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: “An extension cannot take no deal off the table.” Theresa May has promised MPs a vote on delaying the UK’s departure from the EU or ruling out a no-deal Brexit, if they reject her deal next month. Mrs May made a statement to MPs about Brexit on Tuesday, amid the threat of a revolt by Remain-supporting ministers. The PM has promised MPs a meaningful vote on her Brexit deal by 12 March. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the prime minister of another “grotesquely reckless” Brexit delay. LIVE: Reaction to May’s Brexit update Kuenssberg: Not quite ‘simples’ Reality check: How could Brexit be delayed? Pound rises amid Brexit delay speculation …