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15 January 2019 22:16 How Jeremy Corbyn’s no confidence motion will work

Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in the UK Government in an attempt to force a general election. It is the first time the procedure has been used under the provisions of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act passed by the coalition government under David Cameron. Mr Corbyn will move the motion tabled in his name as Leader of the Opposition 198

15 January 2019 20:56 Records broken by British Government’s Brexit defeat

The decision by British MPs to reject the Withdrawal Agreement by 230 votes represents the largest UK government defeat on the floor of the House of Commons in modern political history. It easily beats the previous record of 166 votes, which was set almost 100 years ago on October 8 1924, and which saw the minority Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald 203

15 January 2019 20:28 'Time is almost up': European leaders react to landslide Brexit vote

European Council president Donald Tusk has goaded British MPs to push for a second referendum or cancel Brexit entirely, asking "who will have the courage to say what the only positive solution is" to the crisis. In an historic landslide vote on Tuesday evening, the House of Commons tore British prime minister Theresa May's existing Brexit deal to shreds 180

15 January 2019 15:48 SNP warn May’s Brexit deal will put ‘workers on the dole’

Theresa May’s Brexit deal will put “workers on the dole”, the SNP’s Ian Blackford has warned. Mr Blackford also told ministers his party would not allow Scotland to be “dragged out of the European Union against its will” on the final day of debate on the British Prime Minister’s EU exit plan. He made the comments after successfully securing approval 157

15 January 2019 11:11 China criticises ‘irresponsible’ Trudeau comments in death penalty case

China has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his criticism of a death sentence given to an alleged Canadian drug smuggler at a retrial. Mr Trudeau should “respect the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks”, foreign ministry spokeswoman 139

14 January 2019 15:48 Harris says nurses’ strike will not be solved by ‘megaphone diplomacy’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said the upcoming strike action by Irish nurses will not be solved by “megaphone diplomacy”. Nurses are planning to strike for 24 hours later this month over a pay dispute. Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) will take part in the action on January 30. The organisation says the decision to hold a national 76

11 January 2019 09:37 Canada and Australia ‘willing to accept Saudi asylum seeker’

Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN’s refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family, Thai police have said. The UN is accelerating the case of 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, though Thai officers gave no indication of when the process would be complete. Ms Alqunun said her passport 77

10 January 2019 17:13 Brexit deal threatens national security, former MI6 and defence chiefs warn

An ex-MI6 chief and a former head of the Armed Forces have warned that the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal will threaten national security if it is not defeated. Sir Richard Dearlove and Field Marshal Lord Guthrie have written to all Conservative Party chairmen asking them to ensure their MPs vote against the “bad agreement”. The damning letter, leaked 61

09 January 2019 10:28 Senator calls on Transport Minister to ensure Irish airports are prepared for drones

There is a call for the Transport Minister Shane Ross to ensure Irish airports are prepared for potential drone disruption. No Drone Zones are in operation at airports across the country, but Senator Neale Richmond wants reassurances from Minister Ross on the issue. It comes after the temporary closure of the departures runway yesterday evening at London 92

09 January 2019 10:13 Enterprise Ireland supported companies now employ 215,000 people, figures show

Companies supported by Enterprise Ireland now employ over 215,000 people, the highest number in history, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have said - adding 18,846 jobs last year. However, the impact of Brexit is still unknown with over 1,000 companies earmarked as being 'exposed' by the UK's upcoming withdrawal from the European 88