Jeremy Corbyn says he is seeking a “constructive alternative” to the PM’s deal, in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit. He was speaking after meeting the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, for talks in Brussels.
Theresa May’s Brexit deal will not return to the Commons this week unless it has support from the DUP and Tory MPs, the chancellor says. The PM’s plan is expected to be voted on for a third time in the coming days.
The Salisbury attack demonstrated that Russia continues to research, manufacture and stockpile chemical weapons, US state department officials have told BBC Newsnight. Should this be proven true, Russia would be in violation of one of the major post-Cold War arms control treaties.
A boat with nine migrants on board has been intercepted in the English Channel, the Home Office has said. The Dover lifeboat was launched at about 12:00 GMT, and those on board were transferred to a Border Force vessel.
Leading German figures have written to the UK asking it to stay in the EU. Thirty one people signed the letter, including the leader of the Christian Democratic Union – and likely successor to Angela Merkel – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.
Current research suggests there was a small, negative impact on the wages of low-skilled workers, which was outweighed by other factors such as the impact of the financial crisis and rises in the minimum wage.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks “less and less unlikely” and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it. After the UK Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement, Mr Philippe said laws had to be passed and millions invested in French ports and airports.
Theresa May has spoken to the leaders of two of the biggest unions in the UK as she continues to try to build support for her Brexit deal. The PM spoke to Unite’s Len McCluskey and the GMB’s Tim Roache by phone on Thursday in what her spokesman described as “constructive” calls.
The number of EU citizens moving to the UK has continued to drop, but more people coming from elsewhere means the overall migration rate is unchanged. Figures show net migration – the difference between how many people came to the UK for at least 12 months and how many left – was 273,000 last year.