Prime Minister Theresa May said disability y benefits should go to “really disabled people” not those “taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety”. No 10 policy unit head George Freeman said personal independence payments (PIP) reforms were needed to roll back the “bizarre” decisions of tribunals.
Boris Johnson is due to hold talks with Egypt’s president on his first visit to the country as foreign secretary. Johnson says he will discuss a “wide range of issues and deepen the strength of our bilateral relationship” when he meets President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
Theresa May has warned MPs not to “obstruct” the will of UK voters by changing the parliamentary bill aimed at getting Brexit talks under way. The Commons is beginning detailed scrutiny of the European Union Bill, with Labour, SNP and Lib Dem MPs seeking concessions.
Former chancellor George Osborne has warned a “deep constitutional crisis” would be caused if MPs vote against triggering Brexit. Mr Osborne said rejecting the government’s Article 50 bill could “pit Parliament against people”. He was speaking as MPs began a second day of debating the draft legislation that will allow formal talks to begin.
Jo Stevens has quit as Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow Welsh secretary after he forced Labour MPs to back the Article 50 bill. The Cardiff Central MP said she believed Brexit was “a terrible mistake” and said she “cannot reconcile my overwhelming view” that to endorse the bill would make it inevitable.
Sunday UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrived in the US for what his office said was a series of meetings with President-elect Donald Trump’s closest advisers and congressional leaders. Johnson, a former mayor of London, became the principle diplomat for one of the US’ strongest partners following the narrow success of 2016’s referendum to leave the European Union, commonly referred to as Brexit. Johnson was among the referendum’s highest profile supporters.
Theresa May said the UK cannot expect to hold on to “bits” of its membership after leaving the EU. The prime minister’s comment came after she was asked whether she would “prioritise” controlling immigration over staying in the single market.
Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to meet with President-elect Donald Trump in spring 2017 although no firm timing has been arranged, her office confirmed Thursday evening.
ISIS would be prepared to carry out a chemical weapons attack on the UK, security minister Ben Wallace has said. While no specific plot has been identified, IS has “aspirations” for mass casualty attacks, he said.
Dozens of child asylum seekers formerly from the Jungle camp in Calais have launched a legal challenge to Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Lawyers say 28 of them want written reasons for the determination that it was not in their “best interests” to be relocated to the UK.