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Spain hopeful of Gibraltar deal with the UK by summer

Spain hopeful of Gibraltar deal with the UK by summer

Image copyright Getty Images Spain hopes to reach an agreement with the UK over Gibraltar by the summer, its foreign minister has said.Alfonso Dastis said Spain would “defend our position” but the two sides were “working towards” an agreement as soon as possible.The UK says “informal” talks are going on about Gibraltar’s post-Brexit future with…

Green Party calls for end to ‘one-party state’ councils

Green Party calls for end to ‘one-party state’ councils

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Green Party launched its local election campaign The Green Party has urged an end to “one-party-state councils” as it launches its campaign for next month’s English local elections.Co-leader Jonathan Bartley called for “a Green on every council”, saying this could “change everything”.He predicted the Greens would…

Cable: Lib Dems are well-kept secret

Cable: Lib Dems are well-kept secret

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVince Cable launched the campaign in Watford Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable claimed his party was a “well-kept secret” defying opinion polls as he launched its local election campaign.He said the party was winning local council by-elections in all areas, which had gone unreported.Sir Vince claimed…

Bins or Brexit?

Bins or Brexit?

Image copyright Marx de Morais It is the last set of elections before Britain leaves the EU – but will Brexit be a factor at local polls in England on 3 May? We looked at the contest in two very different London boroughs.”It is weird to say that problems with bins are more important than…

MPs urge free trade area after Brexit – but committee is split

MPs urge free trade area after Brexit – but committee is split

The government should not rule out continued membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) after Brexit, a committee of MPs has said.The Brexit committee said joining Norway in the European Free Trade Area (Efta) should also be an option. Brexit Secretary David Davis has previously ruled out both options.The recommendation caused splits in the committee,…

UK passports: Firm appeals move to make them in France

UK passports: Firm appeals move to make them in France

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDe La Rue boss Martin Sutherland The existing manufacturer of British passports is appealing against the decision to use a Franco-Dutch supplier after Brexit.De La Rue lost the £490m contract to Gemalto, which is based in France, in March.The British company admitted its bid was not the…