Further improvement in Scotland’s public finances

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Gers figures estimate the total amount of money spent on public services in Scotland Scotland’s public spending deficit has fallen by a further £1.2bn over the past year, according to Scottish government statistics.The Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (Gers) estimated the country spent £12.6bn more on public services…


Brexit: Boris Johnson’s letter to the EU

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to European Council President Donald Tusk, calling for the Irish backstop to be scrapped. BBC Northern Ireland’s economic and business editor, John Campbell, and the Reality Check team have been looking at some of the key passages and what they mean. Boris Johnson’s focus here…


Brexit: ‘No prospect’ of a deal unless backstop is dropped

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohnson: EU ‘a bit negative’ over backstop demands Unless the UK’s withdrawal agreement with Brussels is reopened and the backstop abolished there is no prospect of a deal, Downing Street has said.The strong statement came after the EU pushed back against Boris Johnson’s proposal to implement “alternative…