Brexit: What are the backstop options?

Image copyright Getty Images A key part of the Brexit negotiations has been the border that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.The border is a matter of great political, security and diplomatic sensitivity in Ireland.Therefore the UK and EU agreed that whatever happens as a result of Brexit there should be no new…


Criminals ‘could exploit’ no-deal Brexit gaps

Image copyright Reuters Organised criminals could exploit gaps in the UK’s border preparations in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a government spending watchdog has warned.The National Audit Office (NAO) said new border control systems could be used to commit fraud or smuggle goods. With two weeks to go until the UK is due to…


Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP conference speech: ‘Independence referendum must happen next year’

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said a second referendum on Scottish independence “must happen next year”.Addressing the SNP conference in Aberdeen, Ms Sturgeon confirmed that she will ask the UK government for formal consent by the end of this year.She said Brexit was a “disaster” and her party’s MPs would never