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Why May’s plan to win round MPs might not work

Ahead of a crucial vote on her Brexit deal, the Prime Minister has said MPs could be “given a role” in deciding whether the UK should go in to a Northern Ireland “backstop”. But as our political correspondent Jonathan Blake explains, it may not be enough to persuade them to back her. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46473098

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Brexit ‘fraying’ UK-Irish relationship

Image copyright PAImage caption Leo Varadkar says Ireland is entering into a potentially difficult period, even if there is an agreement The Irish prime minister says Brexit is fraying relations between Ireland and Britain. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it had also “undermined” the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The GFA was signed by political parties in […]

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16 MPs receive free tickets from betting firms

Image copyright Getty Images At least 16 MPs have received free sports tickets from betting companies since the 2017 general election. A BBC analysis of parliament’s register of MPs’ interests has revealed that 13% of the £175,580 worth of sports tickets accepted by MPs came from betting companies, including William Hill and Ladbrokes. The analysis […]