• By Philip Sim BBC Scotland News 18 September 2019 comments Image caption Five years is a long time in politics Five years have passed since the Scottish independence referendum. BBC Scotland looks at how the country's politics has changed since then, and how likely we are to do it all again.Where were you on 18 September, 2014?If you're a Scot who was over the age of 16, there's an 84.59% chance...

  • By Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor 17 September 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption The NUJ described Ian Paisley's post as "unwarranted and unworthy" The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has criticised Ian Paisley after an online post about reporter Sam McBride.The NUJ described it as an "unwarranted and unworthy" personal attack on a prominent political journalist.The DUP MP...

  • Brexit: Poles in UK should 'consider' returning, Polish ambassador says 18 September 2019 Related TopicsEU Settlement Scheme Image copyright PA Media Poland's ambassador to the UK has written to 800,000 Polish nationals, advising them to "seriously consider" returning home after Brexit.He called on Poles living in the UK to secure their future by either applying for settled status or...

  • 18 September 2019 comments Related TopicsEU Settlement Scheme Image copyright Reuters Image caption The EU's chief negotiator acknowledged Boris Johnson's concerns about the backstop The UK and EU "should not pretend to be negotiating" a Brexit deal if there are no new proposals on the table, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said. He said the UK telling the EU what it does not like was...

  • 18 September 2019 comments Related TopicsParliament suspension 2019 Image copyright EPA The legal battle over the suspension of Parliament has finished for a second day at the Supreme Court.The government's lawyer, Sir James Eadie QC, said it was not for the courts to "design a set of rules" over prorogation as it was a political matter.But Aidan O'Neill QC, on behalf of campaigners against the...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Media Labour would "carry out whatever the people decide" in another referendum on Brexit, says Jeremy Corbyn.The party leader told the Guardian he would hold a fresh vote if he became PM - offering a Labour-negotiated deal and Remain on the ballot paper. Mr Corbyn said the pledge made Labour "the only UK-wide party ready to put our trust...

  • 16 September 2019 Related TopicsYemen crisis Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The international trade secretary has written to the Commons committee on armed exports controls The UK's international trade secretary has apologised to a court for two breaches of a pledge not to licence exports to Saudi Arabia that could be used in the Yemen conflict. Ministers promised to stop approving...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image caption Adam Price: "If we are forced into an election we have to offer people a clear, Remain choice" Plaid Cymru should campaign to cancel Brexit if a general election is called, the party's leader Adam Price has said.Party members will be asked to back the change in policy, which currently supports a further EU vote.Mr Price said a snap general...

  • By Justin Parkinson Political reporter, BBC News, at Lib Dem conference 17 September 2019 Image copyright PA Media With Parliament prorogued and the focus of the political world on Brexit controversies, the Liberal Democrats have been enjoying a week by the seaside. So what have we learned from this year's conference?1) The Lib Dems really hate Brexit Stand back Che Guevara, Samuel L Jackson and...

  • 17 September 2019 comments Related TopicsLiberal Democrats Party Conference Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWe must stop Brexit, says Jo SwinsonLib Dem leader Jo Swinson has warned Boris Johnson that "if he thinks being a woman is somehow a weakness, he's about to find out it is not".She said the PM's choice of insults such as "big girl's blouse" and "girly swot" were...

  • 17 September 2019 comments Related TopicsParliament suspension 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Keen QC, argued on behalf of the governmentThe most senior judge in the UK says the case surrounding Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament raises "a serious and difficult question of law". Lady Hale and 10 other judges must...

  • 16 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images The Guardian has apologised for saying David Cameron had only felt "privileged pain" over the death of his son. In extracts of his memoirs published on Sunday, the former PM praises the NHS care his disabled son Ivan received before he died in 2009, aged six.But the paper asked whether he "might have understood the damage his policies have done" if...

  • 16 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUmunna on Labour: "These people aren't liberal"Chuka Umunna has launched a scathing attack on his former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of "lauding authoritarian regimes".The Liberal Democrat MP left Labour in March over its position on Brexit and handling of anti-Semitism allegations. The foreign affairs spokesman...

  • 16 September 2019 comments Related TopicsLiberal Democrats Party Conference The Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, has ruled out entering into a coalition with the Conservatives or the Labour party if a general election delivers a hung Parliament.Ms Swinson insisted that neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Corbyn was "fit to be our prime minister".She said: "I'm not going to support Boris Johnson...

  • 16 September 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: "We are now in the stage where we have to start really accelerating the work"The Brexit process has turned into a "nightmare", the prime minister of Luxembourg has said after holding talks with UK PM Boris Johnson.Xavier Bettel said Mr Johnson had failed to put forward any...

  • 16 September 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohnson: EU have had 'bellyful' of delaysThe EU has had "a bellyful" of the Brexit process and wants to get a deal, Boris Johnson has told the BBC. He told Laura Kuenssberg it was "fed up with endless delays" and wanted to move onto the next phase of trade talks.Brexit would happen on 31 October, he...

  • 15 September 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Image caption Jane Dodds won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election in August Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are "quite poisonous" in the way they manage their parties, the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader has said. Jane Dodds said that was why so many MPs had defected to the Lib Dems...

  • 15 September 2019 Image copyright PA Media The government is planning changes to the law aimed at bringing in longer sentences for some of England and Wales' worst criminal offenders.The Sunday Telegraph says the measures could affect the sentencing of murderers of pre-school age children.The government also wants violent and sexual offenders to serve at least two thirds of their terms, the...

  • 15 September 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson and David Cameron campaigned together ahead of the 2015 general election Boris Johnson did not believe in Brexit during the referendum campaign and backed Leave "because it would help his political career", says David Cameron.In an extract from his memoir published in the Sunday Times, the former PM...

  • 15 September 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPriti Patel: Government focus is 'leaving with a deal'The "entire machinery of government" is focused on getting a Brexit deal with the EU, says Priti Patel.The home secretary said Boris Johnson was "fully committed" to negotiating an agreement by the 31 October deadline.But when pressed by the BBC's...