After all the Remainer legal chicanery, I’ll be closely monitoring the next stage of talks with Brussels

27 Jan

We formed Lawyers for Britain in early 2016 just before the start of the referendum campaign. We had two aims. One was to campaign for a Leave vote amongst the legal profession – a “small-c” conservative group who generally hate change of any kind, and most of whom therefore supported the prevailing orthodoxy of staying […]

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Michel Barnier speaking about #Brexit and the EU at QUB this evening (video + speech)

27 Jan

Making his third visit to Northern Ireland in the role of EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier addressed a packed audience in Queen’s University Belfast’s Riddel Hall this evening. Watch back the video of his lecture and read extracts from his speech.

Paraphrasing what I heard: the UK can no longer dip its hand into the EU sweetie jar as those treats are only for the 27 members. Anyone hoping for a softer edge to Brexit may think again.

Brexit reflections from Austin Mitchell

27 Jan

Here is the latest in our series reflecting on the Brexit process with regular BrexitCentral authors and others who have played an important role in our journey out of the European Union. Here are the answers to our questions from former Labour MP and prolific BrexitCentral author Austin Mitchell. BC: When did you first come […]

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Newcastle takeover: Mike Ashley is ‘furious’ and ‘demanding answers’ after details of Saudi takeover bid are leaked

27 Jan

Mike Ashley is reportedly ‘furious’ and ‘demanding answers’ after details of a Saudi takeover of Newcastle were leaked at the weekend. The 55-year-old was back in the country on Monday, two days after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund was the main player in a consortium which has been […]

Brexit reflections from David Campbell Bannerman

27 Jan

Here is the latest in our series reflecting on the Brexit process with regular BrexitCentral authors and others who have played an important role in our journey out of the European Union. Here are the answers to our questions from David Campbell Bannerman, who was formerly MEP for the East of England, Co-Chairman of Conservatives […]

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Brexit reflections from David Campbell Bannerman

27 Jan

Here is the latest in our series reflecting on the Brexit process with regular BrexitCentral authors and others who have played an important role in our journey out of the European Union. Here are the answers to our questions from David Campbell Bannerman, who was formerly MEP for the East of England, Co-Chairman of Conservatives […]

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Three polls at halfway point of #2020 confirm Fianna Fáil is consolidating modest but clear lead

27 Jan

I don’t propose to go into too much detail over the three polls that came out at the weekend, mostly because they don’t really differ that much from each other or the two previous polls. I’ll stick with Red C because they sit somewhere in the middle. There are the three common factors again: a massive drop for Fine Gael down seven; big boost for Sinn Féin; leaving Fianna Fáil proud of the pair of them on 26%, and actually … Read more

FA Cup fifth round draw: Liverpool face trip to Chelsea, Tottenham host Norwich, Rooney in Manchester United reunion with Derby

27 Jan

The FA Cup fifth round draw has thrown up some interesting ties following this week’s replays. League One Shrewsbury were beaten by Liverpool’s Under-23s on Tuesday night and the Premier League leaders will now make the trip to Chelsea. Tottenham, meanwhile, edged past Southampton 3-2 on Wednesday night to set up a home clash with […]

Government nixes institute for news proposed by Cairncross Review to help save UK journalism

27 Jan

The Government has rejected a recommendation to create an Institute for Public Interest News as part of proposals to help save the news industry. Establishing the institute was one of nine proposals put forward by Dame Frances Cairncross in her review into the sustainability of the UK news industry, which published its final report in … Continue reading “Government nixes institute for news proposed by Cairncross Review to help save UK journalism”

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David Beckham pens emotional tribute to close friend Kobe Bryant following NBA star’s tragic death

27 Jan

David Beckham has paid a heartfelt tribute to his ‘special’ friend Kobe Bryant following the NBA icon’s tragic death on Sunday. The basketball legend, 41, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, were killed in a helicopter crash just outside the city of Calabasas, California on Sunday. Tributes from some of the most recognisable names […]

Ben Stokes credits England’s opening pair for setting up South Africa success as he picks up man-of-the-series award

27 Jan

Ben Stokes heaped praise on England’s openers following their 3-1 series win against South Africa. Stokes was named man-of-the-series after scoring 318 runs and taking ten wickets across the four Test matches. But he said he was only able to score freely because of the work done early on by the young opening pair of […]

Transfer news and football gossip: Manchester United ‘expected’ to complete Bruno Fernandes deal, Barcelona want Wissam Ben Yedder for £67million

27 Jan

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online… Southampton are winning the race to sign Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker-Peters on loan. The Saints are in need of extra cover at right-back due to the injury to Cedric Soares. They still face a battle with Crystal Palace to […]

Jamie Carragher says Jurgen Klopp SHOULD take Liverpool team vs Shrewsbury but admits senior stars are allowed to rest

27 Jan

Jamie Carragher has supported Jurgen Klopp’s stance to rest his first-team stars in Liverpool’s FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury, but insisted the German manager should oversee the match. Following the Reds’ 2-2 draw with the League One club on Sunday, Klopp announced under-23 coach Neil Critchley will be in charge for the fourth round replay […]

Cardiff express ‘disappointment’ at Reading for accusing supporters of racism and homophobia during FA Cup fourth round clash

27 Jan

Cardiff have expressed their ‘disappointment’ at FA Cup rivals Reading for accusing their supporters of racist and homophobic behaviour in Saturday’s fourth-round tie at the Madejski Stadium. An announcement was made over the public address system during the first half of the 1-1 draw for the ‘away fans’ to desist with their chanting that was […]