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Brexit: Ministers see off early EU Withdrawal Bill challenges

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ministers have seen off challenges to their authority on the first of eight days of scrutiny of a key Brexit bill. MPs backed plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, by 318 votes to 68. Calls for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to have a veto over the process were rejected by 318 votes to 52. But several Tories criticised plans to specify an exact date for Brexit and hinted they…

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G-7 health ministers: climatic factors impact health

Group of Seven health ministers have issued a joint statement that says climatic factors impact on human health. Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin told reporters on Monday that the ministers were able to work out wording acceptable to the United States during their ministerial meeting in Milan, while also recognizing the differences in opinion in light of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accords. Lorenzin called it “a great political work” to arrive at a document that recalls the U.S. position on climate change “and yet accepts the impact of…

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Catalonia crisis: Sacked ministers held by Madrid court

Eight sacked Catalan ministers have been remanded in custody by a Spanish high court judge over the region’s push for independence. Prosecutors had asked the judge to detain eight of the nine former government members who turned up for questioning in Madrid. They are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. The state prosecutor has requested a European arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. The request also covers four other dismissed Catalan ministers who did not show up in court in Madrid as requested. Catalonia crisis…

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Brexit: No 'direct jurisdiction' for ECJ after Brexit, say ministers

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK will no longer be under the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after Brexit, a government policy paper will say. Ministers say they want a “special partnership” with the EU, but it is “neither necessary nor appropriate” for the ECJ to police it. Critics say the word “direct” leaves room for the ECJ to still play a part. The pro-EU Open Britain group said the phrase paved the way for a “climbdown” over the jurisdiction of the court….

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Scottish ministers urged to lead fight against 'period poverty'

Ministers are being urged to make Scotland a world leader in fighting “period poverty” by making sanitary products free for those who need them. Labour MSP Monica Lennon says access to the products should be “a basic right”. She wants schools, colleges and universities to be required to provide free items in their female toilets. In July, the Scottish government announced a six-month pilot project in Aberdeen aimed at women and girls from low-income households. At least 1,000 people should receive free sanitary products during the trial, which ministers have…

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Theresa May to warn ministers against leaks

Ministers will be told by Theresa May they should be keeping cabinet discussions private, Number 10 says. Following several leaks and briefings over the weekend, ministers will be “reminded” of their responsibilities when cabinet meets on Tuesday. On Sunday Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested colleagues opposed to his approach to Brexit had been briefing against him. It followed press reports of his cabinet remarks on public sector pay. Hammond hits back over leaks Responding to the leaks on Sunday, Mr Hammond refused to comment on newspaper reports that he said public…

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HS2: Route through Sheffield to be announced by ministers

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds branch of HS2 will be announced later, including a decision over its path through Sheffield. Contracts worth £6.6bn will also be awarded for work on the first stretch of the new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham. The transport secretary said HS2 would “drive economic growth and productivity in the North and Midlands”. But critics say the project will damage the environment and is too expensive. The first trains are not expected to run until 2026. The decision over its…

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