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# Scotland
SNP Westminster leader calls for 'legitimate and legal route' to Scottish independence
It is the latest in a series of calls for a second referendum on independence.
# UK
Man ‘brandishing knives’ shot dead by police in London's Westminster
The incident is not being treated as terror-related.
Voices
Lise Hand in London: 'Empires end, not with a bang, but with a last burst of delusion'
The party was a bit flat and the Prime Minister was not often spotted. Lise Hand reports from London.
# Shake Up
Jeffrey Donaldson replaces Nigel Dodds as DUP's Westminster leader
Meanwhile, Sammy Wilson MP has been elected as the DUP’s chief whip.
# westminster
Boris Johnson to legislate to prevent any further Brexit delays
The re-worked Withdrawal Agreement Bill is due to come before the Commons this week.
Voices
Column: The results of the UK general election could hugely impact the Irish border - and not for the first time
A December election does not come around often, writes Cormac Moore.
# Boris Johnson
'Shameful': Hillary Clinton slams UK government for not publishing report into Russian interference
A report was sent to PM Boris Johnson a month ago but has not been published
# extension in the offing
When will we know if we're getting a Brexit extension?
A UK election could fast-track the EU’s decision on whether to grant an extension – but for how long will it be?
# brexplainer
What was tonight's crucial Brexit vote all about, and what happens now?
Let’s untangle the confusing jumble of Brexit legislation, amendments and Commons votes.
# brexit crisis
Boris Johnson loses crucial Commons vote on his Brexit deal, as EU to consider a third extension
Donald Tusk said that he would recommend that the EU’s 27 leaders accept the UK request for an extension until 31 January 2020.
# Brexit
Crunch time for Johnson as he tries to push through Brexit bill in three days
He faces the first hurdle this evening when MPs vote on the timetable for the bill’s passage through the parliament.
# westminster
'I can't think properly': Julian Assange appears in London court for extradition hearing
Assange is accused of leaking US government secrets.
# Stormont
Foster backs call for Stormont restoration as NI abortion to be decriminalised by Westminster
The move to decriminalise abortion will only be halted if the Stormont executive is restored by 21 October.
# Attempted Murder
Man who drove into crowd in Westminster jailed for life
Salih Khater drove his car at pedestrians, cyclists and two police officers in August 2018.
# Royals
What can we expect from the Queen's Speech?
The ceremony has existed in its current form since 1852, and kickstarts the British government’s legislative agenda.
# carl beech
‘Poor judgment’ caused police failures in Westminster sex abuse claims case, report says
Carl Beech was jailed for fabricating a series of claims of rape, torture and murder by high-profile figures.
# extinction rebellion
Four climate protestors arrested after spraying fake blood on UK Treasury building
The environmental campaign group said 1,800 litres of fake blood was used.
# westminster
Man detained after dousing himself with suspected flammable liquid by Parliament gates in London
The scene was made safe by units from the London Fire Brigade.
# Birmingham
Labour MP Jess Phillips says a man was arrested after trying to 'smash the windows' of her constituency office
Phillips says her staff had to be locked in the office.
# westminster
Boris Johnson stands firm and ignores appeals to apologise over Jo Cox comments
There have been calls from UK parliamentarians on all sides to tackle a “toxic” political culture.
AS IT HAPPENED
Angry exchanges in Commons as Attorney General declares 'parliament is dead'
“The time is coming when even these turkeys won’t be able to prevent Christmas,” Attorney General geoffrey Cox told MPs.
# Dublin visit
Hilary Benn on granting a Brexit extension: Will the EU push the UK over a cliff edge?
Labour MP Benn is in Dublin today to meet with Simon Coveney, Drew Harris and others about Brexit progress.
# GE19
Bill to delay Brexit will pass through House of Lords tomorrow. What then?
There are 56 days until the current Brexit deadline.
# Interview
Brexit: Mary Lou rules out special SF conference on party taking seats in Westminster
‘There is no appetite for us to enter Westminster,’ said the Sinn Fáin party leader.
# uk cabinet
Jacob Rees-Mogg addresses proroguing parliament in his first speech as Leader of the Commons
Rees-Mogg has just given his first statement in the House of Commons as a member of the British government.
# brexit mayhem
Senior Tories say they're stepping down after Boris Johnson confirmed as new party leader
Boris Johnson was announced as the new Conservative Party leader this afternoon.
# Tories
Boris Johnson has been elected the new Conservative Party leader
The Conservative Party’s 1922 committee made the announcement this morning at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II conference centre.
# westminster
MPs in London back move to prevent the next prime minister from suspending parliament
Boris Johnson had not ruled out suspending parliament if he become prime minister.
# London
'This was not an accident': Westminster attacker found guilty of attempted murder
Salih Khater circled Parliament Square four times before accelerating into cyclists stopped at traffic lights and then crashing into a police barrier.
# westminster
Same-sex marriage and abortion to be legalised in North if no power-sharing by 21 October
Amendments relating to same-sex marriage and abortion were passed in the House of Commons today.
# curiouser and curiouser
Speaker John Bercow called upon to break Commons deadlock after 310-310 tie on more indicative votes
The House Speaker John Bercow had the deciding vote, and voted against the amendment, quoting precedent from 26 years ago.
# mary lou
Sinn Féin taking Westminster seats 'would only heighten political temperature'
Minister for Health Simon Harris last night criticised the party for its abstention from Westminster.
# at it again
'Take back control': MPs vote to hold series of Brexit votes on Wednesday
A minister resigned in order to vote to hold indicative votes on Wednesday, a proposal which Theresa May opposes.
AS IT HAPPENED
MPs rule out no-deal Brexit in any circumstances after muddled House of Commons vote
MPs are due to vote again today at 7pm – this time, it’s whether to rule out a no-deal Brexit.
# No deal
'Treating us as if we're stupid?': Minister pressured to answer direct question on border in Morning Ireland interview
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed was involved in a tense interview on Morning Ireland today.
# Brexit
UK government to scrap £65 'right to stay' fee for EU citizens
She said anyone who has already applied will receive a refund.
# Border lines
'There won't be a border because we don't want it!': What Brexiteers think of the backstop
We spoke to some Brexiteers outside Westminster about what they think of the ‘Irish protocol’.
# Brexit
Police probe 'Nazi' badgering of MP as presence is beefed up around Westminster
Far-right protesters have been intimidating people outside Westminster, MPs say.
# vótáil 100
Who was your Irish MP in 1918? Here's a list of everyone elected in that historic election
A 32-county ballot that changed the course of Irish history.
# brexit shambles
Taoiseach tells Mary Lou that talking about a border poll now is 'disruptive and destructive'
The Sinn Féin leader said a “crash” no-deal Brexit moves the timeline for a border poll on a united Ireland forward.