Welcome to The Independent’s politics live blog. Today Theresa May is due to meet her most senior ministers to discuss what kind of trade deal the UK should have with the EU after Brexit.  The Prime Minister will then tell the House of...
Manufacturing orders remained close to a three-decade high in the three months to December, helped by the weakness of the pound, according to the latest CBI survey of the sector. Around 28 per cent of firms reported orders above normal and 11...
Ryanair has offered to conduct last-minute talks with an Irish pilots' union in a bid to stave off a threatened pre-Christmas strike.  The budget carrier, which is one of Europe's largest airlines, said it will recognise unions for the first time as...
Back in early June 2016, a few days before the referendum was held, I was asked by Newsnight if I would call for a second referendum if Remain narrowly won. I have had a long-standing belief that the UK’s best future...
Donald Trump's administration is putting the lives of American citizens abroad at risk, a diplomat who resigned last week has said.  The State Department has been sidelined by the administration, which does not "realise the role we play," Elizabeth Shackelford told CNN.  Ms...
The international community has condemned Japan’s current whaling mission, and questioned the reason it has stated for plans to kill 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean this year. The European Union was joined by 12 other nations in its call for Japan...
The Israeli military said it had carried out air strikes on a Hamas training compound in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks from the Palestinian territory. Militants in Gaza have stepped up rocket attacks on Israel since Donald Trump's decision to recognise...
Uber’s food-delivery business will begin offering an insurance package to its couriers in Europe, a move to address the conditions of “gig economy” workers. Riders for food-delivery companies such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo are typically self-employed and the firms have come...
The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has said “no way” to Theresa May securing a bespoke trade deal with Brussels.  Michel Barnier said the EU is not prepared to come up with a makeshift trade deal for the UK that knits together all the...
Nigel Farage has bemoaned the state of his life after Brexit in a "soul-baring interview" with the Daily Mail. The former UKIP leader told the newspaper that he has "a lot of aggro to deal with" after he helped spearhead the UK's...