Irish PM tells UK it can’t halt backstop plans

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has dealt a blow to British hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit talks, warning he will not accept a deal that gives the UK unilateral power to halt “backstop” arrangements for the border with Northern Ireland.


OBR warns tax divide could harm Scottish economy

The UK government’s leading independent adviser on the economy has warned of a “genuine economic effect” from the widening gap between tax rates for higher earners in Scotland and those in the rest of the UK in the wake of this week’s Budget.

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