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Dog whistles: The secret language politicians are using

[ad_1] Politicians are using coded language to "manipulate people" into making decisions they wouldn't normally be "morally comfortable with", a political language expert tells the BBC.This kind of political message only certain people are meant to understand is known as a "dog whistle", explains Professor Jennifer Saul.Some claimed these tactics were used to make people think Barack Obama was a foreigner. Others said UKIP's "Breaking Point" poster was a racist
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‘No change to the backstop,’ says Irish government

[ad_1] The backstop element of the Brexit plan is "not going to change", Ireland's deputy prime minister has said.The backstop would prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and forms part of Theresa May's Brexit deal which was rejected by MPs.Simon Coveney told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that the EU would not ratify a deal without it. [ad_2] Source link
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Brexit deadlock not game of chicken, says Simon Coveney

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters The Brexit deadlock is not a "game of chicken" between the UK and the EU, the Irish deputy prime minister has said.Simon Coveney said on Sunday that the UK and Irish governments needed to work together to reach a breakthrough.But he insisted that the backstop - the insurance policy aimed at avoiding a hard Irish border - had to remain a part of the withdrawal agreement.Theresa
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Brexit: How British-Irish relations are coping

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May and Leo Varadkar in Downing Street in September 2017 Everybody needs good neighbours.But any good relationship - even one established more than 100 years ago - needs to be nurtured.In 1919, the first sitting of Dáil Éireann (Irish parliament) and plans for partition brought about a lasting change to the British-Irish relationship.At the time, Ireland was still under British rule.Plans for
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Exhibition shows human face of race relations laws

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Scarlett Crawford was selected as artist in residence for the First Waves project. She's young, she's mixed race, she's a mum and she's from Brixton, in south London. Her intimate collection of photographs and personal testimonies from across the UK show a variety of views and experiences of people affected by the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts.The introduction of the Race Relations
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Brexit: Refunding EU settled status fees costs up to £1.95m

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrators campaigning for clarity on EU citizens' rights marched through London in November last year Theresa May's decision to scrap the fee for EU nationals to apply for stay in the UK after Brexit will cost up to £1.95m in refunds, the Lib Dems say.EU citizens who want to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 were facing a £65 fee.But the
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Drag queen Glamrou on the politics of gender and identity

[ad_1] Drag queen Glamrou explains the difference between the terms non-binary, gay and queer - and why some people prefer the pronoun 'they' to 'he' or 'she'.In a personal film for Politics Live, the writer, performer and film maker Amrou Al-Kadhi talks about the politics of gender and why identity politics is nothing to be afraid of.UK viewers can watch the full programme for 30 days from transmission [ad_2] Source
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Troops could return to Irish border, warns Varadkar

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Leo Varadkar said the solution to the Irish border issue was to ratify the deal agreed between the UK and the EU Irish troops could return to the border in the event of a botched Brexit, the Irish prime minister has warned. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a hard border could "involve people in uniform... possibly a police presence, or an army presence to back
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Brexiter Tory MP Mark Francois accuses Airbus boss of ‘German bullying’

[ad_1] Conservative MP Mark Francois has attacked a German business leader for saying Brexiteers were "mad" to say his company would never leave the UK.On Thursday, Tom Enders - who runs Airbus - said his company would have to make "potentially very harmful decisions for the UK" in the event of it leaving the EU with no deal.And in a video message, he said: “Please don’t listen to the Brexiteers’
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MP cancels Brexit public meeting over ‘far-right threat’

[ad_1] Image copyright Gus Campbell Photography/Labour Party Image caption Labour MP Cat Smith said she was "deeply disappointed" she needed to cancel the meeting An MP has cancelled a public meeting to discuss Brexit due to security concerns over "far-right extremists".Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said she was "deeply disappointed" about having to cancel the event in Fleetwood.Posting on Facebook, she said: "I've been warned far-right extremists
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Brexit: ‘Significant disruption’ from no deal, says chancellor

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters A no deal Brexit would cause "significant disruption" for the UK in the short term, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said. He said that it would also see the economy take a "significant hit" in the medium to long-term.Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme the chancellor refused to rule out resigning if the UK left the EU on 29 March with no deal. He added that
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Brexit: David Miliband puts case for new referendum

[ad_1] Image caption David Miliband was speaking to the BBC's Nick Robinson for the Political Thinking podcast Ex-Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called for a fresh Brexit referendum, saying it should not only be an option "when everything else has failed".The one-time Labour leadership contender, who is no longer an MP, said there was a democratic, economic and social case for another public poll.People's Vote campaigners bidding for a new
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Brexit: How many trade deals has the UK done?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images As a European Union member, the UK is part of about 40 trade agreements which the union has with more than 70 countries. If the UK leaves the EU in a no-deal Brexit on 29 March, it will immediately lose these deals. Last year, the UK government said it wanted to replicate the EU's trade agreements "as far as possible" and have them ready to
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Brexit: Push for more generous EU no-deal offer

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat happens in the event of no deal?Some EU countries are pushing for the European Union's no-deal legislation to be more generous to the UK. The European Commission has proposed "bare bones" arrangements on aviation and road haulage if there is no deal. The legislation would allow British truckers to carry goods into the EU and British airlines to fly in
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Queen makes plea for Britons to find ‘common ground’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen visits the Sandringham branch of the WI each year during her winter stay at the nearby Royal estate The Queen has urged people to find "common ground" and "never losing sight of the bigger picture".Commentators have interpreted the remarks as a comment on the Brexit debate, with Parliament due to vote on the way forward next week and UK due to leave
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Question Time: Fiona Bruce ‘happy to clarify’ polls remarks

[ad_1] BBC Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce has said she "should have made the context clear" in a discussion about Labour's position in the polls on last week's show.Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has complained about her treatment on the panel and said Ms Bruce did "not appear well briefed" about Labour standings compared to those of the Conservatives.Last week Ms Bruce stepped in when Ms Abbott suggested that the
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Lord Tebbit reprimanded by Lords chief whip for interruption

[ad_1] Image copyright HoL Former cabinet minister Lord Tebbit has been slapped down in the Lords after interrupting a fellow peer.The veteran Brexiteer and former ally of Lady Thatcher showed his irritation during a speech by Remain-supporting Tory colleague Lord Cormack."Do sit down, please," cried the 87-year-old peer - not the done thing in the Upper House.He was later given a reprimand by the Lords chief whip, although he had
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Tory MP Johnny Mercer told to repay £930 in expenses

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Conservative MP Johnny Mercer has been ordered to repay more than £900 after an investigation into his expenses.MPs' expenses watchdog IPSA examined a complaint that the MP's constituency office phone bills increased from a monthly average of £100 to £660 in March 2016 because of canvassing.Mr Mercer said the rise was because the phones had been hacked and calls made to an Albanian mobile phone number.IPSA