Gordon Brown: ‘Boris Johnson could be UK’s last prime minister’

Ex-PM says Johnsons anti-Europe conservatism is seen in Scotland as anti-Scottish Boris Johnson could be the UKs last prime minister, Gordon Brown has warned, after the Conservative leadership frontrunner met Scottish MPs to reassure them of his desire to bolster the union. Johnsons meeting with 11 out of the 13 Scottish Conservatives at Westminster on Wednesday is understood to have covered when he should first visit Scotland if elected, how colleagues north of the border could feed into policy decisions and the future structuring of government Johnson has proposed a union unit within Downing Street. The meeting was described as positive and businesslike. Brown, the former Labour prime minister, warned of an approaching head-on conflict between Johnsons hardline views and …

Theresa May prepares ‘bold’ last-ditch offer to MPs on Brexit bill

Prime minister will ask her cabinet to sign off on concessions this week Theresa May will ask her cabinet to sign off a package of Brexit concessions this week, as she gears up for one last bid to win over MPs and salvage something concrete from her troubled premiership. With the Conservatives on course for a drubbing in Thursdays European elections, the prime minister hopes the results will focus the minds of her own MPs and persuade them to support the long-awaited withdrawal agreement bill (WAB). Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a new, bold offer …