The Prime Minister’s Brexit Deal has received Royal Assent and become law, meaning we will leave the European Union on 31 January and move forward as one United Kingdom.

  • Now that the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act has become law, we will leave the EU in a week’s time – keeping the promise we made to get us to the Brexit finish line.
  • We can now put the division of the last three years behind us and focus on making this a decade of renewal – delivering more money for the NHS, a crackdown on crime, and giving our young people the best start in life with more money for schools.
  • By leaving the European Union, we can start to rebuild trust in our politics, and we will continue to work around the clock to repay the trust that people have placed in us to deliver on their priorities.

We have announced 16 prisons that will receive X-ray scanners – exposing prisoners in possession of drugs, mobile phones and weapons so we can ensure our justice system is working properly and we are keeping the public safe.

  • For too long, our prisons have been blighted by the scourge of violence and drugs, preventing officers from focussing on rehabilitation.
  • That is why we are installing new advanced x-ray technologies at an initial 16 jails deemed at highest risk of smuggling; these measures form part of our wider £100 million package to make our prisons more secure and keep illicit materials out.
  • We are investing £2.75 billion to transform our prisons, creating 10,000 additional modern places, and by deploying the latest technology, we can step up security, cut crime and better protect prisoners and the public.

We are watching developments regarding the coronavirus from Wuhan in China closely and are carrying out enhanced monitoring at UK airports.

  • The situation in China is rapidly developing, and we are keeping our response under constant review. Currently the risk to the UK remains low.
  • The UK is one of the first countries to have developed a world-leading test for the new coronavirus, and we will take any steps necessary to keep the public safe.
  • We remain in close contact with the World Health Organisation and other international partners and are ready to take further action if needed.