A new prime minister is forced upon us | Letters | Politics

A new prime minister is forced upon us | Letters | Politics

Please can someone tell me that I’m not mad, and that this really is happening (Boris Johnson elected new Tory leader, theguardian.com, 23 July). The UK claims to be a democracy. Our next prime minister has just been chosen by the 92,153 members of the Conservative and Unionist party, who voted for Boris Johnson. The […]

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UK calls for EU naval task force help over seized tanker Gulf crisis

UK calls for EU naval task force help over seized tanker Gulf crisis

A European task force is being prepared to protect ships off the coast of Iran, Foreign ­Secretary Jeremy Hunt has rev­­ealed. Vessels from the navies of ­Britain’s allies are expected to join a maritime protection fleet after the hijacking of a UK-flagged oil tanker, MPs were told. The storming of the Stena Impero in the […]

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Chief trade negotiator trousers £380,000 despite no new post-Brexit trade deals

Chief trade negotiator trousers £380,000 despite no new post-Brexit trade deals

Britain’s chief trade negotiator took home £380,000 last year – despite failing to sign a single new post-Brexit trade deal. Crawford Falconer earns £265,000, but according to the Mail on Sunday  he received an extra £101,000 in pension contributions and was given £19,000 to help him relocate to Britain. International Trade Secretary Liam Foxhad promised […]

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Weary firms gear up to hit the Brexit pause button – for a second time | Business

Weary firms gear up to hit the Brexit pause button – for a second time | Business

British manufacturers are preparing for a re-run of the tense build-up to a Brexit deadline as the country awaits a new prime minister who threatens to leave the EU without a deal. The UK is currently scheduled to leave on 31 October, forcing manufacturers to restart preparations for their worst-case scenario six months after the […]

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Chris Hughes: Tanker capture is extremely serious and may prompt military action - Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes: Tanker capture is extremely serious and may prompt military action – Chris Hughes

This is an extremely serious situation. It looks likely the British tankers seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps represent an escalation that could goad the West into taking very risky but necessary action. It is just days away from Britain getting a new Prime Minister and the likelihood it will be Boris Johnson, who is […]

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Brexit: MPs debate fresh attempt to block autumn no-deal prorogation - live news

Brexit: MPs debate fresh attempt to block autumn no-deal prorogation – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including MPs’ vote on move intended to stop next PM proroguing parliament for no-deal Brexit Gauke could back rebel move to stop PM proroguing parliament Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit threat risks being ignored by the EU 12.45pm BST Justine Greening, the Tory former education secretary, says MPs should […]

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Theresa May delivers speech on state of politics today – live news | Politics

Theresa May delivers speech on state of politics today – live news | Politics

4.40pm BST16:40 May’s state of politics speech – Verdict from Twitter commentariat This is what political journalists and commentators are saying about Theresa May’s speech. In the Westminster village, it is getting panned. From my colleague John Crace John Crace (@JohnJCrace) Theresa May is giving a speech of such staggering lack of self-knowledge that she […]

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Tommy Robinson supporters attack BBC crew live on air outside Parliament

Tommy Robinson supporters attack BBC crew live on air outside Parliament

Supporters of far-right extremist Tommy Robinson attacked a BBC camera crew outside Parliament today amid violent protests after the English Defence League founder was jailed for contempt of court. An angry crowd marched to Westminster from the Royal Courts of Justice after Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was sentenced to nine months in […]

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Boris Johnson refuses to answer if he's a good dad at brutal Tory hustings

Freeports favoured by Boris Johnson could be used to dodge tax, warned expert

Boris Johnson’s plan to build Brexit “freeports” could open to the door to money laundering, according to an expert report. The scheme could allow areas to operate outside the UK’s customs regime, meaning taxes on imports would not apply. Grimsby, Teesside and Aberdeen are among potential locations. Supporters estimate the trade zones could trigger a […]

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Biggest hint yet that Labour will back Remain after months of internal disputes

Biggest hint yet that Labour will back Remain after months of internal disputes

Labour’s biggest unions have come out in favour of a second referendum in which they would campaign for Remain. Union chiefs agree “common position” but the party could still support Leave in a general election The new position also sets out that in the case of a general election they would promise to stick to […]

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