UK growth will dip to 1% even if no-deal Brexit avoided, warns OECD | Business

The UK’s GDP growth rate will slip to 1% next year even if a no-deal Brexit is avoided, according to the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation. The OECD said the economy would slow down from growth of 1.2% this year if parliament passes Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal before the 31 January deadline, before returning […]

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If Russia meddled in the Brexit vote we need to know – before the election | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion

Did Russia meddle in the outcome of the Brexit referendum, or didn’t it? It’s hard to think of a question more pertinent to this general election, and not just because some fear there may be dirty tricks this time too. Boris Johnson’s entire campaign strategy hinges on arguing that Brexit must be done, because it’s […]

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Labour accuses PM of ‘politically motivated’ suppression of Russia report | Politics

Labour has accused Boris Johnson of an “unjustifiable, unprecedented and clearly politically motivated” suppression of a parliamentary report into Russian attempts to infiltrate British politics and distort the results of the EU referendum. Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, asked the government what it had “to hide” as she demanded that No 10 approved the […]

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PM accused of cover-up over report on Russian meddling in UK politics | Politics

Boris Johnson was on Monday night accused of presiding over a cover-up after it emerged that No 10 refused to clear the publication of a potentially incendiary report examining Russian infiltration in British politics, including the Conservative party. Downing Street indicated on Monday that it would not allow a 50-page dossier from the intelligence and […]

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Trump’s interference in UK political affairs | Letters | US news

Your article (Trump tells Johnson and Farage to team up, 1 November) made disturbing reading. We rightly resent and complain against Russian or Chinese interferences with our elections. Donald Trump’s, by contrast, is blatant, aggressive, and affects not only the mechanism of election but its very structure, including who should form alliances with whom. This […]

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Even if the Tories win an election, they’ll be finished | Polly Toynbee | Opinion

Stop all those clocks in Downing Street, counting down to the Halloween Brexit. Stop Operation Yellowhammer: cancel emergency medicine stockpiling, ferries, warehouses and freezers. Stop this morning’s Operation Brock, diverting HGVs on the M20. Melt down those shamelessly triumphal commemorative 50p coins, and halt the £100m splashed on “Get ready for Brexit” information. Gross maladministration […]

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The Guardian view on general election calls: stay and finish the Brexit job | Editorial | Opinion

Oliver Cromwell’s speech attacking the Long Parliament in 1653 has gone down in history. “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.” At more recent moments in Britain’s past, Cromwell’s words have been called […]

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Don’t buy the hype: Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal did not win approval | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion

It’s not over. For a few anxious, or jubilant – depending on which tribe you belong to – minutes between 7.15pm and 7.30pm, it seemed as if the Brexit saga might just be on the verge of resolution, after three and a half agonisingly long years. The House of Commons voted to allow Boris Johnson’s […]

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If Johnson adds a customs union, remainers should finally accept his deal | Simon Jenkins | Opinion

Those still fighting to keep the United Kingdom in the EU are doing themselves no favours. Despite Saturday’s protests for a second referendum and Commons manoeuvring, a significant portion of the public backs the UK’s vote to leave the EU – and democracy requires it to do so. The terms of exit previously negotiated by […]

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Time to recognise that western greed is one of the causes of global hunger | Kevin McKenna | Opinion

The world has recently paid homage to the oat, stalwart comestible of Scotland’s larder. For the last decade, 10 October has been deemed World Porridge Day, thus canonising the brawny cereal that kept Scottish armies on their feet and built cities. Sadly, in recent years, this most unostentatious and proletarian of foods has been gentrified […]

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