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Work on new Eurotunnel border inspection post begins in Calais

Checkpoint for horses and other large animals part of £20m no-deal Brexit contingency planWork has begun at the Calais Eurotunnel exit for a new border inspection post for horses and other large animals as part of a £20m no-deal contingency plan.Controls are also prepared for the nearby port of Boulogne, to cater for the 200,000 tonnes of fish the UK exports through France. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, European Union, UK News, World news, Calais, Brexit, Boulogne, Calais Eurotunnel


May wants parliament to rule out no-deal Brexit, Cooper says

Labour MP claims Tories want article 50 extension but party politics prevents open supportAll the day’s political developments - live!A senior Labour MP leading a backbench effort to rule out a no-deal Brexit has argued that much of the government, including Theresa May, privately want this to happen, and are relying on parliament to take action. Related: Brexit: No deal will be 'absolute disaster' says business minister, as May prepares to address MPs - Politics live Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Tories, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Cooper


For lorries queuing at congested Calais, no-deal Brexit looms large

In the first of a short series, Lisa O’Carroll joins a British driver to navigate the ‘frictionless trade’ of the French portSimon Wilkinson, a British lorry driver, is surveying about 1,000 lorries amassing at the “queue for the queue” about half a mile from a French port. “This is frictionless trade on a Thursday afternoon in Calais,” he said.Wilkinson runs a small haulage company in Kent that specialises in transporting frozen food. Like all hauliers, he is looking ahead to the possibility of...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, European Union, UK News, Transport, Road transport, Calais, Kent, Brexit, Wilkinson, Lisa O'Carroll


EU citizen registration in UK could become 'new Windrush', say migration experts

Critics warn many could be left without legal status to stay if settlement scheme failsMigration experts have warned that the post-Brexit system for registering EU citizens living in the UK could become a new “Windrush scandal” as the scheme to register an estimated 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK begins.From Monday, the third phase of testing will open to EU residents in the UK, who will be able to register for the new post-Brexit “settled status”. The Home Office is extending its live...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, The Home Office, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


'No solutions' to Irish backstop in May's Brexit call with cabinet

Statement on Monday expected to focus on finding a remedy to issue that threatens to split Tory partyTheresa May is expected to reject calls to forge a cross-party consensus on Brexit when she lays out her plan B to parliament on Monday, choosing instead to back new diplomatic efforts in Brussels to renegotiate the Irish backstop.The prime minister held a conference call with her bitterly divided cabinet from the country retreat of Chequers on Sunday evening. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Brexit, Chequers


May planning to reject calls for cross-party consensus on Brexit

Despite PM’s promise of compromise priority remains fixing backstop to prevent Tory split Theresa May is expected to reject calls to forge a cross-party consensus on Brexit when she lays out her plan B to parliament on Monday, choosing instead to back new diplomatic efforts in Brussels to renegotiate the Irish backstop.The prime minister held a conference call with her bitterly divided cabinet from the country retreat of Chequers on Sunday evening. But despite her claim in the wake of last week’...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Theresa May, Brussels, Brexit, Chequers


MPs to ambush May with amendments to stop no-deal Brexit

The PM is to present the next stage of her plan to get her deal through on MondayMPs are to ambush Theresa May’s statement on Monday with amendments aimed at stopping a no-deal Brexit, as well as paving the way for “indicative votes” to show whether any proposal can command a parliamentary majority.The Labour frontbench is undecided as to whether to back either proposal. Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee, is planning to put down a tightly-worded amendment to give time for...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Dominic Grieve, Article 50, Brexit


Brexit: No 10 hits out at MPs trying to delay article 50 to avert no deal

Downing Street says it is ‘extremely concerning’ MPs could attempt to override the governmentDowning Street has said it is “extremely concerning” that MPs could attempt to override the government to suspend or delay the article 50 process to leave the EU in their effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit.A slew of backbench amendments are expected to be attached to the prime minister’s statement on Monday on the way forward for the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Article 50, Brexit


Keir Starmer: Northern Ireland backstop likely in any Brexit scenario

Labour’s Brexit spokesman says renegotiation of May deal unlikely before UK leaves EUAny withdrawal agreement is likely to require a backstop, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has said, admitting that a renegotiation was unlikely to be possible in the time before the UK is set to leave the EU.Starmer has previously been highly critical of the backstop, which would keep Britain in an effective customs union with the EU as an insurance policy to prevent a hard border in Northern Ire...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Labour, Northern Ireland, Keir Starmer, Article 50, Brexit, EU Starmer


Jeremy Corbyn expected to back move to block no-deal Brexit

Labour is considering a proposal that would force Theresa May to extend Britain’s membership of the EUJeremy Corbyn is poised to back a plan to block a no-deal Brexit as pressure builds within Labour and the trade unions for a delay to Britain’s EU departure.It is understood that the leader and his shadow cabinet team are preparing to support a proposal that would force Theresa May to request an extension to Britain’s EU membership should no Brexit deal be agreed by early March. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, EUJeremy Corbyn


Corbyn expected to back move to block no-deal Brexit

Labour is considering a proposal that would force Theresa May to extend Britain’s membership of the EUJeremy Corbyn is poised to back a plan to block a no-deal Brexit as pressure builds within Labour and the trade unions for a delay to Britain’s EU departure.It is understood that the leader and his shadow cabinet team are preparing to support a proposal that would force Theresa May to request an extension to Britain’s EU membership should no Brexit deal be agreed by early March. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, EUJeremy Corbyn


Women’s March 2019 – in pictures

Thousands gathered across the globe to call for equality and the protection of women’s rights Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Activism, Protest, Women, Austerity, UK News, World news, Feminism, Donald Trump, Brexit


Ministers agree to consider Lib Dem plans for new referendum

Vince Cable says move follows cross-party talks on Brexit deadlock optionsCabinet ministers involved in cross-party talks on how to break the Brexit deadlock have given the first indication that they are prepared to examine plans for a potential second referendum on the UK’s departure from the EU, according to the Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Vince Cable.The offer to examine a possible timetable for a second vote drawn up by the Lib Dems was made during discussions between senior Liberal Democra...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Liberal Democrats, Michael Gove, Vince Cable, Brexit, Cabinet Office, Vince, Lib Dem, David Lidington


Hundreds join London Women's March to protest austerity

Demonstrators march in solidarity with 89 other protests worldwide to improve quality of women’s livesPropelled by a mass public rendition of Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves and accompanied by a thudding police helicopter overhead, hundreds of protesters rallied in central London on Saturday in solidarity with an estimated 89 Women’s Marches worldwide.“Today is about improving the living and working conditions of women”, said organiser Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, a lawyer and activist. “On the gro...
Tags: Gender, Politics, London, Activism, Women, UK News, Women in politics, Brexit, Shola Mos Shogbamimu


The wolf of no-deal Brexit – cartoon

Unscrupulous business interests slaver at the prospect of crashing out of Europe Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit


Starmer: Labour 'must keep open' option of second referendum

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer says remain option should be on ballot paperLabour must keep open the option of a second EU referendum with remain on the ballot paper, Keir Starmer has said.After Theresa May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly voted down on Tuesday, leaving Labour as potential kingmakers in shaping the nature of Britain’s exit from the European Union, the shadow Brexit secretary said Labour must either instruct the government to negotiate a close economic relationship with the...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Tom Watson, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Starmer


Brexit: Labour 'must keep open' option of second referendum

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer says remain option should be on the ballot paperLabour must keep open the option of a second EU referendum with remain on the ballot paper, the shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has said.After Theresa May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly voted down on Tuesday, leaving Labour as potential kingmakers in shaping the nature of Britain’s exit from the European Union, Starmer said Labour must either instruct the government to negotiate a close economic relations...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Keir Starmer, Article 50, Brexit, European Union Starmer


Give MPs free vote on Brexit options, says Sir John Major

Ex-PM urges Theresa May to stage series of ‘indicative’ votes as way out of impasseSir John Major has called for MPs to be allowed to have a free vote on a series of options to solve the unfolding Brexit crisis, saying he feared millions would be hurt if Britain crashed out of the EU with the wrong deal.The former prime minister called on Theresa May to stage a series of “indicative” votes in parliament to establish if any proposals could command a majority. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Major, Brexit


Voters less likely to back Labour with 'stop Brexit' policy, leaked poll suggests

Unreleased poll for group backing second referendum finds almost a third would be less likely to back partyA leaked poll commissioned by the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign suggests that voters would be less likely to back Labour if the party was committed to stopping Brexit.According to the poll, passed to the Guardian, almost a third of respondents said they would be less likely to vote Labour, a similar number to those who said it would not make a difference. Twenty-five per cent said it wou...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Labour, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, EU Best


How to break a Brexit deadlock: 'keep going, be flexible ... and listen'

Whether it be a hijack, kidnap or siege situation, negotiation is an art. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn take noteWestminster is in deadlock. The progress of Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement has stalled in parliament, where a majority of MPs are opposed to it. Jeremy Corbyn has refused to enter talks with the prime minister until she rules out a no-deal Brexit, a demand she describes as “an impossible condition”. So how do our political representatives get themselves out of this impasse?“Negoti...
Tags: Psychology, Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Soas University of London, J Simon Rofe


Labour would lose voters with 'stop Brexit' policy, poll suggests

Leaked Best for Britain survey shows almost a third would be less likely to back their partyA leaked poll commissioned by the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign suggests that voters would be less likely to back Labour if the party was committed to stopping Brexit.According to the poll, passed to the Guardian, almost a third of respondents said they would be less likely to vote Labour, a similar number to those who said it would not make a difference. Twenty-five per cent said it would make them mo...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Labour, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Leaked Best, EU Best


Boris Johnson wrongly denies stirring Turkey fears in Brexit campaign

After speech attacking PM, ex-minister claims he ‘didn’t say anything about Turkey’ in 2016Follow all the latest on Brexit with our live blogBoris Johnson has wrongly claimed that he “didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate” during the EU referendum campaign, in comments that overshadowed a speech in Staffordshire intended to burnish his leadership credentials.The former foreign secretary’s clumsy attempt to rewrite history eclipsed a speech highly critical of Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Turkey, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, Staffordshire


Revealed: UK patients stockpile drugs in fear of no-deal Brexit

Doctors call for more transparency amid fears of shortages, especially of insulinMinisters have been urged by top doctors to reveal the extent of national drug stocks, amid growing evidence patients are stockpiling medication in preparation for a no-deal Brexit.The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), which represents tens of thousands of doctors, urged the government to be more “transparent about national stockpiles, particularly for things that are already in short supply or need refrigeration, ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Drugs, European Union, UK News, NHS, Pharmaceuticals industry, Brexit, Brexit The Royal College of Physicians RCP


Boris Johnson falsely denies issuing Turkey warning in Brexit campaign

Letter undermines Johnson’s claim he ‘didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate’ Follow all the latest on Brexit with our live blogA speech by Boris Johnson designed to burnish his leadership credentials has been overshadowed by his incorrect claim that he “didn’t say anything about Turkey” during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.The former foreign secretary tried to argue he had no need to apologise for Vote Leave’s warnings that Turks could come to the UK if the country were to join the EU, be...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Turkey, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit


'Aren't you going insane?': readers' questions from beyond Brexitland

Jon Henley answers Brexit queries from confused readers around the worldHaving asked those of you living outside the UK if you were confused by the latest news from Brexitland, I got so many responses (thank you all) that I have grouped and paraphrased the most common ones so as to be able answer, at least approximately, as many as possible.And I’ve mostly stuck to factual questions on the Brexit process. “Will Brexit finally teach Britain it no longer rules the world?” from (among others) Steve...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Netherlands, Dublin, Article 50, Brexit, Aren, Jon Henley, Thijs, Brexitland


No-deal Brexit could put Mother's Day flowers at risk

Seamless import of flowers from Netherlands will suffer with chaos of no-deal scenario, say exportersMeet Brexit’s latest potential victim: the Mother’s Day bouquet. While the tumult in Westminster is keeping political pundits in clover, the decision by MPs to vote down Theresa May’s deal this week has sent petals flying among Dutch exporters, who are responsible for 80% of the flowers sold in British shops.As risk of a no-deal Brexit was raised, LTO Nederland, the organisation that represents D...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, International Trade, Economics, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Netherlands, Michael Gove, Westminster, Article 50, Brexit


Boris Johnson condemned after falsely saying he did not make anti-Turkish claims in Brexit campaign - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech 12.56pm GMT Here is Tom Brake, the Lib Dem Brexit spokesman, on Boris Johnson’s speech.No one will take lessons from Boris Johnson on eroding trust in our democracy. The fact he is still peddling mistruths about money from Brexit going to our NHS is shameful. Brexit will make us poorer.As exit day approaches, with Theresa May’s deal soundly defeated, extending Article 50 is the only r...
Tags: Politics, UK, Germany, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Turkey, Theresa May, NHS, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Boris, Tom Brake the Lib Dem Brexit


Mordaunt urges May to prepare for no deal as PM consults cabinet

No 10 says May is meeting ministers throughout day to prepare for plan B statementTheresa May will hold summits with her cabinet in Downing Street to try and forge a route through the Brexit impasse, as one of her ministers suggested her withdrawal agreement could be improved if the UK was prepared properly to leave with no deal.May was meeting a large number of cabinet ministers either individually or in small groups throughout the day, Downing Street said, adding that she did not intend to spe...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Downing Street, Article 50, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt, Trade Policy, Mordaunt


Brexit: Boris Johnson claims EU will be 'flexible' if UK tries to get it to remove backstop - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech 11.12am GMT Johnson says trying to “heave” MPs from one side of the debate to another is a mistake.And the idea that customs union membership would be a solution is a mistake, he says.Now is the time for us to go back to Brussels ... and demand real change to that backstop. And this time we must mean it. 11.08am GMT Johnson says it would be a mistake to stay bound by EU rules.What...
Tags: Politics, UK, Germany, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Johnson, Brexit


May claims it is impossible for government to rule out no-deal Brexit in reply to Corbyn - as it happened

Labour leader says he won’t meet with PM until she takes no-deal Brexit off table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentMay will stick to Brexit ‘principles’ in cross-party talks, says No 10Philip Hammond tells business no-deal Brexit will be stoppedJeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech and Q&A - Summary and analysisLunchtime summaryTheresa May’s letter to Corbyn - Summary and analysis 8.05pm GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now, so thanks for reading and for all the co...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Green Party, Caroline Lucas



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