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France triggers €50m contingency plan in case of no-deal Brexit

Five decrees to be issued within three weeks to authorise investment in border control checkpoints, roads and lorry parks at portsFrance has triggered a €50m contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit following parliament’s overwhelming rejection of Theresa May’s deal, the French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has said.“What’s certain is that the scenario of a no-deal Brexit is less and less unlikely,” Philippe told reporters in Paris after a meeting with ministers on Thursday, adding that there w...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, Paris, Brexit, Philippe, Edouard Philippe


Thursday US briefing: Britain in Brexit deadlock as May clings on

How the shutdown affects a small rural town ... US plans new space sensors for missile defence ... The plant-focused diet that could save the worldGood morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, US, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Britain, Donald Trump, Brexit, Tim Walker


Brexit: MPs to debate and vote on Brexit 'plan B' options on Tuesday 29 January - Politics live

Labour leader says he won’t meet with prime minister until she takes no-deal Brexit off the table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentFull report: May survives vote but Britain remains in Brexit deadlock 11.20am GMT Corbyn says Hastings it the town the inspired the writing of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. It is a book that inspired him, he says, and a generation of people to look at the world differently. 11.13am GMT Jeremy Corbyn is just about to start giving...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Green Party, Caroline Lucas, Article 50, Brexit


Labour frontbench back Corbyn in boycotting Brexit talks until May rules out no deal – Politics live

Labour leader says he won’t meet with prime minister until she takes no-deal Brexit off the table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentFull report: May survives vote but Britain remains in Brexit deadlock 10.17am GMT Last night Nick Boles, the Conservative MP who has tabled a bill intended to ensure MPs can vote to prevent a no-deal Brexit happening in 2019, has admitted that he will have to change it. Under the original plan, if the Commons fails to pass a Brexit deal by ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, Conservative, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Parliament, Article 50


Brexit deadlock as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn set red lines – live

Labour leader says he won’t meet with prime minister until she takes no-deal Brexit off the table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentFull report: May survives vote but Britain remains in Brexit deadlock 6.10am GMT Good morning and welcome to the politics live blog as well follow the twists and turns of UK politics.Well, she may have survived the no-confidence vote yesterday, but Theresa May is by no means out of the woods. The PM has to present a new (“Plan B”) Brexit de...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


'Wrecker Corbyn': how Thursday's papers covered May's Brexit vote aftermath

The newspapers navigate the no-confidence motion, then the PM’s open door, then Jeremy Corbyn’s rejectionThe front pages all lead with Brexit news, and while all agree there is political chaos, they disagree about who is to blame: is it Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn or MPs in general?The Guardian says: “May survives vote, but Britain remains in Brexit deadlock”, adding that despite surviving as PM and “weathering a dramatic no-confidence vote”, May “was left scrambling to strike a Brexit compromise...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Media, European Union, UK News, Newspapers & magazines, Britain, Theresa May, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn


2 US Service Members, 2 US Civilians Killed In ISIS-Claimed Syria Explosion

BEIRUT (AP) — Two U.S. service members and two American civilians were among those killed in an explosion while conducting a patrol in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than a month after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the war-torn country. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the morning attack, which local groups said killed 16 people in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij. The claim calls into questi...
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, US, America, Turkey, Syria, Ap, Britain, Nato, State Department, Donald Trump, Beirut


Markets expect Brexit to be delayed, Bank of England governor says

Rebound of pound after the vote shows investors believe process could be extendedInvestors expect a delay to Britain’s exit from the EU following the crushing defeat of the prime minister’s Brexit deal, the Bank of England governor has said.Mark Carney said the reaction of financial markets in the wake of the vote showed a degree of confidence that a no-deal Brexit was unlikely on 29 March. The pound bounced back against the dollar on Tuesday night amid optimism that article 50 would be prolonge...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Eu, Bank Of England, Mark Carney, European Union, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit


Prime Minister's Brexit plan defeated by 230 votes

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan was not expected to pass, but it was brutally murdered in a far larger margin of defeat than was expected: 432 to 202. This is the largest parliamentary defeat for a sitting government in history. The options for the Brits now include a no-deal Brexit on March 29; desperate negotiations for a new plan; or asking for an extension from the EU while a fresh hell is organized, such as a new referendum or a general election. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn im...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Time, Eu, Britain, Theresa May, Brexit, Jean Claude Junker, Jeremy Corbyn


May faces crushing Brexit defeat despite last-minute plea to MPs

Prime minister urges MPs to give her plan a second look on eve of crunch vote on withdrawal agreementTheresa May appears to be on course for a crushing defeat in the House of Commons as Britain’s bitterly divided MPs prepare to give their verdict on her Brexit deal in the “meaningful vote” on Tuesday.With Downing Street all but resigned to losing by a significant margin, Guardian analysis pointed to a majority of more than 200 MPs against the prime minister. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Yellow vests: protesters fight for ideological ownership

In France and Britain, gilets jaunes have mutated into symbols of anger against anything from austerity to IslamWhat is not in dispute is who came first. On the French side of the channel lie the original gilets jaunes (yellow vests), a grassroots, social media-based citizens’ movement with no formal structure, recognised leader or party or union backing, named after the hi-visibility jackets that French drivers are required by law to carry in their vehicles.As French yellow vests kicked off the...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Protest, France, Social Media, Austerity, UK News, Britain, The far right, Emmanuel Macron


'Cornish embassy' would continue to represent county in EU

Council tenders for contract for continued operations of an office in Brussels after BrexitThe clock might be ticking to Brexit on 29 March, but even if Britain leaves the EU on that date, a “Cornish embassy” will continue to speak out in Brussels.Cornwall council is tendering for a contract for the continued operations of an office in the city “to support our efforts to define our place within the new UK/EU relationship”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Cornwall, Brussels, Brexit, UK EU, Cornish, Brussels Cornwall


UK manufacturers can afford to wait on an EU deal, but not to crash out

Theresa May says any delay to article 50 will force companies out of Britain. But the alternative – a bad Brexit – is worseOne of Downing Street’s many arguments in favour of Theresa May’s Brexit deal is that further delay will persuade many of the UK’s biggest companies to stop procrastinating about their investment plans and move some or all of their activities abroad.Bosses have spent long enough watching and waiting to see what kind of Brexit unfolds. Another six months, while parliament mov...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Environment, Renewable Energy, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Retail industry, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Mike Ashley


Brexit brings surprise boost for Bulgarian resorts

Fearing the prospect of a plunging pound, travellers are turning to an unlikely destination to make their money go furtherAs the wrangling over how Britain should leave the EU reaches fever pitch, one country is already experiencing a Brexit dividend: Bulgaria.Resorts in the south-eastern European country have seen a surge in bookings from British holidaymakers as families seek out alternative summer destinations. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Currencies, Bulgaria, Sterling, Brexit


Angst, grief, pain: Europe in turmoil as extremists form new alliances | Simon Tisdall

A real menace looms as we fret about Brexit and Germany and France sign symbolic accordsIt could simply be a coincidence. Or perhaps the decision to exhibit Edvard Munch’s most famous work, The Scream, at the British Museum in April, closely following Britain’s scheduled 29 March exit from the EU, is an artful piece of deliberate subversion. Either way, the Norwegian painter’s celebrated depiction of extreme pain occasioned by high anxiety, mental instability, grief, loneliness and separation se...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Germany, Eu, European Union, UK News, Hungary, Britain, Italy, British Museum, Brexit, Edvard Munch, Simon Tisdall


MoD sends planners to ministries over post-Brexit border fears

Military to assist government departments set to take brunt of no-deal chaos or backlogMilitary planners have been deployed to the Department for Transport, the Home Office and the Foreign Office as officials desperately try to avoid backlogs and chaos at the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Observer can disclose.Details released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 14 military planners have been dispatched by the Ministry of Defence to key ministries, which also include ...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Department for Transport the Home Office


Grayling claim Brexit block could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would r...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit


Grayling claim that no Brexit could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would r...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit, Grayling


Grayling under fire for claim blocking Brexit could boost far right

Minister’s critics accuse him of ‘dangerous scaremongering’ to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would result in t...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit


UK faces prospect of no Brexit if May's deal rejected, says Hunt

Foreign secretary says vote against withdrawal agreement could lead to UK staying in EUBrexit: what happens next?A rejection of Theresa May’s deal could lead to “Brexit paralysis” and prevent the UK from leaving the EU at all, Jeremy Hunt has said.Such an outcome would be “enormously damaging” for politicians’ relationships with voters and Britain’s global reputation, the foreign secretary said. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jeremy Hunt, Brexit, Hunt


Japanese PM implores Britain not to leave EU without a deal

Shinzō Abe says ‘the whole world’ wants the UK to secure an agreementJapan’s prime minister has implored the UK not to leave the EU without an exit deal, saying it was “the wish of the whole world” to see Britain secure an agreement.The remarks from Shinzō Abe on a visit to London came as two cabinet ministers, Greg Clark and Gavin Williamson, traded blows over the viability of a no-deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Politics, UK, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Shinzo Abe, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Greg Clark, Gavin Williamson


Shinzō Abe implores Britain not to leave EU without a deal

Japanese PM says ‘the whole world’ wants the UK to secure an agreementJapan’s prime minister has implored the UK not to leave the EU without an exit deal, saying it was “the whole wish of the whole world” to see Britain secure an agreement.The remarks from Shinzo Abe on a visit to London came as two cabinet ministers, Greg Clark and Gavin Williamson, traded blows over the viability of a no-deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Politics, UK, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Shinzo Abe, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Greg Clark, Gavin Williamson


Brexit: Corbyn downplays suggestions he will table no confidence motion next week - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech, Theresa May’s press conference, and day two of the resumed Brexit debateBrexit plan B debate will last only 90 minutes, says No 10No 10 reaches out to Labour by welcoming workers’ rights amendmentCorbyn says Labour may delay Brexit if it wins snap electionCorbyn’s Brexit speech - Summary and analysis 3.12pm GMT Eurotunnel has accused the government of “distortionary and anti-competit...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Chris Grayling, Eurotunnel, Financial Times, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Department For Transport


A simple bug makes it easy to spoof Google search results into spreading misinformation

A bug that anyone can easily exploit in Google makes it easy to kick out manipulated search results that look entirely real. The search manipulation bug was documented by Wietze Beukema, a London-based security specialist, who warned that a malicious user could use this bug to generate misinformation. By splicing together values from a Google search result’s “knowledge graph,” the cards that pop up in search results to supplement the search query with visuals and quick facts. Anything from count...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, London, Internet, Government, US, Barack Obama, Google Search, Tech, Hack, Britain, United States, Digital Media, George Bush, Search Engine


Cross-party alliance of MPs tells May: we will stop no-deal Brexit

Government suffers defeat during debate on the finance bill in the CommonsTheresa May faces a concerted campaign of parliamentary warfare from a powerful cross-party alliance of MPs determined to use every lever at their disposal to prevent Britain leaving the EU without a deal in March.Former staunch loyalist Sir Oliver Letwin signalled that he and other senior Conservatives would defy party whips, repeatedly if necessary, to avoid a no-deal Brexit, as the government suffered a humiliating defe...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Oliver Letwin


'The way the EU treated the UK opened my eyes': Bolsover's Brexit

The Derbyshire town, Dennis Skinner’s constituency, voted to leave by over 70% – and has had no change of heartWalking into the debating hall at a school in Bolsover during the EU referendum campaign, Kate Godfrey couldn’t quite believe her eyes. On the front row, ahead of the sixth-formers she had come to address in her role as east Midlands field manager for Britain Stronger in Europe, were five teachers wearing green ties advertising the Grassroots Out campaign.“We lost that school years befo...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Retail industry, Britain, Foreign Policy, Migration, Sports Direct International, Article 50, Derbyshire, Brexit, Dennis Skinner


City firms prepare to shift £800bn out of UK as Brexit looms

Twenty companies have announced plans for no-deal scenario but true number could be higherFinancial services firms are preparing to move £800bn of assets out of Britain to Europe as part of Brexit contingency plans, a report has revealed.EY financial services’ Brexit Tracker said 20 companies had announced plans to transfer assets – chiefly client cash and investments such as stock and bond holdings – out of London before 29 March. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, London, European Union, UK News, World news, Financial Sector, Britain, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Tracker


A former hunger striker writes: help give Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hope | Letters

Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in apartheid South Africa, writes Beverley NaidooThe news that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe intends to go on hunger strike, to protest against denial of medical care in her Iranian prison, is heart-rending (Report, 4 January).It’s a desperate decision but one that may cause permanent, if not fatal, self-harm. Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in the segregated white women’s section of Pretoria Central Prison in apartheid South Af...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Human Rights, Law, US, UK News, World news, Iran, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Amnesty International, Brexit, Trump, E-petitions, Amnesty International UK


How sibling rivalry impacts politics

Was Ed Miliband right to stand against his brother David for the leadership of the Labour party in 2010? Or should he have stepped aside to give his elder brother a clear run? There was much media debate over his decision to challenge David, and relations between the brothers have remained cool and distant to this day. Half a century earlier, John Kennedy and his brothers Robert and Ted were all viewed as potential American presidential candidates. But Robert waited until after his elder brother...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, History, Ted, David, Britain, Labour party leadership, Ed Miliband, Harry, Catholic, British, Shakespeare, Election, Labour Party, Edward


'They've turned Michael Gove into a vacillating fool' – politicians on Brexit: The Uncivil War

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as leave campaigner Dominic Cummings in a contentious new TV film. What do the people who were at the centre of the drama really think of it?Dominic Cummings, the campaign director for Vote Leave, doesn’t just feature in James Graham’s scintillating new film about Brexit – he takes over it. Brilliantly brought to life by Benedict Cumberbatch (despite his struggles with Cummings’ oddly inflected, vaguely north-east English accent), the Cummings we see on screen is impul...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Television, Benedict Cumberbatch, Drama, Film, Eu, European Union, Culture, Britain, Michael Gove, Graham, Boris Johnson, Peter Mandelson, Brexit, Matthew Elliott



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