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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


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

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 6.19pm GMT It’s understood Jeremy Corbyn is unlikely to reply to the prime minister’s letter to h...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Bbc, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Green Party, David Blunkett, Caroline Lucas


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


Political figures celebrate Paddy Ashdown's energy, bravery and humour

Praise for politician who transformed Lib Dems and oversaw peace in the BalkansTributes have poured in from across the political world and beyond for the former Liberal Democrat leader and ex-marine, Paddy Ashdown, who died on Friday night, aged 77, only two months after he revealed he was being treated for bladder cancer.Ashdown will be best remembered for transforming the Liberal Democrats into an effective third party – gaining their best ever result at the 1997 election – and for serving as ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK News, House Of Lords, Liberal Democrats, House Of Commons, United Nations, Bosnia Herzegovina, Balkans, Dayton, Ashdown, Paddy Ashdown, Lord Ashdown


Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77

Politician who led the party between 1988 and 1999 dies after short illnessLord Ashdown, 1941-2018Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has died at the age of 77 after a short illness.The politician and former Royal Marine, who led the party from 1988 to 1999, passed away on Saturday evening, a party spokesman said. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Liberal Democrats, Royal Marine, Paddy Ashdown, Lord Ashdown


Brexit: Hancock confirms government could charter planes to fly medicines into UK in event of no deal – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 11.33am GMT And the Lib Dems have now sent out a new release about their second referendum amendment. This is from Tom Brake, the party’s Brexit spokesman.The Liberal Democrats have led the campaign for a people’s vote. We are proud to have tabled an amendment which, if passed, would ensure the people get the final say on Brexit.Whilst we have heard warm words from Labour MPs, including the shadow chancellor, Labour seem unl...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Sun, Brexit, Hancock, Paul Nuttall, Matt Hancock, Tom Newton Dunn, Tom Brake, Brexit Whilst


Brexit debate between May and Corbyn will not go ahead – as it happened

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including day three of the Commons Brexit debateTheresa May’s Today interview - SummaryAfternoon summary 10.46pm GMT We’re closing down this live blog now – thanks for reading. Here’s our main story, which covers the day’s events: Related: Corbyn urges support for his Brexit plan as Commons vote nears Related: ITV scraps plans to host May-Corbyn Brexit debate 8.41pm GMT Members of the European Parliament are watch...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Greece, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Liberal Democrats, Itv, Economic policy, Tony Blair, Opinion polls, Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Article 50


Corbyn urges support for his Brexit plan as Commons vote nears

Labour leader says ‘put all options on the table’ including a people’s vote if no general election is possibleJeremy Corbyn called on MPs of all parties to vote down Theresa May’s deal and back his “alternative plan” for Brexit, as second-referendum campaigners urged him to get “off the fence” and endorse a fresh public vote.Labour’s leader, writing in the Guardian, said that the party’s “comprehensive customs union plan” should be one of the options on the table if the party could not force a g...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour party leadership, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Guardian, Len McCluskey, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn


Corbyn urges support for Labour's Brexit plan as House vote nears

Labour leader says ‘put all options on the table’ including a people’s vote if no general election is possibleJeremy Corbyn called on MPs of all parties to vote down Theresa May’s deal and back his “alternative plan” for Brexit, as second-referendum campaigners urged him to get “off the fence” and endorse a fresh public vote.Labour’s leader, writing in the Guardian, said that the party’s “comprehensive customs union plan” should be one of the options on the table if the party could not force a g...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour party leadership, Labour, Liberal Democrats, House, Guardian, Len McCluskey, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Brexit: Debate between May and Corbyn will not go ahead - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including day three of the Commons Brexit debateTheresa May’s Today interview - SummaryAfternoon summary 7.36pm GMT During the Brexit debate in the Commons on Tuesday, the Conservative MP Philip Dunne asked Corbyn to “explain to the House why he has not got the courage to debate” the prime minister on Sunday. Corbyn responded:I am quite happy to debate with the prime minister. I notice she was not very keen to debate with a...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Conservative, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Itv, House, Economic policy, Tony Blair, Opinion polls, Philip Hammond


Minority candidates face 'ethnic penalty' in elections, study shows

Research paints troubling picture of electoral prospects for minority ethnic candidates Black and Asian candidates face an “ethnic penalty” in elections, seeing lower increases in their vote shares than white candidates in the same parties, analysis has revealed.Conservative party candidates can be particularly disadvantaged, meaning minority ethnic candidates may end up contesting only safe seats, the research found – a phenomenon that could drastically limit the spectrum of candidates who will...
Tags: Politics, Race, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats


SNP and Lib Dems back Benn amendment to prevent no-deal Brexit

Parties join Labour and Tory rebels in amendment rejecting May’s deal and giving MPs a say on next step Theresa May’s plans to get her Brexit deal through parliament ran into fresh difficulties on Friday as it emerged that a “no to no deal” amendment submitted by Labour’s Hilary Benn with the support of two Tories had won the backing of the SNP and Lib Dems.Joanna Cherry, an SNP frontbench MP, said her party’s 35 MPs would support Benn’s “excellent” amendment, which rejects both May’s deal and a...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Tories, Hilary Benn, Article 50, Brexit, Benn, Joanna Cherry, Scottish National party (SNP


Migration report plans could increase labour shortages, business leaders say - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenSummary of key points from MAC report on EU migration in UK 3.23pm BST Here is my colleague Gaby Hinsliff’s take on the migration advisory committee report. Related: The part of Brexit everyone’s been avoiding is finally here: immigration | Gaby Hinsliff You can’t help wondering where its chart coolly summing up the facts – no evidence that EU migration has reduced wages or job opportunities for Britons on average, although...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Mac, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Liberal Democrats, Brexit, John Mcdonnell, Donald Tusk, Gaby Hinsliff, Tim Farron Vince Cable


Fall in sterling after Brexit vote has done more to make people poorer than immigration, says MAC - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenSummary of key points from MAC report on EU migration in UK 11.16am BST The Migration Observatory, a unit based at Oxford University, has published some research alongside the MAC report says EEA workers in the UK make an above-average contribution to the national finances.Published with MAC report: fiscal analysis finding that average EEA adult contributed £2,300 more to UK public finances than the UK average in 2016/17; eac...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Mac, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Diane Abbott, Oxford University, Migration Observatory, Brexit, Donald Tusk


EU confirms emergency summit planned for November to finalise Brexit deal - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.04am BST The Brexit talks are moving towards their climax (or their first climax - if, as seems possible, the UK leaves with a version of a “blind Brexit”, we’ve got another 21 months of negotiations to cover) and today’s Guardian splash has a headline, based on an EU briefing, that captures some of the drama.Tuesday's Guardian: "UK will shift Brexit stance in its 'darkest hour' claim EU officials" pic.twitter.com/jSel5tod...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Liberal Democrats, United Kingdom, Brexit, Donald Tusk, Michel Barnier


Brexit: Theresa May says UK will leave with no deal if MPs reject Chequers plan - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 8.19am BST Q: Boris Johnson says you have settled for two thirds of diddly squat. He says he would get a better deal.May restates what she sees as the advantages of her plan. 8.18am BST Q: What happens if MPs reject your plans?May asks if people really think that the EU would reopen negotiations if parliament rejected the deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Liberal Democrats, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Chequers


Almost half of voters say they would vote for new party in election

Neither Tories nor Labour offer a strong leader according to voters, Observer poll findsAbout two in five voters would be highly likely to vote for a new party in the political centre ground at a future election, a new poll for the Observer has revealed.Just over a third (35%) also say they felt unrepresented by the existing main parties on offer, according to the latest Opinium poll. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Opinion polls, Vince Cable, Jeremy Corbyn, Observer


MPs call for changes to electoral system after Vote Leave broke rules

Letter to John Bercow signed by 45 MPs says existing fines are regarded as ‘simply the cost of doing business’More than 40 MPs have called for far-reaching changes to the UK’s electoral system, which was described as unfit for purpose and in dire need of reform after the official Brexit campaign was fined £61,000 for breaking campaign rules.Stephen Kinnock, whose letter to the speaker, John Bercow, was signed by 45 Labour, Lib Dem and Green MPs, said the existing fines were an insufficient deter...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, John Bercow, Green Party, Electoral reform, Brexit, Stephen Kinnock, Labour Lib Dem


Tim Farron apologises after he and Vince Cable miss Brexit vote

Former leader and current leader of ‘stop-Brexit party’ fail to attend Monday night’s vote on amendmentsFormer Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has apologised after he and his successor Vince Cable missed the votes on two government-backed amendments tabled by hardline Brexiters which passed with a majority of just three.Cable and Farron, who have positioned the Lib Dems as the stop-Brexit party, were away from the Commons on Monday night during the vote on amendments tabled by Jacob Rees-Mo...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, Article 50, Tim Farron, Brexit, Jacob Rees Mogg, Farron, European Research Group ERG Continue


Lib Dems' Cable and Farron attacked for missing Brexit vote

Leader and former leader of ‘stop-Brexit party’ fail to attend Monday night’s vote on amendmentsThe Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, and his predecessor, Tim Farron, have been criticised for missing the votes on two government-backed amendments tabled by hardline Brexiters after they passed with a majority of just three.Cable and Farron, who have positioned the Lib Dems as the stop-Brexit party, were away from the Commons on Monday night during the vote on amendments tabled by Jacob Rees-Mo...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, Article 50, Tim Farron, Brexit, Jacob Rees Mogg, Farron, European Research Group ERG Continue


Jeremy Corbyn urged to clarify Labour's position on Brexit

‘Hard work’ to stop anti-hard Brexit voters turning to Lib Dems for Lewisham byelectionThe Labour leadership faces mounting pressure to clarify its position on Brexit after the local party in Lewisham selected a candidate who backs staying in the single market and the party’s international trade spokesman, Barry Gardiner, struggled to explain Labour’s position on the issue.Gardiner was appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show in his first full interview after a recording emerged of a private comm...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, European Union, UK News, Bbc, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Andrew Marr, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Lewisham, Gardiner


Tories take four-point lead over Labour in latest survey

Brexit supporters appear more pleased with Theresa May than leavers are with Jeremy CorbynThe Tories have opened up a four-point lead over Labour – the biggest since last year’s general election – as Remain voters appear to be losing faith in the ability of Jeremy Corbyn’s party to handle Brexit.The latest monthly Opinium/Observer poll puts the Conservatives on 43% (up three points) while Labour is down one on 39%. The Liberal Democrats are on 6% (down one), two ahead of Ukip (also down one). Co...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Ukip, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Opinium Observer, Jeremy CorbynThe Tories


Women aren't confident abuse in Westminster has been stopped

Three women who have made allegations against politicians tell the Guardian political parties have ignored the issue for decadesWomen at the heart of the Westminster sexual harassment scandal have told the Guardian they have no confidence that “endemic” abuse of power has been stopped.Writer Kate Maltby, who accused Conservative MP Damian Green of sexual harassment, Labour party activist Ava Etemadzadeh, who accused Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins, and former special advisor to Nick Clegg Bridget Harri...
Tags: Politics, Women, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Stella Creasy, Guardian, Westminster, Caroline Lucas, Damian Green, Sexual Harassment, Jeremy Corbyn, Rosie Winterton


Not ready to retire: Police Scotland still using 28-year-old vehicle

Liberal Democrats blame the SNP, while the police blame legacy forces preceding the 2013 creation of Police Scotland Police Scotland are still using a vehicle that is 28 years old, new data has revealed.The force’s fleet of vehicles includes 95 that are more than a decade old, while 1,006 are five to ten years old, according to information obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, Police, UK News, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Scottish National party (SNP


Boris, Brexit and the Labour rulebook – Politics Weekly podcast

Anushka Asthana is joined by Boris Johnson biographer Sonia Purnell to discuss the foreign secretary’s 4,000-word intervention on Brexit this week. Plus: Labour chair Ian Lavery on changes to Labour’s leadership election rules. On the panel: Gaby Hinsliff, Paul Mason and Richard AngellBoris Johnson’s 4,000-word Brexit intervention was widely interpreted as a pitch to replace the prime minister. The fallout dominated a week in which Theresa May will give her biggest speech on Brexit yet.Joining A...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Guardian, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Gaby Hinsliff, Ian Lavery, Anushka Asthana, Sonia Purnell


Vince Cable calls for 'political adults' to work together against hard Brexit

Lib Dem leader urges Jeremy Corbyn to ‘get off the fence’ and attacks ‘silly public school boys’ who led referendum debateBritain needs “political adults” to work together to halt a damaging Brexit, Vince Cable will tell the Liberal Democrat conference on Tuesday, urging moderate Conservatives and Labour MPs to work with his party.Cable will also call on the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to listen to the many pro-EU voters who backed him in June. “He would do better to get off the fence and refu...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, Jeremy, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Liberal Democrat, Liberal Democrat conference 2017, Liberal Democrat conference, Brexit Vince Cable


Is a divided Brexit parliament up to the biggest task for generations?

The European Union (withdrawal) bill will expose faultlines that run from top to bottom in both main partiesAlmost 46 years ago, on 21 October 1971, the Conservative foreign secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home rose in the House of Commons to open what had become known in the country as “the great debate”. The matter MPs were about to discuss was, Douglas-Home told them, “momentous”. The motion to be voted upon stated that “this house approves Her Majesty’s government’s decision of principle to join ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, House Of Commons, Brexit, Nick Cohen, Alec Douglas Home, Scottish National party (SNP, Douglas Home


Thousands march through London against Brexit – video

Vince Cable speaks at the People’s March for Europe before demonstrators make their way from Hyde Park to Parliament Square, denouncing the UK’s departure from the European Union. They demand a second referendum and call for ‘a return of common sense in Britain’s political leadership’‘Exit from Brexit’: thousands attend pro-EU demonstration in London Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, Protest, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, Article 50, Hyde Park, Brexit



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