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A group of senior congressmen have told Boris Johnson to scrap his Brexit plans or abandon hopes of a trade deal with the US

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. Carolyn Kaster/AP Images Boris Johnson is under growing pressure from the US to drop his Brexit plans. The UK government has announced that it intends to give itself the power to break the deal it signed with the EU last year. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was "absolutely no chance" of a UK-US free trade deal if the UK prime minister went ahead with the plan, which has outraged Brussels and MPs in London. Now four senior congressmen have urged Jo...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Congress, Washington, US, International, Trends, Eu, United States, Theresa May, House, House Of Commons, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson


'Alternative to Irish backstop' consultant in line for £200m contract

Exclusive: Shanker Singham was one of key experts involved in non-government Alternative Arrangements CommissionA consultant who had a leading role in the campaign for an alternative to Theresa May’s Irish border “backstop” is in the running for all or part of a £200m government contract related to the post-Brexit checks down the Irish Sea.Shanker Singham, one of the main proponents of the so-called “alternative arrangements” for the Irish border, is understood to have teamed up with the customs...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Deloitte, Brexit, Fujitsu, Robert Hardy, Shanker Singham, Irish Sea Shanker Singham, Trader Support Service TSS


Brexit: growing number of Tory MPs expected to abstain or vote against bill

Several former lawyers among those likely not to back internal market bill on Monday nightLatest politics news – live developmentsMore than 20 Conservative MPs, including a number of former lawyers, are expected to rebel or abstain at the vote on Boris Johnson’s internal market bill, which the government admits will break international law, risking the possibility that they will lose the Conservative whip.Two former barristers – the ex-attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, and Rehman Chishti, who quit...
Tags: Politics, Conservative, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Northern Irish politics, Brexit, Gary Streeter, Trade Policy, Geoffrey Cox, Rehman Chishti


No kicks, coughs or slip-ups as party conferences go online

Attendees of this year’s virtual gatherings may be spared any gaffes, but at what cost?Utter the phrase “conference season” to a Westminster veteran and don’t be surprised if their initial reaction is a shudder. For regular attendees of the annual party gatherings, which kick off next weekend, they raise the prospect of lengthy policy sermons and curled cheese sandwiches by day, followed by sweaty bars and third-hand gossip by night. Related: Keir Starmer's conference challenge is to avoid the...
Tags: Politics, David Cameron, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Neil Kinnock, Damian McBride, Keir Starmer, Zoe Williams, Liberal Democrat conference, Labour conference, Conservative conference


Labour will back new Brexit legislation if PM addresses concerns, says Starmer

Ex-prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major unite to condemn internal market billSir Keir Starmer has committed Labour to back Boris Johnson’s new Brexit legislation if the prime minister addresses “substantial cross-party concerns”.The Labour leader accused the prime minister of having “turned the clock back” and of “reigniting old rows” by working to override his own withdrawal agreement. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Tony Blair, John Major, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Brexit, The Labour, Starmer


Conservative rebels want Theresa May to lead a Brexit rebellion against Boris Johnson's plan to break international law and rip up his deal with the EU

Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her successor Boris Johnson. Getty Conservative MPs in Boris Johnson's government are growing increasingly frustrated with his leadership. Johnson's plan to break international law and rip up his Brexit deal with the EU has triggered a rebellion among his party and the threat of legal action from Europe. Rebel Conservative MPs are seeking to enlist Johnson's predecessor Theresa May to front the campaign against his plan. Up to 30 Conservative MPs ar...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, News, China, International, Trends, Eu, Conservative, Britain, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Major, Boris Johnson, Westminster


Nancy Pelosi warns Boris Johnson there is 'absolutely no chance' of a UK-US trade deal if he pursues his Brexit plan

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts a news conference to call for the extension of the federal unemployment insurance in the Capitol Visitor Center to on Friday, July 24, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Senior Democrats have warned that there will be no US trade deal with the UK if Boris Johnson does not uphold the Brexit protocol for Northern Ireland. Prime Minister Johnson has caused outraged at home and in Europe over plans to potentially disapply...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Congress, White House, US, International, Trends, Eu, European Union, Joe Biden, Bbc, Britain, United States, Ireland, Theresa May


Boris Johnson is copying Trump's tactics on Brexit, says the UK's former ambassador to the US

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pictured on the left on August 15, 2020. Former British ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, is pictured on the right in March 2018. Getty/Getty The UK's former ambassador to the US has said that Boris Johnson is using tactics which are "like Donald Trump" It came after Johnson's government this week admitted that their latest attempts to negotiate a deal with the EU break international law. Trump told Theresa May, who Johnson replaced a...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, News, Washington, US, International, Trends, Eu, European Union, United States, Theresa May, Northern Ireland, Darroch, Boris Johnson, Johnson


Brexit is back – and Labour's dilemma has not changed | Owen Jones

Keir Starmer has been praised for ‘sidestepping’ the Brexit trap, but this was always the only optionThe latest Tory ruse on Brexit is tediously straightforward. By talking up no deal and expressing a willingness to flout international law, the Conservatives intend to bounce Brussels into a favourable agreement while torturing their Labour opponents. It is the Tories who have relitigated Britain’s rupture with the EU – despite coasting to victory with a commitment to “Get Brexit done”.They know ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Jones


Brexit: Brandon Lewis admits government plan to change withdrawal agreement breaks international law – live

Northern Ireland secretary says plan breaks law but there is precedent; Theresa May accuses Boris Johnson of undermining trust in UKUK’s top legal civil servant quits ‘over Brexit deal changes’Leaked EU cables reveal growing mistrust of UK in Brexit talksONS update show UK has had 57,417 coronavirus deathsUK facing ‘big burden’ to prevent second Covid wave, warns minister 1.30pm BST Here is the QC and anti-government transparency and accountability campaigner Jolyon Maugham on Brandon Lewis’...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Tory, Brexit, Lewis, UKUK


Boris Johnson's government admits that its Brexit plans will 'break international law'

Boris Johnson Getty Boris Johnson's government admits that it plans to break international law. The Secterary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis on Tuesday admitted that the government's plans for the province would break international law "in a very specific and limited way." The admission came in response to a question from a Conservative MP who expressed concern with Johnson's plans to make "minor clarifications" to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement with the EU. The answer prompt...
Tags: Politics, UK, News, International, Trends, Eu, European Union, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Westminster, Johnson, Financial Times


The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s Brexit: my word is not my bond | Editorial

A row with the EU over state aid may show red wall voters the PM is attuned to their concerns. But at what cost? Boris Johnson won the last election in part because he could say on what terms he would leave the European Union and his opponents could not. He had an “oven-ready” deal. Yet the agreement Mr Johnson secured with the EU was one that his predecessor Theresa May had rejected because it split Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, placing the province in the regulatory orbit of Brusse...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Johnson, Brexit, EU UK


UK's chief Brexit negotiator has 'brass neck', says former May aide

Gavin Barwell angered by David Frost’s suggestion that May government ‘blinked’ in negotiationsTheresa May’s former chief of staff has accused the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, of having a “brass neck” after he said the UK government had “blinked first” in negotiations.Gavin Barwell, a key member of the former prime minister’s negotiating team, said Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement was “95% the work of his predecessors” and a deal had only been secured by conceding to the EU’s d...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Great Britain, David Frost, Trade Policy


Hostile environment has fostered racism and caused poverty, report finds

Policy has failed in its main objective of encouraging more migrants to leave UK voluntarily, says IPPRThe “hostile environment” policy has fostered racism, pushed people into destitution and wrongly targeted people who are living in the UK legally, a study has concluded.The measures formally introduced by Theresa May while she was home secretary have also failed to achieve their key objective of increasing the numbers of people choosing voluntarily to leave the UK, according to the report publi...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Theresa May, Home Office, Institute for Public Policy Research IPPR, Priti Patel


Get set for the next round of Britain's Brexit brinkmanship | Marina Hyde

After four years of agonising ineptitude, we know how it goes: we give up the brink, and hand it over to the other sideThis week’s reports that Britain could leave the EU transition period without a deal elicited a thumbs-up emoji from Tory Eurosceptic MP Andrea Jenkyns, a leading light of the European Research Group. When I say light, I want you to picture a single bulb swinging from the ceiling of an empty woodshed. Or, as Andrea put it of the prospect of trading on terms disdained these days ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, World Trade Organization, Fishing, WTO, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, Brexit, Mauritania, Andrea


UK nominates Liam Fox to lead World Trade Organization

Government describes former international trade secretary as ‘ideal candidate’ for top job Liam Fox, Britain’s former international trade secretary, will be nominated by the UK to be the next head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the government’s Department for International Trade has confirmed.Fox was a cabinet minister in Theresa May’s government between July 2016 and July 2019, and has been a Conservative MP since 1992. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Fox, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, World Trade Organization, Liam Fox, Brexit, World Trade Organization WTO, Trade Policy


Why hasn't Boris Johnson released the Russia report? – podcast

Parliament’s intelligence and security committee produced a report into alleged Russian interference in UK politics. It was supposed to be published before December’s election, but the UK prime minister withheld its release. Now, six months later it still hasn’t seen the light of day. The Guardian’s Luke Harding investigates what could be in it and says witness testimony from an ex-MI6 agent makes uncomfortable reading for the governmentA report by parliament’s intelligence and security committe...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Vladimir Putin, Gchq, Russia, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, MI5, MI6, Parliament, Donald Trump, Brexit


UK coronavirus live: death toll rises by 155; employers in Leicester lockdown can re-furlough staff

PM speech on post-Covid recovery comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stoppedBoris Johnson vows to act fast to fix economy in wake of coronavirusNo 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdownTheresa May: new national security adviser has ‘no proven expertise’Global coronavirus updates – live 5.09pm BST According to Nottinghamshire Live, the chief constable of Nottinghamshire police, Craig Guildford, has said that if his force finds people trav...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Tax and spending, Theresa May, Economic policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Nottinghamshire, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Matt Hancock


UK coronavirus live: employers in Leicester lockdown can re-furlough staff, says No 10

PM speech on post-Covid recovery comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stoppedBoris Johnson vows to act fast to fix economy in wake of coronavirusLeicester lockdown extension will mean change in law, Hancock saysMay criticises appointment of David Frost as national security adviserGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.10pm BST There have been no new coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the latest update from the Department of Health. 2.57pm...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Tax and spending, Theresa May, Economic policy, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Department Of Health


Theresa May says UK's new national security adviser has 'no proven expertise'

Former prime minister adds to outcry over David Frost’s appointmentTheresa May has launched a forthright attack upon Boris Johnson’s government for the appointment of the EU negotiator David Frost as the UK’s national security adviser.The former prime minister accused the Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove of promoting someone “with no proven expertise” to a crucial role at the heart of the UK’s safety. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, UK News, World news, Civil Service, Theresa May, Nato, House Of Commons, Michael Gove, UK security and counter-terrorism, Boris Johnson, Angela Eagle, Cabinet Office, David Frost


Ex-Top Trump Deputies Concluded He Was ‘Delusional’ From Calls With Foreign Leaders

President Trump reportedly alarmed senior US officials due to his highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state. According to a CNN report on Monday, citing White House and intelligence officials familiar with the contents of the conversations, Trump was often unprepared for discussion of serious issues during his calls with foreign leaders — which include those with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan — and abusive to leaders of America’s principa...
Tags: Europe, UK, Isis, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Russia, Defense, US, America, Cnn, Afghanistan


Carl Bernstein: Trump 'delusional' & danger to national security — McMaster, Tillerson, Bolton, Mattis, Kelly

Quite the scoop at CNN.com from Carl Bernstein, yes, the Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, with a 109-word one sentence lede. One wonders why none of the president's ex-men bothered to do anything about their revelation that Trump is unfit for office, beyond cashing in with speaking engagements and books. He pandered to enemies and strongmen like Putin and Erdogan, and was extremely abusive toward allies and female heads of state including Theresa May and Angela Merkel. https://t.co/CiicJAJ...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Angela Merkel, Russia, Defense, US, America, US news, Cnn, United States, Theresa May, United Kingdom


Carl Bernstein: Trump 'delusional' and a danger to national security, concluded McMaster, Tillerson, Bolton, Mattis, Kelly

Quite the scoop from Carl Bernstein, yes, the Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, with a 109-word one sentence lede. One wonders why none of the president's ex-men bothered to do anything about their revelation that Trump is unfit for office, beyond cashing in with speaking engagements and books. He pandered to enemies and strongmen like Putin and Erdogan, and was extremely abusive toward allies and female heads of state including Theresa May and Angela Merkel. https://t.co/CiicJAJaMp — Carl B...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Angela Merkel, Russia, Defense, US, America, US news, Cnn, United States, Theresa May, United Kingdom


Angela Merkel: UK must live with consequences of weaker ties to EU

German leader signals trade compromise less likely as she hardens tone on no-deal Brexit Do not assume US still aspires to be a world leader, Merkel warnsFull transcript of Angela Merkel interviewThe UK will have to “live with the consequences” of Boris Johnson ditching Theresa May’s plan to maintain close economic ties with the EU after Brexit, Angela Merkel has said, hardening her tone over the prospect of a no-deal scenario at the end of the year.After more than three years in which the Germa...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Merkel, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Brexit Angela Merkel


Johnson and May ignored claims Russia had 'likely hold' over Trump, ex-spy alleges

Exclusive: Christopher Steele claims May government turned blind eye to Trump allegationsBoris Johnson and Theresa May ignored claims the Kremlin had a “likely hold” over Donald Trump and may have covertly funded Brexit, the former spy Christopher Steele alleges in secret evidence given to MPs who drew up the Russia report.In testimony to MPs, the MI6 veteran accused the government led by May and in which Johnson was foreign secretary for two years of turning a blind eye to allegations about Tru...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, UK security and counter-terrorism, Boris Johnson, MI6, Kremlin, Johnson, Donald Trump, Brexit


Windrush scandal: cross-government group aims to tackle 'terrible' treatment

Home Office says it will launch ad campaign to ensure people are aware of support availableA cross-government working group has been launched in an attempt to address the challenges faced by the Windrush generation, two years after the then prime minister, Theresa May, promised to right the wrongs faced by those mistakenly classified as illegal immigrants by the Home Office.Duwayne Brooks, a campaigner and friend of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has agreed to join the group, in recogni...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Theresa May, Home Office, Stephen Lawrence, Priti Patel, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Duwayne Brooks, Windrush scandal


Trans rights: government reported to be dropping gender self-identifying plans

Ban on ‘gay cure’ therapies will apparently also be announced in new paper Boris Johnson is set to scrap plans to allow people to change their legal gender by “self-identifying” as male or female, it has been reported.Measures drawn up under Theresa May’s government to enable transgender people to change their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis have been ditched by the prime minister’s team, according to the Sunday Times. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Politics, Society, UK News, Transgender, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, Sunday Times Continue


Theresa May attacks Boris Johnson over Brexit and Covid quarantine plans

Former PM warns of security implications of no deal and threat to trade from travel restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTheresa May has launched a double attack on Boris Johnson’s government, speaking in the Commons to first warn about the security implications of a final no-deal Brexit, and then against the coronavirus quarantine plans.May, who has largely kept a low profile since returning to the backbenches, used prime minister’s questions to express worry ...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, UK security and counter-terrorism, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Coronavirus outbreak


May and Johnson hung civil servants out to dry, report finds

Inquiry into Whitehall’s Brexit role says prime ministers failed to protect officialsTheresa May and Boris Johnson let the former chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins and other civil servants hang out to dry after they became “targets for political attacks”, an investigation into Whitehall’s role in the Brexit drama of the past four years has found.The independent thinktank the Institute for Government (IfG) spent months talking in confidence to Whitehall sources including officials, ministers a...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Civil Service, Theresa May, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Whitehall, Brexit, Institute for Government IfG, Olly Robbins


UK national security council has not met since January

Lack of meetings prompts fears it is being made deliberately redundant amid Covid-19 crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s national security council – a meeting of senior ministers with military and spy chiefs – has not met since late January and there are no plans for it to come together this week, prompting growing concern in some quarters of Whitehall.The high-level body used to meet weekly under David Cameron and Theresa May but has only done so sporadic...
Tags: Politics, UK, David Cameron, UK News, Theresa May, Defence policy, UK security and counter-terrorism, Coronavirus outbreak



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