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Boris Johnson's Brexit plan would leave everyone in the UK £2,000 worse off, study finds

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan would leave knock up to £50bn off the economy and leave everyone in the UK £2,000 worse off, new analysis has found. Academics at King’s College London said the plan that is the subject of intense negotiations between UK and officials would be worse for the UK economy than Theresa May’s deal. → Read More

Brexit: EU tells Boris Johnson he must move ‘further and faster’ to get deal in time

The EU has told Boris Johnson he must move “further and faster” in last-ditch Brexit talks if he is to secure an exit deal and avoid having to ask for another extension next weekend. Officials said intensive talks over the weekend had been “constructive” but that the pace of progress was not enough for a deal to be agreed this week. Mr Johnson is desperate for an agreement to → Read More

Government to announce crackdown on foreign criminals as part of hardline new measures included in Queen’s Speech

The government will promise a hardline new approach to crime and justice on Monday as ministers use the Queen’s Speech to announce a crackdown on foreign criminals. Laws will be introduced to toughen up sentences for both violent criminals and foreign nationals who try to re-enter the UK after being deported, while the police will be given new powers to arrest non-British → Read More

Boris Johnson can be ‘trusted’ to deliver Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg tells Eurosceptics

Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged his fellow Eurosceptics to trust Boris Johnson to deliver Brexit. Ahead of a crucial week for the prime minister, the House of Commons leader admitted that “compromise will inevitably be needed” if the UK is to leave the EU with a deal. Mr Johnson is preparing to brief his cabinet on the status of talks with the EU after a weekend of intense → Read More

Boris Johnson will 'probably not' ask for Brexit extension, EU president Jean-Claude Juncker says

Boris Johnson will "probably not" ask the EU to delay Brexit even if no deal is agreed this week, Jean-Claude Juncker has said. The European Commission president said he was not expecting the UK to "ask for extra time" but that he would not block a further extension if one was requested. → Read More

Boris Johnson vows to put Brexit at centre of Queen's Speech as he prepares to update cabinet on latest talks

Boris Johnson has pledged to place Brexit at the heart of Monday’s Queen’s Speech as he prepares to brief his cabinet on the prospects of a deal with the EU. The prime minister will chair a conference call on Sunday afternoon to update ministers following a weekend of intense negotiations in Brussels. → Read More

Labour Party risks bankruptcy over antisemitism investigation, executive members fear

Exclusive: Concerns among senior figures that equalities watchdog probe could lead to multiple lawsuits, with party’s worsening finances unable to cope → Read More

Boris Johnson’s hopes of Brexit deal dealt blow after DUP deputy leader warns proposal ‘cannot work’

Boris Johnson‘s hopes of securing a Brexit deal have been dealt a blow after the DUP‘s deputy leader warned that the plan reportedly being considered by UK and EU officials “cannot work”. Nigel Dodds, who also serves as the party’s Westminster leader, dismissed any suggestion that Northern Ireland could in effect remain in the EU’s customs union when the rest of the UK leaves. → Read More

Brexit: Keir Starmer says fresh referendum ‘only’ solution to deadlock, despite Jeremy Corbyn favouring general election

A fresh referendum is the only way to break the Brexit deadlock, Keir Starmer has said in a move likely to fuel divisions at the top of Labour. The shadow Brexit secretary said there was “only one way out” of the current impasse and made no mention of efforts to first trigger a general election, despite this being the party’s official policy. → Read More

Brexit: Prospects of deal now 'promising', culture secretary Nicky Morgan says

The prospects of a Brexit deal being agreed this month are "promising" following an breakthrough in talks, Nicky Morgan has said. The culture secretary said the "mood music seems positive" after a meeting between Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, as hopes rise that an agreement could be reached in time for the 31 October Brexit deadline. → Read More

Vulnerable refugees face 'legal limbo' and separation from families if there is no-deal Brexit, parliamentary committee warns

Vulnerable refugees face being separated from their families and the prospect of lengthy bureaucratic delays in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a House of Lords committee has warned. Peers said that leaving the EU without a deal would have a “significant humanitarian impact” on asylum seekers who have been separated from their families, and raised particular concerns about the → Read More

Boris Johnson given four days to explain why he wants his response to Jennifer Arcuri inquiry to remain secret

The Greater London Assembly has given Boris Johnson until Monday to explain why his response to an inquiry into his links with Jennifer Arcuri should remain private. The prime minister's lawyers responded to the assembly's request for information shortly after the deadline last week but made clear that his letter was "private and confidential' and "not for publication". → Read More

Trump's defence of US diplomat linked to deadly crash 'the most crass, insensitive comment anyone could ever make', Jeremy Corbyn says

Jeremy Corbyn has attacked Donald Trump's response to the case of a young British man killed in a hit-and-run accident, accusing the US president of "the most crass, insensitive comment anyone could ever make". The death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn in Northamptonshire in late August is at the centre of a row between the US and UK after it emerged that the main suspect is the → Read More

Businesses would have to spend £15bn a year on filling out customs forms if there is no-deal Brexit, HMRC document says

Businesses would be hit with a £15bn a year bill for filling out customs forms if there is a no-deal Brexit, according to a new government assessment. The HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) analysis said companies would face a "significant new and ongoing administrative burden" when transporting goods between the UK and EU in the event of no-deal. → Read More

Brexit: More than 170 coaches to bring second referendum supporters to London for major Final Say protest

More than 170 coaches have been hired to transport anti-Brexit campaigners to London for a major protest later this month. Organisers say the latest Final Say march is likely to be the biggest yet, with transport arranged to bring people from all parts of the country. The event, on 19 October, is being supported by The Independent and is expected to be one of the biggest → Read More

Stephen Hepburn: Labour MP suspended over sexual harassment allegations

Labour MP Stephen Hepburn has been suspended by the party following allegations of sexual harassment, it is understood. The Jarrow MP is facing a disciplinary investigation into claims of inappropriate behaviour towards a young woman 14 years ago. It was reported in March that the 59-year-old had allegedly harassed a female party member, then in her 20s, in 2005. → Read More

Trade department would lobby for government to accept Trump's demands for weaker food hygiene standards after Brexit, Whitehall memo says

The international trade department will lobby for the UK to accept demands from Donald Trump's administration for rules on food safety to be relaxed as part of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, according to leaked Whitehall memo. The document, prepared for Theresa Villiers, the environment secretary, warns that the US government will try to force the UK to agree to → Read More

Does Rory Stewart’s resignation show there is no place for Tory moderates under Boris Johnson?

Three months ago, Rory Stewart was an upwardly-mobile cabinet minister, a Tory leadership candidate and an outside bet to be the next Conservative prime minister. Now, he is not even a party member. Stewart announced his resignation from the Tories on Friday morning and, minutes later, declared that he would be standing for mayor of London as an independent. → Read More

Nuclear fusion lab praised by Boris Johnson in Tory conference speech is funded mostly by EU

A major UK nuclear laboratory praised by Boris Johnson in his Conservative conference speech is heavily reliant on EU funding, it has emerged. The prime minister lauded the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire during his address at the gathering, saying the lab "could soon be the hottest place in the universe" if scientists are able to make a breakthrough in → Read More

Tories laugh at joke about putting Jeremy Corbyn's head in a 'noose' as Boris Johnson gives speech

An audience member at a Conservative conference event addressed by Boris Johnson joked that Jeremy Corbyn should be hung, footage shows, amid growing concerns over the use of violent language in politics. Video from a reception hosted by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) at the gathering in Manchester also shows the Labour leader being branded a "traitor". → Read More