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Jeremy Hunt on Brexit: ‘We are heading for no deal by accident’

Probability of exit without deal increasing by the day, UK foreign secretary says The Brexit process is currently heading for no deal by accident, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said during talks in Austria, stepping up his warnings about a potential collapse in talks. This is not project fear, this is project reality, Hunt told a press conference in Vienna alongside his Austrian counterpart, Karin Kneissl. We have to make a decision on Britains future relationship with the EU by the end of this year and we have to…

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Anti-Brexit protest: thousands march two years after referendum

Peoples Vote demonstration in London culminates with speeches in Parliament Square A roar of pro-European chants rose up above Pall Mall and across the royal parks as tens of thousands attended an anti-Brexit march marking the second anniversary of the EU referendum. Some marched on Saturday in the hope of stopping Brexit, some just wanted to alter the mood music to help change the direction of government travel, but young and old, Labour and Tory, they were all united in their pro-European passion. Police on foot, in riot vans in…

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US on brink of trade war with EU, Canada and Mexico as tit-for-tat tariffs begin

Jean-Claude Juncker pledges retaliation as EU companies face 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminiumTrump imposes tariffs business live The United States and its traditional allies are on the brink of a full-scale trade war after European and Canadian leaders reacted swiftly and angrily to Donald Trumps decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium producers. The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, promised immediate retaliation after the US commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said EU companies would face a 25% duty on steel and a 10% duty on…

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Theresa May forced to give MPs single market vote after shock defeat

More than 80 Labour peers defy whip on amendment calling for vote on EEA membership MPs will have a vote on remaining in the European Economic Area effectively a vote on the single market after a shock defeat for the government in the Lords. It means the Brexit strategy of both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn has been blown apart in the last 24 hours. The rebel Labour amendment in the Lords opened the prospect of a Commons vote on the EEA a less stringent version of the single market…

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Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chief

Sir John Sawers tells MPs national assessment is needed of how Britains future standing can be recovered Brexit is set to cause a loss of UK influence on a par with the 1970s, requiring a national assessment of how the UKs future standing can be recovered once Brexit is complete, Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, has warned. Speaking to the foreign affairs select committee, Sawers said: We can see the trend of the coming years and we do not want to go through a repeat of the…

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Brexit: voters can change EU deal if they don’t like it, says Michael Gove

As Theresa May wins Tory support for Brussels agreement, the environment secretary flags up potential for a rethink Michael Gove has said voters will be able to force changes to an EU withdrawal deal at the next election if they do not like it. The environment secretarys comments came as prime minister Theresa May won public backing from both wings of the Tory party after securing an agreement with Brussels to start post-Brexit trade negotiations.

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Michael Bloomberg: Brexit is stupidest thing any country has done besides Trump

Exclusive: Billionaire media mogul says it is hard to understand why a country doing so well wanted to ruin it Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul and former mayor of New York, has said Brexit is the single stupidest thing any country has ever done apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president. Bloomberg argued that it is really hard to understand why a country that was doing so well wanted to ruin it with the Brexit vote, in a series of outspoken remarks made Bloomberg said in…

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Calls for unity as thousands attend anti-Brexit rally in London

Lib Dem Ed Davey says remainers should listen to other side and be a unifying force, as estimated 50,000 turn out in capital Opponents of Brexit who turned out in their tens of thousands for one of the largest marches yet against Britains withdrawal from the EU have been told they need to listen and understand leave voters and bide their time for a referendum on any deal that may emerge. The plea, met with polite applause from many in the crowd in Parliament Square, came from the Liberal Democrat…

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Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July

More forceful action by Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Italy to 11,500 last month The Italian government has hailed a fall of more than 50% in the number of migrants from Libya reaching its coastline in July as a potential turning point made possible by tougher actions against smugglers operating in the Mediterranean. The number of migrants reaching Italy fell to 11,459 in July from 23,524 in June and 23,522 in July last year. Over the past few years the summer months have been the…

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England Lost: Mick Jagger releases bleak Brexit-inspired songs

Rolling Stones singer says England Lost reflects countrys vulnerability while Gotta Get a Grip bemoans fake news and politics led by lunatics Mick Jagger at 74 has delivered his first solo musical foray into political commentary, with a pair of new songs that deliver grimly mocking takes on the age of Brexit and Trump. The celebrated Rolling Stones frontman released England Lost and Gotta Get A Grip on Thursday, saying he wrote them while stirred by anxiety [and] unknowability of the changing political situation. The songs represent Jaggers first solo…

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After Trump and Brexit, is this the end for the Anglo Saxon west? | Timothy Garton Ash

Those who welcome the prospect of decline in Britain and the US should be careful what they wish for, argues Guardian columnist Timothy Garton Ash You must be from England, says the shop assistant at the CVS drugstore in Menlo Park, California. When I mention Donald Trump, he says: Well, dont get me started on how things are going on your side of the Atlantic. Your Mrs May there in Downing Street is being [expletive deleted] by the bureaucrats in Brussels I can only agree. Having jumped from the Brexit…

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Brexit plans could fall apart ‘like a chocolate orange’, says auditor general

Unprecedented intervention from Amyas Morse laments governments vague approach to date and calls for unified strategy for EU talks A lack of energy and leadership in Theresa Mays government has left hopes of a successful Brexit at risk of falling apart like a chocolate orange, a leading government watchdog has warned. In an extraordinary intervention that will raise the pressure on the prime minister to reassess her approach to Brexit, the comptroller and auditor general of the David Davis, and Oliver Robbins, the departments permanent secretary, that he would like…

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UK business leaders to call for indefinite delay in leaving single market

CBI and other groups to urge ministers to change their Brexit strategy to allow more time for a long-term trade deal Business leaders are to demand that ministers agree an indefinite delay in Britains departure from the European single market and customs union to give more time for talks on a long-term trade deal. In a dramatic escalation of the battle to soften the governments Brexit strategy, groups representing thousands of UK employers aim to present a united front during a summit at Chevening country house hosted by the Brexit…

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Challenges to Silicon Valley wont just come from Brussels

Fine of 2.4bn levied on Google is a sign of the continued erosion of US tech firms domination of the internet The whopping for abusing its dominance as a search engine has taken Silicon Valley aback. It has also reignited American paranoia about the motives of European regulators, whom many Valley types seem to regard as stooges of Mathias Dpfner, the chief executive of German media group Axel Springer, president of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers and a fierce critic of Google. US paranoia is expressed in various registers.…

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Creditors agree terms to disburse Greece’s 8.5bn bailout funds

EU and IMF thrash out deal following months of disagreements, with funds to be released in July once European parliaments ratify the deal For the best part of a decade, Greece has wanted to become a normal country, and late on Thursday it appeared to begin that process, after creditors agreed to disburse 8.5bn (7.4bn) of bailout funds aimed at putting the debt-stricken nation back on the road to recovery. The money, signed off after months of disagreement between the European Union and International Monetary Fund over how to reduce…

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