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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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Donald Trump to almost entirely avoid London during UK visit

Meetings with Theresa May and the Queen to be held away from protests in capital Donald Trump will almost entirely avoid London during his four-day visit to the UK next week, Downing Street has said, unveiling an itinerary that is likely to prompt accusations he is trying to avoid planned protests against him. While the US president is conducting his meetings, the first lady, Melania Trump, will have an agenda of her own, in the company of her opposite number, Philip May. Trump, who is to meet Theresa May and…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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Trade Wars Are Bad and Hard to Win, U.K. Tells Trump

The U.K. has “deep concern” about the U.S. plan to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and negotiated accords are better, Prime Minister Theresa May told President Donald Trump. The two leaders spoke Sunday by telephone, with May saying “multilateral action was the only way to resolve the problem of global overcapacity in all parties’ interests,” according to a spokesman for the prime minister. Trump’s vow that trade wars are good and are easy to win also drew a rebuke from one of May’s most senior ministers, who said…

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May Plans Cabinet Shake-Up With Five Ministers Going, Times Says

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to make major changes to her cabinet in the new year, possibly sacking as many as five ministers, according to the Sunday Times. May has decided to bring younger members of Parliament into her government as part of a series of steps aimed at convincing voters she can do more than Brexit, the newspaper reported, without saying how it obtained the information. The ministers who could lose their jobs are: Patrick McLoughlin, Conservative party chairman Justine Greening, education secretary Greg Clark, business secretary…

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Theresa May’s Infrastructure Czar Quits, Lashing Out at Brexit

Andrew Adonis quit as Theresa May’s infrastructure czar, but not before delivering a blistering verdict on the Brexit policy being pursued by the U.K. prime minister and her Conservative Party. The Labour peer and former transport secretary described Brexit as a “populist and nationalist spasm worthy of Donald Trump” in a unexpectedly quit, depriving her of a key figure in dealing with EU negotiators. And now, days from the end of the year, Adonis is departing with an excoriating verdict on the country’s direction. “Brexit is causing a nervous breakdown across…

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Damian Green sacked as first secretary of state after porn allegations

Green admits he made misleading statements after pornography was found on Commons computer in 2008 Damian Green was sacked as first secretary of state on Wednesday after admitting he lied about the presence of pornographic images on his House of Commons computer. An investigation by the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood found that Greens vehement denials after a Sunday newspaper reported that porn had been found on his computer were inaccurate and misleading. His departure is a personal blow for Theresa May, who brought him into Downing Street after her…

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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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Theresa May under pressure over secret advice on halting Brexit

Prime minister is sent FOI request to publish legal guidance thought to argue that UK can stop EU divorce process at any time Theresa May is under pressure to publish secret legal advice that is believed to state that parliament could still stop Brexit before the end of March 2019 if MPs judge that a change of mind is in the national interest. The move comes as concern grows that exit talks with Brussels are heading for disaster. The calls for the prime minister to reveal advice from the countrys…

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Furious Tory MPs reject Theresa Mays threats over Brexit votes

Whips warn pro-remainers over Corbyn support but ex-minister says leadership challenge is likely Theresa May faced a growing Tory revolt over her leadership as it emerged that Remain-supporting Conservative MPs are being told by party whips that they will be seen as supporting Jeremy Corbyn if they attempt to soften the Brexit bill. Furious Conservatives, including former ministers, said such threats and arm-twisting from the whips office would backfire spectacularly, making it more likely the prime minister would face a wants to lead the party into a 2022 general election,…

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Wax it means wax it: Madame Tussauds sets to work on Theresa May

London attraction says it is in first stages of four-month process of creating figure of UK prime minister Her automated slogans and stilted election campaign may have earned her the nickname Maybot, but an even more lifeless incarnation of the prime minister is about to be unveiled. Madame Tussauds has announced the commission of a wax figure of Theresa May that is to be placed outside the Downing Street set at the London attraction, joining political heavyweights such as Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. Real of fake? The finishing touches…

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Philip Hammond in row over ‘even a woman can drive a train’ jibe

Chancellor reported to have made sexist remark at cabinet meeting, with Theresa May believed to have been less than impressed with his comment Philip Hammond appears to have irked the prime minister by making a sexist remark in cabinet, exposing the tensions at the highest level of government. Reports suggest that in a discussion about transport, the chancellor quipped that driving trains had now been made so easy that even a woman could do it. A report in the Sun newspaper, which was not disputed by senior Conservative sources, said…

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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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The making of the Maybot: a year of mindless slogans, U-turns and denials

How did Theresa May go from Supreme Leader to malfunctioning automaton? To mark her first anniversary as PM on Thursday, the Guardians sketch writer John Crace, who coined the term Maybot, charts her robotic rise and fall I christened Theresa May the Maybot At least with me. It seemed to encapsulate her awkward, disengaged manner and her inner mediocrity. Far from being a strong leader, she appeared weak and confused. While the rightwing press in the UK were building her up as a tough negotiator, I could only imagine the…

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Police launch criminal inquiry into Grenfell Tower blaze

Calls made for ban on cladding used on building as it emerges similar materials are illegal in the USGrenfell Tower fire latest updates Police have launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze as it emerged that cladding panels similar to those likely to have been used on the 24-storey building have been widely prohibited on tall buildings in the US since 2012. Under the US building code, the use of metal composite panels without a fire-retardant core has been banned since 2012 on buildings over 50ft (15 metres)…

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