EU deal rebuff ‘leaked by British spies’ | Politics | News

Leaked information from Brussels suggested the bloc’s negotiating team has already rejected a British blueprint for the free trade of goods. And relations between the two sides hit a new low last night as it was alleged that EU officials had been bugged by British security services to obtain the details. The leaked information about the Brussels negotiating position came from a slide presentation prepared by the EU’s negotiators. The current UK proposal is for “goods” to be regulated by a common rulebook – but for UK regulation for “services”…

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Brexit news: DOZENS of policy areas to feature in ‘NO DEAL’ Brexit preparation papers | Politics | News

The reports, acquired by BuzzFeed News, will cover issues including aviation security, batch testing of medicines, and work place rights. The list has been compiled from Government departments across Whitehall, and will outline the wide-ranging impacts of Brexit on all areas of British life. A spokesman from the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) commented on the leaks, stating: “We don’t comment on leaks or speculation. “However, as we’ve already made clear, individual departments are preparing specific technical notices to help citizens, businesses and consumers to prepare for March 2019…

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Corbyn set to back down on anti-Semitism | Politics | News

His comments came amid speculation that party leader Jeremy Corbyn is now edging towards fully accepting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance guidelines which define anti-Semitic prejudice. The Unite boss, a Corbyn ally whose union is Labour’s biggest financial backer, said the party had been “insensitive”. But he also called on Jewish community leaders to drop their “intransigent hostility” towards the Labour leader and accused some MPs of using the row to undermine Mr Corbyn. Labour has been engulfed in an antiSemitism storm. Mr Corbyn’s refusal to accept in full the…

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson set for Tory conference COMEBACK | Politics | News

In a comeback to the political limelight that could embarrass Theresa May, the former Foreign Secretary is understood to have agreed to address at least one fringe meeting at the gathering in Birmingham in October. And his intervention is set to come as the Brexit negotiations near their climax. Friends expect the former Cabinet minister to be a huge draw at the conference, with hundreds of grassroots Tory activists likely to pack any event where he appears on the platform. An ally of the former Cabinet minister said: “Boris has…

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Turkey lira latest: Erdogan government holds MONSTER conference call with 6,000 investors | City & Business | Finance

Berat Albayrak sought to reassure uneasy investors and economists during the mammoth call, insisting Turkey would emerge stronger from its current currency woes. The Turkish lira plummeted to a record low against the dollar this week, falling to 7.24 before recovering slightly. But Mr Albayrak, the son-in-law of President Tayyip Erdogan, pledged the country’s banks were not under threat, telling investors the banks were up to the task of riding out a worsening row with the United States. Despite a slight recovery in the value of the lira against the…

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BREXIT LIVE: EU warned of no-deal disease PANDEMIC as talks resume in Brussels | Politics | News

The trade union for doctors urged for the need for Britain and European Union nations tackle infection disease “together”. It has also been revealed that almost half of people in Scotland want a referendum on the Brexit deal, according to a new poll. The YouGov survey found that 48 percent of respondents in Scotland were in favour and 31 percent were opposed. The poll revealed that the majority of people in Scotland believe that Brexit will make Scotland’s economy weaker and their standard of living worse. YouGov president Peter Kellner…

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BBC Newsnight: We shouldn’t be ‘GOING TO WAR’ over burka row, says Ian McEwan | Politics | News

Speaking to BBC Newsnight, bestseller Ian McEwan told Evan Davis: “I’m almost all burka-ed out, I have to say.” Mr McEwan suggested the current conversations around the burka are not discussions of free speech, but have deeper political repercussions. He said: “If this was a simple matter of free speech then it would be simple: some mockery, come criticism, we’ve got to take all that. “But this has gone beyond all that because there’s political motivation, there’s political contest.” Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson sparked a mixed reaction last week…

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Boris Johnson: Odds cut on Boris becoming Tory leader after burka row | Politics | News

The ex-Foreign Secretary sparked fury last week by saying Muslim women who wear the full-face veil looked like “bank robbers”. Theresa May urged the outspoken MP to apologise for his comments as Tory officials warned he could face disciplinary action. But the extraordinary row does not appear to have harmed Mr Johnson’s chances of replacing Theresa May as Conservative leader. Bookmakers Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on Mr Johnson heading the Tory party after Mrs May steps down to just 5/1. His odds were cut after a punter in Cardiff…

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BREXIT SHOCK: More than a MILLION Labour leave voters have CHANGED their mind – Brown says | Politics | News

He also highlighted two more recent polls, which he said showed 29 per cent have now switched to being undecided or now back Remain. Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Mr Brown said this adds up to a more than one million Labour leave voters who have shifted their view since the historic referendum in June 2016. Mr Brown claimed both Leavers and Remainers now have one thing in common – “both are increasingly losing hope for a better future for Britain”. He also insisted none of the proposed…

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UK politics: Sajid Javid told Theresa May it was ‘WRONG DECISION’ to block police pay rise | Politics | News

The Daily Telegraph has learned Sajid Javid criticised Theresa May in a letter to Number 10 after she rejected an official recommendation for a three percent pay rise for officers of all ranks. Mr Javid said he was “strongly in favour” of the suggested pay increase. He also warned the Conservative leader the failure to implement the plan would give Britain’s serving police officers “only a small one percent pay rise in reality”. The letter, sent by senior Home Office officials at the end of June, said: “As you will…

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