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How May’s failed deal shattered EU relations

Lack of assurances on backstop and customs union led to impasse If they want to leave, they should do it now, Brexit adviser, Olly Robbins, to speak to the EUs most senior lawyers would be denied until the treaty exit mechanism, known as article 50, was triggered. Timeline Five key moments Show Hide 19 June […]

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Christchurch attacks: the media’s rush to be first causes its own kind of harm

Facebooks AI may have failed the victims but humans didnt do much better Rookie journalists struggling with their copy are often told by news editors: Just tell the story. An esteemed colleague once told me his first editor told him to imagine shouting the intro to an aged relative moving away at speed on a […]

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Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts

With Trump making six false claims a day and bogus Brexit claims spreading, we live in a disorienting post-truth era. It all began with the David Irving trial, writes Jonathan Freedland The queasiness keeps coming back, a very specific malady that I thought Id put behind me nearly 20 years ago. But each time I […]

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One telling image: in a Brussels corridor, the EU takes back control of Brexit

A photo of an ad hoc crisis meeting gives an insight into the efforts made to cope with a floundering British government As pictures go, it spoke volumes. On Thursday evening in Brussels, Bulgarias permanent representative to the EU, Dimiter Tzantchev, EU taking back control if not, crucially, of the final decision, at least of […]

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‘I’m not a quitter’: Theresa May says she could fight another election as PM

May tells reporters she is in this for the long term, risking reigniting anger in her party over the disastrous general election and criticisms of her leadership Theresa May insisted she could fight another general election as prime minister, arguing that she is not a quitter despite repeated criticisms of her leadership style. Risking reigniting […]

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Liam Fox: EU trade deal after Brexit should be ‘easiest in history’ to get

International trade secretary tells Today programme the government is not making contingency plans for leaving without deal Liam Fox has said a post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU should be the easiest in human history, but insisted that the UK could survive without one. Speaking to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on Thursday, the […]

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Labour threat to defeat Theresa May over Brexit bill

Conservatives risk defeat over great repeal bill that unbundles EU laws if they do not make concessions to opposition parties, warns Keir Starmer Theresa May is facing the threat of a humiliating parliamentary defeat over Brexit after Labour warned that it would vote against her flagship entreaties for Jeremy Corbyns party to work alongside her […]

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Brexit: UK caves in to EU demand to agree divorce bill before trade talks

On first day of Brexit negotiations chief EU negotiator makes clear Britain cannot dictate timing of negotiations British negotiators have capitulated to key European demands for a phased approach to Brexit talks, agreeing to park discussions on free trade until they have thrashed out the cost of the multibillion-euro UK divorce settlement. Putting a brave […]

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