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the guardian view on preventing no deal: do whatever it takes | editorial | opinion

Cabinet Office documents have laid bare the destructive impact of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreementBoris Johnson has been prime minister less than four weeks. In the absence of parliament, he has made a spirited attempt to pretend that British exit from the European Union would be straightforward. Brexit will definitely take place on 31 October, he has insisted. It will either involve the EU abandoning the Irish backstop or there will be no deal. The difference scarcely matters to Mr...

a no-deal brexit is disastrous. but are mps brave enough to stop it? | polly toynbee | opinion

We now know the costs of crashing out of the EU. All factions must compromise – whether that sees Corbyn in No 10 or notIn the cloudy realms of unreality befogging this cabinet of fanatics, the approaching Brexit cataclysm is only “some bumps in the road”. So says Michael Gove, the minister in charge of national preparedness. True, austerity has inured the country to bumps: there are officially 7.8 million unfilled potholes, a £10bn backlog of repairs. But the earthshaking Operation Yellowhammer...

the guardian view on eu citizens’ rights: johnson’s warm words are worthless | editorial | opinion

Many Brexiters, including the prime minister, are in denial about the cruelty that their choices have already inflicted on millions of peopleThe Conservative party is in the habit of seeing the European Union as something that was inflicted on Britain and Brexit as self-defence. Eurosceptics struggle to perceive any aggression in the act of leaving the EU. But for citizens of other European countries the referendum felt profoundly hostile. How could it be taken any other way? Control over immigr...

now we know the cost of no deal, mps must do whatever it takes | matthew d’ancona | opinion

Operation Yellowhammer shows that a disorderly Brexit must be avoided at all costs. Now is not the time for posturingThe term “Project Fear” must be expunged from the respectable political lexicon. Now that we know the full detail of the government’s Operation Yellowhammer assumptions about a no-deal Brexit, these two words – scornfully applied for three years to all warnings about Brexit – have no meaningful place in the present political emergency.“There’s a lot of scaremongering around,” decl...

brexit: leaked papers predict food shortages and port delays | politics

Medicines will also be subject to shortages in what Whitehall sources called ‘the most realistic assessment’The UK will be hit with a three-month meltdown at its ports, a hard Irish border and shortages of food and medicine if it leaves the EU without a deal, according to government documents on Operation Yellowhammer.The documents predict severe extended delays to medicine supplies and shortages of some fresh foods combined with price rises as a likely scenario if the UK leaves without a withdr...

boris johnson to head to paris and berlin in bid to break brexit deadlock | politics

PM set to meet Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron ahead of next week’s G7 meetingBoris Johnson is expected to make a diplomatic dash to meet Emmanuel Macron in Paris and Angela Merkel in Berlin early next week as he seeks to break the Brexit impasse.The prime minister, who has yet to leave the UK to meet any of the EU’s leaders since entering Downing Street, will also speak to the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and Donald Tusk, the European council president, by phone, the Guardian understan...

sadiq khan to lib dems: corbyn is only viable pm to stop no deal | politics

Exclusive: London mayor writes to Jo Swinson urging her to reconsider Labour leader’s proposalThe Labour mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has urged the Liberal Democrats to seriously reconsider Jeremy Corbyn’s offer to head a temporary government to stop a no-deal Brexit, as a number of Conservative MPs moved to rule out ever backing the Labour leader.Khan wrote to the Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, in a letter seen by the Guardian, saying the plan to install a Tory or Labour grandee at the helm of a u...

by dismissing corbyn’s overtures, the lib dems are showing their true colours | owen jones | opinion

It’s telling that Jo Swinson was happier propping up David Cameron for five years than the Labour leader for five weeksIf your signature policy – indeed, only visible political position – is to stop Brexit, and you claim that you will do absolutely everything within your power to prevent no deal, then it’s something of an error to suddenly introduce an exception. And yet this is the fatal mistake the Liberal Democrats have made.When Jeremy Corbyn wrote a letter putting himself forward as a trans...

dominic grieve: i don’t want to put jeremy corbyn into no 10 | politics

Tory will meet Labour leader to stop no-deal Brexit but will not help him become PMDominic Grieve has said he would not facilitate putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street, saying his only intention was to meet the Labour leader to talk about possible mechanisms to stop no deal.Corbyn wrote to Grieve, as well as the Conservative MPs Caroline Spelman and Oliver Letwin and the former Tory MP Nick Boles, as part of his entreaty on Wednesday to get backing to form a temporary government which would...

lib dems back clarke or harman over corbyn to lead interim government | politics

Veteran backbenchers would garner more support as a temporary PM, says SwinsonThe Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, has revealed the party’s proposals to stop a no-deal Brexit, including an emergency cross-party government, led by Kenneth Clarke or Harriet Harman, to replace that of Boris Johnson.Speaking the day after Jeremy Corbyn urged opposition leaders to back a Labour plan to topple Johnson, via a no-confidence vote, and install him to lead a caretaker government before a Brexit-based g...

remainers will do anything to stop brexit, except install corbyn as pm. why? | rafael behr | opinion

Many believe a Corbyn-led government of national unity is as toxic as Brexit itself. But MPs’ options are running outBrexiters stop at nothing to get what they want and remainers stop at everything. The laws of political motion then dictate which direction things move.Jeremy Corbyn has written to MPs inviting them to install him in Downing Street, having deposed Boris Johnson with a vote of no confidence. His tenure would, he promises, be “strictly time-limited” – long enough to call a general e...

tom watson urges labour to work with lib dems to stop no-deal brexit | politics

Labour deputy leader says union with Jo Swinson only way to block no-deal BrexitLabour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has urged his party to work with the Liberal Democrats in order to stop a no-deal Brexit, as the party’s new leader Jo Swinson made clear she would work with Watson, despite having ruled out an alliance with Jeremy Corbyn.The remarks by the two senior politicians at a round table on Wednesday are likely to spark anger from the Labour leadership. Swinson has previously ruled out worki...

‘loud, obsessive, tribal’: the radicalisation of remain | politics

They hate Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. They no longer trust the BBC. They love civil servants, legal experts and James O’Brien. And now, consumed by the battle against Brexit, hardcore remainers are no longer the moderates. By Daniel CohenOn 25 October 2017, a pensioner living in the Netherlands created a new hashtag. Hendrik Klaassens was concerned about the rise of Europe’s far right and wanted to bring campaigners together on Twitter. He settled on #FBPE: “Follow Back Pro EU”. Klaassens d...

no-deal brexit battle set to come to head in september | politics

Opponents of chaotic exit from EU still divided on strategy to outmanoeuvre Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson is preparing for a parliamentary battle against MPs trying to block a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, as his cross-party opponents continue to be divided about the best way to stop the UK crashing out on 31 October.A senior government source said Downing Street believes the first legislative showdown over no deal will be on 9 September, when parliament is due to debate a progres...

john bolton in uk to meet johnson and brexit hardliners | us news

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm HuaweiJohn Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnson’s government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the Iran nuclear deal and the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei.Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, ...

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