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Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Photo: Chaka Umunna speaks alongside Luciana Berger, left, and Angela Smith, right, during a press conference to announce the new political party, The Independent Group, in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. London, Feb 18 : Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism — the biggest shake-up in ...

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Several UK Labour MPs to quit party over Brexit

A group of British opposition Labour lawmakers will on Monday announce they are leaving the party over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, a source said, adding more resignations could follow. The small group, possibly about five lawmakers, will make the announcement later on Monday, after weeks of growing calls for Corbyn to change strategy ...

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Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Theresa May has urged Conservative MPs to put aside “personal preferences” and support a Brexit deal in the Commons. In a letter to all 317 Tory MPs, the prime minister said “history will judge us all” over the handling of Brexit. The PM faces continued opposition to her approach from Brexiteers in her party, with many failing to back her ...

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Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change

Pupils from around the UK went “on strike” on Friday as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said protests took place in more than 60 ...

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British-Bangladeshi IS teen’s return to UK ‘could be prevented’

A British woman who fled to Syria as a schoolgirl to join the Islamic State group could be prevented from returning to the UK, the home secretary has said. “My message is clear,” Sajid Javid told the Times. “If you have supported terrorist organisations abroad I will not hesitate to prevent your return.” He added that if Shamima Begum, 19, did ...

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PM defeated over Brexit strategy

Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a fresh defeat in a Commons vote on her Brexit strategy by 303 to 258. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the prime minister – who did not take part in the debate – to “admit her Brexit strategy has failed”. Tory Brexiteer rebels abstained, saying the government’s motion implied a no-deal Brexit ...

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Brexit: MPs to debate next steps

  MPs are to debate and vote on the next steps in the Brexit process later, as Theresa May continues to try to get a deal through Parliament. A series of amendments – designed to change the direction of Brexit – will be considered in the debate, which is expected to be a routine procedure.   No 10 insists Mrs ...

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Brexit: Theresa May plays down ‘deal or delay’ report

  Theresa May has played down reports that she could force MPs to choose between backing her deal or accepting a delay to EU withdrawal. ITV News said chief UK negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard in a Brussels bar saying the EU was likely to allow an extension to the Brexit process. The PM suggested MPs should not rely on ...

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Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders.   They said it looked “ever more the likeliest outcome” that the UK would leave ...

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Brexit: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn set to hold further talks

The prime minister struck a conciliatory tone in her response to a letter from Mr Corbyn, which set out his five demands for a Brexit deal. She said she wanted the two parties to discuss “alternative arrangements” to the Irish backstop – a commitment to avoid a hard border. But there remains a divide over the customs union, even though ...

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