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Brexit: Gove doubts whether No 10 customs plan is ‘deliverable’

Michael Gove has cast doubt on the viability of Theresa May’s proposed customs partnership with the EU after Brexit, telling the BBC it has “flaws”. The environment secretary said there were “significant question marks” about whether the model, described as crazy by Boris Johnson, was deliverable. The PM, whose ministers are considering two customs options, says “compromises” will be needed ...

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TUC rally demands ‘new deal’ for workers and public services

Government must change course or face strikes, unions say at London’s biggest march in years The government faced calls for a major change of direction on public services, pay and jobs on Saturday as tens of thousands of people marched through central London to demand a “new deal”. Jeremy Corbyn won huge applause from the crowds in Hyde Park when ...

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Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn must change stance, says Lord Kinnock

Jeremy Corbyn will commit “a serious evasion of duty” if he does not change his stance on Brexit, former Labour leader Lord Kinnock has said. The peer told the Independent that Labour should endorse the UK staying in the European Economic Area (EEA) or risk “sacrificing thousands” of jobs. Staying in the EEA would mean the UK retained key aspects ...

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Brexit: Leave.EU fined £70,000 for breaking electoral law during referendum

Campaign group Leave.EU has been fined £70,000 for breaches of election law in the 2016 EU referendum. The Electoral Commission said the group – which was separate from the official pro-Brexit group Vote Leave – failed to report “at least” £77,380 it spent. It has also referred Leave.EU chief executive Liz Bilney to the police following its investigation into what ...

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Grammar schools and faith schools get green light to expand

Grammar schools in England are being given the chance to create thousands of new places in a trimmed-down selective school expansion programme. The expanded wholly selective schools will have to set out plans to admit disadvantaged pupils, perhaps by lowering the entrance requirements. It comes after Theresa May’s scheme for a new wave of grammars was abandoned due to lack ...

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Britain apologises for ‘appalling treatment’ of Abdel Hakim Belhaj

Theresa May apologises unreservedly for UK role in rendition of Libyan, who was jailed and tortured, and his wife Theresa May has apologised for the “appalling” treatment of a husband and wife who were the victims of a so-called rendition operation mounted with the help of MI6. The attorney general, Jeremy Wright, read out a letter from the prime minister ...

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More than 1,000 cases of forced marriage in UK last year, report says

Official unit says issue is hidden crime and figures may not reflect full scale of abuse Nearly 1,200 possible forced marriage cases were flagged up to a specialist service last year, figures show. Of the 1,196 reports handled by the government’s forced marriage unit, more than a quarter involved victims below the age of 18, while one in five related ...

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Iran nuclear deal: UK won’t walk away, says Boris Johnson

Britain has “no intention of walking away” from the Iran nuclear deal despite the United States pulling out, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says. Mr Johnson told MPs the UK would “strive to preserve the gains” made by the international agreement. The 2015 deal curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of UN, US and EU sanctions. US President ...

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Theresa May forced to give MPs single market vote after shock defeat

  More than 80 Labour peers defy whip on amendment calling for vote on EEA membership MPs will have a vote on remaining in the European Economic Area – effectively a vote on the single market – after a shock defeat for the government in the Lords. It means the Brexit strategy of both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn has ...

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At least 1,000 highly skilled migrants wrongly face deportation, experts reveal

Home Office accused of ‘abusing’ section of Immigration Act designed to tackle terrorism At least 1,000 highly skilled migrants seeking indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK are wrongly facing deportation under a section of the Immigration Act designed in part to tackle terrorists and individuals judged to be a threat to national security, MPs and experts have said. ...

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