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Barnier criticises May’s UK-wide Brexit backstop plan

EU negotiator warns Britain checks will be needed on goods travelling across Irish Sea Michel Barnier has warned that Theresa May’s backstop solution to avoid a border on the island of Ireland raises “more questions than answers” as he ruled out the whole of the UK staying in the customs union and key parts of the single market after Brexit. ...

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Places of worship to stay protected with £1 million Home Office fund

Places of worship that have been subjected to or could be vulnerable to hate crime attacks will be supported by the Home Office with a further £1 million funding for protective security. Successful applicants in England and Wales will receive up to £56,000 towards improved security to counter the threat from hate crimes at their premises. Previous funding has been ...

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Boris Johnson calls for more ‘guts’ in Brexit talks

May declares confidence in foreign secretary despite his attack on Hammond’s Treasury Downing Street has backed Boris Johnson in the face of calls for his dismissal after he was recorded accusing the Treasury of being intent on sacrificing the long-term gains of Brexit. In a private speech to the Conservative Way Forward group, Johnson is hearddismissing the cautious approach of ...

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Finsbury Park attacker ‘failed to divide us’: Hero imam hails community spirit a year after fatal assault

An imam hailed a hero after the Finsbury Park attack said far-Right terrorist Darren Osborne had “failed epically” in his bid to divide communities. Hundreds of people gathered in north London last night for a street party celebrating “community spirit” following last year’s attack. Makram Ali, 51, was killed and 12 others were injured when Osborne, 48, drove a hired ...

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Home Office prevented asylum seeker’s urgent cancer treatment

Woman with advanced breast cancer was deemed ineligible for free NHS care A 38-year-old woman with advanced breast cancer was denied potentially life-saving chemotherapy for nearly six weeks after the Home Office deemed her ineligible. Kelemua Mulat, who has metastatic breast cancer in her abdomen and bone cancer in her spine, was refused urgent hospital treatment on 27 April after ...

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Brexit: May and Davis ‘agree customs backstop wording’

The UK’s proposed “backstop” plan for trade with the EU after Brexit has been published after an “expected” end date – of 2021 – was included in it. It followed crunch meetings between Prime Minister Theresa May and Brexit Secretary David Davis, who insisted a cut-off date be included. The proposal would see the UK match EU trade tariffs temporarily ...

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Theresa May in showdown with ministers on Ireland border

London, June 7 : British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown with senior ministers Thursday amid opposition to her proposal for avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland after the U.K. leaves the European Union. The meeting comes amid reports that Brexit Secretary David Davis is considering resignation because he fears May’s plan could force Britain to follow EU ...

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Firefighters search 116-year-old London hotel amid blaze

London, June 06 : More than 100 firefighters tackled a blaze at a luxury hotel in central London that produced thick black smoke visible for miles around and required people inside the building to evacuate Wednesday. London Fire Brigade said it was called to the 12-story Mandarin Oriental Hotel just before 4 p.m. (1500 GMT.) Less than an hour later, ...

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Gove ‘prepared to make concessions’ on Brexit environment controls

Environment secretary suggests he is ready to accept ‘constructive’ alternative after Lords defeat Michael Gove has won a significant victory over the Treasury after the chancellor, Philip Hammond, had blocked his plans for replacing EU environmental protections after Brexit. In a demonstration of the government’s readiness to make concessions to get the EU withdrawal bill on the statute book before ...

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Jeremy Corbyn: Brexit ‘shambles like Northern Rail’

Jeremy Corbyn has compared Theresa May’s handling of Brexit with the “shambles” in the UK railways as they clashed at Prime Minister’s Questions. The Labour leader said key documents, including the blueprint for future EU relations, had been “delayed” while customs proposals had been “cancelled”. But Mrs May said she was delivering on the 2016 referendum result while Mr Corbyn ...

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