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1. Abortion referendum likely to put pressure on Northern Ireland politicians19:39[−]

Irish vote puts spotlight on restrictive laws but Ian Paisley says region ‘won’t be bullied into abortion on demand’

The landslide in favour of liberalising Ireland’s abortion regime will put pressure on politicians in Northern Ireland to review its highly restrictive laws, though one insisted the region would not be “bullied into accepting abortion on demand”.

Repeal of the eighth amendment, expected to be followed by legislation to permit abortion on request up to the 12th week of pregnancy, means Northern Ireland will be the only place in the UK and Ireland – and most of Europe – where terminations are outlawed apart from in the most exceptional circumstances.

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2. Alastair Campbell: Labour under Corbyn 'does my head in'19:13[−]

Ex-press chief condemns demonisation of Tony Blair, hailing him as party’s most successful leader

Tony Blair’s former press chief Alastair Campbell has condemned the demonisation of the ex-prime minister.

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3. Corbyn under pressure to give members vote on Labour Brexit policy17:19[−]

Supporters from leftwing group Momentum press for debate at party conference

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn from the leftwing campaign group Momentum are piling pressure on the leadership this weekend to give members a debate and vote on Labour’s Brexit policy in a move that will further expose the party’s deep divisions over Europe.

Related: How Corbyn could become prime minister – and keep us in the EU | John Palmer

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4. May playing 'hide and seek' in Brexit talks, Barnier says15:40[−]

Prime minister wants to blame Brussels for UK’s problems, EU chief negotiator claims

Theresa May has been accused of playing “hide and seek” in the Brexit talks and attempting to pin the blame for the damaging consequences on Brussels, in a damning speech by the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

After a fraught week of negotiations, during which the UK declined to spell out its proposed solution for avoiding a hard border with Ireland or offer positions on a range of crucial issues, Barnier gave a withering assessment of the prime minister’s approach.

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5. Short prison sentences do not work, says justice secretary14:15[−]

David Gauke says he wants prison population to come down, with alternatives to short spells in jail for least serious offenders

Short prison sentences of less than 12 months do not rehabilitate prisoners and should be a last resort, the justice secretary has said, adding that the UK is now holding too many people in jail.

Related: Prisoners could help fill post-Brexit workforce gap, says minister

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6. How Corbyn could become prime minister – and keep us in the EU | John Palmer10:00[−]

Unhappy Brexiteers could yet force an October general election, and open the way for the Labour leader to reshape Brexit

The idea that the British people are on the brink of “liberation” from the European Union is starting to look very odd indeed. The evidence increasingly suggests that by the middle of the next decade, we may very well still be fully bound by most of the key terms and conditions of EU membership.

Yet while we may be obliged to accept EU laws and regulations affecting the single market and the customs union and still have to pay into the EU budget, the British people may notice one difference: we will have neither voice nor vote in determining European laws and regulations. We will be law-takers, not lawmakers.

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7. Afghan interpreters working for UK army ‘failed’ by government02:01[−]

Britain must abandon policy of leaving ex-staff dangerously exposed, says Commons report

The government has “dismally failed” to protect Afghans who worked as interpreters for the British army and are now at risk from the Taliban and Islamic State, according to a Commons defence select committee report.

The study criticises the Home Office and Ministry of Defence for not fulfilling obligations towards thousands of Afghans who worked for British forces, many of them on the frontline.

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8. Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and the North Korea summit – cartoonПт., 25 мая[−]
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9. 'They sat and watched them turn to ashes': Grenfell anger spills outПт., 25 мая[−]

Relatives of two entire families who died in tragedy give tributes during inquiry hearing

Anger at the government response to the Grenfell Tower fire has burst into the open at the public inquiry, as relatives of two entire families who were killed delivered gruelling personal tributes and a nine-year-old girl became the youngest person to speak about her grief.

Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the inquiry chairman, presided over an emotional end to a week in which tributes have been paid to 47 of the 72 who died as a result of the fire.

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10. Majority of EU27 favour 'simple' approach on Britons’ residencyПт., 25 мая[−]

Only about 10 countries likely to use system similar to that planned by UK for EU nationals

A majority of the EU27 do not plan to force UK nationals living within their borders to apply for a special residency status after Brexit, in contrast to the UK government’s treatment of EU nationals.

An initial meeting of officials and diplomats in Brussels on the treatment of UK nationals post-Brexit found a mood in favour of a “smooth and simple” approach.

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11. Third of poorer families in England missing out on free food vouchersПт., 25 мая[−]

Government-funded coupons provide free fruit, vegetables and milk to qualifying families

One in three low-income families are missing out on government-funded vouchers for free fruit, vegetables and milk that are intended to improve the diets of pregnant women, babies and children.

Out of 402,384 people on low incomes in England who are eligible to receive Healthy Start vouchers, 135,671 (33.7%) are not doing so, figures show.

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12. There’s a rat in this Brexit heist movie. Who could it be, Boris? | Marina HydeПт., 25 мая[−]

Accusations are beginning to fly among the co-conspirators. No wonder the foreign secretary needs his jet plane

Occasionally it feels like metaphors are our last great manufacturing industry. On Tuesday Theresa May visited the Chelsea Flower Show, where she was shown a cowpat, which she pronounced “wonderful”. Cow shit means cow shit, and I guess the cow had made a success of it. Even so, the prime minister’s insistence on being ludicrously positive about literally any old doodah is surely nearing its endgame.

Or is it? This week it was claimed that, in order to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland, May will ask the EU for a customs and regulatory alignment period (CRAP) lasting until the end of 2023. I will be asking them for country music stardom and England to win the World Cup, and I imagine we’ll both get similar results.

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13. The Guardian view on Brexit in crisis: time for a reboot | EditorialПт., 25 мая[−]
The EU has an interest in helping the UK devise a new model of associate membership

Brexit is not just one negotiation between two sides. At its heart is the dialogue between the EU and Theresa May’s government, but that process has become increasingly detached from the negotiation that Mrs May conducts with her cabinet, her party, and parliament. The concept of Brexit being presented to British audiences now bears hardly any relation at all to the concept as it is grasped in Brussels.

This disparity is extremely dangerous. For weeks, Mrs May has been bogged down in debate about alternatives to a customs union, as if that is the thing on which a good deal depends. Viewed from Brussels, this looks like refusal to engage with underlying issues, and dereliction of duty to explain to voters what the true choices entail.

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14. Who, us? Russia is gaslighting the world on the Skripal poisonings | Alexey KovalevПт., 25 мая[−]
From state television to the Russian embassy in London, indignation, mockery and flat-out denial is the order of the day

Russia’s reaction to Yulia Skripal’s bombshell Reuters interview has been boringly predictable. State officials, TV hosts, loyalists reporters, a host of experts and, of course, online trolls scrambled to cast doubt on Skripal’s statement.

Related: Yulia Skripal delivered a coded message and it spoke volumes | Angus Roxburgh

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15. SNP's economic plan for independence means 'decade of austerity', says Scottish Labour - Politics liveПт., 25 мая[−]

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

Here is some more reaction to the SNP’s sustainable growth commission report.

From the Scottish Liberal Democrats

. @willie_rennie
responds to the #GrowthCommission: "Scotland should not jump from the frying pan into the fire" https://t.co/rjzdQEGq4f pic.twitter.com/PHkUEuNkbE

The Scottish Growth Commission gets its economics very badly wrong https://t.co/cr7HC5lxpv via @richardjmurphy

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16. Number of Windrush cases passes 5,000Пт., 25 мая[−]

Unit set up to deal with crisis received 13,000 calls and 850 people now have documentation

The number of potential Windrush cases reported to the Home Office has passed the 5,000 mark.

They are among a total of 13,000 calls to a specialist unit set up within the department last month. The Home Office also disclosed that more than 850 people now have documentation following an appointment with the dedicated team.

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17. What is Galileo and why are the UK and EU arguing about it?Пт., 25 мая[−]

Europe has started to exclude British firms from elements of the satellite programme

Galileo is an ?8bn satellite navigation system intended to rival the US-controlled Global Positioning System. Once fully operational in 2020 it will provide accurate position, navigation and timing information to be used by governments, citizens and industry. It will be used by everything from smartphones to security-critical military applications in target acquisition and tracking. The UK is developing receivers for military platforms that will incorporate Galileo’s encrypted Public Regulated Service (PRS).

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18. SNP says Scotland should delay launching own currencyПт., 25 мая[−]

Sustainable growth report warns an independent Scotland would need ‘robust’ spending controls

An independent Scotland would need to cut spending, delay launching its own currency and offer tax cuts for migrants, a long-awaited Scottish National party report has said.

The sustainable growth commission report warns that Scotland would need “robust” controls on public spending in the first five to 10 years after independence to cut the country’s large deficit to less than 3% of day-to-day spending.

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19. The EU's right to say Britain is 'chasing a fantasy'. That's all Brexit ever was | David ShariatmadariПт., 25 мая[−]

Brexiteers such as Dominic Cummings promised a new Jerusalem. But they never reckoned with reality, and now it’s biting

“Fantasy” is the right word for British politics as spring sputters into summer, with Brexit’s chariot hurrying near. Not the good kind, mind you. Rather than a pleasant daydream, we’re dealing instead with collective delusion, in which cabinet ministers, walled off from reality, waste weeks debating customs plans that the EU has already rejected.

So it’s not surprising that a senior EU figure has dismissed the government’s entire approach to the negotiations as make believe. “To paraphrase The Leopard by Tomasi di Lampedusa,” the official said, “I have the impression that the UK thinks everything has to change on the EU’s side so that everything can stay the same for the UK.” As if to underline the point, Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, issued his own warning about the increasing likelihood of a “disruptive Brexit”.

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20. In the Brexit vacuum, Corbyn’s ‘soft border’ talk can unite Ireland | Mick FealtyПт., 25 мая[−]
Despite Corbyn’s long-held republican sympathies, his speech in Belfast showed he can appeal to both sides of the border

The briefings ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s speech in Northern Ireland yesterday suggested he would emphasise the popularity of the political unification of Ireland on both sides of the border. In the event, his remarks were far more measured and focused on the challenges of Brexit. Perhaps that’s no bad thing.

In the south, there is no mainstream political party that does not hold unification as an important long-term political goal. A survey by Behaviours and Attitudes for the British Council in Dublin back in 2003 showed that preference for a united Ireland among the under-40s in the Republic came out at roughly 70% across the board, regardless of whether their attitude to Britain was positive or hostile.

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21. UK economy posts worst quarterly GDP figures for five yearsПт., 25 мая[−]

Growth slumps to 0.1% on weak business investment and household spending

The weakest household spending for three years and falling levels of business investment dragged the economy to the worst quarter for five years, official statisticians have said.

The Office for National Statistics confirmed its previous estimate that GDP growth slumped to 0.1% in the first quarter, while sticking to its view that the “beast from the east” had little impact.

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22. UK will build own satellite system if frozen out of EU's Galileo – chancellorПт., 25 мая[−]

Philip Hammond says UK to ‘go it alone’ after Brexit if Brussels carries out access threat

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has warned that the UK will build its own satellite navigation system to rival the European Union’s €10bn (?9bn) Galileo project if Brussels carries out its threat to block access.

The European commission has cited legal issues about sharing sensitive information with a non-member state to justify its decision to shut British firms out of the project. The EU has also said it will restrict access to encrypted signals from Galileo.

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23. UK 'chasing a fantasy' in Brexit talks, top EU official warnsЧт., 24 мая[−]

Senior official involved in talks says EU will not negotiate under threat, after a fraught week in Brussels

The EU has accused the British government of “chasing a fantasy” and warned that it will not negotiate under threat, after a fraught week of Brexit talks in Brussels that have raised serious concerns about the future of the negotiations.

The whole approach of the UK government to the discussions was castigated by a senior EU official involved, who further warned that the bloc would not be forced into positions that were against its interests.

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24. The Guardian view on Jeremy Corbyn and Ireland: all about the border | EditorialЧт., 24 мая[−]
Questions about the Labour leader’s republican views dominated his trip to Belfast. But Brexit is the key question for Northern Irish politics now

Northern Ireland was a defining issue for Jeremy Corbyn during his long career as a backbencher. Mr Corbyn the backbencher was a republican supporter. He backed a united Ireland and he prominently identified himself on several occasions with Sinn F?in, with which the Provisional IRA was entwined. He voted against the 1985 Anglo-Irish agreement on the grounds that it strengthened the border between the north and the south. He was consistently outside the Labour party mainstream, which favoured a generally bipartisan approach on Northern Ireland. Nevertheless he voted in favour of the 1998 Good Friday agreement on the grounds that it offered the hope of peace and reconciliation across the divide.

As leader of the Labour party, Mr Corbyn has been more circumspect about the Irish issue. Thursday’s visit to Belfast was his first since his election in 2015. The visit was preceded by a now familiar burst of press indignation after his spokesman confirmed that Mr Corbyn continues to support Irish unification, while stressing that he does so within the framework of the 1998 agreement. The agreement says a united Ireland can only be achieved by the separate and concurrent votes of the two parts of Ireland and that, until this happens, the union of Northern Ireland with Britain is legitimate. But Mr Corbyn’s past record inevitably allowed DUP unionist MPs to taunt him this week with being unwilling to condemn IRA atrocities or meet their victims.

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25. Doctors in Commons rally to overturn ban on medicinal cannabisЧт., 24 мая[−]

Group of MPs to campaign on issue following recent case of six-year-old Alfie Dingley

Doctors in the House of Commons are to lead a campaign to change the law banning the medicinal use of cannabis, as a new all-party parliamentary group (APPG) forms to campaign for the issue.

Dan Poulter, a former health minister who still works part-time as a GP, said he had already signed up fellow Conservative Andrew Murrison, Labour’s Paul Williams, and Philippa Whitford of the Scottish National party – four of the Commons’ nine medical doctors.

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26. Being excluded from EU Galileo satellite system creates 'irreparable security risk' for UK, say ministers - Politics liveЧт., 24 мая[−]

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

Ipsos MORI has released some polling today.

Half think #Brexit is working out as expected while 4 in 10 think it is worse; confidence in the PM to get a good Brexit deal remains low: new @standardnews poll https://t.co/YVQ3CZKzb8 pic.twitter.com/lywF2w0cj2

Despite a torrid time on Brexit, May has gradually crept ahead of Corbyn on satisfaction, whereas he has fallen back compared to 2017 peak pic.twitter.com/E2XnHqxAO2

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27. ‘Max-fac’ is an idiotic idea that will bankrupt British businesses | Richard ReedЧт., 24 мая[−]

The Brexiters’ absurd customs plan would cost around ?350m a week. I don’t remember seeing that on any big red buses

I’m not a politician, I’m an entrepreneur. I don’t believe in false promises or rigid ideology. I believe in creating opportunities, good deals and looking out for the people who work for me.

I campaigned passionately for the remain side during the Brexit referendum, because the opportunity to live, work, trade and travel anywhere in the EU with zero faff is such a good deal and creates brilliant life and business opportunities, and is especially valued by younger generations.

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28. Italy’s belligerent new coalition is bad news for the EU | Lorenzo MarsiliЧт., 24 мая[−]
The EU is in desperate need of reform. But it’s unlikely to get help from Italy’s inward-looking, migrant-bashing new rulers

As Giuseppe Conte is asked to form Italy’s next government, I walk out of a screening of Loro, the controversial portrayal of Silvio Berlusconi by Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino. With images of drug-fuelled sex parties still in my mind, the uproar that accompanies the announcement about Conte appears odd. Italy has endured more than 30 years of dreadful governments. For much of the last two decades the country was led by a convicted tax fraudster. Before that, it was led by Bettino Craxi, a politician so corrupt that he ended his days as a fugitive in Tunisia. Why worry now?

Related: 'They throw mud': new PM facing up to messy world of Italian politics

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29. Russian pranksters discuss Putin and Skripal in call with Boris JohnsonЧт., 24 мая[−]

One of the duo pretended to be the Armenian PM in 18-minute phone conversation

A duo of Russian pranksters with suspected links to the country’s security services managed to get through to the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and held an 18-minute phone conversation with him by pretending to be the Armenian prime minister.

The duo released audio of the call, which they said took place last week, in which one of them pretended to be Nikol Pashinyan, the recently appointed prime minister of Armenia.

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30. Stop Brexit blather and face reality on trade, says ex-EU ambassadorЧт., 24 мая[−]

UK’s former chief EU diplomat Sir Ivan Rogers takes aim at PM’s Brexit strategy in speech

Britain must face reality on post-Brexit trade rather than continue the “buccaneering blather” of hard Brexiters, the UK’s former chief EU diplomat Sir Ivan Rogers has said.

Rogers, the former chief Brussels adviser to both David Cameron and Theresa May, took aim at the prime minister’s Brexit strategy in a speech on Wednesday, but also criticised the plans of both hardline remainers and leavers, calling them “bluntly, delusional”.

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31. Brexiters' customs model 'could cost ?20bn for UK business'Ср., 23 мая[−]

‘Max-fac’ option could result in huge annual hit for firms, according to head of HMRC

The post-Brexit customs model favoured by Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and Michael Gove could cost business as much as ?20bn a year, the head of HMRC has said, a verdict that delivers a huge blow to the Brexiters’ hopes of a complete departure from the customs union. Jon Thompson told the Treasury select committee that their preferred “max-fac” model, which relies on technology and trusted trader schemes to minimise border checks, would be substantially more expensive than the alternative.

Cabinet sources claimed that they had never been briefed by HMRC that the cost could be so high. The huge figure, which represents around double the UK’s annual net contribution to the EU, sent shockwaves around Westminster. Theresa May’s preferred option, the customs partnership model, under which the UK would collect tariffs on behalf of the EU, would be virtually cost-free because businesses could claim back the levies, Thompson said.

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32. Boris Johnson's South America tour: political pageantry and self-parodyСр., 23 мая[−]

Far away from the day-to-day details, the foreign secretary seems like a kind of roving dispenser of Brexit bombast

Boris Johnson is standing on the balcony of a remote school on an island in the Peruvian Amazon, in the sweltering heat. With his rumpled shirt and trademark tousled hair, Britain’s top diplomat must cut an unlikely figure to the children and teachers crowded along the balconies and on the grass below.

The foreign secretary, who landed by helicopter half an hour or so earlier with his Peruvian counterpart, N?stor Popolizio, is here to mark the fact that British taxpayers have made a series of donations to the school, including buying a lithium solar battery, which will help to power lighting and computers.

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33. Labour suspends activist challenging gender self-identification policyСр., 23 мая[−]

David Lewis stood for women’s officer role claiming that he was ‘a woman on Wednesdays’

Labour has suspended an activist who attempted to stand as women’s officer while claiming he identified as a woman “on Wednesdays”, as the party’s ruling body reaffirmed transgender women were eligible to stand on all-women shortlists.

Party sources said David Lewis, who was a candidate to be Basingstoke Labour party’s women’s officer, had been suspended pending an investigation.

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34. UK urged to sanction 'top Putin oligarchs' as new powers take effectВт., 22 мая[−]

Follow US lead and seize assets of Russians accused of human rights abuses, say campaigners

Britain should target high-profile Russians with economic sanctions soon after so-called Magnitsky powers passed by parliament come into force, according to campaigners and MPs who supported the introduction of the legislation in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning.

Bill Browder called on the government to implement “swift and robust action” against individuals. The financier, who supports the introduction of sanctions against Russians accused of violating human rights, added that “top Putin oligarchs should be on that list”.

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35. EU talks with Australia and New Zealand deal blow to UK free trade plansВт., 22 мая[−]

Bloc could end up on better terms with the Commonwealth nations after Brexit than UK

The EU has leapt ahead of the UK in the pursuit of free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand after member states gave the green light for talks to start within weeks.

With Theresa May insistent that leaving the EU will involve exiting the customs union and the bloc’s external commercial policy, the announcement from Brussels opens up the possibility that the EU could enjoy better terms with the two Commonwealth nations after Brexit than the UK will.

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36. Labour Lewisham East chair suspended over Thornberry Isis tweetsВт., 22 мая[−]

Ian McKenzie tweeted about shadow foreign secretary being beheaded by Islamic State

The chair of Labour’s Lewisham East constituency party has been suspended ahead of next month’s byelection over allegedly misogynistic tweets.

Ian McKenzie, a former aide to John Prescott, faces disciplinary action over two tweets about the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, being beheaded by Islamic State.

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37. Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson team up to back new Tory thinktankПн., 21 мая[−]

Leading Conservatives supporting Onward say party will ‘be finished for a generation’ without new ideas

Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson have come together to back a new Tory thinktank with a warning that, without fresh ideas and a broader appeal, the party will be “be finished for at least a generation”.

Gove, the environment secretary, who has long been one of the party’s most influential thinkers, said: “The Conservative party is at its best when it appeals beyond its core vote and puts forward a reforming, forward-looking agenda that responds to the concerns of the entire nation.”

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38. Brexit: Britons favour second referendum by 16-point margin – pollПт., 26 янв.[−]

Guardian/ICM survey finds rising interest in vote on final deal as concerns mount over EU talks

Voters support the idea of holding a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to one of the largest nationwide opinion polls since the Brexit vote.

The ICM survey, conducted as part of a Guardian reporting project, found 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK’s departure are known, while 34% oppose reopening the question.

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39. Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chiefВт., 19 дек. 2017[−]

Sir John Sawers tells MPs Britain will need to figure out how to rebuild its economy and international standing after leaving EU

Brexit is set to cause a loss of UK influence on a par with the 1970s, requiring a national assessment of how the UK’s future standing can be recovered once Brexit is complete, Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, has warned.

Speaking to the foreign affairs select committee, Sawers said: “We can see the trend of the coming years and we do not want to go through a repeat of the 1970s where the UK went progressively downhill compared to our national partners. We will need to turn it around. I am not sure how we are going to do it.”

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40. Liam Fox reopens cabinet rift with defence of chlorinated chickenСр., 01 нояб. 2017[−]

Trade secretary says there are no health arguments against consumption, despite Michael Gove’s opposition to process

Liam Fox has defended the controversial practice of disinfecting chicken with chlorine, reopening a cabinet rift over whether post-Brexit food standards should be lowered to facilitate a trade deal with the US.

“There are no health reasons why you couldn’t eat chickens that have been washed in chlorinated water,” the trade secretary told MPs when asked whether there was anything wrong with the process. “Most of the salads in our supermarkets are rinsed in chlorinated water,” he said.

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