18 января, 13:23

Macron tells May City will get less access to Europe than now if UK leaves single market - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference with Emmanuel MacronWhat Macron said to May about Brexit - Key quote and analysisSummary 8.01pm GMT I think the City of London will continue to be a major global financial centre. That is an advantage not just for the UK, it’s actually good for Europe and good for the global financial system.Un nouveau traité, le traité de Sandhurst, permettra d’améliorer la coopération pour gérer notre frontière commune. #UKFRSummit pic.twitter.com/hIPFtotg7lUn point important du traité de Sandhurst : la réduction des délais pour le traitement des mineurs non accompagnés. #UKFRSummithttps://t.co/tvWn1aQksP 7.34pm GMT Here is some comment from journalists on the press conference.From Politico Europe’s Charlie CooperMacron punchier than might have been expected on Brexit. If UK wants financial services access, "be my guest" but needs to pay into budget and accept free movement. ie. NorwayMacron telling the PM to “Be My Guest” in English over access to financial services was the headline of that press conference - publicly reflects exasperation but acceptance from Europe that UK actively wants to give away trade advantages in the biggest market of biggest industryVery interesting answer from Macron on financial services post Brexit. Says he does not want to exclude any sector of the economy from the trade deal, but the access to the single market would be lower than at present. So, broad but shallow access.PM @theresa_may acknowledges 'we will no longer be full members of the single market' after Brexit. The word to focus on in terms of UK Phase 2 talks thinking is 'full'Theresa May often returns to Lancaster House whenever she is asked or hears something she doesn't like on brexit. Like Macron's answer on the single market. It's her tell.Macron can tell the Germans that German banks won't get easy access to London. Good luck with that!Macron is so bloody French... 72 hours of charm, trolling Britain with a tapestry, and then tipping into threats and arrogance Continue reading...

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16 января, 18:48

Labour complains about Boris Johnson's latest Brexit claim

Keir Starmer asks watchdog to intervene after it previously said £350m claim was ‘clear misuse of official statistics’Labour has complained to the statistics watchdog about Boris Johnson’s claim that even more than £350m could be clawed back from the EU each week after Brexit.Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, asked the UK Statistics Authority to intervene after it previously said the foreign secretary’s repetition of the £350m figure used by the Vote Leave campaign was a “clear misuse of official statistics”. Continue reading...

16 января, 12:41

Labour centrists express fury about Momentum's Christine Shawcroft taking over key party post - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenWhat Donald Tusk told MEPs about BrexitICM poll reveals how May and Corbyn seen on key issuesAfternoon summary 5.25pm GMT It’s not surprising that the unions, members of the shadow cabinet and three Momentum backed NEC reps chose Christine Shawcroft over Ann Black - as many ordinary members are deeply frustrated with her. In 2016 Ann voted to to exclude 130,000 new Labour members from the leadership election, forcing them to pay another £25 to participate. When you deny members the right to choose the leader of their own party, it does tend to create a certain amount of resentment.I hope that the other place will make an enormous number of changes to this bill. The idea that the bill with all these Henry VIII clauses is going to have an untroubled passage through the House of Lords is an illusion. The House of Lords, I hope, will throw back some of the bizarre extensions of the Henry VIII principle in this bill but also some of the European things ...This is a pathetic parliament so far in the way in which it’s handled this extraordinary measure before it. House of Commons votes 319 to 296 to reject Amendment 57 to the #EUWithdrawalBill. pic.twitter.com/Pew2RKr1TrHouse of Commons rejects Amendment 4 to the #EUWithdrawalBill by 317 votes to 299. The Amendment would have retained the Charter Rights in UK law and afford them the same level as protection as the rights in the Human Rights Act. pic.twitter.com/dKWZHnFqqGCommons votes 320 to 297 against #EUWithdrawalBill New Clause 7 relating to #animalsentience. pic.twitter.com/lvWO4Fyw6X 4.58pm GMT The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s lead Brexit spokesman, was wrong when he said this morning that the UK’s plastic bag crackdown was an EU initiative. (See 9.51am.) A Defra spokesperson said:It is not true to claim that our plastic bag charge is a result of EU regulation. We set out our plans before the EU and we have gone further than EU regulations require.The 5p levy on plastic bags in England was announced in September 2013 and introduced in October 2015. EU plans requiring member states to reduce plastic bag use were set out in November 2013.EU directive 2015/720 (amending Directive 94/62/EC) was passed 29 April 2015. Govt’s Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 No. 776 (a statutory instrument) came into force 5 Oct 2015. #KeepUp #FactChecked #NailedIt https://t.co/1aPCWUl3qY Continue reading...

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16 января, 08:42

Борис Джонсон заявил, что верит в реальность ядерной угрозы КНДР

Глава МИД Великобритании Борис Джонсон заявил, что ракетная программа КНДР является главной угрозой с начала...

16 января, 00:30

Leave campaign's £350m claim was too low, says Boris Johnson

Foreign secretary says campaign ‘grossly underestimated’ amount of money UK sends each week to EUBoris Johnson has ratcheted-up his defence of Vote Leave’s infamous assertion on the side of their bus that Britain sends £350m a week to the EU by saying the group could have used a much higher figure. Related: Boris Johnson: 'Let us have a grown-up conversation with our American friends' Continue reading...

16 января, 00:30

Boris Johnson: 'Let us have a grown-up conversation with our American friends'

Foreign secretary stresses ‘crucial’ nature of UK-US relations in exclusive Guardian interview before flying out for North Korea talksBoris Johnson has banned himself from using the phrase “special relationship” to describe Britain’s longstanding links with the United States: it sounds, he says, “a bit needy”. But as Donald Trump’s White House lurches from one crisis to the next – the latest being his remarks about migrants from “shithole” countries – Britain’s foreign secretary has no intention of distancing himself from the controversial president. Continue reading...

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15 января, 17:07

Why is Britain keeping quiet about Pakistan’s assault on free speech? | Jon Boone

The Foreign Office should be protesting about the kidnap and torture of social media activists, not pandering to the generalsIn recent times Pakistani social media activists of a liberal, secular persuasion have been abducted by agents of the state, tortured then released after a few weeks. Invariably they then give up the blogging business: they stop criticising the country’s military establishment, or the militant religious groups long backed by the army as proxy warriors.Last month saw another abduction of a peace activist in Lahore. A Marxist professor was found dead in Karachi yesterday. Continue reading...

15 января, 12:09

Sturgeon publishes Brexit impact report saying staying in single market best option - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenSturgeon’s speech and Brexit impact report - Summary and analysis 1.16pm GMT Eddie Izzard, the Labour centrist who was runner up behind the three Momentum candidates in the NEC election (see 12.36pm), has said he will continue to campaign for an “open and welcoming Labour party” after his defeat.Congratulations to @Yasmine_Dar @LabourRachel and @jonlansman on your election to the NEC. I look forward to working with you to get a Labour government. pic.twitter.com/96bZ4nNSK4 1.02pm GMT The Scottish Conservatives have dismissed the Scottish government’s Brexit impact report. This is from the BBC’s Nick Eardley, quoting Adam Tomkins, shadow communities secretary in the Scottish parliament.The @ScotTories reaction to @scotgov Brexit impact paper, via @ProfTomkins pic.twitter.com/xeKXqM8TzY Continue reading...

15 января, 10:51

МИД Великобритании призывает объединиться против КНДР

Министр иностранных дел Великобритании призвал международное сообщество объединиться против ядерной программы Северной Кореи Борис Джонсон...

14 января, 22:25

Desperate for a trade deal, the Tories are enabling Donald Trump | Matthew d’Ancona

Despite the US president’s appalling behaviour and rejection by the British people, the UK government continues to abase itself before the White House“The president fundamentally wants to be liked,” says Katie Walsh, former White House deputy chief of staff, in Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury. “He just fundamentally needs to be liked so badly that it’s always …everything is a struggle for him.” Related: Trump row could kill off swift post-Brexit trade deal, says former UK envoy Continue reading...

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13 января, 11:59

My 2018 resolution? No more self-doubt

I’ve been working on a book for over a decade, but like Jack in the Shining I’ve found myself recording the same things again and again. What am I waiting for?I don’t believe in New Year resolutions, but I do believe in becoming so fed up with doing – or not doing – something that you realise something has to give, whatever the date. It just so happened that this came to me on 2 January, when I realised I’d been researching a long-planned book for (the dates on the files do not lie, as much as I wish they did) 14 years. As a teenager, I dreamed of growing up to be like Dorothea from Middlemarch, all spark and goodness, but it turns out I am actually Casaubon, her creaky husband, who rots away as he spends decades researching his magnum opus, The Key To All Mythologies.I have spent a frankly bizarre portion of my life researching early 20th-century Poland and France (hey, we all get our kicks somewhere). But when I went through my crate of notes last week, I discovered something rather unsettling. I hadn’t just been researching for 14 years, I’d been researching the same things for 14 years. Like an archaeologist digging through strata, I went through my files going back over a decade, and the same information kept recurring: this fact, that figure, these statistics. I wasn’t Casaubon, after all; I was Jack in The Shining, allegedly writing a book, but actually just recording the same things again and again. Continue reading...

12 января, 15:37

Boris Johnson attacks Labour in row over Donald Trump's cancelled visit

No 10 backs foreign secretary in saying Labour leader and London mayor are putting US-UK relations at risk after embassy trip called offDowning Street has accused Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan of jeopardising relations with America for telling Donald Trump he is not welcome in Britain, after the US president called off a planned visit to London in the face of likely mass protests.In a move that reinforces Theresa May’s determination to remain publicly close to Trump, despite accusations of racism and his liaisons with the far right, Downing Street backed an accusation from the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, that Labour was risking transatlantic ties. Continue reading...

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11 января, 09:00

Johnson to raise Zaghari-Ratcliffe's plight with Iranian counterpart

Foreign secretary will discuss dual-national consular cases during Brussels summit on Iran nuclear deal Boris Johnson will raise the plight of imprisoned British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with his Iranian counterpart on the margins of an international summit.The foreign secretary will attend talks in Brussels focused on the Iran nuclear deal amid concerns about US president Donald Trump’s opposition to the agreement. Continue reading...

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09 января, 22:06

Cuddly, friendly Boris is back with his bad gags and instant soundbites | John Crace

Having secured his job by promising to kick up rough if he were moved, the foreign secretary starts new year in relaxed moodAs the Four Pot Plants continued to wait anxiously by the phone to see if they were going to be offered a ministerial job in the reshuffle, Boris Johnson got ready for his first departmental questions of the new year. Having already established the previous day that whoever else may be in charge of the government it isn’t the prime minister, the foreign secretary was in an unusually expansive and relaxed mood. He’d told Theresa May that he would kick up rough if she tried to move him and Theresa had listened. All was well with the world.Boris didn’t even react when the SNP’s Stephen Gethins tried to bait him about the resignation of his erstwhile close friend Toby Young from the Office for Students. On another day Boris might have gone off on a major rant, but this time he chose to suck it up. Apart from anything else he wasn’t that bothered about Toby. Certainly not enough to put his own career on the line for him. Continue reading...

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09 января, 18:33

«Пчела Мэй – я», — как премьер Британии кипучую деятельность изобразила

Все последние месяцы кандидатом «на вылет» из британского кабинета считался глава Форин-офиса Борис Джонсон. Он...

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09 января, 15:31

Toby Young jumped ship. But the toxic Tories’ culture war goes on | Owen Jones

Young’s vile output made him signally unfit for office. But ministers are to blame for inviting him on board – and not caring whom they offend in the processToby Young wasn’t pushed: he jumped. This is a critical point, because his disgraced departure from the Office for Students should in no way let this increasingly shambolic government off the hook. Related: Toby Young resigns from the Office for Students after backlash Continue reading...

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09 января, 12:40

Justine Greening says leaving government was 'right thing to do' as reshuffle continues - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May continuing the government reshuffle 12.26pm GMT Jo Johnson, the universities minister, has been made transport minister and minister for London. His brother Boris, of course, was mayor for London.Jo Johnson MP becomes Minister of State at the Department for Transport @transportgovuk and Minister for London #Reshuffle pic.twitter.com/Qyy0O97IaK 12.16pm GMT Sky’s Beth Rigby is monitoring the ministers going into Number 10.Two more ministers now in; Caroline Dineage & Harriet Baldwin through the door. So far then; two MPs from ethnic minorities (Sharma/Gyimah). Two women (Dineage/Baldwin). Four white men (Johnson/Hands/Raab/Barclay) Continue reading...

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08 января, 17:50

Не все ладно в королевстве Британском: Перестановки в кабмине Терезы Мэй и их последствия

Прошлый политический год в Великобритании запомнился постоянными конфликтами внутри кабинета Терезы Мэй. Здесь и слишком...

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07 января, 18:35

Toby Young faces fresh calls for his sacking in misogyny row

Former MP, about whose breasts the free schools advocate tweeted in 2012, says he has long history of misogynistic behaviourThe misogyny row sparked by the appointment of the free schools champion Toby Young to help police standards in higher education has intensified after a former MP, about whose breasts he tweeted, called for him to be sacked.Pamela Nash, the former Labour MP for Airdrie and Shotts, said Young had not been guilty of a single aberration, but had a long history of misogynistic behaviour, as well as a disdain for working-class people. Continue reading...

07 января, 15:13

May to move or sack quarter of cabinet in wide-ranging reshuffle

Prime minister to assert authority, though Boris Johnson, David Davis, Amber Rudd and Philip Hammond likely to keep jobsTheresa May will give her government a new year reboot by carrying out what is expected to be her most wide-ranging reshuffle since her ill-fated decision to call a snap general election last summer.The prime minister is expected to sack or move about a quarter of her cabinet on Monday in an assertion of authority that was impossible for her in the immediate aftermath of the loss of her Commons majority, when her post-election reshuffle involved minimal changes at cabinet level and no outright dismissals. Continue reading...

01 июля 2016, 17:20

Человек недели: Борис Джонсон

Человеком этой недели, по мнению журнала EUROMAG, стал эксцентричный бывший мэр Лондона Борис Джонсон. На этот раз он удивил всех своим внезапным отказом выдвигаться на пост лидера Консервативной партии и, соответственно, премьер-министра Великобритании. Хотя именно Джонсон был главным претендентом на пост главы государства после победы евроскептиков и последовавшей за ней отставки Кэмерона.

27 июня 2016, 00:49

Brexit и новая сложность

Большинство экспертов прохлопали и Brexit, и восхождение Дональда Трампа только лишь потому, что полагались на старые представления о том, что «неизбежно», а «чего не может быть никогда». Эта беда поправима. Куда хуже будет, если у нас по той же причине не зададутся отношения с США и «Европой наций» после того, как этот богатый на политические события год закончится