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UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

Britain said it wanted to maintain a Common Travel Area, a pact that allows free movement between the United Kingdom and Ireland for British and Irish citizens, and introduce new ‘trusted trader’ arrangements to help larger companies. Smaller firms would be exempt from customs processes. It rejected the idea of an effective customs border in the Irish Sea that separates England, Wales and Scotland from Ireland and Northern Ireland as “not constitutionally or economically viable”.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon posted an initial reaction to the customs union plan on Twitter, saying: “Seems UK gov is back to its daft ‘have cake and eat it’ approach to Brexit. They should commit to staying in single market and customs union, period.”

“You’ve got the UK government appearing to say that they don’t want to say in ‘the’ customs union, but they want to stay in ‘a’ customs union, which would be pretty much identical to the European customs union that we’re in already. It’s nonsensical and ridiculous. “I think it increasingly makes the UK government look like a bit of a laughing stock.”

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UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Part of Plot to Stop Britain Leaving EU: Pro-Brexit Campaign Groups

UK POLITICS: Philip Hammond Part of Plot to Stop Britain Leaving EU: Pro-Brexit Campaign Groups

“He is part of a cabal of Westminster MPs (Members of Parliament) who believe that if they can delay exit, they can overturn the wishes of the 52 percent who despite threats from the political classes drew upon the courage of their conviction at the ballot box,” said Leave. EU Chairman Arron Banks in a letter to voters in Hammond’s constituency.

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UK POLITICS: Voters Sense Betrayal in Britain’s Brexit Heartlands

UK POLITICS: Voters Sense Betrayal in Britain’s Brexit Heartlands

Throw in a visceral distrust of the London political classes, and for many voters it all points to one thing: a plot to water down, or even stop, Brexit.

“We voted to come out, so why didn’t they do it straight away? Why have we got to wait?” asked 64-year-old Chris Murdoch, in the small English town of Chatham, 50 km (30 miles) east of London. “We won’t come out completely because it’s not in their favour.”

Her husband Peter, a retired construction worker, added: “They’re all in it for themselves. They’re all two-faced … We don’t trust any of them.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Says Brexit Talks Should Move to Next Phase, as Ministers Show Unity

UK POLITICS: Britain Says Brexit Talks Should Move to Next Phase, as Ministers Show Unity

“We need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong UK and EU,” Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement. David Davis’s Brexit department said it was preparing to publish several papers, including plans for a new customs arrangement and a proposal on how to resolve the difficulties of a non-physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“We’ve been crystal clear that issues around our withdrawal and our future partnership are inextricably linked,” a source in Britain’s Brexit department said.

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UK POLITICS: Anne Marie Waters Biography

UK POLITICS: Anne Marie Waters Biography

These are the fundamental beliefs that underline my For Britain campaign. This is why I joined the UK Independence Party, the only party that is truly loyal to Britain, and why I intend to pursue pro-Britain policies within the party. If you are For Britain, if you want Britain and its people to be the number one priority of British Government, join me, let us stand up For Britain together.

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UK POLITICS: UKIP Approves Anti-Muslim Candidate Anne Marie Waters to Contest for Leadership

UK POLITICS: UKIP Approves Anti-Muslim Candidate Anne Marie Waters to Contest for Leadership

UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate Anne Marie Waters’ candidacy has split the party, with some UKIP members threatening to resign if she was allowed into the race. She was blocked from standing for the right wing party in the last general election, with then-leader Paul Nuttall saying Anne Marie Water’ views made him “uncomfortable.”

Police figures show hate crimes, particularly against Muslims, surged by 23 percent in the 11 months after the Brexit vote, compared with the same period the previous year, the highest increase ever recorded.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Opponent James Chapman Seeks to Form New Political Party

UK POLITICS: Brexit Opponent James Chapman Seeks to Form New Political Party

James Chapman, a former top aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis said, “Two people in the cabinet, a number of people who have been in Conservative cabinets before now – better cabinets, I might say, than the current one – and a number of shadow cabinets ministers have also been in touch. They are not saying they are going to quit their parties, but they are saying they understand that there is an enormous gap in the centre now of British politics. There is an enormous gap in the center now of British politics that could be filled by an anti-Brexit force.”

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UK POLITICS: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘Prevalent’ in UK

UK POLITICS: Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking ‘Prevalent’ in UK

“It’s likely in the tens of thousands,” the NCA’s vulnerabilities director Will Kerr said. “The more we look for modern slavery the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable. The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone had previously thought.”

Human trafficking into modern slavery was now so widespread that ordinary people would inadvertently come into contact with victims every day, Kerr said.

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UK POLITICS: Under Tories Homeless Population Increased

UK POLITICS: Under Tories Homeless Population Increased

John Healey, the shadow housing secretary, said the homelessness was downright a national scandal for the ruling Tories.

“This is a direct result of decisions made by Conservative ministers: a steep drop in investment for affordable homes, crude cuts to housing benefit, reduced funding for homelessness services and a refusal to help private renters.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Chancellor Angela Merkel Falls By 10 Points Six Weeks Before Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Chancellor Angela Merkel Falls By 10 Points Six Weeks Before Election

Despite all this, Merkel’s conservatives, who currently share power with the SPD in a “grand coalition”, look on track to win the Sept. 24 vote. The main question for most experts is whether she will repeat her coalition with the SPD or seek another partner, possibly the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Most Popular News Today

UK POLITICS: Brexit Most Popular News Today

Brexit is the “…biggest calamity for our country since WW2, I’m afraid,” said James Chapman, who ran chief negotiator Davis’s office for nearly a year after the June 2016 EU referendum. He has since moved to work for a public relations firm.

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UK POLITICS: UK Top Judge to Theresa May: Provide Legal Clarity on Brexit

UK POLITICS: UK Top Judge to Theresa May: Provide Legal Clarity on Brexit

David Neuberger, President of the UK’s Supreme Court, told the BBC in an interview: “If the United Kingdom parliament says we should take into account decisions of the ECJ then we will do so, if it says we shouldn’t then we won’t, and basically we will do what the statute says. If it doesn’t express clearly what the judges should do about decisions of the European Court of Justice, then the judges will simply have to do their best. But to blame the judges for, as it were, making the law when parliament has failed to do so would be unfair.”

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UK POLITICS: Most Popular Political News in Britain

UK POLITICS: Most Popular Political News in Britain

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s botched gamble on a snap election has shaken public confidence in the government with nearly two thirds of voters now negative about her government’s approach to Brexit talks, an ORB opinion poll indicated. “This months Brexit tracker suggests the damage from a poor election result is continuing to cast doubt over Brexit,” Johnny Heald, managing director of ORB, said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Europe’s Leaders Struggle Over Donald Trump Strategy

EUROPE POLITICS: Europe’s Leaders Struggle Over Donald Trump Strategy

As the director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Mark Leonard, notes: “Trump is the first American president since the EU was created not to be in favor of deeper European integration.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Accepts to Pay EU €40b for Brexit: Report

UK POLITICS: Britain Accepts to Pay EU €40b for Brexit: Report

“We know (the EU’s) position is 60 billion euros, but the actual bottom line is 50 billion euros. Ours is closer to 30 billion euros but the actual landing zone is 40 billion euros, even if the public and politicians are not all there yet,” the newspaper quoted one “senior Whitehall source” as saying.

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IRELAND POLITICS: Varadkar to EU, UK: Find ‘Unique Solutions’ to Brexit Logjam

IRELAND POLITICS: Varadkar to EU, UK: Find ‘Unique Solutions’ to Brexit Logjam

“At the moment the mechanism by which most European agreements are upheld is through the European Court of Justice and the United Kingdom has indicated it no longer wishes to be part of. Time is running out and I fear there will be no extra time allowed,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

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UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson, Michael Gove Should be Jailed for Brexit ‘Lies: Lord Sugar

UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson, Michael Gove Should be Jailed for Brexit ‘Lies: Lord Sugar

Asked in a BBC Radio interview on Friday, whether Johnson and Gove should be in prison for promising more money for the National Health Service (NHS) while campaigning to Leave the EU, Lord Sugar said, “Absolutely. 100% absolutely. I mean, absolutely. Or at least they should have a criminal record.”

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UK POLITICS: Big Business to Theresa May: ‘Delay Brexit to Avoid Economic Crash’

UK POLITICS: Big Business to Theresa May: ‘Delay Brexit to Avoid Economic Crash’

The Institute of Directors (IoD) urged Prime Minister Theresa May: “This is the simplest way of allowing sufficient time for full negotiations to include a comprehensive free trade agreement, and ensuring one single period of adjustment/implementation for business, negotiators and government machinery to grapple with.”

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FRENCH POLITICS: ‘We Thought British Were Rational’: French Ambassador to UK Shocked By Brexit

FRENCH POLITICS: ‘We Thought British Were Rational’: French Ambassador to UK Shocked By Brexit

French ambassador to London Sylvie Bermannhas says, “Frankly, what surprised me most [during the tenure as ambassador] was Brexit because we have always thought of the British people as being very pragmatic and taking rational decisions based on their economic interests. Yet we know that this time it wasn’t the overriding factor in the decision to leave the EU.”

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