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23/01/2022
Brexit’s Falstaff can’t bluff his way through this any longer | William Keegan | The Observer

“‘Brexit’ is an unmitigated disaster and the damage is getting worse. I fear Starmer…is living in cloud-cuckoo land if he…

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23/01/2022
Dominic Raab Says MP's Islamophobia Claim Will Not Be Investigated Without A Formal Complaint
Dominic Raab has said there would be no "specific investigation" into claims made by former minister Nus Ghani that she experienced Islamophobia from a senior member of the party unless she makes a formal complaint.


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23/01/2022
Despite the violent past and toxic present, Britain and Ireland cannot escape the ties that bind | Fintan O’Toole
The fiftieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday reminds us that history and geography mean that now, as then, the fates of the two countries are entwined

Almost 50 years ago, in the early hours of 2 February 1972, the British embassy in Dublin was gutted by fire. This was not an accident. A huge crowd had gathered in protest outside the lovely Georgian terrace in Merrion Square all through the previous day. They cheered as young men climbed across the balconies and smashed a window. They threw in some petrol and lit it. A fusillade of petrol bombs was unleashed from the crowd. People chanted the slogan they had learned from the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1965: burn, baby, burn. The police did nothing to stop the attack.

I was 14 at the time, so I wasn’t there. But some of my older friends were and I wished I had been with them. The assault was organised by the IRA, but most ordinary, peaceful Irish people approved of it. It seemed like the right thing to do, a reasonable response to the massacre the previous weekend in Derry of 13 unarmed civilians by the first battalion of the British army’s Parachute Regiment. A woman waiting for a bus in Dublin told the Irish Times: “I felt outraged that the British should do this and I felt that whatever the rights and wrongs, they would know how we felt when we burned down their embassy.”

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23/01/2022
Consensus and betrayal: the health bill and the unions

The health bill shows how closely aligned trade unions are with government as the demands of creditors are above the public interest.

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23/01/2022
Farmers’ tree dilemma: if we plant woodland, will we take a cash hit? | The Observer

Four years after a new post-Brexit payments system was promised by ministers, confusion leaves bid to improve biodiversity in limbo…

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23/01/2022
Farmers’ tree dilemma: if we plant woodland, will we take a cash hit?

Four years after a new post-Brexit payments system was promised by ministers, confusion leaves bid to improve biodiversity in limbo

Farmers are putting off planting trees because of the uncertainty surrounding the government’s plans for subsidies based on protecting nature, delaying the UK’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stem the drastic decline in farmland wildlife.

New farm payments are expected from 2024, under the post-Brexit subsidy regime the government has promised, but farmers fear if they plant trees now they will not get the credit for it when the new schemes start. Meanwhile, they face potentially losing their existing subsidies if they switch to more tree-planting now.

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23/01/2022
The Brexit Falstaff can’t bluff his way through any longer | William Keegan
Johnson is at the mercy of his cabinet. The trouble is, as Leavers, none of them will face up to our post-EU crisis either

Way back in the mid-1960s, during a quiet summer, a former journalist turned public relations man persuaded the chairman of a public company to conduct a search for the Loch Ness monster.

Quiet summers used to be known in Fleet Street as the “silly season”. One day, the PR man responsible for what was essentially a publicity stunt was called into the chairman’s office. The chairman, a retired general, was in a state of panic. “What on earth are we going to do if we find the monster?” he said.

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22/01/2022
Brexit made Stena’s Holyhead and Fishguard ports 30% quieter | BBC News

“Ian Davies, boss of Stena’s UK ports, said it was down to ‘Brexit’ rather than the pandemic.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-60099413

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22/01/2022
A20 in Kent leading to Channel Tunnel from 2002 to 2021 | YouTube

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22/01/2022
This scandal reveals a Conservative party corrupted by Johnson – and by Brexit | The Guardian

“‘Brexit’ is the virus. Johnson was only ever its most visible carrier.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/21/partygate-conservatism-corrupted-boris-johnson-brexit-monarchy-union-bbc

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22/01/2022
Brexit: Think lorry queues are bad now? It’s going to get a lot worse – here’s why | The London Economic

“How long until portable toilets are out on the A20? There are no facilities for drivers waiting for hours. Forced…

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22/01/2022
Why Putin wanted Johnson to win Brexit and end up in No. 10 | The Federal Trust

“For Putin, the entry of ex-Soviet Colonies like Poland, the Baltic states, East Germany or the Czech Republic into full…

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22/01/2022
Huge 15km lorry queues at Dover blamed on Brexit | Metro News

“Exasperated lorry drivers have reported queuing for up to eight hours as staff processing drivers struggle with complex new customs…

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22/01/2022
Brexit Queues Silence in the British Media | YouTube

“Tailbacks at Dover and media silence.” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=exgBYLkfi6Y&feature=youtu.be

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22/01/2022
Dover blames queues on spike in freight traffic, not Brexit | The Guardian

Frustrated drivers disagree, saying Brexit checks and Covid paperwork were behind delays on port approach Drivers on the road expressed…

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22/01/2022
Dover blames queues on spike in freight traffic not Brexit

Frustrated drivers disagree, saying Brexit checks and Covid paperwork were behind delays on port approach

Long queues of lorries built up on approach roads to Dover this week because of a spike in freight traffic and not because of Brexit, the Port has said.

However, drivers on the road expressed fury over the delays, describing the situation as “absolute carnage” and blaming a mixture of delays in Brexit checks and Covid paperwork.

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22/01/2022
Yorkshire MP joins campaign to save Johnson

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, is said to have been drafted in to help lead the campaign to save Boris Johnson.

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22/01/2022
Norky’s ramblings: visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

Norky recounts his visit to Schindler's factory, and to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum in Poland

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22/01/2022
Mad Morris, the Vulture Sex Wrecker

Steve's friend Tim has discovered that Mad Morris the Vulture Sex Wrecker is about to be erased from history

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22/01/2022
Rishi Sunak Accused Of “Riding Two Horses” As He Defends Boris Johnson With One Eye On Succeeding Him
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been accused of “trying to ride two horses” by offering the requisite support for the flailing Prime Minister while simultaneously jockeying for position ahead of his colleagues in what seems an increasingly inevitable Tory...


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21/01/2022
MP blackmail claims add to UK’s poor reputation overseas, says top lawyer

Philippe Sands QC says there is parallel between alleged intimidation of MPs and ‘threatening behaviour’ overseas

Allegations that MPs have been intimidated by their party whips compound damage done to Britain’s reputation from threats by the government to deliberately break international law, observers have warned.

Philippe Sands QC, a leading barrister and expert on human rights, said there was a direct parallel between alleged threats to reduce funding to MPs’ constituencies and examples of “threatening behaviour” which he alleged Boris Johnson had engaged in while foreign secretary.

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21/01/2022
The end of the Vagrancy Act
The end of the vagrancy act

Trevor Russel takes a look at one of the lesser known benefits of the recent government defeat of the vagrancy act in the House of Lords.

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21/01/2022
Cadwalladr reports on Arron Banks’ Russia links of huge public interest, court hears

Banks is suing Guardian journalist for defamation over Brexit backer’s ‘covert relationship’ with Russia

Reporting by the Observer and Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr on the “covert relationship” between the multimillionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks and the Russian government was of the greatest public interest imaginable, her lawyer has told the high court.

Banks, who donated a record £8m to the Leave.EU campaign group, is suing Cadwalladr for defamation over two instances – one in a Ted Talk and one in a related tweet – in which she said the businessman was lying about his relationship with the Russian state.

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21/01/2022
This scandal reveals a Conservative party corrupted by Boris Johnson – and by Brexit | Jonathan Freedland

Whether it’s the monarchy, the union or the BBC, today’s Tories are trampling on the values they once claimed to cherish

Just because Boris Johnson approaches every issue thinking only of Boris Johnson does not mean we have to do the same. Even the crisis that now engulfs the prime minister, and sees his fate hang on Tory MPs’ reaction to a Sue Gray report that could come next week, is not only about him. It’s tempting to see it that way – to look for the roots of the partygate scandal in Johnson’s arrogance, entitlement and narcissism – but it’s a double mistake.

As a matter of politics, it’s unwise because it would allow the Conservatives to ditch Johnson, pick a successor and claim to be a new government exorcised of its demon, with no need for the electorate to turn to Labour. But it’s also wrong.

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21/01/2022
Dominic Cummings is never wrong

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21/01/2022
Open Letter to Liz Truss No. 2 – January 2022

Dear Liz, It’s a month since my last letter and I’m still eagerly awaiting your response. I appreciate it’s been a busy time for you, especially with you wearing so many ministerial hats. Your quest to replace Boris Johnson in No. 10 must also be quite demanding of your time. I would venture that your […]

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21/01/2022
How does the ‘Migration Crisis’ impact on EU Relations with African Countries?

In 2015, the EU declared a ‘migration crisis’ and signalled an intention to take swift and determined action in response to migrant deaths in the Mediterranean. By the end of 2015, the number of migrant arrivals and first-time asylum applicants in the EU reached over 1.25 million applications. The notion of crisis became firmly entrenched […]

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21/01/2022
The European Decade of Crises – Responsiveness and Responsibility

The last decade for Europe is one that was marked by multiple crises. Between 2009 and 2019, the term austerity dominated every discussion about the economy. The dominance of austerity in the Eurozone crisis years created the impression that there was something fundamentally different compared to previous episodes of politics in hard times. While in […]

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21/01/2022
Tory Whips Won't Investigate Claims MP Was "Blackmailed" Unless Evidence Is Provided
Tory whips will not investigate claims that MP Christian Wakeford was threatened over funding for a school in his constituency unless evidence of the allegation is provided.


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21/01/2022
Ten for Nature: nature recovery in Yorkshire

Rob Francis describes how an area of North Yorkshire is successfully ‘rewilding’, resulting in a bio-diverse influx of wildlife.

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21/01/2022
France 2022: That elusive cohesion

“What unites us better than Les Bleus?” (“Qui nous unit mieux que les Bleus ?”). Good question. TF1, Europe’s largest television channel and long-standing partner of the French national team, used it as teaser during the European football championship last summer. An excellent promotional slogan, underpinned by an emotional video of suffering and celebrating the […]

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21/01/2022
Minister Urges Schools To Drop Mask Wearing After Headteachers Defy Rule Changes
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said new guidance on masks is "very clear" and that pupils no longer need to wear them in the classroom as Covid restrictions are relaxed.


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21/01/2022
Uncertain future of public service broadcasting

The BBC has been accused of having a left wing bias, but what does the programming evidence show?

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20/01/2022
From Brexit ultras to net zero sceptics: what the Tory factions want

A guide to the gripes and wishes, some overlapping, of various parts of the Conservative parliamentary party

While it remains to be seen whether Tory opponents of Boris Johnson can generate enough MPs’ letters to trigger a confidence vote in the prime minister, let alone win one, it is clear that the parliamentary party contains a series of factions with their own gripes and wishes, some overlapping.

By no means do all of them actively want Johnson gone – at least not yet – but they do at least hope his current woes could prompt a No 10 reset in a direction they would like. Here is a brief guide to who is seeking what.

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20/01/2022
Tory Rebels Are Biding Their Time Before Making New Moves To Oust Boris Johnson
Tory rebels hoping to oust Boris Johnson say they're biding their time, but remain committed to replacing their party leader before the next election, PoliticsHome has been told.


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20/01/2022
Westminster Insiders Call For A "Reset" On Downing Street Booze Culture After Lockdown Parties Went Too Far
Downing Street needs a serious “reset” after its well established booze culture spiralled under lockdown and “went too far” according to those familiar with Number 10's now notorious "Friday night wine time".


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20/01/2022
North Yorkshire unitary authority: a blow to local democracy

Plans to bring North Yorkshire local government under a unitary authority will further damage public engagement in local democracy.

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20/01/2022
Liz Truss aims to agree NI protocol deal with EU by end of February

Foreign secretary to travel to Brussels on Monday with target of finalising post-Brexit arrangements

Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, will travel to Brussels on Monday with a target of agreeing a deal with the EU on the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland by the end of February.

The two sides have agreed that a window of opportunity for an agreement will close when campaigning starts for May’s elections to the Northern Ireland assembly.

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20/01/2022
Electric Vehicles – 1. The Battery Revolution
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Electric Vehicle battery prices have fallen dramatically and will continue to fall as engineers and scientists focus on design improvements and innovation. But issues are raised around mining, re-use and recycling.

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20/01/2022
Scottish Tories Fear Rift Between Holyrood And Westminster Will Harm Election Prospects
Members of the Scottish Tory grassroots have warned the strained relationship is causing problems for activists on the doorstep.


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20/01/2022
Senior Tory Tells MPs To Go To The Police Over "Blackmail" Attempts To Protect Boris Johnson
Senior Conservative MP William Wragg has accused the government of "intimidation" in their efforts to stop MPs from criticising Boris Johnson.


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20/01/2022
Tory Defector Christian Wakeford Faces A Tough Battle To Win Over "Upset" Local Labour
Labour members in Bury South are in shock after the defection of Tory MP Christian Wakeford, with some calling for a by-election now he has changed parties.


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20/01/2022
Alcohol and parenting
Alcohol and Parenting

Rhiannon George Daniel cautions against mixing alcohol and parenting based on her experience as a therapist.

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20/01/2022
(In) voluntary mergers in higher education: a story from Norway

Martina Vukasovic In 2015 the Norwegian government launched a large-scale re-organisation in higher education. The policy solution proposed, like in many other cases, involved mergers of higher education institutions. There were several formal policy goals, such as robust academic environments, good access to education and expertise, contribution to regional development and effective use of resources. […]

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20/01/2022
Should all the party people resign?
Resignation. businessmen holding boxes for personal belongings and resignation letters. Quitting a job, The big quit. The great Resignation.

Should everyone present at the several government parties resign? Mark Cunliffe thinks so as these people don't respect the monarchy.

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20/01/2022
Sajid Javid Says Downing Street Party Scandal Has "Damaged Our Democracy"
Sajid Javid has said that Downing Street parties have caused "damage to our democracy" but continued to refuse to say whether Boris Johnson should resign if he is found to have breached the ministerial code.


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20/01/2022
What next for the elections bill?

The elections bill has now passed to the House of Lords, but much can still be done to improve it.

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19/01/2022
“Pork Pie” Plot Tory MPs Accused Of “Self-Indulgence” And “Student Politics”
The group of 2019-intake Tory MPs said to have instigated a plot to try and remove Boris Johnson have been accused of disloyalty and “self-indulgence”.


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19/01/2022
Tory MPs Say They Were “Blindsided” By Christian Wakeford’s Labour Defection
Close allies of Bury South MP Christian Wakeford say they were “shocked” by his decision to defect to Labour from the Conservative party over concern about Boris Johnson’s leadership.


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19/01/2022
Mallard Pass Solar Plant: who benefits?
Proposed size of solar farm - overlayed on map of Stamford for size context.

A proposal for the Mallard Pass solar plant is proving controversial. Is it an appropriate development for local communities and wildlife?

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19/01/2022
“You have sat there too long … In the name of God, go”

Today's PMQ's was one of the most extraordinary witnesses in 20 years, as David Davis called on the prime minister to step down

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19/01/2022
Former Deputy Prime Minister Condemns Rees-Mogg's "Grotesque" Douglas Ross Attack
Jacob Rees Mogg's attack on Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, in which he called him a "lightweight" and "not a big figure" in the Conservative party, was "foolish" and a "grotesque error of judgement," a former senior Cabinet minister has said.


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19/01/2022
David Davis Tells Boris Johnson “In The Name Of God Go” Over Partygate Allegations
The Prime Minister was told to resign by one of the most senior Conservative backbenchers in a bruising Commons encounter after one of his own MPs defected to Labour.


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19/01/2022
Boris Johnson Announces End Of "Plan B" Covid Restrictions As Omicron Cases Continue To Fall
The Prime Minister has announced all Plan B Covid restrictions will be scrapped from next week.


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19/01/2022
Neither in, nor out: How the Eurozone crisis gave rise to Disobedient Euroscepticism

For years now, party-based Euroscepticism has been broadly conceived – various taxonomies notwithstanding – as either in favour of reforming the EU ‘soft Euroscepticism’ or leaving it altogether ‘hard Euroscepticism’. It has been particularly so in the case of Euroscepticism on the left. However, in a recent article for the Journal of Common Market Studies, […]

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19/01/2022
Populist Radical Right in the European Parliament: a New Force?

Recent years have seen a rise of populist radical right (PRR) forces across Europe. Inside the current European Parliament (EP), they make up almost a third of MEPs, more than doubling their seat share in a decade. This increase in representation reflects growing public scepticism towards European integration. Still, ideological divergences have so far prevented […]

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19/01/2022
Doctor MPs Say No 10 Party Defence Is An "Insult" To Sacrifices Made By NHS Staff
MPs also working in the medical profession have called Boris Johnson’s defence of events held in Downing Street during lockdown “an absolute joke” and “an insult” to the sacrifices made by NHS staff, many of whom lost their lives to Covid.


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19/01/2022
Tory MP Christian Wakeford Has Defected To Labour In A Dramatic Protest Against Boris Johnson
Christian Wakeford, the MP for Bury South, has spectacularly quit the Tory party and joined Labour in protest against Boris Johnson's under-pressure leadership.


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19/01/2022
Government pauses plans to rewrite UK copyright laws after authors protest

Intellectual property rule changes were mooted in the wake of Brexit but have been shelved after warnings about how this could hit writers’ incomes

After authors including Kate Mosse and Philip Pullman warned that proposals to change the UK’s copyright laws could be “devastating” for writers, the government has paused its plans.

The Intellectual Property Office launched a consultation last summer into UK copyright after Brexit. Writers and publishers had feared that if the “copyright exhaustion” rule were changed, governing when the control of a rights holder over the distribution of their property expires, it could lead to a flood of cheap international editions of books.

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19/01/2022
Minister Says His Inbox Is "White Hot" With Furious Emails About Boris Johnson
James Heappey has urged the public to wait for the Sue Gray report as he admitted his inbox was "glowing white hot" with angry emails.


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18/01/2022
New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum


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18/01/2022
How Does Boris Johnson's "Work Event" Apology Stand Up To The May 2020 Covid Rules?
The Prime Minister has "categorically" denied he knew a "work event" held in the Downing Street garden in May 2020 was against Covid rules that prohibited social mixing at the time.


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18/01/2022
Rattled Tories Briefed On Research Showing Farage Could Split Right Wing Vote
Exclusive: Conservative MPs have this week been left feeling unnerved by research showing that a possible return of Nigel Farage to the forefront of politics would do significant damage to their chances of winning the next general election.


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18/01/2022
Tories Unimpressed With Johnson's "Red Meat" Week As Atmosphere In Parliament Remains "Febrile"
Tories have poured scorn on Downing Street’s so-called “red meat” week of populist policy announcements to distract from the party scandal and put Boris Johnson back on track.


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18/01/2022
Which is more dysfunctional – the US or the UK? I’ve created a Global Embarrassment Index to figure it out | Arwa Mahdawi

Living in the US, I have always seized every opportunity to insist things are better in Blighty. But now both countries look ludicrous

For years now I have been living with a chronic condition that I’ve finally been able to diagnose as Privileged Immigrant Derangement Syndrome (PIDS). Let me explain: more than a decade ago I left my native Britain to go and work in New York. I wasn’t fleeing persecution, poverty, or life in a failed state; I just wanted to live in the US. There were more opportunities, I didn’t have to navigate the suffocating class system, and, most importantly, my English accent gave me a competitive edge. Women swooned at my vowel sounds (I’m not making that up: they swooned … OK, I promise at least one woman swooned) and everyone assumed I was on tea-drinking terms with the Queen.

Anyway, that’s the PI bit of PIDS. The D bit is this: when you spend extended time away from your home country, it’s easy to build up a romanticised version of it in your head. I became a cheerleader for all things British; I even bought a pair of union jack wellies, and wore them with pride whenever it rained. As my long-suffering American wife can attest, I seized every opportunity to say how much better things were in Blighty than Stateside. We had a superior healthcare system; we weren’t gun-nuts; our infrastructure was better; our political system wasn’t as drenched with money, and was less corrupt. Even our rain was better. On and on I went about how the UK was infinitely superior to the US.

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18/01/2022
Boris Johnson "Categorically" Denies He Was Told Downing Street Gathering Was Against The Rules
The Prime Minister has denied that he was warned a drinks event held in the Downing Street garden when lockdown prohibited social gatherings could be a breach of Covid rules.


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18/01/2022
Partygate – A Betrayal of Trust

We must not ‘move on’ as Liz Truss would have us do. Partygate is existentially different from the government’s disregard for other rules because it affects each of us directly and at the most fundamental, personal level. It is a betrayal of trust. We are all holding our breath to see whether ‘Big Dog Boris’ […]

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18/01/2022
Jeremy Hunt Says It Would “Take A Lot" To Persuade Him To Run For The Tory Leadership Again
Exclusive: Jeremy Hunt has said that while his “ambition hasn’t completely vanished” when it comes to running for Conservative party leader, “it would take a lot to persuade me to put my hat into the ring”.


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18/01/2022
Letter from a confused citizen
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Carol Hedges scrutinises the government's nationality and borders bill by writing a letter to the home secretary about stripping rights.

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18/01/2022
Bahrain-Linked ‘Think Tank’ Accused Of Trying To "Silence" MPs and Peers Raising Human Rights Abuses
A group of MPs and peers have claimed the director of a British-based organisation has attempted to "silence" criticism of Bahrain's human rights record after they raised concerns in Parliament.


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18/01/2022
Partygate: responses from around the Central Bylines region
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Anna Girolami rounds up MP responses to the partygate crisis from across the Midlands region. Is Boris Johnson fit to remain prime minister?

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18/01/2022
Dominic Raab Dismisses "Caricature" Of Party Culture In Downing Street
Dominic Raab has defended the "incredibly professional" staff in Downing Street and he dismissed claims of a drinking culture as a "caricature".


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18/01/2022
Labour condemns plan to allow ‘double-jobbing’ in Northern Ireland politics

Party vows to vote against proposal, which would allow DUP leader to work at Westminster and Stormont

Labour has called on the government to immediately withdraw a proposed law that would allow the Democratic Unionist party leader to “double job” at Westminster and Stormont.

The shadow Northern Ireland secretary, Peter Kyle, said Labour would vote against the government and had tabled the amendment to the Northern Ireland (ministers, elections and petitions of concern) bill, having “clearly failed the sufficient consensus” among Northern Ireland parties to support the move.

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17/01/2022
Roberta Metsola elected new President of the European Parliament
Roberta Metsola won the election in the first voting round, where she received an absolute majority of 458 votes out of 690 cast in the remote secret vote, among three candidates. At the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Kosma Złotowski (ECR, PL) withdrew his candidacy, bringing the number of candidates down to three.


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17/01/2022
Higher education: making EU's universities ready for the future through deeper transnational cooperation
Today, European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever. The two new initiatives adopted today, a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, will support universities in this endeavour.


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17/01/2022
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council


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17/01/2022
Liz Truss Leadership "Schmooze Operation" Is In Full Swing As Boris Johnson's Popularity Plummets
As the Tory party continues to plummet in the polls, covert and tactical “schmooze operations” have been gaining pace in Westminster, with senior cabinet ministers including Liz Truss believed to be actively working to win the support of party influe...


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17/01/2022
Arron Banks may have been ‘used and exploited’ by Russia, court hears

Journalist Carole Cadwalladr gives evidence as she defends her reporting on multimillionaire Brexit backer

The Observer and Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr has told a court she believes the multimillionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks may have been “used and exploited” by the Russian government, as she defended her reporting.

Banks, who funded the Leave.EU campaign group, is suing Cadwalladr for defamation over two instances in which she said the businessman was lying about his relationship with the Russian state.

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17/01/2022
Dominic Cummings Claims Boris Johnson Gave Go-Ahead To Lockdown Breaking Party
Dominic Cummings has said he would “swear under oath” that Boris Johnson green lit a drinks party at No 10 during lockdown, despite the PM claiming he had no prior knowledge of the event.


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17/01/2022
Penny Mordaunt Emerges As Dark Horse Tory Leadership Candidate To Succeed Boris Johnson
Penny Mordaunt is emerging as a popular candidate among Conservative MPs to replace Boris Johnson, as the Prime Minister faces a key week in his fight to stay in Downing Street.


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17/01/2022
Nadhim Zahawi Insists Boris Johnson's Job Is Safe Despite "Anger And Hurt" Over Parties
The Education Secretary has said the public's anger over a string of allegations of lockdown parties in Downing Street was "not lost on me or my family", but calls for patience over an investigation into the incidents.


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16/01/2022
Main results of the Eurogroup meeting


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16/01/2022
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, presented the presidency’s priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries. These priorities include, on the one hand, the reciprocity of trading standards – in other words, ensuring (chiefly by means of ‘mirror clauses’) that agri-food products imported into Europe abide by the EU’s environmental and health standards, particularly as regards the sustainable use of phytopharmaceutical products – and, on the other hand, low-carbon agriculture, in particular carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.


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16/01/2022
Memorial for President Sassoli: “Your fight for democracy will live on”
MEPs honoured the memory of Parliament’s late President David Maria Sassoli in a ceremony during the Plenary in Strasbourg on Monday. Opening the ceremony, Parliament’s acting President Roberta Metsola said: “Europe has lost a leader, democracy has lost a champion and we have all lost a friend. He always knew how to translate the values he believed in into concrete action.”


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16/01/2022
Grassroots for Europe say: Patel’s Bill steals our rights

In April last year, Grassroots for Europe sent Harriet Harman QC MP, chair of the UK Parliament’s Joint Human Rights Committee, a letter signed by 83 local citizen organisations, setting out our concern that our future pro-European public campaign events may be among the intended targets of the draconian new police and ministerial powers created […]

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16/01/2022
Time To Go, Big Dog

The country is cursed, at a time of crisis, with a Prime Minister who is not only unfit for office, but is now holed below the waterline.

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16/01/2022
Oliver Dowden Says Boris Johnson “Committed To Addressing Culture” Of Drinking In No10
The Prime Minister “is committed to addressing the underlying culture” in Downing Street after reports of widespread drinking by staff during lockdown, according to Tory chairman Oliver Dowden.


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14/01/2022
Covid – The Government’s Perfect Camouflage
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The pandemic arrived, uninvited. Clearly, no government wills on their country the appalling havoc a pandemic wreaks. But the Tories are ever the opportunists and Covid has offered them a tremendous opportunity to further themselves. Profiteering and the Covid ‘box of tricks’ We are now familiar with their use of Covid PPE contracts to line […]

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14/01/2022
Arron Banks’s lawsuit against reporter a freedom of speech matter, court hears

Carole Cadwalladr’s team sets out defence in first day of libel trial brought by Leave.EU funder

The libel action brought by the multimillionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks against the Observer and Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr should concern “anyone who cares about freedom of speech in this country,” a court has been told.

Banks, who funded the pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign group has brought a defamation action against Cadwalladr over two instances – one in a Ted Talk and one in a tweet – in which she said the businessman was lying about his relationship with the Russian state.

The digital, culture, media and sport committee had found that he had misled parliament in respect of his relationship with Russian officials and had sought to hide the same.

There had been widespread publicity about Banks’s relationship with the Russian state and “his dishonesty and prevarication in respect of that relationship”.

Leave.EU and Banks had been the subject of enforcement action by both the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in relation to their activities during the referendum campaign.

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14/01/2022
Brexit: NI Protocol talks to intensify next week
The EU and UK are set for intensified negotiations as the foreign secretary hails "cordial" talks.


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14/01/2022
Brexit: there’s ‘a deal to be done’ over Northern Ireland, says Liz Truss

A rare joint EU-UK statement says talks will continue next week to deal with outstanding issues

Liz Truss said there was “a deal to be done” over the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland after “constructive talks” with her EU counterpart raised hopes of less rancorous relations with Brussels.

The notably sunny prognosis followed a first meeting between the UK foreign secretary and Maroš Šefčovič, the European commissioner responsible for Brexit issues, at Chevening, the cabinet minister’s official country residence in Kent.

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14/01/2022
Launder my Lies
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Ann Holland writes the poem launder my lies which is about government corruption and lies and uses a washing machine as a metaphor.

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14/01/2022
The German ‘traffic light’ coalition: no commitment to stronger spending powers for the EU

With the new ‘traffic light’ government in Germany, one could have expected a game changer in Germany’s approach to fiscal integration. Instead, the coalition agreement is a compromise between maintaining the old fiscal regulatory framework and showing some moderate opening towards new European spending powers. The coalition agreement of the new German government led by […]

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13/01/2022
A marvellous party: did Noël Coward know everything, all along?

Who was present at the now-infamous work event of May 20th, 2020, in the Downing Street garden? Noël Coward may have the answers.

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13/01/2022
A new year of Brexiting

The arrival of 2022 has brought both continuity and change to the UK’s relationship with the EU. The resignation of Lord Frost in December has precipitated a major reorganisation (possibly still on-going) of the government’s management of EU and Brexit affairs, but the new point on the relationship – Foreign Secretary Liz Truss – has […]

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12/01/2022
The Commission steps up action for high quality and inclusive youth volunteering
As one of the first concrete initiatives under the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on youth volunteering to facilitate transnational youth volunteering under the European Solidarity Corps or other schemes at national level.


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12/01/2022
Creative Europe: Increased budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.


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12/01/2022
Some Thoughts on Loss and the Art of Losing

I recently heard the topic ‘The Art of Losing’, discussed on the Radio 4 programme Just a Minute. It was very funny, but not illuminating on the topic itself. I enjoyed it – it was comedy not an education programme. Can Losing be an Art Form? But, losing as an art form? I thought not. […]

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12/01/2022
Open Letter to MPs

Dear Sir, The latest drinks party in the Downing Street garden reportedly attended by both Boris Johnson and his future wife Carrie Symonds when everyone else in the country was in strict lockdown, is absolutely typical of the double standards and hypocrisy of this government and Tory MPs. It is truly remarkable that Tory MPs […]

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12/01/2022
The Door Named Number Ten

Shirley Martin writes a poem, the door named number ten which is about covid and the British government.

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12/01/2022
Hi hon, how was your day? Northamptonshire MP wheeled out to defend the indefensible
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Michael Ellis Paymaster General and MP, was in parliament today failing to answer questions about yesterday’s #partygate revelations.

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11/01/2022
A Wellbeing Government is the Way Forward

Prioritising ‘wellbeing’ makes sense, in our personal, social, political and international lives. The same process brings all these areas together. What is good for one is good for the other. And vice versa. A holistic approach which considers the whole life, the whole body, and the whole of society will bring the maximum degree of […]

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11/01/2022
Feeling Safe, Being Safe: Strategies to combat Violence against Women and Girls

Barbara challenges the government's strategy on Violence against Women and advocates a strategy where the perpetrator is held to account.

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10/01/2022
Statement by President von der Leyen on the passing of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament


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10/01/2022
President Sassoli to be honoured in Plenary


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10/01/2022
NI Protocol: Government must publish protocol timetable - DUP
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson was speaking after meeting the UK Brexit negotiator Liz Truss on Monday.


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10/01/2022
Brexit: What's the Northern Ireland Protocol?
The UK could decide to suspend parts of the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, known as the protocol.


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10/01/2022
France 2022: Back on the couch

How fitting: this spring, ARTE, the brainy French-German TV channel, will broadcast a second season of ‘En thérapie’, the French version of ‘In Treatment’ (itself based on the Israeli TV hit “Be Tipul”). 35 new episodes of people on the psychiatrist’s couch, composing what Le Monde called ‘an immobile travel across French society in the […]

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09/01/2022
€47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SMEs in their COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions
Today, the Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the second EU SME Fund aiming at supporting SMEs in the COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions for the next three years (2022-2024).


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09/01/2022
European Media Freedom Act: Commission launches public consultation


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09/01/2022
Liz Truss 'willing' to override Northern Ireland-part of Brexit deal
The foreign secretary issues a warning over the Northern Ireland-part of the deal if negotiations fail.


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09/01/2022
Neoliberal Brexiters are no friends of the ‘red wall’

Labour must make it clear that regions suffering under the long squeeze of austerity have still more to fear from the Tories

Apart from his bad luck in being struck twice by the need to go into isolation from Covid, the leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer has a huge, indeed historic, weight on his shoulders. To put it bluntly: this government is so appalling that if, as it hopes, it is re-elected either this year or next, many of us will be seriously tempted to emigrate.

The sleaze that finally overturned one of the safest Tory seats in the land, namely North Shropshire, brought to mind a line in Imperium, a novel by my old friend Robert Harris: Cicero (for it is the fictional he) describes a dodgy politician as “giving corruption a bad name”.

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08/01/2022
What are the different Conservative factions?

More than a quarter of Tory MPs are aligned to one or more internal movements. Here are the key groups

Well over 100 of the Conservatives’ 361 MPs are aligned with one or more of a string of internal pressure groups. Here are the main ones:

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07/01/2022
The Wider Europe: a time for experiments

The next steps in the EU’s constitutional development must involve greater care for the wider Europe, Andrew Duff argues. He proposes the introduction of a new category of EU affiliate membership, allowing the EU’s western and eastern neighbours alike to become stable and reliable partners. One of the more diverting exercises in literary criticism during […]

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06/01/2022
Farmers could be paid for post-Brexit 'rewilding' land changes
"Radical plans" could see large areas of land in England turned into nature reserves.


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05/01/2022
Brexit: Did the EU ban crown marks on pint glasses?
The government said restoring crown stamps to pints was one of the "key successes" of Brexit so far.


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04/01/2022
As the Conservatives implode, the red wall suddenly seems in Labour’s grasp | Polly Toynbee

The Brexit balloon is bursting, the cabinet is rife with division – and Keir Starmer and co are increasingly appealing to voters

“I fucking hate the Labour party, they’re a fucking disgrace … They’ve betrayed the working classes, they’ve betrayed ordinary people.” Thus spake Noel Gallagher, the former Oasis guitarist, and out it poured on to Twitter.

Well, he would, wouldn’t he? He long ago regretted that embarrassing Cool Britannia moment of euphoria when Tony Blair summoned stars to a 1997 Downing Street party.

Gallagher’s purist state of mind is shared by a rump of the left, who feel forever betrayed. In my last column I looked ahead with a glimmer of optimism that, after 12 wilderness years, Labour might be on the road back to power. The usual below-the-line warfare had broken out, with responses such as: “I left the Labour party. I will not vote for Starmer, his policies or anyone who supports him.” “He has introduced a Stalin-like purge of the membership, the grassroots, the activists.” “They are worse than the Conservatives.” “A clone of the Tory party.” “Tory-lite.” “Cancelled my membership.”

Here’s a Twitter trope I get all the time: Polly Toynbee and the Guardian helped put the Tories in power (often accompanied by the hashtag #rightwingmedia). Odd this, as the Guardian (and I) backed Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour against the Tories in 2017 and 2019. If only we had such influence, the Tories wouldn’t have governed twice as long as Labour all my life.

Sometimes I answer back, other times I retell what Labour achieved when last in power: SureStart, tax credits, civil partnerships, more doctors, nurses and beds that helped reduce long hospital waits, increased school and further education funds, an Equality and Human Rights Commission, free entry to museums, a doubling of foreign aid, free nurseries, lifting more than a million pensioners and more than a million children out of absolute poverty – despite the tragedy of Iraq.

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04/01/2022
UK steel future uncertain without US tariffs deal
Europe has reached an agreement over Trump-era taxes but the UK is still facing 25% tariffs.


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01/01/2022
Brexit: A year of storms over the Northern Ireland Protocol
How Westminster and Brussels tussled over the Northern Ireland Protocol throughout 2021.


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31/12/2021
The Guardian view on levelling up: a flagship policy adrift and becalmed | Editorial

More mayors and a shake-up of local government will not be enough to rebalance the economy and heal the north-south divide

Two years after Boris Johnson made “levelling up” the lodestar of his new administration, the public still struggles to understand what the prime minister means by it. A new YouGov poll has found that half of those questioned either had no idea what the phrase signifies, or were not completely sure. The government’s flagship domestic policy resembles a ghost vessel drifting in a mist of Whitehall obfuscation and procrastination.

After a torrid period, Mr Johnson badly needs this to change in the new year. However fuzzy the follow-through, the political logic of his original pledge to level up England remains crystal clear: as it seeks to hold together the new electoral coalition forged in the 2019 “Brexit election”, improving the situation and prospects of voters in the north and Midlands is fundamental to the government’s hopes of re-election. The pots of money distributed piecemeal via the various levelling-up funds – described as a “drop in the ocean” by the Centre for Cities thinktank – will not cut it. Having promised to restore pride, regenerate places and deliver economic growth in the “red wall”, a convincing plan is urgently required to demonstrate how this will be done. The indications are that this will not be forthcoming, partly for fear of antagonising voters in the more prosperous south.

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29/12/2021
What the UK and hauliers can expect from long-delayed Brexit controls

From 1 January checks and paperwork will finally begin and EU exporters face a rude awakening

‘It won’t be easy’: the European exporters battling Brexit bureaucracy

EU exporters of cheese, car parts and other goods are facing a mountain of red tape to continue sales to Britain after 1 January once thrice-delayed post-Brexit checks and controls are finally implemented.

They had been due to come into force on 1 January 2021 but were pushed back to July, then to October and finally to January 2022, with a further set of controls due six months later in the coming July.

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28/12/2021
‘Perfect storm’: a look back at a tumultuous year of Brexit and Covid

Analysis: UK trade has taken a double whammy and few believe new deals can make up the loss

When Britain fully left the European Union in January, it marked the start of a very difficult 12 months for the entrepreneur Rob Law, whose Trunki children’s suitcases used to sell well in mainland Europe.

“We’ve had so many logistical challenges,” he said. “It’s been the perfect storm.” While trade has picked up since the start of the year, supply bottlenecks and the coronavirus Omicron variant have added to the challenges posed by the end of the transition period.

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26/12/2021
Step forward Liz Truss – willing wicker woman for the Brexit bonfire | Stewart Lee

Lord Frost’s exit from Brexit opens the door to the co-author of a book describing Brits as the world’s biggest wasters

In The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973), the key to the sacrifice’s efficacy is that Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodwoodward, 1930), embraces victimhood willingly. And so Liz Truss climbs into her photo-op tank and trundles gladly toward the burning wicker effigy of the role of Chief Negotiator for Exiting the European Union Brexit (formerly Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union), and the poisoned post claims another scalp. Greater love hath no man.

Lord Frost understood. Did he really exit his Exit Secretary job because he no longer agreed with Boris Johnson’s general direction of travel, namely lurching from one leaking honeypot to another like a priapic bear? Or did the lordly Exiteer realise he could not exit the European Union in a fashion that would garnish his square head with coveted laurels? And so, unzipping the tent flap into the howling Arctic gale of public opinion, Lord Frost declared: “I’m just going to the pub with Brexit hardman Steve Baker’s European Research Group. I may be some time. Masks optional, of course.”

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26/12/2021
Johnson’s pig-headed reign approaches its tragicomic climax | William Keegan

Events in the run-up to Christmas have conspired like twists in a novel to reveal the true character of Tory Brexiters

There was a moment last year when Boris Johnson was reported to have gone awol (absent without leave) from governing the country in order to work on a book about Shakespeare.

At the time, many commentators blamed his absence for a crucial delay in decision-making which contributed to thousands of avoidable, Covid-related deaths. Be that as it may, or was, he returned to the helm of state, brushed off many a criticism, and managed to persuade gullible members of the media and electorate that he possessed Teflon qualities and was invincible.

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23/12/2021
Brexit: Why is there a row over fishing rights?
Fishing licences near Jersey are threatening trade relations between the UK and France.


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22/12/2021
How twin pressures of Brexit and raw material shortage damaged GDP

Analysis: The UK’s revised-down Q3 figures should come as no surprise given business has been in second gear since 2016

If the newly revised-down figures for Britain’s economic performance in the third quarter show anything, it is that consumers played the starring role in the recovery while the industrial sector struggled under the twin pressures of Brexit and global raw material shortages.

This should not come as a surprise. Ever since 2016’s narrow vote to quit the EU, businesses, and especially manufacturers, have failed to move out of second gear.

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21/12/2021
Fair Taxation: Commission proposes to end the misuse of shell entities for tax purposes within the EU


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21/12/2021
Council approves EU-UK fishing deal


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21/12/2021
The Commission proposes the next generation of EU own resources
The new own resources proposed today will help to repay the funds raised by the EU to finance the grant component of NextGenerationEU. The new own resources should also finance the Social Climate Fund. The latter is an essential element of the proposed new Emissions Trading System covering buildings and road transport, and will contribute to ensuring that the transition to a decarbonised economy will leave no one behind.


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20/12/2021
EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission adopts binding acceptance period of nine months for vaccination certificates
A clear and uniform acceptance period for vaccination certificates will guarantee that travel measures continue to be coordinated, as called for by the European Council following its latest meeting of 16 December 2021. The new rules will ensure restrictions are based on the best available scientific evidence as well as objective criteria.


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20/12/2021
Global Europe: the European Union sets out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world
The Commission has adopted the Multiannual Indicative Programmes (MIPs) of Global Europe setting out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world for 2021-27. This also includes the financial allocation for 2021-2024 (country level) and for 2021-2027 (regional level) that will support this cooperation for a total of almost €26.3 billion.


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20/12/2021
European Health Union: An empowered HERA in future health emergencies


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20/12/2021
David Frost says his resignation is not about PM's leadership – video

David Frost says his resignation as Brexit minister was over policy not Boris Johnson's leadership. 

In his resignation letter (pdf) Lord Frost cited two policy issues he said had prompted his resignation: Covid restrictions, and the 'current direction of travel' in terms of taxation and regulation, generally. But many commentators thought he was being disingenuous and that a dispute over Brexit policy was the key factor

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19/12/2021
Main results of the Environment Council


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19/12/2021
European Commission authorises fifth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine Nuvaxovid, developed by Novavax, the fifth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is endorsed by the Member States.


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19/12/2021
David Frost’s resignation leaves PM even more isolated in government

Analysis: trusted adviser’s departure is indicative of anger within Tory ranks over Boris Johnson’s domestic policy agenda

Even before David Frost’s departure from the government this weekend, Boris Johnson’s authority had for weeks been relentlessly battered by unforced errors and scandal.

However, the resignation of the man regarded by Tory rightwingers as the guarantor of a “clean Brexit” is a devastating blow for the prime minister’s authority – as well as depriving him of a trusted friend and adviser.

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17/12/2021
Brexit: NI will get medicine at same time as GB, EU proposes
Under plans to simplify the NI Protocol, the EU says medicines will continue to be available.


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17/12/2021
Northern Ireland: what are EU and UK proposing and will deal be done?

EU law on medicines may be rewritten and UK has climbed down over ECJ. Here’s what we know

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and all EU rules fell away at the start of 2021. Soon after, a row broke out over the Northern Ireland protocol, the tortuously negotiated agreement to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, by keeping Northern Ireland in the EU single market and customs union.

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17/12/2021
Brexit: UK indicates European court may have NI Protocol role
It could mean the European Court of Justice ruling on EU law but not having a final say in disputes.


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16/12/2021
Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, digital policy, gender equality
Alexei Navalny was awarded the 2021 Sakharov Prize, MEPs voted on laws shaping the digital world, and pushed for gender equality in the last plenary of 2021.


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15/12/2021
Main results of the European Council
EU leaders discussed developments related to COVID-19, crisis management and resilience, and external relations, including the situation in Belarus and Ukraine. They also debated security and defence, external aspects of migration and energy prices.


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15/12/2021
EU institutions agree priorities for 2022 for a resilient and reinvigorated EU


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13/12/2021
New transport proposals target greater efficiency and more sustainable travel
To support the transition to cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Commission today adopted four proposals that will modernise the EU's transport system.


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13/12/2021
Commission presents guide for a fair transition towards climate neutrality
The proposal pays particular attention to addressing the needs of the people and households that are highly dependent on fossil fuels and could be most affected by the green transition, and invites Member States to make optimal use of public and private funding and work in close cooperation with social partners.


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12/12/2021
Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council


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09/12/2021
Commission takes action to improve lifelong learning and employability


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09/12/2021
Strengthening human rights and democracy in the world: EU launches a €1.5 billion plan to promote universal values


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09/12/2021
Brexit: Non-Irish EU citizens could face Irish border travel checks
Non-Irish EU citizens living in the Republic would need clearance under the proposed UK bill.


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08/12/2021
The Commission proposes to extend the list of ‘EU crimes' to hate speech and hate crime


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08/12/2021
Commission presents Action Plan to boost the social economy and create jobs
The European Commission has presented an Action Plan to help the European social economy thrive, tapping into its economic and job-creation potential, as well as its contribution to a fair and inclusive recovery, and the green and digital transitions.


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08/12/2021
Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council


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07/12/2021
EU strengthens protection against economic coercion
The aim is to deter countries from restricting or threatening to restrict trade or investment to bring about a change of policy in the EU in areas such as climate change, taxation or food safety. The anti-coercion instrument is designed to de-escalate and induce discontinuation of specific coercive measures through dialogue as a first step.


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07/12/2021
Police Cooperation Code: Boosting police cooperation across borders for enhanced security
The Police Cooperation Code – which includes a Recommendation on operational police cooperation and new rules on information sharing – will help improve cross-border operations, provide clear channels and timeframes for exchanging information and give Europol a stronger role.


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07/12/2021
Commission makes software available to all to benefit businesses, innovators and areas of public interest


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06/12/2021
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers agreed on a proposal for a Council directive on rates of value added tax (VAT). The updates to the legislation aim to ensure member states are treated equally and give them more flexibility to apply reduced and zero VAT rates. The rules also aim to phase out preferential treatments for environmentally harmful goods.


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05/12/2021
Council agrees on mandate for negotiations on a EU framework on adequate minimum wages


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03/12/2021
Brexit: No breakthrough in latest NI Protocol talks
Maroš Šefčovič says it is "time to get medicines across the finish line" but again no deal is struck.


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02/12/2021
UK plays down Brexit link in US steel tariff row
Reports suggesting a US decision to maintain tariffs on UK steel is linked to Brexit are rejected.


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02/12/2021
Brexit: Special goods category 'would improve NI Protocol'
A think tank suggests "Northern-Ireland-approved goods" could be exempt from some EU rules.


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01/12/2021
Brexit: EU could move unilaterally on NI medicines issue
Maroš Šefčovič says the EU is ready to move on its own over Northern Ireland's medicines problem.


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30/11/2021
Modernising judicial cooperation: Commission paves the way for further digitalisation of EU justice systems
The European Commission has adopted several initiatives to digitalise EU justice systems, making them more accessible and effective. The overarching aim of the measures is to make digital communication channels the default channel in cross-border judicial cases, thus translating one of the priorities set out in last year's Communication on the Digitalisation of Justice into action.


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30/11/2021
Asylum and return: Commission proposes temporary legal and practical measures to address the emergency situation at the EU's external border with Belarus


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30/11/2021
Commission reiterates calls to step up vaccination, rapid deployment of boosters, vigilance and rapid reaction to Omicron variant


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30/11/2021
Global Gateway: up to €300 billion for the European Union's strategy to boost sustainable links around the world
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy launch the Global Gateway, the new European Strategy to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.


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24/11/2021
Coronavirus: Commission proposes to strengthen coordination of safe travel in the EU
The European Commission has proposed to update the rules on coordination of safe and free movement in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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24/11/2021
Capital Markets Union: Commission proposes new measures to boost Europe's capital markets
The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to improve the ability of companies to raise capital across the EU and ensure that Europeans get the best deals for their savings and investments.


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23/11/2021
European Semester Autumn Package: rebounding stronger from the crisis and making Europe greener and more digital
The European Commission has launched the 2022 European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination. The European Semester Autumn Package includes the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) for 2022, policy recommendations for the euro area and the Commission's proposal for a Joint Employment Report.


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19/11/2021
The news changed and we got Brexit

Brexit used to sit on the far side lines of politics. Indeed, the word ‘Brexit’ was only invented in 2012, and until the referendum, most people didn’t know what it meant. (Now it’s in the Oxford English dictionary.) Prior to 2011, tabloids such as the Daily Mail and Daily Express were more fixated on false […]

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17/11/2021
Commission outlines contribution of competition policy and its review to green and digital transition, and to a resilient Single Market
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges, which frames the important role of competition policy for Europe's path towards recovery, the green and digital transitions, and for a resilient Single Market.


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16/11/2021
European Green Deal: Commission adopts new proposals to stop deforestation
The Commission adopted three new initiatives that are necessary for making the European Green Deal a reality. The Commission is proposing new rules to curb EU-driven deforestation, as well as new rules to facilitate intra-EU waste shipments to promote circular economy and tackle the export of illegal waste and waste challenges to third countries.


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15/11/2021
Agreement reached on 2022 EU budget
The Council reached an agreement with the European Parliament on the 2022 EU budget, setting total commitments at €169 515,8 million and payments at €170 603,3 million. Next year’s budget strongly reflects the EU’s main priorities: economic recovery, fighting climate change, and the green and digital transitions.


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14/11/2021
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council


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09/11/2021
Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine
The European Commission approved the eighth contract with a pharmaceutical company with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The contract with Valneva provides for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase almost 27 million doses in 2022.


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08/11/2021
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers exchanged views on the future of the EU’s economic governance following the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed the energy price and inflation developments and shared their initial views on the Basel III package.


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08/11/2021
What they want: The end of the EU

They want to see the end of the EU altogether. That’s been the aim of prominent Brexiters from the start. And it’s certainly the aim of the guy who started Brexit: former UKIP leader and MEP, and now President of the Reform Party, previously the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage. In September 2017, Mr Farage received […]

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05/11/2021
'Serious consequences' if UK suspends post-Brexit deal, warns EU – video

Britain and the EU appear on the brink of a trade war after Brussels accused Boris Johnson of lacking sincerity in negotiations over Northern Ireland’s future. After the latest talks, the EU commissioner Maroš Šefčovič said that despite Brussels’ attempts to find a compromise, 'we have seen no move at all from the UK side'

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05/11/2021
The party’s over

Only the Tories can now save Britain from the Tories. That may seem a strange thing to say, but even Tories know when things have gone too far. The Conservatives have dominated the 19th, 20th and, so far, the 21st centuries. Since the 1830s, the Conservatives have been in the business of winning. They are […]

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05/11/2021
Will the UK trigger article 16 – and what will happen if it does?

How likely is it that Britain will trigger the Northern Ireland protocol clause, and could it lead to a trade war?

Fears are growing that the UK will trigger article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol, potentially rupturing the already strained relations with the EU. If talks with the EU collapse, it is expected just after Cop26 in seven days’ time.

On Wednesday Ireland’s prime minister heightened concerns that this was almost a racing certainty after his bluntest warning yet to the UK that such a move would be “reckless”, “irresponsible” and have “far-reaching consequences”.

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02/11/2021
UK welcomes France's reprieve on fishing row – video

The environment secretary has welcomed France's step back from threats to impose a blockade on British boats and goods in a dispute over post-Brexit fishing licenses. George Eustice denied the UK had acted in any way improperly and said it continued to abide by its obligations. France has been infuriated that some of its small boats are being denied permission to fish in waters around the UK and Channel Islands. 'We had an agreement on fisheries that we all concluded at the end of last year. We've been implementing that in good faith,' Eustice said

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02/11/2021
Salty language: why are UK and France fighting over fishing licences?

At the heart of the row is the Brexit deal’s failure to spell out what proof French fishers need to get a permit

Britain and France have been at loggerheads over post-Brexit fishing licences for UK waters since the start of the year. Talks are continuing but both sides have threatened action – and mistranslations have not helped.

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01/11/2021
COP26: European Commission announces €1 billion pledge to protect world forests
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced €1 billion at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow as the European Union contribution to the Global Forests Finance Pledge. This 5-year support package from the EU budget will help partner countries to protect, restore and sustainably manage forests worldwide and deliver on the Paris Agreement.


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01/11/2021
Liz Truss says France is behaving 'unfairly’ in Brexit fishing row – video

The British foreign secretary criticises the French, accusing Paris of making unreasonable and unwarranted threats and again hinting that President Emmanuel Macron is playing to the crowd, with the forthcoming election in mind. 'The French have behaved unfairly. It’s not within the terms of the trade deal,' she adds. 'And if someone behaves unfairly in a trade deal you’re entitled to take action against them and seek some compensatory measures'

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29/10/2021
'Two can play at that game': UK threatens retaliation in France fishing row – video

George Eustice, the environment secretary, has said the UK is considering retaliatory measures against French vessels as a row over fishing rights escalates. 'It is always open to us to increase the enforcement we do on French vessels, to board them, if that is what they do to our vessels,' Eustice said.

The UK has summoned France's ambassador in London and put two Royal Navy patrol vessels on a state of 'high readiness' to tackle potential port blockades after France reacted with fury over reduced access to post-Brexit fishing permits. On Thursday, French maritime police seized a British trawler found in its territorial waters without a licence 


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28/10/2021
Commission strengthens cybersecurity of wireless devices and products
The Commission has taken action to improve the cybersecurity of wireless devices available on the European market. As mobile phones, smart watches, fitness trackers and wireless toys are more and more present in our everyday life, cyber threats pose a growing risk for every consumer.


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26/10/2021
Banking Package 2021: new EU rules to strengthen banks' resilience and better prepare for the future
The European Commission has adopted a review of EU banking rules (the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive). These new rules will ensure that EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks, while contributing to Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality.


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25/10/2021
State of the Energy Union 2021: Renewables overtake fossil fuels as the EU's main power source
The Commission adopted its State of the Energy Union Reports for 2021, taking stock of the progress that the EU is making in delivering the clean energy transition, nearly two years after the launch of the European Green Deal.


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25/10/2021
Telegraph spreads nonsense about the EU

Former Conservative MEP, Daniel Hannan, has penned an article for The Telegraph with the headline: ‘Poland is learning, as Britain did, that the  EU will never let its members be sovereign’ What nonsense. The EU is not a foreign power lording over the members. The EU IS the members. All EU laws and treaties are […]

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21/10/2021
Plenary highlights: Poland, Sakharov Prize, climate, food
MEPs said the primacy of EU law must be upheld in Poland, welcomed the EU's new farm to fork strategy and awarded Alexei Navalny the 2021 Sakharov Prize.


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21/10/2021
Main results of the European Council
EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss COVID-19, energy prices, trade and external relations. They also held a debate on the rule of law and discussed migration and the EU’s digital transition.


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18/10/2021
Commission relaunches the review of EU economic governance
The European Commission has adopted a Communication that takes stock of the changed circumstances for economic governance in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and relaunches the public debate on the review of the EU's economic governance framework.


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15/10/2021
BBC Question Time fails to answer my questions

On last week’s BBC Question Time (7 October) host Fiona Bruce announced: “The majority of you voted FOR Brexit in this audience.” She explained: “We select this audience very carefully to be representative”. Her response came after a comment from a member of the audience who said: “We’ve got a lack of foreign workers which […]

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13/10/2021
Šefčovič: EU turning rules 'upside down and inside out' to ease post-Brexit tensions – video

The European Union has turned its rules 'upside down and inside out' to ease post-Brexit tensions, the EU's Brexit commissioner, Maroš Šefčovič, said on Wednesday. Referring specifically to a proposal on the transit of medicine between Northern Ireland and the UK, the Slovak commissioner said the EU sought by doing so to 'find a solid solution to an outstanding challenge'. He added that the priority of the EU was to protect the 'hard-earned gains' of the Good Friday agreement

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12/10/2021
Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts
The Commission adopted a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe's people and businesses.


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12/10/2021
Brexit: What has the European Court of Justice got to do with the NI Protocol?
The UK government wants the European Court of Justice removed from oversight of the NI Protocol.


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11/10/2021
Afghanistan: Commission announces €1 billion Afghan support package


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11/10/2021
EU-Ukraine summit
The summit reaffirmed the continued commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union, and the European Union's unwavering support to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.


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11/10/2021
Welcome to BBC Brexit Time

The member of the audience at the very back of the studio took presenter Fiona Bruce by surprise on BBC Brexit, sorry, Question Time. Said the jacketed, bespectacled gentleman: “A lot of people voted for Brexit because they didn’t want foreign workers taking our jobs,”  “And now, that’s exactly the situation that we’ve got. We’ve […]

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10/10/2021
Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates


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10/10/2021
Commission to provide 60,000 rail passes to young Europeans
The Commission will provide free travel rail passes to 60,000 Europeans aged from 18 to 20 years, thanks to DiscoverEU. Applications open tomorrow, 12 October, at noon and close on 26 October, at noon, for a travel period in 2022, which will be the European Year of Youth.


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07/10/2021
Plenary highlights: energy prices, tax revelations, Arctic
MEPs discussed solutions to the current energy price hikes as well as new tax avoidance revelations during October's first plenary session.


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06/10/2021
Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers held a debate on pre-trial detention, an issue which has an impact on individual freedoms and is also important for mutual trust and mutual recognition. They were also informed about the latest developments regarding the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).


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06/10/2021
Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonise status across the EU


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06/10/2021
Boris Johnson and the Tory bubble

Boris Johnson’s keynote speech at the Conservatives annual conference was most remarkable and shocking for what he didn’t mention. ▪ No mention of drivers having to queue up for petrol, necessitating the army to help. But he did say, “Isn’t it amazing to be here in person?” ▪ No mention that the cost of heating […]

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05/10/2021
EU-Western Balkans summit, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia
During the summit, EU leaders adopted a declaration, with which the Western Balkans leaders have aligned themselves. The declaration reaffirms the EU's unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans.


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05/10/2021
Use of artificial intelligence by the police: MEPs oppose mass surveillance
To combat discrimination and ensure the right to privacy, MEPs demand strong safeguards when artificial intelligence tools are used in law enforcement.


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05/10/2021
Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to exchange views on the Fit for 55 package, prepare the COP26 climate summit and discuss the new EU forest strategy for 2030.


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04/10/2021
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Economy and financial affairs ministers discussed the economic recovery, in particular the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the implementation of the SURE instrument and Malta's national recovery and resilience plan. They also continued preparations for international meetings, including the G20, IMFC and COP26.


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04/10/2021
Commission presents first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life
The European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. With antisemitism worryingly on the rise, in Europe and beyond, the Strategy sets out a series of measures articulated around three pillars: to prevent all forms of antisemitism; to protect and foster Jewish life; and to promote research, education and Holocaust remembrance.


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04/10/2021
True Tories were Remainers

The party may bear the same name, but Conservatives today are not the same as Conservatives of yesterday. The party has morphed into the Brexit party by deterring or kicking out any MP or Parliamentary candidate who supports EU membership. Or else, Tory MPs and government ministers who used to support Remain have simply transitioned […]

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04/10/2021
Two-faced Tories

There’s nothing wrong with changing your mind. But there is something wrong with changing your mind and not allowing others to. That basically sums up those Tories who supported Remain in the referendum but then switched to Leave. They didn’t give much of an explanation for doing so, except to say it’s what ‘the country voted […]

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04/10/2021
Rishi Sunak says Brexit will be worth it for the economy in the long term – video

In his speech to the annual Conservative party conference, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said when he backed Brexit five years ago, he was told his political career would be over before it had begun. He went on to outline why, despite the challenges, he believes Britain's departure from the EU will be positive for the UK

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03/10/2021
Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed macro-economic developments in the euro area, including inflation and energy price developments.


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29/09/2021
Why Labour should not have supported Brexit

A reader commented that the result of the referendum was clear, and Labour was right to support it. I disagree. The result of the referendum was not clear, and Leave only won by lying and law-breaking on an industrial scale. Brexit has gone ahead on the say-so of a mere 37% of the electorate and […]

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28/09/2021
Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Internal market and industry)


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28/09/2021
Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges
The Commission launches five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond. EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas.


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28/09/2021
New Pact on Migration and Asylum: reporting on developments and stepping up fight against migrant exploitation
One year on from the adoption of the proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is presenting a Report on Migration and Asylum. The Commission is also adopting a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling and a Communication on the application of the Employers Sanctions Directive.


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28/09/2021
Commission proposes partial suspension of EU–Belarus Visa Facilitation Agreement for officials of the Belarus regime


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27/09/2021
Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Research)
EU research ministers adopted conclusions on the EU’s global approach to research and innovation and discussed the new European Research Area.


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27/09/2021
Council adopts a €5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve


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27/09/2021
European Health Union: Towards a reform of EU's pharmaceutical legislation
As part of its work to create a future-proof and crisis-resilient regulatory framework for the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission has published a public consultation on the revision of the EU's pharmaceutical legislation. This is the latest step towards an ambitious reform as announced in the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, adopted in November 2020.


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27/09/2021
Merkel's likely successor suggests end of free movement caused UK fuel shortage – video

Olaf Scholz, who is seeking to form a coalition government after the SPD emerged as the biggest party in Germany’s federal elections, said he hoped Boris Johnson would be able to deal with the consequences of the UK’s exit from the EU

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23/09/2021
Healthy Lifestyle: Commission launches a European-wide campaign
The Commission launched the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for all, across generations and social groups, with the objective to improve the health and well-being of Europeans. Linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies, this two-year campaign involves civil society, non-governmental organisations, national, local and regional authorities and international bodies.


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23/09/2021
Energy Transition: Commission announces three Energy Compacts at UN High-Level Dialogue in New York
At the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy this week in New York, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson presented three Energy Compacts, in partnership with the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency.


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22/09/2021
Pulling the plug on consumer frustration and e-waste: Commission proposes a common charger for electronic devices
The Commission takes an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience, caused by the prevalence of different, incompatible chargers for electronic devices. Years of working with industry on a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution. The Commission is now putting forward legislation to establish a common charging solution for all relevant devices.


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22/09/2021
Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws
The Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications.


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22/09/2021
Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day
Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day'. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for the development of organic production, adopted by the Commission on 25 March 2021, which announced the creation of such a day to raise awareness of organic production.


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22/09/2021
Europeans strongly support science and technology according to new Eurobarometer survey


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22/09/2021
European Green Deal: Commission launches public consultation for cleaner air


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22/09/2021
Joe Biden warns UK not to damage Northern Ireland peace over Brexit – video

 Joe Biden has underlined the importance of ensuring peace in Northern Ireland is not jeopardised by post-Brexit tensions. Asked about a UK-US trade deal, the US president told reporters in Washington on Tuesday: 'There are two separate issues: on the deal with the UK, that continues to be discussed, but on the protocols, I feel very strongly about those. It was a major bipartisan effort made, and I would not at all like to see – nor, I might add, would many of my Republican colleagues – like to see a change in the Irish accords, and the end result having a closed border again'

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21/09/2021
Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries
The Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges of GSP countries as well as reinforce the scheme's social, labour environmental and climate dimension.


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21/09/2021
SURE: Report confirms instrument's success in protecting jobs and incomes
The Commission has published its second report on the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The report finds that SURE has been successful in cushioning the severe socio-economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. National labour market measures supported by SURE are estimated to have reduced unemployment by almost 1.5 million people in 2020.


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21/09/2021
Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe's future
The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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21/09/2021
EU and Colombia today open a new chapter to strengthen bilateral relations


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21/09/2021
Coronavirus: Commission signs contract for the supply of a monoclonal antibody treatment


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20/09/2021
Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers assessed the state of play in EU-UK relations, in light of recent events regarding the implementation of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič updated ministers on the latest developments, including his recent visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ministers reiterated their support for the European Commission's approach.


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20/09/2021
Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card
Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The future is digital, and this renewed app will make sure students are going even more paperless.


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19/09/2021
EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021


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19/09/2021
Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge


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16/09/2021
Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Afghanistan, health
MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session.


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16/09/2021
Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022


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15/09/2021
European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies
The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.


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15/09/2021
Team Europe: €34 billion disbursed so far to tackle COVID-19 in partner countries


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14/09/2021
State of the Union: Commission calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU


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14/09/2021
State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030
Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism.


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10/09/2021
Protocol not the problem says EU amid Northern Ireland border row – video

The EU has pushed back sharply against demands the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol be scrapped, warning that a renegotiation would merely lead to more instability for traders and communities. The European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, added: 'A renegotiation of the protocol, as the UK government is suggesting, would mean instability, uncertainty and unpredictability in Northern Ireland'

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01/07/2021
Checkatrade boss warns of shortage of skilled trade workers
Richard Harpin says it should be made easier for EU bathroom fitters and kitchen installers to come to the UK.


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30/06/2021
Brexit: What is a level playing field?
What is a level playing field in trade and what has it got to do with Brexit?


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31/03/2021
How tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions have changed since Brexit
Tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions: what's changed since Brexit?


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12/03/2021
Turing Scheme: What is the Erasmus replacement?
What will Brexit mean for students in the UK wanting to work or study abroad?


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01/02/2021
Brexit: How much disruption has there been so far?
It has been a month since the rules changed in the UK's relationship with the EU.


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30/12/2020
Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU
The UK and EU begin a new relationship on 1 January 2021.


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30/12/2020
Brexit: How will it affect my holiday to Spain? And other questions
We answer some of your questions about Brexit.


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30/12/2020
Brexit: What are the key points of the deal?
These are the most important aspects of the UK-EU deal, and what they mean for people's lives and businesses.


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11/12/2020
Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained
From free trade agreement to no deal, find out what the key terms mean.


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04/09/2020
Brexit: Where are we now?
It's been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu


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23/07/2020
Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?
Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away.


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13/07/2020
Brexit: What happens now?
Brexit officially happened on 31 January but the UK is now in a transition period until the end of 2020.


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27/02/2020
Brexit trade deal: What do the UK and EU want?
The UK and EU have set out their stalls for negotiations on their future relationship.


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31/01/2020
Brexit timeline told through culture
We take you through what's happened in the world since the EU referendum was announced.


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31/01/2020
Brexit: How did we get here? The past four years in two minutes
It's been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union but how did we get here?


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13/09/2019
Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?
Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.


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30/07/2019
Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU
Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.


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15/11/2018
Brexit video explainers
BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.


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