EU steps up plans for no-deal Brexit as Labour stance alarms capitals

Fears in Europe that partys goal of unseating PM could lead to chaos of cliff-edge exit The EU is intensifying its preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid heightened fears in European capitals that Jeremy Corbyn will order his MPs to vote down any deal struck in Brussels, a leaked document…

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Im now backing a second referendum Jeremy Corbyn should too | Paul Mason

The offer of another Brexit vote could be a game-changer in the next election, says writer and broadcaster Paul Mason Never interrupt the enemy when he is making a mistake, tweeted Labours international trade spokesman, Barry Gardiner, last week, Theresa Mays post-Salzburg strop, preferring to let the Tories tear themselves…

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Ten years after the crash: have the lessons of Lehman been learned? | Yanis Varoufakis and others

Our panel of writers considers what has changed and what still needs to global debt to rise 40% since 2007. Yes, British and European banks have contracted (as US authorities required Barclays, Deutsche Bank etc to shrink their dollar business) and tougher national rules constrain balance sheets. However, this has…

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The bad news is were dying early in Britain and itsalldown to shit-life syndrome | Will Hutton

Life expectancy figures are going into reverse. But abandoning Brexit could save us Britain and America are in the midst of a barely reported public health crisis. They are experiencing not merely a continuing to lengthen, but the start of an alarming increase in death rates across all our populations,…

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14m bolivars for a chicken: Venezuela hyperinflation explained

As South American country faces soaraway prices, what is hyperinflation and why is it bad for the economy? Venezuela is introducing economic reforms including new banknotes that lop five zeros off its fast-depreciating currency Implied annual inflation rate for Venezuela What is hyperinflation? Hyperinflation is the term used to describe…

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Scotland cuts its deficit, but is still outspending the UK

Latest data shows gap between income and spending is four times as much as UK as a whole Scotland ran a narrower deficit last year as a stronger performance from the oil industry boosted revenues, but the gap between government spending and income was nearly four times higher than the…

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Ignore Zuckerberg. With skill and imagination we can drive the haters offline | Zoe Williams

The idea that tech giants are too big to control is nonsense, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams If youre not on Twitter, dont start. Its like smoking: hate speech, disruptive bots or Twitter. They could move on to the more generalised groups that simply sow bitter hatred and division with…

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Swedish student’s plane protest stops man’s deportation ‘to hell’

Elin Ersson refused to sit down on Gothenburg flight until man being sent to Afghanistan was removed A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from…

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May’s plan ‘sticks in the throat’, says Boris Johnson as he resigns over Brexit

Senior Conservative becomes third minister to walk out over common rulebook proposal Boris Johnson has quit as foreign secretary, claiming Mays negotiating pitch to the European Union would see the UK agree to adopt a common rule book on standards for food and goods in return for achieving greater divergence…

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Who is Michael Curry? The minister who told royal wedding ‘love is the way’

Michael Curry who gave sermon at the wedding is first African-American to head US Episcopal church The US minister chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who told royals and celebrities that love is the way at their wedding on Saturday has previously spoken out on racial justice, LGBT equality…

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Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for dirty ops on Iran arms deal

Israeli agency told to find incriminating material on Obama diplomats who negotiated deal with Tehran Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a dirty ops campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observer…

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Amber Rudd resigns hours after Guardian publishes deportation targets letter

PM accepts Rudds resignation after 200 MPs sign letter accusing her of making up immigration policy on the hoof Amber Rudd has dramatically resigned as home secretary, after repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush generation migrants. The home secretary was forced to step…

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