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John McDonnell: 'I can't forgive Tory MPs'

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said he will not be friends with Conservative MPs because he “can’t forgive them for what they’ve done”. Speaking to Newsnight, the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington said: “I go back to my constituency and I’ve never seen human suffering like this in all the times I’ve been an […]

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Government borrowing worse than expected in October

Image copyright Getty Images The government borrowed far more than analysts expected in October, the first figures to be published since Philip Hammond’s Budget last month show. The deficit rose to £8.8bn from £7.2bn last year, marking the biggest October for three years, and well above the £6.1bn forecast. The figures come after the chancellor […]

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Choppy waters

Image copyright Getty Images The EU 27 are concerned that “taking back control” of the UK’s waters might mean fewer fishing opportunities for their fleets. A diplomatic note – seen by the BBC – raised concerns about access and environmental commitments. The prospect might be a surprise to them, focused on 585 pages of draft […]

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Labour fails in attempt to ban foie gras imports

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Animal welfare campaigners say the force-feeding of birds is inhumane Labour has failed in an attempt to use Brexit-related farming legislation to ban imports of foie gras into the UK. An amendment to the Agriculture Bill by MP David Drew, which would have ended all imports of the product […]

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What to look for in Brexit declaration?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gatwick airport: Brexit’s impact will be felt at UK borders The EU and UK are poised to complete the document that will spell out the shape of their future post-Brexit relationship and pave the way for a trade deal. The Political Declaration on the future framework will sit alongside […]