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

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 reveals. Labour’s stated goal to reject Theresa May’s deal in order to spark a general election has provoked a rush of …

Starmer opens Labour’s Brexit debate and says ‘nobody is ruling out remain’ – Politics live | Politics

When Keir Starmer says Labour must campaign for a public vote with remain as an option and he gets standing ovation from our party, you know just how far we’ve come in the past few weeks. Labour is united around a policy that can not only help us the next election but will ensue we …

Ministers warn harder Brexit risks breaking up Britain | Politics

Theresa May is being warned by cabinet colleagues that a shift towards a harder Brexit will hasten the break-up of the UK, amid a renewed attempt by Brexiters to secure a clean split from the European Union. With senior Tories warning that the prime minister now risks a diplomatic calamity on the scale of the …

Chequers unacceptable because it would undermine single market, say EU leaders as summit ends – Politics live | Politics

I’ve come to the conclusion that this “put up, shut up” attitude of the prime minister’s – it’s Chequers or nothing – you do as you’re told or else, is a massive insult, not only to my colleagues but also to the voters. She is playing a game of Russian Roulette with the country which …

May to reject Barnier’s Irish border proposals as ‘unacceptable’ | Politics

Theresa May will reject Michel Barnier’s revised Irish backstop border proposals at the Salzburg summit because the European Union is still insisting on customs checks down the Irish Sea if the two sides cannot strike a free trade agreement after Brexit. The prime minister foreshadowed the argument she will make to the other EU leaders …

IMF chief highlights recession risk of no-deal Brexit | Business

The UK economy would rapidly start to contract in the event of a disruptive exit from the EU next spring, according to a stark International Monetary Fund report that highlights the recession risks of no deal. Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, said there would be “dire consequences” from a disorderly exit but added that …

Government publishes latest round of no-deal Brexit planning documents – Politics live | Politics

This government and its predecessors have been deporting the Windrush generation. They have also been illegally detaining them, wrongly preventing them from re-entering this country after a trip overseas. And the government can’t or won’t say how many were bullied and threatened into becoming a so-called ‘voluntary removal’. How can this happen? The most important …

MEPs to challenge Orbán over rule of law Hungary | World news

Members of the European parliament are being urged to take a stand against Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, by launching legal action against violations of the rule of law in the country. MEPs will decide on Wednesday whether to trigger a little-tested EU rule of lawprocedure, which would mark a significant escalation in the bloc’s …

No-deal Brexit: study warns of severe short-term impact on UK | Politics

The short-term impact of a no-deal Brexit on Britain’s economy would be “chaotic and severe”, jeopardising jobs and disrupting trade links, warn experts from the thinktank UK in a Changing Europe. The Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, has said he believes 80% of the work on completing an exit deal with the EU27 is already done, …

No-deal Brexit will break up UK, warns Van Rompuy | Politics

Crashing out of the EU without a deal would risk breaking up the United Kingdom, the former president of the European council has warned. Herman Van Rompuy, the former Belgian prime minister who was council president until 2014, told the Observer that he believed the threat of a no-deal Brexit was a new “operation fear” …