Is it ethical to raise a royal baby in captivity? | Stewart Lee | Opinion

Royal babies are baked to order, like lucky pies, to provide gurgling distractions in times of crisis. Last week, the world’s scientists agreed we have 12 years to limit the worst climate change damage or face mass extinction. Within days, as floods washed away the villages of the Aude valley and their delicious French wines, …

The People’s Vote is a cause worth marching for | Opinion

Approaching 700,000 people marched on Saturday for a People’s Vote – from London’s Marble Arch to Parliament Square. The crowd seemed endless. Yet as the marchers knew full well, they have no purchase on either a Conservative party consumed by civil war and unable to coalesce around any kind of compromise, or on a Labour …

Prince Harry and Meghan hailed as lifesavers after ‘anti-bad vibe’ group hug in Bondi | UK news

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have again wowed crowds in Sydney – this time on the sands of Bondi beach. Cheering and screaming broke out from a large crowd as they caught a first glimpse of the royal couple. They were there to shine a spotlight on mental health …

New Look to pull out of China with closure of 120 stores | Business

New Look is to close all its 120 shops in China by the end of the year after disappointing sales, as it continues to battle tough conditions on the UK high street. The fashion chain, which persuaded landlords to back the closure of up to 60 of its 593 UK stores and rent reductions on …

May says transition could be extended as senior MP says Tories ‘close to despair’ over Brexit – Politics live | Politics

I campaigned for remain and reform in the referendum of 2016. But I fully understand why many people in former coalfield and other communities voted to leave after decades of wealth, jobs and opportunities had been sucked out of these communities. Why would anyone who hasn’t had a pay rise in 10 years, can’t get …

WTO warns trade war threatens ‘millions of jobs’, as China’s stocks slide again – business live | Business

3.16am EDT03:16 China’s stock market hits fresh four-year lows Roberto Azevedo’s warning of the perils of a trade war will have resonated in China’s stock exchanges today. Shares are sliding sharply AGAIN today, as traders fear that the dispute with America will escalate further. The Shanghai composite index has just closed, down 3%, at its …

Britons may need visas to visit France after no-deal Brexit, says Paris as draft law published – Politics live | Politics

In one central question, the question of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, there is as yet unfortunately no breakthrough. We’re not just talking here about the integrity of the single market, but the preservation of the Good Friday agreement which ended violence on the island 20 years ago. Everyone who’s ever been involved …

Meghan’s maternity wardrobe: what does a modern duchess wear? | Fashion

Being modern is Meghan’s USP. She is the modern duchess, hauling the royal family into the 21st century with her artisan elderflower cakes and feminism and cross-body bags. And now, with The Happy News, Meghan is navigating a very 21st-century challenge: how a thirtysomething first-time mother incorporates a baby bump into the sleek, streamlined identity …

Brexit: EU ambassadors told final deal still not yet agreed – Politics live | Politics

1.48pm EDT13:48 Barnier says ‘key issues’ unresolved in Brexit talks despite ‘intense efforts’ Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has now posted this on Twitter about his meeting with Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary. Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) We met today @DominicRaab and UK negotiating team. Despite intense efforts, some key issues are still open, …

Brexit: emails show DUP readying for no deal as Davis urges mutiny | Politics

Theresa May has been told that the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, is now “ready” to trigger a no-deal Brexit and regards this as the “likeliest outcome” following a “hostile and difficult” exchange with the EU’s chief negotiator, an explosive set of leaked government emails reveal. Meanwhile the former Brexit secretary David Davis has said May’s Brexit plans are …