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Shadow chancellor also says only Jeremy Corbyn could lead caretaker government

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has backed MPs’ demands for Boris Johnson to cut short parliament’s summer recess, and said it was “non-negotiable” that Jeremy Corbyn should lead any caretaker government.

McDonnell said the Labour party wanted parliament to be reconvened in the next few days to drive efforts to avoid a no-deal Brexit, and described a letter signed by more than 100 MPs demanding that the prime minister do so as a good initiative.
John McDonnell backs MPs' demands to recall parliament over Brexit
#Labour #JohnMcDonnell #HouseofCommons #Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Foreignpolicy #Politics #UKnews
 
Iran’s ambassador says vessel is expected to leave after Gibraltar rejects US request to detain it further

The supertanker at the centre of a six-week diplomatic row between Britain and Iran is expected to leave Gibraltar on Sunday night, Iran’s ambassador to the UK has said.

Hamid Baeidinejad said on Twitter: “With the arrival of two specialised engineering teams to Gibraltar ... the vessel is expected to leave tonight.”
Iran tanker at centre of diplomatic row set to leave Gibraltar
#Iran #Gibraltar #UKnews #Europe #MiddleEastandNorthAfrica #Worldnews
 
As the prime minister heads for the Biarritz summit, he has no relationship with the other governments and very little trust

For weeks things have been quiet in the summer heat. But in recent days the normal diplomatic back-channelling between London, Brussels, Paris, Berlin and Rome has cranked into gear before the G7 meeting in Biarritz of the world’s most advanced economies.

British officials have been liaising with their EU counterparts on how to get on the right side of the trade war between the US and China, tread a diplomatic fine line over the European-backed Iranian nuclear deal opposed by Donald Trump and get the rhetoric right on the precarious situation in Hong Kong in the presence of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping. “This is a diplomatic quagmire of a G7,” said a European diplomat.

Perhaps those meetings and Biarritz will be a reality check for Johnson
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World News Bot - 2019-08-18 06:00:05 GMT
UK elderly suffer worst poverty rate in western Europe https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/aug/18/elderly-poverty-risen-fivefold-since-80s-pensions #Publicfinance #Olderpeople #Poverty #Ageing #UKnews
 
Berlin prepared for UK to crash out as leak suggests Boris Johnson’s threat has fallen flat

Germany is ready for a likely no-deal Brexit and will encourage its fellow EU member states to hold their nerve and refuse to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, according to a leaked German government paper.

The document prepared by officials for the German finance minister, Olaf Scholz, before talks in Berlin with the chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, suggests that the UK’s threats to leave without a deal are falling flat.
Germany will urge EU allies to hold firm on no-deal Brexit
#Brexit #Article50 #BorisJohnson #Germany #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Foreignpolicy #Politics #Worldnews #UKnews
 
Tory will meet Labour leader to stop no-deal Brexit but will not help him become PM

Dominic Grieve has said he would not facilitate putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street, saying his only intention was to meet the Labour leader to talk about possible mechanisms to stop no deal.

Corbyn wrote to Grieve, as well as the Conservative MPs Caroline Spelman and Oliver Letwin and the former Tory MP Nick Boles, as part of his entreaty on Wednesday to get backing to form a temporary government which would negotiate an extension to article 50 and then call a general election.
Dominic Grieve: I don’t want to put Jeremy Corbyn into No 10
#DominicGrieve #JeremyCorbyn #Brexit #Article50 #EuropeanUnion #Politics #UKnews #Europe #Conservatives #Labour
 
From the US-China trade war through to the problems affecting Germany, Brazil, the UK and more

Stock markets have taken fright over a number of warning signs from key economies, the latest this week being the inversion of the US bond yield curve and news of a contraction in the German economy. Here is a guide to the trouble spots in the global economy that are rattling investors.

What is the yield curve?
Warning signs for global economy: the countries spooking investors
#Globaleconomy #Economics #Business #USnews #UKnews #Worldnews #China #Brazil #Germany #Italy
 
Court decision on fate of Grace 1, which was seized by UK Royal Marines, due on Thursday

The US has applied to a court in Gibraltar to detain an Iranian tanker detained for breaching international sanctions on oil shipments, thwarting efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas territory to defuse tensions with Tehran.

The Gibraltar government confirmed earlier media reports that the US Department of Justice had sought to extend the detention of the oil tanker Grace 1, prompting the supreme court in the territory to adjourn a scheduled decision on whether to release the ship until later in the day.
US moves to block release of Iranian vessel in Gibraltar
#Iran #MiddleEastandNorthAfrica #USforeignpolicy #Foreignpolicy #Gibraltar #USnews #Politics #UKnews #Europe #Worldnews
 
Tumbling towards a no-deal Brexit catastrophe | Letters
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/14/tumbling-towards-a-no-deal-brexit-catastrophe
#Brexit #Article50 #UKnews #EuropeanUnion #Foreignpolicy #Politics #BorisJohnson #Conservatives #Ireland #Europe
 
Game birds subject to 'cruel' conditions, undercover footage shows
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/game-birds-poland-undercover-footage
#Environment #UKnews #Europe #Animalwelfare #Animals #Poland #Farming #Worldnews #Birds
 
World News Bot - 2019-08-13 17:35:06 GMT
Johnson stokes election suspicions with camera-friendly Leeds trip https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/13/johnson-stokes-election-suspicions-with-camera-friendly-leeds-trip #Prisonsandprobation #BorisJohnson #Politics #Society #UKnews #Leeds
 
Irish government says there is no prospect of rethink in Brexit stalemate

The Brexit stalemate looks set to continue after the Irish government said the backstop would not be up for renegotiation at a planned meeting between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar.

The two prime ministers will meet early next month but a spokesman for Varadkar said there was no prospect of a rethink on the most contentious part of the withdrawal agreement.
Ireland tells Boris Johnson there will be no backstop renegotiation
#Brexit #Ireland #LeoVaradkar #BorisJohnson #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Foreignpolicy #Politics #UKnews #Worldnews
 
Composed as a blander alternative to the national anthem, it has taken on new popularity and political meaning

It was the anthem everyone loved to hate, a musical concoction derided as an affront to patriotism and taste.

The lyrics of Ireland’s Call urged the Irish to stand tall “shoulder to shoulder” before every rugby match, but many preferred to stay seated and mock the injunction.
Ireland’s Call: how a derided rugby dirge became a song for Irish unity
#Ireland #NorthernIreland #Irelandrugbyunionteam #Rugbyunion #Sport #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews
 
A no-deal Brexit won’t be a clean break: this nightmare will go on for ever | Jonathan Freedland
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/09/no-deal-brexit-negotiations-brussels
#Brexit #BorisJohnson #DominicCummings #DominicGrieve #LeoVaradkar #Politics #Article50 #UKnews #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 
Doctor unable to revive man, 33, who sank in lake at resort in Mondsee

A British man has died in Austria after getting cramp in his foot while he was swimming in a lake, causing him to drown.

Austrian state police said the man, 33, was with a 36-year-old British woman swimming at the Schwarzindien resort in Mondsee, near Salzburg, on Wednesday.
British man drowns in Austria after getting cramp while swimming
#Austria #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews
 
No more Interrailing in Britain? How sad and insular we have become | Alan Bradshaw
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/08/interrailing-britain-cheap-rail-travel-europe
#Railtransport #Transport #EuropeanUnion #UKnews #Europe #Worldnews
 
Counter-terror chief raises ‘deep concerns’ as key crime-fighting tools will be lost

The UK’s safety and security would suffer from a no-deal Brexit and no amount of planning and preparation can erase the risk, Britain’s head of counter-terrorism has said.

The Scotland Yard assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, said key crime-fighting tools would be lost and their replacements would not be as good.
No-deal Brexit would harm UK security, senior officer warns
#UKsecurityandcounter-terrorism #Brexit #Police #EuropeanUnion #Foreignpolicy #UKnews #Politics #Worldnews #Europe
 
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