Antisemitism is vile, says Corbyn after rabbi’s criticism

Labour leader says there is no place for antisemitism in party and it will not be tolerated Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his belief that there is no place in Labour for antisemitism and vowed it would not be tolerated following claims from the chief rabbi that he has allowed the party to become poisoned with antisemitism. Justin Welby, in effecttweet highlighting the deep sense of insecurity and fear felt by many British Jews. At the launch of the partys race and faith manifesto, Corbyn said: Antisemitism in any form is vile and wrong. It is an evil within our society there is no place for it and under a Labour government it will not be tolerated in any form whatsoever. …

Lurching and rambling, Boris Johnson is in charge. But hes lost control | Marina Hyde

Its been a taboo-busting start to the Tories election campaign. But the spectacle of Boris Johnson is the most grotesque of all, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde The spectacle of Boris Johnson in a suit is increasingly disconcerting. Everything the prime minister says would make much more sense if he was wearing just his pants and a three-day-old dressing gown, and slurring, I promise you Ill CHANGE at one of the mothers of his children. It goes without saying that he might win a majority. Then again, he might not. Its certainly been quite a taboo-busting start to the Conservatives election campaign, featuring monstrous rape trials, and the blithe suggestion that Jeremy Corbyn might literally The Aristocrats! Either way, it …

Labour seeks new alliance to kill off Boris Johnsons Brexit deal

Labour approaches Tory rebels and DUP in bid to force through amendments to PMs deal Boris Johnsons hopes of winning a clear majority for his Brexit plan faced a new threat on Sunday night as Labour declared that it would seek the backing of rebel Tories and the DUP for amendments that would force him to drop the deal or accept a softer Brexit. As both sides sought to gather parliamentary support after will attempt to win parliamentary backing for his Brexit deal in a straight yes or no vote on Monday. This would be a move to show support for his EU withdrawal agreement before MPs have the chance to scrutinise the full legislation and attach amendments that could …

Boris Johnson seeks to divide and conquer with his incendiary rhetoric | Andrew Rawnsley

He and Dominic Cummings regard the amplification of hatred not with regret but as essential to electoral success Theres a case to be made that British democracy is not in dreadful trouble but working quite well. Or at least as well as can be expected in extreme circumstances. Even under the intense stress of the Brexit crisis, our spatchcock constitution is just about keeping it together. Exhibit One. The prime minister exploits the prerogative powers to attempt a prolonged suspension of parliament that is designed to prevent MPs from invigilating the government at a critical time. The supreme court coolly steps up to this challenge to democracy, delivers a unanimous and impeccably reasoned judgment explaining why the prime minister acted …

Hopes of clean break with EU are nonsense, says ex-Brexit official

A no-deal exit would trigger complex negotiations, argues former top DexEU civil servant Claiming a no-deal Brexit represents a clean break with the European Union is nonsensical, according to Philip Rycroft, the former permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU. Boris Johnson has promised to extricate the UK from the EU on 31 October come what may and has hinted that he could Civil servants do their job for governments of the day, delivering the policies of the government of the day, and thats just as true for Brexit as for anything else. He said claims his erstwhile colleague Olly Robbins had sought to stymie the governments negotiating efforts were complete nonsense. Robbins left Whitehall as Johnson took …

Johnson and Trump: two leaders afraid to do the hard work of running a country | Richard Wolffe

After years of feigned effort, neither of the so-called populist powers can deliver on any of their promises They rose together and now they are falling together. For three long years, the DoBo project a scheme to spark global mayhem spearheaded by Donald and Boris, with a few critical assists from Vladimir has afflicted most of our cultural, political and economic norms. At the moment of their initial triumph, we could only watch in shock and awe as they undermined some of the worlds greatest diplomatic, military and commercial alliances. Not to mention any sense of social cohesion, right or wrong, day or night. Who can forget that high-water mark when the new president-elect love letters from Kim Jong-un dont …

Boris Johnson vows to use powers of persuasion to win new Brexit deal

PM rejects calls for article 50 extension and says he may ignore law blocking no deal Boris Johnson has said he will win a new Brexit deal at next months EU summit by using his powers of persuasion, and rejected calls for a further extension to article 50. The prime minister said he had no plans to accept new legislation that would require him to write to the EU asking for a pointless delay to Brexit. Weve spent a long time trying to sort of fudge this thing and I think the British public really want us to get out. They dont want more dither and delay, he said during a visit on Friday to a farm near Banchory, Aberdeenshire, …

Johnson cant escape the clutches of Mays zombie Brexit deal | Rafael Behr

He may play the rightwing populist, but dont be surprised if the prime minister ditches his determination to leave without a deal, says Guardian columnist Rafael Behr In schlock horror movies there is a moment when the monster, assailed by every weapon and presumed dead, lurches back to life. And so Theresa Mays Brexit withdrawal agreement comes crawling from behind the closed doors of parliament, where it was Johnson stood next to Varadkar in Dublin, shuffling like a chastened child. He said that inability to reach a deal by 31 October would be a he doesnt look the part. That ambition has been superseded but not extinguished by admiration for the Donald Trump model of endless provocation. Last summer Johnson …

How UK VCs are managing the risk of a no deal Brexit

Grab your economic zombie mask: A Halloween “no deal” Brexit is careening into view. New prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged that the country will leave the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal — “do or die” as he put it. A year earlier as the foreign secretary, he used an even more colorful phrase to skewer diplomatic concern about the impact of a hard Brexit on business — reportedly condensing his position to a pithy expletive: “Fuck business.” It was only a few years ago during the summer of 2016, following the shock result of the UK’s in/out EU referendum, the government’s aspiration was to leave in a “smooth and orderly” manner as the prelude to …

No-deal Brexit would shrink UK’s global influence, say ex-ambassadors

Former senior diplomats write to PM urging him to signal a different approach at G7 summit Leaving the European Union without a deal would vastly shrink the UKs international influence and would represent the biggest unilateral abandonment of long-term British interests in modern history, a group of former ambassadors have claimed. In a letter, signed by 25 former senior diplomats and published in the Times, they urged Boris Johnson to signal a different approach at this weekends energetic partner to its international allies after Brexit. The Britain I lead will be an international, outward-looking, self-confident nation, he said. We will be an energetic partner on the world stage. We will stand alongside our G7 allies to solve the most pressing …

Boris Johnson Faces Trial for Huge Lie That Dominated Brexit Referendum Campaign

LONDONThe frontrunner to become Britains next prime minister this summer has been summoned to court to face allegations of misconduct in public office over alleged lies told during Brexit campaign. The Vote Leave campaign bus was emblazoned with the slogan: We send the EU 350m a week. The independent anti-Brexit campaigner was so aggrieved by the prominent use of the claimwhich became a symbol of fake news during and after the bitter campaignthat he has crowdfunded a legal challenge. To the shock of the British political establishment, a judge agreed Wednesday that Johnson, the former Conservative mayor of London, should face trial for deliberately lying to the public. It is alleged that the conduct of which the proposed defendant is …