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 …

Despite Brexit, UK startups can compete with Silicon Valley to win tech talent

Mehul Patel 500 million times a day, in 92 million conversationsWhile innovation endures in the midst of Brexit, data reveals that innovative companies are losing the ability to attract people from all over the world and are suffering from a substantial leak.  The shortage of available tech talent has already created a by 2028, stifling innovatio60% of London businessesSo, how can UK-based companies proactively attract and retain top tech talent to prevent a Brexit brain drain? UK businesses must ensure that their hiring funnels are a top priority and focus on understanding what matters most to tech talent beyond salary, so that they don’t lose out to US tech hubs.  Brexit aside, why is San Francisco more appealing than the …

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 …

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 …

Johnson thinks a culture war will win crucial working-class votes. Hes wrong | Lynsey Hanley

Most leave supporters are not pining for a mythical lost community. They just want a better quality of life, says writer Lynsey Hanley Not long after the referendum in 2016, some neighbours suddenly erected a big wooden fence around their front garden. Well, it seemed sudden. Our postman jokingly called it the Brexit wall, and although the two events may have been entirely unconnected, the fence took on a symbolism it was probably never intended to have. Whether it was there for reasons of privacy, security, or simply to have something for the ivy to grow on, well never know. I dont like to ask. But the fence reinforced my belief that community life has never been, and never will …

Pound Off Lows But Still Under Pressure as Brexit Showdown Looms

Photographer: Miles Willis/Bloomberg wouldn’t delay the country’s exit from the European Union, and left the The pound may not have much room to recover for now, according to Valentin Marinov, head of G-10 currency strategy at Credit Agricole CIB, who says Johnson is laying the groundwork for a confrontation with the House on Tuesday. “Risks of an early vote are still on the table,” Marinov wrote in an email, noting that the prime minister’s speech hadn’t sustained the pound’s rally. Sterling remains 0.78% lower on the day versus the dollar, and around 90.92 pence versus the euro. The currency may drop as low as $1.10 if a mandate is secured for a no-deal departure from the EU, according to Lee …

Boris Johnson Adopts Cute PuppyDog in Crucial Brexit Week

Boris Johnson welcomed his newly adopted Jack Russell puppy to his London home as the U.K. prime minister called an emergency meeting of his Cabinet, prompting fresh speculation there will be a general election. Just weeks ago the 15-week-old dog, named Dilyn according to a post on Twitter by Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, faced death after being abandoned by a south Wales puppy farmer as his misaligned jaw meant he would be difficult to sell. He was saved by a volunteer-run rescue charity in south Wales. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, was encouraged to get a dog to increase her appeal to voters, but refused because she was concerned about who would look after it. Published on Updated on Original Article …

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 …

Where is the EU going on tech and competition policy?

Huge technology policy questions are looming for whoever takes the top jobs at the European Union in the coming months. Decisions that could radically reshape tech business models, reconfigure the competitive landscape and change the relationship between Internet users and the content and services they consume. In short, the entire future of the tech industry — and potentially not just in Europe but worldwide — is at stake. The incoming European Commission will be faced with a lengthy list of pressing questions. How will they reboot competition law for the digital era? Should they rush in swinging a break-up hammer at monopolistic tech giants or take a scalpel to the competition-crushing problem of networked dominance by slicing up their data …