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Thursday US briefing: Britain in Brexit deadlock as May clings on

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Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.

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The aliens are coming. And they’ve caught us with our pants down | James Felton

Radio signals could be a sign of extraterrestrial life. But, with Brexit and Trump, could they have chosen a worse time to call?

Earlier this week, astronomers announced that they had observed repeated bursts of radio waves coming from deep space, with some experts suggesting this could be evidence of alien life. Is this it? Could extraterrestrials finally be trying to contact us? I hope not.

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Trump and the Brexiters should own the mess they lied us into | Gary Younge

Finally, their cheap rhetoric and empty promises are butting up against hard realities

Three years ago, shortly after I arrived back in Britain after 12 years in the US, my gas meter was stolen. When the new one arrived it bore a note, insisting that it should not be stolen. It reminded me of the poster in the window of the Boys and Girls club at the top of my street in Chicago that read: “Stop killing people.” Some things, should not need to be said.

So it was on Wednesday as MPs passed an amendment demanding the government come back with a plan B within three days, if the Brexit deal is defeated next Tuesday. The real scandal was not that the Speaker, John Bercow, had to creatively interpret parliamentary rules so that the vote could take place, but that the vote was necessary at all. Plan A isn’t up to much. It was withdrawn last month at the 11th hour because it was clearly going to be voted down. Nothing has changed. It will almost certainly be rejected next week. Time is running out. We have no hat and the EU wouldn’t lend us a rabbit to pull out of it even if we did. Under these circumstances the government shouldn’t be forced to come back with a plan B in a timely fashion. When it comes to backups they should be well down the alphabet by now.

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Car sales chuff along even as Brexit doom dents big-ticket spending | Larry Elliott

Scandal over diesel emissions is a bigger factor in explaining last year’s sales dip

Spare a thought for the car dealer waiting for the next customer to wander into a showroom choc-a-bloc with gleaming unsold saloons. Car sales last year were well down on 2017 – falling by almost 7% . Contrary to some of the more lurid headlines, though, this is not an economic cataclysm.

Related: Diesel decline and Brexit uncertainty push down UK car sales

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There is no leftwing justification for Brexit. We must fight it to the last | Chris Matheson

The Brexiteers want to tie us to the Trumpist US – and ditch the social obligations of the EU. The left has to stand against them

  • Chris Matheson is Labour MP for City of Chester

Perhaps the only success of David Cameron’s reckless EU referendum gamble was that it took the Tories’ toxic split on Europe and shared it with the rest of the country. At least they are no longer the laughing stock: now we all are.

Yet among the cluster of possible solutions around Norway this or Canada that, or a customs union of sorts, the danger remains that the bigger picture is being missed: the political effect of Brexit on the UK and our foreign relations. Brexit is one part of a project to reshape the politics of the west and set it in concrete. And too many on the left are happy to sleepwalk into that oblivion.

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