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Labour activists to push for party to campaign for remain

Party prepares for Brexit policy reckoning at annual conference, despite Jeremy Corbyn’s personal stance

Labour is heading for a row at its annual conference on Saturday over its Brexit policy as activists vow to force a vote on making the party campaign in favour of remaining in the EU, regardless of Jeremy Corbyn’s personal stance.

Pro-remain activists said they intended to fight for a vote on Labour becoming a clear party of remain, insisting that in the event of a second referendum its staff, data, money and efforts must be deployed towards campaigning to stay in the EU.

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Downing Street rejects Macron’s two-week deadline for Brexit plan

Irish PM Leo Varadkar says gap between sides still wide, as UK says it will table proposals when Boris Johnson is ready

Downing Street has refused to commit to tabling its Brexit plans for replacing the backstop within two weeks, branding it an “artificial deadline” despite a warning from the Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, of the urgent need to bridge a wide gap between the two sides.

A UK government spokesman said it would not recognise France and Finland’s joint request for a deadline of the end of September and would only table firm proposals when Boris Johnson was ready.

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John Major’s lawyer attacks No 10 prorogation claims as ‘misleading’

Supreme court witnesses clash of two Tory PMs amid threats prorogation could be repeated despite verdict

Downing Street put out “misleading” statements about the prorogation of parliament and published excuses for Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of the Commons that are “not the true reasons”, the supreme court has been told by a lawyer for the former prime minister John Major.

The extraordinary clash of evidence between a former Conservative prime minister and the current one surfaced on the third day of an emergency supreme court hearing before 11 justices about whether Johnson’s five-week prorogation of parliament was lawful.

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Interest rate cut more likely due to Brexit uncertainty, says Bank

Bank of England leaves rates on hold but signals that could change in near future

Brexit uncertainty and the slowdown in global growth has weakened the economy and made an interest rate cut more likely, the Bank of England has said.

The central bank said interest rates would remain at 0.75% after a unanimous vote of the monetary policy committee (MPC) on Thursday, but it signalled that further Brexit uncertainty amid a US-China tariff war could warrant a rate cut in the near future.

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Brexit: John Major tells supreme court it would be ‘naive’ to believe Boris Johnson on prorogation – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the final day of the supreme court hearing to determine if Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament was lawful

James Wolffe QC, the lord advocate, the Scottish government’s chief law officer, has just started making his statement on behalf of the Scottish government.

I’ve taken down an earlier post saying it was James Mure. (The supreme court website said Wolffe would be represented by James Mure.)

The supreme court hearing is about to resume.

This is from the BBC’s Andrew Kerr.

Final day of Supreme Court hearings into the legality of Parliamentary suspension. A top source from the UK Government said: “we’re stuffed”. The other side remain optimistic - thinking it might go their way with 7/4 or 8/3 judge majority in their favour.

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Poland wants its citizens to leave the UK. It should support those who call it home | Jakub Krupa

The Polish ambassador has asked his compatriots to ‘seriously consider’ returning. But it’s not his decision to make

In common with European countries – and increasingly the UK itself – Poland does not know quite what to make of Brexit.

This is evident in the Polish ambassador Arkady Rzegocki’s letter to his compatriots on Tuesday, which reveals a conflict between the consular duty of care for Polish citizens amid the uncertainties of the protracted Brexit process and the political ambition of the Polish government to tempt back some of the 900,000 Poles who have migrated to the UK.

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No-deal Brexit will cut 3% off UK economic growth, warns OECD

Respected club forecasts 2020 recession in Britain just as global economy starts downward trend

A no-deal Brexit will slice almost 3% from Britain’s economic growth over the next three years compared with just 0.6% from the rest of the EU, according to the OECD’s latest health check of the global economy.

Amid concerns that all developed countries will see their growth slow next year, the Paris-based club for the world’s 35 richest nations warned that the UK would take the biggest hit if the government failed to secure an agreement with the EU.

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