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MPs ask for expenses budgets to be raised to cover Brexit costs

Former minister says requests for more money show MPS are ‘out of touch with public’

MPs are asking for their expenses budgets to be increased to help them manage an increased workload resulting from Brexit, the parliamentary watchdog has revealed.

A poll last year of MPs and their staff by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said there had been demands from politicians and staff to give them more money to cover their higher costs.

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British manufacturing output slips to ninth globally behind France

Data shows sector starved of investment and losing ground as Brexit uncertainty persists

Britain’s manufacturing industry has fallen to ninth in the world behind France, reversing a recovery in its performance since the financial crash.

The UK’s total manufacturing output stayed ahead of Brazil and Indonesia but slipped below France and remained well adrift of Germany in fourth position and Italy in seventh at the end of 2016.

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Is public support shifting toward a second EU referendum?

As talk of second referendum grows, here are the key questions on the issue

Polls have consistently shown over the past year that Britons do not think Brexit is being managed well, but that had not been matched by any appetite to re-run the referendum. More recent polls have begun to show a different picture, however.

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Labour ‘finished’ if it backs Brexit in a snap election, says Adonis

Poll suggests party would fare much better by opposing UK’s departure from EU

A pro-EU Labour peer and former cabinet minister has said the party is “finished” if it contests another election promising to back Brexit, as a new poll suggested the party’s support depends heavily on remain voters who could switch their allegiance to the Lib Dems.

Andrew Adonis, a former transport minister and a vocal critic on Britain’s departure from the EU, said the party could not be seen as an “accomplice to Brexit” should a snap election take place before March 2019.

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Peter Schrank on calls for ‘a true Brexiter’ to become Tory leader – cartoon

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The Guardian view on China: unease at home and abroad | Editorial

There are real and important problems to address, but Donald Trump’s trade war will not solve them

This has not been the easiest of summers for Xi Jinping and his country. Donald Trump’s tariffs have rattled nerves in Beijing, already unsettled by the slowing economy. The ministry of finance and the central bank have had an open spat over fiscal policy. There are grumblings that the leadership invited trouble with its unabashed projection of might; was too complacent about the risks of US trade action; and is struggling to respond. But even if trade talks make progress when they resume this week, the issue is a channel for frustrations as well as the proximate cause.

The scrapping of presidential term limits this spring cemented Mr Xi’s extraordinary concentration of power. Yet in doing so it shocked and alienated even some sympathisers. Now there are signs of a pushback: gossip about political intrigue; a scathing essay from a well-known scholar. Meanwhile, a public health scandal over faulty vaccines given to children has undercut his drive to crush corruption and bring the bureaucracy into line: wasn’t it supposed to prevent things like this? The excitement engendered by these developments is in large part a sign of how rare any glimpse of disharmony has become. No one doubts that Mr Xi remains in control. The question is whether he will retain the same leeway in pursuing his course as his nation enters choppier waters. Less than a year ago, Mr Xi spoke of a new era which would see China moving “closer to centre stage and making greater contributions to mankind”, in a decisive break with the long-held maxim that the country should hide its light and bide its time. Now state newspapers warn of the dangers of hubris.

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Why Nigel Farage’s return could make a people’s vote more likely | Matthew d’Ancona

The former Ukip leader – and his snake oil – are back. But there’s a risk to his political showmanship, and he knows it

Like Sinatra, Slim Shady and measles before him, Nigel Farage is back. Well, let’s be honest: he never really went away, did he? Since he stood down as Ukip’s acting leader in November 2016, a few days after his notorious meeting with the newly elected Donald Trump, he has rarely been off the airwaves. But now, as he revealed in the Daily Telegraph last week, he is going “back on the road to campaign once again”.

Under the banner of the Leave Means Leave campaign, there will be events, leaflets, street stalls, a battle bus and perhaps even a special-edition pledge card, with all your favourite bogus promises from two years ago, plus a host of new post-truth pledges. It is an exciting prospect: the “bad boys of Brexit” on the road once more, selling snake oil and lies wherever the freedom-mobile leads them.

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