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Theresa May briefs cabinet on Brexit negotiations – politics live

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The UK police’s ability to tackle serious and organised crime could be “significantly impacted” by a no-deal Brexit, the chief of the National Crime Agency has warned.

It's always an early start but today is especially so as I head off to @BBCRadio4. The threat from serious & organised crime, the risks of a solely reactive policing response & why it's time to review capacity/capability

We are working very closely with our policing partners because we are deeply concerned about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

We have been clear from the very beginning that our ability to share intelligence, our ability to jointly investigate - in this world where there are no borders because of technology - could be significantly impacted, particularly through the use of the Schengen information system, European arrest warrants and our ability to deploy overseas.

Whenever I talk to my operational partners overseas, they see there is two-way benefit, but, of course, we aren’t politicians.

David Davis’ former chief of staff was under fire on Tuesday for tweeting that the family of a sick child were cretins because of an EU-flag bedcover, writes my colleague Jessica Elgot.

Tory Brexiteers fuming this morning about Jackson. "It tars all Brexiteers with this vile brush. It’s a real worry that a man with such appalling judgment could be Chief of Staff in No10 if DD ousts the PM," one texts.

David Davis’s chief of staff calls hospitalised child a “pathetic cretin” for… some reason

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My constituents backed Brexit. But I didn’t enter politics to make them poorer | Phil Wilson

Now we know what leaving means, let’s do the right thing and have a second referendum

In normal times and in all good faith, politicians at a general election present a manifesto they believe will improve people’s lives. Politicians of a like mind will largely agree with that manifesto, believing it to be better than the alternative. In government, with all good intentions, the manifesto is implemented – maybe not in its entirety and with compromises being made. That is politics, in normal times.

But these are not normal times. Brexit is different. As an MP who campaigned for Remain during the EU referendum in June 2016, I do not believe I can, in all good faith and with all good intentions, tell my electorate that I have changed my mind. First, my constituents won’t believe me. And second, I did not enter politics to knowingly make my constituents poorer. This presents a moral dilemma for Remain-supporting MPs, especially those whose constituents voted to leave.

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Labour will be forced to oppose May’s Brexit deal, Sadiq Khan warns EU

London mayor sends message to bloc ahead of meeting with Michel Barnier this Friday

Sadiq Khan has sent a message to the EU that he believes Labour will be forced to oppose the “bad” Brexit deal that is emerging from their negotiations with Theresa May.

The mayor of London’s comments come ahead of his meeting this week with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in which Khan will emphasise the need for far closer economic ties.

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May’s four tests before she will sign off on Irish border backstop deal

Prime minister tells House of Commons there will be no ‘carving up’ of the UK

There appear to be four new mini-red lines in relation to the Irish border issue.

Reassuring the House of Commons that there would be no “carving up” of the United Kingdom, Theresa May unveiled four tests that must be passed before the UK will sign off on a backstop, or insurance policy, that the Irish border will remain open in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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May accentuates the positives and dazzles with confusion | John Crace

She was going to up the ante by demanding a backstop to a backstop to a backstop

No one could say they hadn’t been warned. At the same time the previous week, Theresa May had come to the Commons to explain why there wasn’t going to be any progress in the Brexit negotiations at the forthcoming EU summit in Brussels. Now she was back to report that she had been as good as her word and that there had indeed been no progress. It had been a matter of trust. The prime minister who delivered on her promises.

Not that this was quite how May sold her lack of achievements. Rather, she invited MPs to think of the withdrawal agreement as something that was 95% complete. Accentuate the positives. Think of it like a car. Instead of worrying about the fact that no one had yet managed to design a fully functioning engine, concentrate on the nice shiny leather seats, the top-of-the-range sound system and the wheels that were now more or less round. The squares that couldn’t quite be circled.

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The Guardian view on the Tories and Brexit: rage against the facts | Editorial

If Theresa May wants to deliver a Brexit deal, she must compromise with the EU and with the majority in the Commons. That’s why Tory rightwingers are so angry

To observe the Conservative party at Westminster on Monday was to watch a party that seems closer than ever to falling apart over Brexit. Paradoxically, however, nothing in the politics of Britain’s planned departure from the European Union had actually changed since last week. Theresa May still leads a minority government and a divided party, as she did before the weekend. Talks with the EU remain stalled over the Northern Ireland backstop arrangement, just as last week. Meanwhile Labour remains just as neuralgic about giving leadership to anti-Brexit concerns in the country as before. Many of the essentials remain unchanged, yet something has changed all the same.

That something seems to be the confidence of rightwing Brexiter Conservative MPs that they will get the destructive and comprehensive break with the EU that they crave and are working for. The evidence for this altered mood came in multiple guises. The most chilling was the unusually vicious language which rightwing and Europhobic Tory MPs used over the weekend, under cover of anonymity, to attack Mrs May – that she would be “dead soon”, that the knife would be “stuck in her front and twisted”, that she was “in the killing zone” and that she should “bring her own noose”. These are the words of Tory MPs – male Tory MPs, it can safely be assumed – who have lost sight of propriety and proportion as they rage, not against her but against their own political powerlessness.

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May says MPs must ‘hold their nerve’ to approve final Brexit deal

PM tells Commons of four steps that must be taken before final 5% of EU deal is done

Theresa May faced down Conservative critics of her Brexit negotiating strategy in a critical Commons debate in which she pleaded to be given time to “deliver the Brexit that the British people voted for”.

The prime minister told her jittery MPs it was time “we hold our nerve” as the Brexit talks approach their endgame during nearly two hours of exchanges, which were not attended by leadership rivals Boris Johnson and David Davis.

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