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A bad day for Farage as Brexit party MEPs realise they’ve been had | John Crace

Losing four supporters to Boris Johnson’s camp exposes King Nigel as the narcissist he is

We should have known better. When the Brexit party was launched in a metal workshop just outside Coventry back in April, it looked like we were seeing a new Nigel Farage. A perma-tanned, more professional, healthier version of the boozy chancer who had hot-footed into the embrace of Donald Trump and the US alt-right chatshow circuit after leading Ukip into oblivion. The louder bigots and racists appeared to have been sidelined, to be replaced by leavers from the left and right who felt disenfranchised by the traditional parties and were ready to swear allegiance to King Nigel instead.

And when the Brexit party topped the polls in the European elections, helping to steer the Conservatives further to the right and toppling Theresa May in the process, it seemed that this time Farage might be here to stay. At least for a while. He was the one man who had the clout to keep the Tories – even when led by someone as slippery as Boris Johnson – honest in his tireless pursuit of a hard and damaging Brexit. A power behind the throne.

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Brexit is one of most spectacular mistakes in EU history, says Tusk

Exclusive: Donald Tusk says it would still be better for both sides if UK stayed in EU

Brexit has been “one of the most spectacular mistakes” in the history of the EU and followed a campaign marked by “an unprecedented readiness to lie”, Donald Tusk has said.

In his first interview since standing down as European council president last week, Tusk said Brexit was “the most painful and saddest experience” of his five years in office, a tumultuous period marked by the Greek eurozone crisis, bitter rows over migration and the election of Donald Trump.

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Three MEPs quit Brexit party to back Conservatives

Farage ‘disappointed’ as Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Lance Forman and Lucy Harris resign whip

Three MEPs have quit the Brexit party to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal and the Conservatives instead.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg – sister of the Commons leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg – Lance Forman and Lucy Harris have all resigned the whip to back the prime minister’s push to “get Brexit done”.

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Sajid Javid refuses to rule out possibility of no-deal Brexit

Chancellor says scenario is ‘extremely remote’ and claims outline of free trade deal agreed

Sajid Javid has refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit as he reiterated the Conservatives’ plans to bring the UK out of the EU in March 2020.

The chancellor was repeatedly asked on Thursday whether there was a possibility the UK could leave with no deal at the end of 2020. He said the chances of that were “extremely remote” but dodged several opportunities to rule it out.

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General election: Four Brexit party MEPs expected to quit party urging voters to back Tories instead – live news

Parties out in force during final stretch ahead of 12 December vote, after two days of Nato drama

According to a report by David Wooding for the Sun, four Brexit party MEPs will today announce that they are quitting their party and urging people to vote Conservative instead. One of them is John Longworth, the former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce and former Leave Means Leave chairmn who yesterday had the whip removed because he had publicly criticised the election strategy being pursued by Nigel Farage, the party leader.

In his report, which is not being denied by Brexit party sources, Wooding says Longworth and his colleagues fear that the Farage strategy could be putting Brexit at risk. He writes:

Mr Longworth was unavailable for comment last night but an insider said: “We can’t support a party that jeopardises Brexit.

“Too many people are concerned about their own egos rather that they cause we have all been campaigning for – to leave the EU.

The walk-out follows weeks of vicious infighting among Brexit party group in the European parliament.

It was described by one as “a toxic battle between the old Ukippers and the old Tories”.

Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Matthew Weaver.

Here is a link to the Jewish Labour Movement submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour party mentioned earlier. (See 7.35am.)

Here is a link to the full document we’ve been reporting on this morning...

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The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance | Editorial

The prime minister kept a calculated distance from the US president at the Nato summit because he knows their similarities play badly with voters

A US president’s low-key exit from a Nato summit, skipping the traditional press conference, would once have been perceived as a snub to the host government. But Donald Trump’s departure from London will come as a relief to Boris Johnson. Mr Trump is a fan of Brexit and praises the prime minister as the man to deliver it, but his presence in the country was an electoral hazard for the Conservatives.

Some British voters admire Mr Trump, or find him entertaining, but more do not. It is no recommendation for the Tory leader to be liked by a man notorious for dishonesty, ignorance, narcissism and chauvinism.

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UK could drop plans to tax tech firms in rush to secure US trade deal

Trade experts raise doubts about digital sales tax aimed at companies such as Google

Boris Johnson’s plans for a multibillion-pound tax on tech companies such as Google and Facebook may be dropped in the post-Brexit rush to secure a trade deal with the US, trade experts have suggested.

The prime minister said internet companies needed to make a “fairer contribution”, as he indicated on Tuesday he would push ahead with a digital sales tax, despite opposition within his cabinet and a US backlash against similar plans from the French government.

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