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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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Labour’s Ben Bradshaw claims he was target of Russian cyber-attack

Frequent critic of Kremlin interference in the UK was sent suspicious email from Moscow

The Labour candidate Ben Bradshaw has said he has been the victim of a suspected Russian cyber-attack after he received an email from Moscow with attachments containing sophisticated malware.

Bradshaw – who has repeatedly raised the subject of Kremlin interference in British politics, including in the EU referendum – received the email at his election gmail address. The sender – “Andrei” – claimed he was a whistleblower from inside Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration.

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Trump denies interest in NHS even if it was handed to US ‘on a silver platter’ – video

Donald Trump has said he would not be interested in putting Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) on the table during trade talks with the UK even if it was ‘handed on a silver platter’.

Trump, who is in London for a Nato summit, said: ‘We have absolutely nothing to do with [the NHS], and we wouldn’t want to. If you handed it to us on a silver platter, we’d want nothing to do with it’

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Johnson ‘will have to call second referendum if he fails to win majority’

With Opinium poll showing his lead narrowing, academics warn PM could need support of minority parties for Brexit deal

Boris Johnson could be forced into holding a second referendum on Brexit next summer if he fails to win a majority in the House of Commons but remains as prime minister, according to a new report by academics at University College London.

The detailed analysis of how a referendum could be triggered, how long it would take, and how it would work concludes that a second public vote – in which the options would most likely be Johnson’s deal versus remaining in the EU – would be very much on the cards if the Conservatives are denied a majority, or are returned with only a very slender one, on 12 December.

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