PM accepts he would have to request delay if MPs pass amendment to avoid no deal
Boris Johnson struck an emollient tone as he opened Saturday’s historic session of parliament, by entreating MPs from all parties to support his Brexit deal by highlighting what he called Britain’s “shared sense of destiny” with Europe.
After months of seeking to cajole parliament by accusing MPs of passing a “surrender bill”, the prime minister stressed Britain’s love of Europe, and claimed supporting his Brexit deal would help to reunite the country.Continue reading...
• Sinckler adds third in second half to halt Wallabies comeback
Not for the first time in their Rugby World Cup history England gave their fans some palpitations en route, but Eddie Jones and his players have lived to fight another day. The semi-finals now await after a seesawing contest against a battling Australia side who, for 65 minutes, made their opponents work extremely hard for their place in the tournament’s last four.
The final margin did not entirely reflect an eventful game in which the Wallabies counterattacking excellence made life distinctly uncomfortable for England at times. Only in the final quarter did they finally establish a measure of forward control, built on the foundations of a rampaging 46th-minute score by their tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler which put crucial daylight between the teams.Continue reading...
All the day’s political news as future of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal rests on support from ERG, ex-Tory rebels and Labour MPs
MPs present and past have been out and about on the airwaves this morning setting out their positions.
Former chancellor Philip Hammond – ejected by Boris Johnson after he voted for the Benn act – told the BBC he would vote for the Letwin amendment:
This cannot be the final vote today because we do not know the full shape of the package. The Letwin amendment gives us an insurance policy that prevents us having to look at this bill against the constant threat of the government to pull the plug and crash us out on 31 October.
We have to remove any risk of leaving on 31 October 31 with no deal.”
If this deal had been put before the British parliament a year ago, or two years ago, there is absolutely no way it would pass. The only reason the government can try and get it passed now is frankly … people are completely fed up with Brexit. They want it over. They want it done with.”
The PM has negotiated a new deal -something many said was impossible. Today we’ve a chance to end uncertainty to people & businesses; heal the divides & come together as a country; deliver on referendum result & leave the EU on 31st October -with a deal. So let’s get this done. https://t.co/XM79vW4ELuContinue reading...
I’ve seen wireless kits, but I’m not sure whether I should pay for a professional system
Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.
One of our neighbours was burgled last week, so we’re keen to get an alarm. I’ve seen wireless alarm systems online that you can install yourself. Do they really work, or is it better to pay for a professionally installed system that’s monitored by the police? I’d really appreciate your views.Continue reading...
Brain seems to categorise death as something that only befalls other people
Warning: this story is about death. You might want to click away now.
That’s because, researchers say, our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.Continue reading...
Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google decline to release figures despite pledge in wake of Christchurch attack
US tech companies have declined to release data on the online spread of footage of last week’s shooting in Halle, Germany, despite pledging greater transparency as part of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s “Christchurch Call”.
Companies including Facebook and Twitter committed in May to take “transparent, specific measures” to prevent the amplification of violent content, after the killing of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook.Continue reading...
- Rugby World Cup quarter-final updates from Oita
- Digital wallchart: fixtures, results and more
- Email Lee here or tweet him @bloodandmud
How is everyone feeling out there?
Australia are nervous.
Don’t have a go at me for making such insinuations, Michael Hooper himself has admitted as much here.Continue reading...
Maythem Radhi accused of being part of syndicate that charged 421 mostly Iraqi and Afghan refugees for place aboard Indonesian boat
An Iraqi man has been charged in Australia with people-trafficking in connection with the drowning deaths of more than 350 asylum seekers in the 2001 SIEV X tragedy.
Maythem Radhi, 43, was arrested at Brisbane airport late Friday after being extradited from New Zealand and has been charged with “organising groups of non-citizens into Australia”, police say.Continue reading...
Lewis Baxter, 21, on how he makes ends meet with his student loan and part-time tutoring work
Name: Lewis Alexander Baxter
Income: £3,000 plus student loan of £4,500 a year
Occupation: Full-time law student, part-time tutor and organisation founder
I’ve just started my second year at Durham University, where I’m studying law. I’m not your typical student: I probably only go out once a week or, more accurately, once every two weeks. I’m not into mad nights out and clubbing. Let’s put it bluntly – if I did have those classic kind of night outs several times a week, I’d have very little money left at the end of the week.Continue reading...
Homeowners fleeing toxic relationships can get stuck with large mortgages they can’t escape
Four years ago, without a word of warning, Wendy’s estranged husband stopped paying his share of the mortgage, leaving the mother of one to pay the full £1,100 a month.
Despite this, Wendy*, 46, was still at the mercy of her abusive ex, who prevented the sale of the property and refused to sign the papers when she negotiated a new mortgage rate.Continue reading...
Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn talk about their whirlwind White House trip, with Anne Sacoolas, the woman who killed their son, in the next room
When the grieving parents of British teenager Harry Dunn arrived in New York earlier this week, their fight for justice for their dead son quickly became a whirlwind of interviews. Their press tour took a strange turn on Tuesday, however, when family adviser Radd Seiger received an unexpected invitation to Washington DC.
“Radd, who’s been looking after us, has a phone call from the White House saying: ‘Could you please come to the White House as soon as possible?’” Tim Dunn, Harry’s father, said.Continue reading...
A fascinating study indicates that the president’s support is based on more than political animus alone
What motivates Donald Trump’s political base, a major factor behind the silences and squirms of Republican officials these days?
Dissections of what the president’s mass of supporters thinks, feels and perceives have pointed to their vanished jobs, stagnant incomes and precariously low savings; their ideological commitments to conservative judges, lower taxes and nationalist foreign policy; and their abhorrence of a Washington establishment said to run roughshod over their cultural traditions and racial preferences. Deep, sharp partisan loyalties cement the bond, burnished by bulletins from @realdonaldtrump, Fox News and similarly attuned voices.Continue reading...
How does it feel to campaign against racism, come out, have an abortion or lose a parent to suicide? People who went through the same things, years apart, share their stories
Sam, 26, and Diane Munday, 88, had abortions five decades apartContinue reading...
Polling suggests breakup of union increasingly likely and thoughts turning to aftermath
That the union is under greater stress than at any time in its 300-year history is something that everyone from Scotland’s first minister to former Conservative and Labour prime ministers and Whitehall thinktanks agree upon.
Nicola Sturgeon told delegates at the SNP conference in Aberdeen on Tuesday that successive Westminster governments had “shattered the case for the union” and that she would demand within weeks the legal powers to hold a second independence referendum in 2020.Continue reading...
Remainers had the better arguments, but they have failed to shift public opinion
For a lot of Britons, Brexit is still mostly just words. Jargon, vague promises, dire warnings, contradictory predictions, a few catchphrases – an alternately gripping and boring conversation that has been going on for years, only occasionally accompanied by actual changes to everyday life. It’s a conversation that remainers have rarely controlled, let alone dominated. If they are, finally, about to lose the Brexit battle, this may be why.Continue reading...