Brexit means ‘nnnnng, urggggh, bleugggh’ for a frustrated David Davis

After addressing the Commons, the Brexit secretary’s voice and patience were waning as he appeared before select committee

“Nnnnng. Urggggh. Bleugggh.” Roughly translated, this was David Davis’s way of saying he had lost his voice after being forced to spend two hours giving a statement to the House of Commons two days ago, following the government’s defeat in the supreme court, and was somewhat peeved to discover he was now required to answer Brexit departmental questions.

Hilary Benn, the chairman of the Brexit select committee, was the first to test the Brexit secretary’s voice and patience by asking who would arbitrate in future trade disputes once we had withdrawn from the European court of justice. “Nnnnng. Urggggh. Bleugggh,” said Davis. This appeared to mean that in the post-Brexit world order, everything would be sweetness and light, and if, in the unlikely event that there should be any minor disagreements, they could be patched up with the help of a relationship mediation counsellor. Dream on.

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After addressing the Commons, the Brexit secretary’s voice and patience were waning as he appeared before select committee

“Nnnnng. Urggggh. Bleugggh.” Roughly translated, this was David Davis’s way of saying he had lost his voice after being forced to spend two hours giving a statement to the House of Commons two days ago, following the government’s defeat in the supreme court, and was somewhat peeved to discover he was now required to answer Brexit departmental questions.

Hilary Benn, the chairman of the Brexit select committee, was the first to test the Brexit secretary’s voice and patience by asking who would arbitrate in future trade disputes once we had withdrawn from the European court of justice. “Nnnnng. Urggggh. Bleugggh,” said Davis. This appeared to mean that in the post-Brexit world order, everything would be sweetness and light, and if, in the unlikely event that there should be any minor disagreements, they could be patched up with the help of a relationship mediation counsellor. Dream on.

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‘Sometimes opposites attract’ – May explains how she can work with Trump – as it happened

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As my colleague in Philadelphia Heather Stewart points out, May also focuses on the foreign policy failures of past US and UK governments in her speech in Philadelphia this evening.

The countries must never again intervene in other sovereign countries’ affairs to “remake the world in our own image”, she told senior Republican policymakers.

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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

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8.46pm GMT

As my colleague in Philadelphia Heather Stewart points out, May also focuses on the foreign policy failures of past US and UK governments in her speech in Philadelphia this evening.

The countries must never again intervene in other sovereign countries’ affairs to “remake the world in our own image”, she told senior Republican policymakers.

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Article 50: Labour MPs consider rebellion over Corbyn’s three-line whip

Several frontbenchers argued for a free vote before party leader said he expects all his MPs to vote for triggering Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn will impose a three-line whip on MPs to vote in favour of triggering article 50 when the bill comes before parliament next week, with several frontbenchers understood to be considering a rebellion.

Several shadow cabinet ministers, including the shadow business secretary, Clive Lewis, argued for a free vote, given the difference of opinion in the party about beginning the Brexit process, during a tense shadow cabinet meeting. Tulip Siddiq, the shadow minister for early years, later resigned from the frontbench after saying she would cast her vote in line with her strongly remain-leaning Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in north London.

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Several frontbenchers argued for a free vote before party leader said he expects all his MPs to vote for triggering Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn will impose a three-line whip on MPs to vote in favour of triggering article 50 when the bill comes before parliament next week, with several frontbenchers understood to be considering a rebellion.

Several shadow cabinet ministers, including the shadow business secretary, Clive Lewis, argued for a free vote, given the difference of opinion in the party about beginning the Brexit process, during a tense shadow cabinet meeting. Tulip Siddiq, the shadow minister for early years, later resigned from the frontbench after saying she would cast her vote in line with her strongly remain-leaning Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in north London.

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Labour NEC asked to inquire into Newham mayoral ‘trigger ballot’

Nearly 50 party members in the east London borough want their national governing body to inquire into their claims that the process for reselecting Sir Robin Wales was flawed

Labour Party members in Newham have sent a 13-page letter to Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) asking it to establish a “full inquiry” into the “affirmative nomination” process that saw the borough’s directly-elected mayor Sir Robin Wales declared the narrow winner of a “trigger ballot” to decide whether he should automatically go forward as their party’s mayoral candidate next year. It claims that “many failures of process/propriety and procedural irregularities” took place on the way to the outcome and urges the party’s governing body to halt the confirmation of Sir Robin until such an inquiry is complete.

Signed by 47 members of the east London borough’s two constituency Labour parties (CLPs), including ten Newham councillors, the letter sets out at length its case that “a number of [individual] ballots should be declared void or held in abeyance” and that the conduct of the process, which ran from 25 October to 4 December 2016, “made a material difference to the result”, tipping it in favour of Sir Robin by 20 votes to 17.

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Nearly 50 party members in the east London borough want their national governing body to inquire into their claims that the process for reselecting Sir Robin Wales was flawed

Labour Party members in Newham have sent a 13-page letter to Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) asking it to establish a “full inquiry” into the “affirmative nomination” process that saw the borough’s directly-elected mayor Sir Robin Wales declared the narrow winner of a “trigger ballot” to decide whether he should automatically go forward as their party’s mayoral candidate next year. It claims that “many failures of process/propriety and procedural irregularities” took place on the way to the outcome and urges the party’s governing body to halt the confirmation of Sir Robin until such an inquiry is complete.

Signed by 47 members of the east London borough’s two constituency Labour parties (CLPs), including ten Newham councillors, the letter sets out at length its case that “a number of [individual] ballots should be declared void or held in abeyance” and that the conduct of the process, which ran from 25 October to 4 December 2016, “made a material difference to the result”, tipping it in favour of Sir Robin by 20 votes to 17.

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UK’s super rich appear to get special deal from HMRC, says watchdog

Commons public accounts committee says failure to crack down on wealthy tax dodgers undermines confidence in system

Britain’s wealthiest people appear to get preferential treatment from HM Revenue & Customs and are not being properly pursued for outstanding tax bills, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded.

HMRC’s failure to clamp down on rich tax dodgers is undermining confidence in the whole system, the public accounts committee said.

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Commons public accounts committee says failure to crack down on wealthy tax dodgers undermines confidence in system

Britain’s wealthiest people appear to get preferential treatment from HM Revenue & Customs and are not being properly pursued for outstanding tax bills, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded.

HMRC’s failure to clamp down on rich tax dodgers is undermining confidence in the whole system, the public accounts committee said.

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Boris Johnson signals shift in UK policy on Syria’s Assad

Foreign secretary says UK accepts Syrian leader should be allowed to run for re-election in event of peace deal

The UK accepts that Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria, Boris Johnson has said, in a dramatic reversal of the British policy stretching back to the early days of the civil war that the president must go.

Speaking on the eve of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, the UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach to Syria.

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Foreign secretary says UK accepts Syrian leader should be allowed to run for re-election in event of peace deal

The UK accepts that Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria, Boris Johnson has said, in a dramatic reversal of the British policy stretching back to the early days of the civil war that the president must go.

Speaking on the eve of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, the UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach to Syria.

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‘Opposites attract’: Theresa May signals strong relationship with Donald Trump

UK prime minister launches charm offensive on arrival in Philadelphia, suggesting she will get on well with US president

Theresa May has said she believed she could a forge a strong personal relationship with Donald Trump, arguing that “sometimes, opposites attract”, as she set out how post-Brexit Britain could work with his country to shape the world.

Related: Theresa May opens Trump visit by attacking past foreign policy failures

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UK prime minister launches charm offensive on arrival in Philadelphia, suggesting she will get on well with US president

Theresa May has said she believed she could a forge a strong personal relationship with Donald Trump, arguing that “sometimes, opposites attract”, as she set out how post-Brexit Britain could work with his country to shape the world.

Related: Theresa May opens Trump visit by attacking past foreign policy failures

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UK exit from EU atomic treaty under Brexit ‘will delay power stations’

Experts warn that leaving Euratom is a ‘lose-lose’ that will increase costs and raise questions over safety regimes

Hinkley Point C and other new nuclear power stations in Britain will be delayed by a decision by the UK to quit Europe’s atomic power treaty, experts have warned.

The government revealed on Thursday that Brexit would see the UK leaving Euratom, which promotes research into nuclear power and uniform safety standards.

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Experts warn that leaving Euratom is a ‘lose-lose’ that will increase costs and raise questions over safety regimes

Hinkley Point C and other new nuclear power stations in Britain will be delayed by a decision by the UK to quit Europe’s atomic power treaty, experts have warned.

The government revealed on Thursday that Brexit would see the UK leaving Euratom, which promotes research into nuclear power and uniform safety standards.

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Theresa May must challenge Trump’s ‘contempt’ for climate change, say MPs

MPs from across the political spectrum say the UK prime minister must urge the US president to remain in the global Paris agreement

Prime minister Theresa May must challenge President Donald Trump’s “contempt” for environmental protection and urge him to remain in the global agreement to fight climate change, according to MPs from across the UK’s political parties.

May will meet Trump on Friday in Washington DC and has been warned by MPs that the US president’s approach to global warming could determine whether or not people around the world suffer the worst impacts of climate change, such as severe floods, storms and heatwaves.

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MPs from across the political spectrum say the UK prime minister must urge the US president to remain in the global Paris agreement

Prime minister Theresa May must challenge President Donald Trump’s “contempt” for environmental protection and urge him to remain in the global agreement to fight climate change, according to MPs from across the UK’s political parties.

May will meet Trump on Friday in Washington DC and has been warned by MPs that the US president’s approach to global warming could determine whether or not people around the world suffer the worst impacts of climate change, such as severe floods, storms and heatwaves.

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White House drops its ‘h’ in misspelling of Theresa May’s name

Staff rush to correct multiple spelling mistakes as the prime minister prepares for her meeting with president Donald Trump

Theresa May’s hopes of rebooting Britain’s special relationship with the US has suffered a slight glitch after the White House misspelled her name multiple times in the schedule for her meeting with Donald Trump on Friday.

Staff in the new administration missed the “h” out of the prime minister’s name when they laid out the running order for her meeting with the new president in Washington.

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Staff rush to correct multiple spelling mistakes as the prime minister prepares for her meeting with president Donald Trump

Theresa May’s hopes of rebooting Britain’s special relationship with the US has suffered a slight glitch after the White House misspelled her name multiple times in the schedule for her meeting with Donald Trump on Friday.

Staff in the new administration missed the “h” out of the prime minister’s name when they laid out the running order for her meeting with the new president in Washington.

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Theresa May looks for new friends among the world’s strongmen | Simon Tisdall

Saturday’s meeting with Erdoğan in Turkey shows how Britain is re-ordering its international priorities after the Brexit vote

Theresa May will discuss trade, defence and security with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, when she visits Ankara on Saturday, according to Downing Street.

But the meeting, immediately following May’s summit with Donald Trump, conceals a more ambitious, perhaps even desperate British agenda: May’s bid to enhance Britain’s ties with a club of strongman leaders in the US, Israel, Turkey and Poland as relations fray with key EU players, notably France and Germany.

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Saturday’s meeting with Erdoğan in Turkey shows how Britain is re-ordering its international priorities after the Brexit vote

Theresa May will discuss trade, defence and security with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, when she visits Ankara on Saturday, according to Downing Street.

But the meeting, immediately following May’s summit with Donald Trump, conceals a more ambitious, perhaps even desperate British agenda: May’s bid to enhance Britain’s ties with a club of strongman leaders in the US, Israel, Turkey and Poland as relations fray with key EU players, notably France and Germany.

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Labour MPs urge Priti Patel to stand against Trump’s ‘global gag’ rule

Six politicians have written to development secretary after US ruled it would stop supporting charities that provide women with information on abortion

MPs are calling on Priti Patel to take urgent action to support charities that provide women with information on abortion in an effort to limit the impact of one of Donald Trump’s first acts as president.

Six Labour politicians have written to the development secretary suggesting Britain takes similar steps to the Netherlands, which is planning to form an overseas fund after the US ruled that it would stop providing aid to international groups working in this area.

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Six politicians have written to development secretary after US ruled it would stop supporting charities that provide women with information on abortion

MPs are calling on Priti Patel to take urgent action to support charities that provide women with information on abortion in an effort to limit the impact of one of Donald Trump’s first acts as president.

Six Labour politicians have written to the development secretary suggesting Britain takes similar steps to the Netherlands, which is planning to form an overseas fund after the US ruled that it would stop providing aid to international groups working in this area.

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‘Indyref 2’ being pushed online

As the EU referendum count turned decisively towards Leave, the online conversation in Scotland immediately turned to the possibility of another vote on independence.As the EU referendum count turned decisively towards Leave, the online conversation in Scotland immediately turned to the possibility of another vote on independence.

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In pictures

Images of the historic day when millions of people across the UK voted in a referendum on whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU.Images of the historic day when millions of people across the UK voted in a referendum on whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU.

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