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Prime Minister Theresa May is under renewed pressure after the three MPs announced they would be jumping ship, saying the country “deserved better” just hours before Prime Minister’s Questions. All three have campaigned for a second Brexit referendum alongside Labour rebels Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger. Speaking for the first time since the bombshell...

Three MPs have quit the Conservative Party to join the new Independent Group in a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s authority. Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston hit out at the Prime Minister’s “disastrous” handling of Brexit as they quit. They will join eight ex-Labour MPs who have formed the Independent Group. In a...

The trio quit to join eight Labour MPs who defected to form a group of independents. In a letter to Theresa May, the three MPs claimed “a purple momentum is subsuming the Conservative Party, just as the hard-left has been allowed to consume Labour”. Dr Wollaston, who represents Totnes in Devon, was facing a challenge at an extraordinary meeting in the next week...

The International Trade Secretary warned the refusal to make “very reasonable” changes to the proposed deal was “a strange thing on which to hang much of the economic wellbeing of Europe”. He also predicted that ruling parties will be hammered in elections this year if they worsen the chances of a recession by allowing the UK to quit the...

The Match of the Day presenter warned Britain is “in great peril” and in danger of falling “over the cliff edge” if MPs do not agree on a divorce deal. He urged people to “do your bit for your country” by marching on Westminster to demand another public vote on Brexit. The former England captain has been outspoken in his opposition to Britain’s departure...

Cabinet minister James Brokenshire wrote to Winchester City Council to demand an explanation of the authority’s involvement in the protest addressed by Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary asked if part of the £17,000 given to the authority to prepare for a no-deal Brexit was used for the event....

It is the first time pollsters have predicted success for anti-immigration Vox, which recently won 12 seats in a regional election in Andalusia, the first electoral win for a far-right party in Spain in over four decades. Four surveys published since last Friday’s snap general election announcement all predicted the party will get ministers elected to parliament....

Seven Labour Party MPs have departed from under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership as of this morning, as accusations of anti-semitism continue unabated among the party’s ranks. The resigning members – Chuka Ummuna, Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Mike Gapes, Chris Lesie, Angela Smith and Ann Coffey – have decided to form their own cluster of MPs named the...

Neil Kinnock, leader of the Labour Party from 1983 to 1992 was banned Mr Hatton from Labour in 1986. But tonight, sources claimed the former councillor has been re-admitted to the party after a three-people panel chaired by Jim Kennedy heard his case last week. And, while refusing to “talk about particulars”, Mr Hatton, 71, confirmed his return himself, saying:...

Gibraltar’s leader said an incursion into British waters by a Spanish warship over the weekend was nothing more than a quixotic attempt at intimidation. Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s chief minister, pledged the people of Gibraltar would stand up to bullies both before and after Brexit from the March 29 looming deadline. He said: “Anyone who believes...

Luciana Berger has joined a band of Labour rebels today in resigning from their posts and establishing their own independent organisation. In total, seven MPs resigned from the party today, citing anti-semitism and leadership problems as the core motivators. Those who resigned today were Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker...

The Tory MP for Broxtowe and outspoken Remainer used to prominently display her pride at being a “life long One Nation Tory” on her Twitter bio. However, Ms Soubry has removed all reference to her party from the bio section of her profile, referring to herself simply as ‘MP for Broxtowe’. The title echoes stylising employed by the seven breakaway Labour...

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay took details of “Plan C”, drawn up by Brexiteers and Remainers, to talks with his counterpart in Brussels. But the call for “alternative arrangements” to a backstop preventing a hard Irish border was sidelined in favour of legal assurances. Mr Barclay and Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox will return to Brussels on Wednesday...

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds demanded Mrs May make necessary changes to the Irish backstop enigma before giving the party’s own stance on a no-deal scenario at his party’s spring conference in Omagh, Co Tyrone. He said the DUP want a Brexit deal, “but we are very clear that a no-deal is better than a bad deal”. He also pledged his support to...

Scrapping Air Passenger Duty (APD) for internal flights would knock £26 off the cost of a return journey. There are growing calls for post-Brexit Britain to axe a rule that means the controversial £13 tax is levied on both the outbound and return flights. It is hoped that if APD is scrapped the cost of mini-breaks within the UK would tumble and new routes would...

Mr Macron has softened his stance after an eleventh-hour bid by the EU to get the withdrawal agreement finalised in March. Attorney general Geoffrey Cox’s previous legal advice has implied the backstop could be used to keep the UK in the customs union. Mr Cox and Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay will head to Brussels on Monday for talks with Michel Barnier. Related...

The bizarre European Commission plan involves sending food parcels to British food banks for the needy from the EU’s wine lakes and food mountains of surpluses produced by the protective measures in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Tory Brexiteers last night branded the proposal “the last throw of the dice of Project Fear by EU blackmailers” hoping to...

The International Trade Secretary also said EU Leaders risk threatening their own electoral success and economies if they continue to force the UK towards a no-deal Brexit, according to The Sunday Telegraph. MPs have warned that leaving the EU with a no deal could cause disruption on both sides of the channel. Dr Fox said the change that MPs had requested to Theresa...

The Prime Minister urged her MPs to “move beyond what divides us’ as she announced she will be returning to Brussels for further negotiations with the European Commission. Mrs May said: “History will judge us all for the parts we have played in this process. I believe that a country with our innate strengths, enviable resources, and enormous talent can face...

We have had the Treasury and ‘Cross-Whitehall’ report, arguing that any Brexit at all, including the government’s proposed deal, would be worse than Remaining. Then the Bank released its ‘Brexit crisis scenario’, an implied forecast of how bad No Deal would be. It has since reiterated that No Deal would likely cause a recession. These are deceitful propaganda...

The former Ukip chief, who spearheaded Brexit, has said he will lead the party if Brexit is delayed by Theresa May extending Article 50 and it “stands ready to defend democracy”.The main policy of the Brexit Party is to ensure the UK leaves the EU and does not “make any treaty or join any international organisation which involves in any way the surrender...

And one MP has said many of his colleagues in the Eurosceptic Tory faction were ready to act as a result of being deeply opposed to Mrs May taking charge of the next phase of negotiations, to thrash out a workable trade deal with the bloc, if and when her withdrawal agreement does get through the Commons. Reports in the Mirror suggested the ERG – chaired...

A short-term “fiscal stimulus package” to protect the country’s manufacturing and industrial sectors is being established by the Treasury, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday. Ministers have been told to provide Mr Hammond’s department with confidential lists of firms and sectors which will need injections of cash. The newspaper cited Treasury...

The former Foreign Secretary made the accusation in a newspaper column after he gave a round of quick-fire questions in a live-streamed interview on Politico on the subject. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said: “If Churchill had not won the day in Cabinet, and if Britain had not fought on, then the peoples of Europe would have been subjugated indefinitely...

Mr Barclay suggested to the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier that the government is willing to accept legal guarantees instead of reopening negotiations, according to a source who spoke to The Times. The Brexit Secretary put the option on the table during a private meeting on Monday with Mr Barnier, who described the discussions as “constructive” but reiterated...