Update: Britain's former Brexit secretary Boris Johnson said the British Prime Minister and Attorney General had merely sowed an “apron of fig leaves” to cover the embarrassment of the Brexit deal. The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP said: “The result is like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – they have sowed an apron of fig leaves that does nothing to conceal the embarrassment and indignity of the UK.” Update: Conservative MP for Mansfield Ben Bradley told the Press Association: “We’ve got the legal text and the Attorney General’s advice which makes it clear that the risk has reduced for being tied to something permanently, but it is not totally gone. “The deal doesn’t fulfil everything we’ve asked for but we have to weigh things up with balance. To me, the reduced risk of being tied into something is preferable at this point to the ever-increasing risk of delay or no Brexit at all. “Parliament is determined to … [Read more...] about Brexit reaction: May and Cox have merely ‘sowed an apron of fig leaves’ over UK’s Brexit ‘indignity’, says Boris Johnson
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Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Thursday morning. LOBBY SCOOP 1: Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has poached Mail Online’s Deputy Political Editor Tim Sculthorpe to be her new press secretary. Sculthorpe is an experienced journo who’s spent the past seven years in the lobby, first earning his stripes in PA’s press gallery team. He is also well known for his expertise on parliamentary process, a skillset that has never looked more useful than in the current climate. His new role will be with a civil service position rather than on the political side, replacing the departed Jason Stein, who is now working as SpAd to Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd. LOBBY SCOOP 2: The Sun has completed the reshuffle of its political team with the hiring of the Mail on Sunday’s Martin Beckford as Whitehall editor. Beckford is a former … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: 3 lobby scoops to start your day — Enter the trade unions — 9 ways to save Brexit
By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY LONDON CITY AIRPORT Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Wednesday morning from Brussels, where Theresa May arrives later today for the start of the European Council summit. BREAKING THIS MORNING: The U.S. confirmed that formal trade talks with Britain will begin in earnest after Brexit Day. In a letter to key Senate politicians made public last night, Donald Trump’s trade envoy Robert Lighthizer said negotiations will begin with Britain “as soon as it is ready after it exits the European Union on March 29, 2019.” The letter calls for an “ambitious trade agreement” to remove “existing goods and services tariff and non-tariff barriers.” Read it in full here. Definitely something for Brexiteers to cheer about, during a somewhat challenging week. Speaking of which: International Trade Secretary Liam Fox will surely make hay with the announcement at the annual CBI dinner at … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by London City Airport: US ready for trade talks — May meets Tusk tonight — Another year in the club?
opinion Dan Nowicki Arizona Republic Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 The famous news media faces were gone. The swarm of reporters who followed U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had scattered, and only a few of us remained. By July 2007, McCain's once-impressive presidential campaign was nearly bankrupt. Senior advisers and staff were let go. And the media had written him off. The torrent of campaign coverage turned to a trickle. That left plenty of elbow-room on the Straight Talk Express as it rolled through scenic New Hampshire, home to the nation’s first-of-the-season presidential primary. There still was usually an Associated Press reporter on board with the McCain campaign. Typically, a reporter from the Concord Monitor or some other New Hampshire media organization was there too. And there was me. I was national political reporter for The Arizona Republic, McCain's hometown newspaper. And I was on the bus because Republic editors decided to … [Read more...] about What I learned about John McCain during 20 years covering him
Hunt's surname is an apt example of how humorous London Cockney rhyming-slang works. In his case, a vulgar word is invoked by his surname to express a person encumbered by low intelligence. Does Jeremy Hunt feel comfortable about trying to start World War III by pushing the Americans to ratchet up already provocative sanctions on Russia? © AP Photo / Matt DunhamUK Foreign Secretary to Urge EU to Expand Sanctions Against RussiaThe British foreign secretary — who took over from Boris Johnson, another "stupid Hunt" — is urging Washington to get even tougher on Russia based on all sorts of outlandish allegations of Moscow's "malign activity". Hunt says "from Crimea to Salisbury" Russia has been violating international laws and must be punished. The Salisbury mention refers to the alleged poison-assassination of a former Russian-British double agent and his daughter … [Read more...] about Britain’s Very Stupid Hunt