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Does the EU need us more than we need them?

Image copyright Getty Images “They need us more than we need them,” has been a recurrent theme in the Brexit debate. After the referendum, the idea has been used to suggest the government could have taken a tougher line in the negotiations over the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union. Before the…

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George Osborne: Conservatives must adapt to stay in power

Image copyright PA Image caption Former chancellor and Remain campaigner George Osborne now edits the Evening Standard newspaper The Conservative Party is heading towards a “prolonged period” in opposition unless it adapts to modern Britain, George Osborne has said.The former chancellor, who was sacked by Theresa May in 2016, said the party needed to become…

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Firms told to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Businesses that trade with the EU need to take steps now to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, a government minister has warned.Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride told the BBC’s Today programme “there is a call to action now”.Later on Friday, HMRC is due to publish an…

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Brexit: David Gauke doubts PM would back no-deal

Image copyright PA Justice Secretary David Gauke has said he would be “very surprised” if the prime minister was prepared to back a no-deal Brexit, if her deal fails.Mr Gauke also said he would find it “very difficult” to stay in cabinet, if that became government policy.Cabinet splits have emerged over what should happen if…