Fury as decision on police inquiry into PM shelved until after election

Labour shocked as police watchdog freezes investigation into Jennifer Arcuri scandal The scandal over Boris Johnsons friendship with technology entrepreneur forced to resign, and the leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, was four points from 16 to 12 over the past week. When the prime minister was referred to the IOPC on 27 September, government sources described the move as politically motivated. Instead of announcing its decision on the investigation last week, the IOPC decided to cite election purdah the pre-election period during which restrictions are imposed on policy announcements and use of public resources as a reason for deferring the announcement until after the 12 December poll. Critics point out that if the IOPCs decision had been not to …

Desperate Boris Resorts to Re-Run of Theresa Mays Big Brexit Gamble

LONDONStop me if youve heard this one before. The British Prime Minister has secured a compromise Brexit deal with Europe that will ensure Britains orderly exit from the union if the parliament in London will back it. As Theresa May found out on three brutaland career-limitingoccasions that is an awfully big if. The latest agreement will be put to a vote on Saturday just 12 days before Britain is scheduled to crash out of the European Union without a deal. There is no doubt that suffering an unprecedented 230-vote defeat. She suffered still defeated by 58 votes. Two months later she announced her resignation, allowing the head of the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson, to become prime minister. He said he …

Boris Johnson calls for ‘Trump deal’ to fix Iran nuclear standoff

PM says president could come up with better pact, in apparent shift from European position Boris Johnson has sided with Donald Trump in calling the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran a bad deal, while praising the US president as a very brilliant negotiator capable of achieving a better one. The prime ministers remarks, made in a NBC interview, marked a sharp change in UK rhetoric. British leaders, including Johnson, had until now upheld the 2015 accord between six major powers and Iran as a major diplomatic achievement. British officials insisted that the prime minister continued to support full compliance with that deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action (JCPOA). However, Johnson had clearly come to the UN determined …

No 10 expects rebel move against no-deal Brexit on 9 September

Boris Johnson thinks EU will do nothing until it sees outcome of parliamentary battle Downing Street believes rebel MPs will try to make a move to stop a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, with the EU unlikely to respond until after that battle has played out. A senior government source said the date for a parliamentary battle was expected to be 9 September a week after MPs return from their summer break. Boris Johnson may meet key EU leaders, such as Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, but not Irelands Leo Varadkar, before the G7 summit in Biarritz, France at the end of August. However, No 10 is not expecting any breakthrough until the EU has seen what …

Brussels repels Boris Johnson’s quest for new Brexit deal

Juncker said to have told new PM current agreement is the best and only one possible Brussels has roundly rebuffed Boris Johnson after he laid down tough conditions for the new Brexit deal he hopes to strike over the summer. Speaking to the House of Commons for the first time as prime minister on Thursday, Johnson reiterated his campaign pledge of ditching the Irish backstop and promised to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit immediately. I would prefer us to leave the EU with a deal, he said. I would much prefer it. I believe that it is possible even at this late stage, and I will work flat-out to make it happen. But certain things need to be …

Wake up, England: Boris Johnsons charm is just the arrogance of those born to rule | Suzanne Moore

The Tory leadership contest shows well keep running back to the posh boys, no matter how much they use and abuse us, says Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore I recognise this feeling and I hate it. A friend is going out with a guy who humiliates her, spends her money, has affairs and is abusive. Yet she feels lost and is somehow dependent and when he promises he will make it all OK somehow, that he will change, and the future will be wonderful, she decides to give it another whirl. Anyway, she says, what else is there? Half-broken, she has lost the ability to even imagine a better life for herself. It is no use, my anger on her behalf …