Mueller’s Russia election inquiry seeks more information about Nigel Farage

Robert Mueller is seeking more information about Prominent Brexiteer Nigel Farage in his investigation about Russian meddling in the US presidential election, raising more questions over Russian links to the UK’s Brexit referendum.

Jerome Corsi, a conservative author, said prosecutors working for Mueller questioned him about Farage as well as Ted Malloch, a London-based American academic with ties to Farage.

Corsi confirmed to the Guardian those conducting the investigation were asking about Farage stating

“They asked about both Nigel and Ted Malloch, I can affirm that they did but I’m really not going into detail because I respect the special counsel and the legal process.”

Corsi and several other conservative political operatives have been under investigation by Mueller for months in relation to the theft of Democratic party emails in 2016 by Russian hackers.

Farage has denied all allegations about Russian interference but it is well known prominent Euroskeptics have received Russian support in the past including figures like Marine Le Pen.

Corsi said the questions were about“Predominantly US politics, but of course, Brexit was in the background.”

The investigation had previously taken interest in one of the main financial backers of the leave vote, Aaron Banks. It was reported Mueller had obtained communications that Banks had conducted with Russian diplomats.

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BREAKING: Brexit divorce deal to be signed off tomorrow

A cabinet source has told both The Sun and the BBC that the Brexit withdrawal agreement has been approved ‘at a technical level’ by officials from both sides. Cabinet ministers will meet with the Prime Minister one by one tonight ahead of a full meeting ‘early tomorrow afternoon’.

Former BBC political editor Nick Robinson described this evening as a ‘now or never’ moment for Brexit supporting MPs who have threatened to quit over the deal.

The full withdrawal agreement is reportedly over 400 pages in length, and ministers will be given the opportunity to scrutinise it before the meeting tomorrow. An EU source confirmed that a “stable text” had been sent to London, but officials were not calling it a deal, saying full agreement at political level was still needed: “It is now about seeing if this sticks”

The future of the Irish border had been the final issue needing to be resolved, and it would appear that has now been done. If approved tomorrow, the cabinet will commence their plan to sell the deal to the public and other MPs.

If the deal is agreed by Cabinet she will need to persuade Parliament to vote for it. A significant number of Tory MPs have already pledged to vote against it, if it resembles her Chequers’ proposal, and Labour have also pledged to vote against it if it does not meet their 6 tests.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition, has put out a statement about the developments:

“We will look at the details of what has been agreed when they are available. But from what we know of the shambolic handling of these negotiations, this is unlikely to be a good deal for the country. Labour has been clear from the beginning that we need a deal to support jobs and the economy – and that guarantees standards and protections. If this deal doesn’t meet our six tests and work for the whole country, then we will vote against it.”

Irish PM warns UK to “stand by its commitments over Irish Border issue”

The Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar has told the UK Government that it must avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, honouring its commitments to the Irish Peace Process.

With the UK due to leave the EU on March 29th next year, tensions have been mounting that a deal to solve the border issue will not be reached. The EU has cited the issue of Ireland as the key reason no Brexit deal has been reached, and Theresa May has vowed to find a way to stop a hard border. And Varadkar, has said that if there is an arrangement reached, it cannot feature a time limit.

The has deepened in recent weeks due to disagreements over the agreed ‘backstop’, with questions being raised over whether it should apply to the whole of the UK or just Northern Ireland, as well as fears over a proposed ‘time limit.

Any agreement that sees the reintroduction of a hard border would inevitable break the Good Friday Agreement as it would mean goods would have to be checked when they pass through the border and there is speculation of passport checks at the border. However, if there was to be a backstop applying only to Northern Ireland and not the whole of the UK, then this would create a hard border in the sea between N.I. and the U.K., as Northern Ireland would stay in the customs union (potentially for a time-limited period).

Earlier today, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is reported to have called the Irish Taoiseach in order to “calm anger” across the sea over comments made by Brexit secretary Dominic Raab. Mr Raab is rumoured to have claimed there should be a time-limit of just three months on the Backstop agreement, which is said to have left Mr Varadkar deeply concerned and upset. Mrs May is claimed to have reassured him that her very own Brexit Secretary’s comments are not the UK’s policy, reemphasising her commitment to a full backstop that would work for the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

 

Theresa May allegedly blocked investigations into Banks’ electoral violations

After several months, stretching back to the end of the EU referendum, Arron Banks has finally been referred to the National Crime Agency, the highest enforcement agency in the United Kingdom, over doubts over where the funding for the Brexit campaign came from. His donation totalled nearly £11 Million and this latest revelation comes on top of the questions over the ‘management services’ that his company provided the official Leave campaign, which totalled nearly £12 Million.

Allegations in recent hours suggest that Theresa May, when Home Secretary blocked a request from the security services to investigate Arron Banks. This further mystifies the plot and possibly adds to the case that Theresa May’s refusal to investigate the legality of the EU referendum, is because it would further implicate her. This story breaks on the day after another damaging political event occurred in Westminster yesterday, the Prime Minister suffered another ministerial resignation and in her parting letter said ‘The Government would have blood on its hands.’

There are several accusations levelled at Mr Banks, including that the funding came from the Russian’s, to which there may be some credibility. In reference to the diamond mines that he has part ownership of in South Africa, in an interview with Channel 4 in January 2016, he claimed that they worth ‘quite a lot.’ There’s significant evidence to suggest that that claim is incorrect, again an investigation by Channel 4 revealed that most or all of the mines had been closed down and that workers had not been paid.

Court documents reveal that his former business partner has made serious allegations regarding how we was financing ‘the plug’, saying that its origins were linked to Russia and that a portion of the funding had been diverted, to the Brexit campaign.

 

Bob Posner, Electoral Commission Director of Political Finance and Regulation & Legal Counsel, said:

“We have reasonable grounds to suspect money given to Better for the Country came from impermissible sources and that Mr Banks and Ms Bilney, the responsible person for Leave.EU, knowingly concealed the true circumstances under which this money was provided. This is significant because at least £2.9m of this money was used to fund referendum spending and donations during the regulated period of the EU referendum.

“Our investigation has unveiled evidence that suggests criminal offences have been committed which fall beyond the remit of the Commission. This is why we have handed our evidence to the NCA to allow them to investigate and take any appropriate law enforcement action. This is now a criminal investigation.

“The financial transactions we have investigated include companies incorporated in Gibraltar and the Isle of Man. These jurisdictions are beyond the reach of the Electoral Commission for the purpose of obtaining information for use in criminal investigations or proceedings.”

The full press release can be found, here.

This statement further bolsters the claim that the Electoral Commission does not have the resources or legal authority to do its job properly. In an age of misinformation, increasing foreign interest in our elections, the United Kingdom needs a regulator fit for its age. The tiny amounts that campaigns and political parties continue to be fined, for breaking British law is something that needs addressing immediately. The lack of willingness from politicians to confront this topical issue is concerning for our democracy, to say the least.

It also brings into question the legality of the result to leave the European Union, if it had been the Remain camp that had broke the law and financed the campaign illegally would there have been the same muted reaction? I doubt it.

It is likely that there are more leaks to come, Arron Banks, Nigel Farage and Theresa May will all have questions to answer, the arrogance of all and their contempt for our democracy is shameful. Legislators should call their chiropractor, for it is time for them to grow a backbone.

22nd of November – Update

A couple of weeks have passed and as predicted more leaks have come to light. A Freedom of Information request by Open Democracy has been declined by the Home Office, excusing themselves from revealing such information on the following grounds.

It would impede the future formulation of government policy

According to the Daily Mail, Theresa May initially blocked the investigation on the grounds that…

“The topic was simply too explosive in the run-up to the referendum,”

As news continues to filter through of the involvement of other actors including Steve Bannon and his role in influencing the EU referendum result, be that in his quest to raise funds or influence the result through other means, they are developments that are concerning.

Why there’s no such thing as Brexit for businessmen.

While many UK businessmen have spoken about their worries over the impact of Brexit on the economy, some have been strong supporters from the start. James Dyson, Tim Martin and Anthony Bamford to name a few, have not only supported but actively tried to engage people to vote for Brexit, pre-referendum. Each having their own reason to do so from ‘the benefits from setting our own trade policy’ to ‘the ability to alter tariff barriers on imports’, however one thing is inarguable – they all want a stronger more independent Britain.

As businessmen and some of the wealthiest people in UK, their opinion and economic influence is not taken lightly by the public or the government. People like James Dyson and Anthony Bamford have had more than just a successful career or lucrative business, they have the ability to make real impacts within the British economy. Their investments, factory placement and employability could be argued to be the pillars on which the UK market stands. However, could they do more?

In recent weeks it has made news that James Dyson will build his new car plant in Asia, as none of Dyson products are produced here in the UK this is not a shock, but is it a kick in the teeth? Dyson argued the reason for this decision was purely based on non-financial contributors, including Brexit. For many other major manufacturing companies, who produce in the UK, Brexit poses a direct threat to them. Unstable deals and the lack of confidence in the UK has already had major impacts on some business’, with owners pressuring the Conservatives to get the job done and done right.

These insecure times have had no impression on Dyson however, as all of its manufacturing bases are outside of the UK. This calls into question his bearing on the matter of Brexit, and how fair it was to become such a strong advocate for something when little to none of its potentially disastrous negative consequences affect you.

Contradictory to his views of wanting a stronger and more power Britain, James Dyson seems to lack the genuine intentions to contribute to this. Not to remove credit for the company’s positive impact on the British economy, Dyson has tripled its UK workforce over the past five years and invested £200m into the UK for research. However, this is dwarfed by the incalculable impact Dyson could have on Britain if it started manufacturing here. Employability opportunities, ripple effects on the market and educational benefits to say a few. The truth is that if James Dyson and similar capitalists truly wanted a better Britain they would be doing more in their power to make it happen.

The key issue between Brexit and businessmen lies here: Brexit is not yet defined properly. For few Brexit is a new opportunity to re-shape Britain, for some it is a risky task that requires perseverance and for most it is a government illusion they must just try to survive through.

May faces crunch meeting on her future as leaked plans reveal she has broken DUP’s redlines

Theresa May will face the 1922 committee tonight in hoping of securing of her future as Conservative Party leader as MPs are close to triggering a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

May faces rebellion from the DUP after reportingly breaking their redlines with her Brexit proposals. The PM’s proposals see Northern Ireland in a separate VAT area to the rest of the UK, something the DUP will not allow. The DUP have threatened to vote against the budget, as well as the Brexit deal, if their red lines are breached.

However, the more serious rebellion comes from the right wing of the Conservative Party. The ERG group have committed to voting against her Chequers deal, meaning the PM is around 50 votes short of the majority she needs.

According to Sky and The Times, 46 Tory MPs have written to the 1922 committee expressing no confidence in May. 48 letters are needed to trigger a vote of no confidence. 159 MPs would then need to vote against May to trigger a leadership election.

This leadership challenge is independent of Parliament and will not directly trigger a general election.

The PM has faced violent abuse this week with one Brexiteer stating she should “bring her own noose” to this 1922 committee meeting. May’s future may be decided based on her performance tonight. 50 MPs are now members of the grassroots group Stand Up for Brexit, a grassroots group that opposes Chequers.

The public is equally pessimistic about May’s chances in Brussels. Only 19% are confident May will get a good deal for Brexit, with 78% saying they are not confident.

The Brexiteer rebels want to replace May’s Chequers proposal with a Canada Style FTA, which is seen as being more economically damaging but gives the UK more freedom on certain trade laws.
However May most likely still has the support of the majority of her MPs and her ally Damian Green has hit out at Tory rebels stating:
It would be seen as an act of inward-looking self-indulgence by people out there who know we are at am important stage of the negotiations. This is exactly the wrong time to be doing these kind of things.

Analysis from Iwan Doherty- Editor in Chief

The Tory Brexiteers would do themselves serious damage by jumping the gun here, a civil war will only play into Labour’s hands.

With leaked reports saying May has broken the DUP’s red lines on Brexit and 50 MPs now part of ‘Stand up for Brexit’ it looks impossible that Chequers will get through Parliament. Next week’s budget will also not pass without DUP support. Inability to pass a budget results in the government dissolving and parliament will most likely act to stop a No Deal. It would be in the Brexiteers interest to launch a leadership challenge in these scenarios. They should aim to step in and form a new government and win a vote of confidence to stop a general election after May has lost one of the aforementioned key votes. Their early action might end in an unwanted general election later down the line.

In addtion, the Tory rebels do not have the numbers to win such a challenge. May will have the support of enough Remainers to deny the rebels of the 159 votes needed to start a leadership election. The fact that they were unable to force even a vote of no confidence when Chequers was announced and their ringleaders resigned from cabinet shows the weakness of the ERG faction.

Tories reportedly close to triggering leadership challenge against May

Amidst growing pressures surrounding the ongoing Brexit negotiations, its been claimed that the Conservative party backbenchers are close to launching a leadership challenge against the Prime Minister.

According to The Times, the Chair of the 1922 Committee Graham Brady has received 46 out of the 48 required Letters of No Confidence in Theresa May. While these are unconfirmed reports, they’re seemingly backed up by the amount of MPs who now feel comfortable criticising their leader. An unnamed ‘Former Tory Minister’ went as far as to tell the Sunday Times that there will soon be the moment when “the knife gets heated, stuck in her front and twisted”, before saying “she’ll be dead soon”. Such language hasn’t been heard from Conservative politicians since Andrew Bridgen reportedly joked about “stabbing David Cameron in the front” and “twisting the knife”.

On Wednesday, the 1922 Committee will meet, and a senior Brexiteer has said that the PM should “bring her own noose to the ’22”, revealing that unless she pulls off an “uncharacteristically powerful, persuasive and coherent performance”, then her “time will be up”. And the previously mentioned Andrew Bridgen has said she is “drinking in a last chance saloon”.

With speculation rife about who the next Tory Leader will be, the favourites currently stand as being Sajid Javid, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and David Davis. Perhaps what is most striking is that there is no clear frontrunner amongst what is seen as a “bad bunch” of candidates.

Such news of an attempted coup against the PM will come as no surprise, with rumours emerging on Sunday that she has “72 hours to save her job”. The big question now is when, not if, the Prime Minister will be ousted, and while only Mr Brady knows the exact number of letters he’s received, its believed that enough Conservative MPs are willing to do what it takes to get rid of Mrs May. And if there really has been 46 letters already, then all it will take is just two more and there will be a leadership contest. While Brexit secretary Dominic Raab put out a rallying call for MPs to back her, it would seem like its too little too late for the beleaguered Prime Minster.

 

Brexit has splintered British politics – and it means we’ve already become a vassal state. But something needs to give way to heal our divisions

Brexit has been one of the most divisive issues Britain has ever faced in its history. What was once a issue polarised into two camps, ‘Leave vs Remain’, it has now escalated into a much more complex affair.

Britain has turned to tribalism. Both the electorate and Britain’s main political parties have splintered into all sorts of new groups. Our political parties are lost in a mirage, with members blurring the lines, disengaged with the core of the party to create their own identities.

The spectrum of these identities spreads far and wide.

UKIP, once a party determined to leave the EU, has turned into a far-right entity with the leadership of Gerard Batten. Not only are they supporting racist, anti-immigration groups such as the Football Lads Alliance, as well as being supporters of Tommy Robinson, but Batten wants a “complete and total withdrawal from the European Union”, whatever deal is agreed with the EU. Some might place Katie Hopkins in this group, who has stated that she ‘struggles to see a downside’ of a No Deal Brexit.

UKIP’s previous leader, Nigel Farage, leads the less right-leaning group of Brexiteers which includes individuals such as the Tories Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson. These individuals also want to “regain sovereignty” and believe Britain can survive a No-Deal Brexit with the right economic direction. They’ve also gained the support of famous figures such as Sir Michael Caine, who stated he’d “rather be a poor master of my fate than having someone I don’t know making me rich by running it”.

Alongside the Hard Brexiteers are the DUP, propping up the government with their 10 pro-Brexit MPs – with the main intention of keeping peace between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by placing a border in the Irish Sea.

Within the Conservatives, we see many divisions. Theresa May, faces opposition to her Chequers Plan from from more central Tories such as Anna Soubry and Dominic Grieve – both pushing for a People’s Vote.

Chuka Umunna has been the leading figure from centrist Labour who’s shared similar views with Soubry and Grieves, marching alongside Soubry at the recent People’s Vote march. Sadiq Khan has also been expressing his desire for a People’s Vote for the sake of London.

Many more significant figures have come out to support a People’s Vote, including comedians Matt Lucas and Steve Coogan, and Humans actress Gemma Chan. This is certainly a group which is growing in popularity, becoming more and more visible as a more moderate, less extreme way of urging the nation to remain in the EU.

But it’s the same story with Labour as it is with the Tories. Other progressives, such as Yvette Cooper, stayed quiet on the issue of a People’s Vote during the march. Those leaning to the left of Labour, such as Corbyn and his Shadow Cabinet, remained tight lipped on a People’s Vote, pushing for a different approach to Brexit negotiations. Corbyn avoided the issue on the day of the People’s Vote march, instead reminding us of his support for the people of Chile 20 years ago to the day, who faced the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Whilst this was a great achievement by Corbyn, he still shied away from addressing the elephant in the room.

Keir Starmer remains one to watch on Brexit, announcing at the Labour conference that “nobody is out remain as an option”.

This follows the lines of the Green Party, who are “campaigning for a People’s Poll on the final deal, that explicitly includes an option to remain part of the European Union”. Caroline Lucas was another figure present at the People’s Vote march.

The Lib Dems push further on this message, explicitly promoting an Exit From Brexit as their key policy. This is also a message shared by up-and-coming activist and co-founder of youth group Our Future, Our Choice Femi Oluwole. He’s been a prominent figure on social media, particularly demolishing Nigel Farage on his LBC radio show with his excellent knowledge on EU law and confronting Tory members on their hypocritical ideology on immigration.

Finally, the SNP who have now declared they will support a People’s Vote. But, of course, their greater intention is for Scottish independence.

I’ve not covered every single identity; for example, Owen Jones, who dislikes Brexit, has stated that he is opposed to another referendum because it might lead to a ‘viciously poisonous campaign’.

But where does this leave us as a nation? How can we move forward as a nation when there are so many Brexit tribes, so many Brexit identities, so many Brexit desires?

My answer: something has to give way in the next few weeks. One of these tribes will have to react to the realities of the situation and will give in to the desires of another. Boris Johnson has stated that Britain will become a “vassal state” if we agree to remain in the customs union and single market. But I think we have already reached this point internally; Theresa May has failed to lead this country towards a clear Brexit, and no one knows what we are going to achieve out of our negotiations. Because of this, every tribe has continued to push their own message in the hope of building support.

But what this has done has left British politics as a vassal itself. No one has made any clear progress with Brexit because no one has had the power to implement their ideas. And what’s worse – little progress with Brexit has meant little progress with any form of change to things that matter in our society. Britain is already a vassal state.

So when should something ‘give way’? There are plenty of opportunities for this to happen, from this year’s Budget, to the ‘meaningful vote’ in Parliament. What’s most important is in what direction shall things give way?

An anonymous pro-Brexit MP has already insisted that Theresa May has a matter of days before a leadership challenge will be initiated. Then, the DUP have also threatened to vote down this year’s budget if it does not suit their own desires.

Because May does not hold a majority in Parliament, does this mean May will have to appease the right? Or will she appeal to those on the left to make sure she can pass through some form of Brexit policy?

Even if we were to have another general election, could these tribes still hold us back from making progress on Brexit?

What I think, and I hope, is most likely is that the importance of the People’s Vote march will revitalise British politics. It’s been claimed that 700,000 people marched in London – the biggest since more than a million Britons marched against the invasion of Iraq. Yes, you can argue that the march against the invasion of Iraq did not change Labour’s final decision. But will Labour want to make the same decision again? Would Corbyn, or even May, want to decide against another mass movement which could potentially taint their legacies as leaders?

We are not going to be able to please everyone, but a general consensus is needed at the very least to create some sort of progress. If Corbyn or May decide to appease the movement, these tribes will begin to coincide, and political divisions will start to heal.

What is certain is that we are only just entering the beginning of a long period of Brexit turmoil. We’ve had a confused leadership for two years. Now comes the time where we seriously scrutinise the direction of Brexit. Now comes the time where each tribe will come to the forefront to claim their ideological dominance. Now comes the hard part.

But, we have to hope that our efforts of showing our adoration for Europe will help soothe our Brexit woes. Now is the time for politicians to look at the reality of the situation, halt the madness of our political status as a vassal state and push forward with some sort of sensible decision on Brexit.

Theresa May shows contempt for democracy, after U-Turn on meaningful Brexit vote

In a surprise turn this week, Theresa May’s always trustworthy Government has appeared to break multiple promises and upset just about everybody. Tory ministers have come under major criticism as they announce a complete reversal on their pledge to allow parliament a ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit deal. Instead, Parliament will now have a take it or leave it decision to make on whatever is presented to them by the Government. Theresa May’s deal or no deal, no amendments allowed.  

A considerable amount of criticism has come from the Conservative’s own backbench, with ex-Chancellor and in recent times prominent Tory rebel, Ken Clarke, asserting that the Government ‘won’t get away with it’. Dominic Grieve, another ardent critic to the Brexit process and rampant opponent to a no deal scenario explained he was ‘astonished’ that the government were attempting to silence parliament in this way.

In the United Kingdom’s democratic system parliament holds ultimate legislative power. This is a core principle of British democracy that cannot be ignored. Government are accountable to parliament in our system, so for a Government to attempt to instruct parliament on the levels of accountability that it will submit itself to is not just unprecedented but it is borderline tyrannical. Yet this wouldn’t be the first time Theresa May’s Tory Government has disrespected the functions of UK parliament.

Think back to April when the UK launched air strikes on Syria in cooperation with the US and France. There was outrage across the commons and from the public that Theresa May had not consulted parliament in the decision to bomb Syria. Whilst parliament later agreed the Prime Minister had taken a fair decision, there was still a consensus that parliament should have been given a say on military decisions such as these in non-urgent circumstances.  

By going back on their promise to allow a ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit deal, with possible amendments or even the possibility of another referendum, this would be the second time the current Government have undermined parliaments role in key decisions that massively impact our country.

Whilst being criticised by pro-EU MP’s for breaking one promise, the PM is also under fire from the opposing side after her admission that the transition period for the UK leaving the EU could be extended up to another year, igniting fear for Brexiteers that the UK may never leave the EU. After both of these instances Tory MP Anna Soubry has commented that Theresa May is ‘reneging on everything’.

We are undoubtedly now at the point where faith in the Government to uphold integrity has evaporated. A Government that has further embedded the split within their own party, broken promises to the parliament they are accountable to and seem unable to produce a deal that those who voted for Brexit can get behind. Despite the division caused by the referendum result of 2016, the entirety of the British public can now unite behind one message, we are dissatisfied with Theresa May and her untrustworthy Government.  

EU offer extending Brexit transition to 2021, to solve Irish Border problem

Michel Barnier has reportedly said he is open to extending the transitional agreement by 1 year, which would keep the UK in the EU, in all but name, until 2021. This is the alternative to agreeing on a backstop.

The named ‘2 tier backstop’ sees the UK stay inside both the single market and the customs union until 2021, allowing enough time to agree a deal on Ireland.

The EU rejected May’s backstop, which kept the whole UK in the customs union, and May has rejected the EU’s which keeps only Northern Ireland in the customs union.

One EU official cited the new proposal as the EU being “flexible”.

A Downing Street spokesman:

“we’re not calling for an extension of the implementation period”, but would not say whether they would accept one if it was offered.

Any extension of the transitional agreement would anger Euroskeptic MPs who are frustrated with being tied to the EU for 2 years after the official Brexit date.

Hopes for progress on a backstop had risen when it was revealed that Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab had made an unscheduled visit to Brussels on Sunday, however, its now been confirmed that the talks have hit a brick wall. The DUPs Brexit spokesman says that it is almost inevitable that there will now be a no deal scenario.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that all backstop proposals should be applied to the UK overall, not just Northern Ireland, however, the EU fear that the Governments proposal will not be ready in time, and thus are making contingency plans for the event that there is no backup plan in place from the UK.

As pressures mount over the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans, the UK and the EU have said that ‘key issues’ remain in the negotiations, but Michel Barnier says that talks over issues such as the ‘Hard Border’ with Ireland are ‘open’. And while its been claimed that ‘some’ progress has been made, the Ireland problem is one that neither the EU, nor the UK, can agree on.

This news comes amidst rumours that cabinet resignations are in line for the Prime Minister, as ministers have been forced to come out and deny they will quit in protest over the so-called ‘Chequers Plan’. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, refused to confirm she supports the PM’s proposals, simply saying she is ‘behind the Prime Minister’. Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary led a similar interview.