A noose dangled from a sturdily built gallows on Parliament Street today amid Ukip flags and placards declaring “Brexit means exit”. A few hundred yards farther down Whitehall, banners vowed to “smash fascism” and defend “free movement for all”. Two opposing marches converged on Westminster this afternoon as thousands of demonstrators rallied in support of Brexit and Tommy Robinson, the English Defence League founder, while thousands more turned out to protest against him. There had been three arrests by mid-afternoon. A man giving his name as Laukan Creasey from Stevenage brought a gallows and noose to the Brexit Betrayal march Sam Blewett/PAOne group, many wearing yellow vests…
Jon Trickett said Labour would be in difficulty with its voters if they felt the 2016 referendum had been overturned by a “privileged political elite” Leon Neal/GettyLabour’s fragile truce over a second referendum broke down further today as a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn said that it should be held only as a last resort. Jon Trickett, the shadow cabinet office minster, said that Labour would be “rightly” in difficulty with its voters if they felt that the result of the 2016 referendum had been reversed by a “privilged political elite”. Labour’s MPs, its union backers and its grassroots are deeply split on the question of a second referendum on EU membership. Mr Corbyn is being pulled towards one by John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, backed by Momentum, the activist campaign group that helped him to win and defend the leadership. Karie Murphy, the Labour leader’s chief of staff; Len McCluskey,…
As the gilets jaunes protests highlight, inequality within EU countries is a major challenge that needs to be met. Mr Piketty calls for a “treaty for democratisation” which would see an assembly with the power to adopt common taxes to finance a common budget. This opens a way to circumvent the current EU veto of countries that block ideas of a common taxation system. Despite the existential threat, so far the EU’s response – encapsulated by this June’s Meseberg declaration – has been thin on policies and vague on promises. We applaud Mr Piketty for starting the discussion.
December 09, 2018 18:00 UTC
A prayer led by the Archbishop of York begins: “God of eternal love and power, save our parliamentary democracy” John Giles/PANo one knows if God would back another Brexit referendum or might prefer a “Norway-plus” deal, but the Church of England has asked him to step in during Tuesday’s Commons vote. Senior clergymen have produced a number of “prayers for Brexit”. They warn that MPs are not strong enough to make a decision alone and call for holy assistance to help them to avoid “partiality and prejudice”, imploring: “God save our parliamentary democracy.”The prayers do not back any specific outcome. Most of the church’s senior clerics, including the archbishops of Canterbury and York, backed Remain before the 2016 referendum, but their flock is far more Eurosceptic, with 66 per cent of Church of England worshippers having voted Leave. The Archbishop of York, the Most…
No, because Norway is part of the EU single market. No, because EEA/Efta countries are subject to the Efta Surveillance Authority and the Efta court. Paul TattamChinley, Derbyshire• Simon Jenkins makes an interesting analogy between May’s troubles and the fall of the Chamberlain government. Dr Peter NevilleChesterton, Cambridge• Join the debate – email email@example.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition
December 09, 2018 17:37 UTC
Manchester United boss Mourinho has grown frustrated with Pogba, with the France international being named on the bench for three of their last four matches. As a result, Pogba’s Manchester United future has been shrouded in uncertainty. Many believe Paul Pogba has been dropped because of his attitude. Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho has recently been dropping Paul PogbaMan Utd news: Paul Pogba faces a fight to win Jose Mourinho roundAnd it appears his lack of selection is NOT down to their ongoing feud. Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho feels Paul Pogba needs to simplify elements of his game
December 09, 2018 17:37 UTC
Manchester United boss Mourinho has been tipped for the sack in recent times, with the Red Devils struggling in the Premier League. And, as a result, links to Tottenham manager Pochettino have started to resurface. Reports have claimed the Argentine is Manchester United chief Ed Woodward’s top choice to replace Jose Mourinho should the club be forced to part ways with the 55-year-old. But, speaking recently, Pochettino played down claims he would succeed Mourinho as United manager. Man Utd news: Mauricio Pochettino is leading the charge to replace Jose Mourinho
December 09, 2018 16:41 UTC
Man Utd chief makes Mourinho job decisionManchester United chief Ed Woodward has reportedly decided to stick with Jose Mourinho despite his ongoing war with Pogba. The World Cup winner has struggled this season, with the Red Devils leaving him on the bench for three of their last four matches. And Goal say that, despite Mourinho coming down hard on the club’s talisman, Woodward is standing by the Red Devils boss. The reason for Woodward's resolution is unclear, however. It could be because it is cheaper to sack Jose Mourinho at the end of the season if the club miss out on a top four finish due to a clause in his contract.
December 09, 2018 15:33 UTC
Gerard Deulofeu is discussing Barcelona, how the spotlight burns and the pressure can contort, when he mentions the club’s latest wonderkid. This time, he was named the tournament’s best player as Spain won again. “It was difficult [to leave] because I’m an academy player of Barcelona,” Deulofeu says. “I feel that I can be a regular at Watford,” Deulofeu says. I’m happy here and I know that I’m an important player.
December 09, 2018 14:08 UTC
Napoli arrive on Merseyside sitting top of Group C and looking to crush Liverpool's Champions League dreams. A draw will be enough for the Italian giants to progress as group winners while Liverpool need a 1-0 win to guarantee qualification. If Jurgen Klopp#'s men concede, a victory by two clear goals will ensure they leapfrog Napoli and reach the knockout stages. "I have lots of memories of Anfield - my last one is a good one because I won the title there with Chelsea," the Italian said. "We'll try to boss the game and I'm sure the lads are ready and fired up to give their absolute all.
December 09, 2018 14:03 UTC
Hawaii, US A Hawaiian monk seal with a spotted eel in its nose at French Frigate Shoals. According to NOAA Fisheries, which has been working to monitor and protect endangered Hawaiian monk seals, they have started seeing ‘eels in noses’ in the last few years. Photograph: NOAA Fisheries/Brittany Dolan/EPA
December 09, 2018 13:40 UTC
Bushfires are common in Australia but they mostly flare in the south-eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria, where summers can be hot and dry. Since 22 November, more than 1m hectares has been burnt across Queensland, much of which lies in the tropics. On the day the fires took off, Michelle Ready said there was a feeling in the air of “everything crisping up”. “Areas we traditionally rely on to stop fires progressing from one valley to another were not reliable,” he said. He said 121,000ha around Eungella and Finch Hatton had been lost, including parts of the rainforest as well as dry bushland.
December 09, 2018 13:31 UTC
But one of the biggest beneficiaries of this growth seems to be the dairy industry’s principal packaging supplier, Tetra Pak. “Recycling Tetra Pak cartons is possible, but only if you have the right systems and technology in place,” he explains. “In the past, we bought Tetra Pak waste directly from Tetra Pak, and we also bought milk cartons from informal collectors and litter pickers across the country. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Aluminium from Tetra Pak cartons at Dong Tien paper recycling plantThe problem may yet worsen. We started working with the first recycler in 2006,” Jason Pelz, regional circular economy director for Tetra Pak told the Guardian.
December 09, 2018 12:56 UTC
India need six more wickets to secure a final-day victory in Adelaide James Elsby/APAustralia face an uphill task to salvage the first Test against India after ending day four requiring 219 runs with six wickets remaining. India, who have never before won the first Test of a series in Australia, resumed their second innings on Sunday in a commanding position on 151 for three and added a further 156 runs to leave Australia a daunting target of 323. Two wickets each for Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami then strengthened the tourists’ position as the hosts lost openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris, as well as Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb, before closing on 104 for four. Nathan Lyon, who removed India captain Virat Kohli late on day three, had earlier given Australia a chance of a comeback with…
December 09, 2018 12:33 UTC