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Russian politicians dismiss Theresa May 'election meddling' criticism

Media playback is unsupported on your device Senior Russian politicians have dismissed accusations by Theresa May that Moscow has meddled in elections and carried out cyber-espionage. On Monday night, Mrs May accused Moscow of “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. She said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies”. Russian senators accused the UK’s PM of “making a fool of herself” with a “counterproductive” speech. Mrs May’s comments, at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall, were in contrast to those of US President Donald ...

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Theresa May says Brexit deal will help 'counter' Russia threat

The successful completion of a Brexit trade deal will help counter the threat posed by Russia to European security, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. She cited the use of disinformation and cyber warfare and Russia’s alleged meddling in elections as proof of its aim to “undermine free societies”. The UK did not want “perpetual confrontation” with Russia but would protect its interests, she added. The UK wants a new security treaty with the EU after it leaves in 2019. The UK government, which earlier this year reinforced its military ...

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Theresa May to meet EU business leaders

European business leaders will meet Prime Minister Theresa May later on Monday to voice concerns about the future of UK-EU trade. Experts from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope will stress the need for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. They will urge the government to clarify the future relationship between the UK and the rest of the EU. The next round of Brexit talks is due to start in mid-December. They will meet Mrs May at No 10, as well as Business Secretary Greg Clark, ...

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Theresa May faces fresh reshuffle after Priti Patel resignation

Theresa May is facing a second cabinet reshuffle in a week, as she comes under pressure to say what the Foreign Office knew of Priti Patel’s visit to Israel. Ms Patel resigned as international development secretary on Wednesday after holding a series of unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials. In a letter to the PM, she said she had lacked “transparency and openness”. However, Labour has now called on Mrs May to say when government officials knew about the undisclosed meetings. Ms Patel resigned having been told by the prime minister ...

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Theresa May: Take sex abuse claims to police

Theresa May said any allegations about serious sexual abuse in Parliament should go to the police as she promised a new “independent” process to handle complaints. The PM said she was “deeply concerned” by recent reports about alleged harassment and abuse at Westminster. She invited Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders to a meeting to agree a new grievance procedure. Mr Corbyn said trade unions should be involved to support staff. The government has already promised a response “within days” following a range of recent allegations which have included ...

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Brexit: Theresa May says 'important progress' made at EU summit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has said “important progress” on Brexit was made at last week’s EU summit – but Jeremy Corbyn said it sounded like “Groundhog Day”. The PM said she had a “degree of confidence” of making enough progress by December to begin trade talks. She also said there would be no “physical infrastructure” on the border in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile the EU Commission president dismissed a German newspaper’s account of his dinner with the PM. “Nothing is true in all of this,” Jean-Claude ...

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Brexit: Theresa May urges new dynamic in Brexit talks

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to create a “dynamic” in Brexit talks that “enables us to move forward together”, at a working dinner in Brussels. The UK PM wants to move onto trade talks but her fellow EU leaders are expected to say on Friday there has not been enough progress in negotiations. But they may agree to begin talking among themselves about trade. Mrs May, excluded from Friday’s meeting, told leaders on Thursday that “firm progress” was being made. A source told the BBC the prime minister told ...

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Theresa May to dine with EU chiefs amid Brexit 'deadlock'

Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days after the pair said talks were in “deadlock”. Brexit Secretary David Davis will join Mrs May for the meeting, ahead of this week’s summit of EU leaders. On Sunday, the PM phoned German chancellor Angela Merkel in a further attempt to break the impasse. Downing Street said Mrs May and Mrs Merkel agreed ...

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Theresa May won't say if she'd vote for Brexit now

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has refused to say how she would vote if there was another EU referendum. The prime minister, who backed Remain in last year’s vote, was repeatedly asked if she would now vote for Brexit. She told LBC radio: “I don’t answer hypothetical questions.” The PM, who said during the general election campaign that the UK had a “brighter future” after Brexit, added: “I voted Remain for good reasons at the time but circumstances move on.” Downing Street sources suggested it would ...

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UK must take action on racial disparity, says Theresa May

Theresa May is to challenge society over differences in how public services treat people of different races. On Tuesday, Mrs May will say the government and institutions must “explain or change” the differences. An “unprecedented” audit pulls together data on how people of all ethnicities are treated in areas including health, education, and criminal justice. The PM is expected to say later that there is “nowhere to hide” when it comes to dealing with racial disparity. The public presentation of data brought together from across Whitehall follows on from Mrs ...

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