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Senior EU officials now put chances of Brexit no-deal at over 50%

Senior EU officials are putting the chance of a Brexit no-deal at over 50 per cent and making detailed impact assessments about what it mean for the EU, sources in Brussels claim. Jonathan Lis, the deputy director at pressure group British Influence, has exposed the reality of Brexit negotiations in a scathing Twitter thread which shows Theresa May could retreat to the "comforting insanity of Redwood/Mogg Brexit utopia" rather than meet EU demands. If the PM continues to insist she can't...

Boris Johnson gaffe puts fate of British mum in Iranian jail at jeopardy

The husband of a British mum whose sentence in an Iranian prison may be extended due to a colossal blunder by Boris Johnson, has demanded action. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been languishing in a prison in Tehran since last April, since attempting to fly home to London after visiting family in Iran. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard have accused the 38 year old of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government - claims her husband Richard Ratcliffe denies as he campaigns from London...

Brit who was detained in Dubai faces losing his job after being placed on Interpol watch list

A Brit detained then released in Dubai for a rude hand gesture claims he could now lose his job - because the UAE secretly placed him on an Interpol watch list. IT expert Jamil Mukadam, 23, was held for five weeks for allegedly flicking his middle finger at a motorist who was tailgating him. Jamil of Leicester was released in October and returned to his UK Government job a few days later. But he says he has been told by...

Alien life ‘may be thriving on Saturn’s moon’

Alien life may be thriving in a warm, underground ocean on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, according to new research. Scientists say tidal forces could have kept the subterranean sea liquid for billions of years - enough time for organisms to have developed. The mysterious world has a very fragmented and porous rocky interior, ideal conditions for flowing water with the friction creating 10 gigawatts of heat. This amount of energy would light and heat more than 7 million homes -...

Former Tory Party Treasurer Ashcroft hides in toilet to avoid tax questions

This clip of one of the Conservative Party’s biggest bankrollers, former Tory Party Treasurer Lord Ashcroft being chased by intrepid Panorama reporter Richard Bilton across the Conservative Party conference floor until he hides in a toilet is going viral. While ordinary Brits pay their full taxes and government peers were under pressure to pay their proper share of taxes, leaked documents show that between 2000 and 2010, Lord Ashcroft received payments of £150 million from a Bermuda offshore trust. The...

Stunning pictures of Northern Lights bursting alive with colour

Bursting with colour in the night, these aren't fireworks but aurora lighting up the northern skies. These amazing pictures of the northern lights were taken by astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado in Greenland, Iceland and Finland. He said: "Auroras are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena that can be seen. Bursting with colour in the night, these aren't fireworks but aurora lighting up the northern skies. "They are global spectacles, in the sense that they can cover the whole visible...

Recent Studies Today Show Brexit Fears are Holding Back UK Investments

Fears of Britain's exit from the EU is introducing a worrying investment setback as companies and investors keep stalling on investment plans so as not to be caught up in the uncertainty that continues to loom over the economy since the referendum, studies have revealed. Firms, manufacturers, and both domestic and international investors are either pulling back or pressing the pause button on already laid out investment plans. Some businesses are holding back on planning at all until the uncertainties...

In Pics – Million Mask march passes off peacefully after huge police operation

Police made only 25 arrests as protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks marched through London in an anti-capitalist Bonfire Night demonstration on Sunday evening. Demonstrators chanted slogans and let off fireworks around Trafalgar Square and Downing Street, but otherwise there was little trouble, due to a huge police operation. See image gallery (below) Hundreds of people take part in the Million Mask March in central London, November 5 2017. The mask from the 2005 film V for Vendetta has become a...

Prominent Brexiteer John Redwood advises investors to avoid Britain

Prominent Brexiteer John Redwood advised investors to avoid Britain this weekend as the country's economy "hits the brakes". Before the vote Redwood advised that the "economic gains of leaving the EU will be considerable". But as the economy hits stormy waters this weekend he advised investors to look elsewhere - namely the European Central Bank in an article he penned titled "Look further afield as the UK hits the brakes." Oh the irony @johnredwood said #Brexit great for UK now advises...

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