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Former British prime minister David Cameron during the Brexit referendum campaign. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/AFP/Getty Images

The Cabinet has had its last meeting until autumn, Ministers will soon be off on their holidays, Vincent Browne has retired and so we are now official(...)

GlaxoSmithKline building in Hounslow, west London: GSK, one of Britain’s two Big Pharma firms, decided to abandon plans for a new manufacturing plant in Ulverston in Cumbria. Photograph: Luke MacGregor GlaxoSmithKline building in Hounslow, west London: GSK, one of Britain’s two Big Pharma firms, decided to abandon plans for a new manufacturing plant in Ulverston in Cumbria. Photograph: Luke MacGregor

In a week when the UK’s Eurosceptic international trade minister Liam Fox suggested the British economy could easily manage without a trade deal with (...)

Conservative contenders: David Davis, Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd flank the British prime minister, Theresa May. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty

There is some dispute as to who first described the male libido as like being chained to a madman. Certainly, Kingsley Amis described the eventual los(...)

£350m a week for the NHS: Boris Johnson’s claim was founded on some pretty shaky maths. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

“We send the EU £350m a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead” Claim made by: Vote Leave The most controversial pro-Brexit slogan was paraded on(...)

“Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’ will now join the long list of ironic British euphemisms.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/EPA

As it would often remind the rest of the world, Britain has for a very long time been what James Joyce once remarked that Ireland was not: a “logical (...)

Strong and stable? Theresa May’s notes try to escape during her joint statement with Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris. (Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

In numbers: Not taking the Oath $23 million Marissa Mayer’s “golden parachute” from Yahoo will be at least this much. Being chief executive of the N(...)

Idle folly has trapped the UK between an EU rock and an ultra-hard Brexit

Theresa May promised strength and stability. She has delivered the opposite. It would be funny if it were not so serious. Donald Trump is fixated on(...)

There are reports that Tory cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour MPs to secure cross-party backing for a softer Brexit.

Pressure on British prime minister Theresa May to pursue a more cross-party approach to Brexit with greater focus on the economy is growing amid repor(...)

Anti-Conservative Party and anti-DUP demonstrators in Parliament Square in front of the Houses of Parliament in London on Sunday. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, has appointed Damian Green, one of her closest political allies, as her second-in-command, in a cabinet reshuff(...)

An exit poll predicting that the Conservatives  would not win a majority is projected on to  BBC Broadcasting House in London on Thursday night.  The news that everybody (bar YouGov) had been madly wrong suited broadcasters very nicely. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

There was an unexpected result at the UK general election. Everybody thought there’d be a landslide for the old order, but a fresh, more flexible opti(...)

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