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Brexit: MPs debate no-confidence motion after May's deal defeat – Politics live

Parliament to debate Labour no-confidence motion after resounding loss that gives May just days to present a fresh vision for EU withdrawal

The Scottish government is stepping up its preparations for a hard, no-deal Brexit, including a public information campaign and contingency plans to ensure medicines, food supplies and transport are protected, its Brexit minister has said.

Mike Russell, the Scottish constitutional affairs secretary, told MSPs in an emergency statement at Holyrood his devolved government was poised to expand its rapid response team of civil servants preparing for a hard Brexit. A public information campaign was in the final stages of development, he added.

We’re making initial decisions on issues such as medicine, medical devices and clinical consumables stockpiling, emergency transportation, support for supply chains, diversion of local produce and a host of other issues.

All of this activity has become a significant focus of our resources and efforts, as it has to be for a responsible government. However it remains something that the UK could and should choose to remove as a risk, and as a cost, today.

I will post a summary from the opening of the debate shortly. After that I won’t be covering all the speeches, but I will post any highlights, as well as keeping up with all the other Brexit developments.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:24:09 GMT
Welcome to the Westminster apocalypse. Have you thought about theocracy instead? | Marina Hyde
After May’s flame-out, Tories are claiming this all-systems clusterfuck is an ‘opportunity’ – just like the second world war

The world’s most densely betwatted space at the best of times, Westminster became even more wantonly apocalyptic in the days and hours leading up to the historic defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Behold, a bell-tolling, haute remainer, yellow-vested, journalist-infested, shitbird-MP-crawling, flashmobbed performance art piece entitled: HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THEOCRACY INSTEAD?

Related: How should this Brexit crisis be fixed? Our writers’ verdicts | Matthew d’Ancona and others

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:07:23 GMT
Irish PM denies having secret no-deal Brexit plan for border checks

Leo Varadkar accused by opposition of keeping plans for Irish border from public

Ireland’s prime minister has denied having secret plans to introduce checks at the border with Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Leo Varadkar was accused by the leader of Ireland’s opposition of keeping plans from voters after his deputy was overheard telling his transport minister he should avoid talking about checks on the border.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:01:57 GMT
'It's a shambles': the view from the country on Brexit now

Burnley, Glasgow and Cirencester voted very differently in the referendum. Where do they stand after May’s deal fell?

In the wake of Tuesday’s night’s crushing defeat in the House of Commons for Theresa May’s Brexit deal, we spoke to voters in three places that voted very differently in the 2016 referendum.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:39:59 GMT
Go behind the scenes with three MPs caught up in Brexit vote chaos – video

As parliament rejected Theresa May's Brexit deal by a historic margin, the Guardian went behind the scenes with three MPs who have dramatically opposing views: Suella Braverman, a Tory Brexiter; Labour's Jess Phillips, a remainer in a strong leave seat; and the Greens' Caroline Lucas, a key member of the People's Vote campaign. This is how they felt about the twists and turns that ultimately led to Jeremy Corbyn tabling a motion of no confidence in the prime minister, to be debated on Wednesday afternoon

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:59:43 GMT
Authorities launch major crackdown amid protests in Zimbabwe

Activists tell of abductions and beatings during unrest linked to food and fuel shortages

Police and military have launched a massive crackdown in Zimbabwe amid what appears to be a widespread breakdown of public order linked to food and fuel shortages in the impoverished country.

Access to the internet and social media remained shut off and armed soldiers were patrolling the streets of major cities on Wednesday as unidentified men were reported to be sweeping through poor neighbourhoods of Harare, the capital, and beating people “at random”.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:01:19 GMT
YouTube removes advert for far-right Britain First

Film in which leader confronts Muslim outreach volunteers shown before Brexit content

YouTube has removed an advert for the far-right Britain First from its platform, after clips promoting the group began appearing on the video-hosting website.

The five-and-a-half-minute unskippable video was displayed before content relating to Brexit and British politics.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:30:54 GMT
Kirsten Gillibrand discusses 2020 presidential run – live updates

Donald Trump is meeting with a bipartisan congressional group to end the government shutdown as William Barr’s confirmation hearing resumes

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump has been briefed on the terrorist attack by ISIS in Manbij, Syria. There are reports that four American soldiers were killed in the attack.

“The President has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria. For any specific questions please contact the Department of Defense.”

Kirsten Gillibrand is holding a press event this morning in Troy, New York where she will have her campaign headquarters after announcing a bid for the White House on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.

Good morning from Brunswick! The media is here to talk to presidential candidate ⁦@SenGillibrand⁩ outside the Country View Diner.

The senator often comes here for pre-Election Day breakfast. She lives nearby, just outside Troy

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:22:42 GMT
Artist Bridget Riley unveils huge Messengers wall painting

Riley says she wants National Gallery artwork to spark feelings of joy

Bridget Riley hopes her huge new work, painted directly on to to a spare white wall at the National Gallery, will help people appreciate the joy of being alive.

The 87-year-old artist, one of Britain’s most important living painters, on Wednesday unveiled a permanent wall painting which will be the first work of art many visitors see after they enter the gallery off Trafalgar Square.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:21:58 GMT
M&S to start selling loose fruit and veg in shift away from plastic

As part of London store trial greengrocers will also offer tips on how to prevent food waste

Marks & Spencer is to start selling more than 90 lines of loose fruit and vegetables free of all plastic packaging, in a trial that will put the traditional greengrocer back on the shop floor and revive the use of paper bags.

As the retailer steps up its drive to reduce plastics, shoppers at its store in Tolworth, south-west London, will be able to pick their own loose produce displayed in two separate aisles.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:19:25 GMT

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