If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp. Prime Minister offers 'ray of light' to dumped rebel MPs Could the Tory rebels controversially ditched by the party last week soon be welcomed back? Boris Johnson has offered the 21 MPs a return amid a growing split among Conservatives over his decision to kick them out. Political EditorGordon Rayner explains what the "ray of light" is for the rebels, including Sir Nicholas Soames, Kenneth Clarke and Philip Hammond. Here is a full list of those who had the party whip removed for voting to take control of the parliamentary timetable. Some think the move is linked to growing signs the Prime Minister could be about to broker a Brexit deal over Northern Ireland, for which he would need the maximum possible number of Tory MPs to get it through the Commons. And, after a Scottish court ruled the … [Read more...] about Thursday morning news briefing: Olive branch for Tory rebels
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This article originally published in December has been updated. Unless the British parliament approves a Brexit deal, or another extension to the UK's EU membership is agreed, or the government decides to cancel Brexit – then by law the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without an agreement on October 31. Several of the contenders to replace Theresa May as prime minister, including the favourite Boris Johnson, say they are determined to take the UK out in the autumn, without a deal if necessary. Polling suggests many members of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party favour such an option. A "no-deal" exit would mean that legal arrangements covering many aspects of everyday life would abruptly cease to apply. It would also bring a significant change in the trading relationship between the UK and the EU. The EU is the UK’s largest trading partner, although its importance has been slightly declining. Official UK figures show that 44% of all UK exports went to … [Read more...] about No-deal Brexit: what would ‘WTO terms’ mean for UK-EU trade?