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MPs vote to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland | UK news | The Guardian

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Government has said it will honour both results despite ministerial doubts. MPs have voted resoundingly to extend same-sex marriage and access to abortion to Northern Ireland , bringing the region into line with the rest of the UK on the two significant social issues. The two historic votes , arriving within little more than a quarter of an hour of each other, were greeted ecstatically by equalities campaigners. With ministers promising to respect the results, they could have vital repercussions for people in Northern Ireland. Both were the culmination of long campaigns by backbench Labour MPs, who said the government’s argument that the changes could only be made by the devolved Northern Ir...

Kim Darroch: effectively sacked by Johnson on the orders of Trump | Politics

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There is now contempt at the Foreign Office towards not just the leaker but also the probable next PM. The resignation of Sir Kim Darroch followed the failure of the probable next prime minister, Boris Johnson , to say he supported him staying in post, despite being given repeated chances to do so during his TV debate on Tuesday night with Jeremy Hunt. As the current Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan put it, by six times refusing to back the ambassador, Johnson had thrown him under a bus. Without the backing of the US president or his future boss, Darroch naturally concluded he had no future as an interlocutor between London and Washington. He realised, in the words of a friend who spoke t...

US says Brexit trade talks with Liam Fox cancelled amid mounting fury over leaked Trump memos

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Planned Brexit trade talks between Liam Fox and the US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross have been cancelled, amid escalating tensions following the release of UK diplomatic memos calling Donald Trump “incompetent”, “inept”, and “insecure”.A spokesperson told The Independent that the Commerce Department is working to reschedule the meeting, but did not provide an explanation as to why the Tuesday meeting had been called off.The cancelled meeting comes amid diplomatic uproar over the leaked emails, in which Sir Kim Darroch disparaged the American president. In the diplomatic fallout that has ensued, Mr Trump has called Sir Kim “a very stupid guy”, said the US could no longer work with him, and a...