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UK economic growth falls in second quarter - BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Brexit has created "cloudy skies", says Zed Sheikh The chancellor has told the BBC that he does not expect the UK to slide into recession after data showed the economy shrank by 0.2% between April and June. Sajid Javid was speaking after the Office for National Statistics said the economy had contracted for the first time since 2012. The surprise decline came after Brexit stockpiles were unwound and the car industry implemented shutdowns. The pound sank after the data was released, raising fears of a recession. Against the dollar sterling fell to $1.2025. Against the euro, it dropped throughout the day to €1.0736, a level not seen si...

UKIP: Richard Braine elected as party leader - BBC News

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Image caption Richard Braine is the chairman of the party's West London branch Richard Braine has been elected as the leader of the UK Independence Party. In a ballot of members, Mr Braine received 53% of the vote - more than double that of his closest rival. Mr Braine was the favoured candidate of his predecessor, Gerard Batten, who resigned after UKIP's poor performance in the European elections in May. The chairman of the party's West London branch, he beat Freddy Vachha, who won 20% of the vote, Ben Walker, on 14% and ex-deputy leader Mike Hookem, on 13%. Speaking after his victory, Mr Braine said he wanted to establish UKIP as the "far-moderate voice of common sense" in Britain. "We hav...

Independence for Scotland is inevitable – we need a plan for it | Simon Jenkins | Opinion

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If I were a Scot, I’d vote for independence tomorrow. This crisis is Nicola Sturgeon’s opportunity. I hope Scotland and Nicola Sturgeon realise how much they may yet owe Boris Johnson. If I were a Scot, I would vote for independence tomorrow. I would want nothing more to do with the shambles of today’s Westminster parliament, which goes on holiday for a month during the worst political crisis in a generation. Labour’s John McDonnell is entirely correct to reassure the Scots of their right to secede from the United Kingdom. The supreme civil right is that to self-government, and the inferior tier of a federation is entitled to claim it, not the superior one to permit. Scotland has now voted i...