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IFS: No-deal Brexit would push UK debt to 50-year high - BBC News

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Will Johnson's Brexit plan work for business? But even before the cost of a possible no-deal Brexit is factored in, the think tank said the government was set to break its own spending rules. The IFS forecasts that annual borrowing - the difference between what the government spends and what it receives through, for example, taxation - will top £50bn next year. That will be about 2.3% of gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of national income. Under current spending rules the government can only borrow up to 2% of national income. The think tank said the government's current plans for day-to-day spending next year are closer to the levels proposed by Labour's 2017 manifesto than plans lai...

Judge dismisses no-deal Brexit challenge

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lawyers for the government insisted Mr Johnson would comply with the law A Scottish judge has dismissed a move to force Boris Johnson to comply with a law aimed at avoiding a no-deal Brexit. Campaigners had wanted to ensure that the prime minister would write to the EU to request an extension if no deal is in place by 19 October. They argued that statements made by the government showed that it could not be trusted. But Lord Pentland said there could be "no doubt" that the prime minister had agreed to abide by the law . As a result, he said there was no need for "coercive orders" against the UK government or against the prime minister. And he said i...

Heidi Allen: Former Tory MP joins Liberal Democrats - BBC News

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption Heidi Allen is the seventh former Tory or Labour MP to join the Lib Dems this year MP Heidi Allen, who quit the Conservative Party earlier this year, has joined the Liberal Democrats. The MP for South Cambridgeshire left the Conservatives in February over its Brexit policy and other issues. She subsequently became the leader of the fledgling Change UK but left after the party's failure to win any seats in the European elections. She is the fourth ex-Tory to join the Lib Dems in recent months, after Sarah Wollaston, Philip Lee and Sam Gyimah. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Sam Gyimah was introduced as a Lib Dem MP at their par...