For Boris Johnson’s panto authoritarians, overt cruelty is a winning hand | Daniel Trilling | Opinion

It has become received wisdom among Westminster pundits that the new winning formula in politics is to “move left on economics and right on culture”. Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle looks like an attempt to put this lesson into practice: forcing Sajid Javid, an advocate of strict spending limits, out of the Treasury suggests that the … Read more For Boris Johnson’s panto authoritarians, overt cruelty is a winning hand | Daniel Trilling | Opinion

Think Britain has sovereignty over trade deals? Not when MPs can’t stop them | Zoe Williams | Opinion

I discovered the prime minister’s stance on trade deals and agriculture by accident. Boris Johnson had given a typically rambling speech, at the start of the month, in which he promised a science-based approach, rather than “mumbo-jumbo”. It was a banal assertion – who doesn’t prefer science to superstition? As such, it was unremarkable. Johnson … Read more Think Britain has sovereignty over trade deals? Not when MPs can’t stop them | Zoe Williams | Opinion

New chancellor Rishi Sunak sticks to 11 March budget date | UK news

The budget will go ahead on 11 March, the Treasury said on Tuesday, forcing the new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to piece together a fresh tax and spending programme over the next three weeks. A delay was expected after Sunak’s predecessor, Sajid Javid, abruptly quit his job after a demand by Boris Johnson that he sack … Read more New chancellor Rishi Sunak sticks to 11 March budget date | UK news

Julian Assange: Australian MPs call on UK to block US extradition | Media

Boris Johnson should block attempts to extradite Julian Assange to the US, say two Australian MPs who have flown to the UK to visit the WikiLeaks founder. Andrew Wilkie, an independent federal MP, said the extradition of Assange, who has been charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network, … Read more Julian Assange: Australian MPs call on UK to block US extradition | Media

UK Brexit negotiator accused of treating Britain and EU as ‘two different planets’ | Politics

Boris Johnson’s chief Brexit negotiator has been accused of treating the EU and the UK as if they are “living on two different planets” after vowing to break all regulatory ties with Brussels. Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister who has led the European parliament’s approach to Brexit, said it would be a “hell … Read more UK Brexit negotiator accused of treating Britain and EU as ‘two different planets’ | Politics