Will the next prime minister be able to negotiate a new Brexit deal?

After weeks of candid interviews, kitchen photo shoots and “wide-ranging speeches”, the Tory leadership circus is now beginning in earnest. Theresa May’s premiership is hanging by a thread after her “bold offer” on Brexit, which included the prospect of a second referendum, drew a furious backlash among MPs and prompted the resignation of cabinet Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom. The beleaguered…

The future is bright for Ukraine – but first Zelensky must face down the...

Five years ago, the English-language media around the world could not get enough of Ukraine. Its heroic young people were laying down their lives for a European future on the same square in Kiev where their elders had braved the winter cold a decade before in what became known as the Orange Revolution. The president fled,…

Taylor Swift: ‘10 things you didn’t know about ME!’

Taylor Swift has shared a number of details about her hit single “ME!” ahead of her appearance on The Graham Norton Show.  The pop star spoke exclusively with The Independent about the track, which features Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie and is the first single from her forthcoming seventh album.  In a review,…

Theresa May resigns: PM breaks down as she announces departure amid Brexit gridlock and...

Theresa May fought back tears as she announced she was standing down as prime minister after just under three years in power. In an emotionally-charged statement on the steps of 10 Downing Street, Ms May said she will resign as Conservative leader on June 7, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen. Watched by husband Philip,…

Transfer news, rumours LIVE: Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Man City latest plus...

Napoli are in pole position to sign Kieran Trippier from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.   The England right-back will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane for the right offer, and the Italian side are confident of reaching a deal for a fee of roughly £25million.   Trippier has three years left on the contract…

European elections: Conservatives will win ‘zero seats’ in EU elections wipeout, Brexiteer Tory MEP...

The Conservatives are facing an unprecedented “wipeout” in this week’s European elections and could end up with “zero” seats, one of the party’s most senior MEPs has predicted. After polls closed on Thursday Daniel Hannan, a leading Brexiteer who once led the Tories group in the European Parliament, said his party would pay a price for its failure…

British Steel: Closure would ruin a historic industrial town and allow Britain to be...

Devastated workers protested on Thursday, urging the government to nationalise British Steel or urgently find a buyer. Former workers at the stricken company’s Scunthorpe plant said that closure would ruin a town built around the steel industry for a century and a half.  Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin warned Britain could be “held to ransom” by other steel producing nations…

The death of the 72? Why football outside the Premier League is on its...

Last week, amid the usual cycle of big football stories that consume us all, employees of Bolton Wanderers were using social media for something much more pressing and serious. They contacted Fans Supporting Foodbanks because, after going weeks without pay, they had “no food and were going hungry”. A relief effort was set up to…

Judith Kerr had a fresh, uncynical approach that made her books enduringly popular

“I remember asking Judith Kerr if the tiger symbolised the 1960s sexual revolution, where normal mores and suburban life became upended by this wild and exotic creature,” tweeted the journalist Emily Maitlis, when news broke today of the death of the 95-year-old children’s book author, best known for writing The Tiger Who Came to Tea.…

Trump news – live: President lashes out over Putin story after Rose Garden ‘hissy...

The Trump administration plans to use a loophole and rising tensions with Iran to sell bombs to Saudi Arabia, even though Congress blocked such sales for months over concerns about civilian deaths in the war in Yemen, senator Chris Murphy has said. "I am hearing that Trump may use an obscure loophole in the Arms Control…

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