EU is losing patience with Britain, warns Dutch minister

Sigrid Kaag throws further doubt on Boris Johnsons claim he is seeking new deal with Brussels Boris Johnsons claims to be conducting a Brexit renegotiation have come under fresh doubt as the UKs closest EU ally expressed alarm at the breathtaking developments in Westminster and the governments failure to table alternatives to the Irish backstop. The Dutch minister for trade, Sigrid Kaag, described the scenes being played out in London as unbelievable and warned of the EUs waning patience given the impact on European businesses of the continued uncertainty. Johnson committed in early August in discussions with EU leaders to swiftly tabling an alternative solution to the Irish backstop, which would temporarily keep Northern Ireland in the single market and …

U.S. Stock Futures Drop as Trade-Talk Doubts Swirl: Markets Wrap

U.S. equity futures fell as Chinese and American officials struggled to schedule a planned meeting this month to continue trade talks. The pound slumped with the U.K. facing a showdown in Parliament over delaying Brexit again. Contracts on the three main U.S. indexes extended their declines after Bloomberg reported the difficulties the two countries were having in support liquidity and growth. Elsewhere in Asia, equities in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia declined in thin volumes. The Stoxx Europe 600 advanced for a third straight session, led by financial services shares. Cash markets for both U.S. stocks and bonds are closed for the Labor Day holiday. Treasury 10-year futures erased a decline while a gauge of the dollar increased for the …

Sorry, Mr Trump Greenlands no go. But can I interest you in our little island? | Jack Bernhardt

Its called the United Kingdom. Its in a bit of a state, but its a great opportunity for the right buyer, says comedy writer Jack Bernhardt People say that news these days is unexpected and baffling, but really could there be a more predictably 2019 story than nasty. If the news were a binge-worthy drama, this would be a mid-series episode that The AV Club would rate C-: a worryingly formulaic outing that makes you fear the writers have run out of ideas. The whole idea was a nonstarter anyway Greenland is a proud, independent region. What kind of self-respecting island nation would willingly accept being purchased by the United States? If Trump wants to buy somewhere, he needs to …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, and the move is seen to have increased the chances of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a withdrawal agreement a position more in line with the Brexit policy favoured by the US president. Bolton will be …

Cambridge Analytica did work for Leave.EU, emails show

Government committee told work went beyond exploring potential future collaboration Cambridge Analytica did work for Leave.EU on the EU referendum, according to emails published by a House of Commons committee, even though the company never received payment for it. Brittany Kaiser, the former director of business development at the shuttered political consultancy, supplied the emails to the digital, culture, media and sport committee. She argued that they showed that, despite claims to the contrary, the partnership between the two organisations went beyond exploring the potential for future collaboration. Chargeable work was completed for Ukip and Leave.EU, and I have strong reasons to believe that those data sets and analysed data processed by Cambridge Analytica were later used by the Leave.EU …

Jeremy Hunt claims Merkel is willing to renegotiate Brexit deal

Foreign secretary says chancellor told him Brussels would listen if new PM had right approach The Conservative leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has claimed Angela Merkel would be willing to renegotiate the UKs Brexit deal and possibly the Irish border arrangements opposed by Eurosceptics. The foreign secretary said he had spoken to the German chancellor on the sidelines of D-day commemorations last week and she had indicated that the EU was willing to negotiate on the package if a new prime minister had the right approach. His claim flies in the face of repeated assertions from Brussels that the withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened to change the Irish backstop, which Eurosceptics reject because they fear it may keep the UK in …