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Delay Brexit if deal is rejected, Dominic Grieve tells Theresa May

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I hope the prime minister will listen’ Conservative rebel Dominic Grieve has urged the prime minister to delay Brexit if her EU withdrawal deal is rejected by MPs next week. Mr Grieve, who backs calls for another referendum, said she could remove the 29 March date from UK legislation and ask the EU for more time. Cabinet ministers who oppose leaving the EU without a deal had a “duty to resign” if she refused to do so. Ministers warn the UK faces…

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Dominic Solanke: Bournemouth set to sign Liverpool striker in £19m deal

Bournemouth are close to signing England striker Dominic Solanke from Liverpool for £19m. Solanke, 21, had been due to join Crystal Palace on loan earlier this week but the deal fell through because of fitness concerns. Bournemouth are about to allow forward Jermain Defoe join Scottish Premiership side Rangers. It is understood Solanke cannot move to the Cherries on loan under Premier League regulations. Bournemouth are also set to sign Reds right-back Nathaniel Clyne on loan until the end of the season. Solanke, a former England youth international who has…

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ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem beats Kei Nishikori to boost Roger Federer’s hopes

Thiem is aiming to reach the semi-finals for the first time at his third attempt Austria’s Dominic Thiem maintained his hopes of reaching the ATP Finals last four with a straight-set win over Japan’s Kei Nishikori in London. The world number eight, who lost to Kevin Anderson and Roger Federer in straight sets in his previous group matches, won 6-1 6-4. It means Federer will advance to the semi-finals if he wins a set against Anderson at 20:00 GMT on Thursday. But if Anderson wins in two sets Thiem could…

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Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigns

Image copyright Reuters Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned saying he “cannot in good conscience support” the UK’s draft Brexit agreement with the EU. Theresa May announced on Wednesday evening that she had secured the backing of her cabinet for the agreement, after a five hour meeting. But several ministers were understood to have spoken against it. And there are suggestions of moves among Conservative backbenchers to force a no-confidence vote in her. Mr Raab – a Leave supporter who was promoted to the cabinet to replace David Davis when…

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Roger Federer beats Dominic Thiem to keep alive ATP Finals hopes

Roger Federer is chasing a 100th career title at the ATP Finals Roger Federer recovered from his first-match nightmare to keep alive his hopes at the ATP Finals with a comfortable victory over Dominic Thiem. Switzerland’s Federer, knowing defeat would mean he would not advance from his group, beat the Austrian 6-2 6-3. The six-time champion had slumped to a shock defeat by Kei Nishikori on Sunday but he cut down on his errors to win. Next up for Federer on Thursday is Kevin Anderson, who beat Nishikori 6-0 6-1…

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Dominic Raab under fire over Dover-Calais comments

Image copyright EPA Dominic Raab has come under fire for saying he “hadn’t quite understood” how reliant UK trade in goods is on the Dover-Calais crossing. The Brexit Secretary’s remarks came at a technology conference as he discussed the “bespoke arrangement” the UK sought with the EU after it leaves the bloc. Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman suggested Mr Raab “doesn’t even understand the very basics of Brexit”. Conservative pro-Remain MP Nicky Morgan tweeted: “Gulp.” According to the Institute for Government, Dover is “a key artery for UK trade heading…

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Brexit: Dominic Raab ‘expects deal by 21 November’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Brexit secretary expects to be able to answer MPs’ questions on 21 November Dominic Raab has suggested to MPs he “expects” a deal on the UK’s exit from the EU to be agreed by 21 November. The Brexit Secretary said he was happy to appear before a committee of MPs scrutinising the Brexit process “when a deal is finalised” and “currently expected 21 November to be suitable”. An agreement over the controversial issue of the Irish border was “not far” off, Mr Raab added.…

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Dominic Raab tells ‘jittery’ Tories: Hold your nerve

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDominic Raab: “Now is the time to play for the team” The Brexit Secretary has said Tory “jitters” about EU negotiations are “understandable” but he urged MPs to hold their nerve as talks continue. “The end is in sight in terms of a good deal, the prize we want … and I think colleagues should wait and see what that looks like,” Dominic Raab said. It comes amid newspaper speculation that Theresa May could face a vote of no confidence from angry…

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Brexit: Extend transition only to scrap backstop, says Dominic Raab

Image copyright EPA Any extension to the Brexit transition period should come instead of – not as well as – a “backstop” for Northern Ireland, the Brexit secretary has said. Dominic Raab says this would avoid an “unacceptable” EU plan to keep Northern Ireland aligned to its rules in the event no Brexit deal was in place. Negotiators are at loggerheads over how best to avoid checks on the Irish border if no Brexit deal is struck. The 21-month transition is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020. It was…

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Tory conference: Dominic Raab sets out ‘limits’ for Brexit compromise

Image copyright Reuters The UK’s willingness to compromise is “not without limits”, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will warn the EU in a speech to the Conservative conference. Mr Raab will vow to take a “pragmatic, not dogmatic” approach to the final phase of talks with Brussels. But if the EU tries to force the UK into accepting a customs union then it will leave without a deal, he will say. Later, Chancellor Philip Hammond will use his speech to try to outline plans for raising salaries. These include a £125m…

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