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James Ball

Boris Johnson has made it hard to be optimistic about COP26 summit

It's the most important conference on the planet, yet already its organisation is being labelled as farce in the making.

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Why are the Tories so keen on punishing young people?

The government believes baby boomers do not care for future generations - and polling appears to support it. JAMES BALL explains why this is a problematic strategy.

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The Tory case for saving Channel 4 from privatisation

It won't be opposition MPs that decide the future of Channel 4 - but politicians sat on the government benches. Here's why they should reconsider plans for privatisation.

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UK’s descent back to the Winter of Discontent

Boris Johnson gives reality cold shrift as Britain enters its Brexit Winter of Discontent.

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The compelling case for online voting in elections

But the case for changing the voting system is less clear cut, argues JAMES BALL.

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Trouble in store: The Brexit bureaucracy about to cause a storm

JAMES BALL examines the areas where Britain is now feeling the painful consequences of its departure from the EU.

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HS2: Why can’t Britain ever get the big things right?

As HS2 shows, there is a problem with the UK that means the country cannot deliver the major projects needed to prepare us for the future.

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James Ball's Deconstructed: Europe overtakes UK in vaccine race

Despite the UK's head start in the vaccine race, it is now falling behind the rest of Europe.

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James Ball's Deconstructed: The very strange truth about conspiracies (And why you probably believe in nonsense)

Whether it's aliens, QAnon or even beliefs about cheating in the referendum, fringe beliefs are now the mainstream

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Why Europe lags behind the States on legalisation of cannabis

How has the US – ridden with culture wars and deeply divided on so many issues – managed to largely legalise weed with so little fuss and furore, while supposedly liberal Europe lags behind?

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What IS the liberal response to the migrant crisis?

Hand-wringing about the plight of migrants crossing the Channel and Mediterranean by boat - and angry words about their treatment - will only go so far. What would liberal progressives actually like to see done?

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Boris Johnson's huge Covid gamble and the challenge for the opposition

Critics of the government’s re-opening strategy need more than just carping. They need to offer their own analysis

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Matt Hancock and the other scandal

The former health secretary’s other misdeeds may have attracted more headlines, but the use of private email and WhatsApp for government business is a serious concern

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Don't forget.. don't forgive.. Theresa May was a terrible PM

Five years after she took office, we should resist a rose-tinted view of Theresa May’s time in Downing Street

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Our vaccine selfishness will allow Covid to thrive again

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Don't believe the spin: Brexit is responsible for staff shortages

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From Sleepy Joe to Radical Joe - how the US president confounded expectations

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A dark decade lies ahead for Europe

As it faces its latest crisis, triggered by Belarus, a looming leadership vacuum threatens to condemn the EU to years of stagnation behind other global powers

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Looking abroad for the answers on social care

The challenge of funding and providing social care is not unique to the UK. So what can we learn from other countries?

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Seven reasons Scotland should stay in the Union

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The cynical case for aid that even our cynical leaders can't seem to grasp

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Europe arms itself in race against the third wave

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The real bid to sell off the NHS

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The biggest scandal may be that no rules were broken

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Alex Salmond's gambit relies more on hope than data

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What's really behind Britain's endless flag debate?

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What is Europe's problem with the AstraZeneca jab?

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The winners and the losers in Europe's vaccine race

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The unhelpful comparisons surrounding Britain's Covid debt

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Winning court cases won't stop the Tories... it's time for a change in tactics

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The way out of lockdown is becoming clearer, but the PM must not rush it

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The clever politics that could save Keir Starmer's leadership

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The big threat to the vaccine rollout

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The solution to school closures must be long term, not short

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America enters a new chapter without Donald Trump - but with similar plot twists

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The worryingly familiar signs for Britain's vaccine roll-out

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11 urgent steps this Gogglebox government needs to take

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The Brexit deal deconstructed: what it all means

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In this bleak, mad winter, lightness is coming

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The Brexit blame game is a lot easier than getting a deal

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Why Brexit all comes down to fish

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How the Priti Patel bullying scandal exposed deeper problems

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The two calamities Dominic Cummings has left behind

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Don't get too carried away... we haven't seen the end of Donald Trump yet

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Election chaos plays into Donald Trump's hands

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What will a Joe Biden presidency actually mean for America?

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At the upcoming US election, Donald Trump really is toast

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How the government gave coronavirus a head start

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Donald Trump is cornered by coronavirus

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Coronavirus: How government arrogance could kill

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Is Michel Barnier to blame for a no-deal Brexit?

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Do Brexiteers have a point...? Is Barnier to blame for no-deal?

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JAMES BALL: Who will Boris Johnson choose to betray next over Brexit?

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The man behind No.10’s damaging war on the media

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Boris Johnson’s disappearing act shows how ill-suited he is for the job

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Should the UK be doing more to help the world refugee crisis?

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Boris Johnson should beware as the stench of sleaze is hard to shift

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How quarantine chaos has exposed Boris Johnson again

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JAMES BALL: Putin doesn’t have to have the last laugh over the Russia report

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Looking for common ground in the battle over ‘cancel culture’

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JAMES BALL: Labour’s clash with Corbynism has barely begun

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Johnson wants to build Britain up again - but all he knows is how to break it

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The only way is down for Boris Johnson

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Don’t fall for the false balance between economy and coronavirus

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JAMES BALL: Ministers had our goodwill but squandered it

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Boris Johnson is about to plunge us into the Brexit trap

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How Labour rediscovered the lost art of opposition

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Coronavirus has exposed two sides of a deeply divided Britain

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JAMES BALL: Trump’s coronavirus culture war is one we’re all going to lose

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The decision that will define the PM’s fate as well as the country’s

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We need to give the NHS more than just applause

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How big technology poses opportunities and risks in life after the coronavirus

The virus crisis has accelerated the tech revolution to breakneck speed, says JAMES BALL. We need to be careful we are not hurtling towards dystopia.

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Coronavirus quarantine will fail if people feel villainised

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JAMES BALL: There is no turning back for Britain after the coronavirus

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Don’t let Brexit cloud your judgement of the government’s coronavirus response

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The stage is set for the bitterest battle yet following Super Tuesday

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How the penny has finally dropped for Iain Duncan Smith

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You don’t have to love the BBC - but you must defend it

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The pack circles on Dominic Cummings - the lone wolf of Downing Street

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Boris Johnson’s bluster shows UK is no closer to accepting Brexit reality

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JAMES BALL: How Brexit drama made us all lose the plot

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How Donald Trump will get away with the crime of the century

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The EU must take its share of the blame for Iran crisis

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Remainers must stop soul-searching and get back to building a better world

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Russia most likely interfered in our election... so why does no-one care?

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There is a way back from this... if we can resist the trap that lies ahead

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Labour’s campaign: A serious election pitch or a battle for the next leader?

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JAMES BALL: This year’s election is one everybody could lose

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JAMES BALL: How Johnson has given us Britain’s first post-truth election

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Beware the dangers of tactical voting

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Boris Johnson is playing Russian roulette over intelligence report

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Welcome to the resistance, Nigel Farage

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What to look out for in this vitriolic election

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Why the People’s Vote campaign needs a rethink

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The menacing military strategy behind Dominic Cummings’ Brexit game plan

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Boris Johnson’s problems with his Brexit plans have only just started

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JAMES BALL: Just what is Dominic Cummings’ cunning Baldrick strategy?

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JAMES BALL: No-deal Brexit conspiracies lead us all to a dark world

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JAMES BALL: What the Thomas Cook collapse teaches us about a no-deal Brexit

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JAMES BALL: Revocation policy shows Lib Dems can still have their cake and eat it

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JAMES BALL: Both sides must take blame for the damage caused to our system

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James Ball: How to beat the Tories at the next general election

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JAMES BALL: The general election fight is already taking place - and it’s happening online

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JAMES BALL: Yellowhammer leaks confirm that Project Fear is now Project Fact

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JAMES BALL: The vandals are at the gates - but Brexit can still be stopped

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JAMES BALL: Boris Johnson has a campaign team - not a cabinet

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MPs must do more than virtue signal over LGBT rights

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JAMES BALL: Trump’s reaction to leaked memos has proved Darroch’s point

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JAMES BALL: Our part in an environmental catastrophe

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JAMES BALL: Corbyn counts cost of failure to go boldly

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In whose hands? The dubious backers of Boris Johnson

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JAMES BALL: Rory Stewart’s real deception

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What Boris Johnson’s leadership push tells us about the state of the Tory party

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JAMES BALL: Why a US-UK trade deal is already dead

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JAMES BALL: The terrifying track to no-deal

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JAMES BALL: Politics, not the police, must bring down the Brexit Party

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JAMES BALL: Own goal for People’s Vote as it backs Labour

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JAMES BALL: The top of politics could soon look even weaker than it already does

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How Seumas Milne quietly became Labour’s power player

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JAMES BALL: We’re making a mistake of biblical proportions

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JAMES BALL: This is the thickest group of MPs in history

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JAMES BALL on why an electoral storm could finally end Brexit’s doldrums

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JAMES BALL: The week politics truly lost the plot

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Trump will take America down with him

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BREXIT DECONSTRUCTED: There are three outcomes left... now pick one

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Split shows Labour can no longer take Remain for granted

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The grim truth behind ‘Global Britain’ myth

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JAMES BALL: March 29 is disaster day

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JAMES BALL: Politics fiddles while our business burns

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BREXIT DECONSTRUCTED: The Lexit lie

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JAMES BALL: House of disrepute

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This is what a no-deal Brexit really means

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JAMES BALL: Chris Grayling’s £14m ferry farce suggests it’s time to panic

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JAMES BALL: We’re heading for a straight duel... No-deal or No Brexit

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JAMES BALL: Second vote will be as dangerous as the first

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JAMES BALL: May’s Russian roulette

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JAMES BALL: Article 50 ruling could bring chaos

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JAMES BALL: The Brexit deal no-one loves

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James Ball’s Deconstructed: Arron Banks investigation

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JAMES BALL: They are taking the P with Brexit 50p

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The perils of pledge politics

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JAMES BALL: Will May be brought down by the budget?

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No winners in Theresa May’s dangerous endgame

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JAMES BALL: Desperate Tories are divided, deluded and dooming the country

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JAMES BALL: Hardliners struggle to get the basics of Brexit right

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We’ve fewer than 100 days left to fix Brexit

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‘No-Deal’ Brexit? Yes! We have gone bananas​!

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Cracks in the Corbyn edifice

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How your holidays will change forever

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JAMES BALL: Rees-Mogg’s hard Brexit mob is holding the country hostage

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Brexit Deconstructed: White Paper is the last temptation of May

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3:35am, June 24, 2016. Sterling is in freefall. And Nigel Farage is beaming

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JAMES BALL: Short-sighted leaders will harm economy

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Brexit Deconstructed: Cracking up? EU’s problems make Brexit even tougher

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There’s zero good about Brexit for vulnerable workers

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Brexit Deconstructed: Snap election would offer no way out for May’s Brexit

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EU exposed by Trump’s Iran deal withdrawal

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Exclusive: Northern Ireland’s paltry Brexit fund

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The troublesome trio May would not miss

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Brexit Deconstructed: UK will be left outside as Europe gets things done

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Brexit bias? Attacks on the BBC are a classic case of misdirection

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BREXIT DECONSTRUCTED: Toxic Rees-Mogg’s wonky tariff claims

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Facebook and the dark side of data

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Brexit Deconstructed: Go-it-alone Britain has much to learn

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Brexit Deconstructed: Truth of ‘America First’ is dire for UK

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Brexit Deconstructed: Corbyn and May just added to the muddle

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Brexit Deconstructed: Chaos + malice = potential for evil

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Brexit will deconstruct Britain’s industries

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Brexit Deconstructed: Government would be £1.6bn worse off every week after hard Brexit

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Brexit deconstructed: Britain is running out of road - fast!

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Brexit Deconstructed - A dummies guide to trade

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Brexit deconstructed: no place to hide in blame game

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Brexit deconstructed: Don’t get your hopes up for 2018

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Schoolboy error from dim David Davis

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Brexit Deconstructured: Is Soft Brexit back on a roll?

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