This week we look at the UK prime minister’s battle on two fronts as the country copes with a new Covid surge and the government undoes its own Brexit withdrawal agreement.
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The move by the Johnson government to pass a bill that undercuts its own agreement about the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has caused fury in Britain and abroad. Despite the protestations of some of Johnson’s own MPs, former prime ministers and others, the first stage of the bill passed in the House of Commons on Monday night. Will this move, which even the government admits would break international law, permanently damage Britain’s global reputation? Toby Helm reports on a wild week in Westminster, where the latest Brexit drama crashed into the ongoing crisis that is the UK government’s handling of coronavirus.
A summer of fire continued last week with destruction in the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece. Fires broke out when protests by residents against Covid-19 restrictions turned violent. More than 12,000 people were left without shelter and sanitation. Those residents are now begging to be allowed to leave or to be deported. Katie Fallon and Peter Beaumont report.Continue reading...