Hard Brexit would wipe out Welsh steel industry, first minister claims

Carwyn Jones voices fears about severe impact on Wales if Britain leaves the single market

Carwyn Jones has warned that the Welsh steel industry would be “wiped out” if Britain left the European single market and signed a free trade agreement with China, and claimed a fresh deal with New Zealand including agriculture could badly hit its farmers.

The first minister of Wales made the comments as his government launched a trade paper claiming that hard Brexit would have a severe, negative impact on the country’s economy.

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Brexit minister forced into apology for maligning civil service

Steve Baker under fire over claims civil servants attempted to sway policy with their economic models

One of Theresa May’s Brexit ministers has been forced to apologise after airing claims in parliament that civil servants had deliberately produced negative economic models to influence policy.

The comments resulted in Steve Baker being accused of maligning the civil service for the second time in a week after he previously told MPs that economic forecasts by officials were “always wrong”.

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Brexit: cabinet seeks to present united front after Hammond spat

Downing Street attempts to ease Tory tensions after chancellor calls for ‘middle way’ after backlash

Theresa May’s cabinet has attempted to paper over its divisions on Brexit as Philip Hammond urged both sides of the Conservative party to seek a “middle way”. A spokesman for the prime minister insisted that she had full confidence in her chancellor, despite distancing herself from remarks he made in Davos on Thursday, where he said the UK should seek to diverge only “very modestly” from the EU after Brexit.

The chancellor, along with the Brexit secretary, David Davis, and business secretary, Greg Clark, presented a united front on Friday by signing a joint letter to business leaders, seeking to reassure them that rules and regulations will remain the same during the post-Brexit transition period.

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Corbyn’s Brexit policy biggest barrier to staying in single market, says Labour MP

Wes Streeting urges Jeremy Corbyn to back continued membership of EU’s single market and customs union

Labour’s Brexit policy is now the single biggest barrier to Britain remaining in the EU single market, the Ilford North MP, Wes Streeting, will claim on Saturday.

Streeting is one of a well-coordinated group of vocal backbench rebels campaigning for leader Jeremy Corbyn to harden Labour policy by saying he would back continued membership of the single market and the customs union.

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Cabinet reshuffle: Justine Greening quits the government No 10 confirms – as it happened

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle

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Here’s a round up of today’s reshuffle or “refresh” as Theresa May called it:

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg says the reshuffle did not “entirely go to script” as of the three ministers Theresa May wanted to move, one quit, one persuaded her that he should stay and the other consequently wasn’t moved.

She also pointed out that the proportion of those from Oxbridge and private school backgrounds has increased.

By our numbers demographics of full Cabinet ministers pretty much unchanged but proportion of Oxbridge and private school has increased

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Theresa May’s reshuffle in disarray as Justine Greening quits

Prime minister accused of ‘giving in to the boys’ as Jeremy Hunt refuses to change roles – and Putney MP quits government rather than move

Theresa May’s new year reshuffle was thrown off course when senior members of the cabinet refused to move and Justine Greening quit the government after turning down a job as work and pensions secretary.

Earlier, Jeremy Hunt rejected a new position as business secretary and instead persuaded the prime minister to allow him to remain at health in a beefed-up role taking on more responsibility for social care.

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Queen pays tribute to Grenfell Tower survivors in Christmas speech

Monarch also remembers terror victims and praises Prince Philip on 60th anniversary of first Christmas TV broadcast

The Queen chose the theme of “home” for a highly personal Christmas broadcast in which she paid tribute to victims and young survivors of the Manchester Arena bombing and those of the Grenfell Tower fire.

She highlighted how the “powerful identities” of London and Manchester “shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks”. Her message was broadcast across Britain and the Commonwealth as the royal family welcomed the American actor Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancee, who became the first unmarried partner to be invited to Sandringham for Christmas, and was making her first public appearance with the royal family.

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Disadvantaged children face worse outcomes in some rich areas – report

Britain is in a ‘spiral of ever-growing division’ with rural and coastal regions being left behind, warns social mobility tsar

Children from deprived backgrounds face the worst prospects in some of the richest parts of the country, according to a damning new study that lays bare deep geographical divisions across Britain.

An annual report by the government’s own social mobility watchdog warns that while London and its suburbs are pulling away, rural, coastal and former industrial areas are being left behind.

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Foreign Office attempts to repair Boris Johnson damage with Iran

Measures under review as ‘desperate’ jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe reported to have been kept in solitary confinement

The Foreign Office is studying a package of measures to ease relations with Iran before a visit to Tehran by Boris Johnson that has been billed as the foreign secretary’s chance to win the release of the jailed British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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