Good night. Britain could rejoin the European Union as an “associate member” under plans for the bloc’s dramatic expansion. In addition, a claim has arisen related to Russell Brand’s departure from his last television work.
Starmer tells Macron he wants a ‘stronger’ relationship between the UK and France
Sir Keir Starmer told Emmanuel Macron he would seek to build an “even stronger” relationship between the UK and France if the Labor Party wins power at the next general election. The Labor leader and the French president held talks in Paris today and post-Brexit relations are expected to have featured prominently. Read our live blog for the latest news. It comes after France and Germany proposed a four-tier system under which the UK would be governed by the European Court of Justice if it joined. Joe Barnes It has the complete story.
Nigel Farage calls city debanking report a ‘cover-up’
The Financial Conduct Authority said information provided by banks, building societies and payments companies suggested that no accounts were closed “primarily” because of a customer’s political beliefs between July 2022 and June 2023. However, it is The review is likely to face ridicule after regulators admitted Mr Farage’s account closures at Coutts were not investigated as part of the review. Tim Foy It has the complete story.
Russell Brand left his last major TV role after his co-star called him a ‘predator’
It has been claimed that Russell Brand left his last mainstream TV job after he was ambushed on camera by a presenter over sexual abuse allegations. Ewan Somerville It has the complete story. Meanwhile, a Labor adviser has said Ed Miliband made a “terrible decision” by agreeing to an interview with Brand during the 2015 election campaign. Catherine Lough and Dominic Pena have the full story. You can also follow the latest news on our live blog.
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