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At the afternoon lobby briefing Downing Street said that the claims of innocence in a TV interview from the two Russians accused by the British police of being responsible for the Salisbury novichok poisonings were “lies and blatant fabrications”. The prime minister’s spokesman said:
The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian-state sponsored TV station are an insult to public’s intelligence.
More importantly, the are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack. Sadly, it is what we have come to expect.
Peter Foster, the Telegraph’s Europe editor, has posted a very interesting thread on Twitter about the state of the Brexit negotiations. It’s well worth reading in full. He’s at the more pessimistic end of the market, saying the talks amount to a “dialogue of the deaf” and finding it hard to see how conflicting positions can be squared. It starts here.
The Salzburg summit looms, Raab plays to home crowd over the #Brexit bill, everyone ‘wants’ a deal …but yet no-one can explain what it will look like.