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Brexit news – live: Boris Johnson sends pound plunging with no-deal signal, before leading cabinet in campaign lie recital amid outrage over ministerial appointment

Boris Johnson has been accused of “reckless and irresponsible behaviour” after he amended his Brexit bill to prevent MPs extending the Brexit transition period beyond the end of 2020 – sending the pound plunging as it puts the possibility of no-deal back on the table.

Mr Johnson is also accused of showing “two fingers to democracy” after announcing Nicky Morgan has been handed a peerage and will carry on as culture secretary, despite standing down as an MP. Baroness Morgan ruled out taking a job in any Johnson cabinet last year.

The PM made his ministers chant false campaign claims about nurse and hospital numbers as he assembled his cabinet for the first time since the election. It comes as Angela Rayner is reportedly ready to step aside and support Rebecca Long-Bailey’s bid to become the next Labour leader.

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Article source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-news-live-boris-johnson-no-deal-cabinet-reshuffle-labour-next-leader-a9249561.html

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