Douglas Carswell will not stand in general election
>Former UKIP - and now independent - MP Douglas Carswell says he thinks he will be "the first and the last UKIP MP".
>The Clacton MP says he will not be standing in the UK general election - but would be backing the Conservative candidate instead.
>The 45-year-old was the only UKIP candidate to be elected as an MP at the 2015 poll. He quit the party last month after falling out with its leadership.
Leadership at last? Corbyn attacks ‘rigged system’ in 1st election campaign speech
>Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first speech of the 2017 general election campaign unsurprisingly met with widespread approval from supporters. But it was also well received by members of the public and press, who felt the socialist is finally showing some promise.
>Corbyn, whose party is a double-digit figure behind the governing Conservatives in the latest polls, said the election result is not a “foregone conclusion.”
>Instead he challenged Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for an end to the “rigged system.”
EU toughens Brexit stance and demands UK pay liabilities in euros
>The EU is toughening its Brexit negotiating stance after consultation with member states, further downplaying hopes of a trade agreement before the UK leaves while insisting that Britain settle its divorce bill in euros rather than sterling.
>Leaked documents reveal the EU’s position has hardened in recent weeks since the publication of the European council’s draft guidelines, which offered an indication of the bloc’s opening stance last month.
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