Friday briefing: the secretary Brexit discovers the commercial route of the channel

Above: Dominic Raab confesses the ignorance of Dover-Calais

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Dominic Raab, the secretary of Brexit, admitted that he did not understand how important the crossing of Dover-Calais was. Raab used a more developed version of Trumpian's phrase "a lot of people did not know", saying "I think the average consumer may not be aware of the full extent" to which Britain depends on the Channel. As Rafael Behr says: "It is no longer surprising that people who were once certain that Britain had nothing to lose by leaving the EU did not understand what Brexit meant in practice, nor did they think to ask."

A group of entrepreneurs is asking for a second referendum, citing a YouGov survey that found that 57% of UK businesses want one. Arch-Brexiter Steve Baker has insisted that he and other conservatives like him will continue to vote on Theresa May's deal even if he manages the Irish border and the backstop satisfactorily. The prime minister hopes to get the support of his ministers for a draft withdrawal agreement at a special government meeting that could take place on Monday.

Down and out on the main road – A net figure of 4,400 UK stores closed in the first six months of this year, the data reveal. Shops, pubs, restaurants, real estate agents and other traders have been hit by a slowdown in spending and rising activity rates, as well as people who spend their holidays and experiences instead of shopping in the mall, shopping online and having dinner and drinking at home. Some services have survived the shift, such as barber shops, beauty salons, spas, vapors shops and cafes. But overall the rapid increase in the number of empty shops has raised fears about the future role of city centers. At Tamworth, the owner of delicatessen John Westwood blames parking fees and punishes business rates. "There is nothing to encourage [people to come here]. We are just a city now of banks, construction companies and charity shops. "Tom Ironside of the British Retail Consortium called on the government to take action, also addressing" staggering growth rates for larger companies employing most of the UK 3.1 million retail workers ".

Thousand Oaks shooting – Twelve people were killed in southern California by an armed man who opened fire in a crowded bar with a gun and then shot himself. Officials have identified the shooter as the former US marine Ian Long, 28 years old. Mass shooting took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. Among the victims was sheriff's deputy Ron Helus, who was shot dead when he exchanged shots with Long inside the bar. Thursday the streets outside a local hospital full of local residents who waved American flags while Helus's body was transported to the coroner's office.

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A vigil was formed at the bar where many of Wednesday night patrons were students from nearby California Lutheran University. They included the recent graduate Justin Meek, 23, who, according to the university, died having "heroically saved lives in the accident".

Sanders approaches the truth – The White House has decided to withdraw the access of CNN journalist Jim Acosta, as press secretary Sarah Sanders has defended the sharing of a doctoral video that made it appear that Acosta had been physically aggressive towards an intern . Acosta pulled back on a microphone and said "Forgive me, madam" while the White House staff tried to tear it away, as the video shows. Sanders was convicted of sharing a version published by a far-right conspiracy. Matt Dornic, a CNN executive, wrote to Sanders on Twitter: "You posted a doctoral video, a real fake report, the story will not be nice to you."

Sarah Sanders. Photograph: Shawn Thew / EPA

Simon Jenkins writes this morning that the clash between Acosta and Trump underlines how the president will never be beaten. "The fact is that being rude with Trump did not work … it's shameless, and still there."

Mueller continues to dig constantly – With the president who fired Jeff Sessions and installed a hostile substitute for Trump-Russia investigations, we have a timely piece on the job that special adviser Robert Mueller is doing to uncover possible links from the Kremlin campaign. Better the buckle – it is a dense reading in parts, but full of details on the relationships between the likes of Paul Manafort and a cast of oligarchs, consultants and Russian and Ukrainian intermediaries. A new name for control is Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked with Manafort for Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch close to Vladimir Putin. Kilimnik and Manafort are accused of conspiracy to cover unregistered lobbying in the United States.

Fears of hatred for Polish marbles – Preparations for the Sunday centenary of the restoration of Polish independence have been overshadowed by the potential of a worsening of the bad scenes of last year. On Wednesday, the mayor of Warsaw has banned a march held annually by the nationalists. But it was blocked by the veto to the right-wing president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, who effectively stated that he would proceed with the Polish state authority. Last year's march attracted around 60,000 people including right-wing activists from all over Europe. He was convicted of displaying banners and slogans of racism and violence against protesters. "Instead of being full of excitement and happiness, we fear for the safety of people in our capital," said Michał Szuldrzynski, a columnist for the center-right journal Rzeczpospolita.

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Arron Banks. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty Images

The lunchtime said: "We live on this little and weird island"

"This," says Damon Albarn, "is wrong, Jacob Rees-Mogg and the people of Blackpool should never be together, unless Jacob Rees-Mogg is prepared to go to Blackpool on Saturday night and have a lot of fun." Albarn and his band The Good, the Bad and the Queen tried to understand what happened in England from the EU referendum. The title track of their new album, Merrie Land, calls into question the strange alliance between the working class Brexit voters and the privately educated Brexiteers: "You were the ones who work together / Put the money in the pockets / Of the few and their fortunes / Who crowds the school desks / And mock all of them because they do not care about us / They are awkward and you should not be with them. "

The good, the bad and the queen. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Merrie Land arrives almost 12 years after their namesake debut. Like that record, this was created by Albarn, former Clash bassist Paul Simonon, the pioneering Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and guitarist / keyboardist Simon Tong, later than Verve. Simonon describes Merrie Land as a work of "modern English folk music with a pinch of rub-a-dub". "This time, people can dance," says Allen, a young 78. "With the first record, people asked me:" Tony Allen – what the fuck are they? you doing this album? We do not hear you. "This time, no one will ask." They can hear me on every track. "John Harris meets Albarn and groupmates at Maidstone. Merrie Land is released on November 16th.


Eddie Jones has revealed that Owen Farrell is not 100% fit for the long-awaited Saturday meeting with the All Blacks but says his co-captain will "put his body on the line" after inviting England to rewrite history against New Zealand – a "bigger" game on the Lions Tour, according to Steve Hansen. Keaton Jennings spoke of a wave of feelings after reaching her second century of testing to put England in a leading position with Sri Lanka to chase 462 to win the first test in Galle.

A serious ankle injury sustained by Danny Welbeck threw a shadow over Arsenal's draw in the Europa League with Sporting, while Olivier Giroud broke his goal duck in Chelsea's win against Bate Borisov. Lewis Hamilton expressed his concern over the expansion of the Formula 1 calendar after the announcement of a race in Vietnam in 2020. The organizers hope for a large global audience when the two best chess players in the world, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana will meet in London. And Ladbrokes' procedures for accepting and rejecting online bets were further examined after the company recently paid one of its customers for a bet that the bookmaker initially refused, but only when the customer threatened to sue for his winnings.


There is good news for motorists today as oil prices seem set to fall in the coming weeks thanks to the increase in supply and concerns about slower global growth. US crude prices slid overnight and although a barrel of Brent benchmark crude increased slightly to $ 70.69, both fell 20% from the peak reached in October. Analysts expect further falls. Asian shares were generally down and the FTSE100 decreased by 0.26% in the open. The pound is $ 1.305 and € 1.15.


The guardian splash today is "The decline of the main road is approaching the rhythm of thousands of closed shops". The front page also features a picture of Jim Acosta from CNN, a White House intern and a microphone.

Front page of the Guardian, Friday 9 November 2018.

The stories about Brexit abound. There is one on the front page of the Times: "Plan without agreements" will include the new border in the Irish Sea ", the Telegraph: "The EU demands the right to fish after Brexit", and the I: "PM faces the rebellion of the government while finalizing the Brexit agreement". The FTThe best thing is that "KPMG acts on" conflicts of interest "with the first brake to the consultancy work", the To express He says: "The diabetes drug bill rises to £ 1 billion a year", and the Mirror reports that Simon Cowell put Philip Green out of his Syco stakes: "Cowell pays £ 10 million to download Sir Philip" but the "Lord" is canceled. The Sun has news of unhappiness on Strictly Come Dancing: "Strictly Danny in 'Bully' explode". The mail damn "Yet another flop of influence" with "thousands of over sixty-five unable to receive blows" – his portrait is Prince Charles with his nephew Louis, with the title "Welcome to The Firm".


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