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Signs have emerged that the hardline position of the Conservative party’s most Eurosceptic backbenchers has softened just days before Boris Johnson’s team are due to enter a “tunnel” of secret negotiations with Brussels.

Mark Francois, the deputy chair of the European Research Group, has opened the door to a potential Brexit deal, indicating he would look at one even if it included a version of the controversial Irish border backstop to which the Eurosceptic ERG was once implacably opposed.

It has been sometimes been said that we will vote against anything regardless. That’s not true.

If there is some form of deal, be it over the backstop or anything else, then I and my colleagues will look at it and read it very carefully, because at the end of the day you are talking about international treaty law. So I’ll look at a deal if there is one.

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An anti-abortion billboard targeted at the Labour MP Stella Creasy, who is pregnant, has been removed amid claims the campaign amounted to harassment.

The owner of the billboard, the advertising agency Clear Channel, apologised and said it was taking immediate action to remove them. The Walthamstow MP said she was being targeted by the anti-abortion group, CBRUK, because she is pro-choice.

We apologise for a recent billboard campaign in Walthamstow. We have removed this campaign and are reviewing our internal processes.

Clear Channel have taken the decision to remove the ad. Therefore we will not be taking any further action at this point.

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