Politics

Monday, November 26, 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018

Brexit Secretary admits Theresa May faces a ‘challenging vote’ on her Brexit deal

Brexit Secretary admits Theresa May faces a ‘challenging vote’ on her Brexit deal

Brexit Secretary admits May faces a ‘challenging vote’ on her Brexit deal

Theresa May faces a "challenging vote" when her Brexit deal is put before MPs, the new Brexit secretary has admitted, as the EU's top official warned that the only alternative was leaving without one at all.

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Dominic Raab: The UK is ‘being blackmailed and bullied into a flawed’ Brexit deal

Dominic Raab: The UK is ‘being blackmailed and bullied’ into May's Brexit deal

The former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has described the Prime Minister’s deal as “flawed”, adding that it “suffocates” the opportunities of free trade that Brexit brings.

Kate Hoey MP

Kate Hoey MP: I'm starting to believe Brexit deal 'conspiracy theories'

Kate Hoey MP: I'm starting to believe Brexit deal 'conspiracy theories'

The Labour MP told Julia Hartley-Brewer she was starting to believe "conspiracy theories" that the Brexit deal was "planned from the beginning".

Theresa May

Will the Brexit deal get through the House of Commons?

Will the Brexit deal get through the House of Commons?

Now EU leaders have endorsed the Brexit deal, what is the likelihood of it being voted through by MPs?

Theresa May

Theresa May to tell MPs there's 'no better deal available' in push for support

Theresa May to tell MPs there's 'no alternative' to Brexit deal

Theresa May will try to persuade MPs to back her Brexit plan in the House of Commons by saying there is no "better deal" available.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Donald Tusk recommends EU leaders accept Brexit deal - but Theresa May still faces opposition at home

Donald Tusk recommends EU leaders accept Brexit deal - but Theresa May still faces opposition at home

Donald Tusk recommends EU leaders accept Brexit deal

Theresa May will meet EU leaders in Brussels, and Donald Tusk has recommended that the deal is accepted. But the Prime Minister still faces opposition at home

Ann Widdecombe on Brexit: 'We don't need concessions from the EU - just get on with it!"

Ann Widdecombe on Brexit: Theresa May should 'just get on with it'

Ann Widdecombe tells Dan Wootton that the Prime Minister has 'lost sight' of the fact that the UK will leave the EU as she tries to secure support from Brussels

Friday, November 23, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

Weekly news round-up

News round-up: The week's top stories (17-23 Nov)

News round-up: The week's top stories (17-23 Nov)

In this week's news, Sainsbury's announced it would start selling edible insects and the future of the UK's relationship with the EU post-Brexit was agreed.

Damian Hinds

Damian Hinds: MPs don't need to 'love every line' of Brexit deal

Damian Hinds: MPs don't need to 'love every line' of Brexit deal

The education secretary has called for MPs to think about the Brexit deal as "a package" if it goes through to Parliament, claiming they don't need to "love every line".

Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson appointed as special adviser to UKIP leader Gerard Batten

Tommy Robinson appointed as special adviser to UKIP leader

The controversial activist will advise UKIP's Gerard Batten on on rape gangs and prison reform.

Theresa May in Brussels

Brexit deal is a 'country mile from what people voted for', says Owen Paterson MP

Owen Paterson MP: Brexit deal is a 'country mile from what people voted for'

The Conservative MP has warned that not delivering the Brexit "people voted for" would result in "shock and disillusion with the whole political establishment".

'Noteworthy' that 'quite a few' perpetrators of terror attacks were known to MI5, says Dominic Grieve

'Noteworthy' that 'quite a few' perpetrators of terror attacks were known to MI5

Dominic Grieve has said it is "noteworthy" that a number of perpetrators behind terror attacks in the UK last year were already known to MI5.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Boris Johnson could face private prosecution over £350 Vote Leave claim

Boris Johnson could face private prosecution over £350m Vote Leave claim

Boris Johnson could face private prosecution over £350m Vote Leave claim

Boris Johnson has been warned he faces private prosecution over the infamous claim – put on a Vote Leave bus during the EU referendum - that the UK sends £350 million a week to Brussels.

UK could remain in extended Brexit transition period until 2022

UK could remain in extended Brexit transition period until 2022

UK could remain in extended Brexit transition period until 2022

The UK could remain tied to the European Union rules and continue paying into Brussels’ budget until the end of 2022.

Michael Gove

Game of Goves: Is Michael Gove compatible with Game of Thrones 'soulmate' Tyrion Lannister?

Is Michael Gove compatible with Game of Thrones 'soulmate' Tyrion Lannister?

Michael Gove tweeted that he had been paired with Tyrion Lannister in a 'Who's your Game of Thrones soulmate?' quiz. We look at whether the couple are truly compatible.

Theresa May

Theresa May says Brexit deal 'delivers for the whole UK family' after Brussels breakthrough

Theresa May: Brexit deal 'delivers for the whole UK family'

Delivering a statement outside Downing Street, the Prime Minister said her Brexit deal "delivers for the whole UK family".

Robert Halfon: 'I've written to Father Christmas asking for Brexit to be over'

Robert Halfon: 'I've written to Father Christmas asking for Brexit to be over'

Robert Halfon MP told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he won't vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal, but that he hasn't submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister

Ben Bradshaw MP: It is either Theresa May’s deal or no Brexit as MPs will stop ‘catastrophic’ no-deal Brexit

Ben Bradshaw MP: 'A People's Vote is growing more likely by the day'

Ben Bradshaw MP: 'A People's Vote is growing more likely by the day'

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has said that there are only two options for leaving the European Union; the Prime Minister’s deal or no Brexit, because MPs will stop the “catastrophe” of a no deal Brexit.

Donald Tusk

Document outlining UK's future relationship with EU has been 'agreed', says European Council president

UK-EU future relationship blueprint has been 'agreed', says Donald Tusk

A document outlining the future relationship of the UK and the EU has been "agreed in principle", the president of the European Council has announced.

Matthew Hedges

Jailing of British academic is an 'utter disaster' for UK-UAE relations, says Crispin Blunt MP

Crispin Blunt: Jailing of British academic is a 'disaster' for UK-UAE relations

The Conservative MP has said the jailing of Matthew Hedges could result in a breakdown of the mutual defence treaty between the UK and the United Arab Emirates.

Pharmacy

There's an 'awful lot of work' to do to keep medicine flowing in event of no-deal Brexit, says Matt Hancock

There's 'a lot of work to do' to keep medicine flowing in case of no-deal Brexit

The health secretary has claimed there is an "awful lot of work" to do in order to ensure an "unhindered supply of drugs" in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Damian Hinds

MPs draw up a 'bucket list' for schoolchildren

Ministers develop a 'bucket list' for schoolchildren

Pupils will be encouraged to climb trees, knit, stargaze and learn to ride a horse in a new initiative being drawn up by MPs.

Matthew Hedges

United Arab Emirates jailing British student for life is 'absurd', claims Tom Tugendhat MP

United Arab Emirates jailing Briton for life is 'absurd', says Tom Tugendhat MP

The chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee has said the UAE sentencing student Matthew Hedges for life is "absurd" and "quite clearly a mistake".

Brexit Protest

John Redwood MP: 'I haven't heard a single no-deal scare story I believe'

John Redwood MP: 'I haven't heard a single no-deal scare story I believe'

The Conservative MP said he does not believe "a single scare story" about what would happen to the UK in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Theresa May

Prime Minister's Questions: Cutting away EU tentacles and pushing the delete button

Prime Minister's Questions: EU tentacles and pushing the delete button

What happened in today's PMQs? Political editor Ross Kempsell breaks down the key moments in the House of Commons.

David Davies MP

Conservative MP urges colleagues to abandon reforms on gender laws

Conservative MP urges colleagues to abandon reforms on gender laws

The Conservative MP for Monmouth claimed the debate around gender had been conducted without "proper consideration" and in an "atmosphere of menace".

Theresa May

Theresa May: Brexit vote was a 'great exercise in democracy'

Theresa May: Brexit vote was a 'great exercise in democracy'

The Prime Minister defended the EU referendum during a meeting in the House of Commons, claiming it was a "great exercise in democracy".

EU

Daniel Hannan: Staying in customs union puts UK in 'worse situation than before'

Daniel Hannan: Staying in customs union puts UK in 'worse situation than before'

The Conservative MEP told Julia Hartley-Brewer that being "half in half out" of the customs union is an "appalling decision".

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bank of England Governor backs Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney backs Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney backs Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has backed the Prime Minister’s EU Withdrawal Agreement and warned that a no deal Brexit would be the “worst outcome”.

Donald Trump rules out further Saudi sanctions over journalist’s death

Donald Trump rules out further Saudi sanctions over journalist’s death

Donald Trump rules out further Saudi sanctions over journalist’s death

President Donald Trump has said the US will not levy additional punitive measures at this time against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Patience is a virtue, says Jacob Rees-Mogg as no confidence letters fail to come in

Patience is a virtue, says Jacob Rees-Mogg as no confidence letters fail to come in

Patience is a virtue, says Jacob Rees-Mogg as ERG fail to produce 48 letters

Jacob Rees-Mogg's efforts to oust Theresa May appear to have stalled as Tory colleagues failed to back his call for a motion of no confidence in their leader.

ID cards should be used to tighten controls on immigration, says Lord Adonis

ID cards should be used to tighten controls on immigration, says Lord Adonis

Electronic ID cards should be a “badge of citizenship” and not an “obligation” says Lord Andrew Adonis.

Spain PM vows to vote down Brexit divorce bill over Gibraltar

Spain PM vows to vote down Brexit divorce bill over Gibraltar

Spain claim there is no clarification over the future status of the handling of Gibraltar.

DUP

Government is 'paralysed' without support of the DUP, says Andrew Bridgen MP

Government is 'paralysed' without DUP support, says Andrew Bridgen MP

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has said the government is "paralysed" without the support of the DUP.

Roger Kendrick

Businessman who told Prime Minister to axe Brexit deal says it will be 'devastating' for UK

Businessman who told PM to axe Brexit deal says it will be 'devastating' for UK

A businessman who asked Theresa May to "think again" about her Brexit deal at the annual CBI conference yesterday, has claimed it will be "devastating" for the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May

Corbyn should 'throw down the gauntlet' and try to force an election, says Sir Vince Cable

Sir Vince: Corbyn should 'throw down gauntlet' and force an election

The Liberal Democrat leader said Jeremy Corbyn should "throw down the gauntlet" and "see where he stands".

Monday, November 19, 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018

Labour’s Keir Starmer sets out plans to block no deal Brexit

Labour’s Keir Starmer sets out plans to block no deal Brexit

Labour’s Keir Starmer sets out plans to block no deal Brexit

Labour could try to bring down the Government in an effort to block a no-deal Brexit, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

Pupils from Northern Ireland schools walkout over in call for second EU vote

Pupils from Northern Ireland schools walkout calling for second EU vote

Pupils from Northern Ireland schools walkout calling for second EU vote

Hundreds of children from four schools in Northern Ireland have walked out of their classes to call for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

MPs react to water cannons sold at £300k loss

MPs react to water cannons sold at £300k loss

MPs react to water cannons sold at £300k loss

Members of Parliament have taken to social media over the news that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has sold water cannons bought when Boris Johnson was in the position for a £300k loss.

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe: Women should not embrace the 'cult of victimhood'

Ann Widdecombe: Women should not embrace the 'cult of victimhood'

The former politician clashed with Badass Women's Hour host Harriet Minter over whether there should be a quota for the number of women in Parliament.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP: Theresa May's Brexit deal is 'unacceptable'

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP: Theresa May's Brexit deal is 'unacceptable'

The former Parliamentary private secretary has called Theresa May’s withdrawal bill “unacceptable", claiming it "won't pass through Parliament".

Theresa May

Theresa May: 'Let no one be in any doubt, I am determined to deliver Brexit'

Theresa May: 'Let no one be in any doubt, I am determined to deliver Brexit'

In a speech at the CBI conference in London the Prime Minister said she was "determined" to deliver Brexit, as speculation mounts over whether she will face a leadership challenge.

Anti-Brexit campaigner

Brexit deal is the most 'expensive fudge in the history of the world', claims Stephen Kinnock MP

Stephen Kinnock MP: Brexit deal is the most 'expensive fudge' in world history

The Labour MP claimed Theresa May's draft Brexit deal is a "truck-load of fudge" during an appearance on the breakfast show.

Brexit transition period could be extended until 2022, says Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier: Brexit transition period could be extended until 2022

The Chief Brexit Negotiator is said to have proposed the extension in order to give more time for Britain to strike a full trade deal.

Grant Shapps mugs

Grant Shapps MP addresses his viral 'mug collection' tweet

Grant Shapps MP addresses his viral 'mug collection' tweet

Grant Shapps told Julia Hartley-Brewer his mug collection "brightened" his experience of reading the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement, after a posed photo of the MP surrounded by the colourful drinking vessels went viral.

Michael Gove

Michael Gove could lead Brexit if Theresa May 'went under a bus', says Lord Digby Jones

Gove could lead Brexit if Theresa May 'went under a bus', says Lord Digby Jones

If the Prime Minister "went under a bus", Michael Gove could be the leader the UK needs, Lord Digby Jones has claimed.

House of Lords

House of Lords must axe 200 peers, urge MPs

House of Lords must axe 200 peers, urge MPs

A group of MPs have called for the House of Lords to axe 200 peers, claiming it is no longer functioning effectively.

Dominic Raab

Dominic Grieve MP: It is 'impossible to believe' that Dominic Raab was surprised by draft Brexit deal

Dominic Grieve: It's 'impossible' that Dominic Raab was surprised by Brexit deal

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve has said he finds it "impossible" that the former Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, did not know "the sort of direction" negotiations with the EU were travelling in.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Theresa May

Cabinet Ministers in plan to change Theresa May's Brexit deal

Cabinet Ministers in plan to change Theresa May's Brexit deal

Five Cabinet Ministers are reportedly planning to try and persuade the Prime Minister to change her Brexit deal.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Which MPs have called for a no confidence vote against Theresa May?

Which MPs have called for a no confidence vote against Theresa May?

Which MPs have called for a no confidence vote against Theresa May?

The threat of a no-confidence vote has been hanging over the Prime Minister since she revealed her proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement. 

 Gerard Batten: The EU ‘are laughing at us’ after seven resign over Theresa May's deal

Gerard Batten: The EU ‘are laughing at us’ after seven resign over Theresa May's deal

Gerard Batten: The EU ‘are laughing at us’

UKIP leader Gerard Batten has said that the European Union is “laughing at us” after Theresa May published her proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement.

Stephen Barclay promoted to Brexit Secretary after Dominic Raab resigns over May's EU agreement

Stephen Barclay promoted to Brexit Secretary after Dominic Raab resigns over May's EU agreement

Stephen Barclay promoted to Brexit Secretary

Leave-supporting Stephen Barclay has been promoted to Brexit Secretary from a ministerial role in the Department for Health.

Baroness Jenny Jones: Peers defending Lord Lester 'denigrated' the victim accusing the peer of sexual harassment

Baroness Jenny Jones: Peers defending Lord Lester 'denigrated' the victim accusing the peer of sexual harassment

Baroness Jenny Jones: Peers defending Lord Lester 'denigrated' the victim

Green Party peer Baroness Jenny Jones has said that Peers who voted against the immediate suspension of a Lord accused of sexual harassment "denigrated" the victim. 

Amber Rudd returns to Cabinet as Work and Pensions Secretary

Amber Rudd returns to Cabinet as Work and Pensions Secretary

Amber Rudd returns to Cabinet as Work and Pensions Secretary

Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd is set to return to the Cabinet as Work and Pensions Secretary, following the resignation of Esther McVey from the role.

Andrew Bridgen MP: Theresa May is 'hanging onto her deal like a political lifebelt'

Andrew Bridgen MP: Theresa May is hanging onto her deal like a 'political lifebelt'

Andrew Bridgen MP: May is hanging to her deal like a 'political lifebelt'

The Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen has said that the Prime Minister is clinging to her deal “like a political lifebelt” but that it will “drag her down”.

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