No deal

Express
STEVE BAKER MP has argued how the no deal Brexit bill could be of ‘no use whatsoever’ following House of Lords scrutiny. The ERG member was questioned on the motion which passed by just one vote in the Commons Wednesday night. He told Sky News: “What I hope happens now in the House of Lords where there is not a guillotine on the time, will examine this bill properly like they usually do because they certainly gave me a runaround with the EU withdrawal bill. “I hope the Lords will give it the level of scrutiny which this house hasn’t given. If they do that it will be up for several days and it will probably be of no use whatsoever as the Prime Minister approaches this emergency council.”

Mail
MPs were warned they may have made an ‘accidental No Deal’ more likely after they demanded a further Brexit delay last night. The Commons hurried through a bill, which passed by just one vote, forcing the Prime Minister to seek an extension if she cannot agree a deal with Jeremy Corbyn.   The backbench bill was meant to prevent a No Deal Brexit on April 12, but Brexit minister Robin Walker warned it could have the opposite effect

Telegraph
Every English and Welsh region outside the M25 is happy to leave the European Union without a deal if no agreement can be reached by the end of next week. The study by YouGov asked voters “if Britain has not agreed a deal by April 12th, what do you think should happen?”. The research found that only people living in London did not want to leave without a deal. In London 48 per cent of voters agreed that “Britain should withdraw our application to leave and remain in the EU” against 26pc who backed leaving without a deal.

Sun
BRITS who live outside of the M25 are happy to leave the EU without a deal – while those inside believe Britain should remain. A YouGov poll showed that every region in England and Wales outside of the M25 are happy with a no-deal Brexit. The research found that almost half of Londoners think that Britain should revoke  Article 50 and remain in the EU. It asked voters “if Britain has not agreed a deal by April 12th, what do you think should happen?”.

Art50 extension

Sky News
MPs have narrowly approved a bill which compels Theresa May to seek a further extension on Article 50 to prevent a no-deal Brexit on 12 April. The bill, laid by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, requires the government to bring a legally binding vote to the Commons, seeking an extension to Article 50, where MPs will be able to determine the length of the extension. 313 MPs voted for the bill, and 312 voted against – a majority of one.

Breitbart
Members of Parliament have voted to pass a Bill that will force Prime Minister Theresa May to seek an extension of Article 50 and stop a no deal by one vote. The Cooper/Letwin EU (Withdrawal) (No5) Bill was passed 313 to 312 at 11:30 Wednesday night, and could progress to the House of Lords as early as Thursday, potentially becoming law by next week. If passed into law, it would force Prime Minister May to choose a date to which to extend Article 50 and then ask Commons MPs to agree to it, the measures meant to stop the UK leaving without a deal in a clean break, which is the legal default should a UK-EU withdrawal agreement not be agreed by April 12th.

Sun
MPS humiliated Theresa May last night by forcing her to delay Brexit again – but were warned their move could have made a No Deal outcome MORE likely. Following a set of knife-edge clashes, the Commons opted by 313 votes to 312 to push through a controversial power grab bill drawn up by Remainer rebels. As control of Brexit slipped further away from Mrs May, MPs now have the power to force her to go back to the EU and seek another delay to Brexit so there’s time to sort out her mess.

Independent
A cross-party bid to block a no-deal Brexit has cleared the Commons after Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn met for last-ditch talks to break the deadlock. In a series of late-night votes, MPs backed the bill, tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, which was rushed through in a single day to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal next Friday.

Mirror
MPs have voted to force Theresa May to seek an extension to Article 50 and prevent a no-deal Brexit by just one vote. A bill, tabled by Labour ’s Yvette Cooper, requires the Prime Minister to come to the Commons with a plan for the extension – including for its length. And it would allow MPs to amend and vote on it in a way that is binding on the government. It comes at the end of an extraordinary day of voting, which saw the Commons agree by just one vote to allow the bill to progress through all of its Commons stages tonight.

Customs union

BBC News
It is an “article of faith” that the UK must leave the EU to honour the referendum result, Geoffrey Cox says. The attorney general told the BBC a customs union was “not desirable” but if that was the only way of leaving the EU, he would take it. He suggested the government’s only option was to “seek with Labour some common ground” for a “swift exit”.

BBC News
The DUP has held out the prospect of supporting a customs union as talks continue between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to break the Brexit deadlock. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson made the suggestion to BBC News NI on Wednesday evening. It came as the Tory and Labour leaders agreed a “programme of work” to try to find a way forward to put to MPs.

Westmonster
The Democratic Unionist Party have given Theresa May both barrels for her decision to seek a Brexit stitch-up with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, describing her personal performance as “lamentable” and questioning the decision to be “subcontracting out the future of Brexit to Jeremy Corbyn”. In a statement put out last night, the DUP have said: “The Prime Minister’s lamentable handling of the negotiations with the EU means she has failed to deliver a sensible Brexit deal that works for all parts of the United Kingdom.

EU

Telegraph
Jean-Claude Juncker has attacked supporters of a no deal Brexit and warned British MPs they must ratify Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement by next Friday to avoid a long delay to Britain leaving the EU. The president of the European Commission said that no deal on April 12 was “now a very likely scenario”. He warned there was no such thing as a “managed no deal” and that the EU would insist Britain paid the £39 billion Brexit bill and guarantee no hard Irish border even if the UK crashed out.

Mail
Jean-Claude Juncker threw Theresa May a lifeline today as he said Britain could still leave the EU on May 22 without holding EU elections if she passes the deal next week. The EU Commission President said Mrs May’s new strategy would work if her decision to accept cross party talks and pivot to soft Brexit pays off. The PM is meeting Jeremy Corbyn this afternoon in a desperate final scramble to get her battered divorce deal over the line.

Express
THE UK’s divorce from the European Union was always going to hurt, and leaving the bloc would always involve difficult conversations, France’s junior minister for Europe, Jean-Baptise Lemoyne, said. Mr Lemoyne said in an interview with Europe 1 radio: “Such a divorce is never painless. “It will always come with a significant impact. But the impact will be greater for our British friends than for the French and the Europeans.

Independent
The EU would refuse to open trade talks with Britain after a no-deal Brexit until the UK decided to sign up to the main elements of the withdrawal agreement anyway, the European Commission has said. Speaking in the European parliament on Wednesday, Jean-Claude Juncker said the Irish border, citizens’ rights and the divorce bill would need to be agreed before any other negotiations could begin.

Times
Britain will be unable to block any increase in its payments to the EU in the event of a long extension to the Brexit negotiations. At a summit next week EU leaders will offer Theresa May a choice between a no-deal Brexit and a long Article 50 extension unless the withdrawal treaty is ratified by April 12. A long extension, until January 1 2020 or as late as the following year, will come with conditions including guarantees that Britain will not use its EU voting weight to block key decisions.

Guardian
Theresa May’s appeal for a short Brexit extension has been rejected by Jean-Claude Juncker, who said that unless the withdrawal deal was passed within nine days the UK would crash out of the EU or have to sign up to a long delay. Less than 24 hours after May had spelled out her new strategy  from Downing Street, the European commission president dismissed her request for an extension of article 50 to 22 May.

Westmonster
EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker has today warned that he believes a No Deal Brexit is increasingly likely and that there will be no further short Article 50 extension offered unless Theresa May’s deal is backed by MPs, with a deadline of 12th April. “European Council has given all necessary time and space to the UK to take its decision.

Second referendum

Times
Jeremy Corbyn was told by one of his closest allies yesterday that any Brexit compromise he strikes with Theresa May must include a referendum. The Labour leader provoked discomfort at all levels of his party after appearing not to make a fresh vote a condition of any agreement with the prime minister. Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, wrote to every Labour MP, however, setting out why the party must back a referendum.

Independent
Philip Hammond has said there is a “perfectly credible” case for giving the British people a Final Say on Brexit. The chancellor suggested although he was unsure there was currently a majority in parliament to allow for a second public vote to be facilitated, it “deserved to be tested”. Asked on ITV’s Peston programme about negotiations between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock in Parliament, Mr Hammond refused to be drawn on details of the talks.

ITV News
The Chancellor has said there is a “credible case” for a referendum on any Brexit deal, and that it deserves to be tested in Parliament. Speaking on ITV’s Peston, Philip Hammond also said a long delay to Brexit is likely since the Government will do everything “in our power” to prevent no-deal, but once a deal is passed, the UK should be able to leave the EU, rather than wait until any agreed end-date.

Mail
Labour was split over Brexit last night after Emily Thornberry contradicted her leader by demanding a second referendum on any deal. Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman said yesterday that while he had called for a public vote on Theresa May’s deal, he would not countenance one on any deal he put his name to. The Labour leader yesterday held talks with the Prime Minister to thrash out a jointly agreed deal to put to Parliament.

Conservative Party

Times
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were both facing a furious backlash from their parties last night amid growing scepticism over the prospects of their talks finding a way through Brexit. No 10 and Labour claimed initially that the leaders had had a “constructive” meeting after they spent an hour and 40 minutes in the Commons working through options. They agreed to set up a working party to meet today.

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn demanded ‘a customs union with the EU’ in his face-to-face Brexit showdown with Theresa May, he revealed tonight as Tory anger over the meeting threatened to explode into civil war.  The hard-Left Labour leader pronounced his first Brexit discussions with Mrs May ‘useful but inconclusive’, and complained that there ‘hasn’t been as much change as I expected’. He confirmed he raised the idea of a second referendum and said technical talks on finding an end to the Brexit impasse would continue on Thursday morning.

Reuters
Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Theresa May had not moved far enough in a first round of crisis talks aimed at breaking the domestic deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union. The United Kingdom was supposed to leave the EU last Friday but, nearly three years after it voted by 52 percent to 48 for Brexit in a referendum, it is still unclear how, when or even whether it will quit the bloc it joined in 1973.

Mail
Theresa May faced the wrath of the Tory party yesterday as two ministers quit, rebel MPs launched a bid to oust her and furious activists tore up their membership cards after she opened Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn.   Plotters on the backbench 1922 Committee tried to organise a secret vote of no confidence in the PM at a stormy meeting last night.

Telegraph
Blue-on-blue infighting spilled out of Westminster and into the Tory shires on Wednesday as calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation intensified following her bombshell Brexit u-turn. Having been expected to back no deal following Tuesday’s marathon seven hour cabinet meeting, Theresa May incurred the wrath of her MPs and Tory voters by opting instead to extend Article 50 while seeking a customs union compromise with Jeremy Corbyn.

Mirror
Tory hardliners have declared “open season” as they launched fresh bid to oust Theresa May . Angry MPs gathered at the backbench 1922 Committee to vent their anger at the Prime Minister. One MP claimed up to two-thirds of the party’s Parliamentarians were ready to vote no-confidence in the PM’s leadership of a vote was possible.  Party rules state MPs must wait 12 months between attempts to oust the leader in a no confidence vote.

Times
Theresa May was hit by two more resignations from her government yesterday as grassroots Tories expressed their anger at talks with Labour by cutting up their membership cards. Chris Heaton-Harris, a Brexit minister, and Nigel Adams, a Welsh Office minister and whip, quit over the prime minister’s change of tack. The backlash grew with Eurosceptics threatening again to submit letters of no confidence in Mrs May as their party leader.

Independent
Furious Conservative Party members are cutting up their membership cards after Theresa May asked Jeremy Corbyn to help her secure a Brexit deal that can get through Parliament.  Downing Street has hinted it wants an agreement with the Labour leader nailed down by the end of the week, in order to meet the EU’s deadline for agreeing a further extension to Article 50 at a summit next week.

Westmonster
Grassroot, pro-Brexit Conservatives have reacted furiously to Theresa May’s plot to cook-up a Brexit stitch-up with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, cutting up membership cards and not being shy of telling the world about it either. Essex businessman Adam Brooks was one of the first, tweeting: “That’s me finally done.. I couldn’t now care less about voting for the next leader. Jeremy Corbyn has no right to be involved after his behaviour over the last two years.”

Express
BORIS Johnson’s hopes of becoming Prime Minister could receive a massive boost if Tory party bosses agree to proposals on reforming the current leadership contest rules. Changes suggested by MP and former solder Johnny Mercer would see MPs pick four candidates instead of two to go up for election by Conservative members across the country. This would give Mr Johnson a much better chance of getting on the list and beat the “Anyone But Boris” campaign being waged by his Commons enemies to stop him getting enough MPs’ votes to make the final two.

Legal action

Mail
A former appeal judge has said the legality of Theresa May‘s delay to Brexit  should be tested in a court. Sir Richard Aikens, who sat in the Court of Appeal from 2008 until 2015, spoke after the leader of the English Democrats political party launched a legal battle claiming that the UK has already left the EU.  Britain was supposed to leave on March 29, but was granted an extension by the EU until April 12 at a meeting last in Brussels last month.

Express
A LEGAL battle claiming Britain has already left the European Union has been launched in the High Court by the leader of the English Democrats. Robin Tilbrook insists Britain left the bloc on March 29 as originally planned and dismissed Theresa May’s extension as nul and void because she never had the power to make such a decision in the first place. The legal challenge mirrors Gina Miller’s high-profile court battle with the Government over Article 50 in 2016.

Prisons

Guardian
Offenders should no longer be given sentences of under a year to ease the “enduring” prison safety crisis in England Wales, MPs have said in a damning report. The justice secretary, David Gauke, is already looking at the possibility of scrapping jail terms of six months or less, with exceptions made for violent and sexual offences. The move is backed in a report from the justice select committee, chaired by the Conservative MP Bob Neill.

Alzheimers

Telegraph
Alzheimer’s disease probably affects twice as many people as current estimates suggest but sufferers are yet to show symptoms, experts believe. Scientists at The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota have been reevaluating the prevalence of the disease using brain imaging to give a definitive answer as to how many people are actually affected. In Britain it is thought around 850,000 people have the disease, but most are diagnosed through clinical assessments when they are already showing symptoms.

Age discrimination

Telegraph
Age discrimination is rife in Britain according to a new UCL study which shows that one in four over 50s report being unfairly treated in shops, restaurants and hospitals. Ageism also appeared to be linked to poorer health among those it affected, the study shows, with reported victims of age discrimination more likely to suffer health problems, or develop them over time.

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