Article 50 ruling


Jeremy Corbyn is expected to launch a new bid to frustrate Brexit by forcing Theresa May to send her final deal back to Brussels if Parliament votes against it. The Supreme Court will on Tuesday morning return its judgment on whether Parliament should be given a vote before formal Brexit negotiations begin in March. Ministers expect to lose the case and are prepared to go to the Commons with an Article 50 bill within hours of judges announcing their ruling. Mr Corbyn is planning to table an amendment which would formally require the Government to commit to a second vote on the final terms of any deal before Britain leaves the EU.

Labour last night sparked another huge Brexit row by demanding Parliament should have the right to scupper any deal Theresa May secures from Brussels. 
The move dramatically raised tensions ahead of today’s Supreme Court verdict on whether the Prime Minister can trigger the two-year process for leaving the EU without the approval of MPs and peers. Ministers are braced for defeat when the country’s 11 most senior judges deliver their ruling at 9.30am. Mrs May and Brexit Secretary David Davis are then expected to announce they will publish an Act of Parliament within days giving them the right to trigger Article 50, which will then have to be passed through the Commons and the Lords.

A referendum on the UK’s exit package from the European Union – with the option to remain a member of the bloc – should be held before the Government triggers Article 50, a Labour MP is demanding in a private members’ bill. The bill from Geraint Davies, the Labour MP for Swansea West, comes as the Supreme Court prepares to hand down a crucial ruling on whether MPs should be given a vote on the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the mechanism for leaving the EU. But Mr Davies’ bill, which is not official Labour policy, calls on the Government to set out its negotiation package and allow the UK electorate to vote on this in a referendum before Theresa May serves EU leaders with the Article 50 notice.

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The Supreme Court is to deliver its long-awaited judgment on whether ministers or Parliament have the power to start the Brexit process. In what is being seen as the most significant constitutional case in decades, the 11 justices will decide if the Prime Minister can use inherited prerogative powers to trigger Article 50 – the formal mechanism for leaving the EU – without consulting Parliament. The Government is believed to be anticipating losing its appeal against an earlier High Court ruling which said MPs should be involved.

Politicians in Northern Ireland are preparing measures to block the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, if the Supreme Court rules that Stormont must be given a say on whether to trigger Article 50. Unlike the High Court hearing of the case, which considered only if MPs at Westminster would be entitled to a vote, the Supreme Court granted leave for arguments to be made on behalf of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, stating they must approve the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans. Judges are due to give their verdict on Tuesday. Northern Ireland voted to Remain in the EU by a margin of 56 per cent and the overwhelming majority of local parties are pro-EU.

Brexit bill

Theresa May will be ready to publish the key piece of legislation that will set Britain on the road to Brexit by the end of this week,
The Independent has learnt. Government sources said the hotly anticipated Bill will likely be completed just days after the Supreme Court makes a landmark ruling on the issue on Tuesday. The legislation is likely to be the centre of a major Commons wrangle, as it marks the last parliamentary hurdle for Theresa May as she moves to fire the starting gun on Brexit no later than March. At the weekend Labour signalled it is already planning at least two potential attempts to amend the Bill in a bid to give Parliament more grip on the Prime Minister’s rush to the exit door. Even some Tories want their leader to be more accountable, suspecting she will allow MPs as little influence on her plans as she can. Ministers have expected for weeks that the Supreme Court will order Ms May to give Parliament a vote on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning a two-year countdown to Brexit.

A powerful cross-party group of MPs is plotting to thwart Theresa May’s attempts to drive through a hard Brexit amid rising fears that UK businesses could soon have to pay huge export tariffs on goods they sell to the EU. The Labour, Lib Dem, Green and some pro-EU Tory MPs say May has no mandate for the “extreme Brexit” options speech she made last Tuesday – including the adoption of World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs if the UK cannot strike a free-trade deal with the EU within two years. They are now co-operating to try to prevent this. News of cross-party talks comes as MPs prepare for a verdict on Tuesday from the supreme court on whether ministers or parliament have the legal authority to trigger Brexit. If the 11 justices say the issue should be voted on in parliament, the MPs say they will seek to amend the legislation to make an extreme Brexit option impossible.

Labour Party

Labour will force a dramatic Commons showdown over Theresa May ’s plan for a Hard Brexit if the Government loses its crunch Supreme Court case today. The PM is preparing to rush through emergency legislation to keep her Brexit timetable on track if she loses the landmark case on who has the right to trigger Article 50. In a ruling this morning the 11 Supreme Court judges are expected to uphold last year’s High Court judgement that MPs, rather than Mrs May herself, should have the final say. Downing Street has a draft Bill in place to speed through Parliament in the coming weeks so Mrs May can meet her promise to trigger Article 50 before the end of March. Labour will not try to block the Bill – but announced last night it will demand key amendments to ensure Britain gets a good deal in the Brexit talks.

The Standard reports that up to half of the capital’s MPs are planning on resigning in order to defy Jeremy Corbyn and vote against triggering Article 50. Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said Labour MPs were stuck in a “very difficult position” as the party has “supporters, members, voters, on both sides of this debate”. She added that it would be “a big ask” and “very difficult for colleagues who have seats that voted strongly to Remain”. Erm, no, it wouldn’t. This is what the country voted for and if the London-centric Labour are seen to be blocking Brexit, their working class heartlands won’t forgive them when it comes to the next election.


Nicola Sturgeon has pledged that MSPs will be given the opportunity to vote on the triggering of Article 50, which will begin the formal Brexit process. Scotland’s First Minister said she would ensure Holyrood had its say regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling. Judges will decide whether Prime Minister Theresa May has to ask MPs and the devolved governments of Northern Ireland and Scotland before triggering the process to leave the European Union (EU). Ms May has made clear her intention to take the UK out of the single market, with Ms Sturgeon warning the move “undoubtedly” makes a second referendum on Scottish independence more likely. The Scottish Government has put forward proposals for a differentiated settlement that would allow Scotland to stay in the single market while the rest of the UK leaves.

Morning Star
SCOTTISH First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to give MSPs a vote on triggering Article 50 regardless of today’s Supreme Court ruling. Eleven of the most senior judges will decide whether Prime Minister Theresa May has to ask MPs and the devolved governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland before beginning the process of leaving the European Union. Last week she signalled that she wanted to take Britain out of the single market, a move which Ms Sturgeon says will “undoubtedly” make a second referendum on Scottish independence more likely. This is because Scottish ministers want Scotland to remain in the European single market.


Banks are using the euro less and less in international transactions, with financiers preferring to use dollars – indicating the euro’s declining importance in the global economy. Economists believe sustained political risk in the eurozone, fears that the currency area could fall apart, and the continuing hangover from the sovereign debt crisis have all contributed to the currency’s relative decline. Figures from the Bank of International Settlements, sometimes referred to as the central bank for central banks, show that the euro is being used less in international banking, while the US dollar continues to grow in importance.


BRUSSELS has threatened Italy with an almost certainly unpayable bill if the country’s citizens take the democratic decision to quit the troubled euro. EU chiefs said countries looking to axe the unpopular single currency will have to pay back all their debts in one go before they can leave, making such a move massively unaffordable. The pronouncement comes after prominent politicians in a number of member states including Italy, France, Greece and the Netherlands have all made noises about ditching the euro. Eurosceptic chiefs in Paris and Rome have promised to hold referendums on their countries’ membership of the eurozone if they sweep to power in a major crisis for Brussels. The Five Star Movement is leading the polls in Italy whilst Marine Le Pen is currently on course to win the first round of the French presidential election. And today eurocrats, who are increasingly nervous about the populist revolution sweeping the continent, issued a veiled threat of economic armageddon in a bid to dissuade further dissension amongst member states.

The boss of the European Central Bank has said countries looking to the disastrous single currency will have to pay back all of their debts in before they can leave, making such a feat a near economic impossibility. The news comes after Eurosceptic leaders Marine LePen and Beppe Grillo have promised referendums on leaving the Eurozone if they sweep to power. Just as we faced economic doom and gloom in our own referendum, it seems as if the powers that be are only just getting started on the next countries that are bold enough to challenge the status quo. As one former President put it: “Societies held together by fear and repression may offer the illusion of stability for a time, but they are built upon fault lines that will eventually tear asunder.”

European Union leaders have reacted angrily to the news that Britain wants to strike a quick trade deal with the U.S., reminding Britain that no official deal can be done while she remains within the EU. The warning came as the British prime minister, Theresa May, prepares to head to Washington D.C. to meet with America’s new President Donald Trump. May has signalled that she plans to discuss a “future trading relationship” when the two sit down on Friday. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson last week angered EU leaders when, en-route to a meeting in Brussels, he expressed delight at the prospect of a “very fast” deal with the U.S. During the meeting, he was made to restate the formal legal position that Britain is barred from negotiating trade deals while still within the EU,
The Times has reported.


They were supposed to test the maths skills of 16-year-olds but revision guides and homework books written by experts for new GCSEs were strewn with errors, it has been revealed. Two guides produced by leading publishers to complement maths qualifications created by exam boards have been pulped, with teenagers and teachers offered refunds. Other publishers apologised, saying mistakes would be corrected in future editions. Errors included incorrect answers to multiplication questions, a plus instead of a minus symbol in an algebra equation and a missing bracket that made a calculation incorrect. The blunders raise questions about the quality and accuracy of other textbooks, revision guides and homework materials by educational publishers.

GCSE maths revision guides and homework books have been pulped after researchers found they were riddled with mistakes. Some 1,000 copies of two guides produced by a top education publisher have been destroyed and refunds offered to those who bought them. Copies of a GCSE revision guide have had to be destroyed and refunds offered after it contained nearly a hundred mistakes Other publishers have apologised and said the mistakes in their books would be corrected in later editions. Errors included incorrect answers to multiplication questions, the wrong symbols and a missing bracket. The worst mistakes were found in Mastering Mathematics, published by Hodder Education, The Times reported.


Thousands of chronically ill patients could be forced out of their homes by a new restriction on NHS funding, campaigners have warned. In some areas the health service will no longer pay for carers to visit patients at home if it would be significantly cheaper to secure them a place in a residential care home. Charities said that the policy was extremely worrying and could deny people the choice of where they died. The money-saving restriction has been revealed by freedom of information requests to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England by the campaign group Disability United.

Ambulance trusts across the country are offering paramedics sign-on bonuses of up to £10,000 in a desperate attempt to fill gaping vacancy lists. Potential staff are offered ‘stunning’ packages – including ‘golden hellos’, relocation expenses and graduate ‘transition’ payments – as a bidding war escalates to attract ambulance staff. It comes in the midst of a national paramedic shortage as the health service tries to make the gruelling job appealing to new recruits. While trusts desperately try to poach staff from other parts of the country – or even from abroad – patients are being forced to wait for hours on end as ambulance trusts face unparalleled demand for their services.

Poisonous spiders

A CITY dubbed the false widow capital of the UK has hired spidermen to rid them from peoples’ homes. Residents in Brighton have reported the most problems with the country’s most venomous arachnid. So the council has added the species to its pest control list. Environmental health teams – which usually deal with mice and wasps – are now being called to exterminate them too. They charge £80 for one or two-bed homes, £100 for three or four-beds and £140 for large houses. A 2010 report said that Brighton and other parts of East Sussex had the highest number of cases making it the UK hotspot. Last October Stephanie Sheehan, 28, spotted three in her garage. She said: “The biggest one is massive. Its body is as big as a large marble and it moves fast.” In March 2014, Joe Whitehouse, also of Brighton, trapped one after spotting one on his bed. Bites can result in severe swelling, a burning sensation, chest pains and numbness. The spiders are known to lurk in warm rooms where windows have been left open and they come inside in the autumn to mate.

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