Second referendum/customs union/WA

Telegraph
Theresa May has offered MPs a vote on a second referendum and a temporary customs union in exchange for supporting her Brexit deal next month.  In a major speech aimed at “seeking common ground”, the Prime Minister revealed a raft of concessions aimed at winning over Labour MPs and breaking the Parliamentary deadlock.  To the fury of Tory Brexiteers, Mrs May revealed that the Government would facilitate a fresh vote on a second referendum when the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) is put before the Commons next month.  Acknowledging the “genuine and sincere strength of feeling” across the Commons on the issue, she said that the vote must take place before her deal can be ratified. She also revealed that MPs would be given the option to establish a temporary customs union with the European Union, which could be changed by a future Government, should it decide on a different trading relationship with Brussels.

Evening Standard
Theresa May today unveiled her “last chance” ten-point new Brexit plan but Tory and Labour MPs immediately vowed to torpedo it. In a move likely to anger Brexiteers, the Prime Minister said it would be left to Parliament to decide what type of customs arrangements the UK would have in the future with the EU. MPs would also get a vote on a second referendum under the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB). However, even as she was still halfway through delivering her new blueprint, Tory MPs were announcing they would oppose the proposals which are said to have sparked an “absolute bun fight” at Cabinet this morning.

ITV News
Theresa May has said her “new Brexit deal” will include a vote on whether to hold a second referendum, as she urged MPs to back her Withdrawal Agreement. The prime minister said the vote would be contained in the bill, which goes before Parliament for a fourth time in early June. She warned a failure to reach an agreement on Brexit would lead to a “nightmare future of permanently polarised politics”. Mrs May said in a speech on Tuesday: “I’ve listened carefully to those who have been arguing for a second referendum, I’ve made my own view on this clear many times.

Mail
Theresa May was monstered from all sides tonight after she offered a vote on a second referendum in a desperate effort to get her Brexit Bill through. The PM made an emotional plea for MPs to get on board with her ‘bold’ package, saying they had ‘one last chance’ to get the UK’s departure from the EU over the line before the chance ‘slips away’. ‘I’ve tried everything I possibly can to get this through,’ she said. ‘I’ve offered to give up the job I love.’  Mrs May held out the prospect of a temporary customs union until the next general election, as well as a vote on a referendum in a bid to break the deadlock.

BBC News
Theresa May has said MPs have “one last chance” to deliver Brexit, urging them to back what she said was a “new deal”. MPs will get a vote on whether to hold another referendum if they back the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, she said. The bill also contains new guarantees on workers’ rights, environmental protections and the Northern Irish border, as well a customs “compromise”. Labour said it was a “rehash” of existing plans and Tory Brexiteers took to social media to vent their anger.

Mirror
Theresa May today promised MPs a bombshell vote on holding a second referendum in a last-ditch bid to pass her Brexit deal. In a humiliating final gamble, she pledged a legally-binding vote will be included in her Withdrawal Agreement Bill when it comes to the Commons, starting in the week of June 3. That means if MPs vote for a second referendum the government will be FORCED to legislate for it.

Express
PRIME Minister Theresa May outlined her final push for an amended Brexit deal Parliament will vote on – including giving MPs a vote on a second referendum in a move that will outrage Brexit voters. Mrs May announced she will give MPs a say on a second referendum as part of her new withdrawal agreement. She said MPs will need to “make a case” for a fresh vote. She said that “with the right Brexit deal we can end this corrosive debate”, after making the shock announcement. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has already hinted that his party will reject her deal.

Times
Theresa May offered MPs a package of changes on her Brexit deal today but only if they voted for the first stage of legislation in two weeks’ time. The prime minister put forward a ten-point package in order to appeal to Labour MPs and holdouts in the Tory party as well as the DUP. She warned that Britain risked a “permanently polarised politics” if the vote failed in a fortnight. Mrs May offered the prospect of a second referendum vote and one on a customs union if MPs approve the withdrawal agreement bill when it reaches the floor of the Commons in the first week of June.

Independent
Theresa May has refused to commit to holding a fresh Brexit referendum even if MPs vote for it, as she made a last-gasp bid to rescue her deal. The prime minister announced she would allow a Commons vote on the controversy – if MPs give initial approval to the withdrawal agreement bill – but immediately cast doubt on whether a public vote would follow. “What the House of Commons will be saying is what they want to see in the final bill,” Ms May said, declining to say she would legislate for a Final Say referendum.

Guardian
Theresa May’s final attempt to patch together a parliamentary majority for Brexit appears to have backfired after her 10-point “new deal” was rejected by MPs from across the political spectrum. In a speech at the headquarters of consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers in London on Tuesday, the prime minister laid out a series of promises that will be included in the 100-page withdrawal agreement bill (Wab) when it is published later this week – including an offer of a binding vote on a referendum if the deal passes.

Sun
THERESA May today caved in to Labour’s Brexit demands as she made a last-ditch bid to save her deal – but it was immediately rejected by Brexiteers and the Labour leader. The desperate PM even offered MPs the right to vote on holding a second EU referendum in a desperate gambit to avoid a fourth humiliating Commons defeat next month. She promised stronger workers’ rights, protections for the environment and a Commons veto over trade talks to try and win cross-party backing for her “new Brexit deal”.

Sky News
Theresa May has launched a desperate personal plea to Jeremy Corbyn to back her Brexit deal following a backlash over her last-ditch compromise. Appealing to the Labour leader in a letter, the prime minister declared that a vote on her withdrawal agreement next month was the “last chance” to deliver Brexit. She said her 10-point plan unveiled on Tuesday to “seek common ground in parliament” had shown that “I am willing to compromise”.

BBC News
Theresa May will make the case for her new Brexit plan in Parliament later, amid signs that Conservative opposition to her leadership is hardening. The prime minister will give a statement to MPs on her changes to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – including her promise to give MPs a vote on holding another referendum. But Labour MPs said too little had changed for them to come on board. And one ex-Tory minister questioned whether June’s vote would even happen.

Guido
Theresa May has committed to ‘ten commandments’ as part of the new offer she is putting before Parliament in one final attempt to pass her Withdrawal Agreement. They include a vote on a second referendum. Read them here:

Times
Tory MPs including Boris Johnson have rejected a “new Brexit deal” offered by Theresa May yesterday in an attempt to break the Commons deadlock. The prime minister dangled the prospect of a second referendum and full customs union with the EU until the next election to win cross-party backing for her proposals. However, after she presented the package, the tally of 34 Tory MPs who were holding out against her deal had almost doubled.

Mail
Theresa May’s Brexit deal was hanging by a thread last night as furious Tory MPs savaged her decision to open the door to a second referendum. In a dramatic gamble, the Prime Minister offered MPs a binding vote on a second EU poll – if they backed her withdrawal deal at the fourth attempt next month. Mrs May pleaded with Parliament to finally approve her plan so Britain could avoid ‘a nightmare future of permanently polarised politics’. Desperate to win over Labour MPs, she also suggested the agreement could be amended to include a temporary customs union.

Tory leadership

Telegraph
Theresa May faced calls from her own party to resign “immediately” on Tuesday night after putting a second referendum on the table in a “sellout” attempt to save her Brexit deal. The Prime Minister provoked fury after she caved in to Labour demands for a vote on holding a so-called “confirmatory” ballot, which she hopes will tempt opposition MPs to back the deal. She also announced that Parliament will be given a vote on keeping Britain in a customs union with the EU until the next general election.

Times
Boris Johnson has received the backing of Jacob Rees-Mogg as he comes under pressure to vote against Theresa May’s new Brexit deal. The cabinet met today to finalise new legislation to be put before parliament in a fortnight as the prime minister prepares a final attempt to win the support of MPs for her withdrawal deal. Downing Street is braced for a further breakdown in discipline as Brexiteer cabinet ministers bridle at new compromises to win Labour backing.

EU

Telegraph
Donald Tusk has been accused of interfering in British politics after he told Remainers in London to vote for a Change UK candidate in Thursday’s European Parliament elections. The president of the European Council, one of the EU’s most senior officials,  backed Jan Rostowski, who is second on Change UK’s list of candidates for the vote behind Gavin Esler, a former BBC journalist. Eurosceptic politicians accused Mr Tusk of meddling in internal British affairs.

Breitbart
Senior European Union officials have once again intervened in a British election, as European Council President Donald Tusk urges Londoners to back his preferred candidate when voting on Thursday. Donald Tusk, who is the President of the European Council and was the centre-right Europhile Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014 made the remarks in support of his former Deputy Prime Minister, Anglo-Pole Jan-Vincent Rostowski who is standing as a Change UK candidate in London for Thursday’s election.

Times
The toxic combination of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, populism, the rise of the far right and Russia will “destroy the EU”, says the chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels. Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister who leads Brexit talks for the European parliament, compared Mr Johnson, the favourite to be the next British Conservative leader, to Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader, warning that they both represent a “huge” threat.

Express
BREXITEERS savaged outspoken Eurocrat Guy Verhofstadt following his plea for Britons’ to say “b*llocks to Brexit” and vote for the Lib Dems in Thursday’s European election. The former Belgian prime minister and chief Brexit-basher posted made the appeal in a video on his social media account in the immediate aftermath of Theresa May’s announcement of a new deal with the EU which sees her offer up a vote on a second referendum. Mr Verhofstadt said: “At these European elections, pro-Europeans in Britain have the chance to make a noise that the whole of Europe will hear.

LibDems

Sun
THE LIB DEMS will top Labour in the Euro Elections because of Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit fudge, ex-Minister Ed Davey claims. The veteran said the “millions” switching to the Lib Dems from Labour now was bigger than the exodus sparked by the Iraq War. And he said the momentum was behind the party after it leapfrogged Labour into second place in polling over the weekend. A YouGov poll on Saturday showed the Libs were at 17 per cent – to Labour on 15 per cent, down 10.

Euro elections

Express
THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2019 are in two days and the Brexit Party is forecast to win the most votes of any UK political party – but could Nigel Farage’s Eurosceptic party form a European Parliament alliance with France’s right-wing National Rally led by Marine Le Pen? European politicians have less than 48 hours of campaigning left to win crucial support ahead of the start of the European Elections 2019.

Independent
Millions of EU citizens are demanding urgent action to stop them being turned away from polling booths at the European elections because of red tape. The government has been accused of failing to make clear that EU nationals in this country must fill in an additional form in order to vote on Thursday. Now a support group is calling for them to be allowed to sign a statement at the polling station – confirming their vote will only be used in the UK – to avoid being disenfranchised.

Express
VOTERS have been tipped to throw a spanner in the works during the European elections by delivering a result which will a previously unheralded minority party to be “kingmakers” in the determination of bloc-wide policy, a senior MEP has said. Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron launched a desperate bid to stop populists sweeping the board at Thursday’s European elections – by saying the EU needs to tighten its borders, echoing the message of far-right leaders including Marine Le Pen and Italy’s Matteo Salvini.

Election spending

Guardian
Conservative ministers are considering a law to protect MPs and party officials from prosecution if their national parties overspend during elections, leaked documents have shown. The move follows the conviction in January of Marion Little, a Tory party organiser from head office, and the acquittal of the MP Craig Mackinlay after they were accused of breaking electoral law as the party fought off a challenge from Nigel Farage in Thanet South.

EU migration

Sun
SAJID JAVID is ripping up Theresa May’s post-Brexit plans for a £30,000 minimum salary threshold for EU migrants, The Sun can reveal. The Tory leadership hopeful wants a powerful committee to look into lowering prospective wage bands in a move that will enrage Tory Eurosceptics. In an explosive letter, he instructs the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to consider allowing firms to pay the “going rate” for foreign recruits after Brexit – and to look at regional wage limits.

Social care

BBC News
English councils face a funding “black hole” of more than £50bn over the next six years unless extra cash is made available, a lobby group has said. The County Councils Network said rising costs and demand for services, like social care, could mean councils resort to providing the “bare minimum”. It said yearly council tax rises and making services more efficient will “not be enough” to plug the gap. The government said councils will have access to £46.4bn this year.

British Steel

Mirror
Pressure was mounting on the Government to bailout British Steel with a £30million lifeline today. Reports suggest the firm, which employs 4,000 workers at its Scunthorpe plant, could plunge into administration tomorrow unless ministers stump up cash. British Steel, formed in 2016 after it was rescued by investment firm Greybull Capital, received a £100million loan to pay an EU emissions bill earlier this month. Now it needs more money to avoid collapse, which would jeopardise 20,000 jobs in its supply chain.

BBC News
Labour has urged the government to nationalise British Steel in order to protect jobs and the steel industry. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the collapse of British Steel would have a “devastating impact” on Scunthorpe. British Steel is on the verge of administration as it continues to lobby for government backing, sources say. The UK’s second-biggest steel maker had been trying to secure £75m in financial support to help it to address “Brexit-related issues”. If the firm does not get the cash it would put 5,000 jobs at risk and endanger 20,000 in the supply chain.

Jamie Oliver

Morning Star
JAMIE OLIVER’S restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian crashed today, putting as many as 1,300 jobs at risk. The 23 Jamie’s Italian outlets, as well as the TV chef’s other restaurants Fifteen and Barbecoa, went into the administration of KPMG – a professional service company. Mr Oliver said he was “deeply saddened” by the outcome. Branches in Manchester, London Victoria, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and Nottingham were all shut immediately. Sales at the restaurants fell nearly 11 per cent last year to £101 million as 12 restaurants were closed and some 600 staff made redundant.

Star
TELLY chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain has collapsed into administration.  The cook’s “Jamie’s Italian” chain has appointed administrators after falling victim to the High Street crisis, Press Association reports. The move now puts 1,300 jobs at risk across the chain’s 25 restaurants just two years after it narrowly averted an earlier collapse. Jamie Oliver said: “I’m devastated that our much-loved UK restaurants have gone into administration.

ITV News
All bar three of Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurants are to close, with the loss of 1,000 jobs. The celebrity chef said he was “devastated” following moves to put his restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian into administration. He tweeted to express his sadness, thanking those who “put their hearts and souls into this business over the years”. Of the 25-strong portfolio of eateries just three will remain – two of the Jamie’s Italian brand and a Jamie’s Diner, all at Gatwick Airport. The 15 restaurant in Cornwall, which operates as a franchise, also survives.

Climate change

Sun
GLOBAL sea levels could rise by more than double previous estimates creating 200 million climate change refugees, a new study has revealed. Significant rises have long been feared as ice melts at the poles accelerates due to the planet warming up. This could see 200 million people displaced globally – roughly 20 times the number displaced by the Second World War. It was previously thought the world was on course for a rise of just under one metre, but experts now say it could be twice that, with “profound consequences for humanity”.

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