DELAYING Brexit past March 29 is ILLEGAL Brexiteers have claimed tonight, in a last ditch bid to stop the PM keeping us in the EU for longer. Leave-backing MPs have written to Theresa May to warn her that changing our exit day to either April 12 or May 22 could be unlawful. They argue that because Mrs May agreed to the change before they got a chance to vote on it, it creates “serious legal doubts about the extension”. MPs would usually get a vote on international treaties before they are changed, the group says in a three-page letter. Sir Bill Cash, Michael Tomlinson, Suella Braverman and David Jones are all behind the call. And Mrs May is unlawfully using obscure Royal Prerogative laws too because they say it is the clear will of Parliament that the UK should leave the EU on March 29. MPs voted in the Article 50 Bill to trigger the process of leaving the EU, which gives us two years before we automatically leave. The Brexiteers say that votes two weeks ago where the Commons said no to leaving without a deal, were only motions in the House and were not legally binding. The PM did promise to abide by the will of the House in the votes, and then sought an extension of Article 50 from the EU.
Rebel MPs warned Theresa May last night that they will change the law to force her to accept whatever Brexit plan they pick tonight. A series of paper ballots will be held this evening on alternatives to her deal after backbenchers seized control of the Commons timetable in an unprecedented turn of events. Mrs May has said she will not be bound by the results of these indicative votes, which could demand a soft Brexit.
MPs are gearing up for a series of votes on different Brexit scenarios after dramatically wresting control of the EU exit process from the government. Different Brexit factions must put forward their preferred options by the end of the day for “indicative votes” on Wednesday, including bids for a Norway-style deal and a second referendum. The move could pave the way for a softer Brexit, prompting infighting among Eurosceptic hardliners over whether to back Theresa May‘s deal instead.
SQUABBLING MPs rushed to carve up Brexit as 16 alternatives to Theresa May’s deal were tabled for a historic Commons showdown on our EU divorce. Politicians rushed to derail No.10’s plans after rebel leaders Sir Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn took control of Westminster and paved the way for a crunch debate. MPs will be given the chance to use ‘pink slips’ to cast a vote on their preferred Brexit options in the biggest Westminster power shift since the 1880s
PARLIAMENT will seize control of the House of Commons on Wednesday away from the Government for a series of indicative votes on Brexit. So how will it work? The proposal for indicative votes was spearheaded by former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin as an attempt to break the Brexit impasse. On Monday night, a 29-strong rebellion by Tory MPs saw the government defeated and Sir Oliver’s proposal backed.
Delaying Brexit by a year is preferable to Theresa May’s “toxic” withdrawal agreement, according to a senior figure in the Democratic Unionist Party. Referring to the twice-rejected UK-EU agreement as a “prison” for the UK, Sammy Wilson, the DUP’s Brexit spokesperson, reiterated that his party will not vote for an “unamended, or unchanged version”.
The DUP now consider a long extension to Brexit to be preferable to the prime minister’s deal, Sky News understands. Some in the party believe if the prime minister is forced by MPs to request a longer extension, there may be a change of Conservative leader to someone who could force through a different deal. The party has been in talks with deputy prime minister David Lidington over the government’s offer of a “Stormont lock” to ensure new EU laws applied in Northern Ireland would be accepted by the rest of the UK under the backstop arrangements.
A key figure in the Democratic Unionist party has said he would rather see a one-year delay to Brexit than support Theresa May’s withdrawal deal. Sammy Wilson, the DUP’s parliamentary Brexit spokesman, wrote that his party would not allow “the PM or the remainer horde in parliament to bully us into backing a toxic Brexit deal”. It was not clear whether he was writing in an official capacity or as an individual MP.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson has confirmed the party will not vote through Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement when it returns to the Commons. Writing in the Telegraph, Wilson claimed “the Withdrawal Agreement itself means no Brexit. We have worked assiduously with the Government to try to get changes to the agreement and will continue to do so, but we will not vote for an unamended or unchanged version”.
The DUP have dealt a killer blow to Theresa May’s plan as they refused to back her ‘toxic’ Brexit deal. The Northern Ireland party, which props up the Tories in Parliament, have consistently opposed the PM’s deal because of the Irish backstop. As a number of Brexiteers are indicating they could cave and back the deal to avoid no Brexit, the DUP are holding firm. On Tuesday they insisted they still preferred leaving without a deal to Theresa May’s deal.
Theresa May is preparing to bring her Brexit deal back to the Commons by the end of the week after being told by prominent Leavers that she is within sight of victory. Boris Johnson last night joined Jacob Rees-Mogg in warning of growing risks that another defeat would mean Britain remaining in the EU. Mr Rees-Mogg said that he now backed Mrs May’s deal, subject to support from the DUP.
Leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has signalled that he may support Theresa May’s deal, promoting fury from Brexit hardliners. Mr Rees-Mogg said the prime minister’s Brexit deal was “better than not leaving at all” amid the fallout from a dramatic night in the Commons, where MPs voted to seize control of the process from the government.
Jacob Rees-Mogg was accused by hard Brexiteers last night of going soft after he indicated that he was likely to vote for Theresa May’s deal to leave the European Union. Leading Brexiteers began to climb down after months of opposition to the prime minister’s Brexit deal yesterday, with a source close to the European Research Group (ERG) saying that opposition in their ranks could drop to about 15 MPs if Mrs May sets out a timetable to leave office.
Jacob Rees-Mogg today urges hardline Eurosceptics to back Theresa May or face losing Brexit altogether. Writing in the Daily Mail, he says fellow Leavers have to face the ‘awkward reality’ that Remainers will thwart the 2016 referendum result unless the EU withdrawal agreement is passed. Mr Rees-Mogg admits that his change of heart will prompt accusations of treachery from some of his followers.
Eleven Eurosceptics have reluctantly thrown their support behind Theresa May’s deal amid concerns the alternative would be “losing Brexit altogether”. On Tuesday Jacob Rees-Mogg signalled he was ready to vote for the Prime Minister’s agreement and said: “The choice seems to be Mrs May’s deal or no Brexit.” Mr Rees-Mogg, who leads the Brexiteer European Research Group, has twice voted against the deal and previously said the only way he could support the deal would be if the backstop was removed.
THERESA MAY will address Tory MPs at the 1922 committee at 5pm today amid speculation she will use the meeting to announce the date of her resignation – while Brexiteer MPs have claimed the decision to delay Article 50 was “unlawful”. One MP said it was “certainly a possibility” the Prime Minister would inform the influential groups of backbenchers when she intends to step down.
Prime Minister Theresa May is facing calls to name the date of her departure from Conservative MPs ahead of a set of votes to alter the direction of Brexit. Immediately before the indicatives votes on Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister will address Tory MPs at a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee, where she is expected to seek further support for her Withdrawal Agreement.
Theresa May is under intense pressure to set out a timetable for her departure from Downing Street to seal the support of Brexit hardliners for her twice-rejected deal. The prime minister will address Conservative MPs at a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers on Wednesday as the House of Commons prepares to vote on alternatives to her Brexit deal. There are renewed signs that leavers are reluctantly preparing to back her in a third meaningful vote rather than risk seeing Brexit slip away altogether.
TORY grandees have told Theresa May to say she’ll quit within weeks when she addresses all Conservative MPs today. Their shop steward Sir Graham Brady summoned the PM to a pivotal showdown of all Tory ministers and backbenchers at 5pm. The 1922 Committee boss held a one-on-one meeting with Mrs May in No10 yesterday which all her aides were excluded from, The Sun can reveal.
BRITAIN will be expected to stump up £7bn in contributions to the EU’s 2019 budget under the European Commission’s contingency plans for a no deal Brexit. Brussels said the deadline for the UK to confirm it will pay up remains April 18 despite the Article 50 extension and the first payment is due on April 30.
SPEAKER John Bercow admitted European law “trumps” UK national law, in response to Brexiteer MP Kate Hoey’s question on whether EU law can overrule Parliament. John Bercow admitted EU law still “trumps” UK national law during a debate in the House of Commons on Monday. The comment came in response to Kate Hoey asking if EU law has the power to overrule Parliament.
Theresa May is “totally devoid of the basic human skills” needed for office, a leading MEP said on Tuesday, as Guy Verhoftstadt hailed the “real Brexit revolt” in Britain after Westminster wrested control of the Article 50 process from the prime minister. Philippe Lamberts, who sits on the European Parliament’s influential Brexit steering group, said the prime minister had an “inability to factor in what other people think”.
Theresa May lacks the ‘basic human skills’ needed to be an effective political leader today, a senior Eurocrat jibed today. Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts, a member of the European Parliament’s Brexit steering committee, said the Prime Minister had been unable to establish ‘bonds of trust’ with other European leaders. Mrs May spoke to EU leaders for 90 minutes at last week’s crunch summit as she made her request for a delay to Brexit.
Theresa May has struggled in Brexit negotiations because she lacks “the basic human skills to be a political leader”, an EU figure involved in exit negotiations has said. In a remarkable assessment that illustrates EU frustration at the prime minister, Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian MEP who sits on the EU legislature’s Brexit steering group, said she had left European leaders “upset” time and time again with her robotic approach.
NO-DEAL Brexit next month is becoming “increasingly likely,” the European Commission said today. Senior EU officials said they had completed their preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit if Britain leaves without an approved Withdrawal Agreement by April 12. Theresa May told the Commons that there was “still not sufficient support” among MPs to bring her Withdrawal Agreement back for a third “meaningful vote” this week before the original exit date of March 29 — this Friday.
All new cars will be fitted with speed limiters from 2022 under tough EU safety rules. The Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) black boxes will use GPS to work out what the speed limit is and will then ensure the car doesn’t break it. New models will need to have an ISA fitted as standard within three years after the European Commission approved the legislation. This will include cars in Britain even if Brexit happens because the UK’s Vehicle Certification Agency said it will still mirror the EU rules.
BRITAIN could be forced to scrap the annual changing of the clocks after Euro MPs voted to abolish it today. The EU Parliament backed a new law that will see the UK made to ditch the biannual time switch if it extends the transition beyond March 2021. And the rule would become permanent if MPs force the Government into seeking a soft Brexit which keeps us inside the Single Market. Northern Ireland would be made to choose whether to align with Dublin or London, creating an hour time difference with one of them for half the year.
The European Parliament has backed a proposal to stop the obligatory one-hour clock change which extends daylight hours in summer EU-wide. The proposal requires states to stop the twice-yearly clock change from 2021, and choose either permanent summer time or winter time. Ministers will also have a say on this. Under an EU directive, all 28 states currently switch to summer time on the last Sunday of March and back to winter time on the last Sunday of October.
The European Parliament has voted to end the changing of clocks between winter and summer time as member states will decide their own time zone. MEPs voted in favour of EU Commission proposals to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn from 2021. Each member state will decide whether to keep summer time or winter time all year round.
Europe will be an “ideal refuge for asylum seekers and migrants” in a world where “climate change and global poverty” will drive increasing numbers of poor people to seek better lives elsewhere, according to an EU policy briefing. The “unprecedented arrival of refugees and irregular migrants” seen during the crisis of 2015 exposed a need for Brussels to reform the bloc’s policies on “asylum, external borders and migration”, according to the EU Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).
GERMAN and French MEPs have met for crunch EU talks in further signs Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are strengthening their partnership in a desperate bid to seek strength at the top of the bloc. Fifty MPs from France and Germany gathered at the National Assembly in Paris for the first instalment of the new Franco-German parliamentary assembly as spearheaded by the French President.
Britain’s top police officer admitted yesterday that knife crime is at the worst level she has seen in her 35-year career. Cressida Dick blamed drugs for youth knife violence rocketing to the ‘highest and most worrying level’ she had ever encountered. The Scotland Yard Commissioner spoke out as police released shocking images of deadly blades seized from children under the age of 16 in the past two months.
The head of Scotland Yard has said that knife crime is the worst she has seen and that drugs are “the root of it all”. Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, told MPs yesterday that the £100 million promised by the government to tackle the problem was a “small amount of money”, and that interdepartmental action was lacking. Knife crime has risen every year for the past four years, and a series of murders have led to calls for action. Last year knife killings were at the highest since records began in 1946.
SIX people including four teenagers have been stabbed in another bloody night of London knife carnage. One boy was slashed in the face metres from a North London police station while another was knifed multiple times with “massive blades” in front of terrified children. People were stabbed in Blackheath in South East London, Barking, East London, Hounslow, West London, and Tooting, South West London, and Tottenham in North London on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said.
The number of NHS staff quitting over long hours has tripled in six years, new figures show. Nurse leaders said patient care was being “routinely compromised by chronic staff shortages” which were set to worsen, unless action is taken. The NHS figures show that more than 200,000 nurses have left the service since 2010 – including more than 160,000 staff who left for reasons other than retirement. In 2017/18, more than 26,000 nurses left the health service – a rise from 21,041 in 2010/11, the statistics show.
More than 200,000 nurses have quit the NHS since 2010, official figures have revealed. The number quitting because they’re unhappy with their work-life balance has almost tripled in the same period. There has been a 73 per cent rise in nurses leaving for health reasons, and 69 per cent more resigned because of a lack of opportunities in 2018 than in 2011.
More than 200,000 nurses have quit the NHS since the Conservatives entered government, with three-quarters of these prior to retirement age, new analysis shows. Across the NHS voluntary resignations have risen 55 per cent since 2011 and 163,094 nurses left the NHS early, figures compiled by the Labour party show.
HUNDREDS of university students have fallen ill after a mumps outbreak. Public Health England has confirmed 40 cases of mumps and 220 suspected cases across Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham. There have been a number of outbreaks at the two sites, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
Copyright laws which critics say could change the internet have been voted in by the European Parliament. The new rules, including the controversial Article 13, will hold tech firms responsible for material posted without copyright permission. Sharing memes and GIFs will still be allowed under the new laws. Many musicians and creators say the legislation will compensate artists fairly – but others argue that they will destroy user-generated content.
The European Parliament has just voted for the controversial proposed directive on copyright rules, otherwise known as ‘Article 13’. The new online rules are controversial as it will make online platforms legally responsible for all of the copyright content they host. It will be a complete nightmare for the likes of YouTube and others. This could result in online platforms using upload filters to ensure nothing that is copyrighted is allowed to be uploaded full stop.