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Donald Trump has been confirmed as the president elect of the USA.

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Tory MPs are drawing up plans to force a Commons vote on triggering the Brexit process to stop Parliament being dictated to by the Supreme Court. The news came as the Scottish government launched its own legal action at the Supreme Court to try to frustrate plans for Brexit. Government lawyers were given the formal go-ahead to challenge the High Court ruling at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. A group of Conservative Eurosceptic MPs are planning to press Commons authorities to organise a backbench debate next week.

Britain’s Supreme Court is likely to make its ruling in the New Year on the issue of whether the government requires parliamentary approval before launching the formal process of leaving the European Union.
Prime Minister Theresa May wants to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, the formal step that will start divorce proceedings, by the end of March, but the High Court ruled last week that the decision had to be made by parliament. The Supreme Court said it had granted the government permission to appeal against the High Court judgment and set aside four days, from Dec. 5 to 8, to deal with the matter. It did not expect to make an immediate ruling on the issue. “Judgment will be reserved at the conclusion of that hearing and follow at a later date, probably in the New Year,” the court said in a statement.


Nicola Sturgeon has launched a legal ambush on the UK Government as it seeks to overturn a court ruling which forces it to let MPs vote on Theresa May’s Brexit plans.
The Scottish First Minister has ordered the nation’s most senior law officer, the Lord Advocate, to lodge a formal application at the Supreme Court to intervene in the case. Ms Sturgeon said it “simply cannot be right” that rights linked to membership of the European Union “can be removed by the UK Government on the say-so of a Prime Minister without parliamentary debate, scrutiny or consent”. It comes after the High Court ruled that Ms May could not use royal prerogative powers to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, launching official Brexit talks. Ministers will appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court.

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Scottish government will move to formally join the next legal battle over MPs’ right to vote on
article 50 after the British government’s defeat in the high court last week. The Brexit case will be heard at the supreme court over the course of four days between 5 and 8 December. The Welsh government has already declared its intention to intervene in the case. All 11 justices on the court will sit on the panel hearing the case – an unprecedented number. The panel will be chaired by the supreme court president, David Neuberger. Permission to appeal has been formally granted to the Westminster government. The four-day hearing will be broadcast live by the court.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the consent of the Scottish Parliament should be sought before Article 50 is triggered.
The case will be heard by all 11 Supreme Court justices. At the completion of legal submissions, the justices will reserve their decision to a date “probably in the New Year”. Earlier today Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her government is trying to meddle in the British Government’s bid to overturn a legal ruling which made clear that MPs must approve the formal triggering of Brexit. The country’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it will do this because it wants the Scottish Parliament to have its say about when Britain leaves the European Union. The Lord Advocate, Scotland’s most senior law officer, is to lodge a formal application at the Supreme Court to intervene in the case. Ms Sturgeon said it “simply cannot be right” that rights linked to membership of the European Union “can be removed by the UK Government on the say-so of a Prime Minister without parliamentary debate, scrutiny or consent”.

The Scottish government is seeking to intervene in the Brexit appeal at the Supreme Court,requesting an order from the court forcing the British government to get the approval of the regional governments before triggering Article 50, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
Speaking at her residence in Edinburgh, the First Minister announced that Lord Advocate James Wolffe, Scotland’s most senior law officer, will lodge a formal application asking for leave to make representations in the case, the Telegraph has reported . The Supreme Court is due to hear an appeal by the government to a High Court ruling which found that Parliamentary approval is required before Article 50 can in invoked. Sturgeon refused to go into the detail of what the Lord Advocate will argue, but insisted that Holyrood must also grant “consent” before Article 50 can be triggered. Although the majority of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) opposed Brexit, Sturgeon insisted that the right would not be a de facto veto.

BBC News
The Scottish government will seek to oppose the UK government in the Supreme Court during the appeal over the triggering of Article 50. The High Court ruled last week that MPs must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU. The UK government immediately said it would appeal to the Supreme Court, with a hearing due next month. The Lord Advocate, Scotland’s most senior law officer, will now apply to be heard in the case. A spokesman for Downing Street said it would be for the courts to decide whether the intervention was granted, but insisted it would “work very closely with all of the devolved administrations as we develop our plans for negotiating our exit from the EU.” Prime Minister Theresa May argues that the result of the EU referendum – and existing ministerial powers – means MPs do not need to vote on the triggering of Article 50.

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to join the legal battle against Theresa May triggering Brexit without permission from MPs. The Scottish First Minister announced she is applying to join the case over whether parliamentary approval is needed to invoke Article 50. She insisted that Holyrood and other devolved institutions should also sign off before the formal process of cutting ties with Brussels can begin. The High Court ruled last week that Theresa May cannot use executive powers to launch the two-year mechanism for leaving the EU. The Supreme Court confirmed today it would hear the Government appeal over four days from December 5 – but warned it was unlikely to publish a result before the New Year.


The European Parliament is to consider a plan that would allow British citizens to opt-in and keep their
European Union citizenship – and its associated benefits – once the UK leaves the EU. The proposal, which has been put before a parliamentary committee as an amendment, would grant the citizens of former member states the voluntary right to retain “associate citizenship” of the EU, such as after Brexit . Associate citizens would be allowed to keep free movement across the EU as full citizens currently enjoy and would be allowed to vote in European Parliament elections, meaning they were still represented in Brussels. The proposal could potentially give Brits who live and work across borders a workaround to the disruption caused by the Leave vote – and young people looking to flee an increasingly insular UK greater choice over where to move to.

A NEW report has revealed how EU laws designed to save the struggling euro have made it easier for terrorists to set up bank accounts in the UK. The paper by the respected thinktank Global Britain has underlined why Britain needs to get out of the EU quickly to protect the integrity of its financial system and fight terror and organised crime. The report – ‘The EU’s payments paradox’ written by Bob Lyddon, a City banking expert – reveals that 15 years of EU legislation to harmonise payments in the Eurozone has made it easier to facilitate the financing of terrorists while costing British financial businesses and their customers millions to introduce. It explains that EU legislation on boosting digital banking and designed to support the struggling euro has made it easier for terrorists posing as new citizens to open legitimate bank accounts and transfer money to each other unmonitored.

FED up Germans are leaving Germany ‘in droves’ in the wake of Angela Merkel’s open door migrant policy.
As more than one million migrants arrived in Germany in the last year, new data reveals 138,000 Germans left in 2015. More than 1.5million Germans have left the country in the last decade, with many of them highly educated. Academics and students are among the Germans deciding to move leaving holes in the local economy. Statistics released by German statistics agency Destatis said the number of people arriving in Germany “was as high as never before” with the increase in numbers “due to increased immigration of foreign nationals”. The number of migrants expected to arrive in Germany is set to continue, according to officials. Frank-Jürgen Weise, the head of the country’s migration office, BAMF, predicted at least 300,000 more migrants will arrive in Germany in 2016.

German Chancellor
Angela Merkel has warned that Russia may try to interfere in her country’s elections next year, amid claims of Kremlin meddling in the US presidential battle. Washington has accused Russian hackers of trying to interfere in the election, with FBI director James Comey linking cyber attacks to ‘bad attackers’ supported by Moscow. Now Merkel said there are already signs of the same thing happening in Europe. She said today: ‘We are already, even now, having to deal with information out of Russia or with internet attacks that are of Russian origin or with news which sows false information.’ She said dealing with this is already a ‘daily task’, and added: ‘So it may be that this could also play a role during the election campaign.’ The Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed allegations that it is backing hackers trying to interfere with the US election.


Acting UKIP leader Farage has been working with Trump in the last leg of the campaign and has even given speeches at rallies for the Republican.
But as US Election day arrives, the chief Brexiteer revealed he would not say no if Trump offered him a job should he win the White House. Speaking on ITV, Farage said: “If he did offer me a job I would quite like to be his ambassador to the European Union. I think I would do that job very well.” He added: “This election is very simple: it’s rather like Brexit. Do you want a change, or do you want to stay exactly as you are? That’s what it’s all about.” Farage hailed today’s presidential vote as “Brexit day” for the US as the UKIPer remained hopeful of an anti-establishment upset. Experts told Daily Star Online a Trump victory would be Brexit “times ten” and slammed polls putting Hillary Clinton ahead as “wrong”. Donald Trump has previously described his potential election victory as “Brexit plus plus plus” and fondly branded his chum Farage as “Mr Brexit”.

Disabled people

The Government’s welfare reforms and austerity policies have led to “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, an inquiry by the United Nations found.
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities dispatched investigators to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast in October last year. They found that a string of legislation introduced since 2010 as part of welfare reforms and austerity policies had had a negative impact, including the Welfare Reform Act 2012, Care Act 2014, and Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. UK disability charities, which have long warned against the Government’s approach to disability, said the UN findings confirmed that Tory policies are making life harder for disabled people. However, the Conservative minister in charge of the welfare system branded the committee’s approach as “patronising and offensive”.

General election

William Hague has urged Theresa May to start planning for a general election next year – or risk repeating Margaret Thatcher’s fatal blunder over the poll tax.
The former Foreign Secretary said the Prime Minister badly needed a ‘Plan B’ if, as expected, the Supreme Court confirms she cannot bypass Parliament and trigger Article 50 alone. In a newspaper article, Lord Hague backed growing numbers of Tory MPs who want a vote on Article 50 to be held in the next few weeks – before the Supreme Court verdict, due in early January. And he went further, becoming the first senior Conservative to openly call for a general election plan which Ms May can “pull out of a drawer”, if Parliament tries to amend or delay the exit talks. Lord Hague said her ‘Plan A’ – to invoke Article 50 by the end of March next year – was “eminently sensible”, but could be overtaken by events if the Supreme Court challenge was lost.

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