Some Parliamentarians are pushing for a General Election, reports Reuters.
Two of Britain’s smaller political parties have joined forces to try to trigger a Dec. 9 election and have written to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, to ask for a delay to Brexit to hold it.
In a letter the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats, both big supporters of remaining in the European Union, asked Tusk to agree to a Brexit extension until Jan. 31.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed holding an election on Dec. 12 and needs two thirds of the 650 lawmakers in parliament to back his plan in a vote on Monday.
The Mirror claims it’ll happen before Christmas.
The Liberal Democrats and SNP are preparing to grant Boris Johnson’s wish for a general election before Christmas.
The Prime Minister used an article in the Sunday papers to accuse MPs of holding the country “hostage” by refusing a general election.
He is looking to pile pressure on MPs on Monday to give him the two-thirds backing he needs to secure an election on December 12.
But the Lib Dems and SNP , in a move that bypasses Labour’s indecision, are to reportedly set to offer the Conservative Party leader an even easier route to an election – requiring just a simple majority in the Commons.
The committed anti-Brexiteers asked for a long extension, says the Evening Standard.
The Westminster leaders of the SNP and the Liberal Democrats have written to European Council President Donald Tusk to call for a long Brexit extension.
In the letter, which was sent on Saturday, Ian Blackford and Jo Swinson urge Donald Tusk to give the UK an extension until at least January 31, with no way of leaving early.
The parties hope this would allow enough time for a general election, while also ensuring the UK would not leave the EU without a deal.
BBC News says the two parties want an extension of three months.
The Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party have joined forces in a bid to trigger a 9 December election.
And they have asked EU Council President Donald Tusk to grant a three-month extension of the date for Brexit.
The parties say they reject Boris Johnson’s later election date, which they believe would include time for him to “ram through” his Brexit Bill.
They could vote with the Tories, says Sky News.
The Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party have joined forces to back a change in the law to try to trigger a general election in December.
The prime minister has already proposed holding an election on 12 December but needs two thirds of the 650 MPs in parliament to back his plan in a Commons vote on Monday.
It will be his third attempt at getting support for the UK to go to the polls.
Most opposition parties, including the Lib Dems and SNP, have opposed the idea but the two pro-Remain parties signalled on Saturday evening they would back a December election if it was separated from Brexit legislation.
The Express points out why the bloc is so afraid of a clean Brexit.
BERLIN fears Britain will emerge as a fierce trade competitor after Brexit as a leaked document suggested Boris Johnson was keen to reform the country into a “Singapore-on-Thames”.
The prime minister is said to be planning on distancing the UK from EU rules and diluting workers’ rights and environmental protections after he delivers Brexit. This has raised concerns among member states, especially Germany, that Britain will become a low-tax, lightly-regulated economy which would pose a threat to the European community.
But it seems our Prime Minister is still giving away our money, says the Times.
Boris Johnson has given up on a windfall for the UK of almost £7bn, which would have covered more than a fifth of the “divorce bill” from the EU.
Under the terms of the new withdrawal bill, which passed its second reading in parliament last Tuesday, Britain has abandoned any claim to the accumulated profits from the European Investment Bank (EIB), which is owned by EU nations.
The UK put in €3.5bn to help finance the EIB in 1973, 16.1% of the total at the time. The EIB, which has invested in infrastructure projects including Crossrail and the London “super sewer”, has since built up reserves through retained profits.
We won’t know the EU’s answer until Tuesday, reports Sky News.
A senior EU official has told Sky News the bloc is “very unlikely” to decide on an extension to Brexit negotiations before Tuesday.
EU leaders are deciding whether to opt for an extension until January or a shorter November delay – thought to be favoured by French President Emmanuel Macron.
It was thought they would decide by Tuesday – two days before the latest official leaving date – but this is now looking unlikely, meaning Boris Johnson will be unable to fulfil his promise of leaving on 31 October “do or die”.
There are fewer fish in the North Sea, says the Express.
FISHERMEN forced to switch from Dover sole to shellfish due to the strong presence of European boats in British waters have warned of dire consequences for the next generation if politicians don’t stand up to Brussels.
Paul Lines, who has spent the past 47 years fishing off the coast of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, said the trade he is passing on to his son Charles, 25, is a far cry from the realities of the booming industry he entered into decades ago. The 62-year-old recalled how he would land up to 100 kilos of sole per day at time when foreign boats were few and far between. But the grim consequences of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) were driven home to him this summer when his son spent an entire day fishing for the once-plentiful fish before arriving back in the harbour with just a handful of sole.
Remainers are still working to keep us in the bloc, says the Express.
REMAINER MPs determined to keep the UK tied to the European Union have hatched a secret plot to force a vote on a second referendum as early as next week.
The group, which includes Labour’s Peter Kyle, are planning on using the same tactics as the rebel MPs behind the Benn Act to try to seize control of the Brexit timetable. A handful of MPs told the Guardian they would pursue the plan if Boris Johnson continued to insist on a “pause” of his revised deal until lawmakers agreed to a December 12 general election.
They’re trying to find a way of forcing a vote on a second referendum, reports iNews.
Rebel MPs are investigating the means of forcing parliament to vote on Brexit legislation and a second referendum as early as next week.
According to The Guardian, a group of MPs revealed this was their intention, if Mr Johnson continued to demand his withdrawal bill was on hold until MPs agree to an election on 12 December.
Their tactic is similar to when MPs forced Mr Johnson to seek a Brexit delay under the Benn Act.
An opinion poll by Yahoo News suggests Boris is to blame for the Brexit fiasco.
The public is turning against Boris Johnson’s deal and blaming him – rather than Labour – for the latest Brexit delay, a poll has found.
Only 19 per cent of voters believe the surprise agreement struck with Brussels last week is a good deal and only 3 per cent described it as “very good”.
The proportion not knowing enough about it to offer an opinion has fallen from 45 per cent to 34 per cent – with most who have made up their minds refusing to give their endorsement.
Furthermore, the survey suggested the prime minister has failed in his strategy of pinning the blame on Labour for the failure to deliver on his “do or die” pledge to leave the EU by 31 October.
The Telegraph claims the Tories will be targeting a selection of northern seats.
The Conservatives’ battle plan for a snap election centres on a closely-guarded list of between 30 and 40 target seats.
The constituencies include Bishop Auckland, in County Durham, which Labour hold with a 502 majority, and Stockton South, near Middlesbrough, where Jeremy Corbyn’s party have an 888 majority.
The Tories’ list of targets is mainly focused on seats in the Midlands and the North with large working class populations.
MPs are likely to be targeted by their constituents, says the Independent.
The public will be urged to pester their MPs to grant a pre-Christmas general election, as Boris Johnson steps up pressure before a vote on Monday.
The Conservatives unveiled a new social media campaign telling voters how to email their MP to plead for the poll on 12 December to “finally end three years of Brexit delay”.
Campaign packs are being sent out to candidates and election agents appointed, despite the near certainty that the Commons will again thwart Mr Johnson’s attempts to trigger the election.
Brexit delay is not good for the country, the Sun has reported the Prime Minister as saying.
BORIS Johnson last night accused Remainer MPs of holding the country hostage in their bid to thwart Brexit.
The PM claimed they had inflicted untold damage on the job prospects of millions of by constant duplicity and delay.
And he tore into Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for dodging the general election he has called for 35 TIMES in the past two years.
But the Tories’ lead is extending, claims the Express.
A new poll on Westminster voting intention has shown a sixteen point lead for the Tories.
The Opinium poll, conducted between October 23-25, sees them poll at forty percent. This is 2.4 percent lower than the voter share they gained in 2017 but in that snap election, Labour secured 40 percent. The opposition party remain in second but are now at just 24 percent.
The Liberal Democrats are at 15 percent, a one point drop from October 17 and the Brexit Party are at 10 percent, a two point drop in the same period.
There’s a question around data protection in the Telegraph.
Labour could be breaching privacy laws by using a “data broker” to profile British voters in order to target them with social media adverts, leaked documents reveal.
Internal instruction manuals seen by The Telegraph show how the party paid Experian, the credit checking agency, to analyse more than 400 pieces of data about British voters and assign each one to demographic groups such as “Streetwise Singles”, “Dependent Greys” and “Childcare Squeeze”.
But the leader is not safe in his position, says the Mail.
Rebel Labour MPs are mounting a secret bid to bring down Jeremy Corbyn, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
They plan to thwart moves to install ‘Corbyn legacy’ candidates in vacant Commons seats to keep alive his hard-Left vision after he has gone.
The Labour moderates are plotting to force their leader to resign and prevent him from consigning the party to a wipe-out in an early General Election.
They have set up a rebel WhatsApp group named ‘Clause One’ – a reference to the party constitution’s opening commitment to be a ‘political Labour Party’ in Parliament – amid fears it is losing its raison d’etre.
Will the opposition back a GE? There’s disagreement within the party, says the Times.
Two of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies are at war over whether to back an early election, and have developed “parallel and conflicting” strategies that Labour officials fear will leave the campaign in chaos.
In a fresh sign of turmoil in Labour high command, a leaked recording of a briefing last week reveals that Karie Murphy, Corbyn’s new elections chief, rejected the idea that Labour should draw up a list of target seats — a stance that has caused despair among party staff.
And there are questions over the leader’s health in the Times.
Rumours about Jeremy Corbyn’s health have become so widespread that he addressed the issue head-on in an election strategy meeting last week. The Labour leader told staff he had upped the daily dose of his secret elixir: porridge.
“I’m eating more porridge every morning to make sure I can get through even longer days,” he said. “I’m absolutely looking forward to this campaign.”
A former PM is sticking his oar in again, says the Independent.
Tony Blair is urging MPs to pass a fresh law to prevent a no-deal Brexit, after a government minister admitted the option will “always” be on the table.
Kwasi Kwarteng’s comments were “a revelation” that made it essential Boris Johnson did not succeed in triggering a pre-Christmas general election, the former prime minister said.
They exposed the real risk of the UK crashing out of the EU at the end of 2020 – the planned end of the transition period – if the Brexit deal is passed in its current form, he argued.
And the Express also reports his advice.
TONY Blair has told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn not to cave in to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s calls for a general election in order to weed out MPs blocking Brexit.
The arch-Remainer joined forces with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who also called on the veteran left-winger to snub Mr Johnson’s general election motion to be tabled Monday. Former prime minister Mr Blair told talkRADIO Labour could not trust Mr Johnson not to push through a no deal Brexit and should withhold permission for an election while the Tory leader is void of a majority. He said: “That’s the core reason why, in my view, the Labour Party should not allow an election until he gives a definitive answer on the question of whether there’s going to be a no-deal outcome.”
The Northern Irish party will not accept Boris’ deal, says the Telegraph.
Arlene Foster has ordered Boris Johnson to return to Brussels and renegotiate his Brexit deal, as she joked that the DUP had sent him to the “naughty step” in a barbed speech at the party’s annual conference.
The DUP leader, who has flatly rejected Mr Johnson’s deal as she claims it would break up the United Kingdom, said: “Dublin and Brussels belatedly reopened Mrs May’s deal having rigidly refused to do so.
“Having told us it could not be renegotiated, it was, and I encourage the Prime Minister to do the same again.”
The Times also covers the party’s conference.
Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionists, has said her party will use its votes in the Commons to defeat the government’s Brexit deal unless Boris Johnson renegotiates to change the plan for a customs border in the Irish Sea.
Speaking at the DUP’s conference yesterday, she said: “Let me say clearly from this platform today that we want to support a deal that works for the whole of the United Kingdom and which does not leave Northern Ireland behind.”
She’s demanding ‘honesty’, says the Sun.
ARLENE Foster has warned the Boris Johnson she won’t back his Brexit deal unless he secures further concessions from Brussels.
The DUP leader told her party conference in Belfast, she would be demanding “honesty” from the prime minister after reflecting on his speech to the same event last year.
Then Boris promised the assembled Democratic Unionists he would not erect any new economic barriers in the Irish Sea.
She joked that the DUP had now put Johnson on the “naughty step” by voting against the government twice in the last week.
There is the possibility we might have to change clocks every time we cross the Irish border, says the Times.
If you were a little confused about the time when you woke up this morning, spare a thought for the Irish: they could end up with two time zones on their island after Brexit.
The European parliament voted in March to scrap the custom of moving the bloc’s clocks forward by an hour in spring and back again in the autumn from 2021 — which means that the Republic of Ireland would be in the same time zone all year round.
This has led to fears that a time-zone border could be created between the republic and Northern Ireland, as the UK would still revert from British summer time to Greenwich mean time for the winter months.
Breitbart has an interesting story about FGM – in Ireland.
An estimated 6,000 women and girls in Ireland have had their genitals mutilated, and experts warn that another 3,000 girls are currently at risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM).
At a conference in Dublin, activists gathered to decry the practice of FGM and called for a national plan of action.
The Journal reports that Senator Ivana Bacik, who helped craft Ireland’s anti-FGM legislation, said that the practices should be treated as “a serious form of child abuse”.
Archbishop of Canterbury
A top churchman has entered the political fray, reports the Times.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a rebuke to Boris Johnson, warning the prime minister that the use of “inflammatory” language risks pouring “petrol” on Britain’s divisions over Brexit.
In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times, Justin Welby said Britain had become consumed by “an abusive and binary approach to political decisions” in which Brexit rivals treated their opponents as “my total enemy”.
The Telegraph report the comment that the PM’s language could be inflammatory.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has taken Prime Minister Boris Johnson to task for his use of “inflammatory” language through the Brexit debate.
Justin Welby told The Sunday Times there was a risk of pouring “petrol” on the country’s divisions on the issue of Britain’s departure from the European Union.
The archbishop said Mr Johnson had come to symbolise a climate in which Britain had become consumed by “an abusive and binary approach to political decisions”, and where those with opposing views treated each other as “total” enemies.
A report says the stamp duty threshold should be half a million pounds, says the Times.
Stamp duty should be scrapped on homes under £500,000, according to a report published today.
The reform, put forward by a former adviser to No 10, would see 90% of buyers escape the unpopular levy.
The plans have been drawn up by Alex Morton, who was responsible for housing and planning under David Cameron when he was prime minister and is now head of policy at the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS).