The European Commission president insisted that Brussels was "in no way responsible" for the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, saying the blame would lay squarely with the UK. But he said "we can have a deal", and Boris Johnson's proposals for dealing with the problems Brexit will create at the border with Ireland were the basis for progress. The UK Prime Minister has demanded that the backstop - a contingency plan to prevent a hard border by keeping the UK aligned with many of Brussels' rules - should be scrapped. Mr Juncker told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "We have to make sure that there will be no hard and physical border between the two parts of the Irish island and things have to be done on a level playing field. "If these three objectives are met by the alternative arrangements, then we don't need the backstop. "The backstop was never an instrument having been put in place for whatever will happen. No, it was put in place in order to preserve the rights of the internal … [Read more...] about Brussels will insist on border checks in no-deal Brexit
News / Scotland by Press Association 22/09/2019, 12:03 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Scottish Government has requested £52 million from a contingency fund to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Money from the EU Exit Operational Contingency Fund has been made available ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union on October 31. The UK Government has said it would be available where Scotland faces disproportionate costs. Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay used the request to reiterate his Government’s opposition to any form of Brexit, and also asked that additional costs associated with it are met – including those beyond October 31. Mr Mackay said: “The UK Government now seems to be actively pursuing a ‘no-deal’ outcome which is utterly unacceptable and must be avoided at all costs. “We have requested £52 million from the UK Government’s fund to help us prepare for a … [Read more...] about Scottish Government requests £52m to prepare for no-deal Brexit
News / UK by Press Association 21/09/2019, 2:57 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Labour could go into a general election without a clear position on whether it would support remaining in the European Union in the promised referendum. A policy statement put forward by Jeremy Corbyn to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) sets out a plan for a Labour government to reach a deal with Brussels in three months which would then be put to a referendum. Labour’s stance in that referendum would be settled in a special conference after a general election. But the move has angered Labour MPs and activists who are pushing for the party to throw its weight behind the remain cause now. Scores of motions have been submitted to the party conference calling for Labour to back remain, and campaigners fear the NEC statement – which has yet to be signed off – will shut down debate on the issue. At the start of the conference in … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn under fire over Labour Brexit policy
THE Labour Party conference is gearing up to start in Brighton on Saturday, September 21. Let's take a closer look at the event and what can be expected. When is the Labour Party conference? The conference officially started today and will conclude on Wednesday, September 25. It is being held at The Brighton Centre and the Hilton Brighton Metropole. The event is for union delegates, ordinary party members and the party's leaders can discuss policy and key issues. When will Jeremy Corbyn's speech be? Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will make his keynote address at 12pm on the final day (September 25) of the conference. Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth is scheduled to make his speech on Sunday morning. John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, made his address speech at 9.45am on Monday. Jeremy Corbyn ducks question about plot to oust Tom Watson after backlash splits party What is on the conference schedule? The conference schedule can be found here. On Sautrday, September 21: 12.45pm … [Read more...] about Labour Party Autumn Conference – Everything you need to know
Nick Robinson 21 September 2019 9:00 AM 21 September 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The nation is deeply divided. We can, it seems, talk of almost nothing else. Passions could scarcely be higher. No court or parliament can block or postpone it. Hexit is happening. That’s right. Hexit. Humphrys is leaving the Today programme after 30 years. On learning the news, one of more than seven million loyal listeners revealed his outrage and sense of loss, tweeting: ‘Who will I shout at on the radio in future?!’ My friend and companion in the Today studio Justin Webb replied with his characteristic charm. ‘Oh, that’s simple. Nick Robinson.’ I have been warned. John is famously irascible. His on-air harrumphing has often been preceded by off-air howls of outrage about interview briefs which he deems to be sloppy (‘It’s NOT Lord Michael Howard. It’s just Lord Howard’), unclear … [Read more...] about Nick Robinson: is the country ready for Hexit?