- What is an indicative vote? An indicative vote is an opportunity for MPs to vote on a series of options in a particular situation to establish whether any of them can command a majority in the House of Commons. As an expression of the House's will, it is not necessarily binding on the Government. - Who has proposed it? A cross-party group of MPs, led by Conservative former ministers Sir Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve and Labour's Hilary Benn, used a vote on Monday evening to seize control of the parliamentary agenda on Wednesday so a series of votes can be held then. - Who is backing it? The Letwin amendment was agreed by 329 votes to 301, a majority of 27, with three ministers resigning from the Government to support it - Richard Harrington, Alistair Burt and Steve Brine. - Why did the Prime Minister oppose it? Theresa May warned that allowing Parliament to take control of the Commons agenda, which is normally determined by the Government, would set an "unwelcome" constitutional … [Read more...] about Explainer: What are the indicative votes on Brexit?
'Goodbye to the left, now Europe will change': Salvini group wins fifth region Independent.ie A centre-Right alliance led by Matteo Salvini has seized control of the Italian region of Basilicata after 25 years of centre-left rule, with the hardliner now setting his sights on elections for the European Parliament. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/goodbye-to-the-left-now-europe-will-change-salvini-group-wins-fifth-region-37951401.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article37951178.ece/f0c97/AUTOCROP/h342/AFP_1EZ7XO.jpg Email A centre-Right alliance led by Matteo Salvini has seized control of the Italian region of Basilicata after 25 years of centre-left rule, with the hardliner now setting his sights on elections for the European Parliament. Basilicata is the fifth successive region that the centre-right has taken from the left in recent months. A bloc that included Mr Salvini's League and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party took 42pc of the vote. The League … [Read more...] about ‘Goodbye to the left, now Europe will change’: Salvini group wins fifth region
For the FAI, the maiden Lansdowne appointment for a new manager tends to be a good-spirited affair. Granted, Mick McCarthy may be an old face but the extent to which things are unravelling for the FAI leaves the suspicion that any manager would have faced the same questions that the 60-year-old did yesterday. Talk of protest and unrest is not an ideal way to start a campaign. The pressure around Euro 2020 meant the honeymoon period was always going to be brief for McCarthy, but it's tough for the manager to speak about parish problems. Shift He was keen for a shift in discussion towards the football, an area where the team itself actually does have problems at home that it needs to address. It was at the Aviva Stadium where Ireland's World Cup 2018 campaign hit the ropes. Martin O'Neill's side were top of the group with six games to go, four of which were scheduled for Dublin. Two points from nine against Wales, Austria and Serbia ended automatic qualification hopes. In the play-off … [Read more...] about Daniel McDonnell: ‘Mick McCarthy and Ireland need to hit a home run and lift the mood’
On last night's Off the Ball, he said such a move is far from a done deal but if it materialises, it would represent the latest addition to a CV of real quality. Having spent four successful seasons at Racing 92, the Munster legend moved to New Zealand to assist Scott Robertson at the Super Rugby powerhouse Crusaders. Add in his short stint on tour with Joe Schmidt's Ireland and the 42-year-old has been gaining experience at every step; working in rugby's most fruitful hothouses. From the outside looking in, the current French set-up does not appear to be in the same progressive state but the opportunity to help effect change in a pressurised environment on the biggest stage will appeal to a man who was once the biggest of big game players. Whatever happens in Japan, his reputation won't suffer by association. The experience will stand to him. France have identified a man who commands instant respect based not only on his achievements as a leading light for Munster and Ireland but for … [Read more...] about Rúaidhrí O’Connor: ‘IRFU should hijack Ronan O’Gara’s France move to complete team’s World Cup picture’
The Three Lions won 5-1 in Podgorica's Gradski Stadion to continue their fine start to Euro 2020 qualification. Sterling scored the last of the five goals and celebrated by pulling his ears out in front of the home fans, with a missile thrown from the stands in response. There were suggestions of some issues early in the game but it was clear in the closing stages as monkey chants were aimed at Danny Rose following a late tackle which earned him a yellow card. Sterling wants to see swift and severe action taken by UEFA and insists banning only the few people who are caught is not enough. "All of us know what skin colour we are so I don't know what the big issue is. It's not like you are telling us anything new," Sterling told Sky Sports after the game. "It is 2019 and I think there should be a real punishment for this, not just for the few people being banned," he added on BBC Radio 5Live. "It needs to be a collective thing. This stadium holds 15,000 and I think the punishment should … [Read more...] about ‘All of us know what skin colour we are so I don’t know what the big issue is’