As Theresa May prepares to address parliament on Monday after Downing Street denied there were plans for a second referendum, here are some of the options being floated as a solution to the current impasse. Take the pulse of parliament Even some of those who believe May’s deal is a reasonable compromise, such as education secretary Damian Hinds, think it would be helpful to test how much support alternative options have among MPs, through a series of “indicative” votes, preferably this side of Christmas. He, along with the Brexit-backing international trade secretary Liam Fox, believe this would underline that alternatives, including a Norway-style closer relationship with the EU, cannot command a majority. MPs would then have to face the real choice: May’s deal, another referendum, or leaving with no deal. Other proponents of this approach, including Amber Rudd, believe it would reveal that May’s strategy, of aiming to placate the right wing of her party … [Read more...] about Brexit: what are the mooted options to break stalemate?
A robot-dancing Theresa May has been given the Saturday Night Live treatment after her political week to forget. The US late-night show, which often lampoons Donald Trump, turned its comedic lens on British politics for the sketch titled Happy Christmas, Britain. It opens with the prime minister, played by Kate McKinnon, busting her infamous dance moves alongside four gyrating police officers, before addressing the nation with a pained grin. “What a dreadful week it’s been. My Brexit deal is falling apart, I almost got voted out and no one in the world likes me at all. But it’s still Christmas, so let’s try to have some cheer tonight, shall we?” she says. She introduces a high-foreheaded and relaxed-looking David Cameron, played by Matt Damon, as “the man who called for the Brexit vote – then, when it passed, he bounced and left me to clean up his mess.” “You look well rested,” says May, and Cameron tells her he has just … [Read more...] about Saturday Night Live skit sends up Theresa May’s Brexit woes
NHS guidance is airbrushing fathers out of parenting and they are at risk of being seen as a “dispensable extra”, a think tank has claimed. The Centre for Social Justice accused the NHS of cutting dads “out of the script on parenting” with the mention of “fathers” apparently vanishing from official documents. The CSJ said that NHS ante-natal guidelines now referred to “birthing partners” instead of “fathers” with critics blaming the change on “political correctness”. New polling undertaken by the think tank revealed that seven out of 10 new dads felt they had been sidelined during the pregnancy period and made to feel like a “spare part”. Meanwhile, six in 10 new fathers said they did not have... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try … [Read more...] about NHS guidance is airbrushing ‘fathers’ out of parenting, claims think tank
Former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias says lawmakers should be allowed to vote freely, in a secret ballot, on the agreement with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) which he helped broker last July. In an interview to the Sunday edition of daily newspaper “Ethnos,” Kotzias appears confident the deal, which would allow Greece’s northern neighbor to use the name “North Macedonia” would pass easily. Asked about the danger that FYROM would violate certain terms of the agreement, Kotzias said that “some should stop projecting a Greece lacking in confidence and always behaving as the victim of small countries’ ‘grand plans’ when, in fact, these countries now want to be our friends.” Kotzias says the ruling Syriza party could win the next national election “if the government becomes more careful, some of its members less frivolous and some people work really hard and not just appear to be working”. He also … [Read more...] about Kotzias: Let lawmakers vote freely on FYROM name deal
Theresa May is under mounting pressure to give MPs “indicative votes” on different Brexit options as Liam Fox became the first Eurosceptic minister to endorse the plans. Eight Cabinet ministers are now pushing for the Prime Minister to hold a series of non-binding votes in the House of Commons to test the "will of the House" on different approaches to Brexit. Dr Fox, the International Trade Secretary, believes that the move would help to bolster the chances of Mrs May's deal being agreed by Parliament by ruling out alternatives such as a Norway or Canada-style Brexit. However, Remain ministers believe that it could result in a major boost for the second referendum campaign and make another national... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for … [Read more...] about Theresa May under pressure to give MPs ‘indicative votes’ on Brexit options as Liam Fox backs plans