The Government has printed 750,000 information leaflets to prepare people and businesses for Brexit but has fudged the issue of what would happen to the Border if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal. The leaflets are being distributed to more than 5,000 State outlets and public offices such as post offices, Garda stations, public libraries and GP surgeries as the Government ramps up preparations for Brexit. The public are being told in the two leaflets – one aimed at citizens and the other at businesses – that avoiding a hard border remains a priority for the Government “in all circumstances” but offers no clues as to how it would go about achieving this in the event of the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement. The leaflet says that without the proposed EU-UK divorce deal “avoiding a hard border is more challenging and requires detailed discussions between Ireland and the EU and, ultimately, with the UK”. “In that scenario … [Read more...] about Future of Border fudged in 750,000 Brexit information leaflets
Even now, she might cling on. In this One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest rewrite, where Nurse Ratched is the craziest inmate, nothing is impossible. But if a dollop of sanity infiltrates the madness, and the cabinet acts with merciful speed, I offer this helpful suggestion. Anyone prepared to accept the job must first sign this declaration (in their own blood if they prefer it to ink). “I promise to serve for 12 months. On the day the year elapses, I will resign and be ineligible for the leadership election that follows.” We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now Every potential candidate for any Michael Howard-style coronation would tell you that the last thing they want is to be PM, and that they’d only take the job with the utmost reluctance from a sense of duty to serve in an emergency. Alright then, be it Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid … [Read more...] about Opinion: The government can give us a temporary prime minister if they want, but only on these terms
DAVID Lidington has served as the MP for Aylesbury since 1992 and is a member of the Conservative Party – but there are rumours he could become the next prime minister. We explain who he is, why he might be the PM and what he has said about Brexit. Who is David Lidington? David Lidington was born on June 30, 1956 in Lambeth, London. He has been the Conservative MP for Aylesbury since 1992 and was the Secretary of State for Justice from 2017 to 2018. Lidington also served as the Lord Chancellor between 2017 and 2018. He currently serves as the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party – making him the second most powerful minster in the government. Lidington was previously appointed to being Leader of the House of Commons. Under David Cameron’s government, he was made Europe minister and held that position until he was made Leader of House in July 2018 – making him the longest serving Europe Minister ever. Why might Lidington become the next PM? Lidington is among … [Read more...] about Who is David Lidington, could he be the next PM to replace Theresa May on the run up to Brexit?
Cabinet ministers are reportedly plotting a coup to get rid of Theresa May, leading to intense speculation the PM will soon be ousted from Number 10. Mrs May could be forced to resign within days, one paper claimed, amid a furious backlash over her handling of Brexit. The Prime Minister's former policy adviser MP George Freeman said it was "all over for the PM", tweeting: "She's done her best. But across the country you can see the anger. "Everyone feels betrayed. Government's gridlocked. Trust in democracy collapsing. This can't go on. We need a new PM who can reach out (and) build some sort of coalition for a PlanB." Pro-EU former education secretary Nicky Morgan told the Sunday Telegraph that cabinet ministers should tell Mrs May "it's time to go" while Brexiteer Steve Baker said potential leadership contenders in the Government should "act now". Tory backbencher Anne-Marie Trevelyan wrote in the same paper: "We now need a leader who believes in our country and wants to take her on … [Read more...] about Ministers ‘plotting coup to oust PM’ amid furious Brexit backlash
JEREMY Corbyn was publicly defied by his Labour party deputy yesterday over backing a second referendum. Tom Watson said he would back the PM’s “rubbish deal” in exchange for a second public vote at a rally attended by a million people, it has been claimed. The party’s number two is at odds with his leader who won’t back Theresa May’s deal and is seeking a general election. Mr Watson said: “I can only vote for a deal if you let the people vote on it too. “Prime Minister, you’ve lost control of this process, you’re plunging the country into chaos, let the people take control.” He later tweeted: “The Prime Minister claims she speaks for Britain. “Well, have a look out of the window, Prime Minister. Open your curtains. Switch on your TV. Look at this great crowd today. Here are the people. The 2nd referendum march today and the millions of signatures on the revoke A50 petition are significant and importantJames … [Read more...] about Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has defied Jeremy Corbyn over backing a second EU referendum