Theresa May was monstered from all sides tonight after she offered a vote on a second referendum and 'temporary' customs union in a desperate effort to get her Brexit Bill through. The PM made an emotional plea for MPs to get on board with her 'bold' package, saying they had 'one last chance' to get the UK's departure from the EU over the line before the chance 'slips away'. 'I've tried everything I possibly can to get this through,' she said. 'I've offered to give up the job I love.' In a speech in Westminster, Mrs May held out the prospect of a temporary customs union with the EU until the next general election, as well as a vote on a referendum in a bid to break the deadlock. But MailOnline understands she was forced to water down her offer after a ferocious Cabinet revolt over the idea of giving MPs a free vote on a referendum - something that would have made it much more likely to pass. Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling … [Read more...] about May offers vote on second referendum IF MPs back her Brexit Bill
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Andrea Leadsom has ratcheted up pressure on the Prime Minister to ditch HS2, expressing fears that the business case for the rail link ‘may no longer exist’. In the latest sign of mounting opposition to the scheme at the heart of government, the House of Commons leader revealed growing concerns about spiralling costs. Downing Street yesterday insisted HS2 is on track and on budget. But a letter written by Mrs Leadsom to HS2’s boss Mark Thurston outlined the ‘absolute dismay’ felt by some of her constituents in South Northamptonshire. HS2 is set to carve through the region without stopping there while on its route from London to Birmingham. The letter, dated January 31, was written following the admission by HS2’s former chairman Sir Terry Morgan to the Lords Economic Affairs Committee that ‘nobody knows’ what the final cost of the high speed rail link will be. Andrea Leadsom has ratcheted up pressure on the Prime Minister to ditch … [Read more...] about Leadsom ratchets up pressure on PM to ditch HS2
Brexit could be delayed in short-term to ensure deal: Andrea Leadsom BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The UK may seek to delay leaving the EU “by a couple of weeks” in order to get Brexit legislation through Parliament, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has suggested. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/brexit-could-be-delayed-in-shortterm-to-ensure-deal-andrea-leadsom-37749965.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37749959.ece/0d400/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_c0428f3a-12f6-4305-a776-b4bf993272be_1 Email The UK may seek to delay leaving the EU “by a couple of weeks” in order to get Brexit legislation through Parliament, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has suggested. The prominent Cabinet Brexiteer insisted it would be “feasible” to remain in the bloc for a time after the scheduled exit date of March 29. Mrs Leadsom told BBC2’s Newsnight: “We can get the legislation through. “And in particular I think we do, in spite … [Read more...] about Brexit could be delayed in short-term to ensure deal: Andrea Leadsom
Alex Lee - Students from Witchford Village College in London for the South East Cambridgeshire inter-school debating competition. Picture: WVC WVC A handful of students headed to the House of Commons on Thursday for the inter-school debating competition final. Students from Witchford Village College in London for the South East Cambridgeshire inter-school debating competition. Picture: WVCThe final, held in London on December 13, follows first rounds of debating in the seven schools across South East Cambridgeshire. Lucy Frazer, MP for the constituency, judged these rounds and chose Alex Lee, who went on to win, and Evie Ambler to represent Witchford Village College. Fellow Year 10 students William Hinch, Alison Peacock and Thomas Hales accompanied the finalists to Westminster to watch debates and speak from the floor.Students from Witchford Village College in London for the South East Cambridgeshire inter-school debating competition. Picture: WVCA spokesman said: “Alex took … [Read more...] about Students attend final of inter-school debating competition in London
It is never a good sign when MPs leap too quickly to their feet to give their leaders a standing ovation. At just after 7pm on Wednesday evening in Committee Room 14 of the House of Commons, a group of loyalists got up from their seats and burst, North Korean-style, into a mix of applause and cheers. What had triggered the outpouring of fake elation was an announcement seconds earlier by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, that May had won a confidence vote among her MPs. After the noise subsided, Brady revealed the figures. Two hundred Tory MPs had confidence in her leadership but 117 did not. More than a third of her parliamentary party had tried to oust Theresa May. As they filed out, MPs privately ridiculed the stage-managed celebrations and the idea that the prime minister was now stronger. One Tory MP remarked to a colleague: “Takes me back to the 19 standing ovations for Duncan Smith in 2003. Weeks later he was gone.” Outside in the … [Read more...] about Brexit: where the hell do we go from here?