The Liberal Democrats are poised to officially back revoking Article 50 as they try to position themselves as the most pro-EU political party in the Commons. Jo Swinson, who was elected as the party’s first female leader in July, confirmed that she would support the cancellation of Brexit. The Lib Dems currently back a second referendum in which they will back Remain, but it is now expected the party will adopt the policy of stopping the UK’s departure from the bloc and write it into its election manifesto. “I relish the chance to take the fight to Boris Johnson in an election and I’m confident we’d make significant gains,” Ms Swinson said. “Whenever the election comes, our position is clear and unequivocal. A majority Liberal Democrat government would not renegotiate Brexit, we would cancel it by revoking article 50 and remaining in the European Union. "Since the referendum, the Conservatives have made a mess of Brexit and brought us to … [Read more...] about Liberal Democrats move to officially back revoking Article 50
The Liberal Democrats are set to officially back revoking article 50 in an attempt to position themselves as the most pro-EU political party. The move would effectively sever the chances of an alliance with Labour at a forthcoming general election. The Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, said she would support the cancellation of Brexit, and the party expected to adopt this policy and write it into its election manifesto. “I relish the chance to take the fight to Boris Johnson in an election and I’m confident we’d make significant gains,” said Swinson, who was elected as the party’s first female leader in July. “Whenever the election comes, our position is clear and unequivocal. A majority Liberal Democrat government would not renegotiate Brexit, we would cancel it by revoking article 50 and remaining in the European Union.” She will take the proposal to a vote at the party’s autumn conference in Bournemouth, which starts on Saturday. Senior … [Read more...] about Liberal Democrats poised to back revoking article 50
A group of opposition and rebel MPs have published a bill to extend Article 50 and stop the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. The group hopes the bill will be heard in the House of Commons this week, giving MPs a chance to force the Government to ask the EU to grant a further extension and delay Brexit. The proposed legislation - The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill 2019 - has several elements designed to restrain the Government and force it to be accountable to Parliament for the rest of the Brexit process. Downing Street is expected to make the bill a confidence issue, and has told Conservative MPs that they must vote with the Government or face being deselected at the next election... 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 free … [Read more...] about The rebel bill to extend Article 50: what does it mean?
PUBLISHED: 14:46 30 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:46 30 August 2019 Chris Flanagan How many constituents signed the revoke article 50 petition? Picture: Stefan Rousseau PA Wire/PA Images Less than 10 per cent of residents in Stevenage, North East Beds and Mid Beds have backed a pro-EU petition to revoke Article 50. The campaign, designed to force parliament to revoke Article 50 and keep the UK as an EU member, had just over six million signatures from residents nationwide when it closed last week.However, in Stevenage 6,905 residents signed the petition - making up just 7.032 per cent of the local electorate - while Mid Beds had 9,810 signatories (8.859 per cent), and there were 10,422 in North East Beds (9.06 per cent).In North East Herts the campaign was backed by 10,947 residents (10.904 per cent), while Hitchin and Harpenden had 16,696 show their support (16.112 per cent). You may also want to watch: The figures suggest minimal local appetite for … [Read more...] about How many voters in our area backed Revoke Article 50 petition?
The European commission has rejected Theresa May’s call for preparatory talks on Brexit before the UK’s formal resignation from the EU. The commission, which will run Brexit talks for the EU, reiterated its refusal to negotiate before article 50 is triggered, which the prime minister has promised will happen by before the end of March. “I cannot go an inch beyond the ‘no negotiations without notification’ principle,” said Margaritis Schinas, the chief spokesman for the commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker. The prime minister, who delighted Eurosceptics with her party conference speech, which leaned towards a complete break with the EU, is pushing for advance talks, before article 50. She said it was important for the UK and for Europe as a whole, to carry out “preparatory work” to ensure smoother negotiations. Juncker will meet May on the sidelines of a European summit in October, but would not negotiate with her, his … [Read more...] about EU commission still refuses UK talks before article 50 triggered