The UK's future and how - or whether - it will leave the European Union has been thrown into further uncertainty following Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that she will quit as leader of the ruling Conservative Party on June 7. Although May will stay in office as a lame duck prime minister until her party chooses her successor - a contest is set to conclude by July - whoever takes over will become Britain's new prime minister. Among the frontrunners are right-wing Brexit supporters such as Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, victory for whom could ensure a vision of Brexit that further polarises an already divided country. What May's departure means for Brexit? Britain remains scheduled to leave the EU, with or without a withdrawal agreement, on October 31. May failed thrice to secure a parliamentary backing for a formal deal she thrashed out with Brussels and her party is at odds over what to do. A sticking point for many Conservatives is the "backstop" inserted in May's … [Read more...] about What next for Brexit Britain as May announces resignation as PM?
News / Scotland by Press Association 28/04/2019, 12:03 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter SNP MPs will “not ever” support Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Westminster leader Ian Blackford will tell the party’s conference. He will urge Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn to join them and “rule out any support for the Withdrawal Bill”, saying it would take Scotland and the rest of the UK into “total economic chaos”. Mr Blackford will argue opposition parties at Westminster need to “come together and do what the people elected us to do – oppose this Tory Government”. He will make the call as talks continue between Labour and the Conservatives at Westminster to see if a deal can be done whereby Mr Corbyn’s party would help the PM get the Bill through the Commons. Mr Blackford will use his address to the SNP conference in Edinburgh to say “the people of Scotland … [Read more...] about Ian Blackford: Scotland deserves better future than Brexit Britain
Video PUBLISHED: 11:18 17 April 2019 Franki Berry Liberal Democrat party leader Sir Vince Cable visiting St Albans' Glinwell Marketing on Hatfield Road to meet members of the National Farmers' Union. Picture: John Cobb Archant The leader of the Liberal Democrats visited St Albans to discuss post-Brexit Britain with local farmers. Sir Vince Cable went to Glinwell Marketing on Hatfield Road to meet members of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) and discuss the agricultural industry's concerns about what may happen when Britain leaves the European Union. Alongside St Albans Liberal Democrat spokesperson Daisy Cooper, the politician met with NFU regional board chairman Will Dickinson.Sir Vince said: “A No Deal Brexit would force massive disruption.“The biggest issue we were focussing on this morning with the National Farmers' Union was upholding food standards because if we leave the European Union - it is still an if rather than a when - we … [Read more...] about Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable visits St Albans to discuss post-Brexit Britain
Brexit is the defining issue of our age: it dominates, and stymies, political debate; it clogs our news agenda; it pollutes dinner table conversation. In recent weeks, with an intransigent parliament trapped in an endless, Sisyphean round of votes over whether or not to hold other votes, it’s started to feel as if nothing else matters. But while we’re all looking the other way, social cohesion in Britain is crumbling and the gulf between rich and poor widens every week. A most grotesque example of this chasm of opportunity emerged just this morning. A housing developer, Henley Homes, has blocked the children of the tenants of its rented properties from using a shared play area open to other children living in the development whose parents or guardians are owner occupiers. 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 As one tenant complained: … [Read more...] about Opinion: Brexit Britain is destroying the lives of poor children
House price growth is at its lowest rate in five years, according to the latest ONS statistics. While Brexit is clearly a contributing factor, stamp duty is the main culprit in the London market. It is therefore highly alarming that the government has decided to press ahead with divvying out yet another stamp duty burden. The idea that the proceeds will help tackle homelessness is honourable, but we should look at less damaging solutions before taking radical steps like this. While the domestic market is taking a wait-and-see approach, overseas buyers are looking at Brexit as an opportunity, especially in prime central London where currency fluctuations are securing discounts of up to 25 per cent for dollar buyers. These buyers are crucial to the buoyancy of the market and will continue to be when the market hits hard times, but government is determined to introduce further punitive costs, with the consultation on the proposed one per cent additional levy on overseas buyers launching … [Read more...] about Opinion: Post-Brexit Britain should be open to the world and a foreign buyer tax sends exactly the opposite message