MPs have voted to request an extension to Article 50 by a large majority, with Parliament taking control of Britain’s divorce from the bloc. Some 412 MPs voted for the extension in the main motion while 202 voted against it. This means it is now the Government's policy to delay Britain's exit date from the EU. Those voting against the motion included 187 Conservative MPs, many of whom are known as being from the more heavily eurosceptic wing of the party, although these were outnumbered by a majority of 210. This means that Theresa May saw more of her party vote against her than for her. The evening also saw voting on several significant amendments - all of which failed - including a cross-party bid... 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 … [Read more...] about Article 50 delayed: Find out how your MP voted as majority of Conservatives don’t vote with Theresa May
Tory whip Mike Freer was accused of breaking his party's own whip in a key Brexit on Wednesday, but here is what really happened... 1 What happened? Theresa May suffered a major rebellion on Wednesday night when four of her cabinet ministers and eight other ministers defied her orders to vote against a motion ruling out a no-deal Brexit. 11 of them abstained on the motion and one, work and pensions minister Sarah Newton, voted for it. Reports suggested one of the government’s own whips, Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer, had also refused to obey the instructions that he himself was supposed to be enforcing. Division lists revealed that Mr Freer had indeed failed to vote, prompting speculation that he had joined the rebellion of pro-EU MPs. 2 Did a Conservative whip really break the whip? In short, no. It is understood that Mr Freer had permission to miss the vote because he was “paired” with Labour’s Andrew Gwynne. Mr Gwynne, the shadow … [Read more...] about Did a Conservative whip really break the party whip in key Brexit vote?
LONDON (Reuters) - An influential group of Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmakers will vote against all the suggested changes to a government proposal to delay Brexit, three members of the European Research Group said on Thursday. After a meeting to decided the group’s strategy, three members said they would vote against the four possible changes, or amendments, that have been proposed to the government’s motion to delay Britain’s departure from the European Union. The Conservative government has given its party’s lawmakers a free vote on its main motion, so they can vote according to their beliefs. Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by Kylie MacLellan … [Read more...] about Pro-Brexit Conservative group to vote against changes to Brexit delay
Residents are being invited to express their views on a designation of a new Conservation Areas in Silk Willoughby. North Kesteven District Council will be seeking public comments through a local consultation this spring. As part of a rolling programme of conservation area reviews, appraisals and management plans for Silk Willoughby have been prepared, which include the identification of the new conservation area boundaries.The consultation on the proposed designations, conservation area appraisals and management plans for Silk Willoughby, which runs for four weeks and begins on March 25 will not only identify the new boundaries, but will also create a description of individual character areas and features that are of special interest. Once adopted this will form a more robust framework for planning decision-making.The four-week public consultation period will also include a public consultation event on Thursday March 28 from 3pm to 7pm, at Silk Willoughby Village Hall.Andrew … [Read more...] about Have your say on new conservation area designation at Silk Willoughby
Later, Mr Varadkar will have talks in the Oval Office with president Donald Trump on Brexit and undocumented Irish immigrants. The day started with the breakfast meeting with Mr Pence in his residence at the US Naval Observatory. In the presence of the Christian conservative US Vice-President Mike Pence Mr Varadkar said he once lived in a country where if he had been himself he would have been breaking laws. He said: "I stand here this morning as leader of my country, flawed and human, but judged by my political actions and not by my sexual orientation or my skin tone or my gender or religious beliefs. "And I don’t believe my country is the only one in the world where this story is possible. "It is found in every country where freedom and liberty are cherished. "We are after all, all god’s children. "That’s true of the United States as well, the land and home of the brave and free." Mr Varadkar said Ireland is not the only country where his story was possible and … [Read more...] about ‘We are all God’s children,’ Varadkar tells Christian conservative US vice-president as he visits with partner, Matt