What happens if the meaningful vote passes? May would breathe a sigh of relief if her deal manages to squeak over the line on Tuesday, but not for long. She would probably still have to obtain a short technical extension of article 50 from Brussels to pass the legislation that needs to be in place for Brexit day. At that point, having achieved a departure from the EU that pleases neither Brexiters nor remainers, she would have to decide whether to try to limp on as prime minister or announce a timetable for standing down to avoid her party pushing her out. What happens if the meaningful vote fails? May refuses to speculate on what the next steps would be if she loses the vote. In truth would probably depends on how badly she loses. If it were by 20 or so votes or less, she may think one more push to get her deal over the line, possibly by making promises to a few more Labour MPs in leave-voting seats. If she loses by the same kind of margin as in January, it will require a change of … [Read more...] about What happens if May’s Brexit deal is voted down? And if it passes?
Motherwell’s fan-ownership vehicle has bagged an unlikely convert – a Chinese sports commentator with no links to the club. Shen Xiao, who works on NFL coverage on Chinese channels such as Tencent Sports and CCTV, has joined the Well Society and purchased shares in the club after being intrigued by the Steelmen’s ownership model. The Beijing-based broadcaster even visited Fir Park recently and met Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson after throwing himself into his new passion. He explained: “The Green Bay Packers have always attracted me, for one important reason: the team is owned by fans who all bought a piece of the Green Bay Packers in a public stock sale, unlike any other NFL team. “I hoped one day I could find a fan-owned football club, to figure out all the details on how public ownership works. “Finally, I found Motherwell FC and I am impressed by the massive improvements on and off the field.” Well Society Board member Jason Henderson … [Read more...] about Motherwell seal new fan deal with unlikely convert
Breaking News PUBLISHED: 10:12 22 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:29 22 January 2019 Richard Porritt Destined for closure. The House of Fraser store at Intu Chapelfield, Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury Archant House of Fraser is to stay open in Norwich. House of Fraser is set to close its Norwich store at Intu Chapelfield next spring. Picture: Neil DidsburyThe extraordinary U-turn came after owner Mike Ashley seemingly struck a deal with Chapelfield shopping centre owner Intu.Store manager John Higginbottom revealed the news to staff this morning and praised their hard work during a “difficult time”.“We are delighted with the news,” he said. “Obviously we are over the moon to be staying open in Norwich and everyone is very happy that we can move forward from what has been a very difficult period.MORE: Veeno closes after less than four months of trading“The staff are obviously very pleased. They have been very … [Read more...] about House of Fraser in Norwich saved in last-minute deal
Doncaster Rovers have tied down 'one of the best centre halves in League One' after Joe Wright signed a new two-and-a-half year deal with the club. That is the verdict of Rovers manager Grant McCann after Wright committed his future to Rovers until the summer of 2021.We understand at least one Championship club was interested in the centre half, who was enjoying a superb season prior to his injury.But McCann said negotiations with the 23-year-old - currently in the latter stages of recovery from an ankle injury - progressed quickly, much to the boss' delight."His commitment to want to stay here was excellent," McCann said."The negotiations didn't last long. It was quite quick."He sees he can progress and get better as a player and a person here."We're delighted because when he's fit and firing, he's one of the best centre halves in the league."Wright has made 81 appearances for Rovers since his arrival in the summer of 2016.And he says the fact the Keepmoat feels like home was a big … [Read more...] about Doncaster Rovers: Delight as ‘one of best defenders in League One’ Joe Wright signs new deal
CARACAS – Reuters Venezuela’s gold holdings in the Bank of England have jumped after it closed out a gold swap deal with Deutsche Bank, according to two sources, as Britain remains reluctant to release gold held for the troubled OPEC nation. The government of Nicolas Maduro has since last year been seeking to repatriate about $550 million in gold from the Bank of England on fears it could be caught up in international sanctions on the country. Its holdings at the bank more than doubled in December to 31 tons, or around $1.3 billion, after Venezuela returned funds it had borrowed from Deutsche Bank AG through a financing arrangement that uses gold as collateral, known as a swap, one of the sources said. Under the deal struck with Deutsche Bank in 2015, Venezuela put up 17 tons of gold in exchange for a loan, according to one of the sources who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the issue. Venezuela exported $779 mln in gold … [Read more...] about Venezuela gold holdings in Bank of England soar on Deutsche deal