Where do former UK prime ministers stand on the Brexit issue? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Theresa May has accused Tony Blair of “insulting” the British people and the office of prime minister by “undermining” Brexit talks with calls for a second referendum. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/where-do-former-uk-prime-ministers-stand-on-the-brexit-issue-37630587.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37630582.ece/392dc/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_73137e50-4ccf-4b84-8d9f-f806709ff134_1 Email Theresa May has accused Tony Blair of “insulting” the British people and the office of prime minister by “undermining” Brexit talks with calls for a second referendum. The Prime Minister said there are “too many people who want to subvert the process for their own political interests” and warned a second referendum would amount to Parliament abdicating responsibility. After Mrs May’s stinging rebuke of her … [Read more...] about Where do former UK prime ministers stand on the Brexit issue?
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The official also called the plan adopted last week "conciliatory" to the European Union. May's plan envisions a EU-UK free trade zone for industrial and agricultural goods, as well as a common customs territory. The UK government previously was inclined to establish a full-fledged customs union regime with the bloc without any exceptions and with the application of World Trade Organization tariffs. The pullout talks are to be concluded by October, while the exit is slated for March 2019, followed by a transit period until the end of 2020. READ MORE: Theresa May Regrets Brexit Secretary's Decision to Resign David Davis told the BBC 4 broadcaster on Monday that Theresa May was a good prime minister, capable of surviving his resignation. In his resignation letter, Davis cited disagreement with May's plan for exiting the European Union as the reason for stepping down. "Yes, … [Read more...] about Former UK Brexit Minister Fears EU to Demand More Than London Already Offered
A sample of today's Front Bench morning politics email is below. If you like what you see, sign up here. Don't forget to vote in the poll and leave your reasoning in the comments below. The best responses will feature in this afternoon's Brexit Briefing Front Bench What does the rest of the world think about Brexit? Not the EU – we already know their thinking well – but those without a dog in this fight. A consensus seems to have grown that, if Britain is going to follow through with Brexit, it needs to do it properly. You can add Stephen Harper, the former Canadian prime minister, to that consensus. Speaking last night at an Initiative for Free Trade event with Liam Fox, the Trade Secretary, he warned that if Brexit wasn’t done right then Britain risked “Chairman Corbyn pursuing a Chavista vision of Britain”. Brexit could mean Corbyn Harper is a man who knows a little about trade. When he became PM of Canada the country … [Read more...] about Front Bench Exclusive: Get Brexit right or you’ll end up with ‘Chairman Corbyn’ warns former Canadian Prime Minister
The former Irish prime minister, once toasted by leading Brexiters as a man who they could have done business with, has said he is “appalled” by what is happening in politics in Britain. Enda Kenny, who gave way to Leo Varadkar last summer, said the British government’s position on Ireland “lacks credibility” and is “riven by dissent”. At a ceremony in Dublin, where he received an award for making an outstanding contribution to Europe, Kenny also lamented British business’s silence on the matter. “The [British] government is riven by internal dissent, lacks credibility and clarity on the most serious issue in decades. Six months on from an agreement being reached in December last year, very little progress has been made,” he said. “The EU continues to negotiate from a unified position. British business is afraid to speak out because of the spectre of a Labour government,” he added. His words will come as a sharp … [Read more...] about Former Irish prime minister ‘appalled’ at state of British politics
Theresa May faces pressure to reform Northern Ireland’s abortion laws after Ireland overwhelmingly backed repealing the Eighth Amendment.Two-thirds of voters backed reform, leading to calls for an end to the “anomalous” situation in Northern Ireland.But the UK Prime Minister faces a political headache over calls to act because her fragile administration depends on the support of the 10 Democratic Unionist Party MPs – who strongly oppose any reform to Northern Ireland’s strict laws.NI should not be bullied into accepting abortion on demand. NI did not have a constitutional imperative on abortion it is governed by laws that can be changed. The settled will of the people has been to afford protections to the unborn life and protect the life of the mother. https://t.co/Cjrn1o84qE— Ian Paisley MP (@ianpaisleymp) May 26, 2018 Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt – who is responsible for the women and equalities brief in Government – said the … [Read more...] about Pressure on UK Prime Minister mounts for Northern Ireland abortion reform