Parliaments Mark D'Arcy Parliamentary correspondent 28 March 2019 comments Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-parliaments-47735516 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit Have we reached peak Bercow? The Speaker … [Read more...] about Is John Bercow at the end of his tether?
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Partit Demokratiku said today it is all for an all-round commitment to implement the suggestions of the Venice Commission which is the latest in a series of very important work on Malta's constitutional arrangements by the Venice Commission and other ad hoc committees on constitutional reform set up by various administrations. This would be a step in the right direction. “However, we do not just need a step: We need to get over the finishing line. Constitutional reform has been delayed and repeatedly delayed capriciously by both PN and more so by PL,” stated Hon Dr Marlene Farrugia. Partit Demokratiku said it has already stated that the conclusions of the report should form the blueprint of the upcoming constitutional reform. The recommendations should be taken alongside the recommendations of previous work of the Venice Commission and other work carried out by previous administrations but never implemented. Partit Demokratiku said it welcomed and supported the … [Read more...] about PD says clarity, transparency and real commitment needed on constitutional reform
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Tuesday morning. There are seven days to go until Christmas … And 101 until Brexit. DRIVING THE DAY HAPPY NO-DEAL DAY: Theresa May will gather her senior ministers in Downing Street at 9.30 a.m. for the final Cabinet meeting of the year. No-deal preparations are top of the agenda, with ministers expected to approve plans for a major expansion of U.K. preparedness using the £2-billion contingency fund set aside by Chancellor Philip Hammond. (He has a written statement listed on the Commons order paper this morning entitled “public spending,” which may or may not be relevant.) The Times’ Francis Elliott says ministers will be presented with three options to choose from today: scrapping no-deal preparations, continuing with the current course, or significantly ramping up preparedness. Everyone expects the last of the … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Happy ‘no deal’ day — Latest referendum poll — Party night at the Irish embassy
The controversies surrounding the Jamal Khashoggi killing have given way to some debates about the credibility and functionality of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, an international legal agreement drafted by the United Nations many years ago to regulate the diplomatic affairs of world states. As required by the convention, the crime scene of the brutal homicide, the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, was not to be investigated for the first few days after the slaying of Khashoggi. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also joined the critics and stressed that "the convention should and is likely to be revised and reviewed soon" as it prevented the investigation from moving quickly thanks to the convention "providing diplomatic immunity to the consulate." Criticism of the Vienna Convention was first uttered by Michelle Bachelet, the incumbent U.N. high commissioner for human rights. "Given the information suggesting that high-level officials in Saudi Arabia were apparently … [Read more...] about The Vienna treaties and the Khashoggi investigation
Conservative former chancellor Ken Clarke pushed for Brexit deal details to be announced in parliament today to put an end to “rumours and criticism”. Speaking during PMQs, the Father of the House called for the publication of a white paper setting out the details of the draft deal agreed by UK and EU negotiators. Details of the plan, which have not been released, will be discussed by Theresa May’s cabinet this afternoon. The PM is making a passionate appeal to ministers to swallow their doubts and support the 460-page withdrawal agreement “in the national interest” and to “deliver on the 2016 referendum”. Mr Clarke asked: "Will the prime minister give an assurance that if and when this deal is published, that a statement will be made to this House of Commons when it is produced?” The veteran MP vowed to “re-establish” parliamentary sovereignty and appeared to have a veiled dig at Mrs May when he wished her well “in … [Read more...] about Ken Clarke’s veiled dig at PM as he demands Brexit plan is published