A top Cabinet Minister has opened the door to delaying Brexit as Theresa May battles to strike fresh deal with Brussels. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted Article 50 – the formal mechanism for quitting the EU – could be pushed back as time for agreeing a pact ticks away. The Prime Minister is desperate to reopen the 585-page 'withdrawal agreement' but has been slapped down by EU leaders. EU Council President Donald Tusk stood firm in a phone call with Theresa May last night against her plan to revisit the 'Irish backstop', which could trap the UK under EU customs rules from 2021. Today Mr Hunt admitted plans to replace the backstop are still not "properly worked up". And asked about a delay he told the BBC: “I think that depends on how long this process takes. "I think it is true that if we ended up approving a deal in the days before March 29 then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation. "But if we are able to make progress sooner then that … [Read more...] about Top Tory Jeremy Hunt just gave the clearest signal yet Brexit will be delayed
Brussels orders Britain to pay £39bn Brexit bill even if there is no deal May warned against Tory plan to return to Brussels and renegotiate deal EU leaders insist Withdrawal Agreement cannot be changed Jeremy Corbyn holding Brexit talks with May What happens next for the Brexit deal? Sign up: Brexit Whatsapp updates and all-new Brexit Bulletin Jeremy Hunt has said the date the UK leaves the European Union may need to be delayed even if Theresa May manages to secure backing for her deal. The Foreign Secretary said "extra time" would be needed to "pass critical legislation", as he indicated Article 50 would need to be extended. He added that any progress in negotiations with Brussels... 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 Access one Premium article per week Register for … [Read more...] about Brexit latest news: Brexit date might need to be delayed, says Jeremy Hunt
Lloyd Evans 30 January 2019 4:42 PM 30 January 2019 4:42 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Bit of a different day at PMQs. There wasn’t a peep from Remain Corner where Anna Soubry, Nicky Morgan and Sarah Woollaston like to hold court. Perhaps they’re all re-training as Uber-drivers in case a snap-election renders them jobless. And we heard nothing from the Labour party’s Bullingdon Club of Brexit-saboteurs, Yvette Cooper, Stephen Kinnock and Chuka Umunna. Thank goodness Ken Clarke spared us his usual parrot-recital about suspending Article 50. And the ‘people’s vote’ wasn’t mentioned at all. Instead Labour’s C-listers had their turn. Jack Dromey, a gifted nihilist, wore a bright summery jacket which contrasted sharply with the dire news he recited from his sat-nav. ‘We are 58 days from a cliff,’ he quailed, ignoring advice from the whips to avoid driving metaphors while Fiona … [Read more...] about Why did Jeremy Hunt have such a long face at PMQs?
By Lynn Davidson, Whitehall Correspondent JEREMY Corbyn last night sparked uproar after opposing “outside influence in Venezuela” as Ministers hailed the overthrow of his pal President Maduro. It separately emerged the Labour leader hosted a Venezuelan diplomat in Parliament on Wednesday night as the coup took place – but refused to discuss the devastating hardship and suffering of its people. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday declared the UK does not regard President Nicolas Maduro as the "legitimate leader" of Venezuela. In statement issued from Washington Mr Hunt said leaders were “extremely concerned” about the situation in the country. He said: "The election on May 20 was deeply flawed; ballot boxes were stuffed, there were counting irregularities and the opposition was banned. "This regime has done untold damage to the people of Venezuela, 10% of the population have left Venezuela such is the misery they are suffering. "So the United Kingdom … [Read more...] about Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backs Venezuela leader change amid mass protests and takes swipe at Corbyn
James Forsyth 22 January 2019 1:55 PM 22 January 2019 1:55 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Cabinet today was not as dramatic as some had expected. No one argued for ministers being allowed a free vote on the Cooper / Boles amendment. Indeed, I’m told the Chief Whip’s plea for ministers to stick to collective responsibility went unchallenged. Perhaps, the two most interesting contributions came from Jeremy Hunt and David Gauke. Gauke questioned the government’s new approach. He said he was worried that even if the government did get something on the backstop, there still wouldn’t be enough Tory MPs backing the deal for it to pass. While Hunt argued that the best thing for the government to do was to get parliamentary support for a plan on time-limiting the backstop. Having done that, the Foreign Secretary argued, the UK should go back to the EU and say, this is what can pass parliament. Several Cabinet Ministers agree … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt proposes a plan to make the backstop time-limited