MEDDLING Lords have voted to SCRAP the date we finally leave the EU next year. This is the 12th time that the upper chamber has tried to change Theresa May's flagship Brexit legislation - the EU Withdrawal Bill. This evening Peers thrashed the Government on wrecking amendments by voting 311 to 233 to remove the date we leave from the law. MPs had previously agreed that we would definitely leave the EU on March 29 next year, no matter what happens. Last week Lords inflicted another three damaging amendments to the Bill, as they continued their fight against Brexit. But the crucial changes won't actually happen unless MPs accept them when it comes back to the Commons in the coming weeks. Tonight the Duke of Wellington told his colleagues that the date shouldn't be set in stone in case ministers want to extend the Article 50 process, which triggered off our EU exit. He said they needed more "flexibility to secure and obtain ratification of the best possible deal" and that a date set in … [Read more...] about Meddling Lords vote to SCRAP the date we finally leave the EU
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IT is welcome news that Theresa May has reiterated Britain will leave the customs union — and The Sun will hold her to it. It is simply a red line that cannot be crossed. Brexit without leaving the customs union, or “a” customs union, is worse than meaningless, though meaningless it would be. Some in Downing Street reportedly believe we may have to accept permanent membership of it. But, make no mistake, that would be a catastrophic national humiliation, Britain’s gravest in generations. It would mean us, having voted to leave the EU with the biggest democratic mandate in our history, pathetically failing to do so in full — yet still paying £39billion to pretend we have. It would be an insane decision. Worst of all it would be a victory for Brussels, who would extract a vast divorce bill yet still control our trade policy for ever, crippling our global prospects and nullifying us as the new economic threat it fears. We would have to follow EU orders … [Read more...] about Britain must leave the EU customs union after Brexit — and Theresa May should stand firm
Nearly half of people in Coventry think we would be better off economically if we stayed in Europe - and a majority want to stick with the Single Market. A new Brexit survey shows 47 per cent of CoventryLive readers believe Britain will be better off economically inside Europe. As well as this, 52 per cent said Britain should continue to be part of the single European market. The figures show a split between those who voted Leave and those who How did Coventry vote for Brexit? Coventry joined the rest of the country in voting to leave the EU. The city polled 85,097 Leave votes and 67,967 for Remain in a turnout of 69 per cent at yesterday’s historic referendum. Majority unhappy with negotiations Among Leave voters, six per cent think Britain is better off economically in Europe, while nearly a quarter of these voters (23 per cent) think we should continue to be part of the Single Market. Remain voters are, unsurprisingly, much more likely to think continuing close ties with … [Read more...] about The Big Brexit Survey: Does Cov still want to leave the EU?
THE POUND has risen to the highest level against the dollar since the Brexit vote - in a huge vote of confidence for Britain as we enter trade talks within weeks. It's the seventh time in a row our currency has seen a boost against the US. Among the G10 nations, the pound is the strongest growing currency this year, and now stands at $1.43, smashing a previous peak seen in January. Following our historic vote to leave the EU in June 2016, the pound took a tumble. But it wasn't all bad news as it meant that UK exports were cheaper around the world, and helped to drive up sales for businesses who traded overseas. Investors has said that the recent strong run was down to the UK raising interest rates, and the looming trade war speared by the US. Donald Trump has slapped tariffs on a number of goods last month - but allies of the US have managed to gain exceptions. Last November the Bank of England hiked rates from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent, and there are signs that another hike could … [Read more...] about Pound rises to highest level since Brexit vote in huge boost of confidence before we leave the EU
BREXIT will allow Britain to build new links and get a “more impactful” trade deal with Canada the day after we leave the EU, according to the country's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He said agreements are always “challenging” but was bullish about signing one with the UK soon after we exit the bloc – adding that “it should be fairly easy for all of us to get to an improved approach”. The Canadian leader was speaking to The Times ahead of next week’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London. And one of Theresa May’s key allies gave her a boost by promising to ensure that trade with Britain will continue seamlessly after we leave the EU. He reiterated that Canada was willing to open formal trade negotiations with the UK “the day after” Brexit next March. Mr Trudeau said: “Trade deals are always challenging but it should be fairly easy for all of us to get to an improved approach … [Read more...] about Brexit will allow Britain to build new links and get a ‘more impactful’ trade deal with Canada the day after we leave the EU, its PM Justin Trudeau declares