A: UK trawlermen say they have suffered for years under the bloc’s Common Fisheries Policy. No10 wants to change how quotas are divvied up, doubling the spoils for our fishermen. But EU bosses say the result will wipe out a third of the EU’s fleet. … [Read more...] about Whitehall legal boss quits over threats to row back on Brexit Withdrawal Agreement
Theresa may brexit speech
"But if the Government has not secured a majority in this House in favour of a Withdrawal Agreement and a Political Declaration, then the Government will on Tuesday 26 February make a statement and table an amendable motion relating to the statement; and a Minister will move that motion on Wednesday 27 February, thereby enabling the House to vote on it, and on any amendments to it, on that day." … [Read more...] about Theresa May begs MPs for two more weeks to cut Brexit deal as she faces Valentine’s Day massacre from Remainers
The Labour leader had initially planned a low-key visit to Brussels to attend the naming of a square in the Belgian capital in honour of the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox. It is understood, however, that the EU’s most senior officials were anxious to hear directly from Corbyn about his party’s plans, and invited him for a session of talks. … [Read more...] about Corbyn talks with EU Brexit officials spark fresh no-deal fears
Defeat this week will present Mrs May with some extremely unappetising choices. Whichever way she turns, she will be obliged to swallow a 10-course meal of her previous rhetoric. In the event that her deal goes down a second time, MPs have been promised a vote the next day on whether they are prepared to allow Britain to leave on 29 March without an agreement. If that vote takes place, it is pretty certain that there will be a Commons majority for rejecting no-deal. MPs have already said no to no-deal in a symbolic vote at the end of January. There is only a small minority in parliament, the most fanatical wing of the Brextremists, who positively yearn to go off the cliff edge without a parachute. There will be a majority to stop it, whether or not the government’s business managers try to whip Tory MPs. I say this because at least some Conservative MPs retain a residual instinct for self-preservation. They have contemplated the consequences of a calamitous Brexit and are very … [Read more...] about Brexit is heading towards extra time. The question then is: to what purpose?
This is why today’s vote, on a standing order that will giving parliament control of the order paper, is so important. It is rash and misguided to shut down all escape routes from no deal and hold a gun to our own head in the hope it will produce a deal at the last moment. This is Downing Street’s approach, and its apparent willingness to ignore parliament on this issue is nothing short of alarming. It is in the national interest to proceed sensibly, and give us flexibility as a country to find a solution. It is paramount that we do this using the legitimate democratic processes that are the bedrock of Britain’s politics and our society. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson is threatening his own MPs, but I’ll be voting to stop no-deal Brexit