Judging by Michael Gove’s demand last week for formal legal advice on the implications of any new draft text, levels of trust are not exactly high. And outside the cabinet, the backstop remains a potential dealbreaker for a number of MPs. A much larger number are noisily sceptical about May’s plans for Britain’s future trading relationship with the EU. … [Read more...] about Is Theresa May any closer to a Brexit deal after Brussels summit?
Brexit deal upheaval: Prime Minister May suffered a devastating blow to her Brexit strategy on Tuesday when British lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to reject her deal on leaving the European Union. The 432 to 202 vote was the biggest defeat for a government in modern British history. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, promptly called the no-confidence vote following Tuesday's result. … [Read more...] about British PM Theresa May survives no-confidence vote after Brexit deal defeat — as it happened
Brexit timeline: Charting Britain's turbulent exodus from Europe December 2019: Lawmakers vote for Johnson's Withdrawal Bill On December 22, UK lawmakers vote for Prime Minister Johnson's European Union withdrawal bill, which will see a leave date of January 31 2020 enshrined in law. Getting a majority to vote to pass the bill in the lower house has proven a major sticking point for the PM, but following a general election Johnson's Conservative party won control of the house and the bill passed with a 124 majority. … [Read more...] about Theresa May calls for ‘way forward’ on Brexit after winning no confidence vote
Planes, trains and automobiles Davos says it gets the existential threat of the climate crisis, but does it really? Prince Charles flew to Switzerland by private jet, before switching to an electric car to give the WEF the benefit of his wisdom on how to save the planet. One delegate, kept waiting in the cold while Trump was being whisked from the conference centre to his hotel, tried to count the number of cars in the president’s motorcade and wasn’t quite sure whether they were 37 or 39. The WEF says most attendees arrived by train and that the Zurich group will plant 13,000 trees: one for every one of the bright blue bobble hats it has handed out for free. … [Read more...] about What did we learn from Davos 2020?
Brexit timeline: Charting Britain's turbulent exodus from Europe June 2019: Search for a new prime minister After Theresa May announced on June 7 that she would leave office, other members of her Conservative party began clamoring for the top job. Within a month, the leadership battle came down to Jeremy Hunt (left), an EU proponent who fears a no-deal scenario, and Boris Johnson (right), one of the main proponents of Brexit. … [Read more...] about May brings Christmas wish list to Brussels but the EU looks unlikely to deliver