Boris Johnson has expelled 21 MPs from the parliamentary Conservative Party after they rebelled against him in a bid to prevent a no-deal Brexit.Those who have had the Tory whip removed include two ex-chancellors and a number of senior figures in Theresa May's and David Cameron's governments. Some have said they will stand down at the next election - whilst others have vowed to fight attempts to stop them standing again as Conservative candidates. It comes after the rebels teamed up with the opposition on Tuesday to back a motion paving the way for a law seeking to delay the UK's exit date.The legislation would force the prime minister to delay Brexit until January 2020, unless MPs approve either a new deal or a no-deal exit by 19 October. So who are the Tory MPs who rebelled against the prime minister? Philip HammondThe former chancellor, who has been co-ordinating the rebels' efforts, insisted the move was not simply designed to block a no-deal exit but also to give Parliament proper … [Read more...] about Brexit showdown: Who were Tory rebels who defied Boris Johnson?
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Time is running out if you haven’t taken advantage of the government’s offer of free money towards buying your first home. That’s because the help-to-buy Isa – with which the government will give you up to £3,000 with only some strings attached – closes to new savers on 30 November. Provided you are in before that date, you can continue tucking money away for another 10 years. So if you, or your offspring, are over 16 and have never owned a home but may well want to in the future, you might want to reserve your spot by signing up now. You can open an account with as little as £1, and don’t have to pay in every month, so some might say it’s a no-brainer to grab one now before they are withdrawn from sale. However, to slightly confuse matters, there is another account that also offers a government cash bonus for savers: the lifetime Isa. So should you get that instead – or take out both? Here we run through what you need to know. … [Read more...] about Help-to-buy Isa: last chance to get up to £3,000 of free government cash
The supreme court has ruled that Boris Johnson’s advice to the Queen that parliament should be prorogued for five weeks at the height of the Brexit crisis was unlawful. The unanimous judgment from 11 justices on the UK’s highest court followed an emergency three-day hearing last week that exposed fundamental legal differences over interpreting the country’s unwritten constitution. The momentous decision was read out by Lady Hale, president of the supreme court. Unusually, none of the parties were provided with advance copies of the judgment due to its sensitivity. Only seven of the 11 justices who heard the case were present in court. English high court declined to intervene; the Scottish appeal court concluded that judges did have legal authority to act. The supreme court supported the Scottish interpretation. Delivering judgment, Hale said: “The question arises in circumstances which have never arisen before and are unlikely to arise again.” Then, giving … [Read more...] about Johnson’s suspension of parliament unlawful, supreme court rules
Police have begun attempting to clear Extinction Rebellion protest camps from around Westminster as they imposed a section 14 order banning demonstrations across central London. Arrests were made under the order from early on Tuesday morning, beginning at the movement’s westernmost encampments on Millbank and moving into Whitehall in the late afternoon, where hundreds of tents had been pitched outside Downing Street. Officers gradually pushed their way up Whitehall, refusing to allow anyone bearing XR insignia through their lines and trying to filter them out of passing tourists and government workers. As a heavy downpour began, police officers in black overalls marched into the Whitehall camp and began snatching tents, snapping tent poles and guy ropes, and folding them up and carrying them away. XR activists remained non-violent and chanted at officers: “Police, we love you. We’re doing this for your children.” By 6.30pm police had largely cleared the … [Read more...] about Police attempt to clear Extinction Rebellion protest camps in London
No-fault divorces that could replace the protracted courtroom battles couples often face when separating are to be introduced into law. The justice secretary, David Gauke, confirmed he will bring in legislation enacting the reform in the next session of parliament, removing the need for separating couples to wait for years or allocate blame for the collapse of their relationship. Under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 in England and Wales, anyone seeking a divorce must either prove their partner is at fault through adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour, or if both sides agree, they can part after two years of separation. In the absence of consent or evidence of fault, applicants must wait until they have been living apart for five years. Gauke launched a consultation last autumn on reforming the law. Responses received by the Ministry of Justice showed widespread support for the initiative. The justice secretary told the Times the responses to the consultation were … [Read more...] about No-fault divorce to become law