brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Remain-backing MPs arrived in Brussels this morning to urge the EU to grant a Brexit delay in all circumstances as they tried to keep their hopes of a second referendum alive. A delegation of Remainer rebels is meeting with the representatives of a number of EU member states before a scheduled sit down with the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt. They want to persuade the bloc to postpone the UK's departure beyond the current October 31 deadline even if Boris Johnson is able to secure a divorce deal in the coming days. The decision to travel to Brussels on the day that the EU and UK remain locked in last ditch talks ahead of a crunch summit on Thursday and Friday is likely to spark Brexiteer fury. The delegation, organised by the anti-Brexit Best for Britain campaign group, includes former Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve, former Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and Labour MP David Lammy. The … [Read more...] about Remainer MPs travel to Brussels to urge the EU to grant the UK a Brexit delay even if Boris Johnson secures a divorce deal as they try to keep their dream of a second referendum alive
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brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. The threat to the United Kingdom was laid bare today as a poll found support for Scottish independence has hit 50 per cent. The population north of the border is now split down the middle over whether to leave the union, according to Panelbase research. Crucially, voters also seem to believe that the Scottish economy will fare better on its own after Brexit. The findings in the poll, conducted for the Sunday Times, were seized on by Nicola Sturgeon, who stepped up her demands for a fresh independence referendum. In interviews at the SNP's annual conference in Aberdeen, she said the case for leaving the UK was 'even stronger than it has been' and she will be formally asking Westminster for permission to hold a ballot within weeks. 'The biggest risk for Scotland at the moment is a Brexit future,' she told the BBC's Andrew Marr show. She dismissed claims that Scotland will be frozen out of both the UK and the … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon seizes on poll showing backing for Scottish independence has hit 50% with voters saying breaking up the UK would be better for the economy than Brexit
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Michel Barnier dramatically upped the stakes in the Brexit end game today as he set a midnight deadline for the EU and UK to have agreed a divorce deal. Downing Street has refused to sign up to the proposed cut-off point for a legal text to have been finalised as it said Britain would continue to work to get a deal done 'as soon as possible'. Mr Barnier believes a blueprint must be agreed by close of play this evening if there is to be any chance of a deal being signed off by European leaders at a crunch EU summit on Thursday and Friday. If no accord can be struck within the next 48 hours then the focus of that summit in Brussels - the final one scheduled before the October 31 divorce date - will shift to whether to offer the UK a delay. Below are all of the answers to all of the key questions as Brexit enters its most volatile phase yet. When does Michel Barnier believe a … [Read more...] about Will the UK meet Michel Barnier’s midnight Brexit deal deadline? And what will happen if no agreement has been hammered out before a crunch EU summit starts on Thursday?
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Boris Johnson is closing in on a possible Brexit deal this evening. Following a day of intense negotiations, sources in both Brussels and London said the details of a possible deal were 'within sight'. However, with talks set to go to the wire, both sides cautioned that negotiations could still stall or even collapse ahead of tomorrow's crunch EU summit in Brussels. A Whitehall insider said: 'There is progress, but one mis-step and it can all turn to dust.' An EU official involved in the talks said the bloc was 'very confident' a deal would be struck overnight. But a senior French official urged 'extreme prudence' about predicting a deal would be done. In a further boost for Mr Johnson, a group of so-called Spartan MPs – Brexiteers who rejected Theresa May's deal three times – emerged from talks at No10 indicating that they would vote for the latest proposals. Former Brexit minister Steve Baker, chairman of the European Research … [Read more...] about Brexit deal is ‘within sight’ as talks stretch into the night but Boris Johnson is warned one bad move could ‘turn it to dust’
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Labour MPs in Leave areas could be ready to back Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal on Saturday and defy Jeremy Corbyn. A number of Labour MPs in the UK's Brexit heartlands want to see a bill published on Saturday prior to the vote for the deal enshrining in UK law EU-style rights. It comes as the Labour leader tore into Mr Johnson's Brexit deal as 'even worse' than Theresa May's doomed agreement this morning, that ends years of stalemate. Around Labour MPs wrote to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker earlier this month, saying that they wanted to 'see the British EU referendum result honoured.' This evening one Labour backbencher told the Huffington Post said the key part of Mr Johnson's deal was the proposals to ensure workers right and other protections for the environment. The Labour MP said: 'In some ways, this is weaker than May's deal because it takes them from the withdrawal agreement and puts them into the non-binding … [Read more...] about Labour rebels say they are ‘ready to’ back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Saturday – but will enough of them defy Jeremy Corbyn?