Theresa May’s parliamentary authority has been thrown into further doubt after MPs passed a historic motion to hold the government in contempt over its failure to release the cabinet legal advice on the Brexit deal. The Commons leader, Andrea Leadsom, said the government would comply and publish the advice in full on Wednesday. The vote is an unprecedented move in recent political history and comes at the start of five days of debate leading up to the final vote on May’s Brexit deal next week. The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, called the defeat “a badge of shame” and said the government “has lost its majority and the respect of the house”. The DUP, which the government relies on for a majority, had voted with Labour to hold the government in contempt, raising questions over whether May could still be said to command a majority. In the knife-edge vote, MPs decided by 311 votes to 293 to find the government in contempt of parliament, for … [Read more...] about Full Brexit legal advice to be published after government loses vote
BORIS Johnson's bid to get his Brexit deal passed was scuppered today in a 'super Saturday' historic vote. MPs voted for Sir Oliver Letwin's amendment, which means the PM now has to write to the EU asking to delay Brexit again. Here's what happened. What time did MPs vote on the new Brexit deal? Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a Brexit showdown with parliament today after clinching a last-minute divorce deal with the EU. The Commons sat from 9.30am and the Lords from 10am. Voting on Boris Johnson's deal started after 2.30pm, with MPS agreeing to back Tory rebel Sir Oliver Letwin's amendment. It ruined the PM's chances of passing a deal today and finally getting Britain on course to leave the EU on October 31.Sir Oliver's amendment withholds approval of the PM's deal until after Parliament has passed the necessary laws to enact it. But crucially that will trigger the Brexit-blocking Benn Act, which requires the PM to write a letter to the EU seeking a three-month extension by 11pm. … [Read more...] about Super Saturday timetable – when did MPs vote down Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal?
The campaigns for and against Brexit in the EU referendum will be lead by Stronger In and Vote Leave, the elections watchdog has announced. The two designated camps will be able to spend up to £7million on their respective campaigns, show political broadcasts and money for a nationwide leaflet drop. Britain Stronger In Europe was the only candidate from the remain side. The Electoral Commission chose Vote Leave, led by Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart, over Grassroots Out (GO), backed by Peter Bone and Nigel Farage and a bid by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. The Commission concluded that Vote Leave had better structures in place and was more broad based than its rivals. In addition to Gove, Vote Leave has the backing of Boris Johnson, John Whittingdale and Chris Grayling. Within minutes of the announcement Arron Banks of Leave.eu - a backer of Grassroots Out - said he could mount a legal challenge to the decision. He said his legal team will be examining the Commission … [Read more...] about Vote Leave given go ahead to lead Brexit campaign
The union leader who has spearheaded strikes, blockades and demonstrations against labour law changes in France has vowed to keep up the protests until the government suspends the measures and agrees to talks. Philippe Martinez rejected a government demand to call off two planned days of national action after a children’s hospital was attacked during a march this week. The leader of France’s oldest and most powerful union, the Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT), said the hospital attack was “scandalous” and “completely unacceptable”, and blamed hooligan elements on the fringe of the protest. The struggle against the divisive law would go on, he told the Guardian and a group of international journalists. “What else can we do to show that this law is rejected by the country? We cannot be held responsible if the government refuses to listen. When you are in government you have to listen, not keep upping the ante. When you … [Read more...] about French union leader vows to continue struggle against labour law
Syrian refugees who fled to Jordan after being tortured and witnessing massacres have submitted dossiers of evidence to the international criminal court in a novel attempt to prosecute President Bashar al-Assad. Although Syria is not a signatory to the court, based in The Hague, lawyers in London are relying on a precedent set by the ICC in extending jurisdiction to the crime of forcible population transfers. Last year, the court opened a preliminary investigation into the military leaders of Myanmar for alleged crimes against humanity involving deportation of its Rohingya people. Bangladesh, where the refugees fled, is a party to the Rome statute that established the ICC, as is Jordan, where millions of Syrian refugees now reside. There have been numerous efforts to persuade the ICC to act on allegations that the Assad regime committed war crimes through the use of chemical weapons and the mass murder of detainees. They have all failed so far because prosecutors in The Hague have not … [Read more...] about Syrian refugees launch legal bid to try Assad for crimes against humanity