Explaining why he believed a customs union was so important, Kerr underlined the difficulty of replacing the UK’s trade with the EU with new deals with other countries. “Looking further afield is well worth doing, but it will be very hard not to see a fall in overall exports if our trade with the EU is made more complicated, and it will be much more complicated if we leave the customs union. We must try to limit the damage of our nearest, because closest, market,” he said. … [Read more...] about Brexit bill: May under pressure after two big defeats in Lords
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The UK’s Food and Drink Federation also warned that the Government’s determination to have trade policy independence sounded the “death knell” for frictionless trade and “may well result in price rises” as a result of additional checks and procedures. … [Read more...] about Cracks appear in Britain’s EU talks over free trade
Current proposals for the temporary evacuation of the palace read like something from a Ministry of Defence aircraft carrier spec. Every excuse has been dreamed up to increase cost – MPs’ health and safety, national security, respect for tradition, staff facilities, swimming pools and gyms. Members want the taxpayer to build an extravagant replica House of Commons by demolishing a starred listed building off Whitehall behind Richmond Terrace. No other organisation in the land would be allowed to do this. … [Read more...] about Shipping the House of Lords north is a great idea. Let’s send the MPs as well
What would the UK be like without immigration? How we made a life in Germany BBC Bitesize: Five things you will learn from the BBC Briefing The BBC's director of news and current affairs, Fran Unsworth, says: "In a fast-changing world with increasing polarisation and disinformation, it's hard to understand the big issues of the day, so BBC News is trying a new way to help you make sense of some complex issues. … [Read more...] about BBC Briefing on Immigration: How do I use it?
As an "employer" the House of Lords is about as lenient as they come. Back in 2012 Hanningfield was readmitted to the Lords after serving a quarter of his nine-month jail term. That year alone three other peers were allowed back into the hallowed chamber after a stint in prison: Lord Black of Crossharbour returned after three years in a US jail for fraud; Lord Taylor of Warwick served his time for fiddling expenses, like Hanningfield; and Lord Watson of Invergowrie came out of jail for starting a fire and went straight back into the Lords. Its almost as if there is something about the place that encourages a sense of entitlement, of being above the law. … [Read more...] about The Hanningfield case has made a mockery of the House of Lords