Robert Peston 1 April 2019 11:43 AM 1 April 2019 11:43 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Labour has not tabled a motion for today’s indicative votes on a way through the Brexit mess – which feels like an important moment, perhaps because it has recognised that its proprietary version of Brexit is dead and its role instead is to work with all MPs to identify a deliverable alternative (which could be no Brexit at all) to the Prime Minister’s thrice rejected plan. Presumably the thrust of Labour’s effort in the hours ahead will be to secure support for the Kyle/Wilson call for a “confirmatory” referendum (a referendum on any Brexit deal approved by parliament). But even so, the prospect of a majority of MPs backing a people’s vote today is slim. So the big question is whether Labour will whip or compel its MPs to vote again for Ken Clarke’s motion that would mandate the government to keep the UK in … [Read more...] about Will Labour MPs back a bid to revoke Article 50?
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Six Labour MPs have backed an amendment to Theresa May’s withdrawal deal, promising to endorse the plan if MPs are given greater influence in shaping the future relationship with the EU after the UK’s departure. The amendment, authored by Lisa Nandy and Gareth Snell, could potentially deliver at least six more votes for May’s deal, should it be accepted by the government and gain a majority. Of the six Labour MPs and two former Labour MPs who have signed the amendment tabled on Friday morning, two have have already voted for the deal, Caroline Flint and Frank Field. The others have thus far withheld their support but many have voted repeatedly against a second referendum or long article 50 extension. The amendment would require the House of Commons to pass a resolution approving the government’s future negotiating mandate and approve any final trade deal with the EU, as well as require the government to report back to parliament every three months. It is … [Read more...] about Six Labour MPs back amendment to May’s Brexit deal
James Forsyth 25 February 2019 3:58 PM 25 February 2019 3:58 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I understand that ministers are being pressured to rapidly approve a new, £1.6bn towns fund. The suspicion among ministers is that this fund, which is spread over seven years, is all part of Number 10’s efforts to get the support of some Labour MPs for Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The write round asking for ministers’ approval for this scheme declares that, ‘This government is committed to supporting communities that feel left behind’. The region which will receive the most money per capita is the Black Country. One cabinet minister tells me that while the write round letter has come from James Brokenshire ‘I don’t believe this has been invented in the MHLG (Ministry of Housing and Local Government)’. 26 out of 38 LEPS (Local Enterprise Partnerships) will share a billion of funding between them. … [Read more...] about The £1.6bn question: is Theresa May buying off Labour MPs for Brexit?
Theresa May has been accused of trying to "bribe" Labour MPs to back her Brexit deal in an angry backlash. Remainers blasted "shocking" reports that cash will be funnelled into their colleagues' Leave-backing seats to win them over in a Valentine's Day vote. It comes after 25 Labour rebels, many of them in Leave areas, refused to delay Brexit in a vote this week - allowing the plan to be blocked. Those MPs could be crucial to success for Mrs May as she bring her plans back to the House of Commons, given many Tory Brexiteers are still hostile. She is already holding talks with unions and promising safeguards to workers' rights. Now The Times has reported Downing Street will seek to woo northern Labour MPs in "coalfield communities" with the promise of investment. "It’s about allowing Labour MPs representing Brexit communities to show that they have extracted something tangible in return for their vote," a source told the newspaper. The Guardian reported the move was part of a … [Read more...] about Theresa May accused of ‘bribing’ Labour MPs to back her Brexit in angry backlash
News / UK and world by Press Association January 23, 2019, 10:33 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The prospect of Britain remaining in the EU after March has increased after shadow chancellor John McDonnell signalled Labour could back plans to seek an Article 50 extension to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Mr McDonnell said it was “highly likely” the opposition would back a “sensible” cross-party amendment tabled by Yvette Cooper and Nick Boles which seeks time for a bill to suspend the withdrawal process if there is no new deal with Brussels by the end of February. International Development Secretary Liam Fox on Wednesday warned that some amendments tabled by backbenchers presented a “real danger” constitutionally. Accusing some MPs of plotting to stay in the EU, he said such an act would be politically “calamitous” and worse for the country than a no-deal Brexit. Mr McDonnell had told BBC Two’s … [Read more...] about Article 50 row as McDonnell says Labour could back Brexit delay plan