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News review – Friday 18 January 2019

News review – Friday 18 January 2019

EU

Express
CONCERNS over widespread chaos as a result of a hard Brexit are “exaggerated”, a top Germany economist has said, suggesting there “wouldn’t be a big mess” after Britain leaves the European Union. Holger Schmieding, chief economist of the Hamburg-based Berenberg Bank, said Prime Minister Theresa May’s crushing defeat on Tuesday as MPs voted down her Brexit divorce deal by 230 votes was actually “a step forward”, claiming its “clear rejection” offering “a little more certainty.

Reuters
Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said there needed to be a discussion about reopening the draft deal for Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, but only if all EU countries supported the move. “In the end, it will be about the question whether to reopen the deal which needs the approval of all 27 member states, which means that everyone has to join in. This is what needs to be discussed now,” he told public broadcaster ZDF late on Thursday. Maas earlier on Thursday had said it was “hardly imaginable” that the Brexit withdrawal agreement would be reconsidered.

Westmonster
As a No Deal Brexit approaches, European business and industry are growing increasingly anxious. As Leavers pointed out during the referendum, they sell us more than we sell them. The Head of the German Federation Industry (BDI), Dieter Lempf, has said: “A chaotic Brexit is now in dangerous proximity. Companies are looking into the abyss these weeks. “Leaving the UK without an agreement is not an option – neither for British companies nor for companies on the continent.”

Telegraph
The frontrunner to become Germany’s next chancellor has issued an 11th hour plea for Britain to change its mind and stay in the European Union. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new head of Angela Merkel’s party, is the most senior German politician yet to openly appeal to the UK to abandon Brexit. She is among more than two dozen leading figures from German politics, industry and the arts to announce an “unprecedented” cross-party campaign to persuade Britain “from the bottom of our hearts” to remain.

Mail
The woman tipped to become Germany’s next chancellor has appealed for Britain to stay in the EU, calling it Britain’s ‘home’. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer became leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) last month. Last night, she became the most senior German politician to plead for the UK to cancel Brexit in an ‘unprecedented’ cross-party campaign. Mrs Kramp-Karrenbauer, also known by her initials AKK, was joined by more than two dozen German politicians, artists and heads of industry in her plea.

No deal

Telegraph
Cabinet ministers have warned that Theresa May will face mass resignations if MPs are barred from trying to stop a no-deal Brexit. The Prime Minister said on Thursday that it is “impossible” to rule out a no-deal Brexit under the terms of Article 50 and warned that it “not in the Government’s power” to do so. However as many as 20 mid-ranking ministers have indicated that they are prepared to quit the Government  so they can support backbench moves to stop a no-deal Brexit. The Telegraph has learned that a delegation of five ministers from the group visited the Prime Minister in No 10 and warned her directly that they were prepared to quit.

Sky News
Theresa May has told Jeremy Corbyn it is “impossible” for her to rule out a “no-deal” Brexit, after the Labour leader sought to block his MPs from helping the government break a deadlock over Britain’s EU exit. Mr Corbyn has instructed them not to “engage” with senior ministers until the prime minister takes the threat of leaving without an agreement off the table. He asked them to “respect” his own position and “refrain” from contact designed to secure enough support from cross-party MPs to get an agreement passed through parliament.

Breitbart
Brexit-supporting Tories have slammed Chancellor Philip “Remainer Phil” Hammond’s comments on MPs blocking a “No Deal” Brexit as “treacherous” and “totally incompetent”. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, long accused of pushing for the weakest possible form of Brexit from within Cabinet and using his role at HM Treasury to stall preparations for an EU exit without a formal agreement on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, was recorded assuring corporate bosses that MPs would block No Deal in Parliament in a leaked call.

Breitbart
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip “Remainer Phil” Hammond told corporate bosses that senior MPs would stop a “No Deal” Brexit — where Britain makes a clean break from the EU — according to a leaked telephone call. The audio, obtained by The Telegraph, also outlines how the Remain-supporting Chancellor had discussed how Article 50, the treaty mechanism for leaving the EU, could be extended in a call with the 330 business people following Prime Minister Theresa May’s historic parliamentary defeat on her Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday.

Art50

Mail
Theresa May left the door open yesterday to delaying Britain’s exit from the EU. Downing Street insisted there were no plans to extend the Article 50 departure date beyond the planned March 29. But the Prime Minister failed to rule out the chance of this falling by the wayside in the wake of Tuesday’s crushing Commons defeat for her withdrawal agreement. Chancellor Philip Hammond is reported to have told business leaders the Government would not block a move by former Tory minister Nick Boles to empower Parliament to rule out No Deal and delay Article 50 by nine months.

Express
PHILIP Hammond has been branded “treacherous” by a Tory MP after the Chancellor reportedly told business leaders a no-deal Brexit could be “taken off the table” and Article 50 “rescinded”. And Leader of the House of Commons Angela Leadsom responded by hinting at her frustration at the situation. Sir Christopher Chope voiced his fury after a transcript of a leaked conference call featuring the Chancellor was obtained by The Daily Telegraph. The paper said Mr Hammond had set out how a backbench Bill could effectively be used to stop any prospect of no deal.

Leavers

Mail
Brexiteers today boasted of securing pledges from Theresa May that could see a Brexit deal passed by Parliament. Eurosceptic MPs who met her left Downing Street in upbeat mood, saying she had vowed not to bow to pressure from Cabinet Remainers to accept Labour’s idea of a permanent customs union. Nigel Evans, one of 118 Tory MPs who voted against Mrs May on Tuesday, said: ‘The Prime Minister is listening. She wants to get Brexit over the line and she is listening to our concerns.’ A former Cabinet minister added: ‘It was good and positive – we are getting onto the same page. I am more optimistic now – I think she will get a deal through

General Election

Mail
Britain was on general election alert last night after Whitehall chiefs were ordered to draw up contingency plans for a snap poll. Amid the fragile situation in Westminster, Britain’s top civil servant told Government departmental heads to be ready in case an election is needed to break the Brexit deadlock. Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill met senior mandarins this week to discuss preparations in case Theresa May decides to go to the country. Today, it also emerged that official guidance has now been drawn up on the possible timeline for a second Brexit referendum.

Second referendum

Mail
MPs holding Brexit talks with the Government today have been warned that it would take a year to hold another EU referendum. Officials in the Cabinet Office have drawn up an A4 page of advice detailing what they think would be the timescales of holding another vote. The advice was shown to MPs across the political divide who held talks with Theresa May and her ministers today as No10 tries to break the Brexit deadlock.

Mirror
The government has been slammed after producing official advice warning it would take more than a YEAR to organise a second Brexit  referendum. The shock claim is understood to be contained in one-page document handed to MPs who have been to Downing Street for cross-party talks. It is understood the guidance details the timetable of how a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ would be organised.

Express
EMBATTLED Prime Minister Theresa May is exploring how long it would take to hold a second Brexit referendum after her Conservative Party government produced a paper setting out the number of months it would take to give the British public another vote on the UK’s departure from the EU. Downing Street said the Government had requested Civil Service guidance in the form of “a very short paper setting out the factual detail on the number of months required” to hold another referendum, with the short document taking up just one side of A4 paper, it has been revealed.

Sun
CABINET ministers are ready to back a second referendum that could see Brexit cancelled altogether, Remainers have claimed today. A group of Tories launched a fresh push for another Brexit vote this morning – saying another divisive campaign was the only way to break the deadlock in Parliament. Ex-minister Phillip Lee, who quit over Brexit last year, claimed there were many more MPs who were ready to join them, but was a “big task” to get everyone on side. He said “conversations” were happening all the time but it was a “minority sport” at the moment

Customs union

Times
The DUP would be open to a soft Brexit that kept the whole of the UK in a customs union with Brussels, senior sources have told The Times. In a break from Conservative Brexiteers, leading figures in the DUP have indicated that they could sign up to a Norway-style deal with a customs union if it removed the threat of the Northern Irish backstop. The issue is understood to have been raised in meetings between the DUP and senior government ministers as part of attempts to break the Brexit impasse.

Labour Party

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs not to take part in Theresa May’s desperate effort to win votes for her Brexit deal today as the stalemate in Westminster deepened.  The Labour leader has refused to meet the Prime Minister in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s devastating vote unless she rules out ever allowing a no deal Brexit to happen. Mrs May wrote to the Labour leader tonight to say she was ‘disappointed’ at his stance – reminding him he has repeatedly insisted ‘dialogue in politics’ is crucial. Mr Corbyn has been repeatedly criticised for meeting with extremists on the grounds of peace talks.

Independent
Jeremy Corbyn is in open conflict with senior Labour MPs after telling  them to boycott cross-party talks with the government over Brexit. The Labour leader – who is refusing to negotiate with Theresa May, until she drops threats of a no-deal Brexit – tried to extend the no-talks stance in an email sent to all his colleagues. But the order came as at least three Labour MPs opened talks, in a bid to find a solution to the gathering crisis after Tuesday’s devastating defeat for the prime minister’s deal. Both Yvette Cooper, the Home Affairs Committee chair, and Hilary Benn, the Brexit Committee chair, went to the Cabinet Office to meet Tory ministers, both in the morning and afternoon. Labour won’t back new Brexit referendum until ‘no-deal disaster’ looms

Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn could face up to a dozen resignations from the Labour frontbench if the party backs a second referendum as a way out of the Brexit crisis. A string of junior shadow ministers have told the Guardian they are strongly opposed to the idea of a second referendum, which they fear would expose Labour to a vicious backlash in leave-voting constituencies. The development follows another tense day of brinkmanship in Westminster between Theresa May and the Labour leader as they seek a way out of the crisis that has engulfed both major parties.

Scotland

Morning Star
NICOLA STURGEON will reveal her plans for a second Scottish independence referendum in a “matter of weeks” regardless of Brexit, she told MSPs today. The First Minister met Theresa May yesterday following the historic Commons defeat of the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement and afterwards she said she would soon announce the timing of a second independence vote. Speaking at First Minister’s Questions today, Ms Sturgeon reiterated her pledge and said: “I think it is essential, given the catastrophe that Scotland faces — to our economy, to our society, to living standards, to prospects for the next generation, to our reputation in the world — that the option of independence must be open to people in Scotland.

Bercow

Telegraph
John Bercow could be the first Speaker in 230 years not to be given a peerage after ministers urged Theresa May to block the honour as a punishment for his Brexit “bias”. Mr Bercow ignored Parliamentary precedent last week to change Commons convention and effectively allow MPs to control the Brexit process. The move was greeted with fury on the Government benches, and led to claims that Mr Bercow was abusing his position to promote his own personal stance on EU withdrawal.

Times
John Bercow is set to become the first Speaker in 230 years to have his peerage blocked after ministers moved to punish him for “bias” during Brexit debates, The Times has learnt. Commons Speakers are usually automatically offered a seat in the House of Lords after approval by No 10 but relations between Mr Bercow and the government have broken down. The Speaker tore up years of precedent on Wednesday last week to change Commons rules and allow MPs to control business of the House.

BBC News
Such is the anger with the Speaker at senior levels of government, it has been suggested he could be blocked from getting a peerage when he retires. Ministers are furious at what they see as John Bercow’s “bias” during Commons debates on Brexit. The move would break a tradition dating back 230 years that former Commons speakers are automatically offered a seat in the House of Lords. A Cabinet source said: “It’s a good job peerage nominations are in our gift.” They added: “I’m sure we’ll be thinking carefully about which individuals we would choose to elevate to the House of Lords.

Mail
John Bercow may become the first Speaker in 230 years to not automatically receive a peerage after ministers accused him of bias, it was reported last night. No10 usually approves holders of the role being granted a seat in the House of Lords, but after controversy over Mr Bercow’s recent decisions, it is understood this may not happen. The Speaker defied years of precedent last week to allow MPs to take control of House of Commons business.  One senior Tory told the Times: ‘Precedents of Speakers getting peerages don’t last forever either.’ Mr Bercow, a former Conservative MP, has been accused of favouring Labour MPs and colluding with them to stop Brexit under the guise of championing backbenchers

Sun
SPEAKER John Bercow has been branded “European of the Week” by the continental media — underlining his anti-Brexit credentials. Dutch, German and French media outlets have portrayed him as a hero with videos going viral on social media. Radio France Internationale named him European of the Week for allowing MPs to table an amendment that “thwarted the strategy” of the UK Government. But Bercow faces the threat of being thrown out of Parliament after it emerges his local Tory association has begun looking for a candidate to replace him, The Sun can reveal. Today the chairman of the Tory Buckingham association is meeting the Conservative party’s national head of candidate selection Gareth Fox to find a suitable figure to fight the seat.

Education

Times
A growing number of parents are being “coerced” into removing unruly pupils from school to be taught at home, the admissions watchdog has said. The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) has used its annual report to shine a spotlight on why so many children are home-educated, and in particular on “off-rolling”, the practice of a school asking parents to remove a poorly performing or disruptive child without a formal exclusion process.

Times
Record numbers of first-class degrees were awarded last summer, prompting accusations of rampant grade inflation. Firsts were achieved by 28 per cent of graduates, figures show. The proportion has risen by two percentage points each year for five years. Critics say there has been severe and unjustified degree uplift since tuition fees trebled in 2012 and the cap on student numbers was removed, as universities compete for undergraduates.

NHS

Times
Cuts to public health and training coupled with the neglect of social care risk derailing the £20 billion NHS reform plan, the spending watchdog warns today. A ten-year plan focused on preventing ill health, boosting the NHS workforce and joining up care has not yet been backed by funding for these areas, the National Audit Office says. Ministers have funnelled cash into the NHS but “key areas of health spending” have so far been ignored and unless money is committed to them the health service might not be able to deliver its promises to patients, the NAO says in a report.

Independent
The NHS is financially “unsustainable” and the government’s much-trumpeted 10-year plan is inadequate to rescue cancer, mental health and social care services, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. Years of underinvestment have resulted in longer waiting times, critical staff shortages and “substantial deficits” that have been covered up by raiding funds for long-term reform, an NAO review found.

Mail
The number of times hospitals turned ambulances away from their A&E departments soared last week to its highest level this winter. Accident and emergency performance figures this week show the NHS is feeling the strain, as snow falls across Britain and temperatures plunge to -4C. One in eight people taken to A&E in an ambulance were forced to wait at least half an hour before being handed over because hospitals were too busy. And 19 out of 20 overnight hospital beds in the entire country are full – higher than the ‘safe operating level’ and the busiest they have been all winter.

Nuclear power

Times
Plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations are in disarray after a second company in two months announced that would stop work on the projects. Hitachi said yesterday that it was suspending its nuclear development programme in Britain, placing on hold plants at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and Oldbury-on-Severn in south Gloucestershire. The Japanese company is writing off £2 billion spent on preparatory work and is withdrawing despite having been offered several sweeteners by the government.

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‘Back in 2019, Britain was much larger’: what the history books will say | Jack Bernhardt

Using the latest technology, I’ve got my hands on a textbook from the year 2070. And it isn’t very complimentary

It’s always odd when politicians make an appeal to “the history books” – it’s like an actor making an appeal to reviewers midway through the film. But it took on a new surreal meaning on Monday, when Theresa May asked us to consider what the history books would say about the vote on her deal.

It takes truly great commitment to your own mediocrity to sort through a catalogue of your own mistakes, find the largest and most avoidable, and then tell the gods of history that yep, this national humiliation is the way you want future generations to remember you. It’s like calling up the Oxford English Dictionary and requesting that “to cock something up irrevocably, to the point that people feel a pang of despair when they hear your name” be for ever known as “doing a Theresa”.

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News review – Wednesday 16 January 2019

News review – Wednesday 16 January 2019

Brexit vote

Breitbart
Members of Parliament have thrown out Theresa May’s contentious Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union in the long-awaited “meaningful vote” on the deal. The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal was crushed by a historic margin of 202 in favour to 432 against, paving the way for a vote of no-confidence in the Government by the Opposition, which Mrs May told MPs she would make time for on Wednesday, January 16th.

Independent
MPs overwhelmingly rejected Theresa May’s divorce deal with the EU on Tuesday evening, plunging the Brexit process into chaos. The defeat was widely expected, but the scale of the House of Commons’ vote – 432 votes against the government and 202 in support – was devastating for Ms May’s fragile leadership. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put forward a confidence motion in the aftermath of the crushing loss, which made history as the biggest ever government defeat on the floor of the House of Commons

UKIP
Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement has been rejected in the House of Commons by a margin of 230. UKIP Leader Gerard Batten said, “This result is no surprise for anyone. With her agreement, Theresa May achieved what was thought to be impossible – the unity of Leavers and Remainers in opposition to her plan. Only Mrs May’s most ardent supporters could have supported it. “We now enter a deeply uncertain period as the political establishment continue their project of stopping Brexit.

What next?

Huffington Post
MPs could stage a series of ‘knock-out’ votes on Brexit under a radical new plan to stop the UK from crashing out of the EU without a deal, HuffPost UK can reveal. After the historic defeat of Theresa May’s proposals on Tuesday, cross-party moves are underway to effectively force the House of Commons to find a majority for an alternative way forward. Under a new amendment drafted by Welsh party Plaid Cymru, MPs would be asked to list their preference for a range of options including a Norway-style Brexit, a second referendum and remaining in the EU.

Times
Theresa May was under mounting pressure last night to delay Brexit after she suffered the largest Commons defeat in British political history. The prime minister offered cross-party talks after MPs rejected her deal by a majority of 230, with more than a third of Conservatives rebelling. With only 72 days to go before Britain leaves, however, Labour MPs demanded that she extend Article 50 to give time for a consensus to be found. Jeremy Corbyn warned Mrs May that she had reached the “end of the line” as he tabled a motion of no confidence in her government that will be voted on today.

Fox News
British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a seismic defeat. The House of Commons on Tuesday rejected her proposed withdrawal agreement with the European Union by a 230 vote margin. Among those voting against her: 118 rebel Conservative MPs who saw the deal as a weak-kneed surrender to the European Union. This is the biggest defeat suffered by a UK Prime Minister in a major vote in modern times.

Sun
THERESA May dared MPs to vote for a General Election last night after her Brexit deal suffered the worst defeat in British history. The PM asked Labour to call a confidence vote in the House of Commons after 432 MPs voted to kill off the withdrawal agreement with only 202 backing her. The crushing defeat – which saw 118 Tories turn against the PM – is the worst since the advent of full democracy and suggests Mrs May will never win enough support for her strategy.

Westmonster
The latest YouGov poll has exposed very little appetite for a second referendum, despite constant whinging by MPs in Westminster to the contrary. Just 8% support a second referendum as what they want the next move to be on Brexit. A further 28% back stopping Brexit and remaining. But 22% have No Deal as their first choice, along with 15% for Theresa May’s deal and another 9% wanting the British government to negotiate another deal. Canada+, for example? That means combined, 36% of Brits back options that could mean remaining in the European Union. But 46% are in favour of leaving, deal or No Deal. That’s a 10-point lead for a Brexit way forward.

Times
What will Theresa May do next? In the immediate aftermath of her defeat the prime minister announced that for the first time in the Brexit process she would work with MPs from other parties to try to identify “what would be required” to secure parliamentary backing for an alternative deal to leave the European Union. She added that if those meetings yielded ideas, the government would “explore them” with the EU.

Mail
Theresa May suffered the predicted humiliation in the Commons last night and must now face the unpredictable consequences.  Following the showdown, the real question is what the Prime Minister wants to do after losing and whether or not she will be able to get her way. There is an almost unlimited number of possible scenarios of what might happen in the aftermath of last night’s defeat. Britain is currently due to leave the EU on March 29 – but tonight’s defeat could force a delay to the two year Article 50 process.

No confidence

Telegraph
Theresa May’s future rests in the balance after Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion on Tuesday night, just minutes after the Government suffered an unprecedented defeat over its Brexit deal. With MPs voting by 432 to 202 to reject the draft withdrawal agreement, Mr Corbyn raised a point of order requesting that a vote be held on Wednesday, after Prime Minister’s Questions. Speaking in the Commons, Mr Corbyn highlighted that the defeat was the largest inflicted on any Government since the 1920s, adding that Mrs May had “lost the confidence of this House and this country.”

Sky News
Theresa May has just over 12 hours to save her premiership, as she faces a vote of no confidence which, if successful, could topple the government. The prime minister will look to her own MPs to back her, after more than a third of them voted down her Brexit deal in the biggest Commons defeat in nearly a century. She tried to head off the bid to oust her by welcoming the no-confidence vote before it had even been tabled by Jeremy Corbyn. But the Labour leader’s bid will be debated for around six hours in the Commons on Wednesday, culminating in another dramatic vote at around 7pm.

ITV News
Theresa May is battling on two fronts as the Prime Minister fights to retain her grip on power while attempting to find a Brexit compromise that could command majority support in the Commons. Mrs May faces a vote of no confidence on Wednesday after suffering a massive parliamentary defeat over her controversial EU withdrawal agenda. Labour launched a bid to oust the Government after Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by 432 votes to 202. Despite the humiliating defeat, Government sources remained optimistic about seeing off the Labour challenge after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

BBC News
Theresa May’s government faces a vote of no confidence later after MPs rejected the PM’s Brexit deal. Labour launched the bid to trigger a general election after the deal setting out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU was rejected by 230 votes. However, one senior party figure has suggested it is unlikely to succeed, with Northern Ireland’s DUP and Tory rebels saying they will back the PM. The confidence vote is expected to be held at about 19:00 GMT. Mrs May has told MPs she will return to the Commons with an alternative plan next week, provided she survives the confidence vote

Guardian
Labour tonight threatened to bring a no confidence vote in the government “again and again and again”.  But her government is expected to win the vote – and avoid a general election – because her DUP allies will back her thanks to the £1.5bn bung she handed the party in 2017. Fortunately for Labour the party can call unlimited no confidence votes – a prospect Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman refused to rule out.

Express
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government after the Brexit deal was defeated tonight, with the hope of triggering a general election. But will there be a snap election? Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected tonight, despite getting backing from the European Union. The vote could even be one of the largest defeats in Commons history. But Mrs May has made it clear she won’t back away from Brexit in response.

Times
Labour could table multiple votes of no confidence if it fails to trigger a general election today. Senior party sources said last night that they would make a series of attempts to oust Theresa May’s government. One said: “This is not about one vote of no confidence in the government, it is about a sustained campaign to show it has no majority.” Jeremy Corbyn’s tactic risks a row with MPs who want to clarify the party’s position on a second referendum.

Mail
Theresa May is set to cling on to 10 Downing Street in a confidence vote today, after her Brexit deal was crushed in the worst ever Commons defeat for a sitting government.  An extraordinary 118 Tory rebels, more than a third of the parliamentary party, joined forces with Labour to sink Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement by 432 votes to 202 – a majority of 230 – on a dramatic day at Westminster. Moments after the result was announced Jeremy Corbyn announced he would table a no-confidence motion, which MPs will vote on tonight, in a bid to force a general election.

Independent
Jeremy Corbyn has launched a bid to topple Theresa May in the aftermath of the prime minister’s Brexit deal being rejected in a historic Commons defeat. Immediately after the vote, the Labour leader moved to table a formal motion of no confidence in Ms May’s government, claiming it would allow MPs to give their “verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government”.

Boris

Mail
Boris Johnson last night insisted the Brexit deal can be renegotiated without delaying Britain’s departure from the bloc. The former foreign secretary said he did not ‘rejoice’ in the massive defeat suffered by Theresa May, but demanded that she ditches the Irish border backstop and takes a ‘fresh approach’. He dismissed the idea that would mean extending the Article 50 process, which has just 10 weeks left to run, saying most of the other terms were ‘fine’.

Sun
BORIS Johnson BACKED Theresa May last night after her humiliating Brexit defeat – but only because he fears a Jeremy Corbyn government. Mr Johnson said he would support the Prime Minister when she faces a vote of no confidence today. The arch Brexiteer told Sky News: “I will certainly vote for her and for the Conservative government in the division lobbies because one thing I do not want is Jeremy Corbyn taking over as our Prime Minister.” He added that no-deal was “not at all” off the table, saying: “We should not only be keeping the good bits of the deal, getting rid of the backstop, but we should also be actively preparing for no-deal with ever more enthusiasm.”

Westmonster
Brexiteer Boris Johnson used his speech yesterday in Parliament to strongly warn against any delay to Brexit, whilst advocating a vote against Theresa May’s deal. He said that the country “can’t seriously contemplate delaying Article 50” and that if such a delay did take place “the public would accuse us of deliberately setting out to frustrate their wishes and they would conclude that there was some plot by the deep state to kill Brexit”. Boris described the backstop as a “trap” and said that passing May’s deal would mean “blatantly negating many of the potential benefits of Brexit”.

EU

Times
A chaotic no-deal Brexit moved closer after last night’s defeat, the European Union’s leading officials warned. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, appealed to MPs to find answers and strongly hinted at the need for a second referendum or parliamentary vote to cancel the decision to leave. “If a deal is impossible and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?” he said

Sun
EU boss Donald Tusk last night warned that Brexit could be cancelled after Theresa May suffered the biggest defeat in British political history. The President of the European Council slammed the UK’s indecision and said a deal was now “impossible” just moments after the Prime Minister’s plan for leaving the EU was crushed by 432 votes to 202. The Eurocrat wrote on Twitter: “If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?” The only way for Brexit to be cancelled would be for Theresa May to revoke Article 50 – or for a second Brexit vote where Brits opted to stay IN the bloc.

Express
MPs rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the meaningful vote tonight but were taunted by European Union leaders who warned their “time is almost up” – here is how Europe reacted to the Brexit defeat. Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a humiliating loss in the Commons as her Brussels-approved deal lost by 230 votes. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, a far bigger landslide than had been expected. This has now increased the odds of the UK crashing out of the European Union on March 29 without any deal.

Breitbart
The European Union has ruled out a special summit or reopening negotiations on Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, according to bloc sources, whilst Brexiteers have called the Prime Minister’s Commons defeat a “catastrophic failure of leadership”. It looks unlikely after the crushing defeat of the “worst deal in history” in the House of Commons vote on Tuesday night — where the Prime Minister lost by a historic margin of 202 in favour to 432 against — that the intransigent European Union will budge on the wording of the document.

Guardian
Donald Tusk has made a thinly veiled call for the UK to stay in the EU, suggesting the prime minister’s historic loss in parliament left a deal looking “impossible”. As the scale of the defeat was announced, the president of the European council called for Theresa May to urgently clarify her next move. Brussels had expected the prime minister to lose the vote on the deal she had agreed with the EU, but the size of the majority against – 230 votes – meant there was little hope of the agreement being salvaged.

Mail
The EU has hinted that Brexit should be cancelled after Theresa May’s deal was voted down in the biggest defeat suffered by a Prime Minister in over 100 years. EU Council President Donald Tusk suggested if MPs cannot agree a deal and don’t want to crash out without one, they should consider reversing the historic vote. While EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that ‘time is almost up’ as he announced no deal planning will be ramped up in the wake of the defeat.

Breitbart
The European Union and Britain’s prime minister are seeking new ways to avoid a no-deal departure of the UK from the bloc but the EU Commission president insists there cannot be a renegotiation of the draft Brexit deal. Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that despite the difficulties of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May to get the deal through Parliament, he continues to hope she can pull it off next Tuesday. To help her get the deal through, “We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to,” he said.

NHS

Times
Dozens of lives could be saved every year by keeping livers alive in a “mechanical body” that has been approved by the NHS to make more organs available for transplant. The liver-in-a-box technology mimics the way in which the body supplies the liver with oxygen and nutrients to keep it alive for longer outside a donor. This gives more time for it to be transplanted into a patient and enables doctors to check whether it is doing its job before they use it.

Mail
Health officials have approved the NHS using a revolutionary machine that keeps livers alive before they are transplanted. Watchdog Nice today publishes guidance recommending perfusion devices that act as ‘life-support machines’ for the organs after they are removed from a donor, pumping them with blood so the tissue does not deteriorate. This can triple the length of time a liver remains viable outside the body – from as little as eight hours if stored on ice to roughly 24 hours.

Times
Dogs can be trained to alert people with type 1 diabetes when their blood sugar falls dangerously low, scientists have shown in a large trial. In some cases the animals’ warnings were quicker to raise the alarm than sophisticated glucose-monitoring devices of the type used by Theresa May. Researchers from the University of Bristol examined more than 4,000 incidents where the blood sugar of a diabetic person teamed with a specially trained dog had dipped dangerously low.

Pensions

Independent
Poorer pensioner couples will lose more than £7,000 a year, under a cut “sneaked out” while MPs are preparing for the showdown Brexit vote. Ministers have been accused of attempting to bury the impact of the change to pension credit, which tops up the incomes of hard-up elderly people. It means couples where only one partner is over the state pension age, which is now 65 or for both men and women depending on when they were born, will no longer receive the extra benefit. It will take effect from 15 May, when the partner below the pension age is required to make a claim for universal credit, which merges six working-age benefits into a single payment.

Drugs

Mail
Gangs are ruthlessly exploiting a legal loophole to get away with luring children as young as 12 to become ‘county lines’ drug mules, police revealed yesterday. Hundreds of vulnerable boys and girls have been groomed by gangs based in Britain’s biggest cities to carry cocaine and heroin to small market towns and seaside resorts, exposing them to horrific violence. Gangs tell the children that if they are caught by police peddling drugs they should cite Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act – effectively protecting them from prosecution. MPs were told yesterday that ‘Mr Bigs’ are abusing the law, introduced by Theresa May as home secretary in 2015, to safeguard their illicit networks.

Education

Times
More than a dozen universities would lose about a third of their students if plans to stop youngsters with low A- level grades getting tuition fee loans go ahead, official data shows. Theresa May has set up a review, headed by the banker Philip Augar, of university funding, which is expected to recommend a cut to tuition fees. However, a leak from the review has also suggested that student loans should not be granted to pupils who get fewer than three Ds at A level. That would effectively stop them from going to university.

Church attacks

Times
At least 15 Catholic churches have been threatened with bomb attacks and stabbings, forcing police to watch over services to protect congregations. They all received menacing letters, leading one school to withdraw pupils from all services at their local church. St Mary’s, in High Green, Sheffield, received a handwritten letter on January 4 warning its leaders that they must “stop all your services straight away”. It said: “If you don’t, your church will be petrol bombed while in service. Continue behind closed doors, your congregation members will be stabbed one by one. Blood on your hands. You have been warned.”

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Sunday papers – 13 January 2019

Sunday papers – 13 January 2019

Brexit

Brexit matters are getting pretty frantic.  The Times has what it calls an exclusive report that the government might be brought down this week.

Theresa May has been warned that her government “will lose its ability to govern” after Downing Street uncovered a bombshell plot by senior MPs to seize control of Brexit negotiations and sideline the prime minister.
A cross-party group of senior backbenchers — including former Tory ministers — plan what one senior figure branded a “very British coup” if May loses the crunch vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday.
At least two groups of rebel MPs are plotting to change Commons rules so motions proposed by backbenchers take precedence over government business, upending the centuries-old relationship between executive and legislature.
Downing Street believes that would enable MPs to suspend article 50, putting Brexit on hold.

There’s a Remainer plot to take control of the Brexit process – and stop it, reports the Express.

THE UK could plunge into a full-blown constitutional crisis next week, with MPs plotting to take control of the Brexit process and potentially reverse the referendum result of 2016.
The conspirators are thought to be planning to seize control of the House of Commons timetable, allowing non-Government MPs to table motions. The move could see laws passed preventing a hard-Brexit, or indeed any departure from the EU. A majority of MPs are opposed to quitting the EU without a deal.

The Times has a column by David Davis.

The government’s defeat last week, which will force it to come back to the Commons with a plan B if the proposed withdrawal agreement is defeated, also presents an opportunity to go back to the EU with our best and final offer. We can clearly state to our European friends that we will let them sell German cars, Irish beef and French wine at no tariff but it has to work both ways. The EU will protest, obstruct and resist but it always makes agreements at the 11th hour.
From the beginning, I feared too much was being conceded with too little in return. Now it is time for the UK to call the shots. So what are the options?

And the Sun has a comment by Tony Parsons.

THE British people are starting to realise that the fix is in.
Brexit looks like it is never going to happen because the British establishment are simply not going to allow it. Brexit will be blocked by a majority in the House of Commons, our elected representatives, who smile, bow, scrape and promise us anything and lie through their teeth when they want our votes.
And it will be blocked by the House of Lords, the Civil Service and by every living ex-Prime Minister, including Tony Blair, the bottom of the sewer, whose treacherous collaboration with a hostile foreign force would have seen him banged up in wartime.

And even the Scottish government has stuck its oar in, reports ITV News.

The Scottish Government has written to all MPs in Westminster, urging them to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal when it is put to a vote on Tuesday.
In the letter, Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell described the coming week as “crucial” for the future of Scotland and outlined what steps the Scottish Government believe should be taken.
In addition to recommending that MPs reject both a no-deal Brexit and the Prime Minister’s deal, the letter states that the EU should be asked to extend Article 50 beyond the current March 29 deadline, with a view to then supporting a new referendum on EU membership.

Conservative Party

The Telegraph claims the Tories are about to split.

The Tories are on the brink of a historic split, senior Conservatives have warned, as Brexiteers and Remainers both threatened to torpedo the Government if they did not get their way on Brexit.
Pro-EU MPs claimed  a third of the Cabinet would resign if Theresa May pursued a no-deal Brexit in the face of almost certain defeat over her deal, as they threatened a walkout of backbenchers that would obliterate the Government’s Commons majority.

The Express has a column by the Prime Minister.

THE verdict of the referendum was clear – the people of the UK want our future to be outside the European Union. But behind the record number of votes cast lie many different views about exactly what that future should look like.
The same is true of Parliament. The vast majority of MPs want to respect the result of the referendum, which is why nearly all of us voted to trigger Article 50 two years ago. But there is far less of a consensus about the manner of our departure from the EU. This week, I have seen more than 200 MPs from different parties who want to rule out No Deal. I have debated with MPs who want a Second Referendum as well as those who want to pursue what they believe to be the perfect deal which for them means no deal at all.
And I have spoken with business and union leaders worried about jobs who want the certainty that comes from a smooth and orderly transition to our future relationship with the EU.

Extremism

A cabinet minister has claimed in the Express that if the PM’s vote is defeated on Tuesday, riots could ensue.

BREXITEER Cabinet minister Chris Grayling has warned MPs that blocking Britain’s departure from the EU could “open the door” to “extremist” populist political forces in the UK.
Ahead of Tuesday’s crunch vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the Transport Secretary said putting a stop to the split may end centuries of “moderate” politics in Britain. Urging Conservative colleagues to get behind the Prime Minister’s unpopular deal, he warned millions of Leave voters would feel “cheated” if Brexit is not delivered. His comments came just hours before pro-Brexit protestors and anti-Brexit demonstrators clashed in central London.

His comments are also reported in the Mail.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been accused of engaging in ‘gutter politics’ after he warned that stopping Brexit from happening could lead to the rise of ‘extremist’ political forces in the UK.
The cabinet minister, who campaigned to leave the European Union, had claimed that putting a stop to Britain’s withdrawal could end the centuries of ‘moderate’ politics the UK has enjoyed since the English Civil War.

The Guardian has slated his comments.

Chris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s  Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.
The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would result in the 17 million people who voted to leave feeling cheated and urged colleagues to support Theresa May’s deal.
“People should not underestimate this,” he said. “We would see a different tone in our politics. A less tolerant society, a more nationalistic nation. It will open the door to extremist populist political forces in this country of the kind we see in other countries in Europe.

The Independent reports a claim that it is ‘gutter politics’.

A cabinet minister has been accused of engaging in “gutter politics” after warning MPs that blocking Brexit could trigger a surge of far-right extremism.
Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, said that reversing the decision to leave the European Union would “open the door” to “extremist” populist political forces and lead to divisions not seen since the English Civil War.
Mr Grayling called on MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal in a Commons showdown next week, as the prime minister braces for a historic defeat. Some estimates suggest she could lose by 200 votes.
His comments drew condemnation from Labour MP David Lammy, who described it as a “desperate attempt to use a tiny far-right minority to hold our democracy to ransom”.

Labour Party

It’s not only her own party that is hoping to get rid of the Prime Minister, says the Mail.   Could BoJo finally get to no, 10?

Labour is plotting to unseat Theresa May within days, Tory MPs have been warned.
Jeremy Corbyn could call a no-confidence motion as early as Wednesday if Conservative rebels force a Government defeat over Brexit the previous night.
The Opposition leader was last night readying for a fight at the ballot box by setting out his ‘vision’ for Britain under a Labour Government.
Labour strategists have pounced on No 10’s warning to wavering Tories in marginal seats that they face ‘Armageddon’ if they vote down Mrs May’s deal with Brussels and their rebellion triggers a General Election.
If a no confidence vote is called on Wednesday, the DUP is threatening to join forces with Labour unless the Prime Minister is replaced by a Brexiteer such as Boris Johnson.

The Guardian claims Labour MPs are preparing for government.

Labour MPs have been told to prepare for Jeremy Corbyn to table a dramatic and immediate vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government as early as Tuesday evening in an attempt to force a general election if – as expected – she suffers a heavy defeat this week on her Brexit deal.
Messages have been sent to Labour MPs, even those who are unwell, to ensure their presence both for the “meaningful vote” on the prime minister’s Brexit blueprint on Tuesday and the following day. Labour whips have told MPs the no-confidence vote is likely to be tabled within hours of a government loss, with the actual vote taking place on Wednesday.

Second referendum

The LibDems are still pressing for a vote which will include an option to stay in the EU, reports the Times.

Sir Vince Cable has signalled that he is prepared to help install Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street if he backs a new EU referendum.
The Liberal Democrat leader today demands that Theresa May “seek an extension of article 50”, putting Brexit on hold, as the “first step to take to deliver a second referendum” rather than “scurrying back to Brussels”. Party sources said he was prepared to work with “anyone” who supported a new referendum.
A new poll shows the public would rather have another referendum than another Commons vote.

And the Independent says a second referendum is preferable to a General Election.

Giving the British public a Final Say on Brexit through a new referendum is the most popular path if Theresa May’s deal is rejected by MPs, a new poll has revealed.
An exclusive survey for The Independent shows that a fresh vote received more support than any of the four other options put to the public, including allowing the prime minister to go back to Brussels or a no-deal Brexit.
The survey by poling organisation BMG Research also suggests that more people oppose Ms May’s deal than back it, although the prime minister can take some comfort in the data showing a softening of opposition.

Huffington Post also reports the growing calls for a second referendum.

Campaigners for a second EU referendum are gearing up for a crucial 72 hours if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is voted down, in which they hope to “kill off” the alternative Norway-style ‘plan B’ floated by some MPs.
May has promised to “move quickly” if her deal is rejected by the Commons on Tuesday, but it is unclear in what direction, and battle lines are being drawn as MPs try to put together a majority for their preferred alternative.
One Whitehall source said preparations are already underway in Downing Street for Labour to call a vote of no confidence in the government as soon as Wednesday.

Bercow

It looks like the Commons Speaker has been plotting a power grab for years, says the Times.

Soon after he became Speaker in 2009, John Bercow asked his key advisers to identify ways in which he could use his position to strengthen the House of Commons and make life more difficult for the government.
One reform identified was to allow more urgent questions, dragging ministers to the chamber in a way his predecessors had never done. Many ministers hated it, but Bercow saw this as the greatest impact made by his speakership.
His actions last week and in the days ahead may turn out to mark an even more important shift in the relationship between the executive and the legislature.

And he met a leading Remainer just before deciding to arbitrarily change the rules, reports the Mail.

Commons Speaker John Bercow secretly met Tory rebel Dominic Grieve just hours before throwing out centuries of tradition to allow the MP to scupper Theresa May’s Brexit  plans.
The pair spoke in Mr Bercow’s grace-and-favour Commons apartment the day before the Speaker tore up the rule book to allow the former Attorney General to table an amendment to wrest control of Brexit from the Prime Minister, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Mr Grieve, who was last night accused of mounting a ‘stitch-up’ over the extraordinary events, refused to reveal what he had discussed with Mr Bercow but insisted: ‘Speakers make up their own minds.’

EU

It’s hardly surprising that members of the European Parliament have been begging the UK to stay in.  The Independent reports:

MEPs from nearly every country in the EU have signed a heartfelt joint letter to the British public asking them to reconsider their decision to leave the bloc to prevent an “unfolding Brexit disaster”.
The cross-party message, which was organised by an Austrian MEP and signed by 129 of his colleagues, says the continent is “looking with growing anxiety” across the Channel to events occurring in Britain.
“We are reluctant to intervene in your domestic politics, but we cannot help but notice that the opinion polls show a growing number of voters who want an opportunity to reconsider the Brexit decision, now that it is clear that Brexit is very different to the promises made by the Leave campaign nearly three years ago,” the MEPs say.

BBC

Despite plaudits for her first session on Question Time, Fiona Bruce has been accused of anti-Brexit bias, reports the Express.

FIONA Bruce has been accused of anti-Brexit bias for handing a Labour Remainer four more minutes of air-time than a pro-Brexit Tory during her first night hosting the BBC’s Question Time.
The presenter annoyed Brexiteers when she interrupted deputy chairman of the Conservative Party James Cleverly 20 times during Thursday evening’s debate show, while butting in on Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry only 11 times.
The 54-year-old allowed Ms Thornberry 10 minutes and 22 seconds to put her points across while Mr Cleverly was given six minutes and 32 seconds.
Viewers also noticed the difference between the amount of time given to anti-Brexit audience members as opposed to those in favour of the UK leaving the EU.

Knife crime

Elsewhere, the Mail reports that police officers will use metal detectors in an effort to cut stabbings.

Police will arm themselves with metal detectors in a bid to tackle a sharp rise in knife crime in the West Midlands.
It’s the first time officers have been issued with ‘wands’ as part of plans to use stop and search powers to take deadly weapons off the street.
West Midlands Police will be handed eighty knife wands following a recent Home Office report that showed the region has the highest level of knife crime outside London.
And half of all response cars will also carry the devices to make it more difficult for criminals to conceal weapons.

Education

And the Times reports the rise in crime by excluded pupils.

An epidemic of stabbings, drug crime and murders linked to children who have been excluded from school will be tackled this week in a crackdown on head teachers who expel struggling pupils.
Under a radical new Ofsted inspection framework to be unveiled on Wednesday by the chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, inspectors will be told to give the lowest possible mark of “inadequate” to heads who have been “off-rolling” pupils because they would not score highly in exams.
Ofsted has found that 19,000 pupils were removed from school rolls before taking their GCSEs in 2017.

NHS

Our National Health Service has also seen a rise in the results of knife and drug crimes, reports the Telegraph.

Torture wounds, machete slashes and packets of crack cocaine trapped inside tiny bodies. These are some of the severe injuries emergency departments are seeing as the country’s knife crime problem intensifies and spreads from big cities into rural areas.
In the week which saw 14-year-old Jayden Moodie stabbed and killed in London, those on the front line of the battle against knife crime have told of the disturbing scenes and life-changing injuries which they see every day, as the country’s trauma units are forced to develop a “military practice” in order to cope with extreme wounds.

Elderly care

The Times reports the success of a scheme which looks at the diets of elderly people.

Feeding elderly patients an extra meal a day halves their chances of dying in hospital and could save an average of more than £1,400 a patient, an NHS scheme has shown.
More than 4,000 elderly people a year die within a month of being admitted for a hip fracture, a problem often attributed to failing to eat enough food.
Under the pilot scheme, nutritional advisers plan the extra meal and sit with patients while it is eaten, while visitors are encouraged to bring snacks. At the five trusts in England and one in Scotland testing it since 2016, the mortality rate has dropped from 11% to 5.5%.
The extra calories, plus the morale boost of not eating alone, is making the difference, doctors believe.

HS2

The High Speed train project could be not so high speed, says the Sun.

A CABINET Minister has fired a stinging attack over the “viability” of the £56 billion high speed rail network – as the trains may be slower.
Andrea Leadsom has questioned whole business case of the Hs2 line if speeds are to be cut by more than 30mph to keep the project within budget.
Leadsom wrote to HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston saying new plans could undermine “speed, capacity and connectivity” if the number of trains are cut per hour.
Speeds could be cut for the trains – with a maximum speed of 225 mph – when they travel through tunnels between the capital and Birmingham to cut the construction budget.

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England’s schools face staffing crisis as EU teachers stay at home

Fears that uncertainty over Brexit will hit language learning after 25% drop in applications from EU citizens

The number of teachers from the EU wanting to work in England has slumped in the past year, with fears that Brexit will exacerbate staff shortages and hit language learning.

Teachers from EU countries applying for the right to work in English schools fell by a quarter in a single year, according to official data. There were 3,525 people from member states awarded qualified teacher status (QTS) in 2017-18, which allows them to work in most state and special schools. A 25% fall on the previous year, it included a 17% drop in applicants from Spain, an 18% drop from Greece and a 33% drop from Poland.

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News review – Thursday 10 January 2019

News review – Thursday 10 January 2019

Brexit

Express
THERESA May is facing calls to stop Parliament from blocking a no-deal Brexit by holding a general election immediately after the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. The Prime Minister is widely expected to lose a crucial vote on her much-maligned divorce deal next week, but a high-stakes strategy which reportedly has the backing of Brexiteers could see her outmanoeuvre MPs demanding no-deal be taken off the table. The plan could see the Prime Minister use her powers to call a national vote for April 4 – just six days after Brexit Day on March 29. This would have the effect of dissolving Parliament for 17 working days before polling day, meaning no MPs would be sitting to oppose the Government’s no-deal contingency plans from coming into force, MailOnline reports. Mrs May is said to be under huge pressure from senior ministers to stand up to rebel MPs in her own party who have threatened to bring down the Government if it forges ahead with a no-deal Brexit by supporting a motion of no confidence from the opposition benches.

Times
Theresa May’s Brexit strategy was in tatters last night after Tory Remainer rebels opened talks with Labour over an alternative to her deal. The prime minister suffered another Commons defeat yesterday and will now be forced to produce a plan B within three days of Tuesday’s meaningful vote, which she is expected to lose. It also emerged last night that Mrs May was holding her own private meetings with Labour MPs to try to secure their backing. John Bercow, the Speaker, outraged ministers by overruling advice from officials in order to help an alliance of rebel Tories and opposition MPs to inflict the defeat, the second for the government in 24 hours.

Mirror
Theresa May is set to be forced to reveal her Brexit Plan B within just three days after she lost a damaging Commons vote. MPs voted 308-297 to make the Prime Minister return to Parliament by January 21 if her Brexit deal is defeated next Tuesday.  That would give her just three working days to come up with a plan. It is the second time in two days the government has been defeated over Brexit in the House of Commons. Last night, MPs inflicted the first Budget Bill defeat since 1978 when they voted 303-296 for a “guerrilla war” bid to block a No Deal Brexit .

Express
A “WOBBLY” Theresa May was “not convincing anyone” when she met with no-deal-hating Labour MPs on Tuesday in a desperate bid to win them over ahead of their January 14 vote on her Brexit deal, it has been claimed. The Prime Minister held a crisis charm offensive in the Boothroyd Room of the House of Commons. It was a last ditch attempt to curry favour with a group of mostly Labour backbenchers. Numerous MPs have spoken to criticise Mrs May over the meeting.

Mail
Remainers today said it is nearly inevitable that Brexit will be delayed – as Theresa may suffered her second humiliating Commons defeat on 24 hours.  MPs passed an amendment by 308 votes to 297 to force the PM to come up with a Plan B within days if her package fails to get through in a showdown next week.  It paves the way for MPs to give the government instructions on what they want to happen next – meaning they could block a no deal or demand another referendum.

Independent
Theresa May is on a fresh collision course with Brussels after the government said it would give MPs the chance to override a key part of the exit deal agreed with the European Union. In a new bid to win over Tory rebels, ministers announced they would support moves to ensure parliament is given a vote in 2020 on whether or not to enter the controversial Northern Ireland backstop. That could see MPs vote to block the UK entering the backstop, even though it would be legally bound to do so under the terms of the withdrawal agreement.

Sky News
Theresa May is considering backing an amendment that would keep EU rules on pay and conditions, health and safety, and environmental standards in an attempt to shore up support for her Brexit deal. It follows a second House of Commons defeat for the prime minister within 24 hours as MPs moved to force her to reveal her Brexit plan B sooner, if her EU divorce deal is rejected next week. Government sources told the Press Association that enshrining EU standards on workers’ rights was under consideration in order to get at least some labour MPs on her side.

Guardian
Theresa May’s room for manoeuvre should her Brexit deal be rejected next week was further constrained on Wednesday night, after the government  lost a second dramatic parliamentary showdown in as many days. An increasingly boxed-in prime minister must now set out her plan B within three working days of a defeat next Tuesday, after the rebel amendment passed. There were furious scenes in the House of Commons as the Speaker, John Bercow, took the controversial decision to allow a vote on the amendment, tabled by the former attorney general Dominic Grieve. A string of MPs, including the leader of the house,  Andrea Leadsom, repeatedly intervened to question the Speaker’s approach.

Mail
Theresa May is being urged to stop MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit by the ‘nuclear option’ of dissolving Parliament while it takes place. The PM is on track for a catastrophic Commons defeat next week on the package she has thrashed out with Brussels – with attention already focusing on what happens next.  MailOnline understands she is under massive pressure from senior ministers to face down Tory rebels who are threatening to kill off the government in order to avoid crashing out of the EU. More than a dozen Conservatives MPs have made clear they would back a no-confidence vote and force an election if Mrs May tried to leave without an agreement in place.

Independent
Theresa May is being urged to wield her powers as prime minister to ensure Brexit is forced through – regardless of whether there is a successful vote of no confidence against her government. Brexiteer ministers have indicated that even if the no-confidence vote planned by Labour goes against her, it would be in her gift to set the date of an ensuing election after Brexit day on 29 March. One cabinet minister backing the plan told The Independent it would mean Ms May could steer the country out of the EU with or without a deal before going to the polls in early April, adding: “The public are saying, ‘just f***ing get on with it’.”

WTO rules

Breitbart
Deputy Calais Mayor Jean-Marc Puissesseau has dismantled scare stories that Britain will have to reroute freight or that there will be massive delays at ports in the event of a “No Deal” Brexit. “We have been preparing for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit [for] one year in Calais. From the 29th of March, we will be ready,” Mr Puissesseau told Mishal Husain on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday. “When [France’s transport minister] came to Calais, we told him we would be ready. “As Great Britain has decided not to check any trucks in export and not to check any trucks in import, we will not check the trucks more than we are doing today [for illegal migrants].

Westmonster
A Conservative Association has broken ranks and declared that its members now clearly favour a No Deal Brexit. The Rochester and Strood Conservative Association revealed that three-quarters of members are in favour of leaving the EU without a deal. Just 16% back Theresa May’s deal. They tweeted: “Rochester and Strood Constituency Conservative Association members 76% are in favour of WTO Brexit. 16% in favour of May’s Withdrawal Agreement.”  This is broadly in line with the opinion of grassroots Conservatives nationally.

Breitbart
The Chief Executive of NHS England has confirmed that Britain should not face any shortages of medicine after Brexit, despite scaremongering by EU loyalists. Asked if he could say “there won’t be any shortages of medicines” on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, top administrator Simon Stevens confirmed that, “as the Health Secretary said… if everyone does what they are being asked to do, particularly around the transport and logistics infrastructure, then yes that will be the case [that there will be no shortages].”

Bercow

Times
Senior government figures plotted revenge on John Bercow while clerks declared the Speaker “patently out of order” after he rejected their advice on a pivotal Brexit ruling yesterday. Mr Bercow ignored the counsel of Sir David Natzler, the clerk of the House, when he tore up precedent to allow MPs to vote to force the government’s hand on the Brexit timetable. Mr Bercow stunned ministers by allowing amendments to a business motion that set out the government’s Commons timetable for Brexit.

BBC News
John Bercow has been accused of “unilaterally changing” parliamentary rules in the wake of a row over a government Brexit defeat in Parliament.  Critics of the Commons Speaker say he broke with precedent and ignored the advice of officials when he approved a vote on the PM’s “Plan B” response, which ministers lost by 11 votes. Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said his actions were “extremely concerning”.

Breitbart
Members of Parliament have challenged Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow for allowing a vote on an amendment intended to derail a “No Deal” Brexit, in what may be construed as a breach of Commons precedent. It is widely expected that Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement will be voted down next week, which would leave No Deal as the default Brexit option. Current rules dictate that Mrs May would have to make a statement within 21 days on the Government’s plan of action, with a Commons vote in the following seven days.

Telegraph
John Bercow seized control of the Brexit process from Theresa May and handed it to MPs as the Prime Minister suffered her second humiliating Commons defeat in as many days. The Speaker ignored legal advice, and Parliamentary precedent, to allow a vote that gives Mrs May just three days to present a Plan B for Brexit if she loses the “meaningful vote” on her deal next Tuesday. MPs voted by 308-297 for an amendment that was tabled by Tory arch-rebel Dominic Grieve and backed by 16 other Conservatives, including former ministers Sir Oliver Letwin, Justine Greening and Ken Clarke.

Times
Yesterday’s session of prime minister’s questions was a low-key affair compared with what followed. With most of the cabinet, including Theresa May, still in their seats, waves of Conservative MPs railed at John Bercow’s decision to allow a vote on Dominic Grieve’s amendment, punctuated by the occasional defence from a pro-EU Conservative or a Labour MP. The opening salvo came from an unusual quarter.

Mail
John Bercow was accused of anti-Brexit bias last night after helping secure a major Government defeat in the Commons, just weeks after being branded a ‘pure and simply bully’ by a senior Tory whip. The Speaker has clashed with Conservative colleagues repeatedly in the last month over his conduct in the House.  This week, he tore up parliamentary procedures and over-ruled his own officials to permit a vote designed to tie Downing Street’s hands. His decision led to a stand-up row behind the scenes with Tory chief whip Julian Smith, who accused him of trying to frustrate Brexit.

Sun
A FRESH Commons clash between John Bercow and the Government erupted last month after a frontbencher branded him a “pure and simple bully,” The Sun can reveal. Footage shows the Government’s deputy chief whip Christopher Pincher fixing the Speaker with a firm stare before calling him a “bully” three times after he lectured Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom over procedure.  Mr Pincher then muttered “terrible man” while the Government chief whip Julian Smith shook his head in disgust.

BBC News by Mark D’Arcy
Boom! After a humdrum, almost completely unrevealing Prime Minister’s Questions, the Commons erupted over Speaker John Bercow’s decision to allow an attempt to change the rules for the resumed “meaningful vote” debate. This is no mere technicality. The amendment proposed by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve would require the government to come back within three days, rather than 21, to debate the implications of not having a Brexit deal – if the prime minister’s deal is indeed voted down next Tuesday. Under the previous rules, that debate would be kicked back to late February, with the Brexit clock ticking remorselessly in the background.

Labour Party

Mail
Labour appeared to be ready to push for a delay to Brexit tonight as  Jeremy Corbyn demanded a general election and his Brexit spokesman is said to have advised him that a second referendum might be the only way to prevent no-deal. Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said earlier that he doubted whether the process of leaving could be completed by March 29 if MPs rejected Theresa May‘s deal next week. Sir Keir has now reportedly warned Corbyn that a second referendum might be the only way to prevent the government steering Britain on a crash course towards no-deal.

Independent
Jeremy Corbyn will say a general election is the only way to heal the deep divisions caused by Brexit, in a speech where he will insist Labour could negotiate “a better deal” with the EU. The Labour leader will step up pressure on Theresa May to call an election to break the Brexit deadlock and declare that “the real divide is between the many, who do the work, create the wealth and pay taxes, and the few, who set the rules, reap the rewards and so often dodge taxes”.

BBC News
A general election is the most democratic way of breaking the Brexit deadlock, Jeremy Corbyn is to argue. The Labour leader will tell activists in Yorkshire that only a government with a “renewed mandate” will get public support for a withdrawal deal. His party will oppose Theresa May’s deal next week, and push for a vote of no confidence if it is rejected by MPs. The PM is considering trying to win over some Labour MPs to the deal by offering extra protection to workers.

South Thanet

Times
A Conservative Party official has been found guilty of falsifying expenses during the 2015 election campaign to stop Nigel Farage becoming an MP. Marion Little, 63, who was described by a judge as a “friend to prime ministers”, authorised spending above legal limits in the South Thanet constituency. The MP for the seat, Craig Mackinlay, was cleared of breaking election law at the same trial. “I await a statement from the Electoral Commission, the CPS and Kent police as to how they justify millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money in pursuing me in a political show trial,” he said.

NHS

Telegraph
Four in 10 NHS organisations do not have a grip on their spending, a damming report suggests. The study by the National Audit Office (NAO) shows a steep rise in the number of organisations missing financial targets and failing to balance the books. The head of the watchdog said he was shocked by the “unacceptable” failings which were risking taxpayers’ money and public confidence in services.

Times
The first new drug designed to treat migraines in 20 years has been rejected by the NHS medicines watchdog on cost grounds. Charities representing the millions of migraine sufferers in the UK said that they were disappointed by the decision from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). It had been hoped that erenumab, made by the pharmaceutical company Novartis under the brand name Aimovig, would become available on the NHS to half a million people who suffer chronic migraines at least every other day.

Pollution

Times
Pollution on the London Underground is up to 49 times higher than the national average on the street, a study has found. Passengers were exposed to far worse pollution on the tube than at the side of busy roads because of poor ventilation and the age of stations, according to research commissioned by Transport for London. It quoted papers that showed levels of particulate matter (PM) were 492 micrograms per cubic metre of air (mg/m3) at Hampstead on the Northern Line, the deepest station on the network.

Education

Telegraph
Grammar schools are sending more black and minority ethnic (BME) students to Cambridge University than all the other state schools in the country combined, a new analysis reveals. Children from the most disadvantaged 20 per cent of households are more than twice as likely to get a place at Oxford or Cambridge if they live in an area with grammar schools, according to the report. The paper, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), examines the impact of selective schooling on state educated pupils’ progression to top universities.

Armed forces

Sun
TORY MPs yesterday launched a fresh bid to free British troops of hated human rights laws. A draft law introduced by former British Army officer Leo Docherty calls for the British Armed Forces to be exempt from prosecution under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Currently soldiers can be chased years after they finish serving over breaches to the Human Rights Act 1998, which incorporated the convention into UK law. Mr Docherty warned that it paralyses troops on the battlefield as they fear being prosecuted for their actions years later.

Telegraph
The RAF’s new stealth jet is expected to be declared ready for combat in time to counter the “resurgent Russian threat”. Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, is thought to say today that the F-35B Lightning, the latest addition to the RAF’s fighter jet fleet, is capable of launching combat missions. Details of what the ‘Initial Operating Capability’ (IOC) entails is expected to be announced by the Secretary of State later today at RAF Marham, Norfolk, the home to the F-35s and the Tornado, the RAF’s workhorse since the 1970s.

Times
A Ministry of Defence IT modernisation programme that provides “mission critical” services is about £210 million over budget and more than two years late, according to a leaked report. The global connectivity programme that underpins almost every significant information service used by the department is in trouble, an independent 43-page review that has been obtained by The Times concludes. In 2015 Fujitsu, the IT services provider, was awarded a five-year contract.

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Teachers are facing a barrage of questions about Brexit. They can’t stay quiet | Iesha Small

The government wants teachers to express their political views ‘appropriately’. Surely that means telling pupils the truth

“Miss, are you going to vote Ukip?” I was standing in front of my teenage maths students in the run up to the last general election. The school was in a Conservative safe seat. In our mock election the Tories had come first, with Ukip second. I knew the student well and I knew the question was asked out of curiosity rather than as an attempt to derail my lesson.

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