Archive for the ‘European Union’ Category

Warning of legal limbo for 3m EU citizens living in UK after Brexit

Free movement, housing and social security rights at risk, says parliamentary report

EU citizens living in the UK would be stripped of their freedom of movement, housing and social security rights by Home Office legislation introduced to regulate immigration following Brexit, a parliamentary report has warned.

Despite repeated government reassurances that their privileges will be protected, a study by the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) concludes that more than 3 million Europeans living in Britain would be left in legal “limbo”.

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Theresa May – and Britain – remain locked in Brexit purgatory | Rafael Behr

Yet another crunch vote. Yet another defeat for the PM. How long can this deadlock last?

There was a time when government defeats in parliament were unusual. It was in that same bygone era when prime ministers who couldn’t reliably command a majority in the House of Commons resigned. Also in those distant days of yore, former Labour and Tory cabinet ministers did not conspire from the backbenches to seize control of parliament’s agenda. Ministers did not quit to help them. It was another epoch, all of two years ago.

The rules are different nowadays. By a margin of 27, the Commons has endorsed a plan under which MPs will grab the parliamentary steering wheel from the government. Downing Street was opposed. Alistair Burt, a Foreign Office minister, Richard Harrington, a junior in the business department, and Steve Brine, a health minister, resigned to side with the rebellion.

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Have MPs gained the upper hand in the Brexit battle?

MPs who voted for Sir Oliver Letwin’s amendment hope they can end deadlock

On the first day for what seems likely to be a crucial week in the Brexit process, MPs have voted on a series of amendments which will help shape the next steps.

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MPs seize control of Brexit process by backing indicative votes amendment

Amendment giving MPs a series of votes on alternatives to May’s Brexit deal passes 329 votes to 302

MPs have seized control of the parliamentary timetable for a series of “indicative votes” on the next steps for Brexit – but Theresa May declined to say whether she would abide by the outcome.

An amendment tabled by former Tory minister Oliver Letwin passed, by 329 votes to 302 on Monday night, defeating the government, as MPs expressed their exasperation at its failure to set out a fresh approach.

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The indicative vote options as MPs aim to break Brexit deadlock

May’s deal, no deal, Norway-plus and more: the choices that Commons could consider

With no Brexit parliamentary consensus in sight, the House Commons has passed an amendment from Sir Oliver Letwin that proposes that MPs vote on a series of options to establish what could command a majority in the house.

There is no agreed list of options, but one has been produced by the Commons select committee for exiting the EU to help clarify the debate. Here we outline the Brexit outcomes that MPs could vote on:

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Theresa May maintains carry-on-regardless Brexit strategy

‘Jellyfish in grey suits’ fail to pull off cabinet revolt so prime minister ploughs on

It was the day that Theresa May was meant to face a full-blown cabinet revolt and a move by parliament to take control of Brexit.

But it soon became clear the anti-May plotters in the cabinet had bottled a direct confrontation. “No one actually dealt with the leadership issue,” one cabinet source said. “They didn’t even skirt around it.”

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Theresa May shows clean pair of heels as the Usain Bolt of failure | John Crace

Not even MPs on stupidity steroids can hope to get near to the prime minister during her descent into incoherence

The sprint to the bottom is now parliament’s blue riband event. But, in a highly competitive field, Theresa May is still streets ahead of the opposition. She is the Usain Bolt of failure, someone who, in her prime, not even MPs on stupidity steroids can hope to get near to. Even so, the Leader in Name Only’s descent into incoherence must surely now be reaching terminal velocity. Peak Lino.

We’re well past the point where we can expect to be no better informed at the end of one of the prime minister’s speeches than we were when she started. We’re now actually going backwards. Every time Lino speaks we actually know less than we did when we started. Time’s Arrow. Politics at faster than the speed of light, where the best chance of leaving the EU is to race back to the early 1970s when we were never in it.

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