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News review – Tuesday 15 January 2019

News review – Tuesday 15 January 2019

No-Brexit plot

Times
Opponents of a no-deal Brexit will publish a plan today to force Theresa May to delay Britain’s departure from Europe if parliament cannot unite on a way to leave the bloc. In a move designed to upend the “default” setting of Brexit, a cross-party group of MPs are to publish a draft bill that, if passed, would reverse Britain’s automatic departure on March 29. The bill would give Mrs May and parliament six weeks to agree a new way forward if, as expected, the prime minister’s plan is defeated in the Commons tonight.

Independent
Three ex-ministers have revealed their plan to give rebel MPs in parliament control of Brexit, if Theresa May’s strategy is defeated this week. Nick Boles admitted on Monday that he and two others would try to push through a new law giving a senior panel of MPs responsibility to “come up with its own compromise deal”. Mr Boles denied the move was a “coup”, but admitted it would see power handed to the Liaison Committee – chaired by a supporter of a new referendum – to formulate a way forward

Sun
A PLOT by senior backbench MPs for Parliament to seize control of Brexit is backed by powerful Cabinet ministers, it has been claimed. It emerged last night that at least four members of Theresa May’s top table – Amber Rudd, Philip Hammond, Greg Clark and David Gauke – were briefed in advance by the senior Tories who have drawn it up.  None of them dissuaded the former Remainers from mounting the plot, and several “openly encouraged” them to press ahead with it to ensure a deal can pass the Commons, one senior figure close to it told The Sun last night.

Sun
THERESA May has warned MPs today that it’s going to be HER Brexit deal or no Brexit at all. Her stark warning this morning comes 24 hours ahead of the crunch vote – and as rebel MPs are poised to seize control of Brexit if her plans hit the buffers. The PM, speaking in Leave territory Stoke on Trent today, warned that Brexit will be in total peril if politicians vote down her deal tomorrow as expected. “The consequences of Parliament rejecting it would be grave uncertainty – leading to one of two outcomes… a no deal Brexit or the risk of no Brexit at all,” she said.

Theresa May

Telegraph
Theresa May will be expected to stand down if she loses Tuesday night’s crucial vote on her Brexit deal as heavily as predicted, Cabinet sources have said. More than 100 Tory MPs have insisted they will oppose the deal, putting Mrs May on course to break a series of unwelcome Parliamentary records. She launched a last-ditch attempt to win over the rebels on Monday, producing a letter from Brussels promising that the Northern Ireland backstop would be temporary and “not a threat or a trap”.

Breitbart
Theresa May has admitted that overturning the Brexit vote or re-running the 2016 referendum “would be a subversion of our democracy” in the House of Commons. Speaking to parliamentary colleagues ahead of the so-called “meaningful vote” on her divisive Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union, the Prime Minister said that stopping Brexit would be “saying to the people we were elected to serve that we were unwilling to do what they had instructed”. An overwhelming majority of MPs voted to authorise a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Times
Theresa May warned Tory rebels last night that they will risk a Jeremy Corbyn government if they vote against her Brexit deal amid fears of the heaviest defeat suffered by a government in modern politics. Downing Street is braced for a no-confidence vote as soon as tomorrow as Mr Corbyn tries to force an election he claims would break the Brexit logjam. The prime minister begged Brexiteer Tories and the Democratic Unionist Party to take a “second look” at her agreement in the light of further European Union assurances over the Irish backstop.

Independent
Theresa May has made a desperate last-ditch plea begging her own MPs to back her Brexit plans in the face of an expected historic defeat. The prime minister beseeched Conservative MPs at a closed meeting to think of the future of their party and compromise, with around 100 of them considering voting against her. But Brexiteers still left the meeting determined to reject her plans, while Ms May also now faces up to 12 separate attempts from rebel and opposition MPs to re-shape her strategy before the final vote on Tuesday.

Mail
Theresa May has warned Tory rebels they risk a Jeremy Corbyn government and the break-up of the UK if they reject her Brexit deal in tonight’s crunch vote. Allies of the Prime Minister acknowledged her plans could be rejected by a majority approaching 200 votes – eclipsing record government defeats of modern times.  They believe Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will then try to exploit Tory divisions by forcing a formal vote of no confidence in the Government tonight, which could usher in a general election.

Meaningful vote

BBC News
MPs are due to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit agreement on Tuesday – but they will also get a chance to reshape the deal by tabling amendments to it. The amendments vary in their potential impact on the proposed deal. Some seek to make relatively small tweaks, others to scupper Mrs May’s plan entirely. Amendments are suggested by MPs and the most important ones, in the eyes of the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, are selected for voting on by all MPs. The votes will be just before the overall “meaningful” vote on the prime minister’s deal.

UKIP
Today Prime Minister Theresa May will make a speech warning that Parliament is more likely to block Brexit than let the UK leave without a deal. The Prime Minister is desperately attempting to convince MPs to support her Withdrawal Agreement, which has been described as a “surrender document” by UKIP Leader Gerard Batten. Mr Batten said, “Mrs May knows that she cannot win the vote on Tuesday. She is attempting to present herself as a force for Brexit, but nobody is buying it

Mail
Theresa May has warned Tory rebels they risk a Jeremy Corbyn government and the break-up of the UK if they reject her Brexit deal in tonight’s crunch vote. Allies of the Prime Minister acknowledged her plans could be rejected by a majority approaching 200 votes – eclipsing record government defeats of modern times.  They believe Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will then try to exploit Tory divisions by forcing a formal vote of no confidence in the Government tonight, which could usher in a general election.

Art50

Times
Contrary to statements by Sir John Major, the former Conservative prime minister, and others the Article 50 Brexit procedure cannot be temporarily revoked to allow reflection on withdrawal from the European Union. A recent judgment by the European Court of Justice gave hope to Remainers because it ruled that Britain could unilaterally cancel or revoke Brexit without any costs. However, the possibility of a temporary revocation of Article 50 was foreseen and ruled out. “Such a revocation, decided in accordance with its own national constitutional requirements, would have the effect that the UK remains in the EU under terms that are unchanged as regards its status as a member state,” the judges ruled on December 10.

Express
BORIS JOHNSON has claimed Britons will think there has been a “deep state plot” to try to “kill Brexit” if Britain’s departure from the European Union is halted. Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson delivered a passionate speech in the House of Commons warning against Brexit  being delayed. The Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip was ruling out alternative Brexit visions when he insisted Article 50 could not be extended.  Mr Johnson warned the British people would believe there had been a “deep state plot” to “kill Brexit” if the UK did not leave the Brussels bloc on March 29 of this year.

Jeremy Corbyn

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn is set to table a no-confidence vote in the Government as early as tomorrow if Theresa May‘s Brexit deal is defeated. Asked by his MPs when he would bring the challenge – which could lead to a general election – Labour’s leader said it was ‘coming soon’. A party source added last night: ‘You will not have to wait a long time.’ Mr Corbyn has accused the Prime Minister of trying to ‘blackmail’ Labour MPs into supporting her Brexit deal.

Morning Star
MPs are “not fooled” by the EU’s so-called assurances to Theresa May over the Irish backstop arrangement, Jeremy Corbyn said ahead of tomorrow’s crucial vote on the Brexit deal. The Labour leader tore into the Prime Minister as he stated that “the government was in disarray,” reiterating that if “May’s deal is rejected, it is time for a general election, it is time for a new government.”

Huffington Post
A second Brexit referendum is not Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘preferred’ or ‘default’ option if he can’t secure a general election, his aides have declared. Speaking after the Labour leader addressed his MPs on Monday, his spokesman stressed that a ‘People’s Vote’ was just one of several alternatives to Theresa May’s plans that the party could pursue. In what will be seen as a blow to hopes of those campaigning for a second ‘public vote’, the spokesman also ruled out any further consultation of party members during the coming crunch Parliamentary votes on Brexit.

Project Fear

Mail
A Tory minister has been accused of stunting up a picture showing his notes apparently predicting the dire consequences of a no-deal Brexit.  Treasury minister Mel Stride was pictured leaving Downing Street clutching a sheet of paper bearing the words ‘No food. No Channel tunnel’. It led critics to claim Mr Stride had deliberately exposed his notes as part of a ploy to scare MPs into voting for Theresa May’s Brexit deal, while his allies insisted they were points of discussion – not warnings in themselves.

Independent
Treasury minister discussed the possible threat of “no food” if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal, his briefing note reveals. Mel Stride  was pictured walking out of a meeting with his officials showing they also discussed the issue of “no Channel tunnel” after a no-deal Brexit. The picture prompted speculation that the financial secretary had allowed the note to be captured as a joke, but The Independent understands it is genuine. Jo Stevens, a Labour supporters of the anti-Brexit Best for Britain group said it was “shameful” that Theresa May had failed to rule out a no-deal departure.

Sun
A TREASURY minister was snapped leaving a high level government meeting today carrying a sheet of paper bearing extraordinary warnings of “no food” under a no deal Brexit. Top Tory Mel Stride’s notes – photographed as he left a Brexit meeting in Downing Street this afternoon – also stated “no Channel Tunnel” in what looked like a list. Critics claimed it was a deliberate stunt aimed at scaring MPs into backing Theresa May’s Brexit deal tomorrow – as the text was so large and easy to read. But aides insisted it was “entirely accidental” that Mr Stride had revealed his notes.

Express
A TORY minister has made a pre-meaningful vote gaffe so bizarre people are questioning whether it is not a seen from political comedy TV show The Thick of It. Financial secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride was pictured walking through Whitehall this morning flashing a remarkable memo advising Brexit would lead to “no food” and “no Channel Tunnel.” Mr Stride was carelessly walking outside the Cabinet Office with the fear mongering message sticking out of the top of a red folder containing his official files.

Mirror
A top Tory has flashed an incredible warning of there being “no food, no Channel Tunnel” in the heart of Westminster. Mel Stride, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, was photographed outside the Cabinet Office with the document protruding from a red folder.  Political photographer Steve Back took the photo after Mr Stride attended a Brexit planning meeting with Treasury officials. Mr Stride is the latest in a long line of Tory ministers and officials to be caught by Mr Back flashing documents that should be private.

Independent
A no-deal Brexit would be an economic and social “catastrophe”, a senior banking industry leader has warned.  Stephen Jones said leaving the European Union (EU) without an agreement could lead to a 1930s-style economic depression, with widespread job losses, homeowners unable to afford their mortgages, and mass defaults on loans.  “A no-deal Brexit on 29 March, where we crash out of European Union, is a catastrophe,” the head of the UK Finance trade body told Channel 4 News.

EU

Mail
EU leaders today promised the Irish backstop plan will be temporary as they unveiled their last-ditch plan to help get Theresa May’s Brexit deal over the line today. But Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker refused to change the text of the Brexit deal. They also offered to extend Article 50 to delay Brexit in order to give both sides more time to negotiate.  In advice published today Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said the EU pledge has some legal force and he thinks it is unlikely the backstop will come into force.

Independent
The EU has written to Theresa May to assure her MPs about the Brexit  deal ahead of a crunch vote in the House of Commons – but warned that nothing about it can be changed. Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, the presidents of the Commission and Council, said the EU wanted to do a trade deal by 2020 to make sure the agreement’s controversial  backstop clause would never have to come into force. But they said they were “not in a position to agree anything that changes or is inconsistent with the withdrawal agreement”.

Express
DAVID Davis has revealed Angela Merkel demanded Britain “mustn’t benefit from Brexit” in a rant against the German Chancellor, Germany and the EU. The former Brexit Secretary, who quit his role in protest against Prime Minister Theresa May’s controversial Chequers deal in July, took the unusual step in giving an exclusive interview with German publication Der Spiegel in which the Brexit bulldog raged at the power state and its leader, Ms Merkel. He began with a swipe at Brussels, accusing it of being uncompromising when dealing with the UK throughout the Brexit process before claiming Ms Merkel wanted the EU to make an example of Britain.

Breitbart
European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) leader Syed Kamall has slammed policies to limit mass migration from the third world, blasting EU nations’ “hypocrisy” for refusing to open the border to Africa while their own citizens move abroad. “We must learn to open our hearts to genuine asylum seekers – people who are fleeing persecution,” the UK Conservative MEP told delegates at the ‘Africa Summit 2019’ at EU Parliament last week. Opening the ECR-sponsored conference, which was promoted as an opportunity to exchange best practice between the EU and African nations, Kamall complained, “Some [European countries] have not even managed to make the distinction between asylum and immigration.”

Guardian
The EU has rebuffed Theresa May’s demand for a 12-month time limit to the Irish backstop despite weeks of talks, but has tried to persuade MPs to back the prime minister’s Brexit deal by emphasising that technology could solve the Irish border problem. In response to May’s calls for assurances that the UK would not be trapped indefinitely in a customs union, a long-awaited letter from the EU’s most senior officials, published on Monday, reiterated a commitment to examine the solutions backed by Brexiters

Breast cancer

Times
Women will be told their exact lifetime risk of getting breast cancer thanks to a “game-changing” test allowing some to take drugs to prevent the disease. The method, being piloted by NHS specialists, looks at DNA and family history as well as lifestyle information such as how many children a woman has and how much she drinks. On average, 11.5 per cent of women will develop breast cancer, but the test can identify the one in a hundred who have a 3 per cent risk as well as the same number who have a 31 per cent chance of getting the disease. The test is likely to be in routine use in NHS clinics within two years.

Mail
An accurate test to calculate a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer at any point in her life has been developed by scientists who call it a ‘game-changer’. The breakthrough enables GPs to use an online tool to predict a woman’s risk, potentially decades in advance of symptoms. Experts at Cambridge University say the test, which combines a DNA cheek swab or blood test with a woman’s family history and basic health checks, is the ‘most comprehensive method’ yet developed to predict breast cancer risk.

Sun
WOMEN may soon be told their lifetime risk of developing breast cancer when they visit their GP. Scientists have devised the most comprehensive test yet to predict risk. It combines family history, 300 genetic markers and a raft of information on their current health. This includes their weight, boozing habits, age at menopause and use of hormone replacements. Experts at the University of Cambridge developed the check, which is now undergoing trials. Doctors extract DNA from a blood sample and enter information into a website to get a personal risk score.

Crime

Times
Thousands of violent crimes, including rapes and sexual assaults against children, are not being recorded by West Midlands police, according to the Inspectorate of Constabulary. In a report to be published today inspectors say that the force has not recorded more than 16,000 alleged violent crimes and it rated crime recording by the force as “inadequate”. An unrecorded crime is one that is reported to police but not recorded as an offence. The inspectorate is carrying out a rolling programme of checking recording in forces in England and Wales.

Sport

Telegraph
Premier League clubs are already plotting major player recruitment searches in South America, Africa and Asia in the expectation that the Home Office will relax international working permits across professional sport after a no-deal Brexit. Premiership rugby clubs and cricket’s County Championship are also likely to be given increased powers to bring in global talent to offset fears about losing star names from the Southern Hemisphere when the European Court of Justice “Kolpak ruling” expires.

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‘To hell with the rest of the world’: Neil Warnock attacks government’s handling of Brexit – video

Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government's handling of Brexit negotiations - insisting a clean exit form the EU will be better for Britain 'football-wise', and 'in every aspect'

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Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’

• Cardiff manager attacks government’s handling of Brexit talks
• ‘I can’t wait to get out. We’re better off out of the bloody thing’

Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations – insisting a clean exit from the EU will be better for Britain “football-wise”, and “in every aspect”.

The Cardiff City manager, speaking following his side’s 0-0 draw with Huddersfield, dismissed claims that Brexit will make it harder for Premier League clubs to sign players – then called on Theresa May to deliver on the referendum result.

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