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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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News review – Thursday 17 January 2019

News review – Thursday 17 January 2019

Art50

Telegraph
Philip Hammond told business leaders that the “threat” of a no-deal Brexit could be taken “off the table” within days and potentially lead to Article 50 “rescinded”, a leaked recording of a conference call reveals. The Chancellor set out how a backbench Bill could effectively be used to stop any prospect of no deal. He suggested that ministers may even back the plan when asked for an “assurance” by the head of Tesco that the Government would not oppose the motion. He claimed next week’s Bill, which could force the Government to extend Article 50, was likely to win support and act as the “ultimate backstop” against a no-deal Brexit, as a “large majority in the Commons is opposed to no deal.

Independent
Chancellor Philip Hammond told business leaders that a no-deal Brexit  could be “taken off the table” and Article 50 “rescinded”, according to a transcript of a leaked conference call. Hours after Theresa May suffered a historic defeat in the parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, Mr Hammond began the call by explaining that it raised two questions; can Article 50 be revoked and “whether we can somehow take the option of no deal off the table”.

Westmonster
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been caught describing the prospect of a No Deal Brexit as a “threat” as he along with Business Secretary Greg Clark and Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay spoke to more than 300 business leaders on a conference call. It will confirm the suspicions of many that around the Cabinet table there are plenty of Remainers who are more interested in maintaining the status quo for the establishment than delivering on the will of the people.

May

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.

Independent
Theresa May has appealed for other political parties to work with her on Brexit, after avoiding a dramatic bid to topple her government in the wake of the historic Commons defeat of her Brexit deal. MPs rejected Jeremy Corbyn‘s motion of no confidence in the government by a margin of 325 to 306 after Tory Brexiteers and the DUP rowed in behind the prime minister. Ms May’s narrow reprieve came less than 24 hours after the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal in the Commons, and now paves the way for cross-party talks on a plan B.

Breitbart

Theresa May has claimed she will deliver Brexit in the House of Commons, as doing otherwise would result in the British people’s faith in the country’s institutions to fall to “an all-time low”. During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday afternoon, Conservative MP Helen Grant asked Mrs May, “Does the Prime Minister agree with me that if we fail to deliver on Brexit the public perception of politicians in this country be at an all-time low?”

Mail
Theresa May last night appealed for MPs to set aside tribal loyalties to find a way forward on Brexit after dramatically surviving an attempt to oust her. The Prime Minister said the British people wanted politicians to ‘get on with’ delivering on the verdict of the referendum – rebuking Jeremy Corbyn for turning down her offer of talks. The address to the nation from Downing Street came after she defeated Mr Corbyn’s no-confidence motion by 325 votes to 306, thwarting the Labour leader’s bid to force a general election

Brexit

Huffington Post
Theresa May appeared to be edging towards a softer Brexit after a cabinet minister and Labour both signalled that an EU customs union could break the parliamentary gridlock. As the prime minister prepared to embark on a round of cross-party talks to find a way out of the Brexit impasse, Justice Secretary David Gauke suggested the government could be “flexible” about keeping Brussels customs rules. In the first such public remarks by any minister backing the idea, Gauke said the government shouldn’t be “boxing ourselves in” by sticking to key parts of the deal that was massively defeated in the Commons on Tuesday.

Mail
Tory rebel Nick Boles today claimed 400 MPs back a soft Brexit – as he lashed Theresa May for failing to get cross party support for a deal. And he repeated his call for Article 50 to be extended by nine months to provide more time for Brexit talks. But he abandoned his plot for controls of the Brexit talks to be taken away from No 10 and handed to MPs sitting on the Liaison committee – admitting MPs on the committee did not back his plan.

Mail
Theresa May is facing the threat of Cabinet meltdown today as ministers clashed openly over a ‘Plan B’ for Brexit. In the wake of the catastrophic defeat on her deal, the Prime Minister faces a desperate battle to avoid a civil war between Remainers and Eurosceptics in her senior team. But in a rare piece of good news for No10, she defeated a no confidence vote called by Jeremy Corbyn by 325 votes to 306. Speaking in the Commons moments after the result was announced, she said she will hold meetings with party leaders on Brexit tonight.

Times
Cabinet divisions over whether Theresa May should soften her Brexit deal to attract Labour support burst into the open yesterday. David Gauke, the justice secretary, broke ranks to urge the prime minister not to be “boxed in” by her red lines. Brexiteer cabinet ministers, however, want Mrs May to offer Tory rebels a way back next week with a vote to limit the length of the backstop and promise to secure a Canada-style trade deal.

Corbyn

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn was slammed last night for snubbing an invitation to hold Brexit talks with Theresa May. The PM offered the olive branch to the Labour leader after she survived his bid to topple her in a no confidence vote in the Commons on Wednesday night. But Mr Corbyn refused to sit down for the talks despite the crisis rocking the country unless Mrs May ruled out a no deal Brexit.

Independent
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to meet Theresa May for talks to find a way out of the Brexit crisis, saying it would be impossible until she rules out a no-deal outcome. The Labour leader said he could not accept Ms May’s invitation because the idea of a no-deal Brexit is a “catastrophe” he cannot countenance. The prime minister made her offer of cross-party talks to break the Brexit impasse after she won a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons on Wednesday that had been brought by Mr Corbyn.

Express
THERESA May has invited opposition party leaders to meet with her tonight in a bid to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. Mrs May’s made the offer of cross-party talks after MPs rejected Labour’s motion of no confidence in the Government by 325 to 306. Addressing the Commons after the vote, she said: “We have a responsibility to identify a way forward that can secure the backing of the House.

Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not hold talks with Theresa May until the prime minister agrees to remove the threat of a no-deal Brexit, ruling out any meeting with the prime minister in the immediate aftermath of the no-confidence vote. Responding to May’s offer of swift talks to break the Brexit impasse, the Labour leader told MPs that before he would entertain “positive discussions about the way forward” she had to agree to his precondition.

Times
Theresa May was fighting last night to break the Brexit deadlock after Jeremy Corbyn rejected her offer of cross-party talks to reach a deal that would pass the Commons. The prime minister invited Mr Corbyn and the leaders of Westminster’s main opposition parties to talks at No 10 immediately after surviving the first no-confidence vote for more than a quarter of a century. She appealed to opposition MPs to work with her on a revised deal that was “negotiable” and would win the support of a majority of MPs.

Sky News
Theresa May has said she is “disappointed” Jeremy Corbyn has yet to take up her offer of talks on Brexit, after surviving a no-confidence vote called by the Labour leader. Speaking in Downing Street, the prime minister said her door “remains open” to Mr Corbyn, who has called on Mrs May to rule out a “no-deal” Brexit before he will hold talks with her. The PM’s address came after she survived an attempt by the opposition to oust her, prevailing by 325 votes to 306 – a majority of 19.

Second referendum

Times
Britain’s election watchdog is drawing up contingency plans to hold a second referendum and to participate in the forthcoming elections to the European parliament if Brexit is postponed. EU and UK officials are privately examining what might happen if an extension to Article 50 were agreed that lasted beyond the present European parliamentary session. A number of the UK’s 73 seats have been reallocated in anticipation of Brexit for the elections in May but the EU would be open to legal challenge if British voters were not represented in the parliament while the UK was still an EU member.

GE

Times
What are the chances of a General Election before Brexit? A general election is an unlikely but possible outcome: either Theresa May calls an early poll or one is forced on her by the loss of a vote of confidence. The first option is less plausible because polls show that an election today would not substantially alter the parliamentary arithmetic. It is also next to impossible to see how she could craft a Brexit manifesto that did not irrevocably split her party. The second option is more likely but it would require the Democratic Unionist Party or Conservative MPs to vote against the government in a confidence motion.

Order-Order
Tonight the Tories have opened up three tranches of candidate selections for the least-winnable seats across the country. The ones that you’d only normally select right before a general election… Although this decision was taken before the result of the confidence vote, this shows the Tories are firmly getting on an election footing. The seats are all set to have fast-track selections with CCHQ aiming to have a candidate in place in every seat by the end of the month. Whether people want to become candidates for unwinnable seats with no guarantee of an upcoming election is another matter…

Parliament

Express
Public respect for Parliament has plummeted following the Westminster paralysis over Brexit, a damning opinion poll has revealed. Three-quarters of voters say the crisis-hit EU departure process has shown that the current generation of MPs are “not up to the job”, according to the data from polling firm ComRes. A root-and-branch overhaul of the country’s entire political system is wanted by a massive 72% of people quizzed in the survey. But despite the chaos embroiling Brexit, a majority of voters (53%) still want the result of the 2016 EU Leave vote to be honoured by ensuring the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc and do not want a second referendum to be triggered.

Breitbart
Historian and broadcaster Andrew Roberts has urged the Prime Minister to call on the Queen to suspend the parliamentary session until Brexit takes effect of March 29th, to deny Remain plotters the opportunity to derail it. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 enshrined March 29th as exit day in law, and so a clean, No Deal break with the bloc is now on course by default, given the crushing defeat of Theresa May’s proposed deal in the so-called “meaningful vote”. The EU Withdrawal Act allows for a minister to alter that date, however, and it could of course be overturned by swift and concerted parliamentary action — and with the Remain-supporting Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow disregarding the advice of his Clerks and breaking with centuries of precedent in order to allow Remain MPs to amend Government motions in Parliament.

Westmonster
A devastating new ComRes poll has revealed just how angry the public are as Brexit drags on with politicians still attempting to delay, water down and stop independence completely. Not good. In numbers that should serve as a massive wake-up call: 74% of people believe that Brexit has shown that politicians are not in touch with the mood of the country. Only 10% agree that they are. 75% agree that the Brexit process has shown the current crop of MPs are not up to the job.

EU

Mirror
Theresa May has been warned the EU is “in no mood” to renegotiate the Brexit deal as chiefs told the UK: “Time is almost up”. With just 72 days left to Brexit, Theresa May has promised cross-party talks to find a way forward and amend her 585-page plan.  But Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said this morning: “I don’t think the EU is in any mood to change the Withdrawal Agreement significantly at all. “We don’t even know what the task is, we’ll have to wait and see what they’re asking for.” French president Emmanuel Macron insisted that Brussels was not prepared to move much further.

Express
BREXIT votes in Parliament against Theresa May’s landmark withdrawal agreement saw a resounding bipartisan rejection, with the future of EU withdrawal thrown into doubt. What was European reaction to the Brexit vote? A monumental Brexit vote has decided Theresa May’s long in the works plan will not be the path forward as the UK exits the EU. The House of Commons voted strongly against her proposal, resulting in one of the largest defeats in Parliament in a century

Times
European Union officials are examining plans to delay Brexit until 2020 after Germany and France indicated their willingness to extend withdrawal negotiations because of Britain’s political turmoil. Diplomats and officials are preparing a longer than envisaged extension of the EU’s Article 50 exit procedure because the extent of Theresa May’s defeat in the House of Commons last night. Previous planning had centred on a three-month delay to Brexit from March 29 until the end of June but now, according to multiple sources, EU officials are investigating legal routes to postpone Britain’s withdrawal until next year.

Mail
Angela Merkel urged Theresa May to come up with a new plan on Brexit today as she insisted there is still time to negotiate. The German Chancellor heaped pressure on the PM by insisting the UK must provide solutions to the impasse after the House of Commons delivered a huge rejection of her deal. The challenge came as EU splits emerged, with senior figures warning against delaying the Brexit date – while Michel Barnier said Brussels is ramping up no-deal preparations.

BBC News
European Council President Donald Tusk has hinted that the UK should stay in the EU, after the prime minister’s Brexit deal was rejected in parliament. “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 tweeted. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March. Other EU officials and politicians reacted with dismay to the result.

Ireland

Mail
The Irish PM Leo Varadkar today admitted that a no deal Brexit would hammer his country’s economy.  But he laid the blame for the Brexit chaos at Theresa May’s feet saying the problem lies with ‘Westminster’. And he said the Prime Minister must abandon her ‘red lines’ of leaving the EU’s customs union and single market if she wants to get a deal done.  Mr Varadkar said: ‘A no-deal scenario would have a deeply negative impact on jobs, on the economy, particularly the traded and agri-food sectors, our farmers and fishermen, our rural economy, our businessmen and women all over the country.

Independent
The Irish government would impose checks on goods crossing the Northern Ireland border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to a leaked recording of the country’s deputy prime minister. The opposition has seized on the admission, warning that there was now a “private understanding” in government that a hard border with the UK was increasingly likely. Though the fact that a no-deal would create a hard border is well-established, the Irish government has up until this point said it would not impose one under any circumstances – but not spelled out how it could actually avoid one.

Guardian
Ireland’s prime minister has denied having secret plans to introduce checks at the border with Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Leo Varadkar was accused by the leader of Ireland’s opposition of keeping plans from voters after his deputy was overheard telling his transport minister he should avoid talking about checks on the border. “It seems there is a private understanding and knowledge of a border in the aftermath of a no-deal Brexit but at all costs that private understanding must not be shared with the public,” said the Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, during leaders’ questions in the Dáil.

Meat-eating

Telegraph
Britons have been told to restrict their meat intake to the equivalent of one beefburger a fortnight by health experts in new dietary recommendations branded “fanatical” by critics.  The Eat-Lancet Commission, a group of 37 health experts, has spent two years compiling the “planetary health diet”, which they claim is the healthiest and most sustainable food plan for everyone in the world. They say it could cut premature deaths globally by 11 million and help feed the growing worldwide population which is due to reach 10 billion by 2050.

Times
Reducing red meat consumption to half a rasher of bacon a day and eating more nuts will help avert climate change, scientists say. An international team of experts has put lower meat consumption at the heart of a “planetary health diet” to stave off catastrophic damage to the Earth. They say people should think of meat as a treat and have “a burger once a week or a steak once a month”.

Fossil fuels

Mail
A world with no fossil-fulled cars, planes, and factories is the reality for the next 40 years if we want to keep global warming below safe levels, scientists have claimed.  Researchers from the University of Leeds used climate simulations to predict the fate of the planet under different fossil fuel scenarios.  They found there was a 64 per cent chance of keeping global warming below the critical threshold of 1.5C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial levels but only if a massive drive to clear fossil fuels started now.

FGM

Times
A woman accused of the female genital mutilation of her three-year-old daughter tried to use black magic on police officers and a social worker, a court was told. Spells and other forms of witchcraft were found at the home of the woman alleged to have held the girl down while mutilation (FGM) was carried out. They included cows’ tongues in a freezer as part of a curse to silence police and witnesses. A Ugandan woman in her thirties and a Ghanaian man in his forties from London, who cannot be identified, deny FGM and failing to protect a girl from risk of genital mutilation in 2017.

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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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YOUR DAILY BREXIT – Thursday 10th January 2019

YOUR DAILY BREXIT – Thursday 10th January 2019

During the next days, weeks and months we will endeavour to enlarge on Brexit News and Brexit arguments in a Daily Column. This is the first one.

In all the uproar about Bercow’s unprecedented (this time the word is justified) behaviour yesterday, allowing the Grieve amendment to be tabled in spite of the advice given him by his officials, there is one little point overlooked by the Remain MPs and our commentariat which should make the blood of any Brexiteer boil:

“However, officials in Brussels pointed out that if the Brexit deal is agreed by Parliament, it cannot be overridden or amended by future Parliamentary votes, meaning Mrs May’s offer to MPs would have no legal basis.” (Source)

Let that sink in!

You can read Mr Grieve’s reasoning on the why and therefor of his amendment here while Quentin Letts doesn’t mince words in his column in the DM – worth checking out!

Here and here are good explanations why this Grieve amendment and the Speaker’s behaviour are such grave threats to Parliament and Government in general.

Meanwhile, Labour calls for a GE to avoid a ‘No Deal’ Brexit which means that Ms May’s government would be forced to crawl to Brussels to ask for an extension to Article 50 – which thus means, as we all know, that we’d be tied even longer to the EU juggernaut. And the reason for that, according to Labour’s Keith Starmer, is that ‘we can’t do it’ in the time available. They had only over two years to do it in!

Even Ms May’s minions now realise that her WA ‘deal’ will be defeated in the vote next Tuesday:

“Miracles do happen but the Prime Minister will need a spectacular one to avoid a crushing defeat next Tuesday on the deal she has negotiated with the EU. It’s clear the intransigent Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on whose support she relies, is not impressed by such titbits as she has been able to toss in its direction. Nor is there any evidence that hard-line Brexiteers are weakening in their opposition. They will surely vote in large numbers against her next week, as will a few Tory Remainers.” (Source)

So – if Ms May gets defeated it’s the fault of the DUP and ‘intransigent’ Brexiteers, Remainers are blameless … doesn’t it look more and more as if the whole exercise is now about keeping Ms May in and keeping us ‘IN’?

Here’s why there’s a push for a GE:

“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. But Brexiteers are advising Mrs May to ensure the UK leaves in March by using her discretion to decide the date of any national vote – setting it for April 4.”(Source)

The reason for setting this date (April 4th) is positively machiavellian:

“The extraordinary tactic would mean even if Parliament forces an election, it would be dissolved during March for the campaign. As there would be no sitting MPs on March 29 when the UK is due to leave the EU, they could not prevent the UK crashing out. In effect the scheme would mean Mrs May forcing no-deal Brexit, frustrating the resistance from cross-party Remainers. During the campaign the government would still be in place – and the civil service is allowed to continue implementing pre-existing policy. The move would spark a constitutional crisis, Cabinet resignations and leave MPs up in arms. But one Cabinet minister who supports the plan told MailOnline ignoring the will of Parliament would be justified to avoid ‘destroying the last bit of faith in politics’. The public are saying, “just f***ing get on with it”,’ they said.” (Source).

According to the comments the minister is right …

Meanwhile, the Remainer establishment is still screeching about ‘cliff edges’ and ‘crashing out’, so the inevitable Sir John Redwood reminds us again about trading on WTO Rules – to be read and distributed! (See also reports here and here and here.) Why is a No Deal so hated and feared by the Remain establishment? Loss of their EU ‘income’, perhaps?

So – is it time to get ourselves Yellow Vests? James Delingpole in his article on Breitbart says:

“I do wish that bunch of “yellow vest” protestors hadn’t chased after Anna Soubry the other day. Not because I don’t sympathise with their frustration but because I think they are being played.”

Do also watch PJW’s latest video, where he points out what the French Government is doing and planning to do. If Macron ,“Mr EU”, establishes such law then you can bet that this will become a directive for the whole EU and guess what: since we’re still “IN”, thanks to the Remainers,it will become law here as well.

One can’t help feeling that this is exactly why they want us to Remain.

 

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