Posts Tagged ‘Labour’

PM faces Brexit extension even if his deal is passed

Labour and former Tory MPs join in bid to force through extension with amendment on ‘super Saturday’

Boris Johnson’s plan to push through a Brexit deal on Saturday looks likely to be frustrated after an alliance of Labour and former Tory MPs united behind a plan to force a new extension.

After clinching a last-minute deal in Brussels on Thursday by agreeing to a customs border in the Irish Sea, the prime minister had hoped to frame the rare Saturday sitting of parliament as a dramatic “new deal or no deal” moment.

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Brexit deal: Boris Johnson launches frantic sales pitch ahead of knife-edge vote on Saturday – live news

Prime minister has said he is ‘very confident’ deal will be approved in historic Commons vote on Saturday

Angela Merkel has told EU leaders a Brexit extension would be unavoidable if MPs vote down the deal agreed with Boris Johnson, my colleague Jennifer Rankin reports. Her story goes on:

During private EU summit talks on Brexit, the German chancellor told her fellow leaders they could not pretend an extension would not be offered to the UK if it was requested, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Merkel framed Brexit as a historic issue weighing on the EU and said leaders had a responsibility not to push the UK out if there was a request for further delay.

Related: Brexit extension unavoidable if MPs reject deal, says Merkel

Huda Elmi, another member of Labour’s national executive committee, has backed Jon Lansman (see 10.57am) in saying that any Labour MP who votes for Boris Johnson’s deal should not be allowed to stand as a parliamentary candidate for the party again.

It’s pretty basic. Being a Labour MP means opposing the Tories when they try to destroy our country. This reckless sell out deal is even worse than Theresa May's, and any Labour MP that sides with Boris Johnson has no right to stand at the next election.

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John McDonnell expects Labour MPs to hold firm on Brexit deal

Votes of opposition could be crucial when parliament sits on Saturday to discuss PM’s plan

John McDonnell has played down speculation that any more than a handful of Labour MPs could vote for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Saturday, saying he was hoping to persuade his colleagues to hold firm.

Several have already said they will back the plan. McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said there would be “consequences” for any who did, but did not specify whether this could include losing the party whip.

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Here’s why Boris Johnson’s plans have every chance of falling apart | Tom Kibasi

Northern Ireland is still a problem – and his proposals are full of political contradictions. Do MPs really trust him to deliver?

Boris Johnson stands triumphant, having successfully edited Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Not for the first time, a man has claimed the credit for a woman’s work. But has Johnson really solved the Brexit conundrum, or is this yet another tissue of lies? Will his proposals stand up to scrutiny if parliament convenes at the weekend?

Here’s why Johnson’s plans have every chance of falling apart. The first weak point is still Northern Ireland. The plan for maintaining a stable alignment of regulations between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland might seem reasonable: Stormont is set to get a vote every four years, with a two-year cooling-off period. But looking into the future, this quickly collapses. What happens when the rest of the UK decides to follow a different regulatory path, as promised by this hard-right Conservative government? If there can be no land border, there would have to be regulatory checks in the Irish Sea to maintain the integrity of the single market. Moving the regulatory border to the Irish Sea would be a significant and practical step towards reunification. It therefore makes sense that the DUP will not back it. The political limits of “one country, two systems” are obvious.

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Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Labour MP accuses government of willingness to let Stormont be in control of abortion laws

Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.

Creasy led a successful push in the Commons earlier this year to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK where it remains illegal except in a very narrow set of circumstances. MPs amended the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill, to say that the government in Westminster would be required to extend the right to abortion if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive at Stormont are not up and running by 21 October.

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Labour MPs who vote for a Johnson Brexit deal should lose the whip | Owen Jones

Supporting an agreement to rip up our rights and protections would mean they could no longer represent the party

Even a broad church must be bound by a common faith. Labour’s founding purpose was to secure parliamentary representation for organised labour, and to use that power to advance the collective conditions of working people. Sure, there were some interpretations of that historic mission that were more radical than others. Some believed it meant humanising the existing system, others replacing it altogether. (Even New Labour, which struck an accommodation with Thatcherism, invested in public services, the minimum wage and tax credits to improve the lot of millions of working-class people.)

A striking exception in Labour history was the premiership of Ramsay MacDonald who, in 1931, attempted to slash public spending and unemployment benefits. When his own party refused to sanction such a remorseless assault on the British working class, MacDonald formed a coalition with the Conservatives, provoking swift expulsion from Labour and leaving his legacy in the history books a byword for betrayal.

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Could Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal pass through parliament?

Parties and factions in House of Commons have their own red lines and demands

The prime minister needs the support of 320 MPs to get any deal over the line but there are only 259 Conservative MPs who are almost certain to vote for any agreement he brings back. He will have to find another 61 votes from other factions in parliament, ranging from hardline Eurosceptics to soft Brexit independents.

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