• Prime Minister’s Questions: 26 February 2020 – Immigration, flooding, Universal Credit and more
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    Prime Minister’s Questions: 26 February 2020 – Immigration, flooding, Universal Credit and more

    >>Philip Dunne (Ludlow) (Con) If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 26 February.>>The Prime Minister (Boris Johnson) The whole House will want to join me in extending our condolences to the families and friends of those who sadly lost their lives as a result of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. We will also want to thank all those who are providing support to tackle the impact of the storms, including the Environment Agency, local authorities, our emergency services and our armed forces. This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I shall have further such meetings later today.>>Philip…

  • PM says he will pause Brexit legislation after timetable loss
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    PM says he will pause Brexit legislation after timetable loss

    Mr Speaker, I must express my disappointment that the house has again voted for delay, rather than a timetable that would have guaranteed that the UK was in a position to leave the EU on 31 October with a deal. We now face further uncertainty, and the EU must now make up their minds about how to answer parliament’s request for a delay. The first consequence is that the government must take the only responsible course and accelerate our preparations for a no-deal outcome. Secondly, I will speak to EU member states about their intentions and, until they have reached a decision, we will pause this legislation. Let me be…

  • What happens now as Boris Johnson puts Brexit deal on ice and waits for EU delay
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    What happens now as Boris Johnson puts Brexit deal on ice and waits for EU delay

      Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has been put on ice after MPs scuppered his bid to rush it through Parliament in three days   As a result, the humiliated Prime Minister finally dropped his hardline pledge to leave on October 31 – and accepted it’s up to EU leaders to decide whether to delay the Halloween date  In a major sign Brexit will now be delayed, EU Council President Donald Tusk tonight recommended that a three-month extension is accepted  That could prompt Boris Johnson to drop his “paused” deal altogether and push for an election  It came after a night of Commons drama just nine days before the UK is…

  • Nigel Farage hits out at ‘pompously pontificating’ Bercow as he rejoices Speaker leaving  – News 247
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    Nigel Farage hits out at ‘pompously pontificating’ Bercow as he rejoices Speaker leaving – News 247

     Nigel Farage rejoiced at the upcoming departure of John Bercow from the House of Commons as he tore into the Speaker for acting “pompous and great” in the chair Mr Bercow has repeatedly come under attack over the past few months over his alleged impartiality on Brexit despite the job requiring neutrality on proposed policy During his daily LBC show, Mr Farage said: “John Bercow pompously pontificating. “Did you see him on Saturday? Even when there was no noise in the chamber, ‘order, order’ for a global audience to see him  “Ok, that’s fine – if he wants to be pompous and grand that’s great – but this is supposed to…

  • Boris Johnson sends unsigned extension letter to EU
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    Boris Johnson sends unsigned extension letter to EU

     Humiliated Boris Johnson has sent an unsigned extension letter he vowed to die in a ditch rather than send  He did sign a second, though, after his Brexit plan was trashed by MPs and delayed by Tory Sir Oliver Letwin  The first – unsigned – letter sent to the EU said the PM would comply with the law after Parliament had ordered him to ask for a delay of up to three months  But the second will tell EU leaders to IGNORE the first and he will get Brexit done by the do or die October 31 deadline he set himself  A No10 source said: “He will tell EU leaders…

  • Boris Johnson faces ‘Super Saturday’ Brexit showdown
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    Boris Johnson faces ‘Super Saturday’ Brexit showdown

    brexit countdown_bgCreated with Sketch.Boris Johnson faces having his moment of triumph snatched away by an ‘act of sabotage’ today despite being within touching distance of getting a majority for his deal in a massive ‘Super Saturday’ showdown A wrecking amendment tabled by former Cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin is set to prevent the PM’s deal being put to a formal vote, forcing him to beg the EU for an extension  The threat came as Mr Johnson has been frantically trying to win over the last few wavering MPs with the numbers on a knife edge He has been boosted overnight by the support of leading Tory ‘Spartan’ Mark Francois and…

  • Brexit news: Boris Johnson sends two letters to EU – What happens with Brexit now?  – News 247
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    Brexit news: Boris Johnson sends two letters to EU – What happens with Brexit now? – News 247

     The Brexit process was briefly stalled by MPs in the House of Commons yesterday, as a cross-party effort saw the Letwin amendment passed through The amendment stipulates MPs would not vote on Boris Johnson’s deal until the relevant legislation has passed, and, in turn, enacts the Benn amendments extension requirement The Prime Minister was forced to request an extension via the EU, which he did in two letters    As an extension letter, Boris Johnson sent the EU an unsigned explanation that the Benn amendment requires the Prime Minister to seek a further extension to the current Brexit date  The Prime Minister also included a second signed letter in which he…

  • Labour will back second referendum when deal legislation is brought in
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    Labour will back second referendum when deal legislation is brought in

    brexit countdown_bgCreated with Sketch.Labour will support efforts to hijack Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal this week in a bid to make the Prime Minister’s divorce agreement subject to a second referendum, two of the party’s most senior figures revealed today Sir Keir Starmer said it was ‘inevitable’ an amendment calling for a confirmatory public vote would be brought forward and Labour would support it when the PM asks MPs to back his deal as John McDonnell agreed with the shadow Brexit secretary Meanwhile, Sir Keir confirmed Labour will try to change the deal to include the UK being in a customs union with the EU after Brexit in a move which would…

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode October 19, 2019
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    PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode October 19, 2019

    On this edition for Saturday October 19th another setback for a brexit deal in our signature segment the first in a two-part series on ice detention in Louisiana I sense Hodgman Mania and writer John hodgman’s take on losing status next on PBS Newshour weekend From the Tish wnet studios at Lincoln Center in New York Alison Stewart Good evening. Thanks for joining us Will they stay or will they go the fate of? Brexit, britain’s long-running plan to exit the european union remains unknown today an extraordinary Saturday session of parliament ended with a vote that delays a decision on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent negotiated agreement with the…

  • How MPs could vote for Boris’s Brexit deal today but still sabotage UK’s exit on Oct 31  – News 247
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    How MPs could vote for Boris’s Brexit deal today but still sabotage UK’s exit on Oct 31 – News 247

     The government text due to be voted on today states that the House “approves the negotiated withdrawal agreement”  If it passes, the provision of the Benn Act – which says the PM must beg the EU for an extension unless a deal has been approved by October 19 – will have been met The government would then start pushing through legislation to implement the detail of the agreement  However, the amendment put forward by former Cabinet minister Oliver Letwin would change the motion to make clear that the House has not given approval  Instead, MPs would specify that they are witholding support until after the legislation is fully finalised –…