EU leaders have agreed in principle to extend Brexit until 31 January 2020 – meaning the UK will not leave as planned on Thursday.
They’re openly, shamelessly talking about forcing out Boris Johnson and creating a ‘government of national unity’ whose job would be to delay Brexit – again – and then hold a second referendum or a General Election. That the political class is casually chatting about taking such a drastic, emergency, anti-democratic measure as setting up an unelected government to stop Brexit is the most worrying sign of the times yet.
– Labour, the Scottish National Party, and the Lib Dems will hold emergency talks
– Ministers on standby to travel back to London if an attempt is made to topple PM
– Rebels could try to force Boris Johnson to seek Brexit delay as early as Saturday
Parliament has already passed the so-called Benn Act requiring him to request a further extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process if he cannot get a new agreement by October 19.
But some on the opposition side fear that could leave too little time to take action through the courts if Mr Johnson tries to circumvent the legislation and push through a no-deal break.
Former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, former Chancellor Philip Hammond and ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve are all suspected of being assisted by members of the European Commission, it was reported.
Another source added: “The Government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities.
Tony Blair personally urged the EU’s chief negotiator to delay Brexit beyond March 29 as Theresa May was insisting to European leaders that she wanted the UK to leave on time, The Telegraph can disclose.
The former prime minister held a private meeting with Michel Barnier in February in which he declared that an extension of the Article 50 notice period would „provide the time required“ for „clarifying“ the type of relationship Britain wanted with the EU.
Downing Street has launched a major investigation into alleged links between foreign governments and the MPs behind the ‚Surrender Act‘ which could force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Sources said No 10 took the unprecedented action after officials received intelligence that the MPs, including former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, had received help drafting the Bill from members of the French Government and the European Union.
There is another EU leader who is known to be not so keen on the idea of an extension, either – one Boris Johnson. Ultimately, the Prime Minister has it in his power to make sure that the UK does not get an extension (even while fulfilling his legal duty to request one) by making certain demands that the EU is bound to refuse.
When MPs who once vowed to honour the referendum result vote instead to proceed with a dodgy Bill, enabled by their puppet Speaker, surrendering power to the EU to determine a delay of its choosing — to be rubber-stamped by our Remainer-dominated Parliament.
Will three months suit Brussels? Six, maybe? How about ten years?
Remainers will, have no doubt, sign off whatever the EU decides.
– Boris Johnson called for snap election after being defeated by Remainer MPs
– The PM needs to secure a two-thirds vote in the Commons to hold an early poll
– Jeremy Corbyn has said he will block poll unless law is passed against No Deal
Jeremy Corbyn, the scourge of bankers and avowed opponent of capitalism, is winning support from unexpected new quarters: two of the biggest global banks operating in the City of London are warming to the Labour leader.
Unlikely as it may seem, he is now seen as the lesser of two evils by analysts at Citibank and Deutsche Bank, respectively American and German titans of the financial system.
The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn has said that there is no consent to leave the EU without a deal and no majority for no-deal in the country.
He added that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to table a motion for a general election he should „get the bill passed first in order to take no-deal off the table“.
BORIS Johnson tonight demanded a snap general election after rebel MPs pulled off an extraordinary coup to allow a block on Brexit until next year plunging Westminster into outright chaos.
Twenty one Conservative MPs – including NINE ex-Cabinet ministers – were sacked minutes after siding with Labour to seize control of Parliament’s agenda from 3pm tomorrow.
Removing the whip effectively means expelling the MPs from their party.
The list of rebelling MPs included ex-Cabinet ministers Greg Clark, David Gauke, Rory Stewart, Oliver Letwin, Justine Greening as well as Mr Hammond and Father of the House Mr Clarke.
The political class has taken back control – from the people.
The lawmakers who voted in favor of the motion include a number of high-profile rebels in Johnson’s own Conservative Party, who now risk being stripped of their affiliation. Parliament on Wednesday will vote on a bill to force Johnson to seek a Brexit extension from the European Union.
But there are a myriad of scenarios that could frustrate the plans of both sides. Read on to find out how.
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Because the number of Tory rebels is holding firm at around 20.
And that means Sir Oliver Letwin’s motion under Standing Order 24, which would have the effect of handing control of business in the Commons to backbenchers tomorrow, could well pass by around five votes.
The meeting was said to be courteous but the ex-Chancellor repeatedly interrupted the discussion and spoke over colleagues.
And Government sources claimed that he let slip that the rebel bill – which will be put to MPs tomorrow to try and stop a No Deal – was drawn up with assistance from the EU’s legal team.
Section 3, Paragraph 1 has already caught the attention of Brexiteers, as it would mean the EU can choose the length of the extension – without a limit – and the Prime Minister must agree to it.
They are expected to put forward legislation on Tuesday to stop no deal under „SO24“ or Standing Order 24 – the rule allowing MPs to ask for a debate on a „specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration“.
Sources have told the BBC the bill would force the prime minister to seek a three-month extension until 31 January if no withdrawal deal has been passed by 19 October – the day after the next EU leaders‘ summit.
Jeremy Corbyn secured the support of five other parties yesterday in his bid to further delay Britain’s departure from the EU.
The five other leaders had forced the Labour leader to drop his preferred option of tabling a vote of no confidence.
Instead, the opposition groups agreed to prioritise passing a law to extend Article 50 again.
– Tory councillors in Derbyshire will not canvass for their MEP candidates in May
– The defiance could pave the way for the Brexit Party to beat both main parties
– Other local Conservative groups are expected to rebel amid growing anger
Theresa May has announced she will hold yet more votes with MPs to determine what kind of deal they want if Labour and the Tories can’t work out a new Brexit deal amongst themselves.
Seasoned campaigners were shocked by the level of anger they encountered on the nation doorsteps – invariably from Brexiteers who felt betrayed.
One councillor in the East Midlands told me:
“I had somebody who was so furious he started getting a nosebleed. Even then he kept talking about the local Conservative MP letting him down.”
Someone from the North West, in a Conservative council, suggested that this week it was even harder pounding than last week:
“The decision to hold the Euro Elections is a disaster for us. For a start, it confuses matters. People think we might be canvassing for them and then really go mad. Before we have a chance of talking about local issues they start the conversation by saying they will definitely not be voting for us in the Euro Elections.”
„But it was not logical in my view, and above all, it was neither good for us, nor for the British people.“
He added: „I think we delivered the best possible compromise. First because it was the one to preserve the unity of the 27.
Following is the text of an EU summit agreement on Thursday giving Britain more time to complete its withdrawal from the European Union.
A small number of EU member states argued for an extension to June 30, but most argued for much longer: to December 2019, or even March 2020
Theresa May’s own Brexit Secretary today admitted that the European Union was now “in control” of Britain’s departure from the bloc.
The French President will insist the UK can have no say in the bloc’s future trade deals in contrast to what the Labour boss is asking for.
He will demand the Political Declaration is rewritten to stress „the EU’s autonomy of decision making and the integrity of the Single Market”.
President Macron is also calling for regular ‚behaviour reviews‘ of the UK, a bonfire of its EU powers and posts and a ‚Boris-proof‘ lock preventing a new Tory leader causing havoc within the EU if she stands down, despite warnings from Donald Tusk and Angela Merkel not to poison relations with Britain.
Angela Merkel has given her backing to a „longer“ Brexit delay than has been requested by Theresa May, ahead of a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday evening.
The German Chancellor said any extension to Article 50 should be flexible enough to allow the UK’s departure from the European Union „very quickly“ once the UK had approved the withdrawal agreement.
Brexit leads most of Wednesday’s papers as EU leaders gather in Brussels for another crunch summit when they will be asked to sign off on a second extension.
Theresa May has headed for top-level talks in Berlin and Paris as she seeks European support to stop us crashing out of the EU on Friday.
The prime minister exchanged a warm greeting with Angela Merkel and they spent an hour together in Berlin.
– Theresa May will jet to Berlin and then on to Paris today to urge Merkel and Macron to agree Brexit delay
– Their price is expected to be to refuse to let the UK have any say in future EU budget talks and trade deals
Theresa May was today ordered by Germany and France to accept “very strict” conditions in return for a Brexit delay.
In a fresh humiliation, the Prime Minister was told she can only have a longer extension of Article 50 if Britain is bound by a good behaviour contract.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to argue for a Brexit delay while her ministers hold crisis talks with the opposition to try to break the deadlock in London.
Yvette Cooper, who has been conspiring for weeks to create the conditions whereby the result could be reversed, had a very different attitude before the snap General Election.
Theresa May is to hold last-minute Brexit talks with the leaders of Germany and France later, four days before the UK is due to leave the EU.
Mrs May is meeting Angela Merkel in Berlin, followed by Emmanuel Macron in Paris, to urge them to back her request to delay Brexit again until 30 June.
Yvette Cooper’s backbench Bill aimed at forcing Theresa May to request a Brexit extension rather than leave the EU with no deal has been signed into law.
The cross-party European Union (Withdrawal) (No 5) Bill received royal assent after it was backed by MPs and peers on Monday night.
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In a letter to the Prime Minister, more than 100 current and would-be Tory councillors state that they are unable to muster the volunteers needed to effectively fight next month’s local elections because “belief in the party they joined is gone”.
Council leaders have told The Sunday Telegraph they are preparing for heavy losses in the local elections, amid fears voters are turning on the party for failing to take the UK out of the European Union on time.
Theresa May has warned that Brexit could „slip through our fingers“ unless a compromise deal can be reached with Jeremy Corbyn.
Her comments come as she continues to try to reach an agreement with the Labour leader that she can get MPs to vote through parliament.
Theresa May has insisted a cross-party compromise is now the only way to deliver Brexit, despite talks between the Conservatives and Labour having so far failed to find a solution.
Mrs May would have ‚days‘ as Prime Minister if she doesn’t hold her ground and refuse a Brexit date of June 30, MPs have claimed
Angela Merkel will now quietly decide our destiny
Talks between Theresa May’s Government and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party aimed at finding a Brexit breakthrough have stalled, with one of the key players describing a „disappointing“ lack of progress.
The cross-party talks are a key part of her efforts to find a majority in the Commons.
Monday evening’s votes in the House of Commons confirm that a substantial number of MPs remain determined to bind Britain as closely as possible to the EU and its rules and institutions if they cannot stop Brexit altogether.
These MPs show utter contempt for the EU referendum result – the biggest democratic vote in our history – and make a mockery of their past pledges to ‚honour‘ the decision made by a clear majority of voters.
When Mohandas Gandhi won independence for India in 1947 he was called the Mahatma, which means „Great Soul“. In 1980 Lech Walesa, an electrician at the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk, put down his tool box and led fellow workers in overthrowing their Soviet rulers.
Brexiteer Mark Francois and ERG member says on the BBC that Theresa May’s letter to Brussels is a „mistake“ and says the UK should leave the European Union, without a deal.
„She [Ms May] has completely ignored her own cabinet which is unconstitutional and she’s gone and done it anyway. Her deal will never pass the House of Commons, it’s been voted down three times – the speaker may not even allow it to come back.
„I’m afraid the PM is in a sort of bunker here and is not listening to her own MPs, her own party members, or indeed her own cabinet and that is dangerous for the future of the country.“
There will be no second chances if we fail to leave on April 12.
The dam has burst.
Ruth Jones (Labour):
per cent (change on 2017): 39.6 (-12.7)
Matthew Evans (Conservative):
per cent (change on 2017): 31.3 (-8.0)
Neil Hamilton (UKIP):
per cent (change on 2017): 8.6 (+6.1)
„Am I happy about it? No I’m not – actually I’ve got many other things in my life I’d like to do, I thought we’d won the Brexit battle but I’m not going to after 25 years of endeavour watch British politicians roll us over.
„This is the fightback and they’re going to be very surprised by what they get.“
But furious Brexiteers warned that if the EU forces us to stay another year, Britain should sabotage it from the inside by blocking plans for expansion.
Mrs May is expected to write separately to Jeremy Corbyn today, offering a compromise agreement which both party leaders could push through the Commons.
Labour Lords said on Twitter that, following internal discussions, the bill would pass the initial stages on Thursday with the remaining stages taking place on Monday.
– Theresa May will write to EU Council President Donald Tusk to request extension to Article 50 beyond April 12
– Prime Minister wants ‚termination clause‘ to leave EU on May 22, day before European elections if deal passes
– AG Geoffrey Cox we need to use ‚any means to secure an ends‘ and cross-party talks are vital for securing deal
Lady Hayter, the Labour peer steering the bill to extend article 50 through the Lords after its narrow victory in the Commons late on Wednesday night, said the bill would not stop Brexit but would prevent a no-deal scenario.
The legislation, proposed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper and the Conservative Oliver Letwin, passed the House of Commons by just one vote late on Wednesday night.
The bill moved to the Lords on Thursday, but Eurosceptic peers proposed seven procedural amendments to a business motion about it, in an attempt to prevent the legislation being debated.
The political elite’s hysterical hatred of No Deal is a cover for their contempt for Brexit itself.
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The PM would be expected to get an extension with the EU at a European Council meeting on April 10 and MPs would vote to support it the following day.
However, Mr Walker warned that this would not leave enough time time to complete the necessary paperwork before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on April 12.
However, this does not bind the European Union to the decision, who could reject the outcome of the vote and not offer an extension.
The bill raced through parliament in under six hours, as backbench MPs took control of the parliamentary agenda from the government.
Labour’s Yvette Cooper led the move, which the Commons passed in one day.
The bill will need Lords approval to become law, while it is the EU who decides whether to grant an extension.
Committee Stage follows immediately
Meeting started at 11.33am
3. EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) (NO. 5) BILL: SECOND READING (COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE AND THIRD READING MAY ALSO BE TAKEN)
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On rare occasions, in times of great urgency, the Commons has concertinaed legislation in a single day. The Official Secrets Act was passed in just a few minutes in 1911 – apparently the Minister explained “in two sentences…that the measure should be passed”, whilst Committee, Report and Third Reading sailed by without a single intervention. Clearly this is a different situation, but the precedent exists for all stages to be debated in a day – certainly other Bills have been debated in a very short space of time.
The bill was published on Tuesday and the idea is that today the Commons will carve out parliamentary time for it to pass through the house and even – if all goes to plan – start its progress though the Commons. Let’s assume, ambitiously, it can clear the House of Commons on Thursday and the House of Lords on Friday and receive royal assent the same day.
May says she is offering to sit down with the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, to come up with a plan to leave with a deal.
EU leaders are prepared to let Britain delay Brexit again to allow time for a second referendum, The Independent understands.
After parliament rejected Theresa May’s deal for a third time, the bloc called a summit on 10 April – two days before the UK is on course to leave without a deal.
The Government has rejected a petition calling for Brexit to be stopped, which has gathered more than 5.75 million signatures.
The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it is that a number of the 3m signatures gathered so far are not genuine.
They all agreed that the petition’s email validation process would be a deterrent.
Mr S has now been passed a leaked briefing note from inside Number 10 which suggests the government would be able to brush Parliament aside and delay Brexit by Prime Ministerial edict.
Remainers and Leavers alike have been getting a little too excited about the Revoke Article 50 Petition. Yes, you can sign it as many times as you like with made up email addresses and whatever name and country you care to put in. Yes, there are videos online explaining in detail how to use bots to hijack Parliamentary petitions – exactly what happened with the second referendum petition immediately after the referendum. Is it actually going to stop Brexit? No, that will be MPs…
Over three million people have signed the petition to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit. But are they all real?
In recent years, automated programs known as bots have come to be used for artificially inflating Instagram follower counts, mining bitcoin or swaying online polls.
Theresa May rejected the petition on Thursday, since when it has added 1.5m names
– A shorter delay until 12 April if they reject it. By that time the UK must set out its next steps – either another extension or leaving without a deal
But the EU says a further extension beyond 12 April is only possible if the UK agrees to hold European elections on 23 May.
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EU agrees to agree #Brexit extension until 22 May by 29th March according to draft EUCO conclusions
The fall in Britain’s currency accelerated on Wednesday afternoon after a leaked paper indicated Brussels would strongly oppose an extension in the Brexit date to the end of June, dealing a fresh blow to the UK prime minister.
The latest updates from Westminster and Brussels following Theresa May’s request to extend Article 50 for three months.
THERESA MAY has asked the EU for a three-month delay to Brexit in the hopes of finding a way to get her deal through Parliament. Read the full letter she sent to European Council President Donald Tusk below.
Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 June, and tells MPs at PMQs public would find long delay unacceptable
Backbench Eurosceptic Tory MPs have made a behind-the-scenes bid to persuade European Union leaders to veto any delay to Brexit at this week’s Brussels summit.
The undercover diplomatic initiative has been led by Tory MPs Daniel Kawczynski, Craig Mackinlay and former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson.
Angry ministers turned on the Prime Minister after she refused to tell them how long an extension she intends to request from the EU, leaving some suspecting she could ask for a delay of up to two years.
Arrival and doorstep by Michael ROTH, Minister of State for Europe of Germany, at the General Affairs Council, taking place on 19 March 2019 in Brussels.
“For my Government it’s the key priority to prevent a no-deal Brexit. I don’t have any appetite for substance-less, very abstract discussions and negotiations on Brexit. Please deliver, dear friends in London please deliver. The clock is ticking.”
(18.3.2019) The German says the “strongman of the Italian government” is preparing to veto an Article 50 extension as a consensus fails to emerge for the delay on the Continent.
There are “very different views” amongst EU member states, Mr Brok concluded.
Mr Salvini is Italy’s deputy prime minister and will be represented at this week’s European Council summit by prime minister Giuseppe Conte.
Mrs May is likely to ask other EU leaders to allow an “escape clause” for a short two or three month delay if she can revive her stalled deal and win a meaningful vote in the Commons next Tuesday.
One senior EU diplomat said all leaders would prefer to take the decision in good time: “We have to say yes a little bit before, not one minute before midnight.”
Once an extension is agreed, does it need to be legislated by the UK parliament before March 29?
1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
If she unilaterally cancelled article 50 would MPs vote for that? What would the 17.5 million voters do.
According to the minutes, the European commission’s secretary general, Martin Selmayr, who is known as a master of strategy, asked: “Imagine that they have a new Brexit secretary or prime minister – what then? Article 50 has been agreed and the process has ended. It must be clear that the starting point is not a renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement.”
In a stark message to dithering Tory MPs, she vowed there will be no fourth attempt if she fails this time.
She warned it will almost certainly lead to a two-year delay and declared bluntly: “It hardly bears thinking about.”
(14.3.2019) Indeed, an extension of Article 50 can only be taken with unanimity, and the veto of one country is enough to block it.
EU leaders‘ silence after Thursday’s vote by the House of Commons to delay Brexit may also have been because they realise – whatever their individual opinions on an extension – that they are obliged by law to come to a unanimous decision.
Mrs May will next week bring her Brexit deal back to the Commons for a third meaningful vote.
She says that if it passes, she will then ask the EU for a „short technical extension“ until the end of June, to give Parliament the time to force through the necessary legislation.
But if the deal is defeated again, the PM has warned that Britain will have to stay in the EU beyond the summer and take part in European Parliament elections.
ROME — Italy should support a delay to Britain’s exit from the European Union if London makes such a request, Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero said on Thursday.
We live in a “representative democracy” – or so we tell ourselves. But who or what is the present parliament representing? Not the majority in the country, as expressed by in the 2016 referendum and the 2017 general election. Some two thirds of constituencies voted for Brexit – a vote that would give an unprecedented landslide majority in a parliamentary election – and yet most MPs still support Remain.
We would have to go back rather a long way to find a precedent, to a time when “democracy” was a dirty word.
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– MPs to vote on Thursday afternoon on delaying Brexit
– Remainer plot to postpone Brexit by up to two years
– Brexiteer hopes pinned on Geoffrey Cox changing legal advice
– Will the EU allow an Article 50 extension that will delay Brexit?
– Nick Timothy: Mrs May is responsible for losing control of Brexit
– Nigel Farage: Brexit betrayal one of most shameful chapters in our history
Speaker John Bercow has refused to call the cross-party amendment B rejecting a second referendum, despite the fact that it was signed by 127 MPs including the entirety of the DUP and had numerous Labour MPs as leading co-signatories including Caroline Flint, Gareth Snell and John Mann. Shameless…
Instead Bercow has selected four amendments more to his own liking:
John Bercow, the speaker, says he is calling four amendments, plus an amendment to an amendment.
1) Sarah Wollaston’s – calling for an extension to article 50 to allow for time for a referendum on Brexit.
2) Hilary Benn’s – saying next Wednesday should be set aside for a debate that would start the process of allowing MPs to hold indicative votes on Brexit alternatives. There is also an amendment to this amendment, from Labour’s Lucy Powell, changing the timing.
3) Labour’s – saying article 50 should be extended to allow time for MPs to find a majority for a different approach to Brexit.
4) Chris Bryant’s – saying Theresa May should not be allowed to put her deal to the Commons again.
Today, MPs will vote on whether to ask the EU for permission to delay Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline.
What time is the vote today?
MPs are expected to vote on a Brexit delay at about 7pm tonight.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says MPs have ruled-out both a no-deal Brexit and the prime minister’s deal.
He says extending Article 50 is now inevitable.
To put this in plain, blunt English: a former British prime minister is conspiring with a foreign power to try to subvert the will of the British people.
In normal times, this would be a scandal of epic, epoch-defining proportions. There might have been riots, certainly protests. Blair would have been publicly shamed, possibly exiled. His name would live in infamy. But we don’t live in normal times. We live in an era in which most of the political class has ditched even the pretence of feeling a strong attachment to democracy.
This amendment (f) sets out the process for a „managed no-deal“. It requests:
The government publish tariff schedules
An extension of leaving to 22 May 2019
‚Mutual standstill agreements‘ between the UK and EU until the end of 2021, including payments to the EU
A unilateral guarantee of citizens‘ rights
A taste of things to come for MPs if they vote to extend Brexit – Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party now officially has more MEPs than UKIP. Eight UK MEPs now sit in Farage’s Brexit Party
Brexit is breaking British politics. Both the traditional powers have been shipwrecked by this storm and show no signs of knowing how to repair their ruined timbers. This is the sort of thing everyone understands. If the Tories enjoy more support than Labour this is only because Labour is so very bad. It is not because Theresa May’s Government commands the confidence of the people. In any case, her party is slowly but surely devouring itself over Brexit. Again, everyone knows this.
Theresa May has made clear she will bring her deal back for MPs to vote on by 12 March.
Mr McDonnell said this will be when Jeremy Corbyn puts the party’s amendment forward for a Final Say referendum on Brexit.
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MPs will vote again on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis MP told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that MPs not delivering on the Brexit referendum would undermine belief in political parties.
The former Brexit secretary said any move to extend Article 50 would be a “democratic disaster” that would leave the Conservative Party “massively damaged”.
“It would absolutely undermine belief in democracy in this country and certainly belief in the establishment political parties,” he told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
France would block a delay to Brexit unless it had a “clear objective” based on a “new choice” by the British, Emmanuel Macron has said.
Speaking at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris, the French president gave the clearest signal from an EU leader so far that there would be conditions on an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period.
Senior ministers believe that the European Union will insist on a Brexit delay of up to two years if Britain fails to agree a deal in the next few weeks.
Several sources have told the Standard they do not think the sort of “short, limited extension” of Article 50 suggested by Theresa May in the Commons yesterday would be permitted by Brussels.
On another day of drama in Westminster:
– MPs prepared to vote on a series of amendments designed to derail Mrs May’s Brexit plans
– Jacob Rees-Mogg hinted he could end up backing the PM’s deal
– Brussels promised Mrs May an exit from the hated backstop plan
– EU bosses warned a delay to Brexit would do nothing to resolve the deadlock
– Voters called on MPs to get on with it and stop kicking the can down the road
It is time to come together to deliver Brexit – however you voted in the 2016 referendum. People want their politicians to stop bickering and to reach a mature compromise so that we can move on, deliver Brexit and focus on the other important issues facing our country.
MPs are now debating what steps should be taken next in the Brexit process. They will debate amendments put forward by MPs from across the House, with votes expected to start at around 7pm.
12.30pm: Urgent Questions, Ministerial Statements (if any)
Up to 20 minutes: Ten Minute Rule Motion: Planning (Affordable Housing and Land
Compensation) (Helen Hayes)
No debate: Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2)
Bill: Second and Third Reading
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(19.2.2019) What role does Parliament have in extending Article 50?
Although it is not explicitly stated in UK legislation, Parliament is not thought to have a formal role in deciding whether the Article 50 process should be extended as a matter of EU law. Extension is ultimately a question that is resolved by the UK Government acting on the UK’s behalf, negotiating with the European Union.
(8. Dezember2016) A vote by MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit plans was not legally binding, the Government’s lawyers have admitted.
James Eadie QC made the concession during the final day of Supreme Court appeal which is considering whether the Prime Minister has sufficient authority to trigger Article 50 without a vote by MPs.
A key part of the case against the Cooper-Letwin plan is that it is unlikely to work without a degree of Government support.
Labour chairman Ian Lavery was described as “very angry” as he branded the support for a second referendum “political suicide” – arguing that the move risks shedding votes in the Midlands and northern England.
Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon attacked the leadership for failing to consult the shadow cabinet before announcing the U-turn – asking Mr Corbyn: “Why did we hear about it in the media?”
He has betrayed his party’s own manifesto in the 2017 general election, which promised to respect the outcome of the referendum. He has betrayed his old Labour mentors, most notably his hero Tony Benn, who was the left’s most articulate critic of the EU. And he has betrayed himself. He has betrayed his own longstanding and correct belief that the EU is an illiberal, undemocratic, anti-worker outrage of an institution. Has any politician ever betrayed so many people in such a short space of time?
Asked if that stance would put her on the “same side as Jeremy Corbyn”, Ms Thornberry replied: “Yeah. Of course.
“If there’s a choice between a disastrous Tory Brexit or no deal and Remaining, then that is what we will have to do.”
Labour’s 2017 manifesto says the party “accepts the referendum result” and will fight for “a Brexit deal that delivers for all regions and nations of the UK”.
The prime minister said she will put her withdrawal agreement – including any changes she has agreed with the EU – to a meaningful vote by 12 March.
If that fails, MPs will be offered two separate votes:
One, on the following day, on whether MPs support a no-deal Brexit – so the UK would „only leave without a deal on 29 March if there is explicit consent in the House for that outcome“
If that fails, then MPs will get a vote by 14 March on requesting an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process to delay EU withdrawal beyond 29 March
Yvette Cooper, a senior Labour MP, and Sir Oliver Letwin, a senior Conservative MP, have been rallying support for a proposal that would force the government to hand power to parliament if no UK-EU withdrawal deal has been approved by March 13.
Under the proposal, which is set to be tabled as an amendment on Wednesday, the government would be legally obliged to offer MPs the option of requesting an extension in the Article 50 exit process beyond March 29.
Brexit-backing backbencher John Mann said the decision to endorse a so-called „People’s Vote“ would infuriate Leave supporters in the Midlands and north of England.
At a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday evening, the Bassetlaw MP told Mr Corbyn: „This decision will stop you being Prime Minister.“
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