(28. Feb 2014) Over the past ten days, Newsnight has reported from the front line in Ukraine as violence erupted onto the streets of Kiev, eventually forcing the country’s President Viktor Yanukovych to flee to Russia . Amidst the sniper fire and clashes between the two sides, reporter Gabriel Gatehouse and cameraman Jack Garland captured these dramatic scenes in the battle for Kiev, many of them not aired before.
(5. März 2014) Click subtitles then „english“ at right corner of the video screen.
Known by some as the mandarin’s mandarin, he is reputed to be the only person in Whitehall to fully grasp the complexities of the British negotiating position.
Officially, Mr Robbins heads the Cabinet Office Europe Unit.
It was then, when we walked into the bar, we realised Olly Robbins was also in the same hotel. He too was having a drink.
He was with two colleagues in the bar and could be clearly overheard by other guests as he gossiped about Brexit, the cabinet and MPs.
He was speaking in such a manner that you didn’t have to listen hard to hear him.
Former government chief whip Mark Harper said: “The most likely date for a meaningful vote on a revised withdrawal agreement could well be as late as Tuesday March 26 – just three days before we are formally scheduled to leave the EU.
“To give the Prime Minister a fighting chance to secure the necessary changes to the withdrawal agreement to get Parliament’s approval, MPs will have to hold their nerve right up to the wire.”
This week the Prime Minister is expected to pledge to MPs that she will return to the Commons later this month to update MPs on her plans and give them an opportunity to vote on what should happen next.
The move is intended to buy time to continue negotiating with EU leaders, who have so far refused to make any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, after it was rejected by the Commons in its current form.
Enough MPs now understand that if the institution of parliament is ever to command respect again, Brexit must happen, and the minimally acceptable way in which it must happen is that the permanent Irish backstop goes. The only blot was the vote for the Spelman amendment objecting to ‘no deal’. But this does not bind, and the rest of the dynamic of the evening makes clear for slow learners what has been apparent to sensible people ‘out of doors’ from the beginning — the only way for Britain to win any decent deal is to make no deal a real possibility.
The ‚pork barrel‘ tactic is effectively an admission that Mrs May cannot get a package through Parliament with just Tory and DUP votes.
(22.1.2019) Pro-Remain MPs and officials on the People’s Vote campaign are split on the overarching strategy of how to secure a public vote, on campaign events and tactics, whether People’s Vote should run the Remain campaign if a second referendum is called, and over the actions and motivations of its leading politicians, the sources said.
The ongoing internal wrangling is making it less likely that the Labour party will ultimately back a public vote, a shadow minister and a senior Labour backbencher told BuzzFeed News.
The Unite general secretary has been issued the unprecedented invite to No10 as the Prime Minister desperately tries to win support for her deal.
A union source said GMB leader Tim Roache and UNISON’s Dave Prentis had also been invited for one-on-one talks on Thursday.
Corbyn’s move, tabled on Monday night, “requires” ministers to vote on alternatives that would avoid a no-deal Brexit.
Corbyn’s u-turn came Labour MPs today openly defied Jeremy Corbyn by heading for a Downing Street meeting with Theresa May’s top aides.
Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and other leading moderates visited the Cabinet Office this morning for talks with ministers along with Tories such as Anna Soubry.
Jeremy Corbyn has endorsed a plan to force a second EU referendum as he bowed to pressure from Labour party members and MPs.
Mr Corbyn wants the Government to give MPs the final say next week on a second referendum. If a majority back a referendum, Parliament could force Theresa May to hold a new in/out public vote that could lead to Brexit being reversed.
Corbyn’s rejection of the Downing Street invitation has turned out to be a bit of a gift for May, as she can deflect attention from her own procrastination and failures in people management onto the Labour leader. She now has someone else to blame for the ongoing struggle to reach an agreement on Brexit.
She also appeared to invite MPs to put the matter of a second referendum to a vote, not just in order to kill talk of it off through a Commons defeat, but presumably because this will force Corbyn to take a position on a matter which he has been very reluctant to approach.
as ever, it’s worth reading a lawyer’s exact words rather than simply accepting assurances about intent. Here is the precise wording (with my emphasis):
‘…a Motion in connection with the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union in the name of at least 300 Members of the House elected to the House as members of at least five parties and including at least 10 Members elected to the House as members of the party in Government shall stand as the first item of business;’
So such a motion would not require the support of ten MPs from the governing party, only ten MPs ‘elected to the House as members’ of such a party. In other words, MPs who had defected, or resigned the Whip, or been expelled from the governing party would still count as lending support from the Government benches. How convenient.
The pro-EU Tory will this week table an amendment which would give a minority of MPs the power to keep Britain in the EU.
He wants to hijack the Commons statement being made today by Theresa May on the way forward for Brexit.
If successful, his amendment would allow Article 50 to be suspended indefinitely on the say-so of 300 MPs.
Leaked emails obtained by this newspaper show that Dominic Grieve, the former attorney-general, has been in secret communications with Colin Lee, the clerk of bills, with the explicit intention of suspending Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Lee drew up three versions of the plan for Grieve — each of which would overturn centuries of parliamentary precedent — and then swore him to secrecy.
As the smoke clears at the end of one hell of a week at Westminster, Theresa May has to choose between her party and her country. Either she decides to risk the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal on March 29 or she pivots to pursue a softer Brexit with the help of the Opposition, thereby risking the wrath, and perhaps even the departure, of some of her own MPs.
The whole reason for the backstop being in the Withdrawal Agreement that sets out the terms of the UK’s divorce from the EU is that the Republic’s border with Northern Ireland would, after Brexit, be the external border of the EU’s single market – and therefore has to be governed by a treaty between the UK and EU, and not one between the UK and the ROI.
An official from an EU capital also questioned whether the Republic could possibly accept „a bilateralisation that would deprive it of the clout of the EU“.
The plan, it is reported, is to “amend” the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in order make a new joint Anglo-Irish commitment that there will be no return to a hard border in Ireland and no infrastructure on that border in any eventuality.
It is argued that this, coupled with some new EU concessions time-limiting the backstop, will be enough get a decent slice of the 118 Tory and 10 DUP on board.
The Times says Theresa May used a conference call on Sunday evening with the Cabinet to say she has halted the cross-party approach to Brexit, and will now focus on securing changes from Brussels designed to win over rebel Conservatives and the DUP.
The army issued the statement early Monday, hours after Israel carried out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus international airport.
Until now Israel has largely refrained from public admissions of military operations in neighboring Syria.
During her run for state legislature in 2002, Gabbard told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, „Working with my father, Mike Gabbard, and others to pass a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage, I learned that real leaders are willing to make personal sacrifices for the common good. I will bring that attitude of public service to the legislature.“ The quote, which CNN’s KFile found during a review of Gabbard’s early career, shows how closely she aligned herself with her father’s mission at the time.
As letters go, it was punchier than most. Sent to party chairman Brandon Lewis, it formed part of an irate postbag received by Conservative central office after one of the most tumultuous weeks in the party’s 184-year history.
Yet for once the highly critical correspondence was not from Momentum thugs or UKIP headbangers but the Tories’ own members.
The frontbencher stresses the party’s commitment to consider a further Brexit vote if it could not force a general election.
Europhile Grieve is working with other Remainers, including Labour rebels, to try and block the UK leaving the EU on March 29 without an agreement with Brussels.
They plan to put their motion to a vote in Parliament which if backed by 300 MPs could spark legislation to extend or revoke Article 50.
That would be considered highly controversial as it would challenge the unwritten constitution that only an elected majority government can control UK policy.
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.
Jeremy Corbyn was wrestling with a growing split in his party on Thursday night as Labour MPs defied his orders and began talks with ministers over a new Brexit deal.
Senior party figures, including Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn, met David Lidington, Theresa May’s deputy, in the face of pleas in a letter circulated to Labour MPs.
Some in May’s circle think that the Labour leadership’s support can be obtained for a price. Jeremy Corbyn, they reckon, doesn’t want a second referendum. Nor does he want to get any of the blame for a no-deal Brexit. This makes them think that Labour will back a new deal with the EU if it extracts some very visible (and embarrassing) concessions from the government.
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.
She will tell her divided Cabinet when it meets for a fiery discussion on Plan B this morning that the German leader suggested the EU could grant extra concessions once the troubled agreement is shot down.
And that could include persuading Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to agree to an end date to the hated Irish backstop – which the DUP and dozens of Tory MPs have demanded as their price.
A senior Government figure said the PM and Mrs Merkel agreed there needs to be “a blood-letting moment” first.
Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-ditch attempt to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal as Tuesday’s key Commons vote looms closer.
She will use a speech on Monday to warn that Parliament is more likely to block Brexit than let the UK leave without a deal.
A cross-party group of MPs, including Dominic Grieve, the former Conservative attorney general, wants Theresa May to give Parliament a greater say in deciding how Britain leaves the European Union.
It comes after reports emerged at the weekend of a planned “coup” by unnamed senior MPs to grab control of the parliamentary timetable by allowing backbenchers’ legislation to take precedence over the Government’s.
Who would venture to forecast with any confidence that the UK will still be the UK in its current composition in the next 20 years?
Food shortages, diabetics going without insulin, outbreaks of salmonella and swine flu: a no-deal Brexit has become a dystopia of the imagination that gives even the Old Testament a run for its money. To lend it extra credence, the doomsayers are not muttering men with long white beards but business leaders and figures from respectable-sounding thinktanks.
Sanders and his allies view foreign affairs as a leading area for improvement on his 2016 run for president as foreign policy. The thinking is that had he assailed Hillary Clinton on a problematic record on Syria, Libya, Iraq as well as the Obama administration war in Yemen, he might well have captured the Democratic nomination.
(19.12.2018) Kim Tae-woo also alleges that Cheong Wa Dae ignored his report concerning Korea Expressway Corp. chief Lee Kang-rae giving preferential treatment to Woo Je-chang in a coffee machine supply contract. Lee and Woo are both former Democratic Party lawmakers.
Brussels is preparing to reduce the threshold at which businesses start paying VAT from a turnover of £85,000 to £76,700 in a bid to „harmonise“ tax systems.
MPs on the EU scrutiny committee warned Britain will have to accept the move if it comes into force after Brexit in March 2019 because it will lose its right to veto the plans.
In an interview with The Independent, the Labour leader said he believed the prime minister and her allies were engaged in a “cynical manoeuvre” to run down the clock and offer MPs the “choice of the devil or the deep blue sea”.
His remarks come as the Commons prepares to vote on the UK-EU deal in the week beginning 14 January – in what is being billed as the most significant moment in parliament for a generation.
Anna Soubry MP (pictured) said the couple “should not have been named in the media”, adding that a new law was “needed” to make it a criminal offence to name suspects before charge unless it is in the interests of justice.
The pair were pictured on the front pages of the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Express and Sunday People yesterday morning, as well as on numerous news websites.
“The way we were initially perceived was disgusting although those who knew us did not doubt us for a second.
We were both released without charge or further action. We are totally overwhelmed by the support we have received from people all over the world and we would like to thank everyone single one who has done that.“
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The Surrey Police officers were called to investigate a red light „hovering“ over a bus station in Redhill – around six miles from the airport.
But when they arrived, they found the mysterious beam was just a warning light on top of a crane.
(23.12.2018) Transport Secretary Chris Grayling would not give details of what measures had been put in place, but said some of them were “military capabilities”, adding: “There are a range of measures which are there today which should give passengers confidence that they are safe to fly.”
The first departure from Gatwick this morning was a Norwegian flight to the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi — described as the “official Hometown of Santa Claus” — which left at 6.34am.
The conference call was joined by the Cabinet Office minister, David Lidington – Theresa May’s de facto deputy; the home secretary, Sajid Javid; the security minister, Ben Wallace; and the defence minister Stuart Andrew.
Lidington was said to have pressed for the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence to update their rapid deployment protocols for signing off requests for military assistance.
Det Ch Supt Jason Tingley said no footage of a drone had been obtained.
Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingey, of Sussex Police, confirmed to Sky News that officers had found the damaged drone.
He said: „I can say yesterday we recovered a damaged drone close to the perimeter of Gatwick Airport… and we will be doing everything we can with regards to progressing a forensic examination of that drone.
‚We are working with human beings saying they have seen something‘
Moroccan news outlet 2M said they were shepherds, and had been arrested in the city of Marrakesh on Thursday morning.
After the prime minister’s statement, Denmark’s PET intelligence agency said it was investigating a video circulating online, which appeared to show one of the two women being murdered.
A US indictment unsealed on Thursday in unison with a series of British statements accused Chinese hackers of obtaining unauthorised access to the computers of at least 45 entities, including commercial and defence technology companies and US government agencies such as Nasa and the US navy.
Tens of thousands of passengers on several airlines have been disrupted by drones flying over the airport.
In a tweet, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson had confirmed the military deployment.
Following the Speaker’s intervention, Tory grandee Sir Edward Leigh accused Mr Corbyn of holding back because he feared having to put Labour’s backing to a second EU referendum.
„The problem for the leader of the Labour Party is that he does not want an immediate motion of no confidence because if, as is likely it was lost, he would be forced by his party to go for a referendum, so he was playing games“, said Sir Edward.
The SNP, the third-largest party in the House of Commons, was joined by the Liberal Democrats, Welsh party Plaid Cymru and the Green Party, but not the main opposition Labour Party, in tabling the motion.
The parties want the government to debate the motion before parliament rises for the Christmas recess.
A number of Leave MPs are indicating they could climb down on their opposition to the withdrawal deal. They are susceptible to arguments by the PM that hers is the hardest form of Brexit they are likely to get, and that voting down her deal risks no Brexit at all.
This group first made its presence felt on Monday in the Commons where several Tory MPs who previously rejected the withdrawal agreement suggested they could vote for it in January.
The net effect is that something that was meant to be an embarrassment for the Government has completely backfired and embarrassed Corbyn instead. He remains unwilling to table a full vote of no confidence in the Government until he thinks he can win it, so they are simply sitting back and calling his bluff. Corbyn is afraid of being forced into backing a second referendum if he tables a full confidence vote and loses. Particularly with the Blairites spying it as a potential opportunity to finally jump ship and turn the People’s Vote campaign into their new third party…
Jeremy Corbyn was today accused of turning Labour’s Brexit policy into a “pantomime” after he stopped short of triggering a vote of no-confidence in the Government.
The Labour leader was criticised for “pulling punches” and of allegedly adopting an “in then out, on then off” approach to such a challenge to the Government which was branded “overdue”.
The British government is not planning to hold an indicative vote in parliament to test support for various Brexit options, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Tuesday.
The Government has taken secret legal advice on extending Article 50 which it argues effectively rules out a second referendum, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
The advice states that Britain will be legally obliged to take part in European Parliament elections in May of next year if it extends Article 50 and subsequently send British MEPs to Brussels.
Mr Corbyn threatened to call the vote if Mrs May refused to name a date for Parliament to debate her Brexit deal – only to change his mind after she did set a timetable.
But hours later Mr Corbyn announced that he was tabling his motion after all in farcical scenes – and Mrs May was seen storming out just seconds after he gave his speech.
Last night the PM called the Labour leader’s bluff saying she’d give time for a Commons debate – on the condition it was for full confidence of her Government and not her leadership.
On the surface, the cryptically named Institute for Statecraft is a small charity operating from an old Victorian mill in Fife.
But explosive leaked documents passed to the Sunday Mail reveal the organisation’s Integrity Initiative is funded with £2million of Foreign Office cash and run by military intelligence specialists.
The “think tank” is supposed to counter Russian online propaganda by forming “clusters” of friendly journalists and “key influencers” throughout Europe who use social media to hit back against disinformation.
THERESA May could face a no-confidence vote before Christmas after Jeremy Corbyn launched a chaotic bid to topple her today. The Labour leader tabled a motion of no confidence in the PM – but prompted mockery after performing two U-turns on whether or not to take the drastic step
And the no confidence vote looks set to fail after both Tory Brexiteers and the Democratic Unionist Party signalled they would not support it.
The backing of hard-Brexit Tories comes just days after they voted to try and oust her last week.
A European Research Group spokesman said: „ERG members will of course be voting with the Government on this meaningless Labour motion.“
Andrew Gwynne, the shadow communities secretary, suggested Labour will not try to topple Mrs May until mid-January which is when the Prime Minister is due to bring her deal back to the House of Commons for a meaningful vote.
Mr Gwynnes said Mrs May would “limp on” until MPs had rejected her deal and it would be at that point that Labour would strike.
Like you, I remember the 2016 referendum campaign. In debate after debate it was made clear that leaving the European Union had certain iron logical consequences. It meant coming out of the customs union. It meant leaving the Single Market. There would be no half-way house, no limbo of the kind proposed by the Prime Minister’s “deal” – under which we will actually abandon control of our own laws and trade policy to Brussels. No one suggested that we should become a laughable political eunuch, a non-voting EU member. No one campaigned for that.
It came after her Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell and de-facto deputy PM David Lidington were accused of betrayal — amid claims both have been exploring the possibility of a “People’s Vote” to break the Brexit deadlock.
Throwing the Government into chaos, sources claimed Mr Lidington had met Labour MPs twice in the past two weeks to build a cross-party coalition for a new vote.
Mrs May is set to address MPs in the wake of a bruising EU summit in Brussels last week during which European leaders largely rebuffed the PM’s calls for reassurances on her Withdrawal Agreement.
The statement to Parliament will follow days of speculation that some Cabinet Ministers and key aides to the PM are manoeuvring for a fresh Brexit poll.
(16.12.2018) Tory rebels, Labour and the SNP all called for the vote to take place this week instead of being delayed until January 14 as she currently plans.
Jeremy Corbyn’s ally Andrew Gwynne told the BBC: „The main thing that we want next week is to have that meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement.
Gavin Barwell, the Prime Minister’s most powerful and influential adviser, is understood to have decided that plans should be drawn up for another public poll. But his incendiary suggestion has been greeted with fury from Brexiteers in the Cabinet.
Meanwhile, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Mrs May’s deputy, David Lidington has held a series of secret meetings with Labour MPs to build a ‘coalition of the willing’ to force a new EU vote.
“Parliament has a democratic duty to deliver what the British people voted for. I remain determined to see that happen. I will not let the British people down.”
It comes after Ms May called off a parliamentary vote on her deal with Brussels less than four months before Britain is due to leave the EU, after admitting the plan would have been heavily defeated.
(15.12.2018) Ms Rudd is one of five ministers, alongside Philip Hammond, David Lidington, David Gauke and Greg Clark, who are said to be urging Ms May to hold a series of “indicative votes” on the various Brexit outcomes, including the possibility of another referendum, to find a plan that could command a Commons majority.
Her article is the first time a cabinet minister has publicly urged the prime minister to change tack.
(13.12.2018) Theresa May’s appeal for cross-party unity to halt the deepening Brexit crisis appears to have been rejected after the former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said there was “no way on earth” the public wanted the Tories teaming up with Jeremy Corbyn.
The Tory rebel, who had been gathering plotters in his office hours before the vote that could have ended May’s premiership, said the party needed the prime minister to threaten to walk away from the deal, not reach out to Labour.
(27.11.2018) The chief of staff gave a 28-minute presentation to Labour MPs in Committee Room 12 of Parliament, alongside de facto deputy Prime Minister David Lidington and top Cabinet Office official Jonathan Black.
The trio then faced another half-hour of questions from their audience, during which they were told that Mrs May could lose the crunch vote on 11 December by 150 votes.
PoliticsHome has been passed a recording of the session, during which Mr Barwell said the deal was the „best available“ and insisted EU leaders will not change it if it is voted down.
(26.11.2018) The Prime Minister will ramp up her two-week „campaign“ to save her deal and her career with the behind-closed-doors session at 8pm.
A note sent to Labour MPs has said it will be held by her Cabinet deputy, David Lidington, and chief of staff Gavin Barwell.
A Labour source said many MPs were expected to turn up.