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Brexiters pile on pressure as May’s deal drifts away

High-stakes Chequers summit breaks up without agreementTheresa May’s prospects of getting her Brexit deal through parliament this week dramatically receded on Sunday night after a high-stakes summit with Boris Johnson and other leading hard-Brexiters at her country retreat broke up without agreement.Tory rebels present said that the prime minister repeated “all the same lines” about her deal and that nothing new emerged during the three-hour meeting, where Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith and ...
Tags: Theresa May, Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, David Lidington, Philip Hammond, Article 50, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news


Tory coup fails to materialise as Theresa May limps on

While there are ministers who believe PM should go, most agree it is not the right timeIf it was a coup, it didn’t last long. Cameras arrived early on Sunday morning outside the houses of David Lidington, the prime minister’s de facto deputy, and Michael Gove, the environment secretary, after two Sunday newspapers reported that one or the other could take over as caretaker prime minister from Theresa May in an emergency intervention.Discontent with the prime minister across large parts of the ca...
Tags: Conservatives, Politics, UK news, Theresa May, David Lidington, Michael Gove


Ministers deny plotting to oust May as Brexit rebels head for Chequers

Michael Gove and David Lidington deny claims of coup as PM meets with Johnson and Rees-MoggPhilip Hammond has admitted Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be able to get through the Commons, as senior ministers moved to quell speculation the prime minister could be forced out within days in a cabinet revolt.With the prime minister preparing to meet a group of senior Tory rebels at her Chequers country retreat, the chancellor told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Conservative colleagues were “...
Tags: Brexit, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, European Union, Article 50, Conservatives, Conservative leadership, Philip Hammond, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Iain Duncan Smith, Steve Barclay


Brexit: Ministers tipped to replace Theresa May rally round

Michael Gove says it is "not the time" to change leader and David Lidington says he is "100% behind" Theresa May.


Brexit: Ministers back Theresa May amid reports of 'coup'

The chancellor, the Brexit secretary and the PM's de facto deputy say she can still get her withdrawal deal through.


Brexit: Ministers back Theresa May amid reports of a coup

The chancellor, the Brexit secretary and the PM's de facto deputy defend the prime minister's position.


‘Mr Europe’ David Lidington: the obscure remainer who could replace May

Deputy PM is mooted as interim leader, but his pro-remain record would be a problemDavid Lidington, who is mooted to take over as interim prime minister should Theresa May be ousted, may scarcely register with the general public, but within his party he is known for being on the pro-remain wing, having served as Europe minister from 2010 to 2016.That means he is at least well-versed on the subject that has torn the Conservatives apart for more than three decades and which threatens to take down ...
Tags: David Lidington, Conservative leadership, Conservatives, Theresa May, Brexit, Europe, Foreign policy, Article 50, European Union, Politics, UK news, World news


As Tory MPs plot May’s downfall, her last allies battle for her survival

Holed up in Chequers this weekend, the PM has few moves left to ensure her continuation in power – or the relevance of her dealMembers of Theresa May’s cabinet believe she will have to resign this week should she allow a shift towards a soft Brexit, with angry Tory MPs examining ways to end her premiership.The prime minister’s few remaining allies were engaged on Saturday night in a desperate battle to shore up her position, warning MPs that forcing May out would “tip the country into a general ...
Tags: Theresa May, Conservatives, Brexit, European Union, Politics, UK news


Theresa May has failed to offer sound leadership in this toxic Brexit phase | Phillip Lee

The PM has brought us to this crisis with a series of calamitous decisionsHow has it come to this? Theresa May and her husband, Philip, have long been friends of mine and I have in the past admired her sense of duty and commitment to her party and her country. So it grieves me that her stubborn choices have left both in peril.At a time when our politics needs statesmanship, not brinkmanship, when our divided people need time to heal and come back together, and when our country needs honest leade...
Tags: Theresa May, Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe


Pro-remain MPs draw up plans to vote on revoking article 50

Talks come as the number who have signed petition on parliament website to stop Brexit passes 4.6 millionPro-Remain MPs are drawing up plans for a vote on revoking article 50 as an emergency measure to stop Britain crashing out of the EU, after an online petition to cancel Brexit became the most popular ever.By Saturday night more than 4.6 million people had signed the petition on the parliament website, which states: “A People’s Vote may not happen – so vote now”. Continue reading...
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End of the road for Theresa May's Brexit – cartoon

Stymied by Jacob Rees-Mogg and the ERG, the prime minister lurches towards oblivion Continue reading...
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Calls grow for public inquiry into Brexit

Investigation could look at ballot wording, May’s red lines and negotiation strategyCalls for a public inquiry into Brexit are mounting among diplomats, business figures, peers and MPs, amid claims that the civil service is already planning for a future investigation into how it has been handled.The decision to call the referendum, the red lines drawn up by Theresa May and Britain’s negotiating strategy are all issues that senior figures would like to be examined. Continue reading...
Tags: Brexit, Article 50, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news


NHS trusts call in the bailiffs to chase ineligible patients’ debts

Despite their heavy-handed methods the collection firms manage to recoup very littleThree-quarters of NHS hospital trusts in England are using private debt firms to chase treatment costs from overseas patients and refused asylum seekers in a practice branded “inhumane” by critics, the Observer can reveal.Debt recovery firms have pursued thousands of patients for millions of pounds in recent years, prompting complaints of harassing phone calls and intimidating doorstep visits. The debts relate to...
Tags: UK news, NHS, Immigration and asylum, Health, Society


Isil 'totally eliminated' in Syria: Caliphate destroyed in final stronghold

The last pocket of Islamic State territory has fallen, Western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, marking the end of the group's "caliphate" four-and-a-half years after it was declared. "Total elimination of (the) so-called caliphate", Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, wrote on Twitter. "The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished." The SDF had Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) cornered in a patch of land smaller than one-mile-square in the eastern ...


George Osborne calls for long delay in Brexit process

Ex-chancellor says MPs should rethink how to deliver on referendum resultGeorge Osborne has said that MPs are being asked “to deliver something impossible” in leaving the EU without damaging Britain, calling for a long delay in the Brexit process.Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme before the People’s Vote demonstration, where hundreds of thousands of people will march through central London on Saturday, the former chancellor said: “If you ask politicians to deliver something impossible ...
Tags: Brexit, George Osborne, Theresa May, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news


UK’s embattled prime minister faces huge anti-Brexit march

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is easing away from plans to hold a third vote on her troubled Brexit withdrawal plan as protesters gathered in central London on Saturday to demand a second referendum. The “People’s Vote March” is expected to be one of the largest protest gatherings in recent years as […]
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UK prime minister may not seek vote on Brexit deal this week

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has told lawmakers she may not seek passage of her Brexit withdrawal plan in Parliament next week. The embattled leader wrote to lawmakers Friday night saying she would bring the bill back to Parliament “if it appears that there is sufficient support.” She also says she would […]
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Brexit: Vote on Theresa May's deal may not happen next week

Theresa May tells MPs her Brexit deal might not be put to a vote next week if she doesn't think it'll pass.


May urged to go as she hints at pulling third vote on Brexit deal

Amid calls to ‘fall on her sword’, PM writes to Tory MPs saying deal will return if there is sufficient supportPressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks.As a beleaguered May returned from Brussels, MPs suggested her deal could lose by an even higher margin, with several saying the timing now required the prime minister ...
Tags: Brexit, Theresa May, European Union, Europe, Article 50, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Leo Varadkar, David Lidington, Greg Clark, Hilary Benn, Dominic Grieve


MPs call for May to 'fall on her sword' as Brexit deal could lose again

EU increasingly believes no-deal Brexit on 12 April is most likely outcomePressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks.As a beleaguered May returned from Brussels, MPs suggested her deal could lose by an even higher margin, with several saying the timing now required the prime minister to “fall on her sword”. Continue read...
Tags: Brexit, Theresa May, European Union, Europe, Article 50, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Leo Varadkar, David Lidington, Greg Clark, Hilary Benn, Dominic Grieve


Brexit: DUP accuses May of being 'far too willing to capitulate' to EU – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leadersFull story: May appeal falls flatUK papers: ‘One last chance’Timeline: what happens next? 4.09pm GMT Greg Clark, the business secretary, has insisted that the government will go ahead with the plans for indicative votes in the Commons next week which were promised by David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, at the end of last week. Lidington was quite specific, but o...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Theresa May, Article 50, Conservatives, Foreign policy, Greg Clark, House of Commons, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


Brexit: MPs could get free vote on way forward if deal rejected, minister says – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leadersFull story: May appeal falls flatUK papers: ‘One last chance’Timeline: what happens next? 3.10pm GMT Emmanuel Macron, the French president, is holding a post-summit press conference [email protected]: We need to get out of this checkmate. We need the UK to come up with a solution. #Brexit #brextension pic.twitter.com/EIQeRQpBakEmmanuel Macron: "Brexit to me is not a te...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Theresa May, Article 50, Conservatives, Foreign policy, Greg Clark, House of Commons


Brexit: MPs could get free vote on way forward if deal rejected, minister tells Commons – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leadersFull story: May appeal falls flatUK papers: ‘One last chance’Q&A: what happened in Brussels? 1.04pm GMT Greg Clark, the remain-voting business secretary, has joined the many MPs who have criticised Theresa May for what she said in her speech from No 10 on Wednesday night, saying MPs were to blame for the Brexit crisis. Compared to what others have said (May has been accus...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Theresa May, Article 50, Conservatives, Foreign policy, Greg Clark, House of Commons


Guilty Feminist: 'I can't call Theresa May a feminist'

Co-creator of the Guilty Feminist podcast gives us her take on feminism.


Brexit: Macron revised chances of May winning vote to just 5% after hearing her at summit – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leaders at their summitFull story: May’s appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date‘One last chance’: what the UK papers say about Brexit delayQ&A: what happened in Brussels? 11.22am GMT Julian Lewis, a Tory Brexiter, asks what will happen if the indicative votes contradict the results of the 2016 referendum.Kwarteng says the government intends to honour the results o...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Theresa May, Article 50, Conservatives, Foreign policy


Brexit: Macron revised chances of May winning vote to just 5% after hearing her at summit – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leaders at their summitFull story: May’s appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date‘One last chance’: what the UK papers say about Brexit delayQ&A: what happened in Brussels? 9.19am GMT The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has a useful Twitter thread on the choice facing Theresa May. It starts here.1. What’s govt going to do with this breathing space ? Have another go at gettin...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Theresa May, Article 50, Conservatives, Foreign policy


Brexit: EU says UK must leave in three weeks with no deal unless MPs back May or decide plan B - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leaders at their summit 8.21am GMT This is from Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s lead Brexit spokesman.Welcome that #EUCO followed the advice of @Europarl_EN & has provided for an extension that will give the UK Parliament time to deliver a constructive cross-party majority for a positive future relationship. #Brexit 8.15am GMT Hilary Benn, the Labou...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Theresa May, Article 50, Conservatives, Foreign policy


Brexit: Theresa May to urge MPs to back deal as delay agreed

Theresa May will once more urge MPs to back her deal after the EU says the UK's departure can be postponed.


UK MPs have 'clear choice' as Brexit delayed

Theresa May will once more urge MPs to back her deal after the EU says the UK's departure can be postponed.


'It was not clear if she had a plan at all': how May's night at the summit unfolded

As EU27 leaders took control of Brexit timetable, the only thing they found it easy to agree on was there was ‘no ideal date’Theresa May usually gets less than an hour to explain her Brexit plans to the EU’s 27 leaders at regular summits. Finally, with only eight days to go until the original deadline, the British prime minister was granted a full 90 minutes in the multi-coloured summit room in the Europa headquarters. For the EU, it was not time well spent.“It was 90 minutes of nothing,” one EU...
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