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Give MPs free vote on Brexit options, says Sir John Major

Ex-PM urges Theresa May to stage series of ‘indicative’ votes as way out of impasseSir John Major has called for MPs to be allowed to have a free vote on a series of options to solve the unfolding Brexit crisis, saying he feared millions would be hurt if Britain crashed out of the EU with the wrong deal.The former prime minister called on Theresa May to stage a series of “indicative” votes in parliament to establish if any proposals could command a majority. Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson wrongly denies stirring Turkey fears in Brexit campaign

After speech attacking PM, ex-minister claims he ‘didn’t say anything about Turkey’ in 2016Follow all the latest on Brexit with our live blogBoris Johnson has wrongly claimed that he “didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate” during the EU referendum campaign, in comments that overshadowed a speech in Staffordshire intended to burnish his leadership credentials.The former foreign secretary’s clumsy attempt to rewrite history eclipsed a speech highly critical of Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Turkey, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, Staffordshire


Boris Johnson falsely denies issuing Turkey warning in Brexit campaign

Letter undermines Johnson’s claim he ‘didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate’ Follow all the latest on Brexit with our live blogA speech by Boris Johnson designed to burnish his leadership credentials has been overshadowed by his incorrect claim that he “didn’t say anything about Turkey” during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.The former foreign secretary tried to argue he had no need to apologise for Vote Leave’s warnings that Turks could come to the UK if the country were to join the EU, be...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Turkey, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit


Boris Johnson condemned after falsely saying he did not make anti-Turkish claims in Brexit campaign - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech 12.56pm GMT Here is Tom Brake, the Lib Dem Brexit spokesman, on Boris Johnson’s speech.No one will take lessons from Boris Johnson on eroding trust in our democracy. The fact he is still peddling mistruths about money from Brexit going to our NHS is shameful. Brexit will make us poorer.As exit day approaches, with Theresa May’s deal soundly defeated, extending Article 50 is the only r...
Tags: Politics, UK, Germany, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Turkey, Theresa May, NHS, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Boris, Tom Brake the Lib Dem Brexit


Brexit: Boris Johnson claims EU will be 'flexible' if UK tries to get it to remove backstop - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech 11.12am GMT Johnson says trying to “heave” MPs from one side of the debate to another is a mistake.And the idea that customs union membership would be a solution is a mistake, he says.Now is the time for us to go back to Brussels ... and demand real change to that backstop. And this time we must mean it. 11.08am GMT Johnson says it would be a mistake to stay bound by EU rules.What...
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May claims it is impossible for government to rule out no-deal Brexit in reply to Corbyn - as it happened

Labour leader says he won’t meet with PM until she takes no-deal Brexit off table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentMay will stick to Brexit ‘principles’ in cross-party talks, says No 10Philip Hammond tells business no-deal Brexit will be stoppedJeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech and Q&A - Summary and analysisLunchtime summaryTheresa May’s letter to Corbyn - Summary and analysis 8.05pm GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now, so thanks for reading and for all the co...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Green Party, Caroline Lucas


May claims it is impossible for government to rule out no-deal Brexit in reply to Corbyn - Politics live

Labour leader says he won’t meet with PM until she takes no-deal Brexit off table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentMay will stick to Brexit ‘principles’ in cross-party talks, says No 10Philip Hammond tells business no-deal Brexit will be stoppedJeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech and Q&A - Summary and analysisLunchtime summaryTheresa May’s letter to Corbyn - Summary and analysis 6.19pm GMT It’s understood Jeremy Corbyn is unlikely to reply to the prime minister’s letter to h...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Bbc, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Green Party, David Blunkett, Caroline Lucas


May tells Corbyn it is 'impossible' to rule out no deal

Prime minister writes to Labour leader after he dismisses proposals as ‘stunt’Follow all the latest Brexit news – politics liveTheresa May has told Jeremy Corbyn his demand that she rule out a no-deal scenario as a prerequisite for Brexit talks is “an impossible condition” and called on him to join cross-party discussions immediately.In a letter to Corbyn on Thursday afternoon written after the Labour leader dismissed the proposals as a “stunt”, May said that she would be “happy to discuss” the ...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn


Brexit: MPs to debate and vote on Brexit 'plan B' options on Tuesday - Politics live

Labour leader says he won’t meet with PM until she takes no-deal Brexit off table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentMay will stick to Brexit ‘principles’ in cross-party talks, says No 10Philip Hammond tells business no-deal Brexit will be stoppedIn the Speaker’s corner: Europeans praise BercowJeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech and Q&A - Summary and analysisLunchtime summary 2.11pm GMT This is from the BBC’s Adam Fleming, quoting what Mararitis Schinas, the European commissio...
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May will stick to Brexit 'principles' in cross-party talks, says No 10

Spokesman says PM will not change her stance on customs union or second referendumFollow all the latest Brexit news – politics liveDowning Street has again insisted the prime minister is determined to stick to her Brexit “principles”, including rejecting a customs union and a second referendum, as she embarks on cross-party talks to try to salvage her Brexit deal.With the clock running down to Brexit day on 29 March, May was holding a series of talks on Thursday, which kicked off with the Green ...
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Brexit: MPs to debate and vote on Brexit 'plan B' options on Tuesday 29 January - Politics live

Labour leader says he won’t meet with prime minister until she takes no-deal Brexit off the table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentFull report: May survives vote but Britain remains in Brexit deadlock 11.20am GMT Corbyn says Hastings it the town the inspired the writing of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. It is a book that inspired him, he says, and a generation of people to look at the world differently. 11.13am GMT Jeremy Corbyn is just about to start giving...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Green Party, Caroline Lucas, Article 50, Brexit


Labour frontbench back Corbyn in boycotting Brexit talks until May rules out no deal – Politics live

Labour leader says he won’t meet with prime minister until she takes no-deal Brexit off the table, after May narrowly win no-confidence vote in parliamentFull report: May survives vote but Britain remains in Brexit deadlock 10.17am GMT Last night Nick Boles, the Conservative MP who has tabled a bill intended to ensure MPs can vote to prevent a no-deal Brexit happening in 2019, has admitted that he will have to change it. Under the original plan, if the Commons fails to pass a Brexit deal by ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, Conservative, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Parliament, Article 50


May calls on MPs from all parties to 'put self-interest aside' – as it happened

Government defeats Labour’s no-confidence motion with 325 to 306 votes amid uncertainty over next stepsFull story: Theresa May’s government survives voteObsession, vanity or grit: what makes May tick?How did your MP vote?Extracts from Tom Watson’s damning speech on MayEvening summary 12.56am GMT We’re going to wrap things up, folks. Thank you for following along. Andrew Sparrow will be back in the morning to shepherd us all through the day’s political happenings. Until then, thanks for readi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Normandy, Tom Watson, Michael Gove, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Brexit: May calls on MPs from all parties to 'put self-interest aside' – Politics live

Government defeats Labour’s no-confidence motion with 325 to 306 votes amid uncertainty over next stepsFull story: Theresa May’s government survives voteObsession, vanity or grit: what makes May tick?How did your MP vote?Extracts from Tom Watson’s damning speech on MayEvening summary 10.25pm GMT Here are some takes on Theresa May’s statement:How many times has @theresa_may sworn blind her Brexit deal is only one on offer from EU? Well tonight she confirmed she will talk to all party leaders,...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Bbc, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Tom Watson, Michael Gove, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Labour rebuffs May offer of plan B Brexit talks after no-confidence motion fails – Politics live

Government defeats Labour’s no-confidence motion with 325 to 306 votes amid uncertainty over next stepsFull story: Theresa May’s government survives voteObsession, vanity or grit: what makes May tick?How did your MP vote?Extracts from Tom Watson’s damning speech on MayEvening summary 9.22pm GMT A Number 10 spokeswoman has confirmed that Theresa May is to make a statement in Downing Street at 10pm. 9.18pm GMT The Scottish National Party has called on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to supp...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Scotland, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Tom Watson, Michael Gove, SNP, Downing Street, Article 50


May keen to start alternative Brexit talks after no-confidence motion fails – Politics live

Government defeats Labour’s no-confidence motion with 325 to 306 votes amid uncertainty over next stepsFull story: Theresa May’s government survives voteObsession, vanity or grit: what makes May tick?How did your MP vote?Extracts from Tom Watson’s damning speech on MayEvening summary 8.24pm GMT Christopher Hope, The Telegraph’s chief political correspondent, has tweeted:LATEST on Brexit chaos: Jeremy Corbyn is now refusing to meet for substantive talks with Theresa May unless she takes "no d...
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Brexit: May's government defeats no-confidence motion by 325 to 306 votes – Politics live

Government survives Labour’s no-confidence vote amid uncertainty over next Brexit stepsJeremy Corbyn urges vote to oust ‘zombie government’Cross-party talks: No 10 rules out customs union membershipExplained: how a no-confidence motion worksOpening of no confidence debate - SummaryPMQs - Snap verdict 7.23pm GMT Tom Watson’s speech was one of the most gently damning anyone has delivered about Theresa May since she became prime minister. Here are some key extracts.First let me say very clearly...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Tom Watson, Ed Davey, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Andrea Leadsom


Brexit: MPs debate no-confidence motion after May's deal defeat – Politics live

Parliament to debate Labour no-confidence motion after resounding loss that gives May just days to present a fresh vision for EU withdrawalHow did your MP vote on the Brexit deal?Explained: how a no-confidence motion worksThe noes tweeted it: which MPs can you spot in the division lobbies? 1.17pm GMT Corbyn says it was shocking that the Labour MP Tulip Siddiq had to vote last night despite being heavily pregnant. Anna Soubry, a Conservative, makes a point of order. Was Siddiq offered a pair?...
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Brexit: May faces Corbyn at PMQs ahead of no-confidence vote – Politics live

Parliament to debate Labour no-confidence motion after Brexit deal defeat that gives May just days to present a fresh vision for EU withdrawalHow did your MP vote on the Brexit deal?Explained: how a no-confidence motion worksThe noes tweeted it: which MPs can you spot in the division lobbies? 12.21pm GMT Jeremy Lefroy, a Conservative, says the government has committed vast amounts of money to the NHS. But can May look at home money is allocated to CCGs [clinical commissioning groups].May say...
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Brexit: May's plan for cross-party talks under fire as MPs condemn her for sidelining Corbyn - Politics live

Parliament to debate Labour no-confidence motion after Brexit deal defeat that gives May just days to present a fresh vision for EU withdrawalTheresa May suffers historic defeat as Tories turn against herHow did your MP vote?How does a no-confidence motion work? 9.00am GMT Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Matthew Weaver.The Andrea Leadsom Today programme interview, in which she played down the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn being included in the cross-party talks on an alternati...
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Brexit vote: Jeremy Corbyn tables no-confidence motion after May defeat – Politics live

Prime minister’s Brexit deal is lost by 432 votes to 202Theresa May loses Brexit deal vote by majority of 230How did your MP vote?How does a no-confidence motion work, and what’s next for May?Evening summary 11.14pm GMT Earlier, we made brief mention of the reaction of the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Here’s his full statement:I take note with regret of the outcome of the vote in the House of Commons this evening. On the EU side, the process of ratification of the with...
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Brexit vote: Corbyn tables no-confidence motion after May defeat – Politics live

Prime minister’s Brexit deal is lost by 432 votes to 202Theresa May loses Brexit deal vote by majority of 230How did your MP vote?After May’s landmark defeat, what happens now? 9.21pm GMT Business leaders are unanimous in their dismay at the vote and the prospect of leaving the EU without a deal.The Federation of Small Businesses said many of its members would struggle to survive should deadlock in parliament lead to the country crashing out of the EU.Small business confidence has plummeted ...
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Brexit vote: Gove tells Tories they can 'improve' outcome if May's deal passed - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the final day of the debate on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, and the votes, with the PM facing a historic, crushing defeat 9.11am GMT “To govern is to choose,” the French prime minister Pierre Mendes-France once famously said, and today the UK faces the most important choice moment since it voted to leave the European Union almost three years ago. But tonight we expected to find that what parliament chooses doesn’t match what the government has already chosen. And both the l...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, Michael Gove, Hilary Benn, Jon Snow, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Gove


Can you get May's Brexit deal through parliament?

Use our simulator to see what happens when each of the various tribes chooses to back the prime minister, to reject her bill or to abstain. Can you assemble a parliamentary majority?Photo credits: Reuters, AP, AFP/Getty images, PA Continue reading...
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Brexit: Theresa May urges MPs to 'take a second look' at her deal – Politics live

Tory whip Gareth Johnson has resigned, saying he cannot support May’s deal in Tuesday’s voteTheresa May refuses to rule out Brexit article 50 extensionEU rejects Irish backstop time limit but backs technological solutionMay’s Brexit speech and Q&A: summary 5.09pm GMT Mark Francois, a Tory Brexiter, says the withdrawal agreement will be an international agreement that will outrank any UK legislation. He asks May to confirm that the Tusk/Juncker letter does not over-rule the treaty. It is a sm...
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Brexit: Tory whip Gareth Johnson resigns because he can't support May's deal – Politics live

PM speech comes after letter from Tusk and Juncker says EU will consider technological alternatives to backstopTheresa May refuses to rule out Brexit article 50 extensionEU rejects Irish backstop time limit but backs technological solutionMay’s Brexit speech and Q&A - Summary 1.23pm GMT Gareth Johnson has resigned as a Conservative whip today because he cannot support Theresa May’s Brexit deal. He says the deal “prevents us taking back control and instead could leave us perpetually constrain...
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Theresa May says Brexit could be halted if her deal is voted down – Politics live

PM speech comes after letter from Tusk and Juncker says EU will consider technological alternatives to backstopEU rejects Irish backstop time limit but backs technological solution 11.56am GMT Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, has put out this response to the Tusk/Juncker letter. He said:The prime minister has once again failed to deliver.This is a long way from the significant and legally effective commitment the prime minister promised last month. It is a reiteration of the EU...
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Brexit: No 10 releases exchange of letters between May and Tusk/Juncker over backstop - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s Brexit speech, and her statement to MPs 11.17am GMT The Press Association has snapped these on the Tusk/Juncker letter.European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European council president Donald Tusk have released a letter offering “clarifications” to the UK’s withdrawal agreement, stating that Brussels “does not wish to see the backstop enter into force” and confirming its “determination...
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Brexit: Fox claims no deal 'survivable' as May launches last-minute bid to rescue her deal - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s Brexit speech, and her statement to MPs 10.25am GMT Downing Street released overnight some extracts from the speech Theresa May will give later this morning. Here are the highlights.In June 2016, the British people were asked by MPs to take a decision: should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or should it leave?In that campaign, both sides disagreed on many things, but on one t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Fox, Theresa May, Labour, United Kingdom, Tories, Liam Fox, Dominic Grieve, Brexit, Joe Oliver, Stephen Bush, Brexit Tories


What does the week ahead hold for the Brexit debate?

It’s a crucial juncture for all sides as MPs prepare to vote on Theresa May’s dealThe European Union is expected to publish a letter of clarification emphasising that any use of the Northern Ireland backstop designed to keep the land border open would only ever be temporary, although it will be a surprise if it makes much difference to the Commons arithmetic. Continue reading...
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