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Bercow suggests he will not allow another Brexit deal vote unless EU agrees further changes – as it happened

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenJohn Bercow rules out third meaningful vote without ‘substantial’ changeBercow’s ruling - Summary and snap analysisDowning Street lobby briefing - Summary 10.26pm GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading and for all of your comments. Here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: Constitutional chaos after third vote on Brexit deal blocked 9.41pm GMT A government source has told the Press As...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, John Bercow, Bercow, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Parliament, Article 50, Brexit, Press Association


Constitutional chaos after third vote on Brexit deal blocked

PM likely to have to request long article 50 extension after Bercow intervenesTheresa May’s government has been plunged into constitutional chaos after the Speaker blocked the prime minister from asking MPs to vote on her Brexit deal for a third time unless it had fundamentally changed.With 11 days to go until Britain is due to leave the EU, May was forced to pull her plans for another meaningful vote because John Bercow said she could not ask MPs to pass the same deal, after they rejected it t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Commons Speaker


Hundreds of Scottish police on standby for Brexit fallout

Plans include 360 extra officers ready to step in if civil unrest or logistical issues arisePolice in Scotland will be ready to respond to any emergencies during an “unprecedented set of circumstances” after Brexit, a senior officer has said, with hundreds of officers ready to step in should protests or logistical issues arise.Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, Police Scotland’s EU exit tactical commander, said the force would be prepared to handle a range of potential challenges presented...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Scotland, Police, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Scottish politics, Brexit, Steve Johnson


Bercow suggests he will not allow another Brexit deal vote unless EU agrees further changes – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenJohn Bercow rules out third meaningful vote without ‘substantial’ changeDowning Street lobby briefing - Summary 5.02pm GMT This is from Robert Buckland, the solicitor general, on Bercow saying he might not allow a repeat vote on the Brexit deal. Buckland told BBC News:We are in a major constitutional crisis here.There are ways around this - a prorogation of parliament and a new session. We are talking about hours to March 29....
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Scotland, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, BBC News, Theresa May, John Bercow, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Bercow, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson


Brexit: John Bercow rules out third meaningful vote on same deal – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenJohn Bercow rules out third meaningful vote without ‘substantial’ changeDowning Street lobby briefing - Summary 4.14pm GMT The SNP’s Pete Wishart says Bercow has made a substantial ruling, and “a correct ruling”. 4.14pm GMT According to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, the solictor general, Robert Buckland, is saying the government may have to prorogue parliament to get round the ruling by John Bercow (because Erskine May says...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Theresa May, John Bercow, Bercow, SNP, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Parliament, Article 50, Brexit, Laura Kuenssberg


Brexit: John Bercow rules out third meaningful vote on same deal

Speaker says PM cannot bring back deal to parliament without substantial changesToday’s latest political developments - live updatesThe House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has said the government cannot bring back the meaningful vote again to parliament unless there has been substantial change to the Brexit deal.In a shock move likely to infuriate the prime minister, the Speaker said the House of Commons was “being repeatedly asked to pronounce” on the same question. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Speaker, Article 50, Brexit


May will scrap third vote on Brexit deal unless it has ‘realistic’ chance

If deal does not pass this week, May will ask EU for long delay to article 50All the day’s political developments - live updatesTheresa May will pull the third vote on her Brexit deal if it has no “realistic prospect” of success and will move on to asking Brussels for a long delay to article 50 on Thursday, Downing Street has said.No 10 suggested the prime minister still wanted parliament to have another vote on her deal on Tuesday or Wednesday, but it would go ahead only if she believed the Dem...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Democratic Unionist party


No 10 says it won't call Brexit vote this week unless it has 'prospect of success' - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenJacob Rees-Mogg’s LBC phone-in - Summary 12.12pm GMT The European Union needs to know the next move from Westminster, before deciding on a Brexit extension, EU foreign ministers have said. Belgium’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders, said the EU was awaiting a clear signal from London: We are not against an extension in Belgium, but the problem is to do what?Of course, if it is possible to avoid a no-deal situation it would b...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Belgium, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, LBC, Downing Street, Brexit, Didier Reynders, Rees Mogg


DUP backing will not secure May's Brexit deal, says Jim Wells

Senior DUP member says he believes up to 30 Conservatives will still vote against planA senior Democratic Unionist has predicted that even if the party backs Theresa May’s Brexit plan in a third Commons vote it will be defeated because of the number of Conservative rebels.Amid a final scramble by the prime minister to bring her informal coalition partners onboard before a probable vote this week, Jim Wells, a DUP member of the Northern Ireland assembly, said he believed up to 30 Tories would sti...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish politics, Brexit, DUP, Democratic Unionist, Jim Wells, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


Brexit: Boris Johnson tells May to try again to get EU to change backstop - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.14am GMT A caller, who says he is a passionate Brexiter, says the person he listens to most on this is Nigel Farage. Farage says the deal is terrible. So MPs should continue to oppose it, he says. He says he hopes the Italians or the Hungarians will veto an article 50 extension.Rees-Mogg says he has spoken to ambassadors, and does not believe that will happen. The idea that Italy or Hungary could veto an article 50 extensi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Hungary, Theresa May, Italy, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Nigel Farage Farage, Rees Mogg, Brexiter


Thousands of children 'could become undocumented' after Brexit

Children of EU nationals at risk of becoming new Windrush generation, says legal charity CoramThousands of children of EU nationals risk becoming a new “Windrush generation”, a children’s legal charity has said.They are concerned that vulnerable children could become undocumented in the same way as the Caribbean children who came to the UK decades ago only to suffer at the hands of the Home Office’s hostile environment decades later. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Home Office, Caribbean, Brexit, Windrush scandal


Brexit fears dampen spring property revival as asking prices fall

UK’s average asking price 0.8% lower than a year ago, says RightmoveBrexit anxiety has all but killed the traditional spring property revival, pushing down asking prices across the UK by 0.8% in the year to March, according to property website Rightmove.Inner London saw the sharpest falls, followed by boroughs across the rest of the capital and surrounding counties, as separate reports showed that Brexit uncertainty was also damaging UK exports and the broader economy. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Real Estate, Politics, UK, London, House Prices, European Union, UK News, World news, Housing Market, Foreign Policy, Rightmove, Brexit


May in make-or-break bid to gain DUP support for her Brexit deal

Third meaningful vote unlikely this week unless PM believes she has enough support to winTheresa May will embark on a final desperate scramble to win the Democratic Unionist party’s backing for her Brexit deal on Monday, in the hope that it could unlock parliament’s support at the third time of asking.With several prominent Brexiters, including the former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, now willing to switch their vote and support the deal, government sources said they hoped DUP backin...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, DUP, Democratic Unionist, Esther McVey, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


Dutch PM compares Theresa May to Monty Python limbless knight

Mark Rutte says he admires her resilience and blames political posturing for Brexit impasseTheresa May is like the knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who loses his arms and legs in a duel and calls it a draw, the Dutch prime minister has said.Mark Rutte, who appeared visibly irritated last week at the failure of MPs to pass the Brexit deal, admitted feeling “angry” at the impasse in Westminster. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Netherlands, Monty Python, Article 50, Brexit, Mark Rutte


'A waste of money': Dublin port reluctantly prepares for Brexit

Docks’ boss laments need for new infrastructure but says it can cope even under no dealDublin port is putting the finishing touches to new customs booths and freight inspection points in preparation for Brexit, but there will not be any ribbon-cutting ceremony when – or if – they open.“Bloody border posts. It’s a waste of money, a waste of time and a waste of space,” said the port company’s chief executive, Eamonn O’Reilly, as he toured the docks recently. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Dublin, Article 50, Brexit, Eamonn O'Reilly


UK bankers on standby as City readies no-deal contingency plans

JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs poised to move staff to EU offices by 29 MarchHundreds of UK bankers at JP Morgan and dozens from Goldman Sachs are on standby for relocation to EU offices by 29 March, regardless of Parliament’s vote to delay Brexit.The exodus is likely to be replicated across the Square Mile as investment banks, almost all of which are foreign-owned, put in place emergency measures to cope with a period of uncertainty that could stretch through to summer, depending on the outcome of...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, London, Bank Of America, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Banking, Financial Sector, Foreign Policy, Barclays, Hsbc, Royal Bank Of Scotland


Only our compromise can break the Brexit impasse | Phil Wilson and Peter Kyle

The people of this country deserve a final say on any deal in a confirmatory ballotWhen we go back to our constituencies, it’s sometimes hard to explain to people what happens in Westminster because, in all honesty, it doesn’t always make sense.Try telling someone how Steven Barclay, the Brexit secretary, could speak in favour of a motion on Thursday night only to vote against it a few minutes later. Or how MPs like us can vote to stop a no-deal Brexit last week only to be told at the end of it ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Westminster, Article 50, Brexit, Phil Wilson, Peter Kyle, Steven Barclay


Brexit: McVey backing for May’s deal raises hopes for approval

Former cabinet minister’s confirmation hints that last week’s votes may have shifted terrain in parliament The former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, who resigned in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal, has confirmed she now plans to vote for it this week, raising hopes that it could yet be approved.Theresa May’s deal was rejected by a majority of 149 last week, but McVey said she would “hold her nose” and approve it, after a pair of votes in parliament last week that rejected ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Esther McVey, McVey


Theresa May tells MPs failure to back her plan might scupper Brexit

Prime minister warns rebels of risk ‘we will not leave the EU for many months, if ever’Theresa May has warned MPs that if they fail to back her Brexit deal at the third time of asking then Brussels might insist on a lengthy delay, potentially scuppering chances of leaving the European Union altogether.The prime minister said it would be a “potent symbol of parliament’s collective political failure” if a delay to Brexit meant the UK was forced to take part in May’s European elections almost three...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit


Revealed: EU war-gaming for fall of May’s government

Leak shows Brussels planning for PM’s defeat and making efforts to prevent her deal being unpickedThe EU is war-gaming for the fall of Theresa May amid a complete collapse in confidence in the prime minister after a week of chaos over Brexit, a leaked document seen by the Observer reveals.In the run-up to a crucial summit of EU leaders where May will ask for a delay to Brexit, Brussels fears there is little hope that she will succeed in passing her deal this week and is preparing itself for a ch...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Brussels


DUP denies seeking cash in return for supporting Brexit deal

Party in talks with government over potentially voting for Theresa May’s deal next weekThe Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has again denied that it is seeking financial incentives from the government in return for its support for the Brexit deal when it returns to the House of Commons next week.A spokesman for the party said: “We are in discussions with the government to ensure Northern Ireland is not separated out from the rest of the United Kingdom as we leave the European Union. Contrary to s...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, United Kingdom, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Philip Hammond, Brexit, DUP, Democratic Unionist, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, European Union Contrary


McDonnell: MPs will 'move heaven and earth' to prevent no-deal Brexit

Shadow chancellor indicates Labour will back a referendum on any deal that is agreed by parliamentPoliticians will “move heaven and earth” to prevent the country leaving the European Union with no deal, John McDonnell has said, adding that such an outcome would be catastrophic for the economy.Speaking before an event in Gravesend, Kent, the shadow chancellor also indicated that Labour might support a compromise that had been being proposed by two of the party’s MPs which would see Theresa May’s ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Brexit, John Mcdonnell, Mcdonnell, House of Commons Continue, Gravesend Kent


Nick Boles resigns from local Conservative association over Brexit

MP who co-sponsored Cooper amendment says ‘a politician without principles is worthless’Nick Boles, the Tory MP for Grantham and Stamford, has resigned from his local Conservative association after public disagreements regarding his stance on Brexit.Boles, who has represented the constituency since 2010, has been at the head of efforts in parliament to deliver a softer exit from the EU, co-sponsoring an amendment with Labour MP Yvette Cooper in January that would have given parliament control ov...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Brexit, Grantham, Cooper, Stamford, Nick Boles, Boles


Conservatives tell MEPs to consider election bid if Brexit deal fails

Party’s leader in European parliament says it must be prepared to field candidates The Conservative party has contacted all its MEPs to ask them to consider running for election in May if the prime minister’s Brexit deal is defeated on Tuesday.Ashley Fox, the party’s leader in the European parliament, contacted MEPs to ask them to think about their options in the event that Theresa May’s deal fails again. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Party, Article 50, European Parliament, Brexit, Ashley Fox


Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit

New measures will allow international students to seek employment for up to a yearInternational students will be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Students, Education, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Universities, International Students, Brexit


No long Brexit delay without election of British MEPs, says leaked paper

Britain forfeits any extension longer than three months if it does not contest EU electionsBrussels will have to terminate the UK’s extended membership of the European Union on 1 July if elections for British MEPs have not been held, a leaked legal document reveals.A three-month delay to Brexit beyond 29 March will not carry any conditions, but anything longer than that requires Britain to have taken part in European parliamentary elections, ambassadors have been told. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Article 50, European elections, Brexit


'We hope sense will prevail': Cheltenham festivalgoers ponder no-deal Brexit

UK’s exit from EU is main topic of conversation among trainers and attendees at horse-racing eventIn the end, it wasn’t a bad journey for John McConnell and Hannon. Trainer and horse survived the 10-hour trip by road and wind-whipped ferry from McConnell’s yard in County Meath, Ireland, and were well-rested before Hannon’s start in the 1.30pm at Cheltenham on Friday.“The journey wasn’t too terrible,” said McConnell. “He’s travelled well, he ate and drank on the way, which is great. He’s had a go...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, Sport, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Horse racing, Michael O'leary, Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham, Brexit, McConnell


Brexit delay cannot lead to 'rolling cliff edges' – Irish minister

Paschal Donohoe says UK needs to spell out what it wants from any article 50 extensionIreland will want to avoid a series of “rolling cliff edges” if the UK requests a delay to its exit from the EU, the country’s finance minister has said.Paschal Donohoe said London would need to convince the EU27 that an extension to article 50 would not further risk economic disruption. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Paschal Donohoe


Lidington insists cabinet united despite some voting against Brexit delay

Eight senior ministers went against government motion to extend article 50Follow today’s Brexit developments – liveDavid Lidington has insisted Theresa May’s cabinet will continue to work together “very constructively”, despite eight senior ministers, including the Brexit secretary, voting against an extension to article 50.Steve Barclay voted against a motion tabled by the government, even though he had spoken in favour of it at the dispatch box just minutes earlier. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, David Lidington, Steve Barclay, Lidington


'Painful intrusion of reality': European press view on possible Brexit delay

Papers say May preparing for ‘third time lucky’ vote and nothing can be predictedAfter the chaos, contradictions and incompetence, European media have spotted a glimmer of light at the end of the Brexit tunnel. On past form, of course, it will soon be extinguished, but the endgame seems – at least for now – to be approaching.“At long last, MPs now have to decide where they stand,” said Die Zeit in Germany after the Commons voted in favour of a short extension to article 50 on Thursday evening, h...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Media, Germany, European Union, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Article 50, Brexit, Die Zeit



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