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Macron says UK heading for no deal if MPs defy May, as PM arrives in Brussels - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extensionMay arrives at EU summit saying UK must ‘deliver Brexit’ for the peopleMacron says UK will be heading for no deal if MPs vote down agreement 2.13pm GMT Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission, president, said there would have to be another summit if there is a vote against the Brexit deal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Emmanuel Macron


May arrives at EU summit saying UK must 'deliver Brexit' for the people - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extension 1.06pm GMT Stefan Lofven, the Swedish prime minister, said a short article 50 extension would depend on MPs backing the Brexit deal as he arrived at the EU summit. He said:An extension would also depend upon the voting in the House of Commons because we believe it is very important that the H...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Stefan Lofven


Brexit: May's appeal to nation backfires as MPs accuse her of stoking hate - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extension 9.12am GMT Theresa May travels to Brussels today to formally request an extension to article 50, that would delay Brexit behind Friday next week, when the UK was supposed to leave the EU. British prime ministers have often had difficult encounters with their EU counterparts over the years, bu...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Brussels, Parliament, Brexit, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump History, Pitting Parliament


Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal – as it happened

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting Full story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 12.27am GMT I am going to wrap this up now. Here a few of tonight’s highlights at a glance:Theresa May tells the British People ‘I’m on your side” ...which side is that? Leave, Remain, or Resign? 11....
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk, Andrea Leadsom, Beth Rigby, Downing Street and Labour


Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal in No 10 statement – Politics live

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting Full story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 9.20pm GMT Here the the PM’s full statement: “Nearly three years have passed since the public voted to leave the European Union. “It was the biggest democratic exercise in our country’s history. “I ca...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, National Health Service, Parliament, Article 50, Sunday Times, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn walks out of party leaders' meeting – Politics live

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including Labour leader leaving meeting and May’s letter to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 JuneFull story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 8.25pm GMT The PM is running late and is rumoured to keep things short and snappy. PM statement delayed to 2030. Am told to expect a relatively short one. 8.18pm GMT Ther...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk, Andrea Leadsom


Brexit: EU to allow short article 50 extension only if MPs vote for deal, says Tusk – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 June, and tells MPs at PMQs public would find long delay unacceptableFull story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUExplainer: what happens next?PMQs verdictDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 6.21pm GMT Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has now released the text of the letter he has sent to EU leaders ahead of the summit star...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Jean-claude Juncker, Strasbourg, Article 50, Brexit, Tusk, Jeremy Corbyn


Donald Tusk: EU will only back short Brexit delay if May's deal passes

Brussels expects UK government to ask for long extension if deal fails againFollow the day’s political developments – live updatesDonald Tusk has put a no-deal Brexit back in play by saying EU leaders will only agree a short Brexit delay if Theresa May’s deal is backed by the Commons next week.After belatedly receiving the prime minister’s formal request for an extension and speaking to her on the phone, the European council president admitted that success appeared “frail, even illusory”. Contin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Tusk


Pathetic, incoherent, chaotic: Europe's verdict on Brexit shambles

UK’s reputation for diplomacy, pragmatism and self-restraint has all but gone, say politicians and officials across EUWhen he started out as a young civil servant, said Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a German MP from the liberal Free Democratic party, Britain was “always held up as a model of good diplomacy, of pragmatism and of self-restraint”.That was then. Now, with the UK’s scheduled exit barely a week away and still no clarity in sight, “No one would sign up to that view,” Lambsdorff said. “Now...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Lambsdorff


Juncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next week

European commission president says fresh meeting likely as May ‘doesn’t have agreement to anything’Follow the day’s political developments - live updatesJean-Claude Juncker has raised the prospect of an emergency summit of EU leaders next week to decide on a Brexit delay, blaming ongoing chaos in Theresa May’s cabinet.The European commission president said a letter from May requesting an extension to article 50, delaying the UK’s exit beyond 29 March, had not arrived overnight as expected. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk, Juncker, Claude Juncker


Brexit delay decision unlikely this week, says Juncker

Revolt by pro-Brexit cabinet ministers forces PM to request only three-month extension from EUTheresa May will ask for only a short extension to article 50 delaying Brexit by less than three months, after a revolt among pro-leave cabinet ministers and MPs that threatened her premiership.The prime minister had previously intended to agree a longer extension with the EU involving European parliamentary elections if her withdrawal agreement did not pass by Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Juncker


May asks EU for Brexit delay with cabinet in deadlock over 'crisis'

PM forced to seek extension of article 50 as No 10 admits it is too late to leave with a dealTheresa May will be forced to write to EU leaders on Wednesday and beg them to delay Brexit, with her cabinet deadlocked over the best way out of what Downing Street now concedes is a “crisis”.The government had maintained until the last possible moment that Brexit could go ahead as planned on 29 March or after a brief “technical extension”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Conservative Leadership, Donald Tusk


Donald Trump Jr and John Bolton berate UK leaders over Brexit

President’s son and US national security adviser in apparent coordinated interventionDonald Trump Jr and the US national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke out over Brexit on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated intervention by the White House into British domestic politics.Both the US president’s son and Bolton attacked British political leadership after Theresa May said she would ask the EU for a delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union; in line with parliament’s wish. Continue...
Tags: Politics, UK, White House, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, US news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Bolton, Donald Trump, Brexit, John Bolton, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Jr


No-deal ferry plans to protect NHS supplies to be triggered

Action to safeguard imports of medicines to begin this week despite likely Brexit delayNo-deal contingency plans to safeguard medicine imports are set to be triggered on Wednesday, despite the potential delay to Brexit, with approved suppliers told to book space on the government’s emergency ferry service.Although the prime minister is to request an extension to article 50 which would postpone Britain’s departure from the EU, Whitehall will enact plans to ensure the flow of critical supplies sho...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Infrastructure, Britain, Foreign Policy, NHS, Transport, Water transport, Transport policy, Article 50


Barnier tells May she must offer 'something new' to get long Brexit extension from EU - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 4.51pm GMT Here is the full text of Michel Barnier’s opening statement at the press conference. 4.36pm GMT Paris reiterated its tough line on Tuesday afternoon, insisting no extension could be granted to the UK without the government presenting a credible “new strategy or plan” which would need to ha...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Angela Merkel, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Paris, John Bercow, Brexit, Donald Tusk, EU Politics, Michel Barnier, Barnier


Brexit: May under pressure from EU leaders to provide 'clarity' over article 50 extension request - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 1.21pm GMT This is from Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, following his meeting with Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, in Dublin. The two men had been due to hold a press briefing after their talks, but according to Sky News that was cancelled.⁦Welcomed @eucopresident⁩ Donald Tusk...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Rome, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Sky News, Dublin, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Laura Kuenssberg


Ten days to Brexit: what happens if the UK does not leave on 29 March?

An extension now looks likely – how long will Brexit be delayed for and can it be stopped altogether?Today’s latest political developments - live updatesIt is 10 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. Currently we do not know when, or if, Brexit will take place; if it does happen then under what, if any deal; or even, after John Bercow’s ruling, whether the government can put its plan again to MPs if it wants to do so. So what could happen next? Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit


EU ministers baffled and frustrated by latest Brexit chaos

Ministers bemused at Bercow’s decision and warn no deal inevitable if UK can’t decide on next move Today’s latest political developments - live updatesThe latest chaos in Westminster prompted complaints of exhaustion from Berlin and some gentle mockery by the French as EU ministers gathered to discuss a potential delay to Brexit.As ministers arrived in Brussels to hold their talks, it was clear that the decision by the speaker, John Bercow, to effectively block a third vote on Theresa May’s deal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Berlin, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Bercow, Romania, Brussels


Brexit: constitutional chaos after third vote on deal blocked

Prime minister 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 r...
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


Post-Brexit tariffs will ‘wipe out businesses’ near Irish border

Local firms worry border closure and duties will lead to smuggling and chaosAndrew Montgomery runs the last shop before the Irish border. Set 60 yards back from the swirling River Foyle on the site of a demolished customs post, his enterprising pet supply business is in danger of being swept away by post-Brexit tariffs.The firm’s Puppy and Junior range of dog snacks is a paragon of European cooperation: the ingredients come from Kilkenny in the Irish Republic, the bags are manufactured in Italy ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, France, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Italy, Northern Ireland, Borders, Montgomery, Brexit, Kilkenny, Irish Republic


Exit Brussels? The UK civil servants under a fog of uncertainty

A dwindling band will stay at the EU for years, but many fear their influence will fadeWhatever happens regarding the UK’s future relationship with Europe, the British are not leaving the EU’s institutions. A dwindling band of UK civil servants will continue working for the bloc for many years to come.But since 24 June 2016, nothing has been the same for this small group. Tears were shed on that overcast morning in Brussels by British and non-British officials alike. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Civil Service, Foreign Policy, Belgium, Brussels, Brexit


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


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


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


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


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



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