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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


May urges MPs to back her deal to secure Brexit delay until 22 May – Politics live

If the deal is not passed then Brexit would be delayed only until 12 April, she has agreed with EUMacron says UK heading for no deal if MPs reject May’s planCorbyn refuses to rule out revoking article 50May refuses to revoke article 50 despite 2m signing petition 12.06am GMT Here’s the snap analysis from my colleague, Heather Stewart:Notably softer tone from PM tonight after last night’s bombast - understands MPs’ frustrations; doesn’t *rule out* a longer extension, just says she “believes s...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Theresa May, Conservatives, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, Article 50, Emmanuel Macron, Confederation of British Industry (CBI, TUC


UK heading for no-deal Brexit if MPs reject agreement, says Macron – video

The French president has said that if British MPs reject Theresa May's withdrawal deal next week, it will 'guide everybody to a no-deal [Brexit]'. Emmanuel Macron also said the EU and the UK could agree a technical extension if the House of Commons were to vote in favour Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, 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


May to ask EU for Brexit extension as UK slides into political 'crisis'

PM’s spokesman refuses to say how long a delay she will request amid deepening chaosTheresa May believes the UK has slid into political crisis, her spokesman said, as he confirmed she would be writing to EU leaders to request a delay to Brexit.The prime minister’s plan to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for a third meaningful vote, before EU leaders gathered on Thursday, was thrown into chaos on Monday, when the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, said parliamentary convention meant ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


May could still hold another vote on her deal, says Brexit secretary

Stephen Barclay says vote possible if PM agrees terms of article 50 extension with EUToday’s latest political developments - live updatesThe Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, has insisted the prime minister may be able to hold another vote on her Brexit deal if she agrees the terms of an article 50 extension with the EU, believing that would satisfy the objections of the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow.Theresa May will chair cabinet on Tuesday after she was forced to pull any immediate pl...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Stephen Barclay, John Bercow Theresa May


May could still hold another vote on her deal, Brexit secretary insists

Stephen Barclay says vote possible if PM agrees terms of article 50 extension with EUToday’s latest political developments - live updatesThe Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, has insisted the prime minister may be able to hold another vote on her Brexit deal if she agrees the terms of an article 50 extension with the EU, believing that would satisfy the objections of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow.Theresa May will chair cabinet on Tuesday after she was forced to pull any immediate plans f...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Stephen Barclay, John Bercow Theresa May


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


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


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


Fiona Onasanya makes video appeal to voters to keep her as their MP

Convicted Peterborough MP issues plea before petition opens to force byelectionFiona Onasanya, the MP who was jailed for lying repeatedly to avoid a speeding ticket, has pleaded with her constituents to return her to parliament.A petition to force a byelection opens on Tuesday. Before its release Onasanya posted a video message online asking voters in Peterborough to ignore “media spin” and continued to maintain her innocence. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, House Of Commons, Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya, Onasanya


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


Brexit: ministers trying to win over DUP in talks on legal guarantees

Discussions likely to cover role of Northern Ireland assembly if Irish backstop were usedThe Democratic Unionist party is to continue intensive talks to try to reach an agreement to allow it to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal, with discussions focusing on domestic legal guarantees that Northern Ireland will have no regulatory divergence with the rest of the UK.Downing Street is hopeful that the support of the DUP is key to unlocking the backing of many Conservative Brexiters when May brings her d...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish politics, Brexit, DUP, Democratic Unionist, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, UK Downing Street


Ministers in talks with DUP in attempt to win backing for Brexit deal

Discussions likely to cover role of Northern Ireland assembly if Irish backstop were usedFollow the latest political developments – liveThe Democratic Unionist party is locked in intensive talks to try to reach an agreement to allow it to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal, including with the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, and the chancellor, Philip Hammond.Downing Street is convinced the support of the DUP is key to unlocking the backing of many Conservative Brexiters when May brings her deal to t...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Philip Hammond, Northern Irish politics, Downing Street, Brexit, DUP, Democratic Unionist party, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, Geoffrey Cox


'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


MPs back Brexit delay as votes lay bare cabinet divisions

MPs vote overwhelmingly to request extension to article 50 – but eight ministers vote against motionBrexit is set to be delayed by at least three months, after parliament opted overwhelmingly to request an extension to article 50 on another day of divisive votes that exposed the split in Theresa May’s fractured cabinet.The prime minister is now expected to bring her twice-defeated Brexit deal back to parliament on Tuesday, after she narrowly retained control of the next steps of the process. Con...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Hilary Benn, Article 50, Brexit


Brexit: More Labour resignations over second referendum vote – as it happened

Junior ministers leave after voting against amendment when they had been ordered to abstainHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 11.28pm GMT We’re closing this live blog down now. Thanks for reading and commenting. Here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: MPs back Brexit delay as votes lay bare cabinet divisions 11.08pm GMT The decision to suspend Steel was taken by the party in Scotland, Vince Cable has told the BBC’s News...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Bbc, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: More Labour resignations over second referendum vote – Politics live

Junior ministers leave after voting against amendment when they had been ordered to abstainHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 10.11pm GMT Lewell-Buck was the shadow minister for children and families, Madders was a shadow health minister and Fovargue was a shadow education minister.Sad to hear the news that @EmmaLewellBuck has resigned from our Shadow Education team. Emma was a superb Shadow Minister for Children&Families and worked ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk


Brexit: Cable to step down as Lib Dem leader to make way for next generation – Politics live

Majority of 211 for government motion means Theresa May will now seek extension from EU for departure dateHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 9.23pm GMT Cable’s departure in May as leader will trigger a 12-week contest. He has said:I wanted to set it out so that there’s an orderly process of succession and the next generation can come through rather than chaotic power struggles you’re seeing inside the Tory party and Labour party so I...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: MPs vote by 413 to 202 to extend article 50 until 30 June – Politics live

Majority of 211 for government motion means Theresa May will now seek extension from EU for departure dateHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 7.57pm GMT The health secretary, Matt Hancock, who voted for the delay, has nevertheless told Channel 4 News it would be a “disaster” to have a long extension if the EU insisted on a Brexit delay of around two years.I think people want to get on with this. There are now two options on the table:...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Channel 4 News, Brexit


Brexit: MPs vote by 412 to 202 to extend article 50 until 30 June – Politics live

Majority of 210 for government motion means Theresa May will now seek extension from EU for departure dateHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 7.12pm GMT Liz Truss, the chief secretary to the Treasury, has confirmed that she voted against the government motion. That does not count as a rebellion, because it was a free vote, but one can assume that Theresa May did not find it helpful.I voted against a delay to Brexit. As a delay was pas...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Treasury, Philip Hammond, Parliament, Article 50


What are the amendments to the article 50 extension vote and how did MPs vote?

MPs are voting on four amendments selected by the SpeakerFollow all the latest on Brexit with our live blogOn Thursday afternoon, MPs will vote yet again on Brexit, this time on a government motion proposing to ask the EU for a delay to the departure date. MPs tabled 10 amendments to the motion, of which four were selected by the Speaker, John Bercow, for votes. MPs will then vote on the motion as amended, or not. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit


MPs vote against second Brexit referendum by majority of 249 – Politics live

Amendment put by former Tory MP Sarah Wollaston calling for fresh public vote is defeated by 334 votes to 85Which amendments have been chosen for the article 50 vote?MPs to vote on second referendum amendment for first time 5.17pm GMT MPs have crushed the second referendum amendment, by 334 votes to 85 - a majority of 249. 5.14pm GMT The Labour MP Wes Streeting and many of his colleagues in favour of a second referendum have written an open letter explaining why they are abstaining.Alon...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Parliament, Tory, Article 50, Sarah Wollaston


Brexit: Labour defends decision not to back second referendum amendment tonight – Politics live

Parliament will debate and vote on yet another government motion today, this time to seek an extension to article 50 Which amendments have been chosen for the article 50 vote?MPs to vote on second referendum amendment for first time 3.16pm GMT The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, has signalled her party is ready to do a deal to end the Brexit impasse, saying that the prime minister must prove only that the constitutional integrity of the UK would be preserved, my colleague Jessica Elgot reports. ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Nicola Sturgeon, SNP, Sky, Philip Hammond


Brexit: Bercow allows vote on second referendum as MPs debate extending article 50 – Politics live

Parliament will debate and vote on yet another government motion today, this time to seek an extension to article 50 Which amendments have been chosen for the article 50 vote?MPs to vote on second referendum amendment for first time 1.12pm GMT The Brexit department has published a short, two-page note setting out the thinking behind the government’s motion today. It is 1.08pm GMT Lidington says, if the UK wants to delay Brexit beyond the European elections (which take place at the end ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Croatia, Philip Hammond, Parliament


Brexit: No 10 to give Tory MPs free vote on extending article 50 – Politics live

Parliament will debate and vote on yet another government motion today, this time to seek an extension to article 50 Full story: prime minister delivers Brexit ultimatum to MPsHow May’s Brexit deal laid bare Tory divisions‘Chaos reigns’: what the papers say 11.14am GMT In the Commons, during the business statement a few minutes ago, the Tory Brexiter Sir Edward Leigh asked for a debate on the possibility that the UK could use article 62 of the Vienna convention to exit the backstop. (See 9.4...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Vienna, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Philip Hammond, Parliament, Article 50, Brexit


Brexit: No 10 to give Tory MPs free vote in today's debate on extending article 50 - Politics live

Parliament will debate and vote on yet another government motion today, this time to seek an extension to article 50 Full story: prime minister delivers Brexit ultimatum to MPsHow May’s Brexit deal laid bare Tory divisions‘Chaos reigns’: what the papers say 9.11am GMT Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has just posted this on Twitter.During my consultations ahead of #EUCO, I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its #B...
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