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Brexit: pro-EU parties to use European elections as 'soft referendum'

Lib Dems, Greens and TIG will not form pacts as they look for surge in support for remainPro-EU parties, including the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the Independent Group, will not form pacts or alliances at the forthcoming EU elections, hoping to use the poll as a “soft referendum” to show a surge in support for remain.If no Brexit deal is passed by parliament, the UK will be required to hold the poll on 23 May. The Lib Dems, the mainstream party hoping to capitalise most on anti-Brexit dis...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Article 50, European elections, Brexit, Chuka Umunna, Siân Berry, The Independent Group


Pro-EU parties to use European elections as 'soft referendum'

Lib Dems, Greens and TIG will not form pacts as they look for surge in support for remainPro-EU parties, including the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the Independent Group, will not form pacts or alliances at the forthcoming EU elections, hoping to use the poll as a “soft referendum” to show a surge in support for remain.If no Brexit deal is passed by parliament, the UK will be required to hold the poll on 23 May. The Lib Dems, the mainstream party hoping to capitalise most on anti-Brexit dis...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Article 50, European elections, Brexit, Chuka Umunna, Siân Berry, TIG, Independent Group


Brexit: Labour will back amendment for second referendum, says Corbyn – as it happened

Opposition says it will back or put forward amendment for public vote if its alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit plan is voted down by MPsLabour to back moves for second Brexit referendum – reportUK insurers say no-deal Brexit would be ‘act of economic self-harm’Afternoon summary 9.40pm GMT Here’s a summary of the evening’s events: Related: Jeremy Corbyn: we’ll back a second referendum to stop Tory no-deal Brexit 9.08pm GMT Here’s a little more on those comments from the shadow foreig...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Tony Blair, Scottish politics, Parliament, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn


Brexit: Labour will back amendment for second referendum, says Corbyn – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference at the EU-Arab summit in Sharm El SheikhTheresa May’s press conference - SummaryEU would back extending article 50 if deal not passed soon, says TuskUK insurers say no-deal Brexit would be ‘act of economic self-harmAfternoon summary 5.43pm GMT Cobyn says Labour’s move will be two-pronged. He will first seek to force Theresa May to adopt his party’s approach to Brexit by tabling an am...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Tony Blair, Scottish politics, Brussels, Madrid, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Brexit: EU would back extending article 50 if deal not passed soon, says Tusk - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference at the EU-Arab summit in Sharm El Sheikh 1.21pm GMT May’s press conference is over.“Highlights” is not exactly the word, but I will post a summary of the main things she said in a moment. 1.17pm GMT Q: If ministers want to vote for the Cooper amendment, will they have to resign?May says she has not tabled the motion yet. MPs do not know what it will say, and they do not know what...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Tony Blair, Scottish politics, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Sharm, Donald Tusk, Cooper


Brexit: UK and EU 'sleepwalking' towards no deal, Dutch PM warns - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference at the EU-Arab summit in Sharm El Sheikh 11.40am GMT 11.38am GMT Brexit should be delayed, my colleague Simon Jenkins writes in an article for Guardian Opinion. “Today’s parliament well mirrors the nation,” he says. “It is implacably split. It cannot make up its mind on how to leave the EU next month. So it should just stop, calm down and think.” Related: Brexit is too importa...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Tony Blair, Scottish politics, Brexit, Sharm, Simon Jenkins, Mark Rutte


Brexit: May increasingly likely to accept article 50 extension, minister suggests - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference at the EU-Arab summit in Sharm El Sheikh 9.30am GMT The 11 MPs in the new Independent Group are holding their first private group meeting in Westminster later today. There has been speculation that they could choose a leader. Chuka Umunna, the former Labour MP, said yesterday that he wanted to play “the biggest role” in the group, so by the end of the day he could be a leader - altho...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Defence, Westminster, Downing Street, Brexit, Sharm, Sharm El Sheikh


Labour slumps in polls as Tories open biggest lead since general election

Jeremy Corbyn’s party drops six points in latest poll to put Conservatives aheadThe Conservatives have recorded their biggest lead since the last general election after support for Labour slumped by six points, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer.Theresa May’s party recorded a seven-point lead over Labour in the poll, its biggest since the disastrous election campaign that left her without a majority and relying on the support of Northern Irish DUP MPs. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, DUP, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


Full list: amendments to May’s statement on defeat of her Brexit bill

Here are the amendments chosen by Speaker John Bercow and how MPs have votedAll of the day’s political developments – live updatesMPs will vote on Tuesday on a series of amendments to Theresa May’s statement on the defeat of her Brexit bill. The fact the statement can be amended means it is being used as a vehicle for all sorts of policy suggestions.Below are the amendments which will be voted upon, as selected by Speaker John Bercow. This is the order in which they will be taken: Continue readi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Liberal Democrats, John Bercow, Dominic Grieve, Hilary Benn, Article 50, Brexit


MPs drop plan to table cross-party 'people's vote' amendment

Second Brexit referendum plan would fail without Jeremy Corbyn’s support, backers sayA cross-party amendment to push for a second EU referendum will not be tabled in the Commons as it would have little chance of being passed without formal support from Labour, the MPs organising it have announced.Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP who has led efforts on a so-called “people’s vote” amendment, said that without the backing of Jeremy Corbyn, “at the moment we would not have the numbers”. Continue...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, House Of Commons, Sarah Wollaston, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Ministers agree to consider Lib Dem plans for new referendum

Vince Cable says move follows cross-party talks on Brexit deadlock optionsCabinet ministers involved in cross-party talks on how to break the Brexit deadlock have given the first indication that they are prepared to examine plans for a potential second referendum on the UK’s departure from the EU, according to the Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Vince Cable.The offer to examine a possible timetable for a second vote drawn up by the Lib Dems was made during discussions between senior Liberal Democra...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Liberal Democrats, Michael Gove, Vince Cable, Brexit, Cabinet Office, Vince, Lib Dem, David Lidington


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


Grayling claim that no Brexit could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would r...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit, Grayling


Grayling under fire for claim blocking Brexit could boost far right

Minister’s critics accuse him of ‘dangerous scaremongering’ to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would result in t...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit


Grayling claim Brexit block could boost far right is 'gutter politics'

MPs accuse transport secretary of dangerous scaremongering in attempt to prop up PM’s dealChris Grayling’s claim that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in far-right extremism is dangerous scaremongering and a desperate attempt to shore up the prime minister’s Brexit deal, campaigners and MPs have said.The transport secretary told the Daily Mail that Britain would become a less tolerant and more nationalistic society if it failed to leave the EU. He said reversing the referendum result would r...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Chris Grayling, The far right, Brexit


Political figures celebrate Paddy Ashdown's energy, bravery and humour

Praise for politician who transformed Lib Dems and oversaw peace in the BalkansTributes have poured in from across the political world and beyond for the former Liberal Democrat leader and ex-marine, Paddy Ashdown, who died on Friday night, aged 77, only two months after he revealed he was being treated for bladder cancer.Ashdown will be best remembered for transforming the Liberal Democrats into an effective third party – gaining their best ever result at the 1997 election – and for serving as ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK News, House Of Lords, Liberal Democrats, House Of Commons, United Nations, Bosnia Herzegovina, Balkans, Dayton, Ashdown, Paddy Ashdown, Lord Ashdown


Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77

Politician who led the party between 1988 and 1999 dies after short illnessLord Ashdown, 1941-2018Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has died at the age of 77 after a short illness.The politician and former Royal Marine, who led the party from 1988 to 1999, passed away on Saturday evening, a party spokesman said. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Liberal Democrats, Royal Marine, Paddy Ashdown, Lord Ashdown


Brexit: Hancock confirms government could charter planes to fly medicines into UK in event of no deal – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 11.33am GMT And the Lib Dems have now sent out a new release about their second referendum amendment. This is from Tom Brake, the party’s Brexit spokesman.The Liberal Democrats have led the campaign for a people’s vote. We are proud to have tabled an amendment which, if passed, would ensure the people get the final say on Brexit.Whilst we have heard warm words from Labour MPs, including the shadow chancellor, Labour seem unl...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Sun, Brexit, Hancock, Paul Nuttall, Matt Hancock, Tom Newton Dunn, Tom Brake, Brexit Whilst


Brexit debate between May and Corbyn will not go ahead – as it happened

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including day three of the Commons Brexit debateTheresa May’s Today interview - SummaryAfternoon summary 10.46pm GMT We’re closing down this live blog now – thanks for reading. Here’s our main story, which covers the day’s events: Related: Corbyn urges support for his Brexit plan as Commons vote nears Related: ITV scraps plans to host May-Corbyn Brexit debate 8.41pm GMT Members of the European Parliament are watch...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Greece, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Liberal Democrats, Itv, Economic policy, Tony Blair, Opinion polls, Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Article 50


Corbyn urges support for his Brexit plan as Commons vote nears

Labour leader says ‘put all options on the table’ including a people’s vote if no general election is possibleJeremy Corbyn called on MPs of all parties to vote down Theresa May’s deal and back his “alternative plan” for Brexit, as second-referendum campaigners urged him to get “off the fence” and endorse a fresh public vote.Labour’s leader, writing in the Guardian, said that the party’s “comprehensive customs union plan” should be one of the options on the table if the party could not force a g...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour party leadership, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Guardian, Len McCluskey, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn


Corbyn urges support for Labour's Brexit plan as House vote nears

Labour leader says ‘put all options on the table’ including a people’s vote if no general election is possibleJeremy Corbyn called on MPs of all parties to vote down Theresa May’s deal and back his “alternative plan” for Brexit, as second-referendum campaigners urged him to get “off the fence” and endorse a fresh public vote.Labour’s leader, writing in the Guardian, said that the party’s “comprehensive customs union plan” should be one of the options on the table if the party could not force a g...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour party leadership, Labour, Liberal Democrats, House, Guardian, Len McCluskey, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Brexit: Debate between May and Corbyn will not go ahead - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including day three of the Commons Brexit debateTheresa May’s Today interview - SummaryAfternoon summary 7.36pm GMT During the Brexit debate in the Commons on Tuesday, the Conservative MP Philip Dunne asked Corbyn to “explain to the House why he has not got the courage to debate” the prime minister on Sunday. Corbyn responded:I am quite happy to debate with the prime minister. I notice she was not very keen to debate with a...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Conservative, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Itv, House, Economic policy, Tony Blair, Opinion polls, Philip Hammond


Minority candidates face 'ethnic penalty' in elections, study shows

Research paints troubling picture of electoral prospects for minority ethnic candidates Black and Asian candidates face an “ethnic penalty” in elections, seeing lower increases in their vote shares than white candidates in the same parties, analysis has revealed.Conservative party candidates can be particularly disadvantaged, meaning minority ethnic candidates may end up contesting only safe seats, the research found – a phenomenon that could drastically limit the spectrum of candidates who will...
Tags: Politics, Race, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats


SNP and Lib Dems back Benn amendment to prevent no-deal Brexit

Parties join Labour and Tory rebels in amendment rejecting May’s deal and giving MPs a say on next step Theresa May’s plans to get her Brexit deal through parliament ran into fresh difficulties on Friday as it emerged that a “no to no deal” amendment submitted by Labour’s Hilary Benn with the support of two Tories had won the backing of the SNP and Lib Dems.Joanna Cherry, an SNP frontbench MP, said her party’s 35 MPs would support Benn’s “excellent” amendment, which rejects both May’s deal and a...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Tories, Hilary Benn, Article 50, Brexit, Benn, Joanna Cherry, Scottish National party (SNP


Migration report plans could increase labour shortages, business leaders say - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenSummary of key points from MAC report on EU migration in UK 3.23pm BST Here is my colleague Gaby Hinsliff’s take on the migration advisory committee report. Related: The part of Brexit everyone’s been avoiding is finally here: immigration | Gaby Hinsliff You can’t help wondering where its chart coolly summing up the facts – no evidence that EU migration has reduced wages or job opportunities for Britons on average, although...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Mac, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Liberal Democrats, Brexit, John Mcdonnell, Donald Tusk, Gaby Hinsliff, Tim Farron Vince Cable


Fall in sterling after Brexit vote has done more to make people poorer than immigration, says MAC - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenSummary of key points from MAC report on EU migration in UK 11.16am BST The Migration Observatory, a unit based at Oxford University, has published some research alongside the MAC report says EEA workers in the UK make an above-average contribution to the national finances.Published with MAC report: fiscal analysis finding that average EEA adult contributed £2,300 more to UK public finances than the UK average in 2016/17; eac...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Mac, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Diane Abbott, Oxford University, Migration Observatory, Brexit, Donald Tusk


EU confirms emergency summit planned for November to finalise Brexit deal - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.04am BST The Brexit talks are moving towards their climax (or their first climax - if, as seems possible, the UK leaves with a version of a “blind Brexit”, we’ve got another 21 months of negotiations to cover) and today’s Guardian splash has a headline, based on an EU briefing, that captures some of the drama.Tuesday's Guardian: "UK will shift Brexit stance in its 'darkest hour' claim EU officials" pic.twitter.com/jSel5tod...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Liberal Democrats, United Kingdom, Brexit, Donald Tusk, Michel Barnier


Brexit: Theresa May says UK will leave with no deal if MPs reject Chequers plan - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 8.19am BST Q: Boris Johnson says you have settled for two thirds of diddly squat. He says he would get a better deal.May restates what she sees as the advantages of her plan. 8.18am BST Q: What happens if MPs reject your plans?May asks if people really think that the EU would reopen negotiations if parliament rejected the deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Liberal Democrats, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Chequers


Almost half of voters say they would vote for new party in election

Neither Tories nor Labour offer a strong leader according to voters, Observer poll findsAbout two in five voters would be highly likely to vote for a new party in the political centre ground at a future election, a new poll for the Observer has revealed.Just over a third (35%) also say they felt unrepresented by the existing main parties on offer, according to the latest Opinium poll. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Opinion polls, Vince Cable, Jeremy Corbyn, Observer



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