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Leadsom warns MPs their Easter recess will be cut so they can work 'flat out' on Brexit - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the Commons voting to try to take control of the Brexit processMPs likely to back soft Brexit or second vote, says minister who quitRees-Mogg says it is ‘very, very difficult’ to see no deal happeningGovernment may ignore result of indicative votes process, says Hancock 2.38pm GMT Brexiters like Jacob Rees-Mogg are opposed to a long extension to article 50 because they fear that could lead to no Brexit...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Theresa May, Conservatives, European Union, Europe, Matt Hancock, Oliver Letwin, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Andrea Leadsom, House of Commons, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


No-deal Brexit 'would require direct rule in Northern Ireland'

Civil service union chief says mandarins cannot be expected to make political decisionsFollow the day’s political developments - live updatesThe head of the senior civil servants’ union has called for direct rule to be imposed in Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Dave Penman, the general secretary of the FDA, said public sector employees in the province could not be expected to make increasingly political decisions with major security and economic implications if the UK crashed o...
Tags: Northern Ireland, Brexit, Devolution, Civil service, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, Sinn Féin, Politics, UK news


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


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


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


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


Trump Says Theresa May ‘Didn’t Listen’ To His Brexit Negotiation Ideas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday sharply criticized Britain’s handling of negotiations over leaving the European Union, saying the talks have been bungled and that the wrenching debate was dividing the country. “I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation,” he said. Trump, who holds himself up as a master deal-maker, said he gave Prime Minister Theresa May his ideas on how she could negotiate a successful deal for leaving the 28-member grou...
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MPs told to pass Brexit deal by next Wednesday or face long article 50 extension - as it happened

MPs vote by 321 to 278 to rule out no deal despite government whipping Tory MPs against motion, following 312-308 win for Spelman amendmentFull story: May’s final warning to Tory rebels: back me or lose BrexitHow did each MP vote?What were the no-deal amendments?Evening summary 1.57am GMT Folks, it’s time to wrap up the blog for the night. I’ll be back in a few hours to launch a new Politics live blog, bringing you all of Thursday’s Brexit and other political news. A reminder of what’s on th...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, David Cameron, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Philip Hammond, Salvador Dalí


Brexit: MPs told to pass deal by next Wednesday or face long article 50 extension - Politics live

MPs vote by 321 to 278 to rule out no deal despite government whipping Tory MPs against motion, following 312-308 win for Spelman amendmentHow did each MP vote?What were the no-deal amendments? 8.25pm GMT The division lists for tonight’s three votes should be on the Commons website here (although it has been crashing). 8.23pm GMT This is from Alasdair de Costa at the Institute for Government showing how cabinet ministers voted on the main motion.Five attending members of the Cabinet did ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, David Cameron, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Philip Hammond, Pmqs


Brexit: May suffers fresh defeat as MPs rule out no deal by majority of four – Politics live

MPs vote 312-308 for Spelman amendment after May’s withdrawal-deal defeatThe no-deal amendmentsMay to vote against no dealCivil service left floundering 7.23pm GMT MPs are now voting on the Green amendment (aka the Malthouse compromise one).This is what it says.At end, add “; notes the steps taken by the government, the EU and its member states to minimise any disruption that may occur should the UK leave the EU without an agreed withdrawal agreement and proposes that the government should b...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, David Cameron, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove


Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – as it happened

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 12.24am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now, so here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: MPs ignore May’s pleas and defeat her Brexit deal by 149 votes 12.01am GMT The UK is moving closer to crashing out of the European Union without a deal, the German...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Law, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons


Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – Politics live

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 10.20pm GMT An interesting line – unconfirmed, of course – from ITV News’ Robert Peston:I am hearing that @theresa_may and most - but not all - cabinet will vote to cancel no deal on 29 March. Interestingly ministers think former Remainer @Jeremy_Hunt will vote in other directi...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Law, Eu, Spain, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


Brexit: May defeated by 391 votes to 242 as MPs reject revised deal – Politics live

Speaking after defeat, May says there will be free vote on Wednesday on no-deal BrexitFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 8.05pm GMT Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, is still taking questions. MPs have been repeatedly trying to get her to say what length article 50 extension the government will propose, if the debate goes ahead on Thursday, but she has refused to say. 8.04pm GMT This i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Buzzfeed, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


Brexit: May faces fresh defeat as MPs vote on revised deal – Politics live

PM puts new plan to Commons after Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’ERG lawyers reject backstop concessions May deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votesAfternoon summary 7.14pm GMT This is from the Labour MP Paul Sweeney.Massive majority from across the House of Commons voting down the Prime Minister's deal yet again. pic.twitter.com/FuWvNX7QjJ 7.11pm GMT From the Telegraph’s Christopher HopeDUP MPs have now voted in the No lobby. One MP w...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Telegraph, Northern Irish politics


Brexit: DUP and ERG say they cannot support May as MPs debate deal – Politics live

PM puts new plan to Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’ERG lawyers reject backstop concessions May deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votesAfternoon summary 5.11pm GMT Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of ignoring the interests of Northern Ireland. Commenting on the DUP’s decision not to vote for the deal tonight, Michelle O’Neill, the Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland, said:The business community, the farming community, the civil ser...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Sinn Féin, Northern Irish politics


Brexit: May opens debate as DUP and ERG say they cannot back deal – Politics live

PM to put new plan to cabinet and Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’Full story: Risk of indefinite backstop remainsMay deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 2.14pm GMT John Lamont, a Scottish Conservative, says he voted against the deal in January. But he implies he is backing May now. He says businesses need certainty. 2.13pm GMT The DUP has confirmed it will not back the PM’s deal at this point. This is from Arlene Foster, ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Northern Irish politics, Scottish Conservative


Brexit: ERG says it cannot recommend voting for May's deal – Politics live

PM to put new plan to cabinet and Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’Full story: Risk of indefinite backstop remainsMay deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 1.10pm GMT The ERG’s “star chamber” has published its assessment of the new assurances. And it is not convinced, my colleague Jessica Elgot reports.NEW - The “Star Chamber” has reported on the Government’s latest legal advice. The advice does not meet the tests the Government...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, United Kingdom, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Northern Irish politics


Brexit secretary met Labour MPs championing second referendum plan

Stephen Barclay held talks with Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson over their plan to break Brexit deadlockThe cabinet minister in charge of Brexit has held detailed talks with Labour MPs who are championing plans for a second referendum – amid signs of mounting desperation inside Theresa May’s government about what to do if the prime minister’s deal suffers another crushing defeat on Tuesday.Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, called the meeting with Labour’s Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson in Downing St...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Northern Ireland, Brussels, Downing Street, Article 50, Brexit, Stephen Barclay, Phil Wilson, Peter Kyle


Brexit secretary met Labour MPs championing second referendum

Stephen Barclay held talks with Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson over their plan to break Brexit deadlockThe cabinet minister in charge of Brexit has held detailed talks with Labour MPs who are championing plans for a second referendum – amid signs of mounting desperation inside Theresa May’s government about what to do if the prime minister’s deal suffers another crushing defeat on Tuesday.Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, called the meeting with Labour’s Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson in Downing St...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Northern Ireland, Brussels, Downing Street, Article 50, Brexit, Stephen Barclay, Phil Wilson, Peter Kyle


Anti-English sentiment in Ireland had healed. But Brexit has brought it all flooding back | Una Mullally

Karen Bradley’s gaffe exemplifies the political ignorance about our island that has fanned unhelpful hostilityBrexit has created many nightmares, but a particularly unpleasant one is the rise of anti-English sentiment in Ireland. British-Irish relations have not just cooled on a diplomatic and political level, but among the Irish population. The anti-Englishness born of past oppression had, we thought, been confined to the past but has resurfaced. And whose fault is that? The emotional trauma of...
Tags: Europe, Politics, England, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish politics, Dublin, Brexit, Croke Park, Irish Sea, Dublin Castle


Labour says Bradley should resign because she no longer has credibility as NI secretary - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenBack May’s deal or risk soft Brexit, Hammond tells ToriesWhat Geoffrey Cox told MPs about Brexit talksLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.09pm GMT 4.55pm GMT According to Alex Barker at the Financial Times (paywall), Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, caused some surprise in the Brexit talks in Brussels on Tuesday night by raising the notion of “the man on the Clapham omnibus” - a longstanding concept in English law, b...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, Race, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Foreign Policy, Labour, Northern Ireland, Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, Northern Irish politics, Brussels


Karen Bradley 'not fit to be NI secretary' after Troubles comment, former police ombudsman says - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenUK hits back at EU claims it does not have clear plan to amend backstopBack May’s deal or risk soft Brexit, Hammond tells ToriesLabour antisemitism: equalities watchdog opens investigationLunchtime summary 2.45pm GMT Amber Rudd has apologised. According to the Press Association, she said she was “mortified at my clumsy language” and has apologised for describing Diane Abbott as “coloured”. (See 2.42pm.) 2.42pm GMT Amber R...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, Northern Irish politics, Diane Abbott, Jeremy Vine, Rudd, Brexit, Press Association


Backstop may threaten Northern Irish human rights, says Cox

Attorney general’s claims met with incredulity as talks to break Brexit deadlock stallFollow the day’s political events – latest updatesGeoffrey Cox is facing a backlash in Brussels and Dublin after claiming the Irish backstop posed a risk to the human rights of people in Northern Ireland.In the latest round of negotiations in Brussels, the attorney general told Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, the arrangement could potentially breach the European convention on human rights (EHCR). Con...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Eu, European Union, UK News, Northern Ireland, Brussels, Dublin, Brexit, Cox, Michel Barnier, Geoffrey Cox, updatesGeoffrey Cox, EHCR Continue


Attorney general rejects EU Brexit deadlock complaints

Geoffrey Cox fails to gain Irish backstop concessions but says proposals are ‘clear as day’Follow the day’s political events – latest updatesThe attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, has hit back at EU complaints that his proposals to end the Brexit deadlock have been too vague, saying that negotiations in Brussels will continue throughout the weekend.Government gloom ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Commons vote on Theresa May’s revised departure deal has deepened after Cox and the Brexit secretary, Stephen...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Northern Ireland, Brussels, Brexit, Cox, Stephen Barclay, Geoffrey Cox


Government defeated in Lords over meaningful vote on future trade deals - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsNo sign of progress after ‘robust’ Brexit talks in BrusselsFood fight: doubts grow over post-Brexit standardsPMQs - Snap verdictAfternoon summary 8.51pm GMT The prospect of MPs being given an opportunity to force a softer Brexit were boosted by a government defeat in the House of Lords on the trade bill.A cross-party alliance of peers defeated the government by 207 votes to 141...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, House Of Lords, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Office For National Statistics, Northern Irish politics, Employment law


Brexit is a 'huge help' to Irish republicanism, says dissident leader

Saoradh party’s chair believes exit from EU will fuel violent resistance to British ruleBrexit is a “huge help” to Irish republicanism and will fuel violent resistance to British rule in Northern Ireland, a dissident republican leader has claimed.The UK’s departure from the European Union has refocused attention on the border and the “colonialist” partition of Ireland, boosting efforts to politicise a new generation of Irish nationalists, Brian Kenna, chairman of the political party Saoradh, tol...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Brexit, Real Ira, Guardian Continue, Good Friday Agreement, Saoradh, Brian Kenna


Brexit: Public support for EU nationals being able to work in UK up sharply since 2016, ONS says - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsNo sign of progress after ‘robust’ Brexit talks in BrusselsFood fight: doubts grow over post-Brexit standardsPMQs - Snap verdictPMQs - Verdict from Twitter commentariat 5.11pm GMT Karen Bradley, the Northern Ireland secretary, had to issue a clarification in the Commons earlier, after appearing to say that none of the killings committed by members of the armed forces in Norther...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Office For National Statistics, Northern Irish politics, Ons, Employment law


Brexit: Corbyn to meet Tory MPs backing 'Norway plus' proposal - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsNo sign of progress after ‘robust’ Brexit talks in BrusselsFood fight: doubts grow over post-Brexit standardsPMQs - Snap verdictPMQs - Verdict from Twitter commentariat 2.08pm GMT Here is the business department policy paper (pdf) containing the draft clauses for inclusion in the forthcoming EU withdrawal agreement bill implementing the pledges made by Greg Clark. (See 1.56pm.)...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, TUC, Norway, Northern Irish politics, Employment law



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