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Brexit amendments: which three will be voted on by MPs?

The Speaker has chosen three Brexit amendments to be voted on by MPsFollow the day’s political developments - latest updatesAnother week, another neutral government motion on Brexit, and yet another set of amendments. Here are the amendments tabled. The Speaker, John Bercow has decided that three of them will be voted upon on Monday evening. Continue reading...
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PM concedes lack of support for deal as MPs seek to take control

Theresa May says she is sceptical about ‘indicative votes’ plan but edges closer to ruling out no-deal BrexitFollow all the day’s political developments - live updatesTheresa May has urged MPs not to condemn Britain to a “slow Brexit” this week, as she conceded she did not yet have the support in parliament to bring back her deal for a third meaningful vote.After gathering Brexit-backing grandees at her country retreat of Chequers on Sunday, and speaking to the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, and the...
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MPs poised to take control and vote on Brexit options

Ministers believe Theresa May should not offer up a vote on her plan if it is not likely to passFollow all the day’s political developments - live updatesThe government has all but conceded it will lose control of parliament this week and MPs will hold a series of votes on different Brexit options, with ministers believing it would be ultimately pointless for Theresa May to offer the government’s own plan. Related: DUP rejects Theresa May's personal plea to support her deal Continue reading.....
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Government could ignore indicative Brexit votes, says Liam Fox

International trade secretary says real choice is still between Theresa May’s deal and no dealFollow the day’s political developments - latest updatesLiam Fox has indicated the government could ignore MPs’ views from indicative Brexit votes this week if parliament’s stated choice goes against the Conservative manifesto, insisting the real choice is still between Theresa May’s deal and no deal.The international trade secretary dismissed calls for May to be ousted, or for the prime minister to off...
Tags: Brexit, Theresa May, Liam Fox, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson, Conservatives, Article 50, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news


Brexit: leave-backing MPs pile on pressure as May’s deal drifts away

High-stakes Chequers summit breaks up without agreementTheresa May’s prospects of getting her Brexit deal through parliament this week dramatically receded on Sunday night after a high-stakes summit with Boris Johnson and other leading hard-Brexiters at her country retreat broke up without agreement.Tory rebels present said that the prime minister repeated “all the same lines” about her deal and that nothing new emerged during the three-hour meeting, at which Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith a...
Tags: Theresa May, Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, David Lidington, Philip Hammond, Article 50, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news


The week ahead for Brexit: third time lucky for May?

With more than 120 MPs backing an amendment in support of indicative voting, it’s going to be a fraught five daysMany weeks have so far been billed as crunch weeks for Brexit. But with the revised departure date looming, Theresa May’s proposal looking all-but doomed and the prime minister’s own position openly questioned, the next days really do appear crucial. Here is what could happen and when. Continue reading...
Tags: Brexit, Article 50, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Theresa May, Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin, Conservatives, Labour


Five opposition parties call on UK to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Corbyn, Cable and other leaders write to Jeremy Hunt about ‘morally reprehensible’ policyFive opposition parties in Westminster have called on the UK to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia on the fourth anniversary of the Yemen civil war, saying it has contributed to a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.The letter signed by leaders of the Labour party, Scottish National party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green party, comes as a fragile truce negotiated in December hangs by a thread. Continue...
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Brexit petition to revoke article 50 exceeds 5m signatures

Call to put brakes on UK’s EU exit is most popular petition ever on parliament websiteThe petition asking the British government to revoke article 50 and reconsider its plan to exit the European Union has passed the 5m-signature mark, following a massive demonstration in London on Saturday.As of 11pm on Sunday, 5.3m people had signed the petition, making it the most popular to have been submitted to the parliament website. The previous highest total of 4,150,260 was for a 2016 petition calling f...
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Brexiters pile on pressure as May’s deal drifts away

High-stakes Chequers summit breaks up without agreementTheresa May’s prospects of getting her Brexit deal through parliament this week dramatically receded on Sunday night after a high-stakes summit with Boris Johnson and other leading hard-Brexiters at her country retreat broke up without agreement.Tory rebels present said that the prime minister repeated “all the same lines” about her deal and that nothing new emerged during the three-hour meeting, where Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith and ...
Tags: Theresa May, Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, David Lidington, Philip Hammond, Article 50, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news


Ministers deny plotting to oust May as Brexit rebels head for Chequers

Michael Gove and David Lidington deny claims of coup as PM meets with Johnson and Rees-MoggPhilip Hammond has admitted Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be able to get through the Commons, as senior ministers moved to quell speculation the prime minister could be forced out within days in a cabinet revolt.With the prime minister preparing to meet a group of senior Tory rebels at her Chequers country retreat, the chancellor told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Conservative colleagues were “...
Tags: Brexit, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, European Union, Article 50, Conservatives, Conservative leadership, Philip Hammond, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Iain Duncan Smith, Steve Barclay


Labour could fight snap election with pledge to hold second referendum

Keir Starmer says party is clear any deal should be subject to a confirmatory public voteLabour could fight a snap general election pledging to hold a public vote on any Brexit deal, Keir Starmer has said, saying the party was now clear that any deal should be subject to a confirmatory referendum.Speaking after a mass demonstration in London in support of a second vote, which was addressed by the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, the shadow Brexit secretary was asked if he could guarantee there...
Tags: Brexit, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, Europe, Keir Starmer, Labour, Jeremy Corbyn


‘Mr Europe’ David Lidington: the obscure remainer who could replace May

Deputy PM is mooted as interim leader, but his pro-remain record would be a problemDavid Lidington, who is mooted to take over as interim prime minister should Theresa May be ousted, may scarcely register with the general public, but within his party he is known for being on the pro-remain wing, having served as Europe minister from 2010 to 2016.That means he is at least well-versed on the subject that has torn the Conservatives apart for more than three decades and which threatens to take down ...
Tags: David Lidington, Conservative leadership, Conservatives, Theresa May, Brexit, Europe, Foreign policy, Article 50, European Union, Politics, UK news, World news


One telling image: in a Brussels corridor, the EU takes back control of Brexit

A photo of an ad hoc crisis meeting gives an insight into the efforts made to cope with a floundering British governmentAs pictures go, it spoke volumes. On Thursday evening in Brussels, Bulgaria’s permanent representative to the EU, Dimiter Tzantchev, tweeted a photograph he titled “In the corridors of the European Council art 50”.In a play of light and shadow, as if in a Golden Age painting by a modern-day Rembrandt or Frans Hals, a tight cluster of perhaps two dozen figures, some standing, so...
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End of the road for Theresa May's Brexit – cartoon

Stymied by Jacob Rees-Mogg and the ERG, the prime minister lurches towards oblivion Continue reading...
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'Fromage not Farage': the best placards on the People's Vote march

The Put it to the People anti-Brexit demonstration takes place in central London Continue reading...
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Calls grow for public inquiry into Brexit

Investigation could look at ballot wording, May’s red lines and negotiation strategyCalls for a public inquiry into Brexit are mounting among diplomats, business figures, peers and MPs, amid claims that the civil service is already planning for a future investigation into how it has been handled.The decision to call the referendum, the red lines drawn up by Theresa May and Britain’s negotiating strategy are all issues that senior figures would like to be examined. Continue reading...
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George Osborne calls for long delay in Brexit process

Ex-chancellor says MPs should rethink how to deliver on referendum resultGeorge Osborne has said that MPs are being asked “to deliver something impossible” in leaving the EU without damaging Britain, calling for a long delay in the Brexit process.Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme before the People’s Vote demonstration, where hundreds of thousands of people will march through central London on Saturday, the former chancellor said: “If you ask politicians to deliver something impossible ...
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More than 4 million sign Brexit petition to revoke article 50

The online petition has sparked conspiracy theories on both sides of the debateAn online petition calling for the UK government to revoke article 50 and remain in the EU has reached 4m signatures.The petition, which was started in late February by “frustrated remainer” Margaret Georgiadou, has gained momentum very quickly, and has now reached just over 4m nods of support, adding 2.5m signees in less than 24 hours. Continue reading...
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May urged to go as she hints at pulling third vote on Brexit deal

Amid calls to ‘fall on her sword’, PM writes to Tory MPs saying deal will return if there is sufficient supportPressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks.As a beleaguered May returned from Brussels, MPs suggested her deal could lose by an even higher margin, with several saying the timing now required the prime minister ...
Tags: Brexit, Theresa May, European Union, Europe, Article 50, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Leo Varadkar, David Lidington, Greg Clark, Hilary Benn, Dominic Grieve


MPs call for May to 'fall on her sword' as Brexit deal could lose again

EU increasingly believes no-deal Brexit on 12 April is most likely outcomePressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks.As a beleaguered May returned from Brussels, MPs suggested her deal could lose by an even higher margin, with several saying the timing now required the prime minister to “fall on her sword”. Continue read...
Tags: Brexit, Theresa May, European Union, Europe, Article 50, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Leo Varadkar, David Lidington, Greg Clark, Hilary Benn, Dominic Grieve


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...
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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


Brexit: Macron revised chances of May winning vote to just 5% after hearing her at summit – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leaders at their summitFull story: May’s appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date‘One last chance’: what the UK papers say about Brexit delayQ&A: what happened in Brussels? 11.22am GMT Julian Lewis, a Tory Brexiter, asks what will happen if the indicative votes contradict the results of the 2016 referendum.Kwarteng says the government intends to honour the results o...
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Brexit: Macron revised chances of May winning vote to just 5% after hearing her at summit – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leaders at their summitFull story: May’s appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date‘One last chance’: what the UK papers say about Brexit delayQ&A: what happened in Brussels? 9.19am GMT The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has a useful Twitter thread on the choice facing Theresa May. It starts here.1. What’s govt going to do with this breathing space ? Have another go at gettin...
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Brexit: EU says UK must leave in three weeks with no deal unless MPs back May or decide plan B - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leaders at their summit 8.21am GMT This is from Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s lead Brexit spokesman.Welcome that #EUCO followed the advice of @Europarl_EN & has provided for an extension that will give the UK Parliament time to deliver a constructive cross-party majority for a positive future relationship. #Brexit 8.15am GMT Hilary Benn, the Labou...
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'It was not clear if she had a plan at all': how May's night at the summit unfolded

As EU27 leaders took control of Brexit timetable, the only thing they found it easy to agree on was there was ‘no ideal date’Theresa May usually gets less than an hour to explain her Brexit plans to the EU’s 27 leaders at regular summits. Finally, with only eight days to go until the original deadline, the British prime minister was granted a full 90 minutes in the multi-coloured summit room in the Europa headquarters. For the EU, it was not time well spent.“It was 90 minutes of nothing,” one EU...
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U.S. Announces the First North Korea-Linked Sanctions Since the Derailed Trump-Kim Summit

The sanctions are the first targeted actions taken against Pyongyang since its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi last month ended without agreement
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May urges MPs to back her deal to secure Brexit delay until 22 May – as it happened

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 12.57am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog after a Brexit marathon at the EU summit in Brussels. Here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: May's appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date 12.06am GMT ...
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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