News / UK and world by Press Association September 27, 2019, 11:55 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Tory activists will begin gathering for Boris Johnson’s first party conference as Prime Minister after a tumultuous week for the Government. Mr Johnson will arrive in Manchester determined to press home his message that Britain will leave the EU on October 31 whatever happens. He can expect to receive an ecstatic reception from the party faithful – who overwhelmingly back Brexit – when the conference formally opens on Sunday. But he leaves behind a Westminster in turmoil after the Supreme Court ruled his five-week suspension of Parliament was unlawful. The Prime Minister was accused of whipping up violence against MPs after a series of incendiary Commons exchanges with opposition MPs. And he faces a possible criminal investigation over his links with an American businesswoman when he was London mayor after allegations of … [Read more...] about Johnson heads for Tory conference after turmoil at Westminster
The Government has lost a motion calling for a three day parliamentary recess that would have coincided with the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. MPs voted 306 to 289 to reject the motion the parliamentary break next week. Meanwhile, Labour's Richard Burgon has said the soonest a general election can take place is November 5, with the House Speaker saying his understanding from his reading of the current law is "the same." It comes after Downing Street declined to apologise for the Prime Minister’s comments in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Boris Johnson came under fire for referencing murdered MP Jo Cox when urging politicians to "get on" and deliver Brexit on Wednesday. Follow our LIVE politics updates here... Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 2019-09-26T14:27:37.600Z The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Boris Johnson was “disappointed” by MPs’ refusal to allow a conference recess.The spokesman … [Read more...] about MPs reject three day parliamentary recess vote
News / UK and world by Press Association September 26, 2019, 11:01 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Northern Ireland Secretary lacks clout in raising Brexit issues with colleagues in Government, a report said. Julian Smith does not sit on a key committee advising the Prime Minister about EU exit strategy. The Northern Ireland perspective was often missing in Whitehall without a devolved administration at Stormont presenting a common view, researchers said. The review said: “The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) lacks the clout within government to ensure that Northern Ireland issues were given the priority they perhaps deserved. “Officials told us that the culture of ‘no bad news’ among ministers translated into a reluctance to address the difficult issues raised by the Irish border and need for cross-border co-operation – for example, the operation of the single electricity market.” The Institute for … [Read more...] about NI Secretary ‘lacks clout’ in Brexit debate
BORIS Johnson was unapologetic as he dashed back from New York to address a seething Commons. But could the PM join his two predecessors in resigning from the top job? Here's the latest. Will Boris Johnson resign? Boris Johnson is facing calls to step down after the Supreme Court found his suspension of Parliament "unlawful" in an historic ruling on September 24, 2019. Crowing at Johnson's defeat, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn invited him to become the shortest serving Prime Minister in history. But so far he's defiantly shaken off demands to resign - and accused the highest court of making the wrong decision. Addressing the reconvened Commons on September 25, Johnson stormed: "We will not betray the people who sent us here! "We will continue to challenge the opposition parties to uphold democracy. "This parliament will keep delaying, will keep sabotaging negotiations because they don't want a deal." And he said the electorate were being help captive by a "zombie Parliament" and a … [Read more...] about Will Boris Johnson resign and what was his ‘dangerous language’?
MPs are back at Westminster after the Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling that Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament was unlawful. Ministers weren’t expected to return to the Commons until October 14 under the now defunct prorogation, so nothing has been scheduled. They are now scrambling to decide on how to move ahead with domestic policy and getting Brexit done by October 31, but last night’s debacle on the benches show a rocky few weeks lie ahead. Here, the Standard explains how things are looking for the coming month. How did yesterday’s return to Parliament go? The Commons chamber experienced some of its most heated scenes of recent times when MPs sat on Wednesday, as a defiant Boris Johnson said the court had been "wrong" to pronounce on political matters . The Prime Minister accused MPs of "sabotaging" Brexit and challenged opposition parties to either table a vote of no-confidence or agree to a general election and face "a day of reckoning … [Read more...] about MPs return to Westminster: So what happens next?