1) Labour are big fans of unicornsOn Tuesday, Labour announced it will seek to amend key Brexit legislation with a demand for the government to negotiate "full access" to the EU's single market with "no new impediments to trade".However, the party resisted calls for it to back the UK remaining in the single market through membership of the European Economic Area (EEA).Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer admitted the party could not support EEA membership as MPs remain divided on the issue.Critics claimed Labour's new stance was representative of a "cake and eat it" attitude towards Brexit, with the party accused of misleading voters and "peddling snake oil".It was also suggested the party's position would mean the UK continuing to accept the EU's free movement rules on immigration after Brexit, despite Labour's manifesto stating free movement will end when Britain departs the EU.Henry Newman, director of the Open Europe think tank and a former adviser to Michael Gove, said: … [Read more...] about Unicorns and pigeons: Five things we learned about Brexit this week
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News / UK and world by Press Association May 7, 2018, 12:02 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jeremy Corbyn is under mounting pressure to allow Labour MPs and peers to back a bid to keep the UK in the single market after Brexit. The party hierarchy was accused of “cowardice” and adopting a “ridiculous” position by telling peers not to support a call for the Government to negotiate a Norway-style Brexit within the European Economic Area (EEA). Former shadow cabinet minister Chuka Umunna said it would “go against Labour’s progressive values” not to back the move in Parliament on Tuesday. But shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner said such an arrangement would reduce the UK to being a “rule taker” without a seat at the table when decisions on regulations are made. And shadow chancellor John McDonnell insisted the party must promise a “traditional British … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn under pressure over Labour’s Brexit policy
News / UK and world by Press Association May 6, 2018, 7:24 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May insisted she had the “determination to deliver Brexit” as she came under pressure from both wings of the Tory party to change course. Eurosceptics urged the Prime Minister to drop the proposal for a “customs partnership” which they fear would tie the UK too closely to Brussels. But pro-EU Tories pushed for Mrs May to abandon her red lines and keep the UK in the single market, claiming she would have cross-party support in the House of Commons for such a move. Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn also risked unrest within his party over Labour’s position on Brexit ahead of a Lords vote on the issue. Writing in The Sun On Sunday, Mrs May said she had an “absolute determination to make a success of Brexit, by leaving the single market and customs union and building a new relationship with EU partners … [Read more...] about May: I have ‘absolute determination’ to deliver Brexit
THE EU Withdrawal Bill which ensures that laws originating in the EU will still have effect when we leave is currently being voted on by the House of Commons. Here's everything you need to know about the Bill which PM Theresa May has described as an "essential step" to leaving the EU. What is the EU Withdrawal Bill or the Great Repeal Bill? Originally called the Great Repeal Bill, it was later changed to the EU Withdrawal Bill. The government has announced it will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which brought Britain into the EU in the first place. The act meant European law took precedence over laws passed in Parliament. Britain will now have the Great Repeal Bill, now known as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which puts power for our laws back into the hands of MPs and peers. But first, all existing EU legislation will be copied across into domestic UK law to ensure a smooth transition on the day after Brexit. If we don't do this, there will be lots of holes in … [Read more...] about What is the EU Withdrawal Bill, what have the House of Lords voted on and what happens next in the Brexit legislation?
News / UK and world by Press Association April 23, 2018, 7:29 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May is facing a week of fresh parliamentary battles over Brexit as clashes centred on staying in a customs union with the EU continue to dog the Government. With flagship Brexit legislation vulnerable to further attacks in the Lords, pro-European Tory MPs are set to voice their concerns over withdrawal on Thursday. Downing Street sources insisted there would be no backsliding over quitting the customs union with Brussels after reports that the Prime Minister was ready to take a softer line. Though the looming Commons vote on a pro-customs union motion would be a symbolic, non-binding one, it has the potential to deepen Tory wounds on Brexit. Mrs May is set to face calls from leading Brexiteers Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox to abandon her preferred form of a customs deal with the EU, according to The Times. A … [Read more...] about Theresa May faces fresh Brexit battles over customs union plan