Michael Deacon Parliamentary Sketchwriter Follow 2 July 2018 • 7:41pm Tory Brexiteers are getting anxious. They’re worried they’ve been had – or are about to be. For the entirety of her premiership, Theresa May has been repeating that Brexit will definitely go ahead. Yet, with just months go until the official departure date, some of her MPs seem to be having serious doubts. Just look at some of the questions they put to her in the Commons this afternoon. “Could she assure my constituents,” asked Richard Drax (Con, South Dorset), “that we are indeed going to leave the European Union?” “Will Brexit,” asked Sir Desmond Swayne (Con, New Forest West), “be recognisable as Brexit?” “Will my right honourable friend confirm,” asked Jacob Rees-Mogg (Con, North East Somerset),... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium … [Read more...] about Two years on, Tory MPs are still asking Theresa May whether Brexit will ever actually happen
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THE countdown to the UK’s historic EU breakaway has begun with negotiations well under way. But what will Brexit mean for the millions of EU citizens who currently live in the UK - and the Brits living in Europe. Here's what we know. Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50 on March 29 2017 How many EU citizens are there in the UK? Around 3.6million EU nationals currently live in the UK, including nearly 600,000 children. Theresa May confirmed all EU nationals living in the UK will now be able to gain “settled status” and stay here indefinitely. The PM vowed in June last year that “no family will be split up” as she outlined a 15-page document detailing the Government’s offer on citizen rights. After an initial agreement on "divorce issues" with the EU was reached on December 8, Mrs May pledged that EU citizens' rights would be written into UK law. She then wrote an open letter saying: “I greatly value the … [Read more...] about What will happen to EU citizens in the UK after Brexit, will they need visas and how many are in Britain now?
A NEW “Museum of Brexit” will commemorate Britain's historic decision to quit the EU and go it alone. Set up by prominent Eurosceptic they want to gather campaign memorabilia from the past 40 years and tell the story of our decision to leave the bloc. Campaigners are looking for as many documents about the movement to free us from Brussels as possible – so that when historians look back at the referendum it will not be ‘told by the side who lost’. But while items like the “original Ukip fruitcake” could end up in there, they say it is a serious endeavour with an “academically scrupulous” sentiment. Gawain Towler, until recently Ukip’s longstanding head of communications, is one of those behind the plans –saying if he and others don’t so this “then nobody will”. Speaking to The Sun he said he is worried without a digital trail historians will only have one side of the Brexit story to go on – … [Read more...] about A new ‘Museum of Brexit’ will commemorate Britain’s historic decision to quit the EU and go it alone by gathering campaign memorabilia from the past 40 years
One month on from the Brexit referendum, and it would not be at all true to say that the dust had settled. In contrast, it is hard to make out the shape of the irrevocably changed United Kingdom through the dust clouds kicked up by the result of the June 23rd vote, and British citizens from both messy sides of the Brexit camp are still reeling in the aftermath of the flurry of tragicomic political changes which have ensued. Yet my response to Brexit is not political, and I'm not ashamed to say it. During the campaigning period, in which I was as eager a keyboard warrior as any, flying my online flag for remain, I kept abreast of the headlines, followed the unfolding stories, shared the odd article and seethingly nurtured my disdain for the increasingly incredible claims made by some factions of the leave campaign. However, for the most part, my hashtags didn't come from a place of great political knowledge or insight, they were more personal than that, borne from my love for the … [Read more...] about ‘We don’t know how Brexit will affect our time in Sweden’
Twickenham MP and sole-candidate in the Liberal Democrat leadership race Vince Cable has said he is "beginning to think Brexit will never happen". The remarks came as he set out his vision for an anti-Brexit party on BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday (July 9). "The problems are so enormous," he said. "The divisions within the two major parties are so enormous. I can see a scenario in which this doesn’t happen. "I think a lot of people are keeping their heads down. We will see what happens In the Autumn when people come back." Sir Vince also dredged up the possibility of a second referendum on leaving the European Union, a policy which was down played in the election campaign. The comments came on the same day as Lib Dem MP Tom Brake told the Sunday Times he expects the Brexit battle to descent into "legislative war". He went on to say the repeal bill to be introduced in Parliament this week will be strung up with amendments like lights on a Christmas tree. "The government … [Read more...] about Vince Cable ‘beginning to think Brexit will never happen’