Danica Kirka, Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz Associated Press Published 6:41 AM EST Jan 16, 2019 London – British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin. May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a last-ditch effort to win support for the divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union over the last two years. Though defeat was widely expected, the scale of the rout – 432-202 – was devastating for May’s leadership. Immediately after the vote, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion, saying it would give Parliament a chance to give its verdict “on the sheer incompetence of this government.” Still, most analysts predict May will survive because lawmakers from her Conservative Party are unlikely to vote against her, and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports the government, has said it … [Read more...] about UK gov’t faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat
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The taoiseach has told unionists he recognises it is a "difficult time" for them amid reports the north could have special status in the Brexit plan the British government has negotiated with the EU. Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today: "I know that for the unionist community in Northern Ireland at the moment that this quite a difficult time, I know many of them may be feeling vulnerable, many of them may be feeling isolated and many of them may be quite worried about what may be agreed in the coming days. "I want to say to them that the Good Friday Agreement will be protected and that includes a recognition that we respect the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom and that we respect the principle of consent that there can be no change of the constitutional status of Northern Ireland unless a majority of people in Northern Ireland say so. "We're very happy to have that written into any agreement giving them that legal guarantee." An emergency summit of European leaders … [Read more...] about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tells unionists ‘we respect the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom’
News / UK and world by Press Association November 14, 2018, 1:43 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter An emergency summit of European leaders will likely convene on November 25 to consider the draft Brexit deal if the UK government backs the proposed text, the Taoiseach has said. Addressing the Dail parliament in Dublin, Leo Varadkar said the European Council would meet in Brussels to potentially sign off on the 500 page document if Theresa May can secure Cabinet approval in the interim. “Back in December when the joint report – the agreement between the EU and UK – was issued, I said the next step was to turn that joint report that we agreed back in December into a legally binding and legally operable withdrawal agreement and we are close to that point today,” he said. “But it is still a draft agreement. It is yet to be agreed by the UK Government and they will discuss it this afternoon and it is … [Read more...] about EU leaders set for November 25 summit if UK Cabinet backs deal – Taoiseach
The Prime Minister and ministers will today gather for a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the next steps after the UK and EU agreed on draft Brexit deal. Theresa May announced on Tuesday that she had a draft text of the proposals, which is believed to run to 500 pages. Ministers were last night briefed one by one on the contents of the divorce deal which has finally been agreed after months of protracted talks. Here's everything you need to know about the Withdrawal Agreement and what happens next. The basics: how did we get here? The UK voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016, with a win by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent for Leave in the referendum. A two-year period of negotiation was formally triggered by the UK's Article 50 letter on March 29 2017 and Britain has spent more than a year trying to agree on how the divorce will work. Actual talks were delayed by the snap general election of June 8, 2017. A Joint Report was agreed by Mrs May and European … [Read more...] about Recap: where are we with Brexit and what will happen later today?
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women