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Theresa May hopes of getting the DUP to back her Brexit deal hit again after party ignore her latest charm offensive

Category : Brexit , News , UK News

THERESA’s May’s hopes of winning the crucial support of her DUP allies for her Brexit deal were dashed last night after they rebuffed her latest charm offensive.
The PM invited the Northern Ireland party’s Westminster boys Nigel Dodds and other senior figures for lunch in No10 yesteday.
PA:Press Association The backing of the DUP’s 10 MPs could prove decisive for May in getting her contentious Withdrawal Agreement approved[/caption]


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But its deputy leader Nigel Dodds declared afterwards that his party’s “principled objections” remain to the contentious Irish backstop plan.
He said they would work with the Government to secure legal assurances that any backstop would be temporary.
But he accused the Irish and the rest of the EU of peddling “nonsense propaganda” for insisting it was essential to stopping a hard border.
PA:Press Association Mr Dodds said he would work with the Government to secure legal assurances that any backstop would be temporary[/caption]
He added: “No one wants a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Indeed, it’s becoming clearer by the day no one is ever going to construct such a border.”
The backing of the DUP’s ten MPs could prove decisive for Mrs May’s chances in the key Brexit vote due in ten days.

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What happens if Parliament rejects PM Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal?

Category : Brexit , Explainers , News

THERESA May appears determined to push her “soft” Brexit deal through Parliament – despite opposition within her own party and cabinet.
The Prime Minister’s draft agreement with the EU will likely be voted on by MPs in December.
AP:Associated Press Theresa May will try and push her Brexit deal through Parliament in December[/caption]
What happens if Parliament rejects May’s deal?
The agreement will likely be voted on in December following the EU’s Brexit summit on November 25 – where the deal was approved by Euro chiefs.
If MPs reject the deal, the Tory government has up to 21 days to put forward a new plan.
Any new agreement would then need to be renegotiated with Brussels.
There are a number of ways this process could play out – and none of them would be good news for the Prime Minister.
The UK could end up leaving the European Union with no deal on its future relationship with the trading bloc.
There could be another General Election to let the British public have a say on which party they believe is best placed to navigate the Brexit storm.
What happens if Parliament approves May’s deal?
If the deal is passed through Parliament, an EU withdrawal agreement bill will be introduced in early 2019.
And if that bill is subsequently passed then the European Parliament will then vote on it.
If the bill receives a majority of votes in Brussels it will then need to be approved by the European Council.
On March 29, 2019, the UK will leave the EU and the transition phase will begin and last until December 2020.
A second EU referendum could also take place.
What is a no-deal Brexit?
A no-deal British departure from the European Union means leaving without formal arrangements for the future relationship.
Currently Britain’s trade, customs and immigration rules are tied up with the single market and a host of EU regulatory bodies.
Ministers are seeking a legal deal to replace these with looser arrangements so we are outside the single market and customs union but keeping close ties so cross-border trade is easy.
Negotiations are ongoing under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty ahead of the UK’s exit on March 29, 2019.
Some fear these talks could collapse without a deal agreed before the deadline.
This could mean the UK being treated as a “third country” by the EU with commerce governed by World Trade Organisation rules.
It’s reported DUP leader Arlene Foster believes the UK is set to leave the EU without a deal at all.
Leaked emails say the Northern Irish leader was left furious after “hostile and difficult” meetings with the EU boss Michel Barnier.
She is poised for talks to collapse totally between Britain and the EU, which would mean we would leave with no deal at all, the Observer reported.



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Theresa May finally struck a Brexit deal with Brussels on November 13.
Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement with EU leaders has been branded “soft” by members of her own party.
The agreement would leave Britain tied to the EU for years and could break up the UK by forcing Northern Ireland into a different legal regime.
Cabinet powerbrokers Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey have quit in protest over the deal which they believe goes against the party’s manifesto promises.
Mr Raab announced that he won’t support the PM’s Brexit deal, telling The Sun: “I don’t want to submit to the blackmail of my country.”
Ms McVey blasted the agreement, saying it “does not honour the result of the referendum” and could break up the UK.
She claimed she couldn’t look voters in the eye if she sold out Brexit by backing a plan which leaves Britain “trapped in a customs union”.
Two junior ministers, Suella Braverman and Shailesh Vara, also quit in protest, along with ministerial aides Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Ranil Jayawardena.
Mrs May has denied “rolling over” on the deal with the EU after DUP leader Arlene Foster claimed May had “given up” on negotiations before agreeing the deal.
Former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the deal was “doomed” and must be renegotiated.

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Britain’s new chief prosecutor signals end to CPS’ witch-hunt culture

Category : Brexit , News , Police , UK News

BRITAIN’S new chief prosecutor signalled an end to the CPS’s witch-hunt culture yesterday.
Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC said it was not up to the CPS to secure convictions in every case presented by police.
CROWN COPYRIGHT/design 102 Max Hill has said it’s not up to CPS to secure convictions in every single case presented by the police[/caption]
He added: “The CPS does not decide guilt or innocence — that is rightly reserved for the courts.’’
His comments follow a drop in confidence in the criminal justice system after several men were wrongly charged with rape when police and prosecutors failed to disclose evidence proving their innocence.
Under ex-DPP Alison Saunders, the CPS also presided over the politically-motivated pursuit of journalists who were cleared in court.
And state prosecutors gave early stage advice in the persecution of establishment grandees like D-Day hero Lord Bramall, who was wrongly accused of child sexual abuse.
PA:Press Association D-Day hero Lord Bramall was wrongly accused of child sex abuse[/caption]



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The CPS is beefing up its extradition units and expanding teams overseas in case Britain crashes out of the EU in March.
Mr Hill said: “The CPS does significant work overseas and I am committed to continuing, and strengthening, that work.
“This is particularly important in the context of Brexit.”

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What is Brexit, when will the UK leave the European Union and what will happen after March 29 2019?

THE UK and the EU are now on a countdown to B-day with both sides trying to reach a deal before the clock strikes midnight on March 29 next year.
Talks have hit a roadblock over the Irish border backstop issue. Here’s the latest.
The UK voted to leave the European Union in a move dubbed ‘Brexit’PA
What is Brexit?
Brexit comes from merging the words “Britain” and “exit”.
The term has been widely used ever since the idea of a referendum n leaving the EU was put forward.
More than 30million people voted in the June 2016 referendum with a turnout of 71.8 per cent. Leave won by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
People now talk about “soft” and “hard” Brexit in reference to how close the UK will be to the EU post separation.
The road to triggering Article 50 – which saw Britain officially start the process of leaving the EU – was paved with complications for the PM, including a Supreme Court case ruling MPs needed to vote on Brexit negotiations.
But it was finally triggered on March 29, 2017, meaning the official departure date and move into the transition phase will take place on March 29 2019.

Article 50: What it says

Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it. A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.

What is the European Union and why did Britain vote to leave?
The European Union is an economic and political partnership. There are currently 28 members states including the United Kingdom.
It began as a trade group of six nations in the 1950s.
The UK first applied to join what was then the European Economic Community in 1961 and finally became a member in 1973.
Now called the European Union, it has grown to include former Soviet bloc states and has at its heart a “single market” allowing goods and people to move freely.
It has its own parliament, central bank and the euro currency used by 19 countries, with some members including Britain opting to keep their own money.
Eurocrats have been pushing for ever closer political and financial union, which could include a European Army separate from the Nato alliance.
Those in favour of leaving said Britain was being held back by EU red tape with too many rules on business.
They also campaigned on the issue of sovereignty and said they wanted Britain to take back full control of its borders.
Beyond the question of ceasing to be a member of the EU, what Brexit actually means in practice has been the subject of intense debate ever since.
When will the UK officially leave the European Union?
Theresa May officially triggered Article 50 on March 29, after which there is a two-year time limit set for negotiations to hammer out the details.
The UK will therefore leave the EU by March 29, 2019, although there is a 21-month “transition period”.
Negotiations began on June 19, with the two chief negotiators, Michel Barnier of the EU and former Brexit Secretary David Davis, immediately setting off to find common ground.
Some of the “uncertainties” being discussed include citizens living in each other’s territory, border arrangements between Ireland and the UK and the amount Britain stands to pay to honour its existing EU commitments.
Dominic Raab was in Paris to try and persuade critics of Mrs May’s soft Brexit planEPA
What is a transition period and how long will it last?
This is a bridging agreement between the current situation – where we are members of the EU – and our long-term relationship outside the bloc.
Also known as an “implementation phase”, it allows for the UK to keep some of the same arrangements with Brussels on trade and other matters until a new comprehensive trade agreement is sealed.
In March 2018, Britain secured a transition deal that will also allow ministers to seek trade agreements around the globe.
The UK will also be free to set its own foreign policy as soon as Brexit happens, as well as negotiate and sign new trade deals anywhere in the world – to implement them in 2021.
However EU chiefs made it clear the period, which allows the UK to stay in the Single Market and Customs Union, will only come into force if the Irish border is sorted.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier unveiled terms for the 21 month period interim period.
The UK will not be fully out of the EU until December 31, 2020 – four and a half years after the historic referendum decision.

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What’s the latest with Brexit talks?
In an effort to speed up talks and avoid massive no-deal spending, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab declared that he expects an agreement by November 21 — sending the Pound soaring.
Unfortunately only a few hours later, a second statement from Raab’s office said: “There is no set date for the negotiations to conclude” – drawing ire from Labour.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “This must be one of the quickest u-turns in political history.⁦ @DominicRaab told MPs that a Brexit deal would be done by the end of November. Three hours later his own department was forced to correct the record. What a mess.”
On October 15 it emerged Raab had held unscheduled talks in Brussels – but they broke down over an “impasse” on the Irish border backstop.
Mrs May insisted negotiations are nearly completed, but admitted “cool heads” were needed to finish the job.
She told the MPs Britain and the EU are now “not far apart” on the key question of the Irish border as she blasted Jeremy Corbyn for wanting to “frustrate Brexit”.
EU leaders are due to meet later in the week to discuss progress towards a deal. It was not clear if the PM would be invited to address the meeting as she has previously.
Brussels chiefs have signalled this week is the unofficial deadline to get a deal on the table so it can be signed off by leaders at an emergency summit in November.
Any deal would lay out the exit terms, including a statement of Britain’s future relationship, but a not yet a full trade treaty.
The Irish border is still the key sticking points in talks, although there has been progress on matters of security and defence.
On September 2, 2018, Theresa May said “giving in” to calls for a second Brexit referendum on the final terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would be “a gross betrayal of our democracy”.
The Prime Minister comments, published in the Sunday Telegraph, came as she dismissed calls from the People’s Vote, a cross-party group that includes several high-profile figures and MPs, for a second Brexit vote.
She said that the coming months were “critical in shaping the future of our country”,  adding that she remained “confident” that the government could strike “a good deal”, but in the event of a no-deal, Britain would “be ready if we need to be” and “go on to thrive”.
Former Tory Brexit minister Steve Baker has warned that May would “lack credibility” if she pressed ahead with her plans and thought around 80 MPs would reject her Chequers proposal.
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith also said the Chequers proposal was “unacceptable” to most Tory MPs and was “essentially dead”.

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Sir Billy Connolly reveals he’s ready to switch his support in favour of Scottish independence amid fears over Brexit

SCOTS comic Sir Billy Connolly has revealed he’s ready to switch his support to indy amid fears over Brexit.
The Big Yin is warming to the Yes camp as he believes leaving the EU would be a “disaster”.
The Scot says he may have changed his mind nowPA:Press Association
The comic legend, 75, who didn’t vote in the 2014 referendum, has previously been a critic of nationalism and dubbed Holyrood a “wee, pretendy parliament”.
But in new book Made in Scotland, he wrote: “The most important thing for Scotland is keep our contact with Europe. Scots voted to stay in Europe, and if the only way for us to do that is to become independent from England, that may just be the way to go.

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“And I never thought I would say that.”
He added: “One thing I’ve never had any interest in is hating England, and the English. I like Thomas Hardy as much as Robert Burns.

“As an Anglophile, I’ve never shouted for independence but I might be changing my mind now.
“The Brexit vote is a disaster and the breaking up of the togetherness of Europe is a crime bordering on a sin.

“I think the more people are together, not separate, the happier they will be.”
His comments were welcomed by Nats figures.
MP Carol Monaghan said: “Many people I speak to in the academic community are, like Billy, rethinking their position on independence.
“Facing a brutal Brexit, with the accompaniment of the most dangerous xenophobia, people are now considering which union is most important to them.”
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MSP Pete Wishart added: “It’s only going one way.”
It comes after Sir Billy claimed nationalism was “paved with fools” in 2014.



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He added: “I’m deeply suspicious of patriotism. People following the band. I don’t want to be a part of it.”
A recent poll by The Scottish Sun suggested Brexit could lead to a 50/50 split on independence — with a No Deal swinging it 52/48 to Yes.
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What is the People’s Vote and is the Brexit campaign group calling for another referendum?

Category : Brexit , Explainers , News , UK News

THE People’s Vote is a campaign group wanting a referendum on the final Brexit deal arranged between the UK and the European Union.
The group was launched in April 2018 by four MPs and the actor Sir Patrick Stewart.
Thousands took the streets of central London in June this year to voice their support for staying in the EUAlamy
What is the People’s Vote?
The campaign group was launched at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on April 15, 2018.
Attending were the MPs Chuka Umunna, Anna Sobry, Layla Moran and Caroline Lucas as well as comedian Andy Parsons and Sir Patrick Stewart.
Lord Adonis also attended the event.
The group is campaigning for a “final say on the Brexit deal”.
The People’s Vote have organised a ‘March for the Future’ on October 20 from Park Lane to Parliament Square, commencing at midday.
Explaining the reason for the march, the group said: “Whether you voted leave or remain, nobody voted to make this country worse off, to harm jobs, to damage the NHS, to affect the future of millions of young people, or to make this country more divided.
“The more the shape of the final Brexit deal becomes clear, the more it is clear that it will do nothing to improve social justice, reduce inequality, increase our standard of living, or create a better future for future generations.
“We are demanding our democratic voice be heard on Brexit. Since the referendum in 2016, new evidence has emerged on what we were once told would be “the easiest deal in history”. We now know the true cost of the divorce bill, as well as the impact of Brexit on the NHS, workers’ rights and public services.
“This Government has failed on Brexit: there is no mandate for its car crash proposal or for a disastrous no-deal Brexit. We won’t let them get away with a bad deal – that’s why we will be there in Central London making the case for a People’s Vote.”
Previously, the People’s Vote organised a march for June 23, 2018 from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square in central London.
Attending the event were Gina Miller, Vince Cable, David Lammy and the actor Tony Robinson.
The campaign is collaboration between several groups, including the European Movement UK, Open Britain and Britain for Europe.
The British people were asked their views on leaving or staying witin the EU in a referendum held on June 23, 2016.
The Leave vote won with 51.9 percent opting to leave the EU. The turnout was 72.2 percent.
Labour MP Chuka Umunna is one of the main voices behind People’s VoteAFP or licensors

Is the Brexit campaign group calling for another referendum?
The group wants to have a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union.
Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton recently gave £1million to the campaign.
He said: ““I’m putting some of my money behind the People’s Vote campaign because we have a genuine chance to turn this around. I’ve got a good instinct for when a mood is going to change and we’re in one of those moments now. It’s becoming clear there is no vision for Brexit and the politicians have made a mess of it. Increasingly, the public knows that Brexit is going to be a disaster.”
Former Downing Street spin chief Alastair Campbell tweeted to Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary and a prominent Leave campaigner the People’s Vote “campaign is winning, and it doesn’t feel irrational at all”.
“Because what you promised is not happening and you and everyone else know it.”

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What has Theresa May said?
On September 2, 2018, Theresa May said “giving in” to calls for a second Brexit referendum on the final terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would be “a gross betrayal of our democracy”.
The Prime Minister comments, published in the Sunday Telegraph, came as she dismissed calls from the People’s Vote, a cross-party group that includes several high-profile figures and MPs, for a second Brexit vote.
She said that the coming months were “critical in shaping the future of our country”,  adding that she remained “confident” that the government could strike “a good deal”, but in the event of a no-deal, Britain would “be ready if we need to be” and “go on to thrive”.

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