Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement
Jul17

Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement

An MP who is on maternity leave has accused the government of a breach of trust over a key House of Commons vote on Brexit. Lib Dem Jo Swinson was “paired” with Tory chairman Brandon Lewis so she could be at home with her baby son during the Trade Bill vote. This should mean neither MP votes so their absences cancel each other out. But Mr Lewis did vote with the government – he has since apologised for an...

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Brexit: Government scrapes through Customs Bill votes
Jul17

Brexit: Government scrapes through Customs Bill votes

. . The government has narrowly avoided a defeat on its Customs Bill after agreeing to Brexiteers’ demands to change its wording. It twice survived by just three votes after a backlash from pro-EU Tories who accused Theresa May of “caving in” to the party’s Eurosceptic MPs. Defence Minister Guto Bebb resigned so he could vote against the government. MPs will carry on debating Brexit on Tuesday when the Trade...

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Brexiteers’ Customs Bill amendments considered by government
Jul16

Brexiteers’ Customs Bill amendments considered by government

. . A group of Conservative MPs is seeking to change the government’s Customs Bill in what is being described as a “show of strength” by Brexiteers. A government source said ministers were set to accept all four amendments tabled by MPs unhappy at the PM’s Chequers plan. The source insisted this did not mean any government policies had to change. If the government does accept the amendments it would avert the...

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Trump leaves Scotland on Air Force One
Jul15

Trump leaves Scotland on Air Force One

. . Donald Trump has left Scotland, after spending two nights at his Turnberry resort. His presidential motorcade was seen leaving the hotel on the Ayrshire coast on Sunday afternoon, heading towards Prestwick Airport. On the runway he boarded Air Force One with his wife, Melania, and the plane took off at 16:12. He is due to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. Earlier he played a final round of golf at...

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PM Theresa May warns party not to put Brexit at risk
Jul15

PM Theresa May warns party not to put Brexit at risk

. AFP . Theresa May held trade talks with the US president during his UK visit The prime minister has warned Conservative party members that they are putting Brexit at risk. Some long-standing Leave campaigners are unhappy with her Brexit White Paper which proposes a common rulebook with the EU for traded goods. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Theresa May urged the country to “keep their eye on the prize”. Her message comes...

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson exit ‘a setback’
Jul14

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson exit ‘a setback’

. AFP . Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s daughter Gabriella hasn’t seen her father for two years The family of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says Boris Johnson’s resignation as foreign secretary has put their bid for her release “back to square one”. The 39-year-old was detained in Iran in April 2016 and given a five-year jail sentence for spying. Her sister-in-law, Rebecca Ratcliffe, said Johnson’s...

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