Month: July 2019

Tom Watson is set to announce that he will vote fo

first_imgTom Watson is set to announce that he will vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal as long as she agrees to hold another referendum.In a keynote speech at the Put It To The People march on Saturday, the deputy Labour leader will say: “I have an explicit message for Theresa May: I will vote for your deal or a revised deal you can agree with my party.“I will help you get it over the line to prevent a disastrous no deal exit. But I can only vote for your deal – or any deal – if you let the people have a vote on it too.”The proposed solution to the Brexit crisis being endorsed by Watson tomorrow has been put forward by Labour backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson.They will likely lay down an amendment to that effect at the next meaningful vote, though there is some confusion as to whether Labour MPs would – if Kyle/Wilson passed – then be whipped to vote for the amended motion or to abstain.Allowing May’s deal to pass on the condition that it is put to a ‘confirmatory ballot’ is seen by many activists as the only surefire way to avoid ‘no deal’ while keeping open the possibility of not leaving the EU at all.London mayor Sadiq Khan will also feature as one of the key speakers at the march from Park Lane to Parliament Square on Saturday afternoon.Watson is expected to tell protestors: “Millions of people voted for Brexit and many more millions of people – their jobs, their livelihoods and their public services – are going to be directly affected by this crisis. I know lots of them because I represent them in parliament and I am determined to do the right thing by them now.“Everyone in this country has been let down by this Brexit process; people who voted to leave, people who voted to stay, people who didn’t vote or were too young to vote.”On how to break the Brexit deadlock, the MP for West Bromwich will say: “Now, at the 11th hour and the 59th minute, parliament has now got to get this right for everyone.“First, we need to stop the PM forcing this deeply unpopular broken Brexit deal on us. After years of incompetence and broken promises, it’s plainly obvious that whatever she tries to foist on us will not meet the promises made for Brexit, will include costs we never knew about in 2016, and still won’t settle the issue for years to come.“Brexit is currently stuck in the pipework of parliament, with MPs split, completely unable to agree or find a way forward. The current impasse is not working for people who voted to leave or people who voted to stay. I really don’t think parliament will be able to resolve this.“That’s why I’ve come to the reluctant view that the only way to resolve this and have legitimacy in the eyes of the public is for the people themselves to sign it off. It can only bring closure if we’re all involved in making the decision. It can only begin to bring the country back together again if we all have a final say – and then live with the result.“So, I have an explicit message for Theresa May: I will vote for your deal or a revised deal you can agree with my party. I will help you get it over the line to prevent a disastrous no deal exit. But I can only vote for your deal – or any deal – if you let the people have a vote on it too.“That’s why I’m proud to be marching. I trust the people I represent. And only they can sort this mess out.”Tags:Tom Watson /People’s Vote /Put it to the people march /last_img read more

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first_imgHe scored one and laid on several others as Justin Holbrook’s men stretched their advantage at the top of the Betfred Super League.Ryan Morgan and Theo Fages both scored braces in the victory whilst Ben Barba pulled off another length of the field masterpiece.But this was a 1 to 17 effort, with big displays from the pack too.Saints led 22-4 after dominating the first half.They scored on their first set through Kyle Amor and then took control after Mike McMeeken replied.A sensational length of the field move had already seen Regan Grace halted in the far corner before Barba repeated his feat of the last meeting between the two sides.Adam Swift knocked back a high ball, Barba picked it up and went the distance.To be fair, this one was a little more spectacular than his Cup effort – the full back scooting around several defenders on his way to his 20th of the season.Cas had one chalked off for a knock-on on 22 minutes before both Adam Swift and Dom Peyroux went close as Saints pressed.It was a warning the Tigers didn’t heed though as once they’d given a penalty away for stepping off the mark, a lovely move saw Lomax ghost through.And it got better as moments later Dom Peyroux stretched the advantage following a sweet pass from Lomax.Saints were in command but it took an important tackle from Mark Percival on Greg Minikin to keep the line intact as the half came to a close.Saints led by 18 at half time and within a couple of minutes of the second it was a 22 point game; Ryan Morgan continuing his rich try-scoring form as he exchanged passes with Adam Swift.The centre then poached his second following a mazy run from Jonny Lomax – Theo Fages adding another from Regan Grace’s pass.Cas hit back with three quick tries from Jy Hitchcox, Jake Trueman and Oliver Holmes but the flow was stemmed by another Lomax inspired try.This time he dipped through the defence to send Fages in for his second – and the away fans home happy.Match Summary:Tigers: Tries: McMeeken, Hitchcox, Trueman, Holmes, Goals: Ellis (1 from 4)Saints: Tries: Amor, Barba, Lomax, Peyroux, Morgan (2), Fages (2) Goals: Richardson (4 from 8)Penalties Awarded: Tigers: 5 Saints: 5HT: 4-22 FT: 18-40REF: C KendallATT: 6,969Teams:Tigers: 4. Michael Shenton; 2. Greg Minikin, 17. Alex Foster, 1. Ben Roberts, 24. Jy Hitchcox; 6. Jamie Ellis, 21. Jake Trueman; 32. Liam Watts, 9. Paul McShane, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Adam Milner. Subs: 8. Junior Moors, 10. Grant Millington, 14. Nathan Massey, 18. Matt Cook.Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 5. Adam Swift, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 14. Luke Douglas 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

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first_img SharePrint REUTERS/Toby MelvilleREUTERS/Toby Melville It’s been less than 24 hours since European leaders agreed to offer the United Kingdom an Article 50 extension to May 22nd on the condition that MPs support the withdrawal deal next Monday.Now it appears that there are fears over what could happen if the Brexit deal fails a third time. Discussions yesterday revealed that in the event of the deal being dropped once more, this would trigger a shorter delay until April 12th.Updated: UK to get delay until 22 May if MPs support deal next MondayYesterday’s olive branch aside, the Prime Minister is understood to be considering a series of seven ‘indicative votes’ which offer MPs the chance to vote on the next course of the process. This will include a variety of options from cancelling Brexit to crashing out with No-Deal, and everything in between.Government has not officially committed itself to the indicative votes but they could also be forced through via endorsement from MPs across the ParliamentWhile the details of what the options will include remain vague at this time, they would not replace the vote on the PM’s dealRevoke Article 50By delving into the Article 50 legislation, it is entirely possible that the United Kingdom could revoke its request to leave the European Union without the say of the other European member states.According to the European Court of Justice, the UK would need to notify the EU of its, ‘unequivocal and unconditional’ decision to cancel Brexit and remain a member of the bloc.The European Court of Justice ruled last year that revoking the process would not change the terms of the UK’s former membership of the EU meaning it would not need to accept the Euro or join the Schengen zone.#ECJ: UK is free to unilaterally revoke the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU – Case C-621/18 Wightman #Brexit— EU Court of Justice (@EUCourtPress) December 10, 2018A second referendum  The details of what the second referendum would consist of remain unclear but there is a movement of both civil society and MPs within the United Kingdom which believe in offering the British a say on the final deal.The ‘People’s Vote’ as it is called, is campaigning for the British public to have the final say on the withdrawal deal which would decide on behalf of lawmakers.The Brexit withdrawal dealOnce again, details behind this option are also unclear but given recent voting down of the deal twice and the statements that the third deal will need to be ‘substantively different’ to the first and second attempts, a possible fourth try may also have to be a different beast.Updated: Brexit: PM says ‘UK in crisis’ with 10 days to BrexitThird Brexit deal vote would have to be ‘substantively different’ – HOC SpeakerWithdrawal deal with customs unionProposals for a customs union have been something that has largely been discussed by the official Opposition Labour Party over the last few months. This customs union would be with the EU and would form part of a departure deal that would maintain a connection with the bloc.The customs union would keep the UK within the free trade area with no tariffs on goods and services moving across it.This was outlined in the Labour Leaders’ five commitments which form their terms for supporting the Brexit deal, a ‘permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union.’In February, the Prime Minister officially told the Labour leader that she would rule out such a customs union believing that it would impact the UK’s ability to make its own trade deals.Withdrawal deal with customs union and Single Market accessBuilding on the above mentioned idea of keeping the UK within a close orbit of the European Union’s economic union, comes the added idea of maintaining access to the European Single Market.While the customs area would all good and services to pass freely, the Single Market is much broader in scope and would see the UK maintaining its commitments and access to the free movement of goods, services, capital and people.The idea has been touted of a ‘Norway Plus’ style membership option which would allow the UK to keep its connection and access but not allow it to have a say in changes to the union or market dynamics and the impacts for the UK. The Prime Minister rejected the idea saying that trading with the EU with no rights over how the trade would be conducted would only be a worse option for the UK than having its own independent trade agreements.According to the Institute for Government, such an agreement would go against the EU’s own approach to trade at it requires oversight and regulation to ensure that it is conducted fairly with the UK. They believe this to be ‘highly unlikely’.Standard Free-trade agreementThis concept refers to the Canada or Canada-Plus style of free trade agreement in which the UK would emulate the EU’s trade agreement with Canada, the Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Such an agreement could see the UK and the EU trying to negotiate efficient access to products and services through regulations that aim at reducing trade barriers.IFG argues that this would a radical change for the UK seeing as the Canadian system would not cater to around 80% of the UK’s existing economy. This would severely damage the UK economy, they suggest.No Deal Brexit Although MPs have already voted to not have a No-Deal Brexit, the Prime Minister has raised the possibility once more. Some wiffs in recent weeks suggested a more favourable opinion of No-Deal Brexit, it is unclear if MPs will actually vote in favour of it this time.National humiliationWhile the options are put together, Brexiteer MPs have been reacting angrily to them, suggesting that a ‘National humiliation is imminent through these ‘indicative votes,’, MP Steve Baker said.Another Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said, ‘If this is true, has Theresa May now decided to declare open war on ALL her backbenchers following her ill-advised statement last Wednesday night?’Nick Boles, a former Tory minister said that he believed that MPs of the Parliament should be put in charge of discussing and deciding on what the indicative votes should be.DUP says PM capitulated with EUIn an email statement to the Prime Minister from the Deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Nigel Dodds, May is accused of capitulating with the EU rather than looking for changes which would allow the existing Brexit withdrawal agreement to get the support of the Parliament.‘The government has been far too willing to capitulate before securing the necessary changes which would get an agreement through the House of Commons … That failure is all the more disappointing and inexcusable given the clear divisions and arguments which became evident amongst EU member states when faced with outcomes they don’t like.’Dodds concludes by telling the PM that his party will again not approve of a deal that ‘poses a long-term risk to the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom.’UpdatesOver 3.5 million UK nationals have signed the petition requesting Parliament to discuss revoking Article 50 and keeping the UK in the EU.Tomorrow supporters of the movement ‘People’s Vote’ will participate in the ‘Put it the People’ March taking place in London tomorrow.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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