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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:16 pm

But the comfort letters were declared non-biding legally because they merely stated that there was not an active investigation on the people On The Run at the time. The letters were not an amnesty, nobody got amnesty there was just an interpretation of the letters. The man those letter specifically referenced is currently being extradited on a European Arrest warrant to the UK for prosecution again.


If I recall rightly, one court misinterpreted them and that added fuel to the fires. That is what the papers, Westminster and so on remember, not the current extradition

I remember "Crime is Crime is Crime" from history not "Crime is Crime is Crime, unless its a British soldier murdering an Irish civilian fleeing for their lives or on the ground wounded and executing them".


More "Crime is Crime is Crime unless done by us. Then it is completely different."

I'm not remotely defending the British attitudes, it is jingoism and dangerous that soldiers are untouchable, we saw it in the Middle East when any allegations was met with cries of lawyers with snout in touch, anything on prosecutions related to Troubles will soon be met with "our brave boys" and attacks on IRA.

Bradley before she got this post was seen a fine midranking minister and May loyalist, initially some sympathy with her not being overly patient with Stormont due to "she must be worried about the impact" but time has gone way past that and she has becoming increasingly clearly unable to understand N.Ireland. She has failed to grasp the sheer basics like the basic divides, diplomatic wording is not her strength clearly in a very sensitive area, she has been weak on Stormont and yes, she has been highly offensive to victims.

She needs to go I agree, even those who do agree a meeting with her on her apology tour are coming out and saying she needs to go, I don't see any way she can gain the trust of half the population. Or the professions, the party leaders, she won't command respect and trust.

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-Barclay says Barnier trying to rerun old arguments with his custom union pull out (would leave N.Ireland in EU is why UK objects), DUP says Barnier idea is an insult to constitutional integrity of UK and not a workable idea, Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee says possible there is a technical solution to border via mobile identification but requires trust and goodwill on both sides, Calais running out of wine and so on as people from UK Brexit stockpile (Grayling still banned). Williamson says UK will thrive whatever happens but they need to leave, Dr Fox says EU should compromise rather then defend purity of EU project and too many pessimists in Westminster

-Shamima Begum's baby has died and it looks like this could backfire on Javid. People were split on the mother but not the baby's right to be here and there is a sense Javid has been posturing about being hardline (unlike May), standing up for police and so on, that Javid was playing that when he took the legally questionable decision to strip her of nationality. Abbott remarks "It is against international law to make someone stateless, and now an innocent child has died as a result of a British woman being stripped of her citizenship. This is callous and inhumane."

-Papers on Brexit breakdown and Begum

-D'Arcy on a very very quiet week

-Labour peers chairman Lord Harris says Labour failure on anti-Semitism is embarrassing, a political failure and leaves the party moral authority diminished, Equalities and Human Rights Commission intervention is a humiliation as last happened to BNP to 2019, Labour peers back Tom Watson's recent interventions and Labour trying to use data protection as reason to stop him is laughable given Corbyn's staff interventions on anti-Semitism complaints.

-Government pledge an extra £100 million (to make 400 million) for Syrian related aid this year

-Hands up if you forgot the Spring Statement was this week?

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-Tim Shipman notes "Theresa May's decision to hold her Brexit speech in Lincolnshire is backfiring spectacularly as the lobby's finest battle train cancellations that thwart their every move North. Just as well Chris Grayling can't see the press gallery Whatsapp group"

-Grieve can't see how May's deal will pass

-Press loving Francois death stare duel with Will Self

-Lord Hain fears May and her government haven't got an understanding of N.Ireland

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-Forysth (sun) we are facing crises this week and all sorts of plans underway

-Charlotte Henry TIG have big challenges ahead

-Henry Hill wonders if this week could lead to election

-Freedland on history of anti-Semitism
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:12 pm

-Press have eye on how Soubry in particular will fit in with the left-wing of TIG, papers focusing on Brexit and Javid, no "May will win" headlines to say the least

-Leadsom says she won't back a Brexit deal that breaks up UK (but probably doesn't mean in way the Irish would recognize)

-Jess Phlips slams Javid, Soubry country should reflect on Jarrah's death

-Phillip Davies says public and Westminster apart on law and order, public want more use of jail and tougher sentences while MoJ goes softer

-Baker and Dodds do join letter saying Brexit delay will harm trust and would cost business who have prepared for Brexit date (I can't recall a business saying that) and predict defeat for May on Tuesday, Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson says Labour should back May if deal is subject to referendum

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-Macer Hall good week for Hammond, Corbyn could be key on Brexit

-Rawnsley tries to predict Brexit week ahead
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Re: UK Politics

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-Damian Collins calls for Fifa to freeze Qatar payments and investigate latest allegations around how they won world cup bid

-Wishart on how Scottish government wants it's say on future trade, Brexit talks deadlocked with May seemingly not getting late cavalry support, Hancock says May is respected and an offer to resign won't help get deal through, Blackford says SNP will ask for Scottish referendum if Brexit goes ahead and doubts Corbyn wants second referendum.

Hunt says failure to get deal through could kill Brexit, Sir Stramer says three month delay is doable, McDonnell thinks May's deal will fail as too similar to old one and Hammond has been too cowardly to limit Brexit damage including refusing to rule out no deal. Leadsom says now or never for Brexit, Gove defends deal in his eloquent style, Vardaker says extension must be with a purpose and that the idea in Times would be a mistake as far too late. May to make a last ditch visit to Brussels tonight according to Ireland which leads to Baker musing "The new normal, if this deal goes through?" though both number 10 and EU play down the idea a trip till very late on at which point May decides to go. Big night for May, big night for the country

-Believed EU and May had agreed deal on Sunday but someone in London nixed it

-Papers on Brexit talks deadlocked, Telegraph saying EU will charge us billions per month of Brexit delay, Times rumours that May will pull the vote and instead "this is the kind of plan Commons would accept" which she would then take to Brussels and now others are spreading this (to fury over Tories, talk of resignations and contempt motions) despite number 10 denials. I suspect even if May didn't have plans or was just contemplating, she has been damaged as this has clearly caused ill-will

-McDonnell welcomes Equalities and Human Rights Commission investigation and hopes they can provide advice to make Labour a shining example of tackling anti-Semitism

-Hunt says it wasn't safe to attempt a rescue of Shamima Begum's child and she had taken huge risk with big consequences going to warzone, sir Stramer says she should return to face trial

-US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson says chlorinated chicken is a bogeyman and shouldn't become a blocker on opportunity of trade deal

-Government looking for higher societal standards for firms bidding for public sector contract

-Hunt says he is talking to Baroness Warsi and isn't closing his ears to what she has to say on Islamphobia

-Hancock says NHS has role in tackling knifecrime

-Dr Woolostan says Labour whips attempts to oust select committee members is a worrying precedent that weakens Westminster

-A sense in the press there are quite a few MP's who support May's deal but won't actually vote for it as they hope the others will. That is outright cowardice

-Corbyn urgent question is met by... Robin Walker. May was doing a reading a Commonwealth Day service so that might be explained, Barclay was on phone to Barnier but not even a Secretary of State?

-Bercow warns tomorrow's vote could be delayed if MP's need more table to table amendments. Not helped by event meaning Barclay statement to Common at 10PM!

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-Boris says no way he will vote for backstop in current form and EU have refused to listen about UK constitutional requirements, Davis says May going won't change the fundamental problems and numbers and deal can be rescued of unilateral backstop but Remainers have damaged May's negotiating leverage, Brexit not happening could lead to a Trump moment here. Morgan struggles to see how May can stay on if she loses Brexit votes, Francois thinks Times is right, Fysh says EU simply isn't aware of the technology border plan (EU very much is), Freeman would back Norway+ if May deal fails. Cameron supports May and no deal would be bad idea, Cooper warns May would have straight up lied to Commons if she pulls vote and she would try to force through article 50 extension+indicative votes if vote pulled, Francois says he is sure May never asked for backstop changes, IDS suggests EU willing to change on backstop to something like Malthouse

-Freeman would like to May to go after Brexit

-Raab on if he has eyes on number 10 "never say never"

-Got ugly on Politics Live over between Michelle Dewberry and Paul Mason.

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-Andy Beckett feels left should be given a chance and language less loaded when used to describe it

-Labourlist polling

-Charles Arthur social media pushes MP's to closed groups and extremes
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:31 pm

May winning tonight after last ditch deal was always slim but needed Attorney General to give his backing to give ERG cover to back her. He hasn't, warns we remain

Tonight will be a disaster
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:45 pm

-Deal defeated by 391 votes to 242 - a majority of 149, May only got 40 MP's to switch in her favour, Labour figures had worked out she would lose so not worth the capital so only three voted for deal. A sense May is done for, question is government will last the week. Free vote on no deal tomorrow, Corbyn will try again to get Labour plan through, SNP demand second referendum.

Last night Brexit Ireland held an emergency evening cabinet meeting while Lidlington hosted UK cabinet. Lidlington at 10pm tells Commons legally binding changes have been made (sir stramer jokes about lack of advanced notice), Labour said they would vote against and May has failed with nothing changing, Baker says it wasn't enough but government put a good gloss on it, DUP says they will wait to see the actual text, Rees-Mogg says step in right direction but need to see details and if DUP are happy. Junker says they worked hard to help May, this is second chance for deal and will be no third chance, May says we can withdraw if talks with EU break down. Some annoyance deal got released on twitter before the Commons, is a push to delay vote 24 hours from all sides so they can look at deal properly

Today: Gove denies vote will be delayed 24 hours and EU will impose conditions on any article 50 extension and suspected Cox would be summoned, Vardaker (who had to cancel trip to UK) says last night was positive and backstop not undermined and committed to exploring alternatives, DUP back delay., May urges MP's to back deal, May talked to Tory MP's before noon, Cox says risk of remaining stuck in backstop is less but remains which has pretty much killed May's deal in brutally honest legal advice, DUP saying they can't support deal now, ERG against deal . Junker quips "Allow me to tell you a secret: I didn’t sleep much because of Mrs May last night.", EU firming up the "we welcome deal, you better vote for it as will not be a third chance". May was going some defections to her deal but not at a rate to overturn defeat, May says she will legislate to ensure N.Ireland and mainland UK remain regulatory aligned. Barnier warns UK that the idea EU would allow a transition without a deal is an illusion, the expected 50 or so defeat turned into 100's in the last hour before voting when the extent of revolt became clear in lobby's

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-Bradley apologises and she her comments were deeply offensive, shadow Tony Lloyd warns her job is now very difficult and she needs to consider if she can do the job as damaged as she is

-Watson's group meeting apparently had 80 or so MP's and 70 peers, he will be happy with that.

-Abbott made good Commons speech on Javid's decision

-Jon Snow says lawyer contact tells him Cox is not impressed by deal, Cox retweets his... disagreement with the story with one word

-Papers on May's last minute deal

-Economy did better then expected in January, growth at 0.5% though the quarter remains 0.2%

-NHS England considering scrapping A&E waiting time targets which would be rather controversial

-I wonder if those that questioned Cox's independence will apologize?

-May hoarse when speaking to Commons did not help feel of "it is all over for her"

-Trade gap widens with us heavily reliant on EU for trade and goods

-Nissan pulls more brands out of Sunderland

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-Baker "If in 5 years we found ourselves trapped in the backstop people would rightly curse the withdrawal agreement", Dr Lewis had wondered if a last minute rabbit before debate would show EU had talked in bad faith, a fair few saying they will wait for Cox advice (though hint which way they lean like Dorries for deal, Afriyie against), Rees-Mogg thinks EU would offer third deal but can't say it, some Labour MP's do joint article opposing May's deal. Boles warns ERG they will regret failing to back May no deal, Charles Walker says if May loses she should go to election. Ben Bradley why he now backs deal, Boris backed no deal.

-Professor Curtice says public split over deal or no deal and oppose a long extension.

-McVey deletes tweet that falsely claimed EU countries had to join Euro but dodges around if she was wrong

-Lord Falconer fears anti-Semitism row could become existential threat

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-Toynbee calls for Remain

-Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd Commonwealth wont rescue Brexit Britain

-Rentoul May will lose vote and UK will drift to Remain
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:01 pm

Commons demands rule out of no deal, 312 votes to 308 majority of 4. Will annoy all sides, Remainers had hoped Spelman's would be pulled (they are living with Cooper) so they could crush the ERG in the government's version to keep them down, ERG will be angry as the wording makes it harder for them to argue time to bring in no deal and damaging for May as another defeat for her, she won't be pleased Bercow didn't allow amendment to be pulled. However it isn't binding and does nothing to stop no deal by default. Malthouse rejected by 374 votes to 164 so a 210 gap., Spelman's change meant free vote turned into whipping against their own motion as "rules out" no deal forever but lose 321 to 278 ie 43.. May points out they need to actually vote for a deal and if they don't she will have to seek a long extension. We can still default onto no deal

-Last Night: CBI screams into the night "Enough is enough. A new approach needed. Extend article 50 with a clear plan for progress: Conservatives must consign red lines to history, Labour must come to table with genuine commitment to solutions. It’s time to stop this circus." and businesses group hammering Westminster. May's defeat 4th biggest of the democratic era, May indicates she will not back no deal, Rutte regrets the vote but EU stands by withdrawal agreement and UK must come up with solution and he would demand a credible reason for any extension. Cairns hopes for third deal, Sturgeon says DUP holding more influence on Scotland's fate then Scotland's elected MP's shows reason for Independence. Blackford says Tories should be whipped against no deal (which is a stupid idea), ERG declare they will push for Malthouse, another rule out no deal amendment push forward, EU leaders saying thy are preparing for no deal. Tusk warns chance of no deal have significantly increased, Sinn Feinn says defeat shows Tories (Labour and SNP as well surely?) disregard for Good Friday agreement

Today: Barclay says he would vote no deal over no Brexit, ministers hint they will try a third time with May's deal. To quote Lisa O'Carroll "no checks on Irish border in no deal and tariff regime will not apply on goods crossing Irish border. But tariffs would have to be paid on certain goods going from Ireland/EU to U.K. Govt says there will be no checks down Irish Sea, hence smuggling opps.", CBI furious at tariffs with 87% of products at zero but will be tarrifs to product farming sector via meats and some diary. Long-Bailey wants free votes on all Brexit options. Barnier says no further assurances to UK, would need UK to provide a good reason for extension and what UK wants future relationship to be (MEP's backing him on this), risk of no deal has never been higher.

Brexiteer cabinet members warning there will be resignations if not allowed free vote on Malthouse (not like the EU have made clear their feelings on that one already... oh wait) and May has agreed to it, Ireland's agriculture minister Michael Creed unhappy at higher tariffs for beef and cheese will hit Irish farmers and feels UK choice of tariffs is to pressure Ireland into submitting on backstop. Brexit Committee calls for indicative votes, rumours Brexiteers are trying an amendment calling for no second referendum, EU’s deputy Brexit negotiator Sabine Weyand says revival of Malthouse shows Westminster divorced from reality and voting to avoid no deal is “like the Titanic voting for the iceberg to get out of the way”. Vadaker thinks UK's tarrif plan is unsustainable and risks making N.Ireland a backdoor, Truss says May's deal is still alive, shadow Brexit ministers Matthew Pennycook thinks May's "no deal better then bad deal" made people underestimate the damage of no deal

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Spring Statement: Javid wins £100 million for knife crime help which is double when Hammond initially offered, next growth predictions cut to 1.2% (from 1.6) but ones a few years off rise to 1.6%, will be three year spending review (which will focus spending on improving productivity) starting before summer recess in time for budget but only if there is a deal, Brexit warchest up to 26 billion, consulting on what to replace PFI contracts with. Review on low pay including effects of minimum wage, PhD level roles will be eliminated completely from visa caps, money spent on very sciency sounding things, review of tech giants and digital advertising, free sanitary products in school, end fossil-fuel heating in new homes by 2025

Hammond says Brexit vote has cast cloud of uncertainty over a robust economy, pushes that deal=he has more money to spend vs no deal=pain to treasury finances, is wrong to think there is any way of stopping no deal harming country and productive capacity. Notably firing back against no dealers but also calling for compromise which is seen as not loyally backing May plan 3

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-Gove warns no deal could lead to direct rule of N.Ireland

-Very school assembly the "ooooooooh" when result announced

-Cherry praises Cox independence, Sir Stramer says Cox gave proper independent legal advice and that government has used Attorney General properly

-Interestingly the Express sees the defeat as frustrating Brexit, most papers feel May has lost control+is doomed and bemoaning MP's

-National Audit Office says Treasury's decision making on devolving money can be hard to understanding

-This doing the rounds tells you how much you pay into EU

-May's voice doesn't seem to have been better at PMQ's and so Brexit debate to be opened by Gove and closed by Dr Fox

-Hammond's failure to halt welfare freeze going down badly

-Bercow warns at some point he will have to rule if May's deal can return or not, rule involved last used in 1943 as governments knew not to abuse it but would be a major call but he made major call in refusing to allow Spelman to withdrew her no deal motion with Cooper using it instead (was seen in Tory ranks as better to vote on government motion on no deal, Spelman's risked splitting party and more aggressive)

-Lords inflict two defeats on trade bill: 285 to 184, a majority of 101 to back Lord Hain's frictionless trade in Ireland and 254 to 187, a majority of 67 call for future trade deal to ensure reciprocal rights for citizens

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-Rees-Mogg says 52% of country voted to Leave but probably 500 MP's voted to Remain, Burt responds "So what? Who voted to Leave tonight, Jacob? Me. Who voted not to? You.", Cameron urges MP's to rule out no deal, Baker says ERG were yearning to vote for May's deal till Cox's legal advice, Boles wants votes on compromises but warns MP's not to vote for things EU will just reject. Rees-Mogg warns EU doesn't have to grant extension, ruling out no deal has no force, Boris expects EU to offer something better at the last and free vote is absurd. Farage claims Barnier is scared of no deal but May will need to justify to EU any extension, suggests EU veto extension this weekend.

-Not sure Fiona Onasanya voting will earn her any goodwill

-Guardian's John Crace "Chancellor about to give spring statement when he has no idea what state the economy will be in in two months time. British politics in 2019". Telegraph's Peter Foster "This Malthouse “pay-as-you-go” #brexit amendment is utterly delusional. Unicorns really do have more chance of existing.

Am on phone with EU source discuss extension and what might trigger leaders into harder than expected response? “That”."

-Lord Mandelson thinks tariff plan ignores international responsible and is not sustainable


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-Professor Anand Menon on what happens now

-Behr this defeat was coming and could cost Brexiteers

-Tom McTague there is no plan

-Adler on EU reaction

-Katy Balls on Tory tensions

-Tory member Ajay Jagota Islamophobia within Tory party
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:52 pm

-Second referendum rejected by 249 votes, 334 votes to 85 with Labour abstaining including plenty of their Remainers (bar 25 in favour and 18 against, Watson's PPS Ruth Smeeth resigning to vote against) as they and People's Vote felt not the time, Benn amendment for indicative vote loses by two (314 votes to 312) which is a disturbingly narrow win but keeps government in control of process, Labour's defeat by 16 as 318 votes to 30, government article 50 extension till June 30th (if May deal passes) or rather longer (if deal loses again) passes by 211413-202 with Truss, Fox, Morudant, Leadsom, Barclay (who now has to negotiate for the extension he voted against), Cairns, Grayling Williamson, some of the whips voting against with Julia Smith abstaining (was free vote but still alarming for May, ditto that 188 Tory MP's voted against and 112 for). The EC responds by saying any extension won't be automatic and they have to consider their own interests

-Immediate aftermath of last night: Benn says May is right Parliament needs to show what it does want so pushes for indicative votes, EU Commission says they note the result but unless there is a deal then it will be a deal, government sets Wednesday deadline for Commons deciding a deal or May will seek long extension though Bercow has said that could be amended. Corbyn says he and sir Stramer will have meetings across Commons to build consensus, Vardaker given standing ovations whenever he mentions Ireland's commitment to EU and Good Friday Agreement, noted David Davis voted for deal

-Solicitor General Robert Buckland, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt, Business Secretary Greg Clark, Defence minister Tobias Ellwood, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Business minister Richard Harrington, Culture minister Margot James, Education minister Anne Milton, Scottish Secretary David Mundell, Business minister Claire Perry and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd abstained on government motion but will be allowed to stay in post. One minister who voted against disability minister Sarah Newton resigns but letting the 11 off on a three line whip is seen as really bad for the whips and party discipline.

-Today: McDonnell says May hasn't sought to compromise but parliament must, Leadsom says no deal not off table s EU might not agree to extension, Tories give free vote on extending article 50, Tusk says he will be long extension which Sturgeon has welcomed. DUP in talks with Cox, government and Leadsom don't have Brexit debate scheduled for net week despite Wednesday deadline, Verhofstadt says no way does he want an extension unless there is a reason and clear plan behind it. Bercow selects four amendments (Dr Woolstan's extend article 50 for referendum, Benn indicative votes next Wednesday, Labour extend article 50 for Commons to find a majority, Byrant to kill May putting same deal forward), ERG furious the "we rule out second referendum" has not been selected and some accusing Bercow of bias. Lidington says if no deal by EU summit then will allow parliament to find other way forward but on assumption EU agrees to longer delay, Foster says this is the stage where deals will be done. Conveny predicts a 21 month extension

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-Boris says police investigating historical child abuse allegations is malarkey, a waste of police time and funding was being "spaffed up the wall". This has gone down badly with the charities and relevant sectors, Haigh "Could you look the victims in the eye and tell them investigating and bringing to justice those who abused them, as children, is a waste of money? You shameless, dangerous oaf." but Boris has got away with it for now.

-Press have eyes on how Bercow is going to handle May plan 3 and the votes coming up

-Papers on Brexit meltdown and May's loss of control

-May's line "I may not have my own voice, but I do understand the voice of the country".got cut-through in Westminster. She won't speak today, Lidignton will open, Barclay close and cover points of order in vote aftermath, rumours she let rip at cabinet.

-Hammond says he can't spend on welfare due to needing to keep back funding for no deal, Labour left welfare unsustainable but hints hoping to improve it next year, no deal can't be stopped without an actual dea, abstaining cabinet members was simply down to confusion

-Gwynne not in parliament due to serious illness to grandson

-Mercer on an example of abuse he gets

-Trump says he looks forward to negotiating a large scale trade deal with UK, says he has been surprised how badly Brexit talks have gone and he would have taken a very different approach (his advice was to sue the EU so....), second referendum would be unfair, is a shame to see Brexit tearing countries apart, Brexit may have to be delayed.

-Sir Chope says he would seriously consider any no confidence motion that Labour brought forth

-I like Blackford's line "A shiver has run down the front bench of the Labour party looking for a spine to run up and it has not found one."

-Tulip Sidiq possibly first to rebel by proxy

-trade continuity deal with Papua New Guinea and Fiji has been signed. Rejoice you cynics, rejoice!

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-Francois says whips might as well go home if the 11 aren't sacked, Baker says he will vote down May's deal every time so she should go to EU and tell them it won't pass, Rees-Mogg says he might vote for it depending on what changes and discussions occur but law says we leave on March 29th at moment, Davies says May will get Brexit through and he will help her get there. Bridgen accuses May of scorched earth tactics and doesn't think parliament (which he feels is defying the people) will last long, Freeman says Withdrawal Agreement can only pass if May promises to then resign, Nigel Evans says May needs to reassert authority on the abstainers. Ken Clark wants long delay so they rethink what kind of Brexit they want

-Kuessenberg on no deal night "I normally try very, very, hard not to say things like this, but have never actually seen anything like what's happened tonight"

-Carton from Australian Cathy Wilcock on Brexit

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-Jolyon Maugham QC wants article 50 revoked for a tie

-Kettle yesterday signals a battle for power

-Kai Weiss chances of EU allowing extension
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:13 pm

-Press can not believe the Barclay situation, press concentrating on Brexit (Express feeling very strongly) and press staring to sense ERG moving towards May's deal again

-Hancock says long extension would be a disaster as people want UK to get on it, Gardiner shows May requiring Labour help to get extension through shows need for compromise and cooperation from all sides, Lidington says he works closely with Barclay and it was a free vote, thinks leaver cabinet ministers were registering their displeasure that extension was only option now. EU Commissioner Phil Hogan warns UK tariff plans may breach WTO rules and MP's messing around till last minute is unfair on everyone else, Ian Paisley tried to strongarm government over Gove's direct rule comment. DUP having major talks with government which Dodds says has been constructive, Barclay says he was in favour of short extension but he disagreed with long term extension part of motion

-Labour loses a few shadow ministers over referendum: Whip Stephanie Peacock, health minister Justin Madders, children minister Emma Lewell-Buck and housing minister Yvonne Fovargue all voted against. They were pushed out, Peacock somewhat honourably jumped when asked but others were "resigned" by leaders office before they had actually resigned

-Sir Cable's leadership to end in May after local elections (subject to events), says he will return to writing books, will be 12 week leadership contest, takes pride in Lib Dem recovery

-Cox now saying Vienna convention will allow leaving backstop if it harms social fabric of N.Ireland but others, including ERG's set of lawyers "the star chamber" reject it

-Lord Steel suspended as he admits he suspected Cyril Smith of abuse but didn't act as he felt it wasn't his place

-All sides sending condolences and support to New Zealand, Lidington using it to speak about the evil of Islamophobia, a minute silence held in Commons.

-Party leaders on climate change

-Reeves says Interserve's collapse should mean government stops outsourcing public services to private companies

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-Freeman says cabinet voting against May's delay plan means it is all over for her, McVey says Brexiteers like her may have to vote for deal to get Brexit

-Gina Mille rules out running for Lib Dem leadership

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-Kettle on what the week's votes mean for Brexit dynamic, ditto Rentoul

-Anna Nadibaidze has indepth look at chances of extension
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Re: UK Politics

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-MP's not happy at social media's handling of Christchurch attack videos with Javid rather firmly telling youtube they were not doing enough, Javid seeks to reassure Muslim community

-D'Arcy's Week of Statuary Instruments

-James Gray will vote for "obnoxious" deal, McVey wants the abstaining Remainers to be sacked from cabinet and parliament gave away it's leverage by voting down no deal

-Early eyes on Swinson and Moran for Lib Dem leadership, particularly the former

-Scot Mann suggests GPS tracker and database for knives, not impressed people

-This week has been a bit silly for MP's and those involved in politics using sex and other related stuff for phrases, comparisons and other things. Could we take a step back please?

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-Adler EU reaction to this week

-Forsyth (sun) offer to DUP, Boris and Raab need to climb down, May needs to offer to go

-Henry Hill sceptical about Vienna convention
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:07 pm

-May asks for MP's to honourably compromise on Brexit, failure to back her deal delays Brexit for months and possibly kills it

-Papers mostly on May's appeal though Observer says EU war-gaming May's fall

-Nick Boles resigns from Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association due to clashes with them over Brexit and a sense they were trying to deselect him but is not resigning the Tory whip. The loca party wants him to resign as MP, I doubt Tories will back that call as even the high Brexiteers had been trying to protect Boles from his party and Julia Smith has made made clear Boles is still values by Tory party.

-McDonnell says May's deal is not credible but Parliament will move heaven and earth to stop no deal, DUP deny extra money has been offered in talks with government and still issues to be sorted

-Hammond denies he was ever going to abstain, it is impossible to leave on March29th even if deal agreed, a long extension might require MEP's being elected

-Noted Royal Mint Brexit coin has 29th March on

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-McVey says even in team room, people are splitting into Brexit packs, free ports to Commonwealth could favour northern cities like hers whereas EU sucked wealth to southern ports. McDonnell always says "it is a joke" when called up on his threatening female language, when she asked for apology she get a "how dare you approach me" letter. Rebelling Remain ministers destroying democracy but refuses to acknowledge how badly she got that Euro tweet wrong (best she manges is "not true at the moment"), May should be allowed to leave in a dignified manner as thank for her dutiful hard work even if McVey doesn't like her Brexit.

-Some Tory MP's feel Comic Relief leant into Corbyn narrative

-Farage takes part in Brexit march

-Sir Cable says Lib Deems seek to go from protest to a party of power, Bradley's appointment shows Tory unitymeans more then peace of N.Ireland to Tories

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-Goodman questions if May would really resign

-Rentoul calculates numbers May needs

-Nick Cohen warns Farage and populist right are far from defeated

-Dan Hodges with (negative) profile of Dan Hodges

-Alex Graham wants changes to Fixed Term act
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