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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:46 pm

-Andrew Percy says he once faced demands to declare he was a Jew on election materials by constituent

-Peers praise government handling of Venezuela

-Papers focusing on Salmond and Brexit, Sun saying DUP will accept backstop if given time limit

-EU split on how generous to be on no deal sector deals, Vardaker questions if UK will be able to do deals if no deal and Irish border not sold, Poland PM Mateusz Morawiecki urges Polish people here to return to Poland to help them but any who wish to stay here should be treated as they are now.

-Queen, following on from Christmas message, urges people to find common ground and respect different point of views, seen as a pointed shot at Westminster

-McDonnell says Hammond's clear dislike for no deal means Hammond should consider his position, Hammond says EU reconsidering their redlines and signs insurance services agreement with Swiss

-Government seeking to extend employment protection for pregnant woman and shared/parental leave and tougher rules on food allergy labelling

-Mercer ordered to repay £900 in phone expenses but accepts it was oversight by Mercer and clears him on website costs

-Carney says Bank of England ensuring they are prepared to react if no deal, would be a shock to economy de to de-integration, de-globalization and reduction in trade openness, flexible on what to do with interest rates if that happens

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-Some unhappiness at JCB payments to Boris before speech at JCB

-Vaziey says ministers can rebel on Cooper amendment as May won't sack them

-Mark Francois uses Airbus chief German nationality in an attack (it felt xenophobic to me) while citing his own WW2 father and accusing Airbus of bullying. Masters has bemoaned "Stop comparing Brexit to the War"

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-Tom Erdington Reality Checks trade deals being done

-Timothy Garton Ash on UK needs to consider Europe's needs and both sides could do with a year extension

-Jane Merrick on Queen's intervention

-Owen Jones accuses government of socialism for the rich

-Matt Singh on public attitudes to spending
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:58 pm

-Siddiq has safely given birth

-Varadaker says uniformed figures and army would be needed at border if no deal and Ireland has been victimised by the Brexit process, Sinn Feinn calls it reckless and irresponsible and DUP call it deeply unhelpful. French finance minister Bruno Le Maire says all EU will offer is clarifications, backstop and deal are done and up to UK to offer something to get out of the mess (Hammond says French tend to take the hardest line on this) and UK must not be allowed any single market benefits. Central Bank of Ireland warn of immense challenges to economy provided by no deal Brexit with growth dropping from estimaed 4.5% to 1.5% due to "potentially large depreciation of sterling", disruption on border and tarrifs leading to more expensive food.

-Lavery opposes second referendum

-Hinds proposing flexible working for teachers like job shares

-D'Arcy's Brexit Week Ahead

-Papers believe Royal Family will be pushing Queen's message of compromise and civility though some question the wisdom of this intervention, Hammond and Rudd welcomes it

-NHS to offer genetic testing to healthy people for a couple of hundred pounds

-Gauke backs indicative votes and repeats that he would have to consider position if government backed no deal, Leadsom says cabinet should back no deal as an option and thinks EU is willing to extend deadline a few weeks due to strong relations with UK, thinks EU is slightly in denial over UK unease over backstop. Hammond thinks some redlines may be dropped by EU in a bid to help but not the backstop, Dodds welcomes a change of tone from Europe

-Jim Sheridan, now a councillor rather then MP, cleared of anti-Semitism, apologies to Jewish community he so insulted while saying people were misguided for complaining.

-Crouch says verbal abuse of politicians is getting to what you get on sporting grounds and both are getting worse

-Cat Smith cancels Brexit meetings in her constituency due to threats from far right but police seem rather surprised

-Brady lays amendment says Westminster will back deal if backstop removed

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-Francois says he would only back deal if backstop is gone. At least this time he isn't embarrassing the nation

-Lib Dems calculate refunds for EU nationals paying settlement fees will be £1.95 million

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-Freedland questions Brexit due to will of people argument

-Forsyth (sun) Brexit manoeuvring and condemns Corbyn on Venezuela

-Ben Kelly no longer backs Norway option
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:45 pm

-Holocaust Memorial Day Trust polling says 5% of country doesn't believe Holocaust happened and one in twelve says it is exaggerated, two thirds grossly underestimated the number killed.

-Airbus admit government asked them to make their views on no deal clear

-Rachel Riley given extra security by channel 4 due to abuse and threats she is getting for condemning anti-Semitism in Labour party. What is with Corbynites and Jewish woman... oh wait

-Sunday Express thinks EU is about to blink, Sunday Telegraph says Electoral Commission may prosecute electoral law breaches themselves, Sunday Times saying civil service is preparing for state of emergency

-Leadsom says attempts to stop no deal are really attempts to stop Brexit, Livingstone says he understands wishes to stop no deal but they should look at May's deal first

-Government warning February recess could be axed and hours extended to deal with Brexit

-Sebastian Whale interviews Electoral Commission head Bob Posner

-Ireland's minister for European affairs Helen McEntee says they aren't trying to be awkward on backstop but May's redlines mean one is needed to protect peace process

-Salmond's show continues on RT

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-Jeremy Cliffe we misunderstand EU's main goal: a quiet prosperous life

-Rentoul says Cooper and Brady amendments could be critical

-Macer Hall on Corbyn's tactics are to try to get into power soon before time runs out
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:36 pm

-Burgon, Abbott and McDonnell lead some Labour figures in condemning US recognizing Juan Guaidó's claim to be Venezuela's President, comparing it to Iraq and Libya (not sure that is the best comparison they could have found).

-Labour propose an excessive pay levy, government pledges £100 million to help fight cyber crime and announces new teacher recruitment/reattainment schemes

-Independent questions if we can actually leave in the 60 days left, papers expect government to back Brady amendment

-Hancock warns on clampdown on social media if they don't deal with harmful content better, including banning them and on Brexit admits martial law is a possible option though not one government is looking at and warns MP's voting against a deal isn't enough they need to vote for something, medicine will be priorities over food on borders.

-Covney says changes to backstop would be unacceptable and European Parliament would vote any deal without backstop (Hancock dismisses it as negotiating position), dislikes talk of it being a game of chicken and warns no magical solution will emerge. Cooper says her amendment can be adjusted to whatever time limit MP's want, Ellwood says time to rule out no deal, Hinds says no deal still in table though hardly ideal outcome and can't envisage it being actual policy, Sturgeon isn't sure May knows where Brexit is heading. DUP says Ireland needs to calm down on the language of Brexit and stop stoking fears while May should exploit EU and Irish chaos now, Brady says amendment came after talks with MP's, DUP and government and would accept codicil to backstop. Some in media wondering if every single amendment could be voted down as none seem to have majority backing yet, Trickett warns Cooper's amendment is not obeying expressed wish of the people

Boris says May wants a "freedom clause" on backstop (ie time limit or unilateral withdrawal ability) which he suggests means he could then back the deal (which he trashed when he resigned and since), Jenkyns says May needs to hold her nerve against EU and give them a reality check with French getting worried and Ireland is sticking to EU line due to subsidies, Morgan frustrated by Brexit, Creasy and Abrahams push citizen assemblies as route forward. IDS calls for May to bring forward her own amendment rather then rely on Brady and co with nods and winks, Sir Grieve warns unless party can rediscover it's aura of stability then it will lose support

-Hinds says parents need to be careful when emailing schools and need to do more to keep teaching an attractive profession

-Sturgeons says independence bigger then one person (Salmond who denies all allegations), will wait for what kind of Brexit is happening before pushing for independence referendum

-Heads of the big supermarkets warn of food supply problems, less food variety and choices with food prices rises of up to a third if no deal

-Downing Street says May has told EU that withdrawal agreement will have to be changed (EU promptly says no) and they need to compromise for sake of deal, refuses to commit to applying the amendments, Barclay will open and May close Brexit debate, urges Bercow to select a wide range of amendments

-Sabine Weynard, Barnier's deputy, gives UK both barrels: warns no deal chances are very high, big challenge to see if UK can get majority for any deal, negotiation are over, backstop was much better then people in UK assume with UK negotiators deserve more credit then they got and we have snatched defeat from jaws of victory, EU has ruled out time-limit for backstop. Muses about Brexit debate here"our impression is discussion is much more about the future of the country & the future of the UK-EU relationship than about the content of the WA (withdrawal agreement)" then draws laughter "'In fact much of the conversation is uninhibited by any knowledge of what is actually in the WA." May's secrecy in negotiations means UK unaware of what has been tried already, every border in world requires customs checks and controls and simply not possible for there not to be one there, EU will need a sense of purpose for extending article 50 rather then a series of pushing deadline back, EU can handle the supply loss of no deal but not sure UK can handle the regulatory and supervisory loss, political declaration a work of art as bridges the unbridgeable and leaves options open.

-May meets MP's though so packed Baker couldn't get in and says government will back Brady's amendment. Had been suspicions she might but mood had turned against it in 24 hours with ERG at first split then uniting against it as too vague, will May's intervention change this? Early indications are that MP's and journalists think May has made error, ERG will defy her on this and blame games going on already to who blew it with ERG (ERG blame government for letting them think Withdrawal Agreement would be reopened, Number 10 sources seem to blame Brady for suggesting codicil, some Brexiteers blame Rees-Mogg for killing Brady's amendment so early) but Murrison and Baron withdraw similar amendments to make it more difficult for Bercow not to call the Brady one. When Boris said what would amendment really change in talks, May is said to have been spiky “We won’t know unless you support it!” and some claims of cheers at that moment, Boris is said to have heckled "what do you want". Rees-Mogg says unless May provides clarity on what she wants to replace it, he will vote against.

-Next round of Brexit votes will be Feb 13th

-Labour abstaining on immigration bill (that covers EU nationals) has drawn fury from likes of Sturgeon and Remain MP's, Lib Dems press statement worth quoting in full "Pathetic." Labour then change their minds but only one line whip it


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-D'Ancona can no longer support the Tories

-John Harris we have to do better then some of the nasty elements we are seeing

-Hugo Dixon wants proper no deal days of debate with vote

-Henry Newman warns second referendum won't help EU
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:34 pm

-Papers focusing on Brexit, Sun's headline of don't let Labour kill Brexit feels dishonest

-May hosted meeting with Morgan and Rees-Mogg to try to find ways forward but their "plan C" (becoming called the Malthouse compromise after housing minister, 3 year transition with no backstop and hard Brexit... I think) has already been rejected by EU though backed by DUP while being accused of May going against her own plan but May argues she is showing she listened to MP's) , she opens Brexit debate rather then closing which is highly unusual, promises further debate on 13th and vote on Feb 14th, admits backing Brady amendment doesn't mean Brexiteers would then back May's deal without backstop which rather undermines one of the key idea's behind it. EU going no to plan C and Brady's amendment is ignored but Vardaker will speak to May after tonight's votes, Macron says withdrawal agreement can not be reopened. In Brussels, the football made way for rolling coverage of the votes

Labour backing behind Cooper amendment which could be very tight (particularly with Labour shortening the delay allowed to 3 months) with McDonnell calling it their fallback position, May suggests extension can be voted for later. Corbyn annoys MP's on all sides by refusing to take intervention from Angela Smith and backs Norway plus idea's

-Government giving an extra £56.5 million to help councils with Brexit and admit NHS won't cover medical care for British nationals in EU if no deal

-Brady defends his amendment and why he opposes the others, Sedwell says martial law is nonsense, Javid praising EU nationals and promising they don't want to cut international students leads Ken Clarke to wonder, if such people are so valuable, why change the system to one that would risk denying them? Brexit Committee says no deal should be ruled out but is divided on it with Mackinlay calling the report project fear. Dr Fox says May will seek to rewrite withdrawal agreement and EU economies weakening mean EU will agree (Ireland says UK should be realistic and know they won't happen), Harrington hints he will resign if May doesn't promise to allow MP's to vote against no deal within two weeks (promise of debate on Feb14th should prevent that). Shadow N.Ireland Secretary Tony Lloyd says no deal must be taken off table, Sir Stramer says no deal Brexit is the greatest crises for UK in a generation and parliament is out of time, ERG backs Brady but only to see what May can get

Lord Bew says backstop can only be time limited if the Good Friday Agreement he had helped create is to be upheld, Creagh and MEP Richard Corbett urge Labour MP's to support second referendum, Boris says he would back May if she herself promises to change withdrawal agreement, Sir Greive warns Commons has done a lot of displacement activity in recent years and remarks Brexiteers warned against amendments to Brexit bills yet engage in it now, Dr Woolostan wouldn't back Brady amendment, Sir Letwin says he will vote for any deal and if there is a no deal Brexit then it will be a long time till Tories are forgiven. Boles warns no deal would sour faith in government for a generation, Caroline Lucas calls Brady amendment "turning fantasy into art form" given EU's rejection

-Fiona Onasanya jailed for three months, less then the year needed for her to be sacked by Parliament.

-Blood donations in Channel Port Area's cancelled for two weeks before and six weeks after due to no deal transport gridlock

- Spring Statement on 13th March though if deal not reached, I wouldn't be surprised if that gets pushed back


-Gapes condemns the Labour frontbench letter about Venezuela, Sir Duncan calls it signatures of shame, Thornberry argues against US intervention and condemns current Venezuela government, Williamson accuse government of wishing to turn Venezuela into Yemen (Sir Duncan says Williamson brings shame to the country among other things)

-Blair suggests public should listen to MP's on Brexit as MP's are better informed and says when explaining single market or customs union gets told "“You’re just trying to say to me that you know far more about this than I do.” which, as he points out, should be true given he was PM for a decade (though I expect there will be fuming at this), says ‘gilets jaunes’ politics should stand for election before they should be taken seriously .

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-Toynbee on loss of seafaring tradition

-Kuessenberg on government Brexit tactics

-Katya Adler doubts EU is ready to cede on backstop

-Jill Rutter Plan C will fail
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby SunXia » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:51 pm

A DUP MP, Sammy Wilson, while a Scottish MP was discussing food shortages in the event of a No Deal, said that people should just go to the chippy. Seriously between him and "Curry My Yogurt" I am fed up with backward people representing NI in Government. And yet because of the fears and divides here that is unlikely to change. The DUP want creationism taught as a science and support Caleb Foundation. Manic.

Wonder has anyone told Sammy that "chippies" need food supplies too. That they are more expensive than cooking your own food. Just, argh the level of incompetence!
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:31 pm

SunXia wrote:A DUP MP, Sammy Wilson, while a Scottish MP was discussing food shortages in the event of a No Deal, said that people should just go to the chippy. Seriously between him and "Curry My Yogurt" I am fed up with backward people representing NI in Government. And yet because of the fears and divides here that is unlikely to change. The DUP want creationism taught as a science and support Caleb Foundation. Manic.

Wonder has anyone told Sammy that "chippies" need food supplies too. That they are more expensive than cooking your own food. Just, argh the level of incompetence!


Well in Brexiteer lands, experts are bad, farmers know nothing about food production, retailers have no idea about food buying. Sammy Wilson knows more then them as Boris does about car manufacturing more then car manufacturers. Experts are bad. They believe collapse of food tariffs for other countries (which won't happen, at least not immediately), won't be problems at the ports (though Raab was unaware Calais and Dover might be important) and food supplies will more or less continue. I doubt Wilson has done research as to where exactly the fish and chips (plus extras) actually come from and of course, that is really bad idea for daily food.

I more worry the food will be extremely miserable rather then rationing shortages. The days of choice and quality will be over, it will be much more limited, lots of ranges will quietly slip off the shelves not to be seen again or become unaffordable for most. We will be very much a few staples again and again and again.

I do wish Sinn Feinn would reconsider their position on Westminster. DUP's time in the headlights is doing nothing for the image of N.Ireland (nor is these supposedly expert negotiators not being able to form a government).

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-Amendments saw the party ones defeated (tends to be easier for the government to get MP's to go against the opposition parties, harder with backbenchers), Grieve lost by 20 was seen as bad sign for Cooper who lost by more Cooper's article 50 extension defeated by 23, 321 to 298 with pound promptly falling and 14 Labour rebels and 17 abstaining (Tories 17 not enough), Reeves was defeated with 32, Spelman's "rule out no deal" had gained momentum during the day with Tory whips having to work hard but Spelman's rejection of no deal passes by 8, 318-310 with 17 Tory rebels, they might as well vote for unicorn it means that much. Brady's passed by 16, 317-301 with 7 Labour rebels and eight Tories.

May says this shows MP's support her deal but with changes to backstop and assurances on workers right, EU won't be happy but gives her a mandate and them a sense of what is needed while Barclay (on consulting with Commons more in talks ahead), May (those who want to avoid no deal), Clarke (workers rights) will talk with MP's. Corbyn now says he is willing to meet with May (a bit of a climb down using the votes to give him space to do so), Blackford says Brady's amendment tears apart Good Friday Agreement amendment (Dodds says that is reckless talk, May says irresponsible at PMQ's as well), Sir Cable points out Commons vote has contradicted itself,.Sturgeon says Brady's idea is a fairytale that will fail and Commons have abdicated responsibility by voting for it and risking no deal, Cooper hints she will try again in February, Drakeford says it is staggering MP's think backstop can be reopened and time is running out. EU via Tusk (offers political declaration as route forward), Verhofstadt, Vardaker, Macron and Conveny says they won't renegotiate backstop, unsurprisingly (Boris says it is negotiating position and nothing more), business groups tearing their hair out and somewhat sarcastically pleased parliament can at least find a majority for something.

For Corbyn, his push failed and having to a climb down means not a big night but he isn't focus, for May a short term triumph, including major victories on Common authority, but she has been undermined twice in a difficult task. MP's have shown they don't want no deal (about the only practical effect of Spelman's amendment is the weaker negotiating hand) and she can't say to EU as she had hoped "if we lose backstop, my deal goes through with ERG and DUP behind me. It is one big change but just one" so the slim changes of backstop changing are back to zero.

-Jessica Elgot how May won the day

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-Bercow says Julian Smith trying to do Speaker's job as well as chief whip is beyond Smith's capability

-Cabinet minister apparently heard singing "vote vote, wherever you may be, vote vote vote with the DUP" (Sturgeon shows no sense of humour, saying it means she has found new contempt for them)

-Papers tone of "um EU won't accept that" vs "standing up to EU, victory for May" depends on which side paper is on but general acceptance Tuesday was a victory for May

-John Campbell reality checks Good Friday Agreement and hard border

-Sun’s Tom Newton Dunn says negotiating team will be shaken up Julian Braithwaite, the UK’s permanent representative to the UN and WTO in Geneva, and Crawford Falconer, the chief trade negotiation adviser at the Department for International Trade will join Brexit team, ERG seemed to be promised this but Downing Street now saying there hasn't been a change. Times Sam Coates hears from government source “I hope the PM is collecting air miles, because she won’t come back with much else.”

-Concern at insolvencies spiking

-Corbyn says inevitable Brexit will be delayed and country not prepared for no deal yet, Kwarteng says EU gets nothing if no deal, Barclay says no deal still option as default if no agreement, DUP says May now has strong hand which could lead to EU conceding on backstop.

-Verhofstadt says staying in customs union would stop backstop, in nobody's interest to extend article 50 without reason, Brexit has been endless in last few months, hopes May softens red lines. Foreign Ministers seem to be holding the agreed line, Conveny says they will not be threatened into dropping backstop and alternatives do not exist. Barnier says EU united and remain committed to deal they have agreed, May has changed her tune on reopening withdrawal agreement, voting against no deal won't prevent one happening, accuses Raab and Davis of playing blame games, open to alternatives to backstop but nobody has said what that is. Juncker says Brexit is bad and Tuesday votes don't change fundamentals of agreement, still has no idea what UK actually wants but what they don't want, has great respect for May, Tuesday increased chances of no deal but still believes one can be done. Elmar Brok MEP on behalf of the centre-right European People’s party group bemoans all the constructive ideas being voted down on Tuesday, crazy UK rebelling against their own backstop idea, bemoans Corbyn and May not speaking, UK needs to come up with something constructive.

EU agrees peace funds will continue till 2020 for both sides of Irish border even if no deal, Erasmus students will be allowed to complete their studies, will protect UK nationals pension contributions and will offer UK beneficiaries access to EU funds if UK pays their share

-Onasanya to appeal her conviction, first sitting MP to be jailed in three decades and faces recall petition with Labour (and Tories) urging her to resign (her lawyer points out it is her own income and she faces being struck off as solicitor)

-Department of Health orders blood donations to continue at ports

-Nobody yet been able to explain what "alternative arrangement" actually is

-I get the sense Barclay is not impressing Westminster

-CBI warns firms need to prepare for no deal

-Talks between Corbyn and May seem to have gone well, Labour feeling May engaged seriously and went into detail but number 10 careful to play down customs union talk though Corbyn then accusing May of trying to run down clock win't help mood

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-Rees-Mogg and Green (sun) defends Malthouse plan

-New Statements Stephen Bush remarked on Cooper's defeat "If you think, after seeing Parliament fail to even extend Article 50 for three months, that there is a majority to be found in the House for a second referendum: keep a stash of whatever drugs you're on, you may need them for bartering after 29 March."

-Sky's Faisal Islam notes during Brady vote "Commons in short, so far.

We totally reject May’s Deal
We reject No Deal
We reject the power to stop No Deal ourselves.

Now voting to give the PM a mandate to change a backstop she negotiated that has already been rejected by negotiation partners. Despite that Spelman motion - net net I’d say the chances of No Deal have shot up - the message Commons has sent is doesn’t want to step in, only send a message. Plus some Tory remainers rebels are starting to find an accommodation with managed No Deal too..."

-Cooper concerned May is feeling trapped and due to that is willing to do a no deal that Copper believed she never would, Sir Cable says there is a risk of market panic, Mayor Khan says parliament has contradicted itself and calls for referendum, Letwin doubts May talks will succeed on no deal "It will be the first time when we have consciously taken a risk on behalf of our nation, and if terrible things have happened to real people in our nation because of that risk, we will not be able to argue it was someone else’s fault.” Green says more can be done on backstop and time for Brussels to compromise, Raab calls for a new negotiating team with a political lead, perhaps headed by Barclay (aka not Olly Robins) says we can leave on WTO terms if EU doesn't compromise, Lord Wood on UK misunderstanding EU. Davis says UK needs to hold nerve as EU will initially reject changing backstop but should find solution Ireland would accept, Conor McGinn urges Corby to back the backstop for sake of N.Ireland

-Angela Smith expects Corbyn ignored her as he knew she wanted to ask about second referendum

-US Democrat Congressman Brendan Boyle muses"After agreeing to the Irish backstop, Theresa May’s government has now reneged on it. Why would anyone negotiate with her now?"

-All of BBC Parliament's Tuesday in Parliament was on Brexit debate, never seen that before

-Soubry fears Tories are drifting to the right, suspects Brexiteers backed Brady as made talks more likely to fail so no deal more likely and is in despair at what is happening to the country, was not told of Morgan's meeting with Rees-Mogg and May,

-Creasy not happy UK isn't changing N.Ireland abortion laws

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-Behr doesn't think Tuesday events help and will annoy Europe

-Freedland condemns political class for engaging in Brexit fantasy
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:34 pm

-Welsh Assembly vote to prepare for second referendum if Brexit deal doesn't access single market

-Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell says hard Brexit would have impact on US and wants UK to avoid it. I bet the US will love us if we are seen as hurting their economy

-Barnier says both sides looked for backstop alternatives but couldn't find any, still hopes deal can be done, Tusk tells May it is her responsibility to find way through Brexit impasse in what was said to be a very frank phone call. Conveny says border is more important then economics and history will judge harshly those that bring back hard border, Junkcer has no doubts in May's commitment to border but backstop is still a needed protection and tell EU leaders to prepare for worst

-Barclays (bank, not the Brexit secretary) moving assets to Dublin due to no deal concerns

-Rumours Mordaunt told cabinet Dfid should move from spending to fundraising

-Clarke says technology to avoid hard border isn't there yet, Hunt says we may need more time to pass legislation for Brexit (number 10 denies this) and may take a bit to come up with plans to replace backstop an first they need to show commitment to Good Friday Agreement, Leadsom warns Feb recess may be cancelled (suspicions more for appearance and nothing important will be done during that week).

-Science and Technology Committee says social media should have duty of care to youngsters, Environmental Audit Committee slam JD Sports, Sports Direct, Boohoo, Amazon, TK Maxx, Missguided of failing to address environmental impact of fashion

-Press mixed on Javid's proposed knife crime reforms, Times suggesting government offering to give more money to 20 Labour consistencies that would encourage MP's to switch to backing May which has not gone down well

-Raab accuses Vardkaer of leaking and misrepresenting private conversation to Telegraph, Irish Government says show the evidence, Raab denies demanding backstop only have three month limit and says he only looked for mechanisms for exit and says Ireland seeking way to climb down.

-Eyes on if Corbyn and whips will punish the Labour rebels on Brexit vote (Corbyn has said there will be words), Gapes wonders why Owen Smith was sacking for second referendum call but Labour frontbenchers were allowed to abstain on Brexit votes despite three line whip

-Corbyn blames media for the perception Corbyn hasn't been beating government on Brexit, has to take car to speech about bus cuts after bus doesn't turn up

-Education Department warns schools may need to be flexible (ie ignore the usual rules) in what is lunches if no deal Brexit, school troops abroad and teachers from abroad will be more difficult

-SNP agree deal with Scottish Greens to pass budget

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-Paisley accuses Labour of trying to implement direct rule

-Tonia Antoniazzi Waspi woman debate

-Lord Hain furious with Labour MP's who didn't vote against Brady amendment and backs backstop, Farage says EU pushed May into signing to backstop which is a condition no country could agree to outside of war defeat, Caroline Lucas Tuesday shows need for referendum, Institute for Government says UK unprepared for no deal.

-Batten has formally asked Queen to suspend Parliament so they can't stop Brexit and signing Mascheirit treaty (which he blames on advisers) was treasonous

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-Owen Jones argues Labour isn't to blame for Brexit

-Dearbhail McDonald on why backstop matters for Ireland

-Kuessenberg won't be answers to backstop, just who blinks first

-Brian Read visits Irish border

-Katya Adler on EU's reaction to recent events

-Daniel Sandford on scale of no deal prep

-Anthony Barnett on Brexit tearing country apart and damaging even the Queen
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:06 pm

-Bercow bemoans hopeless Jeremy Wright for taking too long with answers and slams Javid for not coming to Commons when announcing new policy and summons, Lord Fowler and allies like Lord Grocott pushing for more powers to Speaker rather then self regulation during debates but government is against it with former speakers split

-Treasury Committee concerned at events with Metro bank, Public Accounts Committee warns of MOD equipment £7billion blackhole and accuses ministers of dithering on hard choice, Holyrood's health committee backs organ opt out system

-Hinds wants teacher pay capped around 2%, unions want 5%

-Grayling says government isn't talking about article 50 extensions at moment

-Watson accuses May of bringing Labour MP's, Ian Lavery doesn't hide his hatred of the government and says it won't work

-Leave.EU and Banks insurance firm fined by Information Commissioner Office for breaching personal data rules, Banks calls it politically motivated attack and sour grapes from Remain

-Ambassador to EU Sir Tim Barrow objects to Gibraltar being called a colony by Spain which would suggest Spain are going "reopening deal? Very well, here are our issues"

-BBC News apologies for pictures suggesting May was going to Brussels in a Spitfire

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-Sir Penning says rules need to be updated so any MP jailed is sacked

-Kirsty Blackman unhappy at recess being cancelled

-Vaizey gives full back to Creagh's report on fashion sustainability

-Whittingdale claims key EU figures want to compromise, asked to name them he struggles but comes up, via use of phone, with "There’s a member of Merkel’s cabinet and there’s a Pole…"

-Sir Brady says he would back Brexit delay if deal agreed, Mann says he and 10 other MP's did see May about money for their areas but he points out he had already voted for deal while Lammy questions their socialism

-Institute of Directors polling suggests almost a third of firms are preparing to relocate due to Brexit, Unilever stockpiling Ben and Jerry's ice cream and Magnum bars, Honda stockpiling and front-loading some production

-Neil Findlay of Scottish Labour sent budget speech to SNP ministers, he took it with good humour

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-Claire Tighe defends backstop

-Kuessenberg on transactional politics

-Marie Le Conte does some mocking of EU nationals app from Home Office while Marina Hyde jokes about the Brexit situation

-Dejevsky Brexit will change EU

-Andrew McKie feels May's deal can be rewritten

-Whale on Malthouse agreement

-Iain Dunt on Grayling shows the failure of the political system
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:26 pm

-Gibb wants phone on phones in schools to help pupils concentrate

-Finical Times saying EU will give UK airlines seven months to change their ownership to fit into EU if no deal, guardian says we might have trouble exporting waste

-Government looking at replacing EU safety mark with UKCA with business to be given a period of grace to change

-Hammond says they aren't bribing coalfield area MP's, merely recognizing why they voted Brexit, Lammy calls such MP's cowards and facilitators (he needs to have a lie down and grow up), Field points out Lammy is a London MP and Labour needs to be as effective in such measures

-Leave.EU to appeal fine in court

-D'Arcy quiet Week Ahead

-Liz Saville Roberts May chasing unicorns

-Brady hoping to reform leader election process to make the "to members" to 2-3 weeks

-Katya Adler says May is losing respect in EU as they feel she is starting to put party above country

-Raab hasn't read Good Friday Agreement. Despite having been Brexit secretary

-Tom Watson says sugar addiction gave him hunger pain

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-Adam Payne People's Vote Strategy

-Ben Kelly furious at some Brexiteers ignorance of N.Ireland
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