Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) as-it-happened, David Lidington and Emily Thornberry clash

That was a pretty sombre PMQs, marked by the death of Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland and the Easter weekend attacks in Sri Lanka.

Emily Thornberry and David Lidington both condemned the killings, although Thornberry said the unrest in Derry made a fresh case for the Government to solve the Northern Ireland Brexit border problem.

There was some low-level back-and-forth about Brexit talks, with both sides condemning the other for not giving ground in the attempt to find a deal.

A few Conservative MPs warned about the ongoing Brexit delay – while Lidington faced a grilling from both sides of the House on climate change, acknowledging the UK had “more to do” to tackle the problem. And that’s your lot. Continue reading Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) as-it-happened, David Lidington and Emily Thornberry clash

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Brexit delayed: What happens next between now and October 31 2019?

Brexit delayed: What happens next between now and October 31 2019?

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s exit from the European Union was postponed by a late night agreement in Brussels last week that gave Prime Minister Theresa May until Oct 31 to persuade parliament to approve the terms of the country’s departure.


May has so far been unable to get the exit package she agreed last year with the EU approved by the British parliament, meaning Brexit day has been pushed back to avoid leaving without a deal.


May says she still hopes Britain can leave the EU before the country has to take part in elections for the European Parliament in late May. But, the timetable for doing so is very tight.

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Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

oll of polls for The Sunday Telegraph predicts the Conservatives would lose 59 seats if a vote were held today, making Labour the largest party in the Commons. This would not be enough to secure Corbyn a working majority but would put him in prime position to agree a power-sharing deal with other progressive parties such as the SNP, Lib Dems or Change UK. Continue reading Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

Iain Duncan Smith urges Theresa May to quit by end of May

Iain Duncan Smith urges Theresa May to quit by end of May

The former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has called on Theresa May to resign as prime minister next month, saying the timetable for her departure should still stand despite her failure to pass a withdrawal agreement.

“I know that the prime minister has already said she’s going. She said she would go as and when the agreement was ratified, which was looking at around about May, June. I think those dates still stand,” he told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

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“I think that what the PM has to do is aim everything now towards departure before the Euros [elections] which would then allow her to step away having done what she said she would do, getting the UK out of the European Union one way or the other and then we can have another leadership election and pick a new leader, which is the way it has to be.”

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Brexit: Theresa May to meet Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron

Mrs May is meeting Angela Merkel in Berlin, followed by Emmanuel Macron in Paris, to urge them to back her request to delay Brexit again until 30 June. The prime minister will be at an emergency summit on Wednesday when all EU states will vote on an extension. Continue reading Brexit: Theresa May to meet Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron