Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to speak to every EU leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to the Withdrawal Agreement.

It comes days after another defeat in parliament and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on 29 March.

In her talks with EU leaders and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, she will be seeking to change the Irish backstop, one of the most contentious parts of the withdrawal agreement she agreed in November, her office said.

Mrs May has told EU leaders she could pass her deal with concessions primarily around the backstop – a guarantee that there can be no return to border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Continue reading Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

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Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march

Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march

Six people have been charged after a number of police officers and emergency workers were attacked at a pro-Brexit yellow vest protest march in London.

Footage posted on social media appears to show some activists clashing with officers at the march through Whitehall and Piccadilly on Saturday.

Five protesters were charged with assault on an emergency worker, and one was charged with obstructing police.

They are all due to appear before Westminster magistrates on 19 March. Continue reading Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march

Brexit: What are the new ideas for the Irish backstop?

Brexit: What are the new ideas for the Irish backstop?

Prime Minister Theresa May says she intends to return to Brussels with new ideas on the Irish backstop.

The EU has already dismissed the idea of putting a time limit on the backstop, so what other ideas have been suggested? Continue reading Brexit: What are the new ideas for the Irish backstop?

Brexit: ‘More and more people are trying to stop it,’ says MP

Brexit: ‘More and more people are trying to stop it,’ says MP

David Jones said those calling for a second referendum or more negotiating time had no plan for leaving.

The Tory MP for Clwyd West, a former Brexit minister, predicted a deal will not be agreed until “a few days” before the UK’s departure on 29 March.

It comes as Labour’s Anna McMorrin said a General Election or final say vote were the only ways to avoid “chaos”.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiators reached a departure agreement with the EU last October, but this was rejected by a record number of MPs Continue reading Brexit: ‘More and more people are trying to stop it,’ says MP

Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party

Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party

Intense discussions are taking place at Westminster that could lead to the emergence of a new centrist party consisting of six or more disaffected anti-Brexit Labour MPs along with the involvement of some Conservatives and the backing of the Liberal Democrats.

Labour MPs reported that some of those involved had lobbied backbench colleagues they thought were sympathetic as to how they could “make the shift” away from a tribal loyalty to the party.

The argument put forward was that the set of values that had drawn them to the Labour party, such as European solidarity, free movement, liberalism and anti-racism, could now be found elsewhere.

Those involved in the talks say frustrations over pro-Brexit policies pursued by Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, coupled with Labour-specific concerns about antisemitism, have taken a handful of MPs to the point where they are seriously considering quitting. Continue reading Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party