Brexit Latest: Boris Johnson Finally Gets to Put His Deal to the Vote



His moment of truth will come at around 7 p.m. in London, with what’s known as the Second Reading vote — on whether Parliament agrees with the general principles of the bill. There will then be another vote immediately afterward on his proposed fast-track timetable for passing the law.

The EU leadership gives its own update on the Brexit state of play on Brexit, with Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, briefing the European Parliament.

Follow developments as they happen here. All times U.K.

Key Developments:

  • From 8 a.m., Tusk and Juncker brief European Parliament on outcome of last week’s leaders’ summit
  • From 12:30 p.m. The main debate on the general principle of the Brexit deal starts in Parliament
  • 7 p.m. House of Commons votes on the general principle of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (known as “second reading”) and then immediately on the proposed fast-track timetable for rushing the law through Parliament (the so-called program motion)

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News there will be “sufficient” time for members of Parliament to go over the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and that the “vast majority” know where they on Brexit.

But MPs from across the House of Commons are threatening to vote against Boris Johnson’s accelerated timetable for his Brexit plan, arguing three days of debate is not enough for proper analysis of the 110-page piece of legislation.

Former Conservative Cabinet minister Rory Stewart, who now sits as an independent, told BBC radio Parliament should have “normal time” to discuss the bill, highlighting concerns from voters who wish to remain in the European Union and a lack of trust in Johnson’s government.

Johnson: Get Brexit Done and Move On (Earlier)

On the eve of the votes, the prime minister appealed to members of Parliament to back his deal and push it through the House of Commons.

“We have negotiated a new deal so that we can leave without disruption and provide a framework for a new relationship based on free trade and friendly cooperation,” Boris Johnson said in an emailed statement.

“I hope Parliament today votes to take back control for itself and the British people and the country can start to focus on the cost of living, the NHS, and conserving our environment,” he said. “The public doesn’t want any more delays, neither do other European leaders and neither do I. Let’s get Brexit done on Oct. 31 and move on.”


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Ryanair launches new airline in Malta


Ryanair is set to launch a new airline in Malta, reveals The Irish Times. The carrier is believed to be in advanced talks with the government in Malta over the launch of an airline called Malta Air. The deal, expected to be announced soon, would see Malta Air initially operate with six aircraft before expanding to 12. Ryanair currently operates six aircraft in Malta under its own brand, and was previously said to have shown interest in taking over the national flag carrier, Air Malta||Tomas Chlumecky; International Airline Executive & Advisor (“Aviation Doctor”)

Low-cost travel giant Ryanair is setting up a new airline to be based in Malta, named Malta Air, is this the beginning of the end for Air Malta? Industry sources said the Irish carrier’s holding company is in the process of setting up a new airline that will incorporate the 61 Ryanair routes to and from the island, effectively replacing it.

Brief histroy of Ryanair


Ryanair has also committed, during negotiations with the government, to the generation of several other new routes and will be doubling its fleet in Malta to 10 planes, with plans to grow even further in the near future. These planes, and a number of others in the Ryanair fleet, will be registered on the Maltese aviation register.

The low-cost market leader will also be setting up hangar facilities for repair and maintenance operations in Malta. The contract signing is described as “imminent”. Talks between Ryanair’s David O’Brien and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi have been ongoing for several months. The new headquarters of Malta Air, as the company will be called, will employ about 350 people within the next three years, one senior government official said.


Trump’s golf banter teed off at Doonbeg days before Friday’s game



Donald Jr. (second right), and Eric Trump (centre), in Doonbeg, with golf resort director of membership Brendan Murphy (in a green tie). Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA


US president will take to Co Clare links ahead of his chief of staff and Irish ambassador|Simon Carswell

The golfing banter in Donald Trump’s running “four balls” series at Doonbegcontinued as soon as the US president stepped off his Marine One helicopter on Wednesday.

“Am I stuck with Joe?” Mr Trump said as arrived at the west Clare golf course, joshing with Joe Russell, the managing director of his family’s Doonbeg hotel and golf resort, about his playing partner for Friday’s round.

“We said, yeah,” Russell told The Irish Times, with a smile.

“It is a bit of banter we have going. It will be me and him versus Brian and Brendan,” the long-time Doonbeg manager said, referring to the resort’s golf pro-Brian Shaw and director of membership Brendan Murphy.

It will be Trump’s third round of golf at Doonbeg since he bought the resort in 2014 but his first as US president.

Russell has said that the three Trump employees won’t be giving the boss free shots, nor does he seek any. Trump is, Shaw says, “a very solid golfer” who “hits it very well off the tee and a good iron player”.

The golfers would want to be accurate hitters of the ball; there are army snipers on protective duty in the dunes overlooking the 400-acre course and surrounding hotel resort.

The prospect of rainy weather on Friday morning raised the possibility of Trump’s first round of golf at Doonbeg as president being brought forward to Thursday evening.

A top source in Doonbeg dismissed this as “fake news”.

Shaw – who Trump likes to refer to as “my golf pro” – said that the match series was “even stevens” going into Friday after Trump and Russell beat Shaw and Murphy in the last game.

“It is a great bit of craic. As the man says, we have a right giggle during it and niggle each other and that type of stuff. We’ll start niggling each other. We will start on the driving range and it won’t stop,” said Shaw.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff, told The Irish Times as he left Morrissey’s pub in Doonbeg after a good feed, washed down with pints of Guinness on Wednesday night, that he hoped to play on Friday too.

Mulvaney has invited the Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall to play in another four-ball on Friday. The diplomat hopes that the sun will shine on the US president and that the cameras catch him hitting his first ball.

“One value is for American TV to get shots of the president teeing off in Ireland and the sunshine. If the rain is coming in horizontally, it won’t make such great television,” Mulhall said.

Pub crawl

What did make great TV was Trump’s sons Eric and Donald jnr strolling up Doonbeg’s main street on Wednesday night on their pub crawl as they mingled with locals, posing for selfies and buying drinks for four pubs full of people who were jubilant at their impromptu visit?

Staff at the golf resort are said to have poked plenty of fun at Murphy for looking like a secret service agent as he protected the president’s two sons on their walkabout from inquisitive TV reporters.

The Trump brothers praised the people of Clare as “incredible” for the support the community has shown the resort. They claimed that Irish support for their father’s visit “outweighed” any protests.

Eric said that the support of the local community for the resort had been “unbelievable”.

“It is everything,” his brother Donald jnr said. “It has been incredible. It always has been from day one when we took a chance on Ireland.”

Asked about the protests against their father’s two-night visit to Ireland, the brothers said that they have been seeing “a lot of American flags” even on their visit to London earlier this week and “a lot of Irish flags” in Co Clare.

“The press won’t talk about it. They won’t report on it. They totally ignore it but it outweighed the protests by 10 to one,” said Donald jnr, echoing his father’s regular claims downplaying opposition towards him.

The brothers went further, castigating the media from behind the counter in Tubridy’s bar – their third stop of the night – for trying “to find the one guy who will say something bad and then he is the star of the show”.

Donald jnr said they could not find anyone like that in Doonbeg, to cheers from the people in the pub.

With the US flag draped on the wall behind them in Tubridy’s bar, Eric said: “We came off Air Force One earlier and everywhere we looked we saw all American flags with Irish flags. That’s a beautiful thing.”

Donald jnr and Eric will miss playing around today; the brothers flew back to the US on Thursday.

Hugh McNally, the owner of Morrissey’s pub and a distant relative of Trump’s vice-president Mike Pence, described the bar tab picked up by the Trump brothers – and sent up to the golf resort after the pub crawl – as “very reasonable”.

“These are rural Ireland prices, not Dublin prices,” he said.


Why did US President Trump, Irish Prime Minister Varadkah meet in a Shannon Airport VIP Lounge, instead of say, ‘The Steward’s Lodge’ or some such?



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  • Ireland’s prime minister met US President Donald Trump at an airport lounge, having reportedly rejected a proposal to meet at Trump’s Irish golf course.

  • The Irish Times previously reported that the Irish government rejected Trump’s desire to meet at his golf course at Doonbeg. They ended up in Shannon Airport instead.

  • A reporter at Trump’s press conference asked Trump is he was only there to promote his golf course. Trump responded that he “really wanted” to visit Ireland.