Men and women in business face many risks and hazards. Those who persist never lack the courage to tackle the big challenges. Often they can cope with adversity but sometimes they cannot avoid succumbing. The one thing business people rightly abhor, and struggle most to cope with, is total uncertainty. And the current state of non-play on Brexit brings us vastly more of this total uncertainty. The situation, with 46 days left to B-Day on March 29, leaves us all with few clues at all about what is happening and where this will land. Business people on the islands of Ireland and Britain, and beyond on mainland Europe, cannot even guess what is happening next with little more than six weeks left. This is a flagrant abuse of enterprising people and their beleaguered employees and can no longer be tolerated.
Theresa May's Brexit plans are in chaos again after she finally announced a Plan B - minutes AFTER a whole load of her MPs rejected it. The Prime Minister threw her weight behind an amendment by top Tory Sir Graham Brady to remove the hated 'Irish backstop' in her Brexit deal. Sir Graham's plan would have finally given Mrs May's deal a chance to pass if she replaced the backstop - which traps the UK under EU rules - with "alternative arrangements". Yet in farcical scenes, Mrs May asked MPs to back the plan just minutes after leading Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was not backing it. Mr Rees-Mogg leads the powerful European Research Group of Brexiteers - and that means the Brady amendment looks doomed to failure.
Theresa May’s Plan B was bluntly ruled out by European leaders today just hours before she stood up to announce it to MPs. Dublin delivered a firm “No” to Downing Street’s latest bid to go back to Brussels and ask for concessions on the backstop. And the vice-president of the European Parliament also flatly rejected two other ideas being hastily floated as ways of defusing the Brexit deal: one being to remove the backstop from the EU agreement and replace it with an Anglo-Irish treaty; the other being to rewrite the Good Friday agreement that underpins the peace process. The triple-No to Mrs May followed a weekend of political confusion as ministers argued over how best to break the deadlock in Parliament and backbenchers plotted openly to seize the reins.
Corbyn has been attacked for resisting a second referendum – but leaving on WTO terms will remove us from EU oversight once and for all
The seizure of the documents comes after Mark Zuckerberg declined to appear in London on Tuesday before officials investigating disinformation and election interference.
|Saphora Smith and Olivia Solon, CNBC NEWS|AIWA! NO!|LONDON — British lawmakers have obtained documents that could be “highly relevant” to an inquiry that has been looking into Facebook’s response to disinformation, a spokesperson told NBC News on Sunday.
The documents reportedly contain revelations Facebook has been fighting to keep out of the public domain relating to the company's data and privacy policies that led to the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, The Observer newspaper in London reported Saturday.