Brexit defections reveal frayed fabric of UK politics

Brexit defections reveal frayed fabric of UK politics

Over three days of high political theatre in London this week, three members of May’s right-leaning Conservative Party and eight from the leftist Labour opposition have quit their parties to become independent lawmakers. Continue reading Brexit defections reveal frayed fabric of UK politics

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THURSDAY Parliamentary debate on Brexit only served to waste time, says MLA’S Stephen Farry

THURSDAY Parliamentary debate on Brexit only served to waste time, says MLA’S Stephen Farry

Alliance Brexit spokesperson Stephen Farry MLA has said today’s Parliamentary debate on the issue “resolved little and only served to waste time”.

The Government’s motion reiterating its approach to Brexit was defeated in the House of Commons, alongside several amendments brought by Labour and the SNP.

“Today’s debate resolved little and only served to waste more time – precious time the UK, and in particular Northern Ireland, doesn’t have,” said Dr Farry.

“Both the Government and Opposition are continually kicking the can down the road. Delay only serves to indulge delusions and to facilitate the chasing of unicorns. But delay fuels uncertainty and means more and more businesses have to take decisions on their futures which impact on jobs and people’s livelihoods. Every day this goes on real and irreversible damage is occurring. Continue reading THURSDAY Parliamentary debate on Brexit only served to waste time, says MLA’S Stephen Farry

Brexit: May’s plan for cross-party talks under fire as MPs condemn her for sidelining Corbyn – Politics live

Brexit: May’s plan for cross-party talks under fire as MPs condemn her for sidelining Corbyn – Politics live

Theresa May suffered the worst defeat of any government in history last night. That’s no exaggeration. A majority of 230 MPs voted against her Brexit deal – bigger than anyone was expecting – with 248 Labour MPs, 118 Tories and all other parties opposed. Only three Labour MPs rebelled to vote for May’s deal – Ian Austin, Kevin Barron, John Mann – plus Frank Field, now sitting as an Independent, whereas 63% of Tory backbenchers voted against the government. After the meaningful vote, Jeremy Corbyn told MPs he had tabled a motion of no confidence in the government, which will be debated today and voted on at 7pm.

What has actually changed? Although the Prime Minister indicated that she would reach across the Commons to hold cross-party talks with a “constructive spirit” when speaking at the despatch box, the reality is far less encouraging. Her spokesman made clear last night that she would not seek talks with Corbyn, but “senior parliamentarians” only, and this was confirmed by Andrea Leadsom on Today this morning. This stance could dissipate after the confidence vote tonight, though it does align with May’s extraordinarily stubborn approach and her persistence in prioritising the Conservative Party over the country. Continue reading Brexit: May’s plan for cross-party talks under fire as MPs condemn her for sidelining Corbyn – Politics live

BREXIT: Members of parliament back from Christmas Holidays, Prime Minister May still seeks E.U. assurances on ‘the backstop’

BREXIT: Members of parliament back from Christmas Holidays, Prime Minister May still seeks E.U. assurances on ‘the backstop’

Hello. MPs are back from Christmas recess, and LabourList is back in your inbox every weekday morning. On Brexit, nothing has changed, as they say. Theresa May is still trying to “seek assurances” from the EU on the main sticking point of her deal, the backstop, while Labour pledges to vote it down. The Prime Minister doesn’t seem to have made any progress in talks with EU leaders, as expected, so the next question is whether she will delay the meaningful vote once again – pushing it back further from 15th January – or see it fail and force the Commons to repeatedly vote on her deal until it passes. Continue reading BREXIT: Members of parliament back from Christmas Holidays, Prime Minister May still seeks E.U. assurances on ‘the backstop’