Brexit deal: MPs pressure Theresa May to adopt Norway model as ‘Plan B’ Brexit

Theresa May’s “plan B” could emerge next week when at least four attempts to shape Brexit will be made by groups of MPs in the Commons. They will table amendments advocating rival suggestions for the way ahead. Supporters of a Norway-style “soft Brexit”, keeping Britain in the single market as well as a customs union, believe the move could command majority support across the Commons.

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British professor returns to UK after detention in Iran: BBC

A British-Iranian academic who was arrested and detained in Iran on security charges has returned to the UK, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Prof Abbas Edalat, who works at Imperial College London, was detained in Tehran in April.

The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran said he was released last week.

British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains in prison in Iran, where she has been since 2016.

Prof Edalat – who specialises in computer science and mathematics – was reportedly attending an academic workshop in Iran on 15 April when he was detained.

At the time of his arrest, an Iranian news agency reported that Prof Edalat was part of a “network” of British spies whose members had been identified and arrested.

Prof Edalat founded anti-war protest group CASMII, which opposes sanctions in Iran.

The group said: “It increasingly appears, as we had suspected, that his detention in spring in Iran was a case of misinformation and misunderstanding by the Iranian security apparatus.”

In April, there were at least 30 dual nationals in jail in Iran – among them several dual British-Iranian nationals.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We continue to take action on all our consular cases in Iran in line with what we believe will produce the best outcomes in their cases.”

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year jail sentence after being convicted of spying charges, which she denies.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, on 21 December to assure him the Foreign Office was continuing to work towards her release.

With regards to her case, a Foreign Office spokesman said: “We have repeatedly lobbied the Iranians to release Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe on humanitarian grounds and we raise all our cases at every level and every opportunity.”

The spokesman added that Iran did not recognise dual nationality, which made the case more difficult.

Brexit woes push FTSE to three-week lows; investors dump banks, oil

While the political drama of last week has largely calmed, investors worried anew about UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s struggle to get her draft Brexit deal passed in Brussels and at home, with banks bearing the brunt of the selling.

A warning from the Bank of England that the economy could plunge into a crisis not seen since the 1970s in a “no deal” scenario reinforced those concerns, as companies including mid-cap lender CYBG (CYBGC.L) and Electrocomponents (ECM.L) began triggering contingency plans.

UK – End of May in November? ‘UK PM will be very lucky to get through the weekend’

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|In a country so divided over Brexit where it is hard to find any agreement to bring people together, May has done it – she has united people against her plans, Professor of Law and Government at Durham Law School Thom Brooks said.

The UK Prime Minister is under criticism over her Brexit plan with the media slamming Theresa May for creating a “divided government” and a “fractured country.”

On Wednesday, Theresa May said she managed to secure the backing of her cabinet for a draft divorce deal after more than five hours of talks but she’ll have to face another hurdle in her bid to see Brexit through, getting her plan adopted by parliament.

BREXIT – Michel Barnier made THIS serious ‘strategic error’ in Brexit talks

Mr Portillo said the European Union “humiliated” Britain in its Withdrawal Agreement which has been ridiculed by both Brexiteer and Remainer politicians.

Speaking on BBC This Week, Mr Portillo said: “I think the European Union has made a strategic error, short of marching Mrs May into a railway carriage in Compiègne Forest, they could not have produced a more humiliating surrender.

“And all of history tells us that when you humiliate countries with a surrender, it doesn’t go well thereafter.”