Sunday, 24 June, 2018

The lesson of today's government climbdown: we're likely heading for soft Brexit

Patty Aguilar | 13 June, 2018, 08:21

Facing the prospect of losing a vote on a crucial amendment to the government's flagship Brexit legislation - which was created to empower parliament to vote down the final deal without risking a "no-deal" exit from the bloc - ministers intervened with a concession at the 11th hour even as MPs were wrapping up debate on the controversial measure.

The results could also deliver a further blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's authority, which was severely damaged when she.

To buy off a group of Tory rebels - whose ranks were boosted by the shock resignation of Justice Minister Phillip Lee Tuesday morning - the prime minister agreed in principle, according to the rebels, to write into law a new deadline in the Brexit talks: November 30, 2018.

Traders will stay tuned into Brexit noise where the UK Prime Minister faces a series of challenging parliamentary votes on her plan to leave the customs union and single market after Brexit, but it will soon be time for the European Central Bank and FOMC.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston said on Monday morning she was "minded" to defy party orders and back the meaningful vote amendment.

Commenting on the government's actions to avoid a defeat over the "meaningful vote" demands, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: "This vote was about ensuring Parliament was given a proper role in the Brexit negotiations and that we avoid a no deal situation, which is becoming more likely with the divisions at the heart of this government".

These were the words of a minister expecting to win the vote.

On Wednesday, parliament will consider a challenge to May's commitment to leave the EU's single market and customs union, which will transform Britain's future trading relationships for many years to come.

The House of Commons is deciding whether to reject changes made to the EU Withdrawal Bill by the House of Lords in a two-day debate taking place today and tomorrow.

Saturday rain showers and storms linger through the weekend
The weekend features a more typical summer pattern with highs in the upper 80s and only isolated shower/storm chances on Sunday . Storms fire off in the afternoon with a small chance some of those are strong to severe as well.

Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says
On Friday, he faced our angry allies at the G-7 conference in Quebec, a face-to-face battle in what could become a destructive trade war.

Verstappen does talking on track, tops opening practice
Verstappen says the deficit was bigger on high fuel in FP2, but is encouraged by the rest of Red Bull's performance so far. Asked about his driving style after arriving in Montreal , he said, "I get really exhausted of all the questions".

His competing amendment could force ministers to hand over control of its Brexit strategy to parliament if there is no deal by mid-February.

The government has been criticised for not allowing time to debate the Irish border during a series of key Brexit votes at Westminster.

But just an hour before the vote, due at around 1500 GMT, the government sought to compromise with senior pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve, who had put forward his own amendment, which increased the risk of a government defeat.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has warned Conservative Party rebels that proposals to give Parliament the power to direct negotiations with the European Union are simply a tactic to overturn the results of the 2016 referendum that mandated Britain's departure from the bloc.

Britons voted 52 percent to 48 percent in favour of leaving the European Union in a June 2016 referendum.

Opening the debate, Brexit Secretary David Davis insisted the government would abide by three principles to defend the will of the British people. He said that while he was sad to leave the government, he believed many big changes were needed to make the U.K.'s exit a success.

The EU published an explainer of its own backstop proposal in a bid to convince the United Kingdom government of its merits, but Theresa May has said it is not acceptable because it creates a regulatory border between Northern Ireland and the UK.

Theresa May saw off a revolt from the pro-European wing of her fractured party, averting what could have been a major political crisis.

Brexit protesters outside Parliament House.

Recommended

Metal Wolf Chaos XD - Teaser Trailer Metal Wolf Chaos XD - Teaser Trailer Now players of the previously exclusive to Japan title can't let freedom reign once more as President Michael Wilson. FromSoftware released the Metal Wolf Chaos third-person shooter game in Japan only on the Xbox console in 2004.

Rose McGowan indicted in cocaine possession case Rose McGowan indicted in cocaine possession case These charges would have never been brought if it weren't for her activism as a voice for women everywhere. As for McGowan, the maximum sentence for the charges against her is 10 years, according to WTOP .

No House GOP immigration deal yet, leaders say No House GOP immigration deal yet, leaders say All but one Democrat has signed the petition , meaning it will take more Republican rebels to force debate. If they get them by next Tuesday, the House would be on track to have those roll calls on June 25.

Justify bags Triple Crown win in Belmont Stakes Justify bags Triple Crown win in Belmont Stakes Here are the odds for every contender in the field the morning of Saturday's race. "She really puts everything into her foals". Baffert joined Fitzsimmons as the only trainers to oversee two Triple Crown winners. " Justify is a super horse".

Alec Baldwin: ‘If I Ran for President, I Would Win’ Alec Baldwin: ‘If I Ran for President, I Would Win’ Trump, and while Baldwin said he could think of a few people, Stern just had one: Alec Baldwin . Baldwin said that his wife Hilaria would disapprove of his seeking the presidency.

The Division 2 to be set in Washington, releases March 15 The Division 2 to be set in Washington, releases March 15 Heavily armoured enemies will present a challenge, as you scoop masses of loot, and strive to take the United States capital back. The sequel to The Division hinted at new story elements with a civil war within the area before revealing a gameplay trailer.

Robert De Niro Apologizes To Canadians For Donald Trump’s Behaviour After the audience settled, De Niro got back to talking about Springsteen, who received a special Tony Award during Sunday night. So all the Socialist, Communist, Leftie supporters...,' Kevin Sorbo also slammed the actor.

Neymar goal caps impressive Brazil win over feisty Austria Neymar goal caps impressive Brazil win over feisty Austria Brazil , who have won all four games this year without conceding a goal, also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. Fred underwent further examinations in Vienna this weekend.

Kilauea Unleashes More Small Blasts, Snaking Lava Kilauea Unleashes More Small Blasts, Snaking Lava Ash expelled from the Kilauea volcano may cause poor visibility and slippery conditions for drivers. Another ongoing hazard comes from lava meeting the ocean.

Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people: CDC Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people: CDC The CDC said evidence suggested that melon supplied by Caito Foods "is a likely source of this multistate outbreak". The CDC said authorities are investigating whether the affected products went to additional stores or states.

Liverpool ace Salah: Drogba urged me to break Prem record Liverpool ace Salah: Drogba urged me to break Prem record And of course, we couldn't conclude this list without mentioning Mohamed Salah . At the end, he is our son, ' Leheita said.

Microsoft E3 2018: Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Microsoft E3 2018: Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Flynn, as well as a small, spunky young girl named Patty, will become permanent playable party members in the Definitive Edition . Tales of Vesperia is preceded in the series by Tales of Berseria , which launched on PlayStation 4 in January 2017.

AT&T Cleared by Judge to Buy Time Warner, Create Media Giant AT&T Cleared by Judge to Buy Time Warner, Create Media Giant On the campaign trail Trump argued that a combined AT&T/Time Warner was "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few". And in order to stay competitive, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson said during the trial that it needed a big deal to survive.

Tuesday Primary to decide Senate, congressional candidates Tuesday Primary to decide Senate, congressional candidates A Democrat running for an open state Assembly seat is refusing to let the public view her old tweets ripping conservatives. Some Democrats are upset that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already backed Luria before the primary.

After ballot box fire, cleric Sadr says Iraqis should unite After ballot box fire, cleric Sadr says Iraqis should unite Iraq's election, which saw a surprise victory for nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has been marred by fraud allegations. Baghdad firefighters managed to control the fire that broke out June 10 at the Metropolitan warehouse containing ballots.