#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: Theresa May is holding a mass meeting with some of the 170 Conservative MPs who signed a letter to her demanding the UK leaves the EU on April 12 ‘with or without a deal’. MPs have been sent text messages – seen by The Telegraph – asking them to be ready to meet Mrs May Ace Newsroom Live http://bitly.com/2I5xQ4c
MPs have again failed to agree on proposals on the next steps for #Brexit: The votes were not legally binding, so the government would not have been forced to adopt the proposals.
Following the failure of his own motion to stay in the Single Market – known as Common Market 2.0 – Nick Boles resigned from the Conservative Party: In a point of order following the results, the MP for Grantham and Stamford said he could “no longer sit for this party”, adding: “I have done everything I can to find a compromise.”As he left the Commons, MPs were heard shouting, “don’t go Nick”, and others applauded him.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the “only option” left was to find a way forward that allows the UK to leave the EU with a deal: “The government continues to believe that the best course of action is to do so as soon as possible,” he said……..”If the House is able to pass a deal this week it may still be possible to avoid holding European elections.”
The results of the votes were:
Motion C: Committing the government to negotiating “a permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU” as part of any Brexit deal – proposed by Tory former chancellor Ken Clarke – lost by 273 votes for to 276 votes against
Motion D: Referred to as Common Market 2.0, this option would mean joining the European Free Trade Association and European Economic Area – proposed by Tory MP Nick Boles – lost by 261 votes for to 282 votes against
Motion E: This is for a confirmatory referendum, giving the public a vote to approve any Brexit deal passed by Parliament before it can be implemented – proposed by Labour MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson – lost by 280 votes for to 292 votes against
Motion G: The motion aims to prevent the UK leaving without a deal, including a vote on whether to revoke Article 50 – stopping Brexit – if the EU does not agree to an extension – proposed by the SNP’s Joanna Cherry – lost by 191 votes for to 292 votes against
#AceNewsReport – Jan.21: Editor says after a massive year of change …… the rich and so called influential leaders are planning to meet, greet and eat the finest food and drink the most expensive champagne but times are changing and they only got rich from the people and capitalism and with ever burgeoning debt and people protests daily they can no longer just rely on consumerism and peoples will to vote in leaders that are both corrupt and corruptible and must learn to understand that equality means everyone not just the few #AceNewsDesk reports
Under President Donald Trump, the United States is imposing trade sanctions on friend and foe alike, and the government is paralyzed by a partial shutdown over immigration policy that forced Trump and a high-level U.S. delegation to cancel the trip to Davos: A year after getting a standing ovation from the elites at Davos, French President Emmanuel Macron is sinking in the polls as he contends with “yellow vest” protesters who have taken to the streets to call for higher wages and fairer pensions. Nationalist political movements are gaining strength across Europe.
And the economic backdrop is worrying: experts are downgrading their forecasts for global growth this year amid rising interest rates and tensions over trade.“Judging by the state of the world right now 10 years on from the financial crisis, and the dysfunctional state of global politics I would suggest that these annual events have achieved the sum total of diddly squat,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK: The collective worries have sent a shudder through global financial markets: The Dow Jones industrial average is down nearly 9 percent from Oct. 3.David Dollar, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, said the buckling market “represents a lot of anxiety that we’re seeing from the corporate elite who meet at Davos.”How times have changed.For most of the past quarter century, the worldview symbolised by the World Economic Forum — of ever-freer world trade and closer ties between countries — had dominated. ………………Then came a backlash from Americans and Europeans whose jobs were threatened by low-wage competition from countries like China and who felt alienated at home by wealth inequality and immigration.In 2016, U.S. voters elected Trump, who advocated restricting immigration and scaling back free trade, and the British chose to leave the EU.“The winners from globalization have had the megaphone,” said Paul Sheard, a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. “…………….The losers have been somewhat silent, but now are starting to express themselves through the ballot box and through the political process.”
The Davos confab has always been vulnerable to snark: hedge fund billionaires flying into Davos in fuel-guzzling private jets to discuss the threat of climate change; millionaire CEOs discussing inequality while downing cocktails; endless conversations between people who describe themselves as “thought leaders.”First among them, perhaps, is WEF founder Klaus Schwab. In an interview Sunday, he stressed the need for more global, “forward-looking” cooperation and a “human-centered” approach to technology as populism feeds on fears of a possible economic downturn in many parts of the globe.Globalization produced millions of “winners” over the years, but also “has left certain people behind,” Schwab said at the Davos conference center, where his teams gave pre-event tours to delegations ahead of the formal start on Tuesday.“In the age of social media, you cannot afford any more to leave anyone behind,” he said.
Access to the elite gathering, for businesspeople anyway, doesn’t come cheap: It requires WEF membership, which starts at 60,000 Swiss francs ($60,259) and rises up to the “Strategic Partner” level at 600,000 ($602,605). Getting into the Davos event requires an invitation and an extra fee, which WEF spokesman Oliver Cann said is 27,000 francs ($27,117) per person.That’s just for corporate chieftains. Civil society, non-governmental groups, U.N. leaders and governmental officials don’t pay they get in free
#AceNewsReport – Jan.15: Editor says here’s what we know …………U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has lost a crucial vote on her #Brexit plans in the House of Commons, the U.K.’s lower house of parliament: May lost by 230 votes after lawmakers voted by 432 to 202 to reject the deal #AceNewsDesk reports
Lawmakers from different political parties rejected the proposed Withdrawal Agreement, currently the only deal agreed with the European Union on how Britain should exit the bloc in March of this year: As soon as the vote was cast, May stood to tell lawmakers that tonight’s vote showed nothing about what Parliament supports.
Her deal with Europe is seen by some as a sell-out to the ideals of Brexit, reducing Britain’s influence while staying within many of the EU’s rules: And many of those who oppose Brexit didn’t like the deal either. They have argued that it will reduce Britain’s ease of trade with the world, repel global talent, and increase the cost of living.
The result creates a political vacuum in the Brexit process, with no firm certainty as to what might happen next: Potential outcomes range from a revised attempt by May to force her plan through, a second Brexit referendum or even a General Election.
An earlier amendment to the Brexit deal, giving the U.K the right to exit the backstop unilaterally was heavily defeated by 600 votes to 24: In a final statement to Parliament prior to the vote, May had urged lawmakers to back her deal or risk further division across the country.
On June 23, 2016, voters in the U.K. favored leaving the EU by 51.9 percent. The U.K. is legally set to leave the political and trading bloc on March 29:
Following the heavy defeat, the pound gyrated briefly below $1.27 before recovering. Sterling had been sitting near session lows at $1.273 prior to the vote.
What was the vote? …………….Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons was termed the “Meaningful Vote” and granted lawmakers to have their say on the terms of Brexit that the EU and British government have already agreed.
It was only granted to U.K. lawmakers after British businesswoman Gina Miller won a 2016 court case in the High Court of Justice, demanding that Parliament must have a say.
#AceNewsReport – Dec. 29: Editor says did you ever seriously believe by electing a Tory government that they would not support ‘ Business and Private Companies ‘ first and last? This #Brexit Deal is to get people to follow and vote like sheep and in the wings is the real NO DEAL allowing this government to introduce any laws and rules and regulations that those that shout the loudest will be given by using ‘ Third Party Contracts ‘ paid for by taxpayers to more people like G4s and Capita allowing this government to put in place #BrexitMeansBrexit by applying #Leave Does NOT Mean Leave here’s one example #AceNewsDesk reports
The British government will spend more than 100 million pounds chartering extra sea ferries to ease cross-Channel congestion if the United Kingdom fails to secure a trade deal before leaving the European Union next year: Just three months before the United Kingdom is due to leave the world’s largest bloc, the risk of a no-deal Brexit is rising — the nightmare scenario for many businesses, which are now planning for an economic shock.
Extra ships will be needed to work new routes across the Channel in the event that the main French terminal of Calais and Britain’s Dover and Folkestone are clogged up by customs checks: Currently, Britain’s membership of the EU means that trucks drive smoothly through border checks within the bloc. But in a no-deal Brexit, even a few minutes’ delay at customs for each truck would be likely to mean vehicles backing up at ports and queuing on feeder roads on both sides of the Channel.
To ease a potential backlog, the government has awarded three contracts to provide additional freight capacity on routes from English south-coast ports including Poole, Portsmouth and Plymouth:They comprise one worth 47 million pounds with the French firm Brittany Ferries, a 47 million pound deal with the Danish shipping company DFDS and a 14 million pound contract with Seaborne Freight.
The leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat party, Vince Cable, called the move “complete madness” and said public money was being spent recklessly in a last-minute bid to prepare for a no-deal outcome:
The contracts were not put out to tender. The Department for Transport said it was responding to a “situation of extreme urgency” brought about by “unforeseeable events”. About 16,000 trucks pass between Dover and Calais every day, transporting everything from perishable food to medicines and the industrial goods needed to keep factories running…………..“This extra capacity is a small but important element of the DfT’s no-deal planning,” the Department for Transport said in a statement. “While remaining committed to working to ensure a deal is reached, the department is helping ensure the rest of government are fully prepared for a range of scenarios.”
Earlier this month, the government announced that all government departments must step up planning for a no-deal Brexit, including putting 3,500 armed forces personnel on standby to deal with any disruption.
Source: Reuters.Com/ Published: December.29:2018: Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Kevin Liffey
#AceNewsReport – Dec.13: British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a vote of no-confidence within her Conservative Party over her plan for Brexit; Greg Palkot reports from London: A leadership vote had been triggered after 48 Conservative Party MPs had written letters expressing no confidence in her leadership — 15 percent of the party’s members in the Commons. But the vote of the broader bloc of Tory MPs went in her favor — with 200 MPs backing her and 117 against #AceNewsDesk reports
The victory means not only that May holds onto power, but also that now she cannot be formally challenged by her own party for a year: May had faced furious criticism from members of her own party for her handling of Britain’s departure from the European Union — from which the U.K. is set to depart in March 2019. A number of Cabinet members, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and two Brexit secretaries, have resigned this year over her handling of the negotiations.
The Times of London reported that May told Tories that she would not fight the next election, currently scheduled to be held in 2022. This appears to be a concession to her critics, and indicates that she may step down after the U.K. begins its departure from the E.U. in March………………..But she had told reporters ahead of the vote on Wednesday that she would “contest that vote with everything I’ve got.” ……………..“A change in leadership will put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it,” she said outside 10 Downing Street. She also warned members of her party that voting her out could lead to no Brexit and hand power to the opposition Labour Party.
May became prime minister in 2016 after winning a leadership race after the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the Brexit referendum. May, who supported the campaign for Britain to remain in the E.U., has seen her time in office overshadowed by the question of Brexit as she has sought to keep her own party happy while also negotiating a deal with European leaders………..A vote on the deal she negotiated with Brussels was shelved this week as she admitted she did not have the votes to get the deal through Parliament, leading to lawmakers from all sides ramping up its criticism of May’s handling of Brexit.
Brexiteers in particular have complained that a “backstop” agreement on the Irish border included in the deal — to avoid a “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland — means that her deal would keep Britain tied to a customs union with the E.U. if no trade deal can be made:There are fears that, without a clear mechanism to withdraw from that backstop by itself, Britain would be left in a “Hotel California” Brexit — a reference to The Eagles song that describes a hotel from which you can check out, but never leave.
Even though May survived the vote, she still has some daunting months ahead. It is far from clear, whenever the vote on the divorce deal takes place, whether it will pass That in turn would spark calls from opposition MPs for May to call a general election. Some pro-Remain figures also have called for a second referendum, this time on the deal itself. May so far has ruled out such a vote.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.10: Theresa May will update her cabinet team of ministers on Monday to update them on #Brexit after she spoke to several other European leaders over the weekend, her spokeswoman said: Earlier, local media reported that May had asked her ministers to get ready for a conference call, leading some to suggest that she was planning to delay parliament’s vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk reports
The European Union’s top court ruled on Monday that the British government may reverse its decision to leave the bloc without consulting other member states in a decision welcomed by those campaigning to stop Brexit: In an emergency judgment delivered just a day before the British parliament is due to vote on a Brexit deal agreed with the EU by Prime Minister Theresa May, the Court of Justice (ECJ) said: “The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU.” ………………..The ruling is in line with an opinion delivered last week by a Court legal adviser. That had boosted the hopes of British Brexit opponents that a new referendum could be held that would prevent Britain’s scheduled departure on March 29, 2019.
The European Union’s executive said on Monday it would not renegotiate its Brexit agreement sealed with British Prime Minister Theresa May: “We have an agreement on the table,” a spokeswoman for the European Commission told reporters, recalling a position expressed by President Jean-Claude Juncker. “We will not renegotiate.” ……..A day before the UK parliament could vote down May’s Brexit deal, the spokeswoman said the bloc was ready for “all scenarios”. She added that Juncker spoke by telephone with May on Sunday.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: Editor says here’s what we know of the votes and position so far ………… As media now compare this to ROUNDHEADS and CAVALIERS fighting it out ………………. Theresa May has suffered three Brexit defeats in the Commons as she set out to sell her EU deal to sceptical MPs: Ministers have agreed to publish the government’s full legal advice on the deal after MPs found them in contempt of Parliament for issuing a summary. ……..And MPs backed calls for the Commons to have a direct say in what happens if the PM’s deal is rejected next Tuesday………………….Mrs May said MPs had a duty to deliver on the 2016 Brexit vote and the deal on offer was an “honourable compromise”………….She was addressing the Commons at the start of a five-day debate on her proposed agreement on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal and future relations with the EU………..The agreement has been endorsed by EU leaders but must also be backed by the UK Parliament if it is to come into force. MPs will decide whether to reject or accept it on Tuesday 11 December…………Mrs May said Brexit divisions had become “corrosive” to UK politics and the public believed the issue had “gone on long enough” and must be resolved.
After Labour demanded the advice should be released ahead of next Tuesday’s key vote on Mrs May’s deal, Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was “unimaginable” this would not happen.
In response, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said she would “respond” on Wednesday, but would ask the Commons Privileges Committee to consider the constitutional repercussions.
An attempt by ministers to refer the whole issue, including the government’s conduct, to the committee of MPs was earlier defeated by four votes.
The privileges committee will now decide which ministers should be held accountable and what sanction to apply, with options ranging from a reprimand to the more unlikely scenario of a minister being suspended from the Commons.
Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said the result left the government “on the ropes”, adding: “Theresa May’s majority has evaporated, and the credibility of her deal is evaporating with it.”
MPs seek to influence Brexit process
The prime minister suffered a further setback on Tuesday as MPs backed, by 321 votes to 299, changes to the parliamentary process should the Commons vote down her deal next week.
If that happens, the government has 21 days in which to return to the House and set out what it plans to do next.
Tuesday’s vote, in which 26 Tory MPs rebelled, could potentially tilt the balance of power between government and Parliament if, as expected, MPs push for a “Plan B” alternative to Mrs May’s deal and also seek to prevent any chance of a no-deal exit.
Mr Grieve, who has expressed support for another Brexit referendum, told Channel 4 News he was not seeking to “guarantee a particular outcome” if Mrs May’s deal went down.
But he said it would “allow the UK time to consider its options”, including potentially re-starting negotiations with the EU or giving the public the final say.