Our series of Christmas carols continues.
WATCH: May – We will be “negotiating and…signing trade deals” during the Brexit implementation period
They will “come into force after the conclusion of the implementation period”, the Prime Minister told the Commons.
The ghost of Social Chapter policies past haunts the forthcoming Brexit row about labour regulations
Those who are pro-Brexit and those who oppose it have to negotiate the pitfalls of their own previous positions on red tape.
If Gove could talk to the animals, talk to the animals. Why the Conservatives are campaigning on the environment.
With a woof-woof here and a moo-moo there, there is a new Tory focus on our feathered, scaled, winged and four-legged friends.
Nicky Morgan: Threats, intimidation, violence, and trolling. Something is rotten in the state of our democracy.
Those who turn a blind eye to MPs being labelled mutineers are playing with a fire which will eventually consume them too.
Hugo Sugg: I’ve been homeless and live on the edge of poverty. Let’s help others like me with low hours contracts.
I joined the Conservatives six months after this year’s general election, with a vision to help us progress in the area of social equality.
Greater localism is to be welcomed – but we must beware of extremists seeking new town councils as a chance to grab power.
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The first in our annual series of Christmas carols.
Staff and public distrust of the Conservatives is so great that it is impeding vital reform.
The Immigration Minister explains how the Government intends to do so without imposing a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.
“After decades of declines in workplace pension saving, we are now seeing increases. We want to extend that benefit to people under the age of 22.”
Futhermore, the Government needs to sharpen up its sense of mission. And there is a heap of talent on the Tory backbenches.
They propose a bespoke agreement that would permit mutual market access, with a Solvency II equivalence outcome built into it.
The MP for Sutton and Cheam will have his work cut out to reconnect the Tories to a city which some fear could become their “next Scotland”.
To date she has steered clear of the phrase, but it should be core to the work of any government which wants all Britons to fulfil their potential.
Both of the national parties are built around different attitudes to economic policy, and the Scottish Parliament’s new responsibilities will force tough choices on the SNP.
But in his new book, he does not quite explain why she has remained Prime Minister.
Matt Smith: Welsh Labour’s two decades in power have left behind a lost generation of state school pupils
This year, Wales produced the lowest A* to C grade GCSE results since 2006, with the GCSE attainment gap between the best and worst performing areas widening.
In the Financial Times, of all places, it emerges that predictions of Brexit disaster in the City were overblown.
“There’s still more to do, but we’re well on the road to delivering a Brexit that will make Britain strong, prosperous and secure.”
The British Indian Ocean Territory is clearly a reminder to too many member nations of our lingering colonial legacy.
May will tell MPs today that the UK will be free to sign trade deals on Day One…
‘Theresa May will today insist that Britain is allowed to begin striking global trade deals and registering new EU arrivals on the first day after Brexit. Eurosceptics have voiced concerns over the Prime Minister’s plan for a two-year transition period following our official exit on March 29, 2019. Brussels has said during the period the UK will have to remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and be forced to abide by freedom of movement rules. Critics say it is remaining in the EU in all but name. But in a bid to allay fears among her backbenches, Mrs May will today tell MPs the country will start the process of going its own way during the transition.’ – Daily Mail
- Cabinet sub-committee meets today to consider ‘gradual divergence’ from EU rules – The Times
- She is urged to spell out what kind of arrangement she is aiming for – The Sun
- Britain must ‘face the consequences’ of Brexit, Barnier warns – Daily Mail
- He claims there are no options available beyond the existing Canada and Norway arrangements – The Sun
- Cameron to lead China investment fund – The Times
- She is completely right – The Sun Says
- Now let’s hear her vision of the destination – Daily Telegraph Leader
- Loose lips sink deals – Raphael Hogarth, The Times
- Last week’s rebels are like Churchill, opposing the Nazis alone in the 1930s – Betty Boothroyd, The Times
- I have received death threats, we must rescue public debate from such hatred – Dominic Grieve, The Guardian
- I’m going off ‘the will of the people’ – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian
>Today: Nicky Morgan’s column: Threats, intimidation, violence, and trolling. Something is rotten in the state of our democracy.
…while Labour is on the verge of backing a policy that would make trade deals impossible
‘Labour is likely to announce that it wants to stay in a modified version of the EU customs union indefinitely, according to three members of the shadow cabinet…Jeremy Corbyn’s party is likely to say that it wants to negotiate to be part of a new UK-EU customs union very similar to the one at present. It will also say that Britain should be part of future trade deals done by the EU. Critically, under Labour Britain would demand a seat at the table, on the EU side, in future trade talks between the EU and other countries, something that would have to be negotiated in Brexit talks. The plan reflects Labour’s scepticism on the benefits of Britain signing future trade deals, the belief that the impact on the customs regime of the Tory plan is likely to be catastrophic and the desire for a clear dividing line between it and the government. “It think we’re almost there,” one member of the shadow cabinet said about the plan.’ – The Times
- Abbott admits immigration might not fall under Labour – Daily Mail
- We’ll make it easier for universities to hire the brightest talent – Brandon Lewis, The Times
- Key Opposition figures commit to conflicting positions on a second referendum in the same day – The Sun
- Tory rebels want May to work with Labour against her own policy – The Guardian
- Ignore the people – A.C.Grayling, The Times
- Malloch-Brown joins anti-Brexit alliance – The Guardian
- The Economist rejects an advert from a pro-Brexit animal charity – Daily Mail
Anonymous Cabinet sources urge the Prime Minister to stay until 2021
‘Theresa May is being urged to delay her departure until close to the next election to avoid the Tory party engaging in a bloody battle that could ruin trade talks with the EU before they are complete. Cabinet ministers and senior backbenchers fear that any resignation before 2021 could be ruinous for the party and thwart the delicate negotiations, which are likely to continue after Brexit in March 2019…One cabinet minister told The Times: “She is not one to up sticks and leave. I’m confident that she will go on long beyond when many people expect. There is no clean and simple moment when she will or can leave. I think the leadership contest will be pushed back and back.” Brussels is expecting Mrs May to agree the broad principles of a new EU-UK relationship by next October. However, the government is being warned by the European Commission that a full EU-UK trade agreement (FTA), running to thousands of pages, will take many more months, meaning that it will not be ready until the end of 2020 at the earliest. The next general election must be held before June 2022; Tory leadership elections take about four months, and some experts think that the FTA negotiations will take longer.’ – The Times
>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Needed early in the New Year. A reshuffle to help Britain better prepare for leaving the EU.
Mordaunt rebukes Saudi Arabia over Yemen blockade
‘Saudi Arabia has “no excuses” for blocking food and fuel shipments to Yemen and could be in breach of international humanitarian law if it continues to do so, a British minister has said, in the strongest rebuke yet to a key ally. Penny Mordaunt, the secretary of state for international development, said that Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the UK could be damaged if Riyadh does not act to ease restrictions she warned could push the country into the “worst famine in decades.” Ms Mordaunt flew to Riyadh on Sunday to push for an end to restrictions on deliveries of food, fuel, and medical supplies to rebel-held areas of Yemen imposed by the Saudi-led coalition last month. Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph in Djibouti before her visit, Ms Mordaunt stressed that Britain “fully appreciates” the coalition’s security concerns and supported its right to screen shipping to prevent military supplies entering rebel held areas. But she said it had “no excuse” for blocking ships that had been screened, adding: “It is very clear that if you are using starvation as a weapon you are in breach of international humanitarian law. And what I have seen on my visit is that what is being held up is aid.”’ – Daily Telegraph
- DfID worker assaulted and killed in Lebanon – The Times
- Kremlin-linked Twitter accounts promote hatred after terror attacks – The Times
- The far right will control Austria’s foreign, interior and defence ministries – The Times
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