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‘Meaningful vote’ compromise bid dismissed by Brexiteers

A government bid to find a compromise to win over rebels before the Commons Brexit vote has run into criticism. A Tory backbench amendment – understood to have No 10’s backing – offers MPs more of a say over the contentious issue of the Northern Ireland backstop.   DUP leader Arlene Foster dismissed it as “legislative tinkering” while Tory Brexiteers ...

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Philip Hammond: renegotiation of May’s Brexit deal ‘a delusion’

Ministers called in to Downing Street as chancellor rules out hope for 11th-hour changes to ‘compromise’ deal with EU The idea of a last-ditch negotiation of the Brexit deal to secure a better offer from the EU is a delusion, the chancellor has told MPs, saying there was no alternative offer that could be reached. His warning came as cabinet ...

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Brexit debate: MPs to focus on economic impact of May deal

Brexit’s economic effects will be the focus of a Commons debate later, as government whips work behind the scenes to gain support for Theresa May’s deal. Ministers will say it creates a unique partnership with the EU, while Labour argues it will make people poorer.   Late on Wednesday, chief whip Julian Smith tried to win over pro-Brexit Tories, while ...

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Brexit debate: Ministers fight for Theresa May’s deal

Ministers will again battle to win over MPs to Theresa May’s Brexit deal later, a day after the government suffered three defeats on key votes. Security will be the focus of the second of five days of debate in the Commons, where Tuesday’s marathon session extended into the early hours.   Crucially, MPs backed calls to give them a direct ...

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Hoping to win Brexit support, PM May says world leaders ready for trade

  Several world leaders are keen to strike trade deals with Britain once the country is out of the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May will say on Monday, pressing the case for her Brexit deal before a fateful Dec 11 vote in parliament. May is facing an uphill struggle to get lawmakers to back her deal to keep close ...

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May faces more Brexit woes after UK minister quits

The latest minister to quit British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government because of Brexit said Saturday that the prime minister’s compromise agreement would leave Britain outnumbered and outmaneuvered in future negotiations with the European Union.   Ex-Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah likened the agreement to playing soccer against opponents who “are the referee and they make the rules as ...

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Most experts expecting AL victory in BD polls: UK Parliament

Results could be closer than anticipated, it says Most experts are still expecting a victory for the incumbents — Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League — in Bangladesh’s national election scheduled for December 30, says the House of Commons. The results of the next national election, however, could be closer than previously anticipated, according to a report posted ...

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Brexit: May not ruling out second MPs’ vote on deal

Theresa May has refused to rule out another Commons vote on her Brexit deal if MPs reject it the first time. The PM said she thought she could win the vote on 11 December despite dozens of Tory MPs being against the deal. In an interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, she urged MPs to “deliver on the vote of ...

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Saida Tasneem joins Bangladesh mission in London as new envoy

Saida Muna Tasneem. File photo Mirror Desk : Saida Muna Tasneem on Friday joined the Bangladesh High Commission in London as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom. She succeeded Md Nazmul Quaunine as the first woman diplomat to assume responsibility of this important post in the UK. Tasneem reached London on Monday to take on her ...

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Bank warns no-deal could see UK sink into recession

A no-deal Brexit could send the pound plunging and trigger a worse recession than the financial crisis, the Bank of England has warned. It said the UK economy could shrink by 8% in the immediate aftermath if there was no transition period, while house prices could fall by almost a third.   The Bank of England also warned the pound ...

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