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Westminster scheduled vote on Brexit deal goes ahead

Next week’s Westminster vote on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal will go ahead, interior minister Sajid Javid said, rejecting media speculation that the government might not proceed with the vote in fear of losing it.

“I don’t think there is any chance of pulling the vote. I just don’t see that happening,” Javid told BBC. “This vote is taking place, as planned, and many MPs (lawmakers) are considering how they may or may not vote.”

Opposition parties, the small Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that supports May’s government as well as many Members of the Parliament in her own Conservative Party have said they would vote against the deal on December 11.

Javid also said details of Britain’s post-Brexit immigration system would not be published before the vote but he said it would bring net migration down to a sustainable level.

The Labour Party said  it would press for contempt proceedings against the government if Prime Minister fails to produce the full legal advice she has received on her Brexit deal.

Labour has said it will vote against the deal, Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, increased the pressure on May by saying Labour would start contempt proceedings against the government if it did not publish its legal advice.

EU Brexit deal gamble final days

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would be returning to Brussels on Saturday to finalise an Article 50 deal, shaping Britain’s future ties with the European Union after her meeting with the head of the bloc’s top executive Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday failed to bridge the gaps.

Theresa May met European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker for about an hour and a half to try to win commitments aimed at helping her appease rebels at home, including her own camp, opposed to her draft Brexit treaty.

There were some remaining issues which we have discussed,May said afterwards. “I will be returning on Saturday for further meetings, including again with President Juncker to discuss how we can ensure that we can conclude this process.

With just over four months before Britain’s departure, May is trying to conclude the Article 50 deal for a summit of EU leaders on Sunday, November 25,  due to endorse the Brexit accord.

Raising the stakes, EU diplomats said they had been told that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was not willing to come on Sunday for any more talks, meaning a consensus over the deal text must be reached in advance.

Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez  warned  he would vote against the draft deal unless he wins assurances over the disputed peninsula of Gibraltar.

May said negotiators from both sides would continue working on the text. “I believe we have been able to give sufficient direction for them to be able to resolve those remaining issues,” she said.

A spokesman for the European Commission said “very good progress” was made at May’s meeting with Juncker: “Work is continuing.”

Diplomats in Brussels said EU states’ concerns over fishing rights and future trade ties had largely been addressed in the political declaration on the EU-UK future ties that would form a package with the legally binding divorce deal, meaning Spain’s concerns were the final issue to be settled.

“The only thing really outstanding is Gibraltar,” said one EU diplomat.

May to inform Parliament on Brexit plans

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will put forward her plan for a Brexit transition period with unchanged access to EU markets when she briefs MPs on Monday about her latest negotiating results with Brussels.

While attending EU Summit in Brussels May secured an agreement to move forward onto the topic of transitional and long-term trading arrangements with the continent.

On Monday she will report back to parliament the results of her Brussels trip, setting out the framework of a time-limited implementation period of two years, designed to facilitate Brexit and provide clarity for businesses and citizens.

The outline of the transition period that May will present is consistent with plans she has previously proposed, and they will be a subject to next stage of negotiation in Brussels.

Britons for strict migration policies

Immigration is good for the UK,  but the public wishes to see it controlled after Brexit because of the impact it can have, particularly on those on low incomes, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, September 6.

A leaked government document showed Britain is considering measures to restrict immigration for all but the highest-skilled EU workers, plans some companies called alarming and an opposition lawmaker described as “plainly cruel”.

“Overall, immigration has been good for the UK but what people want to see is control of that immigration – that is what people want to see as a result of coming out of the European Union,” – May told parliament when asked by a lawmaker about benefits of immigration to the British economy.

 “There is a reason for wanting to ensure that we can control migration. It is because of the impact that that migration can have … on people, on access to services, on infrastructure, but crucially it often hits those at the lower end of the income scale hardest” – May concluded. (Image: Calais Jungle, France)

May agrees EU citizens to stay in UK

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May told European Union citizens who are already living legally in Britain that she wanted them to stay after the country leaves the EU in 2019.

Setting out Britain’s plans for immigrants from EU countries, she said that all those legally in Britain before a cut-off date to be decided in future negotiations would be allowed to stay and apply for permanent residence rights.

“I want to completely reassure people that under these plans, no EU citizen currently in the UK lawfully will be asked to leave at the point the UK leaves the EU. We want you to stay,” May said, addressing the Parliament.

However the EU citizens would face similar restrictions to British nationals if they wanted foreign relatives to join them in Britain after it left the EU unless separate rules were negotiated, she added.

Hammond for “pragmatic” Brexit

British finance minister Philip Hammond said Britain should adopt a “pragmatic” approach to Brexit negotiations which begin on Monday 19th of June (19.06.2017) striking a different tone to Prime Minister Theresa May who has declared to prefer to leave the EU without a deal, than have a poor arrangement.

The debate within Britain’s government about how to leave the international structure called European Union has been in the focus during the snap elections ending in loss of seats for the Conservatives, surfacing without a majority in parliament.

Britain should work closely with the bloc to prioritize jobs and prosperity when Brexit talks start next week, Hammond said to reporters before a meeting of the 28 EU finance ministers on June, 17 (17.06.2017).

“As we enter negotiations next week we will do so in a spirit of sincere cooperation taking a pragmatic approach to trying to find a solution that works both for the UK and for the European Union 27,” he said.

‘DUP’ is the megastar!

According to the search engins British electorate spent a great deal of time searching for information about a small Northern Irish party whose 290,000 votes and 10 seats in parliament hold the balance of power in the national parliament representing the United Kingdom’s 65 million people.

The UK  pubic was puzzled by the news that Prime Minister Theresa May would have to turn to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for support after unexpectedly losing her parliamentary majority in an election, the Northern Irish party’s website crashed under the weight of  inquisitiveness.

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