A new "Brexit Party", backed by Nigel Farage (pictured January 2019), has been recognised by the British Electoral Commission, meaning the party can contest elections in Britain -- and potentially in the European Parliament if Brexit is delayed. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News LONDON — British electoral authorities said on Friday they had officially recognised a new "Brexit Party" backed by Nigel Farage, a key campaigner in the referendum vote to leave the European Union. Recognition by the Electoral Commission means the party can now contest elections in Britain -- and potentially in the European Parliament if Brexit is delayed beyond March 29. "The party was founded with my full support and with the intention of fighting the European election on May 23 if Brexit has not been delivered by then," Farage told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. He said he would stand for election, adding that the party had received "hundreds of applications" from other would-be candidates, … [Read more...] about Farage’s new ’Brexit Party’ wins official recognition
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UK vote designed to bring Brexit clarity. But can politicians finally agree? There is an over-used saying about negotiations with the European Union: "Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed." But in the case of Brexit, that agreement may never come. Britain's political deadlock over its biggest challenge for decades may never be broken. In a series of votes in Britain's House of Commons Tuesday evening, lawmakers will try to take control of Brexit from UK Prime Minister Theresa May's government, which has failed to get parliamentary approval for her plan for leaving the EU. Several amendments expected to be put to a vote should, in theory, finally bring some clarity over what kind of Brexit will win the most support. But that is only in theory. Even as events unfolded Monday, with momentum building around two key amendments, opposing factions were trying to block them. It is possible that, when the time comes for voting, just after 7 p.m. UK time, nothing will pass. And with … [Read more...] about UK vote designed to bring Brexit clarity. But can politicians finally agree?
British Prime Minister Theresa May sought on Thursday (Dec 6) to woo MPs with a promise of more power over the next stage of Brexit as she fought to save her EU withdrawal deal ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote next week. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on Dec 5, 2018 to attend Prime Minister's questions in Parliament. (Ben STANSALL/AFP) May said lawmakers could have a greater say over an arrangement to avoid border checks with Ireland that could see Britain tied to EU rules for years after it leaves the bloc in March. The so-called backstop is the key reason many of her own Conservative MPs and her Northern Irish allies opposed the divorce deal, putting her on course for defeat in Tuesday's vote. "People are concerned about the role of the UK in making these decisions. And the obvious, in terms of the UK, is for it to be parliament that makes these decisions," May told BBC radio. Ministers admit the deal struck with Brussels last … [Read more...] about UK”s May offers more say for MPs to save Brexit deal
Viet Nam News LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly survived another crunch Brexit vote in parliament Tuesday, as she struggles to unify her divided party around her strategy for leaving the European Union. The Conservative government defeated an amendment introduced by its own backbench MPs to a future trade policy bill which would have kept Britain in a customs union with the EU if it fails to agree a free trade deal. If the amendment had passed it would have thrown May´s Brexit strategy into disarray and increased pressure on the already beleaguered leader. Government whips overcame the rebellion by a dozen Tory lawmakers -- reportedly issuing last-ditch threats it would prompt a no-confidence vote in the prime minister -- by just seven votes. It was bolstered by the support of four pro-Brexit opposition Labour Party MPs. Ministers argued the amendment would put "massive restrictions" on its ability to forge "an independent trade policy" after Britain … [Read more...] about British PM wins key Brexit vote despite ongoing rebellion
Airbus employs nearly 15,000 people at more than 25 sites in Britain, where it manufactures the wings of its aircraft. (Photo: AFP/Oli Scarff) The European group, which directly employs nearly 15,000 people, warned that crashing out of the bloc would be "catastrophic" and force it to consider its investments. "Put simply, a 'no deal' scenario directly threatens Airbus' future in the UK," said chief operating officer Tom Williams. May's government holds out the possibility of walking away as a negotiating tactic, but says she expects to get a deal before it exits the bloc on March 29 next year. "We have made significant progress towards agreeing a deep and special partnership with the EU to ensure trade remains as free and frictionless as possible, including in the aerospace sector," a spokeswoman said. However, talks are stalled on the issue of the Irish border and Britain's indecision over what it wants. EU leaders, who will meet May at a summit next week, have warned that time is … [Read more...] about Airbus warns could leave UK if no Brexit deal