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Brexit: Theresa May should become mediator, says Sir John Major

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May needs to become a mediator to help break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament, former prime minister John Major has said. He wants MPs to be given a vote on all Brexit options, indicating their preference on the way forward. Mrs May should consider dropping her red lines "in the national interest" and become a facilitator to find out what Parliament wants, he said.Tory
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Brexit: Liam Fox yet to seal no-deal trade agreements

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters The UK has yet to finalise agreements to replace existing free trade deals the EU has with 40 big economies if there is a no-deal Brexit.International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said he "hoped" they would but it depended on whether other countries were "willing to put the work in".He said more deals were coming, after signing one with Australia.Concerns have been raised that the UK will
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Speaker Bercow ‘could be denied peerage’

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Speaker John Bercow has been criticised by some Tory MPs Such is the anger with the Speaker at senior levels of government, it has been suggested he could be blocked from getting a peerage when he retires.Ministers are furious at what they see as John Bercow's "bias" during Commons debates on Brexit.The move would break a tradition dating back 230 years, that former
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Brexit: Theresa May says MPs must ‘work together’ to deliver Brexit

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May has called on MPs to "work constructively together" to find a way forwardTheresa May has called on MPs to "put self-interest aside" and "work constructively together" to find a way forward for Brexit.Earlier, the prime minister won a vote of no confidence by 325 to 306, as rebel Tory MPs and the DUP backed her to stay in No
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Brexit: Theresa May’s deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe prime minister's Brexit deal is backed by 202 MPs but 432 vote against.Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March.Labour leader Jeremy
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Brexit: Theresa May faces ‘meaningful vote’ on her deal

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP MPs are preparing to vote on whether to back Theresa May's deal for leaving the European Union. The so-called "meaningful vote" will take place later as five days of debate on Brexit comes to an end. Mrs May has called for politicians to back her deal or risk "letting the British people down".But with many of her own MPs expected to join opposition parties to vote
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Theresa May says no Brexit more likely than no deal

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-ditch attempt to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal as Tuesday's key Commons vote looms closer.She will use a speech on Monday to warn that Parliament is more likely to block Brexit than let the UK leave with no deal.Mrs May will add that trust in politics will suffer "catastrophic harm" if the referendum result is not implemented.Labour
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Brexit: Lord Hattersley says people should get vote on PM’s deal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord Hattersley has said that leaving the European Union would be a "disaster" Former Labour deputy leader Roy Hattersley has said he supports another Brexit referendum "very strongly". The politician said Britons have "a right" to have their say on Theresa May's Brexit deal, which goes to a vote in the Commons on Tuesday. A People's Vote event has been held in Sheffield,
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Ministers consider ending jail terms of six months or less

[ad_1] The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales.Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily Telegraph that such sentences were "long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you". If such jail sentences were to be scrapped it is thought it could