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News Daily: MPs’ Brexit rebellion threat, and Begum family challenge Javid

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright AFP Brexit: Tory MPs warn of rebellion With five weeks to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, Theresa May has been warned that more than 30 normally loyal Conservative MPs could rebel against the government in an effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The Brexit Delivery Group, containing Leave and Remain supporters, says members may back alternative plans if the prime minister’s reworked deal with the EU fails to gain majority support in…

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Brexit: Theresa May warned dozens of Tories could rebel over no-deal

Image copyright UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Dozens of normally loyal Conservative MPs could rebel against the government in a bid to prevent a “no-deal” Brexit, Downing Street has been warned. Leaders of the Brexit Delivery Group of both Leavers and Remainers say MPs may back alternatives if Mrs May’s reworked deal cannot command a Commons majority. Co-chairman Andrew Percy told the BBC more than 30 may try to block no deal. The government says “productive” talks in Brussels aimed at addressing MPs’ concerns continue “urgently”. The UK remains on course to…

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Brexit: Japan trade deal will not be ready by deadline

The UK won’t be able to roll over an EU trade deal with Japan in time for Brexit, Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said. It was one of the most important EU trade deals the UK hoped to replicate ahead of the 29 March withdrawal date. The Department of International Trade also said that the EU’s customs union deal with Turkey will not be ready. In 2017 Mr Fox said the UK would be able to replicate 40 EU free trade deals by Brexit day. But so far his department…

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Brexit: What happens to the Erasmus student scheme in a no deal?

Image copyright Getty Images The Erasmus scheme is an EU programme that helps students study in other countries. Currently 53% of UK university students who do learn abroad, do so through the scheme. In 2016-17, 16,561 UK students participated in overseas programmes, while 31,727 EU nationals came to the UK. Erasmus is also involved in vocational training and work overseas, as well as with teachers who want to work or train abroad. The government has published a technical note explaining what would happen to participants in the scheme if the…

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‘Brexit gap’ over wildlife protection is looming

Image copyright WWF Image caption WWF formally complained to the EU in 2012 that UK governments had failed to identify areas to offer adequate protection to harbour porpoise Wales risks losing 80% of the laws that protect its environment after Brexit with no plans in place yet to replace them, nature charities have warned. Wildlife, habitats, air and water quality could all be affected, they have claimed. One organisation – WWF Cymru – has written to Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths calling for “urgent action”. The Welsh Government said it was…

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Brexit: Theresa May to return to Brussels for further talks

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May will return to Brussels later to continue Brexit talks with the European Union. She is trying to renegotiate the Irish backstop – the insurance policy to prevent the return of customs checks on the Irish border. Mrs May is expected to request legally-binding assurances that the backstop will not extend indefinitely. However, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he does not expect a “breakthrough” in talks. The backstop policy is part of Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement and became one of the…

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Brexit: What do Birmingham’s Number 11 bus passengers think?

The Brexit negotiations have been likened to a merry-go-round by some commentators. So where better to seek the views of the public than on Birmingham’s famous Number 11 route? We asked passengers on the service, which takes a two-and-a-half hour circular journey around the city, what they make of the current situation. Brummies narrowly voted to leave the EU, although some areas came out strongly in favour of staying. Video journalist: Simone Stewart Source link

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Brexit: UK will apply food tariffs in case of no deal

Image copyright Getty Images Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised that the government will apply tariffs to food imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to provide “specific and robust protections” for farmers. His remarks come as the government is poised to release details of tariffs (taxes on imports) that would apply to thousands of products coming in from around the world, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Many supporters of Brexit argue that tariffs on food and other items should be scrapped in order to…

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Brexit: Will Brits living in the EU still get healthcare?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, reciprocal healthcare arrangements will not automatically survive. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend them. For emergency treatment on holiday, UK nationals can use their EHIC card if they fall ill in another EU country, but if there is a no-deal Brexit it will no longer be valid and they will need travel insurance. You can read more about EHIC cards here. There are about three quarters of a million UK nationals living in other EU…

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Porsche warns UK customers of Brexit price rise

Image copyright Reuters Porsche is warning UK customers they might have to pay 10% extra for cars delivered after Britain leaves the EU. The German firm said its request that buyers sign a clause committing to a potential tariff was “precautionary”. Porsche’s owner Volkswagen declined to discuss if some of its other brands, including Audi, Lamborghini, Skoda, Bugatti, Seat, and Ducati might follow. A 10% surcharge would see the cost of an entry-level Porsche 911 rising from £93,110 to £102,421. Stuttgart-based Porsche said in an emailed statement to the BBC:…

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