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Brexit: Theresa May understood to be delaying key vote

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May is to make a statement to MPs at 15:30 GMT amid reports Tuesday’s vote on her Brexit deal is being delayed. That will be followed by a statement from Commons leader Andrea Leadsom – and then a statement from the Brexit secretary on Article 50. Two cabinet sources have told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg Tuesday’s planned Brexit vote will be delayed. There is not yet any official confirmation of the move. Downing Street had been insisting the vote would go ahead, despite Mrs May…

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Brexit: Theresa May warns of ‘uncharted waters’ ahead of key vote

Image copyright REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo With two days to go until the crucial Brexit vote, the prime minister has warned MPs they face “uncharted waters” if they reject her deal. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the PM said a rejection of her proposals would mean “grave uncertainty” for the UK. She warned MPs their actions could lead to a general election, and there was a “very real risk of no Brexit”. Downing Street has also denied newspaper reports that Theresa May will postpone Tuesday’s vote. “The vote is going…

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Newspaper headlines: Crucial Brexit vote to be delayed?

Newspaper headlines: Crucial Brexit vote to be delayed? By BBC News Staff Image caption The Sunday Times reports that, in a “frantic bid” to save her Brexit deal, Theresa May is planning to delay Tuesday’s crucial House of Commons vote on the withdrawal agreement and go back to Brussels to renegotiate. Downing Street, however, has rejected this suggestion. A Number 10 spokesman said: “The vote is going ahead on Tuesday.” Image caption The Observer says that ministers’ warnings to delay the vote have “not been heeded” by the PM. And…

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‘Meaningful vote’ compromise bid dismissed by Brexiteers

Image copyright AFP 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 said it was “desperate”. Many MPs have expressed concerns about the backstop, aimed at preventing a “hard border” on the island of Ireland. It would mean Northern Ireland…

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Brexit: Senior Tory suggests vote could be delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNewsnight: Sir Graham Brady ‘would welcome’ Brexit vote being deferred A senior Tory MP says he would welcome a delay in next week’s Commons Brexit vote, if it would help address concerns over the controversial backstop. But Tory backbench chairman Sir Graham Brady said getting “clarity” on the issue was more important than “timing”. It comes after reports that Theresa May was being urged to postpone the vote, which she is widely expected to lose. Dismissing those reports, a No 10 spokesman…

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Facebook to check Indian political ads in build-up to vote

A Facebook logo is pictured at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian advertisers wanting to run political ads on Facebook will have to confirm their identity and location to help prevent abuse of the system in the build-up to national elections, the company said on Thursday. Facebook Inc – under increasing scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal – said it would start verifying ads from Thursday and, from next year, show a disclaimer on all political ads giving…

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Brexit vote: What could happen next?

MPs will vote on the proposed Brexit deal, agreed by the UK and the EU, on 11 December. If they reject it then a lot of different things could happen. The EU Withdrawal Act, passed by Parliament in June, sets out some rules. The government would have to produce a new plan of action within 21 days and then allow a further vote within another seven sitting days in the House of Commons. However, the government could act much more quickly than that. And it’s possible that political events would…

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Brexit vote: Can the government avoid defeat in the Commons?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRadio 4’s The World at One asks: What will happen if Parliament rejects the Brexit plan? Is there a way for the government to avoid defeat on its deal when MPs vote next Tuesday? Unless there is a dramatic shift of opinion on the government’s backbenches before then, Theresa May’s plan looks set to be sunk by an alliance of Tory Brexiteers, Conservative supporters of another referendum and all the opposition parties. But it may be the House of Commons does not…

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Brexit vote: Will MPs back PMs deal in Commons?

It’s now up to MPs to make the next move on Brexit. With a so-called ‘meaningful vote’ in parliament next week, they have to decide whether to back the deal the prime minister has negotiated with the EU. But it’s looking increasingly likely that they’ll say no to Theresa May’s plans. Our political correspondent Leila Nathoo explains. Source link

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Sports Personality: Vote for your Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year

The five Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year nominations have been revealed for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018, and voting is now open. This is a new award, with the winning moment being announced at the ceremony on Sunday, 16 December, live on BBC One from 19:00 GMT. You will need a BBC account to vote, and registering now means you will be all set to vote during the main awards show. Voting closes at 20:00 GMT on Friday, 14 December 2018. So who are the contenders? England’s…

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