December 8, 2019

UK: Essex lorry deaths – 39 bodies found in shipping container

Pin It

From BBC The bodies of 39 people have been found in a lorry container in Essex. The vehicle was found shortly before 01:40 BST at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, police said. Essex Police said the trailer has been moved to a secure location where the bodies of those inside – a teenager and 38 […]

UK: Brexit bill ‘in limbo’ as MPs reject timetable

Pin It

From BBC Boris Johnson has hit the pause button on his Brexit legislation after MPs rejected his plan to get it through the Commons in three days. MPs backed his Withdrawal Agreement Bill – but minutes later voted against the timetable, leaving it “in limbo”. After the vote, EU Council President Donald Tusk said he […]

Brexit: ‘No deal tonight’, UK government source says

Pin It

From BBC A government source has told the BBC there will be “no deal tonight”, as officials continue to work on the technical details in Brussels. The UK and EU had been hoping to sign off a revised Brexit deal before Thursday’s crunch EU council meeting. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said it was not now […]

UK: Judge dismisses no-deal Brexit court move

Pin It

From BBC A Scottish judge has dismissed a move to force Boris Johnson to comply with a law aimed at avoiding a no-deal Brexit. Campaigners had wanted to ensure that the prime minister would write to the EU to request an extension if no deal is in place by 19 October. They argued that statements […]

UK Brexit: ‘Election in October’ if MPs block no deal

Pin It

From BBC The government is expected to table a motion to hold a general election on 14 October if it is defeated by MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit on Tuesday. Boris Johnson said he did not want an election, but progress with the EU would be “impossible” if they won. Tory rebels are joining […]

UK: Parliament suspension: Queen approves PM’s plan

Pin It

From BBC Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September – and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline. Boris Johnson said a Queen’s Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his “very exciting agenda”. But it means the time MPs have to pass […]

UK: Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM

Pin It

From BBC Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister. He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656. The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday. In his victory speech, Mr Johnson promised he […]

Bridge from Northern Ireland to Scotland wasn’t my idea: Coveney

Pin It

By Philip Ryan From Belfast Telegraph Tanaiste Simon Coveney has become embroiled in a bizarre war of words with former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over whose idea it was to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Speaking ahead of a major business and leadership summit in Dublin this week, Mr Johnson told […]

UK: Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson amid Brexit turmoil

Pin It

From BBC Theresa May has launched a reshuffle of her top team after a string of resignations over her Brexit strategy plunged her government into crisis. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been named as the new foreign secretary after Boris Johnson quit, accusing Mrs May of pursuing a “semi-Brexit”. His departure followed that of Brexit […]

UK: Boris Johnson tells PM she is suffocating Brexit ‘dream’

Pin It

From BBC Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, saying the “dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt”. In his letter resigning as foreign secretary, he said the prime minister was leading the UK into a “semi-Brexit” with the “status of a colony”. His resignation came hours after Brexit Secretary […]