British Prime Minister Theresa May and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen meet in Lyngby, outside Copenhagen, to discuss Brexit CREDIT EPA
- Theresa May refuses to give MPs a vote on Brexit
- PM meets Danish and Dutch PMs for Brexit talks
- ‘Hard Brexit’ risks destroying Britain’s open economy – CBI
- PM makes appeal for a fair ‘divorce deal’ from Brussels for the UK
- Britain plans to use entry points to the Irish Republic
May: No vote on Brexit for MPs
Theresa May has said MPs will not be given a vote on Brexit because it would be “unacceptable” to “second guess” the British people.The Prime Minister’s spokesman said it was “absolutely necessary” for MPs to scrutinise the “process” of leaving the EU but that MPs should not be given a vote.
He said: “Parliament is of course going to debate and scrutinise that process as it goes on. That is absolutely necessary and the right thing to do.”But, having a second vote, or a vote to second-guess the will of the British people is not an acceptable way forward.”
A Brexit announcement at 3.30pm today
Brexit Secretary David Davis will make an oral statement to the House of Commons this afternoon.
It is expected to focus on the Government’s commitments to triggering Article 50 to leave the EU by the end of March and to bring forward a great repeal bill to transpose Brussels law into domestic law on the day of Brexit.
MPs who want Brexit debate are ‘bad losers’
Should MPs be allowed to debate the terms of Brexit? The likes of former Labour leader Ed Miliband and former Conservative minister Anna Soubry believe they should.
Together, along with other MPs, they are calling on the Government to allow parliament to debate the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union.
Ms Soubry told BBC Radio 4: “We accept the result of the EU referendum. We are leaving the EU. I take exception that this is an attempt to thwart that.
“We don’t want a running commentary but we do want to debate the terms.
“Our real concern is that there seems to be a rush to a hard Brexit and the voice of business and the voice of MPs are being lost.
“We are extrapolating all sorts of things from that including immigration. This over extrapolation is not good for our country. That is precisely why we need to take the debate into parliament. We need to know the guiding principles.”
But Conservative MP Peter Lilley hit back: “They are all remain voters who are rather reluctant to admit they lost.”
Asked if they were just bad losers, he said: “Yes, I’m afraid so.”
Britain ‘plans to use entry points’ to the Irish Republic
Britain plans to use entry points to the Irish Republic as its front line in combating post-Brexit illegal immigration, according to a report.
London wants to beef up controls at the Republic’s ports and airports in order to avoid the return of a “hard border” with Northern Ireland, The Guardian reported.
With Britain and Ireland enjoying a common travel area (CTA) since the 1920s, the narrow pro-Brexit vote threw up major problems as any return to a “hard” controlled 300-mile border could be seen to contravene the Good Friday Agreement.
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire told The Guardian that Ireland’s external borders would be strengthened in order to combat unwanted migration once the UK withdraws from the EU.
Mr Brokenshire said there was a “high level of collaboration on a joint programme of work” under way between the two countries to control immigration.
Attempts to use Irish entry points such as Dublin Airport and Rosslare port as the front line of British immigration controls could prove highly controversial in the Republic.
The measures will be aimed primarily at non-Europeans seeking entry into the CTA, The Guardian reports, as EU citizens will have automatic rights to enter the Republic.
British workers looking to Ireland for work
The number of workers in Britain looking for jobs in Ireland has soared by a fifth since the Brexit referendum result, a major recruitment website has said.
There was a huge spike in the 24 hours immediately after the vote, but latest analysis shows a sustained and rising interest from the UK in employment across the Irish Sea.
There was also a jump in British searches for jobs in Australia (13pc), Canada (10pc) and Germany (9pc).
But a 20pc rise in searches for work in Ireland in the 100 days since the referendum result is almost three times the average increase for the rest of the EU, says recruitment site Indeed.
CBI: May’s lurch to ‘hard Brexit’ risks destroying Britain’s open economy
Theresa May’s lurch to a “hard Brexit” stance on EU withdrawal risks destroying Britain’s hopes of remaining an open economy, the head of the CBI has warned.
The business body’s director general Carolyn Fairbairn expressed alarm at the direction of government policies following the fiasco of attempts to get companies to list their foreign workers.
Ms Fairbairn warned that the Prime Minister’s insistence on an immigration crackdown, which dominated the Tory conference, could “close the door” to the UK staying an open trading economy.
As ministers scrambled to abandon the plan to “name and shame” companies with migrant workers after it provoked a damning backlash, the CBI chief expressed deep business concern about the post-referendum drift of government thinking.
Ms Fairbairn told The Times that businesses were appalled at the idea, stating: “They regard it as an indication that it is somehow a shameful thing to be attracting the best talent from around the world, rather than a source of pride.”
The CBI chief warned that jobs and communities would suffer if ministers allowed a post-referendum divide between government and enterprise to form.
“What we have heard over the last few days, if you add up the messages in total, are signs that the door is being closed, to an extent, on the open economy, that has helped fuel investment,” she said.
With the plan to list foreign workers provoking uproar, the Government went into retreat with Education Secretary Justine Greening, saying: “This is not data that will be published. There will be absolutely no naming and shaming.”
David Cameron’s pro-Brexit former policy guru Steve Hilton insisted the idea was worse than Donald Trump’s plan to ban some Muslims from America if he became president.
France: Britain has ‘moral duty’ to take in migrant children
France has said Britain had a “moral duty” to take in hundreds of migrant children from the Jungle camp in Calais desperately seeking to cross the Channel.
“I am solemnly asking Britain to assume its moral duty”, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told RTL radio ahead of a trip to London to meet his British counterpart Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary.
“There are several hundred unaccompanied minors in Calais who have family in Britain. We are in the process of drawing up a precise list and the British need to live up to their responsibilities.
“We have lived up to ours,” stressed the minister.
French officials have said that work to dismantle the sprawling migrant camp known as the Jungle in the port of Calais could begin as early as this month, with residents scattered to reception centres across France.
The makeshift settlement has become the focal point in France of Europe’s migrant crisis, fought over by politicians and a constant source of tension with Britain.
Cazeneuve said last week there were up to 950 children living in the “Jungle”, many unaccompanied.
Campaigners say many of the children have family in Britain and should be allowed to travel there.
Fallon: We are going for a ‘full Brexit’
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon tried to shed some light on ministerial thinking by insisting Britain is going for “full Brexit” outside the European Union, but still wants to maintain good trade relations with the bloc.
Sir Michael also called for unity among Cabinet colleagues amid reports of deepening rifts among top Tories over the issue, with Sir Michael saying “we are all Brexiteers now”.
“We’re going to be outside the European Union but we still, because it’s over 40% of our trade, we still want to maximise our trade with it,” he told the BBC.
Sir Michael said the Government’s objectives in Brexit negotiations were to maximise free trade on goods and services, while regaining control of British borders.
May flies out for Brexit talks
Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to put a bruising Brexit week behind her as she takes her appeal for a fair “divorce deal” from Brussels for the UK to European capitals.
Mrs May is visiting Denmark and the Netherlands in the latest leg of her tour of EU members in a bid to put Britain’s case ahead of the Government triggering formal withdrawal negotiations next spring.
However, the PM’s visits come against a backdrop of a divergence of views between Britain and the Continent, with the Government seeming to increasingly favour a “hard Brexit” strategy with limited participation to the single market, as Berlin and Paris insist that the UK cannot expect full interconnection to markets without the free movement of workers.
With sterling taking a major plunge on international money markets and the CBI insisting the Government must boost investment by ruling out the “worst aspects” of a hard Brexit, pressure is growing on Mrs May to clarify what kind of post-withdrawal deal she is looking for.
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