Adam Bienkov, provided by Published 11:27 am CST, Thursday, January 10, 2019 The House of Commons passed a Brexit amendment on Wednesday designed to force the prime minister to immediately come up with a "Plan B" if her deal with the EU is rejected by MPs. The "meaningful vote" amendment was heralded as parliament "taking back control" of Brexit. However, parliamentary procedure experts insist that the amendment leaves the timetable for any second vote on May's deal essentially unchanged. While there will be political pressure on May not to run down the clock she is under no legal obligation to do so. LONDON — Theresa May's government was furious on Wednesday after the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow upended constitutional convention to let MPs vote on a motion which was designed to prevent the prime minister from "running down the clock" if she loses the vote on her Brexit deal next week. The motion, brought forward by the former Conservative Attorney … [Read more...] about Has the UK parliament really taken back control of Brexit from Theresa May?
Updated 9:24 am CST, Thursday, January 10, 2019 British conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry, centre, who campaigned to remain in the European Union during referendum debates, reacts with pro-Brexit protesters outside parliament in London, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Soubry was verbally confronted by Brexit campaigners on Monday outside parliament. Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal seems widely disliked by both pro-Europe and pro-Brexit politicians, threatening the exit agreement and future relations with EU. less British conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry, centre, who campaigned to remain in the European Union during referendum debates, reacts with pro-Brexit protesters outside parliament in London, Thursday Jan. 10, ... more Photo: Alastair Grant, AP Photo: Alastair Grant, AP Image … [Read more...] about Brexit sparks showdown between UK Parliament and government
Updated 1:58 pm CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1990 file photo, Former Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel, right, is met at airport by Russian Vice President Anatoly Lukyanov on arrival in Moscow. Anatoly Lukyanov, the speaker of the Soviet parliament who joined a hard-line coup that precipitated the Soviet collapse, has died at 88. Russia's Channel One state television said Lukyanov died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. less FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1990 file photo, Former Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel, right, is met at airport by Russian Vice President Anatoly Lukyanov on arrival in Moscow. Anatoly Lukyanov, the ... more Photo: Boris Yurchenko, AP Photo: Boris Yurchenko, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this … [Read more...] about Anatoly Lukyanov, ex-Soviet parliament speaker, dies at 88
By Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - German officials are racing to bolster cyber security after a far-reaching data breach carried out by a 20-year-old student laid bare the vulnerability of Europe’s largest economy ahead of a critical European Parliament election in May. Officials say they are anxious to close security gaps and raise awareness ahead of the upcoming election, where voters from across the European Union will choose lawmakers for the parliament, amid concerns that foreign powers or right-wing forces could seek to manipulate the election. "We have to think about preventive measures," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Reuters. German authorities have said an unnamed student who lived with his parents had confessed to one of Germany’s biggest data breaches, that involved leaking personal data and documents of about 1,000 people, including Chancellor Merkel and other politicians and high-profile individuals. "If it was so easy to break into accounts that a … [Read more...] about Germany seeks to bolster cyber defences ahead of European Parliament election
LONDON (Reuters) - Sterling will rise at least 4 percent if the UK's parliament approves Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in a vote scheduled for next week, J.P. Morgan Asset Management said on Wednesday. Karen Ward, the fund manager's EMEA chief market strategist said the Bank of England could raise interest rates by 50 basis points by the year-end if a "no-deal" Brexit is avoided which would push sterling up five percent on a broad basis. Sterling <GBP=D3> traded up half a percent at $1.2729 on Wednesday. (Reporting by Sujata Rao; Writing by Tom Finn; Editing by Saikat Chatterjee) … [Read more...] about Sterling to jump 4 percent if Parliament approves May’s Brexit deal