Members of Parliament will vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal again on Friday. This time, MPs will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement, but not the Political Declaration on UK’s future relationship with the EU. The government hopes that this strategy will convince MPs to support the deal. If the deal passes, then the UK will leave on the EU on May 22. However, May is set for another defeat, with Conservative, Labour and DUP MPs ready to vote it down. If that happens, then the UK will inch closer to a much longer Brexit delay. LONDON – Theresa May is heading for a likely third defeat on her Brexit deal on Friday as she makes a last-ditch attempt to get it over a line and avoid a potentially long delay to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. On what was originally meant to be Brexit day, the House of Commons will vote on whether to accept or reject the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between May and EU leaders. Crucially, it is not another … [Read more...] about ‘Like the living dead’: Theresa May heads for third defeat on her Brexit deal
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When Amazon pulled out of its deal to construct half of its new headquarters in New York City on Thursday, the move was celebrated by the city's resurgent left. For months, left-wing activists and politicians in the chosen borough of Queens had protested Amazon's decision, which they argued would result in a rise in living and housing costs and strain an already overburdened infrastructure. Other U.S. cities may still hope to land the Amazon deal, but in tech hubs around the world, the months-long animosity of Queens residents was probably shared. Tech companies bring in small armies of workers but these are rarely recruited from the neighborhoods in question and the new arrivals drive up prices for locals. There is also often opposition to the companies on ideological grounds or simply the fact that a global corporation is taking over key parts of beloved neighborhoods. While city leaders may love the new additions, residents don't. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post). … [Read more...] about Why more and more people don’t want tech giants in their neighborhoods
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and civil rights activist who helped push the United States toward ending segregation. Many people know little about his life other than a few lines from his “I have a Dream” speech. Martin isn’t his birth name – it’s Michael. On top of receiving two Bachelor’s degrees (one in sociology from Morehouse College and the other in divinity from The Crozer Theological Seminary), King went on to earn a doctorate of Philosophy from Boston University in 1955. Tuesday marks what would have been Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday. Arguably the most influential figure from the Civil Rights movement, MLK Jr. remains revered by people all over the world for pushing the United States toward legally ending segregation in the 1960s. To this day, much of what people know of Dr. King is limited to his iconic role in the 1963 March on Washington, and the fact that his birthday comes around every … [Read more...] about 34 things you probably didn’t know about Martin Luther King Jr.
Business and union leaders have called for urgent action to find a way through the crisis caused by the crushing Brexit defeat for the Prime Minister. Some said there should be an extension to the transition period to allow time for a way forward. Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “This is a disappointing but not unexpected result. While the Prime Minister’s draft Withdrawal Bill was in no way perfect, it was definitely preferable to crashing out of the EU with no deal.“The Government now needs to work on a cross-party basis with Labour and other opposition parties to reach a broader agreement for a withdrawal deal and secure the transition period, protect jobs and a positive future relationship with the EU.“It is vital that Labour Party leadership meets with the representatives of the business community in Northern Ireland to move this process forward.“Parliament needs to make it crystal clear that a no-deal will not be accepted given the … [Read more...] about ‘We are staring down the barrel of no deal’: Business and union leaders react to Brexit vote
LIVE: MPs prepare to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The House of Commons will vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement at some point after 7pm this evening, five weeks after it was postponed. The prime minister is set for a big defeat, potentially by a majority of over 200 votes. The biggest ever defeat on a UK government was by a majority of 166 votes nearly 100 years ago. A series of amendments could help to lessen the scale of defeat. Jeremy Corbyn is preparing to launch a vote of no confidence in the government. LONDON – Members of Parliament will tonight vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal after weeks of debate and delay. MPs will finally vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday evening after the prime minister postponed the so-called meaningful vote last month amid fears of a huge defeat. Despite assurances from May and the European Union on the most controversial aspects of the deal, specifically the Northern Irish backstop, MPs are set … [Read more...] about LIVE: Theresa May battles through final hours to fight off historic Brexit deal defeat