Good Thursday Morning.
Thursday 10 January 2019 | 79 days until Brexit
Briefing By Nathan Shoesmith & Sam Haut
Three Points You Need To Know As You Wake Up
Theresa May and Business Secretary Greg Clark
Second Defeat For Government Over Brexit In 24 Hours
MPs resumed the debate on the UK’s departure from the European Union on Wednesday following the original vote on the Brexit deal before Christmas being delayed. Rebel Conservative MPs joined forces with opposition parties for the second time in 24 hours to cause a fresh blow to the Government’s Brexit plans by dramatically reducing the amount of time the Government will have to come up with a ‘Plan B’ if the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal is rejected by Parliament, as is widely expected. Originally, the Government was expecting to have 21 days to reveal a ‘Plan B’, but now it will have just three days.
Corbyn Urged To Back New EU Referendum
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing more calls to give a more robust stance on Brexit, in particular, backing a second EU referendum. The Labour leadership remains split over what Brexit policy to pursue and may need to decide quickly its position with under a week until the vote on the Brexit deal, which they are set to vote against.
Secret Brexit Contracts Facing Investigation
According to Sky News, the Government secretly awarded Brexit related contracts worth £75m to some of the world’s biggest consultancy firms, including Deloitte, Accenture and PwC. Details of the contracts now face investigation.
Politics On Today’s Front Pages…
The Metro – Driver arrested on M6 after ’27 migrants found in back of lorry’
Daily Express – Brexiteer MP wears BODY CAMERA to walk to Parliament as abuse soars
The Daily Telegraph – 250,000 children should be classed as victims of domestic abuse, says NSPCC
i – Nicola Sturgeon urged to release details of Alex Salmond meetings
The Independent – Trump ‘slams table’ and walks out of ‘waste of time’ meeting after Democrats refuse to fund border wall
The Guardian – John Bercow: Speaker unafraid to hold the government’s feet to the fire
The Daily Mirror – Japan to axe ban on British beef imports as Shinzo Abe holds talks with Theresa May
The Times – Starmer insists a second vote may be the only way out
What To Watch Today
The Brexit debates continue ahead of the vote on the PM’s Brexit Deal next week.
And In Other News…
Drone detection firms have been summoned to Heathrow Airport after a drone was sighted there on Tuesday evening.
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The Speaker. 2019