“As of last week, Theresa May now has until the 31st October to pass a deal for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Some believe this extension should be used to call a general election- giving the winner a renewed mandate to negotiate a deal and break the deadlock parliament currently finds itself in. Others believe this would further exacerbate the problems.”
“2018 was, without a doubt, a rollercoaster of a year. Many would argue that Brexit negotiations have progressed no further, more cabinet divisions have ensued, and Labour has failed to offer a strong alternative to this Conservative government. This begs the question- will 2019 be any better? Below are some of the possibilities that could be in store for the year ahead.”
In a turbulent week of Brexit negotiations, Theresa May suffered two defeats in the Commons; two amendments were made which will curb the government’s power. In addition, Corbyn made calls for a General Election in order to ‘break the deadlock’ over Brexit. Ethan explains.
“As another year of political turmoil comes to a close, members of the TalkPolitics team reflect on the standout events of 2018.”
“It was no surprise that the threshold for triggering a vote of no confidence, sending 48 letters to the chairman of the 1922 select committee, was reached given May’s delay of the meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement.” Joe examines the outcome of the confidence vote.
“Pragmatism over sentiment, economic interests over ideology, and shared interests over isolationism have tended to characterise the UK’s relations overseas. British foreign policy strategies can be conceptualised as three typologies, as detailed below.”
“Currently Tory MPs are putting in their letters of no confidence and others are seriously contemplating doing so too.” George explains the events which followed the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday
“He has been open in his account for leaving, declaring that he couldn’t support Theresa May’s Brexit deal, and was quoted as saying it is essentially a choice “between vassalage and chaos.” Joe Monk analyses Jo Johnson’s resignation.
A report in The Times on Sunday alleged that Theresa May had negotiated a ‘secret deal’ with the EU which will allow Britain to stay in the customs union but the PM dismissed the report as ‘speculation’. A further debate emerged surrounding legal advice on the Irish backstop, leading to a crucial cabinet meeting being delayed. Sam explains the week in Brexit negotiations.
“In the last week, the National Crime Agency declared that it was to begin conducting an investigation into Banks and his involvement with the Leave.EU campaign. Allegations posit that Banks was not the credible source of loans made to the campaign, thus suggesting illegal breaches were made.” Joe Monk explores the investigation of Arron Banks.
“Theresa May’s Chief Brexit Advisor Oliver Robbins has been accused by Tory MPs of monopolising the Prime Minister’s Brexit negotiations and conspiring against Brexiteers in order to achieve a ‘soft-Brexit’ outcome for the United Kingdom and the E.U.” Sam Rhydderch explains.
“Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain.” Philip Hammond repeated this slogan twice at the end of his budget speech today. His aim was to hammer home that there is still a big difference between Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘tax-and-spend’ Labour, and the governing Conservative Party.” Sam Jacobsen analyses Phillip Hammond’s budget.
“Following the EU referendum in 2016, in which Scotland voted to Remain, SNP leader Nichola Sturgeon stated that a second independence referendum was “highly likely”. More recently, the party revealed they could support a second referendum on Brexit providing it was tied to another vote on Scottish independence.” Sam Jacobsen and Joe Monk go head to head.
‘Faltering talks with Brussels and concerns over the final outcome have given impetus to calls for a People’s Vote; a final say on the terms of the the Brexit deal, including a no deal. On Saturday, supporters will attend a ‘March for the Future’ in London to push for a second referendum. So, what are the arguments for and against a ‘People’s Vote’ and which side are you on?’ Ethan Moxam and George Royce go head to head.
With just two days to go until a critical European summit in Brussels, Theresa May addressed the House of Commons on the state of Brexit negotiations on Monday. The main focus was the question of the Irish Border after talks between Michael Barnier and Dominic Raab broke down. Matthew explains.
Given the high level of uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations, some within political circles and the public are calling for a ‘People’s Vote’. This is essentially a second referendum, although it is not being cast in these terms. Joseph Monk explains.
Jean Claude-Juncker delivered his State of the Union Address last week and with a matter of weeks left for negotiations, Brexit was of course at the centre of the discussion. Christy Williams analyses the speech and the question of the Irish Border, which is yet to be resolved.
“On 30 August, Frank Field resigned the Labour whip, primarily citing the widespread anti-Semitism within the party as his reason for resigning. However, it is believed that a no confidence vote in him by his local Constituency Labour Party (CLP) was also an important factor in his decision to resign, giving rise to the question – what is a CLP vote of no confidence?”
‘Evidently, the notion of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit is a source of vitriolic debate within the UK; it is alarming to some, but supported by others.’ Lyell explores the meaning of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit.
Following Theresa May's Brexit speech, members of the Talk Politics team offer their instant reaction.