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  1. Missy

     /  29th November 2018

    The Brexit Shambles continues. This morning No. 10 announced they will not release the official Government legal advice on the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated, despite a unanimous vote in the House of Commons saying the full legal advice should be made public. This has led to accusations of Ministers violating the sovereignty of Parliament, and that No. 10 is trying to cover up legal advice that is against the Withdrawal Agreement.

    Yesterday some media were reporting that it was believed the legal advice stated that the Withdrawal Agreement was no a good one for the UK and would mean the UK would be trapped in the Customs Union indefinitely, and allegedly it was recommended that the UK Government did not agree to it. No-one has said where this leak came from, but it is believed to have come from the office of the Attorney General. Today’s decision not to release the advice in full has given credence to these claims that the A-G advised the deal was a bad one and the UK should not agree to it.

    Further to that, some MPs from the UK have taken a case to the European Courts to allow the UK Parliament unilaterally overturn Brexit and remain in the EU on the same terms as now. The lawyers acting for the EU have said that the UK cannot unilaterally cancel Brexit as it would encourage ‘troublesome’ countries to trigger Article 50 to use as leverage against the EU. They have stated that the UK must leave the EU. A decision from the court is expected either at the end of December, or in January some time, though it is thought that the court will rule on the side of the EU. If the court agrees with the EU lawyers this will put paid to the attempt for a second referendum, and for remain to be an option, it would have to be a referendum on staying out or re-joining (and those terms would not be favourable).

    • Missy

       /  29th November 2018

      Further to the above, the speaker has indicated that Ministers could be in contempt of Parliament if they do not release the full legal advice.

      The pressure is piling on to May over this.

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  3. Missy

     /  29th November 2018

    Over the last 18 months moped crime has been one of many issues in London. This is where criminals, working in pairs, will ride onto a footpath on a (usually stolen) moped to mug pedestrians taking their bags, cameras, phones etc. Often this will be done violently with the use of weapons, (knives, hammers, acid etc).

    For a while the police were unable to do much as policy was they could not pursue if the criminals removed their helmets, (which they did), however, this has changed, and the police are now using tactical contact to stop the criminals, plus they will continue to pursue if the offenders remove their helmets. Tactical Contact is where the police use their cars to bump the mopeds causing them to topple over and the riders to come off.

    This tactic has support from the majority of the public and the Home Secretary, the Shadow Home Secretary however, believes that it is potentially dangerous for the criminals and shouldn’t be legal for anyone – including the police. She has received a lot of criticism, including from the police who reminded her that legally tactical contact is a legitimate. lawful, and responsible way to end dangerous pursuits.

    Camden police have reported that in October 2018 there were 90% less moped crimes committed in their borough than in October 2017, with only 72 offences this year compared to 742 last October. This tactic is working.

    • Missy

       /  29th November 2018

      Further to the Camden statistics, overall in London police say that this tactic has cut this type of crime by 36% across all of London, though the article that statistic was in didn’t give a time period, so it is hard to know what we are looking at with those numbers. The Camden stats are specific with a like for like comparison between the same month a year apart.

  4. Missy

     /  29th November 2018

    More Brexit news.

    The meaningful vote in Parliament will be either 10 or 11 December, this is where the House of Commons will vote on the withdrawal agreement, it is expected to be a close vote.

    Tonight an article has appeared behind the paywall on the Telegraph where Jacob Rees Mogg has said that it is possible that there will be a General Election if the deal gets passed by Parliament – which could provide an incentive for Labour to vote in favour of the agreement.

    He believes that if the deal passes there is a high likelihood that the DUP will call a vote of no confidence in the Government, but they won’t if it does not pass.

    The whips are saying that if the deal doesn’t pass they run the risk of a General Election, however Rees-Mogg doesn’t believe this is the case, as they will need a vote of no confidence (which the DUP will support the Government) or two thirds majority in Parliament, (and neither DUP or Conservative MPs will vote for a GE), he believes the only risk is if the Government win the vote.

    “Theresa May will be forced to call a general election if she manages to push her Brexit deal through Parliament, Jacob Rees-Mogg has said.

    The chairman of the European Research Group of Tory MPs dismissed claims that the Prime Minister could lose by a 200 majority when MPs vote on the deal on December 11.

    But he warned on Chopper’s Brexit Podcast that even if Mrs May persuades enough MPs to back her deal, she would face an immediate vote of no confidence called by the Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs are supporting the Government.

    He said: “What do I think is going to happen. Expectations on meaningful vote are getting completely out of hand, the Government will have a very large vote, it will be a close vote.

    “The whips will be working very hard to keep the numbers down, some Labour MPs will peel off, who knows what the LibDems will do. “So I think we have got to be cautious just assuming the Government loses – it is still possible that the Government could win that vote and then we would be onto the legislation implementing that withdrawal agreeement. So losing by 200 is way too optimistic.

    “Number 10 wants to exaggerate because it can then say ‘we are going to lose so why don’t you just back us. It will be good for your career, you won’t have to resign, it will be stopped anyway.”

    He said he expected a general election to be called if the Government’s deal is voted through.

    He said: “The risks of a general election are the meaningful vote going through and losing the support thereby of he DUP. Because of the Fixed Term Parliament Act, a general election is extremely unlikely if the deal is not approved.”


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