Brexit News Archive: 08 May 2019

Talks to break UK's Brexit impasse to continue in the coming days

"Over the coming days there will be more meetings of the bilateral working groups and further exchanges of documents as we seek to nail down the details of what has been discussed."
Reuters / Financial Express   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 21:26:08

EU summit: Live blog

Leaders to begin laying the groundwork for the bloc's agenda over the next five years.
POLITICO / Politico   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 17:26:42

Factbox: Blood and treasure or fantasy: What is the UK-U.S. 'special relationship'?

Britain's so-called 'special relationship' with the United States was one of the most enduring alliances of the 20th century, though Brexit and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump have raised questions about its future.
Reuters   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 17:22:54

George Osborne urges cabinet ministers to act against Theresa May to save Tory party

'Fortune favours the brave in these leadership contests,' ex-chancellor says
Ashley Cowburn / The Independent   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 17:17:58

Brexit talks with Labour have been difficult at times - Lidington

British Prime Minister Theresa May's de facto deputy said there had been difficult moments in talks with the opposition Labour Party about how to break the Brexit impasse in the country's parliament but they had also been constructive.
Reuters   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 16:51:30

Heseltine is Irrelevant. Why Does He Keep Getting Invited on TV?

Last night, yet again Newsnight invited washed-up failed former politician Michael Heseltine onto its programme for a plum spot to discuss the latest on Brexit. Guido was at a loss to think why a man who hasn't been elected to office since last century is such a regular voice to ...
Tom Harwood / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 15:05:33

Brexit news: Tory MP tells Theresa May 'it's time to step aside' during PMQs ordeal as hopes of breakthrough evaporate

Follow live updates from Westminster, as they happened
Lizzy Buchan / The Independent   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:59:00

British Prime Minister Theresa May rejects calls to confirm when she will step down amid Brexit delays

Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman on Wednesday rejected demands from within her party to clarify when she might quit, saying that she would stay until the divorce deal is is here to deliver Brexit in phase one and then she will leave to make way for new leadership for phase ...
Agence France-Presse / South China Morning Post   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:56:01

Abuse of MPs at 'unprecedented' levels with women and ethnic minorities disproportionately targeted, police warn

Abuse of MPs has reached levels with women and those from ethnic minorities disproportionately targeted, Britain's top police officer has warned.
Tom Batchelor / The Independent   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:52:00

Jewish Brexit Party Candidate's Business Vandalised With Giant Swastika

Lance Forman, a top Brexit Party MEP candidate and owner of H. Forman and Son smokehouse has had his business vandalised by vile anti-Semitic graffiti. Forman's father is a holocaust survivor who fled Germany after the war and his great grandfather fled the anti-Semitic pogroms in Russia. That he now ...
Tom Harwood / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:51:44

U.S. relationship with Britain is thriving: Pompeo tells London

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States and Britain would continue to have a strong relationship regardless of the outcome of Brexit and President Donald Trump was eager to sign a free trade agreement with Britain.
Reuters   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:36:26

Why Britain should beware of charismatic leaders promising easy Brexit solutions

"Why don't you resign?" shouted a heckler at the prime minister during the Conservative party's Welsh conference, before adding, in case anyone had misunderstood him: "We don't want you." The heckler was escorted out. But he seemingly spoke for many Conservative party members who have lost faith in Theresa May ...
Jon Stokes, Senior Fellow in Management Practice, University of Oxford / The Conversation   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:23:40

Downing Street insists May will not quit until after Brexit

Tory MPs to meet later on Wednesday to consider changing party rules to allow challenge
FT   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:20:36

UK and Ireland's Common Travel Area to continue after Brexit

The United Kingdom and Ireland signed a deal on Wednesday that ensures their citizens will retain the right to live and work in each other's countries after Britain leaves the European Union.
Reuters   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:10:00

New British defence minister Penny Mordaunt should focus on home front and not South China Sea

The departure of British government ministers has become a familiar occurrence amid wrangling over Brexit and other controversies. But the sacking of defence secretary Gavin Williamson last week attracted worldwide attention. Williamson was fired by Prime Minister Theresa May for allegedly leaking sensitive information about the British government’s policy on ...
SCMP Editorial / South China Morning Post   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:07:53

UK and Ireland agree on common travel area after Brexit

Deal will guarantee reciprocal rights and allow citizens to move freely between both countries
FT   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 14:00:33

May says working on Brexit agreement with Labour

The British government is working to reach a Brexit agreement with the opposition Labour Party which can win the support of parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday. Talks between Labour and the government are due to continue on Wednesday in a bid to break the parliamentary deadlock over ...
Dean Popplewell / OANDA   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 13:15:40

John Bercow's handling of Brexit debate praised by China's WTO ambassador: 'I like his style'

Zhang Xiangchen says Speaker's voice is something he looks forward to hearing
Chris Stevenson / The Independent   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 13:11:30

May stands by promise to resign after phase one of Brexit - spokesman

British Prime Minister Theresa May stands by her commitment to resign after she completes "phase one" of the Brexit process to open the way for a new leader to negotiate the second phase, her spokesman said on Wednesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 12:46:22

Theresa May: Conservative MPs to discuss PM's departure date

But No 10 insists she has already laid out a timetable and will deliver the first stage of Brexit.
BBC   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 12:38:27

Chris Leslie Smears Brexit Party

Guido is going to generously assume that Chris Leslie has genuinely confused which party that bell-end Carl Benjamin is standing for, despite plenty of responses in his feed point out that he's UKIP. At the time of going to pixel it has been up well over 12 hours uncorrected or ...
order-order / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 12:30:41

Labour to decide in next few days whether government willing to move on Brexit

Britain's opposition Labour Party will look to nail down in the next few days whether and how far the government is willing to move in talks over a way forward on Brexit, a Labour Party spokesman said on Wednesday.
Reuters   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 12:30:15

Brexit: May vows to cling on to power until UK leaves EU - despite growing Tory pressure to quit by summer

Backbench Tories have demanded a guarantee the prime minister will quit for a summer contest - but will not get one
Rob Merrick / The Independent   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 12:24:00

UK Labour spokesman: Brexit talks remain serious and engaged

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FX Street   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 12:23:45

EU elections may turn Brexit on its head

UK involvement could upset Brussels' policymaking and play havoc with long-term relations
FT   |   Wed, 8 May 2019 12:21:17