Tuesday briefing: Deal or no deal â" MPs to face Brexit ultimatum
Top story: Parliament to get âtake it or leave itâ vote
Hello â" itâs Warren Murray here, you all know the rules, so letâs get on with it shall we?
Parliament will get a final vote on the Brexit deal, the government has promised â" but rejecting it would leave Britain to crash out of the European Union without first going back to the negotiating table.
David Davis has declared Britain will still leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 even if MPs vote down the final form of a negotiated Brexit. âThis agreement will only hold if parliament approves it,â the Brexit secretary told the Commons, which will begin scrutinising the EU withdrawal bill today.
The concession from Davis is meant to placate Tory rebels who are demanding parliament have its say. But last night they did not appear satisfied with what amounted to a verbal assurance. Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, is leaving an amendment on the table that would give MPs a meaningful vote. âI hope that my amendment wonât be necessary but it will remain there to be debated and if necessary voted on,â he said.
Opponents of the government have said the offer amounts to a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum. âGiving parliament a vote after the deal is signed and done is worthless,â said the Labour MP Chris Leslie, who has also laid down amendments to the EU withdrawal bill being debated in the House of Commons. âIt is clear that MPs should be able to shape the deal before it is signed and sealed.â
Trump Jr and WikiLeaks â" Donald Trump Jr corresponded with WikiLeaks in the crucial final stages of the 2016 presidential election, according to a new leak of messages from inside the Trump circle. WikiLeaks direct-messaged him a link to leaked Democratic emails and Trump Jr obliged by retweeting it. Later, Trump Jr asked WikiLeaks for more information about an upcoming leak. WikiLeaks then kept up a one-sided correspondence: it messaged Trump Jr asking for his fatherâs tax returns; suggested that if Donald Trump lost the election he should refuse to concede and blame the media; and, after Trump won, asked for him to suggest Julian Assange be made Australiaâs ambassador to the US. Trump Jr says the exchanges were all included in documents he provided to congressional investigators, proving he has nothing to hide, but the fact that he told others in the campaign about them raises potential questions about the importance he placed on those contacts.
âThey are weaponising informationâ â" Theresa May has bluntly accused Russia of a campaign of âfake stories and Photoshopped imagesâ against western democracy. Russia had mounted a âsustained campaign of cyber-espionage and disruptionâ, May said, including meddling in elections, hacking Denmarkâs defence ministry, the German parliament and others. âThe UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise,â said the PM, speaking at the London lord mayorâs banquet last night. The Labour MP Ben Bradshaw is among those who have called for a judge-led inquiry into whether Moscow tried to influence the Brexit referendum.
Breastfeeding and eczema â" Babies whose mothers are encouraged in hospital to breastfeed may be half as likely to get eczema in later life. The conclusions come from a study that began in the 1990s and monitored 13,557 babies into their teens. The UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rate s in the world, with just 1% of infants exclusively breastfed for their first six months as recommended by the WHO. Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the study emphasised that breastfeeding brings benefits, but these should not be exaggerated and mothers should not be demonised if they do not breastfeed.
Shark repellant â" A British surfer has escaped a shark by punching it on the nose. Charlie Fry, 25, was surfing at Avoca Beach, north of Sydney, when the shark, probably a bronze whaler, burst from the water and struck his arm. He retaliated in the same way as Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning who was attacked while competing at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa in 2015.
âIf you are watching or listening, Mick, I owe you a beer, thank you very much,â said Fry â" who was left nursing scratches, a puncture wound on his shoulder, and a freshly acquired aversion to the surfing spot known locally as âshark towerâ.
Coffee break â" Just how unhinged can American rightwingers get? Unhinged enough, it seems, to smash their own coffee machines because of a perceived slight to their favourite Fox News host. The machinesâ manufacturer, Keurig, pulled its advertising from Sean Hannityâs show amid a controversy over Hannityâs coverage of sexual assault claims against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Hannity lovers came up with the #KeurigSmashChallenge in response â" posting videos of th emselves dispatching the machines with golf irons and stuff. The liberal left quavers before their might and resolve â¦
Note to self â" Remember to spend or bank your old Â£10 notes before 1 March 2018. After that, they will no longer be legal tender (although the Bank of England will still exchange them). The new polymer Â£10 note has a picture of Jane Austen and can stand up to being dipped in chicken curry, which should prove handy.
Lunchtime read: âTarzan married the wrong Janeâ
They have made another film about the âchimp ladyâ, Jane Goodall. âBrett [Morgen] and Philip [Glass] did such a good job,â she says, âI feel I need to support people who care that much.â At 83 the celebrated British primatologist shows no sign of tiring - still touring the world, giving sold-out lectures on what she has learned over five decades of chimp study in Tanzania, and lending her support to wildlife conservation and environmental causes.< br/>
âWeâve got a world in chaos â" violence, war, domestic violence â" so people are losing hope. Thatâs why my talks are always called âReason for Hopeâ or something like that. Because the worldâs in such a mess.â
Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian FA, famously said in September that failure to qualify for next yearâs World Cup âwould be an apocalypseâ. That day has arrived after a goalless draw in Milan saw Sweden progress from the play-off and book their place in Russia. The match also signalled the end of an era with Gianluigi Bu ffon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli announcing their international retirements.
Rafael Nadal, who surprised even himself by ending the season No1 in the world, finished it down and out in Paris and London, calling it quits for 2017 on Monday night after losing against David Goffin in his first match of the ATP World Tour Finals. In rugby union, England coach Eddie Jones has expressed contrition for his televised outburst but said there will be no excuses when his side face Australia at the weekend.
Asian stocks put in a subdued performance overnight as Chinese economic data disappointed and investors pondered whether a marked flattening in the US yield curve might be a harbinger of a future slowdown there. Chinaâs retail sales rose 10% on the year in October, while industrial output grew 6.2%. Both came in under market forecasts and briefly hit the Australian dollar.
The pound has been trading at $1.311 and â¬1.213 overnight.
The Tory deal to give MPs a final say on the Brexit deal dominates the front pages today, with three papers splashing on the story.
The Guardian leads on Tory rebels being unconvinced by the Brexit U-turn and scepticism over the pledge by David Davis. The Telegraph takes a slightly different approach, warning that the concession raise fears of a âRemainer rebellionâ. The Financial Times reports on market weakness amid turmoil buffeting the Brexit plan and Mayâs decision to yield to the vote.
May also m akes the front of the Daily Mail , which splashes on the PM accusing Russia of spreading fake news and meddling in the election: âMay blast at Putinâs cyber war on westâ.
The Mirror goes with the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe telling Boris Johnson: âYour mess â¦ you fix itâ and demanding that he secure her release from Iran. The Sun has an exclusive on the former fiance of Ferne McCann of The Only Way is Essex facing life in prison over an acid attack on nightclub patrons. The Express focuses on health and the rising cost of care homes.
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