Labour is set to table a new amendment that seeks

first_imgLabour is set to table a new amendment that seeks to enshrine its five demands for Brexit – including permanent customs union membership – in law.The proposal, which would change the UK’s negotiating position, will be voted on this week, when the government’s latest Brexit motion is presented to the Commons. It is likely to be rejected.Jeremy Corbyn is also expected to announce to Labour MPs at the meeting tonight that the party plans to back a fresh EU referendum, either by supporting or tabling its own amendment.It is thought that this will take place at the second meaningful vote, now taking place before 12th March.The Labour leader will tell his parliamentary party tonight: “The Prime Minister is recklessly running down the clock, in an attempt to force MPs to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous no deal. We cannot and will not accept.“Last week, after our visit to talk to EU officials and leaders in Brussels and Madrid, no one can be in any doubt Labour’s alternative Brexit plan is serious and credible. We are convinced our alternative, which puts jobs and living standards first, could command support in the House of Commons, bring people who voted Leave and Remain together, and be negotiated with the EU.“That’s why we will be putting down an amendment in parliament this week setting out Labour’s plan: for a comprehensive customs union with a UK say; close alignment with the single market; guarantees on rights and standards; protection for Britain’s role in EU agencies; and a security agreement which guarantees access to the European arrest warrant and vital shared databases. And we will be calling for legislation to underpin this mandate.“We will also be backing the Cooper-Letwin amendment to rule out a no deal outcome. One way or another, we will do everything in our power to prevent no deal and oppose a damaging Tory Brexit based on Theresa May’s overwhelmingly rejected deal.“That’s why, in line with our conference policy, we are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country.”Below is the full text of Labour’s latest Brexit amendment.That this House instructs Ministers:(a) to negotiate with the EU for changes to the Political Declaration to secure:i. a permanent and comprehensive customs union with the EU;ii. close alignment with the single market underpinned by shared institutions and obligations;iii. dynamic alignment on rights and protections;iv. commitments on participation in EU agencies and funding programmes, including in areas such as the environment, education, and industrial regulation; andv. unambiguous agreement on the detail of future security arrangements, including access to the European Arrest Warrant and vital shared databases;(b) to introduce primary legislation to give statutory effect to this negotiating mandate.Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons was all smiles after Saints 4018 wi

first_imgROYCE Simmons was all smiles after Saints 40-18 win over Catalans as he believes his charges are finally going in the right direction.The victory was Saints third in a row – and they climbed to third in the table putting two points into the Dragons in the process.“I was happy to get the win,” he said. “We played a side that has won 11 of its last 13 and played well.“I thought we were always going to win the game but a couple of times there was ricochets from kicks that didn’t go in our favour and we came off second best from it. That was a little concern.“Our defence has been good recently, but I think we let in some soft tries… we didn’t work them hard enough and they didn’t need to build up pressure. But, our ball control went in the right direction and we scored some good tries too.”He continued: “We got a good 20 minutes from Leon and his experience will be valuable to us for the rest of the year. But you can’t take too much away from the other halves as they have done a great job.“Getting him back to fitness is a work in progress and we don’t want to go too crazy with him. We’ll sit down and see what is best to do with him now for the next few weeks.“Jamie Foster played well tonight and his goalkicking was really good – he doesn’t miss too many. He is scoring tries too but you have to give credit to Francis Meli. He works in restricted areas and the opposition has to worry about him, then he has that clip pass. Jamie is doing well and Franny is assisting him too.“One guy that hasn’t had the plaudits since about the first ten weeks is James Roby. He sets the bar so high that perhaps people look over the top of him. If he hasn’t run 180+ metres and done 40/50 tackles tonight then I would be surprised.“I didn’t know he was this good before I came in – I didn’t know how someone could be so fit. His defence is superb. He sits you on your tail and puts in massive hits.“He is very close to the complete player and has added a kicking game to that too. He is right up there with the Cameron Smiths and Robbie Farahs. This year he has been given some leadership roles and jobs and it has made him a better player.“You’ll see that in his rep football this year – he will lead more and bring forwards on to the ball. He learnt off the best and is close to becoming one of the best.”last_img read more