Brexit: No 10 to push again for vote on Boris Johnson’s deal

Parliament must be given « a straight up-and-down vote » on the PM’s Brexit deal, No 10 says, after MPs delivered a major blow to his strategy on Saturday. Boris Johnson was forced by law to send a letter asking the EU asking for a new delay on Brexit, but did not sign it. The PM now wants MPs to say a clear « yes » or « no » to the deal on Monday, adding: « We cannot allow Parliament’s letter to lead to Parliament’s delay. » It will…

Court asked to consider if PM’s Brexit delay tactic is lawful

Scotland’s highest court is to consider whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fully complied with a law requiring him to ask for a Brexit delay. He sent an unsigned letter to Brussels asking for an extension along with a signed letter saying he believed a further delay would be a mistake. The Court of Session will be asked to decide whether this broke a promise not to « frustrate » the so-called Benn Act. The government maintains it has fulfilled its legal obligations. The court was originally asked earlier this…

I will ‘always’ protect my family, says Prince Harry

The Duke of Sussex has insisted he will « always » protect his family, adding that he « will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum ». Speaking in an ITV documentary, the duke said he did not want a « repeat of the past ». Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex said her British friends warned her not to marry the prince due to media scrutiny. The royal couple were interviewed by Tom Bradby during their tour of southern Africa in September. Prince Harry, 35, was…

Chile protests: Five dead after looters torch garment factory

Media playback is unsupported on your device Five people have died after a garment factory was set ablaze by looters near Chile’s capital Santiago amid a wave of protests. The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against demonstrators, and a night-time curfew was imposed in major cities. The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, has widened to reflect anger over living costs and inequality. President Sebastián Piñera has defended the government’s response. « I’m convinced that democracy not only has the right, it has…

Pound slips in early trading after delay on Brexit vote

The pound slipped against the dollar as commercial currency markets opened for the first time since MP’s backed a move to delay approval of the Brexit deal. Most big banks in London had called in extra staff, expecting volatile trading after the first Saturday sitting in the House of Commons for 37 years. But the pound’s reaction was muted as foreign markets opened for the week, slipping 0.6% against the dollar to $1.29 as trading started in Australia. Against the euro, the pound fell 0.2%. On Friday, the pound had…

Brexit: Boris Johnson ‘has the numbers’ in Commons to pass deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device The government says it will push ahead with efforts to pass its Brexit deal, despite a major setback to its plans. Boris Johnson had to ask the EU for an extension to the UK’s 31 October exit date after MPs backed a move to delay approval of the deal on Saturday. But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was confident enough MPs would back the deal next week, and Brexit would still happen by the deadline. No 10 says the PM sent «…

Brexit: PM sends letter to Brussels seeking further delay

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay – but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source. The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which will say he believes that a delay would be a mistake, the source said. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. It is expected Donald Tusk will now consult EU…

People’s Vote march: Tens of thousands in ‘final say’ Brexit protest

Media playback is unsupported on your device Tens of thousands of people are marching through central London to call for a « final say » vote on Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal. Supporters of the « People’s Vote » campaign say they want to check that the UK is happy to leave the EU under the terms negotiated by the PM. Protesters are outside Parliament as MPs debate the new deal in the Commons. There were jubilant scenes from attendees as an amendment to the PM’s deal was passed by…

MPs back Brexit deal delay

UK PM Boris Johnson says he will put bill on deal to leave EU to MPs next week, in attempt to avoid delay This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the PCF News App. You can also follow @PCFBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: The Guardian

All Blacks rout Ireland to set up England semi-final

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: Ireland v New Zealand New Zealand: (22) 46 Tries: A Smith 2, B Barrett, Taylor, Todd, Bridge, J Barrett Cons: Mo’unga 4 Pen: Mo’unga Ireland: (0) 14 Try: Henshaw, penalty try Con: Carbery New Zealand will meet England in the World Cup semi-finals after condemning Ireland to a seventh quarter-final exit with a 46-14 hammering in Tokyo. Two tries from Aaron Smith and one by Beauden Barrett helped the All Blacks to a 22-0 lead at half-time. The holders scored further tries through Codie Taylor, Matt…

Cambridge University don readmitted after sexual harassment

A Cambridge academic who was found to have sexually harassed 10 students has been readmitted to his college less than two years after it was announced he had been permanently removed. In 2017, Dr Peter Hutchinson was banned from Trinity Hall and from contacting students. Trinity Hall now says the decision to remove him had « not been agreed with Dr Hutchinson and was incorrect ». One ex-student who had complained said the reversal was « a slap in the face ». Dr Hutchinson quit teaching modern and medieval languages…

Carney: Brexit deal ‘positive’ for UK economy

Media playback is unsupported on your device The governor of the Bank of England has told the PCF that the new Brexit deal struck by the government is « welcome » and a « net economic positive ». Mark Carney said the deal « takes away the tail risk of a disorderly Brexit ». However the governor warned that the deal might not boost the economy to the same extent as the deal put forward by Boris Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May. Mr Johnson’s deal is due to be voted on…

Brexit: MPs set for knife-edge vote on Boris Johnson’s deal

Parliament will sit on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years to vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. The PM has been trying to convince MPs to support the agreement he secured with the EU, ahead of what is expected to be a knife-edge vote in the Commons. His former DUP allies and opposition parties plan to vote against it. But at least nine Labour MPs are expected to rebel and the PM is hoping to be backed by some of the Tory MPs he sacked for opposing…

Primary schools give free food to hungry families

The biggest primary school academy trust in England is to give food to parents to prevent « family hunger ». The Reach2 trust is going to put « community fridges » in its schools to provide food for families who otherwise would not be able to afford it. The project is being launched in five schools in the east of England, with the aim of expanding to all of the trust’s 60 primary schools. Trust chief Sir Steve Lancashire says it’s « heartbreaking » that it is needed. « We…

Turkey Syria offensive: Mitch McConnell attacks Trump

The US Senate majority leader has attacked President Donald Trump’s policy in Syria. In a Washington Post opinion piece, Mitch McConnell says fellow Republican Mr Trump’s troop withdrawal order combined with Turkey’s Syria assault was a « strategic nightmare ». On Wednesday the president called the Turkey-Syria border situation « strategically brilliant » for the US. Sporadic fighting continues in the region despite a US-brokered pause. Under the deal, Turkey agreed to halt its operation for five days while Kurdish fighters leave the area. Ankara first launched its assault after…

Brexit: Johnson to begin charm offensive over deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to begin a charm offensive in Westminster later, as he tries to build a Commons majority for his new Brexit deal. Mr Johnson has insisted he is « very confident » MPs will back his deal. But the DUP’s opposition to his plans means the numbers in Saturday’s Commons vote are expected to be very tight. The PM is expected to focus his attention on Labour MPs in Leave-voting areas, a group of Tory Brexiteers, and rebels he expelled from his party. Conservative Party chairman…

Turkey to suspend Syria offensive ‘to allow Kurdish withdrawal’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw. The deal came after US Vice-President Mike Pence and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met for talks in Ankara. All fighting will be paused for five days, and the US will help facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish-led troops from what Turkey terms a « safe zone » on the border, Mr Pence said. It is unclear if the Kurdish YPG will fully comply, however. Commander Mazloum Kobani said Kurdish-led…

Brexit: EU and UK reach deal but DUP refuse support

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: « We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control. » The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments. The DUP has cast doubt on its success, saying they still cannot support it. The Northern Irish party earlier…

Brexit: PM heads to EU summit as deal hangs in balance

Boris Johnson will travel to Brussels later for a crunch EU summit, as efforts continue to win support for his Brexit deal from MPs at home. The prime minister needs the EU to approve his deal at the gathering in order to avoid delaying Brexit beyond the scheduled 31 October deadline. But in Westminster, the Democratic Unionist Party has so far refused to sign off on the PM’s draft agreement. The party’s support is seen as crucial if Parliament is to approve his plans. On the EU’s side, the legal…

Louise Ellman: MP quits Labour over anti-Semitism concerns

MP Louise Ellman has quit the Labour Party, saying Jeremy Corbyn is « not fit » to become prime minister. The Liverpool Riverside MP said in a letter she had been « deeply troubled » by the « growth of anti-Semitism » in Labour in recent years. Mrs Ellman, who is Jewish, has been a party member for 55 years but said she « can no longer advocate voting Labour when it risks Corbyn becoming PM ». Labour said it was taking « robust action » to root out anti-Semitism.…

Turkey-Syria offensive: Not our border, says Donald Trump

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has said Turkey’s incursion into Syria is « not our border », and called the former US allies the Kurds « no angels ». The US is facing intense criticism for withdrawing its forces from Syria, which some say gave Turkey the green light to launch a cross-border offensive against Kurdish-led forces. Mr Trump told reporters at the White House the US is « not a policing agent ». « It is time for us to go home, » he…

BA passengers: cabin fumes gave us breathing problems

Passengers on a British Airways flight to Valencia which filled with smoke mid-air have told the PCF they are still experiencing breathing difficulties two months on. Gayle Fitzpatrick, 40, from Glasgow says she is breathless walking up-hill. « I don’t smoke, I’ve never had any health concerns. So I know [it] must be directly attributable to that flight and whatever I inhaled, » she says. British Airways said it couldn’t comment for legal reasons. BA said it was waiting for the outcome of a Spanish air accident investigation, which is…

Defiant head vows to keep unregistered school open

The head teacher of an unregistered school, prosecuted for operating it illegally, has said it has a « unique » approach and will remain open. Nadia Ali, of Ambassadors High, in Streatham – which an inspection found « wilfully neglected » safeguarding – was given community service last month. She called the pupils « happy learners » and denied it was breaking the law, as it was now open 18 hours a week only. Ofsted has urged improved legislation to deal with unregistered schools. By law, any institution with more…

Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell dies aged 55

Former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell has died at the age of 55, her manager has confirmed. Bracknell, who played Zoe Tate in the soap for 16 years, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2016. A statement on behalf of her family confirmed « with the deepest sadness » that Bracknell died last month. « Leah had an energy and enthusiasm for life, a kind heart and much love to give to those around her, » it read. Leah Bracknell: Ex-Emmerdale actress talks of cancer ‘nightmare’ « Leah continued…

Brexit: ‘No deal tonight’, UK government source says

A government source has told the PCF there will be « no deal tonight », as officials continue to work on the technical details of a potential Brexit agreement. The PCF’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, said it was not clear if there was a chance of a deal this week or not. The two sides had been hoping to sign off a deal before Thursday’s crunch EU council meeting. Source: The Guardian

Turkey-Syria offensive: Not our problem, says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has said it is « not our problem » if Turkey enters Syria, calling the former US allies the Kurds « no angels ». The US is facing intense criticism for withdrawing its forces from Syria, which some say gave Turkey the green light to launch a cross-border offensive against Kurdish-led forces. Mr Trump told reporters at the White House the US is « not a policing agent ». « It is time for us to go home, » he said. Turkey launched the offensive in northern…

UK’s controversial ‘porn blocker’ plan dropped

The government has dropped a plan to use strict age verification checks to stop under-18s viewing porn online. It said the policy, which was initially set to launch in April 2018, would « not be commencing » after repeated delays, and fears it would not work. The so-called porn blocker would have forced commercial porn providers to verify users’ ages, or face a UK ban. Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said other measures would be deployed to achieve the same objectives. The government first mooted the idea of a porn blocker…

Brooke Morris: Body found in search for missing rugby player

A body has been found in the search for 22-year-old Brooke Morris, police have confirmed. Ms Morris, from Trelewis, Merthyr Tydfil, disappeared after being given a lift home from the town centre in the early hours of Saturday. Police officers carrying out searches of rivers and waterways near the town have located the body of a woman in a stretch of the River Taff. Formal identification has not taken place but her family has been informed. South Wales Police said her family was being supported by specialist officers. Ms Morris…

Brexit: Talks enter last day before crunch EU summit

EU and UK officials will resume Brexit talks this morning in the hopes of reaching a deal that can be agreed by leaders at a key summit on Thursday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to update the cabinet on the progress of the negotiations, which continued through the night. On Tuesday there were reports a deal was imminent amid claims the UK had made concessions over the Irish border. But Downing Street said there was « more work still to do ». The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will…

Harry Dunn’s parents meet President Trump at White House

Donald Trump has said the chief suspect in the death of crash victim Harry Dunn will not return to the UK, the teenager’s parents have said. Anne Sacoolas, 42, returned to the United States days after the crash which killed the 19-year-old. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn said the president was sympathetic when he met them at the White House but did not agree to Mrs Sacoolas’ UK return. She was also at the White House, but Harry’s parents declined to meet her. Harry died near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire…