The Queen has approved Boris Johnson's request to suspend parliament from the middle of next month, which will restrict MPs' ability to block a no-deal Brexit.In a move prompting a furious political row, parliament will be prorogued in the week beginning 9 September until 14 October.This is the date on which a new Queen's Speech - detailing the legislative agenda of Mr Johnson's administration - will be held.Her Majesty approved the government's request for a five-week prorogation at a meeting of the Privy Council at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, on Wednesday.The Privy Council is an advisory body to the Queen, but is effectively a means by which decisions taken by the government are then formally issued in the monarch's name. Advertisement Although there are hundreds of Privy Counsellors, only current government ministers attend meetings.The prorogation will see parliament lose a number of sitting days prior to the UK's scheduled departure from the EU on 31 October. More from … [Read more...] about Queen approves PM request to suspend parliament – cutting time to block no-deal Brexit
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*Oshiomhole storms Benin meets party leaders *Uhunmode APC suspends Osifo, spokesperson for lawmakers’ elect opposed to gov By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, Niger Delta, Gabriel Enogholase and Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu The cold war between the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his successor in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki exacerbated, weekend, with the governor, who traveled abroad, warning in the United Kingdom that he would not allow those who think they own the state to intimidate him. He spoke just as the party leadership in Uhunmwode Local Government Area, his home-base, drew the first blood by suspending the spokesperson for lawmakers-elect against Obaseki’s alleged intrusion in the emergence of Speaker, Hon Washington Osifo. Oshiomhole, who had not been in the state for a while, flew into Benin City, yesterday, for a burial ceremony in his senatorial district today (Sunday). Sunday Vanguard … [Read more...] about Nobody can bully me out of office, Obaseki roars from UK
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar emerged from last-ditch Brexit talks tonight insisting they can see the 'pathway to a deal' - as the clock runs down. The PM and the Irish Taoiseach sounded an upbeat tone after meeting face-to-face in Cheshire to try and find a way through the deadlock. In a joint statement, they said their three-hour discussions were 'detailed and constructive', and officials will continue to 'engage constructively'. But it is far from clear as yet that there has been any substantive movement - with suggestions that neither side has shifted on the crucial customs issue. Answering questions from reporters afterwards, Mr Varadkar again talked up the prospects of an accord being struck. 'I am absolutely convinced that both Ireland and Britain want there to be an agreement,' he said. 'It is possible to come to an agreement, to have a treaty agreed to allow the UK to leave the EU in an orderly fashion, and to … [Read more...] about ‘We see a pathway to a deal’: Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar hold out hope that there COULD be a Brexit breakthrough after last-ditch talks at luxury Cheshire wedding venue – but Irish PM warns ‘there is many a slip between cup and lip’
Boris Johnson's former US businesswoman pal reportedly told friends she had an affair with him while he was mayor of London. The Prime Minister was referred to the police complaints body on Friday to assess whether he should face a criminal investigation over his links with former model Jennifer Arcuri. The Sunday Times has now reported that Ms Acruri allegedly confided to four friends that they had been engaged in an affair during his time in City Hall. The paper reports that David Enrich, now the finance editor of The New York Times, had said he had been told of the alleged relationship by two of her friends when he was working for another newspaper. His account reportedly corroborates with that of other sources who had spoken to Ms Arcuri. Downing Street refused to comment on the report. Today Mr Johnson said he did not declare a conflict of interest over his friendship with Jennifer Arcuri because ‘there was no interest to declare’. The PM dodged five questions over his … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson ‘had affair with ex-model Jennifer Arcuri while London mayor’
Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Davis. Even to the casual observer, those names are indelibly linked with the shambles that is threatening to tear the UK, and possibly the Conservatives, apart. And even the most neutral of those observers would concede that they deserve the bashing they're receiving. However, we wouldn't even be discussing Boris' latest antics (at least not in this context) if it weren't for the, er, brains behind Brexit — the man who decided to put party politics above his country. So what exactly is former Prime Minister David Cameron up to these days? "Working on his memoirs, that's what I understand," Kevin Theakston, professor of British government at the University of Leeds, told DW. "And I think he was supposed to have finished them about now. But they've been put back and the line is that he thinks that because of Brexit he wants them out after we've left because the dust will have settled a bit." Read more: Opinion: Brexit — … [Read more...] about Opinion: What happened to Brexit architect David Cameron?