Scottish council leaders give backing to Brexit People’s Vote

Geraldine Edwards
December 2, 2018

"We will be doing plenty of engagement in the coming days with colleagues to set out the merits and virtues of our case", a senior source in her Conservative Party said.

"It's about delivering the vote to leave the European Union and doing it in a way that protects people's jobs and livelihoods and protects our security and our United Kingdom".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday (Nov 29) that she was focused on persuading lawmakers to back her Brexit deal at a vote in Parliament on Dec 11 rather than preparing a plan B.

"If this deal is rejected in the Commons we are left with, as was already stressed a few weeks ago by Prime Minister May, an alternative: no deal or no Brexit at all".

The PM said a defeat in the Commons in would mean "there will be decisions to be taken by Government and by business in relation to the practical preparations they would be looking to make for no-deal". Some opponents are calling for a second referendum now that the costs of leaving the European Union have become clear, but May says that would violate the trust of the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit in 2016.

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That appeared to contradict another Russian official who on Thursday indicated a willingness to join Saudi Arabia in supply cuts. Later, there was an upside correction and the price traded above the $51.00 level and the 50 hourly simple moving average.

She got a vote of confidence Saturday from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who praised May's "leadership" in sealing the Brexit agreement.

Mrs May said that in conversations with voters, "the overwhelming view I get is... that they want us to get on with it and deliver Brexit".

The group will propose a single motion opposing May's EU Withdrawal Agreement in a debate at Holyrood, which has wide-reaching powers over education, health and a portion of taxes.

Theresa May's hopes of winning the backing of MPs for her Brexit deal have been dealt another huge blow as universities and science minister Sam Gyimah announced he was quitting. People need to have some clarity about that... Meanwhile three former Labour foreign secretaries have warned of the damage to British influence around the world if the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Mr Trump had said the Brexit deal "sounds like a great deal for the EU" and "they [Britain] may not be able to trade with us".

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Some Chinese goods entering the U.S. are now taxed at 10 percent, but that will rise to 25 percent at the beginning of next year. A ceasefire, analysts say, would at least delay the risk of a further escalation in the trade war while talks proceed.

Trade Minister Liam Fox said May's attempts to win over Britons by touring the country to sell her deal was working.

"It is expressly referenced in the deal that we have negotiated with the EU".

"What is being presented to the public as a sensible compromise Brexit deal, a 52/48 Brexit as some call it, will not bring closure or heal the divisions of Brexit", he said. However, Jeremy Corbyn appeared to back down tonight when he said he would take on Mrs May during a show on the public-funded broadcaster, providing it is just the two leaders going head-to-head.

But hinting at potential further resignations from Mrs May's top team over Brexit, he added: "Members of the Cabinet who don't vote for the deal won't be members of the Cabinet".

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the Government of an effort to "frighten and to gull (people) into acquiescing to a non-Brexit Brexit".

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The team led by Jiankui He focused on removing a gene called CCR5, critical for the HIV virus to enter into the cells. The university's biology academic committee said He's work "seriously violates academic ethics and academic norms".

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