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The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been signed on behalf of the United Kingdom and the European Union.
The self assessment tax return deadline for the year 2018-2019 is Friday, 31 January 2020. According to HMRC, there are still 3 million people who have not submitted their tax returns.
The Conservative Party general election victory on Thursday, 12 December 2019 was the most emphatic win since Mrs Thatcher’s in 1987. The Labour Party suffered its most comprehensive defeat since 1935, and the ‘Red Wall’ of Labour supporting constituencies – previously believed unassailable – has fallen to the Conservatives. In Scotland the SNP regained some of the ground lost in 2017 and secured its best result since 2015. It was a poor election for the Liberal Democrats, who lost not only 10 seats but their leader as well. The Brexit Party did not win a single seat.
The results were as follows:
Liberal Democrats: 11
The immediate consequence is there is now a clear majority for Brexit, and the Brexit process will be pushed through, having been held back for the previous 3 years.
Boris Johnson gave a short victory speech outside number 10, Downing Street, on Friday, 13 December:
Last night Boris Johnson presented a bill to parliament calling for a general election in December.The date of 9 December, which was proposed by the opposition, was rejected in favour of 12 December. The bill passed by 438 votes to 20, which means it will now be presented to the House of Lords to be checked and ratified, and unless some unforeseen incident arises the election will then go ahead on Thursday, 12 December.
As the Conservative Party has been operating as a minority government at the behest of the opposition parties, a new election should return a majority government capable of governing without recourse to crippling compromises with its political adversaries.
Last night, Boris Johnson took the dramatic step of calling for a general election to break the deadlock in parliament and to secure Brexit. He said he is going to table a motion on Monday, 28 October, with the aim of going to the country on Thursday, December 12. His view is that now parliament has approved his deal it can have more time if it requires to scrutinize it, but we should leave the European Union as quickly as possible.
In response, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, has said yesterday he will not agree to a general election unless ‘no deal’ is taken off the table.
The results of the parliamentary votes on 22 October mean the withdrawal process has been temporarily paused.
The results of the vote on Oliver Letwin’s amendment to delay the exit from the European Union, and the Prime Minister’s response.
It appears that negotiations between Britain and the EU have renewed and that prospects for a new deal prior to Brexit on 31 October have improved.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has written an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the Chief Executive of Facebook, expressing concerns over Facebook’s proposals to implement end to end encryption across all its messaging services.
Departments across government are holding events to help your business get ready for Brexit.
PCT fee structure changes from 1 November 2019 listed below.
Boris Johnson has written to Jean Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, presenting his new proposals for leaving the European Union, particularly focusing upon the issue of the Northern Ireland border (the ‘backstop’).
Dr David Starkey, the eminent historian, has said that recent behaviour by MPs in blocking Brexit has been ‘an act of unprecedented folly’, and that it can be argued the country’s political constitutional development from Magna Carta onwards has now come to an end. MPs have committed ‘a sort of institutional suicide’, from which it is difficult to imagine Britain can recover. In essence, ‘Parliament has consciously reversed the notion of representation’.
The short video below is part of a much longer interview given to Peter Whittle of the New Culture Forum.
The government is providing up to £3 million in grant funding for charities and other voluntary organisations who will inform UK nationals about the need to register or apply for residency.
Flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency will now appear on Google Search and the Google Public Alerts map with live alerts becoming visible on personal devices in a matter of seconds once they have been issued.
GCSEs in England have been reformed and are graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.
Competition 1: Transforming UK construction – Collaborative R&D. Competition 2: Transforming UK construction demonstrator projects.
Councils should be fully prepared to leave the European Union by the end of October, the Communities and Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said today (3 August 2019), as he ramped up preparations.
An immediate cash boost to help get the UK ready for Brexit on 31 October has been announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid.
Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as Prime Minister, I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for a privileged few, but for everyone.
Tax changes which come into effect in April will mean 32 million people in the UK see their income tax bill cut compared to 2015-16.