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General Election Planned for 12 December 2019

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.

 

 

Boris Johnson Calls for General Election on December 12 to Secure Brexit

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.

 

Britain Unlikely to Leave European Union on 31 October 2019

The results of the parliamentary votes on 22 October mean the withdrawal process has been temporarily paused.

 

Boris Johnson’s Statement to Parliament 19 Oct 2019 and Letters to European Union

The results of the vote on Oliver Letwin’s amendment to delay the exit from the European Union, and the Prime Minister’s response.

 

Government Brexit Preparations

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.

 

Government Expresses Concerns Over Facebook’s Proposals for End-to-End Encryption

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.

 

Events to Help You Get Ready for Brexit

Departments across government are holding events to help your business get ready for Brexit.

 

Patent Cooperation Treaty Fees – 1 November 2019

PCT fee structure changes from 1 November 2019 listed below.

 

Boris Johnson’s New Proposals for Leaving the EU and New Prorogation of Parliament

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: Blocking Brexit is an Act of Unprecedented Folly

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.

 

Brexit Grant Funding to Help UK Nationals in the EU

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.

 

Google Flood Alerts Available in UK

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.

 

Emergency Funding for Businesses in Whaley Bridge

Local communities and businesses impacted by last week’s heavy rain and flooding will have access to £5.25m to support their recovery.

 

New GCSE Grades in England

GCSEs in England have been reformed and are graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.

 

Funding for Construction Research and Development

Competition 1: Transforming UK construction – Collaborative R&D. Competition 2: Transforming UK construction demonstrator projects.

 

Government Support to Councils to Prepare for Brexit

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.

 

£2.1 Billion Funding for No-Deal Brexit 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.

 

Theresa May’s Resignation Speech 24 May 2019

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.

 

April 2019 Tax Changes

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.