Thursday, 20 December 2018

Did Jeremy Corbyn really call the Prime Minister a 'stupid woman?'

Tory MPs with John Bercow

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to deny that he used the term 'stupid woman' during a heated debate in the House of Commons yesterday.

It had appeared to many watching footage of the opposition leader, that he had used the term when they looked at footage which had been posted online.  However, Corbyn has denied using the term, and insists that he used the term 'stupid people.'

In the video below, you can judge for yourself...

Many news outlets claim that their lip readers have confirmed that he did use the term 'stupid woman' while some lip readers have taken to twitter claiming that the opposite is true.

Prime Minister Theresa May said "I think that everybody in this house, particularly in this 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, should be aiming to encourage women to come into this Chamber ... and should therefore use appropriate language."

Corbyn was asked to return to the house to apologise, but instead took the opportunity to insist "During prime minister's question time today, I referred to those who I believe were seeking to turn a debate about the national crisis facing our country into a pantomime as 'stupid people'.  Mr Speaker I did not use the words 'stupid woman' about the prime minister or anyone else."

Speaker of the House John Bercow said of the matter "Nobody can be 100% certain, that includes professional lip readers. But I will naturally take, and would be expected to take, the word of any right honourable or honourable member.  It's reasonable to expect the House to do the same."

Tory MP Desmond Swayne said that criticising what Members of Parliament may utter under their breath was moving into "the realm of thought crime".

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

3,500 troops on standby in Britain for no deal Brexit

British army

Cabinet Ministers have agreed to put 3,500 troops on standby to deal with any disruption caused by a no deal Brexit.

The Government has instructed departments to make the planning for a no deal a priority.  It has been confirmed that letters of advice on how to deal with this outcome will be sent to businesses throughout the UK.

A spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the Cabinet have "agreed that delivering the deal that the prime minister agreed with Brussels remains the government’s top priority and our best no-deal mitigation."

The spokesperson confirmed that it was the Government's "continued duty to prepare for every eventuality, including a no-deal situation."

He added, "Cabinet agreed that with just over three months from our exit from the EU, we have now reached the point where we need to ramp up these preparations. This means we will now set in motion the remaining elements of our no-deal plans. Cabinet also agreed to recommend businesses ensure they are similarly prepared enacting their own no-deal plans."

UK defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, confirmed that they will have "3,500 service personnel held at readiness, including regulars and reserves, in order to support any government department on any contingencies they may need”.

TV adverts and social media adverts will be used to advise UK citizens about how to prepare.

£2 billion has been released to government departments to help to prepare for any difficulties that may arise.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay confirmed that the UK would be leaving the EU without a deal, should parliament vote it down in January.  He said "Parliament needs to back the deal because the consequence of not doing so is we risk the default of no-deal and a responsible government must prepare for that eventuality,” he said. “That is what we agreed at cabinet. That is what we are going to do.”

Communities secretary James Brokenshire said on Tuesday, “We have been taking no-deal seriously for some considerable period,” he said. “I’m not going to pretend otherwise that we are stepping up our preparations for no-deal. Although, frankly the way to avoid that, as I’m sure others would say very clearly, is having parliament voting to secure that deal.”

The meaningful vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal will be held on January 14th, and it is believed that the deal could be voted down by a large majority.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

UK Government prepares for no deal Brexit

Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May has met with her cabinet this morning to discuss the possibility that the UK could be heading for a no deal Brexit, and to discuss the way forward should her deal be voted down in Parliament.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that the vote on the Prime Minister's deal would not go ahead until at least the 14th of January - just 8 weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union.

Mrs May confirmed in Parliament yesterday that it is not her intention to delay or cancel Brexit and indicated that if her deal was voted down that the government would be prepared to leave without a deal.

It was also confirmed yesterday that £2.2 billion has now been made available to government departments in order to prepare for the event of a no deal scenario.

Today's cabinet meeting will be the last one before the New Year.

Justice Secretary David Gauke is said to have been furious at the possibility of a no deal Brexit, and told his fellow MPs today "The responsibility of Cabinet ministers is not to propagate unicorns but to slay them."

A cabinet source told press this morning "We must recognise that no-deal now has to be the central assumption. It could happen by design or by accident, and we have to be ready."

£500 million is said to have been sidelined for dealing with problems with customs and border issues and £25 million has been issued to ports.

The environment secretary is said to have allocated £400 million for agriculture and a further £100 million for trade.

In the House of Commons today, it is believed that Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party may consider calling a vote of no confidence in the government over their handling of Brexit.  If the vote suceeds, it could lead to a general election.