In today’s briefing update, The PM has suffered another defeat in the Commons. MPs have rejected Boris Johnson’s calls for an early general election.
Despite Michael Gove’s claims, industry experts say there will be food shortages following a no-deal Brexit!
New rules could give EU nationals three-year right to remain after possible no-deal.
All in today’s UK news briefing – A daily roundup of all the news headlines that you need to know, summarised as part of WTX News Briefing.
BREXIT: CALLS FOR A GENERAL ELECTION REJECTED BY MPs
BBC News says Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s calls for a general election have been rejected by MPs. It’s the second defeat for the PM in the Commons after MPs backed a bill to block a no-deal Brexit. Mr Johnson said the bill “scuppered” negotiations and the only way forward was a general election. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of “playing a disingenuous game” to force a no-deal Brexit. Adding Labour would back an election after the bill had been passed, but not before. Johnson wanted MPs to agree to an early general election saying the bill left him unable to negotiate a deal. He needed two-thirds of all MPs to vote in favour. But results only saw 298 votes for the motion, 56 against and 288 did not vote. He was 136 short of the number needed.
Read the full story on BBC News
NO-DEAL BREXIT: SUPERMARKETS WARN OF FOOD SHORTAGES
The Guardian reports despite government reassurances, supermarkets have said a no-deal will bring about food shortages. We will likely see a shortage of fresh food and a hike in prices following a no-deal EU exit. The body representing supermarkets and other chains told MPs they could not understand why Micheal Gove claimed otherwise. Whilst fresh food coming into the UK from the EU will not be subject to checks, delays could be caused by checks on the French side. Meaning perishables such as tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower and cheese could be hit by delays. “It will affect fresh food in various ways, availability, shelf life and potentially cost,” said Andrew Opie. He added whilst the original March Brexit date was bad, October was “probably the worst time to face a no-deal Brexit.” Stockpiling capacity will be limited because warehouses would have long been booked up for Christmas stock.
Read the full story on The Guardian
BREXIT: NEW RULES COULD GIVE EU NATIONALS THREE-YEAR RIGHT TO REMAIN AFTER POSSIBLE NO-DEAL
The Independent says the government is to announce rules on EU nationals’ residency in the UK. After concerns were raised about their status after a possible no-deal Brexit. It is understood that free movement rules will be replaced by a three-year leave to remain scheme for EU citizens arriving and joining the settlement register in the UK before the end of 2020. It is believed the Home Office will announce the change this week. The change would allow citizens of the 27 remaining EU states arriving before the cut-off date to stay in the UK until 31 December 2023. However, the new rules have received backlash. The Lib Dem’s home affairs spokeswoman said: “The Liberal Democrats have long been warning that Brexit will create another Windrush-style scandal for EU citizens. Kicking the can three years down the road will not prevent it.” Adding: “Instead of taking away the rights of the 3.6 million EU citizens in the UK at the end of 2020, the Conservatives now want to take away their rights at the end of 2023. That’s hardly much better.”
Read the full story on The Independent
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