National Newswatch

Third Brexit vote must be different – Speaker

Mar 18 2019 — — John Bercow has ruled out another vote on the government’s previously rejected Brexit agreement if the motion remains “substantially the same”. He told MPs parliamentary conventions dating back to 1604 meant they could not be asked to vote on precisely the same subject twice in the same session.

Trump issues veto over border emergency declaration

Mar 15 2019 — — Lawmakers, including 12 Republicans, had passed the rejection resolution on Thursday in a surprising rebuke of Mr Trump’s signature issue. Congress will now need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override him, which is unlikely to happen. This is the first veto of Mr Trump’s presidency.

Brexit: MPs vote by 412 to 202 to seek delay to EU departure

Mar 14 2019 — — UK MPs have voted by 412 to 202 for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit. It means the UK may not now leave on 29 March as previously planned. Mrs May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to 30 June, if MPs back her withdrawal deal […]

Brexit: EU warns risk of disorderly exit ‘has never been higher’

Mar 13 2019 — — The risk of a “disorderly” Brexit has never been higher, the EU’s chief negotiator has said, following MPs’ second rejection of Theresa May’s deal. Michel Barnier said the EU “cannot go any further” in trying to persuade MPs to back the agreed terms of exit and the UK had to break the impasse. He questioned […]

Britain’s parliament strongly rejects prime minister’s Brexit deal

Mar 12 2019 — — Britain’s Parliament has dealt a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, resoundingly rejecting her Brexit deal just 17 days before the U.K. is due to leave the bloc. Lawmakers voted by 391 to 242 against the deal, the second time they have defeated it. The House of Commons threw out the agreement by an […]

Fox News host Tucker Carlson in lewd recordings controversy

Mar 11 2019 — — Audio recordings reveal a top Fox News host using misogynistic and offensive language on a controversial radio show. Tucker Carlson, who speaks on the programme every week, is heard in the recordings from between 2006 and 2011 defending child marriage and making sexual comments about underage girls. He describes women as “extremely primitive” and “basic”. […]

Brexit: EU says it is now up to MPs to decide next steps

Mar 11 2019 — — The EU has said it is now up to MPs to decide the next steps for Brexit and it remains “committed” to agreeing a deal in time for the UK to leave this month. Officials said they had offered fresh assurances on the issue of the Irish backstop ahead of Tuesday’s second vote by MPs […]

Ethiopian Airlines: ‘No survivors’ on crashed Boeing 737

Mar 10 2019 — — An Ethiopian Airlines jet has crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board, the airline says. It said 149 passengers and eight crew members were believed to be on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya. The airline added that there were 33 different nationalities on board. The crash […]

Otto Warmbier: Trump defends Kim over US student’s death

Feb 28 2019 — — US President Donald Trump has defended North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the case of an American college student who died after being jailed by North Korea. Speaking in Hanoi after his summit with Mr Kim broke down, Mr Trump said he did not believe the North Korean leader was aware of Otto Warmbier’s ordeal. […]

Theresa May offers MPs Brexit delay vote

Feb 26 2019 — — Theresa May has promised MPs a vote on delaying the UK’s departure from the EU or ruling out a no-deal Brexit, if they reject her deal next month. Mrs May is making a statement to MPs on Brexit, amid the threat of a revolt by Remain-supporting ministers. The prime minister promised MPs a meaningful vote […]

PM May defeated over Brexit strategy

Feb 14 2019 — — Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a fresh defeat in a Commons vote on her Brexit strategy by 303 to 258. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the prime minister – who was not in the Commons chamber for the vote – to “admit her Brexit strategy has failed”. Tory rebels abstained, saying the […]

Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally

Feb 12 2019 — — A supporter of US President Donald Trump has attacked a BBC cameraman at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. Sporting a Make America Great Again cap, the man shoved and swore at the BBC’s Ron Skeans and other news crews before being pulled away. Mr Skeans said the “very hard shove” came from his […]

Venezuela crisis: Maduro condemns ‘extremist’ Trump

Feb 12 2019 — — Venezuela’s embattled President Nicol├ís Maduro has called Donald Trump’s government a “gang of extremists” and blamed the US for his country’s crisis. In an interview with the BBC, Mr Maduro said he would not allow humanitarian aid into Venezuela as it was a way for the US to justify an intervention. “They are warmongering in […]