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Supreme Court: Second day of legal prorogation battle – BBC News

The legal battle over the suspension of Parliament has finished for a second day at the Supreme Court.

The government’s lawyer, Sir James Eadie QC, said it was not for the courts to “design a set of rules” over prorogation as it was a political matter.

But Aidan O’Neill QC, on behalf of campaigners against the move, said it was used “for an improper purpose”.

Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament earlier this month for five weeks.

The prime minister said it would allow him to hold a Queen’s Speech on 14 October to outline his new policies for the coming year.

But critics say his intention was to silence MPs and stop them scrutinising his plans in the run-up to the Brexit deadline on 31 October.

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News Wrap: Israel’s government in limbo after close election

In our news wrap Wednesday, the government of Israel remains in political limbo after two main parties deadlocked in Tuesday’s do-over election. A smaller party led by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman may now be critical to forming a coalition in parliament. Also, the European Parliament approved another extension to the deadline for Brexit, if the United Kingdom seeks one.

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House of Lords debates no-deal Brexit LIVE

Lords debate the Bill aimed to stop a no-deal Brexit. The government has said the bill will complete its passage through the Lords today. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)

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MPs reject all Brexit options again – BBC News

None of the four Brexit options put forward by MPs was backed in a series of votes.

The options were for a Common Market 2.0, a customs union with the EU, a confirmatory public vote and parliamentary supremacy.

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MPs vote against the Prime Minister’s divorce deal -BBC News

MPs have again rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU.

The government lost by 344 votes to 286. It means the UK has missed an EU deadline to leave with a deal and delay Brexit until 22nd May.

So for now, 12th April is our Brexit day. Either we leave with no deal, or the Prime Minister asks Brussels for an extension – and it could be a long one.

Part of the BBC News at Ten’s Brexit coverage.

Parliament to vote again on Brexit – BBC News

The British government has confirmed that parliament will vote on Brexit again on Friday, but only on one part of the deal reached with the European Union.
Members of parliament will vote on the withdrawal agreement including the Irish ‘backstop’, divorce bill and citizens’ rights.

But it will not amount to a third ‘meaningful vote’ on the deal, as it will not include a vote on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Meanwhile the British Chambers of Commerce said MPs need to stop “chasing rainbows” when it comes to resolving the Brexit impasse. At their annual conference, they said the Brexit uncertainty is already doing “real world damage” to the UK economy.

The 29th March was meant to be the day that Britain left the European Union. The BBC has been talking to voters in Weston-Super-Mare in North Somerset, where like the UK as a whole, they voted 52 to 48 in favour of Leaving.

Part of the BBC News at Ten’s Brexit coverage.

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Brexit Vote: MPs back indicative process in vote – BBC News

MPs approve the business motion by 331 to 287, and will now start the main debate on Brexit options.
Speaker John Bercow announces that he has selected the following eight choices:
No Deal
Common market 2.0
EFTA and EEA
Customs union
Labour’s alternative plan
Revocation to avoid no deal
Confirmatory public vote
Contingent preferential arrangements

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May updates Parliament on Brexit negotiations after EU summit – watch live

Theresa May has told MPs she does not have enough support to win a third meaningful vote on her Brexit deal.
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Theresa May: No third vote on Brexit deal yet – BBC News

Theresa May has ruled out a third Commons vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday.

She tells MPs there is not enough support in Parliament at the moment for another meaningful vote, but she continues to have discussions with MPs to see if they can be convinced to vote for the deal.

In her statement to MPs, she says that the EU Council has reiterated again that there “could be no re-opening of the withdrawal agreement”.

The UK has an extension to 11pm on the 12th of April, she says, in the event that no deal is agreed by Parliament.

Any further extension, and the UK will need to take part in elections for the European parliament.

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MPs debate taking control of Brexit LIVE

MPs are debating whether they should have a say on alternatives to Theresa May’s Brexit deal and take control of the process from the Prime Minister.

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