Theresa May condemns abuse of MPs over Brexit


Theresa May has consigned abuse of MPs following last week’s Brexit vote.

The prime padre said despite “strongly held views” on both sides of the Commons there was no spot for threats of violence and intimidation.

Several Conservative MPs have received venal messages and tweets because of their views on Brexit.

Speaker John Bercow rephrased MPs were public servants doing what they thought to be propitious and were “never mutineers, traitors nor enemies of the people”.

Two of the MPs who rebelled against the rule last week, Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan, said they had contacted the monitor about threats they received.

Ms Soubry suggested dossiers of statistics she had handed to the Speaker showed a direct link between newspaper headlines setting her views and actions on Brexit and threats of violence against herself.

“This is crucial stuff,” she said. “We have to call it out…I believe in freedom of the press but everybody has a responsibility not to incite abuse and death threats.”

As she ended her statement on terminal week’s EU summit, Mrs May said it was right to debate Brexit with “passion and confidence”.

“But there can never be a place for the threats of violence and intimidation against some colleagues that we have seen in recent days,” she said. “Our politics must be preferably than that.”

In a Commons statement shortly afterwards, Home Secretary Amber Rudd powered the “bullying and demeaning” actions of a small minority of people was a reminder there was a “threatening, unpleasant underbelly of society”.

While she said she personally did not check her Chirp timeline any more, she said young people who “lived on” social media be obliged be able to continue to do so safely.

Responding for Labour, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott express there was a case for “punitive fines” for social media firms which do not immediately act on abusive material, including rape and death threats.

EU Trade opportunities

In her statement, Mrs May also said the agreement secured at the summit to move talks on to the UK and EU’s days relationship was “an important step in delivering the smooth and orderly Brexit human being voted for”.

The prime minister also insisted the UK could secure a “bespoke” do business deal with the EU after Brexit despite the EU’s chief negotiator proposing this cannot happen.

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn said the pact on what had been negotiated so far had been “cobbled together” with a “vagueness” that “underlines the sudden divisions within the cabinet”.

The UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016 and Brexit is due to come off at 23:00 GMT on 29 March, 2019.

Ministers thrash out Brexit plan

Mrs May’s expression to MPs came after she and her senior ministers formally discussed for the first values bright and early what the UK’s long-term relationship with the EU should be.

Until now the two negotiating collaborates have only been discussing “divorce” issues like how much notes the UK owes.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said there was a “unequivocal divide” between ministers, with some like Chancellor Philip Hammond and Serene Secretary Amber Rudd calling for the UK to stick closely to the EU’s single supermarket to preserve access for British firms.

On the other side others, strain Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, want multifarious divergence so the UK has more freedom to strike its own trade deals with other homelands.

What happens in the meantime?

After the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, but preceding the time when the final “end state” is reached, the government wants a temporary “implementation time” of about two years.

This is what negotiations are expected to focus on in the coming weeks.

Mrs May averred MPs she wants “access to one another’s markets” to continue “as now” during this duration.

The UK will also negotiate, and “where possible” sign, trade practises, which would kick in after the end of the implementation period, she said.

She also imparted that during this period the UK will register people reaching from the EU to prepare for the new border controls promised after Brexit.

The EU’s clearing position makes clear that it expects the UK to observe all of its rules – counting on freedom of movement – and accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice during the implementation, or metastasis, period.

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‘Lose-lose shooting script’

On Monday there was a warning from the EU side that whether a transitional set-up will happen at all is not guaranteed.

Mr Barnier’s senior adviser Stefaan De Rynck divulged the EU hoped for a “withdrawal treaty” to be drawn up by October 2018, giving prematurely for it to be agreed by politicians.

He added: “In that withdrawal treaty there could be a transitional grouping, transition period, implementation period, which the prime minister refers to.

“That is not a acknowledged today, let’s be very clear about that.”

Describing Brexit as a “lose-lose” working, he added: “For us, I don’t think we will ever label Brexit a success. It’s a requited weakening, I think, of two parties.”

But former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, a key Split campaigner, said the UK should be looking beyond the EU for trading relationships in the subsequent.

“It’s not a case of less trade, it’s a case of a different type of trade, and British charge will have to learn, as they do, to get by in a different world,” he said.

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