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News | Published October 27 2019

The Weekly Review: Oct 21 - Oct 27

Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors.

Politics

The government has called for a “straight up-and-down vote” on the prime minister’s Brexit deal today (Monday). 

The Court of Session will consider whether Boris Johnson’s decision to send an unsigned letter to Brussels to request an extension complies with the law which requires him to ask for a delay to Brexit.

Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, has confirmed that firms in Northern Ireland must declare all goods which head to the rest of the United Kingdom, under the newly proposed deal.

Prime minister Boris Johnson will look to win the support of MPs in a vote on his Withdrawal Agreement Bill, paving the way for the UK to leave the EU by the Article 50 deadline of October 31 as planned.

MPs have voted in favour of Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan but rejected his timetable to push all relevant legislation through in three days.

The prime minister has withdrawn from a panel of the chairs of select committees today, announcing he must "focus on delivering Brexit" instead.

A majority of 16 MPs was enough for the Queen’s Speech, outlining prime minister Boris Johnson’s domestic agenda for the new parliamentary session, to be approved in the House of Commons on Thursday.

The European Commission has announced that the EU have agreed to a delay to Brexit but will not announce the length of the delay until next week. 

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement that he will push for a December 12 election, we have collated a list of all the MPs who have announced they will stand down at the next election.

Economy

According to the Office for National Statistics, government borrowing has risen by 20 per cent during the first half of the financial year.

Manufacturing

The government is prepared to open talks with new bidders looking to acquire the troubled British Steel firm after failing to agree terms with Ataer Holding, the Turkish company which was granted exclusivity earlier this year.

Retail

The British Retail Consortium has called for a government shake-up of its high street policies after estimating that 85,000 retail sector jobs have been lost in the past year.

Education

The Commons Education Committee has hit out at special educational needs and disabilities provision for children and young people in a new report, calling it a “major social injustice”.

Excluded pupils in the UK are only being taught for a few hours a day, according to a new cross-party report.

Telecoms

The four leading mobile phone companies in the UK have outlined a £1 billion plan with the government to target rural areas with poor network coverage and make the UK “match-fit for the digital revolution”.

Transport

According to a new study, 3,000 local bus routes have been scrapped or reduced in the last decade amid a fall in funding, which the Campaign for Better Transport says has fuelled “poverty and social exclusion”.




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Authored by

George Salmon
Political Editor
@theparlreview
October 27 2019

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