BREXIT GLOVES ARE Davis is ready for almighty OFF! scrap with Lords over Ar­ti­cle 50

DISASTER CLAIMS FALSE, ADMITS UKIP LEADER

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BREXIT min­is­ter David Davis has ad­mit­ted he’s ready for a huge scrap withe the House of Lords over Ar­ti­cle 50 leg­is­la­tion.

The Brexit Sec­re­tary said he ex­pected some par­lia­men­tary “ping pong”, with the Bill be­ing sent back and forth be­tween the Com­mons and the Lords.

And he sug­gested he ex­pected peers to de­feat the Gov­ern­ment and make changes to the tightly-worded leg­is­la­tion.

But he in­sisted the leg­is­la­tion would clear in time for Theresa May to meet her dead­line of trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50 and be­gin­ning the for­mal Brexit process by the end of March.

Mr Davis also moved to re­as­sure EU cit­i­zens liv­ing in the UK that the Gov­ern­ment wanted dis­cus­sion of their rights – and those of Bri­tons on the con­ti­nent – to be the first item on the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

That would cover is­sues in­clud­ing so­cial sup­port and health­care, he said.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Stock­holm with Swe­den’s EU min­is­ter Ann Linde, Mr Davis high­lighted how the Euro­pean Union (No­ti­fi­ca­tion Of With­drawal) Bill had got passed through the Com­mons “verystr aight­for­wardly” with “very solid ma­jori­ties”.

Mr Davis, who has said peers have a “pa­tri­otic duty” to pass the Bill, in­sisted they would be al­lowed to do their job of scru­ti­n­is­ing the leg­is­la­tion.

With the Gov­ern­ment lack­ing a ma­jor­ity in the up­per house, he ac­knowl­edged there could be de­feats for min­is­ters.

He said the Com­mons had reached “very clear de­ci­sions” and “be­cause of that I ex­pect the up­per LESS chilly but rather cloudy for most, with many ar­eas see­ing some rain. Tem­per­a­tures will be around 8C Ed­in­burgh, 10C Belfast, 9C Manchester, Cardiff and Lon­don. Cloudy with a lit­tle sun­shine and some iso­lated spells of light rain in the west. It’ll be milder but chilly in the south where fog is slow to clear.

Tem­per­a­tures will be in the re­gion of 9C Ed­in­burgh, 11C Belfast, 10C Manchester, 11C Cardiff and Lon­don.

OUT­LOOK: Not bad house, it will do its job of scru­tiny, we’ll have some pass­ing back­wards and for­ward, we call it ping pong, you can imag­ine why, back­wards and for­wards of the Bill, but I ex­pect that to be re­solved in good time be­fore the end of March.”

He was “con­fi­dent” that Ar­ti­cle 50 would be trig­gered on the Gov­ern­ment’s timetable, but that did not mean the for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­tion would be given at the sched­uled summit of EU lead­ers on March 9. LET’S PLAY: Brexit Sec­re­tary ex­pects game of ping pong with Bill UKIP leader Paul Nut­tall has ad­mit­ted claims he lost close per­sonal friends in the Hills­bor­ough disaster are false.

Speak­ing to Liver­pool ra­dio sta­tion Ra­dio City Talk on Tues­day, he was asked about claims on his web­site that he had lost “close per­sonal friends” in the 1989 disaster.

He said: “I haven’t lost a close per­sonal friend, I’ve lost some­one who I know.”

He said he did not know who had writ­ten the claims, which ap­peared on his web­site in 2011.

He said: “I haven’t put that out, that is wrong.”

In an en­try on the web­site in Au­gust 2011, Mr Nut­tall (left) called for the Gov­ern­ment to re­lease files on Hills­bor­ough and was quoted as say­ing: “With­out them be­ing made pub­lic we will never get to the bot­tom of that ap­palling tragedy when 96 Liver­pool fans, in­clud­ing close per­sonal friends of mine, lost their lives.”

Mr Nut­tall pre­vi­ously said he was “hurt, an­gry and dis­gusted” af­ter an ar­ti­cle in The Guardian looked to cast doubt on his claim he was present when 96 Liver­pool fans were crushed to death.

The Ukip leader, who would have been 12 at the time of the disaster, has said he was at the match with his fa­ther and two un­cles.

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