UK ‘could be stuck in EU ne­go­ti­a­tions’

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New anal­y­sis found the record-break­ing tem­per­a­tures were about 30 times more likely as a re­sult of cli­mate change caused by hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties. AN “ALARM­ING” pro­por­tion of Bri­tish adults are un­clear about what con­sti­tutes rape, a cam­paign group has said.

The End Vi­o­lence Against Women coali­tion said re­search found a third of Bri­tons said it would not be rape if there was no sex­ual vi­o­lence com­mit­ted, while 21% of fe­male re­spon­dents said it would not gen­er­ally be con­sid­ered rape if the vic­tim had flirted on a date, even if she had not ex­plic­itly con­sented to sex. A MEET­ING with the Queen was so over­whelm­ing for one lit­tle boy that he dropped to the floor and crawled out of the near­est door, shout­ing “Bye” to amused on­look­ers.

Nine-year-old Nathan Grant was in­tro­duced to the monarch as part of her visit to Co­ram, the UK’s old­est chil­dren’s char­ity.

Based at the site of The Foundling Hospi­tal in Lon­don, Co­ram has helped vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren since it gained the Royal Char­ter in 1739.

The Queen vis­ited the char­ity to open a na­tional cen­tre for chil­dren named in her hon­our.

The Queen was greeted on ar­rival by Ed­ward New­ton, LE­GAL ad­vice pro­vided to the Cab­i­net on Theresa May’s Brexit deal has warned it could re­sult in the UK be­com­ing stuck for many years in “pro­tracted and re­peat­ing rounds of ne­go­ti­a­tions” with no law­ful power to exit.

And it made clear that Brus­sels could ap­ply to an ar­bi­tra­tion panel for North­ern Ire­land to re­main in the EU cus­toms area while the rest of the UK left.

The six-page doc­u­ment by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ge­of­frey Cox was re­leased to MPs a day af­ter the House of Com­mons found the Govern­ment in con­tempt of Par­lia­ment for try­ing to keep it se­cret.

The let­ter, dated Novem­ber 13, emerged just min­utes be­fore Theresa May faced MPs in a weekly ses­sion of Prime Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions ahead of the sec­ond day of a five-day Com­mons de­bate on her deal.

Demo­cratic Union­ist Party leader Nigel Dodds de­scribed it as “dev­as­tat­ing” and said it made clear that the pro­posed back­stop ar­range­ment for the Ir­ish bor­der was “un­ac­cept­able” and must be de­feated.

The Scot­tish Na­tional Party’s leader in West­min­ster, Ian Black­ford, called on Mrs May to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for “con­ceal­ing 102, the old­est sur­viv­ing pupil from The Foundling Hospi­tal.

Mr New­ton men­tioned to the Queen that he re­mem­bered King Ge­orge’s visit to the hospi­tal in 1926, say­ing: “I was a lit­tle tot.”

Au­thor Dame Jacque­line Wil­son and for­mer Fame Academy judges David and Car­rie Grant, who are the facts on her Brexit deal” from MPs and the pub­lic.

But Mrs May re­jected the claim, in­sist­ing the doc­u­ment con­tained the same in­for­ma­tion as a short­ened state­ment made to MPs by Mr Cox ear­lier this week.

Shadow Brexit sec­re­tary Sir Keir Starmer said that the 33-para­graph doc­u­ment re­vealed “the cen­tral weak­nesses in the Govern­ment’s deal”.

It is likely to be seized upon by Tory crit­ics of Mrs May’s deal, who ar­gue that the back­stop to keep the Ir­ish bor­der open will deny the UK power to with­draw from a cus­toms union with­out Brus­sels’ agree­ment.

Mr Cox found that the pro­to­col set­ting out the terms of the back­stop “does not Nathan’s par­ents, were among those at­tend­ing.

Later the Queen went out­side of the cen­tre to add a dec­o­ra­tion to Co­ram’s Christ­mas tree.

She came to the aid of eight-year-old Shy­lah Gor­donClarke as she strug­gled to add her own dec­o­ra­tion to the tree. pro­vide for a mech­a­nism that is likely to en­able the UK law­fully to exit the UK-wide cus­toms union with­out a sub­se­quent agree­ment”.

Un­der the ar­range­ments, “for reg­u­la­tory pur­poses, GB is es­sen­tially treated as a third coun­try by NI for goods pass­ing from GB into NI”, he said.

And he said that – de­spite as­sur­ances from both sides that it is in­tended to be tem­po­rary – the pro­to­col would “en­dure in­def­i­nitely” un­der in­ter­na­tional law un­til an­other agree­ment takes its place.

But he also noted that the back­stop ar­range­ment would be “enor­mously com­plex” for the EU, re­quir­ing “con­sid­er­able re­sources”, mean­ing Brus­sels would come un­der pres­sure – es­pe­cially from Dublin – to bring it to an end.

Sir Keir said: “It is un­think­able that the Govern­ment tried to keep this in­for­ma­tion from Par­lia­ment – and in­deed the pub­lic – be­fore next week’s vote.”

Green MP Caro­line Lu­cas said it was “weird” that the Cab­i­net was not pro­vided with for­mal le­gal ad­vice on the back­stop un­til the very day that the Com­mons voted for it to be re­leased.

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