100,000 march on London
Over 100,000 people took place in demonstrations in central London on Saturday, protesting a hard Brexit and drumming up support for a ‘People’s Vote’ – a referendum on Britain’s final Brexit deal.
The march took place near Parliament Square and saw Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat voters holding banners protesting a hard-Brexit. The day saw appearances from Labour MP David Lammy, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas. Nearby a ‘UK Unity and Freedom’ pro-Brexit march also took place.
Heathrow third runway vote
Today MPs will have their say on the proposed Heathrow airport expansion. Jeremy Cobyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnel have both publicly opposed the expansion, and intend to vote against it on Monday, however Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite, one of the Labour Party’s biggest donors, is encouraging Labour MPs to support the expansion, saying it will bring “hundreds of thousands of new jobs”. Corbyn has stated the expansion does not meet Labour’s four tests on issues such as jobs and air pollution standards.
Embracing a no deal Brexit
A letter has been sent to Theresa May urging her to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The letter, signed by sixty people including former cabinet ministers, MPs and economists, states that preparations should be made for operating under World Trade Organisation rules in the event of a no-deal Brexit when Britain leaves the EU on 29 March.
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Ignore the warnings, says Jeremy Hunt
Jeremy Hunt, the health and social care secretary, appeared on the Andrew Marr Show on Saturday where he urged businesses not to undermine Theresa May, and to stand firm in support of the Prime Minister. Last week, Airbus revealed they may move jobs abroad due to uncertainty about Brexit.
Speaking on Saturday, Hunt said the government is in an “absolutely critical moment” in the Brexit negotiations, and that everyone should that “get behind Theresa May” in order to deliver “the best possible Brexit, a clean Brexit.”