3 fast Brexit facts you need this morning with 25 days to go
With just 25 days left before Brexit, it can be hard to keep a hold on what’s going on – and how it hits you.
Theresa May still hasn’t agreed a deal with MPs and the EU – and if there’s no breakthrough, we’ll either leave with no deal or have to delay Brexit.
Procedural stuff that happens in Westminster is ugely important to you and your family.
So this week we’ll be producing a daily morning round-up on the fast bits of news you need to know.
Here’s your 60-second guide.
1. Key demands for the Brexit deal could be dropped – and that’ll make Tories furious
The Tory government has DROPPED a demand for a key change to the Brexit deal, it is reported today.
MPs voted last month to send Theresa May back to renegotiate with Brussels over the Irish ‘backstop’, which could trap the UK under EU customs rules.
She vowed to get either a time limit, exit clause or "alternative arrangements".
But today the Daily Telegraph reports demands for a time limit or exit clause have been dropped by the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who is in Brussels this week.
That will enrage Tory Brexiteers, who are likely to accuse the PM of going back on her word.
Questioned on the reports today, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire refused to deny the two demands have been dropped.
He told the BBC: "The attorney general continues with his work to ensure we get legally binding changes to ensure we’re not locked in the backstop.
“That is fundamentally what this issue is about. Ensuring we are not trapped in this backstop arrangement which has caused so much concern, so much anxiety amongst my colleagues and Mps across the house."
2. Theresa May is offering Leave towns a £1.6bn ‘bribe’
Theresa May will today launch a £1.6bn fund for “left behind” towns in a bid to win support for her Brexit deal.
Much of the cash will be distributed to Leave-voting Labour heartlands to give communities a boost after leaving the EU.
But angry Labour MPs accused the Prime Minister of offering a “shameless bung” to try to woo them to back her plans ahead of another vote.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell branded it a “desperate bribe” while a string of Labour MPs criticised her for only now trying to tackle “burning injustices”.
Other MPs branded it a "drop in the ocean" as it emerged the entire fund will be spread over several YEARS right up until 2026.
It dwarfs the amount that’s been slashed down the years through Tory austerity.
Stoke Labour MP Ruth Smeeth told the BBC’s Westminster Hour: “This is less money than is being taken out of my economy by the introduction of Universal Credit over the next four years.
"It’s an extraordinarily pathetic amount of money … A waste of time.”
3. The Independent Group have written to Corbyn demanding clarity from Labour
Labour’s shadow cabinet needs to put its weight fully behind the push for a second Brexit referendum, the Independent Group (TIG) of MPs has said.
The group, made up of MPs who quit Labour and Tory benches because of Brexit and other issues, has said the opposition should show a more united front over a new EU withdrawal poll.
In an open letter, TIG has called on members of the shadow cabinet to drop the "terms and conditions" it says Labour has attached to backing a bid for a new referendum.
Accusing Labour of "ambiguity" on the issue, TIG has asked if the shadow cabinet will support a cross-party Commons amendment calling for a new Brexit poll.
TIG’s spokesman Chuka Umunna said Labour needs to clarify its stance.
He said: "With just 26 days to go to the scheduled date of departure, it is absolutely vital that we all work together in the national interest to give people the final say on Brexit.
"All terms and conditions attached to a people’s vote need to be dropped and an unequivocal commitment given now to make it happen. There is no time to waste."
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