Four questioned after teenage girl found dead in car outside hospital

Four men have been questioned over the death of a teenage girl whose body was found in a car.

Police believe Tara Wright had been injured in a single-car collision involving a silver Mercedes on the outskirts of Belfast in the early hours of Sunday morning.

However, the 17-year-old’s body was found eight miles away in a grey MG car in the grounds of Belfast City Hospital.

Detectives believe she was driven away from the scene of the crash.

The four men – aged 20, 21, 28 and 30 – were arrested on Sunday in connection with the incident and subsequently bailed pending further police inquiries.

In a statement, Tara’s family described her as a “kind, funny, charismatic bright young girl with her whole life ahead of her”.

Her mother and father added: “As parents we are devastated by the heartbreaking passing of our beautiful daughter Tara.

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“Tara will be remembered as she lived, a fun-loving, energetic and vibrant soul with a zest for life that could bring joy to all around her.

“Tara will be missed immeasurably not only by us, but her entire family, especially her brothers and sister Charles, Alistair and Anna, who will never forget the love they had for her and the love she had for them.”

Image: Tara Wright was found outside Belfast City Hospital

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) inspector Nigel Henry said: “Our investigation is at an early stage, however we do believe that Tara was injured during the one-vehicle road traffic collision on the Ballygowan Road.

“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed either the silver Mercedes or grey MG to contact us to assist us with our inquiries.

“We also believe that a grey-coloured MG vehicle conveyed Tara to the area of Belfast City Hospital, therefore we are also appealing to anyone who witnessed this vehicle between the Ballygowan Road and the hospital to contact police.”

Investigators are appealing for anyone with information to come forward and have asked for dashcam footage.

Ancient royal document from 819 years ago found in cardboard box

An original royal charter from the reign of England’s King John has been found in a cardboard box.

The document, which was discovered by accident, carries the seal of the medieval monarch and was issued in York exactly 819 years ago today.

Dated 26 March 1200, it confirms the transfer of ownership of two hamlets.

The rare charter was not previously known to have survived, but an excited historian spotted it by chance when he was looking through the archives of Ushaw College Library, which is managed by Durham University.

Image: Before this discovery, less than a dozen original charters were known to have survived from the first year of King John’s reign

Dr Benjamin Pohl, a senior lecturer in medieval history, says he immediately recognised it was an original royal charter, which was carefully prepared and written by a “court hand” – someone who might have been a member of the king’s government.

He said: “Discovering the original charter at Ushaw is extremely exciting, not least because it allows us to develop a fuller picture of the people who were present at York on 26 March 1200 and eager to do business with the new king.

“Medieval charters are important not just because of the legal acts they contain, but also for what they can tell us about the society and political culture at the time. Our charter might best be described, therefore, as a kind of ‘who’s who’ of northern England (and beyond) at the turn of the 13th century.”

Historian Dr Benjamin Pohl says the royal charter can now be compared with an existing example

Image: The document carries the seal of the medieval monarch

Before this discovery, less than a dozen original charters were known to have survived from the first year of King John’s reign, making it a hugely exciting find for historians.

Big UK firms face calls to tackle 'corporate greed' and cap executive pay

The UK’s biggest companies are facing pressure to impose caps on bosses’ pay as part of recommendations to tackle “corporate greed”.

The report by the business, energy and industrial strategy committee of MPs highlighted “huge differentials” in awards at top firms following a string of pay rows, such as those at Unilever and BT.

The most high profile was a backlash against £85m for Jeff Fairburn when he led housebuilder Persimmon – a reward that ultimately led to him being forced out of the door.

MPs argue it is time to break what they regard as a heavy reliance on overgenerous, incentive-based executive pay that is deliberately made complex to shake off shareholder opposition.

The report says failing remuneration committees should face action from the regulator formed to replace the Financial Reporting Council, which has been ridiculed by the committee for its role in the collapse of Carillion.

It said the new Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority must be “more robust and proactive in bearing down on excessive executive pay”.

The MPs recommended pay committees “set, publish and explain” an absolute cap on pay for executives in any financial year.

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They said more could be done to tackle disparity between executive pay growth and workers by introducing schemes such as profit-sharing and boosting pensions – the latter seen as a particular issue for investors in the looming AGM season.

Image: Committee chair Rachel Reeves says it is wrong that executive pay is rising four times faster than average wages

Several FTSE 100 firms, including HSBC and Centrica, have moved to slash payments to bosses in recent weeks following anger over discrepancies between those at the top and staff.

Committee chair Rachel Reeves said: “The roll call of dishonourable executive pay decisions at firms including Persimmon, Unilever, Royal Mail, BT, Melrose and Foxtons tell the all-too-familiar tale of corporate greed which is so
damaging to the reputation of business in our country.

“But these examples also highlight the persistence of executive pay policies where far too little weight is given to delivering genuine long-term value, investing in the future, or ensuring rewards are shared with workers.

“When the company does well, it is workers and not just the chief executive who should share the profits. Why should chief executives have a more generous pension scheme than those who work for them?”

One in 10 premature deaths linked to sitting, study finds

Thousands of premature deaths could be avoided each year if people reduced the amount of time they spend sitting down.

Some 11.6% of deaths in the UK during 2016 were linked to prolonged sedentary behaviour, according to research from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

Around 69,276 deaths could have been prevented that year if this behaviour – defined as sitting for more than six hours a day – was eliminated, they found.

The research is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The authors wrote: “Many individuals in the UK spend their leisure time in sedentary behaviour, and the workplace represents a significant proportion of unavoidable daily sitting time for many people.

“Measures should be taken to reduce sedentary behaviour with the aim of improving population health and reducing the financial burden to the health service.”

They estimated that the NHS spends around £700m treating diseases associated with prolonged sedentary behaviour.

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These diseases include cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, lung cancer and endometrial cancer.

There is also some evidence that sedentary behaviour is also linked to several other cancers, mental health disorders and musculoskeletal disorders, they added.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Gavin Sandercock, from the University of Essex, said: “Sitting less might save some lives and cost the NHS less but, because we have created a sitting-based economy, there are likely to be costs associated with interventions to reduce sitting time in the workplace.

“The ‘bang for your buck’ of reducing sitting time is pretty small in terms of health benefits – you actually have to reduce sitting time by several hours each day to see noticeable improvements in health.

“In contrast, getting people to be more physically active has much bigger effects.”

The Commons gives itself the chance to sort Brexit chaos

Theresa May is at the mercy of her mutinous cabinet once again as she attempts to rescue her Brexit strategy from disarray after MPs dramatically seized control of the agenda.

The Cabinet is meeting for the second time in 24 hours after the Prime Minister suffered a humiliating Commons defeat which could lead to a “soft” Brexit that keeps the UK closer to Brussels.

MPs voted by 329 to 302, a majority of 27, for a cross-party amendment proposing a series of “indicative votes” in the Commons on a range of options as well as the PM’s twice-rejected Brexit deal.

Three pro-Remain government ministers – Alistair Burt, Richard Harrington and Steve Brine – resigned as they voted against the government. In all, 30 Conservative MPs, all Remainers, rebelled.

Theresa May’s resignation could be price for backing Brexit deal

There is no clear view on what the Tories’ Brexit policy would be were Mrs May’s deal to be dropped, says Sky’s Beth Rigby.

In a hard-hitting resignation letter, Mr Harrington, a former Business Minister, said the Government was “playing roulette with the lives and livelihoods of the vast majority of people in this country”.

The latest Commons defeat, on an amendment proposed by Tory ex-minister Sir Oliver Letwin, has plunged the Brexit process even deeper into chaos, with many MPs now claiming only a second referendum or a general election can break the deadlock.

Now MPs must vote – probably on Wednesday – on a series of Brexit options, likely to include:
:: No deal
:: The PM’s deal
:: A Norway-style deal
:: A customs union;
:: A second referendum
:: Revoking Article 50

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Backstop? Customs union? Brexit jargon explained

But with the cabinet bitterly divided on Brexit and senior ministers coming under increasing pressure to tell Mrs May to resign, her attempts to salvage her deal face enormous difficulties.

After the cabinet meeting, a senior minister will almost certainly be hauled before MPs to answer an Urgent Question in the Commons on how the government intends to respond to the “indicative votes” setback.

Brexit was about taking back control... the government has lost it

Brexit was about taking back control… the government has lost it

Lewis Goodall says the government is now a bystander in the process

After the defeat in the Commons, the Brexit department reacted with an angry and defiant statement, warning MPs they risk delaying Brexit and that elections to the European Parliament may have to be held in May.

“It is disappointing to see this amendment pass, as the Government made a clear commitment to provide a process to find a majority in parliament for a way forward this week,” a spokesman said.

“This amendment instead upends the balance between our democratic institutions and sets a dangerous, unpredictable precedent for the future.

“While it is now up to parliament to set out next steps in respect of this amendment, the government will continue to call for realism – any options considered must be deliverable in negotiations with the EU.

“Parliament should take account of how long these negotiations would take and if they’d require a longer extension which would mean holding European Parliamentary elections.”

Brexiteer Tory MPs are now coming under pressure to back the PM’s deal as they face the prospect of a “soft Brexit” or a lengthy delay as a result of the “indicative votes”.

Hardliner Andrew Bridgen told Sky News: “I think we were expecting the Government to be defeated on the Letwin amendment.

“But I think the size of the defeat and the fact that three Government ministers resigned will have been a great disappointment to the Government.

“I think we are going to end up with a general election before the end of this year, probably in the summer.

“What I want to see now is the Prime Minister to stand down, let us have a new leader of the Conservative Party, and then I think we need to go to the country and get a majority so we can actually deliver Brexit.”

Pro-Europe Tory MP Nick Boles, who backed the Letwin amendment, said: “It is a much better victory than any of us had dared hope. We will be relying on the government to reflect parliament’s wishes.

“If, ultimately, the government refuses to listen to what parliament has voted for then we will look to bring forward a Bill, pass an Act of Parliament that will require the government to reflect parliament’s wishes in its new negotiating mandate.”

But earlier, in a statement to MPs before the debate on the Letwin amendment, the Prime Minister angered many MPs by declaring she would not feel bound by the result of any indicative votes.

“No government could give a blank cheque to commit to an outcome without knowing what it is,” she told MPs.

“So I cannot commit the government to delivering the outcome of any votes held by this House. But I do commit to engaging constructively with this process.”

Would a new prime minister make a difference?

Would a new prime minister make a difference?

Once again, Commons Speaker John Bercow will have enormous influence on how the votes are conducted by selecting which options MPs will vote on.

But Mr Bercow became involved in another furious row with Conservative MPs after the Government’s defeat when he brutally slapped down former Tory minister Greg Hands during a series of Points of Order.

“I don’t require any help from (Mr Hands),” said Mr Bercow. “I wouldn’t have the foggiest idea where to start. He was once a whip, he wasn’t a very good whip.”

There was uproar in the chamber as MPs demanded an apology. Mr Bercow eventually relented and said: “What I would say is if I have caused offence I very happily apologise.”

Councils having to repair a pothole every 17 seconds

Councils in England and Wales repaired 1.86 million potholes in the year to March, a more than 20% increase on the previous 12 months.

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey found that highway maintenance budgets have increased from an average of £20.6m to £24.5m year-on-year, much of it spent on “patch and mend” repairs which do not provide value for money or improve the resilience of road surfaces.

The report estimated that councils would actually need to spend £1bn a year for the next ten years to get their roads up to scratch.

The ALARM analysis was based on council responses to a survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA).

AIA chairman Rick Green said: “There are glimmers of hope, but while overall highway maintenance budgets are up, there is still a big discrepancy between the haves and have nots.

“Achieving target conditions on all categories of local roads – those that we all rely on every day – still remains out of reach.

“With the amount needed to bring the local road network up to scratch still approaching £10bn, sustained investment over a longer time frame is needed if we want a local road network that supports enhanced mobility, connectivity and productivity.”

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Another issue identified by the analysis was the variation in what some councils had to spend on roads.

While some in England received highway maintenance funding equivalent to more than £90,000 per mile, others had to make do with less than £9,000 per mile.

Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, said: “Councils share the frustration of motorists about the state of our local roads and, as this survey shows, fixing our roads is a priority for them.

“Faced with severe financial pressures, councils have managed to spend more on road repairs in the past year in order to fix a pothole every 17 seconds.

“Despite these efforts, it is clear that our roads are deteriorating at a faster rate than can be repaired by councils, with the cost of clearing our alarming national roads repair backlog on the rise and now at almost £10bn.”

Five-year high in pothole damage compensation

Five-year high in pothole damage compensation

Compensation for vehicles damaged by potholes on England’s motorways and major A-roads has reached a five-year high

Recent figures from the RAC suggest drivers are are two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer a pothole-related breakdown than in 2006.

Its patrols received 1,714 call-outs between October and December 2018 for problems usually caused by road defects, such as damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users and the Government is taking action, providing local authorities with more than £6.6bn for roads maintenance and pothole repair in the six years to 2021.

“In addition, we are trialling new technologies to stop potholes from forming, as well as new ways to repair roads.

“We are now also consulting on increasing the standards of roadworks by utility companies to help keep roads pothole-free for longer.”

New powers proposed to investigate stillbirths

Coroners could get new powers to investigate the deaths of stillborn babies.

The changes would apply to stillbirths after 37 weeks of pregnancy in England and Wales.

A consultation has been launched on the government proposals, which would change the current system where coroners can only hold inquests for babies who showed signs of life after being born.

Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price said: “We want to do everything we can to make pregnancy safer, by continually learning to improve the care on offer so fewer people have to experience the terrible tragedy of losing a child and those who do get the answers and support they deserve.

“We want to do everything we can to make pregnancy safer, by continually learning to improve the care on offer so fewer people have to experience the terrible tragedy of losing a child and those who do get the answers and support they deserve.

“Rates of stillbirths in England are the lowest on record, but we’re committed to delivering on our ambition in the NHS Long-Term Plan to accelerate action to halve this number by 2025.

“This is a complex issue and it’s important we get it right by listening carefully to those who are affected by these issues, so I urge everybody to have their say on this consultation.

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“By sharing your experiences, you can ensure any decision we make puts women, loved ones and their babies first.”

Justice minister Edward Argar said: “A stillbirth is a tragedy which has a profound effect upon bereaved families. We must ensure that every case is thoroughly and independently investigated.

“These proposals would ensure that bereaved parents have their voices heard in the investigation, and allow lessons to be learnt which would help to prevent future stillbirths.”

The stillbirth rate in England and Wales has fallen by nearly a fifth (19.2%) since 2007 and rates in 2017 were the lowest on record, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The consultation closes on 18 June.

Crack cocaine use 'skyrockets' as it becomes 'fashionable'

Crack cocaine use has “skyrocketed” as the drug has become “more acceptable” and even fashionable”, a government review has been told.

Professionals, students and clubbers were said to be part of a new “hidden cohort” of crack users that was flagged up to the Home Office and Public Health England (PHE) inquiry.

Officials were told sales of the drug rose by more than 8% in five years as it has become more prevalent among groups that had not previously used it.

There is said to be a “ready supply” from dealers who are increasingly operating around the clock, delivering the drugs “quicker than a pizza”.

Participants in the investigation linked the rise to a string of possible factors, including aggressive marketing of the drug and shrinking police presences on the streets.

Some participants reported that dealers held mobile phones with the numbers of all local heroin and crack users and sent blanket text messages with the latest “special offers”.

Officials carried out interviews and focus groups with people in treatment for crack problems, known as service users, as well as drug treatment workers and police officers in six areas of England.

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Latest estimates show a “statistically significant” increase of 8.5% in the number of crack cocaine users in England between 2011/2012 and 2016/2017, from 166,640 to 180,748, according to the review.

One service user who took part in the study said crack use is “out of hand; it’s an epidemic. Use is skyrocketing”.

While feedback from all participants suggested that the increase has been seen mainly among existing heroin users, the study noted that “there have also been suggestions of a new, ‘hidden’ group of crack users who are not heroin users and who have not engaged with treatment services”.

Service users said that crack use was “beginning to become more acceptable, even fashionable among groups who would not previously have taken it”, the report said.

It added: “This included professionals, students and clubbers. In one area with a large university student population, there was a view that dealers were successfully infiltrating these groups.”

The inquiry said more research was needed to explore the characteristics of “hidden” crack users who are not in treatment.

Behind County Lines

Criminals are exploiting children as young as 12 to transport drugs between counties across the UK

Officials also heard claims that young people were starting to use crack, with one service user quoted as saying: “My daughter is 17 and her friends are using it at the parties she goes to.”

The investigation identified several factors which may have influenced the rise in crack-use, including increased availability and affordability of crack.

In three of the areas studied, there was evidence of “out of town” dealers from crime gangs based in cities such as London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham infiltrating the local market.

One respondent said: “Gangs are sending people down from London to put them in hotels and get them grafting for a couple of weeks.”

In the other areas, police and treatment workers believed local criminal groups were too well established to allow so-called “county lines” gangs to gain a foothold.

Treatment workers and service users observed that there were generally fewer police on the streets, while some officers reported that their forces no longer had dedicated drugs squads.

The report said: “Participants in several areas said that deals were often carried out quite publicly, and some dealers made little effort to hide their activities.”

It was also suggested by some respondents that the stigma associated with using crack had declined, while the analysis noted that global production of cocaine has surged since 2013.

Rosanna O’Connor, director for drugs, alcohol, tobacco and justice at PHE, said: “This report will come as no surprise to those working on the front line, who will have seen first-hand this surge in crack use in their communities.”

She called for “more attractive” and tailored support to meet the specific needs of crack users, and improved links from the criminal justice system into treatment services.

Minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: “The Government is committed to tackling the illicit drugs trade, protecting the most vulnerable and helping those with a drug dependency to recover.”

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott described the report as “truly shocking” and claimed it “highlights the reprehensible cuts to treatment centres and policing made by the Tories”.

Brexit about taking back control… the government has lost it

Brexit was all about taking back control.

One thing is for certain: tonight, the government lost it.

In the British system, to govern is to control the House of Commons order paper.

With the Letwin amendment passing, by a healthy majority of 27, for one day only (and potentially for more besides) it will not do so.

Its grip on governing became looser.

It is very unusual for the House of Commons to seize control of its business in this way, especially on the central issue of the day.

The government is now a bystander; it can only watch as MPs act as an executive, determining what they vote on and how.

It might at last yield a majority for something where previously there has been none for anything.

Image: The Letwin amendment passed by a majority of 27

The night also sports casualties.

Richard Harrington, Alastair Burt and Steve Brine have resigned to vote for the amendment.

All the more extraordinary when you consider Burt was at the prime minister’s side at the Chequers meeting only yesterday.

You could argue that it isn’t clear how meaningful it is.

Constitutionally, the government has talked up the enormity of the change in an attempt to dissuade their MPs from voting for it.

David Lidington laughs-off suggestions he is plotting to take over as prime minister

David Lidington has rubbished claims that there are plans to overthrow the prime minister and that he is positioning for the job.

It is an unusual move but the government doesn’t always control the Commons’ order paper; there are opposition day debates, backbench business days and days for private members’ bills.

The next time there is a government with a majority this change will not apply because a government could whip to prevent it.

And politically it’s not entirely clear how significant this will be either.

The prime minister made it clear in her statement today that she will not feel bound by the indicative votes which are debated on Wednesday.

Indeed it is not clear even if they will produce a majority for anything.

If they don’t it may even help the PM; then she will be able to argue with far greater credibility that the House of Commons cannot decide anything; her deal will exert a greater gravitational pull.

But if something is passed; a customs union, membership of the single market, that too will create gravity of their own.

The government will have to justify why it does not and cannot put the Commons’ will into effect.

Theresa May's resignation could be price for backing Brexit deal

Theresa May’s resignation could be price for backing Brexit deal

There is no clear view on what the Tories’ Brexit policy would be were Mrs May’s deal to be dropped, says Sky’s Beth Rigby.

Its most powerful argument, that the Commons cannot decide, will be nullified.

And this control might not remain toothless in the longer term: A motion will also now be put which compels the government, by law, to do what they decide. At that point the PM’s authority would be completely exhausted.

She would become an employee of the House of Commons, to do as they please.

Much rests on Wednesday and the persuasion, negotiation and discussion of the different options before then. MPs will set out their stalls.

Much too on the type of voting system MPs will use.

And perhaps the mechanics matter little; sometimes symbolism is enough.

Theresa May heads back to Downing Street the premier of a government denuded.

So often it has seemed at the mercy of events; tonight was a confirmation of its status, a government in office but not in power.

May loses three ministers as MPs take control of Brexit process

Theresa May has lost three ministers and control of the Brexit process to the House of Commons in further blows to her authority.

Richard Harrington quit his position as business minister just moments before he voted against the government, siding with an amendment which will allow MPs to debate alternative Brexit plans on Wednesday.

He was joined by Steve Brine and Alistair Burt – who was by Mrs May’s side at Chequers just a day before.

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The amendment, tabled by Sir Oliver Letwin, means MPs will control the agenda in the House of Commons, not the government, and they will use that time to vote on seven alternatives to the Brexit deal struck by Mrs May.

The move is seen as having the potential to pave the way to a soft Brexit that would keep the UK closer to the EU.

Theresa May suffers another Brexit defeat as MPs vote to take control of process by backing indicative votes with a majority of 27.

The Commons voted by 329 to 302 – a majority of 27 – despite MPs being told they would be given time by the government to hold the same debates.

Members raised concerns that the Prime Minister would still remain in charge of the order papers for the day.

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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay

Image: Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay

Jeremy Corbyn, who withdrew his own amendment calling for time to debate the alternatives, congratulated the House on passing the second and called the government’s Brexit process an “abject failure”.

He added: “We do not know what the House will decide on Wednesday. But I know there are many members of this House who have been working for alternative solutions, and we must debate those to find a consensus.”

The department for exiting the EU said the amendment set a “dangerous, unpredictable precedent” for the future.

A spokesman added: “It is disappointing to see this amendment pass, as the Government made a clear commitment to provide a process to find a majority in Parliament for a way forward this week.

“This amendment instead upends the balance between our democratic institutions and sets a dangerous, unpredictable precedent for the future.”

Labour MP Chris Leslie called out Theresa May for being on her phone while he asked her a question.

MP Chris Leslie of The Independent Group called out Theresa May for being on her phone while he asked her a question.

It warned MPs that if a longer extension is required it would mean the UK will have to hold elections for members of the European Parliament.

The news was welcomed by Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, who said: “Parliament takes control. An opportunity to build a cross-party cooperation leading to an enhanced political declaration & a closer future relationship!”

The votes came after Mrs May admitted there was still not enough support for her deal, and therefore for a third meaningful vote in the Commons.

Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, earlier confirmed their position on the deal had not changed, and they would not be offering the government support.

In her statement to MPs earlier in the day, Mrs May suggested the continuing absence of approval for her deal would see a “slow Brexit” that “gives up control of any of our borders, laws, money or trade”.

How can Article 50 be extended? Will the PM ask for Brexit to be delayed?

How can Article 50 be extended? Will the PM ask for Brexit to be delayed?

The prime minister also said a no-deal Brexit would not happen without MPs’ approval, declaring: “No Brexit must not happen.” The Commons has previously voted against such an outcome.

She rejected the idea of MPs taking control of the House on Wednesday and warned MPs she “cannot commit” to delivering an alternative Brexit outcome that the Commons supported.

“The UK is only one half of the equation and the votes could lead to an outcome that is unnegotiable with the EU,” she said.

Theresa May leaving Number 10 to vote in the Commons

Image: Theresa May leaving Number 10 to vote in the Commons

Tabling his amendment, and addressing the strange scenario of the government failing to back it but appearing to propose the same option, Sir Oliver said: “It is not some kind of constitutional revolution.

“It is an opportunity for the House of Commons to begin, and I want to stress the word begin, the process of working its way towards identifying a way forward that can command a majority in this house.”

Backstop? Customs union? Brexit jargon explained

Backstop? Customs union? Brexit jargon explained

In his resignation letter, Mr Harrington said the government was “playing roulette with the lives and livelihoods of the vast majority of people in this country”.

He said he would resign in order to do all he could to ensure no-deal Brexit does not happen.

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