Maitland Political/AMO Monitor – 11 February 2019

11th February 2019

Driving the Day

LABOUR INTENSIVE: In a bid to win Labour support yesterday afternoon, Theresa May sent a letter to Jeremy Corbyn promising to bring about new laws banning the rollback of workers’ rights and environmental standards, as well as promising to legislate for MPs to be given a vote every two years when the EU strengthens its regulations going forward. She also outlined areas for further negotiation, in hopes to enter into fresh talks this week.

46 DAYS TO BREXIT: Although she hasn’t mentioned acceptance of Labour’s terms (full customs union membership and automatic adoption of future EU rules and regulations), Conservative Brexiteers fear she might soften her Brexit stance to clear her plan through the Commons with the support of Labour votes. Communities secretary James Brokenshire said on Sunday that if no finalised deal were put to the Commons by 27 February, MPs would again be given an amendable motion to consider, allowing them to block a no-deal departure or make other interventions.

BARCLAY IN BRUSSELS: Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay will be in Brussels this evening for his first meeting with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier. They’ll be discussing “alternative arrangements” to the Irish backstop in hopes of gaining further compromise on May’s Brexit deal.

On Manoeuvres

  • Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, meet to discuss the Irish backstop.
  • 9.30am Jon Trickett, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, Bridget Phillipson, the Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland, and Ayesha Hazarika, a former Labour Party adviser, speak at a Resolution Foundation event on the future of British politics beyond Brexit.
  • 5pm Stuart McDonald, the SNP MP, and Alberto Costa, the Conservative MP, take part in an event organised by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants on the settled status scheme for EU citizens.

Reports and Statistics

  • Ending austerity in the spending review would need extra billions, according to report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Leaky new-build houses put £200 on energy bills, according to an Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit report.
  • 9.30am The Office for National Statistics publishes its monthly estimate of gross domestic product (GDP).

Highlights from the House of Commons

  • 2.30pm Work and pensions questions.
  • Second reading of the Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill.
  • Adjournment debate on reform of election law.

Highlights from the House of Lords

  • 2.30pm Questions on the Uighur Muslim community in China; motor vehicles parking on pavements; the vulnerable children’s resettlement scheme, and equal pay.
  • Consideration of Commons amendments to the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill.
  • Regulations concerning limited liability partnerships, professional qualifications, solvency and financial services contracts after Brexit.
  • Regulations uprating tax credits and the guardian’s allowance.