Maitland Political/AMO Monitor – 11 January 2019

11th January 2019

Driving the Day

NOTHING HAS CHANGED: MPs are starting day 3 of a five day debate on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The government is still expected to suffer a heavy defeat. The BBC has forecast it could be as much as 228 votes. While a cross-party group of MPs will meet today to discuss a second referendum campaign this morning, the Eurosceptic Steve Baker is expected to publish his own version of the Withdrawal Agreement in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock.

LABOUR OF LOVE? Theresa May has extended her Labour overture to trade unions, appealing to the leaders of Unite and GMB to back her deal in the hopes of convincing more Labour MPs. It is thought she could offer more assurances on workers rights. However, so great are the numbers of votes she must square, nothing short of gaining Corbyn’s support is likely to make much difference.

UNCIVIL TIMES: The Times reports civil servants are being urged to join no-deal preparations. As many as 4,000 civil servants have “abandoned their day jobs”, including from the education, justice and welfare departments. This morning Brexit Central features commentary from an anonymous civil servant who is unhappy with Theresa May’s deal. The official writes: “The EU’s triple lock guarantee is so constructed that never again will Brussels be troubled by an explosion of democracy in the United Kingdom…Project Fear has been in overdrive…deployed to sell it to a rightly suspicious nation”.

On Manoeuvres

  • 9.30 Anti-Brexit MPs hold ‘convention’ at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster to discuss how to conduct a second referendum campaign

Reports and Statistics

  • The Public Accounts Committee publishes a report on mental health services for children and young people
  • The National Institute of Economic and Social Research publishes monthly economic data
  • HM Revenue and Customs publishes statistics on UK overseas trade in goods statistics: November 2018

Highlights from the House of Commons

  • 9.30 MPs continue to debate the Brexit deal (day 3 of 5)

Highlights from the House of Lords

  • No business scheduled

Select Committee Highlights

  • No public committee sessions scheduled