What happens now that Theresa May has survived her no-confidence vote?

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media as she launches the NHS Long Term Plan at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, Britain January 7, 2019

Theresa May has survived a vote of no-confidence in her government.
She will now need to formulate a Brexit plan which she can force through parliament.
The options still left open to May are fraught with difficulty.
Here’s what could happen over the coming days and weeks.

LONDON — Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote in her government which came after MPs rejected her Brexit deal on Tuesday in historic numbers. The government saw off the confidence motion by 325 votes to 306, with Tory and DUP rebels who voted against the government on Tuesday uniting in their opposition to the prospect of a Corbyn-led government.

Theresa May must now focus on securing a Brexit plan which she can pass through parliament, after losing Tuesday’s vote on her original plan by the biggest parliamentary margin in modern British history. So what happens next?

May pledges to return to Brussels

May is required to return to parliament within three days and tell lay a motion telling MPs what she plans to do next (the House of Commons doesn’t sit on a Friday, meaning her deadline is Monday).

She’s expected to say that she respects the will of parliament and pledge to return to Brussels to renegotiate the much-hated Irish backstop. The fallback measure, designed to avoid the emergence of border checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland, is deeply unpopular with Tory MPs who say it could bind the UK too closely to EU rules and would undermine Northern Ireland’s relationship with the rest of the UK.

The question is whether the EU will be willing to renegotiate the deal. Senior EU figures remain very dismissive about the prospect, and it is very difficult to see May being able to secure the kind of concessions that would assuage the concerns of hardline Brexiteers and the DUP over the backstop.

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Source:: Business Insider


The High Life trailer seems awfully deceptive

Looking at the first trailer for High Life, the upcoming space thriller from A24 and director Claire Denis, it’s understandable if viewers have no idea what to suspect. There’s some frantic cutting and screaming and bellowing and blood that makes it look like a space-madness movie along the lines of Event Horizon. There are quiet images of Twilight star Robert Pattinson playing with a baby, which feel more like they belong to a quiet, internal science fiction story like Moon. There are moments of EVA dread that feel like outtakes from Gravity. And there are snippets of highfalutin, poetic, opaque voiceover that put the whole thing into a more Annihilation-esque light.

It’s a lot for one trailer. And yet in terms of telling viewers what…

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Source:: The Verge – All Posts


Lakers fans started booing over THESE fast-food tacos?!

Admit it. You’ve eaten Jack in the Box tacos.

Maybe it was a weak moment. Maybe it was after midnight and nothing else was open. Maybe you were drunk or stoned. Maybe you were light on cash. Maybe you like them.

Just want to make sure you know what’s at stake here. We are talking about the two for 99 cents tacos, the crispy ones that hold some sort of meat-and-soy product, cheese, lettuce and a little salsa. Cheapest food fix around.

The Los Angeles Lakers give their fans a coupon for two of these Jack in the Box tacos when they hold an opponent to under 100 points. On Tuesday night, they missed the mark, beating the Chicago Bulls by a score of 107 to 100.

Even before the final buzzer, angry fans sensed that the Bulls were trying to play spoiler, according to SB Nation.

“That pissed off Lakers fans,” the report said. “After Kentavious Caldwell-Pope split a pair of free throws with 19.2 seconds, you can hear one yelling, ‘It’s really messed up you’re trying to stop us from getting tacos!’ ”

When the Bulls hit the century mark, Staples Center erupted in boos.

According to reporter Harry Lyles Jr., “Lakers fans have had the taco promotion go in their favor in previous nights, so you shouldn’t feel too bad for them. Though, the Pistons did play spoiler less than a week ago. The Lakers are on a bad free taco streak.”

OK, we get it. You don’t want opponents dissing your fan base. And it’s a fine, longstanding tradition, with Jack in the Box estimating it has given out more than 7 million tacos over the years. But fans are now paying who knows what for tickets, upwards of $20-$30 for parking and probably 10 bucks a pop for the beer … and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Theresa May defeats Jeremy Corbyn’s motion of no confidence

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

As expected, the prime minister won comfortably. But tonight’s result lays the conditions for future rebellion in both parties.

Theresa May has defeated the motion of no confidence in her government tabled by Jeremy Corbyn by 325 votes to 306.

The result is as expected, with Conservative Brexiteers and the Democratic Unionists voting with May despite the landslide defeat of her Brexit deal yesterday.

Senior Labour figures, most notably John McDonnell, have long said that any confidence vote would be unwinnable until such time that the 10 DUP MPs withdrew their support from the Conservative; and tonight’s result serves to illustrate that fundamental truth.

That is not to say, however, that the result of the next confidence vote Labour table will be a similarly foregone conclusion. While the prime minister’s margin of victory was comfortable, it is not unassailable and she could well be vulnerable to a rebellion from hardline Brexiteers should she pursue options such as a permanent customs union in the coming days in search of opposition votes.

The result also poses challenges for the Labour leadership. Advocates for a second referendum on the opposition benches will claim tonight’s vote as evidence that the party cannot secure a general election and demand that, per the terms of the Brexit policy passed at its conference in September, it shifts to supporting a fresh plebiscite on the deal.

The leadership, however, has made clear that its priorities are tabling further confidence votes and attempting to build a consensus in parliament for its own Brexit plans. With only 71 Labour MPs having declared for a second referendum this morning (out of a cross-party total of around 150), both have more chances of success as far as the existing parliamentary arithmetic goes.

Corbyn’s inevitable failure to unconditionally endorse or prioritise a second referendum in …read more

Source:: New Statesman


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