Apologies - restarting merchandise programme shortly.
Boris is cleverly keeping the pressure on the European Union (EU) to make a decision.
The speculation that the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was gearing up to sign a Brexit trade agreement with the EU has dimmed somewhat with the news that today was the last Prime Minister’s Questions of the year - where he cheerfully wished everyone a Merry Little Christmas. Little to keep the pandemic at bay.
And also that Sam Coates from Sky has Tweeted tonight that the PM has told the tory Party 1922 Committee of back benchers that they’re all going home for Christmas tomorrow - as planned.
His Tweet said:
“Pm has just told the 22 that commons will rise tomorrow
“Currently this means there is no time scheduled next week to ratify any Brexit deal
“(Gvt wd recall Parliament in the event they did)”
So if the house went home tomorrow evening they could conceivably receive a recall from the Speaker the next day. And the fastest recall I’ve seen on the records, is where twice they were back in the next day. That would be Saturday.
But I gather the big test will be tomorrow when the Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg sets out the future business for the House to have it agreed on.
And interestingly the House of Commons Order Paper for tomorrow has yet to be published on the government website.
So we’ll have to wait to see what transpires. I'll let you decide what this means for deal or no-deal Brexit.
Oh, and we signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement with the USA today. On this the US Department of Homeland Security said:
“The United States and the United Kingdom concluded a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) today to further enhance bilateral efforts to secure and facilitate lawful trade.”
And it explains that CMAAs are:
“bilateral agreements between countries that are enforced by their respective customs administrations. The agreements provide the legal framework for the exchange of information and evidence to assist countries in the enforcement of customs laws, including duty evasion, trafficking, proliferation, money laundering and terrorism-related activities.”
Still not standing still, are we.https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn01186/