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Local MP reveals Brussels discussions

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STEPHEN CRABB has visited Brussels as part of the Commons Brexit Committee, and warned that there is ‘near zero appetite’ in the European Union for renegotiating the withdrawal agreement.

After Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal was rejected by the House of Commons, many MPs voted to request changes. The Prime Minister hopes to secure amendments to the deal that had been agreed in November last year, but the EU maintains that it has already negotiated a deal and that it won’t do so again. Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, travelled to Brussels as part of the Commons Brexit committee.

On his way back, Mr Crabb sent out several tweets, detailing his thoughts regarding the ongoing discussions between the UK and EU.

He said: “Near zero appetite around Brussels for reopening Withdrawal Agreement. Support for Backstop and Irish Gov v solid. For EU, it’s not just a question of Good Friday Agreement. Concerns over an open backdoor into single market.

“Real exasperation & frustration about what EU says were contradictory votes by MPs. Do not regard Brady amendment majority as stable. Little sign that the amendment has created a new dynamic in Brussels thus far.

“Our committee did an effective job in demonstrating to our guests the spread of views in the Commons and lack of consensus on way forward.

“Unlike the Withdrawal Agreement, we heard repeatedly that there is scope for reopening text of Political Declaration to provide greater clarity & certainty on the new relationship rather than vague aspirations and optionality.

“’A more ambitious political declaration’ is key phrase. Backstop won’t disappear from WA however. But a PD that pivots to closer longterm UK-EU relationship will solve a lot of the perceived problem.

“Even if (big if) some eventual movement on WA to provide greater comfort and build trust, unlikely to be enough to get through Commons.”

Mr Crabb also mentioned the ‘Malthouse Compromise’ – named after housing minister Kit Malthouse, who encouraged talks between different groups of MPs. Engineered by both Leave and Remain supporters, the compromise suggests extending the transition period for a year until the end of 2021 and protecting EU citizens’ rights, instead of using the backstop.

Mr Crabb continued: “Regarding Malthouse Compromise, no one seriously entertaining this yet it seems.

“Lots of discussion about potential delay to Brexit. But big question is for what purpose. They want more than just more process. Need clear path forward and that requires a stable Commons majority for a deal.

“No great revelations today. Difficult few weeks ahead I suspect as we go round the mountain again with little sign of a way forward.

“I still think the original deal or something v similar is most likely outcome compared to other current options. But will be very late in day and under a cloud of pol and econ [political and economic] crisis.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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