March 29 approaches…

Leaked memo reveals ministers warned of Brexit plot to keep UK in permanent customs union with EU

Ministers have been warned that MPs supporting an amendment to delay Brexit could “politicise the monarchy” and lead to a “full blown constitutional crisis” causing the Government to “lose its ability to govern” according to leaked documents seen by the Telegraph. The explosive memo advising the cabinet as Theresa May battles to win Tuesday’s second meaningful vote – warns that supporting any amendment re-tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Tories Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles could pave the way for a bill to change the day of our EU exit and bind the Government into a permanent customs union. It comes as at least five Cabinet ministers are poised to vote to block no deal next week if Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement is rejected, prompting the Prime Minister to consider offering Tory MPs a free vote on the matter to avoid a mass resignation. Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, David Gauke, Greg Clark and Matt Hancock are all expected to rebel against the Government. If Mrs May’s deal is voted down and there is no support for leaving the EU without a deal in parliament, MPs will then given the option to vote to delay Brexit. Warning that a passed amendment on a vote to delay Brexit would be turned into a bill that would be “fast tracked” into both Houses, the memo states: “Once passed, the Government would have no option but to advise the Queen to give Royal Assent. The Government would have no control of the Chamber. It would have lost its ability to govern. A cross-party majority in the House would effectively have seized control of Brexit policy and would be directing legally binding outcomes.” The advice comes after sources are understood to have told Number 10 that those rewording the amendment are now seeking to not only delay Brexit but “direct” it by imposing requirements on the Government in relation how to use the extension period. The advice predicts that the amendment will call for a legally binding Commons vote on any new negotiating mandate, which it predicts will “likely lead to a Commons majority being expressed for a permanent customs union, which Government would have no choice but to then implement.” The memo warns: “We can expect a legally binding imposition by the House on Government to ensure at the very least: Extension of Article 50, a cross-party negotiating mandate (which we assume will lead to a permanent customs union) and possibly a requirement to legislate for a second referendum”. It suggests the largely remain-backing Lords would expedite any legislation to ensure its passage in the next fortnight, potentially giving rise to the Queen having to give royal assent to a “soft” Brexit bill days before March 29. It adds: “The monarchy categorically cannot be politicised in an attempt to thwart the majority view of the two Houses – any attempt to do so would lead to a full blown constitutional crisis”.

UK politics: 2nd referendum?

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Theresa May is greeted by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte upon her arrival in The Hague, Netherlands

Theresa May meets with Dutch PM Mark Rutte in The Hague

Theresa May and Mark Rutte

Theresa May and Mark Rutte

Theresa May will be told on her European tour to stop trying to appease her mutinous backbenches by throwing them the “red meat” of Brexit promises she can never deliver upon, EU diplomatic sources have told The Telegraph.

As Mrs May embarked on a whistle-stop tour of the EU, including the Netherlands, Germany and Brussels, diplomats expressed growing exasperation at Mrs May’s constant attempts to placate the impossible demands of clean-break Brexiteers with unrealistic promises. The message will be the same one Mrs May received from Europe over the weekend, when the Telegraph understands Mrs May was directly warned against feeding unreasonable expectations. “She was told ‘don’t keep feeding them red meat. We know how this ends. You get eaten up last,” said a senior EU diplomat. The uncompromising tone comes as Mrs May seeks a “legally binding assurance” that the UK will not be trapped indefinitely in the Irish backstop arrangement that puts the UK into a customs union with the EU to avoid the return of a hard border in Ireland. After Mrs May pulled today’s the ‘meaningful vote’ in the Commons, the race is now on to secure concessions from Europe that might convince opponents of the deal to change their minds, particularly on the question of the Irish backstop.

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Scientists: Nijmegen defense tower is Disneyland in Valkhofpark

The possible rebuilding of a dungeon, a 50 meter high medieval tower in the Valkhofpark Nijmegen causes a stir in the city. Hundreds of people have already signed up for a demonstration next Saturday against the construction of the tower in the heavily protected Valkhofpark. Scientists speak of a “fake construction”, “Disneyland” and “heritage flu”. Some political parties are calling for a new referendum on the desirability of rebuilding.

Referendum
The rebuilding of the tower is since 2006 in Nijmegen on the agenda. In that year, once held a referendum on the keep with the elections. A year earlier Nijmegen was temporarily rebuild the tower of scaffolding and tarpaulins which was a success. A majority of residents voted for rebuilding.

Heineken and Sligro
Reported this week after ten years of negotiations, an investor who wishes to operate the tower with brewer Heineken and wholesaler Sligro as tenants. The developer wants exhibition space, a lounge restaurant and bed and breakfast. The tower should be ready in 2019.

National monument
The community seems prepared to issue a building permit for reconstruction. In 2006 warned the National Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Culture which rebuilding is contrary to the cultural and historical significance of the Valkhofpark. Both the park, the soil full of archaeological remains and the views have protected status. The Valkhof as a whole is a national monument.

Turkish diplomats

Turkish minister threatens the Netherlands with sanctions if he can not come

De Turkse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken tijdens een persconferentie.

Turkey threatens with heavy political and economic sanctions if the Netherlands prevents the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu today to visit Rotterdam. Cavusoglu reiterated that he wants to visit a Turkish campaign meeting. The minister plans today at 18:00 to speak at the residence of the Turkish consul in the Hillegersberg district. But his visit to the sore spot of the Dutch government. Cavusoglu advocates a ‘yes’ for more power for Erdogan in the Turkish referendum on April 16th. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said yesterday that the Netherlands can not refuse Cavusoglu, but that any visit or will be surrounded by tight security. In any case, audiences are not welcome on the public road near the official residence of the Straatweg. The house and its garden are Turkish territory.

THE NETHERLANDS REFUSED PERMISSION FLIGHT TURKISH MINISTER

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Netherlands withdrew landing rights for the aircraft of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu. That the government reported today. That means that the visit Cavusoglu wanted to bring in Rotterdam, does not take place. The government adopted the measure in their own words as public order and safety in the proceedings, after a call to Turkish Dutch to massively participate in a public meeting with Cavusoglu. ,,The Netherlands had discussed with the Turkish authorities the visit, which was wanted for an acceptable solution. There were discussions going on whether the Turkish authorities to move the meeting and could give a private, smaller character in a Turkish consulate or embassy. Even before these interviews were completed, the Turkish authorities publicly threatened with sanctions. This makes the search for a reasonable solution impossible”, reads the statement of the Cabinet. ,,We wanted to find a solution. We have had long and difficult talks with the Turks to come to an acceptable solution. We stand for public order and do not want that safety is at stake”, said a spokeswoman for Mr Koenders (Foreign Affairs). Cavusoglu threatened this morning with heavy political and economic sanctions against the Netherlands if The Hague would prevent his arrival. The Turkish minister was planning to 18:00 invited to speak at the residence of the Turkish consul in Rotterdam. He wanted to plead for a ‘yes’ for more power for Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish referendum on April 16th.

ROTTERDAM IS TAKING MEASURES AGAINST TURKISH PROTESTERS

Authorities in Rotterdam have allocated three locations where demonstratios should be theld today. The decision comes after the public call from Turkey to Turkish Dutch to massively participate in an event at the residence of the Turkish consul to the Straatweg. That triangle Rotterdam police, judicial and Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb this afternoon issued a statement. It states the Willemsplein, the Lloyd Pier and Plaza 1940 locations. ,,On the Willemsplein can demonstrate people who would have liked to see the minister speak in Rotterdam, the Lloydpier can go against demonstrators and Plein 1940 all remaining protesters.” This morning the Dutch government withdrew landing rights from the plane of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu. Who planned Saturday at 18:00 invited to speak at the official residence in the Hillegersberg district. Cavusoglu advocates more power to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and would encourage Turkish Dutch “yes” to the Turkish referendum in April. The government fears that public order and safety are at stake. ,,Rotterdam triangle has reasons of safety and to protect the residents and the official residence of the Turkish consul decided to close the Straatweg and the immediate vicinity of the consulate on Westblaak”, it says in the statement. Straatweg and around a noodbevel true for as long as necessary. The area is temporary only accessible to residents and traffic. Aboutaleb urges all residents to keep ,,in particular circumstances, calmness and tranquility.” The Turkish consul in Rotterdam has been informed of the measures. Residents of the Straatweg be informed by a letter distributed door to door.

Prime Minister Rutte called the remarks of Turkish President Erdogan that Dutch are “Nazi remnants and fascists” bizarre. He said that Saturday afternoon in Breda at a campaign meeting of the VVD. The decision to withdraw landing rights for the aircraft of the Turkish minister is inevitable according to the government. Rutte had in recent days to contact Minister Cavusoglu. “As you know we had to campaign against the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister at the same time”, we have said. “We do not want to stop you at the airport” He then said to him: “I’m going to a Turkish location or embassy in itself. then we may have said. this must be guided in the right direction.” The discussions were extremely difficult, said Rutte. “We were not really good. Then he has this morning also said that he would threaten sanctions if he could not come. The Netherlands can never, of course, to that type of threat talk to the Turks, that’s impossible.” “The decision was not easy”, acknowledges the prime minister. “It is a NATO ally, but under threat, we can not of course talk under blackmail. I understand that they are angry, but I really believe that we have taken a good decision here”

Sharp measures

Also Minister Koenders said that the government had no choice. “We have in recent days intensively with Turkey discussed to see if there would still be an opportunity for the Minister to organize something in an embassy building or another building on the referendum. That proved almost impossible because there were problems with the public policy and safety and it was difficult to reach agreement.” “While the talks were ongoing, and we thought we might yet out could come they then threaten political and economic sanctions went. Netherlands can not be put under pressure. The combination of factors is not in good faith, and so we have the withdrew landing rights.” Koenders agrees that it is a sharp tool. “I had the decision rather not taken, but it was necessary.”

THE TURKISH MINISTER FATMA BETÜL KAYA SAYAN (FAMILY MATTERS) COMING OVERLAND TO ROTTERDAM. WHICH REPORTED THE TURKISH STATE NEWS AGENCY ANADOLU SATURDAY.

Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya

The Netherlands withdrew Saturday landing rights for the aircraft of the Turkish minister for Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Cavusoglu. The government took action in their own words because the public order and safety in the case came after a call to Turkish Dutch to Saturday to take part in a massive public meeting with Cavusoglu in Rotterdam.

Not welcome
The minister would actually speak on Friday in the Netherlands as part of a promotional tour of Turkish ministers in Europe to make their compatriots’ enthusiasm for the referendum on the constitution. Sayan Kaya was told she was not welcome in Hengelo and Wehl. Landlords rooms in both places decided to make available their spaces for political meetings. A visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu was canceled. Netherlands withdrew Saturday landing rights for its plane because public order would be at stake. That led to a furious reaction from the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who grumbled about the Dutch “Nazi relics and fascists.”

Last night the Turkish Minister Fatma Betül Kaya Sayan (Family Matters) was taken away by the police from to the consulate in Rotterdam and escorted to Germany. She had come against the wishes of the Dutch government to Rotterdam to campaign. Some cars from her convoy were already towed away. When the minister was discharged arose big riots in the area. Am emergency decrete for the whole center was issued. Around 3:00 pm the rest returned to the city. Minister Fatma Betül Kaya Sayan is plotted from the Netherlands because they have been seen in our country as an undesirable alien. That said, the Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam tonight in an explanation of the situation created by the Turkish Consulate. The government also issued a Declaration, and noted that “the mutual consultation has led to Minister Kaya will be directed to leave the country via the German border.

Auto's van de Politie Dienst Speciale Interventies (DSI) rijden richting de Schiedamse Vesthof waar de Turkse minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya van Familiezaken door de politie wordt tegengehouden

Riots
Discharging the minister asked for riots. The Mobile Unit grip hard. Stones flew towards the vans of the riot police, who then performed again batches on the audience. The protesters were met with batons, dogs and water cannons drifted apart. Police have arrested twelve people. Seven people were injured, including one policeman. Which suffered a broken hand, said a police spokesman. The area around the consulate on Westblaak was temporary only accessible to residents and traffic. More than a thousand demonstrators with Turkish flags took possession of the premises. They chanted “Allah is the greatest, the almachtigste”. The Turkish minister Sayan Kaya was a long time in her armored car behind the consulate. She wanted to address the crowd, but was stopped by the police. Then the Special Intervention Service (DSI) took over.

Megaphone
Turkish parliament still spoke Turkish Dutch protesters earlier this evening to a megaphone. He said to demonstrate the people alone in peace. He called on the crowd to continue, if need be until tomorrow morning, until Minister Kaya Family Affairs has been able to speak. So far, however, it would not come out. The Turkish Minister Fatma Betül Kaya Sayan (Family Matters) says that the Netherlands’ all international laws, conventions and human rights breaches, by not let me go into the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. She said Saturday on its Twitter account. In a live program on Turkish television she dropped the phone in the same terms from.

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Security service
The consulate has its own security service to keep people under control. Around the consulate are agents, ME is present, and a police helicopter hovering above. Zafer Sirakaya, the Turkish Union of European Turkish Democrats, the participants called on the spot for calm. The convoy of the Turkish Minister was first stopped by the police at a gas station in the south of Rotterdam. At the consulate there was a sudden stop, as policemen stood around her car to prevent her speaking to the crowd.

To inform
A spokesman for the AK Party in the Netherlands, Mustafa Aslan, was supposed to speak to the minister. ,,Its sole purpose is to inform people about the referendum”, said Aslan. ,,That they should vote.” ,,We take our measures”, Prime Minister Mark Rutte let know through a spokesman. ,,As for us, they can not speak group tonight in Rotterdam. We try to live up to, but anyway, about that I can not say anything.” The Netherlands today withdrew landing rights for aircraft of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu. The government took action in their own words because the public order and safety in the case came after a call to Turkish Dutch to Saturday to take part in a massive public meeting with Cavusoglu in Rotterdam.Not welcomeThe minister would actually speak yesterday in the Netherlands as part of a promotional tour of Turkish ministers in Europe to make their compatriots’ enthusiasm for the referendum on the constitution. Sayan Kaya was told she was not welcome in Hengelo and Wehl. Landlords rooms in both places decided to make available their spaces for political meetings. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced this morning “extreme countermeasures” against the Netherlands. The prime minister has undermined the diplomatic immunity of Kaya. Yildirim said nothing about the content of those measures in its official statement. ,,Our so-called European friends who have it at every opportunity about democracy, freedom of expression and human rights have failed”, said the premier Sunday morning. He spoke of a diplomatic scandal. ,,These events strengthen the unity of the Turkish people.”

Ambassador
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Turkey has also indicated that the Dutch ambassador Cornelis Van Rij does not need to come back in Turkey. The administration calls the behavior of the Netherlands “first hostile act in a relationship of 405 years”. The Dutch embassy and consulate remain closed indefinitely. This is done “for security reasons”, as communicated by sources at the Foreign Office in Ankara.

TURKISH MINISTER ESCORTED VIA NIJMEGEN TO GERMANY

De Turkse minister vertrekt onder begeleiding bij het politiebureau in Nijmegen.The Turkish Minister Fatma Betül Kaya Sayan (Family Matters) has been escorted by the police from Rotterdam to Germanyin the night from Saturday to Sunday. She was accompanied by a special police escort team from the police station on the Stieltjesstraat Nijmegen to Germany. Her private plane has brought her from Turkey to Germany, from where she travelled further by car to Rotterdam.

Campaign
The minister had come against the wishes of the Dutch government to Rotterdam to campaign. Some cars from its convoy were already towed away. When the minister was discharged arose big riots in Rotterdam. A security decrete for the whole center was issued. Around 3:00 pm the rest returned to the city.