Theresa May’s post-Brexit customs plan for EU is ‘completely cretinous’, Jacob Rees-Mogg says

Theresa May’s preferred plan for a post-Brexit customs deal with the EU is “completely cretinous”, Jacob Rees-Mogg has said. The arch-Eurosceptic branded the proposal for a customs partnership – under which Britain would collect EU import tariffs on behalf of Brussels – “a betrayal of common sense”. The attack came as Mr Rees-Mogg, a rising favourite of Tory members to succeed Ms May, described her approach to the Brexit negotiations as “enigmatic”. He also claimed the House of Lords against further revolts over Brexit, saying: “I think their lordships are…

N.L. town hears pitch for rainbow crosswalk again after rejection sparks province-wide debate

A students group has made another pitch to a Newfoundland town council to allow a rainbow crosswalk to be painted in their small community after councillors initially rejected the idea, sparking a province-wide debate over the issue. Three teenagers from Indian River High School’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance made presentations to Springdale town council on Monday evening, hoping to convince councillors to reverse an earlier decision against the proposal. READ MORE: Canadian celebrities roast Newfoundland town council for rejecting rainbow crosswalk Christina Pelley, one of the group’s teacher sponsors, said council made no…

Romney Failed to Win at Utah Convention, but Few Believe He’s Doomed

“It would be a mistake to say that what happened in the convention was about Donald Trump,” said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. “This was about other factors,” he went on. “Delegates do not like power being taken away from them.” Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, who moved to Utah after serving as governor of Massachusetts, remains popular among this state’s heavily Mormon Republican electorate, and he is expected to cruise to victory in the primary and general elections.…

Brexit: UK holding up talks with lack of clarity, Michel Barnier says

Talks on the future relationship between the EU and UK after Brexit are being held back because the UK side lacks “clarity” about what it wants, the bloc’s chief negotiator has suggested. Discussions on the future relationship began last week after months of insistence from the UK but Michel Barnier said in a speech in Germany that final progress could only be made after more work was done by the British government. In a speech to German business leaders in Hannover he called on the UK to “confirm” or “adapt”…

Rand Paul switches vote paving way for Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as secretary of state – National

A U.S. Senate committee approved the nomination of President Donald Trump‘s choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Monday after a Republican senator who had been opposed threw his support behind the CIA director in the face of party pressure. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination on a party-line vote, with all 11 Republicans backing him, nine Democrats opposed and one Democrat, Chris Coons, voting “present” because one Republican was at a funeral out of town. READ MORE: Mike Pompeo receives boost from Democratic senator for secretary…

George Bush Is Hospitalized One Day After Wife’s Funeral

Photo President George Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday for the funeral for his wife, Barbara. He was hospitalized the next day. Credit David J. Phillip/Reuters President George Bush was hospitalized in Houston on Sunday after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, his office said on Monday. Mr. Bush, 93, was “responding to treatments and appears to be recovering,” said Jim McGrath, his spokesman. His hospitalization at Houston Methodist Hospital came one day after the funeral for his wife, Barbara Bush, who died on…

The Fight for Wisconsin Is On as Outside Money Pours Into Senate Race

The big spending doesn’t just signal that each party sees the Senate seat as winnable. It’s also a measure of intensity on both sides to prevail in Wisconsin after Donald J. Trump shocked Democrats in 2016 by being the first Republican presidential nominee to carry the state since 1984. National Democrats are bent on winning it back in 2020 — and getting Ms. Baldwin re-elected is a crucial step toward that goal. The fight may become the most expensive Wisconsin Senate race ever: An analysis by the state Democratic Party…

Plan to deal with surge in asylum seekers coming in ‘days and weeks’ ahead: Ottawa

The federal government says Canadians will need to wait for at least a few days — and possibly longer — for a fully updated plan to deal with a renewed surge in irregular border-crossings. The number of people crossing between established, legal checkpoints spiked in March and the first two weeks of April, bringing the overall total of crossings between Jan. 1 and April 15, 2018, to 6,373. WATCH: 400 asylum seekers expected to enter Quebec every day this summer That’s an increase of 128 per cent over the number who arrived…

Cuomo Announces Bill to Ban Plastic Bags in New York State

If the bill were to pass, New York would join California, which approved a statewide ban of plastic bags in 2016. But the measure faces an uncertain path in the Legislature, where leaders of the Assembly and the Senate had opposed the city’s bill. A spokesman for Carl E. Heastie, the Assembly speaker, said the Assembly had been generally supportive of a ban but not a fee. “The speaker supports banning unnecessary plastic waste, and we will review this proposal,” said the spokesman, Michael Whyland. The measure would very likely…