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Boris Johnson says parliament should have an emergency veto over EU law - Politics live

Boris Johnson says parliament should have an emergency veto over EU law - Politics live

Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happenLive coverage of the Paris terror attacks investigation, reaction and other latest developments 5.42pm GMT I’m sorry that blogging has been a bit intermittent here today. I have been contributing to our Paris attacks blog, and we have been posting all the UK political reaction to Paris there. Related: Paris attacks: France to extend state of emergency by three months – live It is very difficult to be a party arguing for women’s advance when your top swathe is men.I think that the strand of the left that Jeremy comes from has never been a gender motivated part of the left. It comes from a time in a way when gender was a new insurgency that arrived later on and was seen as a bit of a distraction from the proper left right struggle.Jeremy needs to think about how [his appointments have] been perceived and there is a very easy way to solve that, which is that we can have an additional deputy who is elected either by all women in the party or all men and women in the party, but who is elected to be the additional deputy who is a woman. 2.03pm GMT Talks in Northern Ireland aimed at resolving the ongoing dispute between Sinn Fein and unionists in the Assembly could result in a settlement this week, the Press Association reports.Northern Ireland’s leaders have vowed to push for the most comprehensive deal possible amid uncertainty about the breadth of an anticipated agreement to save power-sharing at Stormont. As First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness expressed optimism a widespread settlement could still be achieved in the coming days, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers warned local politicians: “It’s make your mind up time.” 12.38pm GMT Most of the lobby briefing was taken up with questions about Paris. There is a summary here, on our Paris attacks live blog.But there were two other non-Paris lines worth mentioning.The prime minister has set out the timetable, but ultimately we have always said we would do this by substance rather than by schedule. We are looking to have this discussed at the December [European] Council. 11.29am GMT Here are two of the non-Paris politics stories from today’s papers.Labour is to launch its pro-EU referendum campaign in the West Midlands this week, after Jeremy Corbyn’s party tried and failed to persuade a big company to host the event.Senior Labour MPs had approached leading British companies to provide the backdrop to the launch of “Labour in for Britain”, a campaign to be headed by Alan Johnson, former home secretary. Cabinet ministers will be asked today to take the axe to six-figure payoffs and pensions in a move that could save the taxpayer billions of pounds. Sick pay could also be slashed and spending on agency staff reduced.The proposals are going before a Whitehall public sector expenditure committee overseen by Chancellor George Osborne and Treasury chief Greg Hands. A week-long Daily Mail investigation exposed how senior staff in town halls, police forces, universities and the NHS had been pocketing huge sums with little justification. 10.41am GMT Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has given an interview to Lorraine Kelly on ITV this morning.As we report on the Paris attacks blog, he said he thought further air strikes against Islamic State in Syria would make little difference. There had to be a political solution, he said. 10.32am GMT Sarah Brown, wife of the former prime minister Gordon Brown, has launched a £1.5m study aimed at improving care for premature babies, the Press Association reports.The Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort will track the development of 400 babies who are born before 32 weeks, following them right to adulthood. The research is being funded by the Theirworld global children’s charity, which Sarah Brown founded and is president of. 9.43am GMT Obviously the main focus today is on Paris, the ongoing police investigation, and the international reaction to multiple terror killings on Friday. We’re covering that story on a separate live blog and I will be contributing posts there with UK political reaction, such as David Cameron’s Today interview. Related: Paris terror attacks: reports of weapons stash in Lyon as police carry out raids – live In an interview with The Sunday Times, Johnson called on the government to amend the 1972 act of parliament under which Britain joined the EU to say that European law was paramount, unless a “brake” was applied by the House of Commons.The mayor is lobbying Cameron to adopt the plan as a rabbit out of the hat to reassure Eurosceptics that he is committed to a radically new deal.You could amend the act which says that all EU directives, regulations and other obligations have supremacy over British law to say that it has supremacy unless expressly overturned by parliament.The great thing, which makes it so attractive, is that you don’t need a negotiation. You don’t need Angela Merkel’s permission at all. All you need is to get it through the House of Commons. It could be done by us alone. I hope that will be the end product of what the prime minister is alluding to in his excellent speech ... 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