With permission, Mr Speaker, I will now make a statement on the judgment issued by the European Court of Justice this morning on the Wightman case.Mr Speaker, today, the European Court of Justice has delivered its judgment on the question of the revocability of an Article 50 notice. The Court has found that the UK has the right, in accordance with its constitutional requirements, to unilaterally revoke the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU.We note the judgement from the European Court. It is their role to provide rulings on the interpretation of EU law.This judgement clarifies the law. The judgement does not in any way change our policy. That the Government knows this course is possible, just as many undesirable actions are possible, does not change the fact that such an approach is hypothetical and the Government has no intention of doing it.The Government’s firm and long-held policy is that we will not revoke the Article 50 notice. This position has not changed. To do this, or indeed to hold a second referendum, would be to undermine the result of the 2016 referendum and the professed will of this House to give effect to that result.This House voted to hold the referendum and promised to deliver it. 544 members of this House voted to give the British public their say, with just 53 opposed. Almost three quarters of the electorate then took part in the 2016 referendum, resulting in 17.4 million votes to leave the European Union. This is the highest number of votes cast for anything in UK electoral history, making this referendum the biggest democratic exercise in our history.This House then voted again to empower the Prime Minister to notify under Article 50 and voted yet again to repeal the European Communities Act.The Government remains focused on its task and its mandate, and delivering a deal which honours the 2016 referendum result. We will be leaving the EU on the 29th of March next year.I commend this statement to the House.
Mary J. Barnes, 93, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. Born February 10, 1927 in Letts, Indiana, she was the daughter of Alphonse and Cleona (Gardner) Tichenor. Mary had worked at the Carol Cook Dress Factory in Greensburg. She then worked at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg, and she worked as a custodian at North Decatur Elementary School. She was a member of the Greensburg Senior Citizens. She was married to Marion E. Barnes on April 18, 1946 and he preceded her in death on January 17, 2005. Together they farmed for many years. She is survived by two daughters, Patty (Kenneth) Kunz, Greensburg and Joni (Danny) Fruchtnicht, Greensburg; four sisters, Charlotte Huffmeyer, Batesville, Zelma Barnes, Greensburg, Bonnie Evans, Columbus, Sally Weber, Acton; four grandchildren, Beth (Bruce) Koors, Greensburg, Brian (Nancy) Fruchtnicht, Greensburg, Tracy (Steve) Webb, Greenfield, Tonya (Greg) Smith, Rushville; eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; two sons, Kenneth and Bruce Barnes, three sisters, Leona AmRhein, Georgie Hert, Margaret Miller; one brother, John Tichenor. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 27th from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Kingston Cemetery. Graveside Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Shannon Burford officiating. Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Buenos Aires, Oct 7 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will continue taking measures to cut costs for Olympic host cities in an effort to make future Games attractive to bidders, the organization’s president Thomas Bach has said.Bach also said that the IOC will not make contingency plans for the 2026 Winter Games amid reports that several cities have withdrawn from the race, Xinhua news agency reported.”There is no Plan B and we will not enter into any speculation,” Bach told reporters on Saturday ahead of the Youth Olympics opening ceremony in Buenos Aires.He added: “What is true is we have to continue our efforts, particularly with regard to winter sports, to be more flexible in order to reduce costs, avoid construction of sports facilities that have no legacy.”Under recent changes, winter Games host cities are no longer required to build new luge, bobsleigh and ski jumping facilities.Bach’s comments follow decisions by Austria’s Graz, Switzerland’s Sion and Japan’s Sapporo to abandon their 2026 bids, reportedly due to concerns about costs and strong local opposition.Calgary, Stockholm and a joint Italian bid involving Cortina D’Ampezzo and Milan were this week short-listed to host the event.However Calgary’s plans could be stymied by a non-binding plebiscite in November while Stockholm and the Italian candidacy are said to be struggling for political support.Bach said demand to stage the winter and summer Games remained strong while several sports have shown interest in obtaining Olympic status.”We have more than a dozen sports who would like to join Olympic programme,” he said. “Quite a number of interested cities, big number of interested cities (for the 2032 summer Games). We should not be worried for the future.”advertisementThe 2020 summer Games will be held in Tokyo while Beijing will host the 2022 winter Olympics. The 2024 and 2028 summer editions will be staged in Paris and Los Angeles respectively. –IANSpgh/