|01/04/2020||Government warns banks not to withhold vital funds from businesses struggling due to coronavirus||,,A senior Cabinet minister has warned banks it would be "unacceptable" if they withheld cash from businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus crisis.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has been self-isolating for a week after suspected coronavirus infection||,,Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has revealed he has been in self-isolation for the past week as he recovered from a suspected coronavirus infection.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||Lack of PPE for health and social care staff a ‘crisis within a crisis’, unions warn||,,The lack of protective equipment for frontline medical staff has been labelled a “crisis within a crisis” by a host of trade unions.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||Coronavirus: More than 100 MPs call for ‘digital Parliament’ to quiz ministers on outbreak response||,,More than 100 MPs have backed calls for the creation of a “digital Parliament” s ministers can be held to account during the coronavirus crisis.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||UK to double coronavirus testing to 25,000 a day within a fortnight, Cabinet minister claims||,,Britain will double the amount of coronavirus tests it is carrying out to 25,000 a day within two weeks, a Cabinet minister has claimed.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||Pregnant prisoners allowed home ‘within days’ in bid to shield them from coronavirus, Justice Secretary confirms||,,Pregnant women in jail will be temporarily released “within days” in a bid to shield them from the impact of the coronavirus, ministers have announced.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||Donald Trump claims UK’s initial coronavirus strategy would have been ‘very catastrophic’||,,Britain faced “very catastrophic” results until it shifted its strategy to tackle the coronavirus, Donald Trump has declared.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||Shut down firms that put workers at risk during coronavirus shutdown, unions warn ministers||,,The Government should be able to immediately shut down companies that put their staff at “unnecessary Covid-19 risk”, unions have said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||EXCL Boris Johnson urged to tear up rules stopping migrants claiming Universal Credit or risk coronavirus ‘tragedy’||,,Boris Johnson has been urged to rip up rules preventing thousands of migrants living in the UK from accessing benefits aimed at softening the blow of the coronavirus crisis.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|01/04/2020||The scale of the coronavirus crisis exposes how pointless the Brexit cause is | Rafael Behr||,,
Brexiteers’ war on imaginary threats now looks parochial and self-indulgent – history may judge them harshly
This might not feel like the moment to go on about Brexit, but Brexit goes on whether we are feeling it or not. When people are worried about surviving April, December’s deadline for EU trade talks seems a long way off. Covid-19 may have eclipsed older problems, but they will not solve themselves in its shadow.
The disease has halted negotiations and infected the lead negotiators. All Whitehall capacity is being spent on the immediate crisis. Boris Johnson has no time for Brexit. If he did, he might want to practise some social distancing from the idea.Continue reading...
|31/03/2020||Increase of £1.60 a week in statutory sick pay labelled a ‘joke’ by GMB amid coronavirus crisis||,,Union bosses have reacted with anger after the rate of Statutory Sick Pay went up by £1.60 a week.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||NHS boss hails coronavirus 'green shoots' as UK registers record number of daily deaths||,,A senior NHS boss has said there are "green shoots" that the UK's approach to tackling the coronavirus outbreak may be helping to slow its spread across the country.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||British-made ventilators to be available for the NHS from next week, Michael Gove reveals||,,The first of thousands of new British-made ventilators will be available for use in UK hospitals from next week, it has been announced.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||Visas for NHS staff extended by a year to help tackle coronavirus outbreak||,,Overseas NHS staff will be handed a 12-month visa extension as part of the efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, the Home Office has announced.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||Number 10 distances itself from Grant Shapps' call for people to shop just once a week during lockdown||,,Downing Street has slapped down suggestions by Grant Shapps that people should only go shopping for food once a week during the coronavirus lockdown.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||Coronavirus: MPs urge Boris Johnson to create compensation scheme for families of frontline victims||,,MPs from all parties have backed a campaign calling on Boris Johnson to create a special compensation scheme to help the families of frontline coronavirus victims.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||Emily Thornberry: Government’s ‘vague promises’ on repatriation flights ‘not good enough’||,,The Government’s “vague promises” to repatriate Brits stranded amid the global coronavirus epidemic are “not good enough”, Labour’s Emily Thornberry has said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||Coronavirus: Kids eligible for free school meals to get £15 shop vouchers in bid to help struggling parents||,,Parents of children eligible for free school meals will begin getting weekly supermarket vouchers to try to help them through the coronavirus shutdown, ministers have announced.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||MEPs urge UK to extend Brexit transition period due to coronavirus outbreak||,,The UK has been urged by MEPs to extend the Brexit transition period because of the coronavirus crisis.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|31/03/2020||Boris Johnson urged to back early release of low-risk prisoners in bid to stop coronavirus overcrowding||,,Boris Johnson is facing mounting calls to sanction the early release of low-risk offenders in a bid to stop prisons becoming overwhelmed by the coronavirus crisis.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Delay Brexit deadline amid coronavirus, say MEPs||,,The UK is due to stop following EU rules by the end of 2020 but a group of MEPs say the date should be pushed back.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Extend Brexit transition by years over coronavirus, UK told||,,
European People’s party says it hopes ‘common sense will prevail over ideology’
The largest group in the European parliament has urged the UK government to do the “responsible thing” and extend the Brexit transition period, as coronavirus plays havoc with the timetable for an EU-UK deal.
The centre-right European People’s party (EPP), which unites the parties of 11 EU leaders, including Angela Merkel and Leo Varadkar, issued a statement on Monday calling on the government to extend the Brexit transition beyond the end of the year.Continue reading...
|30/03/2020||Coronavirus: Government to charter flights in bid to bring thousands of stranded Brits home||,,Ministers are to spend up to £75 million chartering flights in an attempts to bring home thousands of UK citizens left stranded overseas because of the coronavirus.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Access to home abortions relaxed during coronavirus outbreak after confusion over guidance||,,The Government will relax the rules on how women can access an abortion at home during the coronavirus outbreak.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Downing Street says shops can still sell Easter eggs after police crackdown||,,Downing Street says shops can sell what they like after police urged some retailers to restrict sales of Easter eggs during the coronavirus outbreak.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Coronavirus: Confusion as health minister admits government has not hit 10,000 a day target||,,A health minister has denied Michael Gove's claims that 10,000 coronavirus tests a day are being carried out in the UK.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings self-isolating after experiencing coronavirus symptoms||,,Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings is in self-isolation after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Social media giants urged to step up fight against coronavirus fake news||,,The Culture Secretary will this week urge social media companies to do more to stop misleading information about the coronavirus from being spread online.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Labour MP calls on political leaders to speak out against anti-Chinese racism during coronavirus outbreak||,,Political leaders must speak out against a rise in anti-Chinese racism in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Labour MP.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|30/03/2020||Boris Johnson says UK's response to coronavirus response shows there is 'such a thing as society'||,,Britain's response to the coronavirus pandemic shows that "there really is such a thing as society," Boris Johnson has declared.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|29/03/2020||EU citizens in UK at risk of becoming illegal as coronavirus response prioritised||,,
Campaigners urge government to replace settled status process with guaranteed ‘right to stay’
Campaigners fear that EU citizens who have made their homes in the UK are at risk of becoming illegal as the government diverts resources to fight coronavirus.
Under current rules, all EU citizens have until June 2021 to apply for settled status. However, there are concerns that the pandemic will mean that the government support available to help EU citizens will reduce, and public awareness campaigns, designed to reach the most vulnerable people and those without an online presence, will be delayed.Continue reading...
|29/03/2020||Coronavirus: UK will not 'return to normal' for six months, deputy chief medical officer warns||,,Life in the UK will not "return to normal" for six months, deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries has warned.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|29/03/2020||Labour says landlords should be made to give three-month rent break to tenants squeezed by coronavirus||,,Tenants struggling with the economic impact of the coronavirus shutdown should be able to stop paying rent for three months, Labour has said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|29/03/2020||Michael Gove tells joggers to limit exercise stints to 30 minutes amid coronavirus lockdown||,,Michael Gove has urged joggers to limit their runs to around 30 minutes in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|29/03/2020||SNP urges UK government to 'hit pause' on Brexit due to coronavirus||,,The party says UK ministers should focus on the coronavirus pandemic and seek to extend the transition period.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/03/2020||Boris Johnson’s tax trap||,,British PM promised to end austerity but could never have imagined how much he'd increase public spending.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|27/03/2020||Applause for NHS was bittersweet | Letter||,,
For Corinne Fowler, the clapping event transcended the bitter rows of the last few years, but also caused a pang of sorrow
The mass clapping event (Millions of Britons clap for carers on coronavirus frontline, 26 March) was bittersweet and loaded with irony. It was an unprecedented show of collective gratitude, inspired by a Dutch woman living in the UK, by a nation whose Brexit vote caused a shortage of medical staff as it sent EU citizens away. A clapping nation whose government created a “hostile environment” to banish the Windrush generation, who made vital contributions to the NHS.
I also thought of supermarket workers on low wages now risking life and limb, generally with no gloves or masks. There is little consideration for their safety. If it weren’t for them we would not be eating.Continue reading...
|26/03/2020||UK missed out on EU ventilator scheme due to ‘communication problem’||,,Britain looking to buy an extra 8,000 ventilators to treat coronavirus patients.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|26/03/2020||UK-EU talks on post-Brexit relations 'in deep freeze'||,,
Brussels laments London’s failure to table comprehensive legal text to work on
Planned negotiating rounds on the UK’s future relationship with the EU have been abandoned as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with Boris Johnson’s government still to table a comprehensive legal text for both sides to work on.
During a European commission briefing on Thursday, envoys for the EU capitals were told that holding negotiations via video-conferencing had so far proved impossible.Continue reading...
|26/03/2020||No 10 accused of putting 'Brexit over breathing' in Covid-19 ventilator row||,,
Government clarifies position after critics accuse Boris Johnson of putting ‘Brexit over breathing’
Downing Street has claimed it failed to take part in an EU scheme to source life-saving ventilators to treat coronavirus because it accidentally missed the deadline.
No 10 initially said it did not take part because the UK was “no longer a member” and was “making our own efforts”.Continue reading...
|26/03/2020||We simply don't know what kind of Britain will awake from all this | Martin Kettle||,,
Beware confident predictions of our future after the Covid-19 crisis. Our response to seismic change is often to entrench existing views
If there is one thing everyone living through the Covid-19 emergency agrees, it is that it is unprecedented. Everyone is surely right about that. But what follows in politics, economics and social behaviour from that recognition? There is no agreement there. There are resemblances with wartime, of course, but Britain never went into almost total lockdown in wartime. There are echoes of past pestilences too, but these afflictions did not bring normal life to such a totalising standstill.
And these are only early days in a long process. Politicians are no better than anyone else at adjusting to radical change. As Boris Johnson’s uncertain initial messaging exemplified, adjustment takes time. The worst of the crisis is also yet to come. Covid-19 cases and deaths have not yet peaked. The outbreak may drag on for longer than we have yet grasped, or it may return. Pretending that life could be back to normal by Easter, as Donald Trump does, is delinquent. If the 1918-19 flu pandemic is a guide, the Covid-19 virus may be with us for a year.Continue reading...
|25/03/2020||Plan to cut the number of MPs axed over 'Brexit workload'||,,David Cameron's proposal to shrink the size of the Commons by 50 MPs is dropped by the government.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/03/2020||Coronavirus: Welsh Government calls for longer Brexit transition||,,Not doing so could cause an "economic shock" as firms struggle with coronavirus, they warn.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/03/2020||What Boris Johnson can learn from Pericles||,,Johnson's fortunes, like those of his hero, are now at the mercy of an epidemic.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/03/2020||The coronavirus outbreak has made the budget irrelevant||,,
This emergency demands good judgment, not the usual obsession with debt and deficit levels
Seldom has a British government’s budget been rendered so out of date and so irrelevant as Rishi Sunak’s first.
One of the best indicators of this was provided in his post-budget evidence to the Treasury select committee last week by Robert Chote, the much-respected chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The OBR is the independent watchdog on government spending and taxation plans – the setting-up of which was one of the few acts of Chancellor George Osborne of which I approved.Continue reading...
|21/03/2020||US trade deal ‘could flood Britain with toxic cosmetics’||,,Campaigners fear that EU rules banning dangerous chemicals will be relaxed to allow American companies into UK market
A UK trade deal with the US will see the relaxation of stringent laws prohibiting the use of dangerous ingredients in imported cosmetics, campaigners are warning.
Concerns about food that could be imported under a deal – in particular chicken washed with chlorine – have been widely aired. But so far little attention has been given to products made by other industries.Continue reading...
|20/03/2020||UK chief Brexit negotiator self-isolates after showing COVID-19 symptoms||,,Frost is self-isolating after showing 'mild symptoms' of COVID-19.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/03/2020||Boris Johnson faces up to his history moment||,,Britain hasn’t had a prime minister more infatuated by history for 50 years — but his place in it will be shaped by events he could never have foreseen.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/03/2020||UK immigration refuses EU citizen applications to settle in Britain||,,300 applicants rejected on grounds they failed to provide sufficient evidence.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/03/2020||Michel Barnier has coronavirus||,,EU's chief Brexit negotiator said he is 'in good spirits.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/03/2020||Brexit Britain is running out of time||,,Many experts say the government is sticking its head in the sand.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|18/03/2020||The Guardian view on Covid-19 and Brexit: extend the transition | Editorial||,,
The deadline for a deal looked fanciful before the present crisis. Now it looks impossible and must be moved
If, at this critical moment, the government was to announce plans to put a new burden on business, disrupt supply chains and impede the flow of goods, the reckless folly of it would be obvious. But Boris Johnson does not need to make such an announcement, because the measures come into force automatically at the end of the year.
Unless an extension to the Brexit transition period is sought by June, a newly obstructive border will appear between UK ports and the EU single market next January. Customs checks will separate Northern Ireland from mainland Britain. The effect will be delays, costs and a decline in trade volumes.Continue reading...
|18/03/2020||Coronavirus crisis hastens remote-control Europe||,,Outbreak forces officials and MEPs to innovate on virtual meetings and decision-making.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|17/03/2020||Coronavirus UK: £330bn of business loans made available as PM says school closures 'under continuous review' – as it happened||,,
Chancellor Rishi Sunak says he will do whatever it takes to protect jobs and incomes and is offering mortgage holidays and business grants. The day’s political developments as they happen
We must act like any wartime government and do whatever it takes to support our economy. That’s the main purpose of this press conference this afternoon ...
Yes this enemy can be deadly, but it is also beatable – and we know how to beat it and we know that if as a country we follow the scientific advice that is now being given we know that we will beat it.
Here is some comment on the Rishi Sunak package for business from thinktanks and journalists.
From the Resolution Foundation, a thinktank focusing on work, poverty and inequality
Our response to the Chancellor's statement on the government's new package of measures to tackle the impact of coronavirus on the economy pic.twitter.com/9dgPVzruiA
The UK Government will have to go much further than this in the weeks ahead. Not much here for those losing their livelihoods. Sunak hints at income support to come.
Sunak unveils massive assistance package for business hit by the virus. Dwarfing budget measures.
The loans and grants for business also big -- but nothing further on sick pay or on benefits.
I'm sorry to write this, but just as in its tackling of the pandemic itself the UK's economic response lags far behind our European neighbours. Johnson talked about this being 'wartime', so why are we wielding a peashooter?Continue reading...
|17/03/2020||Full Brexit talks on hold due to coronavirus||,,The Brexit transition period will not be extended despite the coronavirus outbreak disrupting talks on a UK-EU trade deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/03/2020||UK sets out £330 billion coronavirus business loan package||,,'We have never in peacetime faced an economic fight like this one,' Chancellor Rishi Sunak says.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|14/03/2020||Brexit means coronavirus vaccine will be slower to reach the UK||,,
And it will cost more here because of the UK pulling out of the European Medicines Agency on 30 December
The UK faces having to wait longer and pay more to acquire a coronavirus vaccine because it has left the EU, health experts and international legal experts warn today.
In an article published today on the Guardian website, the academics and lawyers say Boris Johnson’s determination to “go it alone”, free of EU regulation, after Brexit means the UK will probably have to join other non-EU countries in a queue to acquire the vaccine after EU member states have had it, and on less-favourable terms.Continue reading...
|14/03/2020||Brexit threatens UK’s ability to respond to a future pandemic||,,
Brexit threatens the UK’s ability to respond to the novel coronavirus and future pandemics.
The coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time for the UK and its citizens. Just as UK government ministers are digging in for the really difficult part of Brexit, the negotiations on future relationships with the EU and the rest of the world, a new virus comes out of China that reminds us of just why international co-operation is so important.Continue reading...
|14/03/2020||Brexit: coronavirus sparks calls to extend EU transition period||,,With Europe facing lockdown, pressure to avoid disastrous ‘game of chicken’ talks grows
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Britain and the EU are facing calls to back away from a “game of chicken” and extend the Brexit transition period immediately, as both respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Boris Johnson, however, has insisted there will be no change to the transition period – during which the UK follows EU regulations, including its free movement laws. It is scheduled to finish at the end of the year.Continue reading...
|14/03/2020||Mark Carney's key moments at the Bank of England||,,
From the environment to Brexit, we look at the outgoing governor’s seven-year tenure
Mark Carney, who ends a seven-year term as Bank of England governor on Sunday, ranks as one of Britain’s more worldly central bank bosses. His immediate predecessors rose through the ranks at the bank’s Threadneedle Street offices.
Carney – who holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship – was a polished technocrat with an international pedigree, described by the former chancellor George Osborne, who courted him for a year, as “the outstanding central banker of his generation”.Continue reading...
|13/03/2020||Brexit: EU's demands in negotiations with UK revealed in draft treaty||,,
Document highlights distance between two sides on issues including state aid rules
Britain will have to guarantee “uniform implementation” of Brussels’s state subsidy rules while the European court of justice will hand down rulings to British courts, under the EU’s vision of the future relationship with the UK.
A 441-page treaty draft, obtained by the Guardian, spells out in full legal text for the first time the demands that Brussels will make of David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, in the next round of talks.Continue reading...
|13/03/2020||Brexit will not be delayed by coronavirus, says Johnson||,,
Spokesman says there are no plans to extend transition period beyond end of December
Boris Johnson is adamant the Brexit transition period will close at the end of December, despite the risk of the Covid-19 crisis disrupting negotiations, his spokesman has said.
Face-to-face talks which were to take place in London next week had been called off as a result of the outbreak, with officials exploring possible alternatives, such as video-conferencing.Continue reading...
|13/03/2020||How will we report on the EU now that the UK is out?||,,
After 50 years of largely hostile reporting, journalists may find themselves pushed to the sidelines
Shortly before Brexit, a touching little farewell ceremony took place in the Berlaymont, the European commission’s Brussels headquarters.
On Jean-Claude Juncker’s last day as president of the commission, he made a final appearance in the basement press room at midday – the time the commission has been briefing the world’s press every day for much of the past 60 years.Continue reading...
|11/03/2020||Rishi Sunak's impossible task: sticking to a plan Johnson doesn't have | Rafael Behr||,,
The chancellor’s first budget is a tall order, but Boris Johnson can trust him not to challenge the upbeat storytelling
This time last year, it was hard to imagine anything ruining a chancellor’s plans more than Brexit was disturbing Philip Hammond’s. But that was a different era. Hammond had not been exiled from the Tory party, no one had heard of the coronavirus, supermarkets had ample supplies of toilet paper, and Rishi Sunak was a mere parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Sunak’s rapid ascent to the job of chancellor gives him status, not stature, and he goes into his first budget with authority already diminished by the circumstances of his promotion. Sajid Javid resigned rather than surrender his Treasury advisers to a command-and-control structure based in Downing Street. By accepting the job on terms that were unacceptable to his predecessor, Sunak advertised himself as the most submissive chancellor in living memory. If he has an independent streak, he keeps it covered in public. He is fluent in that polystyrene dialect that politicians use to pad out space in interviews when they would rather say nothing. That makes it hard to distinguish between caginess and mediocrity. Sunak’s friends laud his intelligence but to the outsider he is unimpressive, which is what impressed Johnson about him. The prime minister knows that governments need capable managers but he is also vain enough to prefer the meek brand of competence that does not encroach on his limelight.Continue reading...
|09/03/2020||With coronavirus, the government must extend the Brexit transition period | Lisa Nandy||,,Our businesses and our communities cannot cope with any more uncertainty during this outbreak
Coronavirus is a threat to the global economy as well as to public health. Every family will be affected and those who have less will feel it the most. In a globally connected world, we are only as strong as the most vulnerable. The government must take a long-term approach to this crisis and run the country like the future matters. In a crisis, uncertainty must be minimised. That is the lesson from the financial crisis in 2008 and every global crisis before it.
So first, we must agree with the EU to extend the Brexit transition period. Our businesses and our communities cannot cope with more uncertainty during this outbreak. British companies who trade with the EU do not know what terms they’ll be trading on in 10 months’ time. Add to this the falling demand and disruption created by coronavirus and it is reasonable to expect many businesses will not survive. The government has boxed itself into a corner by legislating to end the transition period in December come what may. It now faces a direct choice between narrow partisan ideology and the interests of the nation.Continue reading...
|02/03/2020||US-UK trade deal: PM eyes three-course meal, but may end up with packet of crisps||,,
Benefits of striking deal with Trump may be outstripped by losses from crashing out of EU
It was supposed to be one of the biggest Brexit dividends. According to Liz Truss, an “ambitious and comprehensive” trade agreement with Donald Trump would reflect Britain’s unique relationship with the US, cutting red tape and tariffs to help British businesses and the economy grow.
The value to the nation: at most, an economy 0.16% bigger after 15 years. In the cold language of economic benefits, such a small number is almost a rounding error. The gains in cash terms are roughly £3.4bn under the best-case scenario, an amount worth less than the current annual contribution of Brentwood or Bury.Continue reading...
|01/03/2020||Tough questions face the new Bank of England governor||,,
One of the first tasks of the new Treasury committee will be to scrutinise Andrew Bailey
When the cross-party Treasury committee is officially appointed on Monday, one of its first tasks will be to question Andrew Bailey over his role as the next governor of the Bank of England, which he is due to start on 16 March.
This is standard procedure for the influential group of MPs, but comes at a time of great challenge for an incoming governor, not least amid the unfolding economic collapse caused by the coronavirus outbreak.Continue reading...
|01/03/2020||Brexit: what are the key flashpoints as EU-UK trade talks begin?||,,
Time is tight to iron out future relationship before transition period ends on 31 December
Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator, David Frost, and his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, will convene the first formal meeting for the negotiation of the future relationship between the UK and the EU on Monday afternoon. Negotiations start in Brussels but will alternate between the Belgian capital and London, with a deadline of 31 December 2020 bearing down on the two sides. Here are the key issues of contention, and the chances of them blowing the talks up in the months to follow:Continue reading...
|27/02/2020||Brexit trade deal: What do the UK and EU want?||,,The UK and EU have set out their stalls for negotiations on their future relationship.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/02/2020||Brexit: UK negotiating objectives for trade with EU, in a nutshell||,,
UK vision for next phase of Brexit abandons commitments made in October alongside withdrawal agreement
The government has released its negotiating objectives for the next phase of Brexit, centring on the future trading relationship and other issues.Continue reading...
|26/02/2020||Labour leadership candidates clash over Brexit at Guardian hustings – video||,,
Keir Starmer came under fire from Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy over Labour’s Brexit position, both arguing that it contributed to the party’s landslide defeat in December.
Speaking at the Guardian-hosted hustings in Manchester, Long-Bailey said discussions were too focused on Westminster. Nandy described Labour’s approach as 'tone deaf'. Starmer admitted Brexit was a factor but said multiple issues came up on the doorstep, including antisemitism and a lack of trust in Corbyn. The ballot for the contest opened this week and the results are due to be announced at a special conference on 4 AprilContinue reading...
|25/02/2020||Post-Brexit trade talks: what are the next steps?||,,
What can we expect from the talks that begin next week?
Brexit negotiations to secure the future relationship between the UK and the EU start next Monday.Continue reading...
|21/02/2020||EU leaders express concern over filling €75bn Brexit shortfall – video||,,
Leaders of EU countries have expressed concerns the union's long-term budget talks may not conclude in an agreement as politicians' positions have been miles apart on how to fill the €75bn (£63bn) hole left by Brexit.
The European council president, Charles Michel, came under criticism for aiming 'too high', with a proposed budget of 1.074% of the bloc’s gross national income (€1.094tn)Continue reading...
|17/02/2020||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From settled status to divorce bill, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/02/2020||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/02/2020||Negotiating with a bloc seven times your size: Clash no 1 - Financial Services||,,
The UK has the same rules as the EU right now – but EU rules are evolving continuously under the pressure of technological change. The main Directive about trading securities is about to be examined later this year - as part of the normal review cycle. The UK will not be at the table when the EU debates reversing a key concession to the UK after the Great Financial Crash. Very technical yes, but very significant!
The significance of financial services to the UK economy – two handy factoids:
Importance of exports of financial services: in 2017, there was a surplus in financial services trade of £44 billion (43% of financial services exports went to the EU). Even after this surplus, the UK still recorded an overall deficit of £73 billion on the balance of international payments that year (or 3.5% of GDP – the largest by far amongst the world’s leading economies).
However, the FT has reported – with the aid of a long distance camera shot of the UK’s negotiating documents – that “The British government is demanding the EU sign up to a “permanent equivalence” regime for financial services that will last for “decades to come” to ensure the City of London can maintain access to the European market after Brexit.” The EU’s chief negotiator – Michel Barnier – responded immediately in striking language “I would like to take this opportunity to make it clear to certain people in the United Kingdom bearing authority that they should not kid themselves about this - there will not be general, open-ended, ongoing equivalence in financial services".
The EU has not forgotten that the City was the epicentre of the Great Financial Crash (GFC) that wrought havoc with the EU’s economy (as well as with the UK’s!). A huge wave of post-Crash legislation ensured that the financial stability of the EU would never be imperilled again. Reviewing this legislation to cope with market changes poses a difficulty for the UK. Maintain “equivalence” with EU rules while they are in a continuous process of evolution: be a “vassal state” OR “take back control” and lose “equivalence” – and thus business.
Specific example: Regulation of trading in financial instruments (MiFID II).
The Investment Services Directive (ISD) of 1993 was a key plank of Mrs Thatcher’s drive to create a single market to rival that of the US. So it was enacted just after the single market came into force in 1992. Major changes in the structure of financial markets occurred in the succeeding decade – driven by technological developments - so MiFID I was enacted in 2004 to respond to this. In the light of bad experiences in the GFC, the Directive was updated in 2014 as MiFID II. It came into in force in 2018 and, as usual with financial services legislation, is now up for review after two years. So a proposal is due later this year. As the UK is no longer in the EU, it will not be at the negotiating table.
At first glance, some of the initial proposals from the European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) to the European Commission are highly technical tweaks on data reporting. However, discussion is rising about repealing aspects of the “open access” rules of MiFID II for settling derivatives trades – where London has overwhelming dominance at the moment. The scale of these markets is mind-boggling: The notional value of euro-denominated derivatives is about 50 time EU GDP! They are at the heart of the provision of liquidity in securities markets – so correspondingly at the heart of concerns about financial stability in the EU.
The UK pushed hard for MiFID II rules to require exchanges to allow traders to have “open access” to settle their derivative trades at whatever EU-regulated clearing house they chose. As London will soon cease to be subject to EU rules, EU players are now arguing – unsurprisingly - against the continuation of that rule. In time, that could well push market liquidity in euros away from London and into the euro area.
Graham Bishop is Chair of the European Movement National Council.
|03/02/2020||Brexit: where do the EU and UK stand before talks begin?||,,
The two sides already appear far apart, with negotiations due to finish by October
The UK left the European Union on Friday night. On Monday morning, the two sides began the arduous task of reconstructing a 47-year-old relationship based on trade, security, foreign policy and numerous technical policies.
Michel Barnier, returning as EU chief negotiator, published the EU’s draft negotiating objectives, declaring them “nothing surprising”, as they repeated the EU’s long-stated principles. Less than an hour later, Boris Johnson began setting out the UK’s opening position, with a very different vision.Continue reading...
|03/02/2020||'There is no need for a free trade agreement': Boris Johnson outlines UK stance after Brexit – video||,,
During a speech in Greenwich outlining the government's stance on negotiations with the EU, the prime minister claimed the UK would not need to accept EU rules in trade. Boris Johnson said: 'British fishing grounds are first and foremost for British boats.' This was in stark contrast with the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, who said in a press conference one hour earlier that an agreement 'should provide for continued, reciprocal access to markets and to waters with stable quota shares'.
|03/02/2020||Brexit: Barnier says UK exporters must prepare for EU border checks – video||,,
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, outlined the conditions of the EU’s ‘exceptional offer’ of a trade deal with the UK post-Brexit.
He said the EU was willing to offer a zero-tariff, zero-quota deal on goods. Acknowledging that the UK would offer trade competition, Barnier said competition was ‘normal’, but that it must be open and fair. He also warned that exporters must now prepare as UK goods entering the EU would be subject to border checks – which he said was an automatic consequence of the UK’s choices
|03/02/2020||'Should we go home?': Despair and defiance for Poles post-Brexit – video||,,
In the 24 hours after Brexit, the Guardian visited members of the Polish community in Plymouth, an area that voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU in 2016. Margaret, who works full time in a children's home and runs a Polish school at the weekends, says she feels confusion and despair – but also defiance.
About 3.6 million EU citizens live in the UK, and Poland is the most common country of origin for foreign nationals. Polish is the second most widely spoken language in Britain, according to the last censusContinue reading...
|01/02/2020||Brexit Day: how the night unfolded as the UK left the EU – video||,,
At 11pm on Friday 31 January, the UK left the European Union after 47 years of membership. In Westminster, Brexiters celebrated with speeches, light shows and recorded Big Ben bongs to mark the moment. Across the UK, remainers held vigils, protests and pledged the UK would one day rejoin.
|31/01/2020||Britain leaves the EU to recorded Big Ben bongs and God Save the Queen – video||,,
At 11pm on 31 January, Britain officially left the EU after 47 years of membership. Downing Street marked the moment by beaming a virtual Big Ben onto Number 10 to chime. Nearby, in Parliament Square, Nigel Farage led a rendition of God Save the Queen
|31/01/2020||Johnson addresses nation on Brexit Day: 'This is the dawn of a new era' – video||,,
Boris Johnson has described Brexit day as a moment of national renewal and change, adding: 'This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act.’ The UK now moves into a transition period under which it abides by EU rules until the end of 2020Continue reading...
|31/01/2020||Union jack removed from EU parliament building – video||,,
The union flag has been removed from the esplanade outside the European parliament building, where the flags of all member states are displayed. It was replaced by the EU flag featuring a circle of 12 yellow stars. Britain will become the first country to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday, after 47 years as a memberContinue reading...
|31/01/2020||Union jack taken down at EU Council building in Brussels – video||,,
Officials removed the British flag from the European Council on Friday, leaving the 27 flags of the EU's remaining member states. By midnight Brussels time (11pm GMT), the UK’s 47-year stay in the European club of nations will come to endContinue reading...
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|30/01/2020||Pets, pensions and Irish passports: readers' questions about post-Brexit rights||,,
Which passport should my children use? Will I pay home or EU student fees? Your questions answered
There is continuing confusion about citizens’ rights after Brexit. We asked you about your concerns, and many wrote in with questions about pension and healthcare rights.
You raised other issues too: can I still sail around Europe? Will I pay home fees if I start university in the Netherlands this year? What will happen about my pet’s passport? There is much unfinished Brexit business, as you will see from our answers below, composed with the help of experts and government departments.Continue reading...
|29/01/2020||The highs and lows of Britain's 47 years in the EEC and EU||,,
The key moments since the signing of the accession treaty in 1972
The European parliament sets the seal on Britain’s departure from the EU on Friday by formally voting to ratify the withdrawal agreement paving the way for the UK to leave the bloc after 47 tumultuous years.
A sad day for many, a moment for celebration for others.Continue reading...
|27/01/2020||Conference on the Future of Europe||,,
As I was in Brussels for business, I was able to pop in to the European Movement International’s (EMI) meeting with Carnegie Europe in the European Parliament last Wednesday. The triggers for the meeting were two-fold: Carnegie has just published its Report on “Six ideas for rejuvenating European democracy” whilst the European Commission that day had formally adopted its Communication on the Conference on the Future of Europe. EMI’s President – Eva Maydell MEP – hosted the event and Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica introduced the Commission’s paper.
She was at pains to say that there must be no “pre-judging” of the outcome of such a consultation exercise. The history of these “conferences” is that they acquire a life of their own and massive change can emerge. Could this make the EU become an attraction to British voters again in the fullness of time?
The topic was irresistible after Dave Rowen had introduced his recent survey of Branch Chairs to the National Council two weeks ago. They put the top priority – by far – for EM (UK) as “promoting the EU, its values and its benefits”, along with “democracy” as a major wish. So it was a great privilege to listen to an author of this new project in the Parliament buildings where the project was launched only in October 2019. The plan is for a formal launch of the Conference on Europe Day – 9thMay – with completion in 2022 so that the output can be in force and operational for the European Parliament elections in 2024. A demanding timetable if history is any guide!
Are our supporters fully aware of this project? Doubtful. A quick Google search only produced coverage in the FT and Guardian – highlighting the risk that UK media will now cut coverage of the EU down to the bare essentials of the negotiations. I can recommend the free content from Euractiv– and their coverage of the Commission’s launch. We will need access to this calibre of factual journalism as the UK press cuts the news flow from the EU.
The Communication described the Conference as “As a major pan-European democratic exercise, the Conference will be a new public forum for an open, inclusive, transparent and structured debate with citizens around a number of key priorities and challenges.” The scale of the ambition is also clear from the European Parliament’s recent resolution:
- European values, fundamental rights and freedoms,
- Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU,
- Environmental challenges and the climate crisis,
- Social justice and equality,
- Economic and employment issues including taxation,
- Digital transformation,
- Security and the role of the EU in the world
Carnegie’s six ideas also illustrate the breadth of the ambition for this project:
Graham Bishop is the Chairman of The European Movement National Council.
|13/12/2019||Why we lost – and where we go from here||,,
When the history of Brexit is written, the Lib Dems’ decision to let Johnson hold this election will be seen as a key strategic error.
|11/12/2019||7 reasons to vote Johnson out||,,
We can kick Johnson out. So brave the elements and vote for the candidates with the best chance of beating the Tories.
|11/12/2019||Trump sabotages Brexiters’ last-ditch safety net||,,
Relying on the WTO for our trade was always a terrible idea. Now that the US president has ripped a hole in it, it’s economic suicide.
|11/12/2019||With a final tactical voting push, we can beat Johnson||,,
Good news from YouGov poll is Tory lead is shrinking. Bad news is they are still ahead because too many pro-European votes are being wasted.
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|10/12/2019||Johnson won’t stop the chaos – that’s just propaganda||,,
A Tory victory means more chaos. The only way to end the arguments over Brexit and fix our real problems is to vote them out.
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|10/12/2019||Tories bully BBC because it’s easily cowed||,,
Johnson yesterday hinted he would axe the licence fee. This had two purposes: cover up his NHS blunder and pummel the BBC into submission.
|10/12/2019||At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson||,,
PM rips off Love Actually in his video but misses out the punch line: “Just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth.”
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|10/12/2019||Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win||,,
Right-wing press has branded Corbyn unelectable. They are right - he is. Not for the reasons they suggest, but because of simple maths.
The post Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win appeared first on InFacts.
|09/12/2019||Tory “punch” propaganda backfires||,,
To cover up Johnson’s NHS disaster, Tories fabricate story about Labour activist punching Hancock aide.
|09/12/2019||Johnson’s dishonesty and disorganisation on Irish Sea border||,,
Not only is Johnson lying about surrendering to the EU demand for an internal UK border, he isn’t ready to deliver a deal by December 2020.
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|25/09/2019||Andrew Adonis Speaks to Local Group Tees4Europe||,,
Tees4Europe Chair Scott Hunter reflects on Andrew Adonis visiting his group, and how the group's youngest campaigner highlighted the one good thing about Brexit.
On 16 September, Andrew Adonis kindly agreed to come to address an audience at an event hosted by Tees4Europe. We booked the hall, circulated tickets, picked Andrew up at the station, and then promptly upstaged him. We had decided that among our other speakers there should be a young person. One name was suggested, and, without asking too many questions, we booked her. Millie, it turns out, was not the sixth former we were expecting. She is 14. It would be an exaggeration to say that at this point that I started to panic, but it certainly had me on edge. But I needn’t have worried. In the space of five minutes, Millie spoke cogently on just about every Brexit-related topic you could think of. It was a breath-taking performance. It hasn’t been easy to select highlights to present here, as there were so many, but here goes …
“As an aspiring Royal Navy engineer and somebody with a keen interest in STEM, standing for science, technology, engineering and maths, the effects of leaving the EU on the UK’s defence, military and STEM is of great concern to me. The EU’s member states work together on a number of defence-related issues, such as researching new defence technologies and joint military deployments. The UK contributes financial support to EU security activities, which fund numerous missions such as the combat of piracy off the Horn of Africa and the prevention of human trafficking in the Mediterranean to name but two. Therefore, it worries me deeply that our exit from the EU will damage both the UK’s military and defence, as well as that of the EU. We are stronger together; we are safer together …
“Now, there is one good thing about Brexit. I know, I know, I’ve been talking about what a disaster leaving the EU would be for the last 5 minutes, but don’t panic. In the past, I think young people have viewed politics as something they need to worry about when they’re older, and something for adults to deal with. Since the Brexit referendum, I believe that young people have become increasingly interested and invested in the politics that will affect their futures, and much more willing to make their voices heard…”
And thus Millie Sheridan brought the house down.
It is not over yet. We will keep fighting, but we need your help.
Or tell Boris Johnson that:
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|26/07/2019||1066 Branch attends No to Boris. Yes to Europe demo||,,
Despite some awful weather forecasts in the preceding days and the start of the school holidays, big crowds gathered at noon in Park Lane last Saturday. As publicity had been limited everyone was pleasantly surprised by the turnout - given the inevitably short timescale to protest against the seemingly unstoppable coronation of “Boris” -. Yet it was on a scale that enabled us all to march comfortably all the way to Parliament Square and hear the excellent speeches (and music!)
1066 Branch was delighted to have the new EM campaign banner – vividly stating “I’m a European!” It drew great attention as we waited in Park Lane. We were delighted to be joined by three ladies from Bath for Europe to help carry it – essential given the size! While we were waiting, we handed out huge wadges of the new EM leaflets round the March. They flew out of our hands!
A great aura permeated the warm streets of London – with a wonderful feeling of togetherness by an amazingly diverse crowd. But it was tinged with a slightly harder edge this time - people like us will not permit such a folly as Brexit to happen – many banners called for “revolt”.
Together, we marched to Parliament Square and managed to hold up our banner at the foot of the Churchill Statue. Judging by his great European speeches founding the European Movement, he would have approved thoroughly!
Most encouragingly, we Remainers are clearly getting kitted up for demos now – judging by the intensity of flags, hats, whistles etc. The whistling outside Downing Street was almost painful in its intensity.
Graham Bishop is Vice-Chairman of European Movement UK and Board member of the Kangaroo Group.
|23/07/2019||European Movement Eastbourne: July Dinner||,,
Eastbourne European Movement Dinner July 2019
Clive Black was the speaker at our July dinner. He opened his talk by stating that the legal
services sector is a UK success story. It is the second largest legal services market in the
world, the largest within the EU, contributes over £26 billion to the economy and is the
jurisdiction of choice for international commercial transactions, dispute resolution and
Thanks to a series of ground-breaking directives which apply across the EU, law firms and
lawyers are granted many rights including being able to: practice as a solicitor on a
permanent basis, give advice on English, EU & international law, to appear in national and
European courts in conjunction with a local lawyer, and to requalify, without an equivalent
exam, after 3 years of practising host state law. He illustrated this liberating effect by stating
that it is easier for a lawyer qualified in Estonia to set up a legal practice in Portugal than it is
for a lawyer in New York State to set up practice at the California Bar.
He went on to explain the challenges Brexit poses to this remarkable achievement. After
Brexit, these ground-breaking directives which allow so much freedom, will be replaced by a
system whereby the professional bodies such as the Law Society and Bar Council may need
to negotiate with 31 national regimes, lawyers will face challenges over market access and
practice rights, individuals over judicial cooperation and the UK over its global status of
English and Welsh law.
He gave an analysis of the impact of Brexit on a number of scenarios including a ‘no deal’
Brexit which could cost the sector up to £3 billion by 2025. The impact could also mean that
judgements made in UK courts not being enforced in EU countries, consumers not being able
to enforce their contracts in EU states, difficulty in claiming for motor insurance accidents,
loss of cross border co-operation in family law matters and could lead to the end of
collaboration on security and policing. His talk gave a fascinating and informative insight
into the UK legal sector and how it might be impacted by Brexit.
Our next dinner is on 11 September where Prof Anwan-Scully will talk about Brexit and the
Disuniting Kingdom. If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on
07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|10/07/2019||Update from European Movement Eastbourne||,,
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, was the speaker at our June dinner held at Eastbourne's Hydro Hotel and attended by over 80 members and their guests.
He opened his talk, ‘How to win a second referendum’ by saying that lessons needed to be drawn from the Leave and Remain campaigns of 2016. He looked at the reasons why the Leave campaign had won. In 2016 the campaign was at an immediate advantage following many years of negative messages in the media. Polls showed that the British never felt as European as other EU countries and politicians never made much of an effort to sell the upside of EU membership.
The message of ‘Take Back Control’ was simple and powerful as was the counter message ‘Project Fear’. The outcome of Brexit was deliberately vague so the Remain campaign found it difficult to counter. The Leave campaign was well planned, had charismatic leaders, very good data gathering and technical ability and was clever about using it, targeting people who wouldn’t normally vote.
He then looked at the reasons why the Remain campaign lost. It was predicted that Remain would win and it was just assumed that people would think the economic risk too high. The messages were complex and not easy to get across and the thrust of the campaign was overwhelmingly negative.
The Chancellor’s claim that each person would lose several thousand pounds was not credible. Many businesses did not want to come out publicly on the side of Remain. David Cameron made demands on the EU that were never going to be met. The campaign had no counter attack to the immigration issue. Jeremy Corbyn sat out the campaign and Labour voters were not given the cue from their party and the campaign did not target people who rarely vote.
Finally, he made suggestions that might help any future Remain campaign: use real working people, not celebrities, use simple, powerful messages about people who are disenfranchised, utilise SME rather than big businesses, don’t let outsiders get involved or interfere. The speaker at our next dinner on 10 July 2019 will be Clive Black talking about Brexit and the Business of Law.
If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on 07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|28/06/2019||The View from Bexhill||,,
Councillor Richard Thomas shares his experience of campaigning with the 1066 European Movement Branch in Bexhill.
The good news from Bexhill (one of the more strongly Leave supporting areas in the constituency) is overwhelming! When the 1066 branch did a Brexitometer Day in January, two options got quite strong support: No Deal and Remain, with Remain gaining the most support. Opinion has shifted dramatically as No Deal is now rejected by 50:37. Staying in the EU is overwhelmingly favoured by at least twice as many people as in January. Moreover, support for a People’s Vote has nearly tripled since January.
These are sensational results and undeniable evidence of very significant shifts in public opinion, reflecting both local and national efforts. So last Saturday was a massively rewarding day – see Brexitometer below. This was an incredibly encouraging result in the heart of a constituency that voted 58:42 to Leave, gave the Conservatives 67% of the 2017General Election vote, and 57% to hard Brexit parties at the European Parliament Election in May.
Councillor Richard Thomas
|22/06/2019||Views from Brussels about extending the 31 Oct deadline – we must make our voice heard||,,
In Brussels this week to attend the 40th anniversary of the Kangaroo Group – founded to provide the initial impetus to what became the Single Market just a few year later.
This week sees the 79th anniversary of the evacuation of 338,226 servicemen forming the backbone of the British army from Dunkirk. Officially known as Operation Dynamo; it is also described as the miracle of Dunkirk. The French port has found its way into the British conscience through the expression – the Dunkirk Spirit. A description of British ingenuity and resolve against adversity.
|04/06/2019||How useful were the polls?||,,
The polls failed to spot rising pro-Remain sentiment in May
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg compares the story told by the opinion polls for London with the actual results. A parallel blog published today looks at the results and asks What if?. A separate blog compares the results in 2019 with those in 2014.
|20/05/2019||Reasons to remain in the European Union||,,
1) The EU is history's most successful peace project
The EU was created to ensure peace in a continent torn by centuries of conflict that culminated in WW2. Within the European Economic Area, there has been no war since 1945; this peace, known as Pax Europaea (European peace), is the longest since the end of Pax Romana in 180 CE. For this achievement, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.
Travelling with my parents from the age of 10, at first in France, was – I now understand – an instructive and exhilarating rebirth. People in villages, seeing our British car, would stop and wave the most joyous of welcomes, others – to our astonishment – would cross restaurants to shake us by the hand and thank us for liberating them.
|16/05/2019||What Europe Day means to me||,,
To me, Europe Day represents something unique in the history of our continent - an unprecedented period of peaceful co-operation between peoples previously so often at war among themselves.
|15/05/2019||Why Europe matters to me||,,
I was born in 1951, soon enough after the war to experience the black dread amongst all the "grown ups" I met at any enquiry about "what it was like in the olden days before I was born". Everyone had happy memories of the 20s and early 30s, but no one could speak of the War period at the end of the 30s and early 40s. During the war, my relatives, like many others, had met refugees from Europe, many of whom had left a big impression. Just down the road from where we lived was a Polish family, who had escaped the German invasion of their country to fight for the allies. "War heroes" we were told. It was clear that WWll was a war with Europe, not against Europe.
|14/05/2019||What Europe Day means to European Movement members||,,
At European Movement, on Europe Day (9th May), we asked our members to let us know why that day is important to them. Here are some of their responses:
"It is important because it gives us the opportunity to show that we are Europeans" - Vicky Seddon
"The UK is made up of many races. My own family tree is made up of Celts from North Wales, Irish from Cork, English and even some from Scandinavia. The country is more European than it realises." Kelvin Lewis
"The reason that Europe is important to me is very simple... peace, cooperation and friendship" Derek Leak
"We organised a Europe Day discussion with pro-Remain MEP candidates in Derby (Green Party, Lib-Dems, and Change UK). We had invited Labour and Tory remainers, but Labour dithered and then declined at the last minute, and the Tories never replied. We focused on positive reasons to vote in the election, the role of an MEP, what they can achieve, what they can do for their regions, and what the new Parliament might do in the next 5 years." Simon, European Movement Derbyshire
|02/05/2019||Your local paper wants to hear from you||,,
First Epping Forest, then the world
London4Europe Committee Member Michael Romberg writes.
London4Europe's Chair, Richard Newcombe, moonlights as Chair of EM Waltham Forest 4 Europe. In that capacity he wrote recently to the Epping Forest Guardian calling for a referendum under the banner We need to know the will of the people in 2019.
The local press - both on paper and online - is an under-utilised resource for Remain campaigners. Local press is seen as a surprisingly trustworthy source of local news according to a survey undertaken for local press campaign group Local Media Works. The tables have not been published. But it was undertaken by Yougov - so there will be some foundation to the claim.
|02/05/2019||The EU is not punishing the UK||,,
We have to win the argument with Leave voters who believe that the EU’s refusal to give the UK the sort of deal promised by Brexit campaigners is a punishment. London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg writes
Punish v tr 1. Cause an offender to suffer for an offence. 2. Inflict a penalty for an offence (Concise Oxford Dictionary)
For such a widespread idea, it is quite hard to pin down what it means. It is easy enough to find the EU’s motivation to which it refers: the EU could not let the UK leave the EU and retain all the benefits of club membership without club obligations. Tick; that must be true – but is not of course punishment. Those who use the punish motif also refer to human emotions: annoyance at the affront to the EU’s self-esteem, say. Maybe; though it is hard to believe that would survive the reality of trade talks.
|03/04/2019||The way you look at life||,,
L4E secretary Andy Pye talks to his friend and former business colleague Chris Rand, who came down from Cambridge to experience his first London march for the People's Vote campaign.
The campaign is now more than a protest. We are, as Mike Galsworthy says, building a community. A community which is based on a solid foundation, is here to stay and will sustain until the end of the Brexit episode. It is a community which can put comfortably over a million like-minded people onto the streets of London. A community which is based on a solid foundation, is here to stay and will sustain until the end of the Brexit episode. It is a community which can put comfortably over a million like-minded people onto the streets of London. How extraordinary that as many as 1 in 40 of the entire population of the UK took time off to visit London and protest - just think of what that means.
|02/04/2019||It's not a re-run of 2016||,,
Leavers think so; but the question is different
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg looks at the opinion polls and sets out the arguments to make to those who think that a referendum on the terms would just be asking the same question again until Leave voters get it right.
|19/03/2019||Call for Brexit being Put to the People - This Saturday||,,
Join us on the march for a People’s Vote on the 23 March in central London and show again that the will of the people is now to get a vote on the final Brexit deal.
History is unfolding in front of our eyes, dizzyingly fast and with all the votes, amendments and amended amendments it can be easy to lose track of where we are and the fact remaining is still possible. This last week in Parliament, through all of the twists and turns of voices and votes lost, a couple of things are clear.
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|