|21/01/2020||Brexit: Javid claims manufacturing won't suffer from government plan not to stay aligned to EU rules - live news||,,
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen
The justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has claimed the government is not politicising the death of the London Bridge terror attack victims by unveiling tougher prison sentences for the most serious offenders, my colleague Kate Proctor reports.Continue reading...
|21/01/2020||Ian Lavery under fire for claim Labour has nothing to apologise for over election defeat||,,Labour party chairman Ian Lavery has come under fire after issuing an impassioned defence of the party's disastrous election campaign.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/01/2020||Steve Bell’s If ... Corporal Mark Francois battles for bongs||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|21/01/2020||Brexit weekly briefing: farce over Big Ben bong a fitting end to the saga||,,
Elsewhere alarms bells were ringing about the UK’s future outside the EU
Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, which, after more than three and a half years and nearly 170 instalments, will be landing in your inbox for the last time on 4 February – four days after Britain formally leaves the EU.
Full live and daily coverage of the key talks on the future relationship between the bloc and its first ex-member will, of course, continue in the Guardian as they advance, while our Brexit Means … podcast will provide monthly in-depth insights.Continue reading...
|21/01/2020||New teachers in line for above-inflation pay boost as ministers hail biggest shake-up 'in a generation'||,,Teachers are in line for the biggest shake-up of their pay "in a generation", Gavin Williamson has declared, as he unveiled plans for starting salaries to rise to £30,000 by 2022.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/01/2020||Bosses urge Boris Johnson to give them 'certainty' and spell out plans for post-Brexit trade talks with Brussels||,,British business leaders have urged Boris Johnson to spell out his plans for post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/01/2020||Terrorists released from jail will face lie detector tests to prove they have been de-radicalised||,,Convicted terrorists out of prison on license will now face lie detector tests to prove they have been de-radicalised.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/01/2020||Boris Johnson told to live up to election vows as poll finds North East voters feel most 'marginalised'||,,Boris Johnson has been urged to do more for voters in the North East of England as a new poll found that they feel more "marginalised" than the rest of the country.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Setback for Boris Johnson as Lords amend Brexit bill||,,
Peers back three amendments including right of EU citizens to physical proof of right to stay in UK
Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has received a setback in the Lords after three amendments to the bill were passed.
In the government’s first parliamentary defeat since the general election, peers voted for EU citizens to have the right to be given official documentation if they lawfully reside in the UK after Brexit.Continue reading...
|20/01/2020||Brexit: NI Assembly votes to withhold Brexit bill consent||,,MLAs were asked to consider elements of the Brexit bill that affect Northern Ireland.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Sajid Javid’s Brexit posturing shows he doesn’t know or care what his words mean | Polly Toynbee||,,
The chancellor has dashed any hope that the government might move beyond slogans
Shockwaves ran through industry over the weekend following the chancellor’s alarming interview with the Financial Times. If anyone thought Brexit would be wisely “done” once election posturing was over, what a disappointment. Sajid Javid has shown that political positioning still shapes policy, and that ministers are still under threat from Dominic Cummings, the bully “adviser” of No 10, with his “continuous appraisals” and “delivery dashboard”.Continue reading...
|20/01/2020||Keir Starmer becomes first Labour leadership hopeful onto ballot paper after Usdaw backing||,,Sir Keir Starmer has become the first Labour leadership hopeful to make it onto the final ballot paper after winning the backing of another major union.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||UK shrugs off Brexit uncertainty with backing of global CEOs||,,
PwC poll shows Britain’s stability makes it increasingly attractive place to invest
Government hopes of an economic boost from an easing of Brexit uncertainty have been boosted by a poll showing that the UK is increasingly attractive to global businesses searching for growth and investment opportunities.
The poll of almost 1,600 chief executives, by the consultancy and accounting firm PwC, found that at a time of growing nervousness the UK’s reputation for stability made it the fourth most important target for companies looking for markets.Continue reading...
|20/01/2020||EU threatens fines or trade sanctions if UK reneges on Brexit deal||,,UK Chancellor Sajid Javid said over the weekend that 'there will be no alignment' with EU rules post-Brexit.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Blow for Boris Johnson as government loses three Lords votes on flagship Brexit Bill||,,Boris Johnson has suffered a major blow after peers inflicted three defeats on the Government's flagship Brexit Bill.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Anti-racism group Hope Not Hate calls on Lords watchdog to block Karie Murphy peerage||,,A Parliamentary watchdog has been urged to block a peerage for top Labour aide Karie Murphy until an inquiry into the party's handling of anti-semitism has concluded.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Brexit: UK to decide on Gibraltar-EU travel deal||,,Gibraltar considers joining the Schengen zone, but the UK government says it cannot decide alone.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Boris Johnson says UK will put 'people before passports' once free movement ends||,,Boris Johnson has vowed that the UK's immigration system will put "people before passports" after Brexit.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||It’s not just British leavers – the rest of Europe is responsible for Brexit, too | Eric Jozsef||,,
The UK departure from the EU isn’t a solely British issue, yet Europeans have connived with Brexiters in pretending it is
“Brexit will never happen. Too complicated, too damaging to the British economy, too anachronistic.” How many times in the last three years – from Rome to Berlin, Paris to Bucharest – did we hear this belief asserted so confidently as to admit no discussion? The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is now imminent. Yet much of Europe’s public and many of its politicians have not truly grasped the consequences of the historic break that is about to take place, nor have they tried to understand the reasons.
On 31 January the first concrete step in Boris Johnson’s political game plan will be achieved. And, even if no new barriers will immediately be apparent at the borders, we will from this date start to drift apart. Johnson won his bet using a simple strategy: he sold the illusion that the politicians who lead Europe’s nation states still hold the reins of power in a globalised world. He won on the false promise that Brexit allow the British people to “take back control”.Continue reading...
|20/01/2020||John Bercow could be denied peerage unless he becomes Labour Party member||,,Plans by Jeremy Corbyn to given John Bercow a peerage could be blocked unless he becomes a member of the Labour Party, it has emerged.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Brexit: UK immigration will 'put people before passports', Johnson tells African leaders||,,
PM’s light-on-detail speech at investment summit extols benefits of trade after EU exit
Boris Johnson has promised that the UK’s new immigration policy will put “people before passports” as he used his first set-piece speech of 2020 to extol the benefits of trade with post-Brexit Britain to a major gathering of African leaders.
Addressing more than two dozen African presidents and prime ministers in an opening speech to the UK-Africa investment summit in London on Monday, the prime minister said the UK was the “ultimate one-stop shop” for trade, education and tech.Continue reading...
|20/01/2020||Steve Bell’s If ... Dad's Army's Mark Francois defends Big Ben bongs||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Unsettled status: EU citizens want card to prove right to stay in UK||,,
Poll finds 90% of EU citizens in UK fear discrimination without evidence of rights after Brexit
The government is facing fresh calls to issue EU citizens with a physical document to prove they have the right to stay in the country after Brexit.
A report found nine out of 10 EU citizens in the UK would prefer a card over the digital evidence they have now to demonstrate their rights in future to employers, banks or landlords.Continue reading...
|20/01/2020||UK house prices rise at fastest rate on record||,,
2019 general election result provided period of ‘stability’ following Brexit uncertainty
UK house prices rose over the last month at the fastest rate on record for the time of the year, as sellers felt more confident about the outlook for the housing market after the general election, according to Rightmove.
The average price of properties coming on to the market jumped by 2.3%, the biggest rise for the period since the property website started its house price index in 2002. Nearly 65,000 UK properties were marketed over the month, with an average asking price of £306,810.Continue reading...
|19/01/2020||The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences | Editorial||,,The start of the American presidential race next month may seem more alluring. But the Irish general election is of more immediate importance for Britain
Britain’s political class is insular. It rarely shows any interest in foreign elections. That general rule may get bent as the United States presidential election gets into gear in the coming weeks. But the evidence of this country’s default inwardness is that there is an election on this side of the Atlantic in less than three weeks with a far more immediate bearing on Britain than the one in America. This one will get only a fraction of the attention that will be expended on the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. But then this one is in Ireland.
Why does Ireland’s 8 February election matter to Britain? Partly for the obvious reason that Ireland is one of Britain’s nearest neighbours. Partly because the peoples of these islands are so intermingled. But more than anything it matters because of Brexit.Continue reading...
|19/01/2020||With Brexit imminent, what are the chances of a UK trade deal with China? | Rana Mitter||,,
Trump has shown compromise with Beijing is possible but Britain has to dance between US, EU and Chinese demands
Last week, Donald Trump and Liu He, the Chinese vice-premier, signed phase one of a new trade arrangement between the US and China. The talks surrounding the agreement have been tortuous, leading to fears that the world could be caught up in a trade conflict between these two economic giants. The signing showed there is space for compromise as well as confrontation in dealing with China, but the negotiations illustrate the difficulties of dealing with a US that has embraced economic nationalism and a China whose markets are still restricted in many important areas.
Nonetheless, as Britain prepares to leave the EU, there has been a resurgence of interest in the possibility of a major UK trade deal with Beijing. Just days after the 2016 referendum, the incoming Brexit secretary, David Davis, declared that “trade deals with the US and China alone will give us a trade area almost twice the size of the EU”.Continue reading...
|19/01/2020||House of Lords may move out of London to 'reconnect' with public||,,
Tory plan a symbol of Boris Johnson’s aim to ‘level up’ rest of UK with capital
The government is considering moving the House of Lords outside London – potentially to York – as one of a range of options to “reconnect” politics with the public, the Conservative party chairman, James Cleverly, has confirmed.
Asked about the plan, which was reported in the Sunday Times, Cleverly said: “It’s one of a range of things that we are looking into.Continue reading...
|19/01/2020||Notebook: a judge, Lord Byron and a grave injustice | Tim Adams||,,
In the first of a new series, our writer reflects on the cruelty of refusing a husband permission to have a personal message engraved on his wife’s headstone
One of the many things I miss about my wife’s late father, Ray, was his habit of phoning me up on a Sunday morning to say he’d enjoyed what I’d written in the Observer that weekend, before cheerfully pointing out its errors, factual and grammatical.Continue reading...
|18/01/2020||What delights will be laid on for a joyful nation at the forthcoming Festival of Brexit? | Catherine Bennett||,,A blue passport on the fourth plinth, dog shows in abandoned libraries, a Wetherspoon literary prize? We can but hope
Perhaps all anyone needs to know about the Festival of Brexit, which really is going to take place in 2022, is that its earliest recorded champion is Jacob Rees-Mogg. Love Jacob, scourge of the liberal metropolitan elite, and you’ll love his idea of fun.
“A Festival of Brexit would be excellent,” he said, early in 2018. “There should be a huge celebration and in the spirit of friendship of our European neighbours we should drink lots of champagne to say that although we may be leaving the European Union, we don’t dislike Europe.” And the brand? Unspecified, though for peers we know Mogg insists on “the highest quality”.Continue reading...
|18/01/2020||If the UK doesn’t act now, the car industry will vanish | Phillip Inman||,,Brexit was the latest blow to the sector. Its future must not be left to the market – investment in electric vehicles is needed
Britain’s economy is on course to grow by less than 1% in 2019. Last week’s retail sales figures for December, which showed the longest period of zero growth for more than 20 years, are likely to drag down GDP growth in the last quarter, limiting the annual growth rate to 0.8% or 0.9% at best.
In 2020, the economy’s expansion may not be much better given all the uncertainty surrounding the government’s negotiating stance with the EU following Brexit. Few people inside Whitehall or even the cabinet know which industries will be sacrificed to achieve a quick and dirty trade deal. And while that situation persists business investment will remain low and the manufacturing sector will stumble along, possibly in recession as it is now.Continue reading...
|18/01/2020||Brexit: Javid comments on non-alignment with EU prompt warnings of price rises||,,
Chancellor’s remarks represent ‘death knell for frictionless trade’, experts warn
Businesses have predicted price rises after the UK chancellor, Sajid Javid, said there would be no alignment with EU regulations once Britain’s exit from the European Union was made official.
In what is being seen as an opening salvo in the next stage of negotiations, Javid said the Treasury would not lend support to manufacturers that favour EU rules as the sector had had three years to prepare for Britain’s transition.Continue reading...
|18/01/2020||Brexit: Price rises warning after chancellor vows EU rules divergence||,,Food prices could rise after Sajid Javid said there will be no alignment with EU rules after Brexit, businesses say.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/01/2020||Brexit: 'No alignment' with EU on regulation, Javid tells business||,,Sajid Javid warns businesses UK and EU regulations will differ after Brexit, saying firms must "adjust".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/01/2020||No alignment with EU rules after Brexit, says UK chancellor||,,Sajid Javid urges companies to 'adjust' to new reality.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|18/01/2020||No Brexit Day plan for Big Ben as countdown clock to light up No 10||,,Government plans include a countdown projected onto No 10 and an address by the PM - but no bongs.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||UK to celebrate Brexit with flags and ‘light display’||,,A bid to ring Big Ben's bells to mark the occasion has failed.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||Boris Johnson saves face over failed bid for Big Ben Brexit chime||,,
PM plans to project a giant clock face onto Downing Street on evening of 31 January
Boris Johnson has announced plans to project a giant clock face on to Downing Street on the evening of 31 January, in a bid to move on after a backlash over his failure to get Big Ben to bong for Brexit.
Diehard Brexiters, including Conservative MP Mark Francois and Brexit party MEP Richard Tice, had reacted furiously to news that Big Ben would not ring out to mark the UK officially quitting the EU at the end of this month.Continue reading...
|17/01/2020||Brexit: UK has ruled out automatic deportation of EU citizens, says Verhofstadt||,,
EU Brexit spokesman says Britain reassured him about those who do not apply for settled status
The UK government has sought to reassure the EU that its citizens living in the UK will not be deported if they fail to apply for settled status, the European parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator has said.
Speaking after a meeting with the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, on Thursday night, Guy Verhofstadt said he had raised a number of concerns regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK after it leaves the bloc.Continue reading...
|17/01/2020||Brexit: There will be no automatic deportation for EU citizens - No 10||,,So far more than 2.7 million EU citizens have applied for settled status after Brexit in the UK.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||Tice: Big Ben situation is pathetic||,,Brexit Party MEP Richard Tice says it is "pathetic" that Parliament can't get Big Ben to ring on Brexit day.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||France’s EU minister: Quick UK trade deal depends on Brits||,,EU 'cannot expose our own people, consumers and farmers to disloyal competition,' warns Amélie de Montchalin.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||Brexit relationship: EU reveals clues ahead of talks with UK||,,Presentation slides published online give an insight into how the future relationship might pan out.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||EU's funding for UK's poorest areas 'must be matched after Brexit'||,,
Government’s new fund should at least equal EU’s near £2bn, Industrial Communities Alliance says
The Treasury will need to find almost £2bn a year to fill the hole left when EU funding for some of Britain’s poorest communities ends after Brexit, ministers have been told.
A body that represents local authorities in the industrial areas of England, Scotland and Wales said the government needed to match the money currently coming from Brussels and allow for extra EU cash that would have arrived over the next few years.Continue reading...
|16/01/2020||EU to UK: You’re history||,,British flag to come down from the Parliament, and put in the House of European History.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|16/01/2020||Brexit: What happens now?||,,The Brexit bill has passed its first hurdle, with the UK set to leave the EU on 31 January.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/01/2020||Lord Dubs warns Johnson not to use child refugees as Brexit 'bargaining chips'||,,Labour peer Lord Dubs wants to restore a protection to reunite child migrants with their families.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/01/2020||Leo Varadkar: On Brexit, Ireland’s ‘on Team EU’||,,EU 'in a very good spirit' ahead of Brexit talks.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|15/01/2020||Brexit: Worries for the future over EU citizens scheme||,,Guillermo, who is Spanish but was born and raised in the UK, has applied to stay via the EU settlement scheme and has concerns about the future.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/01/2020||Barnier: Goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain will be checked after Brexit||,,EU Brexit negotiator contradicts statements by British PM Boris Johnson.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|14/01/2020||What is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?||,,The government has published "the WAB". Here's what it is.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/01/2020||Boris Johnson rejects Scottish government request for second independence referendum||,,First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should instead focus resolving 'the political stagnation' in Scotland, UK PM says.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|14/01/2020||Boris Johnson refuses to rule out UK and EU failing to strike trade deal in 2020 – video||,,
In his first interview of the new year with BBC Breakfast, Boris Johnson refused to rule out the UK and the EU failing to reach a trade deal by the end of 2020. Asked what the chances were of the two sides achieving a comprehensive trade deal by the end of 2020, the prime minister refused to give a percentage, but said it was 'very likely'.
In the past, ministers including Michael Gove have categorically ruled out the UK and the EU failing to agree a trade deal by the end of the year.Continue reading...
|14/01/2020||Boris Johnson: Brexit trade deal ‘epically likely’ by end of year||,,Johnson said he was 'very, very, very confident' the UK and EU would strike a deal.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|14/01/2020||Boris Johnson’s Huawei choice||,,UK prime minister looks to appease Trump while allowing Chinese equipment to speed up the rollout of 5G in Britain.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|08/01/2020||Johnson's first meeting with Von der Leyen lays trade deal faultlines bare||,,
The two leaders may have attended the same school but they are treading a diplomatic minefield
If the European School in the leafy Uccle suburb of Brussels teaches its high-flying pupils anything, it is how to be diplomatic.
It came as little surprise then that a meeting of two of the Eurocrat school’s former pupils offered up broad smiles, oodles of platitudes and reminiscences over shared teachers but also a few gentle but pointed signals as to the hurdles of reaching a trade deal by the end of this year.Continue reading...
|08/01/2020||Ursula von der Leyen: 'The bonds between us will still be unbreakable'||,,EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the UK and the EU will remain "best of friends and partners" following the UK's departure of the EU on 31 January.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/01/2020||Brexit weekly briefing: UK counts down to 31 January departure||,,
EU figures continue to express concern over limited time for talks during 11-month transition
Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing. If you’d like to receive this as a weekly email, sign up here. You can catch our latest Brexit Means … podcast here, and for daily updates head to Andrew Sparrow’s politics live blog.Continue reading...
|02/01/2020||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/12/2019||Politics Live: Highlights of UK politics in 2019||,,Leadership races, a general election and a lot of Brexit dominated the Politics Live programme throughout the year.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/12/2019||Boris Johnson says it is time to 'put Brexit behind us' – video||,,
Boris Johnson refused to answer questions about claims he is on course to deliver a 'harder Brexit' after he altered his Brexit bill this week to make it unlawful for the government to extend the trade talks into 2021, giving negotiators an unprecedented 11 months to reach a free-trade agreement.
While visiting British troops in Estonia on Saturday, he would only say: 'What everybody wants to do is put Brexit behind us on 31 January and move on, and there’s a lot of goodwill and a lot of energy now about building the new deep and special partnership, and that’s what we’re going to do.'
|20/12/2019||Brexit withdrawal bill: what's new and what's different||,,
Key changes cut parliamentary scrutiny and point to Brexit being done Boris Johnson’s way
This is the second version of the withdrawal agreement bill, which was first published in October.
It is needed to enshrine the deal Boris Johnson struck with the EU in October in UK law and legitimise the transition period before full departure on 31 December 2020.Continue reading...
|20/12/2019||MPs vote to pass Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal bill by a 124 majority – video||,,
MPs vote to pass the revised withdrawal agreement bill by a comfortable margin, with 358 voting for and 234 against.
The vote paves the way for Boris Johnson's promise that Britain would leave the European Union by 31 January
|20/12/2019||Boris Johnson calls for country to 'reunite' over Brexit as MPs debate new EU bill – video||,,
The prime minister opens the debate on the second reading of the withdrawal agreement bill, MPs’ first opportunity to vote on Brexit since the 2019 general electionContinue reading...
|20/12/2019||What happens after the Brexit bill is passed?||,,
How events are likely to unfold as the UK enters an 11-month transition period from 31 January 2020
With the starting gun fired on the Brexit legislation’s journey through parliament, Brexit day is virtually guaranteed on 31 January.
While Boris Johnson agreed a deal with the EU last October, it does not have legal effect in UK courts until his withdrawal agreement bill (Wab) is passed.Continue reading...
|19/12/2019||Queen's speech: what is in Boris Johnson's 2020 programme?||,,
Key bills include law to formally take UK out of EU, an immigration bill and law to guarantee level of NHS spending
Thursday’s Queen’s speech is Boris Johnson’s second in just over two months. The more than 30 pieces of legislation will be the basis of his political agenda for the year. Described as “radical” by the prime minister, it leads on his law to formally take the UK out of the EU. There are also plans to overhaul immigration and put into law investment in the NHS.Continue reading...
|17/12/2019||What Johnson has to drop to get a quick trade deal after Brexit||,,
Workers’ rights, state aid and environment protections among EU conditions
Boris Johnson’s decision to outlaw an extension to the Brexit transition period is being widely seen as a purely political gesture. But it is a high-risk approach, which Theresa May’s former Brexit adviser Raoul Ruparel has said will lead to a “narrow and shallow” deal.
“A very narrow and shallow deal would not be very different to no deal and you would likely have to take some political pain to get it,” said Joe Owen, Brexit programme director at the Institute for Government, referring to the concessions Johnson’s would probably have to make.Continue reading...
|17/12/2019||'You ain't seen nothing yet': Boris Johnson holds first cabinet meeting since election win – video||,,
The prime minister quoted Ronald Reagan as he addressed his new cabinet for the first time since the general election. Johnson told his ministers: 'We should have absolutely no embarrassment about saying we are a people’s government, this is a people’s cabinet, and we are going to be working on delivering the priorities of the British people. And that’s what they want us to do.'Continue reading...
|17/12/2019||Why does Boris Johnson want to prevent a transition period extension?||,,
PM says period of ‘vassalage’ should not extend beyond end of 2020 - but what does this mean?
Boris Johnson has said he will legislate to legally prohibit the government from agreeing to an extension of the 11-month transition period due to come into force after the UK formally leaves the EU on 31 January.Continue reading...
|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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|09/12/2019||Border line: a journey through the Irish heart of the Brexit crisis – video||,,
In the weeks leading up to the general election triggered by the Brexit crisis, Phoebe Greenwood and Ekaterina Ochagavia have driven the length of the border that has proved one of the most contentious issues in the Brexit debate. We hear from the people living along it, and what they think is at stake in the electionContinue reading...
|07/12/2019||Austerity, racism, the NHS and Brexit: Corbyn and Johnson clash in BBC debate – video highlights||,,
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clashed over whether the future of Britain should be capitalist or socialist as they presented two wildly different visions for the country in the final leaders' debate. From austerity and the NHS to Brexit and racism, these are the highlights of the nightContinue reading...
|06/12/2019||Jeremy Corbyn reveals 'confidential' Northern Ireland Brexit report – video||,,
The Labour leader has produced a leaked report on Northern Ireland and customs checks, describing it as 'cold hard evidence' that Boris Johnson has been misleading people about his Brexit deal. Corbyn revealed the confidential document, titled Northern Ireland Protocol: Unfettered Access to the UK Internal Market, at a press conference in central London on Friday.Continue reading...
|03/12/2019||Trump denies interest in NHS even if it was handed to US 'on a silver platter' – video||,,
Donald Trump has said he would not be interested in putting Britain's National Health Service (NHS) on the table during trade talks with the UK even if it was 'handed on a silver platter'.
Trump, who is in London for a Nato summit, said: 'We have absolutely nothing to do with [the NHS], and we wouldn't want to. If you handed it to us on a silver platter, we'd want nothing to do with it'
|29/11/2019||'Buy British': Boris Johnson promises more state aid for jobs after Brexit – video||,,
In his opening statement at the press conference, the prime minister made a pitch to Labour leavers with plans for more state aid and 'buy British' policies after Brexit. Boris Johnson said the government would adopt a more interventionist approach to business after Brexit, taking advantage of the fact the UK would not longer need to comply with EU state aid rulesContinue reading...
|21/10/2019||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From Article 50 to Withdrawal Agreement, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Brexit: What is in Boris Johnson's new deal with the EU?||,,A revised Brexit deal has been agreed by the UK and EU. What does it contain?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Sir John Curtice: Do voters support Boris Johnson's Brexit deal?||,,How voters want MPs to approach Boris Johnson's deal on the UK's departure from the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/10/2019||Article 50: Can the UK cancel Brexit?||,,The Liberal Democrats say they would stand on a platform of revoking Article 50 in the next election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/10/2019||Brexit deal: What does it mean?||,,Boris Johnson has agreed a new Brexit deal with the EU - but what does it mean and will Parliament pass it?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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:
|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Will Brexit hit Britain's fresh vegetable supplies?||,,While Dutch firms are ready for Brexit, some say that food exports to the UK will be delayed.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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
|24/06/2019||Gatt 24: Would obscure trade rule help with no-deal Brexit?||,,Does a trade law exist that would allow the UK to continue without tariffs for 10 years?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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.
|22/03/2019||Brexit: How will it affect my holidays to Europe?||,,A simple guide to how leaving the EU with or without a deal might affect travel to Europe.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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.
|18/03/2019||Britain's Place in the EU||,,
Sovereignty, freedom of movement, national identity
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg sets out the case. The harms of Brexit are real but we have a positive case to argue for. Economic prosperity is important but still just a means to an end. Leavers are right in this: the EU is a political project; the issues that matter are sovereignty, democracy, freedom, sense of community with particular reference to freedom of movement, sense of national identity.
|14/03/2019||Divide and ruin||,,
A huge Government defeat but not yet a victory
Charles Parselle reviews the government’s latest defeat and asks what will it take for MPs, so confident in their own ability to vote and vote again, to trust the electorate on whose behalf they supposedly hold their positions.
|13/03/2019||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the Brexit referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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...|