|08/08/2020||Brexit backers Tate & Lyle set to gain £73m from end of EU trade tariffs||,,
Greenpeace investigators say the firm, which also donated to the Conservatives, will be sole beneficiary of rule changes on importing raw cane sugar
A company that backed Brexit and has donated to the Conservatives is in line to save £73m as the only direct beneficiary of a post-Brexit trade reform.
Under plans that will come into force at the end of the year, the government has confirmed that companies will be able to import 260,000 tonnes of raw sugar cane from anywhere in the world, tariff-free.Continue reading...
|07/08/2020||Preston pulled into local lockdown after spike in coronavirus cases||,,The city of Preston will see a toughening of lockdown measures following a rise in coronavirus cases, it has been announced.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||UK and Japan look to seal trade deal within month||,,The two sides say the "major elements" of a post-Brexit agreement are in place after productive talks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Former Labour MP Eric Joyce handed suspended sentence over indecent image of child||,,The former Labour MP Eric Joyce has been handed a suspended jail term after being convicted of making an indecent image of a child.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Brexit: Government pledges £355m to ease GB-NI trade||,,Ministers set up a new service to help businesses which want to import goods after 1 January.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Brits resident in the EU post Brexit to be given extra free movement rights||,,Campaigners have argued that the EU position amounted to a reduction of rights of Brits resident in EU countries.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Rishi Sunak warns holidaymakers UK 'will not hesitate' to impose travel restrictions amid fears France could be next on quarantine list||,,Rishi Sunak has told holidaymakers the Government will "not hesitate" to impose travel restrictions amid growing fears that France could be added to the UK quarantine list.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Brexit: UK government pledges £355m to cushion Northern Ireland businesses||,,
Support package unveiled to help firms with bureaucracy of moving goods across Irish Sea
The UK government has announced a £355m package to cushion Northern Ireland businesses from the costs of trading with the rest of the UK because of Brexit.
Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, said on Friday £200m would be spent on a trader support service (TSS) to help firms handle new bureaucracy to move goods across the Irish Sea, turning the government into a de facto customs agent for traders.Continue reading...
|07/08/2020||Keir Starmer overtakes Boris Johnson as voters’ choice for PM for first time — poll||,,Keir Starmer has overtaken Boris Johnson on the question of who would make the best prime minister, according to a new poll.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Belgium, Andorra and Bahamas added to UK’s coronavirus quarantine list after spike in cases||,,People arriving in the UK from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will have to enter coronavirus quarantine following a spike in cases, the Government has announced.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Priti Patel ‘wants to send in the Navy’ amid Channel migrant crossings||,,Priti Patel reportedly backs sending Royal Navy patrols into the English Channel to prevent migrant crossings.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Michael Gove vows ‘absolute commitment’ to Northern Ireland as end of Brexit transition period looms||,,Michael Gove has announced £650 million worth of investment in Northern Ireland, as he pledged an “absolute commitment” to the nation ahead of the UK’s impending exit from the single market.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Rishi Sunak talks up coronavirus help to thousands of Scottish firms as he heads north of the border||,,Rishi Sunak has talked up the impact of the Treasury’s coronavirus support schemes in "every corner of the UK" ahead of a Scotland trip by the Chancellor.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Public confidence in ministers’ handling of coronavirus shattered by ‘Dominic Cummings effect’ — study||,,Public confidence in the Government’s ability to deal with the coronavirus pandemic was badly affected by the news Dominic Cummings had seemingly broken lockdown rules, new research shows.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Boris Johnson says people need ‘confidence’ to return to work as he defends ‘world-beating’ test and trace scheme||,,Boris Johnson has said that Britain’s economic recovery will rely on people having the “confidence” to go back to work.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Boris Johnson defends decision not to suspend Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape||,,Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended the decision not to suspend a Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Number of households hit by benefit cap rockets 93% amid coronavirus pandemic||,,The number of households hit by the Government's benefit cap has soared by 93% amid the coronavirus pandemic, new figures have revealed.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Call for PPE procurement inquiry as Government accused of wasting £150m on millions of unusable masks||,,Opposition parties are calling for an investigation into the Government’s procurement of PPE during the coronavirus pandemic after millions of unusable masks were bought from an investment firm.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Robert Jenrick says he regrets sitting next to and texting Tory donor at heart of Westferry row as he defends planning shake-up||,,Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said he regrets sitting next to and exchanging messages with a Conservative donor at the heart of a major planning row, as he outlined a raft of changes to England’s home-building rules.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||New Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross promises to ‘stand up’ to Boris Johnson as meeting with Ruth Davidson revealed||,,Douglas Ross has promised to “stand up” to Boris Johnson as leader of the Scottish Conservatives.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Bank of England predicts UK unemployment will soar after furlough scheme ends||,,The UK’s unemployment rate is expected to hit 7.5% after a host of government support schemes are turned off, the Bank of England has predicted.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Dominic Raab pledges £5m UK aid and Navy on standby in wake of ‘devastating’ Lebanon blast||,,Britain is sending £5million in emergency humanitarian aid to Lebanon in the wake of a “devastating” explosion in capital Beirut, the Foreign Secretary has confirmed.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Robert Jenrick vows to ‘cut red tape’ with major planning shake-up — but Labour brand it a ‘developer’s charter’ amid social housing warning||,,A host of changes to England’s planning system will “cut red tape, but not standards”, Robert Jenrick has claimed, as critics accused the Government of weakening social housing requirements.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Bank of England sees better outlook for economy, plays down negative rates||,,BoE says negative rates would give little economic lift while putting banks at risk.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|06/08/2020||Labour call for clarity on English exams after thousands of Scottish pupils have results downgraded||,,Labour have called for urgent clarity over how English exam results are to be decided after thousands of Scottish pupils saw their results downgraded.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Government warned bosses could make ‘unreasonable’ demands as one in three shielding people ‘not at all’ comfortable returning to work||,,One in three people covered by the Government’s now-paused coronavirus shielding programme say they are “not at all comfortable” heading back in to their place of work, official figures show.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Why Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal is not so different to no deal||,,Businesses have been concentrating on COVID-19, not the UK's impending exit from the EU.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Nicola Sturgeon orders Aberdeen back into lockdown following spike in coronavirus cases||,,Nicola Sturgeon has announced fresh lockdown restrictions for Aberdeen following a spike in coronavirus infections.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Douglas Ross to be new Scottish Tory leader after ex-minister runs to replace Jackson Carlaw unopposed||,,Douglas Ross is set to be confirmed as the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives after nobody else ran against him.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Labour call for Claire Fox's peerage to be blocked after failure to apologise for supporting deadly IRA bombing||,,Labour are supporting the call by one of its MPs to get a peerage blocked for former MEP Claire Fox after she failed to apologise for supporting the IRA bombing in Warrington.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Businesses warn Rishi Sunak his post-furlough rescue plan will not be enough to prevent jobs crisis amid low take-up||,,The multibillion-pound rescue package for the British economy unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak last month is not enough to stave off an unemployment crisis, a leading business group has warned.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Tories ‘minimising violence against women’ by letting rape suspect MP keep party whip, charities and unions say||,,The Conservative Party is “minimising violence against women and girls” by refusing to remove the whip from an MP arrested on suspicion of rape, a coalition of charities and trade unions have warned.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of ‘dog ate my homework’ excuses on coronavirus||,,Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of acting like a “schoolboy claiming his dog has eaten his homework” whenever he is quizzed on the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Coronavirus: Failure to toughen border measures made pandemic 'much worse' for UK, MPs say||,,A series of "critical errors" in the Government's approach to travellers entering the UK made the coronavirus pandemic much worse, a cross-party group of MPs has said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|05/08/2020||Schools and nurseries should be last to close in future coronavirus lockdowns, government told||,,Schools and nurseries should be the last to close in any future coronavirus lockdowns, the Children's Commissioner has said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/08/2020||Department of Health pledges will get ‘good’ or ‘inadequate’ ratings as MPs draft in independent experts||,,Ministers’ key health promises will be independently evaluated and handed ratings under a new scheme launched by a cross-party group of MPs.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/08/2020||Home Office to end use of 'racist algorithm' for UK visa decisions in face of legal challenge by migrants' rights group||,,The Home Office is set to scrap the use of a controversial algorithm for sorting UK visa applications in the face of a legal challenge by migrants' rights campaigners.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|04/08/2020||UK to end controversial visa screening algorithm||,,Priti Patel halts use of tool which was accused of racial bias.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|04/08/2020||Number of UK citizens emigrating to EU has risen by 30% since Brexit vote||,,
Exclusive: crisis has led to 500% increase in Britons taking up citizenship in an EU state
The number of British nationals emigrating to other EU countries has risen by 30% since the Brexit referendum, with half making their decision to leave in the first three months after the vote, research has found.
Analysis of data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat shows that migration from Britain to EU states averaged 56,832 people a year in 2008-15, growing to 73,642 a year in 2016-18.Continue reading...
|04/08/2020||UK warns drug firms to stockpile in case of Brexit disruption||,,
Companies should ensure six weeks’ worth of drugs for end of transition period, DHSC says
Pharmaceutical companies should stockpile six weeks’ worth of drugs to guard against disruption at the end of the Brexit transition period, the government has said.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has written to medicine suppliers advising them to make boosting their reserves a priority.Continue reading...
|03/08/2020||To Corbyn's dismay, the story of the US-UK dossier has mostly been its origin||,,
Labour hoped the leak would damage the Tories, but Russian involvement became the focus
As Jeremy Corbyn took to the stage on a Wednesday in November brandishing secret documents 15 days out from the 2019 election campaign, it was potentially the Hail Mary moment to salvage the Labour leader’s campaign. Labour had discovered the explosives that would blow up Johnson’s seemingly bomb-proof three-word election campaign: “Get Brexit Done.”
The documents Corbyn held up to the cameras brought together two of Labour’s most deadly attack lines: Brexit meant desperate free trade deals with the avaricious Americans, and the UK trade negotiators were secretly preparing to expose the NHS to the chill wind of the US private pharmaceutical industry. The beloved NHS was about to be sold to Donald Trump’s friends.Continue reading...
|03/08/2020||Government urges post-Brexit drug stockpiles||,,Firms should have six weeks' worth of post-Brexit drug stockpiles by the end of 2020, the government says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/08/2020||Brexit ‘should prompt UK to rethink attitude to Indigenous artefacts’||,,
Australian repatriation project calls for ‘significant shift’ in approach to returning sacred items
Britain’s departure from the EU and the renewed focus on empire should prompt a “significant shift” in its approach to returning sacred artefacts to Indigenous communities, the head of an Australian government-funded project has said.
More than 33,000 items of Indigenous Australian heritage are held in UK museums, including some believed to have been stolen during or shortly after Captain James Cook’s first voyage to Australia 250 years ago.Continue reading...
|03/08/2020||Top diplomat picked to lead new UK foreign and aid department||,,Philip Barton was previously British ambassador to India.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|02/08/2020||Northern Ireland to be left out of new UK car emission restrictions||,,
Quirk in regulations means vehicles sold there will count as EU sales for strict CO2 limit
Northern Ireland is to be left out of the UK’s green car emission restrictions from 1 January, resulting in “Great Britain-only” regulations for carmakers.
A quirk in the regulations means that cars sold in Northern Ireland will count as EU sales for strict new carbon dioxide emission limits.Continue reading...
|02/08/2020||The Brexit government is lost in a fog of lies||,,
When the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster went missing, I knew exactly where to find him
Michael Gove is standing in a public waste disposal site in west London, objective reality dissolving around him, surrounded by a semicircle of imaginary attendants he has made himself from discarded rubbish; mop-handle spines, coathanger arms, sofa cushion bodies, and rotting rubber football heads. “These are my attendants, Leapy Lee,” he cried up at me, his eyes Bolivian bright, “they are immensely dignified and they are real.” But there were scarcely 10 false attendants, and they had taken Gove a week to make. I could have made that many in a day. I suddenly had my first inkling of the gulf between reality and the Brexit government’s acceptance of it. Why was I here?
Some years prior to the peak of Michael Gove’s Colombian period, and before he was an MP, I was assigned to be the young satirical journalist’s additional material-writer on the boldly experimental 1992 Channel 4 comedy show, A Stab in the Arras. In each of the 36 episodes, the restaurant critic Tracey MacLeod flamboyantly operated a giant fairground waltzer, intermittently carrying the show’s other stars, Michael Gove, and David Baddiel (in a succession of culturally insensitive hats), past the lens of a fixed-position camera. Its microphone caught muffled snatches of context-free satirical opinion that faded into incoherence as the ride revolved, largely drowned out by the sound of the Wurlitzer organ.Continue reading...
|02/08/2020||Brexit fuels brain drain as skilled Britons head to the EU||,,
A British-German study uncovers huge changes in migration patterns of UK citizens since 2016 referendum
Brexit has sparked an exodus of economically productive people from the UK to European Union nations on a scale that would normally be expected only as a result of a major economic or political crisis, according to a detailed new study.
Using a combination of official statistics across the EU and in-depth interviews with people living in Germany, the study found huge changes in migration patterns of UK citizens since the 2016 referendum, which contrast with largely stable ones among nationals from the 27 EU states remaining in the bloc.Continue reading...
|01/08/2020||With this new lot, the Lords looks ever more like a house of ill repute | Barbara Ellen||,,
Boris Johnson’s nominations are an illuminating mix of cronyism and malice
It’s always heart-warming to see nominations for peerages and the latest crop is no exception.
There are Brexit-supporting former Labour MPs, including Kate Hoey and Vote Leave head Gisela Stuart (they must be very proud of themselves and I’ll leave that there). Brexit-supporting Ian Botham (salt of the earth, everyone says so! Don’t they?). Evgeny Lebedev, the Russian-born billionaire owner of London’s Evening Standard, which supported Boris Johnson’s mayoral bid (total coincidence!). Tory Remainer-rebels such as Ken Clarke, Philip Hammond and the prime minister’s brother Jo (let’s hope that makes Christmas easier this year). Scottish Tory Ruth Davidson and the DUP’s Nigel Dodds are in line for life peerages while Philip May, husband of Theresa, is knighted. The list sprawls on (and indeed on). So many reasons to feel proudly British and not at all queasy, despairing and disgusted.Continue reading...
|01/08/2020||This isn’t a tough new food policy for post-Brexit UK. It’s thin gruel and easy to set to one side | Jay Rayner||,,
Henry Dimbleby’s national food strategy will do little for the millions who go hungry
The headlines were compelling. The Covid-19 crisis would lead to a dramatic increase in poverty and hunger; free school meals should be extended to a further 1.6 million children; another 1.1 million children in England should become eligible for holiday food programmes. The National Food Strategy document released last Wednesday was, on the face of it, an impressive opening shot from the team led by businessman Henry Dimbleby.
But for all the laudable anger over hunger contained in this first report from the National Food Strategy, it was received across the world of food production and policy with at best eye-rolling and at worst exasperation. It is the product of grubby politics, includes worrying proposals on post-Brexit trade policy, muddled thinking on the causes of poverty and risks wasting a golden opportunity to answer one of the most important challenges of the 21st century: how we feed ourselves.Continue reading...
|01/08/2020||Steve Bannon hails Dominic Cummings and predicts lurch to right for No 10||,,
Architect of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign reveals admiration for Boris Johnson’s aide in interview on dark politics
Steve Bannon, who has previously backed a range of notorious far-right political figures, has publicly endorsed Dominic Cummings for the first time, calling him a “brilliant guy”.
Donald Trump’s former chief strategist also said that Boris Johnson will become an increasingly populist prime minister after jettisoning his political positioning as a “globalist” to “opportunistically jump on Brexit”.Continue reading...
|31/07/2020||Evgeny Lebedev, Jo Johnson and Ian Botham among 36 peerage nominations||,,
Also on list marking a year as PM for Boris Johnson are Ruth Davidson, Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond
Russian-born billionaire newspaper proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and the prime minister’s brother, Jo Johnson, are among dozens of new nominations for peerages announced by Downing Street, while Theresa May’s husband is set for a knighthood.
Evening Standard and Independent owner Lebedev, who held a party in Italy attended by Boris Johnson when he was foreign secretary, is a surprise name among the 36 life peerage nominations which have led to accusations of “cronyism” against the prime minister.Continue reading...
|31/07/2020||Eurozone GDP slumps by record 12.1% amid coronavirus pandemic chaos– as it happened||,,
Rolling live coverage of business, economics and financial markets as European economy suffers its worst recession since at least 1995
With the easing of the UK’s lockdown being slowed and the economic data showing record recessions in major economies, it looks like the rest of the summer will be difficult.
Eurozone data this morning confirmed that the economy contracted at a record rate of 12.1% as the pandemic took its toll.
The talks began in recent months after Nvidia approached SoftBank, which has been pursuing a series of other asset sales, about a potential acquisition. There is no guarantee that the discussions will result in a sale, the people cautioned, adding there were a number of issues pertaining to a deal that would need to be resolved.
Buying Arm would further consolidate Nvidia’s position at the centre of the semiconductor industry, at just the moment when the British chip designer’s technology is finding broader applications beyond mobile devices, in data centres and personal computers including Apple’s Macs.
Checking in on the FTSE 100, it feels like a very sleepy day on the London Stock Exchange: the main index has sagged by 0.22%.
British Airways owner IAG is the biggest faller, down by 7.4%, after announcing £2.5bn in fundraising plans. BT shares have lost 4.4%.Continue reading...
|30/07/2020||Brexit: Boris Johnson faces Eurotunnel test||,,
UK and EU at odds over role of European court of justice in settling disputes
Boris Johnson is facing a major Brexit test with the future of Eurotunnel operations at stake, it has emerged.
The EU wants the UK to drop its opposition to a role for the European court of justice in British affairs to ensure trains keep running between France and the UK after Brexit is implemented on 1 January.Continue reading...
|29/07/2020||David Lidington: Global Britain = European Britain||,,Theresa May's right-hand-man urges Boris Johnson not to leave a 'Europe-shaped hole' in his foreign policy.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|29/07/2020||EU’s Hogan: UK only started engaging on Brexit issues in ‘last week or two’||,,Trade commissioner says he welcomes a change of 'attitude' on the British side.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|29/07/2020||Pandemic has exposed Britain's vulnerabilities says food policy review||,,
Henry Dimbleby’s national food strategy starts with review of ‘slow-motion disaster’ diet, poverty, and post-Brexit laws
It is a year since Michael Gove asked the businessman Henry Dimbleby to produce a national food strategy. In that time the coronavirus pandemic has brutally exposed the cracks in the British food system so the launch of part one of his review this Wednesday comes in a new and urgent context.
After only a few weeks of lockdown three million people in Britain were in households where someone was forced to skip meals and go hungry.Continue reading...
|28/07/2020||I'm optimistic about a Brexit deal - despite the gloomy outlook | Charles Grant||,,
Both Brussels and London have moved in talks, and both grasp the political advantages of even a minimal free trade agreement
• Charles Grant is the director of the Centre for European Reform
After six rounds of talks, the UK and the EU are far from reaching an accord on their future relationship. Both sides are warning that failure – meaning that Britain would leave after the transition period on 31 December without a deal – is a real prospect. Those working for Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator, complain that the British have wasted July by refusing to offer meaningful compromises.
Failure is certainly possible. But a deal this year is more likely, for several reasons. First, there has been more progress than one might suppose from the public comments of Barnier and David Frost, the UK negotiator. The EU has hinted at a softer line on fisheries and state aid, and agreed that an arbitration mechanism rather than the European court of justice should adjudicate on disputes.Continue reading...
|26/07/2020||UK must prioritise levelling up if economy is to get back on its feet||,,
Boris Johnson’s tenure will be coloured by the Covid-19 economic recovery but urgent fixes are needed now
A year into the premiership of Boris Johnson, a new kind of normality is beginning to dawn. The roads are getting busier, pubs are open again, and people are slowly returning to the high street as summer rolls on.
It would be normal after a year in power for a prime minister to lay it on thick about their achievements so far. But after four months of crisis inflicted by the pandemic, Johnson’s achievements in the past year will always be coloured by Covid-19.Continue reading...
|26/07/2020||If you’re not terrified about Facebook, you haven’t been paying attention | Carole Cadwalladr||,,
Facebook and America are now indivisible, says the Observer journalist who broke the Cambridge Analytica scandal – and the world is a sicker place for it
In 2016, we didn’t know. We were innocent. We still believed social media connected us and that connections were good. That technology equalled progress. And progress equalled better.
Four years on, we know too much. And yet, it turns out, we understand nothing. We know social media is a bin fire and that the world is burning. But it’s like the pandemic. We understand in outline how bad things could get. But we remain hopelessly human. Relentlessly optimistic. Of course, we believe there’ll be a vaccine. Because there has to be, doesn’t there?Continue reading...
|26/07/2020||The Russia report shows we have a security problem. He lives in No 10 | Carole Cadwalladr||,,
The prime minister’s silence on the findings of the intelligence and security committee speaks volumes
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, is it a duck? Or, more pertinently, at the moment, if Boris Johnson acts like a Russian asset and talks like a Russian asset, is he a Russian asset?
This isn’t a cute Johnsonian provocation. An “asset” in intelligence terms is not necessarily someone who actively works for a foreign state. It’s someone who’s used by a foreign state. It’s someone who acts – knowingly or unknowingly – to further that state’s interests.Continue reading...
|26/07/2020||I relish the return of life to our high streets. But our second-rate leaders need a bolder vision | Will Hutton||,,
Epic challenges face us, yet the government is unprepared and devoid of imagination
The last week has been my most human for four months. I have been to a hairdresser; eaten out in restaurants and at friends’ homes; played tennis and golf; stood in the street talking with work colleagues; and, what seemed most novel of all, shared a beer in a pub. It all feels rather heady.
But none of it was normal. Everybody wore masks at the hairdresser; the restaurants were deserted; windows and doors were wide open at my friends; we had the inside of the pub to ourselves. Meanwhile, Zooming continues unabated; public transport still seems a risk of last resort; and, in the supermarket on Friday, I wore a mask like everyone else – and thought this right and unremarkable. Go into our city centres and they are eerily quiet. What is human and how we interact are being redefined.Continue reading...
|26/07/2020||The cost of Covid-19 may yet divide No 10 from the Treasury | William Keegan||,,We should not be worrying about paying the pandemic bill yet. But some will worry – and Tory tensions may rise
Sebastian Haffner, who was a distinguished correspondent for the Observer after the second world war, was in Berlin during the 1930s before escaping to Britain, and witnessed with horror the rise of Hitler and the assault on treasured public institutions.
After Haffner’s death, his son Oliver – with whom I was at school – discovered a manuscript written by his father of what it was like to see the decay of civilised standards. It became a bestseller in Germany, and Oliver translated it into English. The book was published here under the title Defying Hitler – catchy but somewhat misleading, because, of course, most didn’t defy Hitler.Continue reading...
|24/07/2020||EU says landmark budget deal adds pressure on UK in Brexit talks||,,After creating €5B Brexit support fund, EU27 won't back off its demands.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|24/07/2020||Failure of Brexit talks ‘as good as inevitable,’ says German business lobby||,,BDI urges Brussels and Germany to focus on 'necessary emergency measures' against the fallout of a no-deal scenario.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/07/2020||Brexit: Trade deal some way off, say UK and EU||,,UK and EU negotiators say progress has not been made in difficult areas, such as fishing and competition rules.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2020||Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?||,,Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2020||Despite the dire Brexit warnings, a deal is still the likely outcome||,,
Situation will be all too familiar to those who followed tortuous path to withdrawal agreement
It will all sound very familiar to those who have taken a cursory interest in the Brexit circus over the last four years. The clock is ticking, says the European Union; an Australia-style (no) deal is better than a bad deal, respond the British.
For all the dire warnings and Michel Barnier’s claim that a deal is now “unlikely” following this week’s talks in London, the wise money would be on history repeating itself when it comes to the outcome too: a trade and security deal patched together in October in time for ratification and the start of a new relationship on a firm(ish) footing in 2021.Continue reading...
|23/07/2020||Brexit negotiators will miss July target for outline deal||,,Both sides say big differences remain at the end of the fifth round of formal negotiations.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/07/2020||UK report on Russian interference: key points explained||,,
Committee finds Kremlin’s reach in UK politics – especially in ‘Londongrad’ – is ‘new normal’
After a nine-month delay, much speculation about its contents and attempts by Downing Street to downplay its significance, the Russia report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee has finally been published, investigating the Kremlin’s reach in UK politics. So what does it say? Here are some of the key points:Continue reading...
|21/07/2020||UK government 'did not want to know' about Russian interference in EU referendum – video||,,
Long-delayed findings on Russia’s influence over UK politics reveals that the British government and intelligence agencies failed to conduct any proper assessment of Kremlin attempts to interfere with the 2016 EU referendum.
Parliament’s intelligence and security committee revealed the findings in a long overdue report that said ministers, in effect, ignored allegations of Russian disruption
|14/07/2020||Brexit: MPs question promise of 'unfettered' trade between NI and GB||,,A group of MPs said the promise will need a concession from the EU that it has not yet granted.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/07/2020||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/07/2020||Brexit: Ads highlight changes for UK holidaymakers||,,Government campaign will also carry advice for UK and EU firms before the transition period ends.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/07/2020||Brexit: Gove defends £705m plan for border posts and staff||,,Labour has accused the government of being underprepared, saying the money was "too little, too late".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/07/2020||'Significant divergences' in UK-EU talks - Michel Barnier||,,The EU's chief negotiator made the remarks after the latest trade deal talks in London.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2020||New national security adviser has 'no proven expertise', says Theresa May – video||,,
Responding to the government’s appointment of David Frost as the national security adviser, the former prime minister accused Michael Gove of promoting someone ‘with no proven expertise’ to a crucial role at the heart of the UK’s safety. Frost is expected to prioritise his role negotiating the UK’s deal with the EU while he learns his new jobContinue reading...
|29/06/2020||How does David Frost's new job affect Brexit talks?||,,
Boris Johnson’s new security adviser is in Brussels for first face-to-face talks since Covid-19 outbreak
Brexit negotiations have resumed in Brussels in an attempt to break the deadlock over four key issues: fisheries, fair competition in trade, governance and security.
Talks started on Monday with a two-hour, face-to-face meeting between David Frost, the chief UK negotiator, and the EU’s Michel Barnier, the first since the Covid-19 outbreak halted talks in March.Continue reading...
|29/06/2020||Brexit: Where are we now?||,,It's been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/06/2020||Brexit: UK plans to keep post-transition trade with EU flowing||,,Import and export businesses face big challenges, whether there is a deal with the EU or not.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/06/2020||Boris Johnson claims Australia trade deal will bring 'reasonably priced' Tim Tams to UK – video||,,
Boris Johnson has hailed the opening of trade talks with Australia as an opportunity to bring the two countries closer together, and to exchange Penguin bars for Arnott's Tim Tams with reduced tariffs. 'How long can the British people be deprived of the opportunity to have Tim Tams at a reasonable price?' the prime minister joked.Continue reading...
|15/06/2020||Boris Johnson: outline of Brexit deal should be 'done by July' – video||,,
The British prime minister has said there is no reason why the outline of a deal cannot be sealed by the end of next month, after he asked EU leaders during a video summit to 'put a tiger in the tank' of stalled talks.
EU leaders agreed to strive to find early common ground on trade and security to avoid unnecessary economic chaos next year, as Boris Johnson told reporters he was optimistic despite negotiations reaching an impasse last week
|15/06/2020||Brexit: New momentum needed in trade talks, say UK and EU||,,The PM says the talks need "a bit of oomph" and sees no reason why a deal cannot be "done in July".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/06/2020||Brexit: Checks on EU imports to be phased-in amid coronavirus crisis||,,Ministers say it will give firms "time to adjust" as UK formally rules out extending transition period.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/06/2020||Covid-19 and Brexit talks a nightmare, says Labour minister||,,Welsh Government minister expresses concern that a deal can be done during the pandemic.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/06/2020||Brexit: Trade deal still possible with EU, says UK minister||,,The health secretary says UK has 'reasonable' demands after both sides report little progress in talks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/06/2020||Brexit trade deal: What are the sticking points?||,,The EU says there has been no significant progress in trade talks with the UK. What is getting in the way?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/06/2020||'Good weekend reading': Barnier says UK backtracking on Brexit declaration – video||,,
The EU’s chief negotiator says little progress has been made on reaching a post-Brexit agreement, as ‘the UK continues to backtrack’ on commitments agreed to in a political declaration that sets out the framework for the future relationship between the bloc and Britain.
Michael Barnier held up the document calling it ‘good weekend reading’ in what appeared to be frustration at a lack of progress in negotiations
|03/06/2020||Brexit transition extension 'essential' to protect Scottish economy||,,Analysis by the Scottish government finds Scottish GDP could be up to 1.1% lower without a delay.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/06/2020||Brexit: NI Assembly votes to extend transition period||,,The transition is due to end on 1 January and a new "trade border" will operate between NI and rest of UK.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/06/2020||Nissan: UK factory still under threat from no-deal Brexit||,,Britain's largest car plant is "unsustainable" without a trade deal, the Japanese company says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/06/2020||Where's the catch in the Brexit fishing talks?||,,
As the UK and EU resume negotiations over quotas, many snags remain to be unpicked
European Union and British negotiators will face each other screen-to-screen as the latest round of Brexit talks get under way on Tuesday. During this four-day round, the most time has been allocated to one of the toughest issues: fishing rights.Continue reading...
|27/05/2020||Brexit: NI 'could access UK market and EU single market'||,,The advantages would be dependent on minimising checks between GB and NI, says agriculture minister.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/05/2020||What checks will there be on goods crossing Irish Sea?||,,
As government concedes there will be checks, we outline why, on what, and when they will begin
The government has finally conceded there will be extra checks and paperwork on some goods trade across the Irish Sea after Brexit. So why, on what, and when will they begin?Continue reading...
|19/05/2020||Government publishes 'approach' to post-Brexit trade deal with the EU||,,Michael Gove says the bloc held up talks with its "ideological approach" as the UK publishes its plans.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/05/2020||Campaign now to extend Brexit transition||,,
In the transformed global setting of the COVID-19 pandemic, the major pro-EU groups are coming together to campaign for the UK to agree with the EU to postpone by two years the hard end-date of the UK's exit transition period. Colin Gordon (Oxford for Europe) sets the scene.
|24/04/2020||Brexit talks: who is involved and what is being covered?||,,
In 40 video sessions, teams have been trying to ‘refocus’ on future relationship
Brexit talks on the future relationship between the UK and the EU resumed this week after a six-week interruption caused by coronavirus.
Over five days and 40 video sessions, 10 negotiating teams were expected to provide an urgent “refocus” before the 30 June deadline for both sides to formally agree to extend the transition period if the UK asks for one.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...|
|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...
|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...|
|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.
|06/02/2020||Searching for hope as Brexit dawns||,,
By the time you read this, the UK will have formally left the EU. There are no real words to describe the magnitude of this historic mistake and the range of feelings we are all going through. Sandra Khadhouri, Campaigner and Communicator and L4E Committee Member, searches for hope.
|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...
|31/01/2020||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the EU referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit: How did we get here? The past four years in two minutes||,,It's been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union but how did we get here?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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.
|16/01/2020||Harry, Meghan, Zeus, and Europa!||,,
In Greek mythology, the King of the Gods, Zeus, fell in love with a Phoenician princess called Europa. He presented himself in the form of a bull, and whisked her away on his back, as shown in pictures from antiquity.
|17/12/2019||Healing – more than empty words and slogans||,,
We know Jo Pye as London4Europe’s Volunteer Coordinator, who energetically manages our Volunteer Support Group. But one of her other many hats is a Bereavement Counsellor for women and families who suffer Early Pregnancy Loss. In this remarkable contribution, she applies what she has learned in that field, to handling the latest outcome of Brexit.
|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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|11/12/2019||Why the (True) Price of Brexit will be the NHS – and more||,,
We are one day from decision day. The stakes have never been higher. This is what a victory for the Tories tomorrow will mean. Please circulate this widely - and above all - persuade somebody that a vote for Johnson will not "Get Brexit Done". Andy Pye, L4E Secretary makes a final plea.
|11/12/2019||Towards a fork in the road…||,,
The torrent of words, inane slogans repeated ad nauseam, exaggerations, blatant mistruths and inventions might soon be behind us, hopes Richard Wassell, Vice-Chair of London4Europe.
|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.”
The post At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson appeared first on InFacts.
|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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|07/12/2019||Get Brexit Gone||,,
One thing we can all agree about Brexit is our wish for it to end. However, it is hard to identify much further common ground. Some believe the best way to end the uncertainty is to elect a Conservative Government on 12 December, and so get it over with. That is just plain wrong, says Vice-Chair of L4E Nick Hopkinson.
|28/11/2019||Missing the Boat to the Valley of Death||,,
As we prepare to leave the European Union, a £3.5 billion fund to provide equity and grant funding for start-ups in so-called deep tech industries is about to be launched. Andy Pye, technical writer and L4E Secretary is trying not to cry.
|28/11/2019||Chichester Public Meeting shows The Way Forward||,,
What an evening! Six great local speakers, passionate about the EU, and passionately explaining why.
|26/11/2019||Our Trusting Nature||,,
it comes naturally for us to trust each other. Reciprocal trust is fundamental to the smooth working of the societies in which we live. But untrustworthiness has become so widespread that it is no longer being automatically condemned, argues our correspondent Future of Our Children.
|22/11/2019||Make It Stop - A Slogan (or two) to Unite Us All||,,
"Make It Stop" or, alternatively, “Make Brexit Stop" are logos you’re bound to see more of over the next few weeks, says Jo Pye, London4Europe's Volunteer Support Coordinator.
|18/10/2019||Dominic Grieve QC MP speaks to over 200 In St Albans to shed light on Brexit, Boris Johnson, and the path to a People’s Vote||,,
Dominic Grieve QC MP spoke at an open meeting in St Albans last Thursday on the ‘absolute mayhem’ of Boris Johnson’s chaotic government, the disaster of a No Deal Brexit and the fast-growing campaign for a People’s Vote on any deal.
|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...|
|30/07/2019||Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU||,,Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.||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
|08/07/2019||Europe - what next meeting in Harpenden||,,
Harpenden for Europe, our neighbouring group, organised an event on Tuesday 2 July entitled 'Europe - What next?'. Judith Leary-Joyce, one of St Albans for Europe's founder members, reports on the evening.
|01/07/2019||Lord Heseltine becomes European Movement’s president at members’ evening– and one of St Albans for Europe’s star campaigners opens the evening||,,
On a balmy May evening, European Movement members were invited to an event introducing Lord Heseltine as the new President of European Movement UK, the parent organisation of St Albans for Europe. It took place at Church House just behind Westminster Abbey. Although our group was only set up in 2017, European Movement has been going since 1949, advocating all that time for Britain’s future at the heart of a united Europe. As the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair of European Movement explained, Lord Heseltine is in illustrious company – the first President was Sir Winston Churchill and a number of former Prime Ministers from Harold MacMillan to Ted Heath followed.
|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...|