|23/02/2020||Ben Jennings on Boris Johnson's next vanity project – cartoon||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|23/02/2020||The Guardian view on the Parthenon marbles: not just a Brexit sideshow | Editorial||,,A government that stresses the importance of national pride should understand Greek claims
Boris Johnson and his entourage are frequently accused of wishing to turn Britain into an insular, backward-looking place, obsessed with reliving past imperial glories. Their romantic counterclaim is that opting out of the European Union is a means of allowing Britain to regain control of its destiny. Pride restored, the country will be free to engage generously with the rest of the world. So what stance should this open, friendly and “global” Britain take towards renewed Greek demands for the restitution of the Parthenon marbles?
Greece, with Italy’s backing, has inserted a pointed clause in the EU’s draft negotiating mandate for a trade deal with Britain. It calls for the return of “unlawfully removed cultural objects” to their place of origin. It does not mention the marbles by name, and the move is explicitly directed at illegal trade in antiquities in London auction houses. But assuming it remains in the formal mandate to be unveiled this week, it would clearly provide a platform for renewed pressure to be exerted on London.Continue reading...
|23/02/2020||George Eustice refuses to guarantee ban on chlorinated chicken||,,
Environment secretary says there are ‘no plans’ to change law to clinch US trade deal
The environment secretary has refused to give a firm guarantee that the government will not allow chlorine-washed chicken to be imported into the UK as part of a trade deal with the US.
While stressing that chlorinated chicken was currently illegal in the UK, and that the government was committed to maintaining high standards, George Eustice’s declaration that the government had “no plans” to change the law was more equivocal than assurances given by his predecessor, who said the current law would stay.Continue reading...
|23/02/2020||Brexit: UK reneging on Northern Ireland pledges risks trade deals with US and EU||,,
Concerns raised after reports negotiating team told to devise plans to ‘get around’ protocol in withdrawal agreement
Reneging on the special Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland will risk trade deals with both the EU and the US, experts have warned.
Concern has been raised after Boris Johnson’s Brexit negotiating team has reportedly been ordered to come up with plans to “get around” the Northern Ireland protocol in the withdrawal agreement, which includes checks on goods and food going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.Continue reading...
|23/02/2020||Diane Abbott confirms she will stand down from Shadow Cabinet||,,Diane Abbott has confirmed she will stand down from the shadow Cabinet whoever wins the Labour leadership contest.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/02/2020||New Environment Secretary fails to rule out importing US chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef||,,The new Environment Secretary failed to confirm that the UK will ban the import of chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef from the US.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/02/2020||Johnson’s Brexit flunkey sums up all that’s wrong with his master’s trade fantasies | Will Hutton||,,
David Frost should drag himself out of the 18th century and address our perilous future
Last week, an unelected special adviser delivered one of the most political and controversial speeches made by a British public official in recent times. It claimed, in justifying Brexit, that 19th-century political notions – the nation state with absolute sovereignty and wholesale independence of action – extended unchanged into the 21st century and were supported wholeheartedly in Britain. This betrayed a combination of ignorance, self-deception and vainglory that will ill serve our country.
David Frost, Britain’s lead Brexit trade negotiator, plainly had a rough time in an earlier incarnation in Brussels, drawing the conclusion that the EU is a clunky disaster – although generalising one’s own personal experience to inform your country’s negotiating stance is rarely a good guide to action. It must be congenial for the prime minister that his lead negotiator plainly thinks that his boss represents the acme of political genius. According to Frost, Boris Johnson’s approach to Brexit combines an ability to read the runes of the British with putting into place the enduring philosophy of the 18th-century, ultra conservative politician Edmund Burke.Continue reading...
|23/02/2020||Donald Trump accuses Boris Johnson of a ‘betrayal’ over Huawei 5G contract||,,Donald Trump is said to be furious with Boris Johnson over the decision to award Huawei with the contract to build part of the UK’s 5G network, calling it a “betrayal”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/02/2020||House of Lords under fire for ‘out of control’ expenses as bill hits £23m a year||,,The House of Lords is facing criticism after it was revealed peers’ expense claims have risen by 29% in a year, taking the total bill to £23million.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/02/2020||Labour must unite or face generation out of power, warns Starmer||,,Labour must end its internal divisions or it faces being locked out of power for a generation, according to Keir Starmer.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/02/2020||Emmanuel Macron 'not sure' if a UK-EU trade deal can be struck this year||,,French President Emmanual Macron has said he’s “not sure” that an UK-EU trade deal can be reached by the end of the year.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/02/2020||What’s the catch? British fishermen’s hopes and fears for Brexit deal||,,
Fishing was a powerful factor in the case for leaving the EU. On the eve of crucial trade talks, the Observer finds optimism tempered by caution on the quays of Devon and Cornwall
Neil Watson was eight or nine when his dad took him out to sea for the first time. Soon he was earning his first pocket money by washing fish boxes on the quay at Brixham in south Devon. Three years after he started crewing, he got his skipper’s ticket and eventually he bought his own boat. For 30 years, he regularly spent seven days at sea followed by one night off, only stopping when his boat sank two years ago.
“I fished through good times and bad times. Fishing’s like riding a wave – one minute you’re up the top, and the next you’re down in the trough,” he said. Now Watson works at Brixham’s fish market, one of the largest in England, where £40m of fish was sold last year across the UK and Europe. A fisherman’s life is brutal, he said, but he badly misses the camaraderie.Continue reading...
|23/02/2020||UK and Brussels clash over post-Brexit trade deal even before key talks begin||,,Crunch negotiations begin next month
Downing Street is accusing the EU of being in disarray over its plans for a post-Brexit trade deal, in the latest deterioration of relations ahead of crunch talks next month.
Boris Johnson will also unveil his blueprint for a US trade deal next week, in a move designed to heap further pressure on Brussels. However, EU sources regard the hostile briefings as a bluff from the prime minister’s team, saying that their pre-negotiation plans are on track.Continue reading...
|22/02/2020||Brexit: Emmanuel Macron 'not sure' trade deal possible by end of year||,,
French president says fishing rights will be key point of contention for negotiations
French president Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he was “not sure” it would be possible for the European Union and Britain to reach a trade deal by the end of the year.
Britain and the EU are about to embark on negotiations aiming to hammer out a trade agreement by the time the post-Brexit transition period shuts at the end of December.Continue reading...
|22/02/2020||So the west is winning, is it? Only if you’re a delusional Trump toady, Mr Pompeo||,,
The special relationship has ended in tears for Britain and other allies have no reason to trust America
When was the last time a British prime minister cancelled a White House summit with a US president? Possibly never. Yet that’s what Boris Johnson did after a livid, cursing Donald Trump slammed the phone down on him in a row over the Chinese firm, Huawei.
Now a planned tête-à-tête in Washington next month, already twice delayed, is off. Not postponed. Not rescheduled. Off. So much for “Britain Trump”, the servile moniker the president pinned on Johnson last year. So much for the “special relationship”. Perhaps it was always doomed to end in tears.Continue reading...
|22/02/2020||Dominic Cummings says advisers should ‘toughen up’ following criticism||,,Dominic Cummings has said Downing Street advisers should toughen up, following reports some had sought counselling for stress.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/02/2020||Theresa May warned to expect criticism in Windrush report||,,Theresa May has been warned to expect criticism in an upcoming independent review into the Windrush scandal.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/02/2020||Boris Johnson unveils ‘iconic’ Brexit blue passport design||,,Boris Johnson last night released a photograph of himself posing with new blue post-Brexit British passport.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/02/2020||Blue Brexit passports to be issued from next month||,,
Redesign proves as divisive as EU referendum, with one former MP calling it ‘ignorant’
Blue passports will be issued for the first time in almost three decades from next month to mark Britain’s departure from the EU, the government has announced.
They will replace the standard-issue burgundy passports that were rolled out across EU countries from 1988.Continue reading...
|21/02/2020||EU summit collapses as leaders struggle to fill €75bn Brexit hole||,,
States deeply divided over budget as big contributors reject plan for them to pay more
A summit of EU leaders seeking to fill a €75bn hole in the bloc’s budget left by Brexit dramatically collapsed after Angela Merkel led major contributors in rejecting a proposal that would have left them paying billions more.
The meeting in Brussels was brought to an abrupt end on Friday evening with the leaders deeply divided, leaving the European council president, Charles Michel, to admit: “We need more time.”Continue reading...
|21/02/2020||Rebecca Long-Bailey sparks Labour split with 'council house building boom' pledge||,,Rebecca Long-Bailey has sparked a Labour split after challenging her leadership rivals to match her plans for a "council house building boom".||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/02/2020||Martin Rowson on Priti Patel's immigration plans – cartoon||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|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...
|21/02/2020||The Guardian view of Boris Johnson: neglecting the nation | Editorial||,,
He ignores the floods while pursuing immigration plans and an attack on the BBC, which are destructive and divisive. The prime minister does not care
Two weeks after Storm Ciara rolled across Britain and Ireland and a week after Storm Dennis did the same, extensive parts of rural Britain remain under many feet of flood water. Heavy rains in the last 48 hours have prolonged the misery. The floods extend from Surrey to Cumbria, and from the Scottish Borders to the Welsh Marches. The counties in the Wye, Severn, Trent and Yorkshire Ouse watersheds are again hard hit. As the climate crisis deepens, such events are likely to be both increasingly common and increasingly severe.
People are extraordinarily resilient in the face of this kind of emergency. But human hardiness, community solidarity and individual kindness are not enough when floods repeatedly lay waste to homes, livelihoods, land, infrastructure and services. Ultimately it is only the state, both at local and national level, that can ensure the scale of preventive and responsive measures necessary to show that the whole nation is committed to enabling diverse ways of life to continue with reasonable security.Continue reading...
|21/02/2020||Music industry fears bands will be unable to tour UK without visas||,,
Professional body urges ministers to clarify proposed post-Brexit immigration rules
The music industry has urged the government to clarify its proposed immigration rules amid fears that bands from the EU will not be able to tour the UK without written permission or a visa.Continue reading...
|21/02/2020||Immigration rules post-Brexit could fuel modern slavery, say charities||,,
Charities say ban on low-skilled workers could lead to boom in black market
The proposed closure of UK borders to low-skilled workers after Brexit risks driving vulnerable EU citizens into modern slavery, charities have said.
They warned the ban will lead to a boom in a black market for low-paid workers that will be exploited by criminals and lead to coercion and abuse.Continue reading...
|20/02/2020||UK’s expensive visa fees 'could deter NHS staff and scientists'||,,
High cost of entry under immigration overhaul will put off applicants, says thinktank
The UK’s “sky-high” visa fees could deter vital NHS staff and the “brightest and best” scientists that Boris Johnson wants to attract with his new immigration policy, experts have warned.
Nurses, lab technicians, engineers and tech experts who currently flock to the UK from the EU may not be able to afford to do so if the prime minister’s proposed immigration overhaul becomes law.Continue reading...
|20/02/2020||Scottish Tories urge rethink over points-based immigration||,,
Plans to lobby Downing Street over Priti Patel’s proposalsbranded a ‘work in progress’
The Scottish Tory leader, Jackson Carlaw, plans to lobby Boris Johnson over complaints that Home Office plans for a points-based immigration system could damage Scotland’s economy.
In his first public statement on Priti Patel’s plans, Carlaw told reporters at Holyrood he has been pressurising the home secretary to relax many of the obstacles to low-skilled, low-waged migrants she plans to introduce.Continue reading...
|20/02/2020||Brexit: How will it affect my holidays to Europe?||,,A simple guide to how leaving the EU might affect travel to Europe.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/02/2020||British jobs for British robots||,,The UK's new immigration plan reveals plenty about the kind of country Boris Johnson wants to lead.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/02/2020||The Guardian view on a new immigration policy: make it more than tabloid fodder | Editorial||,,Boris Johnson saw immigration as the driver of Brexit, and has produced a policy that taps into questions about the nature of work
The government’s proposed immigration reforms represent perhaps the biggest change to British life since the Maastricht treaty almost three decades ago gave Europeans the freedom to live and work in this country. It is to be regretted deeply that free movement of people, a high-minded ideal that was intended to make the European Union more popular, was weaponised to make membership so unpopular that the British public voted to leave the bloc. In its place, Boris Johnson proposes new routes for high-skilled migrants to enter Britain while closing the door on large-scale unskilled immigration.
For Mr Johnson, having decided immigration was the driver of the Brexit vote, there is no trade-off between controlling borders and trading with Europe. From next year businesses can no longer recruit from outside the UK for unskilled workers and will only offer jobs to those with an A-level or above and who are to be paid more than £25,600 annually. There will be a level playing field for immigrants from the EU and the rest of the world. For certain privileged categories – the plans cite foreign nurses – there will be exceptions. The government says overall numbers of migrants will fall. Ministers might be right, but it’s not certain. If the economy suffers – the sudden loss of EU workers may lead to widespread labour shortages – then we may see ministers U-turn and relax the rules further to let numbers rise.Continue reading...
|19/02/2020||The new Tory immigration system won’t work – except at the ballot box | Martin Kettle||,,
Shutting out low-skilled workers from entering the country is all about politics, not the economy
There was a solitary question on the ballot paper in the 2016 referendum. It asked: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” The result – the majority vote to leave – was clear but close. Boris Johnson’s government has now begun to implement it and would like to pretend that the issue is done and dusted.
This is patently not the case. For one thing, most of the terms on which Brexit Britain will coexist alongside the EU remain to be decided. For another, it was common ground among leavers and remainers that a lot of umbilically linked questions clustered around the core EU argument. Among them were such things as austerity, business confidence, inequality, regional decline, hostility to London, nationalist narratives, resentment of elites – and immigration. Ever since 2016, these other Brexit-powered questions have helped to reshape British politics at least as much as Brexit itself has done.Continue reading...
|19/02/2020||Sliding flaws: EU publishes misleading Brexit chart||,,Chart appears to exaggerate the size of UK trade with the EU compared with Japan's.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/02/2020||EU touring artists will need visas to perform in the UK from 2021||,,Home Office pours cold water on artists’ hopes of retaining free movement between the UK and the EU.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/02/2020||The starting gun has fired on Brexit trade talks – and we’re already running out of time | Mujtaba Rahman||,,
For all the tough rhetoric of Johnson’s henchmen, the timeline and the EU’s busy inbox could be bad news for Britain
As the UK and EU gear up for intensive trade negotiations in March, the temperature is already rising. Just this week Boris Johnson’s most senior Europe adviser and lead negotiator, David Frost, delivered an unflinching message to his EU counterparts. Echoing previous statements by cabinet ministers such as Michael Gove and former chancellor Sajid Javid, Frost reiterated the government’s unwillingness to be bound by EU labour, social, environmental and fiscal norms in the future, even as the EU insists this will be the price for the kind of trade deal – zero tariffs, zero quotas – the government seeks.
And today, home secretary Priti Patel has fleshed out plans for a new immigration regime that will come into effect at the end of this year, when free movement of labour ends. At its heart, the system is designed to significantly reduce low-skilled immigration from the EU (by 140,000 per year). There is even chatter in Whitehall circles of introducing a fingerprint system for EU workers in the future.Continue reading...
|18/02/2020||UK shuts the door to unskilled migrants||,,British government tells employers to 'adjust' to not being able to recruit low-skilled workers from Europe.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|18/02/2020||Michel Barnier: UK can't have Canada trade deal with EU||,,The chief negotiator says the UK's "particular proximity" to the bloc rules out a similar agreement.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/02/2020||The key Brexit fight: Who sets the rules||,,Why the so-called level playing field is shaping up to be major flashpoint.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|18/02/2020||Cayman Islands, Panama land on EU tax haven blacklist||,,Blacklisting a British overseas territory should be a warning to the UK.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|18/02/2020||UK’s EU guru explains Brexit with dinosaurs and de Gaulle||,,David Frost says UK's departure would provide 'huge advantages' for the country.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|17/02/2020||Brexit negotiator says UK must be able to set its own laws||,,David Frost's remarks come amid warnings the UK and EU will "rip each other apart" in trade talks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/02/2020||UK Brexit negotiator: We’re not bluffing on not accepting EU rules||,,David Frost says breaking away from Brussels regulations 'is the point of the whole project.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|17/02/2020||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From settled status to divorce bill, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/02/2020||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/02/2020||Negotiating with a bloc seven times your size: Clash no 1 - Financial Services||,,
The UK has the same rules as the EU right now – but EU rules are evolving continuously under the pressure of technological change. The main Directive about trading securities is about to be examined later this year - as part of the normal review cycle. The UK will not be at the table when the EU debates reversing a key concession to the UK after the Great Financial Crash. Very technical yes, but very significant!
The significance of financial services to the UK economy – two handy factoids:
Importance of exports of financial services: in 2017, there was a surplus in financial services trade of £44 billion (43% of financial services exports went to the EU). Even after this surplus, the UK still recorded an overall deficit of £73 billion on the balance of international payments that year (or 3.5% of GDP – the largest by far amongst the world’s leading economies).
However, the FT has reported – with the aid of a long distance camera shot of the UK’s negotiating documents – that “The British government is demanding the EU sign up to a “permanent equivalence” regime for financial services that will last for “decades to come” to ensure the City of London can maintain access to the European market after Brexit.” The EU’s chief negotiator – Michel Barnier – responded immediately in striking language “I would like to take this opportunity to make it clear to certain people in the United Kingdom bearing authority that they should not kid themselves about this - there will not be general, open-ended, ongoing equivalence in financial services".
The EU has not forgotten that the City was the epicentre of the Great Financial Crash (GFC) that wrought havoc with the EU’s economy (as well as with the UK’s!). A huge wave of post-Crash legislation ensured that the financial stability of the EU would never be imperilled again. Reviewing this legislation to cope with market changes poses a difficulty for the UK. Maintain “equivalence” with EU rules while they are in a continuous process of evolution: be a “vassal state” OR “take back control” and lose “equivalence” – and thus business.
Specific example: Regulation of trading in financial instruments (MiFID II).
The Investment Services Directive (ISD) of 1993 was a key plank of Mrs Thatcher’s drive to create a single market to rival that of the US. So it was enacted just after the single market came into force in 1992. Major changes in the structure of financial markets occurred in the succeeding decade – driven by technological developments - so MiFID I was enacted in 2004 to respond to this. In the light of bad experiences in the GFC, the Directive was updated in 2014 as MiFID II. It came into in force in 2018 and, as usual with financial services legislation, is now up for review after two years. So a proposal is due later this year. As the UK is no longer in the EU, it will not be at the negotiating table.
At first glance, some of the initial proposals from the European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) to the European Commission are highly technical tweaks on data reporting. However, discussion is rising about repealing aspects of the “open access” rules of MiFID II for settling derivatives trades – where London has overwhelming dominance at the moment. The scale of these markets is mind-boggling: The notional value of euro-denominated derivatives is about 50 time EU GDP! They are at the heart of the provision of liquidity in securities markets – so correspondingly at the heart of concerns about financial stability in the EU.
The UK pushed hard for MiFID II rules to require exchanges to allow traders to have “open access” to settle their derivative trades at whatever EU-regulated clearing house they chose. As London will soon cease to be subject to EU rules, EU players are now arguing – unsurprisingly - against the continuation of that rule. In time, that could well push market liquidity in euros away from London and into the euro area.
Graham Bishop is Chair of the European Movement National Council.
|14/02/2020||Boris Johnson delays trip to see Donald Trump||,,The prime minister had been expected to visit the White House in January.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|14/02/2020||UK ministers back post-Brexit points-based immigration system||,,'Simpler' and 'fairer' visa regime will apply from January 2021.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|11/02/2020||UK trade will thrive despite border checks, says chancellor||,,Chancellor Sajid Javid says the UK will have a "better future" despite the end of frictionless trade.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/02/2020||What is judicial review and why doesn't the government like it?||,,
Legal challenges to ministerial decisions have recently proved difficult for the Conservatives
Downing Street’s frustration over what it believes is excessive use of the judicial review process to overturn ministerial decisions – this week preventing deportations – has focused political attention on the complex courtroom process.Continue reading...
|11/02/2020||Brexit: Border delays 'could cause fresh food problems'||,,Warning comes after Michael Gove tells firms to prepare for post-Brexit border checks from January.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/02/2020||Brexit: EU's von der Leyen seeks 'unique' trade deal with UK||,,Ursula von der Leyen says the EU has big ambitions but any deal must have a "level playing field".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/02/2020||What does the Irish election result mean for Brexit?||,,
A Sinn Féin coalition will rattle unionists, who consider Boris Johnson’s EU deal a betrayal
Sinn Féin won the most first-preference votes in Saturday’s Irish general election, delivering a shock to the country’s political landscape after decades of domination by the centrist rivals Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
However, the fragmented results will produce a hung parliament with no party close to 80 seats, meaning there could be weeks – possibly months – of negotiations between party leaders before a government is formed.Continue reading...
|07/02/2020||Brexit: Raab in Australia at start of trade mission||,,The foreign secretary says the UK will be a "force for good in the world" as he begins his Asia-Pacific trip.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/02/2020||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...|
|03/02/2020||Brexit: Boris Johnson says 'no need' for UK to follow EU rules on trade||,,But the EU's Michel Barnier offers a contrasting vision of negotiations, calling for a "level playing field".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/02/2020||Brexit: where do the EU and UK stand before talks begin?||,,
The two sides already appear far apart, with negotiations due to finish by October
The UK left the European Union on Friday night. On Monday morning, the two sides began the arduous task of reconstructing a 47-year-old relationship based on trade, security, foreign policy and numerous technical policies.
Michel Barnier, returning as EU chief negotiator, published the EU’s draft negotiating objectives, declaring them “nothing surprising”, as they repeated the EU’s long-stated principles. Less than an hour later, Boris Johnson began setting out the UK’s opening position, with a very different vision.Continue reading...
|03/02/2020||'There is no need for a free trade agreement': Boris Johnson outlines UK stance after Brexit – video||,,
During a speech in Greenwich outlining the government's stance on negotiations with the EU, the prime minister claimed the UK would not need to accept EU rules in trade. Boris Johnson said: 'British fishing grounds are first and foremost for British boats.' This was in stark contrast with the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, who said in a press conference one hour earlier that an agreement 'should provide for continued, reciprocal access to markets and to waters with stable quota shares'.
|03/02/2020||Brexit: Barnier says UK exporters must prepare for EU border checks – video||,,
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, outlined the conditions of the EU’s ‘exceptional offer’ of a trade deal with the UK post-Brexit.
He said the EU was willing to offer a zero-tariff, zero-quota deal on goods. Acknowledging that the UK would offer trade competition, Barnier said competition was ‘normal’, but that it must be open and fair. He also warned that exporters must now prepare as UK goods entering the EU would be subject to border checks – which he said was an automatic consequence of the UK’s choices
|03/02/2020||'Should we go home?': Despair and defiance for Poles post-Brexit – video||,,
In the 24 hours after Brexit, the Guardian visited members of the Polish community in Plymouth, an area that voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU in 2016. Margaret, who works full time in a children's home and runs a Polish school at the weekends, says she feels confusion and despair – but also defiance.
About 3.6 million EU citizens live in the UK, and Poland is the most common country of origin for foreign nationals. Polish is the second most widely spoken language in Britain, according to the last censusContinue reading...
|02/02/2020||Brexit: Britain 'will not be aligning with EU rules' - Raab||,,But Irish PM Leo Varadkar warned against setting "rigid red lines" in Brexit trade negotiations.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/02/2020||'Empathy' for independent Scotland joining the EU says Tusk||,,But the ex-European Council president warns an independent Scotland would not be automatically accepted.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/02/2020||Brexit Day: how the night unfolded as the UK left the EU – video||,,
At 11pm on Friday 31 January, the UK left the European Union after 47 years of membership. In Westminster, Brexiters celebrated with speeches, light shows and recorded Big Ben bongs to mark the moment. Across the UK, remainers held vigils, protests and pledged the UK would one day rejoin.
|01/02/2020||We've Brexited||,,The latest episode of Brexitcast marks the moment the UK formally left the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/02/2020||Brexit: What will change after Friday, 31 January?||,,Brexit happened at 23:00 on Friday, 31 January, but what changes will we notice?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Britain leaves the EU to recorded Big Ben bongs and God Save the Queen – video||,,
At 11pm on 31 January, Britain officially left the EU after 47 years of membership. Downing Street marked the moment by beaming a virtual Big Ben onto Number 10 to chime. Nearby, in Parliament Square, Nigel Farage led a rendition of God Save the Queen
|31/01/2020||Johnson addresses nation on Brexit Day: 'This is the dawn of a new era' – video||,,
Boris Johnson has described Brexit day as a moment of national renewal and change, adding: 'This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act.’ The UK now moves into a transition period under which it abides by EU rules until the end of 2020Continue reading...
|31/01/2020||Union jack removed from EU parliament building – video||,,
The union flag has been removed from the esplanade outside the European parliament building, where the flags of all member states are displayed. It was replaced by the EU flag featuring a circle of 12 yellow stars. Britain will become the first country to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday, after 47 years as a memberContinue reading...
|31/01/2020||Union jack taken down at EU Council building in Brussels – video||,,
Officials removed the British flag from the European Council on Friday, leaving the 27 flags of the EU's remaining member states. By midnight Brussels time (11pm GMT), the UK’s 47-year stay in the European club of nations will come to endContinue reading...
|31/01/2020||EU flag removed from UK's Brussels HQ before Brexit – video||,,
The union jack flies alone at the UK’s permanent representation to the EU in Brussels after the European flag was taken down before Brexit. By midnight Brussels time (11pm GMT), the UK’s 47-year stay in the European club of nations will come to endContinue 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 Party MEP Widdecombe leaves leave EU Parliament, led by a bagpiper||,,Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe has left the European Parliament in Brussels for the last time, led by a bagpiper.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Michel Barnier: 'We are weaker than if we were together'||,,EU's chief negotiator says his thoughts are with millions of people who are sad about Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit: The Devon village that held an EEC-joining party||,,Ivybridge in Devon held a parade when the UK joined the EEC in 1973. How do they feel about Brexit?||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...|
|30/01/2020||Pets, pensions and Irish passports: readers' questions about post-Brexit rights||,,
Which passport should my children use? Will I pay home or EU student fees? Your questions answered
There is continuing confusion about citizens’ rights after Brexit. We asked you about your concerns, and many wrote in with questions about pension and healthcare rights.
You raised other issues too: can I still sail around Europe? Will I pay home fees if I start university in the Netherlands this year? What will happen about my pet’s passport? There is much unfinished Brexit business, as you will see from our answers below, composed with the help of experts and government departments.Continue reading...
|30/01/2020||Brexit day and the battle over Europe in '75||,,Opposing campaigners from the 1975 vote spoke to the BBC about opinions then, and what has changed now.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|29/01/2020||Brexit: European Parliament overwhelmingly backs terms of UK's exit||,,MEPs overwhelmingly back the terms of the UK's exit after an emotional debate in Brussels.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|29/01/2020||The highs and lows of Britain's 47 years in the EEC and EU||,,
The key moments since the signing of the accession treaty in 1972
The European parliament sets the seal on Britain’s departure from the EU on Friday by formally voting to ratify the withdrawal agreement paving the way for the UK to leave the bloc after 47 tumultuous years.
A sad day for many, a moment for celebration for others.Continue reading...
|27/01/2020||Varadkar: EU will have stronger team in trade talks with UK||,,The Irish PM says it will be "difficult" to reach a deal this year, but Boris Johnson is bullish.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/01/2020||What has the EU been up to in the run-up to Brexit? | Q&A||,,
Brussels firms up position and bloc’s unity before tough talks on future relationship with UK
While the UK parliament has passed the EU withdrawal agreement and argued over whether Big Ben bongs at the moment of Brexit, the European Union has been sharpening its position for the next phase of talks.
Over this month, more than 200 EU diplomats have taken part in 11 seminars totalling more than 35 hours. Led by the team of the chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, the seminars, which conclude on Wednesday with a meeting of EU ambassadors, are intended to keep the bloc together, before difficult talks on the post-Brexit future relationship.Continue reading...
|27/01/2020||Conference on the Future of Europe||,,
As I was in Brussels for business, I was able to pop in to the European Movement International’s (EMI) meeting with Carnegie Europe in the European Parliament last Wednesday. The triggers for the meeting were two-fold: Carnegie has just published its Report on “Six ideas for rejuvenating European democracy” whilst the European Commission that day had formally adopted its Communication on the Conference on the Future of Europe. EMI’s President – Eva Maydell MEP – hosted the event and Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica introduced the Commission’s paper.
She was at pains to say that there must be no “pre-judging” of the outcome of such a consultation exercise. The history of these “conferences” is that they acquire a life of their own and massive change can emerge. Could this make the EU become an attraction to British voters again in the fullness of time?
The topic was irresistible after Dave Rowen had introduced his recent survey of Branch Chairs to the National Council two weeks ago. They put the top priority – by far – for EM (UK) as “promoting the EU, its values and its benefits”, along with “democracy” as a major wish. So it was a great privilege to listen to an author of this new project in the Parliament buildings where the project was launched only in October 2019. The plan is for a formal launch of the Conference on Europe Day – 9thMay – with completion in 2022 so that the output can be in force and operational for the European Parliament elections in 2024. A demanding timetable if history is any guide!
Are our supporters fully aware of this project? Doubtful. A quick Google search only produced coverage in the FT and Guardian – highlighting the risk that UK media will now cut coverage of the EU down to the bare essentials of the negotiations. I can recommend the free content from Euractiv– and their coverage of the Commission’s launch. We will need access to this calibre of factual journalism as the UK press cuts the news flow from the EU.
The Communication described the Conference as “As a major pan-European democratic exercise, the Conference will be a new public forum for an open, inclusive, transparent and structured debate with citizens around a number of key priorities and challenges.” The scale of the ambition is also clear from the European Parliament’s recent resolution:
- European values, fundamental rights and freedoms,
- Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU,
- Environmental challenges and the climate crisis,
- Social justice and equality,
- Economic and employment issues including taxation,
- Digital transformation,
- Security and the role of the EU in the world
Carnegie’s six ideas also illustrate the breadth of the ambition for this project:
Graham Bishop is the Chairman of The European Movement National Council.
|27/01/2020||What happens on Brexit day and what comes next?||,,
This Friday, 31 January, marks the start of a race to get a trade deal done by the end of the year
There will be little official pageantry to mark Britain’s departure from the European Union at 11pm on Friday. A clock counting down the last hour will be projected on to No 10 Downing Street, and Nigel Farage will host a celebration in Parliament Square where flagpoles will fly union jacks.
But there will be nothing like the torchlight procession that marked the august occasion on 1 January 1973 when the prime minister Edward Heath was joined in Brussels by his predecessors Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home and a chorus of leaders from across the political divide to witness the accession of the UK into the European Economic Community.Continue reading...
|26/01/2020||Brexit: Zero tariff, zero quota aim for trade talks, says Barclay||,,The prime minister will set out trade talk details in a speech next month, says the Brexit secretary.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/01/2020||Brexit day 50p coin unveiled by Chancellor Sajid Javid||,,It comes after the original batch of coins had to be melted down when the Brexit deadline was extended.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/01/2020||Brexit: US 'wants to reach trade deal with UK this year'||,,The US's treasury secretary says he is "optimistic" a deal can be reached with the UK this year.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/01/2020||What is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?||,,'The WAB' has passed all its stages in Parliament. Here's what it is.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/01/2020||What is a level playing field?||,,What are people talking about when they refer to a level playing field and what has it to do with Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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...|
|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||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...|
|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||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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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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|21/10/2019||What is in Boris Johnson's Brexit deal?||,,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.
|19/03/2019||Call for Brexit being Put to the People - This Saturday||,,
Join us on the march for a People’s Vote on the 23 March in central London and show again that the will of the people is now to get a vote on the final Brexit deal.
History is unfolding in front of our eyes, dizzyingly fast and with all the votes, amendments and amended amendments it can be easy to lose track of where we are and the fact remaining is still possible. This last week in Parliament, through all of the twists and turns of voices and votes lost, a couple of things are clear.
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|