|21/11/2019||UK Conservatives storm ahead in election funding race||,,Labour has received less in large donations than the Tories, Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||UK Labour’s manifesto explained||,,The Labour Party hopes to win the December election with a radical plan to take on the rich.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||Conservatives rake in 26 times more than Labour in big-money general election donations||,,The Conservatives have raised 26 times more than Labour from big-money donations in the first week of the election campaign.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||Labour manifesto offers chance to restore sanity on Europe||,,
A government led by the main opposition party is the only way to stop Johnson in his ruinous tracks.
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|21/11/2019||Vote Lib Dem in Kensington to stop the Tories||,,
Latest poll shows Sam Gyimah in 2nd place with Labour in 3rd. A vote for Labour will be wasted. Don’t let the Tory slip through the middle.
|21/11/2019||EU Parliament will vote on new Commission (minus UK) next week||,,Sassoli says Council will make statement on 'the formation of the 27 commissioners.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||AT-A-GLANCE: All the key points as Jeremy Corbyn unveils Labour’s ‘manifesto of hope’||,,PoliticsHome’s guide to all the big pledges as Jeremy Corbyn lifts the lid on Labour’s election manifesto.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||Government borrowing hits five-year high amid election spending vows||,,
UK ran £11.2bn deficit last month, with fastest rise in public spending in 15 years
Government borrowing has risen to its highest October level in five years amid evidence that the slowing of the economy, increased spending and Brexit preparations have taken a toll on Britain’s finances.
At a time when political parties have been vying with each other to promise higher spending, data from the Office for National Statistics showed the UK ran a deficit of £11.2bn last month – up £2.3bn on a year earlier.Continue reading...
|21/11/2019||Labour manifesto waters down radical conference proposals on environment, private schools and immigration||,,Labour has watered down a series of radical proposals on the environment, education and immigration agreed at its party conference.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||UK Labour launches manifesto with pitch to ‘protect’ free movement||,,Jeremy Corbyn positioned his party as a moderate Brexit option.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||Jeremy Corbyn promises £11bn windfall tax on oil and gas giants in Labour election manifesto||,,Labour would hit oil and gas companies with an £11bn one-off tax to help workers move into low-carbon jobs, Jeremy Corbyn has declared.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||Johnson’s broken referendum promises – there were loads||,,
In 2016 we produced a “cut-out-and-keep list of top 19 Brexiteer promises”. Check out how many have been kept. Clue - hardly any.
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|21/11/2019||Alex Salmond appears in court charged with sexual assaults on 10 women||,,Alex Salmond has appeared in court accused of carrying out a series of sexual offences against 10 women.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||UK growth will dip to 1% even if no-deal Brexit avoided, warns OECD||,,
Prospect of crashing out of EU leaves UK more exposed to global financial risks, thinktank says
The UK’s GDP growth rate will slip to 1% next year even if a no-deal Brexit is avoided, according to the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation.
The OECD said the economy would slow down from growth of 1.2% this year if parliament passes Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal before the 31 January deadline, before returning to 1.2% in 2021.Continue reading...
|21/11/2019||Priti Patel condemned for claiming the Government should not be blamed for poverty||,,Priti Patel has been branded "completely out of touch" after she said the Government should not be blamed for rising poverty in parts of the UK.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||Tory manifesto to promise that no-one will have to sell their home to pay for social care||,,A Conservative government will ensure that nobody who needs social care will have to sell their home to pay for it, the Health Secretary has promised.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||Tories to introduce 'lifetime' fixed rate mortgages to help renters get on property ladder||,,The Conservatives have vowed to introduce "lifetime" fixed rate mortgages to make it easier for renters to get on the property ladder if the party wins the general election.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/11/2019||Conservatives vow to look at doubling jail terms for attacks on emergency service workers||,,The Conservatives have pledged to look at once again doubling the amount of time a person can spend in prison for assaulting emergency workers from one to two years.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/11/2019||Labour to launch biggest council housing programme since the war if it wins election||,,Labour will embark upon the biggest council house building programme since the Second World War if it wins the election.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/11/2019||General election: Liberal Democrats promise £50bn windfall from stopping Brexit at manifesto launch – as it happened||,,
Lib Dems say they are only party to offer credible plan for climate crisis; prime minister reveals national insurance manifesto pledge
That’s all from us for this evening. Thanks for reading and commenting. Here’s a detailed summary of the day’s events:
“Yes, what was that?” said Boris Johnson, affecting bafflement when asked about the Conservative party’s Twitter feed masquerading as a fact-checking service during the debate on Tuesday between the party leaders.
The prime minister appeared to be suggesting his own party’s official communications channels had nothing to do with him; he argued it was not for him to “invigilate absolutely everything” on the internet.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||How People's Vote collapsed after Roland Rudd's boardroom coup||,,
The second referendum pressure group suffered after the dismissals of two key figures
The plan was for People’s Vote to become one of the most influential voices in the election campaign. But an extraordinary three-week-long row pitting some of Labour’s best known names against a multimillionaire PR specialist has led to the total collapse of the second referendum pressure group.
With over 500,000 supporters, and two successful mass marches in London behind it, the group was raising £100,000 a week in small donations and planned to run a tactical vote campaign in 100 seats in support of Labour, the Liberal Democrats and a few former Conservatives, such as Dominic Grieve and David Gauke.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||Will there be a £50bn 'remain bonus' from revoking Brexit?||,,
The Liberal Democrats have made the claim a cornerstone of their election pitch
The Liberal Democrats claim there would be a £50bn “remain bonus” from revoking Brexit and Britain staying in the EU.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||Liberal Democrat manifesto: key policies explained||,,
From revoking article 50 to legalising cannabis, here are the key pledges made by the party
|20/11/2019||Liberal Democrat manifesto explained||,,The Lib Dems are unlikely to win the UK election — but they could be kingmakers.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|20/11/2019||The Guardian view on the Lib Dem manifesto: missing the moderate opportunity | Editorial||,,
Jo Swinson’s commitment to revoke article 50 is a drastic measure that sits awkwardly with her party’s claim to the centre ground
Britain’s electoral system is cruel to small parties. What prominence they achieve in mid-term local government ballots and byelections is lost in a general election, when cultural habit and constituency arithmetic see the traditional Labour-Conservative duopoly reassert itself in England. In a general election the identity of the next prime minister is also uppermost in voters’ minds. That person is unlikely to be Jo Swinson. The Liberal Democrat leader insists she is capable of the job and her credentials are no worse than those of any other candidate. But Ms Swinson will not command a majority in the next parliament and the public knows it.
Yet the Lib Dems’ most prominent policy – cancelling Brexit by revoking article 50 – is predicated on that outcome. Their credibility suffers as a result. The party’s manifesto, published on Wednesday, recognises that “in other circumstances” EU membership would be defended in a second referendum. How those circumstances might be engineered is not clear. Nor, in fairness, are potential deals and coalitions a matter for the manifesto, which has to presume Lib Dem government even if no one else does.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||Jo Swinson: ‘Only Lib Dems can prevent a Tory majority’||,,Liberal Democrats launch election manifesto with a promise to stop Brexit.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|20/11/2019||Johnson’s ‘Get Brexit done’ drumbeat cannot drown out reality for ever | Rafael Behr||,,
The prime minister’s snappy, inane slogan is the prelude to inevitable lies, betrayal and duplicity
One test of a campaign slogan is how efficiently it helps voters explain their preference to others and to themselves. Why Donald Trump? To make America great again. Why leave the EU? To take back control. Simple. Boris Johnson has found that kind of groove with his pledge to “Get Brexit done”, which is why he beat the phrase like a drum in televised leader debates this week. It packs a lot into four syllables: release from the EU for those who really care, and relief from having to think about it to those who don’t. It has the pleasing crispness of a page being turned, while making Labour’s policy feel like a threat to reread a grim chapter all over again.
As politics, “Get Brexit done” is snappy; as policy, it is empty. It is the vacuous sequel to “Take back control”, starring the same falsehood about Britain’s global stature. Johnson’s claim now, as in the referendum campaign, is that leaving Europe is an act of empowerment. It contains the illusion that we, the liberated nation, tell them, the spurned continentals, how things will be. Three years of negotiation tell a different story. The UK tried to retain privileges of EU membership without abiding by the rules, failed, and watched its deal deteriorate as a result. If the Tories win a majority, that pattern repeats all next year. The old movie will be remade with the same gallop towards a cliff edge, cheered on by hardliners lying about “clean breaks”.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||Of course, the EU doesn’t stop us planting trees||,,
Gove’s latest slur is outrageous. EU actually provides cash to encourage tree-planting. Our government just doesn’t use it.
|20/11/2019||Johnson’s tight timescale means obeying EU rules||,,
The UK will have to accept the “level playing field” that Brussels demands to finish negotiations in 2020. The only alternative is to crash out after all.
|20/11/2019||It took the cystic fibrosis community years to win this lifesaving drug. It can’t be taken away | Isabelle Jani-Friend||,,
Orkambi, once too expensive for the NHS, has brought hope to thousands. A new UK-US trade deal could see its price rise again
For the first time in my life I now feel able to consider a more fulfilled and “normal” life. Picking up a cold and ending up in hospital may no longer be my reality and the thought of reaching middle-age seems more realistic. This follows the huge victory of cystic fibrosis patients and the parents of children with the condition to get access to life-changing drugs on the NHS across the UK.
I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when I was six. I’m now 21, and since then have been under a strict medical regime which sees me spend three hours a day undergoing treatment; a combination of 30 tablets a day, inhaled medications and constant physiotherapy. Despite my daily routine, I also get admitted into hospital when I pick up a lung infection, leaving me in a hospital isolation room for two weeks at a time. This takes me away from my family and friends, and has had a huge impact on my education and work opportunities.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||European Central Bank warns of growing risks to global financial stability – as it happened||,,
Rolling coverage of markets, economics and business news amid warning of increased risks posed by non-bank lenders
Wall Street has followed the lead set by major Asian and European counterparts, with early declines as investors digest another twist in the US-China trade battle.
The worsening outlook on US-China relations has been set off by, well, take your pick: the US Senate angered China with a new bill aimed at protecting the rights of protestors in Hong Kong; a former employee of the British consulate there alleged he was tortured during detention by China; and Donald Trump last night said tariffs could rise if no deal is agreed.
Major indices on Wall Street have fallen across the board.
The Nasdaq fell by 0.3%, the S&P 500 lost 0.2% and the Dow Jones industrial average fell by 0.2% at the opening bell.
|20/11/2019||Lib Dems launch ‘stop Brexit’ manifesto ahead of UK general election||,,Jo Swinson will launch her party's plan in central London on Wednesday evening.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|20/11/2019||Surrender deal gives EU control of much state aid policy||,,
Johnson has given EU right to vet lots of our state aid - a massive surrender of power to an entity we will no longer be able to influence.
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|20/11/2019||Twitter warns UK Tories over attempt to ‘mislead’ voters||,,The party rebranded its press account 'factcheckUK' during a leaders' election debate Tuesday night.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|20/11/2019||Corbyn needs to rouse his fighting spirit to win this election | Aditya Chakrabortty||,,
The ITV leaders’ debate had no victor. Johnson was a one-trick Brexit pony but Corbyn failed to land an attack
The secret of winning leaders’ debates was taught to David Cameron before the very first one, in the spring of 2010. They weren’t debates at all, he was told by two leading (and doubtless expensive) media operatives who’d helped get Barack Obama elected. “You don’t want to engage with your opponents’ arguments, you just want to put your own point across,” Cameron recalls in his recent memoir. “Just get your ‘zinger’ – a one-liner destined for the headlines on the news programmes after the show – ready beforehand and deploy it as soon as you can.”
That is the best explanation of Boris Johnson’s performance in last night’s debate. The Tory leader had but one message, one solitary stark sentence, for the public. He had a Brexit deal, and he was going to do it. The other side offered only “dither and delay”.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||And action! Ditched Dagenham studio plan back on, says developer||,,
Prefered bidder for site shelved plan due to Brexit but rival still keen as studio demand booms
The project has been in doubt after a developer put proposals on hold indefinitely, citing Brexit uncertainty. However, another party with support from Netflix and a Hollywood film company has said its bid still stands and that the project can survive the EU-UK melodrama.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||ITV debate: spinners seek the edge their leaders couldn't achieve||,,
Senior figures in both the Labour and Tory parties refight the debate in punchier terms
No sooner had the cameras stopped recording Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson than their proxies rushed on to the airwaves to reinforce their messages.
Labour figures stressed the laughter at Johnson’s claim that he was truthful, while senior Tories repeatedly attacked Corbyn for failing to give an answer to how he would campaign on Brexit. And they were much punchier than their bosses.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clash in ITV election debate over 'NHS for sale' claim – as it happened||,,
Follow live as prime minister and Labour leader take part in first TV clash of the campaign
This is straight out of Donald Trump or Putin’s playbook. Not content with excluding the voice of remain from this debate, the Tories are now resorting to deliberately misleading the public.
Here are some of the newspaper front pages from tomorrow.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||Corbyn outperforms expectations in head to head with Johnson||,,
PM seen as winner of ITV debate by 51% of viewers in Sky poll, a narrower margin than forecast
If the post debate poll is to be believed, it was almost a dead heat. Boris Johnson won the ITV debate in the eyes of just 51% of the viewers, compared with Jeremy Corbyn’s 49%, according to an immediate poll conducted by YouGov on behalf of Sky News.
It can be tempting to dismiss such immediate sampling, although such surveys are taken in the minutes after a TV debate ends and people are invited to express a simple, binary view.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||6 takeaways from UK election’s first debate||,,A snap poll suggested Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn drew in ITV's head-to-head clash.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/11/2019||Election debate: Johnson and Corbyn clash over NHS future||,,
Labour leader claims service will be sold by PM, who keeps repeating Brexit mantra
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over which of them is best placed to safeguard the NHS if they win the general election, with the Labour leader accusing the prime minister of being ready to sell it off to US corporations.
In a testy live debate on ITV, during which the prime minister repeatedly returned to the claim that he would “get Brexit done”, both men lavished praise on the NHS, but Corbyn said Johnson would put it up for sale.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||Johnson and Corbyn fail to land blows in second-rate light entertainment | John Crace||,,
Tory and Labour leaders manage an insincere handshake in an S&M dungeon – but little else
Teeth to be pulled. Eyes to be gouged. Throats to be slit. Most people had wisely made alternative arrangements. But there were still at least 4 million masochists for whom the first leaders’ debate was an essential warm-up to I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!. Had Boris Johnson been smothered in a cage full of rats or Jeremy Corbyn been force-fed termites, ITV would have had the surefire ratings winner of the year. Maybe next time.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||Johnson and Corbyn shake hands as they pledge to improve politics – video||,,
Boris Johnson shook hands with his rival Jeremy Corbyn during Tuesday's live television debate as both politicians agreed to improve the tone of Britain's political debate.
The two men shook hands after the ITV debate host Julie Etchingham asked: 'Will you shake hands to make a pledge to improve politics?'Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||Brexit takes center stage in first TV debate of UK election||,,Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn took questions from the audience in a debate broadcast on ITV.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|19/11/2019||Google admits major underreporting of election ad spend||,,
Errors affect Tories and Labour, with heavy spending on search words not always recorded
Google is underreporting spending on UK political adverts, in one case by a factor of a thousand, the company has admitted.
Like many technology companies, Google voluntarily publishes a weekly transparency report, providing updates on how much money has been spent by political parties and other organisations on adverts.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||11 Johnson whoppers to look out for in tonight’s debate||,,
PM tells fibs. We’ve collated his favourites - and our rebuttals of them - so you can pounce on them as they drip from his lips.
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|19/11/2019||Why business should hold its nose and vote against Johnson||,,
Most Labour policies are a nightmare for business. But the paramount issue is Europe - and on that Corbyn is greatly to be preferred.
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|19/11/2019||Unite to Remain could hurt the anti-Brexit cause. That’s why I’m no longer a Green candidate | Tom Meadowcroft||,,
As a prospective Green party MP, I would have taken crucial votes from Labour – but its Brexit policy is the closest to ours
On Friday 8 November, I decided to stand down as the Green party candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke in South Gloucestershire. Here’s why.
Party politics didn’t come naturally to me. I was a twentysomething crypto-anarchist wastrel from the outer suburbs of Bristol who’d spent five years after university moving between jobs and getting distracted. Then, in 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave humanity 12 years to reorganise itself to limit climate catastrophe. A few months later, my son Finn was born. It was time to get serious about the climate crisis. I particularly liked the Greens’ advocacy for “post-growth economics” (unlike Labour) and their democratic party structures. I got in touch with my local Green party in March 2019.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||Brexit weekly briefing: election soundbites replace hard news||,,
Boris Johnson under fire for series of false claims as he promises to ‘get Brexit done’
Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing. If you’d like to receive this as a weekly email, sign up here. You can catch our latest Brexit Means … podcast here, and for daily updates head to Andrew Sparrow’s politics live blog.Continue reading...
|19/11/2019||Why vote? You’re just clinging to a wrecked system | Suzanne Moore||,,
The looming general election offers fake binary choices – Corbyn or Johnson, leave or remain. Taking part is to bolster brokenness
I am sitting, with old friends, around a table. We start talking about the election. No one is enthused. My friends are mostly going to vote Labour. It’s what they do. They are unhappy about it – a couple may go Lib Dem. They are all ardent remainers. I feel as if I should be somewhere else, that somehow, while these are decent people trying to do the right thing, they are no longer my people. They are being forced to vote for politicians they do not trust, and to reduce their complex, well-thought-out beliefs. Well, that’s democracy, you might say. Them’s the breaks. I say, break it more. Break it down.
Voting can no longer be a tribal, class-based enterprise. I once bribed my working-class mother not to vote Tory. That’s class war for you. But before you start the lecture about people having died for my right to vote ... you should know that that has the same effect on me as arguing I should eat food I hate because children are starving in Africa. Stop. I live in a safe Labour seat. How I vote doesn’t matter in this first-past-the-post system.Continue reading...
|18/11/2019||Boris Johnson gets down to the business of getting business down | John Crace||,,
The CBI greeted Jeremy Corbyn with indifference. He went down a storm compared with the PM
Carolyn Fairbairn tried to put everyone’s mind at ease. Opening the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry at a hotel next to the O2 arena in London, its director general was more therapist than cheerleader. She was truly sorry she hadn’t managed to drum up better speakers. But we were in the middle of a general election, so she had felt obliged to ask the prime minister and the leader of the opposition to come along and address them.
It wasn’t going to be fun, she admitted. Nor was it likely to be in any way reassuring, as both men had only a tangential grasp of economic and business realities and weren’t about to tell them anything they wanted to hear. But there were breakout areas at the back of the hall: safe spaces where delegates could process their trauma with expert help. And if necessary, get advice on relocating their businesses to elsewhere in the EU. For those unable to move from their seats, there would be nurses patrolling the aisles at regular intervals to hand out industrial-strength Valium. So everyone should just do their best to nurture one another and remember that it would all be over by lunchtime. And breathe.Continue reading...
|18/11/2019||Johnson’s Brexit will f*ck business||,,
Remember how PM said “f*ck business”? If he wins, that’s exactly what he’ll do. A hung parliament and a People’s Vote are far better.
|18/11/2019||We are becoming a United Kingdom in name only. Politicians must heal the divide | Gordon Brown||,,
With hate on the rise, along with competing nationalisms, the election risks tearing us apart even further. Here’s what our parties must do
December’s general election can resolve some of the great and most immediate challenges facing our country – our relations with Europe, the fate of austerity and the future of the NHS – and for that we urgently need a Labour government.
But something else, something fundamental to the character of our country, now tests us at a more profound level. For it will take far more than an election to heal our country’s deepening divisions and to eliminate the poison that is increasingly contaminating our public discourse and politics. Increasingly, we are becoming a United Kingdom in name only.Continue reading...
|18/11/2019||This is no way to “Take Back Control” of immigration||,,
The Conservatives’ proposals to clamp down on free movement from the EU and restrict entry by all but “the best and brightest” are a recipe for great economic harm.
The post This is no way to “Take Back Control” of immigration appeared first on InFacts.
|18/11/2019||Boris Johnson tells business leaders Tories will end Brexit uncertainty – video||,,
Boris Johnson has told the CBI conference of business leaders that Brexit uncertainty has left the UK economy like a supercar firing on half of its cylinders.
Accusing MPs of failing to honour their promise to respect the result of the 2016 vote, Johnson insisted a winter election was the only way to clear the ‘parliamentary blockage’ and end uncertainty for businessesContinue reading...
|17/11/2019||Jeremy Corbyn deflects question on free movement after Brexit - video||,,
Jeremy Corbyn has deflected a question about Labour's policy on free movement after Brexit. Appearing on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, the Labour leader was asked whether the party's manifesto would repeat its 2017 promise to end free movement. 'There will be an awful lot of movement,' Corbyn said, before adding that the public 'will have to wait until Thursday' when the manifesto will be unveiledContinue reading...
|16/11/2019||Why party pacts don’t always reap the results that leaders hope for||,,
Twists and turns of tactical voting could prove a headache for all the parties
The Conservatives received a boost last week when Brexit party leader, Nigel Farage, announced he would not be standing candidates in Tory seats. But the advantage is not what it seems.
Brexit party candidates are still standing in most Labour-held seats, including those the Conservatives are targeting. This damages the prospects of Conservative challengers, who draw their support heavily from Leave voters, and are therefore more vulnerable to Brexit party competition than Labour incumbents, whose support comes predominantly from Remainers even in seats that voted heavily for Leave. Farage’s “country before party” initiative therefore looks more like an “incumbents before challengers” initiative – the party founded to shake up the establishment is helping both Conservative and Labour MPs keep their jobs.Continue reading...
|15/11/2019||Should we fear chlorinated chicken? - video||,,
Chlorinated chicken does not sound like something you’d like to see on a menu. The European Union bans imports of chlorine-washed chicken from the US but a post-Brexit transatlantic trade deal could allow exports to the UK. So what’s the truth about chlorinated chicken and is it safe to eat?Continue reading...
|14/11/2019||Brexit will leave UK a 'second-rate player', says Donald Tusk – video||,,
Britain will lose influence in international affairs after it leaves the EU, the outgoing president of the European council has said. Speaking at the College of Europe, Donald Tusk said Brexit would be the 'real end' of the British empireContinue reading...
|12/11/2019||Jeremy Corbyn: Trump-Farage-Johnson pact would threaten rights in UK - video||,,
Jeremy Corbyn has said voters in the UK are at risk from a Trump-Farage-Johnson alliance that would threaten the NHS, workers' rights and safe food. The Labour leader was responding to Nigel Farage's announcement that his Brexit party would not stand in the 317 seats won by the Tories in 2017Continue reading...
|11/11/2019||Nigel Farage reveals Brexit party will not stand in 317 Tory seats – video||,,
Nigel Farage has announced the Brexit party will not contest the 317 seats won by the Conservatives in the 2017 election but will contest nearly all other seats.
In a significant boost for Boris Johnson before the general election on 12 December, the Brexit party leader said he did not want pro-remain parties to win so was standing down in nearly half of the 650 seats up for grabs.
'Our action prevents a second referendum from happening,' Farage said. 'We will also take on the rest of the remainer parties.'
|08/11/2019||There won't be checks on goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, Boris Johnson says - video||,,
Boris Johnson has declared he will not 'implement' or 'enact' checks on goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain despite arrangements for customs controls under his agreed Brexit deal. In an overnight visit to Northern Ireland he told business representatives that the elements of his Brexit deal related to exports from the region were greatly 'misunderstood' and did not involve physical checks of goodsContinue reading...
|07/11/2019||John Bercow says Brexit is the UK's 'biggest blunder' in 70 years – video||,,
Days after bowing out as Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has described Brexit as Britain's biggest mistake since the second world war. He said: ‘I think we will suffer in trade terms and suffer in terms of global standing and influence, and that seems to me to be so obvious’Continue reading...
|07/11/2019||General election 2019: Will this be a Brexit election?||,,The issues which will be at the forefront of voters' minds when they cast their ballots.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/11/2019||Boris Johnson pledges to 'get Brexit done' within weeks of re-election – video||,,
Boris Johnson officially launched the Conservatives' election campaign in the West Midlands by claiming his Brexit deal was the fastest means of ending the debate over Europe and moving on to domestic issues. After a scandal-hit start to his election campaign, he went on the attack, accusing Labour's Brexit policy of negotiating a new deal and putting it to a public vote of meaning 'more delay, more uncertainty, more acrimony and division'Continue reading...
|06/11/2019||General election 2019: Conservative Party launches campaign||,,Boris Johnson tells supporters he needed to get Parliament working again, as he launches the campaign.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/11/2019||Can Britain reach a trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020?||,,
Few experts believe transition period is long enough, raising continued threat of no-deal Brexit
Britain’s journey beyond a potential exit from the EU will be fraught, complicated and full of political potholes.Continue reading...
|06/11/2019||General Election 2019: What does 'Get Brexit done,' mean?||,,The government's slogan is "Get Brexit done." Will its deal do that?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: Vote could deliver 'seismic change' - Swinson||,,The Lib Dem leader says a government led by her would "stop Brexit and build a brighter future".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||Where do the parties stand now?||,,The government's Brexit legislation is on hold as the UK heads towards a general election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: No 10 denies suppressing Russia interference report||,,Downing Street is accused of delaying a report on Brexit referendum allegations until after the election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: Tories and Labour clash over Brexit promises||,,But the Tories say his proposal for a new deal and referendum within six months is a "fairy tale".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|29/10/2019||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|29/10/2019||UK election date: which party wants what, and why does it matter?||,,
Everything you need to know about when a general election is likely to take place
A December general election now looks all but certain, after Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would be prepared to support Boris Johnson’s latest effort to trigger an early poll.Continue reading...
|23/10/2019||Brexit: What happened on Tuesday?||,,After MPs voted "aye" then "no" over the PM's Brexit plans, we explain what went on in Parliament.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/10/2019||What is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?||,,The government has published "the WAB". Here's what it is.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/10/2019||Boris Johnson reacts to Brexit bill timetable rejection||,,Boris Johnson reacts to MPs approving his Brexit deal but rejecting the short timetable he proposed to review it.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From Article 50 to Withdrawal Agreement, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Brexit: What is in Boris Johnson's new deal with the EU?||,,A revised Brexit deal has been agreed by the UK and EU. What does it contain?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Sir John Curtice: Do voters support Boris Johnson's Brexit deal?||,,How voters want MPs to approach Boris Johnson's deal on the UK's departure from the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/10/2019||What is a 'no-deal Brexit'?||,,What people really mean when they talk about leaving the EU without a Brexit deal.||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...|
|11/10/2019||No-deal Brexit: 10 ways it could affect you||,,From your weekly shop to your holiday plans, how could a no-deal Brexit affect you?||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:
|20/09/2019||Brexit: What does Yellowhammer say about no-deal impact?||,,The government has published a report setting out the risks of a no-deal Brexit. How is it preparing?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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||John McDonnell: Labour 'putting the country before party'||,,John McDonnell has told BBC Breakfast that not calling for a general election now is about "putting the country before party interest".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Nigel Farage: 'We'd be unstoppable' in a pact with Tories||,,The Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says if the Conservatives and his party made a pact during an election "we'd be unstoppable".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Brexit: What happened on Wednesday?||,,Jonathan Blake gives his daily round-up of the key Brexit events in British politics.||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...|
|03/09/2019||Can no-deal Brexit be stopped?||,,What ways - if any - do MPs and lawyers have of preventing the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/09/2019||Doctor challenges Rees-Mogg over no-deal Brexit||,,The leader of the House of Commons clashed with a doctor who asked about a no-deal 'mortality rate'.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/09/2019||Tony Blair: Election before Brexit is 'an elephant trap'||,,Ex-prime minister Tony Blair warns Labour not to support an early general election before Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2019||How might no-deal Brexit affect the EU?||,,The BBC's Adam Fleming explains what a no-deal Brexit might mean for the 27 EU countries.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/07/2019||1066 Branch attends No to Boris. Yes to Europe demo||,,
Despite some awful weather forecasts in the preceding days and the start of the school holidays, big crowds gathered at noon in Park Lane last Saturday. As publicity had been limited everyone was pleasantly surprised by the turnout - given the inevitably short timescale to protest against the seemingly unstoppable coronation of “Boris” -. Yet it was on a scale that enabled us all to march comfortably all the way to Parliament Square and hear the excellent speeches (and music!)
1066 Branch was delighted to have the new EM campaign banner – vividly stating “I’m a European!” It drew great attention as we waited in Park Lane. We were delighted to be joined by three ladies from Bath for Europe to help carry it – essential given the size! While we were waiting, we handed out huge wadges of the new EM leaflets round the March. They flew out of our hands!
A great aura permeated the warm streets of London – with a wonderful feeling of togetherness by an amazingly diverse crowd. But it was tinged with a slightly harder edge this time - people like us will not permit such a folly as Brexit to happen – many banners called for “revolt”.
Together, we marched to Parliament Square and managed to hold up our banner at the foot of the Churchill Statue. Judging by his great European speeches founding the European Movement, he would have approved thoroughly!
Most encouragingly, we Remainers are clearly getting kitted up for demos now – judging by the intensity of flags, hats, whistles etc. The whistling outside Downing Street was almost painful in its intensity.
Graham Bishop is Vice-Chairman of European Movement UK and Board member of the Kangaroo Group.
|23/07/2019||European Movement Eastbourne: July Dinner||,,
Eastbourne European Movement Dinner July 2019
Clive Black was the speaker at our July dinner. He opened his talk by stating that the legal
services sector is a UK success story. It is the second largest legal services market in the
world, the largest within the EU, contributes over £26 billion to the economy and is the
jurisdiction of choice for international commercial transactions, dispute resolution and
Thanks to a series of ground-breaking directives which apply across the EU, law firms and
lawyers are granted many rights including being able to: practice as a solicitor on a
permanent basis, give advice on English, EU & international law, to appear in national and
European courts in conjunction with a local lawyer, and to requalify, without an equivalent
exam, after 3 years of practising host state law. He illustrated this liberating effect by stating
that it is easier for a lawyer qualified in Estonia to set up a legal practice in Portugal than it is
for a lawyer in New York State to set up practice at the California Bar.
He went on to explain the challenges Brexit poses to this remarkable achievement. After
Brexit, these ground-breaking directives which allow so much freedom, will be replaced by a
system whereby the professional bodies such as the Law Society and Bar Council may need
to negotiate with 31 national regimes, lawyers will face challenges over market access and
practice rights, individuals over judicial cooperation and the UK over its global status of
English and Welsh law.
He gave an analysis of the impact of Brexit on a number of scenarios including a ‘no deal’
Brexit which could cost the sector up to £3 billion by 2025. The impact could also mean that
judgements made in UK courts not being enforced in EU countries, consumers not being able
to enforce their contracts in EU states, difficulty in claiming for motor insurance accidents,
loss of cross border co-operation in family law matters and could lead to the end of
collaboration on security and policing. His talk gave a fascinating and informative insight
into the UK legal sector and how it might be impacted by Brexit.
Our next dinner is on 11 September where Prof Anwan-Scully will talk about Brexit and the
Disuniting Kingdom. If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on
07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|10/07/2019||Update from European Movement Eastbourne||,,
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, was the speaker at our June dinner held at Eastbourne's Hydro Hotel and attended by over 80 members and their guests.
He opened his talk, ‘How to win a second referendum’ by saying that lessons needed to be drawn from the Leave and Remain campaigns of 2016. He looked at the reasons why the Leave campaign had won. In 2016 the campaign was at an immediate advantage following many years of negative messages in the media. Polls showed that the British never felt as European as other EU countries and politicians never made much of an effort to sell the upside of EU membership.
The message of ‘Take Back Control’ was simple and powerful as was the counter message ‘Project Fear’. The outcome of Brexit was deliberately vague so the Remain campaign found it difficult to counter. The Leave campaign was well planned, had charismatic leaders, very good data gathering and technical ability and was clever about using it, targeting people who wouldn’t normally vote.
He then looked at the reasons why the Remain campaign lost. It was predicted that Remain would win and it was just assumed that people would think the economic risk too high. The messages were complex and not easy to get across and the thrust of the campaign was overwhelmingly negative.
The Chancellor’s claim that each person would lose several thousand pounds was not credible. Many businesses did not want to come out publicly on the side of Remain. David Cameron made demands on the EU that were never going to be met. The campaign had no counter attack to the immigration issue. Jeremy Corbyn sat out the campaign and Labour voters were not given the cue from their party and the campaign did not target people who rarely vote.
Finally, he made suggestions that might help any future Remain campaign: use real working people, not celebrities, use simple, powerful messages about people who are disenfranchised, utilise SME rather than big businesses, don’t let outsiders get involved or interfere. The speaker at our next dinner on 10 July 2019 will be Clive Black talking about Brexit and the Business of Law.
If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on 07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|28/06/2019||The View from Bexhill||,,
Councillor Richard Thomas shares his experience of campaigning with the 1066 European Movement Branch in Bexhill.
The good news from Bexhill (one of the more strongly Leave supporting areas in the constituency) is overwhelming! When the 1066 branch did a Brexitometer Day in January, two options got quite strong support: No Deal and Remain, with Remain gaining the most support. Opinion has shifted dramatically as No Deal is now rejected by 50:37. Staying in the EU is overwhelmingly favoured by at least twice as many people as in January. Moreover, support for a People’s Vote has nearly tripled since January.
These are sensational results and undeniable evidence of very significant shifts in public opinion, reflecting both local and national efforts. So last Saturday was a massively rewarding day – see Brexitometer below. This was an incredibly encouraging result in the heart of a constituency that voted 58:42 to Leave, gave the Conservatives 67% of the 2017General Election vote, and 57% to hard Brexit parties at the European Parliament Election in May.
Councillor Richard Thomas
|24/06/2019||Gatt 24: Would obscure trade rule help with no-deal Brexit?||,,Does a trade law exist that would allow the UK to continue without tariffs for 10 years?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/06/2019||Views from Brussels about extending the 31 Oct deadline – we must make our voice heard||,,
In Brussels this week to attend the 40th anniversary of the Kangaroo Group – founded to provide the initial impetus to what became the Single Market just a few year later.
This week sees the 79th anniversary of the evacuation of 338,226 servicemen forming the backbone of the British army from Dunkirk. Officially known as Operation Dynamo; it is also described as the miracle of Dunkirk. The French port has found its way into the British conscience through the expression – the Dunkirk Spirit. A description of British ingenuity and resolve against adversity.
|04/06/2019||How useful were the polls?||,,
The polls failed to spot rising pro-Remain sentiment in May
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg compares the story told by the opinion polls for London with the actual results. A parallel blog published today looks at the results and asks What if?. A separate blog compares the results in 2019 with those in 2014.
|20/05/2019||Reasons to remain in the European Union||,,
1) The EU is history's most successful peace project
The EU was created to ensure peace in a continent torn by centuries of conflict that culminated in WW2. Within the European Economic Area, there has been no war since 1945; this peace, known as Pax Europaea (European peace), is the longest since the end of Pax Romana in 180 CE. For this achievement, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.
Travelling with my parents from the age of 10, at first in France, was – I now understand – an instructive and exhilarating rebirth. People in villages, seeing our British car, would stop and wave the most joyous of welcomes, others – to our astonishment – would cross restaurants to shake us by the hand and thank us for liberating them.
|16/05/2019||What Europe Day means to me||,,
To me, Europe Day represents something unique in the history of our continent - an unprecedented period of peaceful co-operation between peoples previously so often at war among themselves.
|15/05/2019||Why Europe matters to me||,,
I was born in 1951, soon enough after the war to experience the black dread amongst all the "grown ups" I met at any enquiry about "what it was like in the olden days before I was born". Everyone had happy memories of the 20s and early 30s, but no one could speak of the War period at the end of the 30s and early 40s. During the war, my relatives, like many others, had met refugees from Europe, many of whom had left a big impression. Just down the road from where we lived was a Polish family, who had escaped the German invasion of their country to fight for the allies. "War heroes" we were told. It was clear that WWll was a war with Europe, not against Europe.
|14/05/2019||What Europe Day means to European Movement members||,,
At European Movement, on Europe Day (9th May), we asked our members to let us know why that day is important to them. Here are some of their responses:
"It is important because it gives us the opportunity to show that we are Europeans" - Vicky Seddon
"The UK is made up of many races. My own family tree is made up of Celts from North Wales, Irish from Cork, English and even some from Scandinavia. The country is more European than it realises." Kelvin Lewis
"The reason that Europe is important to me is very simple... peace, cooperation and friendship" Derek Leak
"We organised a Europe Day discussion with pro-Remain MEP candidates in Derby (Green Party, Lib-Dems, and Change UK). We had invited Labour and Tory remainers, but Labour dithered and then declined at the last minute, and the Tories never replied. We focused on positive reasons to vote in the election, the role of an MEP, what they can achieve, what they can do for their regions, and what the new Parliament might do in the next 5 years." Simon, European Movement Derbyshire
|02/05/2019||Your local paper wants to hear from you||,,
First Epping Forest, then the world
London4Europe Committee Member Michael Romberg writes.
London4Europe's Chair, Richard Newcombe, moonlights as Chair of EM Waltham Forest 4 Europe. In that capacity he wrote recently to the Epping Forest Guardian calling for a referendum under the banner We need to know the will of the people in 2019.
The local press - both on paper and online - is an under-utilised resource for Remain campaigners. Local press is seen as a surprisingly trustworthy source of local news according to a survey undertaken for local press campaign group Local Media Works. The tables have not been published. But it was undertaken by Yougov - so there will be some foundation to the claim.
|02/05/2019||The EU is not punishing the UK||,,
We have to win the argument with Leave voters who believe that the EU’s refusal to give the UK the sort of deal promised by Brexit campaigners is a punishment. London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg writes
Punish v tr 1. Cause an offender to suffer for an offence. 2. Inflict a penalty for an offence (Concise Oxford Dictionary)
For such a widespread idea, it is quite hard to pin down what it means. It is easy enough to find the EU’s motivation to which it refers: the EU could not let the UK leave the EU and retain all the benefits of club membership without club obligations. Tick; that must be true – but is not of course punishment. Those who use the punish motif also refer to human emotions: annoyance at the affront to the EU’s self-esteem, say. Maybe; though it is hard to believe that would survive the reality of trade talks.
|03/04/2019||The way you look at life||,,
L4E secretary Andy Pye talks to his friend and former business colleague Chris Rand, who came down from Cambridge to experience his first London march for the People's Vote campaign.
The campaign is now more than a protest. We are, as Mike Galsworthy says, building a community. A community which is based on a solid foundation, is here to stay and will sustain until the end of the Brexit episode. It is a community which can put comfortably over a million like-minded people onto the streets of London. A community which is based on a solid foundation, is here to stay and will sustain until the end of the Brexit episode. It is a community which can put comfortably over a million like-minded people onto the streets of London. How extraordinary that as many as 1 in 40 of the entire population of the UK took time off to visit London and protest - just think of what that means.
|02/04/2019||It's not a re-run of 2016||,,
Leavers think so; but the question is different
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg looks at the opinion polls and sets out the arguments to make to those who think that a referendum on the terms would just be asking the same question again until Leave voters get it right.
|22/03/2019||Brexit: How will it affect my holidays to Europe?||,,A simple guide to how leaving the EU with or without a deal might affect travel to Europe.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/03/2019||Call for Brexit being Put to the People - This Saturday||,,
Join us on the march for a People’s Vote on the 23 March in central London and show again that the will of the people is now to get a vote on the final Brexit deal.
History is unfolding in front of our eyes, dizzyingly fast and with all the votes, amendments and amended amendments it can be easy to lose track of where we are and the fact remaining is still possible. This last week in Parliament, through all of the twists and turns of voices and votes lost, a couple of things are clear.
|18/03/2019||Britain's Place in the EU||,,
Sovereignty, freedom of movement, national identity
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg sets out the case. The harms of Brexit are real but we have a positive case to argue for. Economic prosperity is important but still just a means to an end. Leavers are right in this: the EU is a political project; the issues that matter are sovereignty, democracy, freedom, sense of community with particular reference to freedom of movement, sense of national identity.
|14/03/2019||Divide and ruin||,,
A huge Government defeat but not yet a victory
Charles Parselle reviews the government’s latest defeat and asks what will it take for MPs, so confident in their own ability to vote and vote again, to trust the electorate on whose behalf they supposedly hold their positions.
|13/03/2019||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the Brexit referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|