|24/10/2020||Johnson will wait for US election result before no-deal Brexit decision||,,
Ivan Rogers, former UK ambassador to the EU, says prime minister will think ‘history was going his way’ if Donald Trump is re-elected
Senior figures in European governments believe Boris Johnson is waiting for the result of the US presidential election before finally deciding whether to risk plunging the UK into a no-deal Brexit, according to a former British ambassador to the EU.
Ivan Rogers, who was the UK’s permanent representative in Brussels from 2013 to 2017, told the Observer that a view shared by ministers and officials he has talked to in recent weeks in several European capitals, is that Johnson is biding his time – and is much more likely to opt for no deal if his friend and Brexit supporter Donald Trump prevails over the Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.Continue reading...
|24/10/2020||Government reduces minimum salary for migrants to settle in UK||,,
Rules which come into force in December quietly published on Thursday by Home Office
The government has quietly reduced the £35,800 minimum salary for migrants to settle in the UK by almost 30%, it has emerged.
Migrants on salaries of £20,480 but with enough points under Boris Johnson’s new Australian-style immigration system to qualify for jobs where there is a shortage of workers will also be entitled to settle after six years and become citizens.Continue reading...
|24/10/2020||With the Brexit walkout and sulk over, is the UK on the home straight for a deal?||,,
After a week of theatrics, the gaps are still significant and the deal at the end remains thin
British officials close to the Brexit negotiations had said Downing Street would be mindful of the “atmospherics” at last Friday’s EU summit when deciding on the next steps. It was, it would seem, a sniff test. The leaders gathered in Brussels apparently failed it.
The result was a walkout of sorts by the prime minister, only resolved once Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, publicly acknowledged that British flexibility in the talks would need to be reciprocated. The negotiation resumed on Thursday.Continue reading...
|23/10/2020||Downing Street Has Refused To Praise Businesses Offering Free Food To Children After Marcus Rashford’s Anti-Hunger Campaign||,,Downing Street has refused to praise businesses and local councils who are offering to provide free food for children during next week’s school half-term.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/10/2020||UK presses for use of faster passport gates at EU airports post-Brexit||,,
Exclusive: European commission insists letting UK nationals use e-gates would breach EU law
Boris Johnson has clashed with Brussels over an 11th-hour attempt to save British passport holders from hours of delays at European airports from the end of the year.
The government is seeking continued use by UK nationals of the automatic e-gates used by EU nationals at airports and Eurostar terminals. The move is seen by the European commission as an attempt to keep Britons in faster lanes rather than having to queue up with the rest of the world after the end of the transition period.Continue reading...
|23/10/2020||Brexit: Trade talks continue as negotiators meet in London||,,The EU's Michel Barnier has warned "every day counts" ahead of December's deadline to reach a deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/10/2020||“Falling Through The Cracks”: How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Exacerbating The Mental Health Crisis At UK Universities||,,Student representatives have warned that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will only worsen the mental health crisis that has gripped British universities in recent years.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/10/2020||Britain and Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal||,,The countries formally sign a deal described by the UK's international trade secretary as "ground-breaking".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/10/2020||This is a moment of truth for rightwing populists – but don't celebrate yet | Andy Beckett||,,
Populism can survive a Trump defeat and a disastrous Brexit. Even so, its best days may already be over
Over the four feverish years since the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election, we have got used to thinking of populism as a movement whose time has come. Its loudmouth leaders, constant rule-breaking and seductive promises of national renewal have dominated democratic life in much of the world.
Many people who find populism appalling have also been fascinated, sometimes mesmerised. After the relatively predictable and cautious politics of the 90s and 00s, populism has provided electoral shocks, colourful ideologues, risk-taking governments – and also a potent sense of novelty.Continue reading...
|22/10/2020||Labor unions set out UK state aid demands||,,UK's Trades Union Congress accuses government of 'hiding behind state aid rules.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/10/2020||UK to outsource £28M deportation service||,,Home Office wants to contract private companies to help returnees reintegrate in their home countries.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/10/2020||Car buyers face £1,900 additional cost in case of no-deal Brexit||,,
Tariff hit for electric vehicles likely to be £2,800 per car, with risks to UK’s net zero plans
The car industry has said a no-deal Brexit will add thousands of pounds to the cost of electric and conventional cars.
A no-deal Brexit would add 10% to the cost of new cars imported from the EU. The average price of cars imported to the UK from the EU is about £19,000, meaning car buyers could overnight face an additional £1,900 per vehicle, according to sales data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a lobby group.Continue reading...
|22/10/2020||Exclusive: Contact Tracers Have To Use Their "Best Judgment" When Escalating Cases To The Police But Have Had No Additional Training||,,Staff working on the Test and Trace system have been told to use their "best judgment" when escalating cases for possible police action, leading to fears of "inconsistency" in the application of the rules.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/10/2020||Brexit: £3bn standoff over UK-EU scientific collaboration||,,
Sector calls for compromise to ensure UK researchers stay in Horizon Europe
The UK’s post-Brexit collaboration with European scientists hangs in the balance after it emerged that the EU offer of staying in the Horizon research programme could leave London with a £3bn deficit.
“The financial negotiations are not in a good position and the offer that the [European] commission has made to the UK is not appealing,” Vivienne Stern, the director of Universities UK International, told a Lords Brexit committee on Thursday.Continue reading...
|22/10/2020||No Irish unity referendum for five years because of Brexit||,,Prime minister says Ireland’s primary focus on 'landing Brexit, warts and all.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/10/2020||Rishi Sunak Is Boosting The Furlough Replacement Scheme And Offering New Cash Grants After A Backlash From Firms In Tier 2 Lockdowns||,,The Chancellor has unveiled a fresh financial rescue package with an increase in support for businesses in Tier 2 lockdowns.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/10/2020||A Labour MP Is Asking A Tory To Quit As Trustee Of An Anti-Hunger Charity After She Voted Against A Free School Meals Extension||,,Conservative MP Jo Gideon is being asked to quit as a trustee of an anti-hunger charity after voting down plans to extend free school meals into the holidays backed by Marcus Rashford.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Foreign rough sleepers face deportation from UK post-Brexit||,,
Policy is ‘huge step backwards’ that will prevent vulnerable people from seeking help, charities say
Foreign rough sleepers face being deported from Britain under draconian immigration laws to be introduced when the Brexit transition period ends.
Under the immigration rules to be laid before parliament and due to come into force on 1 January, rough sleeping will become grounds for refusal of, or cancellation of, permission to be in the UK.Continue reading...
|21/10/2020||Marcus Rashford Has Issued A Powerful Statement After The Tories Voted Down Free School Meals During The Holidays||,,The Conservatives tonight voted down proposals to extend free school meals for the poorest children into the holidays, prompting a backlash from premiership footballer and child poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Brexit: UK 'ready to welcome EU' to continue trade talks||,,The two chief negotiators for a post-Brexit trade deal spoke on the phone earlier on Wednesday.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Inside the EU Commission Twittersphere||,,POLITICO's deep dive into the Twitter bubble of the EU's top brass.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Sheffield's Mayor Says The Government Can't "Wash Its Hands" Of South Yorkshire And He'll Ask For More Cash If Needed||,,Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has said he “won’t hesitate” to ask Boris Johnson for more money to cope with Tier 3 rules if he finds the £41m deal he secured is not enough to help the region.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||UK coronavirus: daily record of 26,688 new Covid cases; Sturgeon confirms Scotland's five-tier lockdown plan - as it happened||,,
This live blog is now closed. Head over to our global live blog for all the latest coronavirus updates
Data reported for the 18 October 2020 shows there were 870 admissions to English hospitals where there was a positive test for Covid-19.
The justice secretary and lord chancellor, Robert Buckland QC, is facing legal action over a claim that he has breached his duty to uphold the rule of law.
Lawyers acting for an Oxford University professor have served a formal, 19-page letter before action on him asking him to explain and justify why the government’s internal market bill is not in his view a breach of the law.Continue reading...
|21/10/2020||Angela Rayner Has Apologised For Calling A Tory MP "Scum" During A Heated Debate On Local Lockdowns||,,Angela Rayner has been forced to apologise after she called a Conservative MP "scum" during a debate on financial support for regions facing local lockdowns.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Brexit talks to resume after Michel Barnier speech breaks impasse||,,
EU’s chief negotiator meets Downing Street’s threshold for resumption of troubled talks
The Brexit talks will resume on Thursday, with negotiators tasked with working through weekends in pursuit of a deal in the remaining few weeks, after Michel Barnier met the prime minister’s demands for re-engagement.
The impasse was broken after the EU’s chief negotiator made public his intention to “seek the necessary compromises on both sides”, telling the European parliament that he believed an agreement was “within reach” and that he was willing to work “day and night”.Continue reading...
|21/10/2020||Three phone calls that unlocked Brexit||,,UK stalled talks last week, saying a signal was needed from Brussels that the EU was ready to make concessions.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||EU carmakers pressure Barnier to soften Brexit electric vehicle rules||,,'The level of flexibility needs to be significantly increased,' the industry's top lobbyist argues.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Boris Johnson Claims Greater Manchester Will Get An Extra £60m For Entering Tier 3 Lockdown Despite A Collapse In Talks With Andy Burnham||,,Boris Johnson said Greater Manchester will still be handed an extra £60million in financial support to enter a Tier 3 lockdown despite talks over a deal with local leaders collapsing yesterday.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||EU council president to UK on Brexit: 'You can't have your cake and eat it' – video||,,
During a debate between lawmakers on Brexit negotiations, the president of the European council, Charles Michel, has said that while the EU is keen to maintain close links with the UK, Britain cannot expect to 'have your cake and eat it'.
Michel said it was not reasonable for the UK to want 'access to our single market' while also diverging from standards and regulations when it suited
|21/10/2020||Tension Has Escalated Between Tory MPs And Marcus Rashford Ahead Of A Vote On Free School Meals||,,Tories must face up to their “conscience” today on a vote on extending free school meals over the holidays, Labour has claimed, as footballer and anti-poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford ramped up the pressure on politicians to back it.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Red wall areas facing Brexit job shock even under a deal – report||,,
Voters who switched to Tories could easily swing back if factory jobs go, says report
The “red wall” voters who helped deliver Boris Johnson’s election victory will be disproportionately affected by Brexit even in the event of a deal being agreed, storing up trouble for the prime minister in 2024, according to a report.
With the new wave of Tory MPs in former Labour strongholds forced to choose between supporting Johnson over his handling of coronavirus lockdowns in the north and answering to their constituents facing job losses, the report forecasts more trouble after Brexit.Continue reading...
|21/10/2020||UK, EU hint at Brexit talks breakthrough||,,Barnier stressed today that the EU is ready to compromise in order to reach a deal.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||The Sheffield Mayor Has Confirmed That South Yorkshire Will Move Into Tier 3 From Midnight On Saturday||,,South Yorkshire is set to enter the top tier of coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Saturday 24 October, regional mayor Dan Jarvis has confirmed.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Michel Barnier: Brexit agreement ‘within reach’||,,Brexit talks stalled after the UK said it wanted signs the EU was willing to compromise.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||A TikTok Ban On LGBT Conversion Therapy Content Has Reignited Calls To Ban The Practice In The UK||,,TikTok has become the latest social media platform to ban content promoting so-called “gay conversion therapy”, reigniting calls for the government to ban the practice.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/10/2020||Top scientists push ‘final opportunity’ for EU-UK research deal||,,Leaked letter from leading scientists warns of 'long-term consequences' if UK does not participate in Horizon Europe.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|20/10/2020||British business frustrated by 20 minute Brexit call with government||,,Boris Johnson said he'd consider a proposal from the Confederation of British Industry for a taskforce of ministers and industry.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|20/10/2020||Labour Will Force A Commons Vote Over A "Fair Deal" For Areas Facing The Harshest Lockdown Restrictions||,,Labour are set to force a Commons vote on Wednesday demanding a "fair deal" for regions which are facing new lockdown restrictions.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/10/2020||Boris Johnson Has Confirmed Greater Manchester Will Move To Tier 3||,,Boris Johnson has confirmed Greater Manchester will enter Tier 3 restrictions later this week after discussions with local leaders ended without an agreement.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/10/2020||Andy Burnham Has Blamed Boris Johnson For The Failure To Reach A Deal For Greater Manchester Over A Tier 3 Lockdown||,,Andy Burnham has blamed Boris Johnson for the collapse in talks over a cash settlement for Greater Manchester as it faces the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/10/2020||Why worry about no-deal Brexit? If Gove says it'll be better that's good enough for me | Marina Hyde||,,
Internal borders, criminals on the loose – this is the utopia we’ve dreamed of. Who needs fresh vegetables anyway?
The Derbyshire village of Coton in the Elms is the place farthest away from the sea in all the United Kingdom, suggesting it cannot be long before it is selected by Boris Johnson’s government as a border site. We are soon to be so in control of our borders that we will establish them in places long prevented from being borders by such iniquitous entities as the EU, and physical geography.
In recent weeks, the government has announced exciting plans for “inland border sites” in places such as Warrington, Birmingham and Epping Forest. There will be no place too landlocked to be left out of lorry tailbacks and additional layers of red tape – previously the preserve of coastal elites – suggesting the government’s levelling up agenda is already deeply and meaningfully under way.Continue reading...
|20/10/2020||Michael Gove performs Brexit U-turn at dispatch box – video||,,
Michael Gove performed a U-turn at the dispatch box in which he praised a ‘constructive move’ by the EU minutes after declaring the talks ‘effectively ended’. Speaking in the Commons, Gove had claimed a litany of failures of the EU to engage in good faith with the UK, but then welcomed the offer by the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, to ‘intensify’ talksContinue reading...
|20/10/2020||Manchester Leaders Have Until 12pm To Accept The Government’s Coronavirus Deal Or Have Tier 3 Restrictions Imposed Unilaterally||,,Leaders in Greater Manchester have been issued an ultimatum to accept the government’s offer of coronavirus support by noon on Tuesday or have tier 3 restrictions imposed on them.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|19/10/2020||The horrors of Covid swapped for those of an hour with Michael Gove | John Crace||,,
A Brexit statement from the Govester serves to underline that he has no sense of shame
It made a change to have a break from the horrors of the coronavirus. Even if it was for only an hour. The downside was that we got the horrors of Michael Gove giving a Commons statement on Brexit instead. And like almost all of the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster’s performances, it was conducted entirely without sincerity.
At least with Boris Johnson you get the feeling that his past is catching up with him and his untruths are beginning to take their toll on his physical and mental wellbeing. Gove appears to have no vestigial sense of shame. Politics for him is just a theatre in which truth and lies are interchangeable, and he retains an outward appearance where excessive politeness is merely a front for outright contempt. He is the original tabula rasa: every day – or even several times a day – he is the chameleon that reinterprets himself according to his surroundings. His mistakes are not merely forgiven, they are erased from memory.Continue reading...
|19/10/2020||The Guardian view on Boris Johnson's Covid gamble: not a winning wager | Editorial||,,
The prime minister needs to rebuild a political consensus for his pandemic plans, not least because a Tory revolt would see him need Labour support to pass new measures
Like a gambling addict, Boris Johnson racks up losses but keeps laying larger bets, convinced a last big win awaits him. In a casino, this plan might hurt his wallet and his pride. In a pandemic wrapped around the shock of Brexit, such a strategy could cost, unnecessarily, lives and livelihoods. But Mr Johnson has won against the odds before. Faced with a political opponent, the Labour mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who is able to marshall Mr Johnson’s own Conservative backbenchers against him, the prime minister has opted to double down on his plan to test his way out of the coronavirus crisis. But it is not a winning wager.
The prime minister has pinned his hopes on a new saliva-based test that can tell whether a person is Covid-positive within 15 minutes. Speed is essential to contain a pandemic. With wait times for diagnostic test results not coming down fast enough, contact tracers have too short a window to identify coronavirus patients before they have a chance to infect others. The centralised, privately run test-and-trace system is clunky and relies on specialised laboratories. By comparison, the new tests can be done on the spot.Continue reading...
|19/10/2020||Andy Burnham Has Been Accused Of “Playing Chicken" With People’s Lives As The Coronavirus Cash Row Escalates||,,Andy Burnham has been accused of blackmailing the government and “playing chicken with somebody else's life” by councillors in Greater Manchester, amid the ongoing row over putting the region into a Tier 3 lockdown.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|19/10/2020||Theresa May reacts in shock as Michael Gove addresses Brexit security fears – video||,,
Theresa May reacted in shock as Michael Gove claimed the UK can 'co-operate more effectively' in many areas over border security outside the EU than 'we ever could inside'. The Conservative former prime minister also appeared to mouth 'utter rubbish' in the Commons, after she accused the government of being 'resigned to the prospect of no deal' and asked the Cabinet Office minister about access to security databases.
Speaking in parliament on Monday, May said neither Gove nor Boris Johnson had mentioned security in recent statements, adding: "Will [Gove] confirm that if the UK walks away with no-deal then our police and law enforcement agencies will no longer have the necessary access to databases, such as PNR (passenger name record), in order to continue to identify and catch criminals and potential terrorists in order to keep us safe?'
Gove responded that 'significant progress' had been made over security co-operation
|19/10/2020||Judges are fighting back against Boris Johnson - and they're right | Simon Jenkins||,,
Supreme court justice Lord Kerr has condemned the government’s ‘unbridled power’. Who can disagree with him?
Boris Johnson is said to be bad at making friends, but he is good at making enemies. This week he has added judges and bishops to his lengthening list. The departing and longest-serving supreme court justice, Lord Kerr, has condemned the prime minister’s persistent abuse of the judiciary as “unbridled power” and a “slippery slope to dictatorship”. This comes on top of a statement from the leaders of the UK’s Anglican churches deploring Johnson’s admission of law-breaking over Brexit as a “disastrous precedent”. Such a breach of political protocol by the church is most unusual.
There is something to be said for abrasion within the British establishment. The constitution is devoid of formal checks and the relationship of the church and the law to government should never be too comfortable. The civil service, another of Johnson’s new-found enemies, needs to be obedient. Apart from that, the media should not stand alone as sole constraint on the executive.Continue reading...
|19/10/2020||Local Liverpool Leaders Say Boris Johnson Has "Sowed Division" In The North As They Deal With Strict Covid Measures||,,Boris Johnson's repeated praising of Merseyside mayor Steve Rotheram after the city region was placed under the strictest lockdown measures nearly a week ago is a "deliberate tactic to sow division in the north", an MP has claimed.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|19/10/2020||Wales Will Begin A Two-Week 'Firebreak' Lockdown From Friday, The First Minister Has Announced||,,Wales will enter a two-week "firebreak" lockdown from 6pm on Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|19/10/2020||Labour Frontbencher Yasmin Qureshi Is In Hospital After Testing Positive For Coronavirus||,,A Labour shadow minister who tested positive for coronavirus a fortnight ago is in hospital being treated for pneumonia.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|18/10/2020||The pitched battle over lockdowns is missing the point: Covid-19 is a class issue | John Harris||,,
The UK coronavirus crisis – even more so in its second phase – is all about basic inequalities – and lockdown makes these worse
Just as our final exit from the EU comes into view, noise from the media and politics about Covid-19 is sounding discomfortingly similar to the furies that erupted around the 2016 referendum.
On one side stands the political right, opposed to lockdown, apparently spurning the advice of experts, and seemingly convinced that a mixture of true-Brit common sense and derring-do will somehow see us through. The left, meanwhile, emphasises the importance of “the science”, and the prospect of disaster. As in the US, it is beginning to feel like any contentious political question will now trigger these polarised responses – not necessarily in the population at large, but certainly among the people whose opinions define what passes for the national conversation.Continue reading...
|18/10/2020||Boris Johnson's split from Brussels echoes Henry VIII's break with Rome | Larry Elliott||,,
Many would have thought the Tudor king needed to avoid a no-deal break but history has proved otherwise
Boris Johnson’s assertion that the UK should prepare for a no-deal Brexit has left the financial markets unconvinced. Brinkmanship is the name of the game, they say. Before negotiations can be concluded there always has to be a crisis when it appears all is lost, then both sides give a little and success is plucked from the jaws of failure.
The big banks in the early 1530s did not employ armies of economists to opine about political events but had they done so the analysts of the 16th century would probably have been saying the same about Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon as they are now about Brexit. Henry is bluffing. He is not really prepared to break with Rome. A schism will do neither side any good, but there will be more damage to England than to Catholic Europe.Continue reading...
|18/10/2020||Michael Gove Has Rejected Suggestions The Government Could Impose A Nationwide 'Circuit-Break' Lockdown||,,Michael Gove has rejected suggestions the government could back a time-limited national lockdown, saying infection rates are not high enough.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|18/10/2020||Boris Johnson is dancing with danger by threatening a crash-out Brexit | Andrew Rawnsley||,,
Rishi Sunak and Michael Gove are among the cabinet ministers increasingly terrified by the consequences of failing to reach a deal with the EU
Boris Johnson is telling Britain to prepare to become Australia. By this, he does not mean that we can look forward to moving to the southern hemisphere in time for a sunkissed Christmas and barbecued turkey on Bondi beach. He means that he is threatening to make a Covid-bleak winter even darker. When he talks about an “Australian-type” future for the UK, that is a euphemism for the total failure of the negotiations with the EU and Britain crashing out of the single market without any substitute trade agreement at the end of the year.
The most fanatically Brexity people around the prime minister will be entirely relaxed – delighted even – if that is the outcome. A nightmare for many, it is a dream for them. They smack their lips at the thought of the hardest of hard Brexits. As one senior Tory puts it: “Boris will have Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain in his ear saying, ‘Let’s stick it to the EU and celebrate by sinking a bunch of French fishing boats on New Year’s Day’.” Similar sentiments – let’s just blow the whole thing up – can be found among Brextremist Tory MPs in the Commons.Continue reading...
|18/10/2020||Livelihoods will be crushed in this vice of disease and Brexit | William Keegan||,,
Leave campaigners were heedless of the economic damage they might do. Now they must reckon with a pandemic as well
It may come as an unpleasant surprise to my remaining Brexiter readers, but if it had not been for a suggestion by the late Sir Samuel Brittan, I might never have embarked on a life as an economics commentator – a role which most certainly involves keeping up the attack on the folly of Brexit and of all Brexiters.
Sir Samuel, who died peacefully last Monday at the age of 86, was the senior economics commentator of the Financial Times for many years, and it was he who asked me to assist him in coverage of economic news. He was a mentor towards whom I have always been extremely grateful.Continue reading...
|17/10/2020||Catches, quotas and communities: the key fisheries issues at stake||,,
What are the forces at play as the end of the Brexit transition period looms?
British fishing communities have felt that they were sacrificed at the time of the British negotiations to join the European Economic Community 50 years ago.Continue reading...
|17/10/2020||UK food standards: why No 10's lack of commitment is making farmers furious||,,
Government’s refusal to legislate could lead to turmoil in traditionally Tory rural areas
Farmers facing one of their toughest years in recent memory have received little comfort this week from a usually reliable ally: the Conservative party.
Their pleas to the government to enshrine in law a commitment to the UK’s high standards of food safety and animal welfare were ignored. In a long and impassioned debate in the House of Commons on Monday, amendments to the agriculture bill that had almost universal backing from farming leaders were defeated, steamrollered under the government’s 80-strong majority.Continue reading...
|17/10/2020||Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10||,,"No point" in further discussions with the EU unless it changes course, Downing Street says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|16/10/2020||Live Local Lockdown Map: All The Changes to Lockdown Restrictions Across Great Britain||,,Use PoliticsHome's interactive map to see the local lockdown restrictions in each area of Great Britain.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/10/2020||A 15-Minute Coronavirus Test Will Be Rolled Out To Care Homes And Schools, Boris Johnson Says||,,Boris Johnson has pledged to introduce 15-minute swab tests in Tier 3 regions, and has issued a final warning to Greater Manchester to accept tougher restrictions.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/10/2020||What did Boris Johnson mean by an Australia-style system of trade?||,,
PM has told firms to prepare to trade with EU ‘based on simple principles of global free trade’
The prime minister claimed that due to the stubborn intransigence of the EU he had to conclude that the “Canada-style” trade deal that he was seeking was not going to be successfully negotiated without a “fundamental” change in Brussels’ negotiating position. He said it was therefore important that business prepare to trade with the EU on the basis of “arrangements that are more like Australia’s, based on simple principles of global free trade”.Continue reading...
|16/10/2020||What was the point of Johnson's Brexit statement? To save face||,,
EU figures say the PM’s heralding of no-deal preparations changes nothing for the negotiations
It was as if nothing had happened. Michel Barnier would be jumping on a Eurostar to London early next week “to intensify these [Brexit] negotiations”, the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, tweeted on Friday.
The EU intended “to focus on the negotiation and these negotiations will continue in the next few days”, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, told reporters in Brussels.Continue reading...
|16/10/2020||Boris Johnson Has Claimed It Is Time To "Get Ready" For No Deal Brexit And Accused EU Leaders Of Refusing To Negotiate "Seriously"||,,The Prime Minister has said it is time to "get ready" for a No Deal Brexit as he accused the EU of having failed to negotiate "seriously" in recent months.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/10/2020||Lancashire Has Moved Into Tier 3 Lockdown Amid Anger Their Gyms Can Stay Open But Liverpool’s Can’t||,,Lancashire has become the second area to go into the highest lockdown tier - but unlike in Liverpool, the area's gyms can stay open.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/10/2020||Boris Johnson tells UK to expect Australia-style trade deal with EU – video||,,
In a televised speech, the British prime minister accuses the European Union of being unwilling 'to offer this country the same terms as Canada' and that by 1 January, when the Brexit transition period ends, the UK will be more likely to be entering trade arrangements like those of Australia. Without a 'fundamental change of approach' by the EU, Johnson says trade and security talks in Brussels will not progressContinue reading...
|16/10/2020||Dominic Raab Says Manchester Can Be Put Into Tier 3 Lockdown Against Local Leaders' Wishes||,,The foreign secretary Dominic Raab has hinted the government is willing to put Greater Manchester into a Tier 3 lockdown against the wishes of local leaders amid a row over financial compensation.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/10/2020||Keir Starmer Has Been Dealt A Blow As Labour MPs Quit Their Roles And Rebelled Over A 'Spycops' Bill||,,Two Labour MPs have quit Keir Starmer’s front bench team and four more resigned from party roles to vote against the “spycops” bill that gives protections to undercover agents.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/10/2020||Greater Manchester Tories Hit Back On Tier 3 Restrictions In An Explosive Phone Call With Health Minister Helen Whately||,,Furious Tory MPs led the resistance against Tier 3 lockdown measures for Greater Manchester on an explosive call with health minister Helen Whately this morning.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/10/2020||Number 10 Says It Is "Disappointed" At Welsh Government Plans To Close The Border To Visitors From England||,,Downing Street have hit out at "disappointing" plans by the Welsh Government to introduce border restrictions for visitors travelling from high-risk coronavirus areas, with the Police Federation of England and Wales also deeming the plans "unenforcea...||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/10/2020||The Government Faces A Backlash From Local Leaders After Moving London To Tier 2||,,London will be placed into Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions after a significant rise in cases; but the government faces backlash from some local MPs who feel a different policy should have been enacted, and local leaders who feel they have been cut ou...||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/10/2020||Is it decision day on Brexit talks – and what is still to be resolved?||,,
Boris Johnson said 15 October was the deadline, but he might not walk away just yet
Boris Johnson said on 7 September that if there was a lack of agreement by the time EU leaders meet in Brussels on 15 October then he could not see any hope of a deal at all, and both sides should at that stage “accept that and move on”.Continue reading...
|14/10/2020||EU to reject UK plea for Brexit electric car deal||,,The European Union is about to formally reject a UK plea for special allowances for exports of electric cars.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/10/2020||Firms have 'head in sand' over post-Brexit trade, says minister||,,Treasury minister Lord Agnew says businesses "must engage in a more energetic way" to prepare.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/10/2020||Ferry firms handed £77.6m post-Brexit contracts||,,The firms will have the job of ensuring the smooth flow of vital supplies whatever happens in trade talks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/10/2020||Cambridge Analytica 'not involved' in Brexit referendum, says watchdog||,,But the Information Commissioner says there are "systemic vulnerabilities" in UK democratic systems.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/10/2020||Brexit: MSPs vote to reject UK internal market bill||,,The Scottish Parliament has voted to refuse devolved consent for the UK government's Brexit legislation.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/10/2020||Brexit: 'Put cards on table' over trade deal, says EU||,,The European Council President says the bloc wants a deal "but not at any cost" after he speaks to the PM.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/10/2020||Brexit: PM and EU chief agree importance of finding trade deal||,,Progress has been made in talks but "significant gaps" remain between the EU and UK, they say.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/10/2020||Is there still time for a Brexit trade deal?||,,
Scheduled talks between UK and EU have ended and only 90 days remain until end of transition period
This week the last scheduled talks were held between EU and UK negotiators on a Brexit trade and security deal. Only 90 days remain until the end of the transition period, when Britain will leave the EU’s economic system, deal or no deal.Continue reading...
|02/10/2020||Brexit: Trade deal with UK 'up to EU', says Boris Johnson||,,The PM calls for Brussels to be "commonsensical" ahead of crucial talks with the EU Commission president.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/10/2020||Brexit: EU starts legal action against UK over deal breach plan||,,It comes after an EU deadline for the UK to ditch powers to override its Brexit divorce deal expired.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/10/2020||EU launches legal action against UK for breaking Brexit agreement – video||,,
Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission president, says the EU has formally launched proceedings against Britain after Boris Johnson failed to respond to a request to drop parts of draft legislation that would overwrite the Brexit withdrawal agreement and protocols for Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The UK had been put on formal notice by Brussels over the internal market bill, tabled by the prime minister last month. Von der Leyen said the UK had a month to send observations and in the meantime the EU 'stands by our commitments'Continue reading...
|28/09/2020||Michael Gove: Brexit provisions to stay in Internal Market Bill||,,The EU wants to see parts of the Internal Market Bill removed, but the UK says the disputed clauses are a "safety net".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/09/2020||Brexit: Mick Mulvaney says UK and EU can reach a trade deal||,,US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mick Mulvaney, urges optimism in relation to Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/09/2020||Suella Braverman calls fellow female MP 'emotional' during row over Brexit bill – video||,,
The attorney general, Suella Braverman, has come under fire for calling a fellow female MP 'emotional' – a term often considered misogynistic – during an exchange on the internal market bill.
Ellie Reeves, Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, found herself targeted by Braverman when she challenged the government’s plan to reinterpret the special Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland, which will break international law.
Braverman hit back immediately telling Reeves: 'I prefer to take a less emotional approach than the honourable lady'. She then questioned Reeves' patriotism and articulated her own emotions declaring herself to be 'extremely proud to support' the billContinue reading...
|24/09/2020||Brexit: Seven things changing in January and others that remain unresolved||,,The UK's future relationship with the EU remains uncertain - but some things will be different in 2021.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/09/2020||Many firms 'have not considered Brexit effect'||,,Only half of UK firms that trade internationally have assessed the impact of Brexit, says a business group.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/09/2020||Brexit: Lorry drivers will need a permit to enter Kent after transition period||,,The government plans to create an internal border to prevent gridlock on the county's motorways.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/09/2020||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||Brexit bill moves on despite MPs' concerns||,,The Internal Market Bill's powers to override the Brexit divorce deal have prompted a row with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||EU leaders' summit postponed as guard tests positive for Covid-19||,,A security guard tested positive for the virus, forcing EU chief Charles Michel to quarantine.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/09/2020||Brexit: Amal Clooney quits government envoy role over law break plan||,,The human rights lawyer says she is "dismayed" by the UK being prepared to break international law.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/09/2020||Brexit: NI told to start work on checkpoints at sea ports||,,A letter, seen by BBC News NI, says it is critical checks at sea ports are in place.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/09/2020||Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK 'respect' for Good Friday Agreement||,,The presidential candidate says peace in Northern Ireland cannot become a "casualty of Brexit".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|16/09/2020||Brexit freight system 'won't be ready on time'||,,Logistics trade body says the smart freight system is 'unlikely to be ready' by year end.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/09/2020||MPs passed the Brexit bill – but what happens now?||,,
The internal market bill will face opposition in the Lords and amendments from Tory backbenchers
The internal market bill, described by the government as a key element of Brexit legislation, has cleared its first Commons hurdle, with two Tory MPs voting against it and nearly 30 more abstaining. But why is the bill so significant?Continue reading...
|15/09/2020||Brexit: Internal Market Bill clears first hurdle in Commons||,,MPs back the Internal Market Bill by 77 votes despite criticism it risks breaching international law.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/09/2020||Brexit: Boris Johnson says powers will ensure UK cannot be 'broken up'||,,But Labour accuses PM of "trashing" the UK's international reputation as MPs debate post-Brexit bill.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/09/2020||Unfinished IT systems and lorry queues: what leaked Brexit document reveals||,,
Leak points to significant disruption and added red tape to expect at UK borders from 1 January
Brexit has been four years in the making, but with fewer than four months to go before the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union, the country is still without the tools to be border-ready, it has emerged.
A leaked government document seen by the Guardian shows key IT systems continue to be under development, some legislation is still needed to allow information on passengers and freight to be shared, and plans for a national network of advice centres for trucks is currently unfunded.Continue reading...
|14/09/2020||Brexit: Geoffrey Cox says PM 'damaging' UK's reputation with bill||,,Ex-Attorney General Geoffrey Cox vows to vote against attempts to override the withdrawal agreement.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/09/2020||Brexit: Blair and Major urge MPs to reject Internal Market Bill||,,Boris Johnson's contentious proposals will be debated for the first time in the Commons on Monday.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/09/2020||Brexit: Back me over the bill, Johnson tells Tory MPs||,,Boris Johnson calls for no return to "squabbling", but the EU ramps up opposition to UK plans.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/09/2020||Brexit: EU and UK at odds over approval for food exports||,,The UK says it would be "very unusual" if products of animal origin were blocked after EU raised concerns.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/09/2020||UK signs first major post-Brexit trade deal with Japan||,,Symbolic trade deal will cover 99% of UK exports to Japan but boost economy by just 0.07%.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/09/2020||Brexit: EU ultimatum to UK over withdrawal deal changes||,,Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/09/2020||Brexit: UK will not withdraw draft bill despite EU warnings, Gove says – video||,,
Brexit negotiations are at risk after the UK refused to withdraw legislation that EU leaders have said may trigger sanctions because it allows Britain to breach the withdrawal agreement.
After a meeting with the European commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, Michael Gove said the UK would not withdraw the legislation and it was 'absolutely serious about implementing the Northern Ireland protocol'.
Šefčovič had told Gove the bill had 'seriously damaged trust between the EU and the UK'
|09/09/2020||Brexit: PM defends planned changes to Withdrawal Agreement||,,The government publishes a bill which overwrites key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/09/2020||Brexit: UK firms 'under-prepared' for new EU trading rules||,,"Inconsistent" government messaging has contributed to lack of post-Brexit readiness, business group says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/09/2020||Brexit: What changes is the government planning for the Northern Ireland deal?||,,How would the Internal Market Bill change the Northern Ireland protocol?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/09/2020||Northern Ireland Secretary admits new bill will 'break international law'||,,Brandon Lewis says a new post-Brexit law will go against agreements in a "specific and limited way".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/09/2020||New Brexit bill does break international law, says Northern Ireland secretary – video||,,
Asked by his Tory colleague Sir Bob Neill for assurance that nothing in the internal market bill being published on Wednesday would breach international legal obligations, Brandon Lewis admits: 'Yes, this does break international law in a very specific and limited way'. The Northern Ireland secretary was answering an urgent question in the Commons about the Northern Ireland protocolContinue reading...
|08/09/2020||Brexit: UK chief negotiator calls for 'realism' from EU||,,Lord Frost says there is "still time" to do a trade deal with the bloc as the latest talks begin.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/09/2020||Brexit: No 10 must honour NI protocol, say Remain parties||,,Stormont's pro-Remain parties send a joint letter to the UK and EU urging commitments to be kept.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/09/2020||Brexit: Where are we now?||,,It's been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/09/2020||Brexit: UK 'sleepwalking into disaster' over border plans, hauliers warn||,,Haulage companies warn supply chains could be "severely disrupted" when the Brexit transition period ends.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/09/2020||Brexit: End tariffs on UK-made ice cream vans - Liz Truss||,,The government calls the vehicles a "great British export" and vows to fight for them in trade talks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/09/2020||Michel Barnier: UK risks no-deal on post-Brexit trade unless it compromises||,,The EU's chief negotiator for a post-Brexit trade deal says there is a "strict deadline" of October.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/09/2020||Brexit trade deal: What are the sticking points?||,,The EU says there has been no significant progress in trade talks with the UK. What is getting in the way?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/08/2020||Post-Brexit deal between UK and EU seems unlikely, says Michel Barnier – video||,,
Negotiations between the EU and Britain on their future relationship did not move significantly forward in the latest round of talks this week, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator has said. Speaking at a news conference on Friday after two full days of talks in Brussels, Michel Barnier said he was 'disappointed and concerned' because British negotiators had 'not shown any real willingness to move forward on issues of fundamental importance for the European Union'Continue reading...
|21/08/2020||Brexit: UK-EU trade deal 'seems unlikely' says Michel Barnier||,,The bloc's negotiator says talks are "going backwards" as the UK says "little progress" has been made.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/08/2020||Brexit: UK hopeful of EU trade deal next month, says No 10||,,UK negotiators will "continue to plug the gaps", the PM's spokesman says, as talks get under way.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/08/2020||EU settlement scheme: Two million granted full rights to stay||,,Lib Dems calls for successful applicants to be given official documents to avoid a "Windrush-style" scandal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/08/2020||New Zealand 'frustrated' over UK trade talks, says deputy PM||,,Deputy PM Winston Peters says the UK's EU membership has not left it "match fit" to strike a deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||UK and Japan look to seal trade deal within month||,,The two sides say the "major elements" of a post-Brexit agreement are in place after productive talks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Brexit: Government pledges £355m to ease GB-NI trade||,,Ministers set up a new service to help businesses which want to import goods after 1 January.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/08/2020||Government urges post-Brexit drug stockpiles||,,Firms should have six weeks' worth of post-Brexit drug stockpiles by the end of 2020, the government says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2020||Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?||,,Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/07/2020||UK government 'did not want to know' about Russian interference in EU referendum – video||,,
Long-delayed findings on Russia’s influence over UK politics reveals that the British government and intelligence agencies failed to conduct any proper assessment of Kremlin attempts to interfere with the 2016 EU referendum.
Parliament’s intelligence and security committee revealed the findings in a long overdue report that said ministers, in effect, ignored allegations of Russian disruption
|10/05/2020||Campaign now to extend Brexit transition||,,
In the transformed global setting of the COVID-19 pandemic, the major pro-EU groups are coming together to campaign for the UK to agree with the EU to postpone by two years the hard end-date of the UK's exit transition period. Colin Gordon (Oxford for Europe) sets the scene.
|27/02/2020||Brexit trade deal: What do the UK and EU want?||,,The UK and EU have set out their stalls for negotiations on their future relationship.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/02/2020||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From settled status to divorce bill, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/02/2020||Negotiating with a bloc seven times your size: Clash no 1 - Financial Services||,,
The UK has the same rules as the EU right now – but EU rules are evolving continuously under the pressure of technological change. The main Directive about trading securities is about to be examined later this year - as part of the normal review cycle. The UK will not be at the table when the EU debates reversing a key concession to the UK after the Great Financial Crash. Very technical yes, but very significant!
The significance of financial services to the UK economy – two handy factoids:
Importance of exports of financial services: in 2017, there was a surplus in financial services trade of £44 billion (43% of financial services exports went to the EU). Even after this surplus, the UK still recorded an overall deficit of £73 billion on the balance of international payments that year (or 3.5% of GDP – the largest by far amongst the world’s leading economies).
However, the FT has reported – with the aid of a long distance camera shot of the UK’s negotiating documents – that “The British government is demanding the EU sign up to a “permanent equivalence” regime for financial services that will last for “decades to come” to ensure the City of London can maintain access to the European market after Brexit.” The EU’s chief negotiator – Michel Barnier – responded immediately in striking language “I would like to take this opportunity to make it clear to certain people in the United Kingdom bearing authority that they should not kid themselves about this - there will not be general, open-ended, ongoing equivalence in financial services".
The EU has not forgotten that the City was the epicentre of the Great Financial Crash (GFC) that wrought havoc with the EU’s economy (as well as with the UK’s!). A huge wave of post-Crash legislation ensured that the financial stability of the EU would never be imperilled again. Reviewing this legislation to cope with market changes poses a difficulty for the UK. Maintain “equivalence” with EU rules while they are in a continuous process of evolution: be a “vassal state” OR “take back control” and lose “equivalence” – and thus business.
Specific example: Regulation of trading in financial instruments (MiFID II).
The Investment Services Directive (ISD) of 1993 was a key plank of Mrs Thatcher’s drive to create a single market to rival that of the US. So it was enacted just after the single market came into force in 1992. Major changes in the structure of financial markets occurred in the succeeding decade – driven by technological developments - so MiFID I was enacted in 2004 to respond to this. In the light of bad experiences in the GFC, the Directive was updated in 2014 as MiFID II. It came into in force in 2018 and, as usual with financial services legislation, is now up for review after two years. So a proposal is due later this year. As the UK is no longer in the EU, it will not be at the negotiating table.
At first glance, some of the initial proposals from the European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) to the European Commission are highly technical tweaks on data reporting. However, discussion is rising about repealing aspects of the “open access” rules of MiFID II for settling derivatives trades – where London has overwhelming dominance at the moment. The scale of these markets is mind-boggling: The notional value of euro-denominated derivatives is about 50 time EU GDP! They are at the heart of the provision of liquidity in securities markets – so correspondingly at the heart of concerns about financial stability in the EU.
The UK pushed hard for MiFID II rules to require exchanges to allow traders to have “open access” to settle their derivative trades at whatever EU-regulated clearing house they chose. As London will soon cease to be subject to EU rules, EU players are now arguing – unsurprisingly - against the continuation of that rule. In time, that could well push market liquidity in euros away from London and into the euro area.
Graham Bishop is Chair of the European Movement National Council.
|06/02/2020||Searching for hope as Brexit dawns||,,
By the time you read this, the UK will have formally left the EU. There are no real words to describe the magnitude of this historic mistake and the range of feelings we are all going through. Sandra Khadhouri, Campaigner and Communicator and L4E Committee Member, searches for hope.
|31/01/2020||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the EU referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit: How did we get here? The past four years in two minutes||,,It's been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union but how did we get here?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/01/2020||Conference on the Future of Europe||,,
As I was in Brussels for business, I was able to pop in to the European Movement International’s (EMI) meeting with Carnegie Europe in the European Parliament last Wednesday. The triggers for the meeting were two-fold: Carnegie has just published its Report on “Six ideas for rejuvenating European democracy” whilst the European Commission that day had formally adopted its Communication on the Conference on the Future of Europe. EMI’s President – Eva Maydell MEP – hosted the event and Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica introduced the Commission’s paper.
She was at pains to say that there must be no “pre-judging” of the outcome of such a consultation exercise. The history of these “conferences” is that they acquire a life of their own and massive change can emerge. Could this make the EU become an attraction to British voters again in the fullness of time?
The topic was irresistible after Dave Rowen had introduced his recent survey of Branch Chairs to the National Council two weeks ago. They put the top priority – by far – for EM (UK) as “promoting the EU, its values and its benefits”, along with “democracy” as a major wish. So it was a great privilege to listen to an author of this new project in the Parliament buildings where the project was launched only in October 2019. The plan is for a formal launch of the Conference on Europe Day – 9thMay – with completion in 2022 so that the output can be in force and operational for the European Parliament elections in 2024. A demanding timetable if history is any guide!
Are our supporters fully aware of this project? Doubtful. A quick Google search only produced coverage in the FT and Guardian – highlighting the risk that UK media will now cut coverage of the EU down to the bare essentials of the negotiations. I can recommend the free content from Euractiv– and their coverage of the Commission’s launch. We will need access to this calibre of factual journalism as the UK press cuts the news flow from the EU.
The Communication described the Conference as “As a major pan-European democratic exercise, the Conference will be a new public forum for an open, inclusive, transparent and structured debate with citizens around a number of key priorities and challenges.” The scale of the ambition is also clear from the European Parliament’s recent resolution:
- European values, fundamental rights and freedoms,
- Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU,
- Environmental challenges and the climate crisis,
- Social justice and equality,
- Economic and employment issues including taxation,
- Digital transformation,
- Security and the role of the EU in the world
Carnegie’s six ideas also illustrate the breadth of the ambition for this project:
Graham Bishop is the Chairman of The European Movement National Council.
|16/01/2020||Harry, Meghan, Zeus, and Europa!||,,
In Greek mythology, the King of the Gods, Zeus, fell in love with a Phoenician princess called Europa. He presented himself in the form of a bull, and whisked her away on his back, as shown in pictures from antiquity.
|17/12/2019||Healing – more than empty words and slogans||,,
We know Jo Pye as London4Europe’s Volunteer Coordinator, who energetically manages our Volunteer Support Group. But one of her other many hats is a Bereavement Counsellor for women and families who suffer Early Pregnancy Loss. In this remarkable contribution, she applies what she has learned in that field, to handling the latest outcome of Brexit.
|13/12/2019||Why we lost – and where we go from here||,,
When the history of Brexit is written, the Lib Dems’ decision to let Johnson hold this election will be seen as a key strategic error.
|11/12/2019||7 reasons to vote Johnson out||,,
We can kick Johnson out. So brave the elements and vote for the candidates with the best chance of beating the Tories.
|11/12/2019||Trump sabotages Brexiters’ last-ditch safety net||,,
Relying on the WTO for our trade was always a terrible idea. Now that the US president has ripped a hole in it, it’s economic suicide.
|11/12/2019||With a final tactical voting push, we can beat Johnson||,,
Good news from YouGov poll is Tory lead is shrinking. Bad news is they are still ahead because too many pro-European votes are being wasted.
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|11/12/2019||Why the (True) Price of Brexit will be the NHS – and more||,,
We are one day from decision day. The stakes have never been higher. This is what a victory for the Tories tomorrow will mean. Please circulate this widely - and above all - persuade somebody that a vote for Johnson will not "Get Brexit Done". Andy Pye, L4E Secretary makes a final plea.
|11/12/2019||Towards a fork in the road…||,,
The torrent of words, inane slogans repeated ad nauseam, exaggerations, blatant mistruths and inventions might soon be behind us, hopes Richard Wassell, Vice-Chair of London4Europe.
|10/12/2019||Johnson won’t stop the chaos – that’s just propaganda||,,
A Tory victory means more chaos. The only way to end the arguments over Brexit and fix our real problems is to vote them out.
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|10/12/2019||Tories bully BBC because it’s easily cowed||,,
Johnson yesterday hinted he would axe the licence fee. This had two purposes: cover up his NHS blunder and pummel the BBC into submission.
|10/12/2019||At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson||,,
PM rips off Love Actually in his video but misses out the punch line: “Just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth.”
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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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|07/12/2019||Get Brexit Gone||,,
One thing we can all agree about Brexit is our wish for it to end. However, it is hard to identify much further common ground. Some believe the best way to end the uncertainty is to elect a Conservative Government on 12 December, and so get it over with. That is just plain wrong, says Vice-Chair of L4E Nick Hopkinson.
|28/11/2019||Missing the Boat to the Valley of Death||,,
As we prepare to leave the European Union, a £3.5 billion fund to provide equity and grant funding for start-ups in so-called deep tech industries is about to be launched. Andy Pye, technical writer and L4E Secretary is trying not to cry.
|28/11/2019||Chichester Public Meeting shows The Way Forward||,,
What an evening! Six great local speakers, passionate about the EU, and passionately explaining why.
|26/11/2019||Our Trusting Nature||,,
it comes naturally for us to trust each other. Reciprocal trust is fundamental to the smooth working of the societies in which we live. But untrustworthiness has become so widespread that it is no longer being automatically condemned, argues our correspondent Future of Our Children.
|22/11/2019||Make It Stop - A Slogan (or two) to Unite Us All||,,
"Make It Stop" or, alternatively, “Make Brexit Stop" are logos you’re bound to see more of over the next few weeks, says Jo Pye, London4Europe's Volunteer Support Coordinator.
|18/10/2019||Dominic Grieve QC MP speaks to over 200 In St Albans to shed light on Brexit, Boris Johnson, and the path to a People’s Vote||,,
Dominic Grieve QC MP spoke at an open meeting in St Albans last Thursday on the ‘absolute mayhem’ of Boris Johnson’s chaotic government, the disaster of a No Deal Brexit and the fast-growing campaign for a People’s Vote on any deal.
|25/09/2019||Andrew Adonis Speaks to Local Group Tees4Europe||,,
Tees4Europe Chair Scott Hunter reflects on Andrew Adonis visiting his group, and how the group's youngest campaigner highlighted the one good thing about Brexit.
On 16 September, Andrew Adonis kindly agreed to come to address an audience at an event hosted by Tees4Europe. We booked the hall, circulated tickets, picked Andrew up at the station, and then promptly upstaged him. We had decided that among our other speakers there should be a young person. One name was suggested, and, without asking too many questions, we booked her. Millie, it turns out, was not the sixth former we were expecting. She is 14. It would be an exaggeration to say that at this point that I started to panic, but it certainly had me on edge. But I needn’t have worried. In the space of five minutes, Millie spoke cogently on just about every Brexit-related topic you could think of. It was a breath-taking performance. It hasn’t been easy to select highlights to present here, as there were so many, but here goes …
“As an aspiring Royal Navy engineer and somebody with a keen interest in STEM, standing for science, technology, engineering and maths, the effects of leaving the EU on the UK’s defence, military and STEM is of great concern to me. The EU’s member states work together on a number of defence-related issues, such as researching new defence technologies and joint military deployments. The UK contributes financial support to EU security activities, which fund numerous missions such as the combat of piracy off the Horn of Africa and the prevention of human trafficking in the Mediterranean to name but two. Therefore, it worries me deeply that our exit from the EU will damage both the UK’s military and defence, as well as that of the EU. We are stronger together; we are safer together …
“Now, there is one good thing about Brexit. I know, I know, I’ve been talking about what a disaster leaving the EU would be for the last 5 minutes, but don’t panic. In the past, I think young people have viewed politics as something they need to worry about when they’re older, and something for adults to deal with. Since the Brexit referendum, I believe that young people have become increasingly interested and invested in the politics that will affect their futures, and much more willing to make their voices heard…”
And thus Millie Sheridan brought the house down.
It is not over yet. We will keep fighting, but we need your help.
Or tell Boris Johnson that:
|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/07/2019||Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU||,,Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/07/2019||1066 Branch attends No to Boris. Yes to Europe demo||,,
Despite some awful weather forecasts in the preceding days and the start of the school holidays, big crowds gathered at noon in Park Lane last Saturday. As publicity had been limited everyone was pleasantly surprised by the turnout - given the inevitably short timescale to protest against the seemingly unstoppable coronation of “Boris” -. Yet it was on a scale that enabled us all to march comfortably all the way to Parliament Square and hear the excellent speeches (and music!)
1066 Branch was delighted to have the new EM campaign banner – vividly stating “I’m a European!” It drew great attention as we waited in Park Lane. We were delighted to be joined by three ladies from Bath for Europe to help carry it – essential given the size! While we were waiting, we handed out huge wadges of the new EM leaflets round the March. They flew out of our hands!
A great aura permeated the warm streets of London – with a wonderful feeling of togetherness by an amazingly diverse crowd. But it was tinged with a slightly harder edge this time - people like us will not permit such a folly as Brexit to happen – many banners called for “revolt”.
Together, we marched to Parliament Square and managed to hold up our banner at the foot of the Churchill Statue. Judging by his great European speeches founding the European Movement, he would have approved thoroughly!
Most encouragingly, we Remainers are clearly getting kitted up for demos now – judging by the intensity of flags, hats, whistles etc. The whistling outside Downing Street was almost painful in its intensity.
Graham Bishop is Vice-Chairman of European Movement UK and Board member of the Kangaroo Group.
|23/07/2019||European Movement Eastbourne: July Dinner||,,
Eastbourne European Movement Dinner July 2019
Clive Black was the speaker at our July dinner. He opened his talk by stating that the legal
services sector is a UK success story. It is the second largest legal services market in the
world, the largest within the EU, contributes over £26 billion to the economy and is the
jurisdiction of choice for international commercial transactions, dispute resolution and
Thanks to a series of ground-breaking directives which apply across the EU, law firms and
lawyers are granted many rights including being able to: practice as a solicitor on a
permanent basis, give advice on English, EU & international law, to appear in national and
European courts in conjunction with a local lawyer, and to requalify, without an equivalent
exam, after 3 years of practising host state law. He illustrated this liberating effect by stating
that it is easier for a lawyer qualified in Estonia to set up a legal practice in Portugal than it is
for a lawyer in New York State to set up practice at the California Bar.
He went on to explain the challenges Brexit poses to this remarkable achievement. After
Brexit, these ground-breaking directives which allow so much freedom, will be replaced by a
system whereby the professional bodies such as the Law Society and Bar Council may need
to negotiate with 31 national regimes, lawyers will face challenges over market access and
practice rights, individuals over judicial cooperation and the UK over its global status of
English and Welsh law.
He gave an analysis of the impact of Brexit on a number of scenarios including a ‘no deal’
Brexit which could cost the sector up to £3 billion by 2025. The impact could also mean that
judgements made in UK courts not being enforced in EU countries, consumers not being able
to enforce their contracts in EU states, difficulty in claiming for motor insurance accidents,
loss of cross border co-operation in family law matters and could lead to the end of
collaboration on security and policing. His talk gave a fascinating and informative insight
into the UK legal sector and how it might be impacted by Brexit.
Our next dinner is on 11 September where Prof Anwan-Scully will talk about Brexit and the
Disuniting Kingdom. If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on
07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|10/07/2019||Update from European Movement Eastbourne||,,
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, was the speaker at our June dinner held at Eastbourne's Hydro Hotel and attended by over 80 members and their guests.
He opened his talk, ‘How to win a second referendum’ by saying that lessons needed to be drawn from the Leave and Remain campaigns of 2016. He looked at the reasons why the Leave campaign had won. In 2016 the campaign was at an immediate advantage following many years of negative messages in the media. Polls showed that the British never felt as European as other EU countries and politicians never made much of an effort to sell the upside of EU membership.
The message of ‘Take Back Control’ was simple and powerful as was the counter message ‘Project Fear’. The outcome of Brexit was deliberately vague so the Remain campaign found it difficult to counter. The Leave campaign was well planned, had charismatic leaders, very good data gathering and technical ability and was clever about using it, targeting people who wouldn’t normally vote.
He then looked at the reasons why the Remain campaign lost. It was predicted that Remain would win and it was just assumed that people would think the economic risk too high. The messages were complex and not easy to get across and the thrust of the campaign was overwhelmingly negative.
The Chancellor’s claim that each person would lose several thousand pounds was not credible. Many businesses did not want to come out publicly on the side of Remain. David Cameron made demands on the EU that were never going to be met. The campaign had no counter attack to the immigration issue. Jeremy Corbyn sat out the campaign and Labour voters were not given the cue from their party and the campaign did not target people who rarely vote.
Finally, he made suggestions that might help any future Remain campaign: use real working people, not celebrities, use simple, powerful messages about people who are disenfranchised, utilise SME rather than big businesses, don’t let outsiders get involved or interfere. The speaker at our next dinner on 10 July 2019 will be Clive Black talking about Brexit and the Business of Law.
If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on 07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|08/07/2019||Europe - what next meeting in Harpenden||,,
Harpenden for Europe, our neighbouring group, organised an event on Tuesday 2 July entitled 'Europe - What next?'. Judith Leary-Joyce, one of St Albans for Europe's founder members, reports on the evening.
|01/07/2019||Lord Heseltine becomes European Movement’s president at members’ evening– and one of St Albans for Europe’s star campaigners opens the evening||,,
On a balmy May evening, European Movement members were invited to an event introducing Lord Heseltine as the new President of European Movement UK, the parent organisation of St Albans for Europe. It took place at Church House just behind Westminster Abbey. Although our group was only set up in 2017, European Movement has been going since 1949, advocating all that time for Britain’s future at the heart of a united Europe. As the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair of European Movement explained, Lord Heseltine is in illustrious company – the first President was Sir Winston Churchill and a number of former Prime Ministers from Harold MacMillan to Ted Heath followed.
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|