|14/10/2019||Jeremy Corbyn accuses ministers of trying to ‘suppress’ ethnic minorities through voter ID plan||,,Jeremy Corbyn has accused ministers of a “blatant attempt” to suppress ethnic minorities, the poor and the elderly through their controversial voter ID scheme.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||EXCL Labour MPs tell party chairman Ian Lavery they will not back a snap election||,,Labour MPs have told the party's chairman that they will not back calls for a snap election.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||Martin Rowson on a Queen's speech with a focus on law and order – cartoon||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||This sham of a Queen’s speech could prove the end for Boris Johnson | Polly Toynbee||,,
The prime minister wanted to shoot Labour’s fox but he has no plans, no vision – just focus-grouped pleasers
Folderol, hokum and flapdoodle – the usual absurdities of the Queen’s speech rigmarole were reduced to their ultimate fatuity on Monday. As she named those 26 never-to-be-enacted bills engraved laboriously on goatskin vellum, they might as well have been scribbled in ballpoint pen, these electioneering geegaws and giveaways, embellished with thumbscrews on crime and migration. But nothing matters here except the evanescent promise of an EU withdrawal deal, always just beyond reach. “My government will …” she intoned as if sucking lemons, but she has no government capable of doing anything at all.
What heavy lifting it would take to turn this country into Boris Johnson’s “greatest place on Earth”, in its present miserable state caused mainly by him. Leave aside Brexit devilment that hangs by a thread, look at the rest of his empty prospectus. If this was a hunting expedition designed to shoot Labour’s fox, it may have the opposite effect.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||No time left for Brexit deal before EU summit, says Finnish PM||,,
Talks continue but agreement of legal text for leaders to approve looks unlikely
Boris Johnson’s hopes of sealing a Brexit deal before an EU summit on Thursday have been dealt a blow after Finland’s prime minister said he believed time had run out.
As British and EU officials negotiated late into Monday evening, Antti Rinne, whose country holds the EU’s rolling presidency, appeared to call time on the prime minister’s race to find an agreement.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||Brexit: Boost for Boris Johnson as hardline leave rebel signals he now wants to back PM's deal – as it happened||,,
The day’s political developments as they happen, including the Queen’s speech, and Johnson and Corbyn speaking in the subsequent debate
While we deride their behaviour, we must learn the lessons of the victories of Trump and Johnson.
They chose - and still choose - the gutter and it will be their downfall. Winning on their terms is never worth it.
This is what a Downing Street source said when asked about why what the Queen said about the possibility of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October was less definitive than what Boris Johnson has been saying on this. (See 12.57pm.) The source rejected suggestions that the palace rejected No 10’s proposed wording, and went on:
I appreciate there are differences in language but those differences in language are more reflective of the fact that’s how a Queen’s speech goes rather than any suggestion that there are any differences in policy. The prime minister was very clear that we are leaving on 31 October.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||Boris Johnson wins more backing from MPs for Brexit deal||,,
Eurosceptics and Labour MPs indicate they could back prime minister’s deal if he clinches agreement in Brussels
Boris Johnson is edging towards the parliamentary numbers needed to pass a Brexit deal after more hardline Eurosceptics and pro-deal Labour MPs indicated they could back a new agreement made with the EU.
The prime minister will need to win over almost all the 28 Tory “Spartans” who held out against Theresa May’s deal if he manages to bring an agreement back from Brussels, as well as either the Democratic Unionist party or a chunk of Labour backbenchers.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||'One last chance': why Irish border question remains sticking point||,,
UK’s dual customs solution has baffled Brussels before this week’s critical EU summit
Michel Barnier has given Boris Johnson “one last chance” to settle on a plan for the Irish border that will prevent a hard border, protect the all-Ireland economy and avoid the creation of a backdoor into the single market for smugglers and fraudsters. EU leaders will gather in Brussels on Thursday to sign off on such a plan, or start talking about a Brexit extension.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||The Guardian view on the Queen’s speech: show without substance | Editorial||,,The government talks up the UK’s bright, post-Brexit future but its populist policies threaten to take the country backwards
Rarely has the elaborately costumed pageant of the state opening of parliament looked less in keeping with the status of the legislative programme on offer. This was pomp in bizarre circumstances.
From the off, the Queen’s speech struck a curiously provisional note, beginning with the statement that the government’s priority “has always been” to leave the EU on 31 October. That was some way short of a commitment that this is going to happen, which is understandable. No one knows what is going to happen between now and the end of the month.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||The Guardian view on Scottish nationalism: a warning from Catalonia | Editorial||,,Spain is shamed by its jailing of independence leaders. But the SNP is wise not to follow the illegal Catalan approach
Nicola Sturgeon will put independence front and centre in her leader’s speech to the SNP conference in Aberdeen on Tuesday. That’s no surprise. Independence is what the SNP is in business for. What is more, after 12 years of SNP rule and five years on from the 2014 referendum, Scots voters show little sign of tiring of the party. Conservative advances have ebbed since Ruth Davidson quit and Boris Johnson became prime minister. Scottish Labour remains in historic eclipse. The SNP is on course to recapture Westminster seats from both parties, while a weekend poll put support for independence at 50%, the highest figure in recent times.
An imminent prospect of Brexit means a second independence referendum is once again a wholly live issue. Ms Sturgeon is expected to make a formal request for a new vote to the UK government in the coming weeks. If there is an early general election, the indyref2 demand will be a central part of the campaign, with rival parties under pressure to define their positions. Labour, in particular, will be in the SNP’s sights. Ms Sturgeon has said that, if there is another hung Westminster parliament, Jeremy Corbyn should not pick up the phone to propose a parliamentary deal unless he is willing to agree to a second vote. If the SNP gets the support that the polls currently suggest, her mandate to make that demand will be incontrovertible.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||Number 10 insists Boris Johnson will not quit if Queen's Speech is voted down||,,Boris Johnson will not resign as Prime Minister even if MPs reject his Queen's Speech.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||Boris Johnson looks to an election with promise to make UK ‘greatest place on earth’||,,'The only legitimate way to sort Brexit now is to let the people decide with a final say,' Jeremy Corbyn says.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||Britons in Europe face citizens' rights 'lottery' in event of no deal||,,
Requirements and costs of staying put abroad after Brexit vary across EU member states
Tens of thousands of Britons seeking to secure residency rights in EU countries in the event of a no-deal Brexit face fees of up to €210 (£183), tight application deadlines and minimum salary thresholds, a Guardian investigation can reveal.
The challenges for British nationals will vary across the 27 EU member states if a withdrawal agreement is not ratified. The European commission has suggested member states should take a “generous” approach, but apart from Ireland none of the EU member states are said by citizens groups to be offering terms on a par with the approach taken by the British government.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||Queen's speech: Brexit takes centre stage – video highlights||,,
The Queen has opened the new session of parliament by delivering her speech at Westminster for the 65th time. The Brexit-dominated speech contained 26 new or returning bills in what was considered a preview of the Conservative party election manifestoContinue reading...
|14/10/2019||Labour to bring back standing at Premier League matches from next year if it wins election||,,Labour will re-introduce standing at top-flight football matches for the first time since Hillsborough next year if it wins an election.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||EXCL John McDonnell and Len McCluskey in 'explosive' clash over Labour shake-up||,,John McDonnell clashed with Len McCluskey in the wake of a major shake-up of Jeremy Corbyn's office, PoliticsHome has learned.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||“No deal” Brexit threatens all disabled people||,,
There has been no disability impact assessment, as required by the law. And the Equalities Regulator has refused to do anything about it.
|14/10/2019||Boris Johnson accused of 'trying to rig next election' with controversial voter ID scheme||,,Boris Johnson has sparked a furious backlash after vowing to push ahead with a new voter ID scheme despite accusations the plans will disenfranchise tens of thousands of people.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||Will Johnson be forced to make yet more concessions?||,,
PM faces unpalatable options: lose the DUP and ERG by making yet more concessions to get a deal; or lose moderate Tories by crashing out.
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|14/10/2019||EXPLAINED: Everything included in Boris Johnson’s first Queen’s Speech||,,Legislation to deliver Brexit dominated Boris Johnson’s first Queen’s Speech as Prime Minister, which also had a strong law and order theme.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||Queen’s speech: Brexit top priority for UK government||,,Speech sets out what Boris Johnson wants his government to do.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||Boris Johnson vows to end EU free movement as Queen’s Speech sets out election pitch||,,Boris Johnson has promised a new law to bring freedom of movement to an end after Brexit, in a Queen’s Speech packed with pre-election pledges.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||‘Pathway’ to Brexit deal hits usual obstacles on the Irish border||,,
A breakthrough seems as far away as ever with the customs union problem still not solved
Hopes of a Brexit breakthrough surged after Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson went for a walk in the Wirral and declared “a pathway to a possible deal”. Four days later it is increasingly obvious that the pathway is steep and strewn with rocks.
After a weekend of Brexit talks, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, gave EU diplomats a bleak account of progress on Sunday night. At the heart of the problem is the same old Brexit conundrum: how can the UK quit the EU customs union and single market while maintaining an open border with Ireland to protect peace on the island.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||Queen's Speech AS-IT-HAPPENED: All the action as Boris Johnson's agenda unveiled||,,Follow all the action from the State Opening of Parliament. What's being announced? How's it going down? And all the pomp and ceremony you can handle.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||Sajid Javid to deliver first Budget as Chancellor on 6 November - if there is a Brexit deal||,,Sajid Javid will deliver his first Budget as Chancellor on 6 November - but only if the UK leaves the EU with a deal on 31 October.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/10/2019||The fantasy of Britain at war could be nearing its last hurrah | John Harris||,,
The Brexiteers’ belligerent nostalgia is deeply anachronistic, but powerful. The next few months will tell us whether it can survive
Can you hear it: the theme from The Great Escape, and the hum of Spitfire engines? Such is the mood music that echoes around many leading Brexiteers: men who seem to have all but forgotten the comparatively recent conflict centred on Northern Ireland but affect to be consumed by the distant stuff of Dunkirk, the blitz and VE day. Question marks still hang over how we will get to a general election, but some aspects of the looming campaign seem certain. If Boris Johnson somehow gets a deal with the EU and manages to steer it through parliament, he will presumably continue to talk about a country destined to stand apart from Europe and set an example to the world of derring-do, mention Winston Churchill and use a lot of martial metaphors. If everything comes to grief and he has to request the dreaded extension, that stuff will doubtless be accompanied by rhetoric about remainer MPs and judges, the obstinate and unreliable French and Germans, and a view of Ireland as a country that has ideas above its station.
Deal or no deal, all these things will presumably be voiced by Nigel Farage and the Brexit party – who, like their fellow Brexiteers in the Conservative party, have a vision of Britain unbound that harks back to the days of empire, and a loud obsession with Britain’s role in the second world war, or their imagined version of it.Continue reading...
|14/10/2019||Five key moments in a make-or-break week for Brexit deal||,,
Queen’s speech, EU summit and a Saturday Commons session lie ahead for Boris Johnson
After talks between Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson prompted a new surge of optimism that a Brexit deal could be reached, intensive talks over the weekend were described by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier as “difficult”, suggesting once again that hopes of an agreement were in the balance.
Over the next six days, most observers expect that clarity over whether a deal can be done – or if an extension might be plausible – will finally arrive. Here are the key moments ahead:Continue reading...
|13/10/2019||Merkel sees post-Brexit UK as ‘potential competitor’ to EU||,,German chancellor classes Britain alongside China and US.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/10/2019||Brexit: Boris Johnson says 'significant' work still to do on deal||,,But Boris Johnson says there is "a way forward" that could "secure all our interests".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/10/2019||‘No breakthrough yet’ as intensive Brexit talks continue||,,Negotiators are still trying to find agreement on how to avoid a hard border in Ireland, diplomats say.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/10/2019||Brexit talks fail to yield breakthrough with timely deal feared ‘impossible’||,,
Barnier warns negotiations may have to continue as UK’s Irish border plans are an ‘untested’ risk
A breakthrough in the Brexit talks has failed to materialise after a weekend of intensive negotiations, with European Union capitals concluding that it may now be impossible for the UK to leave the EU by 31 October with a deal.
In a briefing to EU ambassadors on Sunday evening, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, raised the prospect of the talks having to continue after the forthcoming leaders’ summit on Thursday, such was the lack of progress.Continue reading...
|13/10/2019||Ben Jennings on the Tories' approach to the Queen’s speech – cartoon||,,
The government has been accused of election rigging and the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands after plans to introduce compulsory photo ID for voters in the Queen’s speech were leakedContinue reading...
|13/10/2019||The Guardian view on John Bercow’s departure: parliament needs a bold Speaker | Editorial||,,
Bercow has been rightly criticised, but whoever takes over from him should emulate his reforms and radicalism
When parliament returns on Monday, John Bercow will be three weeks from retirement. These weeks are likely to be stormy. MPs could be wrestling with divisive Brexit decisions right up to the Speaker’s departure on 31 October, which is also the date of the Brexit deadline. So there will be no gentle cadence about this final farewell. It may all end instead with crashing discord. That would be a fitting send-off to a Speaker who is unprecedentedly polarising but who has been Britain’s most important parliamentarian of modern times.
Throughout his decade in office, Mr Bercow has been a controversial Speaker. Originally, he was a rightwing Conservative, but his views have moved to the left. His main support has come from Labour, to the dismay of his own tribe. Many Tories have never forgiven him. Some have come to detest him – a farewell snub from them remains likely. Some of the reasons are understandable. Mr Bercow is often patronising from the chair, and has been far too fond of verbose lectures to MPs. He has been accused of worse behaviour by staff, with charges (which he denies) of bullying and harassment in the Commons. Calls for new leadership have grown louder. On all these counts, there is now the overdue chance of a new start, a better working atmosphere and a tougher approach towards unacceptable behaviour.Continue reading...
|13/10/2019||Jon Trickett comes out in support of a 'Labour Brexit'||,,
Shadow cabinet member argues party’s leave voters have to be provided with a credible option in a second referendum
Jon Trickett has become the first member of the shadow cabinet to state that he would like to campaign for a “Labour Brexit” in a potential future referendum.
“I’m a Labour politician, I have been all my life. If there’s a Labour Brexit, for me, I would then want to advocate that Labour deal,” Trickett said, speaking in his Yorkshire constituency of Hemsworth.Continue reading...
|13/10/2019||Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal would make people worse off than Theresa May’s | Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes||,,According to our study, the deal now being discussed would reduce per capita GDP by 6.4%, as opposed to 4.9%
Back to the (original) backstop? By conceding that any customs border will have to be in the Irish Sea, Boris Johnson appears to have revived the possibility of a Brexit deal. But the focus on the politics of the Irish border risks missing the implications of his proposals for the economy of the UK as a whole. And, as we reveal in our report for The UK in a Changing Europe, these are significantly worse than was the case for Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
Indeed, Johnson’s motivations for ditching May’s withdrawal agreement have little if anything to do with Northern Ireland. Rather, it is because the new prime minister sees the ultimate relationship the UK should have with the EU very differently to his predecessor. Gone is the notion that a shared customs territory and close regulatory alignment on goods should form a “bridge” to the long-term relationship. As Johnson put it himself in his letter to Jean-Claude Juncker: “The backstop acted as a bridge to a proposed future relationship with the EU in which the UK could be closely integrated with the EU customs arrangements and would align with EU law in many areas. That proposed future relationship is not the goal of the current UK government. The government intends that the future relationship should be based on a free trade agreement in which the UK takes control of its own regulatory affairs and trade policy.”Continue reading...
|13/10/2019||7 reasons why it now makes sense to consult the people again||,,
Labour is moving in favour of holding a referendum before an election. This would be in its own interests as well as the nation’s.
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|13/10/2019||SNP Westminster leader tells Corbyn and Swinson to 'step out of the sand pit'||,,
Ian Blackford calls on other opposition leaders to back vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson
Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson must “step out of the sand pit” and back the SNP’s vote of no confidence in the prime minister, the party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has said.
Accusing Labour of “running scared” from a general election, Blackford opened the SNP’s conference in Aberdeen with the challenge to other opposition leaders to “step up to the job” as his party’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, piled pressure on Corbyn over a second independence referendumContinue reading...
|13/10/2019||Brexit plans centre stage in Queen's Speech||,,Ministers say a deal with the EU is a "priority" as they prepare to outline their future plans.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/10/2019||Dominic Cummings’s big ego has been a gift for the press | Roy Greenslade||,,
The outspoken adviser couldn’t care less about being revealed as the source of a ‘leak’
ITV’s political editor, Robert Peston, sportingly if hyperbolically, greeted last week’s scoop by James Forsyth, the Spectator’s political editor, as “the most explosive Downing Street briefing in modern times”.
In fairness, it was hugely interesting, and not just for its content. It was a rare example of a supposedly confidential source being cavalier about his own identity. Step forward Dominic Cummings, special adviser to Boris Johnson. Allegedly? No, for sure.Continue reading...
|13/10/2019||Brexit must be delayed even if there’s a deal||,,
PM wants to bounce MPs to approve a deal in a single day next Saturday. It would be outrageous to decide our future with so little scrutiny.
|13/10/2019||EU ready to grant Brexit extension in build-up to key summit||,,
Boris Johnson faces crunch week as Brussels downplays chance of progress on Ireland
Jean-Claude Juncker has talked up the prospects of a Brexit extension beyond 31 October as EU officials downplayed the chances of a breakthrough in time for this week’s crunch summit.
As talks on Johnson’s latest Brexit proposals continued in Brussels, the European commission president said he would back a prolongation of the UK’s membership if it was sought.Continue reading...
|12/10/2019||Brexit: NI must stay in UK customs union, says DUP||,,NI should remain in a UK customs union "full stop" and the PM "knows it very well", says Nigel Dodds.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/10/2019||DUP finds itself caught between the devil and the Irish sea||,,Reject the prime minister’s deal and usher in an economy-wrecking no deal, or endorse it and risk unionist wrath at home?
The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) is facing two options, one bad, the other worse. The trick will be deciding which is which. It can reject the Brexit deal that British and EU negotiators are discussing in Brussels, on the assumption it proposes a border down the Irish Sea.
Rejection would rupture its relations with Boris Johnson and could sink the deal in the Commons, shunt the UK towards no deal, wreck Northern Ireland’s economy and add support for a united Ireland.Continue reading...
|12/10/2019||Brexit: 'Intense technical' talks between UK and EU in Brussels||,,"Technical discussions" are going on after the PM suggested there is a "pathway to a possible deal".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/10/2019||UK ‘softens Brexit position’ in final push for deal||,,EU diplomats cautiously optimistic after UK agreed to new basis for talks.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|11/10/2019||Brexit: Pound surges on renewed hopes of a deal||,,The pound hits a three-month high, and UK-focussed shares soar, on optimism of a Brexit breakthrough.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/10/2019||Brexit: Julian Smith says no one NI community will have veto||,,NI Secretary Julian Smith does not rule out possible NI-only referendum on post-Brexit plans.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/10/2019||Entering 'the tunnel': what does it mean for the Brexit talks?||,,
EU-coined term signals a new phase in discussions but there is still plenty of drama ahead
Even by the dramatic standards of Brexit, next week is shaping up to be a key one in deciding how, when and if the UK leaves the EU. It has also reintroduced some slightly confusing jargon.Continue reading...
|11/10/2019||Johnson refuses to rule out Northern Ireland staying in EU customs union – video||,,
Boris Johnson has declined to say whether Northern Ireland would definitely leave the EU’s customs union as negotiations with Brussels intensify. In an interview following a visit to a school on Friday, the prime minister was asked twice by a reporter if Northern Ireland would leave the customs union under the new pathway agreed with Leo Varadkar. 'I think it would be wrong of me to give a running commentary on the negotiations,' Johnson said.
The prime minister added: 'I can certainly tell you that under no circumstances will we see anything that damages the ability of the whole of the United Kingdom to take full advantage of Brexit'Continue reading...
|11/10/2019||Rotten tomatoes or standing ovations? Commissioners’ hearings reviewed||,,From star performers to strugglers — every confirmation session, super-abbreviated and rated.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|11/10/2019||Michel Barnier recommends intensifying Brexit talks||,,The move follows a positive meeting between the British and Irish prime ministers on Thursday.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|11/10/2019||Any Johnson deal would be terrible; it must be put to people||,,
Even if the PM can square the Irish situation, what he is proposing for Great Britain is ghastly. Here are four reasons.
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|11/10/2019||Brexit is like climbing a mountain, says Michel Barnier – video||,,
The EU’s chief negotiator says he had constructive talks after a meeting with the UK Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, and would debrief ambassadors and MEPs on the European parliament’s Brexit steering group. He adds that 'Brexit is like climbing a mountain – we need vigilance, determination and patience'
|11/10/2019||Donald Tusk: No workable Brexit deal yet, but let’s keep talking||,,‘The time is practically up, but even the slightest chance must be used,’ says European Council president.||www.politico.eu||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...|
|10/10/2019||Leo Varadkar: Britain and Ireland see pathway to possible Brexit deal – video||,,
Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he and Boris Johnson have agreed they can see the possibility of a Brexit deal being reached but he warns there are still challenges aheadContinue reading...
|10/10/2019||What does the Johnson-Varadkar Brexit statement mean?||,,
Andrew Sparrow dissects the leaders’ joint statement to find no one is ready to give up yet
Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar have emerged from their meeting saying “they could see a pathway to a possible deal”. Here we take a look at what their joint statement said, and what it might mean.
The prime minister and taoiseach have had a detailed and constructive discussion.Continue reading...
|10/10/2019||Johnson and Varadkar hold ‘constructive’ Brexit discussion||,,The prime ministers of Britain and Ireland 'see a pathway to a possible deal,' says Downing Street.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|10/10/2019||Might Jeremy Corbyn want an election even if he lost?||,,
Labour leader says he is ready to go to the polls. For advocates of disaster socialism, there may be method in the madness.
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|10/10/2019||UK minister: EU nationals without settled status could be deported||,,Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis says 'existing immigration rules' would be applied to EU citizens without settled status.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|09/10/2019||What might Johnson do when MPs gather for Brexit showdown?||,,
From ignoring the Benn act to holding vote on no deal, the PM has several options available
Boris Johnson has planned an emergency Saturday sitting of parliament on 19 October to allow MPs to decide the next step forward after a European council meeting that starts two days earlier. Here are some of the options he could pursue.Continue reading...
|09/10/2019||MPs could amend Queen’s Speech to call for a referendum||,,
The Queen’s Speech next week is an opportunity for pro-European MPs to challenge Boris Johnson and even show a majority for a People’ Vote.
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|09/10/2019||Michel Barnier says a Brexit deal is 'very difficult but possible' – video||,,
The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said reaching a Brexit deal is 'very difficult but possible'. He added that the EU would stay 'calm, vigilant, respectful and constructive' before negotiations take place on Thursday. The EU has said Boris Johnson needs to have workable proposals by the end of the weekContinue reading...
|08/10/2019||'Immature' No 10 briefings trigger another day of Brexit trouble||,,
Blame game row as Downing Street turns fire on Leo Varadkar and Angela Merkel
The first sign of trouble was in the dawn news bulletins. In a long missive the Spectator published overnight, an anonymous No 10 source – widely presumed to be Dominic Cummings – predicted that Brexit talks would “probably end this week”, blaming the Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who, it was claimed, had “gone very cold”. The nameless source warned that EU countries supporting an extension of article 50 “will go to the bottom of the queue” on future cooperation with the UK.
While the incendiary briefing was being condemned on the airwaves as “desperate” and something to make the government “ashamed” by the recently departed cabinet minister Amber Rudd, Boris Johnson was on the phone to Angela Merkel. Neither London nor Berlin would offer any detailed official account of their phone call, in line with diplomatic protocol. Yet, by 10am, another explosive anonymous briefing from a No 10 source was lighting up social media with incredible claims about what the German chancellor was meant to have said. And, with that, the Brexit blame game had gone into full swing.Continue reading...
|08/10/2019||Is a Brexit deal impossible and what happens now?||,,
A wave of briefings appear to be positioning the government to blame EU for collapse of talks
After weeks of phoney war, Tuesday felt like a possible shift in the Brexit impasse – but one based largely on recriminations and anger and containing several mixed messages.Continue reading...
|08/10/2019||Johnson in full blame game mode||,,
Beware of anyone who says a government can successfully play the blame game and work for a deal at the same time.
|08/10/2019||Desperado Dom pins hope on Hungary scuppering Brexit delay||,,
As Boris Johnson’s proposed deal heads for the rocks, Downing Street is promising goodies for EU countries that stop an extension and pain for those that don’t. This is a plan which is as devilish as it is desperate.
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|08/10/2019||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...|
|07/10/2019||Boris Johnson claims EU has not explained why it objects to his Brexit plan – video||,,
Boris Johnson responded to a question asking if his Brexit plan was 'dead in the water' by claiming that the EU had not explained in detail why it objected to his Brexit plan. He said: 'What we are saying to our friends is this is a very generous, fair and reasonable offer that we have made. What we would like to hear from you now is what your thoughts are'Continue reading...
|07/10/2019||Northern Ireland issue is about more than just consent||,,
What Ulster needs from Britain is stability, prosperity and a viable devolved government. No tweak to Johnson’s proposal can deliver that
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|06/10/2019||How far away are UK and EU from reaching a Brexit deal?||,,
Agreement this week unlikely but talks are ongoing and PM is building Commons support
Perhaps. The EU summit starting on 17 October has long been seen as a hard deadline, but EU leaders will not negotiate legal text in the middle of the night and, realistically, for a deal to happen most of the components would have to be in place by next weekend. Emmanuel Macron has floated this Friday as a deadline, although No 10 thinks 14 October will in practice be the last possible moment for a deal.Continue reading...
|06/10/2019||Stephen Barclay: UK could move on 'mechanism' of Northern Ireland consent – video||,,
The Brexit secretary has said discussions could take place over the next few days on the mechanism allowing Northern Ireland to decide whether it remains in regulatory alignment with the EU. The border with Ireland, which will be the UK's only land frontier with the EU after Brexit, has become the biggest sticking point in negotiations
|06/10/2019||'Filthy piece of toerag': Boris Johnson constituent speaks her mind – video||,,
There was no mincing of words when a resident of Boris Johnson's Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency in west London was asked how she felt about Britain's prime minister: she called him a 'filthy piece of toerag'. The woman was being questioned by the Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge, and began her response: 'Don't you ever mention that name in front of me'Continue reading...
|05/10/2019||Anywhere but Westminster | We must deliver: Brexit, Johnson and the robots of Milton Keynes – video||,,
As Tory conference cheers Boris Johnson’s do-or-die vision of leaving the EU, Anywhere but Westminster moves to Milton Keynes, a town evenly split between leave and remain, and hurtling into the future. Robots are delivering people’s shopping, but there’s also homelessness and glaring inequality, and clear signs that most people want no part of all the Brexit madnessContinue reading...
|04/10/2019||Irish PM says Brexit extension would be better than no deal – video||,,
The Irish prime minister said on Friday that Ireland would consider an extension to the Brexit deadline if Boris Johnson were to ask for one, adding 'an extension would be better than a no deal'.
Speaking in Denmark, Leo Varadkar said: 'Brexit doesn't end with the UK leaving, it's just the next phase of negotiations but if the UK were to request an extension, we would consider it.’
Boris Johnson has proposed that Northern Ireland leave the EU’s customs territory with the rest of the UK on 31 October, but remain in the single market for goodsContinue reading...
|03/10/2019||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/09/2019||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...|
|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...|
|18/09/2019||Where do the parties stand now?||,,MPs have passed a law to extend the Brexit deadline, but where do the parties stand?||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...|
|06/08/2019||Brexit: What could no deal mean for the Irish border?||,,All sides want to avoid a hard border, so how could they stop this if there's a no-deal Brexit?||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.
|30/05/2019||Brexit: How the timetable to 31 October could unfold||,,MPs will only sit for about 50 days between now and the 31 October Brexit deadline.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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.
|11/04/2019||Article 50: Can the UK revoke Brexit?||,,The European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested that the UK could consider "cancelling Brexit". How would this work?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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...|