|13/12/2019||Devoid of agility, charisma and credibility, Corbyn has led Labour into the abyss | Polly Toynbee||,,Yes, the manifesto was magnificent. But Corbyn has allowed his party to be riven by sectarianism, antisemitism and Brexit
The nightmare has happened. The worst of men is elected prime minister. The hardest of times lie ahead. Unfit in every way for any kind of office, Boris Johnson takes up the reins of absolute power bestowed on any leader with such a majority.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||Boris Johnson leads Tories to historic general election win||,,
Gamble of triggering snap poll to unite Brexit vote pays off, decimating Labour’s support
Boris Johnson has clinched a historic Conservative general election victory, winning a string of seats from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party in its traditional heartlands.
Johnson’s gamble of triggering a snap poll in the hope of uniting the Brexit vote in leave-supporting seats across Wales, the Midlands and the north of England paid off spectacularly, setting him on course for the Tories’ strongest performance for decades.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||What does the Tories' landslide victory mean for Brexit?||,,
Boris Johnson has the majority he needs, but there are still many challenges ahead
The Conservative party landslide gives Boris Johnson a decisive mandate on Brexit, with a solid majority that means he will be able to push through Brexit on his terms.
While the prime minister has promised to go for a hard Canada-style deal, a pivot to a softer Brexit cannot be discounted now that he has room to manoeuvre thanks to the scale of his victory.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||Jo Swinson steps down as UK Lib Dem leader||,,The pro-EU party is on course to win 12 seats — the same number as they won in 2017.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Donald Trump: Tory victory opens door to ‘massive’ UK-US trade deal||,,US President congratulates Boris Johnson for the UK's general election result.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||What Boris Johnson’s victory means for Brexit||,,The PM now has the political capital to pursue any Brexit he chooses — but he still needs to win agreement in Brussels.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Election result signifies realignment of UK politics||,,
Rather than a one-off attempt by voters to ‘get Brexit done’ this election looks more like a fundamental change
It has already become clear that the 2019 general election represents one of the more significant moments in postwar British politics: where the shock waves triggered by the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum have translated into a Conservative landslide in England and Wales and disaster for the Labour party.
Nearly 35 years after the end of the miners’ strike and the ensuing closure of the country’s pits, angry, frustrated voters in seats such as Blyth Valley, in Northumberland, have been prepared to elect a Conservative MP to end the Brexit wrangling – and to send Labour the message: we are not prepared to elect you.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||Jo Swinson quits as Lib Dem leader after losing her own seat||,,
Swinson stands down five weeks after starting campaign claiming she could be the next PM
Jo Swinson has stepped down as Liberal Democrat leader with immediate effect after losing her seat on a grim election night that left her party with 11 MPs.
Swinson, who started the campaign presenting herself a candidate to be the next prime minister, lost her Dunbartonshire East constituency to the SNP by 149 votes, having regained the seat only in 2017.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||Independent ex-MPs who left Labour and Tories fail to win||,,
Figures include former Tories Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston, and ex-Labour MPs Chris Leslie and Frank Field
Centrist former MPs who abandoned the two main parties over what they said were their swings to extremes have all failed to be re-elected to parliament.
The four who stood for the Independent Group for Change – the former Conservative MP Anna Soubry, and the former Labour MPs Gavin Shuker, Chris Leslie and Mike Gapes – all lost their seats to candidates in their former parties on Thursday night.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||Brexit: Boris Johnson to act swiftly in bringing deal back to MPs||,,
Exit polls point to largest Tory majority since 1987, paving way for PM to achieve Brexit aims
Boris Johnson plans to bring his Brexit deal back to parliament next week, as his Conservative party was predicted to have its best general election result since 1987 after more than nine years in government.
With Thursday night’s exit poll putting the Tories on course for an 86-seat majority, the prime minister intends to push ahead with his election pledge to have MPs vote on his withdrawal agreement by Christmas, and for the UK to leave the EU by the end of January.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||Boris Johnson hails election triumph||,,The prime minister will now be able to pull Britain out of the EU without opposition from the UK parliament.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Nicola Sturgeon says Boris Johnson must 'respect SNP's mandate' after stunning election success||,,Nicola Sturgeon has called on Boris Johnson to agree to her demands for another Scottish referendum after the SNP made sweeping gains in the general election.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Boris Johnson says Conservative election win ‘gives him powerful new mandate’ on Brexit||,,Boris Johnson has said the Conservatives' thumping election win has given him a "powerful new mandate" to deliver Brexit.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson defeated||,,Scottish National Party snatches Jo Swinson's seat of Dunbartonshire East.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Jo Swinson steps down as Liberal Democrat leader after losing her seat to the SNP||,,Jo Swinson has confirmed she is stepping down as Liberal Democrat leader after losing her seat to the SNP.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Jeremy Corbyn says he will stay on as Labour leader while party 'reflects' on crushing election defeat||,,Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to stay on as Labour leader during a "period of reflection" in the wake of the party's crushing election defeat.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Boris Johnson welcomes ‘powerful new mandate’||,,Prime minister promised to 'unite this country and take it forward.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||EU ‘ready’ for trade talks after UK election, says Charles Michel||,,The European Council president will preside over a discussion among leaders Friday on Brexit trade talks.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||UK election: Jeremy Corbyn concedes||,,Labour leader said he would not lead the party into the next election.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||What will Boris Johnson's majority mean for Brexit? | Anand Menon||,,
We will leave the EU in a few weeks. But it’s far from clear what kind of relationship with the bloc an emboldened PM will seek
Well it is truly remarkable. Not so much the result of the election, which is surprising enough. But, rather, the fact that following the “Brexit election”, one in which traditional party loyalties seem to have been stretched to breaking point by the leave-remain divide, we emerge not knowing what kind of Brexit the prime minister intends to deliver.
In the short term, there is now no doubt that he will be able to “get Brexit done” in the sense of taking the UK out of the EU by the end of January. And no, that does not mean that Brexit will, in fact, be done (on which more in a minute) in a practical sense. But it may – may – be possible for the government to give the impression that it is in a politically persuasive way.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds loses his seat on seismic night for Northern Ireland politics||,,DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has lost his Commons seat as the political map in Northern Ireland was redrawn.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Jeremy Corbyn allies blame Brexit as Labour heads for worst defeat since Second World War||,,A fresh Labour civil war has erupted as the party heads for its worst general election result since the Second World War.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/12/2019||Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson on course to lose her seat, according to exit poll||,,Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson is set to lose her seat, according to the exit poll.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/12/2019||UK election exit poll: Boris Johnson on course to win||,,Exit poll predicts a big majority for the Conservatives.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|12/12/2019||Boris Johnson heading for election victory as exit poll predicts landslide Tory majority||,,Boris Johnson is on course to be re-elected Prime Minister after the general election opinion poll predicted the Conservatives will win a Commons majority.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/12/2019||General election 2019: LIVE results and reaction||,,Follow every twist and turn throughout the night as Britain chooses the next government.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/12/2019||Judge makes preliminary ruling in Carole Cadwalladr libel case||,,
Arron Banks, who funded Leave.EU campaign, has brought defamation action against journalist
A judge has issued a preliminary ruling in a libel action against the investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr and warned that broadcasts and public speeches should not be interpreted as though they were formal written texts.
Cadwalladr has won a series of prestigious journalism prizes for her work published in the Guardian and Observer exposing the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal and spending by pro-Brexit campaigners in the EU referendum.Continue reading...
|12/12/2019||Whoever wins this election needs to show some humility | Gaby Hinsliff||,,
New prime ministers invariably reach for unifying words – but few live up to them
You lost. Get over it.
Nothing sums up the sour mood of post-Brexit politics like that nasty little mantra, which erupted online immediately after the 2016 referendum and has lingered ever since. When leavers won their surprise victory they had a chance to respond magnanimously, inviting a bruised 48% into the process of deciding how to manage the departure and addressing their fears. But too many simply sneered at remainers instead, and so the divide hardened. Our toxic political culture is the price we have paid ever since for failing to secure losers’ consent.Continue reading...
|12/12/2019||A Tory majority is a chilling prospect. But don't freeze – fight it | Michael Segalov||,,
The Conservatives’ manifesto is light on detail for a reason. They don’t want to terrify us with their vision
There’s a real prospect that voters treat today’s election as a poll on the current state of British politics – a chance to air our frustrations with what’s happening right now. It’s imperative that none of us let this be the case. People are picking sides because they want Brexit over and done with immediately – whatever that looks like; considering voting for a party which has no chance of forming a government or just abstaining as an act of protest, to send a message to Westminster that recently leadership has too often been lacking on all sides.
And then there’s Labour’s poor handling of its small but vocal fringe of antisemites – I can see how giving Corbyn a kicking to ensure these mistakes are never repeated by the natural party of progressives could seem to be an act of solidarity with British Jews.Continue reading...
|12/12/2019||Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn cast their votes as final pre-election poll puts Tories 11% clear||,,Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have cast their votes in the election as the last poll of the campaign suggests the Tories still enjoy an 11-pont lead over Labour.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/12/2019||This is a Brexit election. But Boris Johnson will not get Brexit done | Martin Kettle||,,The Tories’ central campaign theme is unachievable: they created this mess and can deliver only division and destabilisation
There is only one reason why today’s election is happening: Brexit. Six weeks on, the 2019 election is still a Brexit election. You may want it to be about other things. You may be fed up and distressed with the whole Brexit argument. All this, though, is escapism. What is primarily at stake today is whether Britain leaves the EU on the Conservatives’ terms, or whether it doesn’t. Today, the nation’s votes will decide which it shall be.
The leitmotif of Boris Johnson’s campaign has been Brexit. For someone who loves to speechify as much as he does, Johnson’s message discipline has been awesome. “Get Brexit done” has been the “strong and stable” of the 2019 campaign. The slogan is brilliantly succinct and well chosen. But it is a fraud.Continue reading...
|12/12/2019||The truth about Labour leavers: they feel locked out of politics | Aditya Chakrabortty||,,
They are the voters who could decide the future course of the country, but they’re not the stereotypes we’ve been sold
A few weeks ago I met a couple of the stereotypes who could decide which way this country turns tomorrow. And guess what – they were nothing like you’d expect. You know the caricature I mean: the working-class Brexiter. The exact people the two big parties are battling over in the very last hours before the polls close. The mythical group pundits say stands at the heart of what Sky News bills as “the Brexit Election”.
And yet I cannot think of any other demographic treated more superficially and transactionally than the four million-odd Labour voters who voted leave in 2016. Superficial is the Attenborough-esque spot on the news in which a intrepid TV crew treks to a post-industrial town and lurks in drizzle outside a branch of Sports Direct, ready to pounce upon exotic passersby and prod them into a few barks about Europe and “getting on with it”.Continue reading...
|12/12/2019||General election: Party leaders cross country in final push for votes – as it happened||,,
Labour and the Conservatives in scramble for votes on the final day of campaigning
Brandon Lewis, the security minister, told the Peston programme that Boris Johnson “has huge empathy and passion to see people get the very best service and care which is why he wants to increase funding for the NHS” following the furore of the prime minister initially refusing to look at a picture of an ill child lying on the floor at Leeds Infirmary.Continue reading...
|11/12/2019||UK election: Live blog||,,Live coverage as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn battle to be British prime minister.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|11/12/2019||Young people have been hit hard. Now they can rise up and reject Johnson | Owen Jones||,,
The Tories have discounted millennial rage against their policies and that mistake could cost them dear at the polls
They have suffered a remorseless assault on their living standards, and their values, and been told that a better world is beyond their reach. The most socially progressive generation in history have endured a rightwing culture war the Tory Brexiteers imported from the Republican right in the US. And it is this same generation who had it hammered into their skulls that there was no alternative, that this was the end of history, that their lot in life truly was all there was. Whether or not this generation turns out to vote in sufficient numbers – and the onus is on Labour to inspire them to do so – could determine whether Britain becomes the plaything of a deceitful charlatan for five years, or whether the ceaseless war against their futures finally ends.
It is not all about age, of course. A slice of Britain’s youth live a gilded life, no doubt concentrated in the 18% of under-25s planning to vote for a continuation of ruinous Tory rule. But the balance sheet for younger Britain – to be generous, I’ll include the 18-year-old on a plumbing apprenticeship and a 36-year-old nurse with two kids – is stark and chilling. As the Resolution Foundation showed last year, millennials have endured a decline in living standards on most measures. No wonder, then, that one poll found half of them believed today’s young people would have a worse lot than their parents, with just 22% believing things would improve. Nearly one in three born at the end of the 1980s were in a low-paying job in their mid-20s; for those born in the early 1960s, it was a quarter.Continue reading...
|11/12/2019||The Tories can’t offer tax cuts – there will be no money left after Brexit | Simon Wren-Lewis||,,
While Brexit would mean more stagnation, Labour’s spending plans would boost the economy without frightening off investors
The two main parties’ policies on tax and spending have had plenty of attention in this election campaign. Yet few have commented on quite why there is such a difference between their plans.
Labour has a huge number of proposals to increase current spending. The party is promising to abolish tuition fees and to put more money into schools and early-years education, the health service, local government, social care, universal credit and public sector pay. These will be paid for by higher taxes on higher earners and companies.Continue reading...
|11/12/2019||If you want a more equal society, you have to choose Labour | John McDonnell||,,If Boris Johnson isn’t defeated, Britain faces a political dark age dominated by extreme rightwing populism
• John McDonnell is the shadow chancellor
If Boris Johnson gains a majority tomorrow, we are at risk of entering a political dark age dominated by extreme rightwing populism.
We will face a Johnson government – with its establishment allies owning most of our print newspapers, with a proven ability to bully and dominate broadcast media, and a capacity to buy up dark ads across social media – that is able to manipulate our politics on a scale we have never seen in this country.Continue reading...
|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||Brexit hits UK ski and holiday staff overseas||,,
Study shows a third have lost jobs as travel firms fear new rules on Britons working abroad
A third of UK seasonal jobs in ski resorts and summer activity holidays have disappeared because of fears over Brexit, research shows.
A year after the industry warned that 25,000 jobs were at risk, a survey of 65 independent travel specialists including Mark Warner, Ski World and festive operators in Lapland revealed that a third – 1,700 among those polled – had already gone. Industry leaders have said their business models are not sustainable outside the EU because companies will no longer be able to hire and deploy British staff on temporary contracts post Brexit.Continue reading...
|10/12/2019||General election: predicted Tory lead narrows in latest MRP poll – as it happened||,,
Latest developments as general election campaign enters final days
That’s all from us this evening. Thanks for reading and commenting. If you’d like to read yet more, Heather Stewart and Rowena Mason have our main story:
The shadow women and equalities minister, Naz Shah, has criticised the Tories for standing by a candidate who shared a message on social media claiming Muslims play the “race card” and have a “nasty culture”
The Guardian revealed on Monday that Linden Kemkaran retweeted a Twitter user last week who dismissed Islamophobia as nonsense, as well as two others who accused Shah of being “not white enough” to have experienced what they described as Bradford’s “no-go areas”.
This rhetoric has serious consequences. It stokes hate and prejudice towards Muslims.
Instead of apologising and making amends, Linden Kemkaran doubled down. She is not fit to be an MP. She should be suspended immediately pending a full investigation.Continue reading...
|10/12/2019||Final scramble for votes in 'most important election in a generation'||,,
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn stick to core messages in bid to sway wavering voters
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are to embark on a final frantic 24 hours of campaigning as both teams insist the election remains closely fought and that polls giving the Conservatives a lead could be wrong.
Both Labour and the Conservatives have branded Thursday’s vote the “most important in a generation” as the two sides have vastly different plans for Brexit and spending on public services.Continue reading...
|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||Would 'getting Brexit done' bring lots of new investment?||,,
Chancellor said end to uncertainty would ‘unleash a tidal wave’ of investments
The chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, said that flatlining economic growth in October showed that Britain must “get Brexit done with our deal” to give businesses and families certainty to spend.Continue reading...
|10/12/2019||With two days to go, Boris Johnson is in his comfort zone||,,
Target seats such as Grimsby have not been blue for decades. To win here will require more than giant cod and snappy slogans
Boris Johnson does not look like a prime minister who believes he is just about to lose the office he has coveted since boyhood.
Brandishing a giant cod and joking with fishmongers, he is in his campaign comfort zone. It is the mode of the Vote Leave tour bus: eye-catching photo ops, a snappy slogan and informal stump speeches that play fast and loose with the facts about Brexit.Continue reading...
|10/12/2019||Brexit weekly briefing: three possible election results will dictate departure||,,
Tory majority, hung parliament or Labour majority all have different implications
Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing. If you’d like to receive this as a weekly email, sign up here. You can catch our latest Brexit Means … podcast here, and for daily updates head to Andrew Sparrow’s politics live blog.Continue reading...
|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.
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|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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|09/12/2019||Another blast on the dog whistle||,,
The prime minister is trying to win Thursday’s election by replaying the shabby and dishonest 2016 Vote Leave strategy of scaring people about EU migration. He is demonstrating once again that he cannot be trusted. Sounding a loud blast on his dog whistle at the weekend, Boris Johnson tried to call home Leave voters by […]
|09/12/2019||Border line: a journey through the Irish heart of the Brexit crisis – video||,,
In the weeks leading up to the general election triggered by the Brexit crisis, Phoebe Greenwood and Ekaterina Ochagavia have driven the length of the border that has proved one of the most contentious issues in the Brexit debate. We hear from the people living along it, and what they think is at stake in the electionContinue reading...
|07/12/2019||Austerity, racism, the NHS and Brexit: Corbyn and Johnson clash in BBC debate – video highlights||,,
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clashed over whether the future of Britain should be capitalist or socialist as they presented two wildly different visions for the country in the final leaders' debate. From austerity and the NHS to Brexit and racism, these are the highlights of the nightContinue reading...
|06/12/2019||Jeremy Corbyn reveals 'confidential' Northern Ireland Brexit report – video||,,
The Labour leader has produced a leaked report on Northern Ireland and customs checks, describing it as 'cold hard evidence' that Boris Johnson has been misleading people about his Brexit deal. Corbyn revealed the confidential document, titled Northern Ireland Protocol: Unfettered Access to the UK Internal Market, at a press conference in central London on Friday.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||Can a comprehensive Brexit deal be done by the end of 2020?||,,
Comments from Sajid Javid appear to suggest Tories are pivoting back towards close alignment with EU
Sajid Javid has said he has no doubt that the Conservatives, if returned to power, will agree and finalise “a very ambitious, deep and comprehensive” trade deal with the EU by the end of next year.
The language is reminiscent of the Theresa May era and appears to suggest the Conservatives have pivoted away from Boris Johnson’s promise weeks ago of a “super Canada-plus” deal and are now back to close alignment with the EU – something Eurosceptics are vehemently against.Continue reading...
|05/12/2019||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/12/2019||Where do the parties stand now?||,,The government's Brexit legislation is on hold as the UK prepares for a general election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/12/2019||Trump denies interest in NHS even if it was handed to US 'on a silver platter' – video||,,
Donald Trump has said he would not be interested in putting Britain's National Health Service (NHS) on the table during trade talks with the UK even if it was 'handed on a silver platter'.
Trump, who is in London for a Nato summit, said: 'We have absolutely nothing to do with [the NHS], and we wouldn't want to. If you handed it to us on a silver platter, we'd want nothing to do with it'
|29/11/2019||'Buy British': Boris Johnson promises more state aid for jobs after Brexit – video||,,
In his opening statement at the press conference, the prime minister made a pitch to Labour leavers with plans for more state aid and 'buy British' policies after Brexit. Boris Johnson said the government would adopt a more interventionist approach to business after Brexit, taking advantage of the fact the UK would not longer need to comply with EU state aid rulesContinue reading...
|27/11/2019||What do papers obtained by Labour say about NHS and drug pricing?||,,
Jeremy Corbyn says documents show the US wants ‘total market access’ after Brexit
Jeremy Corbyn has claimed official documents obtained by the Labour party show that the US is demanding the NHS will be “on the table” in talks on a post-Brexit trade deal.
The Labour leader said the uncensored papers gave the lie to Boris Johnson’s claims that the NHS would not be part of any trade talks and revealed that the US wanted “total market access” after the UK leaves the EU.Continue reading...
|27/11/2019||Nicola Sturgeon vows to back new EU referendum – video||,,
The SNP leader and first minister of Scotland said: ‘A vote for the SNP is a vote to escape Brexit’, as she launched the Scottish National party’s election manifesto.
Nicola Sturgeon said Boris Johnson was ‘dangerous and unfit for office’ and rejected the prime minister’s claims that voting Conservative would ‘get Brexit done’ by 31 January. ‘The truth is that Brexit will dominate Westminster politics for years and years to come, and Scotland will pay a heavy price,’ she warnedContinue reading...
|26/11/2019||Boris Johnson rules out second Brexit and Scottish independence referendums – video||,,
Boris Johnson has rejected granting permission for a second vote on Brexit or Scottish independence in the event of a hung parliament. Speaking at the launch of the Scottish Conservatives' manifesto in Fife, Johnson said it was important to 'honour democracy' and backing second referendums 'would be bad for the country’. The prime minister also laughed off a question about his unpopularity in ScotlandContinue reading...
|24/11/2019||Boris Johnson dodges question on 'FactcheckUK' at Tory manifesto launch – video||,,
Boris Johnson was asked about the Conservative party's decision to change one of its Twitter pages to resemble a factchecking site during the first leaders' TV debate. The Tory press office account was rebranded as 'FactcheckUK', a move that Twitter says misled the public. When asked about it at the Tory manifesto launch, Johnson said: 'I haven’t followed this Twitter stuff with the attention you would like ... I will apprise myself of the detail of this.'Continue reading...
|23/11/2019||Jeremy Corbyn defends pledge to stay neutral in second referendum – video||,,
Jeremy Corbyn defends his pledge to stay 'neutral' in the event of a second Brexit referendum after his position is criticised as indecisive. The Labour leader revealed during a Question Time election special on Friday that he would not back either side, putting him at odds with senior party figuresContinue reading...
|22/11/2019||Farage dodges question about staying on as Brexit party leader – video||,,
Nigel Farage has asked voters to elect at least some Brexit party candidates to 'hold Boris Johnson to his word'. During the launch of a slimline election policy platform based on political changes, lower immigration levels and spending financed by a 'Brexit dividend', Farage said: 'Brexit, for us, is just the beginning, not the end, of a much-needed political revolution'Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||Will there be a £50bn 'remain bonus' from revoking Brexit?||,,
The Liberal Democrats have made the claim a cornerstone of their election pitch
The Liberal Democrats claim there would be a £50bn “remain bonus” from revoking Brexit and Britain staying in the EU.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||Liberal Democrat manifesto: key policies explained||,,
From revoking article 50 to legalising cannabis, here are the key pledges made by the party
|15/11/2019||Should we fear chlorinated chicken? - video||,,
Chlorinated chicken does not sound like something you’d like to see on a menu. The European Union bans imports of chlorine-washed chicken from the US but a post-Brexit transatlantic trade deal could allow exports to the UK. So what’s the truth about chlorinated chicken and is it safe to eat?Continue reading...
|07/11/2019||General election 2019: Will this be a Brexit election?||,,The issues which will be at the forefront of voters' minds when they cast their ballots.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/11/2019||General election 2019: Conservative Party launches campaign||,,Boris Johnson tells supporters he needed to get Parliament working again, as he launches the campaign.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/11/2019||General Election 2019: What does 'Get Brexit done' mean?||,,The government's slogan is "Get Brexit done." Will its deal do that?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: Vote could deliver 'seismic change' - Swinson||,,The Lib Dem leader says a government led by her would "stop Brexit and build a brighter future".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: No 10 denies suppressing Russia interference report||,,Downing Street is accused of delaying a report on Brexit referendum allegations until after the election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: Tories and Labour clash over Brexit promises||,,But the Tories say his proposal for a new deal and referendum within six months is a "fairy tale".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/10/2019||Brexit: What happened on Tuesday?||,,After MPs voted "aye" then "no" over the PM's Brexit plans, we explain what went on in Parliament.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/10/2019||What is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?||,,The government has published "the WAB". Here's what it is.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/10/2019||Boris Johnson reacts to Brexit bill timetable rejection||,,Boris Johnson reacts to MPs approving his Brexit deal but rejecting the short timetable he proposed to review it.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From Article 50 to Withdrawal Agreement, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Brexit: What is in Boris Johnson's new deal with the EU?||,,A revised Brexit deal has been agreed by the UK and EU. What does it contain?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Sir John Curtice: Do voters support Boris Johnson's Brexit deal?||,,How voters want MPs to approach Boris Johnson's deal on the UK's departure from the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/10/2019||What is a 'no-deal Brexit'?||,,What people really mean when they talk about leaving the EU without a Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/10/2019||Article 50: Can the UK cancel Brexit?||,,The Liberal Democrats say they would stand on a platform of revoking Article 50 in the next election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/10/2019||Brexit deal: What does it mean?||,,Boris Johnson has agreed a new Brexit deal with the EU - but what does it mean and will Parliament pass it?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/10/2019||No-deal Brexit: 10 ways it could affect you||,,From your weekly shop to your holiday plans, how could a no-deal Brexit affect you?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/09/2019||Andrew Adonis Speaks to Local Group Tees4Europe||,,
Tees4Europe Chair Scott Hunter reflects on Andrew Adonis visiting his group, and how the group's youngest campaigner highlighted the one good thing about Brexit.
On 16 September, Andrew Adonis kindly agreed to come to address an audience at an event hosted by Tees4Europe. We booked the hall, circulated tickets, picked Andrew up at the station, and then promptly upstaged him. We had decided that among our other speakers there should be a young person. One name was suggested, and, without asking too many questions, we booked her. Millie, it turns out, was not the sixth former we were expecting. She is 14. It would be an exaggeration to say that at this point that I started to panic, but it certainly had me on edge. But I needn’t have worried. In the space of five minutes, Millie spoke cogently on just about every Brexit-related topic you could think of. It was a breath-taking performance. It hasn’t been easy to select highlights to present here, as there were so many, but here goes …
“As an aspiring Royal Navy engineer and somebody with a keen interest in STEM, standing for science, technology, engineering and maths, the effects of leaving the EU on the UK’s defence, military and STEM is of great concern to me. The EU’s member states work together on a number of defence-related issues, such as researching new defence technologies and joint military deployments. The UK contributes financial support to EU security activities, which fund numerous missions such as the combat of piracy off the Horn of Africa and the prevention of human trafficking in the Mediterranean to name but two. Therefore, it worries me deeply that our exit from the EU will damage both the UK’s military and defence, as well as that of the EU. We are stronger together; we are safer together …
“Now, there is one good thing about Brexit. I know, I know, I’ve been talking about what a disaster leaving the EU would be for the last 5 minutes, but don’t panic. In the past, I think young people have viewed politics as something they need to worry about when they’re older, and something for adults to deal with. Since the Brexit referendum, I believe that young people have become increasingly interested and invested in the politics that will affect their futures, and much more willing to make their voices heard…”
And thus Millie Sheridan brought the house down.
It is not over yet. We will keep fighting, but we need your help.
Or tell Boris Johnson that:
|20/09/2019||Brexit: What does Yellowhammer say about no-deal impact?||,,The government has published a report setting out the risks of a no-deal Brexit. How is it preparing?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||John McDonnell: Labour 'putting the country before party'||,,John McDonnell has told BBC Breakfast that not calling for a general election now is about "putting the country before party interest".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Nigel Farage: 'We'd be unstoppable' in a pact with Tories||,,The Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says if the Conservatives and his party made a pact during an election "we'd be unstoppable".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Brexit: What happened on Wednesday?||,,Jonathan Blake gives his daily round-up of the key Brexit events in British politics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Will Brexit hit Britain's fresh vegetable supplies?||,,While Dutch firms are ready for Brexit, some say that food exports to the UK will be delayed.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/09/2019||Can no-deal Brexit be stopped?||,,What ways - if any - do MPs and lawyers have of preventing the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/09/2019||Doctor challenges Rees-Mogg over no-deal Brexit||,,The leader of the House of Commons clashed with a doctor who asked about a no-deal 'mortality rate'.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/09/2019||Tony Blair: Election before Brexit is 'an elephant trap'||,,Ex-prime minister Tony Blair warns Labour not to support an early general election before Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2019||How might no-deal Brexit affect the EU?||,,The BBC's Adam Fleming explains what a no-deal Brexit might mean for the 27 EU countries.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/07/2019||1066 Branch attends No to Boris. Yes to Europe demo||,,
Despite some awful weather forecasts in the preceding days and the start of the school holidays, big crowds gathered at noon in Park Lane last Saturday. As publicity had been limited everyone was pleasantly surprised by the turnout - given the inevitably short timescale to protest against the seemingly unstoppable coronation of “Boris” -. Yet it was on a scale that enabled us all to march comfortably all the way to Parliament Square and hear the excellent speeches (and music!)
1066 Branch was delighted to have the new EM campaign banner – vividly stating “I’m a European!” It drew great attention as we waited in Park Lane. We were delighted to be joined by three ladies from Bath for Europe to help carry it – essential given the size! While we were waiting, we handed out huge wadges of the new EM leaflets round the March. They flew out of our hands!
A great aura permeated the warm streets of London – with a wonderful feeling of togetherness by an amazingly diverse crowd. But it was tinged with a slightly harder edge this time - people like us will not permit such a folly as Brexit to happen – many banners called for “revolt”.
Together, we marched to Parliament Square and managed to hold up our banner at the foot of the Churchill Statue. Judging by his great European speeches founding the European Movement, he would have approved thoroughly!
Most encouragingly, we Remainers are clearly getting kitted up for demos now – judging by the intensity of flags, hats, whistles etc. The whistling outside Downing Street was almost painful in its intensity.
Graham Bishop is Vice-Chairman of European Movement UK and Board member of the Kangaroo Group.
|23/07/2019||European Movement Eastbourne: July Dinner||,,
Eastbourne European Movement Dinner July 2019
Clive Black was the speaker at our July dinner. He opened his talk by stating that the legal
services sector is a UK success story. It is the second largest legal services market in the
world, the largest within the EU, contributes over £26 billion to the economy and is the
jurisdiction of choice for international commercial transactions, dispute resolution and
Thanks to a series of ground-breaking directives which apply across the EU, law firms and
lawyers are granted many rights including being able to: practice as a solicitor on a
permanent basis, give advice on English, EU & international law, to appear in national and
European courts in conjunction with a local lawyer, and to requalify, without an equivalent
exam, after 3 years of practising host state law. He illustrated this liberating effect by stating
that it is easier for a lawyer qualified in Estonia to set up a legal practice in Portugal than it is
for a lawyer in New York State to set up practice at the California Bar.
He went on to explain the challenges Brexit poses to this remarkable achievement. After
Brexit, these ground-breaking directives which allow so much freedom, will be replaced by a
system whereby the professional bodies such as the Law Society and Bar Council may need
to negotiate with 31 national regimes, lawyers will face challenges over market access and
practice rights, individuals over judicial cooperation and the UK over its global status of
English and Welsh law.
He gave an analysis of the impact of Brexit on a number of scenarios including a ‘no deal’
Brexit which could cost the sector up to £3 billion by 2025. The impact could also mean that
judgements made in UK courts not being enforced in EU countries, consumers not being able
to enforce their contracts in EU states, difficulty in claiming for motor insurance accidents,
loss of cross border co-operation in family law matters and could lead to the end of
collaboration on security and policing. His talk gave a fascinating and informative insight
into the UK legal sector and how it might be impacted by Brexit.
Our next dinner is on 11 September where Prof Anwan-Scully will talk about Brexit and the
Disuniting Kingdom. If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on
07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|10/07/2019||Update from European Movement Eastbourne||,,
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, was the speaker at our June dinner held at Eastbourne's Hydro Hotel and attended by over 80 members and their guests.
He opened his talk, ‘How to win a second referendum’ by saying that lessons needed to be drawn from the Leave and Remain campaigns of 2016. He looked at the reasons why the Leave campaign had won. In 2016 the campaign was at an immediate advantage following many years of negative messages in the media. Polls showed that the British never felt as European as other EU countries and politicians never made much of an effort to sell the upside of EU membership.
The message of ‘Take Back Control’ was simple and powerful as was the counter message ‘Project Fear’. The outcome of Brexit was deliberately vague so the Remain campaign found it difficult to counter. The Leave campaign was well planned, had charismatic leaders, very good data gathering and technical ability and was clever about using it, targeting people who wouldn’t normally vote.
He then looked at the reasons why the Remain campaign lost. It was predicted that Remain would win and it was just assumed that people would think the economic risk too high. The messages were complex and not easy to get across and the thrust of the campaign was overwhelmingly negative.
The Chancellor’s claim that each person would lose several thousand pounds was not credible. Many businesses did not want to come out publicly on the side of Remain. David Cameron made demands on the EU that were never going to be met. The campaign had no counter attack to the immigration issue. Jeremy Corbyn sat out the campaign and Labour voters were not given the cue from their party and the campaign did not target people who rarely vote.
Finally, he made suggestions that might help any future Remain campaign: use real working people, not celebrities, use simple, powerful messages about people who are disenfranchised, utilise SME rather than big businesses, don’t let outsiders get involved or interfere. The speaker at our next dinner on 10 July 2019 will be Clive Black talking about Brexit and the Business of Law.
If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on 07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|28/06/2019||The View from Bexhill||,,
Councillor Richard Thomas shares his experience of campaigning with the 1066 European Movement Branch in Bexhill.
The good news from Bexhill (one of the more strongly Leave supporting areas in the constituency) is overwhelming! When the 1066 branch did a Brexitometer Day in January, two options got quite strong support: No Deal and Remain, with Remain gaining the most support. Opinion has shifted dramatically as No Deal is now rejected by 50:37. Staying in the EU is overwhelmingly favoured by at least twice as many people as in January. Moreover, support for a People’s Vote has nearly tripled since January.
These are sensational results and undeniable evidence of very significant shifts in public opinion, reflecting both local and national efforts. So last Saturday was a massively rewarding day – see Brexitometer below. This was an incredibly encouraging result in the heart of a constituency that voted 58:42 to Leave, gave the Conservatives 67% of the 2017General Election vote, and 57% to hard Brexit parties at the European Parliament Election in May.
Councillor Richard Thomas
|24/06/2019||Gatt 24: Would obscure trade rule help with no-deal Brexit?||,,Does a trade law exist that would allow the UK to continue without tariffs for 10 years?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/06/2019||Views from Brussels about extending the 31 Oct deadline – we must make our voice heard||,,
In Brussels this week to attend the 40th anniversary of the Kangaroo Group – founded to provide the initial impetus to what became the Single Market just a few year later.
This week sees the 79th anniversary of the evacuation of 338,226 servicemen forming the backbone of the British army from Dunkirk. Officially known as Operation Dynamo; it is also described as the miracle of Dunkirk. The French port has found its way into the British conscience through the expression – the Dunkirk Spirit. A description of British ingenuity and resolve against adversity.
|04/06/2019||How useful were the polls?||,,
The polls failed to spot rising pro-Remain sentiment in May
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg compares the story told by the opinion polls for London with the actual results. A parallel blog published today looks at the results and asks What if?. A separate blog compares the results in 2019 with those in 2014.
|20/05/2019||Reasons to remain in the European Union||,,
1) The EU is history's most successful peace project
The EU was created to ensure peace in a continent torn by centuries of conflict that culminated in WW2. Within the European Economic Area, there has been no war since 1945; this peace, known as Pax Europaea (European peace), is the longest since the end of Pax Romana in 180 CE. For this achievement, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.
Travelling with my parents from the age of 10, at first in France, was – I now understand – an instructive and exhilarating rebirth. People in villages, seeing our British car, would stop and wave the most joyous of welcomes, others – to our astonishment – would cross restaurants to shake us by the hand and thank us for liberating them.
|16/05/2019||What Europe Day means to me||,,
To me, Europe Day represents something unique in the history of our continent - an unprecedented period of peaceful co-operation between peoples previously so often at war among themselves.
|15/05/2019||Why Europe matters to me||,,
I was born in 1951, soon enough after the war to experience the black dread amongst all the "grown ups" I met at any enquiry about "what it was like in the olden days before I was born". Everyone had happy memories of the 20s and early 30s, but no one could speak of the War period at the end of the 30s and early 40s. During the war, my relatives, like many others, had met refugees from Europe, many of whom had left a big impression. Just down the road from where we lived was a Polish family, who had escaped the German invasion of their country to fight for the allies. "War heroes" we were told. It was clear that WWll was a war with Europe, not against Europe.
|14/05/2019||What Europe Day means to European Movement members||,,
At European Movement, on Europe Day (9th May), we asked our members to let us know why that day is important to them. Here are some of their responses:
"It is important because it gives us the opportunity to show that we are Europeans" - Vicky Seddon
"The UK is made up of many races. My own family tree is made up of Celts from North Wales, Irish from Cork, English and even some from Scandinavia. The country is more European than it realises." Kelvin Lewis
"The reason that Europe is important to me is very simple... peace, cooperation and friendship" Derek Leak
"We organised a Europe Day discussion with pro-Remain MEP candidates in Derby (Green Party, Lib-Dems, and Change UK). We had invited Labour and Tory remainers, but Labour dithered and then declined at the last minute, and the Tories never replied. We focused on positive reasons to vote in the election, the role of an MEP, what they can achieve, what they can do for their regions, and what the new Parliament might do in the next 5 years." Simon, European Movement Derbyshire
|02/05/2019||Your local paper wants to hear from you||,,
First Epping Forest, then the world
London4Europe Committee Member Michael Romberg writes.
London4Europe's Chair, Richard Newcombe, moonlights as Chair of EM Waltham Forest 4 Europe. In that capacity he wrote recently to the Epping Forest Guardian calling for a referendum under the banner We need to know the will of the people in 2019.
The local press - both on paper and online - is an under-utilised resource for Remain campaigners. Local press is seen as a surprisingly trustworthy source of local news according to a survey undertaken for local press campaign group Local Media Works. The tables have not been published. But it was undertaken by Yougov - so there will be some foundation to the claim.
|02/05/2019||The EU is not punishing the UK||,,
We have to win the argument with Leave voters who believe that the EU’s refusal to give the UK the sort of deal promised by Brexit campaigners is a punishment. London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg writes
Punish v tr 1. Cause an offender to suffer for an offence. 2. Inflict a penalty for an offence (Concise Oxford Dictionary)
For such a widespread idea, it is quite hard to pin down what it means. It is easy enough to find the EU’s motivation to which it refers: the EU could not let the UK leave the EU and retain all the benefits of club membership without club obligations. Tick; that must be true – but is not of course punishment. Those who use the punish motif also refer to human emotions: annoyance at the affront to the EU’s self-esteem, say. Maybe; though it is hard to believe that would survive the reality of trade talks.
|03/04/2019||The way you look at life||,,
L4E secretary Andy Pye talks to his friend and former business colleague Chris Rand, who came down from Cambridge to experience his first London march for the People's Vote campaign.
The campaign is now more than a protest. We are, as Mike Galsworthy says, building a community. A community which is based on a solid foundation, is here to stay and will sustain until the end of the Brexit episode. It is a community which can put comfortably over a million like-minded people onto the streets of London. A community which is based on a solid foundation, is here to stay and will sustain until the end of the Brexit episode. It is a community which can put comfortably over a million like-minded people onto the streets of London. How extraordinary that as many as 1 in 40 of the entire population of the UK took time off to visit London and protest - just think of what that means.
|02/04/2019||It's not a re-run of 2016||,,
Leavers think so; but the question is different
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg looks at the opinion polls and sets out the arguments to make to those who think that a referendum on the terms would just be asking the same question again until Leave voters get it right.
|22/03/2019||Brexit: How will it affect my holidays to Europe?||,,A simple guide to how leaving the EU with or without a deal might affect travel to Europe.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/03/2019||Call for Brexit being Put to the People - This Saturday||,,
Join us on the march for a People’s Vote on the 23 March in central London and show again that the will of the people is now to get a vote on the final Brexit deal.
History is unfolding in front of our eyes, dizzyingly fast and with all the votes, amendments and amended amendments it can be easy to lose track of where we are and the fact remaining is still possible. This last week in Parliament, through all of the twists and turns of voices and votes lost, a couple of things are clear.
|18/03/2019||Britain's Place in the EU||,,
Sovereignty, freedom of movement, national identity
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg sets out the case. The harms of Brexit are real but we have a positive case to argue for. Economic prosperity is important but still just a means to an end. Leavers are right in this: the EU is a political project; the issues that matter are sovereignty, democracy, freedom, sense of community with particular reference to freedom of movement, sense of national identity.
|14/03/2019||Divide and ruin||,,
A huge Government defeat but not yet a victory
Charles Parselle reviews the government’s latest defeat and asks what will it take for MPs, so confident in their own ability to vote and vote again, to trust the electorate on whose behalf they supposedly hold their positions.
|13/03/2019||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the Brexit referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|