A selection of current Brexit related news feeds

Brexit News Feeds

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26/04/2019 Vince Cable: Anti-Brexit parties should have joined forces for European elections ,,Vince Cable has admitted his “regret” that Remain parties will not be fighting the EU elections on a united front. www.politicshome.com Visit...
26/04/2019 Lib Dems launch EU election campaign with 'Stop Brexit' message ,,

Party to field 70 candidates but laments Change UK’s refusal to join forces on remain ticket

The Liberal Democrats launched their European election campaign on Friday in east London with a simple message, Stop Brexit, but expressed disappointment that there wasn’t a single pro-Europe grouping.

The “unapologetically pro-European party” slate of 70 candidates includes local councillors, a chartered engineer, a former journalist, and those who are new to politics.

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26/04/2019 To rage against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is simply childish | Simon Jenkins ,,No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at the US president

What is the matter with us? A US president has been invited to Britain on a state visit, and is coming in June. It is a state courtesy, between one democracy and another, on the occasion of a wartime anniversary. No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at him.

I cannot think what possessed Theresa May to invite Donald Trump in the first place, but she did. State visits are like that. The Queen entertained Romania’s Ceauşescu, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe and Zaire’s Mobutu. Alongside them, Trump might seem an angel. Britain has the deepest of bonds with the US, with ties of history, commerce, culture and education. Washington’s present leadership may embarrass, even outrage, people on both sides of the Atlantic. That is no reason for childish protests against a guest invited in Britain’s name.

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26/04/2019 Forget Andrew Adonis’s U-turn on Brexit. It’s Labour that should really make one | Mike Galsworthy ,,The anti-Brexit campaigner now says he supports the party’s ‘sensible alternative plan’. But the leadership must change tack

On Wednesday, Andrew Adonis, a leading anti-Brexit champion, appeared to put the strangest statement on his Facebook page. “I am deeply sorry for off-the-cuff comments I made during a live LBC radio phone-in last September,” he wrote. “I encourage all voters, whatever their position on Brexit, to vote Labour in the upcoming European parliament elections.” He then began a very uncharacteristic officious policy sermon including the statement: “Labour has put forward a sensible alternative plan that would ensure a close economic relationship with the EU after Brexit.”

Related: Adonis apologises for telling Brexiters not to vote Labour in EU elections

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26/04/2019 In the Brexit era, Britain is more Mr Bean than James Bond | Owen Jones ,,If there’s any film character Tory Brexiteers identify with it’s tool of empire Bond. In reality, they’re more slapstick than sexy

We spend far too much time getting down about the state of the country – the whole international laughing-stock, spinning manically out of control and generally going nowhere thing is pretty draining. Yet hardly any effort is spent crudely shoehorning in film references to explain our political plight. This is a real shame, because for the Tory Brexiteers who valiantly yelled “Charge!”, then promptly led us off a cliff, the story of the past three years has fundamentally been a clash between self-perception and reality.

Our macho superhero will gloriously defend a country whose government has wet itself while everyone else was watching

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26/04/2019 Remainers: don’t panic about European elections. Just participating is a win | Jonathan Lis ,,Yes, the Brexit party may do well. But the elections will change little, and disprove the idea that the EU lacks democracy

Shall we start with the good news or the bad news? The bad news is that the remainers’ European election campaign has so far proved an amateurish shambles. The anti-Brexit parties have refused to coalesce and are arguing among themselves, the Labour party is still pretending it doesn’t want the election to happen, while Change UK is campaigning under three aliases and has already lost two candidates to historical racist tweets.

The good news is that it almost certainly doesn’t matter. Of course the European elections are important, and of course remainers should aim to succeed. The European parliament gives legislators – and by extension, ordinary voters – direct power and influence over the EU project. Consequently the election will help shape our contribution to the EU in the coming months (or perhaps years). What it will not do is change any of the facts or dynamics over Brexit.

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26/04/2019 Scottish nationalism’s Brexit hiatus ,,Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this week held back from triggering a second referendum on independence. www.politico.eu Visit...
26/04/2019 P&O sues over £33m Eurotunnel payout in Brexit ferry fiasco ,,

Firm says government’s settlement puts it at a competitive disadvantage

P&O Ferries is suing the government over its £33m settlement with Eurotunnel, in the latest controversy over the Department for Transport’s fraught no-deal Brexit preparations.

The department was forced into the £33m payout after failing to include Eurotunnel in its agreements with ferry operators to provide emergency cross-Channel services, including the scrapped contract with Seaborne Freight.

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26/04/2019 Brexit: Irish backstop could undermine EU standards, report says ,,

Study for German Green party says backstop could let UK flout EU green and social standards

It is a dastardly trap, designed to lock freedom-loving Britain into the European Union’s protectionist customs union: that is the argument against the so-called backstop, cited by hardline Brexit advocates as the main reason why they have thrice voted down Theresa May’s deal with the European Union.

But as the dust settles after months of chaos in Westminster, suspicions are growing on the other side of the Channel that the backstop could in fact be the very opposite: a brilliant deception device constructed by crack UK negotiators, which would allow a more reckless British prime minister to undermine the EU’s green and social standards while still keeping access to the European single market.

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26/04/2019 How an act of anti-Welsh vandalism is fuelling the push for independence | Michelle Thomas ,,

A new spirit has arisen from the desecration of a memorial to the flooding of a village so an English city could have water

Cofiwch Dryweryn. These words – “Remember Tryweryn” – crudely scrawled on a wall near Aberystwyth in the 1960s, serve as a memorial for Capel Celyn, the Welsh-speaking village that was flooded to provide water for Liverpool, some 67 miles away, in 1965.

Liverpool city council officially apologised for its actions 40 years later, in 2005, but the mural commemorates a painful and pivotal period in Welsh history which had far-reaching consequences for Welsh politics, including the significant loss of Labour seats to the nationalist party, Plaid Cymru, in 1966. It could be argued that if Capel Celyn hadn’t been drowned, the Welsh assembly wouldn’t have been established just over 30 years later. That’s what “Cofiwch Dryweryn” stands for.

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