|24/08/2019||Tusk: Boris Johnson must not become known as 'Mr No Deal'||,,
European council president says he is willing to listen to realistic ideas on Brexit
Donald Tusk has told Boris Johnson not to “go down in history as ‘Mr No Deal’”.
Speaking at the G7 summit in Biarritz, where the pair will meet later this weekend, the European council president noted that Johnson would be the third British Tory leader with whom he has discussed Brexit, after David Cameron and Theresa May.Continue reading...
|24/08/2019||No-deal Brexit would shrink UK's global influence, say ex-ambassadors||,,
Former senior diplomats write to PM urging him to ‘signal a different approach’ at G7 summit
Leaving the European Union without a deal would vastly shrink the UK’s international influence and would represent “the biggest unilateral abandonment” of long-term British interests in modern history, a group of former ambassadors have claimed.
In a letter, signed by 25 former senior diplomats and published in the Times, they urged the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to “signal a different approach” at this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, France, and retain “close relationships with our European neighbours”.Continue reading...
|24/08/2019||UK to hold talks with France over migrant Channel crossings||,,The British government is set to hold talks with France after 64 people attempted to enter the UK via the English Channel.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/08/2019||Boris Johnson warns ministers over bullying and leaking||,,Boris Johnson has warned senior members of the government against bullying, leaking and and doing anything to frustrate the Brexit process, in a new edition of the ministerial code of conduct.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/08/2019||Heidi Allen calls on pro-EU Tories to help stop no-deal Brexit||,,Heidi Allen, the independent MP and former leader of breakaway party Change UK, has called on at least 20 Tory MPs to help block a no-deal Brexit.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/08/2019||Priti Patel tells Sadiq Khan to ‘spend money on police, not PR’||,,Priti Patel has attacked Sadiq Khan’s attempts to combat crime in London, alluding to claims the Mayor of London has doubled his public relations budget.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/08/2019||Boris Johnson to tell Donald Trump NHS is ‘off the table’||,,Boris Johnson is expected to tell US president Donald Trump the NHS would not be “on the table” in any post-Brexit trade deal.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||Britain to be 'energetic partner' after Brexit, PM to tell G7 allies||,,
Boris Johnson also expected to discuss Iran with Donald Trump at summit in Biarritz
Britain will continue to be an “energetic partner” to its international allies after Brexit, Boris Johnson has said, as he prepared to fly to Biarritz for the G7 summit – his first major appearance on the world stage as prime minister.
Fresh from Brexit discussions in Berlin and Paris this week, Johnson will use a string of bilateral meetings with world leaders in the French resort to underline Britain’s determination to remain internationalist.Continue reading...
|23/08/2019||Boris Johnson’s double Donald dilemma||,,The British prime minister must try to balance two opposing allies as he makes his debut on the world stage.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||Johnson to push at G7 for Osborne as IMF chief||,,The bid would be seen as asserting UK influence after Brexit.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||Jeremy Corbyn accuses Tories of failing a generation of children||,,
Labour leader vows to unlock children’s potential as he gears up for possible snap election
Jeremy Corbyn has met children at a lunch club in Swansea to highlight Labour’s policies for young people, in the latest of a series of campaign-style stops as his party gears up for a possible snap general election.
The Labour leader claimed the government was “failing a whole generation of children” and vowed his party would “unlock the potential of every child, not just a lucky few” as he helped to serve lunches, alongside the MP for Swansea East, Carolyn Harris.Continue reading...
|23/08/2019||The Guardian view on the global economy: opportunities wasted | Editorial||,,The G7 summit in Biarritz this weekend will fail to rise to any of its urgent challenges
Rarely has there been more need of collective action on the world’s problems than at the G7 summit hosted by Emmanuel Macron in Biarritz this weekend. Rarely have the chances of success appeared so miserably low. The G7 is supposed to be the forum where the west’s leading nations get to grips with thorny economic and political issues, and even though life has moved on since a previous French president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, hosted the first get-together at Rambouillet in 1975, there is plenty to talk about. Three subjects scream out for attention: protectionism, Brexit and the climate emergency.
As in the mid-1970s, the global economy is not in good shape. Growth is slowing and there is a hint of recession in the air. In two G7 members – Germany and the UK – output is falling; in a third, Italy, it is stagnant. Around the world, factories are operating at much less than full capacity.Continue reading...
|23/08/2019||Brexit: Boris Johnson says people 'shouldn't get hopes up too soon' about prospects of deal - as it happened||,,
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen
It is just plain wrong for Boris Johnson to label refugees crossing the Channel as ‘illegal migrants’.
Quite apart from the dehumanising language, there is nothing illegal about seeking sanctuary in the UK, and it is shameful that we have a prime minister who says it is.
|23/08/2019||Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara arrested on suspicion of fraud||,,Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara has been arrested on suspicion of fraud, according to reports.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||Boris Johnson says voters ‘should not hold their breath’ for Brexit deal breakthrough||,,Boris Johnson has warned voters “not to hold their breath” on a Brexit breakthrough as he said reaching an agreement with the EU would “not be easy”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||Labour accuses Trade Minister Conor Burns of 'cosying up' to Brazilian government amid Amazon wildfire crisis||,,Trade minister Conor Burns has been slammed for "cosying up" to the Brazilian government amid growing criticism of the country's response to the Amazon wildfires.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||How is Boris Johnson’s Britain viewed in other G7 countries? Our panel responds | Roland Kelts and others||,,As world leaders prepare to meet in Biarritz, writers from Japan, the US, Germany and France give their verdict Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||Boris Johnson expresses ‘deep concern’ over Amazon wildfires with call for international action||,,Boris Johnson has he said is “deeply concerned” by the fires ravaging the Amazon as he called for international action to protect the world's rainforests.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||Commission dismisses internal document outlining policy plans||,,'We have tens of thousands of Commission officials who have certainly bright and good ideas,' says chief spokesperson.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/08/2019||Boris Johnson’s cheerleaders are delusional – no good Brexit deal is possible | Owen Jones||,,Huge swaths of the British press are given over to Brexiteers’ fantasies. The sorry truth doesn’t get a look in
Ten days before David Cameron’s disastrous Brexit referendum in 2016, a group of EU diplomats asked me for my prediction. Ignore the narrative that remain would sweep to inevitable victory, I told them: Britain is heading directly for the exit.
Perturbed – this was not what other journalists were telling them – they explained what would happen if so. There would never be a favourable deal for Britain. This was an existential question for the EU: they could not incentivise other nations to leave. Their electorates already resented special treatment for Britain, from the rebate to its exemption from Schengen. They had their own domestic anti-EU and anti-immigration political forces to contend with, none of which they wished to encourage. And if their countries suffered any economic damage because of Brexit, then their voters would be even more resentful towards Britain and even less willing to offer concessions. Strikingly, there were no dissenters from this united position.Continue reading...
|23/08/2019||Sorry, Mr Trump – Greenland’s no go. But can I interest you in our little island? | Jack Bernhardt||,,
It’s called the United Kingdom. It’s in a bit of a state, but it’s a great opportunity for the right buyer
People say that news these days is unexpected and baffling, but really could there be a more predictably 2019 story than “Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland”? It has all the boring trappings of a typical Trump story – gobsmacking ignorance, casual racism, colonialist attitudes towards the treatment of indigenous people, a cold-hearted, transactional view of human life, and ending with him calling a woman in power “nasty”. If the news were a binge-worthy drama, this would be a mid-series episode that The AV Club would rate C-: “a worryingly formulaic outing that makes you fear the writers have run out of ideas.”
The whole idea was a nonstarter anyway – Greenland is a proud, independent region. What kind of self-respecting island nation would willingly accept being purchased by the United States? If Trump wants to buy somewhere, he needs to find somewhere that’s been entirely stripped of pride, dignity and joy to the extent that it is now completely incapable of self-governance. A country so humiliated and degraded that it would happily grovel at the feet of an expansionist empire if it just promised the slightest iota of stability.Continue reading...
|23/08/2019||An election is coming – and only all-party cooperation can stop no deal||,,
The Women’s Equality party believes in collaborative politics. Will other parties put aside self-interest to tackle this crisis?
With a snap general election on the horizon, the campaign machinery is moving full speed ahead. As leader of the Women’s Equality party, for the past few weeks I have been speaking to leaders and strategists from across the political spectrum in an effort to stop us from crashing out of the EU. That means I’ve been privy to the jostling that is currently taking place as the mainstream parties iron out their game plans for winning votes and seats. What I have seen doesn’t fill me with confidence.Continue reading...
|23/08/2019||Johnson’s empty seat policy is a futile gesture||,,
PM wants to look tough by refusing to send ministers to EU meetings that don’t directly affect UK. He’ll actually make us look foolish.
|23/08/2019||Merkel and Macron play soft cop, hard cop on Johnson||,,
Johnson is in danger of over-estimating the German Chancellor’s desire to reach a sensible solution to Brexit - just like his predecessors.
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|23/08/2019||Boris Johnson drafts in Great British Bake Off's Prue Leith for 'root and branch' review of NHS food after listeria deaths||,,Boris Johnson has brought in Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith to carry out a "root and branch" review of NHS food in the wake of a listeria outbreak.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||Steve Bell on Boris Johnson's Brexit meetings with Merkel and Macron – cartoon||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||Tory rebels sceptical over Corbyn's plans for stopping no-deal Brexit||,,
Independent MPs also say preference is to use legislation rather than no-confidence vote
Rebel Conservatives and independent MPs have expressed deep scepticism after an invite from Jeremy Corbyn to discuss ways to stop a no-deal Brexit, making it explicit that their preference was to stop it by legislation, not through a Labour-led vote of no confidence.
The former Conservative MP Nick Boles demanded the Labour leader rule out backing a general election that could lead to the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October.Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||Home Office passport and visa chief Mark Thomson set to resign||,,
Exclusive: Director general heading up sections at centre of Windrush scandal to step down next March
The head of two of the Home Office sections at the centre of the Windrush scandal has told staff he will be stepping down next year.
Mark Thomson, the director general of HM Passport Office (HMPO) and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), will be replaced in March and then take on a number of advisory roles and non-executive directorships.Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||Despite the tough love, Johnson’s EU sortie has been a relative success||,,
PM has lined up Brussels, Paris and Berlin as fall guys for any failure to find Brexit solutions
Boris Johnson looked supremely relaxed as he met Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée on Thursday, at one point even jokingly resting one foot on an expensive-looking French coffee table.
From one perspective, his laid-back demeanour was surprising: Macron’s public remarks before their meeting made clear that the EU27 are a long way from acceding to the PM’s request for a “backstop-ectomy” on the withdrawal agreement.Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||Brexit deal solution at risk from ticking clock, not Merkel or Macron||,,
With or without a 30-day deadline, the Brexit endgame will play out in London – rather than Paris or Berlin
If a week is a long time in politics, three weeks feels like an eternity in Brexit. Newly installed in No 10 in July, Boris Johnson vowed that he would not sit down for talks with EU leaders until they agreed to drop the Irish backstop from the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Less than a month later, the prime minister was in Paris and Berlin, where he heard the leaders of France and Germany pledge their support for the “indispensable” backstop – the insurance plan to avoid a hard border on Ireland that has become the stumbling block of Britain’s EU exit.Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||The Guardian view on Boris Johnson in Europe: warmer words but a cold reality | Editorial||,,If Angela Merkel’s 30-day deadline is to mean anything, parliament must sit through September to force the government’s hand
In a world of political spin, a single smart soundbite can sometimes take over an entire complex story. Wednesday’s meeting in Berlin between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel was a classic example. In advance, it had been billed as a stubborn confrontation with no expectation of agreement on Brexit. Then, in the press conference that followed their meeting, the German chancellor speculated that solving the impasse between the European Union and the UK over the Irish backstop might take two years of negotiation before adding: “But maybe we can find that solution in the next 30 days.”
Mrs Merkel’s remark was a textbook stratagem. Mr Johnson picked up her words and ran with them, calling it a blistering timetable. The words instantly became the story of the day, generating a clutch of British newspaper headlines like “30 days to ditch the backstop” (Daily Telegraph) or “30-day deadline to avert no deal” (Guardian). In Paris on Thursday, Emmanuel Macron endorsed the idea, even while saying that the backstop remained indispensable both for Irish stability and for the single market.Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||Boris Johnson should call the DUP’s bluff and create a border in the Irish Sea | Simon Jenkins||,,
Only a separate, soft-Brexit status for Northern Ireland can resolve the backstop conundrum
As Boris Johnson journeyed back from this week’s desperate trip to Germany and France, he might have reflected on his hero Churchill and those “dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone.” Somehow those totems of Britain’s archaic colonisation of Ireland refuse to release their stranglehold on British politics. And here was Johnson at their mercy, being lectured by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on how to govern them. It was intolerable.
Johnson got no joy in Berlin or Paris. Merkel’s meaningless 30-day “talks” period was greeted with ecstasy by his Tory press claque. But Macron merely pointed out that nothing had changed. The steeples were still there, telling London what not to do.Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||Brexit: Backstop indispensable, Macron tells Johnson||,,PM meets French president in Paris, insisting Brexit impasse can be broken "with energy and creativity".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||Let the Brexit blame game begin||,,EU leaders have made it clear Brexit is Boris Johnson's problem.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||Emmanuel Macron tells Boris Johnson any new Brexit deal would have to be very similar to existing one – live||,,
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s meeting with the French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris
It seems the Boris Johnson ‘foot on the table’ picture was not all that it seems. According to Sky’s Tom Rayner, Johnson was responding to a jokey suggestion from Emmanuel Macron that the table would work well as a footstool. Johnson put his foot on the table only very fleetingly.
WATCH: Here’s the Reuters video of Boris Johnson putting his foot on the Elysee furniture. It seems President Macron was making small talk suggesting the table would work equally well as a footstool should the PM want to recline, which Johnson then jokingly does pic.twitter.com/dnv37t9mS4
Excellent photograph. What a Rembrandtesque composition: Macron out-alphaed, the scrum in the mirror and the ballerino-like flunky https://t.co/yYLDlZugrgContinue reading...
|22/08/2019||Macron tells Johnson Brexit backstop is indispensable||,,
French president tells Boris Johnson he must present concrete proposals for UK exit
Emmanuel Macron has described the Irish backstop as “indispensable” to a Brexit deal and urged Boris Johnson to set out his proposed alternatives as soon as possible, as he met the British prime minister in Paris.
The French president told Johnson on Thursday that the EU would like “visibility” on London’s concrete proposals for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU within a month, echoing language used by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Wednesday.Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||Merkel: I didn’t mean 30 days as a fixed Brexit deadline||,,'The 30 days were meant as an example to highlight the fact that we need to achieve it in a short time.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||Macron dampens hopes of getting new agreement in 30 days - video||,,
Emmanuel Macron challenged Boris Johnson's hopes of negotiating a withdrawal agreement by 31 October, saying any new Brexit deal would look similar to the existing one. Nevertheless, the French president added that ‘something smart’ could emerge from talks if there was ‘goodwill on both sides’Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||UK government yet to commission Australian migration system review||,,Boris Johnson promised a similar scheme in the UK post Brexit in his first speech to parliament as PM.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||How will Britain treat EU citizens after Brexit? They need to know – and so does business | Marley Morris||,,Conflicting immigration policies being floated by ministers are not just unworkable, they risk causing economic chaos
In Boris Johnson’s first speech to parliament four weeks ago, he made an unambiguous vow to the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK. Thanking them for their contribution to British society, the new prime minister assured EU citizens that under his government they would have the “absolute certainty” of their rights being protected. But a string of reports in the past week has led to increasing alarm among individuals and employers that this promise is in now in doubt. This risks sparking confusion and disarray in the run-up to 31 October.
The muddle arises from reports that home secretary Priti Patel has been pressing for an immediate end to free movement in the event of no deal. This appears to mark a significant shift in policy. Until now, the government has said that in a no-deal scenario, EU citizens will generally continue to be able to come to the UK to live and work until the introduction of a new system in January 2021. While their legal status will change, in practice the main difference is that they will have to apply for European temporary leave to remain for stays of more than three months. Given this status is freely open to all EU citizens, provided they pass certain criminality checks, a version of freedom of movement will in effect continue for at least another year.Continue reading...
|22/08/2019||Macron to Johnson: ‘Different’ Brexit agreement not possible in 30 days||,,UK prime minister and French president set for talks on Brexit.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||EU migration to UK sinks to lowest level since 2013||,,EU nationals have continued to move to the UK but in smaller numbers, according to official figures.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||UK government to scale back use of Brexit gag orders||,,'It makes no sense to engage processes which hinder constructive debate, transparency and exchange of information.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/08/2019||Macron’s masterplan for Trump, the universe and everything||,,French president lays out strategy for G7 summit.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|21/08/2019||Merkel challenges Johnson to find backstop solution in 30 days – video||,,
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has challenged Boris Johnson to come up with a solution to avoid a no-deal Brexit in the next 30 days in a press conference after her first face-to-face meeting with her UK counterpart. Johnson replied that he was glad to hear Merkel setting such a 'blistering timetable'
|21/08/2019||Brexit: Michael Gove pledges to ensure traffic flows through ports||,,The minister in charge of no-deal planning again dismisses predictions of chaos at the ports.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/08/2019||Why is the Irish border blocking Brexit?||,,Boris Johnson says he can solve the Irish border Brexit problem||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/08/2019||Boris Johnson says EU being 'a bit negative' but insists 'we'll get there' - video||,,
Boris Johnson on Tuesday accused the European Union of being 'a bit negative' about the Brexit negotiations, adding it was going 'to take a little patience' to break the deadlock. Speaking on the eve of his visit to Berlin for talks with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Johnson reiterated his calls for the Northern Irish backstop to be removed from the withdrawal agreement.Continue reading...
|20/08/2019||Brexit: Boris Johnson's letter to the EU||,,Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the Irish backstop Brexit plan as "anti-democratic".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/08/2019||Brexit: Freedom of movement plan 'will create chaos' - Abbott||,,The shadow home secretary says the policy would "make Windrush look like a minor blip".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/08/2019||Jeremy Corbyn refuses to echo allies' Brexit position||,,Two close allies of the Labour leader say they would back Remain in any further EU referendum.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/08/2019||Is Johnson taking mickey with flimsy “commitments” to peace?||,,
PM hopes EU will scrap “backstop” in return for unspecified commitments. If it wasn’t so serious, one would think this was one of his jokes.
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|20/08/2019||What's new in Johnson's attempt to remove Brexit backstop?||,,
PM has written to Donald Tusk proposing how mechanism may be replaced
Johnson is repeating his familiar demand for the EU to scrap the backstop – the mechanism to stop a hard border on the island of Ireland by potentially keeping the UK in a customs union.Continue reading...
|20/08/2019||No-deal Brexit 'could cost farms £850m in profits'||,,A no-deal Brexit could be a greater challenge than BSE and foot-and-mouth, a researcher suggests.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/08/2019||Johnson claims he is confident EU will shift its position on backstop – video||,,
When asked whether progress would be made during his talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron later this week, Boris Johnson said: 'Well that is, I'm afraid, very much up to our friends and I hope that they will compromise.' The prime minister was being interviewed in Cornwall during a visit to a hospitalContinue reading...
|19/08/2019||Corbyn speech sets out Labour's vision for Britain – video highlights||,,
The Labour leader has outlined his pitch to stop a no-deal Brexit and rebuild the country in a speech in Corby, Northamptonshire. Jeremy Corbyn pledged to work with MPs across parliament to prevent no deal, which he said the government had no mandate for, and said his party was prepared to form a temporary caretaker administrationContinue reading...
|19/08/2019||No-deal Brexit: What is the UK government doing to prepare?||,,The cabinet will meet every day to plan for an "orderly exit" from the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/08/2019||Brexit: Sinn Féin criticise PM after no-deal dossier leak||,,DUP leader Arlene Foster says she believes the dossier is "outdated" and leaked to undermine the PM.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/08/2019||Brexit: No-deal dossier shows worst-case scenario - Gove||,,A no-deal Brexit will bring "bumps in the road", Michael Gove admits, as a leaked government document warns of food and drug shortages.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/08/2019||Police Scotland spend £7m on Brexit contingency planning||,,A report on the force's plans names civil unrest as the biggest issue it faces in preparing to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/08/2019||G7 leaders wait nervously for Boris Johnson’s debut on the world stage||,,As the prime minister heads for the Biarritz summit, he has no relationship with the other governments and very little trust
For weeks things have been quiet in the summer heat. But in recent days the normal diplomatic back-channelling between London, Brussels, Paris, Berlin and Rome has cranked into gear before the G7 meeting in Biarritz of the world’s most advanced economies.
British officials have been liaising with their EU counterparts on how to get on the right side of the trade war between the US and China, tread a diplomatic fine line over the European-backed Iranian nuclear deal opposed by Donald Trump and get the rhetoric right on the precarious situation in Hong Kong in the presence of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping. “This is a diplomatic quagmire of a G7,” said a European diplomat.Continue reading...
|18/08/2019||Brexit: Not leaving EU would betray democracy - Andrew RT Davies||,,Andrew RT Davies says not delivering Brexit would be a "danger to the fabric of the United Kingdom".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/08/2019||Brexit: where do parties stand on Corbyn plan to avoid no deal?||,,
Labour’s move towards a no-confidence vote is making others declare their hand
Arguably, there are more plans for preventing a no-deal Brexit than there are parties in the Commons. But after Jeremy Corbyn wrote to opposition MPs setting out Labour’s plan to seek a no-confidence vote then attempt to form a temporary government, other groups have been forced to say where they stand.Continue reading...
|15/08/2019||Jo Swinson says Corbyn cannot become temporary PM – video||,,
The leader of the Liberal Democrats has dismissed Jeremy Corbyn's plan to stop a no-deal Brexit, saying the Labour leader does not command enough support to become a caretaker prime minister. She suggested opposition parties should instead support the Conservative backbencher Ken Clarke or Labour's Harriet Harman to lead an interim governmentContinue reading...
|15/08/2019||Brexit: Corbyn plans to call no-confidence vote to defeat no-deal||,,But Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson says others should become caretaker PM, instead of the Labour leader.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/08/2019||Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn says he will call no-confidence vote to stop no deal – video||,,
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said he will call a no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson, urging other opposition parties to make him caretaker prime minister with the aim of calling a general election. ‘Under all normal parliamentary processes in Britain, the leader of the opposition takes over when the government collapses,’ he said.Continue reading...
|15/08/2019||Jeremy Corbyn’s no confidence vote is premature||,,
MPs may eventually need to kick Johnson out of Downing St and hold an election. But they should first try to force him to hold a referendum.
|15/08/2019||Johnson’s crime-fighting promises ring hollow||,,
There will be more money for police if we stay in EU - and ripping us out of EU’s crime-fighting tools will make us less safe.
|14/08/2019||Brexit: No chance of US trade deal if Irish accord hit - Pelosi||,,Congress will block a UK trade deal if Brexit harms the Good Friday Agreement, key US Democrat says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/08/2019||Brexit: Hammond says PM's demands 'wreck' chance of new deal||,,Leaving the EU without a deal would be "a betrayal" of the referendum result, the former chancellor warns.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/08/2019||No-deal Brexit: Can MPs overrule the new prime minister?||,,What ways - if any - do MPs have of preventing the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/08/2019||Daily Telegraph publishes dodgy story on dodgy poll||,,
The paper wrongly reported that more than half the public support Brexit delivered by any means, even suspending Parliament.
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|14/08/2019||Bercow-Rudd pincer movement may foil Johnson’s schemes||,,
The Speaker, a Cabinet minister and a string of former Tory ministers are speaking out against PM’s undemocratic plan to ignore Parliament.
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|13/08/2019||4 of Raab’s worst blunders||,,
Remember how as Brexit secretary he said he hadn’t understood how much trade went through Dover? As foreign secretary, he’s just as hapless.
|12/08/2019||Farage makes a fishy claim – but he’s to blame||,,
Brexit Party boss claims our ‘gutless’ civil service will be to blame for illegal fishing if we crash out of the EU. Nope. He will be.
|12/08/2019||PM calls backstop undemocratic: he has odd idea of democracy||,,
Not only did Northern Ireland vote to stay in the EU. Johnson himself backed the core principle behind the backstop when foreign secretary.
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|10/08/2019||Brexit: Email slip-up reveals no-deal fishing patrol 'uncertainty'||,,A Defra email mistakenly sent to the BBC discusses the policing of waters in a no-deal situation.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/08/2019||No-deal Brexit preparations 'top priority', Boris Johnson says||,,Boris Johnson says civil servants need to prepare "urgently" for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/08/2019||Brexit: Chancellor announces one-year spending review||,,The one-year review will help government departments prepare for Brexit, says Sajid Javid.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/08/2019||Brexit: Corbyn seeks clarity on 'unconstitutional' election-time no-deal||,,Labour's leader says a no-deal Brexit should not happen by default in the run-up to an autumn election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/08/2019||Brexit panic not justified, says ex-Trump adviser Stephen Vaughn||,,A former US trade representative tells the BBC the UK has "enormous leverage" in any deal with Washington.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/08/2019||Brexit: Boris Johnson calls for 'common sense' compromise||,,Boris Johnson says there is "bags of time" for the EU to compromise before the Brexit deadline.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2019||No-deal Brexit risks cattle cull in NI, industry insiders warn||,,Industry insiders warn 45,000 cows could be lost in a cull that could begin within weeks of a no deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2019||Brexit: 'Low take-up of no-deal fund concerning'||,,Just 741 firms have applied for a grant to help prepare for a no-deal Brexit, BBC Newsnight learns.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2019||Brexit: Food industry seeks no-deal competition waiver||,,UK firms urge the government to relax rules to allow them to work together to supply food after 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||Michael Gove says he is saddened by EU refusing to negotiate on Brexit – video||,,
Michael Gove has accused the EU of intransigence over Brexit talks as divisions between the UK and Brussels became further entrenched, with the government seemingly intent on a no-deal departure. Gove, who is in charge of no-deal preparations, reiterated Boris Johnson’s position that the only route to progress would be the EU starting again with withdrawal negotiations – something Brussels has repeatedly and consistently ruled outContinue reading...
|06/08/2019||Brexit: EU 'refusing to negotiate', says Gove||,,The EU says there is currently no basis for "meaningful discussions", but the UK rejects that view.||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...|
|06/08/2019||Brexit: Legal bid to prevent Boris Johnson shutting down parliament||,,Politicians start legal action to prevent Boris Johnson shutting down parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/08/2019||What is 'no-deal Brexit'?||,,What people really mean when they talk about leaving the EU without a Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/08/2019||Brexit: Parliament can't stop no deal, says minister||,,The health secretary tells the BBC he thinks MPs have missed their chance to block it.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/08/2019||Could there be an early general election?||,,Some MPs say they are prepared to trigger an election before Brexit. But is there enough time?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/08/2019||Brexit: £2.1bn extra for no-deal planning||,,The government says the money will fund more border force officers and stockpiling of medicine.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/08/2019||What a no-deal Brexit could mean for the UK in five charts||,,
As the chancellor announces a further £2.1bn to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, we look again at what crashing out could mean for Britain
The Treasury this week announced a further £2.1bn in to get the country ready; it said the money would be used to “accelerate preparations at the border, support business readiness and ensure the supply of critical medicines.”Continue reading...
|01/08/2019||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...|
|31/07/2019||Sinn Féin warns Boris Johnson over no-deal Brexit – video||,,
The leader of Sinn Féin has warned the British prime minister it would be ‘unthinkable’ if a no-deal Brexit was not followed by a poll on Irish reunification. Mary Lou McDonald added that no one believed that Johnson was impartial on Northern Ireland. The new PM held bilateral meetings with the five main parties at Stormont on Wednesday, ostensibly about the Brexit deadlockContinue reading...
|31/07/2019||Brexit: How have UK councils prepared?||,,Repaving roads, hiring vets and stockpiling food are all on councils' lists of Brexit preparations.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/07/2019||Boris Johnson on first Welsh visit says no-deal Brexit up to the EU||,,The prime minister insists the UK government is "not aiming" to leave the EU without a deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/07/2019||No-deal Brexit: how likely is it and what would be the impact?||,,
Since Boris Johnson took over as PM the chances of crashing out on 31 October have risen
No-deal Brexit, crashing out, or a departure on WTO terms – call it what you will, it seems increasingly possible the UK could experience this on 31 October. How could it end up happening? And what would it mean?Continue reading...
|29/07/2019||Nicola Sturgeon says Johnson has set an 'inevitable path to a no-deal Brexit' – video||,,
Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has met the newly elected prime minister, Boris Johnson, for the first time. Speaking afterwards, she said that 'behind all the bluff and bluster, this government and the path that it is pursuing I think is dangerous'. She added that she made it clear to Johnson that 'the people of Scotland should be able to chart their own course and choose their own future' in regards to Britain's departure from the EU
|29/07/2019||Brexit: What would no deal mean for Ireland?||,,The Irish government has been clear that it would face significant damage if there was no agreement.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/07/2019||No-deal Brexit now 'assumed' by government, says Gove||,,Michael Gove says he expects the EU will not consider striking a new withdrawal deal with the UK.||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.
|26/07/2019||Brexit: What happens now?||,,Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he plans to renegotiate the Brexit deal. What could happen?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/07/2019||Brexit: Does the UK owe the EU £39bn?||,,How much is the UK expected to pay the EU after Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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
|18/07/2019||Could parliament's latest amendment stop no-deal Brexit?||,,
Measure will make proroguing parliament more difficult – but not impossible
MPs have voted by a margin of 41 to approve an amendment intended to block a future government from proroguing parliament. Here’s what we know.Continue reading...
|18/07/2019||What amendments aimed at halting no-deal Brexit will MPs be voting on?||,,
Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill used as a base for amendments aimed at preventing prorogation
The House of Commons will consider again on Thursday the somewhat dull-sounding Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill, a largely technical measure connected to the suspended devolved government, which has been used as a base for amendments on other subjects.
When it was first in the Commons last week, MPs overwhelmingly passed amendments extending the rights of same-sex marriage and abortion to Northern Ireland, the only places in the UK where they are not allowed.Continue reading...
|14/07/2019||Brexit: Campaigner Gina Miller threatens no deal court battle||,,Gina Miller says she will take legal action if the next prime minister tries to shut down Parliament.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/07/2019||Theresa May speaks of 'pride and disappointment' as prime minister||,,The PM reflects on her Brexit battles, criticism and achievements in an exclusive BBC interview.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/07/2019||What is a judicial review and can it stop a no-deal Brexit?||,,How is the legal procedure triggered, how long does it take, and what do judges consider before making a ruling?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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
|02/07/2019||Brexit Party MEPs turn backs in EU Parliament||,,#notinmyname trends after the stunt, which was countered by Lib Dems wearing "Stop Brexit" T-shirts.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/07/2019||Brexit: Hammond vows to oppose '£90bn no-deal hit'||,,The chancellor says it would be up to MPs to ensure a no-deal Brexit "doesn't happen".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/07/2019||Tory leadership contest: Is there a Brexit 'war chest'?||,,Rivals Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have unveiled a series of pledges, but how will they be funded?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2019||Don't panic over Brexit, McCluskey tells Labour||,,The Unite leader says Labour should trust Jeremy Corbyn to consult the party on its Brexit stance.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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
|27/06/2019||Hunt urges Johnson to 'be straight with people' over no-deal Brexit||,,Jeremy Hunt questions his rival's Brexit plans as Boris Johnson says further delay will "erode trust".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/06/2019||Vauxhall Astra: Ellesmere Port manufacture 'depends on Brexit'||,,The new Astra will be built at its Ellesmere Port plant if a satisfactory deal is reached, the firm says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/06/2019||Brexit: Theresa May refuses unconditional support for next PM||,,The prime minister has declined to guarantee her backing for her successor's Brexit plan.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/06/2019||Japan urges UK to avoid no-deal Brexit||,,The country's foreign minister says he is concerned about the UK leaving the EU without a deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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.
|19/06/2019||Brexit: Labour MPs urge Corbyn not to go 'full Remain'||,,More than 25 Labour MPs say another Brexit referendum would be "toxic" to many of their voters.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/06/2019||Tory leadership: Michael Gove's pitch to lead party||,,Michael Gove says the UK would be outside a range of EU-wide arrangements, but admits Brexit "would not be easy".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/06/2019||Tory leadership contest: McVey attacks May over Brexit||,,Leadership hopeful Esther McVey accuses Theresa May of "by-passing" the cabinet in her attempt to push through her Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/06/2019||Tory leadership: Jeremy Hunt's bid to be new party leader||,,The Conservatives would be "annihilated" if there was a general election before Brexit is delivered, Jeremy Hunt warns.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/06/2019||Matt Hancock: 'If we become Brexit party we're finished'||,,Matt Hancock rejects the idea that Brexit must be delivered by a "Brexiteer"||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/06/2019||Tory leadership: Dominic Raab's pitch to lead party||,,Britain has been "humiliated" in the Brexit talks so far, says Dominic Raab, adding the UK needs “new” and “bold” leadership.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
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.
|02/06/2019||Andrea Leadsom: 'The EU want to see a proper Brexit'||,,Andrea Leadsom says her proposed "managed exit" from the EU is possible, in spite of the EU ruling out any "mini-deals".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/06/2019||Jo Swinson: Brexit decision must go to a People's Vote||,,Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson insists a decision on Brexit must be put back to the electorate.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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...|
|29/05/2019||Tory leadership contest: We have to deliver Brexit, says Cleverly||,,Tory leadership hopeful James Cleverly says the government "absolutely has to deliver Brexit" which so far has been "delayed and delayed and delayed".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/05/2019||Brexit: 'Best option' is to leave with a deal, says May||,,Theresa May has said she will not comment on the views of those trying to succeed her, but "the best option for the UK is to leave the European Union with a deal."||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.
|14/03/2019||Why I'm attending the People's Vote March||,,
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in London last October for a People’s Vote on the final deal for Brexit. It was the biggest march since the anti-war protest in 2003 and sent a powerful message to our politicians here and in the rest of Europe that there is huge support for another vote.
It was a beautiful, sunny day and everyone was good natured and friendly. I have been on every march since the referendum and it was the only one when due to the sheer scale of numbers that I arrived in Parliament Square long after the speeches had finished. There were people from all walks of life and from every corner of the country and many families with young children who will never enjoy the rights and privileges I have been fortunate enough to enjoy and benefit from for almost my whole adult life, if Brexit goes ahead.
The Put it to the People march planned for 23rd March is so important. Tell everyone about it. It will only be six days before the UK is currently due to leave the European Union and it is a matter of urgency that as many people as possible come. It may be our last chance. We know far more now about the damaging consequences of Brexit than we did almost three years ago and those consequences will be with us for generations to come. There is too much to lose and it is still not too late.
If you want to attend the People's Vote March, click here to sign up.
Maggy is a supporter and volunteer for European Movement and the People's Vote campaign.
|14/03/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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...|
|24/01/2019||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From Article 50 to Backstop, find out what the key terms mean.||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...|