|25/01/2020||'Blue Wall' Tory MPs pile pressure on Boris Johnson to scrap HS2 after damning reports||,,A group of new Conservative MPs from the north of England have called on the Prime Minister to cancel HS2 after reports this week showed the project is a decade behind schedule.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|25/01/2020||Government watchdog attacks Met Police over roll out of facial recognition cameras||,,The Metropolitan Police has been criticised after announcing it will start using facial recognition cameras to target serious offenders in London.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|25/01/2020||Sajid Javid announces new 'Pub Relief' plan to slash £1,000 off business rates for small bars||,,Pubs are set to see their business rates slashed by £1,000 under new plans drawn up by the Treasury.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||Rebecca Hendin on Boris Johnson's Brexit bongs – cartoon||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||Government tracing 2,000 passengers who arrived from Wuhan in past two weeks amid coronavirus fears||,,The Government are tracing more than 2,000 passengers who flew from Wuhan to the UK in the past two weeks as part of measures to tackle the coronavirus threat.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||'Fantastic moment': Boris Johnson signs Brexit withdrawal deal||,,
Prime minister says signing of document will end years of argument and division
Boris Johnson has formally signed the EU withdrawal agreement, smiling as he described it as a “fantastic moment” for the country.
His enthusiasm came in sharp contrast to the sombre tone of EU officials, who earlier added their signatures to the document before it crossed the Channel.Continue reading...
|24/01/2020||Renowned chef refused residency after living in UK for 23 years||,,
Claude Bosi said the Home Office’s response showed the government’s ‘inhumanity’
A two Michelin-starred chef who has been in the UK for 23 years says he now feels “unwelcome” after his application to remain in the country after Brexit was refused.
French-born Claude Bosi, 47, who runs Bibendum restaurant in London, said the system was “inhuman” and made him feel like leaving the country.Continue reading...
|24/01/2020||Boris Johnson heralds ‘new chapter in UK history’ after signing EU withdrawal agreement||,,Boris Johnson has heralded “a new chapter in our nation's history” after signing the official document which formalises the UK’s exit from the EU next Friday.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From settled status to divorce bill, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||Major boost for Rebecca Long-Bailey as Unite backs her bid to be next Labour leader||,,Rebecca Long-Bailey's campaign to be Labour leader has received a huge boost after she won the backing of Unite, who said she has "the brains and the brilliance to beat Boris Johnson".||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||Boris Johnson calls emergency Cobra meeting over coronavirus threat||,,Health Secretary Matt Hancock is to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra committee to discuss the growing threat from the deadly coronavirus.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||Dominic Raab condemns US decision not to extradite diplomat's wife over Harry Dunn death||,,Dominic Raab has condemned the US government over its decision not to extradite a diplomat's wife over the death of teenager Harry Dunn.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||Revealed: complex post-Brexit checks for Northern Irish traders||,,
Transport and manufacturing heads criticise paperwork needed to trade with GB
The “straightforward” document that Northern Irish businesses will need to complete to send goods to Great Britain after Brexit is a complex form that includes 31 data elements, it can be revealed.
The Freight Transport Association has raised concerns that hauliers could be fined if they get elements of the “exit summary declaration” wrong, and is calling on the EU and the UK to remove it during their negotiations.Continue reading...
|24/01/2020||Labour cancels leadership hustings after accident leaves Keir Starmer's mother-in-law critically ill||,,Labour has cancelled its next Labour leadership hustings after Keir Starmer's mother-in-law was left critically ill following an accident.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||Andrea Leadsom says UK 'stands shoulder to shoulder' with Harry Dunn family after US rejects extradition bid||,,The UK government "stands shoulder to shoulder" with the family of Harry Dunn after America refused to extradite a diplomat's wife involved his death, according to Andrea Leadsom.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/01/2020||How Brexit drove my affair with Wetherspoons on to the rocks | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett||,,The pub chain has long been part of my life, but when the UK leaves the EU on 31 January, I’ll be elsewhere
I’m not sure what I’ll be doing on 31 January, when the UK officially leaves the EU at midnight – Brussels time (just in case you thought things were going to be on our terms, now). Marching feels inappropriate and possibly dangerous. Spelling out an “SOS” that is visible from space would be logistically challenging. Maybe, as on the day after the referendum result, I’ll head to my local cheap and cheerful Italian for a Birra Moretti and some clam spaghetti and sit there, miserably, to a soundtrack of Andrea Bocelli like the filthy, sentimental remainer I am. Maybe I’ll get completely off my face. All I know is that I definitely won’t be in Wetherspoons, which is cutting its drinks prices to celebrate, in a campaign it is calling “Let’s stay friends”.
In the past four years there hasn’t been a company that has championed Brexit more than Wetherspoons and its chairman, Tim Martin. The chain of pubs has produced millions of pro-Brexit beermats– prompting concerns about corporate governance – and a special Brexit-themed edition of Wetherspoons News. It has removed European beers from its menu, replaced Jägermeister with an English equivalent to create the “Brexit bomb”, and ditched champagne and prosecco in favour of English, New Zealand and Australian wines. I’ve drunk buckets of wine in Wetherspoons pubs – some of it from a tap – and honestly, it could have come from the lush vineyards of Scunthorpe for all I cared. Let’s just say that terroir was not my overriding concern in those days. And yet, it all rankles.Continue reading...
|23/01/2020||Steve Bell on Boris Johnson's Brexit bill becoming law – cartoon||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|23/01/2020||Arron Banks drops two parts of libel claim against Carole Cadwalladr||,,
Action will proceed but only over statements made in Ted Talk last year and one tweet
Arron Banks, the insurance businessman who co-founded the pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign, has dropped two elements of his libel claim against the investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr.
His decision means the action will still proceed but only over statements made in a public Ted Talk last year and in one related tweet. Her full defence is due to be delivered to the court this month.Continue reading...
|23/01/2020||UK in 'constitutional crisis', says SNP, as Brexit becomes law without consent of Scotland, Wales and NI – live news||,,
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen
My personal view is I think it’s good to engage with all programmes on all channels.
'Why do I pay my licence fee? I don't watch it. I don't agree with it.'
This is from Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Brexiter leader of the Commons.
To quote Edward Gibbon “The first of earthly blessings, independence.” https://t.co/4IlhCKpfvB
History ... is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.Continue reading...
|23/01/2020||Boris Johnson's Brexit bill becomes law||,,
Withdrawal agreement bill receives royal assent, leaving Tories cheering and SNP angry
Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has become law after it received royal assent from the Queen, having cleared all its stages in parliament.
Tory MPs cheered the deputy speaker Nigel Evans as he confirmed in the House of Commons on Thursday that there was now a European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act.Continue reading...
|23/01/2020||Javid seeks to calm business over EU rulebook after Brexit||,,
Chancellor tells CBI in Davos there will be no unnecessary regulatory divergence
Sajid Javid has sought to reassure business that there will be no wholesale dumping of EU regulations as he pledged there would be no divergence after Brexit for the sake of it.
Speaking at the CBI lunch in Davos, the chancellor addressed the question of whether the UK would stay aligned with the EU rulebook – seen as a crucial issue by aerospace and automotive companies in the UK.Continue reading...
|23/01/2020||What is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?||,,'The WAB' has passed all its stages in Parliament. Here's what it is.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/01/2020||Brexit: What happens now?||,,The Brexit bill has passed its first hurdle, with the UK set to leave the EU on 31 January.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/01/2020||Steve Bell’s If ... bong boss Mark Francois has a thought||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|23/01/2020||The left’s top priority: know thine enemy | Suzanne Moore||,,
Boris Johnson is a chameleon, constantly changing. Shouting about austerity and neoliberalism is no way to defeat him
I come not to bury Johnson but to praise him. For all the thousands of words I have written criticising this ruthless, amoral being, it is stupid not to recognise what he has achieved. This is the bit where you call me a Tory, but I am not. I just happen to think moping is not a strategy for opposition. Saying nasty things about the prime minister is easy; effectively combating him requires analysis and agility – qualities clearly lacking in the dregs of the Corbyn project.
We don’t need self-serving arguments about authenticity. Wake up! Leadership now is not simply a matter of authenticity, but often its opposite: what the University College London professor Ken Spours, in a paper for the thinktank Compass, calls shapeshifting. Johnson is a chameleon, and modern conservatism is opportunism presented as modernisation: it has an ability to meld wildly different views, and adapt.Continue reading...
|22/01/2020||Brexit bill passes parliament as Johnson overturns Lords amendments||,,
Opposition MPs condemn government after defeat of Dubs measure on child refugees
Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill has cleared its last hurdle after the government overturned five House of Lords amendments to it, including one that would have restored the right of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK.
The legislation is expected to gain royal assent within days after peers agreed to end the parliamentary “ping-pong” phase where it moves between the two houses until agreement is reached.Continue reading...
|22/01/2020||Brexit is not ‘done’. We have to start talking about it again | Martin Kettle||,,
Britain is still a part of Europe. Though we’re leaving the EU, there are still huge issues to play for
It’s as though a meteorite like the one that destroyed the dinosaurs has landed in our midst. Overnight, Brexit has gone from dominating British politics to suffering a form of political extinction. When the electoral meteorite hit on 12 December, Brexit became the issue that no one – not even Boris Johnson – wants to mention any more. In some ways it is a huge relief, not least to political commentators.
We all need to heal our wounds. So does the country. But while the essential issue has been settled, the conspiracy of silence that has followed needs to end. The UK needs to learn to think about Brexit again.Continue reading...
|22/01/2020||Brexit bill set to become law after clearing parliament with Lords amendments all voted out – as it happened||,,
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happened
Peers have now voted to accept the Commons’ changes to the bill.
That means that the bill has cleared parliament. It will get royal assent, and become law, very soon.Continue reading...
|22/01/2020||Johnson likely to end £30,000 immigration threshold post-Brexit||,,
Controversial salary floor for skilled workers expected to be replaced by points system
Boris Johnson’s new post-Brexit immigration regime is likely to mean an end to the controversial £30,000 salary floor for skilled workers, government sources have confirmed.
The independent migration advisory committee (MAC) is expected to report shortly on whether the threshold should be retained.Continue reading...
|22/01/2020||Many EU citizens in Wales 'don't feel welcome' to stay after Brexit||,,
Politicians warn low take-up of settled status may be driven by anti-migration rhetoric
There are growing concerns over the relatively low numbers of EU citizens in Wales who have applied for post-Brexit settled status.
Leading Welsh politicians are worried some people have not applied because they are upset over anti-migration rhetoric and fear that a sudden loss of EU citizens could lead to shortages of workers in some key sectors.Continue reading...
|22/01/2020||Many in the north backed Brexit. They will soon begin to feel the costs | David Conn||,,
New Tory MPs have promised to transform the region, but its greatest threat will come in days, when Britain leaves the EU
Boris Johnson and his ministers have made huge promises for the United Kingdom after we leave the European Union next week, particularly for “the north” – that unfamiliar land which can now be mined for Tory votes, if no longer for coal.
Conservative MPs elected in former Labour strongholds have pledged to “hunt like a pack” for infrastructure improvements – of which there has been no sign over the past decade of Tory government. The north is promised bounty from the “shared prosperity fund” – the cynically named, back-of-an-envelope replacement for EU structural funds, which for decades have invested billions in Britain’s regions to encourage economic revival.Continue reading...
|22/01/2020||Steve Bell’s If ... bong boss Mark Francois' Brussels resistance||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|21/01/2020||Never mind getting Brexit ‘done’. For civil servants, the work is about to begin | Philip Rycroft||,,
Leaving the EU confronts my former colleagues with a greater challenge than Whitehall has faced for generations
We will finally leave the European Union on 31 January. Big Ben won’t toll after all, but a giant clock will be projected on to No 10. Some will celebrate; some will mourn. And the government seems to hope that we will breathe a collective sigh of relief and then move on. It’s almost as if Brexit has become a distraction, something to be got out of the way. The next five years, we are assured, will be about other things.Continue reading...
|21/01/2020||Brexit weekly briefing: farce over Big Ben bong a fitting end to the saga||,,
Elsewhere alarms bells were ringing about the UK’s future outside the EU
Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, which, after more than three and a half years and nearly 170 instalments, will be landing in your inbox for the last time on 4 February – four days after Britain formally leaves the EU.
Full live and daily coverage of the key talks on the future relationship between the bloc and its first ex-member will, of course, continue in the Guardian as they advance, while our Brexit Means … podcast will provide monthly in-depth insights.Continue reading...
|20/01/2020||Brexit: NI Assembly votes to withhold Brexit bill consent||,,MLAs were asked to consider elements of the Brexit bill that affect Northern Ireland.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/01/2020||Brexit: UK to decide on Gibraltar-EU travel deal||,,Gibraltar considers joining the Schengen zone, but the UK government says it cannot decide alone.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/01/2020||Brexit: Price rises warning after chancellor vows EU rules divergence||,,Food prices could rise after Sajid Javid said there will be no alignment with EU rules after Brexit, businesses say.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/01/2020||Brexit: 'No alignment' with EU on regulation, Javid tells business||,,Sajid Javid warns businesses UK and EU regulations will differ after Brexit, saying firms must "adjust".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/01/2020||No Brexit Day plan for Big Ben as countdown clock to light up No 10||,,Government plans include a countdown projected onto No 10 and an address by the PM - but no bongs.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||Brexit: There will be no automatic deportation for EU citizens - No 10||,,So far more than 2.7 million EU citizens have applied for settled status after Brexit in the UK.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||Tice: Big Ben situation is pathetic||,,Brexit Party MEP Richard Tice says it is "pathetic" that Parliament can't get Big Ben to ring on Brexit day.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/01/2020||Brexit relationship: EU reveals clues ahead of talks with UK||,,Presentation slides published online give an insight into how the future relationship might pan out.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/01/2020||Lord Dubs warns Johnson not to use child refugees as Brexit 'bargaining chips'||,,Labour peer Lord Dubs wants to restore a protection to reunite child migrants with their families.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/01/2020||Brexit: Worries for the future over EU citizens scheme||,,Guillermo, who is Spanish but was born and raised in the UK, has applied to stay via the EU settlement scheme and has concerns about the future.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/01/2020||Boris Johnson refuses to rule out UK and EU failing to strike trade deal in 2020 – video||,,
In his first interview of the new year with BBC Breakfast, Boris Johnson refused to rule out the UK and the EU failing to reach a trade deal by the end of 2020. Asked what the chances were of the two sides achieving a comprehensive trade deal by the end of 2020, the prime minister refused to give a percentage, but said it was 'very likely'.
In the past, ministers including Michael Gove have categorically ruled out the UK and the EU failing to agree a trade deal by the end of the year.Continue reading...
|08/01/2020||Johnson's first meeting with Von der Leyen lays trade deal faultlines bare||,,
The two leaders may have attended the same school but they are treading a diplomatic minefield
If the European School in the leafy Uccle suburb of Brussels teaches its high-flying pupils anything, it is how to be diplomatic.
It came as little surprise then that a meeting of two of the Eurocrat school’s former pupils offered up broad smiles, oodles of platitudes and reminiscences over shared teachers but also a few gentle but pointed signals as to the hurdles of reaching a trade deal by the end of this year.Continue reading...
|08/01/2020||Ursula von der Leyen: 'The bonds between us will still be unbreakable'||,,EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the UK and the EU will remain "best of friends and partners" following the UK's departure of the EU on 31 January.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/01/2020||Brexit weekly briefing: UK counts down to 31 January departure||,,
EU figures continue to express concern over limited time for talks during 11-month transition
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...
|02/01/2020||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/12/2019||Politics Live: Highlights of UK politics in 2019||,,Leadership races, a general election and a lot of Brexit dominated the Politics Live programme throughout the year.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/12/2019||Boris Johnson says it is time to 'put Brexit behind us' – video||,,
Boris Johnson refused to answer questions about claims he is on course to deliver a 'harder Brexit' after he altered his Brexit bill this week to make it unlawful for the government to extend the trade talks into 2021, giving negotiators an unprecedented 11 months to reach a free-trade agreement.
While visiting British troops in Estonia on Saturday, he would only say: 'What everybody wants to do is put Brexit behind us on 31 January and move on, and there’s a lot of goodwill and a lot of energy now about building the new deep and special partnership, and that’s what we’re going to do.'
|20/12/2019||Brexit withdrawal bill: what's new and what's different||,,
Key changes cut parliamentary scrutiny and point to Brexit being done Boris Johnson’s way
This is the second version of the withdrawal agreement bill, which was first published in October.
It is needed to enshrine the deal Boris Johnson struck with the EU in October in UK law and legitimise the transition period before full departure on 31 December 2020.Continue reading...
|20/12/2019||MPs vote to pass Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal bill by a 124 majority – video||,,
MPs vote to pass the revised withdrawal agreement bill by a comfortable margin, with 358 voting for and 234 against.
The vote paves the way for Boris Johnson's promise that Britain would leave the European Union by 31 January
|20/12/2019||Boris Johnson calls for country to 'reunite' over Brexit as MPs debate new EU bill – video||,,
The prime minister opens the debate on the second reading of the withdrawal agreement bill, MPs’ first opportunity to vote on Brexit since the 2019 general electionContinue reading...
|20/12/2019||What happens after the Brexit bill is passed?||,,
How events are likely to unfold as the UK enters an 11-month transition period from 31 January 2020
With the starting gun fired on the Brexit legislation’s journey through parliament, Brexit day is virtually guaranteed on 31 January.
While Boris Johnson agreed a deal with the EU last October, it does not have legal effect in UK courts until his withdrawal agreement bill (Wab) is passed.Continue reading...
|19/12/2019||Queen's speech: what is in Boris Johnson's 2020 programme?||,,
Key bills include law to formally take UK out of EU, an immigration bill and law to guarantee level of NHS spending
Thursday’s Queen’s speech is Boris Johnson’s second in just over two months. The more than 30 pieces of legislation will be the basis of his political agenda for the year. Described as “radical” by the prime minister, it leads on his law to formally take the UK out of the EU. There are also plans to overhaul immigration and put into law investment in the NHS.Continue reading...
|17/12/2019||What Johnson has to drop to get a quick trade deal after Brexit||,,
Workers’ rights, state aid and environment protections among EU conditions
Boris Johnson’s decision to outlaw an extension to the Brexit transition period is being widely seen as a purely political gesture. But it is a high-risk approach, which Theresa May’s former Brexit adviser Raoul Ruparel has said will lead to a “narrow and shallow” deal.
“A very narrow and shallow deal would not be very different to no deal and you would likely have to take some political pain to get it,” said Joe Owen, Brexit programme director at the Institute for Government, referring to the concessions Johnson’s would probably have to make.Continue reading...
|17/12/2019||'You ain't seen nothing yet': Boris Johnson holds first cabinet meeting since election win – video||,,
The prime minister quoted Ronald Reagan as he addressed his new cabinet for the first time since the general election. Johnson told his ministers: 'We should have absolutely no embarrassment about saying we are a people’s government, this is a people’s cabinet, and we are going to be working on delivering the priorities of the British people. And that’s what they want us to do.'Continue reading...
|17/12/2019||Why does Boris Johnson want to prevent a transition period extension?||,,
PM says period of ‘vassalage’ should not extend beyond end of 2020 - but what does this mean?
Boris Johnson has said he will legislate to legally prohibit the government from agreeing to an extension of the 11-month transition period due to come into force after the UK formally leaves the EU on 31 January.Continue reading...
|13/12/2019||Why we lost – and where we go from here||,,
When the history of Brexit is written, the Lib Dems’ decision to let Johnson hold this election will be seen as a key strategic error.
|11/12/2019||7 reasons to vote Johnson out||,,
We can kick Johnson out. So brave the elements and vote for the candidates with the best chance of beating the Tories.
|11/12/2019||Trump sabotages Brexiters’ last-ditch safety net||,,
Relying on the WTO for our trade was always a terrible idea. Now that the US president has ripped a hole in it, it’s economic suicide.
|11/12/2019||With a final tactical voting push, we can beat Johnson||,,
Good news from YouGov poll is Tory lead is shrinking. Bad news is they are still ahead because too many pro-European votes are being wasted.
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|10/12/2019||Johnson won’t stop the chaos – that’s just propaganda||,,
A Tory victory means more chaos. The only way to end the arguments over Brexit and fix our real problems is to vote them out.
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|10/12/2019||Tories bully BBC because it’s easily cowed||,,
Johnson yesterday hinted he would axe the licence fee. This had two purposes: cover up his NHS blunder and pummel the BBC into submission.
|10/12/2019||At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson||,,
PM rips off Love Actually in his video but misses out the punch line: “Just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth.”
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|10/12/2019||Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win||,,
Right-wing press has branded Corbyn unelectable. They are right - he is. Not for the reasons they suggest, but because of simple maths.
The post Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win appeared first on InFacts.
|09/12/2019||Tory “punch” propaganda backfires||,,
To cover up Johnson’s NHS disaster, Tories fabricate story about Labour activist punching Hancock aide.
|09/12/2019||Johnson’s dishonesty and disorganisation on Irish Sea border||,,
Not only is Johnson lying about surrendering to the EU demand for an internal UK border, he isn’t ready to deliver a deal by December 2020.
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|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...
|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...
|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...|
|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...|
|25/09/2019||Andrew Adonis Speaks to Local Group Tees4Europe||,,
Tees4Europe Chair Scott Hunter reflects on Andrew Adonis visiting his group, and how the group's youngest campaigner highlighted the one good thing about Brexit.
On 16 September, Andrew Adonis kindly agreed to come to address an audience at an event hosted by Tees4Europe. We booked the hall, circulated tickets, picked Andrew up at the station, and then promptly upstaged him. We had decided that among our other speakers there should be a young person. One name was suggested, and, without asking too many questions, we booked her. Millie, it turns out, was not the sixth former we were expecting. She is 14. It would be an exaggeration to say that at this point that I started to panic, but it certainly had me on edge. But I needn’t have worried. In the space of five minutes, Millie spoke cogently on just about every Brexit-related topic you could think of. It was a breath-taking performance. It hasn’t been easy to select highlights to present here, as there were so many, but here goes …
“As an aspiring Royal Navy engineer and somebody with a keen interest in STEM, standing for science, technology, engineering and maths, the effects of leaving the EU on the UK’s defence, military and STEM is of great concern to me. The EU’s member states work together on a number of defence-related issues, such as researching new defence technologies and joint military deployments. The UK contributes financial support to EU security activities, which fund numerous missions such as the combat of piracy off the Horn of Africa and the prevention of human trafficking in the Mediterranean to name but two. Therefore, it worries me deeply that our exit from the EU will damage both the UK’s military and defence, as well as that of the EU. We are stronger together; we are safer together …
“Now, there is one good thing about Brexit. I know, I know, I’ve been talking about what a disaster leaving the EU would be for the last 5 minutes, but don’t panic. In the past, I think young people have viewed politics as something they need to worry about when they’re older, and something for adults to deal with. Since the Brexit referendum, I believe that young people have become increasingly interested and invested in the politics that will affect their futures, and much more willing to make their voices heard…”
And thus Millie Sheridan brought the house down.
It is not over yet. We will keep fighting, but we need your help.
Or tell Boris Johnson that:
|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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...|
|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...|