|23/07/2019||WATCH: Donald Trump labels Boris Johnson 'Britain Trump' who will 'get it done' as PM||,,Donald Trump has labelled Boris Johnson “Britain Trump” and claimed he will “get it done” as Prime Minister.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Trump claims Boris Johnson popular in UK because he's seen as 'Britain's Trump' - live news||,,
The day’s political developments as they happen, including Tory leadership and Theresa May’s final cabinet meeting as PM
The Financial Times has reported this evening that Johnson has hired the Sky executive, Andrew Griffith, to be his chief business adviser in Downing Street. This comes after Griffith loaned Johnson his £9.5m Westminster townhouse from which to run his campaign.
Reacting to the news, the shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Jon Trickett, has said:
Before he is even appointed prime minister, one of Boris Johnson’s first acts is to dish out a powerful job in No 10 to his super-rich pal who lent him his luxurious house in Westminster for the Tory leadership campaign.
The public would be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that Johnson’s friends can buy influence within the new administration.
The Democratic Unionist party MP, Sammy Wilson, has claimed the “problem along the [Irish] border is an illusionary one”, despite both UK government and EU officials having made clear they believe it to be very real indeed.
Asked how he felt Boris Johnson would sort the Irish border issue and whether people were needlessly worried, Wilson said:
I think that the Irish border is sorted anyhow, because the problem along the border is an illusionary one ... I think they are worried for no reason.
If you look at the Irish border at present, we have to collect taxes across the Irish border every day.
The mechanism for dealing with all of the things that need to be dealt with unobtrusively is already there.Continue reading...
|23/07/2019||Boris Johnson becomes PM: Live blog||,,Former London mayor and foreign secretary replaces Theresa May in the top job.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||EU, UK officials issue cautious congratulations to Boris Johnson||,,Messages to the new British PM stress opposition to no-deal Brexit.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Brussels greets Boris Johnson victory by rejecting Brexit plans||,,
EU restates opposition as Ursula von der Leyen warns of ‘challenging times ahead’
Boris Johnson’s election as Conservative leader has been greeted in Brussels with a rejection of the incoming British prime minister’s Brexit demands and an ominous warning by the newly appointed European commission president about the “challenging times ahead”.
Ursula von der Leyen, who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 November, said both sides had a “duty” to deliver a deal as she offered her congratulations to Johnson on his victory.Continue reading...
|23/07/2019||EXCL Labour membership dips below half a million as tens of thousands leave party||,,Labour's membership has dipped below half a million after tens of thousands quit the party, PoliticsHome can reveal.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Anne Milton quits as education minister as Boris Johnson wins Tory leadership race||,,Education minister Anne Milton has resigned her post ahead of Boris Johnson taking over as Prime Minister and Conservative party leader.||www.politicshome.com||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
|23/07/2019||The hard right has captured my old party - and Boris Johnson’s victory proves it | Anna Soubry||,,The Tories always used to put pragmatic economics first. British voters should not forgive them for abandoning this
Around 92,000 members who no longer even represent Conservative voters have crowned the “clown prince” as our prime minister. Just when we need a prime minister to bring us together, lead us through the Brexit crisis and on to tackling the serious issues we must confront, the party serves up Boris Johnson. His lifelong ambition has finally been realised; no one and nothing was going to get in his way this time, least of all integrity and truth.
What Boris Johnson hasn’t done is tell us how he is going to ensure we leave the EU on 31 OctoberContinue reading...
|23/07/2019||Brexit highlights Ireland’s divisions. But sport shows how united we can be | Una Mullally||,,In difficult times for the island, the triumphs of Shane Lowry and Eoin Morgan are a reminder of the unifying power of sport
Depressed about Brexit? There’s always golf. As Brexit threatens the economic – and actual – security of Ireland, north and south, maybe what we can lean into a little more on this island is the unifying power of sport. Sport in Ireland overlaps with identities in curious ways, but there are many moments when perceived divisions can fade into the green distance, like a man from Offaly being cheered on at a course in Northern Ireland, about to win the Open. Tricolours being waved at Royal Portrush, a chorus of “olés”, videos of Shane Lowry grinning as the Fields of Athenry is sung.
Meanwhile, Lowry’s grandmother Emily Scanlon offered the most Irish of all anecdotes regarding sports nutrition on the Irish station RTÉ. “I remember I minded him while the mother was working,” she said. “I had a turf box in the corner beside the range, and when I’d go up to the clothesline I’d put him into it, and he’d have all the turf mould ate ... whether it worked his immune system or what, I don’t know. He got there anyway. Great gossoon [young boy] he was.” Turf mould may not be the next carrageen moss, but the moments sport can offer up, on their day, are some tonic.Continue reading...
|23/07/2019||UPDATING LIVE: Boris Johnson's new government takes shape||,,Follow all the latest announcements as newly elected Conservative leader Boris Johnson forms his new government.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Boris Johnson to have his Cabinet top team in place 'by tomorrow night'||,,Boris Johnson will have his Cabinet top team in place “by tomorrow night” after he swept to victory in the Tory leadership contest.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||UK factories facing biggest slowdown since financial crisis, says CBI||,,
Brexit fears and slow global growth have hit output in manufacturing sector
A double whammy of Brexit uncertainty and a slowdown in global trade has seen order books in Britain’s factories shrink at their fastest pace since the financial crisis, the CBI has said.
Urging the next prime minister, confirmed on Tuesday as Boris Johnson, to strike a deal with the EU, the employers’ organisation said industrial output also fell in the latest quarter, for the first time since the spring of 2016.Continue reading...
|23/07/2019||Double Boris: EU health commissioner compares Johnson to Yeltsin||,,Lithuanian writes blog post about 'empty and broken promises.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||The next prime minister will be Boris Johnson. What now? Our panel responds | Martha Gill and others||,,
As the new Conservative leader prepares to enter Downing Street, his plans for Brexit will meet reality head-onContinue reading...
|23/07/2019||READ IN FULL: Boris Johnson's first speech as Tory leader||,,Boris Johnson vowed to deliver Brexit, unite the country and deafeat Jeremy Corbyn in his first speech as Conservative leader.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Boris Johnson elected Tory leader, set to become UK PM||,,Former London mayor beats Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Theresa May appoints Labour MP John Mann as Government anti-semitism adviser||,,Labour backbencher John Mann has been appointed by Theresa May as an independent adviser to the Government on tackling anti-semitism.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||EXCL UK broke pledge not to send under-age soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan||,,The UK continued to send child soldiers to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan despite pledging to end the practice, PoliticsHome can reveal.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Boris Johnson wins race to become new Tory leader and set to be sworn in as PM||,,Boris Johnson has won a landslide victory to become the new Conservative leader and is set to be sworn in as the UK’s next Prime Minister.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Johnson won’t be able to rely on Tory MPs||,,
Just as a supporter of a no deal Brexit has been chosen as Tory leader, his MPs appear to be moving in the opposite direction.
|23/07/2019||Jo Swinson rules out Lib Dem pact with Labour under Jeremy Corbyn||,,
New Lib Dem leader says Labour leader cannot be trusted on Brexit
Jo Swinson, the new Lib Dem leader, has again ruled out working with Jeremy Corbyn, branding him a Brexiter who could not be trusted to fight for a second referendum to keep the UK in the EU.
She said her door was open to MPs from other parties who wanted to work towards a second referendum.Continue reading...
|23/07/2019||Johnson on course to win Tory leadership contest||,,
Former foreign secretary likely to win by substantial margin over his rival, Jeremy Hunt
Boris Johnson is expected to be elected leader of the Conservatives within the next few hours, entering Downing Street as Theresa May’s successor on Wednesday.
He is likely to win by a substantial margin over his rival, Jeremy Hunt, after a seven-week contest in which 160,000 Conservative members have picked the next prime minister to govern the country.Continue reading...
|23/07/2019||Tony Blair: Trump’s populism ‘almost smart compared to the British’||,,Former British PM warns UK can't fully rely on America for support after Brexit.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||Easier to stop Brexit with Johnson as PM||,,
Since EU won’t give him what he wants and MPs won’t let him quit without a deal, we are probably heading for a referendum or election.
|23/07/2019||Everything you always wanted to ask about ‘no deal’||,,
Our dossier of short-term chaos, mid-term misery and long-term pain. And it’s not all about the economy.
The post Everything you always wanted to ask about ‘no deal’ appeared first on InFacts.
|23/07/2019||Tory rebels warn Boris Johnson: ditch no deal or face fight for survival||,,
Leadership candidate told he is on collision course with parliament over no-deal Brexit
Boris Johnson has been put on notice by rebel Conservatives that he will not survive long as prime minister unless he drops his no-deal Brexit agenda, as he stands on the brink of entering Downing Street.
Johnson is expected to be announced as the choice of the Conservative party to be the next prime minister on Tuesday morning after running a campaign against Jeremy Hunt that promised to take the UK out of the EU by the end of October “do or die”.Continue reading...
|23/07/2019||Universal Credit 'lobster pot' leaving claimants out of pocket without warning, MPs warn||,,Universal Credit claimaints are being left trapped in a "lobster pot" because of "complex" and "baffling" Department for Work and Pensions rules, MPs have warned.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/07/2019||How social media echo chambers fuelled the rise of Boris Johnson | Suzanne Moore||,,
Those who blather on about being ‘woke’ do so in ever smaller circles. The results of this will confront them this week
Lots of people tell me they don’t read the news any more. Lots of people tell me they can’t believe what is happening: that Donald Trump may get another term, that Boris Johnson will almost certainly soon be prime minister, that we may crash out of Europe. They tell me earnestly that someone they know who voted leave now wishes they hadn’t, so a second referendum will be a remain landslide. Or they tell me Jeremy Corbyn will make it all better. Or that they have never met an antisemite. Or that white, working-class people (who all live up north) are to blame for everything. Or that it is the fault of Eton’s spawn, or the mainstream media, which of course is me. I am actually related to some of the people telling me these things.
Often, I suck it up. After all, journalism is 90% listening – the rest is just showing off. Then, gratefully, I return to my bubble and wonder what it will take to burst theirs.Continue reading...
|23/07/2019||Brexit weekly briefing: parliament blocks attempts to force through no-deal exit||,,
A Boris Johnson administration heading for no deal will face fierce challenge
Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing. If you would like to receive this as a weekly email, sign up here. You can catch our monthly Brexit Means … podcast here. And for daily updates, head to Andrew Sparrow’s politics live blog.Continue reading...
|22/07/2019||Swinson’s Lib Dems can achieve lots if they aren’t tribal||,,
New leader needs to reach out to other pro-European parties - and to pro-European Tory and Labour MPs - in case Johnson calls an election.
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|22/07/2019||The Guardian view of the new Lib Dem leader: the vision thing | Editorial||,,
To wrest the mantle of progressive change from other rivals in Westminster will need Jo Swinson to find her voice and a new set of attractive policies beyond Brexit
Jo Swinson arrives at probably the best time to be a Liberal Democrat for a decade. In May the party posted a record European election result, attracting both Labour and Conservative voters disaffected by their own parties’ divisions over Brexit. A few weeks earlier local elections saw the party gain hundreds of seats and control of a series of councils in England. The party hovers near the top of the polls. Ms Swinson’s job will be to keep it there.
This has been a remarkable turnaround. In 2015, as the Oxford academic Tudor Jones notes in his forthcoming book The Uneven Path of British Liberalism, the Lib Dems suffered an electoral collapse as great as the two great vanishings that the Liberal party managed in the 20th century. What almost finished the Lib Dems off was not just their hand in austerity, but the party’s perceived political irrelevance in the minds of a majority of British voters. If history was any guide, the road back to significance would have been a long one.Continue reading...
|22/07/2019||Protester who harassed Anna Soubry handed suspended sentence||,,
James Goddard is banned from area around parliament for abuse of pro-remain MP
Self-styled yellow vest protester James Goddard has been handed a suspended prison sentence and banned from an area around parliament for hurling abuse at the remain-supporting MP Anna Soubry. The pro-Brexit campaigner, 30, was filmed calling the former Conservative a Nazi and a traitor outside the Houses of Parliament in December and January.
Goddard was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, on Monday after pleading guilty to one charge of using disorderly behaviour with intent to cause Soubry harassment, alarm or distress.Continue reading...
|22/07/2019||New Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson: 'I will do whatever it takes to stop Brexit' – video||,,
Jo Swinson has been elected the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, taking over from Vince Cable, winning 47,997 votes against Ed Davey's 28,021. During her victory speech in London, Swinson spoke about 'the catastrophe of Brexit', as well as making a dig at likely prime minister Boris Johnson, saying: 'Britain deserves better'Continue reading...
|22/07/2019||Wanted: Company to sell no-deal Brexit to Northern Ireland||,,The value of the contract, which is expected to run for 19 months, is £750,000.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/07/2019||'Britain deserves better than Boris Johnson,' says new Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson - as it happened||,,
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen
Because freedom of navigation is a vital interest of every nation, we will now seek to put together a European-led maritime protection mission to support safe passage of both crew and cargo in this vital region.
We have had constructive discussions with a number of countries in the last 48 hours and will discuss later this week the best way to complement this with recent US proposals in this area.
It is wrong to deny there is antisemitism in the Labour party. And those who deny that it does exist are part of the problem. We have to stand for a serious, anti-racist, inclusive socialism.
Labour is not an antisemitic party. But one antisemite is always one too many.
As part of tackling antisemitism, the shadow cabinet has today supported the proposal for summary exclusion outlined by the Labour leader, which he will put to the national executive committee tomorrow.
The shadow cabinet also supports the proposal to introduce independent oversight of our processes, and will continue to seek to engage with Jewish community organisations to build confidence.
This is a fascinating chart. The tweet is from James Morris, a pollster who in the past has worked for Labour, but the data is from a poll published by Lord Ashcroft earlier this month (pdf). This graphic presents the information in a much clearer way than the table in the Ashcroft report (table 10).
The two most positive readings in this chart are those that show what remain-voting Labour voters feel about the Green party (they prefer it to Labour) and what leave-voting Tories feel about the Brexit party (they prefer it to the Conservative party).
Labour Remain voters pretty much as positive about the Lib Dems as Labour
|22/07/2019||US firm WeWork secures 'financial inducement' of £55.7m in Brexit windfall||,,
Property company makes deal as a result of European Medicines Agency’s move to Amsterdam
A US firm run by two billionaire entrepreneurs is being paid €62m (£55.7m) in “financial inducements” as part of the Brexit-enforced relocation of the European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam.
WeWork, a $47bn (£37.7bn) property company founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey, secured the cash from British and European taxpayers as part of a deal in which it will sublet the agency’s former headquarters, EU documents reveal.Continue reading...
|22/07/2019||Lib Dems are bouncing back, but revival is not guaranteed||,,
Party knows better than most that a hyped revival can easily be followed by a calamitous fall
As so many times in recent history, the Lib Dems’ fortunes have been largely linked to events beyond their control.
Labour’s equivocation on Brexit at the local and European elections, disarray in the Conservative party, whose next leader is likely to set the UK on a path to no deal, and the embarrassing collapse of Change UK meant the seeds of revival were being sown in fertile ground.Continue reading...
|22/07/2019||The fightback for liberal Britain begins here. Jo Swinson can lead it | Timothy Garton Ash||,,
Brexit gives the new Lib Dem leader a unique opportunity. She must now channel the best of her party’s traditions and make new alliances
While we all obsess about Britain’s new Brexiteer Conservative government, don’t lose sight of this: under Jo Swinson, the new leader they have just elected by a clear majority, the Liberal Democrats have a chance of leading a fightback for liberal Britain. The great unrepresented liberal Britain, that is, that people around the world admire and miss. To achieve this, the Lib Dems must dramatically raise their game, reaching parts of a troubled country that they have not touched for a century.
“The Strange Death of Liberal England” is one of the most memorable book titles in British political history, so I am tempted to conjure up The Strange Rebirth of Liberal England. But liberal England never died, and nor did liberal Scotland – whence Swinson comes – and liberal Wales. Indeed, the British Social Attitudes survey shows that, in attitudes to sexual orientation and ethnicity, British society has become more liberal in recent decades.Continue reading...
|22/07/2019||Liberal Democrats pick Jo Swinson as leader||,,Swinson served as a business minister during the 2010-2015 coalition administration.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/07/2019||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...|
|22/07/2019||Boris Johnson’s moon article is loony||,,
Johnson’s column shows fundamental misunderstanding of intricacies of moon landing, not surprising given his understanding of Brexit.
|22/07/2019||PM’s first challenge will be Iran, not Brexit||,,
While Brexit continues to dominate national politics, Britain's reaction to the situation unfolding in the Gulf will be an immediate test of our new PM.
|22/07/2019||British Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan resigns||,,Resignation comes in the wake of Boris Johnson’s likely Tory leadership victory Tuesday.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/07/2019||UK could already be in recession amid Brexit uncertainty, think tank warns||,,There is 'significant risk' of a 'severe economic downturn' in the next six months, NIESR report says.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|22/07/2019||Boris Johnson is as likely to avoid an Irish backstop as fly to the moon | Simon Jenkins||,,
The likely next prime minister must swallow his pride and make a deal with Dublin. Or parliamentary disaster awaits him
Build that wall! Build that wall! So Donald Trump’s fans roared their support for his xenophobic rants. So scream fans of Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit. He wants walls against the EU in place by 31 October. But he has no more idea than Trump about how to erect them. This is despite having been foreign secretary and with a former Brexit negotiator, Dominic Raab, at his side.
You cannot be outside a customs union and not have a border. You cannot have friction and no friction. A bureaucratic mountain of technology may withdraw the border some miles back, but somewhere there must be tariffs, payments, forms, regulation and inspection. A 40% tariff on a shipment of lamb is a barrier, wherever it gets levied. A chlorinated chicken inspection is a wall, wherever it is done.Continue reading...
|22/07/2019||I sat at the EU’s negotiating table for years – and saw how great Britain’s influence was | Bobby McDonagh||,,Brexiters claim the UK is the victim of Brussels bureaucracy. The truth is that it has shaped EU decisions for decades
The Conservative party’s choice of a new leader will also impact on Britain’s influence in the world. Friendship, not showmanship, is valued by foreign governments. Bluster at home diminishes lustre abroad.Continue reading...
|21/07/2019||MPs must find the courage to stop a mindless no-deal Brexit | Gordon Brown||,,A new poll reveals how fearful the British public is about the likely economic shock. They are right to be worried
There can be no better illustration of the disconnect between the people and the Tory leadership than its wilful ignorance of the sheer scale of the growing countrywide opposition to its mindless stampede towards a no-deal Brexit. A poll by Hope Not Hate released on Monday will show that, by a margin of two to one, British people think that the economy, their families’ economic prospects, inward investment into the UK and even their exposure to terrorism will take a turn for the worse if we crash out of the European Union on 31 October. Only 17% of women think no deal would be good for Britain.Continue reading...
|21/07/2019||Incoming prime minister poses a Brexit puzzle for Brussels||,,
Officials unsure of next Tory leader’s true views on EU or whether MPs will back them
While Westminster has been gripped by the Conservative leadership race, Brussels has been on a Brexit break.
That respite will soon be over. And despite rumours of Brussels compromises in the works, the EU has no off-the-shelf Brexit plan for the new prime minister, who is expected to be announced on Tuesday.Continue reading...
|21/07/2019||What’s in Boris Johnson’s in-tray if he makes it to No 10?||,,
Brexit is the big one but the next PM has plenty to worry about – starting with Iran
If Boris Johnson is declared the winner of the Conservative leadership contest on Tuesday and moves into Downing Street the next day, the hard work will begin immediately.
Here’s a look at what will be top of the Johnson in-tray.Continue reading...
|21/07/2019||2 UK ministers to quit if Boris Johnson becomes PM||,,Justice secretary says no-deal Brexit would lead to national 'humiliation.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|20/07/2019||Boris Johnson blimp lifts off outside parliament in anti-Brexit march – video||,,
A giant Boris Johnson blimp, inspired by the Trump baby blimp, flew in Parliament Square as pro-Europe protesters took to London’s streets on Saturday for a 'No to Boris, Yes to Europe' march days ahead of Johnson’s widely anticipated move into No 10Continue reading...
|19/07/2019||We’re mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore||,,
Come to the ‘no to Boris, yes to Europe’ demo tomorrow. Then channel your energy into making the positive case to be in the EU.
|19/07/2019||Boris’s fishy kipper claim guts his whole Brexit argument||,,
Manx kipper tale is easy to debunk. But Isle of Man is also good example of why Brexit Britain will end up following EU rules without say.
The post Boris’s fishy kipper claim guts his whole Brexit argument appeared first on InFacts.
|18/07/2019||Philip Hammond says he 'greatly fears' impact of no-deal Brexit – video||,,
The chancellor has said he fears the cost of a no-deal Brexit to the British economy. Speaking at the G7 in France, Hammond said that a report published by the Office for Budget Responsibility showed that even the most benign version of no deal 'would be a very significant hit to the UK economy'. The OBR revealed that it would plunge Britain into a recessionContinue reading...
|18/07/2019||‘Gaukeward Squad’ kibosh Boris scheme to suspend Parliament||,,
Hammond and Gauke among posse of Tory MPs to defy three-line whip to scupper next PM’s undemocratic ruse.
The post ‘Gaukeward Squad’ kibosh Boris scheme to suspend Parliament appeared first on InFacts.
|18/07/2019||Boris Johnson blames EU for kipper rules that are British – video||,,
At the final Tory hustings on Wednesday, Boris Johnson held up a kipper and claimed regulations imposed by 'Brussels bureaucrats' were damaging trade. On Thursday the European commission said the claims were false. 'The case described by Mr Johnson falls outside the scope of the EU legislation and it’s purely a UK national competence,' it saidContinue reading...
|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||MPs approve amendment to make no-deal Brexit more difficult – video||,,
MPs have easily passed a backbench amendment which seeks to block any attempt by a future government to prorogue parliament to ensure a no-deal Brexit, in what is likely to be seen as a pre-emptive strike against Boris Johnson’s authority.
|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...
|18/07/2019||Brexit: UK 'will have to face consequences' in event of no deal||,,EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier says Theresa May never told him she was willing to leave without one.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/07/2019||Johnson and Hunt told no-deal Brexit 'threat to research'||,,The Royal Society tells the Tory leadership candidates the UK collaborates more with the EU than the US.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/07/2019||Farage: close EU vote has ‘no legitimacy’. How about Brexit?||,,
Brexit party leader argues Commission president only “scraped” through. 2016 referendum was even narrower, so why no People’s Vote?
The post Farage: close EU vote has ‘no legitimacy’. How about Brexit? appeared first on InFacts.
|17/07/2019||No-deal departure more likely than people assume, suggests Brexit secretary – video||,,
While giving evidence to a Commons committee, Stephen Barclay responded to Tory MP Jonathan Djanogly's question on whether he would put the chances of a no-deal Brexit at one million to one (Boris Johnson's figure)Continue reading...
|17/07/2019||What is the Brexit backstop?||,,
It became the stumbling block to Theresa May getting her deal approved by parliament, and remains a contentious Brexit negotiation issue
Once more commonly heard in talk about baseball than politics, the backstop has become one of the most discussed and contentious elements of the Brexit negotiations. It is a simple basic principle, but no one is able to agree precisely how it will work.Continue reading...
|16/07/2019||Ursula von der Leyen booed by Brexit party MEPs over Brexit extension – video||,,
The EU commission president candidate Ursula von der Leyen was booed by Brexit party MEPs as she spoke of her openness to extend the UK’s membership of the EU after 31 October. Speaking in Strasbourg before a vote on Tuesday evening to confirm her position, the outgoing German defence minister said: 'I stand ready for a further extension of the withdrawal date, should more time be required for a good reason.' The leader of the Brexit party, Nigel Farage, accused Von der Leyen of wanting to build 'a centralised, undemocratic, updated form of communism where nation state parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all'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...|
|14/07/2019||Brexit: Philip Hammond warns UK will lose control in no-deal scenario||,,The Chancellor believes that the power over Brexit lies with EU member states and private business.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/07/2019||Tory leadership: Jeremy Hunt 'expects' Brexit by Christmas||,,But leadership rival Boris Johnson says the UK will leave the EU on 31 October "come what may".||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||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...|
|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
|09/07/2019||Brexit: Labour to back Remain as it calls for a new EU referendum||,,Jeremy Corbyn urges the next Tory PM to hold a vote, but doesn't say what he would do if he got to No 10.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/07/2019||'We will give people the choice': Corbyn to back new Brexit poll – video||,,
The Labour leader said the incoming Conservative prime minister should hold a second referendum, adding the party would campaign to remain in the EU. Corbyn had been under intense pressure to shift to an overtly anti-Brexit stance, but has insisted on consulting the party’s stakeholders in recent weeks, including the trade unions.Continue reading...
|04/07/2019||Ann Widdecombe likens Brexit to slaves turning on their owners – video||,,
The former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe became the first Brexit party MEP to speak in the new EU parliament. She said the UK's departure from the EU reflected a pattern of 'oppressed people turning on their oppressers' throughout history. 'We are leaving and we are pleased to be going. Nous allons, wir gehen, we are off!'Continue reading...
|03/07/2019||Theresa May refuses to criticise Johnson's no-deal Brexit claims – video||,,
Theresa May has refused to criticise the Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson’s dismissal of no-deal Brexit fears as ‘confected hysteria’. Under questioning from Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs, May insisted she had attempted to avoid no deal by voting for her deal, which was defeated three times in the CommonsContinue reading...
|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...|
|01/07/2019||Do spending plans of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt add up?||,,
Both Tory leadership hopefuls have made promises ranging from tax cuts to defence
Philip Hammond has warned the two Conservative leadership candidates their tax and spending plans would be impossible under a no-deal Brexit.
Here is an analysis of what Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have promised and the constraints on their proposals.Continue reading...
|01/07/2019||Lib Dem leadership: The candidates trying to stop Brexit||,,While everyone is focused on the next PM, the Lib Dems are also choosing a new leader.||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||Post-Brexit migration: how does Australia's points system work?||,,
Boris Johnson says he will push for an Australia-style migration system. Here’s how it works
Details of what a UK-type system would involve are still hazy. Johnson’s camp said the idea would be to task the government’s official migration advisory committee with looking into the issue.Continue reading...
|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...|
|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...|
|19/06/2019||Tory leadership race: Rivals in BBC debate clash over Brexit deadline||,,Boris Johnson says it is "eminently feasible" to leave the EU by 31 October, but his rivals say more time may be needed.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/06/2019||Brexit: MPs reject Labour plan for no-deal vote||,,MPs reject the chance to take control of Parliament's timetable, blocking the latest attempt to stop no-deal Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/06/2019||Brexit: UK firms 'not even close to ready' for no deal||,,Less than 10% of firms have applied to a HMRC scheme aimed at facilitating UK imports, Newsnight reveals.||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...|
|08/06/2019||Scottish Labour backs Brexit referendum policy||,,The party has voted to support a second EU referendum, but wants a Remain option to be put on the ballot paper.||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||Brexit: What happens now?||,,Theresa May is standing down as leader of the Conservative Party and soon there will be a new prime minister.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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
|10/05/2019||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A guide to plans for the UK to leave the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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.
|12/04/2019||No-deal Brexit: What is the UK government doing to prepare?||,,Operation Yellowhammer is the name of the government's no-deal plan||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|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...|
|07/03/2019||Brexit harms business||,,
The single market enables British jobs
Under the single market with freedom of movement British citizens may easily establish businesses in other EU countries. Our correspondent, Penny Howard, did just that. She set up Beyondtheyelladog as a company providing tourists with artistic and cultural experiences to enable them to deepen their experience of Italy. Brexit threatens the feasibility of such businesses. Penny Howard's business is now facing closure.
|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...|
|24/09/2018||Brexit: What happens next?||,,With Brexit talks in deadlock, what might happen between now and the official departure day next March?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|