|09/12/2019||UK government to skip EU summit||,,Boris Johnson won't attend or send a representative in his place.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|09/12/2019||WATCH Boris Johnson labelled 'disgrace' for pocketing reporter’s phone when asked to look at image of sick toddler||,,Boris Johnson was labelled a “disgrace” for pocketing a reporter’s phone when he was asked to look at the image of a sick toddler lying on the floor of a hospital because there were not enough beds.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|09/12/2019||General election: Boris Johnson 'looking at' scrapping BBC licence fee – live news||,,
Shadow chancellor says Labour will fight austerity as general election campaign enters its final days
This is what Boris Johnson said about considering scrapping the TV licence. He was responding to a question about what he would not abolish all TV licences.
At this stage we are not planning to get rid of all TV licences, though I am certainly looking at it.
What I will say is that - I’m under pressure not to extemporise policy on the hoof. But you have to ask yourself whether that kind of approach to funding a media organisation still make sense in the long term, given the way other organisations manage to fund themselves. That’s all I will say.
This is what Boris Johnson said about the licence fee.
"I am certainly looking at it... how long can you justify a system whereby everybody who has a TV has to pay to fund a particular set of channels?"
|09/12/2019||NHS data is a goldmine. It must be saved from big tech | James Meadway||,,Health datasets play a vital role in medical research. If the US has its way, the UK could lose a valuable public resource
As a society, we are finally acquiring a healthy scepticism about the use and abuse of our personal information. New polling conducted by YouGov for the Institute for Public Policy Research shows that 80% of the public want to see tighter rules applied to how the likes of Facebook and Amazon use their data. Over the weekend, it was revealed that US pharmaceutical companies have already been sold data relating to millions of NHS patients and that Amazon, incredibly, has been given free access to NHS data Hidden away in the secret US-UK trade papers, leaked and revealed by Labour in November, is perhaps the biggest single threat to public data yet seen.
Instead of the encroaching privatisation of publicly held data, we should be looking to create a “digital commons”Continue reading...
|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...
|09/12/2019||Another toxic Tory argument for Brexit||,,
A majority Conservative government will come under huge pressure from its own supporters to diverge from EU rules.
|09/12/2019||John McDonnell: Labour is going to win a majority on Thursday||,,The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has predicted Labour will win a “surprise” majority when the country goes to the polls on Thursday.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|09/12/2019||Labour urged to suspend candidate who shared message questioning Nick Robinson's Jewish heritage||,,A Scottish Labour candidate has come under fire after she shared a message suggesting Nick Robinson was biased due to his Jewish heritage.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|09/12/2019||Anti-Brexit campaigners blast Labour and Lib Dems for ‘failing Remainers’ and handing Tories a majority||,,Pro-EU campaign groups have united to condemn Labour and the Liberal Democrats for “failing” Remain voters and handing the Tories a Commons majority.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|09/12/2019||‘Get Brexit done’ is this election’s biggest lie | Simon Jenkins||,,Leaving the EU will be only the start of a long and tortuous process. For Johnson to claim anything else is pure fantasy
Vote Tory to “get Brexit done’’ says an increasingly manic Boris Johnson. Yes, a Tory victory at this week’s election would confirm the UK’s departure from the councils of the EU. But it would not “get Brexit done”. Far from it. It would clarify almost nothing. That is the big lie of this election.
Everyone knows that Britain simply cannot leave the EU without a trade deal with the rest of Europe. It is fantasy. An offshore island cannot be without a trade relationship with its adjacent mainland. But what it should be is wholly opaque. The only remotely plausible deal is that reached for Northern Ireland in October, by Johnson himself. It keeps the province within the EU’s customs union and therefore, of necessity, requires a customs border between Ireland and Britain. Yet this Johnson denies.Continue reading...
|09/12/2019||Arlene Foster accuses PM of breaking his word over Brexit deal||,,
DUP leader says Boris Johnson has betrayed unionist voters in Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson has been accused of breaking his word over the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, three days before the general election
The Democratic Unionist party leader, Arlene Foster, said the prime minister betrayed unionist voters in Northern Ireland when he sealed a deal with the EU that would introduce a trade barrier down the Irish Sea, contrary to a personal promise he had made when he spoke at their annual conference last year.Continue reading...
|09/12/2019||Northern Irish leader says Boris Johnson broke his word on Brexit||,,The DUP has refused to support the Brexit deal Boris Johnson struck with the EU.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|09/12/2019||Boris Johnson embarks on blitz of Labour-held marginals in final 72 hours of election campaign||,,Boris Johnson is embarking on a blitz of Labour-held marginal seats in the final 72 hours of the election campaign as he tries to secure a Conservative majority.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|09/12/2019||Conservatives stretch opinion poll lead to 14 points as election day looms||,,The Conservatives have stretched their lead over Labour as the election campaign enters its final three days, according to a new opinion poll.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|09/12/2019||John McDonnell: Labour government will end austerity within first 100 days||,,A Labour government would end austerity within the first 100 days of gaining power, according to John McDonnell.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|08/12/2019||Senior politicians clash on Channel 4's 'Everything but Brexit' debate – as it happened||,,
Follow events on the last Sunday of the campaign as Boris Johnson refuses to say whether he will stand down should Tories lose
That concludes the debate tonight.
Representatives from all of the main parties were present, except the Conservatives and the Brexit Party who had declined an invitation to join. There were two empty podiums, but no melting ice sculptures this time around.
The discussion on: trust
There seem to be a wide acknowledgement across the panel that voters lacked trust in their politicians.Continue reading...
|08/12/2019||Boris Johnson’s women problem||,,Tories have raised concerns that the prime minister's 'blokeish' style puts female voters off.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|08/12/2019||The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial||,,Donald Trump has made clear he wants a post-Brexit Britain to let US tech companies and big pharma access medical records
The NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of its biggest companies. Britain’s health service is home to a unique medical dataset that covers the entire population from birth to death. Jeremy Corbyn’s NHS press conference revealed that the US wanted its companies to get unrestricted access to the UK’s medical records, thought to be worth £10bn a year. A number of tech companies – including Google – already mine small parts of the NHS store. Ministers have been treading carefully after an attempt to create a single patient database for commercial exploitation was scrapped in 2016 when it emerged there was no way for the public to work out who would have access to their medical records or how they were using them.
However, such caution might be thrown to the wind if Boris Johnson gets his way over Brexit – and patients’ privacy rights are traded away for US market access. This would be a damaging step, allowing US big tech and big pharma to collect sensitive, personal data on an unprecedented scale. Donald Trump’s officials have already made clear that this is what they are aiming for. In the leaked government records of talks between US and UK trade representatives White House officials state that “the free flow of data is a top priority” in a post-Brexit world. Trump’s team see Brexit as an opportunity “to avoid forcing companies to disclose algorithms”. The US wants the UK to drop the EU’s 2018 data law, in which individuals must be told what is happening with their medical data, even if scrubbed of personal identifiers.Continue reading...
|08/12/2019||Will getting Brexit done create another baby boom in the UK?||,,
Boris Johnson says ‘euphoria’ around the London Olympics caused the birth rate to go up
Claim: Boris Johnson has suggested that Brexit is going to bring such optimism and joy to the country there will be a baby boom, and claimed that it will parallel a previous rise in births after the 2012 Olympics.
|08/12/2019||On the streets of a marginal seat, I’ve seen how remain disunity could seal Brexit | Timothy Garton Ash||,,In Putney, Labour and the Lib Dems are canvassing hard. Without tactical voting here and elsewhere, both will lose out
Will you be voting for us?” asks the Liberal Democrat canvasser on the doorstep of an expensive-looking house in Putney. “No,” replies the middle-aged man standing in the doorway, “I’ll be voting for democracy.” We all understand what he means: Conservative, to fulfil the promise of the 2016 referendum and not simply to revoke Brexit, as the Lib Dems propose to do. My father, who lived most of his life just up the road from here, might well have given the same answer.Continue reading...
|08/12/2019||John McDonnell admits he worries Labour's anti-semitism crisis could cost the party the election||,,John McDonnell has admitted he is "worried" that his party's handling of anti-semitism could play a role in costing them the election.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|08/12/2019||Boris Johnson insists leaked government document predicting Irish Sea customs checks is 'wrong'||,,Boris Johnson has insisted a leaked government analysis suggesting there would need to be customs checks in the Irish Sea after Brexit is "wrong".||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|08/12/2019||Boris Johnson admits there will be some customs checks after Brexit||,,
PM insists they will apply only to items from Great Britain destined for Irish Republic
Boris Johnson has admitted there will be some customs checks for goods crossing the Irish Sea after Brexit but he insisted they would apply only to items destined for the Republic of Ireland.
In an interview on Sky News on Sunday morning, the prime minister promised “there won’t be checks” despite warnings to the contrary in leaked Treasury documents.Continue reading...
|08/12/2019||Cross-party calls for tactical voting as poll shows narrowing race between Tories and Labour||,,A group of cross-party opposition campaigners are urging the public to vote tactically to deny Boris Johnson a parliamentary majority amid new poll analysis that the race is narrowing.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|08/12/2019||Tactical voting guide 2019: the 50 seats where it is vital to keep the Tories out||,,
One of Britain’s leading pollsters identifies the best choices for Remain voters at key general election battlegrounds
On current trends, voters will deliver a contradictory verdict on Thursday night. The Conservatives are on course for an overall majority in parliament – but most voters will back parties that want to block an early Brexit. If turnout is similar to last time, the 14 to 15 million who will support the Conservatives or Brexit party will be outnumbered by the 16 to 17 million who will vote Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, SNP or Plaid Cymru.
Tactical voting is not new, but it has a special significance this week. If it happens in enough constituencies, it can ensure that the two-million majority opposed to Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan is reflected in the new House of Commons.Continue reading...
|08/12/2019||The election could go one of three ways. What would each result mean?||,,A Tory majority, Labour win or hung parliament would all have implications beyond Brexit
After five weeks of campaigning, the Tories are ahead of Labour in the polls – but few experts dare predict the result. The surprise outcomes of the 2016 Brexit referendum and 2017 general election stung pollsters and pundits alike.
Last week, the polling expert Sir John Curtice said Boris Johnson was by no means home and dry, pointing out that if Labour could increase its share of Remain voters by polling day it could yet spring a surprise.Continue reading...
|07/12/2019||EU moves away from promise of post-Brexit trade deal in 2020||,,Shift is a blow to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s timeline.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|07/12/2019||Leaked NHS documents controversy is nonsense, says Corbyn||,,
Labour leader declines to reveal source of documents but says PM has questions to answer on Russian donations
Jeremy Corbyn declined to disclose the source of documents used as evidence that the NHS would be “on the table” in a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal, after Reddit told of a link to a Russian interference campaign.
The Labour leader brandished the unredacted documents at a press conference last week, saying they revealed the US was seeking “total market access” after the UK left the European Union and therefore undermined Boris Johnson’s claims that the NHS would not be part of any trade talks.Continue reading...
|07/12/2019||Russia involved in leak of papers saying NHS is for sale, says Reddit||,,
Documents, believed to be genuine, were used by Jeremy Corbyn to lambast Tory party
An anonymous online poster who disseminated documents later brandished by Jeremy Corbyn as evidence the Conservatives would put the NHS “on the table” in US trade talks was part of a campaign directed by Moscow, the site hosting the papers has said.
On Friday evening, Reddit confirmed it has banned 61 accounts; including that of a user called Gregoriator, who it believes was part of a Russian information operation known as Secondary Infektion.Continue 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...
|07/12/2019||Russian disinformation campaign suspected ahead of UK election||,,Reddit says release of confidential government documents connected to previous disinformation efforts.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|07/12/2019||Dear Labour leavers, if you’re tempted to vote Tory, here are 10 reasons to think again | Joseph Harker||,,
Get Brexit done? Boris Johnson’s party has a history of broken promises. And don’t forget why you voted Labour in the past
Next week, when Britain goes to the polls, the crucial battlegrounds will be in the Midlands and the north of England, where traditional working-class Labour voters who support Brexit are being lured by Boris Johnson’s pledge to “Get Brexit done”. Many are considering voting Tory for the first time.
As someone raised in a northern working-class town and whose dad was white and working-class, I understand the frustrations that led to Brexit (if my dad was still alive he may well have voted leave), and why so many people want the referendum result to be swiftly enforced. Over the past few weeks I’ve read a lot of articles where remainers talk to remainers and leavers to leavers. So let me reach out, respectfully, from a remainer to a leaver, and ask that you think twice about casting your vote for the Conservatives.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||BBC debate: Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit, NHS and racist language – as it happened||,,
Conservative leader faced off against Labour leader in last televised debate before the election
And here are the figures from the YouGov poll showing who won on particular issues.
Boris Johnson was ahead on being likeable, on being prime ministerial, on Brexit, on goverment spending and on security and terrorism.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||5 things to know about the final UK election TV debate||,,Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn faced their final live debate of the general election campaign.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|06/12/2019||British diplomat in US resigns, saying she can't 'peddle half-truths' on Brexit||,,
Alexandra Hall Hall, Brexit counsellor in Washington, described UK government’s ‘use of misleading or disingenuous arguments’
The British diplomat in charge of explaining Brexit to the US government, Congress and public, has resigned, saying she was no longer prepared to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust”.
Alexandra Hall Hall, the Brexit counsellor at the UK embassy in Washington, had been frustrated with the job for some time, according to friends and colleagues.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||I’m a Conservative. But it is time to vote with your head as well as your heart | John Major||,,
Party loyalty has its place – it can be honourable. But this election is about voting for your country and your future
At elections, political tribes join together to promote their own policies and criticise those of their opponents. That’s the nature of elections. But there are always individuals who enhance parliament. And there are always policies upon which every party can agree.
One is democracy, and the right of every adult to vote. At every election the future of our country is at stake. But on this occasion even more than usual.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||Leaked Brexit paper negates PM's Northern Ireland claims – Corbyn||,,
Labour says Treasury document undermines notion of no border in Irish Sea
Labour has accused Boris Johnson of misrepresenting the impact of his Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, as Jeremy Corbyn revealed a leaked Treasury document that suggested prices will rise and businesses will struggle to bear the costs of border checks.
The Labour leader said the document revealed the “cold, hard facts” about the impact of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Northern Ireland.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||The difficult truth for liberals: Labour must win back social conservatives | Paula Surridge||,,The party’s economic messaging isn’t reaching the voters who most need to hear it
A recurring theme of this election has been the battle for Labour’s leave-voting constituencies, the so-called “red wall” of seats running from north Wales to the Humber estuary – the seats that Boris Johnson’s “Get Brexit done” slogan is designed to win over. But despite being billed as the “Brexit” election, many of the key moments of the campaign have come back to economics: taxation, nationalisation, pensions and of course the NHS. This has clearly been a strategy by the Labour party to try to hold together its coalition of 2017 voters, who are broadly united on the economic aims of the party.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||Johnson’s 'get Brexit done' strategy resonates with marginal focus groups||,,
Many Brexiters undeterred by concerns over character of PM, Guardian research suggests
Amid ongoing concern from Labour strategists about whether the party can hold on to the support of leave voters in marginal seats, focus groups conducted for the Guardian this week suggested Boris Johnson’s “get Brexit done” strategy was cutting through.
In Rainham in Essex, a group of leave voters, some of whom had voted Labour in the past, spoke warmly about the prime minister. And if his endlessly repeated mantra was familiar, warnings about his character appeared to have made less of an impact.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||Senior UK diplomat in US quits over Brexit ‘half-truths’||,,Alexandra Hall Hall says civil service was being asked to deliver messages on Brexit which were not ‘fully honest.’||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|06/12/2019||Johnson leaves Ireland back door wide open||,,
Treasury document shows how EU and other countries can route goods to GB via Ireland - undermining our internal market - but we couldn’t do the reverse.
|06/12/2019||What we learned from the UK government’s Brexit documents||,,Labour Party releases confidential Treasury report about the impact of Brexit deal on Northern Ireland.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|06/12/2019||12 biggest Brexit election lies||,,
Johnson and his acolytes are spouting lies virtually every time they open their mouths. Here are 12 of the worst - and our rebuttals.
|06/12/2019||Jeremy Corbyn reveals 'confidential' Northern Ireland Brexit report – video||,,
The Labour leader has produced a leaked report on Northern Ireland and customs checks, describing it as 'cold hard evidence' that Boris Johnson has been misleading people about his Brexit deal. Corbyn revealed the confidential document, titled Northern Ireland Protocol: Unfettered Access to the UK Internal Market, at a press conference in central London on Friday.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||Corbyn, please back Lib Dems in Esher to boot out Dominic Raab!||,,
Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party Dear Jeremy We write as leaders of pro-European groups across the country to ask you to support our “Boot out Boris” campaign. We want Labour to back the Lib Dems in Esher and Walton, where there’s a real chance to kick Dominic Raab out. The […]
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|06/12/2019||BBC’s catalogue of Brexit errors||,,
It didn’t kick up enough fuss to force Johnson to face Andrew Neil. It doesn’t push back enough against Brexiter lies. And that’s not all.
|06/12/2019||Can a comprehensive Brexit deal be done by the end of 2020?||,,
Comments from Sajid Javid appear to suggest Tories are pivoting back towards close alignment with EU
Sajid Javid has said he has no doubt that the Conservatives, if returned to power, will agree and finalise “a very ambitious, deep and comprehensive” trade deal with the EU by the end of next year.
The language is reminiscent of the Theresa May era and appears to suggest the Conservatives have pivoted away from Boris Johnson’s promise weeks ago of a “super Canada-plus” deal and are now back to close alignment with the EU – something Eurosceptics are vehemently against.Continue reading...
|06/12/2019||Scotland’s long game||,,Pro-independence leaders aren't just trying to win over voters — they're courting EU leaders too.||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|05/12/2019||Swinson, please back Labour in PM’s seat to boot out Boris!||,,
130 pro-EU groups call on Lib Dems to step back not just in Uxbridge but wherever they have no chance of victory. Similar letter is being sent to Corbyn.
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|05/12/2019||A bad day for Farage as Brexit party MEPs realise they've been had | John Crace||,,
Losing four supporters to Boris Johnson’s camp exposes King Nigel as the narcissist he is
We should have known better. When the Brexit party was launched in a metal workshop just outside Coventry back in April, it looked like we were seeing a new Nigel Farage. A perma-tanned, more professional, healthier version of the boozy chancer who had hot-footed into the embrace of Donald Trump and the US alt-right chatshow circuit after leading Ukip into oblivion. The louder bigots and racists appeared to have been sidelined, to be replaced by leavers from the left and right who felt disenfranchised by the traditional parties and were ready to swear allegiance to King Nigel instead.
And when the Brexit party topped the polls in the European elections, helping to steer the Conservatives further to the right and toppling Theresa May in the process, it seemed that this time Farage might be here to stay. At least for a while. He was the one man who had the clout to keep the Tories – even when led by someone as slippery as Boris Johnson – honest in his tireless pursuit of a hard and damaging Brexit. A power behind the throne.Continue reading...
|05/12/2019||BBC attacks Boris Johnson for avoiding interview||,,BBC presenter Andrew Neil told viewers the British prime minister 'won't sit down with us.'||www.politico.eu||Visit...|
|05/12/2019||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/12/2019||Quick EU trade deal doesn’t look good for the UK||,,
If a Johnson government fulfils its promise of a trade deal with the EU next year, it’s likely to be a basic one. That will not revive the UK economy.
|05/12/2019||Where do the parties stand now?||,,The government's Brexit legislation is on hold as the UK prepares for a general election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/12/2019||The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance | Editorial||,,
The prime minister kept a calculated distance from the US president at the Nato summit because he knows their similarities play badly with voters
A US president’s low-key exit from a Nato summit, skipping the traditional press conference, would once have been perceived as a snub to the host government. But Donald Trump’s departure from London will come as a relief to Boris Johnson. Mr Trump is a fan of Brexit and praises the prime minister as the man to deliver it, but his presence in the country was an electoral hazard for the Conservatives.
Some British voters admire Mr Trump, or find him entertaining, but more do not. It is no recommendation for the Tory leader to be liked by a man notorious for dishonesty, ignorance, narcissism and chauvinism.Continue reading...
|04/12/2019||Sucking up to Trump won’t get Johnson a good deal||,,
He has not just slagged off France’s Macron and Canada’s Trudeau. He has even slapped tariffs on a sycophant, Brazil’s Bolsonaro.
|04/12/2019||What a bad time to pursue a solo foreign policy!||,,
Nato gathering shows how close our interests are to those of our main European partners and how much we will put at risk if we leave.
|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'
|02/12/2019||Nope, Priti, Brexit won’t make us safer||,,
We’ll be less safe if we don’t keep EU crime-fighting tools - and much of Patel’s 5-point plan can be implemented without Brexit.
|29/11/2019||'Buy British': Boris Johnson promises more state aid for jobs after Brexit – video||,,
In his opening statement at the press conference, the prime minister made a pitch to Labour leavers with plans for more state aid and 'buy British' policies after Brexit. Boris Johnson said the government would adopt a more interventionist approach to business after Brexit, taking advantage of the fact the UK would not longer need to comply with EU state aid rulesContinue reading...
|27/11/2019||What do papers obtained by Labour say about NHS and drug pricing?||,,
Jeremy Corbyn says documents show the US wants ‘total market access’ after Brexit
Jeremy Corbyn has claimed official documents obtained by the Labour party show that the US is demanding the NHS will be “on the table” in talks on a post-Brexit trade deal.
The Labour leader said the uncensored papers gave the lie to Boris Johnson’s claims that the NHS would not be part of any trade talks and revealed that the US wanted “total market access” after the UK leaves the EU.Continue reading...
|27/11/2019||Nicola Sturgeon vows to back new EU referendum – video||,,
The SNP leader and first minister of Scotland said: ‘A vote for the SNP is a vote to escape Brexit’, as she launched the Scottish National party’s election manifesto.
Nicola Sturgeon said Boris Johnson was ‘dangerous and unfit for office’ and rejected the prime minister’s claims that voting Conservative would ‘get Brexit done’ by 31 January. ‘The truth is that Brexit will dominate Westminster politics for years and years to come, and Scotland will pay a heavy price,’ she warnedContinue reading...
|26/11/2019||Boris Johnson rules out second Brexit and Scottish independence referendums – video||,,
Boris Johnson has rejected granting permission for a second vote on Brexit or Scottish independence in the event of a hung parliament. Speaking at the launch of the Scottish Conservatives' manifesto in Fife, Johnson said it was important to 'honour democracy' and backing second referendums 'would be bad for the country’. The prime minister also laughed off a question about his unpopularity in ScotlandContinue reading...
|24/11/2019||Boris Johnson dodges question on 'FactcheckUK' at Tory manifesto launch – video||,,
Boris Johnson was asked about the Conservative party's decision to change one of its Twitter pages to resemble a factchecking site during the first leaders' TV debate. The Tory press office account was rebranded as 'FactcheckUK', a move that Twitter says misled the public. When asked about it at the Tory manifesto launch, Johnson said: 'I haven’t followed this Twitter stuff with the attention you would like ... I will apprise myself of the detail of this.'Continue reading...
|23/11/2019||Jeremy Corbyn defends pledge to stay neutral in second referendum – video||,,
Jeremy Corbyn defends his pledge to stay 'neutral' in the event of a second Brexit referendum after his position is criticised as indecisive. The Labour leader revealed during a Question Time election special on Friday that he would not back either side, putting him at odds with senior party figuresContinue reading...
|22/11/2019||Farage dodges question about staying on as Brexit party leader – video||,,
Nigel Farage has asked voters to elect at least some Brexit party candidates to 'hold Boris Johnson to his word'. During the launch of a slimline election policy platform based on political changes, lower immigration levels and spending financed by a 'Brexit dividend', Farage said: 'Brexit, for us, is just the beginning, not the end, of a much-needed political revolution'Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||Will there be a £50bn 'remain bonus' from revoking Brexit?||,,
The Liberal Democrats have made the claim a cornerstone of their election pitch
The Liberal Democrats claim there would be a £50bn “remain bonus” from revoking Brexit and Britain staying in the EU.Continue reading...
|20/11/2019||Liberal Democrat manifesto: key policies explained||,,
From revoking article 50 to legalising cannabis, here are the key pledges made by the party
|15/11/2019||Should we fear chlorinated chicken? - video||,,
Chlorinated chicken does not sound like something you’d like to see on a menu. The European Union bans imports of chlorine-washed chicken from the US but a post-Brexit transatlantic trade deal could allow exports to the UK. So what’s the truth about chlorinated chicken and is it safe to eat?Continue reading...
|07/11/2019||General election 2019: Will this be a Brexit election?||,,The issues which will be at the forefront of voters' minds when they cast their ballots.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/11/2019||General election 2019: Conservative Party launches campaign||,,Boris Johnson tells supporters he needed to get Parliament working again, as he launches the campaign.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/11/2019||General Election 2019: What does 'Get Brexit done' mean?||,,The government's slogan is "Get Brexit done." Will its deal do that?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: Vote could deliver 'seismic change' - Swinson||,,The Lib Dem leader says a government led by her would "stop Brexit and build a brighter future".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: No 10 denies suppressing Russia interference report||,,Downing Street is accused of delaying a report on Brexit referendum allegations until after the election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/11/2019||General election 2019: Tories and Labour clash over Brexit promises||,,But the Tories say his proposal for a new deal and referendum within six months is a "fairy tale".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/10/2019||Brexit: What happened on Tuesday?||,,After MPs voted "aye" then "no" over the PM's Brexit plans, we explain what went on in Parliament.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/10/2019||What is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?||,,The government has published "the WAB". Here's what it is.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/10/2019||Boris Johnson reacts to Brexit bill timetable rejection||,,Boris Johnson reacts to MPs approving his Brexit deal but rejecting the short timetable he proposed to review it.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From Article 50 to Withdrawal Agreement, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Brexit: What is in Boris Johnson's new deal with the EU?||,,A revised Brexit deal has been agreed by the UK and EU. What does it contain?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/10/2019||Sir John Curtice: Do voters support Boris Johnson's Brexit deal?||,,How voters want MPs to approach Boris Johnson's deal on the UK's departure from the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/10/2019||What is a 'no-deal Brexit'?||,,What people really mean when they talk about leaving the EU without a Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/10/2019||Article 50: Can the UK cancel Brexit?||,,The Liberal Democrats say they would stand on a platform of revoking Article 50 in the next election.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/10/2019||Brexit deal: What does it mean?||,,Boris Johnson has agreed a new Brexit deal with the EU - but what does it mean and will Parliament pass it?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/10/2019||No-deal Brexit: 10 ways it could affect you||,,From your weekly shop to your holiday plans, how could a no-deal Brexit affect you?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/09/2019||Andrew Adonis Speaks to Local Group Tees4Europe||,,
Tees4Europe Chair Scott Hunter reflects on Andrew Adonis visiting his group, and how the group's youngest campaigner highlighted the one good thing about Brexit.
On 16 September, Andrew Adonis kindly agreed to come to address an audience at an event hosted by Tees4Europe. We booked the hall, circulated tickets, picked Andrew up at the station, and then promptly upstaged him. We had decided that among our other speakers there should be a young person. One name was suggested, and, without asking too many questions, we booked her. Millie, it turns out, was not the sixth former we were expecting. She is 14. It would be an exaggeration to say that at this point that I started to panic, but it certainly had me on edge. But I needn’t have worried. In the space of five minutes, Millie spoke cogently on just about every Brexit-related topic you could think of. It was a breath-taking performance. It hasn’t been easy to select highlights to present here, as there were so many, but here goes …
“As an aspiring Royal Navy engineer and somebody with a keen interest in STEM, standing for science, technology, engineering and maths, the effects of leaving the EU on the UK’s defence, military and STEM is of great concern to me. The EU’s member states work together on a number of defence-related issues, such as researching new defence technologies and joint military deployments. The UK contributes financial support to EU security activities, which fund numerous missions such as the combat of piracy off the Horn of Africa and the prevention of human trafficking in the Mediterranean to name but two. Therefore, it worries me deeply that our exit from the EU will damage both the UK’s military and defence, as well as that of the EU. We are stronger together; we are safer together …
“Now, there is one good thing about Brexit. I know, I know, I’ve been talking about what a disaster leaving the EU would be for the last 5 minutes, but don’t panic. In the past, I think young people have viewed politics as something they need to worry about when they’re older, and something for adults to deal with. Since the Brexit referendum, I believe that young people have become increasingly interested and invested in the politics that will affect their futures, and much more willing to make their voices heard…”
And thus Millie Sheridan brought the house down.
It is not over yet. We will keep fighting, but we need your help.
Or tell Boris Johnson that:
|20/09/2019||Brexit: What does Yellowhammer say about no-deal impact?||,,The government has published a report setting out the risks of a no-deal Brexit. How is it preparing?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||John McDonnell: Labour 'putting the country before party'||,,John McDonnell has told BBC Breakfast that not calling for a general election now is about "putting the country before party interest".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Nigel Farage: 'We'd be unstoppable' in a pact with Tories||,,The Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says if the Conservatives and his party made a pact during an election "we'd be unstoppable".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Brexit: What happened on Wednesday?||,,Jonathan Blake gives his daily round-up of the key Brexit events in British politics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/09/2019||Will Brexit hit Britain's fresh vegetable supplies?||,,While Dutch firms are ready for Brexit, some say that food exports to the UK will be delayed.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/09/2019||Can no-deal Brexit be stopped?||,,What ways - if any - do MPs and lawyers have of preventing the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/09/2019||Doctor challenges Rees-Mogg over no-deal Brexit||,,The leader of the House of Commons clashed with a doctor who asked about a no-deal 'mortality rate'.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/09/2019||Tony Blair: Election before Brexit is 'an elephant trap'||,,Ex-prime minister Tony Blair warns Labour not to support an early general election before Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2019||How might no-deal Brexit affect the EU?||,,The BBC's Adam Fleming explains what a no-deal Brexit might mean for the 27 EU countries.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/07/2019||1066 Branch attends No to Boris. Yes to Europe demo||,,
Despite some awful weather forecasts in the preceding days and the start of the school holidays, big crowds gathered at noon in Park Lane last Saturday. As publicity had been limited everyone was pleasantly surprised by the turnout - given the inevitably short timescale to protest against the seemingly unstoppable coronation of “Boris” -. Yet it was on a scale that enabled us all to march comfortably all the way to Parliament Square and hear the excellent speeches (and music!)
1066 Branch was delighted to have the new EM campaign banner – vividly stating “I’m a European!” It drew great attention as we waited in Park Lane. We were delighted to be joined by three ladies from Bath for Europe to help carry it – essential given the size! While we were waiting, we handed out huge wadges of the new EM leaflets round the March. They flew out of our hands!
A great aura permeated the warm streets of London – with a wonderful feeling of togetherness by an amazingly diverse crowd. But it was tinged with a slightly harder edge this time - people like us will not permit such a folly as Brexit to happen – many banners called for “revolt”.
Together, we marched to Parliament Square and managed to hold up our banner at the foot of the Churchill Statue. Judging by his great European speeches founding the European Movement, he would have approved thoroughly!
Most encouragingly, we Remainers are clearly getting kitted up for demos now – judging by the intensity of flags, hats, whistles etc. The whistling outside Downing Street was almost painful in its intensity.
Graham Bishop is Vice-Chairman of European Movement UK and Board member of the Kangaroo Group.
|23/07/2019||European Movement Eastbourne: July Dinner||,,
Eastbourne European Movement Dinner July 2019
Clive Black was the speaker at our July dinner. He opened his talk by stating that the legal
services sector is a UK success story. It is the second largest legal services market in the
world, the largest within the EU, contributes over £26 billion to the economy and is the
jurisdiction of choice for international commercial transactions, dispute resolution and
Thanks to a series of ground-breaking directives which apply across the EU, law firms and
lawyers are granted many rights including being able to: practice as a solicitor on a
permanent basis, give advice on English, EU & international law, to appear in national and
European courts in conjunction with a local lawyer, and to requalify, without an equivalent
exam, after 3 years of practising host state law. He illustrated this liberating effect by stating
that it is easier for a lawyer qualified in Estonia to set up a legal practice in Portugal than it is
for a lawyer in New York State to set up practice at the California Bar.
He went on to explain the challenges Brexit poses to this remarkable achievement. After
Brexit, these ground-breaking directives which allow so much freedom, will be replaced by a
system whereby the professional bodies such as the Law Society and Bar Council may need
to negotiate with 31 national regimes, lawyers will face challenges over market access and
practice rights, individuals over judicial cooperation and the UK over its global status of
English and Welsh law.
He gave an analysis of the impact of Brexit on a number of scenarios including a ‘no deal’
Brexit which could cost the sector up to £3 billion by 2025. The impact could also mean that
judgements made in UK courts not being enforced in EU countries, consumers not being able
to enforce their contracts in EU states, difficulty in claiming for motor insurance accidents,
loss of cross border co-operation in family law matters and could lead to the end of
collaboration on security and policing. His talk gave a fascinating and informative insight
into the UK legal sector and how it might be impacted by Brexit.
Our next dinner is on 11 September where Prof Anwan-Scully will talk about Brexit and the
Disuniting Kingdom. If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on
07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|10/07/2019||Update from European Movement Eastbourne||,,
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, was the speaker at our June dinner held at Eastbourne's Hydro Hotel and attended by over 80 members and their guests.
He opened his talk, ‘How to win a second referendum’ by saying that lessons needed to be drawn from the Leave and Remain campaigns of 2016. He looked at the reasons why the Leave campaign had won. In 2016 the campaign was at an immediate advantage following many years of negative messages in the media. Polls showed that the British never felt as European as other EU countries and politicians never made much of an effort to sell the upside of EU membership.
The message of ‘Take Back Control’ was simple and powerful as was the counter message ‘Project Fear’. The outcome of Brexit was deliberately vague so the Remain campaign found it difficult to counter. The Leave campaign was well planned, had charismatic leaders, very good data gathering and technical ability and was clever about using it, targeting people who wouldn’t normally vote.
He then looked at the reasons why the Remain campaign lost. It was predicted that Remain would win and it was just assumed that people would think the economic risk too high. The messages were complex and not easy to get across and the thrust of the campaign was overwhelmingly negative.
The Chancellor’s claim that each person would lose several thousand pounds was not credible. Many businesses did not want to come out publicly on the side of Remain. David Cameron made demands on the EU that were never going to be met. The campaign had no counter attack to the immigration issue. Jeremy Corbyn sat out the campaign and Labour voters were not given the cue from their party and the campaign did not target people who rarely vote.
Finally, he made suggestions that might help any future Remain campaign: use real working people, not celebrities, use simple, powerful messages about people who are disenfranchised, utilise SME rather than big businesses, don’t let outsiders get involved or interfere. The speaker at our next dinner on 10 July 2019 will be Clive Black talking about Brexit and the Business of Law.
If you would like to come along please call our Chair, Paula Welch on 07510 851722 or visit www.europeanmovementeastbourne.uk
|28/06/2019||The View from Bexhill||,,
Councillor Richard Thomas shares his experience of campaigning with the 1066 European Movement Branch in Bexhill.
The good news from Bexhill (one of the more strongly Leave supporting areas in the constituency) is overwhelming! When the 1066 branch did a Brexitometer Day in January, two options got quite strong support: No Deal and Remain, with Remain gaining the most support. Opinion has shifted dramatically as No Deal is now rejected by 50:37. Staying in the EU is overwhelmingly favoured by at least twice as many people as in January. Moreover, support for a People’s Vote has nearly tripled since January.
These are sensational results and undeniable evidence of very significant shifts in public opinion, reflecting both local and national efforts. So last Saturday was a massively rewarding day – see Brexitometer below. This was an incredibly encouraging result in the heart of a constituency that voted 58:42 to Leave, gave the Conservatives 67% of the 2017General Election vote, and 57% to hard Brexit parties at the European Parliament Election in May.
Councillor Richard Thomas
|24/06/2019||Gatt 24: Would obscure trade rule help with no-deal Brexit?||,,Does a trade law exist that would allow the UK to continue without tariffs for 10 years?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/06/2019||Views from Brussels about extending the 31 Oct deadline – we must make our voice heard||,,
In Brussels this week to attend the 40th anniversary of the Kangaroo Group – founded to provide the initial impetus to what became the Single Market just a few year later.
This week sees the 79th anniversary of the evacuation of 338,226 servicemen forming the backbone of the British army from Dunkirk. Officially known as Operation Dynamo; it is also described as the miracle of Dunkirk. The French port has found its way into the British conscience through the expression – the Dunkirk Spirit. A description of British ingenuity and resolve against adversity.
|04/06/2019||How useful were the polls?||,,
The polls failed to spot rising pro-Remain sentiment in May
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg compares the story told by the opinion polls for London with the actual results. A parallel blog published today looks at the results and asks What if?. A separate blog compares the results in 2019 with those in 2014.
|20/05/2019||Reasons to remain in the European Union||,,
1) The EU is history's most successful peace project
The EU was created to ensure peace in a continent torn by centuries of conflict that culminated in WW2. Within the European Economic Area, there has been no war since 1945; this peace, known as Pax Europaea (European peace), is the longest since the end of Pax Romana in 180 CE. For this achievement, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.
Travelling with my parents from the age of 10, at first in France, was – I now understand – an instructive and exhilarating rebirth. People in villages, seeing our British car, would stop and wave the most joyous of welcomes, others – to our astonishment – would cross restaurants to shake us by the hand and thank us for liberating them.
|16/05/2019||What Europe Day means to me||,,
To me, Europe Day represents something unique in the history of our continent - an unprecedented period of peaceful co-operation between peoples previously so often at war among themselves.
|15/05/2019||Why Europe matters to me||,,
I was born in 1951, soon enough after the war to experience the black dread amongst all the "grown ups" I met at any enquiry about "what it was like in the olden days before I was born". Everyone had happy memories of the 20s and early 30s, but no one could speak of the War period at the end of the 30s and early 40s. During the war, my relatives, like many others, had met refugees from Europe, many of whom had left a big impression. Just down the road from where we lived was a Polish family, who had escaped the German invasion of their country to fight for the allies. "War heroes" we were told. It was clear that WWll was a war with Europe, not against Europe.
|14/05/2019||What Europe Day means to European Movement members||,,
At European Movement, on Europe Day (9th May), we asked our members to let us know why that day is important to them. Here are some of their responses:
"It is important because it gives us the opportunity to show that we are Europeans" - Vicky Seddon
"The UK is made up of many races. My own family tree is made up of Celts from North Wales, Irish from Cork, English and even some from Scandinavia. The country is more European than it realises." Kelvin Lewis
"The reason that Europe is important to me is very simple... peace, cooperation and friendship" Derek Leak
"We organised a Europe Day discussion with pro-Remain MEP candidates in Derby (Green Party, Lib-Dems, and Change UK). We had invited Labour and Tory remainers, but Labour dithered and then declined at the last minute, and the Tories never replied. We focused on positive reasons to vote in the election, the role of an MEP, what they can achieve, what they can do for their regions, and what the new Parliament might do in the next 5 years." Simon, European Movement Derbyshire
|02/05/2019||Your local paper wants to hear from you||,,
First Epping Forest, then the world
London4Europe Committee Member Michael Romberg writes.
London4Europe's Chair, Richard Newcombe, moonlights as Chair of EM Waltham Forest 4 Europe. In that capacity he wrote recently to the Epping Forest Guardian calling for a referendum under the banner We need to know the will of the people in 2019.
The local press - both on paper and online - is an under-utilised resource for Remain campaigners. Local press is seen as a surprisingly trustworthy source of local news according to a survey undertaken for local press campaign group Local Media Works. The tables have not been published. But it was undertaken by Yougov - so there will be some foundation to the claim.
|02/05/2019||The EU is not punishing the UK||,,
We have to win the argument with Leave voters who believe that the EU’s refusal to give the UK the sort of deal promised by Brexit campaigners is a punishment. London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg writes
Punish v tr 1. Cause an offender to suffer for an offence. 2. Inflict a penalty for an offence (Concise Oxford Dictionary)
For such a widespread idea, it is quite hard to pin down what it means. It is easy enough to find the EU’s motivation to which it refers: the EU could not let the UK leave the EU and retain all the benefits of club membership without club obligations. Tick; that must be true – but is not of course punishment. Those who use the punish motif also refer to human emotions: annoyance at the affront to the EU’s self-esteem, say. Maybe; though it is hard to believe that would survive the reality of trade talks.
|03/04/2019||The way you look at life||,,
L4E secretary Andy Pye talks to his friend and former business colleague Chris Rand, who came down from Cambridge to experience his first London march for the People's Vote campaign.
The campaign is now more than a protest. We are, as Mike Galsworthy says, building a community. A community which is based on a solid foundation, is here to stay and will sustain until the end of the Brexit episode. It is a community which can put comfortably over a million like-minded people onto the streets of London. A community which is based on a solid foundation, is here to stay and will sustain until the end of the Brexit episode. It is a community which can put comfortably over a million like-minded people onto the streets of London. How extraordinary that as many as 1 in 40 of the entire population of the UK took time off to visit London and protest - just think of what that means.
|02/04/2019||It's not a re-run of 2016||,,
Leavers think so; but the question is different
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg looks at the opinion polls and sets out the arguments to make to those who think that a referendum on the terms would just be asking the same question again until Leave voters get it right.
|22/03/2019||Brexit: How will it affect my holidays to Europe?||,,A simple guide to how leaving the EU with or without a deal might affect travel to Europe.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/03/2019||Call for Brexit being Put to the People - This Saturday||,,
Join us on the march for a People’s Vote on the 23 March in central London and show again that the will of the people is now to get a vote on the final Brexit deal.
History is unfolding in front of our eyes, dizzyingly fast and with all the votes, amendments and amended amendments it can be easy to lose track of where we are and the fact remaining is still possible. This last week in Parliament, through all of the twists and turns of voices and votes lost, a couple of things are clear.
|18/03/2019||Britain's Place in the EU||,,
Sovereignty, freedom of movement, national identity
London4Europe Committee member Michael Romberg sets out the case. The harms of Brexit are real but we have a positive case to argue for. Economic prosperity is important but still just a means to an end. Leavers are right in this: the EU is a political project; the issues that matter are sovereignty, democracy, freedom, sense of community with particular reference to freedom of movement, sense of national identity.
|14/03/2019||Divide and ruin||,,
A huge Government defeat but not yet a victory
Charles Parselle reviews the government’s latest defeat and asks what will it take for MPs, so confident in their own ability to vote and vote again, to trust the electorate on whose behalf they supposedly hold their positions.
|13/03/2019||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the Brexit referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|