|23/09/2020||A Member Of Sage Has Claimed The “Trivial” 10pm Curfew Will Have Little Impact On Slowing Coronavirus Infections||,,Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Sage advisory group, has said the impact on the 10pm curfew will be trivial as he warned current measures do not go “anywhere near far enough”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/09/2020||Get ready for Brexit or face 7,000-truck queues in Kent, hauliers told||,,
Michael Gove tells haulage firms to allow for two-day delays as part of worst-case planning
Michael Gove has written to hauliers to warn that if they do not prepare now for Brexit they could face queues of up to 7,000 trucks in Kent, confirming internal cabinet analysis of the potential disruption caused by the UK’s departure from the single market in January.
The letter also warns of two-day delays for cargo travelling to the EU through Dover or Folkestone ferry or Eurotunnel trains in what it is describing as the “reasonable worst-case scenario”.Continue reading...
|23/09/2020||Brexit letter warns of 7,000-truck queues in Kent||,,Exporters to the EU face two-day delays to trade after transition period ends, a cabinet minister warns.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||Brexit bill moves on despite MPs' concerns||,,The Internal Market Bill's powers to override the Brexit divorce deal have prompted a row with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||Exclusive: Serco Have Subcontracted Contact Tracing Jobs To The Company Embroiled In The Tax Credits Scandal And Debt Collection Companies||,,The firm behind last year’s tax credits scandal as well as companies linked to debt collection services are among those who have been handed contact tracing roles by Serco, PoliticsHome can reveal.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||Dido Harding Has Been Asked By MPs To Reveal The Evidence Behind Pub Closures||,,Coronavirus testing chief Dido Harding is being asked by MPs to provide the evidence behind the new 10pm pub curfew and the decision to only allow table service.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||Nicola Sturgeon Has Banned Household Mixing In Scotland And Claimed English Measures Do Not Go Far Enough||,,Nicola Sturgeon has announced a ban on households mixing in Scotland, claiming experts say the restrictions introduced in England by Boris Johnson do not go far enough.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||Boris Johnson Has Told The Public They Should Work From Home If Possible As Coronavirus Cases Continue To Rise||,,People will be asked to work from home wherever possible and retail and hospitality staff must wear masks by law as part of new coronavirus restrictions set out by Boris Johnson today.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||'Cutting it tight': Dover port still awaiting Brexit infrastructure funds||,,
Head of EU exit at the port says money needs to be ‘issued rather than talked about’
Dover port is not Brexit ready because it is still waiting for government funds to be released for vital infrastructure for the new border operations, it has been revealed.
It comes as it emerged that the government was considering forcing drivers to obtain a special Brexit passport before entering Kent in a bid to avert queuing chaos in January.Continue reading...
|22/09/2020||Dozens Of MPs' Questions On Coronavirus Testing, Data And PPE Have Been Ignored By Ministers During The Pandemic||,,The government has ignored dozens of questions from shadow ministers on issues including coronavirus testing, data sharing and PPE throughout the pandemic, parliamentary databases show.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||The bootlicking politics of Wetherspoon will keep it in business – for now | Ruby Lott-Lavigna||,,
Using Rishi Sunak’s face to sell cheap booze isn’t the first time the pub chain has let slip its rightwing politics
Wetherspoon pubs occupy a strange place in British culture. For many, the chain represents a kind of egalitarian ideal – a communal boozing atmosphere unified by £3.99 pints and £1.60 coffees. A place where middle-class, leftwing art students can brush shoulders (pre-pandemic) with elderly alcoholics, united in their love of the budget boozer. The pub chain’s cheap point of entry makes it a unifying place in otherwise divided times: a place of legend (“Have you heard about the carpets? No two are the same”), of cheap kormas and pinot grigio.
But the corporate entity JD Wetherspoon Plc, headed by the eccentric, Vote Leave-donating millionaire Tim Martin is a whole other beast. Founded in 1979, Wetherspoon has become the largest pub chain in the UK, counting some 900 pubs and hotels. At a time when the hospitality industry struggles on tight margins and pubs have been experiencing mass closures, albeit at a slowing rate, the chain turned a pre-tax profit of £102.5m in 2019 (its operating profits in 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, will likely be far lower).Continue reading...
|22/09/2020||Ministers are Addicted To Outsourcing Covid-19 Contracts, Rachel Reeves Has Claimed||,,Ministers are "addicted" to outsourcing Covid-19 contracts and wasting tax-payers money, Labour has claimed.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2020||Michael Gove Says You Can Socialise With Friends Once Pubs Close Provided You Follow The 'Rule Of Six'||,,Michael Gove has said people are still able to continue drinking with friends once pubs close, provided they follow current social distancing guidelines.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/09/2020||Theresa May says 'reckless' Brexit bill risks UK's reputation||,,
Ex-PM says internal market bill could lead to a united Ireland and undermine trust in UK
Theresa May has launched a blistering attack on the government’s plan to give itself powers to renege on the special arrangements for Northern Ireland in the Brexit deal.
She described the plans as “reckless” and “irresponsible” and said they “risked the integrity of the United Kingdom”, as they would not only tarnish Britain’s reputation globally as an upholder of the law but could contribute to a reunited Ireland.Continue reading...
|21/09/2020||A Former Government Minister Is Leading Calls By Tory MPs For Boris Johnson Not To Put The Country Back Into Lockdown||,,The former minister Simon Clarke is leading calls by Tory MPs for the country not to be put back into a full lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/09/2020||Local Lockdown Restrictions Will Be Eased To Allow Households To Mix For Childcare Purposes||,,The local lockdown restrictions on household mixing will be eased where it is necessary to provide childcare, Matt Hancock has announced.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/09/2020||An Italian Airport Official Says Boris Johnson "Definitely" Did Not Visit Perugia Earlier This Month||,,A Perugia airport official has claimed a press release stating Boris Johnson had visited earlier this month was incorrect and that they had accidentally confused him with Tony Blair.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/09/2020||Thousands of Britons living in EU told their UK bank accounts will be closed||,,
Lloyds and Barclays among banks taking action due to lack of post-Brexit trade deal
Thousands of Britons living in the EU will have their UK bank accounts closed by the end of the year because of the UK’s failure to agree a post-Brexit trade deal.
Lloyds, Barclays and Coutts have informed retail and business customers that they will lose their accounts before or when the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December and more banks are expected to follow suit.Continue reading...
|21/09/2020||The Covid-19 Alert Level For The UK Has Been Increased To Level 4||,,The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended the Covid-19 alert level for the UK be increased to level 4, meaning transmission of the virus is "high or rising exponentially".||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2020||Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance Will Address The Nation As It Reaches a "Critical Point" In the Pandemic||,,The UK's coronavirus numbers are "heading in the wrong direction", the government's most senior advisers have warned ahead of a live briefing on what could happen next.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2020||Boris Johnson's Brexit bill straight out of Trump playbook, David Lammy says||,,
Labour MP criticises Cummings and says Tory government has dented UK’s standing in the world
Boris Johnson’s law-breaking Brexit bill is straight out of the Donald Trump playbook, and leaves justice secretary Robert Buckland looking “a very small figure,” says shadow justice secretary David Lammy.
As the controversial internal market bill returns to the House of Commons this week, the prime minister appears to have bought off most Tory rebels by promising a parliamentary vote before the powers in it would be used.Continue reading...
|20/09/2020||Labour Would Back Boris Johnson On Second National Lockdown, Sir Keir Starmer Says||,,Labour would back Boris Johnson on imposing a second national lockdown if it was deemed necessary, Sir Keir Starmer has said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2020||What's the story with Britpop and Covid denial? | Stewart Lee||,,
If the government can’t be bothered with the law, Noel Gallagher and Ian Brown shouldn’t be expected to care either
On Monday, the Oasis pop star Noel Gallagher announced his suspicion of masks: “If I get the virus it’s on me, it’s not on anyone else… it’s a piss-take,” declared the People’s Virologist. “There’s no need for it… They’re pointless.” The previous week, in a punctuation-resistant statement Auto-Tuned into near coherence, former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown declared: “NO LOCKDOWN NO TESTS NO TRACKS NO MASKS NO VAX”, and appeared to imply that billionaire Bill Gates had released the bat virus. Two members of 90s northern indie bands had announced their distrust of Covid realities. I found my Britpop-era Filofax to see if I could track and trace a failure to trust scientific and health data generally among the fading faces of the Madchester generation. Top one!
Tommy Scott, of Liverpool’s 1996 Female of the Species hitmakers Space, did not disappoint. “I do not believe in any germs,” he told me by text. “If they are real, and there’s loads, why don’t they have a smell?” Leon Meya, vocalist of Stockport’s From a Window chart-toppers Northern Uproar, revealed his suspicions of hand-sanitiser: “It could be anything. We don’t know. It might just be water with glue in it, or liquidised Pritt Sticks. It could be bats’ jizz. If I see anyone using it I slap them.” Finally, the Stone Roses’ dancer and vibesmaster, known only as Cressa, told me that he had recently prevented a teenage boy receiving the Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) by snatching it from the nurse’s hands and downing it in one himself, like a tequila shot. “Papillomavirus isn’t even an English word,” he explained, “it was made up by French scientists. It means ‘the butterfly is unwell’. I saw it on the internet.”Continue reading...
|20/09/2020||Matt Hancock Says "Everybody" Should Report Their Neighbours If They Flout Coronavirus Rules||,,Matt Hancock has urged people to report their neighbours for flouting coronavirus rules as he announced heavy new penalties for those who fail to self-isolate when asked.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2020||Why Boris Johnson is constantly surprised when his government fails||,,
Even people who were once his most fervent cheerleaders are beginning to question whether he is fit to be prime minister
When Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner published their much-discussed book, Superforecasting, one admiring reviewer thought it contained essential lessons for governing. He wrote: “Forecasts have been fundamental to mankind’s journey from a small tribe on the African savannah to a species that can sling objects across the solar system with extreme precision. In physics, we developed models that are extremely accurate across vastly different scales from the sub-atomic to the visible universe. In politics, we bumbled along making the same sort of errors repeatedly.”
Presumably in the hope of improving the government’s powers of prediction, Dominic Cummings, for he was that reviewer, put Superforecasting on the summer reading list that he issued to ministerial advisers. Alas, it does not appear to have enhanced the ability of the prime minister, his visually challenged colleague or anyone else in this government to see into the future. These are members of a regime that struggles to see into next week. They are particularly terrible at forecasting the consequences of their own actions.Continue reading...
|20/09/2020||If the Labour conference were on now, would I be knocked over by a rush of ideas? | Will Hutton||,,
Health, the workplace, our place in the world... is the party thinking big thoughts?
In normal times, the Labour party would be assembling this weekend to attempt catharsis after the most savage electoral defeat since the 1930s. It looked into the abyss of a split, but has held together. Just.
Yet Covid-19 makes impossible an authentic arena where the party could start the multiple encounters and exchange of ideas that will be the foundations for better times. The conference will be online. This is better than nothing but, of necessity, it is bloodless. Politics is a touch business if it is anything.Continue reading...
|20/09/2020||Cummings’s state aid is scarcely a substitute for EU trade||,,
Loss of access, loss of wealth, loss of face: even Thatcher would not have inflicted something like Brexit on Britain
Whatever one thinks of the handling of the pandemic, or of the poor contingency planning in earlier years, the one thing one cannot blame this government for is the virus itself.
Alas, the same cannot be said of the imminence of Brexit in tooth and claw, as opposed to the transition now under way. Among the “briefings” emanating from Downing Street have been suggestions that the economic consequences of Brexit will be subsumed by the undoubted economic horrors occasioned by Covid-19.Continue reading...
|20/09/2020||Politicians like to posture about Northern Ireland. But no one really cares about us | Sarah Creighton||,,
Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Nigel Farage and the EU are all guilty of using the peace process for their own ends
Everybody has an opinion on Northern Ireland. It’s one of the many drawbacks of being from this part of the world. We’re a talking point for other people, an easily weaponised subject to be used and cast aside for ulterior motives. Brexit has allowed this to play out on the international stage. We’ve become a proxy in a culture war. The main actors care little for Northern Ireland or the people who live here.
On 20 January 2020, in a pre-Covid world, the Northern Ireland assembly voted to withhold consent for the withdrawal agreement. The agreement, hailed as a triumph by the British government and the European Union, was rejected by every party in the assembly. The assembly members had different reasons for voting against the agreement and different agendas, but on this issue they were united. In December of 2019, every Northern Ireland MP sitting in the Westminster parliament had voted against the deal.Continue reading...
|19/09/2020||Labour conference: five key issues for Keir Starmer's party||,,
The new leader is making progress in the polls, but there are many challenges to face
No cheering crowds of members, no karaoke, no plotting in the hotel bars and no late night compositing: Keir Starmer’s first party conference as Labour leader, which starts this weekend, will be unlike any other.
Instead of Liverpool’s airy ACC convention centre, it is being held online, with the strapline: A New Leadership.Continue reading...
|18/09/2020||Exclusive: The Shadow Home Secretary Says It's "Disgraceful" The Priti Patel Bullying Investigation Hasn't Been Published||,,Labour's Nick Thomas-Symonds has expressed concern the government has "something to hide" as the findings of an inquiry into the home secretary's behaviour are still to be released after seven months.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|18/09/2020||This Brexit government’s ignorance is steering us towards disaster | Jonathan Freedland||,,
Clueless about the US, uninterested in Ireland, Boris Johnson and his team are crashing on to rocks they can’t even see
There is so much this government doesn’t know. But two particular areas of ignorance exploded into view this week, allowing us to take a long, hard look at the cost they are inflicting on the country. Both are central to the Brexit project that remains this government’s defining mission – but only one of them is surprising.
Start with the unexpected ignorance, which is of the US and US politics. It’s a surprise, because if there’s one thing that unites the British political class it’s an interest in – even an obsessive fixation on – the politics of the United States. (And yes, I plead guilty.) If you were to hold a nerds’ convention on The West Wing or House of Cards, you’d host it in SW1. The Westminster villager who struggles to identify a single German politician besides Angela Merkel will speak with ease about the latest polling from Maine’s second congressional district or the precise composition of the Wisconsin supreme court.Continue reading...
|18/09/2020||Why Geoffrey Cox's A Man for All Seasons clip sends Brexit Britain a potent message||,,
Tory ex-attorney general is an odd bedfellow for communist playwright Robert Bolt. Yet both believe in the value of the law
It is fascinating to find Sir Geoffrey Cox, the former attorney general, posting on Twitter a scene from Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons to affirm his belief in the sanctity of the law. Since Bolt was a one-time communist, an active supporter of CND and a dramatist who wrote a hagiographic portrait of Lenin in State of Revolution, he and Cox make strange bedfellows. Yet, although Bolt was ready to defy the law in pursuit of a cause like nuclear disarmament, he still saw it, in his own words, as “the essence of organised society”.Continue reading...
|18/09/2020||Live Local Lockdown Map: Every Local Authority Subject To New Restrictions Across Great Britain||,,Coronavirus hotspots across the UK have been subjected to localised lockdown restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of the virus—use PoliticsHome’s interactive map to find out what restrictions apply where.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|18/09/2020||Brexit: Amal Clooney quits government envoy role over law break plan||,,The human rights lawyer says she is "dismayed" by the UK being prepared to break international law.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/09/2020||Amal Clooney Has Resigned As UK Special Envoy Over Boris Johnson’s “Lamentable” Plans to Violate International Law||,,Amal Clooney has resigned as a UK special envoy in protest at what she calls a “lamentable” plan to “violate an international treaty signed by the Prime Minister less than a year ago”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|18/09/2020||Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over 'lamentable' Brexit bill||,,
Exclusive: Prominent human rights lawyer writes to foreign secretary with stinging denunciation
Amal Clooney, the high-profile human rights lawyer, has resigned from her position as the UK’s special envoy on media freedom in protest at the government’s intention to breach international law through the internal market bill.
In a stinging denunciation of Boris Johnson’s threat to override Britain’s international treaty obligations in the EU withdrawal agreement, the barrister described the government’s actions as “lamentable”.Continue reading...
|18/09/2020||UK retail sales bounce back but economists fear grim autumn ahead – as it happened||,,
Rolling live coverage of business, economics and financial markets as retail sales volumes rise by 0.8% in August
The continued rebound of UK retail sales has offered hope for a V-shaped economic recovery, but economists are increasingly questioning whether it is sustainable as reasons for Britons to refrain from spending multiply.
Retail sales volumes increased by 0.8% compared to the previous month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, thanks in part to DIY shopping sprees. That growth was down from the 3.7% increase over July or the surges of 12.1% and 13.9% seen in May and June.
As expected, Wall Street has gained at the opening bell. Here are the snaps from the newswire:Continue reading...
|18/09/2020||Brexit: consortium of companies led by Fujitsu wins £200m Irish Sea contract||,,
Deal is the first concrete implementation of the special arrangements for Northern Ireland
A £200m contract to implement Brexit checks on goods in the Irish Sea has been won by a consortium of companies led by Japanese company Fujistu.
HMRC announced on Friday that a two-year contract for the new trader support service (TSS) had been awarded to a consortium led by the tech company and its partners, the Customs Clearance Consortium, an organisation run by customs expert Robert Hardy and the Institute of Export and International Trade.Continue reading...
|18/09/2020||Brexit: NI told to start work on checkpoints at sea ports||,,A letter, seen by BBC News NI, says it is critical checks at sea ports are in place.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/09/2020||Brexit: Trump envoy warns of risk of Ireland 'border by accident'||,,
US politicians aligned in desire for Good Friday agreement to be preserved, says Mick Mulvaney
Donald’s Trump special envoy to Northern Ireland has warned of the risk of creating a hard “border by accident” on the island of Ireland, as Boris Johnson’s newly drafted plan to rewrite the withdrawal agreement was rejected again by the EU.
Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed by the US president in March, admitted to concerns about recent developments, including government legislation that could unilaterally override aspects of the agreement on Northern Ireland struck with Brussels last year.Continue reading...
|18/09/2020||Matt Hancock Has Refused To Rule Out A Second National Lockdown As A “Last Line Of Defence” In The Battle Against Coronavirus||,,Matt Hancock has refused to rule out putting the whole of the UK back into lockdown amid a spike in coronavirus cases, saying it “isn't something that we ever take off the table”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/09/2020||The Guardian view on animal welfare: keep it up | Editorial||,,
Hard-won protections for both humans and livestock are under threat – and worth fighting for
Hunting, scientific experimentation, entertainment, the keeping of pets, farming, fishing, habitat destruction: there is no one story about the way that humans use animals – and cause them to suffer. So far, the UN reported this week, our collective efforts to protect wildlife globally have not succeeded. All 20 of the Aichi biodiversity targets agreed in Japan a decade ago have been missed.
But a gloomy big picture must not blind us to smaller, positive changes. In January, wild animals in circuses became illegal in Britain. Last month, the use of glue traps to catch birds was stopped by President Macron in France. Historically, the UK has played an important part in the development of laws protecting animals. Along with Sweden, it led the way on welfare rules in Europe with an influential report, setting out “five freedoms” to which farm animals should be entitled, published in 1965. The freedoms were the space to turn around, lie down, stand up, stretch, and groom. Having been made law in the UK in 1990, a ban on rearing veal calves in crates became EU-wide in 2006. It was followed by a ban on crates for pregnant sows.Continue reading...
|17/09/2020||Private Firms Handed Almost £200m To Run Test And Trace Will Not Face Financial Penalties If They Fail To Perform||,,Two private firms handed almost £200m to run part of the government’s test and trace system will not face any financial penalties if they fail to deliver the services properly.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/09/2020||UK coronavirus live: demand for Covid tests outstripping capacity, MPs told – as it happened||,,
The Tory message to those who need a COVID19 test but are struggling to access one? Stop the “endless carping”.
These are from the Sun’s Brussels correspondent Nick Gutteridge, speculating on how the EU might respond to the UK government pressing ahead with the internal market bill.
EU diplomat says one option under consideration as a middle way response to the Internal Market Bill is to carry on trade talks, but if any FTA is agreed between the two sides stipulate it can't come into force until the UK drops all measures that breach the Withdrawal Agreement.
Walking away from the talks is off the table, with Michel Barnier arguing that would just play into the hands of Brexiteers. The EU also can't just ignore the IMB. The other option being considered, as has been reported, is for the EU to take legal action against the UK.Continue reading...
|17/09/2020||Home Office Plans To Use Military-Grade Drones To Pursue Suspects And Monitor Protests Are Raising Privacy Concerns||,,Plans by the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to use Israeli military-grade drones to replace helicopters and aeroplanes have raised concerns among privacy campaigners.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/09/2020||Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK 'respect' for Good Friday Agreement||,,The presidential candidate says peace in Northern Ireland cannot become a "casualty of Brexit".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/09/2020||Matt Hancock Has Been Hammered By Labour MPs Over Testing Failures After Figures Showed Plummeting Turnaround Times||,,Labour has said the health secretary Matt Hancock "has failed" to deliver effective testing and tracing, after new figures showed coronavirus cases spiking while turnaround times plummeted.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/09/2020||All you need to know about Brexit||,,A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/09/2020||A Health Minister Has Admitted People With Coronavirus Symptoms May Be Denied A Test Due To Rationing||,,The Health Minister Edward Argar has admitted some people with coronavirus symptoms could be refused an immediate test under plans to ration them to deal with a processing backlog.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/09/2020||UK Universities Are Launching Their Own Coronavirus Testing Schemes As Test And Trace Descends Into A "Shambles"||,,A raft of UK universities have established their own Covid-19 testing schemes amid fears the return of students could lead to a spike in infections.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/09/2020||Lord Keen: what were the events that led to Tory peer's resignation?||,,
As Keen confirms he has quit as advocate general for Scotland, we look at how it happened
It was last week that questions over Lord Keen’s position as one of the government’s senior law advisers first emerged.
A three-page letter, marked “official – sensitive”, seen by the Guardian, revealed his serious reservations over Downing Street’s intention to override the EU withdrawal agreement.Continue reading...
|16/09/2020||Boris Johnson Says Classes Shouldn't Be Sent Home Unless A Pupil Or School Teacher Tests Positive For Coronavirus||,,The prime minister has warned teachers not to send whole year groups or classes home unless a student or staff member receives a positive coronavirus test.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/09/2020||Brexit freight system 'won't be ready on time'||,,Logistics trade body says the smart freight system is 'unlikely to be ready' by year end.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|16/09/2020||Scottish Law Officer Lord Keen Has Resigned Over Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan||,,The Scottish advocate general and justice minister has quit following a row over the government’s plan to breach international law by overriding parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/09/2020||A Minister Has Suggested Pupils And Parents Will Be A High Priority Group When Testing Is Rationed||,,Pupils and their parents will be in the highest priority group after NHS and care staff for coronavirus testing when rationing is introduced shortly, the justice secretary has suggested.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/09/2020||The Government Has Scaled Back Its Adverts For Coronavirus Tests In A Bid To Reduce The Demand For Them||,,The Government has been scaling back advertising for coronavirus testing as a way of dealing with a level of demand that is outstripping capacity.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/09/2020||Teachers Say The Testing Crisis Is Already Hitting Schools So Hard They May Have To Close Down||,,Teachers have described the chaos of the coronavirus testing crisis now hitting schools, with some saying the diffculties caused by those unable to get tests is already so severe they may have to shut their doors.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/09/2020||The Government Accidentally Voted For A Labour Amendment To One Of Its Flagship Bills||,,The government accidentally voted for a Labour amendment to its flagship Fisheries Bill this morning.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/09/2020||MPs passed the Brexit bill – but what happens now?||,,
The internal market bill will face opposition in the Lords and amendments from Tory backbenchers
The internal market bill, described by the government as a key element of Brexit legislation, has cleared its first Commons hurdle, with two Tory MPs voting against it and nearly 30 more abstaining. But why is the bill so significant?Continue reading...
|15/09/2020||Brexit: Internal Market Bill clears first hurdle in Commons||,,MPs back the Internal Market Bill by 77 votes despite criticism it risks breaching international law.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/09/2020||Brexit: Boris Johnson says powers will ensure UK cannot be 'broken up'||,,But Labour accuses PM of "trashing" the UK's international reputation as MPs debate post-Brexit bill.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/09/2020||Unfinished IT systems and lorry queues: what leaked Brexit document reveals||,,
Leak points to significant disruption and added red tape to expect at UK borders from 1 January
Brexit has been four years in the making, but with fewer than four months to go before the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union, the country is still without the tools to be border-ready, it has emerged.
A leaked government document seen by the Guardian shows key IT systems continue to be under development, some legislation is still needed to allow information on passengers and freight to be shared, and plans for a national network of advice centres for trucks is currently unfunded.Continue reading...
|14/09/2020||Brexit: how true is Boris Johnson's claim EU wants to 'cut off' part of UK?||,,
PM writes that EU is seeking to create ‘blockade’ in Irish Sea, in argument for internal market bill
Boris Johnson has argued that the EU was seeking to “blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off” in justification of breaking international law and breaching the withdrawal agreement through the internal market bill.Continue reading...
|14/09/2020||Brexit: Geoffrey Cox says PM 'damaging' UK's reputation with bill||,,Ex-Attorney General Geoffrey Cox vows to vote against attempts to override the withdrawal agreement.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/09/2020||Brexit: Blair and Major urge MPs to reject Internal Market Bill||,,Boris Johnson's contentious proposals will be debated for the first time in the Commons on Monday.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/09/2020||Brexit: Back me over the bill, Johnson tells Tory MPs||,,Boris Johnson calls for no return to "squabbling", but the EU ramps up opposition to UK plans.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/09/2020||Brexit: EU and UK at odds over approval for food exports||,,The UK says it would be "very unusual" if products of animal origin were blocked after EU raised concerns.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/09/2020||Brexit: can the UK and EU reach a deal before the end of October?||,,
Even if UK withdraws internal market bill, time will be tight to prepare treaty by 31 December
The government lobbed a hand grenade into the Brexit talks this week, by revealing it was ready to break international law by overriding the withdrawal agreement Boris Johnson approved less than a year ago. Negotiations on a trade and security deal, nevertheless, stagger on as planned. Informal talks continue for the next two weeks, culminating in the ninth round of negotiations from 28 September to 2 October. The end of September is also a moment of reckoning: the EU has threatened to take legal action if the government goes ahead with the current version of the internal market bill. If the UK ignores its obligations, it is hard to see talks continuing.Continue reading...
|11/09/2020||UK signs first major post-Brexit trade deal with Japan||,,Symbolic trade deal will cover 99% of UK exports to Japan but boost economy by just 0.07%.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/09/2020||Brexit: EU ultimatum to UK over withdrawal deal changes||,,Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/09/2020||Brexit advice: are ministers obliged to comply with international law?||,,
Details of the letter that reveals divisions between UK law officers over ministerial code
The three–page letter sent from the attorney general’s office on 2 September marks the culmination of the government’s search for legal answers to the problems it confronts in implementing Brexit.
The memo refers to the Northern Ireland protocol, which is part of the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the European Union, and the internal market bill, the bombshell legislation that ministers have been considering using to override parts of that protocol.Continue reading...
|10/09/2020||Brexit: UK will not withdraw draft bill despite EU warnings, Gove says – video||,,
Brexit negotiations are at risk after the UK refused to withdraw legislation that EU leaders have said may trigger sanctions because it allows Britain to breach the withdrawal agreement.
After a meeting with the European commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, Michael Gove said the UK would not withdraw the legislation and it was 'absolutely serious about implementing the Northern Ireland protocol'.
Šefčovič had told Gove the bill had 'seriously damaged trust between the EU and the UK'
|09/09/2020||Brexit: PM defends planned changes to Withdrawal Agreement||,,The government publishes a bill which overwrites key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/09/2020||Internal market bill: what it says and the UK hopes to achieve||,,
Concerns raised at explicit manner in which bill overrides international treaty obligations
The internal market bill is designed, according to the government, to “protect jobs and trade” within the UK after the end of this year’s transition period for leaving the EU.
The legislation will, the government declared, “enable the UK government to provide financial assistance to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland with new powers to spend taxpayers’ money previously administered by the EU”.Continue reading...
|09/09/2020||Brexit: UK firms 'under-prepared' for new EU trading rules||,,"Inconsistent" government messaging has contributed to lack of post-Brexit readiness, business group says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/09/2020||Brexit: What changes is the government planning for the Northern Ireland deal?||,,How would the Internal Market Bill change the Northern Ireland protocol?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/09/2020||Northern Ireland Secretary admits new bill will 'break international law'||,,Brandon Lewis says a new post-Brexit law will go against agreements in a "specific and limited way".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/09/2020||New Brexit bill does break international law, says Northern Ireland secretary – video||,,
Asked by his Tory colleague Sir Bob Neill for assurance that nothing in the internal market bill being published on Wednesday would breach international legal obligations, Brandon Lewis admits: 'Yes, this does break international law in a very specific and limited way'. The Northern Ireland secretary was answering an urgent question in the Commons about the Northern Ireland protocolContinue reading...
|08/09/2020||Brexit: UK chief negotiator calls for 'realism' from EU||,,Lord Frost says there is "still time" to do a trade deal with the bloc as the latest talks begin.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/09/2020||Brexit: No 10 must honour NI protocol, say Remain parties||,,Stormont's pro-Remain parties send a joint letter to the UK and EU urging commitments to be kept.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/09/2020||Why is the UK seeking to unpick the EU withdrawal agreement?||,,
Some of the reasons behind one of the most startling turns in the four-year Brexit saga
Brexit talks have been thrown into jeopardy after revelations that the UK government is to table legislation that will unpick some of the withdrawal agreement that Boris Johnson signed with the EU in January. It is one of the most startling turns in the four-year Brexit saga.
Opinion is divided as to whether this is sabre-rattling that will force the EU into a trade deal, or whether it will ultimately torpedo the talks.Continue reading...
|04/09/2020||Brexit: Where are we now?||,,It's been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/09/2020||Brexit: UK 'sleepwalking into disaster' over border plans, hauliers warn||,,Haulage companies warn supply chains could be "severely disrupted" when the Brexit transition period ends.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/09/2020||Brexit: End tariffs on UK-made ice cream vans - Liz Truss||,,The government calls the vehicles a "great British export" and vows to fight for them in trade talks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/09/2020||Michel Barnier: UK risks no-deal on post-Brexit trade unless it compromises||,,The EU's chief negotiator for a post-Brexit trade deal says there is a "strict deadline" of October.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/09/2020||Brexit trade deal: What are the sticking points?||,,The EU says there has been no significant progress in trade talks with the UK. What is getting in the way?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/08/2020||Post-Brexit deal between UK and EU seems unlikely, says Michel Barnier – video||,,
Negotiations between the EU and Britain on their future relationship did not move significantly forward in the latest round of talks this week, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator has said. Speaking at a news conference on Friday after two full days of talks in Brussels, Michel Barnier said he was 'disappointed and concerned' because British negotiators had 'not shown any real willingness to move forward on issues of fundamental importance for the European Union'Continue reading...
|21/08/2020||Brexit: UK-EU trade deal 'seems unlikely' says Michel Barnier||,,The bloc's negotiator says talks are "going backwards" as the UK says "little progress" has been made.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/08/2020||Brexit: UK hopeful of EU trade deal next month, says No 10||,,UK negotiators will "continue to plug the gaps", the PM's spokesman says, as talks get under way.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/08/2020||EU settlement scheme: Two million granted full rights to stay||,,Lib Dems calls for successful applicants to be given official documents to avoid a "Windrush-style" scandal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/08/2020||New Zealand 'frustrated' over UK trade talks, says deputy PM||,,Deputy PM Winston Peters says the UK's EU membership has not left it "match fit" to strike a deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||UK and Japan look to seal trade deal within month||,,The two sides say the "major elements" of a post-Brexit agreement are in place after productive talks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|07/08/2020||Brexit: Government pledges £355m to ease GB-NI trade||,,Ministers set up a new service to help businesses which want to import goods after 1 January.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/08/2020||Government urges post-Brexit drug stockpiles||,,Firms should have six weeks' worth of post-Brexit drug stockpiles by the end of 2020, the government says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2020||Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?||,,Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/07/2020||UK government 'did not want to know' about Russian interference in EU referendum – video||,,
Long-delayed findings on Russia’s influence over UK politics reveals that the British government and intelligence agencies failed to conduct any proper assessment of Kremlin attempts to interfere with the 2016 EU referendum.
Parliament’s intelligence and security committee revealed the findings in a long overdue report that said ministers, in effect, ignored allegations of Russian disruption
|30/06/2020||New national security adviser has 'no proven expertise', says Theresa May – video||,,
Responding to the government’s appointment of David Frost as the national security adviser, the former prime minister accused Michael Gove of promoting someone ‘with no proven expertise’ to a crucial role at the heart of the UK’s safety. Frost is expected to prioritise his role negotiating the UK’s deal with the EU while he learns his new jobContinue reading...
|17/06/2020||Boris Johnson claims Australia trade deal will bring 'reasonably priced' Tim Tams to UK – video||,,
Boris Johnson has hailed the opening of trade talks with Australia as an opportunity to bring the two countries closer together, and to exchange Penguin bars for Arnott's Tim Tams with reduced tariffs. 'How long can the British people be deprived of the opportunity to have Tim Tams at a reasonable price?' the prime minister joked.Continue reading...
|15/06/2020||Boris Johnson: outline of Brexit deal should be 'done by July' – video||,,
The British prime minister has said there is no reason why the outline of a deal cannot be sealed by the end of next month, after he asked EU leaders during a video summit to 'put a tiger in the tank' of stalled talks.
EU leaders agreed to strive to find early common ground on trade and security to avoid unnecessary economic chaos next year, as Boris Johnson told reporters he was optimistic despite negotiations reaching an impasse last week
|05/06/2020||'Good weekend reading': Barnier says UK backtracking on Brexit declaration – video||,,
The EU’s chief negotiator says little progress has been made on reaching a post-Brexit agreement, as ‘the UK continues to backtrack’ on commitments agreed to in a political declaration that sets out the framework for the future relationship between the bloc and Britain.
Michael Barnier held up the document calling it ‘good weekend reading’ in what appeared to be frustration at a lack of progress in negotiations
|10/05/2020||Campaign now to extend Brexit transition||,,
In the transformed global setting of the COVID-19 pandemic, the major pro-EU groups are coming together to campaign for the UK to agree with the EU to postpone by two years the hard end-date of the UK's exit transition period. Colin Gordon (Oxford for Europe) sets the scene.
|27/02/2020||Brexit trade deal: What do the UK and EU want?||,,The UK and EU have set out their stalls for negotiations on their future relationship.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/02/2020||Labour leadership candidates clash over Brexit at Guardian hustings – video||,,
Keir Starmer came under fire from Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy over Labour’s Brexit position, both arguing that it contributed to the party’s landslide defeat in December.
Speaking at the Guardian-hosted hustings in Manchester, Long-Bailey said discussions were too focused on Westminster. Nandy described Labour’s approach as 'tone deaf'. Starmer admitted Brexit was a factor but said multiple issues came up on the doorstep, including antisemitism and a lack of trust in Corbyn. The ballot for the contest opened this week and the results are due to be announced at a special conference on 4 AprilContinue reading...
|21/02/2020||EU leaders express concern over filling €75bn Brexit shortfall – video||,,
Leaders of EU countries have expressed concerns the union's long-term budget talks may not conclude in an agreement as politicians' positions have been miles apart on how to fill the €75bn (£63bn) hole left by Brexit.
The European council president, Charles Michel, came under criticism for aiming 'too high', with a proposed budget of 1.074% of the bloc’s gross national income (€1.094tn)Continue reading...
|17/02/2020||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From settled status to divorce bill, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/02/2020||Negotiating with a bloc seven times your size: Clash no 1 - Financial Services||,,
The UK has the same rules as the EU right now – but EU rules are evolving continuously under the pressure of technological change. The main Directive about trading securities is about to be examined later this year - as part of the normal review cycle. The UK will not be at the table when the EU debates reversing a key concession to the UK after the Great Financial Crash. Very technical yes, but very significant!
The significance of financial services to the UK economy – two handy factoids:
Importance of exports of financial services: in 2017, there was a surplus in financial services trade of £44 billion (43% of financial services exports went to the EU). Even after this surplus, the UK still recorded an overall deficit of £73 billion on the balance of international payments that year (or 3.5% of GDP – the largest by far amongst the world’s leading economies).
However, the FT has reported – with the aid of a long distance camera shot of the UK’s negotiating documents – that “The British government is demanding the EU sign up to a “permanent equivalence” regime for financial services that will last for “decades to come” to ensure the City of London can maintain access to the European market after Brexit.” The EU’s chief negotiator – Michel Barnier – responded immediately in striking language “I would like to take this opportunity to make it clear to certain people in the United Kingdom bearing authority that they should not kid themselves about this - there will not be general, open-ended, ongoing equivalence in financial services".
The EU has not forgotten that the City was the epicentre of the Great Financial Crash (GFC) that wrought havoc with the EU’s economy (as well as with the UK’s!). A huge wave of post-Crash legislation ensured that the financial stability of the EU would never be imperilled again. Reviewing this legislation to cope with market changes poses a difficulty for the UK. Maintain “equivalence” with EU rules while they are in a continuous process of evolution: be a “vassal state” OR “take back control” and lose “equivalence” – and thus business.
Specific example: Regulation of trading in financial instruments (MiFID II).
The Investment Services Directive (ISD) of 1993 was a key plank of Mrs Thatcher’s drive to create a single market to rival that of the US. So it was enacted just after the single market came into force in 1992. Major changes in the structure of financial markets occurred in the succeeding decade – driven by technological developments - so MiFID I was enacted in 2004 to respond to this. In the light of bad experiences in the GFC, the Directive was updated in 2014 as MiFID II. It came into in force in 2018 and, as usual with financial services legislation, is now up for review after two years. So a proposal is due later this year. As the UK is no longer in the EU, it will not be at the negotiating table.
At first glance, some of the initial proposals from the European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) to the European Commission are highly technical tweaks on data reporting. However, discussion is rising about repealing aspects of the “open access” rules of MiFID II for settling derivatives trades – where London has overwhelming dominance at the moment. The scale of these markets is mind-boggling: The notional value of euro-denominated derivatives is about 50 time EU GDP! They are at the heart of the provision of liquidity in securities markets – so correspondingly at the heart of concerns about financial stability in the EU.
The UK pushed hard for MiFID II rules to require exchanges to allow traders to have “open access” to settle their derivative trades at whatever EU-regulated clearing house they chose. As London will soon cease to be subject to EU rules, EU players are now arguing – unsurprisingly - against the continuation of that rule. In time, that could well push market liquidity in euros away from London and into the euro area.
Graham Bishop is Chair of the European Movement National Council.
|06/02/2020||Searching for hope as Brexit dawns||,,
By the time you read this, the UK will have formally left the EU. There are no real words to describe the magnitude of this historic mistake and the range of feelings we are all going through. Sandra Khadhouri, Campaigner and Communicator and L4E Committee Member, searches for hope.
|31/01/2020||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the EU referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit: How did we get here? The past four years in two minutes||,,It's been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union but how did we get here?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/01/2020||Conference on the Future of Europe||,,
As I was in Brussels for business, I was able to pop in to the European Movement International’s (EMI) meeting with Carnegie Europe in the European Parliament last Wednesday. The triggers for the meeting were two-fold: Carnegie has just published its Report on “Six ideas for rejuvenating European democracy” whilst the European Commission that day had formally adopted its Communication on the Conference on the Future of Europe. EMI’s President – Eva Maydell MEP – hosted the event and Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica introduced the Commission’s paper.
She was at pains to say that there must be no “pre-judging” of the outcome of such a consultation exercise. The history of these “conferences” is that they acquire a life of their own and massive change can emerge. Could this make the EU become an attraction to British voters again in the fullness of time?
The topic was irresistible after Dave Rowen had introduced his recent survey of Branch Chairs to the National Council two weeks ago. They put the top priority – by far – for EM (UK) as “promoting the EU, its values and its benefits”, along with “democracy” as a major wish. So it was a great privilege to listen to an author of this new project in the Parliament buildings where the project was launched only in October 2019. The plan is for a formal launch of the Conference on Europe Day – 9thMay – with completion in 2022 so that the output can be in force and operational for the European Parliament elections in 2024. A demanding timetable if history is any guide!
Are our supporters fully aware of this project? Doubtful. A quick Google search only produced coverage in the FT and Guardian – highlighting the risk that UK media will now cut coverage of the EU down to the bare essentials of the negotiations. I can recommend the free content from Euractiv– and their coverage of the Commission’s launch. We will need access to this calibre of factual journalism as the UK press cuts the news flow from the EU.
The Communication described the Conference as “As a major pan-European democratic exercise, the Conference will be a new public forum for an open, inclusive, transparent and structured debate with citizens around a number of key priorities and challenges.” The scale of the ambition is also clear from the European Parliament’s recent resolution:
- European values, fundamental rights and freedoms,
- Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU,
- Environmental challenges and the climate crisis,
- Social justice and equality,
- Economic and employment issues including taxation,
- Digital transformation,
- Security and the role of the EU in the world
Carnegie’s six ideas also illustrate the breadth of the ambition for this project:
Graham Bishop is the Chairman of The European Movement National Council.
|16/01/2020||Harry, Meghan, Zeus, and Europa!||,,
In Greek mythology, the King of the Gods, Zeus, fell in love with a Phoenician princess called Europa. He presented himself in the form of a bull, and whisked her away on his back, as shown in pictures from antiquity.
|17/12/2019||Healing – more than empty words and slogans||,,
We know Jo Pye as London4Europe’s Volunteer Coordinator, who energetically manages our Volunteer Support Group. But one of her other many hats is a Bereavement Counsellor for women and families who suffer Early Pregnancy Loss. In this remarkable contribution, she applies what she has learned in that field, to handling the latest outcome of Brexit.
|13/12/2019||Why we lost – and where we go from here||,,
When the history of Brexit is written, the Lib Dems’ decision to let Johnson hold this election will be seen as a key strategic error.
|11/12/2019||7 reasons to vote Johnson out||,,
We can kick Johnson out. So brave the elements and vote for the candidates with the best chance of beating the Tories.
|11/12/2019||Trump sabotages Brexiters’ last-ditch safety net||,,
Relying on the WTO for our trade was always a terrible idea. Now that the US president has ripped a hole in it, it’s economic suicide.
|11/12/2019||With a final tactical voting push, we can beat Johnson||,,
Good news from YouGov poll is Tory lead is shrinking. Bad news is they are still ahead because too many pro-European votes are being wasted.
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|11/12/2019||Why the (True) Price of Brexit will be the NHS – and more||,,
We are one day from decision day. The stakes have never been higher. This is what a victory for the Tories tomorrow will mean. Please circulate this widely - and above all - persuade somebody that a vote for Johnson will not "Get Brexit Done". Andy Pye, L4E Secretary makes a final plea.
|11/12/2019||Towards a fork in the road…||,,
The torrent of words, inane slogans repeated ad nauseam, exaggerations, blatant mistruths and inventions might soon be behind us, hopes Richard Wassell, Vice-Chair of London4Europe.
|10/12/2019||Johnson won’t stop the chaos – that’s just propaganda||,,
A Tory victory means more chaos. The only way to end the arguments over Brexit and fix our real problems is to vote them out.
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|10/12/2019||Tories bully BBC because it’s easily cowed||,,
Johnson yesterday hinted he would axe the licence fee. This had two purposes: cover up his NHS blunder and pummel the BBC into submission.
|10/12/2019||At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson||,,
PM rips off Love Actually in his video but misses out the punch line: “Just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth.”
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|10/12/2019||Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win||,,
Right-wing press has branded Corbyn unelectable. They are right - he is. Not for the reasons they suggest, but because of simple maths.
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|09/12/2019||Tory “punch” propaganda backfires||,,
To cover up Johnson’s NHS disaster, Tories fabricate story about Labour activist punching Hancock aide.
|09/12/2019||Johnson’s dishonesty and disorganisation on Irish Sea border||,,
Not only is Johnson lying about surrendering to the EU demand for an internal UK border, he isn’t ready to deliver a deal by December 2020.
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|07/12/2019||Get Brexit Gone||,,
One thing we can all agree about Brexit is our wish for it to end. However, it is hard to identify much further common ground. Some believe the best way to end the uncertainty is to elect a Conservative Government on 12 December, and so get it over with. That is just plain wrong, says Vice-Chair of L4E Nick Hopkinson.
|28/11/2019||Missing the Boat to the Valley of Death||,,
As we prepare to leave the European Union, a £3.5 billion fund to provide equity and grant funding for start-ups in so-called deep tech industries is about to be launched. Andy Pye, technical writer and L4E Secretary is trying not to cry.
|28/11/2019||Chichester Public Meeting shows The Way Forward||,,
What an evening! Six great local speakers, passionate about the EU, and passionately explaining why.
|26/11/2019||Our Trusting Nature||,,
it comes naturally for us to trust each other. Reciprocal trust is fundamental to the smooth working of the societies in which we live. But untrustworthiness has become so widespread that it is no longer being automatically condemned, argues our correspondent Future of Our Children.
|22/11/2019||Make It Stop - A Slogan (or two) to Unite Us All||,,
"Make It Stop" or, alternatively, “Make Brexit Stop" are logos you’re bound to see more of over the next few weeks, says Jo Pye, London4Europe's Volunteer Support Coordinator.
|18/10/2019||Dominic Grieve QC MP speaks to over 200 In St Albans to shed light on Brexit, Boris Johnson, and the path to a People’s Vote||,,
Dominic Grieve QC MP spoke at an open meeting in St Albans last Thursday on the ‘absolute mayhem’ of Boris Johnson’s chaotic government, the disaster of a No Deal Brexit and the fast-growing campaign for a People’s Vote on any deal.
|25/09/2019||Andrew Adonis Speaks to Local Group Tees4Europe||,,
Tees4Europe Chair Scott Hunter reflects on Andrew Adonis visiting his group, and how the group's youngest campaigner highlighted the one good thing about Brexit.
On 16 September, Andrew Adonis kindly agreed to come to address an audience at an event hosted by Tees4Europe. We booked the hall, circulated tickets, picked Andrew up at the station, and then promptly upstaged him. We had decided that among our other speakers there should be a young person. One name was suggested, and, without asking too many questions, we booked her. Millie, it turns out, was not the sixth former we were expecting. She is 14. It would be an exaggeration to say that at this point that I started to panic, but it certainly had me on edge. But I needn’t have worried. In the space of five minutes, Millie spoke cogently on just about every Brexit-related topic you could think of. It was a breath-taking performance. It hasn’t been easy to select highlights to present here, as there were so many, but here goes …
“As an aspiring Royal Navy engineer and somebody with a keen interest in STEM, standing for science, technology, engineering and maths, the effects of leaving the EU on the UK’s defence, military and STEM is of great concern to me. The EU’s member states work together on a number of defence-related issues, such as researching new defence technologies and joint military deployments. The UK contributes financial support to EU security activities, which fund numerous missions such as the combat of piracy off the Horn of Africa and the prevention of human trafficking in the Mediterranean to name but two. Therefore, it worries me deeply that our exit from the EU will damage both the UK’s military and defence, as well as that of the EU. We are stronger together; we are safer together …
“Now, there is one good thing about Brexit. I know, I know, I’ve been talking about what a disaster leaving the EU would be for the last 5 minutes, but don’t panic. In the past, I think young people have viewed politics as something they need to worry about when they’re older, and something for adults to deal with. Since the Brexit referendum, I believe that young people have become increasingly interested and invested in the politics that will affect their futures, and much more willing to make their voices heard…”
And thus Millie Sheridan brought the house down.
It is not over yet. We will keep fighting, but we need your help.
Or tell Boris Johnson that:
|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/07/2019||Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU||,,Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.||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
|08/07/2019||Europe - what next meeting in Harpenden||,,
Harpenden for Europe, our neighbouring group, organised an event on Tuesday 2 July entitled 'Europe - What next?'. Judith Leary-Joyce, one of St Albans for Europe's founder members, reports on the evening.
|01/07/2019||Lord Heseltine becomes European Movement’s president at members’ evening– and one of St Albans for Europe’s star campaigners opens the evening||,,
On a balmy May evening, European Movement members were invited to an event introducing Lord Heseltine as the new President of European Movement UK, the parent organisation of St Albans for Europe. It took place at Church House just behind Westminster Abbey. Although our group was only set up in 2017, European Movement has been going since 1949, advocating all that time for Britain’s future at the heart of a united Europe. As the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair of European Movement explained, Lord Heseltine is in illustrious company – the first President was Sir Winston Churchill and a number of former Prime Ministers from Harold MacMillan to Ted Heath followed.
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