Tag Archives: Brexit

Where is the 48 per cent?

Source: spiked
by Jacob Furedi

“With the snap election approaching, some Brexit-bashing politicians maintain that galvanising the support of the 48 per cent is a surefire means to electoral victory. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has announced that the ‘Lib Dems are the only choice for the 48 per cent.’ Gina Miller, the self-appointed leader of spurned Remainers, has launched a new campaign to ensure anti-Brexit MPs don’t lose their seats. The businesswoman hopes that tactical voting will ensure the 48 per cent will have their voice heard. But do a bit of digging and it becomes clear that the 48 per cent is nothing more than a myth. Yes, 16.1 million people voted to Remain in the EU last June. And yes, that did represent 48 per cent of people who turned out to vote. After referendum day, however, the 48 per cent ceased to exist. Rather than respond to the result with a unified squeal, as Gina and her band would have you think, the vast majority of those who voted Remain accepted the result and moved on.” (05/10/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/where-is-the-48-per-cent/

UK: Corbyn says elites trying to “hijack” Brexit

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Jeremy Corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to ‘hijack’ Brexit as he formally launched Labour’s campaign. Speaking in Manchester, the Labour leader said the question of whether the UK would leave the EU had been ‘settled’ and the task was to protect the national interest not show ‘who can be toughest with Brussels.’ He promised a reckoning for ‘tax cheats and greedy bankers’ after the election. ‘We have four weeks to show what kind of country we are,’ he said. In the run-up to the speech, Mr Corbyn insisted he would stay on as Labour leader even if the party loses at the general election.” (05/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-39852719

End leaks and secrecy — put Brexit talks on TV

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Conservative prime minister Theresa May says the UK government’s negotiating position with the EU has been ‘misrepresented’ by ‘the bureaucrats of Brussels’ and their media allies, who leaked details of private talks in an effort to interfere in the British General Election and undermine Brexit. May has also insisted she will not respond to ‘Brussels gossip’ by getting dragged into a tit-for-tat battle of the leaks. That sounds fair enough — but not far enough. What we need are not more leaks of secret UK-EU talks, but less secrecy altogether.” (05/04/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/end-leaks-and-secrecy-put-brexit-talks-on-tv/

Let’s take the fight to the Brexit-blockers

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“What does it mean to ‘Stop Brexit?’ Or ‘prevent an extreme Brexit,’ in the euphemistic phrase preferred by millionaire Brexit-basher Gina Miller and Tony Blair’s online army of Brexit blockers? In recent months, and even more intensively in the days since Theresa May called a snap election for June, the rallying cry of ‘Stop Brexit’ or ‘Stop Hard Brexit’ has become such a central feature of media and political chatter that we sometimes don’t stop to think about what it means. It’s time we did. Stopping Brexit means stopping democracy.” (05/01/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-take-the-fight-to-the-brexit-blockers/

UK: May warns of chaotic Brexit in final Prime Minister’s Questions before election

Source: CNN

“UK Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the opposition Labour Party would doom Britain to a ‘chaotic Brexit’ as she clashed with its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in a testy final Prime Minister’s Questions before a snap general election is held on June 8. May, who made repeated use of her party’s mantra of “strong and stable leadership” under the Conservatives, said Labour would ‘crash’ the economy if it won the election, and that a vote for Corbyn would damage Britain’s ability to ensure the best terms for its exit from the European Union in two years’ time. … Labour on Tuesday vowed to scrap May’s Brexit plans if it wins the general election in June, saying it will seek a softer departure from the European Union.” (04/26/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/europe/uk-may-corbyn-election/

Brexit referendum 2.0

Source: The American Conservative
by David A Cowan

“To the surprise of Britons, this week Prime Minister Theresa May made her boldest move yet by calling a snap general election for June 8. It is a gamble that has caught her political rivals off-guard and promises to be a game-changer for Brexit, the country’s ongoing process of leaving the European Union. … This snap election could give May the personal mandate, large majority, and lengthy timetable she needs in order to secure a successful Brexit. It could also produce a renewed and united Euroskeptic party ready for the parliamentary battles of the future. If May fails to win a landslide majority, then the process of Brexit will be put in jeopardy.” (04/19/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/brexit-referendum-2-0/

Turkey needs some Brexit spirit to defeat Erdogan’s tyranny

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Some European observers, who, post-Brexit, view every referendum as a threat to stability, if not a Hitlerian device of mayhem, are talking about Erdogan’s referendum to give himself sweeping powers in the same breath as the Brexit referendum. Both the ‘Brexit and Erdogan referendums are illegitimate,’ says philosopher turned anti-democrat AC Grayling. A Europe ‘traumatised by Brexit’ hasn’t a leg to stand on when it comes to challenging the authoritarian Erdogan, says a writer for the Guardian. These attempts to link Brexit with Erdogan are beyond wrong. In truth, Erdogan’s campaign to weaken parliamentary democracy in order to sideline pesky oppositionists and to streamline political decision-making is far more in keeping with the Remainer / EU worldview than with Brexit. It’s another expression of the 21st-century elite turn against democratic ideals that the anti-Brexit sentiment, the establishment fury with the Trump throng, and Brussels’ power-grabbing constitutions — rejected by millions of Europeans — also express and embody.” (04/17/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/turkey-needs-some-brexit-spirit-to-defeat-erdogans-tyranny/

UK: Anti-Brexit pols ape US “maybe Putin did it” propaganda

Source: Newsweek

“Foreign hackers may have targeted the British government’s voter registration site before the Brexit referendum last June, a committee of MPs has said. On June 7, 2016, the ‘register to vote’ website was temporarily inaccessible due to technical problems. This was the last day people could register to have a vote in the June 23 referendum and authorities blamed a surge in demand as Brits scrambled to sign up. But on Wednesday, a report from a committee of MPs will say that they cannot rule out that the website went down due to intervention by foreign hackers. … In December, the British Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said that it is ‘highly probable’ Russia sought to influence the result of the Brexit referendum and called on the government to investigate interference from Moscow. Many believe Brexit was the desired outcome of Russian President Vladimir Putin, particularly given the Russian support for anti-EU politicians such as Marine Le Pen.” (04/12/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/brexit-voter-registration-site-hack-russia-germany-macron-france-582697

Brexit is happening — so let’s all cheer up about it

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel Hannan

“In the aftermath of the vote, many of my Remainer friends were genuinely worried about an abrupt economic shock. In a lot of cases, indeed, this was their chief reason for having voted to stay in. And in fairness, it wasn’t just the Remain campaign that prophesied frogs and locusts. Most academic economists, along with the Treasury, the Bank of England, the IMF and the OECD, forecast an immediate downturn as a result of a Leave vote. In the event, all these organisations have since been scrabbling to revise their predictions upwards, and you can see why. Britain grew more strongly in the six months after the vote than in the six months before it …. But the remains of Remain, the irreconcilable Europeans, are behaving like doomsday cultists, constantly deferring the date of the coming apocalypse. Being cultists, they can’t quite hide the fact that they relish the prospect of obliteration — however unappealing that attitude is to everyone else.” (04/06/17)

https://fee.org/articles/brexit-is-happening-so-lets-all-cheer-up-about-it/

EU pols adopt Brexit resolution, reject pro-Gibraltar hint

Source: Reuters

“European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution on Wednesday setting their red lines for the two-year divorce talks with Britain and rejected attempts by British MEPs to recognize Gibraltar’s pro-EU stance in the Brexit referendum. In a display of EU unity, the legislature'[s] text repeated the same priorities set by the EU summits’ chair Donald Tusk in his draft negotiating guidelines released last week. The European Parliament wants talks on Britain’s future relations with the EU to start only after ‘substantial progress’ is made on the bill for Brexit bill, on the Irish border, and on the rights of the 3 million EU citizens in Britain and the one million British residents in EU countries.” (04/05/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-europeanparliament-idUSKBN1771C0