Tag Archives: Brexit

UK: Beleaguered May rips up Tory manifesto, unveils bare-bones Queen’s Speech

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Theresa May vowed ‘humility’ today as she unveiled a bare-bones Queen’s Speech with a laser focus on delivering Brexit. The Prime Minister is bidding to shore up her troubled government with a two-year legislative programme that sweeps away much of the Tory manifesto. Plans notable by their absence include scrapping the winter fuel allowance and the triple lock on state pensions, ditching free school dinners, expanding grammar schools and a vote on repealing the foxhunting ban. Instead, eight of the 27 laws announced by the monarch are dedicated to pushing through the process of cutting ties with Brussels and ending free movement rules. A pared back domestic agenda will see tougher counter-terrorism measures, consumer reforms and major infrastructure projects brought to the fore.” (06/21/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4624508/Humbled-unveils-Queen-s-Speech-deliver-Brexit.html

UK, EU regimes kick off Brexit negotiations

Source: Hindustan Times [India]

“A year after its historic vote, Britain on Monday finally opened negotiations with the other 27 European Union nations about leaving the bloc, with the final outcome, due in 2019, as globally important as it now seems unpredictable. The two chief negotiators, Michel Barnier of the EU and David Davis from Britain, immediately set off to find common ground in their working relationship, an important touchstone to see how amicable the biggest political divorce in decades will become.” (06/19/17)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/so-it-begins-britain-kicks-off-brexit-negotiations-with-european-union/story-BF6pPYDmomy22HIz8hIqyO.html

A softer Brexit may be May’s best hope — for now

Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“It is unclear whether the Prime Minister’s position is tenable in anything other than the short-term. But the disastrous election result last week has thrown the previous clarity on the government’s approach to Brexit into disarray. Everyone now has a view on ‘what the result means’ for our EU exit negotiations, and no two people can be heard to agree. The question on everyone’s lips appears to be this: does the result suggest the public wants a ‘softer Brexit,’ which would see the UK remain in the Single Market?” (06/13/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/softer-brexit-may-be-mays-best-hope-now

Nobody won the Brexit election — but we Leavers risk losing now

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“There is a far bigger issue in UK politics now than the survival prospects of hopeless Tory prime minister Theresa May. The future of Brexit is on the line, as the pro-EU elites seek to exploit the indecisive result of the General Election. The question of whether Britain really will withdraw from the anti-democratic institutions of the European Union is in serious doubt. The danger is that we end up with a sort of Remain-by-another-name. That would mark a serious defeat for democracy. It would mean that the vote to Leave by 17.4million last June has been effectively overturned by elitist political manoeuvres inside and outside parliament.” (06/13/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/nobody-won-the-brexit-election-but-we-leavers-risk-losing-now/

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/