Tag Archives: Brexit

Belgium: UK's Davis resumes Brexit talks as cabinet splits turn ugly

Source: Bloomberg

"U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis returned to Brussels Monday to resume Brexit talks with the European Union, as infighting among ministers in London over the future of Prime Minister Theresa May gathered pace. Davis and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, shook hands before talks started on the priority issues identified by the bloc, including the rights of EU citizens in the U.K. and Britain’s financial obligations. … Davis is in a rush to move talks toward the crucial issue of future trade even as open divisions in the cabinet back home make it hard for Europe to know what Britain wants. A Sunday Times photo montage illustrated May’s tenuous grip on power with an image of Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson — all names touted as potential successor — aiming pistols at each other." (07/17/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-17/u-k-s-davis-resumes-brexit-talks-as-cabinet-splits-turn-ugly

The Tories were never the party of Brexit

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

"If you need any more proof that the Tories aren’t the party of Brexit, that the old party of the establishment is fundamentally ill-equipped to see through the most radical vote for generations, then this weekend’s revelations about cabinet infighting should have put you straight. A series of remarkable leaks, to the Sun and The Sunday Times, revealed a government lacking not just authority, but basic discipline and shared mission. … PM May is incapable of keeping her top team in-line and disagreements over Brexit, public-sector pay and the suitability of women to drive trains are just proxies for the opening qualifiers of the inevitable leadership beauty contest to come. But these problems run much deeper. The Tory Party is bitterly divided on Brexit, and always has been." (07/17/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-tories-were-never-the-party-of-brexit/

UK: Regime publishes Brexit "repeal bill"

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"MPs must 'work together' on Brexit, the minister in charge of the UK's EU exit has said, as he published a bill to convert EU law into British law. The legislation, known as the repeal bill, will ensure the same rules apply in the UK after Brexit, while giving the UK Parliament power to change them. Brexit Secretary David Davis said he would 'work with anyone' to make it a success, but he faces opposition. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told the government: 'This will be hell.' Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has made clear his party would not support the Bill in its current form." (07/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40589510

EU to reject Brexit deal if UK fails to secure "favorable" status for EU citizens

CNBC

Source: CNBC

"The European Parliament has criticized the U.K.'s proposals on EU citizens' rights as a 'damp squib' and has vowed to reject a Brexit deal if Britain does not offer more. Chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt and leaders of four of the parliament's main groups wrote in a joint letter to newspapers that Britain's plans for the three million EU citizens expecting to remain in the U.K. post-Brexit 'fall short' of what they are entitled to and what U.K. nationals are being offered in the EU." (07/10/17)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/10/europe-to-reject-brexit-deal-if-u-k-fails-to-secure-favorable-status-for-eu-citizens.html

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