Tag Archives: Brexit

The truth about the single market

Source: spiked
by Phill Mullan

"Even many Brexit supporters seem to accept that more expensive and reduced levels of trade with the EU would be costly for the British economy, depicting this as a necessary, if unfortunate, expense of regaining sovereignty. We should all be less negative about the economic consequences of changing Britain’s trading relationships. Countries around the world, and throughout history, have traded successfully without formal trade agreements. Today, Britain's biggest single export market is the US — a country it has no trade agreement with. Meanwhile none of the top three exporters into the Single Market — that's China, the US and Russia — have trade agreements with the EU." (03/24/17)


UK: May to trigger Article 50 for "Brexit" next week

Source: CNN

"British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger the UK's exit from the European Union on Wednesday, March 29, a spokesperson has confirmed to CNN. Other member states will 'realize it's not worth leaving' the European Union after they see the deal the UK gets, the European Commission President has warned. The loss of Britain to the bloc, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next week, has created speculation that other states might decide to follow suit, something President Jean-Claude Juncker strongly disagreed with in an interview published on Sunday." (03/20/17)


UK: Commons clears way for Brexit talks with EU

Source: BBC News [UK]

"Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union. Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal after their objections were overturned by MPs. The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law on Tuesday. This means Theresa May is free to push the button on withdrawal talks — now expected in the last week of March." (03/14/17)


UK: Government suffers second Brexit defeat in Lords

Source: BBC [UK state media]

"The government has suffered a second Brexit defeat in the House of Lords as peers backed, by 366 votes to 268, calls for a 'meaningful' parliamentary vote on the final terms of withdrawal. Ministers said it was disappointing and they would seek to overturn the move when the bill returns to the Commons. Lord Heseltine, one of 13 Tory peers to rebel, said he had been sacked as a government adviser on regional growth. The previous defeat was on the issue of guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens." (03/07/17)


Let's hope the Lords have signed their own death warrant

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

"Question: what could be worse than 350-odd unelected members of the House of Lords voting to thwart the will of the 17.4million people who voted for Brexit? Answer: the way that some liberals in the UK hailed this anti-democratic 'revolt' in the Lords as if it was a noble blow for freedom and equality. To anybody with a democratic bone in their body, however, the peers' vote to defeat the elected government on Brexit surely ought to end the argument for abolishing the unaccountable House of Lords. The Lords should have signed their own death warrant this week." (03/03/17)


UK: House of Lords chides government, backs EU citizens' rights

Source: Boston Globe

"Britain's unelected House of Lords handed the government a stinging — though likely temporary — defeat Wednesday on its plans to leave the European Union, resolving that EU citizens should be promised the right to stay in the United Kingdom after it quits the bloc. By a vote of 358 to 256, Parliament's upper chamber inserted a clause protecting EU nationals' status into a bill authorizing the government to begin EU exit talks. … The change must go to a vote in the elected House of Commons, where there is a good chance it will be rejected since Prime Minister Teresa May's Conservative Party has a majority in the lower chamber." (03/01/17)


Brexit is the greatest opportunity for free trade and prosperity since the repeal of the Corn Laws

Source: Cobden Centre
by Michael Tomlinson MP

"I grant you that it is an unusual anniversary, and I have as yet failed to invent a suitable soubriquet. But 171 years ago precisely (well, almost), a speech was delivered which bore fruit in the shape of globalisation and free trade. At about half past eleven o'clock in the evening of February 16, 1846, Robert Peel stood up and moved the Second Reading of his bill to repeal the Corn Laws. His speech was given on the fifth day of a 12 day debate (they clearly knew how to do things properly back then), during which a battle between the ideals of free trade and against protectionism was waged. As we seek to persuade the EU and rest of the world of the benefits of free trade, this same fight is as relevant for us today as it was for Peel." (02/16/17)


UK: House of Commons OKs Brexit bill

Source: CNN

"Britain's lower house of Parliament passed legislation Wednesday to allow Prime Minister Theresa May's government to officially begin the Brexit process. Now that the legislation has been approved by the House of Commons, it will be put before the House of Lords for a final decision later this month. Members of the House of Commons had already voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill to kick off Britain's divorce from the European Union in its initial readings, and a seven-hour debate on amendments preceded the final vote, which was 494 MPs in favor and 122 against." (02/08/17)


UK: Brexit rebellion avoided after "meaningful vote" offer

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The government has seen off an attempt to add conditions to its Brexit bill as a Conservative rebellion was avoided. MPs rejected a bid by Labour's Chris Leslie to force the government to consult Parliament on the deal struck with the EU before it is finalised. It came after ministers pledged that a 'meaningful' vote would be offered. Labour and some Tories had pushed for MPs to have a decisive say on the final terms, but the 326 to 293 vote meant the bill remained unchanged. Seven Conservatives rebelled, while six Labour MPs voted with the government." (02/07/17)


Brexiteers against Le Pen

Source: spiked
by Naomi Firsht

"As we have argued on spiked, there are undoubted similarities between Brits voting against the EU and large numbers of Americans rejecting Hillary and establishment politics. Both signified a desire to upset the status quo and try something different in politics. However, beyond this, it is a gross distortion of the Brexit vote, of the Brexit sentiment, to compare it directly to the election of the fluorescent-haired demagogue now in-situ in the White House, never mind to the potential election of the inward-looking, far-right authoritarian Le Pen. It is simply wrong to conflate British people's decision to leave the EU with a normal political vote for a party or a leader." (02/07/17)