Tag Archives: Brexit

Brexit: Lord Howard accused of “sabre-rattling” over Gibraltar

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A senior Tory has been criticised for saying the prime minister would defend Gibraltar in the same way as Margaret Thatcher defended the Falklands. … In its draft negotiating guidelines, published last week, the EU said decisions affecting Gibraltar — a British territory — would be run past the Spanish government. Speaking on BBC One’s Sunday Politics, Lord Howard said that 35 years ago, ‘another woman prime minister sent a taskforce halfway across the world to protect another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country. And I’m absolutely clear that our current woman prime minister will show the same resolve in relation to Gibraltar as he predecessor did.’ … Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the UK would protect Gibraltar ‘all the way’ because its residents had ‘made it very clear they do not want to live under Spanish rule.'” (04/02/17)


Brexit: UK regime sets out plans to replace all EU laws

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Thousands of EU laws on everything from workers’ rights to the environment are to be transferred into UK law as the country gears up for Brexit. Brexit Secretary David Davis said the Great Repeal Bill would allow the UK Parliament and Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland administrations to scrap, amend and improve laws. It would also end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. But Labour warned it was being done without proper Parliamentary scrutiny.” (03/30/17)


Article 50: The dawn of a new Democratic era

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Today is one of the greatest days in the history of British democracy. When Theresa May seals the Article 50 letter and sends it to Brussels, she’ll do so under the democratic order of 17.4 million Britons, the largest number of people to have voted for anything in the history of this country. When we cast our votes in the EU referendum last June, it was the first time in decades that our vote felt like it truly meant something. We felt the weight of a real democratic choice as we stood in the voting booth. It’s become a cliche — but it’s true. And today is the day that that democratic clout will finally be made real. It’s more striking for the fact that Brexit is being carried through against the apparently better instincts of our political class.” (03/29/17)


UK: May signs letter triggering Brexit

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks ‘the moment for the country to come together.’ It follows June’s referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU.” (03/29/17)


Scotland: Parliament backs independence referendum call

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, to be held within the next two years — an unwanted headache for the British government as it prepares to push the European Union exit button. The Edinburgh-based legislature voted 69-59 to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call to ask the British government for an independence vote. Outside, several dozen independence supporters bearing Scottish and EU flags broke into cheers and tears of joy as the news broke. … Scottish voters rejected independence in a 2014 referendum that Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party called a once-in-a-generation vote. But Sturgeon says Brexit has changed the situation dramatically.” (03/28/17)


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)