Tag Archives: European Union

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)


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)


EU: Court rules in (partial) favor of property rights

Source: Yahoo! News

"European companies can ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf, the EU's top court ruled Tuesday in a landmark case. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said it does not constitute 'direct discrimination' if a firm has an internal rule banning the wearing of 'any political, philosophical or religious sign.' The Luxembourg-based court was ruling on the case of a Muslim woman fired by the security company G4S in Belgium after she insisted on wearing a headscarf. The wearing of religious symbols, and especially Islamic symbols such as the headscarf, has become a hot button issue with the rise of populist sentiment across Europe, with some countries such as Austria considering a complete ban on the full-face veil in public." (03/14/17)


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)


France: Le Pen loses EU immunity for opposing Islamic State

Source: Yahoo! News

"Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was stripped of her European Parliament immunity Thursday after she tweeted images of Islamic State atrocities, paving the way for her prosecution by French authorities. Prosecutors launched a probe in December, 2015 over the graphic pictures that the French National Front (FN) leader posted on social media, which included the decapitated body of US journalist James Foley. … They showed Foley's bloodied body with his decapitated head on his torso, as well as a man on fire in a cage, and a victim being driven over by a tank. Police in the Paris suburb of Nanterre launched an investigation into 'the dissemination of violent images.'" (03/02/17)


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)


Greek bailout deal delayed for months as deadline missed again

Source: Bloomberg

"The latest stand-off between Greece and its creditors looks set to go on for several more months as euro-area finance ministers poured cold water on a quick agreement that would unlock further loans. Where once officials had pinpointed Monday's meeting of euro-area finance chiefs as the final chance for a deal before Europe's politicians get too distracted with national elections, now the maximum that can be achieved at the talks in Brussels is agreement on when to send bailout monitors back to Athens. … The current impasse — approaching seven years since Greece won its first bailout — stems from a refusal of European creditors to keep funding Greece without the participation of the International Monetary Fund. For its part, the Greek government refuses to comply with the extra austerity demanded by the IMF as a condition of its involvement." (02/20/17)