Tag Archives: United Kingdom

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

UK: One dead, ten injured in attack on London mosque

Source: Telegraph [UK]

“One man has died and 10 others are injured after a van was rammed into worshippers in a terror attack near a London mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed: ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims.’ The van driver — described by witnesses as a large white man — was detained by members of the public after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday that police said had ‘all the hallmarks of terrorism.’ The white van ploughed into pedestrians as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am.” (06/19/17)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/19/finsbury-park-mosque-latest-terror-attack-london-live/

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/

UK: May delays Queen’s Speech as she grapples to lead minority government

Source: Sky News [UK]

“Theresa May’s Queen’s Speech has been thrown into chaos after she was forced to delay it, according to Sky sources. The Prime Minister has postponed the key address — due to be on 19 June — as she grapples with how to control a minority government. The Queen is expected to attend Parliament a few days later to give the speech that reveals that year’s legislative agenda. A Labour spokesperson responded: ‘Number 10’s failure to confirm the date of the Queen’s speech shows that this government is in chaos, as it struggles to agree a backroom deal with a party with abhorrent views on LGBT and women’s rights.'” (06/12/17)

http://news.sky.com/story/david-davis-admits-government-may-pursue-softer-brexit-10913263

UK: May brings back foe, aiming to unite party before Brexit

Source: Reuters

“Prime Minister Theresa May reappointed most of her ministers on Sunday but brought a Brexit campaigner and party rival into government to try to unite her Conservatives after a disastrous election sapped her authority, days before Brexit talks begin. The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the ‘whole of the Conservative Party’ when she appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister.” (06/11/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-election-idUSKBN19208I

The return of two-party politics? Dream on

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Amid all the gasps over the UK election result, there has also been an audible sigh of relief in political and media circles. And it’s growing louder. It might even turn into the loudest cry of the post-election moment. It’s a sigh which basically says: yes, Theresa May’s failure to get a majority could scupper the Brexit negotiations, and yes Jeremy Corbyn’s gain in seats has rattled and discomfited many, but at least we’re returning to two-party politics. At least British politics, following daft forays into new parties and populist experiments, is anchoring itself once more upon that binary we all like and understand: Blue / Red, Right / Left. Everyone is saying this — and they’re all wrong. The return to two-party politics is entirely illusory.” (06/09/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-return-of-two-party-politics-dream-on-general-election-result/

The general election: Where to go next

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“The reason I hoped for a small Conservative majority was my fear that a vast mandate would let them set about passing more police state laws. They now have that small majority, and will be advised to try passing very few contentious laws. There are obvious reforms needed to welfare and education. But these are not pressing, and can be put off to another Parliament. Censoring the Internet is best avoided on the grounds of practicality. So too dropping more bombs in the Middle East, and provoking Russia. If they can hold together, and get us out of the European Union on reasonable terms, they may not be able to get a two thirds majority for another dissolution. Even so, they will be back in business, and can expect a decent majority when the next election falls due according to law. Or, if they lose the next election, they can remain in being, and hope to win the one after.” (06/11/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/06/11/the-general-election-where-to-go-next/

False dawn or new hope: As May limps on with right-wing pact, Labour unity is key

Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“Like many others, I rejoiced through the night at the astounding UK election results, which seemed to presage a much needed, much longed-for paradigm shift in the poisonous bipartisan neoliberal consensus that has imprisoned the politics of the UK (and US) for so many years. But this morning finds us in what might be an even worse situation, as a wounded — and woefully incompetent — Theresa May limps to the palace to form a government that will be utterly at the mercy of the right-wing sectarian cranks of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. And since the government-forming deal won’t be a formal coalition, the DUP will be able to extract whatever concessions they please from May, who will obviously do anything to cling to power.” (06/09/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/false-dawn-or-new-hope-as-may-limps-on-with-right-wing-pact-labour-unity-is-key-09062017.html