Tag Archives: United Kingdom

Brexit explained

Source: Cato Unbound
by Daniel Hannan

"The British problem — or, from a UK perspective, the European problem — is easily stated. The British people always wanted a common market in Europe, not a common government." (09/11/17)


Remainers' pro-migrant mask is slipping

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

"If there was ever any doubt that the pro-EU brigade’s support for immigration was little more than a virtuous veneer painted on to the technocratic reality of the EU, then that must surely have been dispelled by the latest intervention into the Brexitverse by ex-prime minister and prominent EUphile Tony Blair. At the weekend, Blair announced, by way of a report produced by his grandly, blandly named Institute for Global Change, that the UK can introduce stronger immigration-control measures and remain in the EU. In other words, so committed is Blair to the EU that he is prepared to drop any pretence of supporting the principle of freedom of movement if it means the UK can remain in the EU clubhouse." (09/12/17)


UK: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The government's bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first parliamentary test. MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 despite critics warning that it represented a 'power grab' by ministers. The bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, now moves onto its next parliamentary stage. Ministers sought to reassure MPs by considering calls for safeguards over their use of new powers." (09/11/17)


UK: Davis warns of chaotic Brexit if lawmakers block bill

Source: Bloomberg

"Brexit Secretary David Davis warned U.K. lawmakers that if they block a key piece of domestic legislation on Monday, it may lead to a 'chaotic' departure from the European Union. In a statement ahead of the vote, Davis rejected accusations that the government has launched a power grab with its European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which seeks to copy EU law and enshrine it in domestic legislation. The draft law contains so-called Henry VIII powers that allow ministers to make changes to existing laws, bypassing normal scrutiny by Parliament." (09/10/17)


Remainiacs become more Trump-like every day

Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

"As the third round of Brexit talks concludes, it will be news to nobody that Britain’s Remoaners have still not come to terms with the result of the referendum. One strange consequence of the vote is that many of those who in June 2016 presented themselves as sensible, measured and rational have since allowed that mask to slip, and have descended into outright demagoguery. Anti-Brexit fervour has gripped Britain’s pro-EU elite as scores of City lawyers, PR execs and policy wonks declare themselves on social media to be proud 'saboteurs' and members of the #Bresistance. Prominent Remainers seem unable to maintain any hold on reason or reality." (09/07/17)


UK: Four army members arrested on suspicion of belonging to neo-Nazi group

Source: Washington Post

"Four serving members of the army were arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of being members of a banned far-right group, British defense officials and police said Tuesday. The West Midlands Counterterrorism Unit said officers had arrested four people in central England alleged to be members of the neo-Nazi group National Action. The group is banned in the U.K., and an official list of banned groups describes it as 'virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic.' The force said the men were suspected of 'being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation' of terrorism acts." (09/05/17)


Brexit: EU warns Britain to "start negotiating seriously"

Source: New Indian Express [India]

"The EU told Britain bluntly today that it had to get serious about the Brexit negotiations and address key separation issues first before any talks about its future relationship with the bloc. The European Union says there has to be 'sufficient progress' in three key areas — EU citizen rights, Northern Ireland's border and the exit bill — before it will turn to post-Brexit arrangements, possibly beginning in October. … Both sides have repeatedly warned that the clock is ticking down to the March 2019 Brexit deadline and that they are the ones doing their best to make progress." (08/28/17)


UK: More than 100 treated after mystery "chemical haze" hits coast

Source: New York Daily News

"A mysterious chemical haze that left scores of people on the English coast with streaming eyes, sore throats and breathing problems has dissipated, but its cause remains a mystery, police and emergency services said Monday. The gas cloud appeared Sunday, sending people fleeing from the beach and cliffs at Birling Gap, a popular coastal spot 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of London. Life boats were dispatched to help clear people from the beaches there, and Eastbourne District General Hospital said it had treated more than 130 people. Sussex Police said the injuries were mostly minor. … 'Neither the gas nor its source have been established, but agencies are continuing to investigate and have not ruled out either on-shore or off-shore locations,' Sussex Police said." (08/28/17)


No return to Irish border [sic] posts, UK regime insists in Brexit plan

Source: Guardian [UK]

"The UK government will insist there must be 'no return to the hard borders of the past' as it publishes its proposals for ensuring goods and people can continue to travel freely between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. In the latest of a series of papers covering different aspects of Britain’s future relationship with the EU, David Davis’s Brexit department will say it hopes to agree upfront with the EU that there will be no need for 'physical infrastructure' such as new border posts. The future status of the land border between Northern Ireland, which will leave the EU along with the rest of the UK, and the Republic, which will remain a member, is one of the knotty issues the European commission has insisted must be resolved early in negotiations, before discussions about future trade relations can begin." (08/16/17)


UK: Big Ben to fall silent for four years during restoration project

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

"The bongs will soon be gone. Big Ben — the huge clock bell of Britain’s Parliament — will fall silent next week as a four-year restoration project gets underway. The bongs of the iconic bell will be stopped after chiming noon on Aug. 21 to protect workers during a 29-million-pound ($38 million) repair project on the Queen Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben and its clock. It isn’t due to resume regular service until 2021. … Big Ben has been stopped several times since it first sounded in 1859, but the current restoration project will mark its longest period of silence." (08/15/17)