Don't Be Awkward, Be Proactive

Don't Be Awkward, Be Proactive

What Labour Leavers can do

So, the General Election was sprung upon us a week ago. It seems a gamble by Theresa May, albeit one with the odds well in her favour. Nevertheless one feels if she were a Brexiteer at heart, she would not have risked the process by allowing even the possibility for her majority to shrink. Every seat counts here, and the Lib Dems could well win some.

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Labour clearly haven't accepted the referendum result

Yesterday was a car crash of conflicting policy. But the end result is that Labour doesn't seem to accept the referendum result. This will cost votes.

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What a Brexit week...

By Ed Pond

So Article 50 was at last activated last Wednesday. It's a welcome waypoint in the process of leaving, but now the real hard slog starts. Expect months of hour-by-hour speculation, leaks, briefings against briefings, obfuscation, point-scoring, naff news graphics and all the rest. While scrutiny is healthy and can be constructive, we must not forget what some arch-remainers are trying to achieve from such 'House of Cards' tactics.

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Spain accused of causing Gibraltar traffic jams amid Brexit tensions

The Deputy Frist Minister of Gibraltar claims that Spanish Police on the border are causing problems for motorists seeking to enter the Rock amid increasing political tensions over the future of the British territory.

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Brexit: Chief EU negotiator brands Theresa May's withdrawal strategy 'risky'

The EU’s Negotiator Michel Barnier has said that the Prime Minister is being “risky” in seeking to hold our withdrawal negotiations and trade negotiations at the same time. Mr Barnier has set his priority of completing the withdrawal negotiations above securing a trading relationship.

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Brexit: Theresa May suggests free movement extension

The Prime Minister has suggested that free movement of people from the EU into the UK could be extended once the United Kingdom has actually departed from the European Union. The Prime Minister has discussed an “implementation period” to describe the post Brexit relationship with the EU.

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Theresa May is being held hostage over Brexit by 'curious cabal of old men', says Nick Clegg

Arch remainer and anti-democrat Nick Clegg has attacked the Prime Minister today by suggesting she is being held hostage by a “curious cabal of old men.” Speaking to the Guardian today Nick Clegg used the opportunity to attack the Brexit negotiations.

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Theresa May forced to defend claim she can seal Brexit deal in two years

The Prime Minister and Brexit supporters have come under attack by those seeking to thwart Brexit following comments made by the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel that concluding the negotiations in two years might not be possible.

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Did Spain just declare WAR on the UK???

A Spanish ship has illegally entered Gibraltar's territorial waters, the government has said.

"Illegal incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish Navy patrol ship Infanta Cristina this afternoon," the government of Gibraltar said on Twitter, alongside a video of the ship.

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Learning Your Trade Part 1

By Ed Pond

Article 50 will be invoked very soon, and from then on there will be lots of trade talk. This can be confusing and very often people get it wrong. Worse, they can get away with it at your expense, showing you up! I've been there. So here is trade simplified for your Brexit locker. 

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Knowing me and knowing you - the lie that we’ve been living for the past forty years

By David Price

Even the most ardent fan of the European Union must surely admit that Britain has had a troubled relationship with it. In Germany and France, where people are more signed up to 'the project', they constantly complain of always having to make exceptions for the British. For passionate EU advocates, we have always been the nail sitting proud that had to be hammered down.

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Britain’s treaty with Europe is dead. Time to strike a new one

The dangers to our continent eclipse even Brexit. We’re leaving the EU but will need a new forum for cooperation – perhaps the Treaty of London

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Today, a moment in history that will be remembered forever

Today at 12.30pm the Prime Minister will write to Brussels informing them that the United Kingdom is invoking Article 50, the process by which we will leave the European Union. For many people this is the culmination of the end of many years of work, the UK is finally leaving the EU.

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Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union.

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Latest News 28 March

By Ed Pond

The news was dominated this week by the terror attack in Westminster. It reminded us that there is a common cause we all believe in, even if there are differences in the country over Brexit’s delivery. We feel strongly about the future of the UK and who should shape it, but we have that fight through debate and democratic process. Perhaps both sides should be a little more civil sometimes, but it’s a damn good system.

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Powerful attempts are still being made to thwart Brexit

With Article 50 due to be invoked in a week’s time, the EU itself is trying to scupper a clear and successful Brexit for the UK and a highly privileged lawyer and remain fanatic is still attempting to halt the entire process before negotiations have even begun.

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Brext News Roundup

By Ed Pond

Last week, at last Theresa May had the authority (no, really this time) to activate Article 50. And she duly gained royal assent from the Queen on Thursday. It will be activated on Wednesday 29th, we have been told, May having waited for the 60 year anniversary celebrations of the Treaty of Rome to finish. Fair enough, it would have been criminal to take the fizz out of that expensive Champagne. Also, perhaps they should think on 1957 a while, and conclude the project should have ended at the simple common market that treaty created.

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Questions and answers on Labour and the Brexit negotiations

What has happened so far?

On 1st February 2017, about 80% of Labour MPs voted for triggering Article 50, thus helping to assure a House of Commons majority of 498 to 114. Despite a three-line whip in favour of the proposal in front of the House, 47 Labour MPs voted against and 5 did not vote – a total of about 20% of the Parliamentary Labour Party. 

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Is this the year of populism and patriotism?

Opinion Blog by Faye Lowley

It seems the winds of change are blowing fast and furiously this year ever since the summer of 2016 when a historic referendum was held, giving the people of Britain a chance to vote on membership of the EU.

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Nicola Grasps the Thistle

By Ed Pond

Last Monday was an exciting day. Nicola Sturgeon called for a second Scottish independence referendum. Quite possibly she was pressured into it by the Westminster wing of the SNP, to either influence or pre-empt the Article 50 amendments votes in Parliament. If the former, it didn't work. If the latter, it was prescient indeed, as the Commons later rejected the Lords' amendments, and the Lords quickly voted to back down. At last, Theresa May has the authority (no, really this time) to activate Article 50. She could do it this week, although our patience seems set to be tested a little while longer.

 

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