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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The Lords: Are We Content?

A second chamber within Parliament to scrutinise the House of Commons is a good idea in theory. Many parliaments and governments around the world (not all) have second chambers...

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BREXIT BILL PASSED

BREAKING NEWS: An historic moment is upon us. The UK Parliament has has passed the Brexit Bill, clearing the way for the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50 at her discretion.

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BREXIT OFFICIALLY ON HOLD!

Downing Street has today revealed that they have taken the decision to delay the triggering of Article 50, which was due to happen this week, and was most likely scheduled for tomorrow [Tuesday]. 

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Britain will rejoin EU after Brexit, say EU Chief

The most senior official in Brussels' today said he believes Britain can be persuaded to rejoin the European Union after even after voting for Brexit.

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, said: “I don't like Brexit because I would like to be in the same boat as the British.

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Questions and answers on Labour and the Brexit negotiations

By John Mills

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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Coffee and TV

By David Price

There are times when no matter how hard you try, you just cannot do it right. And let’s be clear, in last June’s EU referendum, the British government-backed Remain campaign tried very hard indeed. They threw everything – including the metaphorical kitchen sink – at us voters and still we came up with the wrong answer. They said that the sky would fall in if we went for Leave – ISIS would be sharpening their swords with glee, Putin would be poised to invade Poland and the British economy would find itself beneath Bangladesh – yet still we voted out. Well, today I can exclusively reveal one key trick that they missed – the single killer point that could have swung things back to Remain – “who will serve us coffee in Pret?”

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No. No. No. The EU's Nuclear Arms Project

By Ed Pond

There have been suggestions by prominent politicians that the EU should develop a nuclear weapons program, at first by co-opting French stockpiles. Their flimsy excuse is the fallacy that President Trump is not committed enough to NATO, and this makes especially Eastern Europe vulnerable to attacks from a resurgent Russia.

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BREAKING NEWS: Theresa May dealt second humiliating House of Lords defeat over her Brexit Bill.

Peers defied the government and voted by almost 100 to give Parliament a veto of the Prime Minister's final Brexit deal before it is signed Peers voted 366-268 (majority 98) tonight to give Parliament a chance to veto the Prime Minister's final exit deal with the EU before it is signed.

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The Media, the Press and Fake News

Opinion Blog by Faye Lowley

The Media has frequently been in the news of late! For many long years we in the public never doubted the validity or truth of the news we were fed, whether it was in print form or via television or radio. With its impartiality and expertise the BBC in particular has been like a shining light in times of war and problems throughout our recent history.

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That 90s Show - Tarzan Swings By and Sir Grey Keeps Wicket

By Ed Pond

Article 308 of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty reserved the right for the European Community to 'take the appropriate measures' if it found at any point the Treaty had 'not provided the necessary powers'. If it wanted to do something further down the line and found there wasn't the authority in its already vastly increased remit, the Council and Commission would simply award themselves that authority. 

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Without even trying, Brexit Britain is thriving. Wait until we really go for it

The good news on business investment just keeps on coming. This is categorically not what Remain predicted.

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Michael Heseltine ready to defy Theresa May over Brexit ahead of Lords showdown

Tory grandee Michael Heseltine has signalled he is ready to defy Theresa May over Brexit and will fight to change her plan to trigger Article 50 in the House of Lords.

 

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That 90s Show , Blair's last Hurrah

By Ed Pond

Mr Blair has had too much attention in the last few days. That could be a bad thing because it advances his selfish cause, while damaging Labour's, especially in terms of those by-elections on the 23rd (date's not an omen, surely?). But does it really advance his cause? 

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