Anti-Article 50 Platitudes

By Ed Pond, Labour Activist

Watching the speeches of those MPs opposing the Article 50 bill last week, it was a comprehensive recap of the unconvincing pro-EU arguments that have festooned the entire debate. Here are some of the best, or worst!

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MPs, Deal or no Deal?

Today, the government announced that the UK Parliament is set to have a ‘all or nothing’ vote on Brexit at the end of the negotiations with the European Union.

Theresa May has promised MPs a “take it or leave it” vote on the final draft of any EU exit deal, a deal hailed by the Anti-Brexit alliance as a “huge” concession.

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Who’s for Paella?

By Bryan Gould

Amidst all the wailing and tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth on the part of those who bemoan the UK’s decision to set its own course with Brexit, how many of those who regret the apparent breach with “Europe” have paused to consider the real identity of the “Europe” they seem to hold so dear?

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MPs WILL get meaningful vote

BREAKING NEWS: David Jones,  the Brexit minister, has just announced that both peers and MPs will get a vote on the final Brexit deal before it is agreed with the EU. 

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'UK could be fastest-growing G7 economy if it gets trade deals right'

PwC predicts UK will be hit in short term by Brexit, but will outperform US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan by 2050

The UK could shake off the near-term impact of Brexit to become the fastest-growing economy in the G7 group of rich countries between now and 2050, according to a report that paints a bright outlook for the country’s prospects outside the EU.

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Jeremy Corbyn facing fresh rebellion after issuing Brexit bill three-line whip

The Labour leader will now be preparing for yet another difficult week ahead iin the Commons when the bill reaches the end of its third reading.

Jeremy Corbyn has issued a second three-line whip, ordering his MPs to vote for the Government’s Brexit bill at its final hurdle in the Commons.

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Brexit and Labour

Opinion Piece by Faye Lowley

It is regrettable that the Supreme Court had to be involved in the matter of a parliamentary vote because of a case brought by a now infamous woman, Gina Miller. Parliament will have a vote on the triggering of Article 50, but many of us Brexiteers still feel slighted that there had to be a vote. Didn't the majority vote to leave the EU on June 23rd?- that should have been sufficient.

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MPs are trying to block Brexit after proposing 146 pages of changes to eight-line Article 50 bill

Opposition MPs have been accused of trying to block Brexit after tabling 146 pages of amendments to the Government’s Article 50 bill – despite it being just eight lines long.

A total of 287 different motions have been proposed by MPs, with the vast majority coming from Labour backbenchers.

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Confidence in the economy hits 18 month high as businesses shrug off their Brexit fears

Confidence among businesses has soared to an 18-month high as the economy prospers following the Brexit vote.

Research group IHS Markit said its index of future expectations among UK firms – where scores above 50 show increasing levels of optimism about the year ahead – rose from 68.9 in December to 71.1 in January.

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Ground Control

As the United Kingdom heads decisively towards the European Union departure lounge, Parliament must not let the people down – says David Price

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NEW BREXIT BATTLE: Theresa May faces FRESH legal challenge with claim over single market

The Single Market Justice Campaign says Britain joined the EEA separately from the EU - with a law in Parliament - and can therefore only leave if MPs pass another law.

If the judge agrees, the Prime Minister will have to ask the Commons to agree to triggering Article 127 of the EEA Treaty, which gives notice of the UK’s intention to leave.

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Brexit White Paper: Read the 12 key points from Theresa May's official plan for the UK

Today after much speculation and excitement the government has finally published its so called White Paper, setting out the Prime Minister's plans for leaving the European Union. This paper was promised today after yesterday’s vote on the second reading of the Bill to trigger Article 50, which the government won 498 to 114. 

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Article 50 bill second reading passed

Tonight, the government voted by 498 to 114 to trigger Article 50 for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to begin the transfer of sovereignty back from the EU to Britain.


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Three more court cases seeking to disrupt Brexit

A vote will take place in the Commons at 7pm after the Supreme Court agreed with campaigner Gina Miller that MPs should have a say on Article 50 - the starting gun for exit negotiations.

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An optimist's guide to Brexit

By Andrew Marr

You hear it in the dingy corners of a crumbling Westminster Palace, at discreetly expensive restaurants and in noxious, Christmas-festooned pubs. You hear it from former prime ministers and lowly special advisers, and even from foreign leaders.

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A Call to Colleagues

By Ed Pond, Labour activist

Stay strong, Jeremy Corbyn. Your current stance that we are definitely leaving the European Union, and should support the beginning of that process, is correct and responsible. Your line on single market membership and vacillations on immigration policy are not so good, although well-meaning. 

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Mr Corbyn is stuck between a rock and a hard Brexit

By Michael O'Sullivan

Last week we learnt that Jeremy Corbyn would be enforcing a three line whip on all Labour MP’s, making it very difficult for them to rebel and vote against the triggering of Article 50.

Although many Labour Brexiteers were pleased with this decision, it didn’t seem to be a politically astute move, based on the very fluid problems facing the Labour leader. Given that the indication is that the bill will likely pass the house with only a handful (if that) of Tory MP’s likely to vote against the triggering of Article 50, then perhaps Mr Corbyn should have allowed his MPs a free vote on this national issue of conscience?

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UK GDP growth shows consumers spending despite Brexit worries

It was supposed to be the moment of truth. Had the economy performed as George Osborne predicted it would in the fevered days before the referendum, late January 2017 would have been the moment when official data showed that output in the UK had contracted in both the third and fourth quarters of 2016 – the technical definition of a recession.


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Government publishes 137-word Brexit Bill that will give Theresa May the power to trigger Article 50

Jeremy Corbyn has revealed that Labour MPs will be subject to a three-line whip on the Article 50 bill and could be sacked if they block it.

The party leader told Sky News that "it's clearly a three-line whip" and called on MPs to unite around bigger issues rather than blocking the legislation.

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Better Late than Never

By Ed Pond, Labour activist

The Prime Minister’s encouraging speech is one she should have made in the first few weeks of her premiership. She did make a strong limited statement in the early days. As the months went on, though, months which saw all those Remain shenanigans and lost potential trade opportunities, she appeared to be drifting somewhat.

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