Brexit will be a big test for the Civil Service as turf wars ‘waste time and energy’

The "turf wars" between the departments led by Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox had been a distraction, wasting time and energy, the Institute for Government (IfG) report said.

The analysis, drawing on official data, also found that some of the departments likely to have the heaviest workloads because of Brexit have been badly hit by budget and staff cuts.

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Article 50: How Labour should respond

The Labour Party faces an extremely difficult decision over the triggering of Article 50 which risks leaving the party in turmoil.

Although the overwhelming majority of Labour MPs campaigned for and voted to remain in the EU, despite the Party’s strongly pro-EU official stance, the referendum result revealed how 70% of Labour-held constituencies had Leave majorities, leaving a large number of Labour MPs at odds with their constituents.

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Labour can win in Stoke-on-Trent

Full Report: How Labour can win in Stoke-on-Trent by-election, so long as they select a ‘staunch’ Brexit candidate

The Labour party must pick a staunch Brexiteer for their candidate selection in Stoke-on-Trent or risk the humiliation of losing the by-election to the resurgence of Nuttall’s UKIP. If Labour pick a pro-Remain candidate our polling suggests they will lose the election. Equally, if they pick a Brexit-apathetic candidate, then the opportunity to secure the largest vote share available will be lost, along with potentially the seat.

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Labour MPs warned party 'may never form government again if it doesn't unite behind Brexit

The Supreme Court today ruled the Government must first seek the consent of Parliament before triggering Article 50 and EU divorce talks.

The judges' verdict is set to highlight divisions among Labour MPs over the party's position on Brexit.

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Straightforward' Brexit bill to be published within days, says Davis

David Davis has told parliament the government will publish a “straightforward” Brexit bill within days after a significant ruling by the supreme court.

The secretary of state for exiting the EU said he would respond quickly to judges’ demands to give MPs and peers a vote in parliament but warned that the “point of no return” for Brexit had already been passed.

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The jury’s out on Trumponomics, and the UK must still be cautious

When the US electorate chose Donald Trump as their next president, they voted for a big break from the liberal consensus which Hilary Clinton epitomised. Globalisation had not served Trump supporters well, and they wanted something radically different. We are now beginning to get more of a taste of what this might be.

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Turn and Face the Change

David Price argues that there was only ever one way that Theresa May could go today – to take Britain all the way out of the European Union, and start over…

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Let the pound fall and the economy rise

It has been just like old times. The pound has been falling on the foreign exchanges and, like a patient in intensive care, there are daily bulletins about its health. Charts show that when adjusted for different patterns of trade down the ages it is at its lowest for 168 years.

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Nissan boss voices confidence in post-Brexit Britain as a 'competitive place to do business' after crunch talks with PM on future of Sunderland plant

Theresa May won a vote of confidence from the boss of Nissan today following crunch talks on Brexit.
Carlos Ghosn said he was convinced the UK would remain 'competitive place to do business' after discussions with the PM in Downing Street.

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Remainers and Eurocrats will never bully the British people into giving up on Brexit

Clearly, the Brexit story is going to be full of drama. In the last week alone we have had an appeal to the High Court on behalf of the sacred sovereignty of the British Parliament – and Marmitegate. Neither of these things was what it seemed.

The solemn court action, couched in the high-flown language of British democratic principle, was just a peculiarly brazen attempt by irreconcilable Remainers to appropriate the most powerful argument of the Brexit campaign for their own purposes.

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Labour Leave is vital to Brexit’s delivery

Labour Leave played a crucial role during the referendum, working in the Labour heartlands to secure Labour support for Brexit. Despite all the odds, Labour Leave beat the Labour in for Britain campaign. On referendum night we saw virtually every Labour seat outside of London support a vote to leave, and as a consequence the UK left the EU. The referendum would not have been won but for the efforts of Labour Leave campaign securing enough support among Labour voters for Brexit.

 

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‘Giving meaning to Brexit', by Andrew Tyrie MP

In a paper, published today by Open Europe, Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, outlines some of the choices available to the Government to give meaning to Brexit and the principles underpinning how it should proceed. He suggests taking several options off the table.


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Trade Barriers and Brexit

Sadly, civil war within the Labour Party continues. As we hack through the thickets of legal challenges, NEC elections and rival claims to both the body and soul of the Party, it seems likely that Jeremy Corbyn will be re-elected as Party Leader. If this happens, the choices faced by both Labour MPs and supporters generally become ever more stark.

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Have you got a vote to pick Labour's leader?

In the coming months, Labour Party members and supporters will vote in a contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith to lead the essential role of holding Theresa May's government to account.

We’re reminding you that today is your last chance to secure your vote for Labour leader at this critical time. Labour Leave believes Brexit offers a golden opportunity to create a fairer future for the UK. As Her Majesty's Opposition, a strong future for Labour is vital to the renewal of our democracy in coming years.

 

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Labour is at a crossroads - it must accommodate Leave voters or risk losing them

The United Kingdom is still a full member of the European Union and will be a full member until we formally trigger Article 50, beginning the process of withdrawal. Whoever emerges as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister must be prepared to work with all parties in the House of Commons to secure the best deal for the UK in its new relationship with the EU. In the same vein, the Labour Party should be fully prepared to accept any invitation to work with the government for a successful Brexit.

At present, the Labour Party is in the midst of a leadership crisis. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was elected on a huge mandate by the membership just under a year ago but a majority of Labour MPs passed a motion of no confidence in Corbyn's leadership. The trade unions are trying to broker a deal between the feuding camps.

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The Business Case for Brexit

Many thousands of words have been written on the subject of how the UK will fare should we vote to leave the European Union on 23 June. I would hazard a guess that the majority have been devoted to how our economy is sure to fail on the back of prolonged business uncertainty due to suspended EU trade deals.

However, it is likely that many fewer words have been written describing the balanced view - that while there will undoubtedly be some uncertainty, it is inevitable that there will be some very substantial economic benefits too.

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I'll be voting Leave: a "reformed EU" isn't on the ballot paper

In the fuzzy world of European identity and future though unspecified "reforms" the EU can sound great. But I'll be voting on what the EU is, and what it does, and what it wants to do.

There seem to be two clear camps on the Brexit question: those who loathe the EU, and those who don’t know much about it. Even its highest profile supporters feel the need to list its profound shortcomings as part of their rallying cry to Remain. The most surprising thing about the debate so far isn’t that the left have, in general, sided with Remain. It is that so many of them have shown complete indifference to fundamental democratic rights.

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Brexit the Comix Strip

"Brexit: The Comic Strip", your antidote against scaremongering, by artist Jørgen Bitsch.

Originally printed in the Norwegian No to EU's booklet Vett nr. 2 2016 .

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Want to save the NHS from TTIP? Vote to Leave the EU

Jeremy Corbyn recently said he would veto a trade deal called 'TTIP' if he became leader. He is right to do that. This deal is a major threat to British jobs, working people and public services, especially the NHS. But it will not be possible for Jeremy to veto this deal if we remain a member of the EU. We will be forced to accept its damaging consequences.

TTIP is a trade deal that is currently being negotiated behind closed doors between the EU and US. It will make it easier for American companies to access British and EU industries – from healthcare to manufacturing – and vice versa. As with all trade deals, it will mean giving American companies unrestricted access to sectors of our economy in return for them doing the same.

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The EU Referendum Pits Big Business Against Working People - That’s Why I’m Voting ‘Leave’

More Labour supporters than ever are choosing to vote ‘Leave’.

One reason is surely because Labour people have seen multinational corporations jump to the defence of the EU, including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs - and many other banks that crashed the economy. It is becoming clear that this EU referendum campaign is increasingly pitting the vested interests of big business against normal working people.

Why? Firstly, because the EU has helped big business pay lower wages. The free movement of people has allowed multinational companies to shift their labour-intensive operations, like manufacturing, to low-cost countries in the EU - or, more likely yet, bring in workers to the UK from elsewhere in the EU, like Romania and Bulgaria, who are willing to work for lower, and depressingly unfair, wages.

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