Shadow Cabinet members tell Corbyn: respect Brexit vote, no ref before GE

Lavery, Trickett and others remind Labour leader of 2017 commitment to enact 2016 referendum result A number of Shadow Cabinet members, including party chair Ian Lavery and and senior member […]
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A Right Royal Bust-Up

On this episode of TyskySour Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani give their take on the Queen’s speech, discuss the reported fallout at the top of Labour, and debate what should come first: A General Election or Second Referendum.
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Poland’s Law and Justice party has triumphed again by fusing left and right

The party’s combination of generous welfare policies and social conservatism has delivered another decisive election victory. For a state experimenting with new forms of social spending, look no further than Poland.  Since entering power in 2015, the Law and Justice party (known by its Polish acronym, PiS) has been building what its 70-year-old leader Jarosław Kaczyński calls the
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Queen’s Speech focuses on post-Brexit fixes

Over a third of the 26 bills mentioned in the Queen's speech replace, remove or renew EU measures as others offer a populist stance on 'law and order'.
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The Queen's Speech was an election broadcast, but not a very good one

Shorn of a majority, the government can use these events to talk about its values, and little else. This was a surreal Queen’s Speech, because there is a strong case to argue that the monarch setting out the programme of a government with no majority is no more newsworthy than, say, Jo Swinson shooting the breeze for 45 minutes about the
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The Queen's Speech is an election broadcast, but not a very good one

Shorn of a majority, the government can use these events to talk about its values, and not much else. This was a surreal Queen’s Speech, because there is a strong case to argue that the monarch setting out the programme of a government with no majority is no more newsworthy than, say, Jo Swinson shooting the breeze for 45 minutes about
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How a no-deal Brexit would harm the UK’s public finances for decades

The national debt would rise to its highest level since the 1960s – an increase that could take years to unwind.  Virtually all economic forecasters expect that a no-deal Brexit will be economically harmful for the UK, at least in the short to medium term. If you believe what you have seen written on the sides of buses, it might seem
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Would no-deal Brexit lead to a rise in hate crime?

The blame game will be cranked into a higher gear. The country’s in a delicate state. The backdrop is bad enough. The number of recorded hate crimes has  more than doubled  in the last five years. Reporting has improved, contributing somewhat to the figures, but perception matters: normalisation of rising hate crime and expressions of public prejudice embolden perpetrators.
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Why support for a second Brexit referendum is rising fast among Labour MPs

Shadow business secretary and Corbyn ally Rebecca Long-Bailey is the latest major figure to back a new public vote.  The SNP is in Aberdeen for its conference, but the eyes of the press are on the Queen’s Speech in London, which will kick off the new parliamentary session. It will be a particularly strange affair. The Conservative government has no
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Among Labour MPs, the mood is changing on a second referendum

Rebecca Long-Bailey, previously seen as one of the shadow cabinet’s biggest critics of a second referendum policy, has become the latest big name to weigh in behind it. The SNP is in Aberdeen for its conference, but the eyes of the press are on the Queen’s Speech in London, which will kick off the new parliamentary session. It will be
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Five things you need to know today: Brexit edges closer, and Kurds reach deal with Syria

Also: SNP back drugs decriminalisation. Yet more Brexit talks due This weekend's technical talks between the UK and Brussels over the terms of Brexit proved “constructive”, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said, but what is described as a “big gap” over the terms of a final deal remains. Both sides seemed more positive on
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Amerexit? Trump and the End of the Anglo-American Order

( Tomdispatch.com ) – Donald Trump may prove to be the ultimate Brexiteer. Back in August 2016, in the midst of his presidential campaign, he proudly tweeted, “They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!” On the subject of the British leaving the European Union (EU) he’s neither faltered nor wavered. That June, he was […]
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Down on the farm, Brexit casts its shadow

Author:  Sun, 2019-10-13 23:03 EAST GRINSTEAD, UK: On the face of it, Ellie Woodcock’s organic farm two hours south of London shouldn’t be affected by Britain’s impending departure from the EU. “We don’t export anything, so that wouldn’t affect my farm. We sell very much directly to the English public and quite locally,” she told AFP. But even with no
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SNP leadership crush conference rebellion on “plan B” for independence

Calls to push ahead with independence negotiations without a referendum were overwhelmingly rejected, in a coup for Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP’s annual conference in Aberdeen has kicked off not with a rebellion but the resounding defeat of one, after a call for delegates to vote on a “plan B” for securing independence was overwhelmingly rejected in a floor vote.  Chris
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Ian Blackford kicks off SNP conference by calling for an election

Blackford's speech, and the SNP's strategy, make it hard to see how a Brexit referendum can be secured in this parliament. Ian Blackford, the SNP’s leader at Westminster, has kicked their annual conference off with a major speech that reiterated the dividing lines the party wants to draw in a looming general election – and underlined the party’s opposition to another In-Out
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Watson, McDonnell, Starmer, Thornberry ride roughshod over Labour policy. Here are MPs that might save it

‘Take-over’ reflected in sudden push of ‘referendum-first’ plan by front-benchers – riding roughshod over Labour’s agreed policy Hard on the heels of the John McDonnell-driven removal of key Corbyn staff […]
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16,000 Dead in the UK: the Brexit Connection

Thousands of Britons died last winter because they couldn’t afford adequate heating. Former UK MP George Galloway joins Rick Sanchez to explain how poverty and inequality in the UK contributed to the country’s decision to leave the EU.
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Referendum-first ‘Watson plan’ taking hold of LOTO – ‘pushed by McDonnell’, say media

Plan pushed by Watson – said to be backed by McDonnell A plan pushed by Tom Watson to delay a general election for months and push for a referendum to […]
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Hopes rise as EU agrees to boost Brexit talks

The decision followed a briefing of the EU's 27 ambassadors by the bloc's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, where he described discussions with his British counterpart as 'constructive'.
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End of the road: Dyson crashes out of race to make electric cars

Author:  Sat, 2019-10-12 02:37 SINGAPORE: British inventor James Dyson has dropped out of the race to produce electric cars in the face of stiff competition and after criticism of the Brexit-backing billionaire’s decision to build the vehicle in Singapore. Dyson, known for his bagless vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans, announced two years ago that he was investing £2 billion ($2.5 billion)
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What the DUP's response to Boris Johnson's Brexit plan does and doesn't say

It isn’t the straightforward no Westminster has come to expect from the Northern Irish party, but nor is it yet an endorsement.  After Boris Johnson’s meeting with Leo Varadkar broke up - not with another round of acrimonious briefing - but with a joint statement revealing that an agreed pathway to a deal on the Irish border existed, it was
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An encounter with Tony Blair was a reminder the UK needs profound change

The former PM g rasps the scale of the UK’s predicament but not the full need for transformative constitutional reform.  Until this week, I hadn’t seen Tony Blair in the flesh for 22 years. He was weeks from becoming prime minister then; I was a cub reporter who had somehow sneaked an interview for the furiously anti-Blair, pro-Major
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The split between Rugby League and Rugby Union is the story of national class division

The Webb Ellis myth aimed to cement the claim of union’s leaders that rugby belonged to the public school men. Success for the England football or cricket teams can bring moments of national unity. Success for the England rugby union team in their World Cup campaign, currently nearing the end of the group stage, would bring a timely reminder of national
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The split between Rugby League and Rugby Union is the story of national class division

The Webb Ellis myth aimed to cement the claim of union’s leaders that rugby belonged to the public school men. Success for the England football or cricket teams can bring moments of national unity. Success for the England rugby union team in their World Cup campaign, currently nearing the end of the group stage, would bring a timely reminder of national
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Brexit negotiations enter "the tunnel" – but will they produce a deal?

Michel Barnier has given the go-ahead for intensive negotiations on the Irish border to begin.  After a fractious week produced an unlikely agreement between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar, Brexit talks are entering “the tunnel”: the period of intensive, private negotiations from which a deal, if it is really in the offing, will emerge. That yesterday’s
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We forget to reckon with Boris Johnson's lack of political principles

At times like this, it's worth remembering that Johnson will do anything that's in his own best interests. Yesterday was a little embarrassing for political journalists, not least myself. Columns and weekly publications of all stripes went to press in the certainty that no deal was forthcoming from Boris Johnson’s unworkable Brexit proposals; I (in the good company, at least, of most
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McDonnell urges Campbell to reapply for Labour membership – and calls attempt to remove Watson “fiasco”

Shadow Chancellor gives revealing interview to former Blair spin doctor In an interview soon to be published, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell reveals his opinion on a number of controversial issues. […]
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For the first time in Boris Johnson’s premiership, a Brexit deal looks almost plausible

Of course, we aren’t there yet. We might yet look back at today's optimistic reporting as the prelude to another round of the blame game. White smoke? Yesterday's crisis talks between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar have produced what nobody expected: the basis of a deal on the Irish border. After a week of acrimonious briefing and counter-briefing as
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Five things you need to know today: Sanctions proposed as Turkey moves into Syria

Plus, talks suggest "pathway" to Brexit deal and MPs call to keep free TV licences for over 75s. Republicans seek sanctions as civilians flee Turkish offensive on Kurds Republicans in the US House of Representatives have proposed sanctions against Turkey as the country continues its move into areas of Syria controlled by Kurdish groups. Civilians living in the region have  begun
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New Brexit Hopes After Johnson And Varadkar Say ‘Pathway To Deal Exists

By Benjamin Fox (EurActiv) — Hopes of a Brexit deal were dramatically revived on Thursday (10 October) following three hours The post New Brexit Hopes After Johnson And Varadkar Say ‘Pathway To Deal Exists appeared first on Eurasia Review .
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Deeper oil supply cut ‘an option,’ says OPEC chief

Author:  Thu, 2019-10-10 22:42 LONDON: A deeper cut in oil supplies is among options for OPEC and its allies to consider in December, its secretary general said on Thursday as the producer group’s forecasts pointed to slower global growth and lower demand next year. OPEC, Russia and other producers, an alliance known as OPEC+, have since January implemented a deal to
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Is Boris Johnson about to U-turn on the Irish border?

The Prime Minister and Leo Varadkar agree that a pathway to a potential deal exists – but it almost certainly means jettisoning the DUP. Could a Brexit deal be in the offing after all? After a crisis summit on the Wirral, Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar have put their names to a conciliatory statement talking up the chances of a
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Boris Johnson could be about to U-turn on the Irish border

The Prime Minister and Leo Varadkar agree that a pathway to a potential deal exists – but it almost certainly means jettisoning the DUP. Could a Brexit deal be in the offing after all? After a crisis summit on the Wirral, Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar have put their names to a conciliatory statement talking up the chances of a
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Can Labour MPs stop the rush to an early election?

Jeremy Corbyn's parliamentary party is deeply uneasy about his calls for a snap poll. No second referendum before a general election: that was the gist of Jeremy Corbyn's big speech in Northampton this morning, in which he insisted that Labour is "champing at the bit" for a snap poll once an Article 50 extension is secured later this month. It's
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Boris Johnson once denounced the West for betraying the Kurds. Where is he now?

The Prime Minister has remained silent on Donald  Trump’s shameful decision to allow Turkey to assault the Kurds of northern Syria.  In August 2014, as the Kurds of Iraq and Syria were menaced by the malevolent fighters of Isis, Boris Johnson appealed to the world’s sympathies. “ It would be an utter tragedy if we did not
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Dead on Arrival: Why Johnson’s Irish Border Proposals Don’t Offer a Way Around the Backstop

“…Ireland owes this country no concessions, it owes it no quarter, it owes it nothing,” said Bonnie Greer during a Question Time debate on Brexit. The American-British playwright and novelist provided perhaps the best summary of the Irish political mood in British media since the start of the UK’s efforts to leave the EU. Importantly, […]
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Why Boris Johnson’s meeting with Leo Varadkar is unlikely to lead to any progress on Brexit

It isn't a question of each side giving an inch, but of two fundamentally irreconcilable positions on customs and the Irish border.  Is Boris Johnson going to make a breakthrough on his Brexit proposals in his meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today? It's tempting to imagine that the answer could somehow be yes: that the hostile briefing to the
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Internal Dissolution: Brexit and the Disunited Kingdom

While the European family seems to be having its internal spats – populist sparks within threatening to light the powder keg – the marshals and deputies, for the most part, are attempting to contain the British contagion. Britain is still scheduled to leave on October 31 without a deal with the European Union. The divorce More The post Internal Dissolution: Brexit and the Disunited Kingdom appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
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Five things you need to know today: Pompeo on Turkey, and rugby rained off

Also, food on public transport could be banned. US denies approving Turkey’s Syria offensive Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has said the US did not “green light” Turkey’s latest offensive in northern Syria.  Pompeo was defending President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from the border, which has come in
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Johnson’s Brexit Strategy Flies In Face Of Reality – OpEd

By Andrew Hammond* Boris Johnson is facing a massive few days for his Brexit strategy as he prepares for next The post Johnson’s Brexit Strategy Flies In Face Of Reality – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review .
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Myths from a small island: the dangers of a buccaneering view of British history

The idea of “Global Britain” ignores the reality of our imperial past and pretends the UK can become a trading superpower through optimism alone As Brexit has blazed through British public life, torching our constitution, party system, economic ties and diplomatic relationships, its appetite has been fed by a combustible mix of loss, betrayal and dispossession. These are not just powerful political emotions:
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David Pemsel: from the Guardian to the Premier League

The former ad man who helped turn around the newspaper’s fortunes has been appointed chief executive of football’s top-level league.  When it was announced in early October that Guardian chief executive David Pemsel was to become chief executive of the Premier League, the jokes came thick and fast. The tweeted response of Henry Mance of the Financial Times
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Stewart Lee: “It feels like watching news from another country”

The comedian on how Brexit killed satire.  On 24 June 2016, Stewart Lee learned his career in stand-up comedy could be over. He had been up until 5am, trying to make sense of a referendum result that left his latest script in tatters, before driving from Bristol to London for a doctor’s appointment. He was told he had severe high blood
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Zadie Smith’s Grand Union: stories from a wandering mind

Smith’s playful short stories reference #MeToo and Brexit but are at their best when they delve beyond the anxieties of modern life. In a recent essay in the New York Review of Books (NYRB) , Zadie Smith describes herself as “having a lot of contradictory voices knocking around my head… My strongest feelings and convictions might easily be otherwise, had
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If Jeremy Corbyn cannot lead a national unity government, he must still shape it

The Labour leader should insist on becoming deputy prime minister and seek to thwart the creation of a new centrist party.  The legal text of the proposed Brexit deal has not been seen. Not by the British parliament and not by any of the 27 EU member governments. If we were dealing with honest politicians that might not matter: but
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What we learned from the first Speaker's hustings

The nine candidates to succeed John Bercow faced off in Parliament this morning. Only one candidate is willing to attack John Bercow... Predictably, the first question asked of all nine candidates concerned the man they want to replace: John Bercow. Had the incumbent damaged his office’s reputation for impartiality? Only one candidate, the former Tory minister Shailesh
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Leader: An unserious country

For privileged Leavers, no deal is “nothing to be frightened of”. In July 2018 at a private dinner at the Institute of Directors, Boris Johnson invited his audience to imagine “Trump doing Brexit”. He elaborated: “He’d go in bloody hard. There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might
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First Thoughts: Why climate activists should stand up not sit in, Fox’s mints, and the moral of “Nick”

Blocking streets sends the subliminal message that concerns about global heating belong to the fringes. My sympathies lie with Extinction Rebellion, which is blocking London streets as I write. But I fear that continually preventing Londoners from going about their lawful business will provoke more people to dismiss the protesters as, in Boris Johnson’s words, “uncooperative crusties” with “heaving, hemp-smelling bivouacs”.
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