The Labour Brexit letter the Guardian wouldn’t publish

As the SKWAWKBOX showed at the beginning of January, the Guardian claimed that Jeremy Corbyn was ‘under pressure’ from Labour members to come out in favour of a so-called “people’s […]
| Uncategorized, centrists, Corbyn |

Brexit: Theresa May seeks bilateral treaty with Ireland — report

A British newspaper says a bilateral deal with Dublin to remove the contentious Brexit backstop arrangement is being planned. A parliamentary plot to take control of the withdrawal process appears to be gaining traction.
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Brexit: Theresa May seeks bilateral treaty with Ireland

May has outlined a plan to change or remove the Northern Ireland backstop from the EU withdrawal agreement. A parliamentary plot to take control of the withdrawal process appears to be gaining traction.
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Vive La Résistance: Brexit, Yellow Vests, and the Fate of the EU

“There’s a military base – a German military base, with the help of NATO – being built for urban warfare training…Why would Europe need a training camp for urban warfare if they wouldn’t expect upheavals that you may see in … The post Vive La Résistance: Brexit, Yellow Vests, and the Fate of the EU appeared first on Global Research .
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BlackRock, GSAM plan to move to New York

LONDON: BlackRock and Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) both plan to temporarily move some British-based fund managers to New York in the event of a no-deal Brexit, two sources disclosed. The portfolio managers would eventually be transferred to mainland Europe to handle client accounts there once Britain and the European Union agreed a regulatory framework, they added. But neither of the firms, who together employ more
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Brexit bullion: Fear of no-deal triggers Irish gold rush

Author:  Joe STENSON | AFP ID:  1547920215100378600 Sat, 2019-01-19 03:06 DUBLIN: In a vault under the streets of Dublin a pot of gold owned by anxious investors is growing every day Britain edges closer to leaving the EU without a deal. “They’re worried about a significant devaluation in sterling if there’s a hard Brexit,” said Seamus Fahy.
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Angela Merkel sees Germany-France as drivers of European unity

With Brexit looming on the horizon and populist parties calling for further EU exits, European unity has been shaken. In a video message, Merkel explained why she thinks a new friendship treaty with Paris will help.
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Angela Merkel sees Germany and France as drivers of European unity

With Brexit looming on the horizon and populist parties calling for further EU exits, European unity has been shaken. In a video message, Merkel explained why she thinks a new friendship treaty with Paris will help.
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The shutdown’s effect on the US economy, explained

“The longer it goes on, the bigger the risk is of broader damage.” The government shutdown isn’t catastrophic for the US economy on a broad level — at least not yet. But real risk lies in letting it go on longer. The partial government shutdown initiated over an impasse between President Donald Trump and Congress amid his insistence that a funding bill include $5 billion for his border wall will reach its 28th day at
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Will Brexit Blow Up Britain’s Conservative Party?

Europe has ended the careers of many a Tory prime minister. If Theresa May can’t forge a deal that carries a majority, she could send the party into the political wilderness.
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Europe on the Brink of Collapse?

The Empire’s European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it. The European Union (EU), the conglomerate of vassals. Trump calls them irrelevant, and he doesn’t care what they think about him, they deserve to be collapsing. They, the ‘vassalic’ EU, a group of 28 countries, […]
| Bank of North Dakota, Brexit, Chancellor Angela Merkel |

Vox Sentences: Who’s at the top of Moscow Tower?

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter , delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Lies surround Trump’s business in Russia; an explosion in Colombia’s capital. Report: Trump told Cohen to lie
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9 experts on Theresa May’s “Plan B” and what’s next for Brexit

The United Kingdom still doesn’t have a plan for how to break up with the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Parliament with her so-called “Plan B” for Brexit on Monday, not even a week after her first Brexit deal suffered a historic defeat in Parliament. Things are not looking great. After surviving a no-confidence vote on Wednesday, May had just a few days to come up with a better
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Brexit: State, Sovereignty, Power

After May’s Brexit deal fell apart in parliament this week, James Butler is joined by Richard Seymour to pick apart the politics of Brexit: what is state power? And is sovereignty an illusion – or an indispensable part of politics? And why is the British state so scared of Jeremy Corbyn?
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Britain's Brexit Dithering: It's Time to Let the UK Go

With this week's vote in parliament, it's clear that the British aren't close to clarifying their future relationship with Europe, or even knowing what they want. It might be best if we let them figure that out on their own, outside the European Union.
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Irreconcilable Differences: A Divided Britain Faces a No-Deal Brexit

Can Britain still regain control? After weeks of power struggles and an historic parliamentary defeat for the prime minister, it is unclear if the UK can still agree on a Brexit deal. Or whether a no-deal departure has become inevitable.
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Can Conservative MPs change leader without consulting their members?

Some Tories believe they could elect a new prime minister amongst themselves – before giving members a say in a year’s time. With Theresa May’s victory in last month’s vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party came a year’s immunity from further challenge – and, as far as she was concerned, a mandate to deliver Brexit.
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Brexit: how a third-party mediator could break the parliamentary impasse

Lightspring/Shutterstock With Theresa May’s failure to pass the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons, Brexit has entered a phase common to many intractable conflicts in world politics. There is now a three-way standoff across all of the UK’s political parties over how to break the impasse. One group will accept the withdrawal agreement in its current form, another wants a harder Brexit up to and including a “no deal” outcome,
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How Britain's Ministry of Defence is playing for time (and money) in a dangerous world

shutterstock In December 2018, just before policymakers and pundits escaped their besieged bunkers for Christmas, the UK government published the long-awaited final report on its Modernising Defence Programme. This programme was meant to update the military commitments made in the last full-blown Strategic Defence and Security Review of 2015. How far it has succeeded in that task is debatable, however. The report’s brevity and lack of detail left
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Why Arlene Foster is denying the DUP could live with a soft Brexit

It’s no secret that the DUP could accept a customs union or Norway-style Brexit. But it can’t let Tory Brexiteers know that. The DUP has issued a curious rebuttal to a well-sourced story in today’s  Times  on its leadership’s openness to a Brexit solution involving a customs union or single market membership. Senior sources within the party tell the
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The EU - and European citizens - are ever more exasperated by Brexit Britain’s antics

In Brussels, impatience with the UK’s farcical indecision is rising by the day.  Brussels is watching t he UK’s political crisis with ever greater incredulity.  “I urge the UK to clarify its intentions as soon as possible,” EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker declared after the House of Commons rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal by a record margin. “Time is
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Jeremy Corbyn: what's really happening when he says 'no' to Brexit talks?

Jeremy Corbyn will not talk to Theresa May unless she agrees to rule out a no-deal Brexit . The UK Labour leader will get a cheer whenever he says this publicly over the next few days, because it sounds like he is merely insisting that leaving without a withdrawal agreement should not be an option regarding Britain’s exit from the EU. But that is not at all he is saying. What he really means is that there are
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Syrian, Scottish, British: how I came to belong before I became a UK citizen

I woke up early that day feeling anxious, with one thought ricocheting around my head: at 10.30am this morning, I shall become a British citizen. Then another thought muscled in: but I am a citizen already. I have always felt a strong sense of belonging to Scotland, to Britain, despite the fact my passport is Syrian. It felt strange and conflicting. There were 51 of us attending the citizenship ceremony. We stood in a room overlooking Edinburgh’s
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Theresa May loves to claim she is acting in the 'national interest' – but what does that actually mean?

At a time of national crisis, it is perhaps unsurprising to hear appeals to the national interest . Theresa May has called on it innumerable times when she has asked MPs to back her Brexit deal. Jeremy Corbyn uses the same concept to implore May to move aside and call a general election. But times of crisis are in large part about the debasement of political norms and social mores. Old patterns and established behaviours crack.
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In her Brexit stand-off with Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May is winning the PR war but losing her MPs’ support

The Prime Minister’s public standing is stronger, but privately problems are brewing within the Conservative Party.  The longer one looks at the talks between Theresa May and opposition MPs, the harder it becomes to claim they are negotiations in any real sense of the word. Downing Street has told reporters that the government will not support a customs union, membership of
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UK shoppers rein in spending as Brexit nears

Author:  Reuters ID:  1547808102920495800 Fri, 2019-01-18 10:38 LONDON: British shoppers cut back on spending in the three months to December for the first time since last spring, adding to evidence of a consumer slowdown as Brexit approaches, data showed on Friday. Retail sales volumes fell 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter after a 0.2 percent rise in
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Ryanair airs profit warning for second time in three months

Author:  Reuters ID:  1547798320089932300 Fri, 2019-01-18 07:54 DUBLIN: Ryanair cut its forecast for full-year profit for the second time in three months on Friday, this time blaming lower than expected winter fares, and said it cannot rule out a further downgrade if Brexit causes unexpected developments. Europe’s largest low-cost carrier now expects profit after tax for its
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No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit

Theresa May’s prime ministership remains one of torment, drawn out, and weakened daily. But does it really matter? If it is true to claim that people deserve the government they elect, then there is something madly representative of the debacle of May’s leadership, one where problems are sought for any possible solutions. Steering through the […]
| Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May |

Asia braces for ‘serious challenges’ of a no-deal Brexit

AS Britain continues to tear itself apart at the seams all in the name of leaving the European Union (EU), the business world is watching on with keen interest as the implications of a no-deal Brexit promise to reach far beyond the borders of the United Kingdom. The post Asia braces for ‘serious challenges’ of a no-deal Brexit appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| All of Asia, Business, Countries |

Excl: leaked email reveals govt preparations for hard Brexit – and no Plan B

A leaked Civil Service email obtained by the SKWAWKBOX has exposed the government’s scramble to find resources for a hard Brexit – and the Civil Service’s recognition that Theresa May […]
| Uncategorized, border control, Brexit |

Theresa May Survives, Brexit May Not

Divorce is turning out to be more painful than marriage and might make the UK stay in the European Union. These are days of high drama. William Shakespeare, the prince of playwrights, could not have penned it better. On January 15, British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a historic defeat in the House of Commons. […] The post Theresa May Survives, Brexit May Not appeared first on Fair Observer .
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Stocks turn red, pound finds peace

LONDON: Concern over China’s economic outlook and possible US tariffs on European cars dragged stocks lower on Thursday, while an anti-climactic end to the latest chapter in the Brexit saga offered sterling a moment’s peace. Fresh news had been thin on the ground during the European morning, but dealers had more than enough to digest from the last 24 hours to follow Asia’s lead and nudge the main bourses into the red. Europe’s
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Told you so: new Brexit vote 29 Jan, not 3 days from last one

When Dominic Grieve’s amendment to the government’s ‘Business of the House’ motion passed last week, the SKWAWKBOX advised its readers that the amendment was not binding on the government and […]
| Uncategorized, amendment, BBC news |

May Survives Another Confidence Vote, But What’s Next?

If a new deal is well and truly off the table, there is a limited set of options the UK government can pursue. Just 24 hours after suffering a historic defeat in Parliament over her Brexit deal, the UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, has survived a vote of no confidence in her government — thanks to the support […] The post May Survives Another Confidence Vote, But What’s Next? appeared first on Fair Observer .
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What's the deal (or no-deal) with Brexit? Here's everything explained

On June 23, 2016 the United Kingdom held a referendum to decide whether it should leave or remain in the European Union. More than 30 million people took part in the vote with 51.9% choosing to leave and 48.1% to remain. Six months later, the new Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech in which she said: the British people voted for change… And it is the job of this government
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Theresa May’s letter to Jeremy Corbyn: What she said, and what she meant

The Prime Minister has renewed her appeal to the leader of the opposition to join Brexit talks. Dear Jeremy, Thank you for your letter. I am disappointed that you have not taken up my offer of a meeting to see if we can find a way forward on Brexit. I am pleased that all the other
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Philips to close its UK factory in 2020, with loss of 400 jobs

Author:  Reuters ID:  1547746273125260200 Thu, 2019-01-17 17:29 AMSTERDAM/LONDON: Dutch health technology company Philips said on Thursday it planned to close its only factory in Britain in 2020, with the loss of around 400 jobs, the latest firm to move manufacturing jobs out of Britain. The move is part of a push by Philips to reduce its large
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The Maybot and the Marxist

A stubborn prime minister and an intransigent opposition leader have brought British politics to a standstill. Parliament is poised to seize control of the Brexit process, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a referendum rerun.
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Why falling house prices aren’t a cure for the UK’s broken economic model

Until the economy’s overdependence on finance is ended, lower prices risk triggering a recession that costs us all.  The outlook for the UK housing market, according to a survey released today , is the worst for 20 years. Almost 30 per cent of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members expect house prices to fall over the next three months. House prices in
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Video: Gardiner excellent on Brexit in spite of constant Sky interruptions

Labour’s Barry Gardiner has long been on of Labour’s star media performers – earning him cult-hero status during the 2017 general election campaign. He tolerates no nonsense, pulls interviewers up […]
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Can Theresa May take no deal “off the table”?

Jeremy Corbyn has asked the Prime Minister to take no deal off the table. But it isn’t wholly in her gift. Is it possible for Theresa May to do as Jeremy Corbyn asks and to “take no deal off the table” – his precondition before entering talks with the Prime Minister to resolve the Brexit crisis? He has now gone one
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Disorderly UK exit ‘would hamper German growth’

Author:  Reuters Berlin ID:  1547739825484489800 Thu, 2019-01-17 09:05 BERLIN: Europe’s largest economy will expand by 1.5 percent in 2019 if there is not a disorderly Brexit but growth will be weaker if there are major disruptions to trade between Britain and the EU, Germany’s BDI industry body said on Thursday. If there are such disruptions, the German
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There is a better Brexit deal out there. It means accepting freedom of movement

It would take just days to construct a political declaration that dropped the UK’s red line and, instead, pointed towards staying in the single market.  “This is the best deal, this is the only possible deal,” the Prime Minister told the public a few weeks ago. By the time of the parliamentary debate on the deal, that has become “No one likes
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Hitachi freezes UK nuclear project

Author:  Reuters ID:  1547735291653948800 Thu, 2019-01-17 10:28 TOKYO/LONDON: Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. decided on Thursday to freeze a 3 trillion yen ($28 billion) nuclear power project in Wales as Britain scrabbles for a way to exit the EU, dealing a blow to UK plans for the replacement of aging plants. The suspension comes as Hitachi’s Horizon Nuclear Power
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Irish financial system can withstand ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit

Author:  Reuters ID:  1547737886304237200 Thu, 2019-01-17 11:03 DUBLIN: The Irish financial system can cope with a hard Brexit — and the “most significant” firms are already implementing their contingency plans, Irish Central Bank Deputy Governor Ed Sibley said on Thursday. Ireland is seen as the EU member state most vulnerable to the threat of an unruly exit
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When poll not commissioned by PV campaign, ‘new ref’ results tell VERY different story

Centrists pushing the campaign for a so-called “people’s vote” (PV) have made much of a poll conducted by them to support their claim that support for a new EU referendum […]
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Brexit: a Norwegian view on the Norway-plus model and why it wouldn't be easy for the UK

Ink Drop/Shutterstock The UK parliament’s rejection of the government’s Brexit deal has put the idea of a “Norway-plus” model back on the table as a possible outcome of the UK’s long march towards Brexit. Norway is not a member of the EU, but it is associated with the bloc through more than 130 agreements, including the comprehensive European Economic Area (EEA) agreement . Through these agreements, Norway has incorporated roughly three quarters of
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How the Liberal Democrats’ coalition past endangers their anti-Brexit future

Vince Cable hasn’t yet managed to steer a course through the problem. The Liberal Democrats have  what the pollster Chris Curtis  calls a “Russian dolls” problem. For obvious reasons, the party does best with voters who think any of the following: that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was a good government, that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was a bad government but would
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