Opposition MPs unite in anger after minister removes awkward Brexit questions from order paper

First and foremost, if it remains a key part of the stated mission of the Department for International Trade (DIT) to promote UK exports and investment overseas, it makes no sense for its Ministers to argue that their responsibility for that objective ceases to exist when applied to the 27 Member States of the European Union, with whom the UK
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Democratising food after Brexit

The ending of the common agricultural policy and the increased awareness of the need to transform the UK's agricultural system to combat climate breakdown represents a window of opportunity. It could be the moment when this and future governments begin to take seriously questions of land and labour, and the way food is produced and consumed. - Outside in / Comment
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America: The Unreliable Superpower

Shutterstock The nightmare is over. The vanquished beast has crawled back to Mar-a-Lago to lick his wounds. The heroes are hard at work repairing the damage. As America returns to the international stage, the world heaves a collective sigh of relief. That, at least, is the story the incoming Biden administration is telling. “America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back,”
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How WeWork foresaw the end of the conventional office

JP Yim / Getty images RSS:  Business Article :  Business box 1 :  Business Box 2 Title :  More from New Statesman Media Group Business box 2 text 1 :  City Monitor: Business box 2 link 1 :  The future of transport is small and electric Business box 2 text 2 :  Energy Monitor: Business box 2 link 2 :  Climate change is already keeping people out
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Is the UK heading toward a Brexit data disaster?

A Brexit deal was finally agreed, but how data will be transferred across the channel has yet to be agreed The UK is no longer within the realm of GDPR, the clock is now ticking on the UK becoming a ‘third country’ under EU rules This could be a disaster for UK tech companies and businesses dealing with EU citizen’s
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British lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade deal with EU

On the eve of the new year, British lawmakers finally agreed on a Brexit deal. Britain’s House of Commons voted resoundingly on Wednesday to approve a trade deal with the European Union , paving the way for an orderly break with the bloc that will finally complete the U.K.’s years-long Brexit journey.
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UK, Turkey to sign free trade deal this week

The new UK-Turkey trade deal, which will extend existing trading arrangements, is set to be signed on Tuesday. The UK said it will sign a free trade deal with Ankara this week after Brexit, just days after Turkey 's foreign ministry announced it was in the final stage of trade negotiations. The deal replicates existing trading arrangements, but
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The Tragedy of Corbynism

One time pro-Corbyn economist and leading tax reform campaigner Richard Murphy agreed. His post-Brexit broadside against the leadership suggested that migrants should only be allowed into the hallowed heartland of whiteness if their home country had taken on the entirety of the expense of training them for the purpose: “Learning English, offering a skill and being willing to work where
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EU and Britain seal post-Brexit trade deal

The 11th hour accord will go into effect on January 1. Britain and the European Union struck a post- Brexit trade deal on Thursday that they hope will cushion the economic blow of the UK's imminent departure from the bloc after months of tortuous negotiations. 
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Five things we learned from (probably) the last PMQs of the year

1. Boris Johnson said there is "unanimous agreement" that the rules won't change for Christmas... 2. ... but Wales announced otherwise 3. Boris Johnson can't answer the question that defines his premiership... 4. ... nor can he justify a £40k pay rise for Dominic Cummings 5. The Prime Minister is sounding more positive about the likelihood of a Brexit deal Getty RSS:  Business Article :  Link
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Why sustainable investment isn't just for "do-gooders"

LOIC VENANCE / Getty images Solar power is widely seen as a safer long-term investment than fossil fuels. RSS:  Business Article :  Business box 1 :  Business Box 2 Title :  More from New Statesman Media Group Business box 2 text 1 :  Energy Monitor: Business box 2 link 1 :  What a no-deal Brexit will mean for the UK's climate plans Business box 2
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South Africa: Brexit - Boris Heads for High Noon With Nobody Coming to the Rescue

[Daily Maverick] EU leaders will never concede a deal that is more favourable to the UK than its remaining 27 members. And for one very good reason: Each one will start to unpick it in its own interest whereupon the biggest, richest and most successful single market in the world would collapse.
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The complicated business of investing in Saudi Arabia

FAYEZ NURELDINE / Getty images RSS:  Business Article :  Business box 1 :  Business Box 2 Title :  More from New Statesman Media Group Business box 2 text 1 :  Energy Monitor: Business box 2 link 1 :  What a no-deal Brexit will mean for the UK's energy industry Business box 2 text 2 :  Tech Monitor: Business box 2 link 2 :  Ranking the global cyber
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8 MPs who won awards for tackling discrimination, health inequality and poverty

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion – Lifetime achievement award Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central – Award Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Group Leader of Plaid Cymru – Award Abena Oppong-Asare – Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead – Award Dr Luke Evans, Conservative MP for Bosworth – Award Rt Hon Rishi Sunak
| Left Foot Forward, Brexit, coronavirus |

East Africa: EAC Partner States Get Five Years to Join Kenya-UK Trade Deal

[East African] East African Community member states have up to five years to join the UK-Kenya trade agreement due to be signed ahead of the Brexit transitional deadline, officials privy to the draft text say. They added that the new document has also shielded budgetary cuts that had been imposed on the trade policy group Trade Mark East Africa's work
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Trump invites anti-immigrant campaigner Nigel Farage on campaign trail

The US president invited the Brexit Party founder on to the stage at a campaign rally in Arizona despite Covid-19 restrictions against the entry of British nationals. President  Donald Trump enlisted the aid of a right-wing populist British politician on the campaign trail as he seeks  support  for his re- election  bid. Introducing him as "one of the
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Ann Black: I’d promote unity, accountability and openess on Labour’s ruling body

Improve communication with members.  Too often we are only told what we cannot do.  We hear too little from the frontbench, not just about the complexities of Covid-19 and Brexit, but about the reasons for abstaining on the overseas operations bill and the covert human intelligence sources bill.  Shadow ministers could easily engage with local meetings via Zoom.  Develop positive
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Southern Africa: Why Southern Africa Is Anxious About EU and UK Post-Brexit Trade Talks

[The Conversation Africa] As the deadline for the post-Brexit trade talks between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) looms, concerns have arisen as to whether the two parties will be able to conclude a deal. In terms of the Brexit divorce agreement, the UK is expected to leave the EU single market and customs union on 1
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Will the government ever give back its emergency powers?

On Monday evening, MPs approved the Coronavirus Bill. The legislation will give sweeping powers to the UK government in a bid to restrict further spread of the virus and reduce deaths. The bill was passed despite concern about civil liberties and the legislation’s potential impact on society’s most vulnerable. Notably , the Bill would bring about
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Post-Brexit Britain to be the “Largest and Most Destructive Tax Haven in the World”

After three and a half years of acrimony, Brexit has become a reality. One very small but extremely powerful grouping within British society is likely to be delighted that the independence they have long desired has finally been achieved; alongside … The post Post-Brexit Britain to be the “Largest and Most Destructive Tax Haven in the World”
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Expert: Independent Scotland would get ‘fast tracked’ EU membership

A leading academic has claimed that an independent Scotland would be moved into the “fast-track line” to join the European Union. James Ker-Lindsay, professor at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, told the Herald that Scotland would “almost certainly be moved to the fast track line.” He
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Britain’s OFCOM Regulating Social Media: The Beginning of the End of Free Speech

Boris Johnson , like Trump, is a phony populist. His political stepping stone to the position of PM was Brexit. He is a British blue blood raised au pair in the bucolic English countryside. Johnson identifies as a “conservative” but … The post Britain’s OFCOM Regulating Social Media: The Beginning of the End of Free Speech
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Turkey-UK defense cooperation 'to grow' after Brexit completed

The defense industry cooperation between Turkey and the United Kingdom will continue unaffected from Brexit, says businessman Osman Okyay, the head of Turkey-UK Business Council, adding that cooperation in the field can grow as the U.K. stand very interested to work with Turkey.
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Even with Corbyn Gone, Antisemitism Threats Will Keep Destroying the UK Labour Party

If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change – desperately needed social, economic and environmental change – it is not Brexit. It is the constant furor over an “antisemitism crisis” supposedly plaguing the party for the past five years. The imminent departure of Jeremy Corbyn as leader will
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Founding Fathers’ Worst Nightmare: How Israel Normalized Foreign Meddling in US Elections

In his 1787 farewell speech, George Washington warned, “… foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” Washington’s compatriots were more specific. Later in the same year, John Adams wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson sharing his apprehension “of foreign Interference, Intrigue and Influence.” Adams posited that foreign meddling correlates with election cycles. “As often as
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These Tory ‘free port’ plans are just another handout to corporations and tax dodgers

The UK economy is stagnant. Wages are depressed, and the number of workers living in poverty has risen for third consecutive year. Some 14 million Brits are in poverty – more than one in five of the population, including four million children and two million pensioners. The government’s response is not to end wage freezes, control
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Prime Minister Johnson Upholds the Government’s ‘Revenge’ on Britain’s Judicial System

Since Boris Johnson ’s election in December with an 80-seat majority, the government is in full swing to radically change Britain. Leaving aside Brexit, which will do just that, the government is now attacking the very institutions that uphold civil … The post Prime Minister Johnson Upholds the Government’s ‘Revenge’ on Britain’s Judicial System appeared
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The Labour Party and the NHS are in crisis. But they can save each other

The NHS was one of the defining issues of the general election. As a doctor, I see the impact political decisions have on our health service on a daily basis – so I was glad to see all parties scrutinised on their proposals.  On the whole, Labour did well at holding the Conservative Party to account on
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Ireland’s Election — and Brexit — Put Reunification Back on the Table

Shutterstock The victory by Ireland’s left-wing Sinn Fein Party in the Republic’s recent election has not only overturned some 90 years of domination by the island’s two center-right parties — it suddenly puts the issue of Irish reunification on the agenda. While the campaign was fought over bread and butter issues like housing, the collapsing health care
| Democracy & Governance, Labor, Trade, & Finance, War & Peace |

Even with Corbyn Gone, Antisemitism Threats Will Keep Destroying the UK Labour Party

If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change – desperately needed social, economic and environmental change – it is not Brexit. It is the constant furore over an “antisemitism crisis” supposedly … The post Even with Corbyn Gone, Antisemitism Threats Will Keep Destroying the UK Labour Party
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Even with Corbyn gone, antisemitism threats will keep destroying the UK Labour party

If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change – desperately needed social, economic and environmental change – it is not Brexit. It is the constant furore over an “antisemitism crisis” supposedly plaguing the party for the past five years. The imminent departure of Jeremy Corbyn as leader will not end the
| Opinion, antisemitism, IHRA antisemitism definition |

Johnson’s Administration Has Just Dumped an Unexploded Time Bomb in Our Midst

The lies keep coming in a propaganda war to keep the Brexit delusion going but reality brings us the truth – and this is exemplified no better than the delivery by the Johnson government of an unexploded economic time bomb. … The post Johnson’s Administration Has Just Dumped an Unexploded Time Bomb in Our Midst appeared first
| English, Boris Johnson, Northern Ireland |

Ben Bradshaw: What the Labour Party should learn from Exeter’s successful ground campaigns

A leaking and briefing war has broken out in Labour circles about ground campaigning. This is quite transparently part of a wider proxy battle between defenders of “community organising” and those who favour the more traditional canvassing and voter identification models of local campaigning.  One of the most frustrating things about this circular debate is
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Turkey, UK eye post-Brexit trade boom with agreements

Turkey will be one of post-Brexit Britain’s top destinations for a trade deal after the European Union and the U.S., but despite the strong bilateral desire to strike a trade pact, experts are cool on the prospects of it happening anytime soon.
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Diversify or die: Extinction Rebellion UK announce major shift in strategy

Extinction Rebellion UK has launched a new strategy, with a focus on becoming more diverse – while moving away from full-scale city shutdowns to more targeted actions. The newly launched strategy aims to ‘broaden our diversity’ and ‘stand alongside younger people and those from minority and marginalised communities’. XR has been criticised as being ‘too white’
| Green Politics, climate, green |

Unions and environmentalits at odds on green case for HS2

After many false starts, the HS2 got what seems a final ‘green light’ today from Boris Johnson. The idea to build a high-speed railway line between London and Manchester and Leeds via Birmingham was originally thought up by Labour in 2009 but has been delayed because of mismanagement and cost overruns. As today’s reactions showed,
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Post-Brexit inspections at Welsh ports will increase prices, cost taxpayers and cause traffic jams

The Welsh government has confirmed that, when the Brexit transition period finishes, new customs inspection posts will be needed at the Welsh ports of Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke. In a press briefing, the Welsh minister for international relations and the Welsh language Eluned Morgan said that Michael Gove had suggested today that goods imported from Ireland (and
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Exclusive: Tory MP criticised for Chinese comments

Chinese Labour figures have accused a Tory MP of “lazy preconceptions” and “reductive stereotypes” about the British-Chinese community. The new MP for Bolton North-East Mark Logan was speaking at a Resolution Foundation event about aspiration in communities outside of London when he said : “When I was growing up in the rural areas of
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German politics upended as Merkel’s heir apparent quits

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s heir apparent shook up German politics on Feb. 10 by declaring she would step down as the governing party’s leader and not run for chancellor, fueling uncertainty in the country seen as Europe’s anchor of stability amid Brexit and pressure from the far right.
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The Historic Triumph of the Irish Left

What follows is a conversation between Jacobin contributor Michael Taft and Greg Wilpert of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. Greg Wilpert: It’s the Real News Network and I’m Greg Wolpert in Baltimore. Ireland is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections this
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The Irish Left Scores a Historic Triumph

What follows is a conversation between Jacobin contributor Michael Taft and Greg Wilpert of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. Greg Wilpert: It’s the Real News Network and I’m Greg Wolpert in Baltimore. Ireland is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections this
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Menace on the Menu in Post-EU Britain

Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written the report ‘ Bayer Crop Science rules Britain after Brexit – the public and the press are being poisoned by pesticides ’. It has been sent to editors of major media outlets in … The post Menace on the Menu in Post-EU Britain appeared first on
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The Bad Blood of Brexit Coursing Through Our Veins

Brexit is not just tearing the union apart, it is further souring an already strained relationship with both the European Union and with America. The economy has flatlined, inward investment has collapsed and the government are now so desperate that … The post The Bad Blood of Brexit Coursing Through Our Veins appeared first
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Ireland’s Two-Party System Shaken by Sinn Fein Surge

DUBLIN — Ireland’s elections are usually two-horse races. But this time there’s a third contender, as a party with historic links to the Irish Republican Army soars in the polls. As Irish voters prepare to choose a new parliament on Saturday, a restive electorate is rattling the two parties that have dominated the country’s politics since it won independence from
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Turkey, UK to hold talks on post-Brexit trade, Ankara Agreement valid for 2020: British ambassador

The Ankara Agreement and Customs Union with Turkey will continue during the Brexit transition period of 2020, and the two countries will work to sign a bilateral free trade agreement to be put into effect as of Jan. 1, 2021, British Ambassador to Ankara Sir Dominick Chilcott said on Feb. 7.
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France cut its nuclear arsenal to under 300 warheads

President Emmanuel Macron announced that France already has cut in the atomic arsenal to under 300 warheads. “France has cut nuclear arsenal to under 300 warheads,” said Emmanuel Macron in an address to military officers graduating in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron warned Friday that European nations “cannot remain spectators” faced with a potential nuclear arms race, urging
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Natalie Bennett: The UK must take the COP climate talks more seriously

Years of Brexit chaos have done great damage to the UK’s international reputation. First, David Cameron for narrow tactical reasons called a hasty, ill-informed referendum with more confidence than sense, suffering a great, and for him politically fatal, blow. Then the political establishment, after years of indecisive, uncertain positioning managed to deliver an election finalising
| Left Foot Forward, climate talks, COP |

Goodbye to All That: The UK after Brexit

Edinburgh, Scotland If I were the European Union, I’d be wiping my hands, sighing in relief, and slamming the door after the United Kingdom’s long-delayed departure. Britain had been a noisy, pushy houseguest for 47 years, and it was only growing ruder. It spent the last three years hanging out in the foyer, braying and temporizing. Even
| Democracy & Governance, Labor, Trade, & Finance, boris johnson |