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 greater police powers to detain people suspected of having Covid-19 by enforcing individuals to provide biological samples and disclose their
| Left Foot Forward, Bill, coronavirus |

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” appeared first on Global Research .
| English, tax haven, United Kingdom |

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 added: “Assuming the paperwork is all in order and there haven’t been many or significant divergences, one would expect it
| Brexit & Foreign Policy, Brexit, EU |

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 appeared first on Global Research .
| English, free speech, social media |

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.
| Turkey |

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 not end the damage that has been done to Labour by such claims. Soon Brexit will become a messy fait
| Articles, Commentary, antisemitism |

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 Elections happen,” Adams wrote, “the danger of foreign Influence recurs.” The Founding Fathers’ premonition did not come out of
| Articles, Commentary, Bernie Sanders |

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 rents and profiteering, restore local authority cuts or shackle tax avoidance by corporations and the rich. It has instead opted for deregulation
| Left Foot Forward, Public Services, corporations |

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 first on Global Research .
| English, Boris Johnson, United Kingdom |

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 its abysmal record and they advanced bold, important policies such as free personal care for the over 65s, something that
| Left Foot Forward, Public Services, general election |

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 system, and homelessness, a united Ireland has long been Sinn Fein’s raison d’être . In the aftermath, party leaders
| 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 appeared first on Global Research .
| English, antisemitism, Jeremy Corbyn |

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 damage that has been done to Labour by such claims. Source
| 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 on Global Research .
| 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 that nobody ever bothers to ask our most successful Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) how they do it.  Over
| Left Foot Forward |

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.
| Economy |

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’ and ‘too middle class’ by supporters including journalist George Monbiot and BME activists . Following a wave
| 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, opinions on HS2 don’t divide on normal ideological lines. It is unpopular with many Tory MPs, environmental groups, the Green
| Left Foot Forward |

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 the rest of the EU) will need to be checked. “Therefore there will need to be additional infrastructure
| Left Foot Forward |

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 County Antrim in Northern Ireland, to learn Mandarin Chinese, for me it didn’t seem like it was going to be
| Left Foot Forward |

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.
| World |

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 coming Saturday and it does not look good for the two parties that have dominated Irish politics for the past
| brexit, fianna fail, fine gael |

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 coming Saturday and it does not look good for the two parties that have dominated Irish politics for the past
| brexit, fianna fail, fine gael |

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 Global Research .
| English, brexit, European Union |

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 on Global Research .
| English, brexit, European Union |

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 Britain a century ago, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. Related Articles
| brexit, celtic tiger economy, eu |

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.
| Turkey |

Planet Omar: Why it's about time young Muslims saw themselves in children's literature

The New Arab Meets: Zanib Mian, whose children's book, told through the eyes of an eight-year-old boy, hopes to show readers what it means to be young, British and Muslim. Take your kids into a local library and the chances of you finding a book with a Muslim protagonist are slim to none. However, author Zanib Mian is set to change that with her latest book – Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet. The New Arab 
| Society |

Brexit will 'embolden bigotry' towards people of colour, warns former Green MEP Magid Magid

The New Arab Meets: Former MEP Magid Magid, who is demanding 'real action' in response to the anti-Muslim rhetoric he witnessed in the media and political landscapes during and post-Brexit. The UK's departure from the European Union has "emboldened bigotry" against people of colour, says outgoing Green MEP Magid Magid. But he said the "fight for a better democracy, a better Europe and a better UK, doesn't stop with an election or a referendum." His plan now is
| In-depth |

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 them to push an “international arms control agenda”. “Europeans must realise collectively that in the absence of a
| Maritime Security, France |

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 Brexit with the backing of 46% of voters (when it was clear the majority of the country did not want
| 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 as it steps out the door it’s trying to negotiate the most generous visitation terms: all rights with no responsibilities.
| Democracy & Governance, Labor, Trade, & Finance, boris johnson |

More Bad Brexit News as Main Driver of Economy Continues to Slump

There’s a fundamental belief amongst many well-known economists that the bank-led financial crisis in 2008 that brought austerity then led to societal wide anger that brought us Brexit. The recovery from that crash is now well known to have been … The post More Bad Brexit News as Main Driver of Economy Continues to Slump appeared first on Global Research .
| English, brexit, United Kingdom |

Mike Buckley: Labour’s future depends on opposing Tories on Brexit

None of us wanted to end up here. Over the last four years we have fought hard to prevent Brexit, not only because it will harm our economy and our country, but also because it challenges our Labour values and our belief in cooperation, solidarity and internationalism. We got close to a second referendum. Had MPs made different choices last autumn we could by now have been in the middle of a referendum campaign. I am convinced that
| Brexit & Foreign Policy, Brexit, EU withdrawal agreement |

U.K. Allows “High-risk” Huawei Limited 5G Role; Reactions

The British government last week unveiled a new policy on Huawei’s role in the U.K.’s nascent 5G cellular network amid suspicion of Chinese authorities’ influence over the firm. Huawei has been labeled a “high-risk vendor,” and therefore barred from “core” and other sensitive parts of the network, and limited to 35% market share elsewhere. The decision fell short of the strict ban urged by the U.S., Huawei’s most vocal detractor, which had threatened both the two
| China & the World, Economy, Information Revolution |

Will Brexit See Gibraltar’s Return to Spain with EU Support?

The European Union plans to support Spain in its territorial claims on Gibraltar in the next round of Brexit negotiations that are expected to begin on March 3. The EU will give the Iberian country the power to exclude British … The post Will Brexit See Gibraltar’s Return to Spain with EU Support? appeared first on Global Research .
| English, brexit, EU |

Celebrating 1,000 Days of My Photo-Journalism Project ‘The State of London’

The latest photos in my photo-journalism project ‘The State of London.’ Check out all the photos to date here! Please feel free to  support ‘The State of London’  , for which I receive no funding other than via the support of readers. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal.   Today marks 1,000 days
| Andy Worthington's photos, London photos, The State of London |

The EU and Hong Kong will still have an enduring partnership after Brexit

By EU High Representative and Vice President Josep Borrell  and Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier Last Friday, the United Kingdom left the European Union. We lost a member of our family. It was a sad moment for us, for European citizens – and, indeed, for many British citizens. Nevertheless, we have always respected the sovereign decision of 52% of the British electorate, and we now look forward to starting a new chapter in our relations.
| Business, HKFP Voices, Politics & Protest |

Will 2020 Be Another Victory Year for Trump and Brexit?

Impeachment rally in Iowa in December 2019 (Phil Roeder via Wikimedia Commons) In early 2017, Europe’s far-right parliamentary bloc met in Koblenz, Germany, to plot its political future. The meeting of the bloc’s leaders — which included Marine le Pen from France, Matteo Salvini from Italy and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands — took place shortly after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. The group was optimistic about its prospects. “Yesterday a free America, today Koblenz, tomorrow
| Democracy & Governance, Benjamin Netanyahu, brexit |

Ten Acts of Gross British Misgovernment Since 1945

As the UK leaves the European Union,  Philip Allott (University of Cambridge) reflects on ten occasions when Britain has badly misjudged and mishandled challenges to its hegemony – both internal and external – and traces the cause to the dominance … The post Ten Acts of Gross British Misgovernment Since 1945 appeared first on Global Research .
| English, brexit, European Union |

Brexit Day

Parliament Square is the site, muddied by rain, trodden by hundreds who have made it their celebratory space. The Leave Means Leave official website had been busy for weeks, thrilled about January 31 and the fact that that Britain would … The post Brexit Day appeared first on Global Research .
| English, brexit, EU |

Brexit? What Brexit? Anti-Climax as Britain Leaves EU

It’s January 31st and Brexit is upon us. The day many thought would never come is finally here. But far from the pomp and circumstance that could have been expected from No.10, the affair itself looks pretty low-key. Ironically, after … The post Brexit? What Brexit? Anti-Climax as Britain Leaves EU appeared first on Global Research .
| English, brexit, Britain |

Britain embarks on new future outside the EU

There were celebrations and tears across the UK as Britain became the first member state to leave the EU. Britain on Saturday began an uncertain future outside the European Union , hours after the historic end to almost half a century of EU membership was greeted with a mixture of joy and sadness. There were celebrations and tears across the country as the EU's often reluctant member became the first to
| News |

Britain leaves the EU for an uncertain future

The United Kingdom finally cast off from the European Union on Jan. 31 for an uncertain Brexit future, turning its back after 47 years on the post-World War Two project that sought to build the ruined nations of Europe into a global power.
| World |

UK News: Brexit, the Election and OPCW Disclosures

“So the cold hard truth about Brexit is this. There is only one Brexit as Mervyn King says – a hard-Brexit… The government is going to the polls to extend its powers to the point of authoritarianism in order that … The post UK News: Brexit, the Election and OPCW Disclosures appeared first on Global Research .
| English, antisemitism, Boris Johnson |

Brexit – The Realisation Stage … What Next

Since 1945, the British government have made some catastrophic errors of judgement, which has led to the continuing decline of British prosperity. From the mismanagement and indecision over extricating itself from its empire to the Suez Canal crisis. In the … The post Brexit – The Realisation Stage … What Next appeared first on Global Research .
| English, brexit, Britain |

Resignation or resolve? What progressive party leaders are saying as the UK leaves the EU

We look at what the UK’s progressive party leaders are saying today, as the UK formally ends its 47-year partnership with the European Union (and its predecessor the EEC). In no particular order… Liberal Democrats Acting leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey gave a keynote speech to party members and activists in Manchester ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, saying: “For the last four
| Brexit & Foreign Policy, Left Foot Forward, EU |

Four reasons the Tories are refusing a Scottish referendum – and two reasons they’ll regret it

“ The position remains the same .” These were the words the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alastair Jack, used to dismiss the Scottish Government’s renewed call for another independence vote. His rejection was followed by a statement from Nicola Sturgeon reiterating her demands. But it feels very unlikely that 2020 will see a second vote. Despite last month’s SNP landslide and the party’s ongoing momentum, the Tories hope that the tables will soon turn. I’m not a
| Movement Politics, JOHNSON, Scottish Independence |