Category: Brexit

A dog’s Brexit: Johnson’s missteps about to send weary voters to another election as the EU divorce gets ugly

In fact, Brexit is a misnomer in three ways: it is driven by a sense of English – rather than British – malaise. It’s transnational support from the Trump administration suggests the international and domestic agendas that come with the no-deal project. It is not just about “exit”, but comes with a program for domestic change of a radically conservative variety.

While Brexit has spilled over into US politics, Ireland’s supporters in the US Congress could scupper plans for a post-Brexit free trade agreement between the UK and the USA. Such an agreement is a key part of Johnson’s hard-Brexit strategy that underscores the transnational dimension to the politics of Brexit.

Whatever the drivers of Brexit, it is ultimately for the electorates in an increasingly divided UK to decide. It’s quite possible the forthcoming election will not alter the parliamentary arithmetic in any significant way.

But it’s the only way this arithmetic can change and so it must be embraced by a politics-weary electorate throughout the four nations of the UK.

via A dog’s Brexit: Johnson’s missteps about to send weary voters to another election as the EU divorce gets ugly

Boris Johnson vows to seek election after parliamentary defeat by Brexit rebels – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Boris Johnson stands at the lectern to speak in the House of Commons. He is mid-speech and wears a serious expression.

A cross-party alliance of British MPs votes to take control of Parliament in a bid to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union without a deal at the end of October.

Source: Boris Johnson vows to seek election after parliamentary defeat by Brexit rebels – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Do the British want to become ‘vassal’ of Trump’s US? Macron taunts BoJo over no-deal Brexit — RT UK News

Do the British want to become ‘vassal’ of Trump’s US? Macron taunts BoJo over no-deal Brexit

Like Australia wants to? Is this some Corporate Western Anglo Alliance?  (ODT)

Do the British want to become ‘vassal’ of Trump’s US? Macron taunts BoJo over no-deal Brexit — RT UK News

Rest In Pieces, United Kingdom

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As for the UK economy, on the macro-economic scale (external business) obviously when you are part of a large trading block you surf the wave of the clout that a block of 28 nations has when it does its deals, but you can also do your own, which people in the UK do not understand apparently, because all the “benefits” the Brexiteers crow about, the UK already has, only the people are too stupid or misinformed to know it. On the macro-economic scale with micro-economic effects (internal business) if you are part of a large trading block with which you do half your trade for free (paying the administrative costs as in any business) when you leave the block, lose the benefit of collectiveness (called synergy) and start paying to do trade, then you pay more for what you import (meaning higher prices, meaning inflation); your exports, being more expensive, are therefore less attractive so you sell fewer goods, which means you make less money. It means less revenue in taxation for the kitty, which means fewer resources available for the delivery of public services. Less money for schools and hospitals.

On a purely micro-economic scale, this is all translated into already tight margins squeezed to the point of no return, which means factories closing, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises failing, which means massive unemployment, which means within a few years technologies will have moved on making the unemployed chronically unemployable, which means higher costs in social benefits payments, which means fewer resources for public services. Less money for schools and hospitals.

via Rest In Pieces, United Kingdom

Right-wing nationalists are learning from the UK’s pointless ugliness

Illustration: Dionne Gain

Now that Brexit is indisputably established as one of the most monumentally stupid pieces of self-inflicted injury by a developed nation this century, other nations are learning key lessons from its mistakes.

The concept behind Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was that it would recover its sovereignty. On the day that Britons voted by 52 per cent to 48 in favour, its main cheerleader, Nigel Farage, declared it “independence day”. That was nearly three years ago.

via Right-wing nationalists are learning from the UK’s pointless ugliness

The Brexit mess could lead to a break-up of a no longer United Kingdom

Behind the scenes at Westminster and the teetering fate of the British government lies an even more profound change in British politics: the very real possibility of the break-up of the United Kingdom. In this situation Australia needs to tread carefully and maintain its good relations with what has emerged as its more stable European partner, the European Union, while offering silent support for whatever governments or countries could emerge from Brexit. Is the UK headed for dissolution?

Source: The Brexit mess could lead to a break-up of a no longer United Kingdom

Brexit: Voters despair at the mess they’re in

It found that, despite the long Brexit referendum campaign and the subsequent two years of endless debate and analysis, the British public still don’t know key facts around Brexit. For example, less than a third knew that immigrants from European countries paid billions more in taxes than they received in welfare benefits and services. The majority of Leave voters believe European immigration has increased crime, decreased quality of healthcare and increased unemployment among low-skilled workers: all these beliefs are wrong, according to a recent report by a UK parliament committee. In the cafes and hairdressers of middle England, they expect their government to get on with Brexit to solve problems they perceive as real.

Source: Brexit: Voters despair at the mess they’re in

Brexit: British company moves HQ to Europe after 122 years of trading in UK, says it ‘can’t afford to wait’ for Article 50 | The Independent

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A major Lincolnshire employer has announced it is moving its headquarters to Europe as a direct result of the Brexit vote in June. Anxiety over the cost of a hard Brexit, which would see the UK drifting away from cooperation with the rest of the EU, has compelled Smiffys to open a new headquarters in the Netherlands.

Source: Brexit: British company moves HQ to Europe after 122 years of trading in UK, says it ‘can’t afford to wait’ for Article 50 | The Independent

Brexit fallout sends pound to 168-year low

The fallout from the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote has lead to the British pound falling to its lowest level against the Australian dollar in three years, and on some measures, to its weakest position in 168 years.

Source: Brexit fallout sends pound to 168-year low

Brexit: Senior bankers warn they could start moving jobs out of London in 2017 | The Independent

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Two senior bankers have warned they could start moving jobs out of London next year if the UK appears to be heading for a hard Brexit.

Source: Brexit: Senior bankers warn they could start moving jobs out of London in 2017 | The Independent

Brexit latest: Airports start exchanging less than one Euro for each Pound Sterling

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Certain London airport bureaux de change are now returning less than €1 for each pound offered, underlining how the slide in the value of the sterling since the 23 June Brexit referedum vote is already hitting holidaymakers in the pocket. MoneyCorp at Stansted this week offered a rate of €0.9915 and ICE at Luton offered €0.990, according to Caxton FX.

Source: Brexit latest: Airports start exchanging less than one Euro for each Pound Sterling

Britain just got its first concrete sign that Brexit will destroy the economy | UK | News | The Independent

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Britain just got its first concrete sign that the British exit from the European Union, or Brexit, will crush the nation’s economy after a grim set of PMI data released by Markit on Friday morning showed a “dramatic deterioration” in the economy since the UK voted to leave the EU. Markit’s flash PMI readings for the UK’s economy showed that composite output fell to its lowest level since March 2009, during the tail end of the global financial crisis. Here is the scoreboard:

Source: Britain just got its first concrete sign that Brexit will destroy the economy | UK | News | The Independent

The world’s economic crises are entering a political stage – and the results could be dangerous | Voices | The Independent

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In nature, phase transitions describe changes in states of matter. Depending on temperature, H20 can exist as solid (ice), liquid (water) or gas (water vapour). Societal crises behave similarly. Today, our economic problems have morphed into their social and political phases.

Source: The world’s economic crises are entering a political stage – and the results could be dangerous | Voices | The Independent

Brexit: Hate crime reports surge in Britain after divisive EU referendum, police say – Brexit: UK EU Referendum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The number of hate crimes reported to British police online increases by more than 500 per cent following Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

Source: Brexit: Hate crime reports surge in Britain after divisive EU referendum, police say – Brexit: UK EU Referendum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tens of Thousands March for European Unity in Anti-Brexit Demonstration | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Tens of thousands rallied in the streets of London on Saturday, protesting last week’s Brexit referendum results and seeking a unified way forward in a colorful March for Europe.

Source: Tens of Thousands March for European Unity in Anti-Brexit Demonstration | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Brexit: UK construction sector heading for ‘brick wall’ as infrastructure projects suspended | Business News | News | The Independent

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The UK construction industry will slam into a “brick wall” early next year due to the massive uncertainty created by the Brexit vote, an industry source has warned. A person in the sector, who contacted The Independent but did not want to be named, said that since the shock referendum result was announced last Friday morning anxious international investors have already pushed the pause button on future UK infrastructure investments.

Source: Brexit: UK construction sector heading for ‘brick wall’ as infrastructure projects suspended | Business News | News | The Independent

Brexit Is A Mark Against Scaremongering, Not Democracy – New Matilda

The heated referendum shows that the messages of hope or fear peddled by our politicians matter greatly, writes Ben Eltham. As the news from Britain washes over Australia, we southerners cannot help but wonder what it all means. For Britain, this is a political event of unparalleled significance. It has already triggered the resignation ofMore

Source: Brexit Is A Mark Against Scaremongering, Not Democracy – New Matilda

‘Brexit opens Pandora’s Box of race-hate, people now scared to leave their homes’ — RT Op-Edge

Brexit has practically given license to extreme, right-wing racists to legitimize their views, which is a disaster for community cohesion in Britain, businesswoman and former Tory Parliamentary candidate Shazia Awan told RT.

Source: ‘Brexit opens Pandora’s Box of race-hate, people now scared to leave their homes’ — RT Op-Edge

Brexit: Vote Leave wipes NHS £350m claim and rest of its website after EU referendum | Home News | News | The Independent

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The official Leave campaign has wiped almost its entire website from the internet. The site – which previously included the suggestion that the EU budget would be sent back to the NHS and included promises about trade deals – now just has a message thanking supporters.

Source: Brexit: Vote Leave wipes NHS £350m claim and rest of its website after EU referendum | Home News | News | The Independent

Brexit stands as a warning to American conservatives | Opinion | The Guardian

The fears of immigration whipped up by Nigel Farage mirror Donald Trump’s. If he makes it to the White House, they too will be exposed as lies the very next day

Source: Brexit stands as a warning to American conservatives | Opinion | The Guardian

Natasha Hakimi: ‘Brexit’ Is Here: U.K. Votes to Leave European Union as David Cameron Resigns (Multimedia) – Truthdig

The British prime minister steps down after the “Leave” contingent triumphs in a breathtakingly close referendum that sent world financial markets reeling. (Updated throughout the day)

Source: Natasha Hakimi: ‘Brexit’ Is Here: U.K. Votes to Leave European Union as David Cameron Resigns (Multimedia) – Truthdig

Chris Hedges: 2008 All Over Again – Truthdig

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Source: Chris Hedges: 2008 All Over Again – Truthdig

John Oliver on ‘Brexit’: Brits Would Be ‘Bat-Shit Crazy’ to Leave the European Union (Video) – Truthdig

On the upcoming British referendum on whether the U.K. should exit the E.U., the “Last Week Tonight” host expresses his ideas in a “violently British” way—some of which involves a hateful song.

Source: John Oliver on ‘Brexit’: Brits Would Be ‘Bat-Shit Crazy’ to Leave the European Union (Video) – Truthdig