Never has the prospect of an independent Scotland seemed more plausible. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approval ratings in the region have dropped to all-time lows. Brexit, deeply unpopular in Scotland to begin with (the region voted 62 percent to 38 percent to remain), has become even more so. Independence campaigners comfortably lost their 2014 referendum. But fourteen polls in a row have shown a plurality of its residents now support independence.What Next for Scotland? | Washington Monthly
It’s not as if our standards are wonderful. But by comparison to the revolting practices in the US, our food rules, laid down by the European Union, are a haven of sanity. As well as washing chicken flesh with chlorine to compensate for the filthy conditions in which it is raised and processed, and injecting dangerous substances into cattle and pigs, Big Farmer and Big Food in the US use 72 pesticides that are banned in the UK and food colourings that have been linked to hyperactivity in children, impose no limits on the amount of sugar in baby food and permit cow’s milk to contain twice the amount of pus that the UK allows.
Britain is about to decouple itself from a continental economy beginning to get things right, and hook up with one that is palpably beginning to fail.
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Today the United Kingdom needs to pull together, hold a second referendum this time based on the reality that leaving the EU would spell utter and total disaster by hemorrhaging jobs, destroying the fabric of employment for decades to come and destroying the future of the country’s youth. A societal castrophe would follow an economic collapse. These are the facts and these are the reasons why most Members of Parliament, including Theresa May, backed the Remain campaign in 2016. Why did they not stick to their guns?
The definition of going against common sense is what? Living in cloud cuckoo land.
British MPs have defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin, triggering political upheaval that could lead to a disorderly exit from the European Union or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.
The crushing vote margin is the biggest defeat in British Parliament since the 1920s
Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no-confidence in the Government
The EU says is stepping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit
MPs voted 432 to 202 to defeat the proposal, the worst parliamentary defeat for a government in recent British history.
Theresa May has pulled the pin on Tuesday’s crucial Brexit vote, as it became clear she faced a big rebellion in Parliament against the Brexit withdrawal deal she made with the European Union.
The House of Commons was promised a “meaningful vote” on May’s final European Union divorce proposal. However that may not happen until next week, or even next year – and in the meantime May faces a fight for her political survival.
Abbott the Statesman pulled his head in Australia after Wentworth the Monarchist went home to the UK to support Boris and UKIP Ouch! (ODT)
Tony Abbott is being lauded by Brexit supporters and told to butt out by Remainers after the former prime minister savaged Theresa May’s Brexit plan and urged her to pull Britain out of the EU with no deal.
Writing in The Spectator magazine, Abbott accused May of “surrender” and said the EU had judged that she is “desperate for whatever deal she can get”.
Ireland’s central bank has been receiving applications for licences from UK authorised financial firms seeking to relocate from London in the wake of the UK vote to leave the EU, a top official said on Thursday. Cyril Roux, the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, said that “several” UK based firms have started the application process to be authorised in Ireland.
Under the Conservative government’s plans, students and skilled workers from countries including Australia will all be targeted as part of a tough new stance on migrants.
The Treasury’s Debt Management Office this morning sold debt at a new record low interest rate, underlining the massive appetite from investors for British Government bonds in the wake of the Brexit vote and sparking fresh calls for the Chancellor to take advantage by ramping up its infrastructure investment. The DMO sold £850m of an index-linked Gilt (or bond) that matures in 2036 at a yield of minus 1.72 per cent.
The children of Polish soldiers who fought in the Second World War have spoken of their people’s proud history of fighting alongside the British amidst rising xenophobia following
As the fallout from Brexit continues, Britain’s major parties have turned to Australia’s top political operatives to form a plan that creates total political chaos, rather than just a minor commotion.
“We want to do this properly, so we’ve turned to the best,” an insider from the Conservative Party said. “I never would’ve thought to get the Prime Minister to stand down, and then get his presumptive successor to pull out of the race as well. That’s the type of turmoil you can only conjure up with experience. It’s what Australia does so well”.
One Australian backroom expert who has been flown to London said it was important to draw out the instability over several electoral cycles. “The danger is you just contain it to one cycle, or just one party. So the guidance I’ve given my British counterparts is to spread the chaos broadly. Draw it out.
“Getting the Labour leader to stand aside is the next obvious move, and then you continue the momentum from there”.
A UK Labour Party strategist said he was learning quickly with the help of Australian experts. “Once the new leaders are in place, we’re going to call for an early election. That way we have the unique opportunity to have three Prime Ministers in under a year. I think that’s how you do it”.
Media barons Paul Dacre and Rupert Murdoch had a hand in the withdrawal of Michael Gove’s support for fellow Brexiteer Boris Johnson as Tory leader, a leaked email suggests.
Isis has welcomed Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in its Arabic language propaganda newspaper, hailing a “political crisis” and the prospect of referendums in other nations. The article in al-Naba claimed the Brexit “threatens the unity of Crusader Europe”, according to a translation by Shiraz Maher, the deputy director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.
Britain’s Chancellor says taxes will have to be raised and spending cut in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.
British Muslims are suffering an “explosion” in faith-based hatred with many women now afraid to conduct their daily lives, according to a new report which also warns of heightened racism following the vote on Brexit.
Migration laws will no longer need to change under an independent Britain, because no-one will want to go there to work anyway.
“That’s one less thing we’ll have to do,” a jubilant ‘Leave’ voter said this morning, trying desperately to ignore the economy crashing around her.
“I probably won’t have a job this time next year, but at least there won’t be a foreigner there to take it,” Leave campaigner Patricia Waite said this morning, noting that she would feed her family with patriotism for the time being until she could find another job.
UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage said the exit vote was a classic example of British ingenuity. “What better way to stop migrants coming to our shores than to devastate the economy they were coming here to contribute to. It really is a stroke of genius”.
It is “democratically unacceptable” that Scotland will be taken out of the EU against its will, Nicola Sturgeon has said, and a second independence referendum is “highly likely”. The First Minister said that the Scottish Government would commence preparations for another independence vote after Scotland bucked the UK trend by voting 62 per cent to 38 per cent for Remain.
Leaders of far-right and outsider parties across Europe have been celebrating Britain’s decision to leave the EU, with some demanding their own votes on whether to leave the bloc.
If the Poms want to shoot themselves in their economic foot, I don’t care. But I do care about the isolationist small-mindedness that seems to have driven the Brexit vote.
The richest people in the UK lost big after the country stunned markets by voting to leave the EU.
Political and economic mayhem swept across the UK on Friday, as the Brexit vote brutally reconfigured the nation’s assumptions and prospects.
“You would expect the Brexit camp to have some pretty solid arguments. Unfortunately, many of them are bullshit.”
Barack Obama’s intervention in the European Union referendum was more spectacular than many in the In campaign dared to hope for. They will now dare to dream that it might prove a game-changer in the tight referendum race.
Editorial: The remain campaign has played two big cards this week. Britain’s debate about Europe is now much more serious than before