Tag: Brexit

America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation | Will Hutton | Opinion | The Guardian

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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.

via America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation | Will Hutton | Opinion | The Guardian

The UK: A country in cloud cuckoo land

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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.

via The UK: A country in cloud cuckoo land

Brexit deal proposed by Theresa May rejected by British Parliament, plunging UK into uncertainty – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

via Brexit deal proposed by Theresa May rejected by British Parliament, plunging UK into uncertainty – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

May calls off Brexit vote amid fears it could topple her government

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.

via May calls off Brexit vote amid fears it could topple her government

‘More of a friend than Obama’: Brits divided on Abbott’s Brexit intervention

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”.

via ‘More of a friend than Obama’: Brits divided on Abbott’s Brexit intervention

Brexit: UK finance firms have started applying for Irish licences | The Independent

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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.

Source: Brexit: UK finance firms have started applying for Irish licences | The Independent

Government sells debt at all-time record low interest rate in wake of Brexit vote| Andrew Bolt Cheered Brexit Economics

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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.

Source: Government sells debt at all-time record low interest rate in wake of Brexit vote

Amid post-Brexit hatred, remember the Polish soldiers who fought alongside UK soldiers in the Second World War | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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

Source: Amid post-Brexit hatred, remember the Polish soldiers who fought alongside UK soldiers in the Second World War | UK Politics | News | The Independent

Australian Experts Rushed To Britain To Advise On How To Do Political Instability Properly

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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”.

Murdoch and Dacre… press barons and Britain’s real kingmakers? — RT UK

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.

Source: Murdoch and Dacre… press barons and Britain’s real kingmakers? — RT UK

Isis praises Brexit for destabilising ‘crusader Europe’ in propaganda newspaper | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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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.

Source: Isis praises Brexit for destabilising ‘crusader Europe’ in propaganda newspaper | UK Politics | News | The Independent

Brexit: British Chancellor George Osborne warns of tax hikes, spending cuts after Leave vote – Brexit: UK EU Referendum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Britain’s Chancellor says taxes will have to be raised and spending cut in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.

Source: Brexit: British Chancellor George Osborne warns of tax hikes, spending cuts after Leave vote – Brexit: UK EU Referendum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

UK entering ‘unchartered territory’ of Islamophobia after Brexit vote | Home News | News | The Independent

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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.

Source: UK entering ‘unchartered territory’ of Islamophobia after Brexit vote | Home News | News | The Independent

Britain’s ‘Leave’ Voters Cleverly Deter Migrants By Destroying Economy

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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”.

Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second Scottish independence referendum after UK votes for Brexit | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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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.

Source: Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second Scottish independence referendum after UK votes for Brexit | UK Politics | News | The Independent

Brexit vote met with celebrations from far-right groups across Europe | Europe | News | The Independent

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.

Source: Brexit vote met with celebrations from far-right groups across Europe | Europe | News | The Independent

Barack Obama’s intervention in EU referendum debate could be a game-changer | Voices | The Independent

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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.

Source: Barack Obama’s intervention in EU referendum debate could be a game-changer | Voices | The Independent

The Guardian view on a key week in the EU debate: Obama sends the right message | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Editorial: The remain campaign has played two big cards this week. Britain’s debate about Europe is now much more serious than before

Source: The Guardian view on a key week in the EU debate: Obama sends the right message | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian