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The rejection by the European Parliament of Slyvie Goulard as French commissioner showed that ‘it’s France’ is not a sufficient excuse for special treatment.
High emigration rates are doing massive damage to the prospects of the western Balkans—would a stronger EU perspective reverse this outflow?
Access for the states concerned, most immediately for North Macedonia and Albania, would be many years off—but the symbolism is important.
Karin Pettersson argues that ‘free speech’ is not a licence for politicians relying on rage to lie, and for such lies to be amplified by ‘social media’.
If procyclical domestic policies inflated Ireland’s economic bubble, procyclical austerity demanded by the troika which bailed it out makes Ireland’s recovery all the more remarkable.
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It is nonsensical for Carolyn Fairbairn to ‘stand by’ the CBI’s analysis, but Labour should publish its costings
There were two important statements from the CBI on Thursday. One, as you’d expect, was a view on the new UK-EU withdrawal agreement. In short, the employer’s body welcomes anything that lessens the chances of a damaging no-deal Brexit but it warned that “big questions remain about the feasibility of negotiating a new trade agreement deep enough in a 14-month transition period.” Yes, entirely fair.
The other statement was an attempt to end the ridiculous row with Labour over the cost of the party’s nationalisation plans. This one was slippery, to put it kindly.Continue reading...
PM insists he is ‘very confident’ his deal will be approved by parliament on Saturday
Boris Johnson has insisted he is “very confident” that his Brexit deal will be approved by the House of Commons in a historic knife-edge vote on Saturday, even without the backing of the DUP.
“I want to stress that this is a great deal for our country, for the UK; I also believe that it is a very good deal for our friends in the EU,” Johnson said at the European council in Brussels, where EU leaders signed off on the last-minute deal.Continue reading...
‘Spartans’ had originally indicated they would follow DUP, but now several hardliners suggest they will back Johnson
The 28 Eurosceptic Tory hardliners have not said “no” to Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, giving No 10 hope that they will swing behind the prime minister.
The group, known as “the Spartans”, had indicated they would take a lead from the Democratic Unionist party, which categorically said it would vote against Johnson’s deal. But several of the Tory hardliners – from Peter Bone to Andrew Bridgen – suggested they were likely to vote for the agreement.Continue reading...
PM will hope to pass his deal on Saturday but knows rejection will set him up for a general election
Boris Johnson’s team were pasty-faced with exhaustion as they briefed journalists about the details of the Brexit deal in Brussels on Thursday afternoon – but the PM himself was unable to suppress a beam of triumph, as he glad-handed his fellow leaders.
Just a week after Johnson’s meeting with the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, at a wedding venue on the Wirral, Downing Street hopes it has now engineered that rare thing in politics – a win-win situation.Continue reading...
Beyond the bonhomie at EU summit, leaders fear PM’s deal could meet same fate as his predecessor’s
There wasn’t even a Brexit deal yet when the Democratic Unionist party announced it could not support it. “As things stand we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues and there is a lack of clarity on VAT,” the party said in a dawn statement.
Customs, consent and VAT: three technical issues that have weighty implications for Brexit and the UK’s political future. Customs and consent had been the two big stumbling blocks since serious talks on Boris Johnson’s renegotiation of the Brexit deal began this month. The tricky VAT problem wasn’t yet settled when the DUP put its cards on the table, raising the possibility of the EU’s worst nightmare – a fourth rejection in the Commons of the withdrawal agreement.Continue reading...
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Geoffrey Robinson, the MP for Coventry North West who is retiring at the next election, has submitted a…
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MPs have voted in favour – by 287 votes to 275 – of being able to move multiple…
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Women’s rights are being used as a bargaining chip by the Conservative Party in the Brexit process, Stella…
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