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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:42 pm

-Cooper's extension bill passes by 1 313 over 312, 14 Tories backed it with Leave.EU trying to get people to deselect the 14. In Lord efforts from likes of Lord Forsyth to delay, Tory peers like Lord Baker, Lord Howard, Lord Lawson furious as to attempts to jam it through in one day see them lost comfortably each time but the sheer number of them seems to have prevented it passing in one day but government plans to bring it through Commons on Monday, Letwin sat in chamber to watch.

-Commons suspended for the day as water leaks into press gallery and the Commons

-Thornberry writes to Labour MP's saying failure to insist on referendum would breach party conference motion, Corbyn says it is just an option, Lavery says it would split party if Corbyn gave referendum, with eyes very much on the split. Corbyn says May hasn't moved as much as he had hoped and meeting was useful but inconclusive, it is ridiculous we are in this situation but due to government failure to consult down the years. Hammond expects EU to ask for long extension and is open to referendum, Watson warns members won't forgive failure to get referendum on May's deal, Sturgeon says she had good meetings with both leaders but fears a rushed compromise will be a bad one and all she got from May was that May disagrees with her.

Cox says custom union would still count as Brexit and Brexiteers would have bitten off arm if offered that in past, people expect Brexit to happen, DUP says it might accept custom union as a temporary staging post, Hancock says second referendum won't help deliver Brexit or soothe wounds. Leadsom doesn't yet know if Brexit votes happening next week, Karin Kneissl the Austrian foreign minister doubts we will be offered an extension longer then May 22nd due to MEP election issue and that even if we did there would be problems if we left shortly after, government fears Cooper's plan risk accidental no deal. Vadaker says anything coming from UK to EU must be realistic and credible, Merkel vows to work till last hour to stop no deal but MEP elections are complicating matters, wants good relations and as an East German she understands the issue of borders, Ireland putting custom officials at ports and ferries from tomorrow

-Thornberry, Buck and McDonnell didn't vote but abstained last night. This drew a lot of comment from press and Stewart McDonald mentioned it in commons, McDonnell responded like a gentleman including joke against himself "Stewart, You weren’t to know but I was in hospital having an MRI scan on my leg and hip as I have been having a bit of pain. I couldn’t put it off any more and survive pressure from family and friends. I think it’s a hangover from footballl days when I was a dangerous left back!" McDonald has issued a full apology "I tweeted earlier criticising @johnmcdonnellMP and @EmilyThornberry for ‘abstaining’ on a tight and crucial vote. I shouldn’t have done so. Emily was with her kid in hospital and John was himself in hospital. I didn’t know. I’m deeply sorry to both. I wish them both my very best."

McDonald not getting hammered, think a sense that there is an issue that "paired off votes" aren't shown in count so seen as abstaining when someone may simply not be there or paired off.

-Ovation for Rosie Cooper after speech after it was revealed a neo-nazi tried to kill her

-Attempt to disrupt trains with two devices as what seems to be a pro-Brexit protest foiled. Seems a very dangerous idea

-Some papers welcome Corbyn talks, others concentrate on Tory fury.

-Civil Service arranging counselling due to stress of Brexit preparations

-Corbyn shocked by the army footage but has faith in MOD to get to bottom of it, politicians on all side condemn video

-Javid promises no cap on windrush compensation

-House of Lords select committee on regenerating seaside towns says seaside towns needed attention with Blackpool should be first for revamp

-Housing Committee warns government too trusting of housing developers on leaseholds

-Junior minister appointments James Cleverly adds Brexit to his vice chair (a good media performer who has been used a fair bit recently and a pragmatic Brexiteer), Justin Tomlinson gets promoted within DWP and replaced on junior rung by Will Quince, May's PPS Seema Kennedy gets health, whip and former small businessman Andrew Stephenson to business, Kevin Foster gets Wales and whip.

-Best of luck to all braving the weather to uphold democracy in Newport West

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-Boles says May's head of communications Robbie Gibb is a hard Brexiter trying to destroy any attempts at compromise, Rory Stewart why May is right to talk with Corbyn and no deal s a disaster, 24 Labour MP's write letter urging Corbyn to reject referendum. Clive Lewis feels Labour MP's and majority of shadow cabinet want a referendum

-Morgan says there are better candidates then her to replace May

-Labour Welsh assembly member Alun Davies says nobody had heard of Nigel Adams and it further encourages his belief that Welsh Office should be abolished, Plaid's Liz Saville Roberts says constant change of Welsh Ministers is not helping

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-Alex Massie says ERG only have themselves to blame for May seeking out Corbyn

-Larry Elliot customs union is overatted

-Kettle the talks could elevate Corbyn

-Tom Harris says risk to Brexit was created by Brexiteers
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:06 pm

-Tusk offers 12 month extension but UK could leave earlier once agreement is made which is being called "flexstation", May asks for extension to June30th (this was rejected last time though), says she is willing to compromise and they are preparing for MEP elections if need be. Cox warns if we can't agree deal then delay will be long, Lavery honourably offered to resign before abstaining on referendum votes but Corbyn refused twice. EU agrees a three month short stay visa waiver for UK (subject to UK doing likewise), DUP affirm they will not accept customs union or any halfway house/staging post+they worry Hammond is signalling a government U-turn on referendum. Britons living in the EU who return to the UK after Brexit will be able to bring non-British family members until the end of March 2022, Hunt says there may be no choice for UK but a long extension, France’s minister for European affairs Amélie de Montchalin says UK still requires a credible plan before they can agree to delay but rather more worrying for May, Rutte and Germany’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas say similar. Head of Tory MEP's Syed Kamall thinks extension will happen

-Hinds warns universities putting "unconditional offer only if we are your first choice" may breach consumer rights

-Finical Times worries MP's will vote down whatever Corbyn and May agree, Time says cabinet will try to prevent May agreeing year extension

-Labour holds Newport West, higher then expected turnout of 37% despite poor weather on the day, a 2.7% swing to Tories. Union official and NHS physiotherapist Ruth Jones won but majority down 1,951, a 39.6% share which is down 12.7% but given nobody was quite sure how Brexit would shake things and without Flynn's personal following, they will be happy with that. Tories via local councillor and former mayor Matthew Evans, who focused on Brexit, hold onto second despite an 8% dip to 31.3% but again will be fairly happy as eyes were on UKIP's Neil Hamilton if he could grab third, despite a 6.1% swing they only got 8.6% so not close to Tories as they had hoped but 8% is their general target mark for retaining Welsh Assembly and a major climb-back so they will be happiest. Remain parties Plaid, Lib Dems and Greens all made gains of over 2% improvement, Renew even got 3% share which gave a 11% share for the Remain parties. Corbyn's declaration of showing great support for Labour's strategy is not flying

-Some unhappiness that one of those that voted for Cooper's bill is Onasanya. Which won by one.

-Professor Curtice saying public vote is fragmenting away from both Tories and Labour with UKIP returning to it's old strength

-Rudd pushing forward pension dashboards

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-Anna Turley and Andrew Percy interesting on Brexitcast about impact Brexit is having on MP's

-Neil Hamilton says media demonises Tommy Robinson

-Rees-Mogg says if long extension then UK should be as difficult as possible and veto all they can with Sturgeon remarking "How strange - isn’t this the same guy who said the UK had no power to do any of these things in the EU and that’s why we had to leave." and Verhofdst is trying to use this to encourage a not long extension but plenty in EU pointing out Rees-Mogg is talking rubbish. Caroline Lucas can't believe May is offering something EU has rejected, Farage will run as MEP for Brexit party. Redwood says there should be no more delays. Rees-Mogg says May has abandoned the Tory party (a disgraceful comment, May has given her life to the party and loves it, she is a true believer in difficult circumstances)

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-Guardian has an anon civil servant from within Operation Yellowhammer

-Owen Jones feels if Labour play this right Corbyn can destroy Tories for a generation

-Mike Buckley says referendum would beat May's trap

-Iain Watson on Labour's splits

-Kuessenberg on the talks
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:09 pm

-Labour says May is refusing to really compromise with Sir Stramer saying May is refusing to make changes to political decleration which number 10 firmly denies, the early feeling in Westminster is this is to put pressure on May in talks rather then talks collapsing, rumours May only offered memo's and clarifications. Sturgeon "This is similar to when I met PM on Wednesday. She wanted to know where we could compromise, but refused to indicate any compromise she might make. It is a bizarre approach from someone who made great play of wanting to find consensus - and has just wasted yet more time." Barnier to visit Ireland and warns any extension should be last and final offer for sake of EU credibility, UK passports now being issued without EU on it, Sturgeon asks for long delay to avoid repeated cliff edges, Watson says talks will take time.

-Cox says he is getting fatigued and senses other MP's are also exhausted which is not helping, uses poetry to relax and order his thoughts, regrets MP's and public were not educated as to how complex Brexit would be, is subtle change in decades of national identity so those under 45 see themselves as European and Brexit hurts them

-Papers on Brexit

-D'Arcy's supposedly quiet Week Ahead

-Boris building leadership contest warchest from donors while Raab has two staff hired for such purposes

-Hammond says austerity is over

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-Rory Stewart says talks still ongoing and both sides close, with a bit of goodwill a deal can be done and political declaration can be altered, Boles says refusal to compromise on political declaration would be ludicrous, Heidi Allen says May has focused too much on party over country and she has no regrets on leaving. McVey says Letwin is a useful idiot for Marxists on Labour bench, Sir Jenkin suspects EU is toying with UK with extensions and government seeking to use it as cover for the extension May wants but people don't want, would prefer year delay over May's deal.

-Nandy and Reeves protest QT last minute change from leave supporting Bolton to a London private school, the program argues events in Westminster meant it would be a problem for panellists to leave capital

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-Ian Burrell on Brexit boosting and shaping media events

-Mark Wallace meeting with Corbyn was a mistake

-Tom Kibasi his Brexit plan but whatever chosen, Brexit will dominate for next 3-5 years

-Forysth (sun) May and Corbyn would have to destroy their own parties to get deal through, attacks on Hunt, plot against May
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:56 pm

-Rumours Brandon Lewis told cabinet they don't have money to fight an election.

-May says she had no choice but to reach out to Labour or risk seeing Brexit slip away and the longer Brexit goes on the less chance of it actually happening, she had after all done everything she could to persuade Tory MP's and DUP to help her find way through, public expect MP's to work together on this.

-Hammond optimistic some sort of deal can be reached, Leadsom feels referendum would be ultimate betrayal as would delay Brexit further for lengthy spell and reignite divisions plus would parliament honour second referendum when it has has failed to do with the first, Cleverly (sun) defends May's deal and her handling of situation, Long-Bailey says attitudes have been good on both sides of talk, Leadsom says civil service have done superb job ensuring we are prepared for no deal

-Fabricant thinks there will be open revolt in Tory ranks if we stay in custom union, Raab says May's handling of things (like knowing Dover is important?) is risking damaging the Tory party for a generation and she risk losing Brexit+seeing Corbyn in power, Patel (sun) slams May's handling of events, demands she stand up to EU and embrace Brexit, Huq on her meeting with May

-Papers on Brexit mess including speculating what conditions May is attaching to customs union, Telegraph saying Tory activists have gone on strike and donations are being withheld so demand to know why cabinet are tolerating her, Observer saying there will be an attempt to oust May if we fight MEP elections, some papers speculating in a Boris-Rudd alliance for leadership (a rumour that pops up every now and again)

-Leadsom says she might run for leadership again, that she and most Brexiteers weren't quite prepared last time due to suddenness of Cameron going

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-Deborah Haynes warns Hunt not being at Nato 70th anniversary event was not great

-Rawnsley hopes EU will be wise enough not to let exasperation turn into pushing UK out on no deal
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:13 pm

-Boris lock has become a term for trying to reassure Labour and EU Boris can't unpick May's work, Solicitor General Robert Buckland expects some sort of customs agreement to come from talks, Long-Bailey says Labour could back revoking article 50 to prevent no deal, Truss says flexation says likes purgatory. Mark Drakeford says no deal Brexit would less variety of food for Welsh consumers but won't be food shortages, Hut says no point in talks if there are big red lines and talking to Labour shows May is committed to Brexit, May to visit Merkel and Macron tomorrow. Rutte says EU needs promises of sincere cooperation, Barnier says EU happy to offer customs union but if no deal then no trade talks till border (ie UK would have to commit to backstop), money owed and citizens rights are agreed, Vardaker open to extending article 50

-May with video message explaining why she is in talks with Labour

-Papers on May's message and government efforts on internet safety

-Jewish Labour Movement passes no confidence in Corbyn despite Baroness Chakrabarti pleading not to personalize it as was going on before Corbyn and he won't be leader forever, Labour says they take issue seriously and vow to root out anti-Semitism. Sunday Times report alleges Labour delayed and that staff interfered in investigations which labour denies and says Sunday Times has been extremely selective with choice of emails they used, Marie van der Zyl as president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews says report shows they had treated the issue with utter contempt and "Rather than own up to the problem, the Labour leadership has put its efforts into a cover-up operation. Any claims to a politically independent system can now be seen as a total sham." before calling for process to be transparent to Jewish community.

-Thornberry joins boycott of Brunai owned hotel and business

-Jaguar have started Brexit shutdown

-Parliamentary watchdog the standards committee slams Boris for cavalier attitude towards registering his interests (second time this year)

-Tories formerly seeking MEP candidates is seen as a big and problematic moment for the party and for May's leadership, the symbolism is dreadful

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-Morgan on one nation Tory grouping

-Boris says Tory MP's won't allow May to surrender to Corbyn and customs union would be econimic serfdom+worst of both worlds, Rees-Mogg says Corbyn being a Remainer and not sympathetic to Tories mean talks with him is a mistake, Philips and De Peiro on second referendum

-Francois (backed by Bridgen) call for 1922 to do a vote of no confidence in May. It is less then a year since they tried and failed miserably to out her so against the rules so he proposed indicative informal vote, that way May would be destroyed before EU summit (and presumably while she was out of country and unable to defend herself) and prevent a Brexit delay. Remainers mocking him as he claims the Tory MP's didn't know what they were voting for last time so should be a rerun while opposing second referendum. Brady says they discussed this last week and it isn't happening

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-Peter Oborne (long read) calls for a Brexit delay so everyone can have a rethink and explains why he is no longer a Brexiteer, clearly an article he put a lot of thought and heart into.

-Matt Singh the impact of a political crises on polls
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:54 pm

-Belgian PM, Charles Michel to host a mini summit of countries most likely to be hit by Brexit to help decide delay date, Leadsom says Cooper bill is a huge dog dinner (agreeing with Sir Cash on that one) and the rush has meant it hasn't had proper scrutiny, Cooper's bill passes despite tempers fraying in Lords with May's June 30th date to be debated today. Dodd says if Vadaker and Barnier really respected Good Friday agreement they would listen to the unionists in N.Ireland on Brexit (the unionists who actually oppose DUP's stance? Those ones?), Hands and Leadsom seize desperately on hint from Merkel ally she is willing to reopen Withdrawal Agreement before Merkel slams that down, EU foreign ministers hinting any long extension would be under certain conditions, IMF warns there is a risk of two year UK recession if no deal but if a deal then still very low growth.

Barnier says they could upgrade political declaration within days if customs union (he makes a big big sell on this one) and UK can always stop no deal by revoking article 50, confirms withdrawal agreement will not be reopened. Dr Fox writes to 1922 committee setting out his strong objections to customs union, Hancock warns Tories are finished if they come to be seen only as the Brexit party, Mordaunt praises Remainers patriotism in accepting the referendum result . McDonnell says Labour need reassurances any promises with May will stick long term, Foster accuses May of a lack of leadership on Brexit in last few months, French officials indicating Macron would oppose year extension. May's extension passes Commons by 310 420-110 with only 31% of the extension votes from Tories with 12 ministers not turning up

-Wright and Watson urge MP's to hold nerve as social media and internet companies are going to go hard to prevent regulation

-Mark Field admits to Thornberry that Libya shows lessons not fully learnt from Iraq and has had calamitous outcome

-Papers on divorce reform and Brexit talks, Telegraph saying 1922 Committee told May to resign immediately

-Home Office breached data protection rules with Windrush compensation scheme

-House of Lords standards body clears Lord Hain over his naming Philip Green

-Brokenshire looking at the conversion of offices into housing rules for fear it is being misused

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-Kawczynski resigns from ERG, praises Rees-Mogg chairmanship and willingness to listen to all views but bemoans the Brexit ultra's whose hardline views risk Brexit. Has long been sense that ERG divided on the subject of if to back May's deal and soften their approach for fear of losing Brexit vs stick to ideals and try to force no deal and that it has led to unhappiness. Rees-Mogg warns EU May's successor can not be bound by parliament, Cable warns May is running out of options, Umunna senses establishment stichup (Oborne did a far better job then the two Remain leaders).

Stephen Kinnock customs union without single market is not a good idea, Nandy warns people in Wigan attitudes are hardening on Brexit and that they feel second referendumers are just those who want to stop Brexit, Huw Merriman says it will be madness if he gets sacked for publicly defending his second referendum vote when it was a free vote. Francois warns Europe Britain could sabotage EU under a future leader, the less hardline Loughton warns Francois and Rees-Mogg may be right as he suspects Farag mini-me's will be elected, Bannerman won't stand for MEP

-Moon worried by Russia's increasing influence in Africa

-Jess Philips wants buffer zones around abortion clinics

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-Kuessenberg the tensions in talks

-Maya Goodfellow welcomes MEP elections

-Timothy Garton Ash knows we have lost goodwill but hopfuly EU will delay Brexit

-Gina Miller says even with customs union such a deal would be worse then what we have now so best revoke article 50
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby SunXia » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:31 pm

Dong Zhou wrote: Dodd says if Vadaker and Barnier really respected Good Friday agreement they would listen to the unionists in N.Ireland on Brexit (the unionists who actually oppose DUP's stance? Those ones?)

Ugh Dodds is my MP and he's only my MP because the other Unionist parties put their Unionist beliefs above what the know is a bad situation. The DUP have always been the polar extreme of Unionism and still deny Abortion Rights and Homosexual Rights and other rights here compared to other Unionist parties. And yet, they still denied the middle or moderate Unionists a voice in 2017 General election all based on the idea of "Anyone but one of Them'uns" ie NOT a Catholic.

NI voted Remain, regardless of what Dodds and the joke Arlene Foster try say. Their 30% (ish) of vote is not equal to the Remain we voted for. And Female Politician of the Year ha shes done nothing for over two years, refusing to come to terms for the Executive here because of Loyalists extremist, so all she's done is get angry with Theresa May for two years and that's AFTER wasting a lot of our money on the RHI scheme.
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:51 am

SunXia wrote:
Dong Zhou wrote: Dodd says if Vadaker and Barnier really respected Good Friday agreement they would listen to the unionists in N.Ireland on Brexit (the unionists who actually oppose DUP's stance? Those ones?)

Ugh Dodds is my MP and he's only my MP because the other Unionist parties put their Unionist beliefs above what the know is a bad situation. The DUP have always been the polar extreme of Unionism and still deny Abortion Rights and Homosexual Rights and other rights here compared to other Unionist parties. And yet, they still denied the middle or moderate Unionists a voice in 2017 General election all based on the idea of "Anyone but one of Them'uns" ie NOT a Catholic.

NI voted Remain, regardless of what Dodds and the joke Arlene Foster try say. Their 30% (ish) of vote is not equal to the Remain we voted for. And Female Politician of the Year ha shes done nothing for over two years, refusing to come to terms for the Executive here because of Loyalists extremist, so all she's done is get angry with Theresa May for two years and that's AFTER wasting a lot of our money on the RHI scheme.


Not a healthy move by unionists, people should have a chance to vote for all strands of thinking. Has been noted DUP don't want to be separate from mainland UK apart from social issues when special exemptions should be made

Research suggests they want May's deal and backstop over no deal as well as I understand it yet DUP ignore them all the time. I wish May and co would take DUP to task for their attitudes on Brexit and their inept handling of N.Ireland, how awful their negotiating ability has turned out to be rather then let DUP keep taking shots
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:01 pm

-Hammond warns business have head in sands on Brexit and says he wasn't advocating referendum but was simply saying it was a coherent option, Tusk questions if May could get her done done by her end of June deadline, press expecting UK will have to promise not to be disruptive and will be given much less say and influence on EU matters during delay. Labour and Tories trying to keep talk hopes alive, Foster says it is painful watching May plead with EU (which inept ally meant that needed to happen...), May arrived too early for Merkel. Barclay wants a break clause in any long delay for any deal that is made during it, parliament to blame for EU being in control right now, Merkel tells her parliament UK should be given a reasonable amount of time for orderly departure, Sweden PM Stefan Lofven admits there is a lot of frustration over Brexit.

Macron "We have a European renaissance to run and I don’t want Brexit to come and block us on this. The time for decision is now… it’s with lots of impatience that I am going to listen to Theresa May. Nothing is decided", mentions several times it has been 34 months since referendum and not for EU to stand in way of Brexit, impatient to hear from May why they should extend. Vadaker very confident of extension and avoiding Friday deadline, vast majority of EU sympathetic to UK's troubles, wants UK in customs union and EU to give UK a say on trade talks, isn't sure UK's adversarial style of politics is a good thing for our future. Merkel headed for May pre-meeting to show something on i-pad which made May laugh (there will be questions), Antonio Tajani, the president of the European parliament tries to rule out idea that we participate in MEP elections but don't take the seats as would be a mockery of the parliament

-Papers on May meeting Macron Times says Tusk has warned Macron not to humiliate May, they all expect a year extension

-N.Ireland Committee want money seized from Libyans to compensate victims of IRA were Libyan weapons were used

-Government setting up 12 "Institutes of Technology" for technical education, Labour says not enough

-February growth better then expected at 0.2% (down 0.1% from January) though concerns a lot of that is from manufacturing stockpiling

-PMQ's was focused on local elections rather then Brexit both from Corbyn and from Tory backbenches

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-Paterson says Tories have free market on free votes but MEP elections would see that support drift to new parties and says his past backing for EEA Brexit is invalid due to referendum, Rees-Mogg on year long extension " "This shows that the EU has no interest in democracy and expects voters to be cowed into obedience.", Baroness Boothroyd says nobody voted for this mess and Brexiteer leaders were charlatans she wouldn't trust to run her bath, Chris Philips suspects MEP elections would be just a huge protest vote. Sir Cash warns EU ERG might take delay to court

-Haigh on family courts

-Boles says Boris is a great community but chaos he leaves makes him unfit to be PM

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-Kuessenberg May has made her choice on Brexit

-Michel Chessum says talks with May risks disaster for Corbyn

-Behr says soft Brexit would be major disaster referendum needed on route forward

-Luke Akehurst looks ahead results Labour should aim for at local elections

-Dr David Shiels MEP elections would go badly for government
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:04 pm

-EU extends to October 31st, Halloween but we go straight out on June 30th if we refuse to take part in MEP elections, if we complete deal then we can go out early (including June1st if we complete early in May) and we can revoke article 50, UK will be excluded from some EU meetings. Seen as French win with shorter date and the break clause but has infuriated officials and diplomats who feel it was self indulgent and self obsessed by Macron with fears delay is such a fudge, sense among press this was the worst of all possible worlds. Not short enough to put real pressure on MP's and not long enough to really give May a chance to solve issues while being just long enough for a referendum or that ERG might try to overthrow May (again) since they will think they can do that and sneak deal or no deal through in time but not enough time for election after overthrow. Won't require Parliament to vote as Lord Goldsmith amendment removed that part of Cooper's bill

Apparently May and Merkel were laughing at both wearing same colour jacket in their parliaments before coming to summit, was quickly emerging May did well this time and EU would delay but was fierce disagreement on length with Macron fighting hard for short length to frustration of quite a few. Foster and ERG to meet Barnier while again accusing EU of ignoring unionist voices in N.Ireland (the statement didn't actually catch fire from the hypocrisy), accuses May of trying to lead MP's down cul-de-sac, of weak leadership and demeaning the nation, Corbyn seizes on Vadaker's comments about customs deal with UK say on trade as proof his plan is credible (that other 26 leaders haven't backed it doesn't seem to have worried Corbyn), allegedly Greece wanted one to 2020 to humiliate Brexiteers and try to stop Brexit happening and also rumoured EU will extend Commission till UK is out to try to get around the chaos of electing one with UK still around for a bit. The Nordic countries and Ireland pushed for Halloween

Macron didn't do press conference for first time after EU summit but admits he takes personal responsibility for blocking a long extension and that May's willingness to talk to Corbyn had proved decisive given how rare that is in UK politics, Tusk pleads with us not to waste the time given and hope we are done by October but doesn't entirely rule out another extension and he tells Polish media he personally dreams of us staying, Juncker frustrated that EU's recent work with China got not coverage due to Brexit but notes he is leaving on 1st November so glad date is October 31st. May says people are frustrated and up to parliament to find a majority in time for which she will do all she can, points out she voted three times to get UK out with deal but parliament didn't but admits task ahead won't be simple..

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-May says one day Caroline Lucas will praise government work on climate change

-German minister Michael Roth says Rees-Mogg's comments about disrupting EU were out of order, Rees-Mogg tantrums back "A Eurocrat thinks it is out of order to stand up for democracy, it is typical of their high handed approach and encourages us to be difficult", McDonnell says still fundemtnal differences on future relationship but Labour and government will keep talking in good spirits, admits they are worried about what happens to agreement after May. Hunt admits the local elections will go badly as Brexit not done and doubts there will be majority to unpick May's deal once it passes. Electoral Commission says there is just enough time for second referendum which is encouraging the usual suspects,

Trump tweets "Too bad that the European Union is being so tough on the United Kingdom and Brexit. The E.U. is likewise a brutal trading partner with the United States, which will change. Sometimes in life you have to let people breathe before it all comes back to bite you!". French government warns no deal sill possible, Burgeon moving towards second referendum, Gardiner slams Dr Fox's record, Sturgeon relieved and calls for second referendum+SNP to be included in May's talks with Labour, Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez says EU unity protected and Brexit shows what happens when people vote on something based on lies, Convney thinks no deal is less likely, May says Labour and her are closer on customs then people think

-Will certainly be an attempt to overthrow May. The timetable gives them just long enough to do that but not get election, her opponents know the MEP elections will stir up so much anger that May's position will become very dangerous. May's team are arguing she dropped the June 30th hint of resignation awhile ago and phase 1 of talks not done

-MP's and MSP's will now get Easter Recess

-Justice Committee wants tighter regulation on bailiff's, a regulator appointed and body camera's to be a requirement

-Press loved mixing Brexit summit with first ever photo of a black hole, were published before the delay was confirmed so focus was on May's leadership chances, then when confirmed, they were not happy with May/UK humiliation. Times political editor Francois Elliot says Queen's Speech is a danger point for May as DUP might refuse support

-Truss says HS2 case will be examined again at spending review

-Sir Roger Scruton sacked as head of Building Beautiful architecture Commission following denial Islamophobia existed, highly insulting about Chinese people and questionable comments about Soros

-Jarod Kirkman pleads guilty to racially aggravated harassment of Lammy and threatening email to seven MP's

-Mouths open in shock as Davis calls for May to reopen Withdrawal Agreement to push EU to accept Malthouse, no deal would only be short term trouble but UK would handle it, new leader would repopen everything including Ireland and there is a technical answer to Irish border, pressure for May to go will dramatically increase.

-Home Office apologises to EU citizens after a personal data leak of some of those seeking residency

-DUP warn May not to try to extend parliament till autumn

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-Bone hints extension should mean May resigns given her past comments about going beyond June30th being unacceptable, Whittingdale fears they will pay price at local elections for anger of Brexit extension, Lords have fun with passport changes. David Jones refuses to rule out voting elsewhere for MEP elections (though argues it is about privacy of ballot), Neil Coyle we need freedom of movement, Caulfield doesn't think any more Tories will defect to May's deal. Rees-Mogg feels they aren't delivering referendum result and he accepts he lost right to try to oust May for a year, Sir Cash bemoans outright surrender and asks May to resign, Francois wins least self awareness award for telling May “perseverance is a virtue, but sheer obstinacy is not”.

-Mitchell condemns UK's handling of Rwanda's quest for justice on genocide

-Mercer getting messages from fellow MP's that Tory whips trying to dig up dirt on him

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-Kuessenberg delay was mixed news

-Aditya Chakrabortty Tory becoming a small party of extremists

-Anand Menon election is best way forward
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