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BREXIT: Northern Labour MPs are rebelling against Jeremy Corbyn

MPs demand a second Brexit referendum

The row over Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit has exploded after five MPs from the party’s northern heartlands broke ranks and openly demanded a new referendum on the UK’s withdrawal deal.

The MPs from the Northeast – which heavily backed Leave in the 2016 referendum – said a new vote is essential because the true nature of Brexit is only just emerging.

Writing exclusively for The Independent, they warn plans to leave the single market will devastate family living standards as the future of major manufacturers and employers in their region is thrown into doubt.

 https://www.independant.co.uk/

Rebel Tories want to stay in Single Market

MPs to push Theresa May into staying in single market – if Labour backs it

Conservatives have told The Independent there would be enough of their party’s MPs to lock in full single market access afterBrexit, as long as Labour also backs it. But in a move set to enrage Labour politicians, Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench will on Tuesday refuse support for just such a proposal in the Lords – preventing it from being voted on in the Commons.

Mr Corbyn is now being warned he risks a major internal row and must explain to pro-EU party members why he is “throwing away a clear opportunity” to defeat Ms May’s plans to abandon the single marketIt follows reports that Tory chief whip Julian Smith has already told the prime minister she lacks numbers in the Commons to defeat rebel amendments aimed at keeping the UK in an EU customs union.

Tory rebels, who joined forces with Labour to shift the government towards closer customs relations with Europe, will now push Ms May towards remaining inside the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – which would deliver full single market access. They say up to 15 Conservative backbenchers are now certain it is the best way to ensure the UK’s economic strength, while also staying true to the 2016 referendum result.

EU Withdrawal Bill: Major defeat for Brexiters on plans to leave the customs union

UK’s House of Lords votes to amend Brexit bill over customs union

The House of Lords, the upper house of parliament, has inflicted two serious defeats on Theresa May’s government at it attempts to get its EU withdrawal bill passed into law. More defeats are likely.

The House of Lords voted 348 to 225 on Wednesday afternoon on an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill. It obliges ministers to explain by the end of October the steps they have taken to negotiate the UK’s continued participation in a customs union with the European Union.

In a second vote later in the day, the government lost by 97 votes on an amendment to the law which seeks to limit ministers’ powers after Brexit. The amendment is aimed at stopping the government from weakening existing EU rights on issues ranging from employment to health and safety when they are transferred to UK law.

http://www.dw.com/

Re-run of the Brexit referendum

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie : Brexit lacks ‘democratic mandate’

Chris Wylie, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, shocked Andrew Marr when he called for a second referendum, to make sure the Leave vote was both legal and fair. Speaking earlier this morning, Mr Wylie called for assurances that the vote was made “fairly”.
His remarks came in response to Marr’s questions about the legitimacy of the 2016 Leave victory, which he followed up by asking whether Britain should “do it over again”. Mr Wylie became known as the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower last month after revealed how the company harvested the data of millions of Facebook users without consent.
 http://www.express.co.uk

Soros: Only the EU can break Facebook and Google’s dominance

Social media giants have left the US government impotent – Europe must lead the way

The current moment in world history is a painful one. Open societies are in crisis, and forms of dictatorships and mafia states, exemplified by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, are on the rise. In the United States, President Donald Trump would like to establish his own mafia-style state but cannot, because the constitution, other institutions, and a vibrant civil society won’t allow it.

Not only is the survival of open society in question; the survival of our entire civilisation is at stake. The rise of leaders such as Kim Jong-un in North Korea and Trump in the US have much to do with this. Both seem willing to risk a nuclear war in order to keep themselves in power. But the root cause goes even deeper. Mankind’s ability to harness the forces of nature, both for constructive and destructive purposes, continues to grow, while our ability to govern ourselves properly fluctuates, and is now at a low ebb.

Facebook and Google effectively control over half of all digital advertising revenue. To maintain their dominance, they need to expand their networks and increase their share of users’ attention. Currently they do this by providing users with a convenient platform. The more time users spend on the platform, the more valuable they become to the companies.

http://www.theguardian.com…  March 16, 2018

Brexit: North Ireland would stay under EU customs union rules

Avoid a hard border post-Brexit if no wider EU-UK trade deal or alternative is agreed

Northern Ireland will in effect remain in the EU’s customs union and single market to avoid a hard border post-Brexit if no wider EU-UK trade deal or alternative is agreed, the draft withdrawal agreement will state.

EU sources said the draft agreement from Brussels covering the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc in March 2019 – to be published in Brussels on Wednesday – will maintain a common regulatory area on the island of Ireland.

This will be triggered should the EU and the UK not agree a future EU-UK free trade deal or if London fails to propose an alternative arrangement for the Border post-Brexit.

http://www.irishtimes.com…  Febuary 28, 2018

Irish government : Brexit talks ‘could collapse at any moment’

Negotiations could break down over the border issue

There is renewed fear within the Irish government that Brexit talks could collapse over the UK government’s refusal to consider staying in a customs union with the European Union. enior figures in the Irish government said privately that they fear that Theresa May’s insistence on leaving the customs union will make a hard border impossible to avoid and lead to a complete break down in negotiations.

A high-ranking member of the Irish government said “talks could collapse at any moment” in a meeting with a prominent British MP this month, a source familiar with the meeting has told Business Insider. The Irish government did not wish to comment when contacted by BI.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Friday that border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are “unavoidable” if Britain decides to leave the customs union and single market.

http://www.businessinsider.com…  Febuary 12, 2018

UK: New party aiming to stop Brexit

Touring towns and universities across the UK

The Renew party has recruited some 220 candidates to stand in local and national elections – with the first test coming in London and English councils in May – and many of them are expected to gather this weekend for their first mass training session. Representatives of Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche will attend the London event to give advice on tactics for catapulting a new party into the political mainstream. But leaders of the party played down suggestions that Renew was an attempt to replicate the French president’s political agenda in the UK.

“The EU referendum was a wake-up call that the UK is a nation divided, with mass discontent at inequality, national identity and regional, social and generational differences,” said Sandra Khadhouri, a former UN worker who is one of Renew’s three “principals”, alongside accountant James Torrance and start-up strategy consultant James Clarke.

http://www.standard.co.uk...  Febuary 05, 2018

It’s official now: Brexit would damage UK growth

Leaked cabinet report

Brexit would leave the UK worse off under three possible scenarios: a comprehensive free trade deal, single market access and no deal at all, according to a leaked government analysis of the economic impact of leaving the EU.

The document was meant to be shown confidentially to cabinet ministers this week but was leaked in an embarrassing development for Theresa May and David Davis, the Brexit secretary.

It said national growth would be 8% lower under a no deal scenario, around 5% lower with a free trade agreement with the EU and about 2% lower with a soft Brexit option of single market membership over a 15-year period.

http://www.theguardian.com…  Febuary 01, 2018

What is the new article 127 Brexit challenge

The EEA Agreement provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the EU single market

After a legal challenge over whether MPs should be given a vote on when Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon is triggered, she now faces the possibility of a second legal challenge – this time involving Article 127 of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement. The “Single Market Justice” campaign will argue that the Government “has no mandate” to withdraw from the single market without a vote from MPs, because it was not on the referendum ballot paper on June 23.

Their case is based on the argument that Theresa May has to trigger another legal measure- Article 127 of the European Economic Area agreement-  in order to officially leave the European Economic Area (EEA). They say that the 1993 European Economic Area Act 1993 established EEA rights in domestic British law. The EEA Agreement provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the EU single market.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk … Fri., 19  January 2018