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Johnson vows to deliver Brexit on 31/10

Today British Prime minister Boris Johnson made a short statement to confirm his determination to exit the EU on October 31. However he expressed hope there would be a deal by then. He also criticized the opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn for his tactic of permanent delays of the departure date. (Image above: archive).

The government led by Johnson is expected to table a motion to hold a general election on 14 October in case the Remainers MPs would get majority in opposing no-deal exit.

Boris Johnson said he did not wish a snap election, but he does not see other ways to progress, breaking the deadlock.

Brexit deal chances fade away

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s final attempt to save has failed after her offer of a vote on a second referendum and closer trading arrangements could not win over either opposition lawmakers or members of in her own party.

May proposed the prospect of a possible second referendum on the agreement and a package of trading arrangements with the EU as incentives to what she called the only way to guarantee orderly departure scenario.

However she position did not receive warm welcome in Westminster, lawmakers both Conservative and Labour opposed Withdrawal Agreement Bill legislation which frames the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc.

Leading Labour Jeremy Corbyn made clear his party would not be backing the Withdrawal Bill and described May’s government as “too weak, too divided to get this country out of the mess that they have created”.

Farage Brexit party leads Eurosceptics

The European Parliament election in the UK on May 23 is expected to demonstrate the polarization of views over Brexit, with strongly Eurosceptic and Eurocentric parties. (Image above: European Parliament, Strasbourg, France).

The pro-Brexit voters are largely expected to support Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Among the Remainers the vote will be splintered between several strongly Eurocentric parties: the Liberal Democrats, Change UK and the Green Party.

The United Kingdom is divided into 12 electoral regions – nine in England, and one each for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In total it will elect 73 Members of the European Parliament (MEP).

Parties submit a list of candidates for each region, and voters select a party rather than an individual candidate. As the seats are allocated to a party, they in turn allocate them to candidates starting from the top of their list.

Britain is taking part in the elections because it delayed the date of its exit from the EU, but its MEPs will leave the parliament when Brexit happens. If the UK has left the EU by the end of June, the MEPs will not take up their seats.

No breakthrough in May-Corbyn talks

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on that Prime Minister Theresa May had not moved far enough in a first round of crisis talks intended to achieve a breakthrough in the domestic deadlock over endorsement of  the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement to avoid disorderly exit from the European Union. (Image above: illustration).

“There hasn’t been as much change as I expected,Corbyn said, according to British media reports. “The meeting was useful but inconclusive” 

May-Corbyn compromise evokes skepticism

British Prime Minister Theresa May met opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to find a common Brexit solution, endorsing her government Article 50 Agreement with the EU.

After her EU withdrawal deal  (WA) was rejected three times in the House of Commons, with MPs, including her Conservative Party divided over Brexit deal negociated for two years, May said she would talk to the Labour Party leader in a bid to overcome the stalemate, becoming a Brexit crisis.

Nicola Sturgeon, First minister of Scotland said a deal between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will be a “second best compromise” that “satisfies nobody, makes the country poorer, and potentially could be unpicked by a new Prime minister like Boris Johnson

Corbyn favours II referendum

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party, leader will back a second referendum on Brexit after Westminster defeated its alternative plan for leaving the European Union, he said.

While no-deal Brexit is looming  both Prime Minister Theresa May and her major opponent Jeremy Corbyn have been introducing changes to their positions, however none of them has won the hearts of the majority.

Corbyn, who initially voted against in referendum on European Community (Common Market) membership (1975), and gave only reluctant backing to campaign ‘ to remain in the EU, this week gave ‘green light’ for the second referendum.

The Brexiteers camp insists the best plan is to leave first, and to negotiate afterwards, believing “Leave means leave”.


Brexit: birth of political identities

BREXIT SPECIAL REPORT: The UK’s decision to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 has given birth to new political identities, a new report by The UK in a Changing Europe shows.

“EU referendum: one year on”, commissioned by the Political Studies Association, the report demonstrates how the referendum has produced new political allegiances based on the Leave-Remain divide. A year on, nearly three-quarters of people think of themselves as Leavers (38%) or Remainers (35%) – a similar proportion to those who identify with political parties.

Leave and Remain cut across the traditional class base of Britain’s two party system. It also seems Brexit has paved the way for a return to two-party politics.

During the snap election, a new type of politics sprung-up: “Brexit Blairism” – which saw Jeremy Corbyn seize the centre ground on Brexit, much like Tony Blair did on economic issues in 1997. Brexit Blairism helped blunt the Conservative’s appeal in Leave areas, while allowing Labour to promote a ‘softer’ alternative to ‘hard’ Brexit in Remain areas.

“Profound and fundamental political changes have occurred since the referendum and it remains to be seen how durable they prove to be,” – Professor Anand Menon, the director of The UK in a Changing Europe, said.

“It is hard, if not impossible, following the snap election to know how the Brexit negotiations will go. The attitude our fundamentally divided, between and within parties, Parliament will take is crucial and impossible to predict” –  Menon added.

Brexit has precipitated significant changes in the orientation of domestic economic policy, by reducing the emphasis on fiscal restraint and deregulation of David Cameron’s government. The report finds the May government is arguably the least ‘liberal’ in economic orientation for four decades.

The UK is far more exposed to Brexit trade related risks than any other EU state except Ireland. Germany and the Netherlands will be less affected by Brexit than the UK and many other member states will feel almost no effect. Authors conclude that the economic strength of the UK’s negotiating position is far weaker than the British public understands.

Almost all the academics who contributed to the report are part of The UK in a Changing Europe, including John Curtice, Swati Dhingra, Jonathan Portes, Catherine Barnard, Matthew Goodwin, Sara Hobolt, Rob Ford, Jo Hunt, Simon Usherwood, Nicola McEwan and Anand Menon.

The 62 page, 28 chapter report written by 38 leading academics, covers politics, economics, public opinion, public policies, the implications for the nations of the United Kingdom and relations with the EU following the UK’s referendum last year.

The UK in a Changing Europe PROJECT REPORT


May to critisize EU27 ‘agressive’ stance on Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May will reiterate the need for strong leadership, calling EU27 stance on Brexit “aggressive” as she bids to regain political momentum in a tought competition with Labor’s leader Jeremy Corbyn, narrowing her lead in polls approaching June 8 election.

May, who called an early vote to reaffirm her majority before talks with the European Union.

In a speech on Tuesday,30.05.2017,  she is expected to say that a hardening position by the remainder of the EU27 means that she needs a clear mandate from voters.

“They (EU27) are adopting an aggressive negotiating position, which can only be met by strong leadership on behalf of Britain,” – May is  going to say according to a pre-released text  of the speech.

“If we don’t make a success of the next five years, our economic prosperity will suffer, jobs and livelihoods will be put at risk, and with them the security and peace of mind of working families,” – says the text of the speech.

May aims to launch Brexit talks in days after election

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May  informed French President Emmanuel Macron she wanted to discuss future arrangements with the EU27 simultaneously setting the departure terms.

At her first meeting with Macron since he became president, May reiterated her interest for “early clarity on the position of EU citizens in the UK and vice versa” in the Brexit talks, a Downing street spokesperson said.

“She also made clear that Britain and the EU27 member states should be discussing our future relationship with the EU at the same time as discussing the terms of our withdrawal.”

May warns against Corbyn leading Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May will call voters to back her to ensure Brexit from the European Union indicating that the Labor will be unable to deliver a solid deal. The message came when the opinion polls showed that support for Tories declined.

A series of polls ahead of Britain’s June 8 election have revealed the Conservatives’ lead has fallen to between 9% and 13%points from the initial point of competition.

After launching her manifesto last week, including unexpected plans to diminish financial support for senior citizens, May returned to her core message, insisting that Corbyn was not committed to initially, and subsequently incapable of securing a successful Brexit deal.


“The deal we seek will be negotiated by me or Jeremy Corbyn. There will be no time to waste and no time for a new government to find its way,” May will say, according to extracts of a speech that will highlight that the departure talks with the EU could begin in days after the election.

EU government officials are preparing for Brexit talks to begin on June 19, however the date needs a confirmation after the elections.