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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

Scottish independence vote depends on Brexit deal

Scottish First minister Nicola Sturgeon claims she would be able to make a judgment on whether to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence by the end of this year after the Brexit agreement between the UK and the European Union is concluded.

Barnier aims to make progress

Speaking points by Michel Barnier after the College meeting

Brussels, 12 July 2017

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am happy to be here with you today.

I have just attended the meeting of the College of Commissioners, at the invitation of Jean-Claude Juncker.

Our first day of negotiations, on 19June, was useful to start off on the right foot.

But the hard work starts now.

We need to engage substantially in all issues of the first phase of negotiations, as agreed with the UK on 19 June:

  • citizens’ rights,
  • the single financial settlement,
  • the new borders, in particular in Ireland,
  • and other separation issues, like Euratom and the treatment of goods placed on the market before Brexit day.

We have published nine EU position papers so far on the different issues.

The EU positions are clear.

We now need to know the UK’s position on each of these issues in order to make progress.

We need to know on which points we agree, and on which points we disagree, so that we can negotiate in earnest.

My aim is to make good progress next week and at our next session in August on all issues.

We cannot remain idle as the clock is ticking (…)

A final point: I have always made it clear that we want to listen to the different points of view in the British debate. It is only natural.

Later today, I will meet a delegation from the House of Lords to answer their questions. The delegation will be led by Lord Teverson of the EU Select Committee.

Tomorrow, I will meet, at their request, with Jeremy Corbyn, and also with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon and the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.

Of course, I will only negotiate with the UK government.

Michel Barnier


Sturgeon for “the least bad” Brexit

Scotland’s  government informed it wanted to meet all parties to work out “the least bad Brexit for Scotland,” arguing that the change in the political landscape made such talks necessary.

The Edinburgh government, run by Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP), had argued that meant Scots should have a new vote on leaving the UK, opening the door to them staying in Europe on their own.

In referendum Scotland voted to stay in the European Union, but their choice was outweighed by England, and the UK as a whole voted 52-48 percent for Brexit. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May campaigned with retainers, but later changed her position to join with the winners, and lead the government.

Scottish votes lukewarm about independence

Nearly half of Scottish voters do not wish another referendum on independence. This issue appears to be attracting support for the Conservatives ahead of a June election, according to a YouGov poll published in The Times newspaper on Friday.

The poll also showed Theresa May’s Conservatives due to win more seats in Scotland in the upcoming election than it has held for decades, rising to eight seats by taking seven from Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP).

The survey also showed a decline in the approval ratings of Sturgeon herself, who leads the devolved Scottish government.


Dasits: Brexit “bilateral” talks possible

Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis Bexit negotiations would take place on two levels: the EU, and national competences.

“Our negotiator is Michel Barnier. The Commission will negotiate for us in whatever capacity the EU has, – said Alfonso Dastis to a Spanish newspaper El País. “Then there are national competences: even there we believe that it is preferable to negotiate together, but if for some reason that does not fit, we do not renounce our competences and the possibility of complementing the joint negotiation with a bilateral negotiation, for example in Social Security. As long as that does not hurt the Twenty-seven”.

In a comprehensive interview Dasis characterizes Brexit as a result of an “interior” problem of the UK, and expressed confidence no other country of the EU27 is touched by the similar mood.

Although he completely excluded the possibility to fragment the UK, letting the Scotland in the EU.

“It will leave the EU when it leaves UK: the rest we will see. Spain does not welcome the fact that no European State is embarking on fragmentation,” – Dastis said. “… If, in application of its laws, the outcome of that process is a division of the United Kingdom, any part of the United Kingdom that becomes a State and wants to join the EU will have to apply.”

The position of Spain substantially reduces the ratio behind the ambition of the Scottish First minister Nicola Sturgeon to vote for independence before the Brexit to remain in the EU.

Scottish referendum would be "unfair"

The Scottish legislature in Edinburgh voted by a majority of 69 to 59 to give First Minister Nicola Sturgeon a mandate to formally seek permission from the British parliament in London to prepare for a referendum in late 2018 or early 2019.

“The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit, possibly a very hard Brexit, or becoming an independent country able to chart our own course,” Sturgeon said earlier in the chamber.

But the British government swiftly responded that it would refuse to enter into negotiations on Sturgeon’s proposal.

“It would be unfair to the people of Scotland to ask them to make a crucial decision without the necessary information about our future relationship with Europe, or what an independent Scotland would look like,” it said in a statement.

Sturgeon to banalise independence

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Anna van Densky, OPNION

Banalising independence referendum Scottish First minister Nicola Sturgeon has become a ‘false friend’ of the European Union, opening wide Pandora box of the disputed claims of national political elites in EU members  eager to arrange the states of their own.

The referendum, that was organized as a unique opportunity after 400 years of togetherness,  also reflected in a winning campaign #bettertogether, definitely can not be downgraded to opinion polls, the public is used to on daily basis.
Brussels has already expressed its view, underlined in so-called ‘Barroso doctrine’, named after the former president of the European commission.
Back in 2012 Barroso wrote, that “the separation of one of a member state or the creation of a new state ould not be neutral as regards the EU Treaties”.
“A new independent state would, by fact of its independence, become a third country with respect to the EU and the Treaties would no longer apply on its territory.”
Further insistence of the independence referendum will push Scotland into isolation, and even hypothetically visualising the scenario, one can  foresee Scottish people facing double burden of the departure from the UK,  and the EU,  resulting  in a huge bill to pay by the citizens for ambitions of their political leaders to upgrade their ranks internationally.

Sturgeon for second referendum for Scotland

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanded a new independence referendum in late 2018 or early 2019, once the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union have become clearer.

A vote that could tear apart the United Kingdom just months before Brexit would become a negative factor in the two-year process of leaving the EU after more than four decades.

“If Scotland is to have a real choice – when the terms of Brexit are known but before it is too late to choose our own course – then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019,”- Sturgeon said to reporters.

The intention cause a wave  of irony from the internauts:

Scotland: no second referendum


The British government does not believe there should be a second referendum on Scottish independence, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said.

“We don’t believe that there should be a second referendum. There has been a referendum. It was clear, decisive and legal. Both sides agreed to abide by the result of that referendum.”

A majority of Scots backed staying in the EU in last year’s referendum and the ruling Scottish National Party, which lost a bid for independence in 2014, has said there should be another vote on the issue if its views on Brexit are ignored.

A report by newspaper the Courier said that PM May believes Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is two weeks away from demanding an independence referendum, underlining that May is privately working on a strategy to deal with it.

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