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Farage ready to lead The Brexit Party

A new party aiming to struggle for Article 50 implementation and subsequent withdrawal of the UK from the European Union in accordance with the result of the referendum has been registered with the Electoral Commission today by the Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage, 

The group, called “The Brexit Party“, could attract Conservative activists disillusioned with Prime minister Theresa May handling of the withdrawal.

The party could start activities if EU departure is delayed from its scheduled date of March 29, with ex-UKIP  chair Nigel Farage likely to seek a return to leadership.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph  Mr.Farage claimed “a significant amount of money has been pledged to the Brexit Party if it is forced to take part in an election”.

The engine is running,” he wrote. “In defence of democracy, we stand ready for battle.”

AMENDED 10/02/2019

Gibraltar: “colony” or not?

The UK complained about the European Union (EU) calling Gibraltar a “colony” in a piece of draft legislation, highlighting how Brussels institutions bend to Madrid in its centuries-long claim of the Rock.

According to the diplomatic sources Britain’s ambassador to the EU had objected to the wording of the text,  defining the 33,000 inhabitants of Gibraltar in a different category from UK and it also spelled out Spain’s claim to sovereignty over The Rock at the United Nations.

Gibraltar is a colony of the British Crown. There is a controversy between Spain and the United Kingdom concerning the sovereignty over Gibraltar“, the EU text reads.

Downing street 10 spokesman insisted Gibraltar was not a “colony”. The port was ceded to Britain by Spain in 1713 as a part of “Utrecht Treaty”, was a “crown colony” when Britain joined the European bloc in 1973 but London assessed it as a “British overseas territory” in 2002.

Gibraltar is not a colony and it is completely inappropriate to describe in this way,” a British spokesperson said. “Gibraltar is a full part of the UK family.”

There were two referendums in Gibraltar, both of them strongly indicated that the inhabitant of The Rock don’t agree to any changes, and are interested to preserve the status quo.

AMENDED:

Merkel wishes Brexit on “good terms”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said  she wanted the UK and the European Union to part on good terms.

I care now that we and Britain divorce in a good process so that afterwards we can still work closely together in the areas where we must cooperate – on defense, on domestic security, on policing, on combating terrorism, and in trade too, and so that Britain can take part in our research projects if they want,Merkel said.

MEPs offer UK to reverse Brexit

If there is no way forward because the Westminster rejected the negotiated Brexit deal with the EU MEPs offer to reverse the process, they have also underlined that they are prepared to give the additional time to Britons to consider the II referendum to break the political deadlock, consulting people.

It is exactly the scenario Nigel Farage UKIP MEP presumes the EU27 had in mind when imposing Irish border “backstop”, and the other conditions, impossible to accept by the UK lawmakers. The hard Brexit, and leaving the bloc under the WTO rules is the only way forwards, the MEP said. The major objection to the current deal is it indefinite timetable, removing intensives for negotiating the future trade agreement between the EU27 and the UK.

 

 

May does not prepare II referendum

Theresa May government is not preparing for a second referendum on Brexit, ministers said on Sunday December 16, defending the text of  Prime Minister’s deal with EU27,  intending to get Westminster approval with a few amendments.

While May is confronted with a deadlock in House of Commons over the deal and the EU refuses to renegotiate the deal so far, more politicians are considering the possibility of the UK leaving without an agreement or a second referendum that could stop Brexit from happening.

The EU27 has prepared legal grounds  to accept the UK cancellation of the request to leave the bloc under Article 50. However there is a general consensus among the UK legal experts, that the second referendum would discredit the entire mechanism of plebiscite, and should be avoided in principle, dividing referendums outcome on ‘suitable‘ and ‘unsuitable‘, thus adopt an opportunistic approach.

 

Swiss cabinet against EU immigration referendum

The Swiss government said  it opposed curbing immigration from the European Union as suggested in a planned referendum because it  could harm exports to the country’s biggest trade partner.

“Cancelling the free movement of people would fundamentally call into question the bilateral path for Switzerland and Europe,” Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga  said at a press conference in Bern.

The 500-million strong EU insists its citizens be admitted to live and work freely in non-member Switzerland in exchange for enhanced Swiss access to the bloc’s Single market.

Anti-immigration members of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), the largest party in parliament, have pushed to end that free movement on the grounds that it leaves the country without adequate tools to manage its growing population and encroaches on its sovereignty.

A referendum must be held on the matter as the required number of signatures has been gathered, but it remains unclear how much support such a proposal might garner in a nationwide vote. No date for the vote has been set yet.

The seven-member cabinet  said approving of the proposal at referendum would hurt Swiss efforts to attract qualified workers, stunt economic growth by crimping exports and raise the prices consumers pay for EU imports.

 

EU-Swiss relations vector unchanged

The European Commission favorably received the results of the Swiss referendum on auto determination, the spokesperson said. He underlined that the vote brought clarity and indicated that Swiss will remain “reliable partner” in international relations, and those with the EU. (Image: climbing in Swiss Alps).

Swiss voters have rejected an initiative to give national laws precedence over international laws and treaties, according to results coming in from the plebiscite.

Data based on partial results indicated  two thirds of voters rejected the proposal  – 67% against and 33% in favour, national broadcaster SRF reported.

Critics of the imitative said the proposal would have damaged the country’s global standing, and status of an international player.
When it comes to our favorite themes, self-determination, sovereignty, immigration, we are alone against all. In this context, this defeat is not a failure,” explains the father of the initiative on self-determination, the lawyer and Zurich national councilor Hans-Ueli Vogt.

Contrary to the demographic pressure caused by immigration, which everyone feels every day on the train or in traffic jams on the highway, the safeguard of democracy is too abstract” – adds the president of the Swiss People’s Party (UDC), the Bernese Albert Rösti, lamenting the loss.

In 2014, the EU and Switzerland started negotiations on a common institutional framework. Such overarching “house rules” are necessary to ensure a “homogenous application of internal market law in both the EU and Switzerland” according to the European Commission. An institutional agreement would enable Switzerland to strengthen the partnership with the EU and deepen it further.

However,  in spite of the vote, favorable for the relations with the EU, there are just a few Swiss enthusiasts to engage with the bloc. Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis, in charge of the framework deal negotiations with the EU, will meet trade union and business leaders this week in a highly  likely to be an unsuccessful bid to convince them to support the Swiss-EU deal, newspaper Sonntags Zeitung reported on the weekend.

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