More than two years since the 2016 referendum, a political, economic and possibly constitutional crisis is gathering across the United Kingdom. The most viable and democratic way of resolving it is to allow the public to have the final say on Brexit. To deny them a voice challenges the basic principle of informed consent. People want the right to decide. Polling by YouGov this summer has demonstrated clear backing, by 45 per cent to 35 per cent, for a public vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. This rises to a margin of two to one – 50 per cent to 25 per cent – if talks break down and the UK leaves without any deal. Such levels of support have inevitably raised questions about the feasibility, legality and practicality of delivering a referendum. This is a further sign of how people from all parties and of none, including many who previously opposed a people’s vote, are now turning towards it as the best – if not the only – way forward. Today, … [Read more...] about ‘I wrote Article 50. This is why the UK needs a final say on Brexit’
BRITAIN'S historic exit from the European Union is six months away. Theresa May triggered our formal Article 50 exit notification in March 2017 to fire the starting gun on two years of tough negotiations. Here's the lowdown... When was Article 50 triggered? As of 12.30pm on March 29 2017, the UK was set on a course to leave the EU by March 29, 2019. The PM sent an official letter invoking Article 50 to be delivered to Donald Tusk. It came after May quashed a Tory revolt after passing a law to authorise Brexit following a marathon five-week battle with Parliament. The Lords had earlier defied the PM by adding two changes to the bill which would guarantee the rights of EU citizens and ensure Parliament has a vote on the final deal - but the Commons threw out these conditions. The Lords backed down after the Commons vote, agreeing not to tamper with the landmark power - ordered by the Supreme Court - for a second time, ending the constitutional stand-off. What is … [Read more...] about What is Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, how did it start the Brexit process and when will Britain leave the EU?
Britain's notice to leave the EU should not be withdrawn due to Brexit campaign Vote Leave's overspending, Labour and the Tories have said. The calls come despite almost 200,000 people signing a petition calling for Article 50 to be rescinded. MPs debated the petition - entitled Rescind Art.50 if Vote Leave has broken Electoral Laws regarding 2016 referendum - in Westminster Hall, but its signatories failed to gain the backing of Labour and Conservative frontbenchers. A number of revelations in recent months have seen action being taken against members of the official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, and pro-Leave groups Leave.EU and BeLeave. However, the size and nature of the sanctions meted out have raised questions about the strength of rules in place to protect democracy. Shadow Brexit minister Paul Blomfield said it was not possible to credibly say whether "overspending in the region of half a million pounds definitely swung" the referendum result. And Brexit Minister Chris … [Read more...] about Article 50 should not be revoked due to Vote Leave’s overspending say MPs
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is calling for an extension to the UK's EU membership as a "contingency plan" if parliament fails to agree on a Brexit deal. The Labour politician, in his first major speech in Westminster since becoming mayor, will outline how MPs should lobby Brussels to prolong Britain's Article 50 negotiations in order to stop a "no-deal" Brexit.Mr Burnham will also warn on Wednesday the Brexit debate risks becoming "polarised" between the prospect of a no-deal outcome and demands for a second EU referendum.He will caution the chances of the UK leaving the EU without a divorce agreement are "growing by the day" amid widespread criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, as agreed by ministers at Chequers in July.Mr Burnham is expected to say: "The biggest danger facing British politics right now is to allow this polarised no-deal/People's Vote dynamic to shape the next six months."Instead, Greater Manchester's interests lie in finding a … [Read more...] about Manchester mayor Andy Burnham calls for Article 50 extension to avoid ‘no-deal’ Brexit
GINA Miller has become a leading figure in the anti-Brexit movement after successfully challenging the Government over the process to leave the EU at the High Court. There is now speculation that she could be the next Lib Dem leader. Here's more on the woman at the centre of the rumours. Who is Gina Miller? Gina Miller was born in 1965 and went to the girls' boarding school Roedean in Brighton, East Sussex, before studying marketing and human resource management at the University of London. Miller married her first husband aged 20 and they had a daughter together who has severe learning difficulties. In the early 1990s she set up her own marketing company, divorced her first husband, and married John Maguire. Miller was a victim of domestic violence during her marriage to Maguire and they divorced in 2002. Maguire stood for the Right-wing English Democrats in the 2010 General Election. She married her third husband Alan Miller in 2005 and they had two children together. Miller is … [Read more...] about Who is Gina Miller? Anti-Brexit campaigner behind Article 50 legal challenge and rumoured new Lib Dem leader