Dalton’s early years coincided with a decisive shift for the Conservatives. In order to secure victory in the leadership race, Cameron promised to remove Tory MEPs from the European People’s party (EPP) – the main centre-right bloc, the political family of Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. What seemed like an obscure point of party administration had fateful consequences. The most immediate was that the Conservatives had to create their own MEP group, or risk seeing their influence and access to European funds wither away – and so the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group was born. The Tories joined forces with Polish nationalists and a ragbag of fringe parties, a few with dubious far-right pasts. Some Tory grandees complained Cameron was making a terrible mistake in appeasing the Eurosceptic right. … [Read more...] about Britain’s sitting MEPs on their long goodbye: ‘People say, “You’re still here!”’
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During the Neil interview it was also put to Farage that three candidates had been found to have made anti-Muslim comments, including one calling Islam a “child rapist death cult”. Farage insisted if “idiots had slipped through the net” they would be sacked. Neil pointed out at that all of their names were still on election ballot papers. … [Read more...] about Farage hits out at three MEPs who quit Brexit party to back Tories
From posts made between 5 April and the election, The Brexit party made 212 to Change UK’s 62 posts. It received 325,900 shares, compared to Change UK’s 7,200 shares. Change UK’s messaging was criticised as complex, suggesting that a vote for them would lead to a second referendum, which would in turn allow the British public to have a final say. The Brexit party’s posts were more direct and emotionally charged, compelling followers to “save democracy, support Brexit”, or help Britain avoid humiliation. The Brexit party’s Facebook posts were an average of 19 words long. Change UK’s were 71 – more than three times longer. … [Read more...] about How Brexit party won Euro elections on social media – simple, negative messages to older voters
In contrast, the EU does not see financial services as being up for negotiation: it will decide on whether financial firms in the City of London, such as banks and insurance companies, will be granted EU market access (equivalence). Likewise, the EU will make a unilateral decision on whether the UK’s data-protection standards are deemed good enough for information exchange, when it issues an “adequacy” decision. … [Read more...] about What has the EU been up to in the run-up to Brexit?
Entertaining as it was … it filled me with a slight sense of gloom to see that the government had got to such a pass that it had to rely on the skills of a criminal defence advocate to get it out of its difficulties. … [Read more...] about ‘What are you playing at?’ The Commons Brexit debate in quotes