The iceberg is approaching and now the scramble for the lifeboats begins. The iceberg in question is the catastrophe of a no-deal crashout from the European Union, its contours and texture becoming ever sharper as 29 March gets closer. For now, most MPs are vehement in their insistence that they dislike the iceberg very much, and that they are passionately opposed to sailing right into it. But the law is clear: Britain leaves the EU on that date unless another law is passed to change course. In other words, standing on the deck shouting at the berg will not help. MPs have to agree a plan to get out of the way – and they have to do it very soon. … [Read more...] about Brexit disaster looms. Can MPs unite quickly enough to save us?
Brexit no deal plus
Supporters of every position on Brexit should be honest about the downsides of their chosen strategies. Labour’s priority is, rightly, a general election. When Theresa May declared from a Downing Street podium that she was seeking to dissolve parliament in April 2017, she wanted to make the election entirely about Brexit. Labour did not allow her to do so, shifting the conversation on to domestic issues, where it was strong, from hiking taxes on the rich to investing in public services to public ownership: issues that unite remainers and leavers. Even though voters have priorities other than Brexit, such as stagnating wages, housing and the NHS, repeating the 2017 strategy this time would be far more challenging, to put it mildly. Labour’s electoral coalition, which encompasses both pro-remain Kensington and pro-leave Ashfield – will be placed under severe strain. The fact that Brexit dominates political debate is bad for Labour because it suppresses its … [Read more...] about It’s not perfect, but Norway plus may be Labour’s least worst option
Living half in EU, half in UK Q. I have a Greek residence permit and spend about six months each year in Greece, in a house which I rent all year. I do not have Greek citizenship and will never be able to apply for this (it requires a proficiency in the language which I despair of ever attaining). I and many friends would be very grateful to have some clarity on this issue. My residence permit was issued in August 2019 on the basis of the EHIC card as proof of health insurance. The residence permit is not time limited but the EHIC card may be, so this is another concern for many of us. … [Read more...] about Pets, pensions and Irish passports: readers’ questions about post-Brexit rights
A Home Office spokesman said: 'The government takes the welfare of unaccompanied children very seriously and provides funding to local authorities, including Kent, as a contribution to the cost of supporting unaccompanied children and those who leave care. … [Read more...] about Nigel Farage hires fishing boat to patrol the English Channel and rescues 20 migrants including small children trying to get to Britain in tiny sinking dinghy
May has got all the Irish backstop reassurances that she is likely to get out of Brussels. Unless a significant number of Labour MPs swallow the mind-stretching proposition that a post-Brexit Conservative government is going to be a better protector of workers’ rights than the EU, an attempt to push her deal through on a second vote will fail. If the dissident Conservative Dominic Grieve and his fellow signatories to that cross-party amendment are supported in their interpretation by the Speaker, there will be the possibility of amendments to the government motion. By this procedural means, or an explicitly “indicative” vote, parliament could test the support among MPs for different options. … [Read more...] about Labour must back a people’s vote before the clock runs out