Jeremy Corbyn came under fresh pressure today as a poll showed that trade union members were overwhelmingly in favour of a second Brexit vote and would want to stay in the European Union. The YouGov research findings came as the Labour leader prepared to meet union leaders this week to discuss his party’s Brexit policy. The poll, commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign group, showed that 64 per cent of rank-and-file trade union members want another vote and 71 per cent would support staying in the EU if there was a new referendum. Jo Stevens, secretary of the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs, said: “Labour’s official position is still too far behind that of our party members and voters, not to mention grassroots trade unionists who are the bedrock of our movement. “When Jeremy Corbyn meets with trade union general secretaries, I hope he hears the strong message from working people, trade union members up and down the country, that we want a … [Read more...] about Corbyn’s Brexit vote pressure before union talks
PUBLISHED: 10:30 13 June 2019 Joseph Ejiofor, leader of Haringey Council Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, leader of Haringey Council, is demanding a second Brexit vote. Picture: POLLY HANCOCK Archant As hard as we work here in Haringey to bring the borough's diverse communities together, the chaos of a disorderly Brexit is threatening to pull our society apart. Brexit was never primarily about Britain's membership of the European Union, but encapsulated public concerns around housing, education, health and welfare. It involved populist inspired discontent about immigration, and justice, but also anxiety about the impact of austerity, and a growing perception of disengagement and unfairness in British society.Cameron's ill-conceived referendum unleashed a toxic strand in British politics. A contagion that had afflicted the Tory party subsequently spread across the whole country. Last month's EU parliamentary elections reiterated how divided our country is. Nationally, … [Read more...] about Opinion: Labour must back a second Brexit vote
Rory Sutherland 26 May 2019 8:01 AM 26 May 2019 8:01 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp People sometimes ask what slogan could have swayed the Brexit vote: the opposite of the touchstone phrase ‘Take back control’. There are many suggestions, my own being: ‘Don’t leave — it’s what the French want us to do.’ No Europhile committee would ever have approved a jingoistic slogan, of course; yet the feelings of committed Europeans are irrelevant. Those people will vote Remain in any case. Instead you need to reach the ambivalent, sceptical or mildly hostile. This raises the central question about communication: do you want to feel good about yourself, or do you want to change the minds of others? The art of sloganeering can serve two powerful ends — persuasion or cementing tribal allegiance. Usually you can’t do both. Since tribal solidarity was critical for most of our evolutionary history … [Read more...] about Could my slogan have swayed the Brexit vote?
Europe 24 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48397871 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU "failed" by not getting involved in the UK's 2016 referendum, won by the pro-Brexit … [Read more...] about EU ‘failed’ over UK’s Brexit vote, says Juncker
Picture: AFP London. The British government on Thursday postponed a crucial Brexit vote scheduled for the first week of June, following an outcry from hardline Brexiteers over concessions made by Prime Minister Theresa May, AFP reported. The beleaguered premier is in the last throes of a tumultuous period in power focused all-but exclusively on guiding her fractured country out of the European Union. "We will update the house on the publication and introduction of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on our return from the Whitsun recess" on June 4, government official Mark Spencer told MPs. Spencer said the government had planned to hold the vote on a landmark piece of legislation to implement Brexit on June 7 but had not been able to fix this date. May is under intense pressure to resign after holding out the prospect of a parliamentary vote on a second referendum to try and persuade MPs to support the divorce deal she has struck with EU leaders. The deal has already been … [Read more...] about AFP: British government postpones Brexit vote