Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out a second EU referendum, despite a survey suggesting that almost half of Britons want a final say on Brexit. Mr Corbyn told The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that Labour wanted to "remain and reform" before the referendum, but the "ship has sailed" on the prospect of Britain staying in the EU since.Do you agree? … [Read more...] about You decide: Should there be a second EU referendum?
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AN overwhelming majority of voters back holding a second referendum on leaving the EU. Increasing numbers of people from both side of the debate want a second say on Brexit, with 47 per cent supporting holding another referendum once the terms of exit become clear. Just 34 per cent oppose going back to the ballot boxes, a nationwide Guardian/ICM poll shows, leaving a 16-point margin in favour of a second vote once undecideds are excluded. Loading article content The bombshell survey comes as David Davis sought to play down continuing splits within the UK Government over its approach to Brexit. The Brexit Secretary said there was “no difference” between what he and Chancellor Philip Hammond wanted in terms of leaving the EU. Mr Hammond had attracted the ire of the Tory backbench after suggesting there may only be "modest" divergence from the EU after Brexit. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said: "We've got to stick to the middle way – … [Read more...] about Majority of voters want second EU referendum
With the EU referendum just a day away, here are some of the arguments for and against Brexit from the perspective of people in south-east London. The selection of views is taken from our letters pages this week. Remain good for environment The EU referendum is the environmental decision of a lifetime. Tackling climate change, protecting wildlife and cleaning up our environment needs international cooperation. Endangered species, fragile ecosystems, oil spills and livestock diseases do not obey man-made boundaries, and neither do the winds, floods and storms that grow fiercer every year. Governments come and go; policy is written and re-written according to the whims of those in power. We need to work together, across borders, to prevent governments and corporations from promising the kind of rapid economic expansion, which can only be fuelled by the exploitation of dirty fuels and irreplaceable natural resources. It will take all 28 countries operating under common … [Read more...] about EU referendum: In or out? These readers have their say for and against Brexit
DOOLAN is generally described as a champion of the underdog. But some underdogs strained his patience. I remember a caller to his Radio WM show complaining that there was a gap in her fence and her kids were getting out and playing by the road. "You get a hammer, some nails and some wood,"said Doolan. "And you fix the hole." He repeated this patiently, word for word, several times until the protesting caller got the message and hung up. "Ah, the dependency culture," sighed Doolan. He had a soft heart but was never a soft touch. THE Alliance of British Drivers reports that a new record of 1.26 million drivers were "blackmailed" into attending so-called awareness courses in 2017 rather than accept fines and penalty points for motoring offences. It is a huge, glaring multi-million pound scandal worthy of any banana republic, yet MPs seem not to want to get involved. I fear this battle is lost, but history is on our side. As self-driving cars come on the market which are unable to stray … [Read more...] about Farewell, Ed: Peter Rhodes on a great broadcaster, a presidential gaffe and the question for the next EU Referendum
A complaint by former Cabinet minister Priti Patel that Remain campaigners colluded to flout spending rules in EU referendum has been rejected by the official elections watchdog. The Electoral Commission said it did not have "reasonable grounds" to believe the official Britain Stronger in Europe (BSiE) group exceeded its spending limits and would not be opening an investigation. The ruling followed a complaint by Ms Patel, the former international development secretary, that BSiE failed to report joint spending with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives IN campaign. In her evidence, Ms Patel cited two books published since the referendum - including one by David Cameron 's former communications chief Sir Craig Oliver - describing daily telephone meetings of Remain campaigners chaired by BSiE. In a letter to Ms Patel, the commission's head of regulation Louise Edwards said: "Following examination we are satisfied that while liaison took place there is no evidence of … [Read more...] about Remain campaigners cleared of EU referendum spending breach by watchdog