The campaign group Vote Leave has been designated the official campaign in favour of leaving the European Union, the Electoral Commission has said. The title, which bring with it public funding and media platforms, had been contested between a number of groups. The official election watchdog announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon after months of squabbling between the campaigns. Read more This is why EU migrants are really heading to Britain The decision prompted Leave.EU, a rival campaign, to say it would mount a legal challenge against the decision. It argued the challenge could potentially delay the referendum. “We received two high quality applications on the ‘Leave’ side, from ‘Vote Leave Ltd’ and ‘The Go Movement Ltd’," the Commission said. "After careful consideration, the Commission decided that ‘Vote Leave Ltd’ better demonstrated that it has the structures in place to ensure the views of other … [Read more...] about Vote Leave designated as official EU referendum Out campaign
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David Cameron has ruled out a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership. The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said that holding another vote was “not remotely on the cards”. The clarification comes amid a petition calling for a re-run in the event of a close result and following speculation that the government may go to the country again once the terms of Britain’s new relationship have been agreed. Follow the latest live updates Mr Cameron chaired the first Cabinet meeting since the Brexit vote at midday on Monday, where ministers confirmed plans for a special government unit to draw up options for Britain’s renegotiation with the EU. Read more Brexit: Governments have ignored referendums about the EU before However, formal negotiations cannot start until Britain activates Article 50 – initiating the formal two-year procedure for withdrawing from the EU. Mr Cameron has said this will be a task for the next Prime Minister, who will … [Read more...] about David Cameron rules out possibility of second EU referendum despite online petition
It's not only politicians pleading with the public to vote Leave or Remain in the EU referendum on 23 June, lots of celebrities have also been having their say. And just as business and military leaders have been furiously signing letters arguing for and against Brexit, stars in the world of culture and sport have also penned public messages. The latest was a self-declared "love letter" to the British public from European figures such as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Michelin Star chef Raymond Blanc, urging the UK to stay in the bloc. Many celebrities have been met with criticism for daring to air their views, with a group of more than 280 stars branded "desperate left-wing luvvies" after they signed an open letter warning voters against Brexit. "We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain's leading role on the world stage. Let's not become an outsider shouting from the wings," said the signatories, which included Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. On the opposing … [Read more...] about EU referendum: The celebrities voting for and against Brexit
With less than a year to go until the UK’s formal exit from the European Union, calls for a second referendum on the terms of Brexit are gathering pace. In an article in The Guardian, shadow Northern Ireland secretary Owen Smith said his party could only “serve democracy” by recommending a poll on the Brexit deal. Last month Jeremy Corbyn announced Labour wanted the UK to be a permanent member of a customs union with the EU after Brexit. But Smith, who unsuccessfully challenged Corbyn for the Labour leadership in 2016, says that this is not enough. “Labour needs to do more than just back a soft Brexit or guarantee a soft border in Ireland,” he argues. “Given that it is increasingly obvious that the promises which the Brexiters made to the voters, especially, not only their pledge of an additional £350m a week for the NHS, are never going to be honoured, we have the right to ask if Brexit remains the right choice for the country. And to ask, too, … [Read more...] about Brexit: What are the pros and cons of a second EU referendum?
The EU referendum was won through fraud, the whistleblower Christopher Wylie has told MPs, accusing Vote Leave of improperly channelling money through a tech firm with links to Cambridge Analytica. Wylie told a select committee that the pro-Brexit campaign had a “common plan” to use the network of companies to get around election spending laws and said he thought there “could have been a different outcome had there not been, in my view, cheating”. “It makes me so angry, because a lot of people supported leave because they believe in the application of British law and British sovereignty. And to irrevocably alter the constitutional settlement of this country on fraud is a mutilation of the constitutional settlement of this country.” Vote Leave has repeatedly denied allegations of collusion or deliberate overspending. When they first surfaced over the weekend, Boris Johnson, who fronted the campaign, said: “Vote Leave won fair and square – … [Read more...] about EU referendum won through fraud, whistleblower tells MPs