After the Brexit referendum, LEADING Irish writers responded with their thoughts on what it would mean for Britain and Ireland. Today, on what should have been Brexit Day, they return to the subject On June 27th, 2016, a few days after the referendum in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, I published an article, headlined UK was groomed: Irish writers throw book at Brexit, which featured the response of a broad cross-section of leading Irish writers living north of the Border and in Britain to this momentous decision. To mark March 29th, the date on which the UK was supposed to leave the EU, I asked them to reflect again on Brexit. Eimear McBrideWell, this has all gone really well, hasn’t it? Over the last two years, any hope of repairing the Brexit vote’s damage to social cohesion in the UK has been completely trampled on. Homelessness is rife. Queues at food banks are growing ever longer. The NHS is wondering how it can possibly cope … [Read more...] about ‘Brexit is aggressive and dangerously nostalgic. The UK is in for a brutal chastening’
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One of the lasting memories of 2018 was the first “Free Tommy” demonstration held in London last June. Men, mostly in their 40s and 50s, clambered up the gates at the entrance to Downing Street and threw beer cans while screaming “traitors” at the nearby armed police. Up the road, a group of least 500 demonstrators managed to chase police out of Trafalgar Square. Ostensibly they were there to protest against the imprisonment of Stephen Lennon (“Tommy Robinson”), but the march actually said a lot about the state of far-right extremism in the UK today. With over 10,000 people on the streets that day, it was the largest far right demonstration since the 1970s. It also tapped into the growing anti-elite feeling within society, which we’ve profiled in our new State of Hate report, and which resonates much wider than ideological fascism or specific forms of prejudiced politics. Under a false “free speech” mantle, the protest … [Read more...] about Opinion: Far right hate is sprialling out of control – and politicians aren’t doing enough to stop it
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Wednesday morning. There are 44 days until Brexit Day. JOIN US TONIGHT: Playbook will be in conversation with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell from 6.30 p.m. U.K. time. Watch the livestream. DRIVING THE DAY EAVESDROPPED HER RIGHT IN IT: Theresa May faces a barrage of questions about her proposed Brexit endgame today after last night’s embarrassing revelations from her most senior aide. The prime minister will be in the chamber at noon for PMQs and will face fresh accusations she is running down the clock in order to force MPs’ hands at the end of March. Unguarded comments from May’s chief Brexit adviser Olly Robbins in a Brussels hotel Monday night — overheard and reported by ITV’s Angus Walker — are the talk of Westminster, and suggest there is indeed a semblance of a plan in No. 10 on how to get this … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Eavesdropped her right in it — Delaying tactics — Valentine’s Day love-in canceled?
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Tuesday morning. There are 45 days until Brexit Day. REMINDER: Playbook will be sitting down with the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, for a live interview in central London Wednesday night. There will be a livestream from 6.30 p.m. U.K. time here for those who missed out on tickets. DRIVING THE DAY CAN I KICK IT? Theresa May will address the Commons this afternoon with a plea for MPs to grant her two more weeks to improve her Brexit deal. The PM will ask parliament not to tie her hands in this Thursday’s round of amendment votes by forcing her to extend Article 50 while talks with the EU are still ongoing. In her Commons statement, May will point to her recent trips to Belfast, Dublin and Brussels, plus visits this week to Belgium and France by other senior Cabinet ministers, as proof that a process is underway to deliver … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Can I kick it? — Yes you can — Fortnight: Battle Royale
Ivan Rogers 23 January 2019 1:23 PM 23 January 2019 1:23 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp This is a transcript of a lecture Sir Ivan Rogers delivered at UCL European Institute I was asked to talk for about an hour on where Brexit came from and where it may take us. I will try and cover both, including in answering questions later, but if I may, given the intense political crisis, I want to focus primarily on where we now are, and why we are there, and then look again at what our real options are. We desperately need clear and honest thinking about our choices not just for the weeks but for the years, indeed decades, ahead. I continue to think that our political debate is bedevilled by what, at the time I resigned, I termed “muddled thinking”, and by fantasies and delusions as to what our options really are in the world as it is. As opposed to several different worlds people on different sides of the debate would prefer to … [Read more...] about Where did Brexit come from and where is it going to take the UK?