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?
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A huge queue snakes around Bolton Wanderers football club, but this is no regular Saturday. These supporters are here for a political rally. It is mid-September 2018, and Leave Means Leave has just started a tour of Brexit Britain. This cross-party pressure group was formed in 2016 to ensure a “clean Brexit” – in other words, a hard one. Now, with Brexit looking anything but clean, it has decided to step things up. Half a dozen rallies have been announced, and the organisers promise this is only the start. Outside the ground, people stand next to an open-topped Leave Means Leave battle bus to take selfies. Its colour scheme echoes that of the European Union flag, but with an extra fizz – blue and orange, instead of blue and yellow. The rally is sold out and takes place in a conference centre adjoining the stadium. It is packed with more than a thousand people, most of them middle-aged and elderly. On every seat, there is a little welcome pack for those who have … [Read more...] about ‘We’re reactivating the people’s army’: inside the battle for a hard Brexit
7 November 2018 • 4:52pm Donald Trump to hold press conference at 11:30am ET (4:30pm UK) Barack Obama: "The change we need won’t come from one election alone – but it is a start" US midterm results: Find out how each state voted and what it means for Donald Trump The role of the House of Representatives and how it could now thwart Trump The charts which show why Donald Trump called the midterms a ‘tremendous success’ Rob Crilly: How results offer Trump a path to 2020 victory Meet the Democrat runners and riders who could take on Trump in 2020 Donald Trump has issued a stern warning to the Democrats not to use their new power to investigate him, as he continues to celebrate his "Big Win" in the midterms. Republicans increased their seats in the Senate – they now have 51 seats out of 100, after Democrats' dreams of the Senate majority, always unlikely, were shattered by losses in key battlegrounds: … [Read more...] about US midterm elections live: Donald Trump vows to retaliate against Democrats
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Monday morning from Edinburgh. Playbook’s grand summer tour is entering its second week. Please send vitamin tablets and more coffee. DRIVING THE DAY JAIL BREAKS: Ministers have stepped in to seize control of a dangerous and drug-infested prison from private contractor G4S on the eve of a damning new report on its performance. In an extraordinary move, Justice Secretary David Gauke will today install a new governor at HMP Birmingham, move out hundreds of prisoners and send in 30 emergency staff to try to regain control of the anarchic prison. The current plan is for HM Prison and Probation Service to run the prison for at least six months, before assessing whether control can be returned to G4S. As bad as it gets: Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke arrived unannounced at HMP Birmingham last month and concluded it has deteriorated into the … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Jail breaks — Rights of man — A weekend in Edinburgh
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Breaking this morning: Police have identified several suspects behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, according to the Press Association. “Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time,” a source told the news agency. Investigators “are sure” the suspects are Russian. Good Thursday morning. HAPPY TAKE OUT THE TRASH DAY (Part 1): Parliament does not rise for the summer recess until next Tuesday afternoon, but it seems nobody bothered to tell Whitehall. A whopping 18 written ministerial statements are on the order paper today as department after department rushes out its overdue reports and announcements before ministers make a mad dash for the Med. … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Take out the trash — Border this yet? — Dom makes his debut