The Business Secretary has sought to calm Tory tensions over Brexit by insisting Britain is “absolutely, unambiguously” leaving the European Union. Greg Clark intervened after leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg warned Theresa May if she delivers “Brexit in name only”, with a status quo transition period, the Conservatives will lose the next election. Mr Rees-Mogg, chairman of the influential European Research Group of backbench Tory Eurosceptics, also told the Prime Minister “the leader is important, the party is more important”. He appeared to put himself on collision course with the Government by warning a “status quo transition”, with the UK subject to European Court of Justice (ECJ) rulings, having to accept new laws, and paying into the EU budget, would be “a failure of negotiations” and a “sign of weakness”. But Mr Clark denied that nothing would change during the transition of around two years … [Read more...] about Britain is ‘absolutely, unambiguously’ leaving the European Union – Business Secretary
0 Have your say Public opinion has not rallied behind the result of the referendum, as one might have expected, and this despite most politicians (including the Government and the Prime Minister) having done so. On the contrary, there is growing disquiet among many Leave voters that, having been told Brexit would be a cost-free exercise, it is actually turning out to be costly and damaging to our economy. Far from saving money that would all go to the NHS, the shortfall in tax revenues that will be caused by Brexit will further squeeze public finances. Leave voters are entitled to complain that that is not what they were told, not what they were promised, and not what they voted for. It is therefore not surprising that dyed-in-the-wool Brexit supporters such as John Redwood try to shift the debate away from the practical consequences of Brexit to intangible generalities and abstract assertions about regaining freedoms that we never lost and defending democracy as if Britain … [Read more...] about Richard Corbett MEP: Democracy rules OK in the European Union
The exact amount of money the UK sends to the European Union was one of the biggest issues of the 2016 referendum campaign. The Leave campaign attracted criticism for printing a slogan on the side of its battlebus that said: “We send the EU £350 million a week.” Supporters of the Remain campaign said the figure was misleading as it did not take into account the money the UK receives from the EU in the form of a rebate, as well as payments made to the public sector. Figures published by the Treasury suggest the UK made a net contribution to the EU of £8.1 billion in 2016/17 – roughly £156 million a week. This was the lowest level since 2011/12 and down just over a quarter on the figure for 2015/16, when adjusted for inflation. The net contribution is not quite the same as money “sent” to the EU, however. The UK’s contribution to the EU budget in 2016/17, before the application of the rebate, totalled £16.9 billion or … [Read more...] about How much does the UK pay to the European Union?
Donald Tusk, the European Council president, has warned that Poland could soon follow Britain out of the European Union. The 60-year-old, who served as Polish prime minister between 2007 and 2014, suggested his country's ruling party are looking to emulate Britain's example and leave the soon-to-be 27 country bloc at the earliest opportunity. Tusk said the populist right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS), Poland's majority party, was planning a Brexit-style referendum by the end of the decade. "I have no doubt that for PiS one of the goals is to 'free' Polish politics from the burden of the EU," Tusk told Tygodnik Powszecnhy magazine, as reported by The Times. A centrist and pro-European PM during his spell in charge, Tusk is planning to re-enter his country's political arena in 2020. He warned PiS was deliberately "creating a conflict with the EU as it limits the omnipotence of the ruling party". At the end of 2017, in an unprecedented move, the European Commission launched legal … [Read more...] about Brexit: Poland could follow Britain out of the European Union, warns Donald Tusk
PUBLISHED: 10:30 07 January 2018 Ben Jolley European Union Chamber Orchestra Archant The European Union Chamber Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform the last two dates of the 2017/18 Cambridge classical concert series. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will be at the venue on January 18 with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (conductor) and Ning Feng on violin. The concert will feature Haydn’s Symphony No. 7 (Le Midi), Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. A pre-concert talk, starting at 6pm, will take place at Heffers Bookshop, free of charge to concert ticket holders. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performance is on February 20. Opening with Handel’s Suite Water Music, the concert features BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C, as well as Delius’ Two Aquarelles and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, which will be … [Read more...] about European Union Chamber Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to perform at Cambridge Corn Exchange