British expats in Spain have staged a huge anti-Brexit protest, slamming Boris Johnson's 'terrible' deal and calling for a second referendum. More than 2,000 people took to the streets of La Línea de la Concepción, near the border of British overseas territory Gibraltar, to voice their anger about the supposed negative effects of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on southern Spain. Protesters claimed Brexit would be dangerous for Britons and Spaniards in Spain - should the Prime Minister stick to his 'do or die' pledge to leave by October 31. 'Brexit is already having an effect,' British expat Lucy, 63, told MailOnline. More than 2,000 people took to the streets of La Línea de la Concepción, near the border of British overseas territory Gibraltar to protest on Saturday Protesters were voicing their anger about the negative effects of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on southern Spain Several organisations joined together to march under the … [Read more...] about British expats in Gibraltar stage huge anti-Brexit protest as they slam Boris Johnson’s ‘terrible deal’ and call for second referendum
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Judges are set to decide whether the unsigned letter sent by Boris Johnson asking for a Brexit extension from the EU complied with the Benn Act, or if the Prime Minister is in contempt of court. Although Mr Johnson sent a letter to the EU requesting an extension, as required by the so-called Benn Act, he did not sign it and also sent a second letter – which he signed – that said a delay would be a mistake. A hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh by Scotland's most senior judge Lord Carloway, and two other judges, was postponed until after the deadline for the extension letter to be sent under the terms of the Benn Act. The Prime Minister (pictured in the Commons on Saturday) sent two letters to the EU, but only signed the one in which he said any delay would be a mistake Now that the deadline has passed, the hearing is set to resume today, but the Prime Minister's attempts to avoid requesting an extension raises questions about whether the court views the … [Read more...] about Scottish judges are set to decide whether Boris Johnson’s unsigned Brexit extension letter puts the Prime Minister in contempt of court for not complying with the Benn Act
Sometimes “don’t know” is the most intelligent answer to a question: 45% of Scots think Scotland would be better off economically as an independent country within the EU than as part of a post-Brexit UK; 35% disagree; and 20% don’t know, because how could you? There is so much chaos contained in that sequence of events: under what terms would the UK leave? Under what terms would Scotland and the UK separate? How would Scotland rejoin? And how long would all this take? The only thing you could say for certain is that nobody will be as well off, individually or collectively, as they would have been had the Conservative party washed its laundry in private. Perhaps that goes without saying, but it still seems important that history doesn’t record this destructive phase as culpritless, like a typhoon. Nevertheless, there are some things Scottish people could be reasonably sure of: in 2016, it was considered very unlikely that they could rejoin the EU without … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon’s independence plan has a fundamental weakness
On a sunny afternoon in Berlin’s Bergmannkiez neighbourhood, workers are moving boxes of mince pies, chocolate oranges and Christmas puddings into a soon-to-open shop. For 24 years, Broken English used to be the German capital’s premier retailer of British delicacies and UK-themed souvenirs – until its owner threw in the towel at the start of this year: in interviews, she said she couldn’t face the hassle of having to fill in thousands of customs forms after Brexit. Antje Blank, the shop’s new owner, is a German-born Anglophile with a Norfolk accent who couldn’t face the prospect of Berliners missing out on proper scones and thick-cut marmalade. She’s now stockpiling to make sure she can meet the cravings of expats and other lovers of British Christmas treats in case of a no-deal Brexit. Blank is aware of the gamble she is taking: a nearby travel agency specialising in trips to the UK, she said, had recently shifted its focus on selling … [Read more...] about Can Anglo-German relations survive that disastrous London-Berlin phone call?
There is a narrative that generational warfare is increasingly common in our divided world: the Brexit schism of older leavers and young remainers; the middle-aged property investors whose mortgages are paid by generation rent. Then there’s the explosion of tech and shifting cultural values that lead to head-scratching and eye-rolling; each generation bitches about the one below it, we’re told, treating the one above with an unfair disdain. But this is not something I recognise in my own life. I have some brilliant friends, and I count myself especially fortunate that they are from all generations. I had my 30th birthday in August, which I freaked out about in a way I did not expect; but it was glorious to see so many pals together in one place. I can’t remember any other recent setting where people with decades between them were introducing themselves, chatting and drinking: 60-year-old mates asking a mid-20s couple who they vote for; two football fans, one born the … [Read more...] about From the silent generation to ‘snowflakes’: why you need friends of all ages