One of the alternatives to a no-deal Brexit touted by some MPs is to hold a second referendum. But how likely is this, and would it actually be possible? Here’s the process: How do you propose a referendum? Parliament would have to pass legislation to allow a second referendum to take place. This would need to be voted through by both the House of Commons and House of Lords. There are two ways you can legislate for a referendum. The first is how the original EU referendum took place – through a bill that is solely about the referendum in itself (which, in that case, ended up as the European Union Referendum Act). The second is how 2011’s AV referendum came into law – via provisions in an Act that was not solely about the referendum (in this example, the referendum on our voting system ended up as part of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act). So theoretically a second referendum on the final deal could be included in the Withdrawal … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight How would a second referendum happen?
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Harry Shindler reviews a document in his office and home in Porto d'Ascoli. Photo: Alex Macbeth. In the first instalment of a three-part series investigating how different, often separate, campaign groups of Brits across the EU led to a pan-European campaign, we retraced the early steps of the Votes for Life movement. Which led us to a near-centenarian British war veteran in a quaint Italian coastal town. Harry Shindler, 97, was part of the Allied landings in Anzio near Rome to liberate Italy from fascism in 1944. He eventually settled in the country, which he had first visited as a soldier, in 1982 with his wife and son. His campaign to get Brits abroad the vote has made him a legendary figure whose campaigning work inspired the citizens’ rights group British in Europe. “So many Brits abroad have gotten involved. They’re all coming together,” Harry Shindler told The Local at his home in Porto d’Ascoli, on the Adriatic coast in Italy. Jane Golding … [Read more...] about How a group of Brits took up a struggle for millions of their co-citizens: Part One
The UK Independence Party (UKIP ) is a Eurosceptic and right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom. It currently has three representatives in the House of Lords and sixteen Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), making it the third-largest UK party in the European Parliament. It has four Assembly Members (AMs) in the National Assembly for Wales and two members in the London Assembly. UKIP originated as the Anti-Federalist League, a single-issue Eurosceptic party established in London by the historian Alan Sked in 1991. It was renamed UKIP in 1993 but its growth remained slow. It was largely eclipsed by the Eurosceptic Referendum Party until the latter's 1997 dissolution. In 1997, Sked was ousted by a faction led by Nigel Farage, who became the party's preeminent figure. In 2006, Farage officially became leader and under his direction the party adopted a wider policy platform and capitalised on concerns about rising immigration, in particular among the White British … [Read more...] about UK Independence Party
Labour is planning to introduce electronic voting for annual conferences, local constituency ballots and decisions over policy, a review of internal democracy has concluded. As part of Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to give power back to members, they would be able to participate remotely without having to attend meetings in person or vote on paper. The development is part of a package of measures approved by the ruling national executive committee (NEC), which is expected to approve the changes in September before the party conference in Liverpool votes on the recommendations later that month. Led by the Corbyn aide Katy Clark and the NEC member Claudia Webbe, the e-vote proposal means grassroots activists would be able to have a say on controversial national policies such as the renewal of Trident, which is backed by the big unions but opposed by many peace activists including Corbyn. The party is also proposing an overhaul of BAME Labour, the party’s minority ethnic affiliate, … [Read more...] about Labour plans to allow members e-votes after democracy review
News / UK by Press Association 04/06/2018, 3:43 pm Updated: 04/06/2018, 4:11 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A retired engineer who sent racist and threatening emails to six MPs – including some with an image of a noose attached – has been given a nine-week suspended jail sentence. David Hall admitted sending six grossly offensive messages, including one warning Labour’s David Lammy to “remember what happened to Jo Cox” and others saying four Tory MPs deserved to hang for “treachery” over Brexit legislation. The 72-year-old, of Windsor Gardens, Castlecroft, Wolverhampton, had denied six charges of sending grossly offensive and menacing messages, but changed his plea to guilty at Walsall Magistrates’ Court. The court was told the Ukip supporter was cautioned for threatening behaviour in 2011 after getting involved in an altercation while putting political leaflets and … [Read more...] about OAP given suspended sentence over racist and threatening emails to MPs