Anthony Browne 29 December 2018 6:28 PM 29 December 2018 6:28 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Why us? Why is the UK the first – and only – country to decide to leave the EU? Greenland, Algeria (when it was part of the French empire) and the French Caribbean island of St Barthélemy have all been in the EU and are no more, but the UK is the first full member country to hold a referendum and decide ‘enough’. Why us, and not one of the many of the other members nursing doubts about the EU? There are many reasons, none of which are to do with us being more inward looking or racist. We are an island, but arguably the most outward looking EU nation. We do have issues with racism, but various studies have concluded we are among the least racist countries in Europe. But being an island does mean we see ourselves apart from the rest of the EU in ways other members don’t (our sockets are different, we drive on the … [Read more...] about Why Britain decided to leave the EU – but other countries haven’t
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Reality cheque THE EU is finally waking up to the massive financial cost to them of a No Deal Brexit. Budget commissioner Günther Oettinger warns Germany will be forced to fork out hundreds of millions to plug the massive gap left by Britain walking away without having to hand over its £39billion divorce fee. Throughout the negotiations, we have approached the EU in good faith and offered to honour our commitments. But Brussels’ stubborn refusal to compromise has pushed us ever closer to leaving without a deal. And, without our cash, the EU now realises there will be a massive black hole in their coffers. EU chiefs mistakenly thought they had us over a barrel and could use their leverage to get whatever they wanted. But they are now waking up to the fact that Theresa May’s Brexit deal is unlikely to get the nod and, with no deal legally our default position, a clean break looms. The refusal to give our PM any concessions does not look so wise now. The Sun has long … [Read more...] about Brussels have finally realised that they’re left to plug the massive financial gap if Britain leaves the EU with No Deal
A no deal Brexit means the UK would leave the European Union (EU) immediately on March 29, 2019, and there would be no agreement in place about what their relationship would be in the future. Prime Minister Theresa May has brokered a proposed withdrawal agreement - not yet a deal - but it's unpopular with almost everyone in the House of Commons and it is very unlikely it will be passed when MPs come to vote on it on January 14. It looks like there is a good chance the UK will be leaving the EU with no deal in place so the Mirror has looked through the government's documents revealing 21 ways a No Deal Brexit is likely to affect you. 1. You need to renew your passport early At the moment, British citizens can enter 'Schengen area' countries with a valid passport even if they only have a day left before they expire. But in a no deal Brexit, after 29 March 2019 you may not be able to travel to these countries if you have less than six months left on your passport. The government is … [Read more...] about Here are the 21 ways you could be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal
Robert Tombs 15 December 2018 9:00 AM 15 December 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp None of us can predict the potential fallout from Brexit, good and bad. What began as a vote of confidence in our institutions has shown them to be dangerously fallible. A country where people usually rub along together is now marked by a cultural and emotional rift. If Brexit does continue to dominate our politics for years, will it mean a reform of our institutions, or a battening down of the hatches by a beleaguered elite? Will the House of Lords, having alienated its natural defenders, at last be seriously reformed? Shall we try to restrain the dangerously capricious powers of prime ministers? Shall we empower local government? Both Brexiteers and Remainers will be in a rather militant mood. Outside constitutional matters, I can see two areas in which Brexit should be in the best sense challenging. The first is our policy towards the outside … [Read more...] about Brexit is about renewal, not just leaving the EU. And there’s no time to waste
BRITAIN'S historic exit from the European Union is less than six months away - with exit to be completed on March 29, 2019. Theresa May triggered our formal Article 50 exit notification in March 2017 to fire the starting gun on two years of tough negotiations. Here's the lowdown... When was Article 50 triggered? As of 12.30pm on March 29 2017, the UK was set on a course to leave the EU by March 29, 2019. The PM sent an official letter invoking Article 50 which was delivered to Donald Tusk. It came after May quashed a Tory revolt after passing a law to authorise Brexit following a marathon five-week battle with Parliament. The Lords had earlier defied the PM by adding two changes to the bill which would guarantee the rights of EU citizens and ensure Parliament has a vote on the final deal - but the Commons threw out these conditions. But it backed down after the Commons vote, agreeing not to tamper with the landmark power - ordered by the Supreme Court - for a … [Read more...] about What date will Britain leave the EU, when was Article 50 triggered and what is the Lisbon Treaty?