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17 декабря, 01:35

Мэй: новый референдум по Brexit нанесет непоправимый ущерб политике консерваторов

Британский премьер также считает, что подобное голосование "еще больше разделит страну"

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17 декабря, 01:30

Brexit: PM to urge parliament not to 'break faith with the people'

Theresa May’s statement aims to stifle growing demands for second referendum Theresa May will urge MPs on Monday not to “break faith with the British people” by demanding a second referendum, as she faces intense pressure to give parliament a say on Brexit before Christmas.The prime minister will make a statement to MPs on last week’s European council summit in Brussels, from which she returned with little evidence of progress in securing legal reassurances on the Irish backstop. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 22:00

Damon Albarn joins call for citizens' assembly to break Brexit deadlock

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In a letter to the Guardian, prominent figures demand members of public be given chance to end stalemateGorillaz frontman Damon Albarn and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams are among prominent public figures calling for a citizens’ assembly to break the deadlock on Brexit. Related: A citizens’ assembly could break the politicians’ Brexit deadlock | Letter Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 21:00

Saturday Night Live skit sends up Theresa May's Brexit woes

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‘No one likes me,’ says dancing PM in sketch featuring Matt Damon as David Cameron A robot-dancing Theresa May has been given the Saturday Night Live treatment after her political week to forget.The US late-night show, which often lampoons Donald Trump, turned its comedic lens on British politics for the sketch titled Happy Christmas, Britain. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 19:47

Jaguar Land Rover to 'axe up to 5,000 jobs'

Analysts say carmaker will outline job cuts in new year as part of drive to combat Brexit and falling sales Jaguar Land Rover is planning to announce thousands of job cuts in the new year as part of a £2.5bn savings plan to ward off the threat from Brexit, falling sales in China and a drop in demand for diesel cars.Britain’s biggest carmaker employs 40,000 in the UK and has already cut 1,000 temporary contract workers at its plant in Solihull, which builds Range Rovers and the Land Rover Discovery SUV. It has also reduced working hours for some workers, including at its Wolverhampton factory in the run-up to Christmas. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 18:17

'Brexit is a business bankrupter': small firms brace for no deal

Bosses face tough decisions and politicians are refusing to listen, says a Bristol business ownerSmall and medium-sized businesses, the lifeblood of communities, have told of difficult decisions to quit Britain or cancel investment plans because of Brexit.The owner of a Bristol online retailer that employs 85 people has said that unless there is a Christmas Brexit miracle he will move part of his business to Germany in January because of impending tariffs on exports to the EU. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 17:57

Brexit hasn't broken UK plc but it has stopped vital repairs

The chance to mend the British economy’s well-documented problems is being lost in a sea of uncertaintyIt was supposed to be over by Christmas, yet the never-ending chaos that is Brexit and the search for a deal keeps rumbling on. Theresa May might have survived her confidence vote, yet with it she became the greatest lame duck prime minister in modern history.From the few options for the way ahead, none seem workable as things stand. May’s deal, even with a few tweaks, is unlikely to pass without wholesale reform. It appears dead in the water after her latest failed dash to Brussels. The best she could muster on her pre-Christmas shopping trip was the political equivalent of a limp bow to wrap around a gift that is as unappealing to her party as the proverbial lump of coal. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 17:26

A people’s vote on Brexit was a distant hope. Last week changed that | Matthew d’Ancona

Tories inside cabinet have been forced into considering a second vote. But that doesn’t mean the threat of no deal is goneIn the generally dismal year of 2018, one of the most cheering spectacles has been the transformation of the People’s Vote movement from a campaign that could plausibly be presented as the liberal elite demanding its job back, to a grassroots insurgency driven by young people that rallied 700,000 people on to the streets of London in October.Its true faces are not political figures from the past, but tribunes of the future like Femi Oluwole, Lara Spirit and Will Dry. To quote that astute political observer Mr Zimmerman: “Your old road is/ Rapidly agin’ / Please get out of the new one / If you can’t lend your hand.” Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 16:16

Blair claims May’s deal not in national interest amid public Brexit spat

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Former PM says May has ‘heavy burden’ but the course she is pursuing will not workTony Blair has hit back at Theresa May after she accused him of insulting the office of prime minister by advocating a second Brexit referendum to Britain’s negotiating partners.In a strongly worded rebuke, May said on Saturday: “For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served.” Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 15:36

Британский министр: новый референдум по Brexit может подогреть сепаратизм в Шотландии

Проведение очередного плебисцита нецелесообразно с "практической, демократической и конституционной" точек зрения, уточнил министр внешней торговли Великобритании Лиам Фокс

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16 декабря, 15:00

When Americans want to understand Brexit, it’s clear Britain is in trouble | Arwa Mahdawi

I have been asked to do a lot of Brexitsplaining over the past two and a half years in New York. I find it incredibly uncomfortableHow do you explain Brexit to Americans? In a way that doesn’t make the UK look like a complete joke, I mean. In a way that suggests the country retains a modicum of dignity.That is not a rhetorical question; I would really like to know. You see, as a Briton living in the US, I have found myself being asked to do a lot of impromptu Brexitsplaining over the past two and a half years. I will be at a party, or getting coffee, or walking the dog, and someone will clock my accent. “Oh!” they exclaim. “You’re English? What is going on over there? Have you Brexited yet? Do you still have a prime minister? Is it true your politicians are macing each other?” Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 14:48

No 10 denies making plans for second Brexit referendum

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PM presses on with quest for EU help on backstop as cabinet lines up behind alternativesTheresa May will summon EU27 ambassadors to No 10 this week as she continues to seek reassurances over the Irish backstop, with Downing Street vehemently denying drawing up contingency plans for a second referendum.The education secretary, Damian Hinds, said on Sunday: “Government policy couldn’t be clearer. We are here to act on the will of the people clearly expressed in the referendum.” Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 14:12

Первый министр Шотландии поддерживает проведение второго референдума по вопросу Brexit

Однако в британском правительстве ранее отметили, что не обсуждают проведение нового референдума по выходу Соединенного Королевства из ЕС

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16 декабря, 13:51

'Distressing and depressing': stars bemoan Brexit at European film awards

Picking up honorary prize, Ralph Fiennes says ‘there is only the noise of division’Made by someone who is Scottish and Italian, filmed mostly in England, financed totally by the French and put through post-production in Belgium, The Death of Stalin is a particularly European film, its director, Armando Iannucci, noted as he picked up a European award.“It just shows what a good idea it is for countries to co-operate together and work with the British in, let’s call it a European community, a European union. It worked very well, I’m going to take that idea back to the United Kingdom,” he said. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 12:36

В британском кабмине заявили, что не обсуждают проведение второго референдума по Brexit

Министр образования Великобритании Дамиан Хиндс подчеркнул, что воля британского народа была четко выражена в ходе уже состоявшегося референдума

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16 декабря, 11:30

Failed by both its major parties, betrayed Britain lurches towards the abyss | Andrew Rawnsley

There are no winners, only losers, in this profound crisis in our politicsThe seesaw is smashed. The pendulum is stuck. The tides are frozen. All the trusty images that used to help explain British politics have been scrambled by Brexit.Back in simpler times, a bad week for one politician or party translated into a good one for a rival. Seesaws went up and down. Pendulums swung. Tides flowed in and out. It is one of the unique characteristics of the Brexit crisis that it makes winners of none and losers of all. The past seven days have demonstrated that this is a wind so ill that it blows no one any good. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 10:00

The week in radio and podcasts: Today; Your Call; Brexit: A Love Story?

As Brexit blether filled the airwaves, callers to 5 Live excelled themselves in their irate good humourToday (BBC Radio 4) | BBC SoundsYour Call (BBC Radio 5 Live) | bbc.co.ukBrexit: A Love Story? (BBC podcasts) | bbc.co.ukYou may be unaware of this, but there are several podcasts out there specifically designed to analyse reality TV shows. Love Island had loads, I’m a Celebrity… a few, even Strictly has an official BBC one (as well as one from the Telegraph, which illustrates Strictly’s demographic). You could spend hours and hours listening to people chat about Ashley’s chilly professionalism, or if Joe has enough YouTube supporters to topple the immensely charming Stacey. Such chat wouldn’t change the results, though. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 10:00

Party activists pile pressure on Corbyn to back second vote

Labour leftwingers launch internal campaign for new referendum, but some senior figures fear policy shift could cost votesLabour activists who want to ditch Brexit because they believe it will make it impossible for the party to implement a leftwing manifesto have launched a fresh campaign for a second referendum.The move puts Jeremy Corbyn under increasing pressure to drop his resistance to a new public vote. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 09:00

A shout out to lip-readers, unsung heroes of the week | Sophie Heawood

What unites Jean-Claude Juncker and an abusive football fan? Their sins being laid bare by a now vital tradePicture the scene. You’re sitting around with your schoolfriends; teenagers together all dreaming of your wildly exciting future lives. Your mates are saying they want to take business studies so they can be the next Richard Branson, or find the cure for cancer in a hi-tech laboratory, or apprentice in hair and makeup so they can work with pop stars, and then it’s your turn and you say you want to study lip-reading. I’m not being funny, but lip-reading might get a muted response.Yet lip-readers caused the most recent headline news about our beleaguered prime minister, after she was filmed arguing with the EU president, Jean-Claude Juncker, at a summit in Brussels on Friday, on camera but out of earshot. Specifically, lip-readers revealed that what she had said to him was not: “No, I won’t do the robot again”, but: “What did you call me? You called me nebulous”, making her the Liam Gallagher of cloud-and-mist-based etymological rows. It was the single best moment in Brexit’s two miserable years. Continue reading...

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16 декабря, 09:00

The Observer view on why the only sensible option for Britain is a second vote | Observer editorial

There’s one way out of this morass, but politicians must rise to the challengeThe long-awaited Brexit crunch has arrived. The prime minister is wedded to a withdrawal agreement almost nobody supports. Her authority within the Conservative party was permanently damaged last week. Parliament is hopelessly split over all the possible alternatives. These divisions do not follow party lines, further confusing the situation. The public is, by turns, baffled, alienated, alarmed – and increasingly angry at this collective national failure.The main opposition party offers no clear path forward, fixated on forcing a general election that is beyond its reach. At this vital moment, on this issue, Labour lacks bold, imaginative leadership. Continue reading...