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17 октября, 22:42

Steve Bell on Boris Johnson and Foreign Office questions – cartoon

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17 октября, 22:35

With evidence of a failing Brexit, who needs prophecy? | Rafael Behr

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It’s tempting for remainers to predict doom, but much better to judge the project against all of the leavers’ broken promisesProphets of doom are not much fun to be around. Nobody wants a “Jeremiah next door”, which is how the Daily Mail recently described Philip Hammond’s relationship to Theresa May. The chancellor was accused of spooking the prime minister with Old Testament fire-and-brimstone economic forecasts. His refusal to spread the Good News about Brexit was cited as grounds for dismissal. Related: The time has come for Theresa May to tell the nation: Brexit can’t be done | Alastair Campbell Continue reading...

17 октября, 21:13

The Guardian view on the Brexit talks: it’s the economy, stupid | Editorial

The economic skies are darkening over Britain. Theresa May has little alternative but to make concessions that will protect UK jobs and businessesWhen she became prime minister in 2016, Theresa May gave the impression of knowing exactly what kind of Brexit she wanted. In speeches and interviews, she made clear that Brexit was about breaking with the EU in line with the referendum, taking control of national borders, leaving European institutions including the court of justice, becoming a global free trader and, almost as an afterthought, remaining good neighbours with Europe. To the domestic audience she insisted that the essential message of the referendum was about migration control, and she implied that, though there might be economic blips along the way, she had the leadership skills to persuade the country that the gain was worth the pain.That strategy now looks very threadbare. Parts are in tatters. Others have been turned on their heads. The underlying problem for Mrs May and her government is that the fantasy of 2016 is running ever harder and more often into the reality of 2017. The reality is that the impact of Brexit on jobs, living standards and the economy is proving much more severe and much more fundamental that she had hoped in the early months of her premiership. The reality is that “global Britain” is a delusion cooked up by the Tory party’s obsessive anti-Europeans. The reality is that the UK’s post-Brexit relationship to the EU, its single market and its customs union is far more consequential than anything else on her agenda. The reality is that Mrs May threw away her authority in June, and that public opinion is losing confidence in the Brexit vision she promoted a year ago. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 20:02

Мэй: Великобритания не признает одностороннее провозглашение независимости Каталонии

Премьер-министр Великобритании заявила, что королевство "твердо стоит" на том, что у прошедшего в регионе референдума "не было правовой основы"

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17 октября, 19:57

Brexit: cabinet split as Amber Rudd calls no-deal ‘unthinkable’

Rudd dismisses idea of not getting agreement at least covering security, after David Davis says no deal remains an optionA cabinet split has emerged over whether the UK could walk away from the EU without any Brexit deal, as Amber Rudd said it was “unthinkable” but David Davis insisted it must remain an option.Rudd, the home secretary, appeared to undermine the government’s position that “no deal is better than a bad deal” on Tuesday as she dismissed the idea of not getting an agreement that at the very least covered security. Continue reading...

17 октября, 19:27

Time running out for Brexit transition deal, Bank of England warns

Governor Mark Carney tells MPs without agreement banks will need to move staff and offices from UK from early next year The governor of the Bank of England has warned that Britain’s financial industry is running out of time for ministers to strike a transitional deal with Brussels over leaving the European Union.Mark Carney told MPs that without a transitional deal banks would need to start moving staff and setting up offices in the EU from as early as the first three months of next year, given it would take at least 18 months to make the changes. Continue reading...

17 октября, 19:22

World’s crisis over issue of borders and migration | Letters

Readers respond to Gary Younge’s article, which argued for an end to all immigration controlsI agree with Gary Younge that borders “exist, by definition, to separate us from others” and that the Berlin Wall was built with “the deliberate intention to trap people in a place they might not want to be” (Border controls are a sign we value money more than people, 16 October). However, let us not forget that the wall’s construction was initially met with considerable relief by the west. The US and UK saw it as an end to communist ambitions to retake the whole of Berlin; they felt that it would not have been built if such plans were in the pipeline. The western allies concluded that the possibility of a military conflict with the Soviet Union over Berlin had significantly decreased. The wall’s erection was therefore an important step in helping to de-escalate tensions between east and west at a time when the cold war was at its hottest.Joe McCarthyDublin• Gary Younge’s otherwise excellent article omits one key fact. The reason he kept “butting into” the Berlin Wall on his trip to Berlin in the early 1980s was that the people it was primarily designed to confine were those living in the West Berlin exclave. The GDR’s term for it was the “antifaschistischer schutzwall” – the anti-fascist rampart – and it was deemed to be necessary to stop the then Federal Republic from undermining the economy of the new German Democratic Republic. Of course, it also brought East Berliners into very close contact with a border that impeded their free movement, but confinement was on both Germanys’ minds.Janet FraserLondon Continue reading...

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17 октября, 18:51

After five rounds of Brexit talks, David Davis runs out of bluster | John Crace

The Brexit secretary could barely bring himself to look at the opposition as he reported back on negotiationsSame time, same place, same speech. The humiliation is now almost complete. Five times David Davis has come back to the Commons to report on the progress of his talks with Michel Barnier, and on each occasion the Brexit secretary has had little to say. In the early days, he used to claim that the lack of progress was a sign of how much progress had been made, but now he has lost the will to even bluster. The former SAS man has barely got the strength to fight his way out of a paper bag.Throughout his five-minute statement, Davis could barely bring himself to raise his eyes towards the opposition benches. The contempt he could have taken. But it was the pity that got him every time. Some important steps had been made, he said in a barely audible mumble. He couldn’t say exactly what they were but they had been made. The negotiations were being conducted in a good spirit. As in, no one had actually walked out yet. But he was reaching the limits of what was possible. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 17:50

Источник: саммит ЕС решит начать подготовку ко второму этапу переговоров по Brexit

Источник отметил, что главы государств и правительств Евросоюза ожидают существенного прогресса на переговорах к декабрю

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17 октября, 17:29

UK to start registering 3 million EU nationals by end of next year

Amber Rudd says Home Office’s default position will be to accept applications for ‘settled status’The registration of 3 million EU nationals in Britain will begin by the end of next year with the “default position” of the Home Office to accept applications, the home secretary has told MPs.Amber Rudd said that 1,200 extra staff were to be recruited by next April to provide an “easy access” registration process that she promised would be “completely different” from the troubled permanent residency application system that has undermined confidence in the Home Office. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 17:06

From the continent, remainers’ sudden love for the EU looks like plain hypocrisy | Ragnar Weilandt

Having sneered at the project for decades, many members of the anti-Brexit brigade are now draped in EU flags. Is this any better than those who voted out?If Britain’s remainers feel at home in the EU, they have a funny way of showing it. From a continental perspective, the undying love some remainers have been professing for Europe ever since the Brexit referendum is puzzling. Because for decades, politicians and commentators in Britain either ignored, misrepresented or sneered at the European project. Now the UK is on its way out, people are suddenly taking to the streets draped in EU flags.Yet it wasn’t too long ago that many of today’s die-hard remainers used much the same denigrating tone about the EU as the Brexiteers and their tabloid cheerleaders. Take Anna Soubry, the Tory rebel remainer who has even talked about creating a new pro-European party. Back in 2011 she was telling her constituents: “I believe the EU has become a huge, overly costly, bureaucratic organisation fundamentally lacking in both democracy and accountability to the many millions of people who pay for it through their taxes and who are bound to live by its rules”. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 16:24

UK withdrawal bill 'rips the heart out of environmental law', say campaigners

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New bill omits key ‘precautionary’ principle requiring developers and industry to prove actions will not harm wildlife or habitats as well as ‘polluter pays’ protectionsInteractive: How will Brexit affect British wildlife? The cornerstones of wildlife and habitat protection have been quietly left out of the withdrawal bill ripping the heart out of environmental law, campaigners say.A key principle under EU law which provides a robust legal backstop against destruction of the environment – the precautionary principle - has been specifically ruled out of the bill as a means of legal challenge in British courts. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 10:15

Have you spotted any anti-EU slogans?

Whether it’s stickers on cars heading to the continent, or Jean-Claude Juncker costumes for Guy Fawkes night or Halloween, let us know if you’ve spotted any anti-EU products or literatureAs Theresa May heads to Brussels for a diplomacy blitz to try to convince key EU figures to move negotiations along, the odd sign of frustration with the Brexit process has been spotted this side of the channel. Related: Brussels trip by PM fails to unblock stalemate as both sides harden stance Continue reading...

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17 октября, 08:20

It's a folly to dismiss City warnings over Brexit transition deal delay | Nils Pratley

It is no longer possible to dismiss gloomy predictions, as some Brexiters do, as a flight of fancy – there is a real shift on the groundTheCityUK is a lobbying group whose dire warnings about the potential loss of trade and jobs from the City of London tend to infuriate true believers in Brexit. Too gloomy, say hardcore Brexiters. A few jobs may go, runs their argument, but Frankfurt, Paris, Luxembourg and Dublin are too small to inflict lasting damage on London. Besides, the rest of the EU will come to its senses eventually and realise that a fragmented European financial industry would serve nobody’s interests, apart from perhaps New York’s.There is some truth in those objections, of course, since it is true that London currently plays in a different league as a European financial centre. But it is also time for all sides to acknowledge TheCityUK was 100% correct on a common-sense point it has shouted from the rooftops from the outset: a transitional deal that is signed at the eleventh hour of negotiations won’t be worth much. Continue reading...

17 октября, 08:00

Who’s to blame for Brexit’s fantasy politics? The experts, of course | Aditya Chakrabortty

Magical thinking about the future is not confined to the cabinet. Just ask the Office for Budget ResponsibilityPolitics, runs the cliche, is the art of the possible. The compromise. The curbed expectation.Not any more. Not in the age of Brexit and Trump. In 2017, politics is the art of the impossible. Of writing blank cheques and scattering them to the wind. Of peddling fantasies and promising the voters they will be made flesh by tomorrow. Continue reading...

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17 октября, 08:00

While all eyes look to Brexit, our NHS is about to collapse | Polly Toynbee

A perfect storm is looming as nurses leave their profession in droves. If a flu epidemic hits this winter, how will our hospitals cope?Brexit casts its shroud over everything. The no-dealers grow more wild-eyed by the day; though sterling drops, prices rise. Chris Grayling says we can dig for Britain. There is a cabinet at war: the Tory chancellor is denounced as a saboteur by a previous holder of the office. But all this craziness does have one political advantage: it hides all the other crises the chancellor can’t possibly solve in his budget next month. Of these, the NHS and social care is the pressure cooker likely to blow loudest. In the Brexit hubbub, an eerie silence falls before what most NHS managers – and, indeed, NHS ministers – expect to be a near-as-dammit winter collapse. Related: Almost 10,000 EU health workers have quit NHS since Brexit vote Continue reading...

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17 октября, 02:01

Uncertainty over Brexit transition 'could put 75,000 City jobs at risk'

London will lose £10bn in revenue and thousands of jobs if a two-year transition deal is not agreed quickly, says TheCityUKUrgent progress is needed on a Brexit transition period to prevent City firms implementing contingency plans that could put up to 75,000 UK financial services sector jobs at risk, a leading industry lobby group has warned.In a plea to negotiators ahead of a key negotiating meeting later this week, TheCityUK also said that the stakes are high for the remaining 27 EU nations, where jobs and inward investment will be at risk if a two-year transition period cannot be agreed quickly. Continue reading...

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16 октября, 22:00

Martin Rowson on bracing for Brexit – cartoon

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16 октября, 19:46

The time has come for Theresa May to tell the nation: Brexit can’t be done | Alastair Campbell

The hard-liners in her party will howl with rage, but most of the country will welcome it if the prime minister is honest about Brexit’s awful consequencesAs she tries to move the Brexit negotiations forward, how much better would Theresa May and the country feel if the speech she made to her party went as follows.“Leadership is about confronting the great challenges. But Brexit is the biggest challenge we have faced since the second world war. So I intend to devote my speech, in four parts, to this alone. Continue reading...