Bremain BrexElection Briefing 4

Bremain BrexElection Briefing 4

Nicola Sturgeon: I have a ‘girl job’ – it’s called running the country Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at Theresa May for gender stereotyping after the Prime Minister suggested there were “boy jobs and girl jobs” around the house. The Scottish First Minister said that in her house, her husband did the cooking and cleaning while she did the “girl job of running the country”.  When she appeared on the BBC’s The One Show last week alongside her husband Philip, Mrs May caused controversy by suggesting there were “boy jobs and girl jobs” in their household.

(Chris Green i News 14 May)

If you’re under 18, Theresa May doesn’t want you to be allowed a vote. Theresa May has resisted calls to lower the voting age to 16, insisting young people could get involved in politics without casting a ballot.  If you are 16 or 17 you can get married, join the armed forces and if you are working you will have to pay tax. And yet you have no say when it comes to picking the next Government. And the Prime Minister thinks this is fair. (Daisy McCorgray New European 15 May)

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  Labour candidate Rupa Huq: We don’t want a load of Theresa May clones in Parliament “Brex-terminate, Brex-terminate,” mocks Rupa Huq in a robotic voice. It’s also an imitation of what Parliament could sound like, in her view, if too many MPs in favour of a hard Brexit are elected on 8 June. “We don’t want a load of Theresa May clones,” says the pro-EU Labour politician, who is fighting for re-selection in Ealing Central and Acton. ( Serina Sandhu i News 16 May)

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Liberal Democrats offer fresh Brexit vote at the heart of manifesto pledges The Liberal Democrats put a pledge to offer the British people a second referendum on Brexit at the heart of their manifesto. The party says they would offer a fresh vote – including the option to reject Brexit – after the terms of the deal are made clear  .It has also laid out plans for major boosts to NHS and schools funding and said they would work to build 300,000 new homes a year.  (ITV Report, 17 May)

Not Maggie May, but muddled May The new manifesto reveals a lack of coherent philosophy from Theresa May, and no clear plan for Brexit The Conservative election campaign so far has been duller than an afternoon looking at Jeremy Corbyn’s collection of pictures of manhole covers.  Blessed by an extremist opposition and a big opinion poll lead, the government is coasting, muttering platitudes like “strong and stable” and emphasising its newish prime minister, Theresa May, rather than its party name. (by Buttonwood The Economist 18 May)

Theresa May says the Conservatives stand for gender equality. Tell that to the Tory councillor who says pregnant women shouldn’t become MPs.  I wonder if anyone asked David Cameron, Matthew Hancock or Jeremy Hunt if they would be too busy changing nappies to undertake their dual roles as MPs and cabinet ministers when their babies were born? “How can a woman who is just about to give birth take on a role as MP?” This is the question a Tory councillor asked of Catherine Atkinson, the Labour candidate for Erewash. Not fifty years ago. This happened last week. (Jo Swinson Voices The Independent 19 May)

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Brexit takes centre stage in TV debate as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn absent UKIP’s leader Paul Nuttall found himself outnumbered by 4-1 on Brexit and other issues in a party leaders’ TV debate that was snubbed by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.  Mr Nuttall was also isolated on immigration and grammar schools as he battled against the Lib Dems’ Tim Farron, Caroline Lucas of the Greens, the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru. (Jon Craig, Sky News, 19 May)

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Comedian Eddie Izzard hoping to become Labour politician The 55-year-old comedian revealed his ambition to enter the political arena in an interview with The Times Magazine. He outlined a vision of “the whole world of seven billion people all having a fair chance”.  And Izzard issued his support for Labour leader Mr Corbyn, saying he “believes in what he [Corbyn] says”. (ITV News 20 May)

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We provide an extract of articles from a variety of news sources that you may have missed over the past week. To read the whole story please click on the link.

Tactical voting: Why it’s okay to abandon political loyalties to stop Brexit. This former Labour MP admits he would vote against his party, if it aided the anti-Brexit cause. In politics there is a permanent and healthy tension between pure political tribal loyalty and a sense of a wider national interest. (Denis Macshane The New European 7 May)

Caroline Lucas Greens attack Jeremy Corbyn as progressive alliance hopes fade.

Corbyn is paving the way for a Tory majority by ignoring the Green Party’s calls for an election

deal, its co-leader Caroline Lucas claimed today. After the Greens stood aside for Labour in both

London and Brighton, Ms Lucas is demanding Mr Corbyn return the favour for their target seat

the Isle of Wight. (Kate Proctor The Evening Standard 8 May)

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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to appear separately in BBC election debate.  Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will take part in a BBC Question Time election special but the party leaders will not debate each other. May and Corbyn will be grilled by separately by members of the audience in the 90-minute special on June 2, presented by David Dimbleby. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Lib Dem Tim Farron will appear on a June 4 edition of the programme. (Adam Sherwin i News 8 May)

A. C. Grayling: ‘Brexit is starting to look a lot like a coup; The Remain campaign is by far the

angriest I have ever seen in British politics." Brexit is politically illegitimate, and when the

chickens come home to roost, reality and pragmatism will kick in and the Remainers will win the

day, Professor A. C. Grayling said in an interview with EURACTIV.com. (Samuel White,

Euractiv.com, 9 May)

Jeremy Corbyn says UK will quit EU as he clarifies Labour’s stance on Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn has attempted to clarify Labour’s position on Brexit by insisting “Britain is leaving the European Union”. The party leader responded to criticism over his approach to the key issue of next month’s election in an interview with BBC Look North on Wednesday. Earlier this week London Mayor Sadiq Khan criticised the PM hopeful by saying people were unclear about Labour’s stance on Brexit. (Francesca Gillett Evening Standard 10 May)

Land of make-believe The Tory and Labour parties fail to face the realities of Brexit FOG in channel: continent cut off is an (alas apocryphal) newspaper headline that points to the innate British sense of superiority. Victory in two world wars and a long history without invasion has given Britain a sense of detachment from its European neighbours. As a result, it was always a reluctant member of the European Union. (by Buttonwood The Economist 10 May)

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Hardcore Remainers swing towards Liberal Democrats from Labour An exclusive poll conducted by The New European shows Lib Dems set to profit in the election of June 8. Support for Labour among anti-Brexit Remain voters has swung dramatically to the Liberal Democrats, a survey of readers of The New European has shown.  (Daisy McCorgray New European 12 May)

Has Michel Barnier just changed the course of the 2017 general election? Ireland has an awful

lot riding on Brexit. If it wasn’t already obvious that the stakes at play for Dublin are so high as

to be existential, then the welcome its parliamentarians today gave to Michel Barnier – the

European Commission’s chief negotiator – makes things unnervingly clear. (Patrick Maguire

NewStatesman 12 May)

Brits have more in common with their Brexit brethren than their party political pals The 2017 general election is viewed by some as the ‘Brexit election’. The EU referendum may well turn out to be the defining vote of our era, with some predicting a realignment of British politics along the Leave/Remain dividing line. (Matthew Smith YouGov 13 May)

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Bremain BrexElection Briefing 2

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Clive Lewis: “Public should get final Brexit say if they want it”   A Norwich MP is risking the wrath of his party leader once again after calling for a referendum on the final Brexit offer – if the public wants it.  Clive Lewis quit his role as shadow business secretary earlier this year after deciding to defy Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and vote against the bill to trigger Article 50.  But now he has gone a step further. (Clive Lewis MP ITV News Anglia 1 May)

 

Theresa May mocked by EU parliament’s chief negotiator The European Parliament’s chief Brexit co-ordinator has mocked Theresa May’s election campaign slogan, by suggesting she lacks a “strong and stable” understanding of the complex issues around Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.  Guy Verhofstadt, already a fierce critic of the Prime Minister, finished his attack by saying it is “time to get real” about how difficult a Brexit deal may be.  It comes after a German newspaper reported that in the wake of a meeting with the Prime Minister, Jean Claude Juncker phoned Angela Merkel and said Ms May lives “in another galaxy” and is “deluding herself” over Brexit. (Joe Watts The Independent 2 May)

 

A guide to what the BBC’s election impartiality actually means  The guidelines are surprisingly detailed. If you imagined impartiality was implicit, you were wrong. The basic principle is that no one party or candidate should be favoured over others, while still taking into account the size and support of the party. There are no percentages, but Labour and the Conservatives, as the biggest parties in the UK, must be given roughly equal coverage, while mid-sized parties such as the Lib Dems will get slightly less, and smaller parties such as the Greens will only be given equal billing to the bigger players in certain circumstances. (Karl McDonald i News The Essential Daily Briefing 3 May)

The 3 reasons May called an election (and the reasons you should thwart her plan) It would be bliss to elect a pro-EU government that would ditch Brexit, says A C Grayling  Theresa May might have had any one of three reasons for calling a General Election.   One is that she was in danger of losing her Commons majority because so many Tory MPs are under investigation for alleged election fraud.  Fraud, and allegations of financial wrongdoing are a theme of the right wing: Tory MPs, UKIP, the Leave.EU campaign have all been the subject of investigations.  Their leading figures have, however, skipped away laughing from their culpability for the fraudulent lies and false promises of the Leave campaign itself.” (A C Grayling The New European 3 May)

Students just blew the general election wide open with one hell of a shock for Theresa May Front-runner Theresa May could be in for one hell of a shock. Students have blown the general election wide open, as 93% say they are registered to vote on 8 June. And the majority of that 93% plan to use their vote either for Labour or to tactically remove the Conservatives from power.  Stepping back from the students, a striking 530,982 under-35s have registered to vote since May called the election. Over half of these people are 18-24. Labour has a solid lead with under-40s, meaning a high turnout from young people could dramatically change the result. (James Wright The Canary 4 May)

 

Boris Johnson backed by Ukip in General Election UKIP has backed Boris Johnson in the General Election in a major move to endorse Tory Brexiteers. The party have decided not to stand in Uxbridge & South Ruislip where the Foreign Secretary has a 10,695 majority. This is the second time UKIP has decided not to run against Brexit-backing MPs following their election pact with Tory MP Philip Hollobone in Kettering. Deputy leader Paul Nuttall said they would not seek to target seats where a pro-Brexit MP has a slender majority and could lose to a Remainer. This is to avoid splitting the vote and give the pro-Brexit candidate the best chance of winning. (Kate Proctor Evening Standard 4 May)

 

EU puzzled and alarmed by May’s election meddling claims Prime Minister Theresa May’s claims that the European Union is trying to influence next month’s general election have perplexed and alarmed officials in Brussels, who warn that the rapidly souring tone could derail the Brexit negotiations. EU Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday urged all sides to cool off. “If we start arguing before they even begin, they will become impossible,” he said, adding that the Brexit negotiations were difficult enough as they are, and the stakes too high to let emotions get out of hand. “In order to succeed, today we need discretion, moderation, mutual respect and a maximum of good will,” he said. “Because at stake are the daily lives and interests of millions of people on both sides of the Channel.” (Leo Cendrowicz i News 4 May)

 

Lib Dems and Labour in fightback after Conservatives’ success in local elections The Lib Dems are announcing a controversial plan to increase all rates of income tax by 1p to raise an extra £6bn for the NHS and social care.  And Jeremy Corbyn is warning that Labour faces a challenge on a “historic scale” as he campaigns in the key general election battleground of the Midlands.  (Jon Craig, Chief Political Correspondent, Sky News Vote 2017 6 May)

 

Greens withdraw Oxford West and Abingdon candidate in bid to oust Tories   The Green Party has withdrawn its candidate from an Oxfordshire constituency in a move it hopes will help defeat the Tories.  The Greens have now urged Labour to also stand aside in Oxford West and Abingdon and allow the Liberal Democrats to stand against health minister Nicola Blackwood. Sarah Wood, chairwoman of the Oxfordshire Green Party, said: “Our political system is broken, and it makes no sense that parties with many common values stand against each other and let the Tories through.” (Press Association 2017 The Oxford Times 6 May)

 

EU demands three million citizens be allowed to stay in UK after Brexit, including people with no proof of residency  ‘We will not discuss our future relationship with the UK until the 27 member states are reassured that all citizens will be treated properly and humanely’ The EU has toughened its stance on the fate of three million EU citizens in the UK, demanding even for those with no proof of residency are allowed to stay after Brexit. The lead negotiator for Brussels insisted “red tape” must not be allowed to stand in the way of EU nationals remaining with full rights.  “Individuals legally residing in the UK today must remain residents after withdrawal, including in those cases when people have no documents to prove residency,” Michel Barnier said. (Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor The Independent 6 May)

Labour will increase tax for top 5% – but not MPs Labour has pledged to increase income tax only for those earning more than £80,000 a year, if it comes to power after the General Election – just above what MPs take home as their salary. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell promised that just the top 5 per cent of earners would face a hike in tax, which would help pay for extra spending on public services. It would mean MPs, who earn £76,000 a year, would be exempt from any increase in income tax. (Richard Vaugham i News 7 May)

 

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Bremain BrexElection Briefing

Bremain BrexElection Briefing

Welcome to Bremain in Spain’s first Brexit/Election update on the weeks’ news.  We have given a “taster” of each article and if you would like to read the whole story please click on the links.  We plan to produce the Bremain BrexElection Briefing each Monday right up to the General Election on 8 June.  

How do we get the best MPs for Brexit Britain?  

Vote thoughtfully…

Gina Miller has launched ‘Best for Britain,’ which she says that, “a campaign aimed at supporting candidates who will stand by their principles, insist on real debate, and have an open mind on the UK-EU deal in the years ahead. Put simply, we believe in real parliamentary democracy. We plan to use the money that has been so generously donated through our GoFundMe page to support parliamentary candidates committed to keeping the options open for the British people until the detail of the deal is on the table. We will do all we can to make sure the next government has no mandate to diminish our rights.”  (Gina Miller The Guardian 21 April)

General election 2017: Tony Blair says Brexit stance more important than party…

Tony Blair has urged voters not to elect MPs who “back Brexit at any cost”, whichever party they are from.  The ex-PM told the BBC that Brexit was a bigger issue than party allegiance for the general election on 8 June.  (UK Politics BBC News 23 April)

Remain campaigners urge voters to unseat Brexit-backing MPs…

Lord Mandelson, an Open Britain board member, claimed it was counterproductive for prime minister Theresa May to enter Brexit negotiations with a rigid set of red lines and said he believed millions of jobs were at stake.

Stephen Dorrell, the former Tory MP who chairs European Movement, said: “This election is about something much bigger than party politics – it is about our future relationship with the rest of Europe.” (Anushka Asthana, Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot The Guardian 24 April)

Regrexit: Majority say Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU…

The tide could be turning against Brexit: for the first time since the referendum, more people have said Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU.  In a poll by YouGov for the Times newspaper, 45% of respondents said Britain was wrong to vote out, 43% said Britain was right to leave, while 12% answered ‘don’t know’. (Jane Howdle, Yahoo News, 27 April)

 

A Bremain expat campaigner has branded the UK’s upcoming general election as ‘good as a second referendum’…

John Moffett of Bremain in Spain insisted that expats had the power to influence the outcome of the EU divorce negotiations by backing pro EU candidates in the snap June 8 poll. He said even those who have lived in Spain too long to have a vote could have an impact by urging friends and family back in the UK to vote for an MP in favour of ‘at least a softer Brexit or associate EU membership.’ (Chloe Glover. Olive Press 27 April) 

Tories’ ‘imperial vision’ for post-Brexit trade branded disruptive and deluded…

The head of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations, Dr Patrick Gomes, has ruled out a free trade deal with the UK until at least six years after Brexit and taken a sideswipe at the idea of a new British trade empire. He said that it had taken six years for his home country, Guyana, and other Caribbean States to negotiate a trade pact with the EU and that it would be “very disruptive” to push for a deal with the UK within two years of a formal Brexit. (Arthur Neslen, The Guardian 28 April)

Vote for an election that isn’t a total yawn

“There is a suggestion emanating from some respectable political quarters, and also from the office of Tony Blair, that voters should consider abandoning party loyalties on June 8 and voting for whichever local candidate offers the best chance of reversing or moderating Brexit.” (Giles Coren The Times 28 April)

Theresa May was right to call the election before the public feels the real consequences of Brexit…

There can be no doubt that the UK’s economic situation is much more likely to deteriorate than improve in the next few years, and with it the Government’s popularity and electoral chances. Thus far, for understandable reasons, Brexit and the economy have usually been treated as separate election issues. What the latest depressingly depressed figures on economic growth show is that the two are, in fact, intimately related. Brexit is an economic issue as well as one about sovereignty and identity. (The Independent Voices Editorial 28 April)

Expats like me living in the EU are being denied the right to vote in the general election…

“If Britons living in the EU were angry about not voting in the referendum last year, can you imagine how they feel about being denied their democratic right once again?  On 23 June last year, three million British citizens across Europe could not vote in the EU referendum because of a ban on voting for Brits who have lived overseas for more than 15 years. They were denied the opportunity to vote on their own futures, when they are amongst the most likely to be badly affected by the outcome. To say that many people were upset and angry is a gross understatement. I was disenchanted with the failings of this supposed “democratic exercise” and as a result became the Chair of Bremain in Spain, to campaign for our rights as British citizens in the EU.” (Sue Wilson, The Independent Voices 30 April)

You will see we saved the best to last, our very own Sue Wilson’s article in The Independent and she promises she did not call us “expats”!  We hope you have enjoyed reading all the above extracts from important news stories published over the last 7 days and would welcome any comments you may have.