Boris Johnson’s Christmas Message Promises Extra £33.9 Billion Investment In The NHS Per Year By 2023, Roconcilliation For A Broken Britain And A Brexit For All By 31 Janury

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A bill guaranteeing a multi-billion cash boost for the NHS will be the first piece of domestic legislation introduced by Boris Johnson new Government.
This will be the first time such a spending commitment has been enshrined in law.Credit: 
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The bill, which was set out in the Queen’s Speech 2 weeks ago will make it illegal for ministers not to provide the health service with an  .
It will be introduced to Parliament once the Withdrawal Agreement Bill confirming the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January has been passed by MPs.

The British Prime Minister hailed the “seismic” shift in British politics as he committed his new Government to leaving the EU at the end of 2020, boosting health service funding and upping state support beyond the Tories’ traditional heartlands.

 

‘Almost every nurse I spoke to told me they didn’t want to take this action, but felt it was the only option left.’ A picket line outside the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast.
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New immigration rules will mean qualified doctors, nurses and health professionals with a job offer from the NHS will be offered fast-track visas, while the Government will also pledge to make it easier for hospitals to manufacture and trial innovative medicines///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA////

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Sir John Major Urges Votes For Candidates Opposed To Boris

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Former British PM Sir John Major urges voters to back rebel candidates running against Boris Johnson’s Tories.

Sir John Major will tonight call on millions of young people to use their votes to derail Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans in an extraordinary general election intervention.
The former Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader will break ranks with the party he once dominated with a plea to Britain’s youth to “choose the future you believe in”.

 

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Why Labour Position on Brexit And General Election Is Not Confused

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Sections of the British media are presenting the Labour policy towards Brexit as confused and complicated///BY RANDHIR BASI VIA LINKEDIN

 

Britons are less certain about Labour’s policy than the Conservative’s on all issues except the NHS
YouGov’s latest polling shows that 70% of Britons see Brexit as the most important issue facing the country. Given this, it’s vital that parties make their policy crystal clear approaching the general election. But have they?

 

Labour has not always been clear about what it’s position on Brexit would be if elected in a General Election. Now that they have set it out, it has proved to confuse several people.

It actually is not according to RANDHIR BASI;

  1. Labour are simply saying that the General Elecion should not be about Brexit, as it should be about the kind of policies people want from government for the next 5 years.
  2. The people should be allowed to confirm if they still want to leave the EU or if they want to remain.
  3. If Labour forms a majority government, there will be a confirmatory referendum on Brexit with a remain option, this time it would be given Binding status.
  4. General Election issues should be separated from Brexit as voters who support the same party have different views on Brexit.

Randhir, I concur with you all the way to the skys. Thinking about it; people say: “The referendum was never explained to us.” Never thought for e.g.; we would need to renegotiate new ways of doing business with E.U., and rest of the world at the same time. And that it would take upwards of 4 years and still counting till we enjoy the frankenstein monster of ‘phenomenon’ called Brexit. No major new domestic policies; and UK’s influence on geopolitical stage almost coming to ZERO. Nobodoy wants to listen to someone about global affairs when they cannot put their own small hut in order///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

That’s pretty hilarious that the issue of Brexit should be separated from General Election issues. Brexit is precisely why the election has been called by the Conservatives – LEON PACZYNSKY

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EU President-elect names Valean as transport commissioner: spokesperson

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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician and the President-elect of the European Commission. She served in the federal government of Germany from 2005 to 2019 as the longest-serving member of Angela Merkel’s cabinet. She is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union

 

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has approved European lawmaker Adina Valean as the commissioner-designate for Romania, a spokesperson for the transition team told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan will tear apart the United Kingdom

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Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan will tear apart the United Kingdom///JONATHAN POWELL

Hard border: A Royal Ulster Constabulary officer stands guard at a customs post in 1961 ( Getty Images )

Tony Blair’s first visit outside London after his election landslide in May 1997 was to the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show in Balmoral, near Belfast. Among the prize bulls, he tried to reassure unionists that they were safe under a Labour government, and in his speech he said: ‘“None of us in this hall today, even the youngest, is likely to see Northern Ireland as anything but a part of the United Kingdom.” It worked. Now, after Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, the unionists can no longer be so sure.

With the race to pass the legislation paused, we can stand back and judge the deal on its merits. For if there is to be an election it will be a referendum not on Brexit but on Boris Johnson’s deal. And this deal is a threat to the union — not the European Union but the continuation of the United Kingdom.

The vast majority of the text is identical to Theresa May’s deal, and the problems it will cause for our society, political system and economy have been repeatedly rehearsed.

Indeed, that was voted down three times in the House of Commons, including twice by Boris Johnson, and was judged enormously unpopular in opinion polls.

What is new is the removal of the UK from the Customs Union and the provisions on Northern Ireland. As the DUP plaintively points out, these have not been debated and nor is there any economic assessment of their implications for Northern Ireland. Nor has there been any proper consideration of the unintended consequences for the future of the United Kingdom.

The Northern Ireland measures are not what Boris Johnson wanted nor the result of a clever negotiating strategy. He proposed something completely different. He wanted a hard customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of Ireland. That was what won him DUP support.

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But at the last minute, in a panic to achieve a deal by the arbitrary date of October 31 he had set himself, he capitulated and accepted the EU proposal of a hard customs and regulatory border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Thank goodness he did jettison his earlier ideas because a hard border in Ireland would have posed an existential threat to the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). But he should have thought more carefully about what he was putting in its place. It is clear from his answers in the House of Commons this week — where he falsely denied that Northern Ireland business would have to fill in EU forms to send goods to the UK — that he has no idea what he has agreed to. A grasp of detail is not his strong point.

The Northern Ireland peace process is a carefully balanced seesaw. What Johnson has done is leap from one end of the seesaw to the other, disrupting that balance. And the implications for the future of the UK are serious. A border in Ireland would have been a threat to the identity of nationalists in Northern Ireland as Irish.

A border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is a threat to the identity of unionists as British. They legitimately fear that this is the beginning of a slippery slope to a united Ireland, and that is why we have once again started hearing worrying noises from the Loyalist paramilitary groups. As the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland warned last night, this could lead to civil disorder or worse.

The new border Boris Johnson has created is not just wider than he claims — and certainly not a transitional arrangement as suggested — but will grow wider over time as the UK diverges from the EU in terms of regulation and tariffs. More and more goods will be put on the list of those that need to be checked. The problem is not just for business but the very idea of a border separating unionists from the country they want to be united with.

The UK Government is obliged under the GFA to hold a border poll if there appears to be a majority for a united Ireland. The numbers are already moving in that direction as a result of Brexit, as Catholic voters are forced to choose between continuing in the EU and staying in the UK. Those numbers will continue to move as a result of demography and continued incorporation into the single market and customs union.

The impact of all this on Scotland is obvious. First the SNP government is bound to demand the same treatment as Northern Ireland, which is going to enjoy a soft Brexit while Scotland will face a hard Brexit, despite voting in broadly equal proportions to remain. And when Boris Johnson denies them this, as well as refusing a further referendum, he will add to their list of grievances and drive up support for independence still further, which has already risen to 50 per cent in recent polls. So, the one thing the Johnson deal will do which the May deal did not is set out a plausible path to a united Ireland and an independent Scotland. Is that really what English and Welsh Brexit voters intended? I don’t think so.

Of course, the best way to decide this question would be in a further referendum rather than an election which will mix Johnson’s deal with other issues, like the unpopularity of Jeremy Corbyn. But if you live in England and Wales and feel strongly about the continuation of the United Kingdom, this election may be your last and only opportunity to vote to stop its destruction. Because afterwards the only people who will be able to vote on it are those who live in Scotland or in Ireland.

  • Jonathan Powell was chief government negotiator in Northern Ireland 1997-2007Bo
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