Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar fears ‘no deal Brexit’ and potential ‘Eurosceptic’ PM – ‘In a period of DANGER’

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar fears ‘no deal Brexit’ and potential ‘Eurosceptic’ PM – ‘In a period of DANGER’

Prime Minister Varadkar: Brexit may be entering “very dangerous” new phase for Ireland

The election of a new prime minister in Britain may lead to a new phase in Brexit negotiations that could be “very dangerous” for Ireland, its Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday. Continue reading Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar fears ‘no deal Brexit’ and potential ‘Eurosceptic’ PM – ‘In a period of DANGER’

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Brexit: Behind Closed Doors, review – an excruciating look at how the EU scorned Theresa May’s Brexit efforts

Brexit: Behind Closed Doors, review – an excruciating look at how the EU scorned Theresa May’s Brexit efforts

Documentary maker Lode Desmet’s two-part film Brexit: Behind Closed Doors (BBC Four) offered a rare, if excruciating, opportunity to observe the course of the Brexit negotiations from Europe’s point of view. It allowed the viewer to walk a mile in the EU’s shoes or, at any rate, those of Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister appointed chief Brexit coordinator on behalf of the European Parliament.

Desmet trailed around after Verhofstadt for two years, filming meetings of the Brexit steering group he chaired (not to be confused with those run by the European Council and the European Commission or the actual EU negotiating team led by Michel Barnier) as they experienced, at second hand, the ups and – mostly – downs of David Davis and Theresa May’s efforts to extricate the UK from the EU. Continue reading Brexit: Behind Closed Doors, review – an excruciating look at how the EU scorned Theresa May’s Brexit efforts

Gavin Esler: TV News Must Stop Giving Airtime To The ‘Village Idiots’ Of Brexit

Gavin Esler: TV News Must Stop Giving Airtime To The ‘Village Idiots’ Of Brexit

“I want to stop Brexit. Fix Britain. And then I want to reform the things that are wrong with the EU,” says Gavin Esler. He has a lot on.

The 66-year-old former BBC Newsnight presenter is standing to be an MEP in London for Change UK – the new pro-Remain party formed by The Independent Group of ex-Labour and Tory MPs. 

Esler is speaking to HuffPost UK less than 48-hours after he was unveiled as an election candidate at his new party’s campaign launch in Bristol. “It’s all a bit hazy,” he laughs at the whirlwind. 

“We are trying to get up an organisation. We are trying to get each other’s telephone numbers and emails. And we have four weeks until the election.”

The party has had a rocky introduction to electoral politics, with several of its candidates being exposed for making offensive comments online. One stepped down after it was revealed he once said “black women scare me”. Not ideal for a party that brands itself as the sensible centre. Heidi Allen, the interim leader, has admitted its vetting process was “not good enough”. Continue reading Gavin Esler: TV News Must Stop Giving Airtime To The ‘Village Idiots’ Of Brexit

UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government’s talks with the Labour Party to try to break the impasse over Brexit will resume after the weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said on Friday.

May opened talks with Labour a month ago after her deal to leave the European Union was rejected three times in parliament, but despite both sides saying they are constructive, there is little expectation of breakthrough next week. Continue reading UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

Conservatives in for ‘difficult night’ in local elections

Conservatives in for ‘difficult night’ in local elections

The Conservatives are in for a “difficult night” in Thursday’s local elections, a senior party figure has admitted.

Deputy chairwoman Helen Whately admitted the poll will be a chance to “kick the government”, amid predictions of a backlash over the delay to Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May requested a second delay to Britain’s departure earlier this month. The EU agreed and the UK is now due to leave on 31 October – seven months later than originally planned.

The MP for Faversham and Mid Kent said she had seen “more anger than before” on the doorstep, but stressed it was frustration with politicians in general and not just her party. Continue reading Conservatives in for ‘difficult night’ in local elections