Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party

Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party

Intense discussions are taking place at Westminster that could lead to the emergence of a new centrist party consisting of six or more disaffected anti-Brexit Labour MPs along with the involvement of some Conservatives and the backing of the Liberal Democrats.

Labour MPs reported that some of those involved had lobbied backbench colleagues they thought were sympathetic as to how they could “make the shift” away from a tribal loyalty to the party.

The argument put forward was that the set of values that had drawn them to the Labour party, such as European solidarity, free movement, liberalism and anti-racism, could now be found elsewhere.

Those involved in the talks say frustrations over pro-Brexit policies pursued by Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, coupled with Labour-specific concerns about antisemitism, have taken a handful of MPs to the point where they are seriously considering quitting. Continue reading Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party

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UK Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer: General election plan no longer ‘credible’

UK Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer: General election plan no longer ‘credible’

The Shadow Brexit Secretary said the party was now only pursuing two alternatives – a compromise deal based on proposals contained in a letter from Jeremy Corbyn to Theresa May last week, or a second referendum.

But he was slapped down by Jeremy Corbyn’s office, which insisted pressing for an early election remained the party’s “preferred option”. Continue reading UK Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer: General election plan no longer ‘credible’

Theresa May tells MPs she has identified ‘three key changes’ needed to her Brexit policy

Theresa May tells MPs she has identified ‘three key changes’ needed to her Brexit policy

Scotland’s external affairs and culture secretary said it was welcome the UK government had finally bowed to pressure and scrapped the £65 registration fee for EU citizens who wanted to stay, but added that it should never have been introduced. She said this does not change the fact that EU citizens should not be asked to apply simply to retain the rights that they already have to live, work and study in Scotland. This has caused real anxiety for EU citizens in Scotland, who contribute so much to our economy and society. Continue reading Theresa May tells MPs she has identified ‘three key changes’ needed to her Brexit policy

BREXIT: Another go for May come MONDAY, Handicapped in Favour of the status quo, UK Stays in the EU

BREXIT: Another go for May come MONDAY, Handicapped in Favour of the status quo, UK Stays in the EU

Reality, as I progressively found out, was less pretty. The EU coopted too many too quickly, and made too many “in-but-not-totally-in” concessions. As shown in the EU Members List, Denmark and Sweden keep their own currency (in both cases the krona, same name but not the same), as do Hungary (the forint) and Poland (the zloty).

This shows a lack of what jurists felicitously call affectio societatis: “the common will of several legal persons or legal entities to merge into one entity.” Continue reading BREXIT: Another go for May come MONDAY, Handicapped in Favour of the status quo, UK Stays in the EU

BREXIT: A ‘Predictable MESS!’ Harvard professor uses CHEESE SUBMARINE analogy to describe Brexit

BREXIT: A ‘Predictable MESS!’ Harvard professor uses CHEESE SUBMARINE analogy to describe Brexit

Brexit can be described using a “submarine out of cheese” analogy, believes Harvard Professor Yascha Mounk. The lecturer on Government at Harvard University also commented on how the British media and political class have “closed their eyes” to the “predictable mess” that’s occurred over the last two years. Mr Mounk told France 24: “It’s a strange thing in politics where it can seem for a long time fundamental laws of logic don’t apply. So for years you can go on as if it didn’t apply and people start to believe that the laws of logic don’t apply, and then suddenly they all come home to roost. Continue reading BREXIT: A ‘Predictable MESS!’ Harvard professor uses CHEESE SUBMARINE analogy to describe Brexit