SO there it is, from the horse’s mouth. Brussels aims to force Britain to stay in its customs union and obey EU rules forever. Diplomats admit to The Sun that the terms of the “Irish backstop” which Theresa May’s Cabinet is poised to back would then be deployed to lock us in its grip permanently. Forget those trade deals with America, China, India, Canada or anywhere else. All would be banned. Despite us voting for Brexit. Despite MPs voting to leave the customs union. Despite all the Prime Minister’s ambitious speeches about a global Britain. To get a post-Brexit trade deal, we would have to swallow crippling conditions the EU does not impose on others. Absurdly, it would retain control over the trading policy of the world’s fifth largest economy — by then a non-EU member. And, according to Ireland’s cocky PM Leo Varadkar, we would have to stick to all EU rules. Permanently. Can the Tories really sign up to this? Or … [Read more...] about As Brussels plots to lock the UK in its strangling grip forever — will the Tories stand and fight for Brexit?
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A LABOUR frontbencher has risked the sack by backing a second referendum in the latest sign of splits among Jeremy Corbyn’s top team on Brexit. Shadow International Development minister Preet Gill said that a “people’s vote” on the final Brexit deal is “an absolute must”. It put her directly at odds with official Labour party policy, which opposes a second referendum. It left Mr Corbyn having to decide whether to sack Ms Gill or face being labelled inconsistent after he fired former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Smith for backing a second referendum earlier this year. Ms Gill made the controversial comments in a conversation with a student on Twitter after university bodies across the country backed a second referendum at the weekend. She tweeted: “Great to see the student voice coming out and speaking up. I hear you and agree that a people’s vote on the deal is an absolute must.” She quickly deleted the tweet after it was exposed … [Read more...] about Labour frontbencher endorses ‘people’s vote’ on Brexit deal, exposing yet another rift among party leaders
How are Spanish companies facing up to the consequencies of Brexit? John Wetherell, professor of Economics at EAE Business School believes they are not. The Spanish authorities are concerned about the apparent lack of urgency with which Spanish companies are facing up to the consequences of Brexit. According to the latest surveys, the fact that the EU’s second economy, its financial centre and second biggest net contributor to the EU budget is leaving is at the bottom of the list of Spanish companies’ priorities at this moment in time. This has come as a surprise given the close relationship that unites Spain and the UK in terms of citizens living in the other country, trade, tourism and FDI. There are probably several quite valid reasons for this situation. The first one would be the difficulty of planning for the unknown. If we consider that often governments pass legislation which has clear implications for businesses and they fail to comply with these new … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Why aren’t Spanish companies preparing for Brexit?
The push to rebuild trust with under 40s THE Tories should be gravely concerned that half of voters under 40 won’t vote for them. At last year’s General Election, this age group abandoned Theresa May in their droves. Her party’s future depends on clawing them back. A poll shows Mrs May has offered little to attract them back. Not being Jeremy Corbyn is not enough. She needs to solve the housing crisis. The number of people renting in their 30s, 40s, and 50s has nearly doubled in the past decade. Home ownership is at a 30-year low. The average home costs almost eight times average earnings, 11 in London. Brickies and nurses need six- figure deposits to get on the ladder. New Housing Secretary James Brokenshire needs to get radical to solve the issue. The Treasury should find the cash to unleash a building programme. Archaic planning laws need to be scrapped, too. The housing crisis cannot be fixed without building on some of the Green Belt. Construction firms who sit … [Read more...] about Tories need to worry that half of under-40s do not want to vote for them as they abandoned Theresa May in last year’s General Election
Polling day in the May 3 local elections for Hillingdon is nearly upon us. This means you'll get the chance to vote for the ward councillors you want to represent you in the borough for the next four years. Voting is vitally important - as councillors make decisions on issues including education, housing, transport, social care and waste. That's why we've rounded up a full list of the candidates - and parties - standing in every ward in Hillingdon ahead of polling day. Hillingdon is strongly Conservative-controlled at the moment and has been for 20 years, but Labour is hopeful of capitalising on the potentially damaging issues of Brexit and austerity and hopes to take more seats in the middle and north of the borough to diminish the Tory majority. Read More News from around Hillingdon They have a major task on their hands to accomplish this though, as the Conservatives currently have 42 seats and Labour just 23. You can cast your votes at polling stations from 7am to 10pm on the day. … [Read more...] about Here’s who you can vote for and how to vote in Hillingdon