Campaigning for Britain's Dec 12 general election is in full swing, and it's hard to overlook the reason the snap vote was called in the first place: the nation's ongoing struggle with how – and even if – it should leave the European Union. The Conservatives' leader Boris Johnson has pledged to "get Brexit done". Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is keen to drive the conversation away from Brexit. The Liberal Democrats' leader Jo Swinson wants to stop Brexit altogether. The LibDems launched their election platform this week, pledging to hire more teachers, create a frequent flyer tax and legalise cannabis. But what has been making the headlines is their radical stance on Brexit. The party says that if it wins next month's election it will revoke Article 50, thereby cancelling Brexit. If it doesn't win a majority, it will fight for a second referendum, with an option to remain in the EU. Our UK Correspondent Vincent McAviney followed the LibDems on the campaign trail in Wales to … [Read more...] about UK’s Liberal Democrats launch election campaign with vow to stop Brexit
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The majority of Scottish lawmakers — 93 people — cast their ballots against the bill which defines post-Brexit sharing of power between regional authorities. Members of the Scottish National Party, the Labor Party, the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens showed a rare unity, approving the proposal of the Scottish government to reject the EU withdrawal bill. Meanwhile, 30 lawmakers supported the proposal on post-Brexit power sharing. The result of the @ScotGov European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Debate is in – yes 93, no 30. The motion is therefore passed and means the @ScotParl does not give its consent for the EU Withdrawal Bill. #Brexit #EUWithdrawalBill pic.twitter.com/0L76P1EvOl — Scottish Parliament (@ScotParl) May 15, 2018 Although the vote has no direct consequences and is rather symbolic, since the Scottish parliament does not have a veto right, it can create difficulties … [Read more...] about Scottish Parliament Votes Against Giving Consent to UK’s EU Withdrawal Bill
Sputnik: What is this ‘hostile environment' policy that is causing identification issues for the Windrush Generation? Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos: The 'hostile environment' is a network of immigration policies that have been developed over the last few years, initially by the Coalition Government. Theresa May appears to have played a very important role in that. It brings into play a number of strategies that aim to alienate people that are coming from particular groups — all vulnerable in different ways, minorities, foreigners, young people. The policy does that through striking different areas. So, you have the employers that have to check the immigration status of people applying for jobs. You have people applying to the NHS system. You have landlords who have to play the role of immigration officer; you have other bodies in higher education as well. So … [Read more...] about UK Hostile Environment Policy – A Strategy To ‘Alienate The Vulnerable’
A majority of Britons believe that David Cameron’s EU renegotiation deal is “bad” for Britain, a snap poll by Sky News has revealed. Over a thousand people were asked by Sky News whether they believed Mr. Cameron had secured a “good” or a “bad” deal for Britain, as his famous “renegotiation” came to light yesterday afternoon.The Prime Minister was pilloried by even the pro-EU mainstream media this morning, and now it can be revealed that 69 per cent of Britons feel the same way. Just 31 per cent said they thought Mr. Cameron had secured a good deal for Britain, with the breakdown of these figures revealing even more interesting trends. Fifty-seven per cent of young people thought Mr. Cameron’s deal was bad, with 43 per cent being in favour. A whopping 76 per cent of those aged over 55 slammed the PM’s deal, and 70 per cent between 35 and 54 years of age called it “bad”. Those in the North of England … [Read more...] about IT SUCKS: Poll Shows Majority Of Brits Say Cameron’s EU Deal Is ‘Bad’ For Britain
Alison McGovern: A no-bombing zone must not be off the table What the Syrian regime and their Russian allies are doing in Syria is the greatest crime of our century. Faced with the horror they are unleashing, it is no longer possible to pretend that the international community can stand by. Inaction has consequences and the UK does have the capacity to make a difference in Syria if we show the will to act. What is needed is a strategy with two objectives. First, we must prioritise the protection of civilians and do everything possible to stop the barrel bombs and chemical weapons that are devastating Aleppo. Second, it is imperative that the jurisdiction of international law is restored to the lawless vacuum in which Assad has been able to commit war crimes with impunity. Failure to do this will have far-reaching consequences for future conflicts and for the integrity of the UN itself. There are a number of actions the UK could take and I believe that the measured use of military … [Read more...] about How should the UK respond to the crisis in Syria?