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PM has asked again for more time but increasing risk of drifting into No Deal by accident despite risks to security, manufacturing & medicines. Here’s revised cross party Bill to require PM & Parliament to take crucial decisions by mid March on Deal, No Deal or extension to A50

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If PM has not secured support for a Deal by 26 Feb, then we will table a cross party amendment that week in order to make time for the Bill & to get a common sense safeguard in place

NDPP

[Former Goldman Sachs Sr Partner & Bank of Canada Chief] Bank of England Governor Warns of Brexit Financial Crisis

https://youtu.be/wjZB4xzBYII

Former UK MP George Galloway joins In Question to discuss...

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Britain’s impossible futures

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Labour’s dilemma

Opposition to membership of the European Union has a long history inside Labour. The alternative economic strategy of the Labour left in the 1980s involved capital controls, tariffs and leaving the EEC. But that is not primarily what is behind Corbyn’s lukewarm opposition to Brexit. Instead it is the moral authority of the referendum’s Leave vote in the working class areas Labour needs to win to gain power. Labour campaigners, including me, tried internationalist arguments on the doorstep during the 2016 campaign and found them ineffective. What persuaded large numbers of Leave supporters to vote Labour in 2017’s general election was the assurance that Corbyn would honour the referendum result.

This strategy of satisfying Brexit voters and trying to move on ran into a big problem in November 2018, when it became clear no possible form of Brexit was acceptable to all Brexiteers. If the Conservatives could not make Brexit happen, any deal that passed through parliament would have to rely on the votes of rebel Labour MPs.

Suddenly, a section of English Labour MPs were in stark opposition to the desires of their membership and voting base; this opened a crisis of direction within Corbynism itself. This was never a single ideology, but an alliance of the old, statist left and the younger generation oriented to social justice movements.

A polling analysis commissioned by trade unions from the anti-racism advocacy group Hope Not Hate shows that overall the electorate has swung against Brexit, with 55% now saying they want to remain in the EU. The analysis claims that if Labour were to go into a snap election promising to enact Brexit, it would lose, not gain, seats, and it needs at least 31 additional seats even to form a minority government.

According to this poll, it would lose five out of seven seats in Scotland, where the working class is strongly pro-EU, and up to 14 seats in London and the southeast, where educated, young, globally focused, Labour voters might desert Corbyn for the LibDems or Greens. By contrast, even if Labour supported Brexit, it would gain no seats at all in Brexit-supporting areas, where the politics of English nationalism and xenophobia are out-shouting traditional concerns over jobs, wages and public services.

The problem for Labour is that in England and Wales, Brexit had been (to borrow an economic term) ‘priced in’ to politics. It was assumed that prime minister Theresa May would deliver Brexit, Labour would vote against her proposal, and two-party politics as usual would be resumed. As this began to look impossible, Corbyn faced competing demands.

Among Labour’s members, according to this same poll, 87% are pro-Remain, while 65% of those who voted Labour in the last election want Remain. In September 2018, the membership committed the party to opposing May’s Brexit deal, fighting instead for a customs union plus alignment with the single market, triggering a general election and, if that failed, supporting a second referendum. But by late December, in the face of the party’s official position and despite the polling evidence, both left and centre Labour MPs had begun to rebel against this strategy.

Individual members of the Corbyn parliamentary team, including education spokeswoman Angela Rayner and party chair Ian Lavery, expressed concerns about a second referendum, claiming it could be seen as a betrayal of the first. This emboldened those on the traditionalist right of the party to contemplate voting for a version of May’s deal.

josh

No mention is made of the seats Labour would lose if it came out against Brexit.

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Zero-tariff Brexit: Another step towards Singapore-on-Thames?

Leaked government proposals to slash tariffs to zero in the event that Britain crashes out of the EU in just 55 days’ time have left farmers and businesses aghast. This morning Trade Secretary Liam Fox refused again to rule out this possibility in front of parliament’s International Trade Committee.

This is big news, because currently large parts of British manufacturing and agriculture are protected by EU tariffs. If we crash out of the EU at the end of March, we lose tariff-free trade with the EU and fall back on WTO tariffs, making life very much harder for British exporters. The UK could levy tariffs on importers too, and try to reduce them through trade deals over time, but under WTO rules would have to initially levy the same tariffs on every country in the world. Prices of imports would sky rocket, especially as the pound would collapse in the wake of EU exit. 

So Fox is examining what, for many parts of the British economy, would be a nuclear option: applying zero tariffs to every country unilaterally. No other country is likely to follow suit, so life for exporters would be just as hard. But under zero tariffs, life for many domestic producers here would become much much harder overnight. Stripped of protection, their goods would face competition from a surge of cheaper goods grown and made all around the world..

Many would simply go to the wall. For farmers producing beef or dairy, or many basic crops, or for manufacturers of clothes or cars, for instance, Fox’s plans would likely wipe them out of existence. The only way they could compete with much cheaper goods would be to adopt much lower standards, worse conditions, lower pay.

Hang on though , say the Hard Brexiters, don’t zero tariffs work well in places like Singapore? To some extent, maybe, but then again Singapore is a services-dependent city state, with very high and climbing inequality, ruled by an authoritarian regime. Surely not the model most of those  who voted to leave the EU expected.....

NDPP

China Cancels Trade Talks With UK After Defense Secretary Spoke of Sending British Warships to Confront China

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1096383331086843906

Clearly, like Trudeau-Freeland's Canada and the other xenophobic NATO/5 Eyes No Brain f'ckwits, Perfidious Albion is determined to follow the same stupid, expensive and dangerous Sinophobic war-path to ruin. 

NDPP

George Galloway, MOATS, February 15, 2019 (1900-2200)

https://talkradio.co.uk/radio/listen-again/1550257200

 

NDPP

WTO is the Way to Go!

Paris - Gilets Jaunes protester takes down an EU flag and replaces it with a French flag.

https://twitter.com/TellyGrunge/status/1096781804688699394

Down with EU bankster rule. Britain out!

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..5 torries voted against the motion and 4 labour for.

How did your MP vote on the latest Brexit motion?

Theresa May suffered another defeat on Brexit tonight as both pro- and anti-European Tories helped vote down a motion supporting her approach to negotiations.

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It still won't ever be possible to force the Tories to allow a second referendum, though.  

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Ken Burch wrote:

It still won't ever be possible to force the Tories to allow a second referendum, though.  

..if what you mean by this is that may is trying to run out the brexit clock so that it becomes her deal or no deal..i agree. that is not to say something else won't cause something to change between now and then.

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epaulo13 wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:

It still won't ever be possible to force the Tories to allow a second referendum, though.  

..if what you mean by this is that may is trying to run out the brexit clock so that it becomes her deal or no deal..i agree. that is not to say something else won't cause something to change between now and then.

True...but what I was referring to their was the futility of the push for a second referendum, and the fatuous intent behind the heavy pressure being applied to Corbyn to put the push for a second referendum before ALL other objectives, including the objective of actually defeating the Tory government in an election.

JKR

Isn't the next election 3 years away while Brexit is looming in a month or so?

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True...but what I was referring to their was the futility of the push for a second referendum, and the fatuous intent behind the heavy pressure being applied to Corbyn to put the push for a second referendum before ALL other objectives, including the objective of actually defeating the Tory government in an election.

..i disagree about the futility and i see things as being not straight forward and complex. for instance it depends on who your talking about when you talk about intent and pressure applied. the blairits want to destabilize corbyn while the membership want corbyn and also a democratic voice. i'm a big fan of the memberships' involvment and see it as the key to future. after all corbyn won't live forever. 

bekayne

epaulo13 wrote:

..5 torries voted against the motion and 4 labour for.

How did your MP vote on the latest Brexit motion?

Theresa May suffered another defeat on Brexit tonight as both pro- and anti-European Tories helped vote down a motion supporting her approach to negotiations.

She clearly doesn't have the confidence of the house. This is a subversion of parliamentary democracy. She's a zombie prime minister.

cco

She survived an explicit confidence vote. Brexit's not a budget bill, so she has the House's confidence even if she loses the vote on the deal. Harper proroguing to avoid a vote was a subversion. Her not being able to get her deal through isn't.

bekayne

cco wrote:
She survived an explicit confidence vote. Brexit's not a budget bill, so she has the House's confidence even if she loses the vote on the deal. Harper proroguing to avoid a vote was a subversion. Her not being able to get her deal through isn't.

She's a Prime Minister in name only.

NDPP

The Israeli Lobby in Britain (and vid)

https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/02/17/sunday-screening-the-israeli-lobb...

The following 4-part series covers the Israel lobby in Britain...with the ultimate goal of eliminating all political opposition to Israel in mainstream British politics.

NDPP

Labour: On Britain & the Common Market

https://twitter.com/winstane1/status/1097201150745550850

"...For all these reasons, British withdrawal from the Community is the right policy for Britain...That is our commitment."

NDPP

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (documentary)

https://youtu.be/np_ylvc8Zj8

"At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands."

NDPP

George Galloway, TMOATS, Friday, March 8, 2019 (and podcast)

https://talkradio.co.uk/radio/listen-again/1552071600

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, Brexit, IWD2019 and more...

NorthReport

Another day, another defeat for May.

This is absolutely ludicrous behaviour by May. She needs to resign, and call a general election, or preferably another referendum. 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-vote-result-latest...

NDPP

Yes and keep calling referendums until the British people vote the way they are supposed to!

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I'll say it again...those demanding a second referendum have an OBLIGATION, an absolute obligation, to demonstrate that there is a means of chaning the EU to remove from its workings the aspects of its existence that do damage-the debt restrictions and the bans on nationalization which make it impossible to undo the damage done by Thatcherism-Reaganism, which make it impossible to create an economic modeal which at least places human need and human dignity on the same level of importance with short-term gain for the few-and have an equal obligation to pledge themselves to fighting for these changes.

To this point, none of those who do so have come anywhere close to meeting this obligation-their message, instead is simply "we must know our place and we must accept that history ended in 1989".

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..what brexit are you talking about ken? may's brexit, labour's or no deal brexit. there is no such obligation ken. why would they have that obligation when the brexit idea came from the right and the far right. that in itself sends up flags in abundance. who is producing proof that brexit isn't anything but a neoliberal trap that ends the eu protections that do exist.

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epaulo13 wrote:

..what brexit are you talking about ken? may's brexit, labour's or no deal brexit. there is no such obligation ken. why would they have that obligation when the brexit idea came from the right and the far right. that in itself sends up flags in abundance. who is producing proof that brexit isn't anything but a neoliberal trap that ends the eu protections that do exist.

Thanks for the question...specifically, I was referring to those pushing for a second referendum in which the the options would be Brexit or Remain.  It's not acceptable to make the choice "Leave" or "Stay, with everything remaining as it is for the rest of eternity", the second of which is the anti-Corbynite position and, as far as I can tell, the "People's Vote" position-I haven't seen any of the "People's Vote" crowd addressing the permanent neoliberalism/permanent austerity requirements of the EU status quo, and those have be addressed, because if left unchanged, they leave the EU as a reactionary, antiworker institution whose mild social liberalism is not in any way worth the harm it does to workers and the poor.  At heard, I'm "Remain and Reform"-but almost none of the Remain crowd, at least among those in political leadership in the UK, have shown any concern about that; in fact, a fair amout of them seem to welcome the permanent neoliberalism requirements because they are the last things which bolster the Blairite argument that nothing to the left of the Third Way is possible.

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..that is a non response ken. truth is you have no idea what brexit really means. no one else has. what you have is red flags everywhere. if a working class brexit is to happen it needs to be built from the ground up. i say this over and over again..corbyn says the eu can't prevent the manifesto. it is from this place that a genuine brexit can be built if neeeded. 

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epaulo13 wrote:

..that is a non response ken. truth is you have no idea what brexit really means. no one else has. what you have is red flags everywhere. if a working class brexit is to happen it needs to be built from the ground up. i say this over and over again..corbyn says the eu can't prevent the manifesto. it is from this place that a genuine brexit can be built if neeeded. 

NDPP

Britain Risks Becoming Like Yellow Vest France As the History Boys Predicted (and vid)

https://t.co/3YhaSHpTmN

"Whilst UK Prime Minister Theresa May's unpopular Brexit deal has once again failed to win support in Britain's Parliament, what lies ahead may be far more impactful than yet another of May's customary defeats. Over the next days, the UK parliament will vote on whether it will reject under any condition, Britain's withdrawal from the European Union under a so-called 'no deal/WTO rules scenario. If a WTO Brexit is rejected outright, a following vote to delay the scheduled (29 March) withdrawal of Britain from the European Union will take place. If this vote wins, millions of people will feel as though they've been stabbed in the back, betrayed and spat upon.

This is not just a dangerous situation because it smacks of elites changing the rules of the game while the players are still on the pitch, but it likewise opens the floodgates for mass protests, the likes of which have played out (often violently) in the streets of France for months.

The best way to curtail the likelihood of civil unrest is for parliament to reject any extension of a negotiation period that the EU has said has long been over in all but name instead of trying to salvage a clearly broken relationship between Britain and the EU. It would be better for British policymakers to make a WTO Brexit work. This is why, instead of delaying what the people voted for the UK should busily engage itself in working on new free trade agreements with non EU powers, most especially China..."

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..i see nothing but my quote in your last post ken.

Sean in Ottawa

BBC had a flow chart that the UK is near the end of. Next up -- vote on no deal. If that fails, as is likely, a vote on extension. If that fails then what?

It seems to me that the UK may find that it has not enough support for no deal and not for any possible deal. They may find that they also have not enough support for remain.

The government of the UK has a damaged mandate to go without the practical ability to get a deal.

They also do not have a mandate to stay in the EU as they were.

It is possible that the UK will find the way forward through the remain-reform option and that was not voted down in the past and it is neither leave nor remain. Given the last two eyars the UK has a pretty good negotiating position with the EU to reform and remain. They have not tried to negotiate that and it may be much easier to do so.

All that said, I cannot imagine the Conservatives seeking the kinds of reforms really needed.

The really positive scenario would be for the Conservatives to fall, a new election. A new mandate by Labour to be permitted to have a delay -- after the fact (not sure what happens March 29 if the UK gov has fallen). then have Labour negotiate with the EU for a deal -- allowing for either a Brexit deal or a remain deal for reform. And ideally come up with a good remain deal.

This is the best path I think.

I do not know what happens if the government does not fall and parliament rejects the no deal and the delay.

 

NDPP

"The Remain parliament will now vote to extend A50, and the public will see very plainly that our 'honourable' representatives have no intention whatsoever of honouring the referendum."

https://twitter.com/labourleave/status/1105551828840792069

"Due to the machinations, treachery and incompetence of our Parliament, this is now the best option by far."

https://twitter.com/labourleave/status/1105538911567310851

josh

The best path is to do what the people voted to do:  Leave.  And on March 29.

JKR

I think the majority in the UK would support a soft-Brexit in the form of a EU-UK customs union.

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epaulo13 wrote:

..i see nothing but my quote in your last post ken.

Oh, yeah.  Had a response but somehow it vanished from my screen.  The group I was referring to in the "obligation" remarks are those arguing for Remain, or for another Remain Vs. Leave referendum.  They are the ones, I was trying to say, who have a duty to address the economic and budgetary issues in the current EU set-up which drove a large faction of working-class and Left Leave voters to votes as they did.  They were the ones Corbyn was acknowledging as having legitimate grievances regarding the EU status quo-not the xenophobes, the austerity victims.  I don't claim to know exactly what will happen if the UK does go through with some form of Brexit, and as I've said, I'd have voted Remain strictly on anti-xenophobia grounds.  I've argued against the push for a second referendum on whether the UK leaves at all because A) Doing so strikes me as antidemocratic and B) It seemed to me that most of the push for trying to stay in the EU after all was from the antisocialist, anti-worker, anti-Corbyn wing of Labour-who were pushing that mainly to sabotage his chances of unifying the party-from the LibDems, who can now fairly be called a party of the right on economic issues(on those, I think they are basically on the same wavelength as the FPD in Germany), and from the corporate sector in Britain.  It's genuinely difficult for me to even imagine a socialist case for trying to reverse Brexit.

NDPP

Theresa May's Heart Was Never In It - And Now She Is Done and Dusted

https://on.rt.com/9q25

"All of the conditions which produced the Brexit result continue to obtain except where they have gotten more sharp. If the EU was hated by 17.4 million people on Referendum Day, it only got more visceral not less..."

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B) It seemed to me that most of the push for trying to stay in the EU after all was from the antisocialist, anti-worker, anti-Corbyn wing of Labour-who were pushing that mainly to sabotage his chances of unifying the party-from the LibDems, who can now fairly be called a party of the right on economic issues(on those, I think they are basically on the same wavelength as the FPD in Germany), and from the corporate sector in Britain.  It's genuinely difficult for me to even imagine a socialist case for trying to reverse Brexit.

 ..this is not how i see it. a large portion of the labour party rank and file have been pushing it. the first suggestion of a vote came from progressive folks re may's brexit. inspite of the anticorbyns trying to use it to fuck with corbyn you can't say this isn't what the population wants looking at the polls.

..and there is a socialist/militant perspective that has the joining up with others in the eu to press for change a different europe. that is thought to be a better way to move forward than from a disconnected uk. look at what happened to greece or even more recently venezuela. how easily it was for capital to isolate these countries and do real damage at a sustained level. the uk politicians are not prepared for brexit nor is the population. not today maybe in the future. which is why the right introduced brexit in the first place.

..a couple months ago the tories began working on changing how people voted. like in the us they are looking at the need for an id card for starters. there need to be an understanding of what this all means. thus my asking for proof by those who want brexit that the uk isn't just jumping into a pot of boiling water. 

eta..in any case ken it is up to those in the uk. and it looks to me like one of those rare moments in time where there seems to be a participitory thing going on. everyone gets a voice.

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..sean

JKR

josh wrote:

The best path is to do what the people voted to do:  Leave.  And on March 29.

The people never voted for a no-deal Brexit. The majority never supported a no-deal Brexit.

NDPP

'The EU Is Killing People'

https://twitter.com/FatalePhlegm/status/1105801014995759106

"The EU is FU**ING evil, yet half the Left are fighting to defend it. I just learned that more Irish citizens killed themselves because of EU imposed 'austerity' than were killed in 30 years of conflict. The EU is killing people."

Just another 'deplorable'?

NDPP

The Full Brexit

https://twitter.com/tfbrexit/status/1105091483978399744

#LeftBrexitTour hits London on 25 March. C Lapavitsas, Tariq Ali and more...

voice of the damned

^^ Guaranteed there are people in Alberta who have commited suicide because of federal-mandated austerity programs. But if someone proposed Alberta leaving Confederation, with the likely result being President Jason Kenney, I don't think you can rebut predictions of a dystopia simply by saying "Well, Chretien's EI cuts probably killed people, too".  

voice of the damned

NDPP wrote:

The Full Brexit

https://twitter.com/tfbrexit/status/1105091483978399744

#LeftBrexitTour hits London on 25 March. C Lapavitsas, Tariq Ali and more...

It's funny that these people feel it neccessary to advertise themselves explictly as LeftBrexit. Presumbaly they think the public might have gotten the wrong idea from seeing the thousands of other brexit-boosters who are screaming racists and bigots. 

NDPP

Yes,  the damn 'deplorables' again. That must be it. And Putin probably behind it all somewhere too. Doubtless, the Guardian will explain all and point the correct way to go. Or ask yourself what Bill Browder would say/do...

Northern Brexit, Northern Soul

https://youtu.be/I2xKrf-KiI4

"And I'm very disappointed that the left-wing argument for Leave didn't come across in the Referendum debates... I think the MPS are hoping we'll forget about it. Well people won't forget. We don't like being taken for a ride and we'll remember this at the ballot box next time round."

 

"...Extras, stage-hands and audience members mull about gormlessly in the hall, but there are no directors, producers, no one has a script to hand and no one knows how they are expected to behave. People carry torn and random pages of scripts whose authors are unknown, while others heckle and jostle each other randomly. Passions are inflamed to no purpose and confusion reigns. On closer inspection, it's also clear that the scenery and props are assembled all wrong - the props belonging stage-left are placed stage-right, while the right props are on the left and both are the wrong way up.

Consider. The Left remains overwhelmingly hostile to the single greatest expression of democratic will in modern times..."

Who Shall Rouse Him Up?

https://www.thefullbrexit.com/brexit-revolution

voice of the damned

NDPP:

This has nothing to do with Bill Browder, the Russians, or Hillary Clinton's ill-advsed insults. It's got to do with the fact that most of the brexiteers I've heard, from Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson down to Pat Condell ranting on You Tube, are racists who sell brexit as a way of curbing immigration and freeing Britain from supposedly tyrannical government regulations.

FWIW, I suspect that Putin and his RT/Sputnik hacks like Brexit, but I don't think they're a significant reason why it passed in 2016, or maintains whatever popularity it still does.

NDPP

Yes, I'm well aware how the catechism goes. But when analysis doesn't accord with reality and new information comes to hand it might be time to reconsider and/or revise it. Just because you fervently wish something was true doesn't unfortunately make it so.  Labour support for continuing domination by the supranational EU is merely the latest sad stupidity and broken promise of a faux left formation clearly not up to the task at hand.

voice of the damned

What new information has come to light?

NDPP

For a start there are many 'brexit-boosters' that aren't 'screaming racists and bigots' no matter what the Guardian may say or how convenient that may be for rationalizing this latest surrender to the interests of international capital.

NorthReport

Brexit may just have saved Europe – it is only a shame that Britain had to sacrifice itself to do it

An extraordinary unity of purpose has been a chance for the EU to move on from the global financial crisis and the 2015 migration crisis

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-barnier-europe-theresa-may-a...

NDPP

Theresa May's Brexit Deal Defeated Again

https://youtu.be/Hg7EQD6cqTU

"The UK is readying for a 'No-Deal' Brexit as Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan was defeated 391 to 242 in the House of Commons. Former UK MP George Galloway discusses..."

 

The End of Brexit or Brexit Till the End? (and podcast)

https://sptnkne.ws/kVDc

"On today's episode of L&C, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Neil Clark..."

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