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Decisive Brexit referendum: What happens next? Part 4

July 24, 2016
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Kevin Dowd  

"The Brexit vote was never just about whether the Brits would reject rule from Brussels. The real issues were much broader and felt across the whole EU -- an arrogant and undemocratic elite, its disastrous economic policies and an increasing gap between haves and have-nots, the first being the cause of the second and the second the cause of the third. To paraphrase what one disillusioned British voter told The Guardian: if you've got money, you vote in; if you ain't got no money, you vote out. In this context, I would like to quote two poignant open letters from European friends that were sent out just before the UK referendum." (07/23/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/23/decisive-brexit-referendum-what-happens-next-part-4-the-eu-enters-its-endgame/  

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Labour’s woman problem

July 21, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Joanna Williams  

"Theresa May would not have been my choice for prime minister. When she was home secretary I disagreed with almost every policy she enacted. But at a time when many other political leaders couldn't resign quickly enough she at least had the guts to put herself forward for the top job and see her leadership bid through to conclusion. The more Labour women come to see themselves as too fragile to handle the rough and tumble of political life, and unable to cope with the general public, the less likely it is we'll get a female Labour leader." (07/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/labours-woman-problem-angela-eagle-leadership/  

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UK: Police investigate attempted abduction of airman near RAF base

July 21, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Norfolk Police today said they were 'unable to discount terrorism' as a motive for the attempted knifepoint abduction of a serviceman by two men of Middle Eastern decent at RAF Marham. RAF personnel have now been warned to 'keep a low profile' and told not wear their uniforms in public after the attempted abduction and knife attack outside a military base. The two knifemen, who were described by police as being of 'Middle Eastern descent,' are now on the run after threatening the airman, who was running outside RAF Marham, near King's Lynn, Norfolk, which is home to jets bombing the Islamic State." (07/21/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3700306/British-airman-attacked-knife-wielding-assailants-outside-RAF-base-raids-launched-against-ISIS-possible-terror-attack.html  

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Cameron’s legacy? The reign of soft paternalism

July 20, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"Over the past few days, Britain's recently departed prime minister, David Cameron, has been troubling political hacks. They try to sum up his legacy, draw out a meaningful narrative from his six years at the top, capture what it is that Cameron means. Or rather, meant. But he's an elusive one, a will-o'-the-wisp of a politician, his vision uncertain and his policies all too often bent into u-turns." (07/19/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/camerons-legacy-the-reign-of-soft-paternalism/  

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Scotland: SNP pushes again for independence vote after Trident result

July 19, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Another vote on Scottish independence is fast approaching after Westminster voted to renew Trident against the wishes of nearly every MP in Scotland, the [Scottish National Party] has warned. In a vote in the House of Commons, 58 of Scotland's 59 MPs voted against Trident renewal, with Scotland's only Tory MP, David Mundell, being the sole supporter. SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the vote exacerbates the democratic deficit in Scotland, coming just weeks after Scottish voters overwhelmingly backed membership of the European Union but were outvoted by those in England and Wales." (07/19/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/19/snp-push-again-for-scottish-independence-vote-after-trident-result  

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Breaking the spirit of Brexit

July 18, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"It's more than three weeks since the Brexit vote, and the strangest thing has happened. Article 50 has not been invoked. The two-year starting gun on Britain's exit negotiations has not been fired. And we're none the wiser as to when it might happen. The new PM, Theresa May, who previously said she would wait at least until the end of this year, is now even vaguer on the subject. After meeting with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon over the weekend, and set to meet Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones today, May is now saying she'll hold off until she's established a 'UK-wide approach' on Brexit negotiations. Whatever that means ..." (07/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/breaking-the-spirit-of-brexit-theresa-may-david-davis-sturgeon/18565  

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English, and therefore sedate, but a revolution all the same

July 15, 2016
posted by

Sean Gabb The Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"What the English delivered last month had nothing to do with worries about subsidiarity in the regulation of the sheepmeat sector. It was a vote of no confidence in how our country has been governed for at least the past half century. Unless we lose our nerve -- always, I grant, a possibility -- those who fail to carry the revolution forward will be discarded. They will be replaced by others whose names may as yet be unknown. We have asked for our country back, and we now find ourselves in the best position I have seen in my lifetime to get for ourselves and our children the most noble status of free citizens of an independent country." (07/14/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/14/english-and-therefore-sedate-but-a-revolution-all-the-same/  

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UK: May takes office as PM, announces cabinet appointments

July 14, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday. Philip Hammond, who had been foreign secretary, is now chancellor. ... May appointed David Davis to a newly created secretary of state role in which he will manage Britain's exit from the EU. ... Boris Johnson, probably the best-known member of the new Cabinet in the U.S., is now Britain's foreign secretary, making him the country's senior diplomat as Britain extricates itself from the EU. ... The three other Cabinet members announced so far are Michael Fallon, who will remain as defense secretary; Amber Rudd as the new home secretary, and Liam Fox as the secretary of international trade." (07/13/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/13/485905243/british-prime-minister-announces-key-members-of-new-cabinet  

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Brexit animosity aimed at the wrong targets

July 13, 2016
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David Blowers  

"Britain is polarised following a referendum where the people were asked to choose between two unpleasant options. The vanilla-flavoured turd is the status quo where the nation state continues its affiliation to the European Union, a big cog in the machine of globalised neoliberalism -- a situation that would likely continue to centralise power in Brussels (as it has since the 1975 referendum) with the British public having no way of knowing if there would be another chance to vote on the matter. Alternatively, there was the strawberry-flavoured turd -- leap into an unknown and bewildering array of changes (described in apocalyptic terms by a Prime Minister who can now provide no reassurance without backtracking) -- and a possible lurch of government even further to the right." (07/13/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45674  

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UK: Cameron’s last day in office before handing power to May

July 13, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"David Cameron left Downing Street this morning for his final Prime Minister's Questions before handing over power to Theresa May. Mr Cameron climbed into his ministerial Jaguar without comment this morning as he headed to the Palace of Westminster for his last confrontation with Jeremy Corbyn and MPs. The PM will return to No 10 after the midday clash over the Despatch Box to say his goodbyes to staff and continue packing to leave. And then later this afternoon, he will emerge from behind the famous black door one last time as Prime Minister to make the short journey to Buckingham Palace." (07/13/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3687933/David-Cameron-s-day-office-PM-sets-No-10-final-Prime-Minister-s-Questions-handing-power-Theresa-May.html  

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UK: Labour executive rules Jeremy Corbyn must be on leadership ballot

July 13, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Jeremy Corbyn was jubilant after the party's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) decided his name should automatically appear on the ballot paper in the leadership contest triggered by Angela Eagle. In a crunch meeting at Labour's Westminster headquarters that began at 2pm on Tuesday and continued into the evening, NEC members, including Corbyn himself, voted 18-14 in a secret ballot that he was not subject to the rule that forces candidates to show they have the backing of 20% of the party’s MPs and MEPs." (07/12/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/12/jeremy-corbyn-must-be-on-labour-leadership-ballot-paper-party-rules-nec  

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UK: Cameron to resign Wednesday; May will become PM

July 12, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"British Prime Minister David Cameron is to resign Wednesday, paving the way for Home Secretary Theresa May to take the reins. May was officially named Conservative Party leader and successor to Cameron "with immediate effect" Monday, said Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee, a collection of Conservative members of Parliament key to electing the party leader. She will replace Cameron on Wednesday evening." (07/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/11/europe/britain-politics-may-leadsom/  

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Unintended consequences and the warfare state

July 11, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mel Gurtov  

"'The danger is, as ever with these things, unintended consequences.' So wrote Prime Minister Tony Blair to President George W. Bush in 2002, as Bush prepared to invade Iraq. Blair's unstinting support of US policy, notwithstanding numerous unknowns and acknowledged large-scale obstacles, is more than a case of over-optimism or misplaced friendship. For as the Chilcot Commission has just concluded after a seven-year long investigation of British policy, bad judgment was multiplied by hubris, a deeply flawed decision-making process, and an unquestioned faith in the ability of military power to resolve political and economic problems." (07/11/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/11/unintended-consequences-and-the-warfare-state/  

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A cry of rage and pain

July 6, 2016
posted by

Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock  

"Now some of the dust has settled after the Brexit vote, I thought it might be useful to take a look at who voted which way, and why what happened might have happened. ... [O]n the Remain side, the picture looks quite simple. The city slickers and big businessmen that benefit financially from the current set-up, and the supporters of big government and the green agenda, also support the EU. The latte-sipping, Grauniad-reading, political-correctness-loving, humanity-hating classes that think they're the only people educated enough to be allowed to have opinions on anything, are Remainers to the core. On the other side, it's much more complicated. The areas with the strongest Leave votes were mostly in a few parts of the country -- Essex, Lincolnshire and the industrial Midlands and North. But the reasons for that support seem to vary from place to place." (07/06/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/06/a-cry-of-rage-and-pain/  

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UK: Farage resigns as leader of UKIP in wake of Brexit vote

July 5, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Right-wing firebrand and populist politician Nigel Farage resigned as leader of his U.K. Independence Party on Monday morning, the latest political bombshell to hit the nation as it grapples with fallout from last month's vote to leave the European Union. 'I have never wanted to be a career politician. That is why I now feel that I've done my bit,' Farage, who helped spearhead the campaign to leave the E.U., said Monday in a televised press conference. ... Also on Monday, energy minister and parliamentarian Andrea Leadsom, announced her intention to run for the leadership of the ruling Conservative Party -- and, by extension prime minister." (07/04/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/british-politician-nigel-farage-resigns-as-leader-of-right-wing-ukip-in-wake-of-eu-vote/2016/07/04/ec22a450-ff1d-4fe3-b513-29f6015298be_story.html  

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After the referendum: Sorting through the rubble

July 4, 2016
posted by

Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"What more to say about the past eight days? They began with a referendum vote that sent a shock across the world. They have now settled into something like business as usual. The shape of the British Constitution will be determined by the internal politics of the Conservative Party. Here, then, are some thoughts on how things might proceed between now and Christmas." (07/02/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/02/after-the-referendum-sorting-through-the-rubble/  

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UK: Johnson won’t run for prime minister

July 1, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The race to become Britain's next prime minister took a surprise twist Thursday as leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson, considered a frontrunner to replace the outgoing David Cameron, announced that he would not be running. Having outlined the demands of the role to a room full of journalists in London, Johnson announced: 'I have concluded that that person cannot be me.' The Conservative MP and former London mayor was a prominent voice in the campaign to lead Britain out of the European Union -- an endeavor many saw as partly an effort to position himself as the future leader of the ruling Conservative Party, and of the country." (06/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/europe/uk-conservative-pm-candidates/  

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Tony Blair, war crimes and the plot to remove Jeremy Corbyn

June 30, 2016
posted by

OpEdNews
by Mark Maguire  

"In 2 weeks time the long awaited Chilcott Report into the Iraq War is widely expected to savage ex British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair and others have done their best, it seems, to delay the report, but its publication is now imminent. A cross-party group of MPs is preparing to press for Tony Blair to be prosecuted for War Crimes. Of even greater concern, though, amongst Blairite supporters and many Tories and establishment figures, Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, has made clear that he will request that the Prime Minister establish a Tribunal to investigate Tony Blair for War Crimes. It is against such a background that the Blairite faction of the Labour Party is making desperate attempts to remove Corbyn in advance of the Chilcott Report's publication." (06/30/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Tony-Blair-War-Crimes-and-by-Mark-Maguire-Brexit_Brexit_Chilcott-Inquiry_Crimes-Against-Humanity-160630-503.html  

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Tusk: EU 27 agree “no single market a la carte” for UK

June 29, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"EU leaders agreed Wednesday that Britain cannot have access to the single market after leaving the union without accepting the bloc's rules on free movement, president Donald Tusk said. 'There will be no single market a la carte,' Tusk told a news conference in Brussels after the 27 leaders met without British Prime Minister David Cameron. 'Leaders made it crystal clear today that access to the single market requires acceptance of all four freedoms including freedom of movement,' Tusk added. The 27 EU leaders will also hold a summit -- without Britain -- in Bratislava on September 16 to discuss further the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the bloc, Tusk said." (06/29/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jun-29/359663-eu-27-agree-no-single-market-a-la-carte-for-uk-tusk.ashx  

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Nevermind the Brexit, UK will emerge with a good trade deal

June 29, 2016
posted by

CNBC
by Dr. Michael Ivanovitch  

"The British never wanted to be part of a German-dominated European federal super state. The exit from the EU will allow the U.K. to reclaim parts of national authority that its political elites ceded to unelected Brussels officials free of any meaningful democratic oversight. The scare-mongering about the end of the U.K. and the unraveling EU is meaningless. My guess is that the U.K. will do better that the unwieldy 'union' of 27 countries whose leaders have yet to figure out where they are going." (06/27/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/27/nevermind-the-brexit-uk-will-emerge-with-a-good-trade-deal.html  

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The Libertarian Angle, 06/28/16

June 28, 2016
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about Britain's vote to exit from the European Union." [Flash video] (06/28/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-brexit-vote/  

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UK: Labour MPs pass Corbyn no-confidence motion

June 28, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A motion of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been passed by the party's MPs. The 172-40 vote, which is not binding, follows resignations from the shadow cabinet and calls on Mr Corbyn to quit. The leader's allies have told his critics to trigger a formal leadership contest if they want to challenge him. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Mr Corbyn was 'not going anywhere,' accusing his critics of trying to 'subvert democracy.' ... Mr Corbyn faced calls to resign at a stormy meeting in the House of Commons on Monday after more than 20 members of his shadow cabinet and a similar number of junior ministers walked out, questioning his performance during the EU referendum and ability to lead the party." (06/28/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36647458  

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“Brexit” and elite failure

June 27, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"One of the odder responses to the Leave win is to cite it as proof that no one should ever hold a referendum on an important question. Trying to run a government by referendum would indeed be impractical and unwise, but to give the electorate one opportunity to have its say on a significant issue on which the majority's views are not represented by any major party seems like the most grudging concession to the people. ... One of the reasons why so many Labour voters backed Leave was that their party leaders long ago ignored their views and concerns, especially on immigration, and voting Leave gave them a way to voice those concerns so that they might finally be heard and taken seriously. It is utterly predictable that their support for Leave should now be cited as another reason to ignore and dismiss them." (06/27/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/brexit-and-elite-failure/  

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After “Brexit,” can we exit a few things too?

June 27, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Last week's UK vote to leave the EU may have come as a shock to many, but the sentiment that led British voters to reject rule from Brussels is nothing unique. In fact it is growing sentiment worldwide. Frustration with politics as usual, with political parties that really do not differ in philosophy, with an economy that serves the one percent at the expense of the rest of society is a growing phenomenon throughout Europe and in the United States as well. The Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump phenomena are but one example of a frustrated public sensing something is very wrong with society and looking for a way out. What is happening in the UK, in Europe, and in the US, is nothing less than a breakdown of the entire system." (06/27/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/brexit-can-exit-things  

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After the vote, the implosion of the political class

June 27, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"Until the EU referendum, the estrangement of Britain's political class from vast swathes of the public had, for politicians and pundits alike, been the source of little more than low-level anxiety. Yes, that something is wrong had often been acknowledged. But no sooner had that acknowledgement taken place than the problem had been neatly packaged up as something it's not, be it voter apathy or public disengagement or some other piece of policymaking jargonese. But the referendum result has shattered the political class's coping mechanisms. It can no longer pretend that voters aren't sufficiently interested in politics, that, at some level, it's our fault. Too many people turned out to vote for that to wash. No, the political class is now finally having to face up to its own reality as a ruling clique, infused with a paternalistic disdain for those it can no longer claim it represents." (06/27/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-the-vote-the-implosion-of-the-political-class-eu-referendum-brexit/18495  

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