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On Wednesday & Thursday this week (thanks to many of you who generously donated to our crowdfund) a group of #RemainerNow are heading to Brussels to meet with MEPs & officials to show that the UK has changed its mind on Brexit. So what's happening?

The plans include:

🔺 A 2 hour sit down with numerous MEPs and officials from several countries
🔺A media session arranged by several UK MEPs
🔺Lunch meetings with several others
🔺A tour of the various buildings
🔺Meeting up with Brussels based anti-brexit activists.

The UK MEPs who we are definitely meeting include @MartinChelt & @CarolineVoaden of the @libdems, @SebDance & @RCorbettMEP from Labour & @AlynSmith from @theSNP. So do keep an eye on feeds.

Sadly Green MEPs are not actually in Brussels but they are supportive of the trip.

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This was meant as a general statement, but today I'd like to apply it to the EU

One of the consequences of #EUref was the construction of a public debate that says the EU is either the best thing since sliced bread, or the worst thing ever

Oddly, it's neither

People voted for lots of different reasons in #EUref - sometimes to do with the EU, sometimes not - but having become more invested in an identity as a Leaver or a Remainer, it's tempting to seek out things that confirm that identity

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More for me than for you, here's a list of the moving parts in an Art.50 extension request

Either side can request an extension (Art.50(3)), but in practice EU27 have said it has to come from UK

Form of request isn't specified, but would need to be both legally and politically credible

On previous occasions this was a letter from PM to EUCO President

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So a compatriot in the UK for over twice as long as I have been, took their life in part due to the anxiety of what Brexit has brought to us, EU citizens in the UK.
Brexiters have accused all sorts for this.
They accused the EU and Merkel in particular for allegedly refusing to talk with Theresa May and agree a deal early on.
They didn't say a word when members of her government called us bargaining chips.
They said nothing when time after time, the government refused to meet with groups representing EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU.
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#C4News tonight confirms that Trump, John Bolton & US view the EU as a "foe" to be weakened or destroyed and #Brexit is a big part of this. In other words: EU rights, freedoms, jobs, benefits, trade, standards etc. are just collateral damage in the US war a against United Europe.
Moscow also wants a weakened Europe. Seems that the US & Russia are playing divide & rule, in the expectation of expanding their respective spheres of interest.
Interesting that the Tory Manifesto of 1974 recognised and emphasised the need for a united Europe...
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Today is possibly .@theresa_may's last day as PM, if .@BorisJohnson can command a majority (which is in some doubt...)

So it's a great opportunity to look back at some of the *highlights* of Mrs May's premiership in memes👇
13 JUL 2016: May was appointed as PM and named her Cabinet shortly thereafter, surprising many by giving 3 of the top #Brexit-related jobs to arch-brexiters Boris Johnson, David Davis & Liam Fox. Sheer folly, or genius in making them own what they'd sold? Sadly, the former😢
5 OCT 2016: With such a narrow result, the country could be forgiven for expecting May to propose a consensual solution, as Norway PM Erna Solberg had done in a similar situation. Most Remainers would've accepted #Norway.

May's #CitizensOfNowhere speech crushed all hope.
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Worth a read from @peoplesvote_uk on options:…

fine to point out problems of alternatives, but another referendum would also have many issues

@peoplesvote_uk Firstly, there's no clear incentive to pass the legislation through for a vote.

Other options are problematic, but unevenly so, thus different sections of Commons might feel they don't want to go down this path

@peoplesvote_uk Secondly, there's no guarantee a second referendum would be run w/o the problems that compromising integrity of #EUref for many.

Process matters as much as outcome

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Some quick thoughts on #PeterboroughByElection

Many sighs of relief will be heard today, following LAB retention of a seat when much seemed stacked against them: disgraced incumbent; bullish and challenger; less than scintillating candidate; etc

Turnout was also pretty high (48%), so can defend result as more as being more than just core votes

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1) This is serious! Stop whingeing and whining that you don't like @jeremycorbyn you don't have to, what you should be looking at are Labour's brilliant COSTED policies and the party headed by a man who will bust a git to remain truthful and true to his word and implement them.
2) Some people es[ecially the crabby older generation (of which I am one) have moaned and droned on for years about not having people like Blair and Cameron as PMs that they wanted normal people who spoke without spin and told the truth. Well now we have such a man in
3) Jeremy Corbyn and what do you all do? You start whining and moaning about him being a NORMAL PERSON, FFS what do you want? In Corbyn, we have someone who is caring kind, truthful and decent and the Tory press and broadcast media recognise this and start smearing him and you
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BXP has no manifesto, no detailed policies & no plan for #Brexit (no, "just walk away" isn't a serious plan outside of a pub!)

Why are people willing to vote for a shady outfit that isn't a party, has dodgy finances & will likely adopt #UKIP's *no work* habit?
What's more, BXP now say they want to run in the next GE, even though the leader admits #Brexit isn't the answer to any of our domestic problems — you know, all those problems Leave voters thought Brexit was going to fix.

Somehow it feels like this is all about the salary and perks for some of the BXP's candidates, and that they're not taking the business of representing our country in an international forum seriously - as indeed those who were previously part of UKIP never have.

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I've noticed that it's been several days since I even tried to pass comment on Brexit. Indeed, I struggle to think of a period of this length since #EUref when there has been so little to say

That's despite being just over a week out from #EUelections2019 , being into the 5th week of CON-LAB talks and the UK finally asking about changes to the Political Declaration

But none of this is addressing the fundamental blockages in the process

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Right then. Since many of you are (rightly) aggrieved by the very particular reading of the data cited in this article, let's have a dig into what's what

The report was done by @EurobarometerEU for the EP, but it's currently only on the EP website:…

the most useful piece of context is that the EU's public image was badly hit during the eurocrisis, but is gradually recovering some of its lost ground, albeit to a still rather ambivalent level

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During 2016, I campaigned with all my heart to Remain.

Very early on, I realised the 'official' Remain group ("Stronger In") was incompetent and even obstructive.

In my wilder moments, I even began to wonder if there was foul play going on.

Later, I found out that the Chair of Stronger In was Stuart Rose, a man who had previously advocated for #Leave, who is on record as stating that #Brexit would lead to higher wages and who is now vigorously opposing a 2nd referendum... Not, in my submission, a committed Remainer.
Other figureheads of Stronger In jumped onto the 'we must respect the Will of the People' bandwagon almost before the results were in, and some of them then *actively* subverted Pro EU manifestations. Any Remainer on the 'March for Europe' in September 2016 will know what I mean.
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Now, where was I? Oh yes, threads earlier talking about v likely #Corbyn #Labour government that failure of MV3 has created. I warn you that I've been to a Bottomless Brunch of Prosecco with some of my cousins, but short thread follows.
Let's start here: even in their best case scenario, #Labour is likely to be in a minority. Evidence is legion that they are going to catch an absolute *tonking* in Scotland, and I'd be surprised if they had held more than one seat there as things stand.
In that situation, LDs, SNP, Green, Plaid will try to hold them to another #EUref. Given c.25-35 Labour rebels, they will need a combined majority of 50-70 to avoid tearing themselves apart over this. That's the first step.
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So, where are we today? Overall I would say that the #Labour #Corbyn strategy is working well, and is likely to see Jez in No. 10 at some point in the next year or just over a year.
The #Conservatives are experiencing what looks to me rather like damage ERM crisis did to them in autumn 1992. Have lost 13 points (!) with @YouGov in just six weeks. Bear in mind that experience shows that such falls get worse for some time - could be headed v low.
The moment MV3 failed to pass was a clarifying one, and therefore welcome here - had been wondering for years what was keeping the CON score so high. It was #Brexit. We're now at 50/50 whether it even happens. They will struggle to recover.
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Theres a lot to unpack here, so let's get started

UKIP as a party started out with an extremely narrow focus back in the early 1990s: win enough seats in #EP94 (as it wasn't called then) that when it didn't take them, it'd cause a crisis & thus UK withdrawal

When this cunning plan didn't work, there was a shift to taking up seats to use them as a platform to expose the bad things about EU and UK's membership thereof

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Let's talk about 'sincere cooperation' for a bit, shall we?

The Treaty on European Union Art 4(3) states:

"Pursuant to the principle of sincere cooperation, the Union and the Member States shall, in full mutual respect, assist each other in carrying out tasks which flow from the Treaties....

"...The Member States shall take any appropriate measure, general or particular, to ensure fulfilment of the obligations arising out of the Treaties or resulting from the acts of the institutions of the Union...

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#Brexit & political disillusionment thread...
Thought #EURef campaign would be based on facts, not lies. I was wrong.
Thought media would call out #Brexit -er lies & challenge obvious bollocks. I was wrong.
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More Old Bailey Sophistry from Codpiece Cox admitting that in order that today's vote is NOT an attempt to repeat #MV2 (to comply with Speaker Bercow's re-iteration of 1604 convention) it is also NOT a #MV in sense of #EUWA18 Section 13.1.b

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate #VictoriaLIVE #LBC
Attempt by Codpiece Cox to scare House into voting in a #MeaninglessVote for #WA (only) solely to secure the offered (actually only technical) extension of #BrexitDay from Apr 12 to May 22 sans guarantee of any other extension. Sophistry.

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate #VictoriaLIVE #LBC
Of course, if the House falls for Codpiece Cox's scare tactics, none of this will figure in future utterances by #TheresaMay's #Brexihadis - the headlines will scream 'Parliament approves #Brexit arrangements' (sans qualification or caveat).

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate
#VictoriaLIVE #LBC
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Off to give evidence to @CommonsEUexit this morning on #EUCO, but since #IndicativeVotes is likely to come up, let's run through the options to consider the EU's probable view on them

A) "Constitutional and accountable government" is about not changing Standing Order 14, so not an EU concern per se

B) "No deal" is what it says and raises no technical issue for the EU, especially in light of recent statements that prep from this is all set

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The #RevokeArticle50 #RevokeArticle50Petition is the petition that has seen broadest support of any parliamentary petition in UK's political history if I am not wrong. It is inconceivable that among the signatories there are only individuals who voted #Remain in 2016...
Yet, most opinion polls still suggest only a small swing to #Remain. How can we make sense of this?
A remarkable observation from online polls such as the British Election study @besresearch (using @YouGov) is that among participants in these polls, self-reported turnout in the EU referendum is huge -- 92.5% of BES panel wave participants stated that they voted in the #EURef
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It has been a while since I last crunched some numbers on #Brexit, and while colleagues are on TV talking about Apple's latest online video schemes, I thought I'd crunch some more.

This time - the #RevokeArticle50Petition #RevokeArt50Petition - now signed by 5.6+ million people
First and foremost, let's revisit the claim that a load of bots are signing it. Or that a load of Leave supporters are doing so. Sorry bots - doesn't look likely...

Here's why:
Below is a chart illustrating the correlation between the original #Brexit #EURef and the #RevokeArt50Now petition. Each dot represents a constituency, the x-axis the Remain vote share, and the y-axis the % of each constituency which has signed the petition.
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@10DowningStreet @lucyfrazermp @LaylaMoran @mrjamesob @JMPSimor @joannaccherry @WomaninHavana @IanDunt @Bakehouse2016 @spaceangel1964 @ProfBrianCox @ThatTimWalker @thatginamiller @acgrayling @JolyonMaugham Dear PM, as an ex-conservative (who voted for 4 former Tory Prime Ministers) I wish to register my 'huge horror' at the alarming pace of damaging developments since Feb'16. The history is known, and David Cameron's mistake was seismic. Your own position is compromised, with our -
@10DowningStreet @lucyfrazermp @LaylaMoran @mrjamesob @JMPSimor @joannaccherry @WomaninHavana @IanDunt @Bakehouse2016 @spaceangel1964 @ProfBrianCox @ThatTimWalker @thatginamiller @acgrayling @JolyonMaugham - Nation(s) now split to an unprecedented extent! In terms of TODAY, it seems clear that the Article 50 Notice (unsupported by any detailed planning!) must be revoked or extended, to allow due time for a proper consensus to be built - whether or not informed by a further People's
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I'm not convinced that the political parties understand where "Middle England/Wales" exists. Analysis indicates Ipswich, Sevenoaks, Broxtowe, Wrexham, Newark, Preston, C.Croydon, Basingstoke, Blackley & Broughton + Warrington South are the best seats to understand #EURef (1/7)
This collection of seats represent (by that order) the closest reflection to the average distribution of the Leave vote in England/Wales. It's not the same as picking a seat made up entirely of smaller areas all of which voted 53 Leave 47 Remain (2/7)
Media/politicos often don't get this, they should be visiting parliamentary seats which have a wide degree of diversity within them to test the political temperature. Watford - which nearly made the list - was wisely used for @voteLeave Focus Groups (3/7)
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