It's hard to see how Brexit can be seen as anything but a disaster for the West Midlands, but I will listen to everyone and report back. #BrexitRegionalImpact #SaveBrum
What's really special about the CityREDI Brexit Impact studies is that they don't just cover the UK but also the rest of the EU.
BrexitImpact on the EU isn't as bad as on the UK but it's still bad. Hard to imagine maintaining good relations after this harm. #BrexitRegionalImpact
The Tory's control more than half of councils, nearly double Labour. Losing control of even half of them is unrealistic, and even if it happened under fixed term government I can all but guarantee it won't result in a General Election.
A Prime Minister calls a GE under two circumstances: 1) They are miles ahead in the polls and think they can increase their majority (as in 2017) 2) They have suffered a humiliating defeat or scandal.
20 months after the EURef and over a year since Art50, with negotitions deadlocked on the Irish border due to its proposals being ‘fantasy’, and having had its 3 baskets approach rejected before it was even announced, UKGov is still negotiating with itself on key issues. 1/
Yet we’re expected to swallow whatever comes out of this process in 6 months, and then whatever comes out of it during 2years transition (when remain a member will be off the table) without question? 2/
And we’re expected to believe that everyone knew what they were voting for when even now, the Government does not know what its objectives are, let alone the outcomes it will get. 3/
At N°9 in the Brit EU-#FakeNews Hit Parade: The Daily Telegraph, which is now almost as bad as red-tops for fake news when it comes to the EU, claimed the EU wanted to ban that most famous of British icons, the doubled-decker bus.
1) Corbyn's Authoritarian Labour
Corbyn has quickly fired multiple frontbenchers in the name of collective responsibility, whenever they said "leaving the SM may not be such a great idea"
This despite him being one of the greatest rebels in the history of Labour
2) just before Gardiner dismissed the GFA as an outdated relic which was being overplayed, Owen Smith was fired for suggesting a #FinalSay on #Brexit would be a good idea.
Owen Smith was open about his comments.
Barry Gardiner was not.
3) firstly, he directed critics to his formal speech, in an attempt to direct people away from his comments following the speech, in which he twice refers to the GFA as an outdated relic ("shibboleth") which was being overplayed.
We have advertising law in the UK & most countries. It covers goods & services bc we know that adverts influence people. eg we are not allowed to use cartoons to advertise to kids, or to advertise cigs on TV. There is 7 day cooling off if a sale happens in your home. 2/n
So - everyone who knows anything about the psychology of advertising - knows that advertising works. Anyway - why would anyone spend all that money on it, if it didn't? Large companies routinely spend millions of £ to influence what you spend your money on. 3/n #ABTV
This is gonna be long, but I think it's worth it. A well-regarded twitter poster, let’s call him Giorgio, has recently publish a thread stating among other things as follows. “The pathways to stopping or delaying Brexit are blocked.
But once the mandate is discharged, the pathways to UK rejoining, or being in a close association agreement with EU, within the single market and customs union, will be open, with no obstacles.”
This approach annoys me for two reasons, one because Giorgio seems to be attempting to cajole Remainers to put all activity on hold until we actually leave the #EU.
April 4th 2018 - The Exiting the European Union Committee have published 15 tests that MPs, Business and the Public should use to judge the deal that we get in October.
here they are
We need a #FinalSay
1/15 The Border with Ireland
In the Fight against Crime and Terrorism the Exiting the European Union Committee recommend that MPs, Business and the Public should use this test to judge the deal that we get in October
We need a #FinalSay
2/15 The Fight against Crime and Terrorism
On Security co-operation with the EU the Exiting the European Union Committee recommend that MPs, Business and the Public should use this test to judge the deal that we get in October
We need a #FinalSay
3/15 Security co-operation with the EU
The stock statement in response to #Brexit petitions needs to be called out. "There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door, & no 2nd Ref" is fundamentally UNCONSTITUTIONAL as it binds Parliament and the People too.
Parliamentary sovereignty means one Parlt cannot bind another. This invalidates the "cannot reverse #Brexit" subtext of the above statement, as we've had a general election since #Article50 was triggered, so technically this is a different Parlt not bound by the previous one. /2.
The idea the People cannot speak again is ludicrous. It'd take a MAJORITY to #ExitFromBrexit. How is that undemocratic?Given the false prospectus on which #Brexit was sold, the chicanery & cheating of #VoteLeave & Brexit impact, it's the DUTY of Govt to give us #FinalSay Ref. /3.
I have just got back from a week in Berlin. I no longer feel that I am 'home'. There is something so sick, so diseased about Brexitland: the cheating and lying that go unreported and unpunished; the craven behaviour of the BBC that renders it a hideous propaganda machine; the
abject failure of the Opposition to oppose; May's ludicrous, deluded, insulting claims to be 'keeping us united' and this outrageously obdurate determination to kill off democracy and to spit in the faces of our friends...these all combine to leave me feeling very bleak indeed.
In Berlin, I was reminded how amazing it is to be European, what a joy to feel part of this great movement for peace, fraternity and enterprise and how heart-breaking it is to think that a few corrupt bigots and kleptocrats could take this away.I am also depressed by my inability
1/ Problem: If we have a fragmented collection of smaller efforts and parties, we will never get the gravity. We need a single political entity which stands solely for saving the country - an Emergency Alliance to Save Britain.
So why do they persist with a lie? B/c the ref was advisory. Brexit was supposed to be May's policy decision, then for Parliament's scrutiny. But Brexit is a stupid policy. May didn't want to own it or have Parliament scrutinize it. Easier to bypass this procedure w *ppl decided*
*Cameron promised to implement* is irrelevant to the legal position. Legislation was only for advisory ref. May overrode the legal status of an Act of Parliament, illegal in itself IMO & bypassed the req't to give notice to EU *in accordance with [UK] constitutional requirements*
.@CarolineLucas: "What these revelations show is that there is something rotten at the heart of our democracy...what I want to see is a proper investigation... it calls into the question the legitimacy of the EU referendum."m #Marr
.@CarolineLucas: calls for a #FinalSay: "It is not a second referendum - it's a first vote on the final deal...So many things were promised that have not come to pass" #Marr
I have a degree in psychology. The method used here is what's known as conditioning (works on similar principles to grooming girls or radicalising boys to become jihadis). It's despicable. There should be no tolerance for these dark ops in a serious, modern democracy. #StopBrexit
If #Brexit were any good for this country, there'd be no need to lie & cheat to obtain it. I have never known such an underhand, duplicitous Govt as this one. I still cannot get over Davis & Baker lying about the #BrexitImpactReports. Why pursue a policy that makes us poorer?
Aside from the infantile “the people have spoken once, must never be allowed to again, and must take what’s coming to them” argument, there are two genuinely good arguments against a referendum on the deal 2/
The first is that there is nothing really to vote on. The argument goes that the agreement on a future relationship will not be done until years down the line, and the Exit Treaty is just tying up of obligations and immediate concerns 3/
1/ Yes there is more to it than GDP. Silver lining of #Brexit is it has woken up all of us Brits who are proEU. Before EURef we did not need to be active or engaged. Now we bloody well do because the future of our country is at stake. #FBPE#WATON#REMAIN#StopBrexitSaveBritain
I need every single person with #fbpe in their bio to please retweet this thread. It is a call to arms to the U.K. creative service industry. Help me reach all the pro EU design talent. Creatives? Join us and help get a #finalsay on the Brexit deal. Read on...
This post is about Brexit and how your creative talent can help give the UK a final say on the exit deal. With one design day per month from your agency over the next six months we can propagate a positive message to moderate leave voters. #fbpe#finalsay#stopbrexit
Brexit is the elephant in the room for the creative industries. It will impact on the economy, our clients, how we hire talent and on our bottom line. #fbpe#finalsay#stopbrexit
1. You're not alone in this opinion, nor is it an isolated incident.. Recently some correspondents & interviewers are finally beginning to do their job namely to check the facts & offer real challenge to Govt line..but not yet all.
1. Why the hell all this hand wringing & whingeing on the part of the Brexiters & media about what the EU has presented in the draft legislation...there's no surprises given the duplicity of the UK Govt...the latter signed up to this in Dec & then started to weasel out of it.
2. The UK Govt's stated it wants to cherry pick ..the EU's said consistently NO CHERRY PICKING!
If we want to avoid a hard border we have to have CONVERGENCE of rules & regs; if we want the benefits of the CU/SM we have to remain in them. The CU/SM have compliance enforced by ECJ
3. Don't forget it's the UK Govt that's decided to pursue a hardline fantasy #Brexit & 20mths on still has no clue what it's doing..it & it's DUP henchmen are both playing dangerous brinkmanship as if this is a game of Call my Bluff. We are the supplicant..we are 1 they are 27.
I don’t want to pick on @NickyMorgan01, but her remarks on Pienaar today absolutely sum up the problem with MPs & Brexit.
Like most MPs, she knows SM & CU is least damaging, & Irish border issue is insoluble without CU, but will not vote for amendments guaranteeing either. 1/
This is the same phenomenon that caused MPs to tramp therought the Aye lobby on the Art.50 bill muttering “this will be a disaster”, and to vote down amendments to the Repeal Bill they know would have been in UK’s interests. 2/
Okay, lots feel they must respect the narrow ref result, but this does not mean that they are not doing this unless they give UKGov Carte Blanche to do things they know are not in the national interest. 3/