Archive for December 2nd, 2018

Ben Jennings on Theresa May’s Brexit deal – cartoon

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The Guardian view on parliament’s Brexit debate: time to choose | Editorial

As MPs begin their week-long debate on the Brexit deal, there are four options: May’s deal, a softer deal, no deal or a second referendum

The televised debate that Britain needs is not a joust between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn but the one that actually begins in the House of Commons on Tuesday. This will be the most consequential parliamentary event for a generation, and perhaps since Britain joined the old European community in 1973. British politics have been building up to this since the 2016 referendum and ever since parliament insisted on having a “meaningful” vote on the deal. Now we are on the eve of that. The voting at the end of this five-day debate on 11 December will decide whether, and if so on what terms, Britain departs from the European Union or whether, perhaps, the issue will be returned to the voters for another referendum and for a possible democratic reversal of Brexit.

The question that faces MPs is whether the EU withdrawal agreement and the declaration on the future framework of relations, both of which were signed off by the EU and the UK last month, are an acceptable basis for Brexit to go ahead. In this newspaper’s view they are not. The Guardian opposed and opposes withdrawal. The declaration, in particular, is simply too vague a prospectus for relations with the EU to be an acceptable basis for Brexit. It does nothing to protect the economy through commitments to remain in the single market and customs union. It offers no guarantee that jobs, interests and regulatory regimes are protected from the fanatics and fantasists who want to drive wages and standards down and turn our backs on Europe.

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Whitehall’s revolving door harms government

Theresa May has lost top ministers at twice the rate of predecessors

Europe will never be a top-tier geopolitical power

‘America First’ hit the EU hard but its response has been weak

Labour MP Kate Osamor ‘BLACKLISTED by Wikipedia for repeatedly editing her own page’

LABOUR MP Kate Osamor has reportedly been blacklisted my Wikipedia after continuously editing her profile.

Let’s be honest about what’s really driving Brexit: bigotry | Matthew d’Ancona

The debate has been largely framed in economic terms. But money isn’t enough to explain this ugly chapter in our history

Today, I shall go to the German embassy in London to sign the necessary forms so that my half-German sons may apply for dual citizenship. My father and one of my brothers have already been granted Maltese passports (my family hails from the tiny Mediterranean island). I am glad that such options are available, as a Brexit of unknowable character approaches, and at a time when the prime minister sees fit to label those of us with funny continental names “queue-jumpers”. It is fair to say that, in the circumstances, we are fortunate.

Yet I think it is time to be a bit more honest and plain-speaking about those circumstances. For the most part, the debate about Brexit since the 2016 referendum has been framed primarily in economic terms. The leavers have spoken excitedly about the free-trade bonanza that supposedly lies the other side of 29 March. Remainers point out that Britain is cutting itself off from the largest single market in the world.

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UN climate talks open in Poland with call for ‘urgent’ action

Representatives from nearly 200 countries began crunch UN climate talks in Poland Sunday against a backdrop of dire environmental warnings and a call for action against the "urgent" threats posed by climate change.
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