Amber Rudd resigns from Cabinet and quits Tory party as she hits out at Boris Johnson’s purge | Daily Mail Online

  • Rudd said there was ‘no evidence’ to suggest Johnson was seeking an EU deal 
  • She said she ‘could not stand’ for the dismissal of 21 Tory rebels last week
  • Ms Rudd called the exiles ‘good, strong conservatives with progressive values’
  • In addition to quitting Cabinet she stood by them by surrendering the whip

Cabinet Minister Amber Rudd resigned from the Tory Party last night in protest at Boris Johnson’s sacking of the rebel Tory MPs who voted last week to block a No Deal Brexit.

In a devastating parting salvo, the Pensions Secretary — one of only a handful of Remain supporting Ministers in Mr Johnson’s Cabinet — said she thought there was ‘no evidence’ that Mr Johnson was trying to strike a deal with Brussels.

Announcing that she would be standing as an independent Conservative in her Hastings and Rye constituency, Ms Rudd attacked the Prime Minister’s decision to deselect 21 Tory rebels as an ‘assault on decency and democracy’.

Ms Rudd was criticised by her former Remain allies after pivoting to sign up to Mr Johnson’s Cabinet and backing his pledge to leave the EU ‘do or die’ and had been under huge pressure over her ‘pivot.’


Source: Amber Rudd resigns from Cabinet and quits Tory party as she hits out at Boris Johnson’s purge | Daily Mail Online

French MEP stuns BBC host during tense Brexit interview – ‘You create problem, you fix it’ | UK | News |

Ms Loiseau insisted the  will not change their position on reopening the withdrawal agreement despite the British Government’s demands. The French MEP, who previously worked as ‘s Europe Minister, told a stunned Emma Barnett the UK had caused the “problem” with Brexit and should therefore work to rectify it. Ms Loiseau told the BBC Radio 5 Live presenter: “Let us be frank – you created a problem, you fix it.


Source: Brexit news: French MEP stuns BBC host during tense interview – ‘You create problem’ | UK | News |

With the EU in need of friends on the world stage, conditions are ripe for Boris to pull off a Brexit deal : The Telegraph

A charm offensive from the unlikely figure of Boris Johnson could be all it takes to win the concessions we need

Of all the tall stories that Boris Johnson has told, his latest – about how he’ll secure a Brexit deal by Hallowe’en – is seen as the most laughable. There is a million-to-one chance of his failing to negotiate a Brexit deal, he says. Most Tories think it’s the other way around, that he stands a million-to-one chance of success. They back him because they think he’d leave without a deal if he had to. But the mood music in Europe is changing and there’s a decent chance of a breakthrough – for a Prime Minister sharp enough to take it.

The EU still likes to say the deal it offered to Theresa May cannot be “reopened” but this is a bit of a verbal trick. No one is seriously expecting a new 585-page deal to be negotiated. If a few sentences were added to the end, giving either  side the ability to walk away – in the way EU members and Nato members can walk away – then Parliament would probably vote it through.  The Northern Irish backstop is a problem, but alternatives are there. Agreement is tantalisingly close.

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Meanwhile, the cost of not doing a deal is becoming clearer. Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, had been saying that no-deal – however painful – would be better than more compromise with the Brits. But this week his finance minister spelt out what no-deal would mean for Ireland: three years of pain, 85,000 job losses, economic growth crushed and billions of euros in extra borrowing. Why go through all this if it could be avoided, by a bit of goodwill?

Crucially a new argument against no-deal is coming from Berlin. Forget the economic cost, it says: something far more important is at stake. The trade war between America and China is turning into a wider cold war, placing Europe under pressure from both sides. Europe can resist this pressure, but it needs scale. And Britain. With a Brexit deal, the EU and UK would be close and could act as a diplomatic block – deciding together, for example, what to do about Huawei’s 5G services or other suspiciously lucrative Chinese contracts. In short, how to fight the trade-and-tech wars.


Source: With the EU in need of friends on the world stage, conditions are ripe for Boris to pull off a Brexit deal : The Telegraph

Factbox: How free would a UK-U.S. trade agreement be? – Reuters

Brexit supporters have said rapidly agreed trade accords with the United States and other countries will make a prosperous “Global Britain” outside the European Union.

Both Britain and the United States would need to determine the scope of negotiations, but past experience of Washington’s dealings with other would-be trade partners shows what it is likely to seek and the limits on what it would offer.


The U.S. ambassador’s comment that Britain’s NHS should be “on the table” in a trade deal caused an uproar in Britain.

There are two areas of U.S. interest. First, it would want its companies be allowed to bid for NHS contracts, although tenders are generally open already.

The second area concerns the reference prices the NHS sets for its purchases of drugs.

The United States, which sought to challenge a similar scheme in Australia during trade negotiations, argues that lower set prices are unfair on its pharmaceutical companies and leave U.S. consumers footing the bill.

Britain could exempt its health service from trade talks, as France did for audiovisual services in the EU-U.S. TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations, although this could limit what Washington would want to offer.

Spending on the NHS totalled 144.3 billion pounds ($183.0 billion) in 2016/17, according to an April 2018 parliamentary briefing paper. OECD data shows that per capita expenditure on health in the UK was $4,246 in 2017 compared to an OECD average of $3,992 and $10,209 in the United States.


Washington is a net exporter of farm products, notably of meat and animal feed, but normally also wants its counterpart to accept its farming standards.


Source: Factbox: How free would a UK-U.S. trade agreement be? – Reuters

Fox says would be surprised if EU refuses to renegotiate Brexit terms – Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) – British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday he would be surprised if the European Union did not agree to attempts to renegotiate the country’s exit deal, and that it was up to both sides to avoid a no-deal exit.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who failed three times to get the deal approved by parliament, has said she will resign on June 7 and several of those vying to replace her have said they plan to seek changes to the agreement.

“If the EU doesn’t want to negotiate any changes – which I think would be unfortunate and I think would be quite surprising – then I think that of course does increase the chance of a no deal exit,” Fox said during a trade visit to Egypt.

Fox was in Egypt after Bombardier, which has a manufacturing base in Britain, was named as the preferred bidder for a 3 billion euro ($3.35 billion) monorail in Egypt.

Britain is due to leave the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31, and the EU has repeatedly said its position is not open for renegotiation.

But, Fox said: “It’s in everybody’s interests that we try to find a compromise agreement that enables us to leave with stability, with predictability for our European partners as well as for the UK itself.”


Source: Fox says would be surprised if EU refuses to renegotiate Brexit terms – Reuters

Catalan Independence Trial: Summary Most Important Testimonies May 22 and 23 – Josep Goded

May 22, Day 45 of Trial 

Wednesday’s session started with the testimonies of Catalan government officials and ended with the beginning of the “expert phase.”

– Jordi Martínez Soler, a social media advisor for the Parliament, explained that he managed Forcadell’s social media accounts in Autumn 2017 and explained the content of the tweets he tweeted during that time.

– Ricard Gené, who was part of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC)’s secretariat at the same time as Carme Forcadell, explained that the role of Forcadell, currently accused of rebellion, was as a ”representative and not an executive.”

“Forcadell was not involved in elaborating the ANC’s roadmap,” he said.

– Rosa Maria Sans, who is the head of management of the use of government facilities and equipment by non-profit organizations at the Catalan Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Families, explained how was his work during the 2017 Autumn.


Source: Catalan Independence Trial: Summary Most Important Testimonies May 22 and 23 – Josep Goded

One simple graphic cuts through spin: why Labour must not go ‘full referendum’ | The SKWAWKBOX

Inevitably, the media – and a coterie of remain-supporting MPs in and out of the Labour Party – have spun last night’s European Parliament election results to support a claim that results for pro-referendum parties, primarily the LibDems, mean Labour must abandon its manifesto commitment to enacting the 2016 Brexit result and commit to a ‘new referendum with remain on the ballot paper’.

But if a picture paints a thousand words, the one below speaks volumes. Taken from the BBC’s EU vote results page, it combines two colour-coded results maps, one showing the density of LibDem votes across the country – and the other the density of Brexit party support in the same election:


Source: One simple graphic cuts through spin: why Labour must not go ‘full referendum’ | The SKWAWKBOX

Brussels fears no-deal Brexit could follow Theresa May’s departure | Euronews

British Prime Minister Theresa May is once more fighting for her political survival, after the resignation of one of her most senior cabinet ministers in protest against her Brexit strategy.

The leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom quit over May’s suggestion that MPs should have a vote on whether to hold a second Brexit referendum.

May made the referendum proposal to get parliament behind her deal on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. But now her chances of passing that deal look slimmer than ever before and many analysts believe she could be replaced as the leader of the Conservative Party by a more hardline Brexiteer.

Euronews Brussels correspondent Bryan Carter told Good Morning Europe that while European leaders remained committed to the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with Theresa May, they were also keen to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

“There’s a big worry here in Brussels that there will be perhaps a hardline Brexiteer, perhaps somebody like Boris Johnson, a notorious Eurosceptic, who’s not afraid of a hard Brexit, and so clearly this will harden positions on both sides and that will risk the UK crashing out of the EU which is an outcome that Brussels clearly doesn’t want,” he said.


Source: Brussels fears no-deal Brexit could follow Theresa May’s departure | Euronews

The EU believe ”Brexit will die” if they keep postponing it – Part ii

This is a long worn tactic of the EU to delay and delay and possibly force other votes until the EU get their way.

What the EU do not appreciate is that these tactics only serve to increase the resolve to leave and is one of the main reasons, why I myself and I believe many others in the UK voted to leave.

In fact if I was not lied to in 1975 I would have voted to leave then, but I made the mistake of voting to remain, well I will not be fooled a second time by the irresponsible and underhand EU.

Unfortunately the young voters of today are not aware of the irresponsible nature of the EU and are taken in by the lies from the EU.

The EU only want our money and nothing else.

Initially we did not wish to join the EEC, but did wish to in 1967 but De Gaulle vetoed our application.

From Wikipedia

‘Great Britain initially declined to join the Common Market, preferring to remain with another organisation known as the European Free Trade Area, mostly consisting of the northern European countries and Portugal. By the late 1950s German and French living standards began to exceed those in Britain, and the government of Harold Macmillan, realising that the EEC was a stronger trade bloc than EFTA, began negotiations to join.

De Gaulle vetoed the British application to join the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1963, famously uttering the single word ‘non’ into the television cameras at the critical moment, a statement used to sum up French opposition towards Britain for many years afterwards.[204] Macmillan said afterwards that he always believed that de Gaulle would prevent Britain joining, but thought he would do it quietly, behind the scenes. He later complained privately that “all our plans are in tatters”.’

We did not join until 1973 when De Gaulle was no longer in office.

In fact I now believe that De Gaulle was right and we should never have joined. But I am also in agreement with De Gaulle the the EEC should never have proceeded down the road of Political Union and should that Have been so we may have not voted to leave in 2016.

De Gaulle did not wish for political union as he feared France would lose its independence and this is my fear, now, that the UK will lose its independence if we remain.


These EU people delude themselves if they believe that the British people will simply let Brexit die. They really don’t know the British people very well do they? We have long memories & do not give in to foreign threats or intransigence. when Nigel Farage returns to Brussels with 70 Brexit MEPs they will get a flavour of what their attempts to block our decision is going to cost them. And as Corporal Jones would say: ”They won’t like it up ’em.”

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Brexit news: EU prepared to give up on KEY red line to deliver Brexit before May election | UK | News |

He said: “I think there is some scope for some further discussion about alternative arrangements.

“Why? Because the EU themselves have now said that no matter what there will not be a hard border on the border of Northern Ireland and Ireland and they will have alternative arrangements.

“Well, if they’re going to do that for no deal, their threat that there would be borders, a hard border in Northern Ireland, is gone.

“That means now there is scope to say ‘if you are going to do that – and we put forward proposals months ago to them about how they could do it using existing customs techniques – then you can do it when you have the deal.

“That would end the problem of the backstop.”


Source: Brexit news: EU prepared to give up on KEY red line to deliver Brexit before May election | UK | News |