They’re heading into their final plenary session before they come out of the EP at the end of the month.
Source: Conflicting emotions as MEPs from the UK prepare to leave the European Parliament | Euronews
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
The latest YouGov polling gives a clear indication to Labour of the impact of the continued attempts by centrist MPs, MEPs and candidates to push a new referendum in spite of the NEC’s decision this week to reject any commitment to a public vote in the party’s European election manifesto.
YouGov polling usually understates Labour support, but the headline figures show the new Brexit party leading strongly:
- Brexit Party 30%
- Labour 21%
- Tory 13%
- Fib Dems 10%
- Greens 9%
- Change UK 9%
- UKIP 4%
Anti-Brexit and pro-referendum campaigners are already attempting to spin away the significance of the results, claiming that the Brexit party’s strong showing is a result of a cannibalised Tory vote. However, the detailed results do not bear that out.
According to YouGov’s data, the Brexit party:
Source: New EU election poll underlines: Labour must drop referendum talk | The SKWAWKBOX
The European Parliament approved on Thursday a law granting Britons the right to travel to the European Union without a visa after Brexit.
Britons will be able to stay in the EU visa-free for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. The text specifically states that the post-Brexit visa waiver will only be granted if the UK implements a similar measure for EU citizens.
Controversially, the law describes Gibraltar as a British “colony,” which the UK branded as “completely inappropriate” in a statement to Euronews on Wednesday.
Read more: EU draft law says Gibraltar is a British ‘colony’
The measure was approved with 502 votes for, 81 against and 29 abstentions. It now has to be adopted by the Council of Ministries and must be published in the Official Journal of the EU before April 12 in order to be effective should the UK leave the bloc without a deal on that date.
It reached parliament after being approved on Wednesday with 38 votes for and 8 against by the committee for Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) after weeks of stalled negotiations and after the removal on Monday of British MEP Claude Moraes as the rapporteur.
Moraes had opposed the addition of a footnote describing Gibraltar as a British “colony”. The motion was backed after he was replaced as rapporteur by Bulgarian MEP Sergei Stanislav in what Moraes blasted as “a misuse of our legislative duties.”
Prior to the vote, MEPs had rejected attempts to postpone the vote, hold a full debate on the text or add amendments.
Source: European Parliament approves visa-free travel for Brits after Brexit | Euronews
The leaders of the European Parliament’s two largest groups called on Tuesday for the European Union to halt membership talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges.
“Our message to Turkey is very clear: accession negotiations should be frozen immediately,” said Manfred Weber, the head of the largest faction in the European Parliament, the centre-right European People’s Party.
He was echoed by Gianni Pitella, the leader of the socialist group, the parliament’s second biggest: “We want to freeze the accession talks.”
More than 110,000 people in Turkey – including soldiers, academics, judges, journalists and Kurdish leaders – have been suspended from their positions or dismissed over their alleged backing for the plotters of a failed military coup in July.Some 36,000 have been arrested and media outlets have been shut.
“Turkey under Mr Erdogan is more and more drifting towards an authoritarian regime,” Pitella said, referring to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
“Our political message towards Turkey is that human rights, civil rights, democracy are non negotiable if you want to be part of the EU.
Source: European lawmakers call for end to Turkey EU membership talks | Reuters
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