Tag Archives: Brexit/ British Exit from the European Union

The Russian’s meddling in the British / Eurorpean Brexit…

Russian fingerprints seem to be coming up across the pond in the British /European Union action…

Russian President Putin’s people seem to be busy around the planet…

New investigations released this week suggest the Russians meddled in Britain’s historic referendum last year to leave the European Union, placing an already weakened Prime Minister Theresa May in a most awkward position — just when she needs to be her strongest in Brexit negotiations.

The evidence that the Russians, with possible support from the Kremlin, bombarded British targets with social media tweets and posts was splashed on the nightly news and front pages in Britain.

Even so, the prime minister and her office stressed that Russian propaganda had “no direct successful influence” on the Brexit vote.

Critics of May say an admission that Russia tried to dupe British voters could raise questions about the Conservative Party’s mandate to extricate Britain from the European Union.

The specter of Russian meddling also stokes internal discord among the Tories, who are divided between those who demand May secure a total, complete exit from Europe vs. those advocating a “soft Brexit.” There is also a small but stubborn rearguard of Conservatives who say Brexit is a historic blunder.

Labour Party politicians blame the prime minister for what appears to be a muddled message on Russian meddling. ….


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Brexit or Not?…Tory donors tell May: no deal is better than a bad Brexit

The Brit’s are having serious issues with leaving the European Union….

The EU is playing hardball…

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Senior Tory donors have warned that Theresa May should walk away from Brexittalks rather than accept an “unsatisfactory and unfavourable deal” that would poison relations with Europe for another generation.

In a sign of growing frustration among pro-Brexit Tories over the lack of progress made in talks with Brussels, one donor said he feared some pro-Remain cabinet ministers were suffering from “Stockholm syndrome” – when hostages develop a bond with their captors.

The calls for May to be prepared to walk away comes amid new warnings that a “no deal” outcome will lead to foreign firms leaving, steep price rises, widespread job losses and disaster for the Irish economy.

In submissions to a parliamentary inquiry seen by the Observer, retailers, the City, universities, the freight industry, overseas investors and food suppliers all sound the alarm over the consequences of crashing out. However, some Tory Brexiters are concerned at the slow pace of negotiations and want the option of walking away to be a viable one.

Michael Farmer, a Tory peer and former party treasurer who has given millions to the Conservatives and the Leave campaign, told the Observer that former prime minister David Cameron’s failure to secure major concessions over Britain’s EU membership before last year’s referendum showed the dangers of accepting a bad deal….



Could the June 8th British vote keep the country IN the European Union?…

Negociations are apparently still on going?….

The president of the European parliament has said Britain would be welcomed back with open arms if voters change their minds about Brexit on 8 June, challenging Theresa May’s claim that “there is no turning back” after article 50.

Speaking after a meeting with the prime minister in Downing Street, Antonio Tajani insisted that her triggering of the departure process last month could be reversed easily by the remaining EU members if there was a change of UK government after the general election and would not even require a court case.

“If the UK, after the election, wants to withdraw [Article 50], then the procedure is very clear,” he said in an interview. “If the UK wanted to stay, everybody would be in favour. I would be very happy.”

He also threatened to veto any Brexit deal if it does not guarantee in full the existing rights of EU citizens in Britain and said this protection would forever be subject to the jurisdiction of the European court of justice (ECJ).

Lawyers are divided on whether the UK can unilaterally change its mind about leaving and are bringing a test case to establish the legal reversibility of article 50, but the parliament president spelled out a process by which a simple political decision by other member states would be sufficient.

“If tomorrow, the new UK government decides to change its position, it is possible to do,” said Tajani. “The final decision is for the 27 member states, but everybody will be in favour if the UK [decides to reverse article 50].”…..


British PM May gets cold Shoulder from Germany’s Merkel in try for early expats deal with Brexit……..

The question of British living in the European Union and those EU people living in England had British PM Therease May trying to get a Ok for things staying as they are even after the Brit’s exit the EU fell on deaf ears….

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Merkel seems to be signaling that she is more worried about keeping the EU in one piece that making things easy for the Brit’s….

The German chancellor’s polite but firm “Nein” when the two leaders met in Berlin on November 18 dashed the British prime minister’s hopes of a quick, informal deal to reassure expatriates on both sides of the Channel that they will not lose out when Britain leaves the EU, three people familiar with the matter said.

British officials had hoped to create some goodwill ahead of exit negotiations, expected to start next year once May triggers the EU’s Article 50 divorce clause, by taking the issue of citizens already living in each other’s countries off the table. The issue affects some 1.2 million Britons and their families resident in the other 27 EU countries, and as many as 3.3 million EU citizens resident in the U.K., including almost one million Poles.

A senior European Commission official had quietly encouraged the initiative in a private capacity, both to improve mutual understanding with London and to avoid any suggestion that European citizens were being taken hostages in the negotiations. If the EU were to say it was ready to safeguard the position of Britons living in Europe, it would gain the moral high ground in the talks, the argument went.

The pro-Brexit Daily Telegraph reported last week that British ministers had told business leaders all but a few EU countries were ready to accept the outline of a reciprocity deal possibly as early as at the next EU summit on December 15-16.

But Merkel had already put paid to the British bid by then, sticking to her mantra that there can be no pre-negotiations before Britain tenders its formal notice of intention to leave the Union, setting in motion a two-year countdown to its withdrawal….



Ironic that this is a issue being handeled by TWO woman leader’s of countries while America has been unable to advance a woman to it’s political leadership……


Britain to leave the European Union in the spring of 2019…

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British PM Thresea May give out her timeline for her coutries exit from the Europen Union….

Outlining a timetable for Britain to leave the European Union in the spring of 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday put immigration at the center of her strategy for withdrawal, suggesting that Britain could be headed for a “hard Brexit,” or clean break, from the bloc.

In a speech at the start of the Conservative Party’s annual convention here, May said Britain would formally initiate exit negotiations by the end of March. Those talks will be governed by a two-year deadline unless all members of the bloc agree to prolong them.

Previously, May had said only that the talks, under Article 50 of an EU treaty, would not begin before the end of this year — a delay designed to buy time for the government to work out its negotiating stance.

On Sunday, May also began to lay down her priorities for a deal on withdrawal, known as Brexit, including the power to control immigration and reject EU rules…



U.K. Parliament looking to have its OWN vote on British exit from the EU….

This IS interesting….

Will the Brit’s have a FULL breakup with the European Union …Or a partial one?

The British public in June voted by 52% to 48% to leave the EU in a historic referendum.

The ballot didn’t cover what sort of relationship Britain should have with the bloc after it left, and British politicians are divided over how the negotiations should be handled and to what extent Parliament and the public should have a say on this. While some argue the U.K. should have a relationship that is as close as possible with the rest of Europe, others say it should prioritize full control over immigration, even at the expense of access to the EU’s single market, which could put British companies at a disadvantage.

The report also said Parliament should have a key role in approving the final deal between the U.K. and the EU and that not consulting Parliament would set a “disturbing precedent.”

It comes as the government faces legal questions over the issue. In a case being heard in the U.K. High Court, claimants argue that the prime minister would overreach her powers if she triggered Article 50 without prior parliamentary consent because doing so would effectively override the 1972 European Communities Act, which enshrines European law in the U.K. and which the claimants say ensures rights that can only be removed by Parliament…..


Merkel says the EU will wait on the UK’s Brexit direction…

All the pressure from France and other countries to get the UK out of the European Union as soon as possible is going nowhere…

Newly minted UK Prime Minister May was actually against leaving….

So German Chancellor Merkel is told everyone slow down…Ther isn’t even a request on paper…

She’s all right with letting PM May try to  figure out what the UK is actually going to do….

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she “can allow the time” for the U.K. to decide what it wants from the European Union in Brexit talks, signaling that the other 27 member countries will press ahead with “the European project” in the meantime.

Starting off three days of talks with fellow European leaders on the EU’s way forward, Merkel suggested there’s no advantage in pressing Prime Minister Theresa May’s government for now because the EU can’t negotiate new relations until the U.K. government’s position is clear.

“As we have said, as long as Britain hasn’t submitted its application, we can’t answer the question of what kind of a relationship we envision,”…..


British Exit from the EU could be delayed to 2019….

If ever?

And the longer the Brit’s hold off?

The more damage this may cause the European Union countries problems….

[UK Prime Minister] May had always cautioned that she would not trigger Article 50 — which officially gets divorce proceedings underway — until the beginning of 2017.

That may be unrealistic, the British broadsheet reported, as the new departments do not have the staff and expertise for negotiations.

Any delay could lead to bigger problems across the Continent. France and Germany hold national elections next year, and May could be urged to wait until after those ballots before triggering Article 50. That would push the start of the two-year divorce proceedings back until the end of 2017, with the process ending at the end of 2019…..



PM May had been against the Brexit push before going into office….