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Britain will veto EU army

Posted by seumasach on September 19, 2016

This is simply astonishing. No government seriously engaged in talks aimed at an amicable parting of ways with the EU would have its top level spokesmen engage in provocations of this kind. Neo-conservative elements continue to push for the destabilisation of the EU rather than separation from it. This does not bode well for Brexit talks if they are ever to happen.

Independent

17th September, 2016

The UK would exercise its power of veto to block the creation of an EU army while it remains a member of the European Union, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

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France and Germany propose EU ‘defence union’

Posted by seumasach on September 15, 2016

The UK had in the past opposed steps toward the creation of an EU army or duplication of Nato structures.

But the Franco-German paper says that “taking into account the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU, we have to henceforth act as 27 [member states]”.

EUObserver

12th September, 2016

Germany and France have drawn up plans for closer EU defence cooperation, including a new military HQ and swifter deployment of overseas missions.

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Boris Johnson backs Brexit pressure campaign Change Britain

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2016

So Boris Johnson, who is the Foreign Secretary, rather than speaking for the government is speaking for those elements who were sidelined by Theresa May subsequent to her taking office. What makes it more incredible is that May had every reason to sideline the likes of Michael Gove who openly calls for the dismantling of the EU:

“For Europe, Britain voting to leave will be the beginning of something potentially even more exciting — the democratic liberation of a whole continent”.

The same goes for Gisella Stuart, who leads Change Britain, whose perspectives for the EU were outlined recently:

And the UK would have been forced to change its relationship with the EU eventually – because the Eurozone will one day collapse, she predicted.

“We either do that in a planned way now or if we’d stayed in the EU and waited for the inevitable, I think, collapse of part of the Eurozone or that structure, [we] would have had to do it under conditions of panic.

Both Gove and Stuart, leaders of the “Leave” campaign, are signatories to the Henry Jackson Society, a neoconservative group.

According to the blog Greater Surbiton:

“The HJS’s Associate Director, Douglas Murray, appointed in April 2011, is on record as having stated that ‘the EU is a monstrosity – no good can come of it… The best thing could just simply be for it to be razed to the ground and don’t start again [sic]‘).”

Johnson’s endorsement of Change Britain is a simply unbelievable development even although he is not meant to play a role as a negotiator in the event of article 50 being triggered. He is after all the Foreign Secretary.

The HJS held a discussion in July after the referendum on the theme: ‘The Aftermath of Brexit: “Could the EU and UK both die?”. Very reassuring.

Guardian

11th September, 2016

Boris Johnson has endorsed a new cross-party campaign created by prominent pro-Brexit politicians aimed at pressuring Theresa May into fully delivering on the promise that Britain will leave the EU.

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Post-Brexit: Fianna Fáil to run candidates in Northern Ireland

Posted by seumasach on September 12, 2016

 

Sunday World

12th September, 2016

Fianna Fáil is preparing to capitalise on the post-Brexit sentiment by securing its first elected representatives north of the Border in 2019.

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Irish-America concerned over Brexit impact on North

Posted by seumasach on September 12, 2016

Anphoblacht

9th September, 2016

THE British government should listen to the views of Irish-America and respect the vote of the majority of people in the North to remain in the European Union, Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd MLA has said.

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Lloyd’s may move out of London without Brexit ‘clarity’

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2016

Business Reporter

5th September, 2016

Insurance market Lloyd’s may be forced to move some of its business to continental Europe as a result of the vote to leave the EU, chairman John Nelson has warned.

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The Brexit Carnival

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2016

Huffington Post

5th September, 2016

For some time now people have been portraying the EU referendum as a model of democracy. In his resignation speech, for example, David Cameron said that “the country has taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history”, a view that was echoed by Andrew Marr, who described the referendum as “this country’s single biggest democratic act in modern times”.

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There can be no “special deal” with the United Kingdom

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2016

Paul De Grauwe

LSE

5th September, 2016

What should the EU’s priorities be in negotiations with the UK over Brexit? Paul De Grauwe writes that the EU should offer the UK two options: either following a Norwegian style model, or leaving entirely and negotiating a free trade agreement in the same way as other nations such as the United States and Canada. He argues that offering any concessions outside of these two options would risk fatally weakening the EU and should be avoided at all costs.

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Britain cannot easily dismiss Japanese Brexit warning letter

Posted by seumasach on September 4, 2016

At first clash with reality the Brexit agenda will simply disintegrate- this is just the beginning. Britain is not a “great trading nation” but a great debtor nation. Any path which leads us into conflict with our major creditors, investors and suppliers is simply madness.

Guardian

4th September, 2016

The Japanese government letter setting out its Brexit demands is deeply troubling to the UK since it is clear Japanese companies want Theresa May to negotiate a deal that leaves Britain not just in the EU customs union, and single market, but also retains a free flow of workers between the EU and the UK.

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Japan issues Brexit warning

Posted by seumasach on September 4, 2016

Independent

4th September, 2016

European economies will be thrown into “great turmoil” if the UK and EU cannot agree on a deal for Brexit that includes an element of free movement of labour, the Japanese government has warned.

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Germany’s EU Commissioner ‘wouldn’t bet’ on Brexit happening

Posted by seumasach on August 31, 2016

Independent

31st August, 2016

Germany’s EU Commissioner has expressed doubts over whether the UK will actually leave the European Union, saying he would not “place any major bets on Brexit“.

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