Merkel said the German cabinet would meet by telephone on 28 December to decide its stance, but added that the agreement “cannot finally enter into force until the European parliament has also given its approval”.
It is hard to underestimate how close this country came to throwing away the 2016 referendum result. As deadline after deadline was missed, those who lost the referendum received more and more concessions. From European Court of Justice oversight to commitments to remain chained to the EU’s failed economic model – a virtual colony trapped within the Brussels regulatory orbit. On this side of the Channel, Brexiteers were confronted daily by the scheming of a thoroughly rotten Parliament abetted by a partisan speaker and activist legal establishment.
It is from this context that we must view today.
Of the 684 MEPs who took part in the vote, 621 voted in favour of the bill while 49 against.
Qualified majority vote in the Council to conclude the process, Brexit set to take place on 31 January 2020.
The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions.
It also urged EU Member States to halt exports to Egypt “of arms, surveillance technology and other security equipment that can facilitate attacks on human rights defenders and civil society activists,” and for “the EU to implement in full its export controls vis-à-vis Egypt with regard to goods that could be used for repression, torture or capital punishment.”
Addressing the EU Parliament, it’s President, David Sassoli, let slip that he is now bypassing the UK Government and talking directly to Bercow about how to delay Brexit. Bercow has always claimed he isn’t a Remainer and just wants the Commons to have its say – according to Sassoli, Bercow is actively lobbying against No Deal behind the scenes…
Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the next president of the EU Commission, winning a vote in the European Parliament by 383 to 327.
But despite the involvement of MEPs, the process that put von der Leyen in place was nothing short of a coronation.
The Brexit Party MEP caused a stir during her maiden speech to the EU Parliament.
Ann Widdecombe has told the European Parliament there is a „long history“ of „slaves against their owners“ and revolt against the colonies which, she says, mirrors Brexit.
„We are going and we are glad to be going,“ she said.
„My aim is the United States of Europe — modelled on federal states like Switzerland, Germany or the U.S.,“ she told Der Spiegel in 2011. She repeated her call for a federal EU in an interview with Die Zeit in 2016, adding: „I imagine the Europe of my children or grandchildren not as a loose union of states trapped by national interests.“
As defense minister, she pushed for greater security cooperation in the EU, urging a „defense union“ and calling for the establishment of an „army of Europeans.“
Thank you, Eurocrats, for being yourselves. The best cure for Europhilia is always to observe the EU’s big beasts at their unguarded worst, wheeling and dealing in their natural habitat, unencumbered by any attachment to democracy, accountability or even basic morality.
The spectacle of the past few days made for compulsive watching: we witnessed rare footage of the secretive process that propels so many retreads and second-rate apparatchiks into positions of immense power in Brussels and Frankfurt, utterly disregarding public opinion.
EU leaders will gather in Brussels shortly for talks to decide who should get the EU’s top jobs, including a new Commission president.
Reports say the current favourite to head it is Dutch centre-left politician Frans Timmermans. He is a Commission first vice-president.
Rough breakdown from above is that half the Brexit Party’s voters came from the Tories, quarter from Labour. Labour also haemorrhaged votes to the Greens and LibDems. Problems for both Labour and the Tories look daunting.
The result was a dramatic defeat for the conservative and social democratic parties that governed Western Europe for decades and built the EU with the Maastricht Treaty adopted in 1992, after the Stalinist restoration of capitalism in Eastern Europe.
The big centre-right and centre-left blocs in the European Parliament have lost their combined majority amid an increase in support for liberals, the Greens and nationalists.
Latest estimated, provisional and official results from the European Parliament as they come in from the 28 member states
Early results estimated the RN would take 23.2 percent of vote, over 21.9 percent for the Renaissance coalition that Macron’s Republic on the Move with the Modem and other centrist and liberal parties.
Raab insists he will not ask for a Brexit extension beyond October…
They gave us one chief task: to deliver Brexit. They have so far given us almost three years to do it. We have flagrantly failed to carry out their instructions. We have missed deadline after deadline, broken promise after promise; and today our employers – the people – have figuratively summoned us to the Human Resources…
Reacting as the results rolled in, Mr Corbyn said the issue „will have to go back to the people, whether through a General Election or a public vote“.
Mr Corbyn added: „Labour will bring our divided country together so we can end austerity and tackle inequality.
On a dramatic political night:
– Boris Johnson seized on the ‚rout‘ for the Tories to make his case to succeed Theresa May and pull the country out of the EU on October 31 come what may, while Chancellor Philip Hammond warned that any attempt to force a No Deal Brexit could collapse the Government;
– Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was a ‚painful result‘ and there was an ‚existential risk to our party unless we now come together and get Brexit done‘;
– Mr Farage’s Brexit Party polled above 50 per cent of vote share in some areas and looked set for 31 per cent nationally;
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has swept to victory in the European Parliament elections, claiming around a third of the vote share.
With Scotland and Northern Ireland still to declare, the Brexit Party has won 28 of the 73 British EU seats up for grabs.
After 10 of the 11 constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales had declared, the Brexit Party had 28 seats, overhauling the 24 MEPs that Mr Farage’s former party Ukip sent to the European Parliament in 2014.
The Lib Dems, who were reduced to just a single MEP in 2014, were on 15.
Governing SYRIZA “did not sustain the strategic defeat that New Democracy was looking forward to,” government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Sunday after exit polls gave the conservative opposition a solid lead over the leftist party.
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The European Parliament elections start today. But the body itself is an insult against democracy that exists only to rubber-stamp neoliberal rule.
Theresa May caved in to her Cabinet today by dramatically halting her Brexit withdrawal Bill in a move that heightened expectations she will resign as Tory leader tomorrow.
MPs have been told the legislation will not now be published tomorrow and the second reading will not take place in the first week of June – despite Mrs May previously laying out the timetable.
The humiliating retreat is the clearest sign yet that Mrs May’s time in power is drawing to a close, after fury at her compromise offer for the Commons to vote on whether to hold another Brexit referendum.
In the UK 73 MEPs from 12 regions will be elected to the European parliament to join 678 from the other EU states.
The Tory leadership knows this as well as you or I do, and is so embarrassed by it that it has scarcely campaigned. The Party’s website front page bears no reference to tomorrow’s poll. Its Twitter feed is so embarrassed that it has put up plugs for the cause only over the last 24 hours. At least one campaigning leaflet doesn’t mention Brexit at all.
A single photo sums the situation up – of a despondent May leaving the stage, at a campaign launch with no audience present and a single journalist reporting, while Ashley Fox winces in the background and three cheerless other candidates fail to raise a single smile between them. It is the photographic equivalent of clinical depression.
In the speech I made on that occasion, I tried to point out that democracy was not achieved simply by holding elections; what mattered was what the elections were to, and for. Were we electing representatives to a body by which we agreed to be governed? Or were we simply providing a democratic facade for a political system dominated by unelected bureaucrats and central bankers, who exercised a power of government over us to which we had not consented?
This week’s European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent’s top leadership jobs, but won’t decide the winners. Here is a guide to the horsetrading.
via @YouGov, 8 – 17 May Chgs. w/ 2014 result.
These latest results are taken from a representative sample of over 7,000 British adults conducted between 12th and 16th May. This larger than usual sample allows us to look closely at how different groups are likely to vote next week.
Chuka Umunna is on the front cover of GQ this month. Meanwhile, his newly formed anti-Brexit party, Change UK, the ChUKas if you will, is at around five per cent in the polls for the European Parliament election – an election that ChUKas were supposed to storm as the true party of Remain.
Guy Verhofstadt and Vince ‚B***ocks to Democracy‘ Cable have no grasp of the rage among Brits
As the European parliamentary elections approach, is anyone listening?
BREX: 28% (+11)
LAB: 26% (-7)
CON: 14% (-4)
LDEM: 11% (+2)
CHUK: 8% (-1)
GRN: 6% (+1)
UKIP: 2% (-3)
via @ComRes, 01 – 07 May Chgs. w/ 16 Apr
– The European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator came to London today
– He said he was backing the party because it opposed Brexit and ’nationalism‘
– The former Belgian PM predicted a Remain surge in the May 23 elections
Appearing alongside the Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, at a European election campaign event in Camden, north London, on Friday morning, the leader of the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe said he wanted to send a message to people on the continent to “never repeat Brexit again”.
Where I live, in West Yorkshire, everywhere I go – to work, to the shops, to the pub, speaking with neighbours and friends – people have never been more openly political and unafraid to air their opinions. Talk is of democracy and its denial by Westminster; of traitors and authoritarians. The kind of language that would once only be used by marginal, radical groups has become the new normal. Even the local papers, not known for their political coverage, echo the public’s disgust at the denial of the referendum vote.
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour’s Euro elections campaign
– Sir Graham Brady suggested she could introduce the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – in the ’near future‘
– But some Tories believe the decision will see her caught in a trap if it fails to pass
– Tories fear a hammering at European elections at hands of the new Brexit Party
– Some officials believe they will get less than 10 per cent of the vote on May 23
That’s right. Three years on from the referendum, when 17.4million citizens voted for Britain to leave the EU, the nation will head to the polls once more and elect representatives to an institution to which we should, by rights, no longer belong. This sticks in the craw not just for Leave voters but for all democrats.
Twenty one EU heads of state, including Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, called on EU citizens to exercise their right to vote at the European Parliament elections on May 26, in a joint appeal released on Thursday, May 9, which coincides with Europe Day and the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II.
– Theresa May is expected to offer a deal to Jeremy Corbyn on customs union
– But the Prime Minister is expected to demand an answer by Thursday at latest
– Jeremy Hunt said ‚any kind of permanent customs union wouldn’t work‘
– But Foreign Secretary’s comments leaves open the door for a temporary deal
– Chancellor Philip Hammond said the priority was ‚low-friction trade‘ with EU
– 1922 committee expected to meet to discuss ousting her if a Labour deal is done
– Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said PM should announce a ‚road map‘ for departure
via @OpiniumResearch Chgs. w/ 12 Apr
TORIES are on course for a disastrous EU election in four weeks as cross-party Brexit talks are going nowhere.
Hopes that the PM could hold another Brexit vote in the coming weeks and pass it are fading fast – meaning Britain is on track to fight the EU poll next month.
As a left-wing campaigner for 35 years, I’ve been arrested on picket lines, led anti-imperialist demonstrations and spoken at anti-deportation protests outside police stations. I’ve made speeches at street rallies, in prisons and universities and at pubs.
Yet yesterday, in an unexpected twist of events, I found myself sitting next to Nigel Farage, announcing my intention to stand as a candidate for his Brexit Party in the European elections on May 23.
Change UK have unceremoniously removed another candidate over grossly inappropriate social media posts.
– Nigel Farage announced five more candidates for his Brexit Party european election fight next month
– Ex-Marine James Glancy awarded Gallantry Cross for fighting in Afghanistan during three tours of country
– Ex-Revolutionary Communist Party member Claire Fox will stand but doesn’t agree with Farage on much
– Moral Maze star said: ‚Don’t get me wrong, I’m from the left. But the question now is whether we are going to let democracy be overturned‘
– A smoked salmon millionaire, an ex-NHS worker and a charity boss also among the five new candidates
– A grassroots revolt against Theresa May has been revealed by exclusive survey
– An overwhelming 95 per cent believe Tory Party has been damaged by Brexit
– The party’s 1922 Committee of backbench MPs will convene on Tuesday
Two-thirds of Brits want the PM to get Britain out of the EU by any means to avoid the elections on May 23
– Tory councillors in Derbyshire will not canvass for their MEP candidates in May
– The defiance could pave the way for the Brexit Party to beat both main parties
– Other local Conservative groups are expected to rebel amid growing anger
Marine Le Pen has asserted that neither she nor her party want France’s withdrawal from the eurozone.
Speaking at a gathering of her supporters on Saturday ahead of the European elections, the National Rally (RN) leader said that her platform would now “look to change the EU from within”.
In a further boost, a ComRes poll suggests Mr Farage’s party is third when voters are asked about a general election – on 14 per cent, with Labour leading on 33 per and the Tories sinking fast on 23 per cent.
Boyle Sports made the Brexit Party the 4/1 favourites to win the EU elections, slashing the odds as the polls rolled in.
In our first poll on the forthcoming EU Parliament elections last week Nigel Farage’s new outfit stormed into third place with 15% of the vote. This was despite the Brexit Party not having formally launched.
Now, following the burst of publicity that came with their official formation, our second poll, conducted for the People’s Vote, shows the Brexit Party leapfrogging into first place on 27% of the vote.
Nigel Farage launched the new Brexit Party with Annunizta Rees-Mogg last week
To see how cynical and censorious Britain’s political class has become, look no further than its mad response to Nigel Farage’s comments at the launch of his new Brexit Party. Farage raged at the mess the elite has made of Brexit, promised to start an ‘earthquake’ in UK politics, and said it was time to put ‘the fear of God’ into MPs who have stitched up Brexit. Cue hysteria among the political and media classes.
via @OpiniumResearch, 09 – 12 Apr
Under terms agreed with EU leaders in Brussels, the UK has been given a Brexit extension until 31 October.
The group includes Mr Salvini’s League, as well as France’s far-right National Rally (formerly National Front), Austria’s Freedom Party and the Netherland’s Party for Freedom. Those parties have long sat together in the European Parliament.
But Mr Salvini was also joined on Monday by the far-right Alternative for Germany’s co-leader Joerg Meuthen, Olli Kotro of the Eurosceptic populist Finns party, and Anders Vistisen of the right-wing, populist Danish People’s Party.
Pro-Brexit MPs, whether they voted to leave or to remain, have long feared that holding European elections would provoke a political backlash. One MP in a marginal constituency recently told me that their constituents would “burn my office to the ground” when they received their polling cards in the mail.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, more than 100 current and would-be Tory councillors state that they are unable to muster the volunteers needed to effectively fight next month’s local elections because “belief in the party they joined is gone”.
Council leaders have told The Sunday Telegraph they are preparing for heavy losses in the local elections, amid fears voters are turning on the party for failing to take the UK out of the European Union on time.
Mrs May would have ‚days‘ as Prime Minister if she doesn’t hold her ground and refuse a Brexit date of June 30, MPs have claimed
„Am I happy about it? No I’m not – actually I’ve got many other things in my life I’d like to do, I thought we’d won the Brexit battle but I’m not going to after 25 years of endeavour watch British politicians roll us over.
„This is the fightback and they’re going to be very surprised by what they get.“
But furious Brexiteers warned that if the EU forces us to stay another year, Britain should sabotage it from the inside by blocking plans for expansion.
Mrs May is expected to write separately to Jeremy Corbyn today, offering a compromise agreement which both party leaders could push through the Commons.
The group of 11 MPs who broke away from the Tories and Labour will stand in European elections – if they happen.
And in order to register they have had to choose an interim leader – former Tory MP Heidi Allen will fill the role.
Whether the party supports leaving or staying in the European Union: 22%
Not applicable – I will not vote in the European parliament elections: 22%
(18.3.2019) The German says the “strongman of the Italian government” is preparing to veto an Article 50 extension as a consensus fails to emerge for the delay on the Continent.
There are “very different views” amongst EU member states, Mr Brok concluded.
Mr Salvini is Italy’s deputy prime minister and will be represented at this week’s European Council summit by prime minister Giuseppe Conte.
His apology followed a radio interview on Wednesday in which he appeared to offer a positive slant on Mussolini’s dictatorship.
“I’m not a fascist, I was never a fascist, and I don’t share his political convictions,” Mr. Tajani told Radio 24, an Italian broadcaster. “But we have to be honest: Mussolini built roads, bridges, buildings, sports facilities; he has developed many parts of our Italy.”
„Mussolini? Fino a quando non ha dichiarato guerra al mondo intero seguendo Hitler, ha fatto delle cose positive“. Lo ha detto Antonio Tajani nel corso di un’intervista ai giornalisti di La Zanzara, su Radio 24, che ne hanno mandato in onda alcuni estratti.
Tajani is from the European Parliament’s centre-right federalist ‘European People’s Party’ grouping of Merkel, Varadkar, and Juncker. If a Eurosceptic had said what Tajani said there would be uproar…
A taste of things to come for MPs if they vote to extend Brexit – Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party now officially has more MEPs than UKIP. Eight UK MEPs now sit in Farage’s Brexit Party
„We have been saying since the beginning. Such foreign interventions are not healthy and not right. They will not offer a solution. They will only deepen the problem. God forbid, the country [Venezuela] even can be dragged into a civil war,“ Çavuşoğlu told reporters in Romania.
Meeting in Strasbourg on Thursday, the European parliament voted to give the European Investment Bank (EIB) permission to conduct financial services with Iran for the first time.
Financial experts say this will easily open the door to the EIB — conducting full-scale operations in Iran and making significant loans to Iranian businesses from its estimated balance of $500 billion.
In short, the entire internet has been on major freak-out mode for a while, but in what could eventually prove to be a historic moment in time, the European Parliament today voted 318-278 against the copyright law — but only in its current form.
The saga isn’t over yet, but it does mean that the directive will be sent back to the drawing board, and members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote again in September.