Consensus is emerging within the Parliamentary Labour Party, however, around Jeremy’s proposal for an EU-wide customs union. This would include a customs-union code and a common external tariff. But this proposal needs closer scrutiny.
If this position were to be adopted, the UK would not be able to develop an independent trade policy after Brexit, as doing so would be illegal under the Treaty of Rome. The UK would not have taken back control of its trade. Our capacity to trade would be regulated and controlled by an authority over which we would have no control, influence or rights.
In a letter to the Labour leader, the Prime Minister did not rule out Mr Corbyn’s demand for a „permanent“ customs union although she said it would present a „negotiating challenge“.
She also agreed to talks on Mr Corbyn’s call for „close alignment“ with the Single Market, as well as committing to asking Parliament if it wishes to follow EU rules on workers‘ rights and environment standards.
The Prime Minister penned a letter to Mr Corbyn on Sunday in which she questioned the Labour leader’s key call for Britain to remain in a customs union with Brussels.
But she offered concessions in other areas and said she wanted talks between Labour and Tory teams „as soon as possible“.
The prime minister indicates their teams should meet „as soon as possible“ with less than 50 days to go until Brexit.
May erteilte der zentralen Forderung von Labour-Chef Jeremy Corbyn nach einer dauerhaften Zollunion mit der EU eine Absage.
Ihr sei nicht klar, warum er eine solche Form der Handelsbeziehungen vorziehen würde, schreibt die Regierungschefin in einem von ihrem Büro veröffentlichten Brief an Corbyn.
“Labour has set out its support for a customs union, not the customs union, and they want a close relationship with the single market, so they simply want a free trade deal”, he explained.
Commenting on remarks he had made about being a fish out of water in the House of Lords, when it is predominately a Remain upper chamber, Glasman said: “Virtually all the politicians over the past 35 years have been pro EU. They don’t seem to grasp how profoundly undemocratic the EU is and how the people in the country have turned against it. It’s been quite difficult for me socially but politically the support for leaving is actually growing.”
Der britische Oppositionschef Jeremy Corbyn hat Premierministerin Theresa May Bedingungen für eine Unterstützung im Brexit-Streit gestellt. Seine Labour-Partei werde den Brexit-Kurs der Regierung unterstützen, wenn May fünf rechtlich bindende Bekenntnisse in der politischen Erklärung zu den künftigen Beziehungen mit der EU verankere, schrieb Corbyn in einem veröffentlichten Brief.
Corbyn ends the letter by suggesting further discussions with May on these proposals “with the aim of securing a sensible agreement that can win the support of parliament and bring the country together.”
FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER
Hintergrund der Panik der internationalen Kriegslobby vor einer möglichen internationalen Allianz von etablierten Linksdemokraten, ist eine mögliche Störung des nächsten Angriffskrieges im siebzehnjährigen Terrorkrieg, nämlich den gegen Venezuela.
It’s unusual for the leader of the UK’s main opposition party to publicize a phone call with a new member of Congress.
The Labour Party slumped by six points from 40 per cent to 34 per cent in the past fortnight, according to a survey by Opinium for The Observer, seeing them leapfrogged by the Conservatives who went from 37 per cent to 41 per cent.
(30.1.2019) Despite riding high in the aftermath of the 2017 general election, the Labour leader’s favourability rating has returned to its pre-election doldrums and Brexit is a big part of the reason why
A spokesman for the Labour leader said shortly after the meeting broke up that May had shown a “serious engagement in the detail” of Corbyn’s proposal for a customs union with the European Union after Brexit.
A few minutes later, Downing Street responded by saying that while May had asked Corbyn questions she had not shifted her underlying position. Sources said she had told the Labour leader that the UK must be free to sign its own trade deals.
For what it’s worth, my understanding is that Corbyn sees the failure to secure a majority yesterday of the Cooper and Grieve motions – and Labour’s own one, which explicitly mentions the possibility of a referendum – as proof that MPs really don’t want a People’s Vote.
May opposes a customs union and Downing Street said that while May asked Corbyn questions, her underlying position had not shifted. Many in Westminster believe the PM could yet be pushed in the direction of a customs union and some Tory Brexiters have hinted they might back it if the backstop goes. The two party leaders will meet again soon, most likely within days.
Theresa May will meet Jeremy Corbyn today, as she prepares to send a revamped negotiating teal back to Brussels.
(29.1.2019) Today Mr Corbyn revealed he would order all his MPs to support the plan, and claimed ministers have no choice but to delay Brexit for three months.
As many as 25 MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn and either voted against him or abstained tonight – including shadow ministers Melanie Onn and Tracy Brabin.
Eight Labour frontbenchers face being sacked for directly going against the Labour boss.
MPs vote down proposal by Labour MP Yvette Cooper.
British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday his party would back a three-month delay to Brexit if the government cannot get an exit deal approved by parliament before Feb. 26.
Das britische Parlament (House of Commons, „Unterhaus“) wird den am 29. März rechtskräftig werdenden Austritt des Landes aus der „Europäischen Union“ wieder aufheben und dessen „Verschiebung“ beschließen.
Damit fliegt die Demokratie-Simulation im Zuge der „Globalisierung“ auch im Vereinigten Königreich auf.
Analyse, Hintergründe, Livestream.
A group of between 10-15 MPs confronted Labour’s chief whip Nick Brown in his office last night demanding him explain the decision. Sources said the group included some of Mr Corbyn’s biggest leftie supporters.
One furious insider said: “How are we going to explain this when we claim not to be blocking Brexit but we’re effectively going to kick it into the long grass.”
– Jeremy Corbyn was asked whether he would back Yvette Cooper’s plan today
– He snapped ’no comment‘ at reporters and stalked off away from questions
– Labour sources said there would be no official position from the party today
– Cooper’s plan to delay Brexit instead of a no deal will be voted on tomorrow
– But it can only succeed if Corbyn tells all his MPs to vote for it in the Commons
Mr Corbyn has indicated that he is willing to support Yvette Cooper’s Bill forcing the Government to seek an extension to Article 50 if no deal can be reached by February 26.
(24. Juni 2016) Jeremy Corbyn has said Article 50 must be invoked immediately and that a Leave vote prevailed because of anger against marginalisation and austerity.
He said the result of the poll means the exit clause – Article 50, which would give a two year period for Britain to leave – must be observed as soon as possible in an interview with the BBC.
“The British people have made their decision. We must respect that result and Article 50 has to be invoked now so that we negotiate an exit from European Union.“
The embattled People’s Vote campaign are dismayed that Jeremy Corbyn won’t get off the fence and back their second referendum campaign. It’s funny how they’re now begging for his help when they’ve been some of his harshest critics for years. Here’s what some leading People’s Voters really think about Corbyn:
(24.1.2019) The gang of Labour and Tory MPs who were backing a so-called People’s Vote blasted Jeremy Corbyn for killing off their chances of winning.
Tory MP Dr Sarah Wollaston had planned to table the ‚doctor’s amendment‘ to next Tuesday’s crunch Brexit motion to demand a second referendum.
But stood outside Parliament this morning flanked by pro-EU Labour MPs Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna, she announced a U-turn.
Members of the the cross-party People’s Vote campaign have admitted they don’t yet have enough support from MPs to get another EU referendum.
(20.1.2019) The results came as at least two cross-party groups of MPs plan to table amendments in the House of Commons to delay or frustrate Mrs May’s Brexit plans.
One group, including senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Tory former minister Nick Boles, is backing a bill to suspend the Article 50 withdrawal process if there is no new deal with Brussels by the end of February.
Having been a Labour member since the 80’s, he told LBC: “If Jeremy Corbyn goes for a People’s Vote and there’s a general election I will not vote for Labour.
“I will not vote Labour again, I’m absolutely sickened.”
He then turned his anger towards Labour MPs, who he accused of “acting disgracefully”.
Indeed, some of the more stinging critiques have come from the left. Guardian columnist Owen Jones, a supporter of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, declared the People’s Vote campaign an ‘absolute disaster’. If there is another referendum, he says, ‘and they run the Remain campaign, we might as well chalk up a second Leave victory now’.
(22.1.2019) Pro-Remain MPs and officials on the People’s Vote campaign are split on the overarching strategy of how to secure a public vote, on campaign events and tactics, whether People’s Vote should run the Remain campaign if a second referendum is called, and over the actions and motivations of its leading politicians, the sources said.
The ongoing internal wrangling is making it less likely that the Labour party will ultimately back a public vote, a shadow minister and a senior Labour backbencher told BuzzFeed News.
(29.11.2017) After her comments were disclosed, the Shadow Home Secretary said her remarks were “poorly worded” and insisted there was “no important story here”.
(1.2.2017) She added: “Are we going to vote with the Tories come what may? This is a question of opening the process. We will seek to amend and, if we are not able to get any of our amendments through, clearly we will have to review our position.”
(22.1.2019) Brendan O’Neill on the QT row
(24.1.2019) According to Labour’s rule book the NEC must include “three frontbench Members of Parliament, at least one of whom must be a woman, nominated by the Cabinet (or Shadow Cabinet in opposition)”.
But two senior members of the Shadow Cabinet told PoliticsHome they were not told of the decision to put Ms Abbott on the NEC.
(23.1.2019) Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of ignoring Labour rules to appoint Diane Abbott to the party’s ruling body.
(22.1.2018) Labour’s move was welcomed by a leading anti-Brexit campaigner.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph Eloise Todd, chief executive of Best for Britain, claimed it represented “a momentous day in our campaign”.
She added: “Labour have put a second referendum on the table with this amendment and this is a massive step forward.”
Re-released today – Best of Tony Benn – talks European union (todays EU) and democracy to Roy Jenkins in 1975 – These are the highlights and have never sounded more relevant than today with the Brexit debate.
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Tony Benn 1975 European Communities debate highlights
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When young children are losing at board games they demand to change the rules. Yet this same juvenile intent drives the cabal of democracy defying MPs.
Speaking to BBC business editor Simon Jack in Davos, Mr Osborne said that the prospect of no deal meant „the gun is held to the British economy’s head“.
„Russian roulette is a game which you should never play because there’s a one-in-six chance that the bullet goes into your head,“ he said.
(20.1.2019) Former Ukip leader says he will ‘re-enter the fray’ if Brexit is put back beyond 29 March
– Corbyn tables amendment for Government to debate alternative Brexit plans
– It would require the Government to give Parliament time to legislate for new vote
– Mr Corbyn’s move is the closest he has come to backing a second referendum
– The move reflects the pressure he is under from party members to shift to a position of trying to block Brexit
The Unite general secretary has been issued the unprecedented invite to No10 as the Prime Minister desperately tries to win support for her deal.
A union source said GMB leader Tim Roache and UNISON’s Dave Prentis had also been invited for one-on-one talks on Thursday.
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Some deal or proposition that can command a Commons majority, versus—what?
When it came to external relations, Luxemburg pointed out, the idea of a European Union was also deployed to divide Europe from the rest of the world: ‘Every time that bourgeois politicians have championed the idea of Europeanism, of the union of European States, it has been with an open or concealed point directed against the “yellow peril”, the “dark continent”, against the “inferior races”. In short, it has always been an imperialist abortion.’ They could write those last words on the EU’s tombstone.
Corbyn’s move, tabled on Monday night, “requires” ministers to vote on alternatives that would avoid a no-deal Brexit.
Corbyn’s u-turn came Labour MPs today openly defied Jeremy Corbyn by heading for a Downing Street meeting with Theresa May’s top aides.
Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and other leading moderates visited the Cabinet Office this morning for talks with ministers along with Tories such as Anna Soubry.
Jeremy Corbyn has endorsed a plan to force a second EU referendum as he bowed to pressure from Labour party members and MPs.
Mr Corbyn wants the Government to give MPs the final say next week on a second referendum. If a majority back a referendum, Parliament could force Theresa May to hold a new in/out public vote that could lead to Brexit being reversed.
Corbyn’s rejection of the Downing Street invitation has turned out to be a bit of a gift for May, as she can deflect attention from her own procrastination and failures in people management onto the Labour leader. She now has someone else to blame for the ongoing struggle to reach an agreement on Brexit.
She also appeared to invite MPs to put the matter of a second referendum to a vote, not just in order to kill talk of it off through a Commons defeat, but presumably because this will force Corbyn to take a position on a matter which he has been very reluctant to approach.
Any trade unionist engaged in negotiations will tell you that in order to achieve reasonable concessions in any negotiation, you do not rule out the prospect of no deal at the very start. In a negotiation your opponents, whether they are an employer or a bloc of nations, need to be aware that you are prepared to walk away should expectations not be met. In ruling out the prospect of No Deal, a future Labour Government would risk losing all leverage.
An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has documented 10 fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters who have been posting virulent anti-Semitism.
The accounts share sufficient similarities to indicate that the same person – or group – is running them.
Without police involvement or a court case, it’s impossible to know for sure who is behind this troll network.
A major online publication covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has uncovered an attempt to use social media to spread and intensify the notion of an antisemitism crisis within the Labour Party.
An Electronic Intifada investigation has revealed that ten fake Twitter accounts were set up to deliberately post antisemitic tweets. The purpose was apparently to discredit Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the party in general. The Electronic Intifada says it’s likely that the same person or group of people created the accounts.
How brilliant was that cheer on Question Time last night? Isabel Oakeshott said Theresa May should just walk away from the EU. Fiona Bruce asked her if she meant we should pursue ‘No Deal’. ‘Yes’, said Oakeshott and there it was, instantly, contagiously, the loudest cheer I can remember hearing from a Question Time audience. This was no polite applause or murmur of approval. It was a statement — a noisy, rebellious statement of the people’s continuing and profound attachment to the idea of leaving the European Union, deal or no deal.
Last night Diane Abobott warned Labour MPs that Leave would win AGAIN in a referendum and they should be „careful what they wish for“.
71 MPs have so far come out in favour of a fresh vote.
A second referendum would take more than a year to organise, according to civil service guidance shown to MPs holding talks with Theresa May and senior ministers.
The one-page document published by the Daily Telegraph sets out the stages required to mount another poll in bullet-point form.
A string of junior shadow ministers have told the Guardian they are strongly opposed to the idea of a second referendum, which they fear would expose Labour to a vicious backlash in leave-voting constituencies.
Some in May’s circle think that the Labour leadership’s support can be obtained for a price. Jeremy Corbyn, they reckon, doesn’t want a second referendum. Nor does he want to get any of the blame for a no-deal Brexit. This makes them think that Labour will back a new deal with the EU if it extracts some very visible (and embarrassing) concessions from the government.
I’m also told that Mr Corbyn is extremely unlikely to back another referendum any time soon. They will not abandon seeking an election as Brexit is likely the only opportunity to force one until 2022. That’s a long march ahead.
Secondly, I’m told there’s genuine concern of shadow cabinet walkouts and a backbench rebellion. Scores of Labour MPs represent Leave seats and many are sceptical about any such a move.
But Labour started the last election campaign 24 percentage points behind the Tories in the polls, and ended two points behind six weeks later. Today, the polling average has Labour slightly ahead. Conservatives fear that a Corbyn-led administration would not be like a “normal” Labour government, and would upend an economic consensus established by Margaret Thatcher. And they would be right.
The media will now attempt to shift the narrative, claiming that it is Labour under pressure. This is absurd.
(15.1.2019) Pressure is now growing on Sir Keir Starmer to consider his position as Shadow Brexit Secretary, with a number of People’s Vote-supporting Labour MPs saying that he should resign by the end of this week if the party hasn’t turned to a second referendum by then.
Jeremy Corbyn should take up the offer of Brexit talks with Theresa May, a senior Welsh Labour MP has said.
– The Labour leader flatly refused an offer from the PM for talks on how to find a way through on Brexit
– Mrs May appealed for consensus and said she was ‚disappointed‘ by the snub in statement in Downing Street
The Tories’ chaotic handling of Brexit has left us with no choice: Jeremy Corbyn has called a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government.
We need a General Election now to break the Brexit deadlock. And a new government that can get a Brexit deal that actually delivers for working people.