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  1. Jun 2019
    1. In November last year, Gordon Brown suggested that an assembly might resolve the Brexit crisis. Last month, Damon Albarn, Rowan Williams and a number of other public figures wrote an open letter to the Guardian in support, and the idea now has this newspaper’s backing.

      Further, a group of Labour MPs tabled amendments to the Brexit deal that included a Citizens' Assembly on Brexit, and a host of other campaigning and civil society organisations have started looking at this as a potential solution. Devolved administrations such as the Scottish government are also increasingly interested in this model of deliberative democracy

  2. May 2019
    1. To win a majority in the country, Labour needs to win seats in the parts of the UK that backed leave. There is no route to 10 Downing Street that doesn’t run through areas that voted heavily to leave and heavily to remain.

      The difference between Labour and the Lib Dems/Brexit Party is that Labour is the only party that can realistically aim for government at the next GE. Given the current state of British politics, this means bridging the Brexit divide.

    2. I am yet to meet more than a handful of people who have changed their minds.

      If People's Vote was intended to change people's minds on Brexit, then there is no doubt that they failed disastrously by repeating the same mistakes on the 2016 Remain campaign. Labour can only succeed if it commits to taking a different, more democratic approach to Brexit

    3. Labour is urged to pick a side in this ongoing tug-of-war. That is a dead end for the party and for a very divided country.

      Labour's split in the 2016 referendum between Leave and Remain mirrors the UK's own split: most constituencies where Remain support was the highest voted Labour in the 2015 general elections, and yet, seven out of ten Labour MPs represent constituencies that voted Leave.

  3. Apr 2019
  4. Mar 2019
    1. His comment comes after earlier in the day the European Union's Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that the UK parliament has missed its "last chance" to reach a Brexit agreement.

      This contradicts what we know.

  5. Nov 2018
    1. Britain and America, Brexit and Trump, are inextricably entwined. By Nigel Farage. By Cambridge Analytica. By Steve Bannon. By the Russian ambassador to London, Alexander Yakovenko, who has been identified by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a conduit between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. The same questions that dog the US election dog ours, too.

      There is one vital difference on this between the US and the UK. America has the Mueller investigation. And Britain does not.

  6. Sep 2017
    1. If we didn't do this, and allowed the uncertainty to continue, and pushed these difficult subjects to the end of the negotiations, then we would run the risk of failure in the absence of trust between us

      I feel that trust is moving downwards at the moment.

    2. There is therefore only one year left

      this is deeply worrying

  7. May 2017
    1. Out goes 'strong and stable leadership': Tories reboot online campaign

      Thank god for small mercies I couldn't take much more of the robotic repetition, incessantly out of context!!

    2. after TV leaders’ interviews with PM and Corbyn

      Well she did perform rather poorly considering how both Neill & Paxman took it so easy on her, even the audience seemed loathe to add to her rather obvious stress and discomfort when questioned. Doesn't bode well for her ability in long, tedious, detailed and highly complex negotiations necessary for Brexit!

  8. Feb 2017
    1. In the United Kingdom, the arguments rage over the rights and wrongs of the Brexit referendum result. I begin to think this is what it must be like to be the child of divorcing parents. Before, there was one truth, one story, one reality; now there are two.

      Interesting analogy.

  9. Jul 2016
    1. Brexit is a reminder that having a version of left populism that is also about tolerance and inclusion, that stands up for immigrants and Muslims and people of color, and also says that the elite screwed up and the game is rigged—to be able to combine those two messages is really important and really powerful

      Chris Hayes on implications of Brexit vote for Democrats.

  10. Jun 2016
    1. To no one’s very great surprise, Project Fear turned out to be a giant hoax. The markets were calm. The pound did not collapse. The British government immediately launched a highly effective and popular campaign across the Continent to explain that this was not a rejection of “Europe”, only of the supranational EU institutions; and a new relationship was rapidly forged based on free trade and with traditional British leadership on foreign policy, crime-fighting, intelligence-sharing and other intergovernmental cooperation. 

      This is very funny, in light of the facts. What an arrogant moron.

    1. David Price, vice-provost (research) at UCL, said that the vote was “likely to be a disaster for the long-term future for UK research and HE sector”.

      succinct

    1. But 40 percent said they would be more likely to leave Britain in the event of what’s being called the Brexit, with just 1 percent saying they would be more likely to leave Britain in the event of vote to remain in the E.U.

      That's incredible.

    1. UK universities currently get around 16% of their research funding, and 15% of their staff, from the EU.

      15% of UK university staff come from EU

    1. A Universities UK analysis found that the country’s universities received more than 836 million pounds (more than $1.2 billion) in E.U. research grants and contracts in 2014-15, representing 14.2 percent of all U.K. income from research grants and contracts that year.

      The EU contributed 14.2% of all research money taken in by UK universities in 2014-15.

    1. It would be prudent to assume we'll lose £60m of EU money, £20m from fees, £10m from English teaching and £5m each from industry and charities.

      Anderson puts the conservative estimate at 95m pounds in annual revenue for Cambridge lost in the Brexit.

    1. This is only just beginning, but I think it's safe to say we're back in the Scottish Political Singularity, with a disturbing undercurrent of violent jingoistic xenophobia down south -- the Scottish divorce from Englandshire won't be uncontested or fault-free either -- and meanwhile the smirking fascist in the corner is hoisting his pint glass and humming "tomorrow belongs to me."
    1. The impact of our universities on our local communities and economy should not be underestimated.  Every year, universities generate over £73 billion for the UK economy – £3.7bn of which is generated by students from EU countries, while supporting nearly 380,000 jobs. Strong universities benefit the British people - creating employable graduates and cutting-edge research discoveries that improve lives.

      Some economic numbers on the impact of EU students in British universities.

    1. UCL among first to confirm it will not change tuition fees for EU students next year, as European University Association says British institutions are - and remain - 'an essential part of the European family'

      Good starter article for diving into Brexit and Higher Ed