A poll in Germany shows just under two thirds of the country want the European Union (EU) to return responsibilities to national governments.
France has suggested a deal could be found whereby the UK can limit free movement of EU people but retain access to the Single Market.
Brexit was not secured by the recent referendum result, constitutional experts have revealed there is a way to ignore the will of the voters.
Boris Johnson stole last night’s debate with a speech urging voters to make Thursday ‘Independence Day’ which was booed by Remain supporters.
A poll has revealed that the massed ranks of establishment politicians are failing to convey their pro-European Union (EU) message, with Prime Minister David Cameron singled out as being one of the worst advocates for Remain. The BMG Research poll, which will make difficult reading for Mr. Cameron and his allies in the Remain campaign, was commissioned by the Electoral Reform Society. It shows that in many cases ‘big names’ in the referendum debate have driven people into the Leave camp, or had virtually no effect at all. Mr. Cameron’s influence has had a negative effect on his own campaign, making 29 per cent of respondents say they’re more likely to vote Leave — nearly double the 15 per cent who say he has made them more likely to vote Remain. At 56 per cent, over half of those polled said his contributions have had no impact on their vote. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has not caused quite such a negative impact on his own side, with a marginally better 19 per cent of people more likely to vote Leave thanks to his contribution, compared to 13 per cent for the Remain side he supports. However, in what must be an embarrassment to the Leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition, fully 68
Using the occasion of a visit to London, American film-maker Michael Moore chose to offend his hosts by labeling the UK a “toxic place” with nothing to offer the world. The Oscar-winning documentary-maker was promoting his new film, ‘Where to Invade Next’, which sees him visiting European countries to claim their best features for his home nation. The UK does not feature in the film as it has nothing to offer against the likes of Italian holiday entitlement, Norwegian prisons and French school lunches. Michael Moore explained: “It was a conscious and purposeful decision to not come to the UK. I mean this with respect, we didn’t feel like there was anything left to learn here. And that you had given up on yourselves.” In particular, the Guardian reports, Mr. Moore cited Tony Blair’s support for allying Britain to the 2003 invasion of Iraq in the poisoning of the UK’s reputation, saying: “You may be over Tony Blair. We’re not. We expected George W Bush to start that war. That wasn’t a surprise. But he was able to do it because you – the Brits, under Tony Blair – gave him back-up. You made it possible for him to say: ‘Hey, it’s not just me!’ “Honestly, if Blair hadn’t
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton seems to have overcome recent issues he had with certain European Union (EU) Member States, penning a piece for a left-of-centre news weekly which tells British voters to reject the temptation to vote for Brexit in the upcoming referendum. Writing for the website of a magazine which boasts of its “progressive politics”, “scepticism” and “free thinking”, President Clinton trotted out the standard establishment arguments for a rejection of Brexit in favour of the status quo in the EU referendum taking place this month, declaring: “I hope you will stay.” Claiming in his New Statesman piece that “Europe is strongest when it is united”, President Clinton did concede that the “decision on Europe is one for the British people, and the world will respect their judgement.” However, he then added his pro-EU voice to that of President Obama with the finger-wagging warning: They should know, however, how much America and the rest of the world have valued – and continue to value – a strong United Kingdom playing its full part in a strong European Union. Transatlantic co-operation is essential, and that co-operation is strongest when Europe is united. President Clinton identified a temptation to see isolationism as an answer to what he describes as “a tumultuous world,
Jim Mellon, the investor who correctly forecast the last economic recession, now predicts “years of turbulence” for the European Union (EU) and the “breakup” of the euro currency. Mr. Mellon — referred to be some as ‘Britain’s answer to Warren Buffett’ — has concluded from his assessment of the current economic climate that Britain is “better off outside the European Union in a comfortably appointed lifeboat in the English Channel, as the Euro Titanic sinks to the bottom of the ocean.” The reason Mr. Mellon’s assessment is worth listening to is because he was one of the few economists to forecast the most recent economic recession, correctly predicting that the U.S. housing crisis would be the “trigger” for that in his book ‘Wake Up!: Survive and Prosper in the Coming Economic Turmoil’. Mr. Mellon sets out what he says are the clear reasons for the impending collapse. France and Italy are in “debt traps,” meaning the are not able to grow their way out of evermore expanding debts. Meanwhile, structural reforms are not available to a French government prevented from employing such measures by striking workers, and in Italy the banks are in “perilous trouble”, as reported previously by Breitbart London. For these reasons, Mr. Mellon says:
David Cameron’s former Deputy Director of Policy at Downing Street was yesterday found guilty of five counts of downloading indecent photographs of children. At his trial 65-year-old Patrick Rock (pictured) — who once helped devise policy intended to protect children from internet pornography — admitted that in August 2013 he downloaded 20 pictures of nine girls, included ones aged 10 to 16, from a free-to-view website. He denied the pictures of girls posing in bikinis, suspenders, hot pants, a ballet tutu and bras were indecent and broke the law, but the jury at Southwark Crown Court in London disagreed after deliberations lasting more than eight hours. The case focused on the nature of the pictures, which were found on Mr. Rock’s iPad after it was seized by investigators while he was visiting the U.S. to sort out his recently deceased mother’s affairs. The prosecution conceded that the girls pictured were not naked, but said they were nevertheless in “sexualised” poses. His defence argued his pictures were no more explicit than Britney Spears’ video for her 1998 song ‘Baby One More Time’. Filmed when she was 16 years old, that video famously portrayed her in a schoolgirl’s uniform. Mr. Rock was cleared on three counts of downloading indecent pictures of under-age girls, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on 12 further
An Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said that it is possible for companies to institute a headscarf ban if it is done under a policy ensuring “religious and ideological neutrality”. The opinion on the headscarf ban – which is currently only “advisory” – was delivered yesterday by Germany’s Advocate General at the ECJ, Professor Juliane Kokott. The final judgment on the case will come later this year, but the ECJ commonly follows Advocates General’s opinions which are considered to be independent and impartial and are regularly sought before the actual judges deliberate on high-profile cases. The specifics involve Samira Achbita, a practicing Muslim from Belgium who worked as a receptionist for G4S Secure Solutions. Ms. Achbita worked for three years for the company before insisting she should be allowed to go to work wearing an Islamic headscarf. As a result she was dismissed because of the company’s policy banning the wearing of visible religious, political and philosophical symbols. Backed by Centre for Equal Opportunities and Combatting Racism — a Belgian government agency — Ms. Achbita sued for damages but lost her case in the first two tiers of Belgian courts. With her appeal against those losses now before Belgium’s main court of last resort — the Court of Cassation — the ECJ has been asked to clarify the issue in