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Lawyers paid £33,000 of Taxpayers’ Money a Week to Advise Government on Brexit Negotiations

Lawyers paid £33,000 of Taxpayers’ Money a Week to Advise Government on Brexit Negotiations

Department for Exiting the EU spends an estimated £268,711 in eight weeks.

Nick Clegg, who uncovered the spending, said it was further evidence of “how ill-prepared Whitehall is” for the enormous task of withdrawing from the European Union.

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The former Liberal Democrat leader said: “Anyone who thinks Brexit will be quick or easy is seriously mistaken.
“This huge taxpayer-funded Brexit bill for legal advice shows how ill-prepared Whitehall is for what will be the biggest and most complex set of negotiations it has ever attempted.”

More at The Independent Website

You should read Japan’s Brexit note to Britain — it’s brutal.

You should read Japan’s Brexit note to Britain — it’s brutal.

The message is addressed to everyone in Britain, not just some government official in Theresa May’s Department for Exiting the European Union. Its title is “Japan’s Message to the United Kingdom and the European Union.”
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The 15-page document is also startling because it isn’t couched in vague, political spin. The only thing we “know” about May’s Brexit strategy is “Brexit means Brexit.” May has given no further details about what her government is trying to achieve.

The Japanese note, in contrast, is a list of specific concerns and demands.
More at http://uk.businessinsider.com

Doing Referendums Differently After the EU Vote

Doing Referendums Differently After the EU Vote

There were glaring democratic deficiencies in the run-up to the vote, with previously unreleased polling showing that far too many people felt they were ill-informed about the issues; and that the ‘big beast’ personalities did not appear to engage or convince voters.

electReformThe polling also shows that voters viewed both sides as increasingly negative as the campaign wore on. Meanwhile, the top-down, personality-based nature of the debate failed to address major policies and subjects, leaving the public in the dark.

 

The Electoral Reform Society is an independent body. Much is claimed here, but see what you think:

Read More at Electoral Reform Website

Theresa May Risks Cabinet Row over Boris Johnson’s ‘points-based’ Immigration System

Theresa May Risks Cabinet Row over Boris Johnson’s ‘points-based’ Immigration System

PM leaves the door open to giving EU citizens preferential treatment in a future Brexit deal

EU-Indie-1The Prime Minister said there is “no silver bullet” for tackling immigration and that it was not clear that a proposal for an Australian-style points based system, that formed the corner-stone of the Leave campaign’s referendum pitch, actually worked.

She also paved the way for allowing EU citizens preferential treatment in any Brexit deal, and would not commit to other key promises of the leave campaign – such as removing VAT on fuel or giving freed-up funds to the NHS.

More at The Independent

May Rejects Radical Shake-up of Migration Rules for EU Citizens

May Rejects Radical Shake-up of Migration Rules for EU Citizens

Theresa May has ruled out a radical switch to an immigration system that would strip EU citizens of their preferential access to the UK, in comments that have inflamed Brexit supporters.

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The prime minister, speaking ahead of her first G20 summit in China, is considering a more modest reform of immigration rules for EU citizens, knowing that severe curbs could leave Britain excluded from large parts of the single market

Her comments were made as Japan and the US put the UK on notice that investment could flee the country and business ties be damaged unless she negotiates a very “soft” British exit from the EU, safeguarding access to 500m consumers in Europe.

Read More at FT.COM

Westmister Debate on Second Referendum

Westmister Debate on Second Referendum

Sacked Minister Demands Vote by MPs on Brexit Deal

Parliament must be given the final say on Britain’s deal to leave the European Union, a former cabinet minister will tell Theresa May today.

eu-Times-1Whether they voted Leave or Remain, constituents will want to know their representatives can raise their concerns

Nicky Morgan, who was sacked as education secretary by the prime minister when she took office, says that voters expect their MPs to be involved in the Brexit process. Writing for The Times Red Box political website, she adds: “Excluding parliament from the deliberations won’t work.”

Fewer than 200 of the 650 MPs supported Brexit. A debate will be held at Westminster Hall today on the idea of a second EU referendum, after a petition was signed by more than four million people.

Read more at Times Online

Theresa May ‘acting like Tudor monarch’ by denying MPs a Brexit vote

Theresa May ‘acting like Tudor monarch’ by denying MPs a Brexit vote

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Theresa May has been accused of displaying the “arrogance of a Tudor monarch” over her reported intention to deny a parliamentary vote on Brexit before beginning the process of pulling the UK out of the European Union.
The prime minister is allegedly planning to prevent MPs from voting on the decision to leave the EU before article 50, the legislation that will trigger the UK’s formal exit from the bloc, is triggered.

Read More on Guardian Online

Brexit ‘will put 75% of workers at risk of pension shortfall’

Brexit ‘will put 75% of workers at risk of pension shortfall’

People will have to save more for pensions to have income they were on course for before Britain voted out, say City experts

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Leading pensions consultants Hymans Robertson say the combination of interest rates and weaker projections for growth post-Brexit mean people will have to save far more towards their pensions to receive the level of income they were on course for before Britain voted to leave the EU.

Read More at Guardian Online

Theresa May calls Brexit meeting amid reports of single market split

Theresa May calls Brexit meeting amid reports of single market split

Number of senior figures thought to believe all options including staying part of economic area should remain on table

EU2-GuardianTheresa May is to meet her cabinet at Chequers after asking for each minister to report back on how they believe Britain can make a success of Brexit in their areas.

The meeting on Wednesday comes amid reports of a government split over whether or not the UK government should attempt to retain membership of the single market.

A number of senior figures, including the chancellor, Philip Hammond, according to the Sunday Times, are thought to believe that all options including staying part of the economic area should remain on the table.

More at Guardian Online