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Boris Johnson 'turbo-charging' no-deal Brexit plans, say ministers  | The Guardian |

Boris Johnson is "turbo-charging" preparations to leave the EU without a deal on 31 October as his government's number one priority, according to several senior cabinet ministers.

The new prime minister sent out cabinet ministers for interviews across newspapers and broadcasters this weekend as part of a publicity blitz about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

Their message is that the UK will be heading for no deal unless EU leaders agree to replace the Irish backstop.

Michael Gove, the new Cabinet Office minister in charge of no-deal preparations, said the government was "operating on the assumption" that Britain would leave without a deal on 31 October and it was a "very real prospect" because EU leaders had so far not changed their minds about scrapping the backstop.

He said in the Sunday Times that an agreement might not be struck with Brussels by then, but there was a "new clarity of mission, we will exit the EU on October 31, no ifs, no buts, no more delay".

Will the U.S. Democrats go by way of the European Labour parties? They just don't seem to get their act together. The Election 2020 is not that far away ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 28th, 2019 at 03:48:23 PM EST
If Trump is re-elected, the Democrats (and progressives anywhere) might as well quit politics.
by das monde on Sun Jul 28th, 2019 at 04:48:31 PM EST
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No, Corbyn is not asleep at the wheel. Not that I can see anyway.

However, he does see brexit as a done deal; he is still leading an opposition party and cannot neither stop nor even influence brexit. So, to his mind there is little to be gained by promoting it and a lot to be lost by openly opposing it.

He is keeping his powder dry. He was personally mocked and declared irrelevant, yet from being a million miles behind in the polls, he nearly beat May in the last General Election. With the precariat and general conditions ofr people only getting much worse much more quickly and a far right nexus between Boris and Farage in the offing, I'm sure tht the next election campaign wil be fought over the heads of the media.

I notice that my age roup are easily caught up in FB manias, but increasingly evidence emerges that under 30s are less impressed. Especially as climate emergency is becoming to anybody willing to look. Reality seems to be outpacing the ability of billionaires to hide the evidence.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 08:14:40 PM EST
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and a lot to be lost by openly opposing it.

That is the part I don't get. The default position of the opposition should be to oppose.

I accept that opposing "Brexit" had a lot of potential risks, but what he should have been doing from a fairly early stage was vehemently opposing a "tory-brexit". He could have peddled the line that a "good" brexit was possible (which he probably genuinely believes), while hammering the truth that the tories were royally screwing it up and were in fact using it as an opportunity to ransack the country and worsen the lot of the majority of the population. The only risk would have been if the tories did a good job, and if he still thought that was likely to happen after the first six months has passed, then he wasn't paying attention.

by det on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 08:58:57 PM EST
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He did exactly that though? I think he even used "tory-brexit" as his main rethorical device.
by generic on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 06:55:17 AM EST
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Corbyn a master of mixed signals throughout, not a leader in troubled waters during the Brexit debate and division in his own party ...

    "None of this addresses the wisdom of Labour's policy towards Brexit and a new referendum. All it does is indicate that its policy is specifically haemorrhaging remain votes without enhancing its appeal to leave voters. If the party's aim was to maximise support next week by appealing to both remain and leave Britain, it is failing spectacularly."

    [Source: YouGov poll: Labour's Brexit tactics are failing spectacularly (May 2019) ]

Labour and Momentum put activists on snap general election notice | The Guardian  - July 25, 2019 |
Brexit: Labour to back Remain as it calls for a new EU referendum | BBC Interview - July 9, 2019 |

Interesting read ...

The Technology Trap by John Harris, columnist @TheGuardian
The Democratic Hopefuls Have Endorsed the Green New Deal. So Why The Silence?

    "Climate is now the leading issue named regularly in polling of Democratic primary voters, after years on the bottom."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:31:39 AM EST
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In victory for activists, Vancouver city council votes against adopting IHRA antisemitism definition | Mondoweiss |

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 02:26:06 PM EST
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