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by Oui Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 08:14:00 PM EST

Gone down in history as Britain's villain or your very own Benedict Arnold.

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MEPs approve deal for UK to leave the European Union | EuroNews |

After an emotional debate that lasted more than two hours, MEPs joined hands after the vote for a rendition of Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns.

The deal will now go to the European Council, which is likely to give its consent on Thursday.

As British MEPs embraced each other and colleagues in the chamber, European Parliament President David Sassoli said that strong ties would remain with the UK.

"We have stood shoulder to shoulder in the European Parliament - fifty years of integration cannot disappear easily," he said.

Opening the debate, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 2009 to 2019, paid tribute to "our British colleagues - or at least the overwhelming majority of them [...]. In the name of all of us," he said. "We will miss you."

The Britons getting out before Brexit 'drawbridge' goes up | The Guardian |

Under the withdrawal agreement British nationals can settle in another EU member state right up to 31 December and claim lifetime rights as EU citizens.

"We have people inquiring what the rules are and we are saying to people that as long as they move before 31 December they will have the same rights as those of us who are already here. It is in the withdrawal agreement," says Wilson.

"Even if you haven't reached pension age and you have paid in for enough years to make you eligible you will have the right to an uprated pension for life under the withdrawal agreement."

Not all rights are guaranteed and the campaign group British in Europe has urged Brussels and London to secure those that have yet to be negotiated, which include freedom of movement and the right to return to the UK with an EU family member after Brexit. But the rights to study, work and retire remain for those moving before 2021.

EU nationals who cannot prove 'settled status' being wrongly denied basic rights | The Independent |

1972 - Ted Heath signs UK in

Sir Edward Heath, the then prime minister, signs the accession treaty to the European Economic Community, which takes effect on 1 January 1973.

"What dictators have failed to do by force, democracies are undertaking by peaceful consent ... and the voice of European civilisation so muted since the second world war will be able to speak in a united way," said the British commissioner, George Thomson.

Related reading ...

Can Britain really do the trade deal it wants with the EU? | DW |

Boost for Right in post-Brexit EU parliament

The new assembly will have an overall total of 705 MEPs (with one Catalan MEP not having yet taken his seat).

The remaining 46 seats will be available for potential EU enlargements and for any possible future creation of a transnational lists.

Based on a decision back in 2018 on how to redistribute the seats, taking into account member states' populations, France and Spain gain five seats, Italy and the Netherlands get three, Ireland will have two more MEPs, and Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, Croatia, Estonia, Poland and Romania will have one extra each from 1 February.

In 10 countries, new MEPs have already been formally elected, but not yet designated. In Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark only the lists from which the additional members will come have been officially announced, and their EP party-affiliation confirmed.

According to figures published by the European parliament's think tank on Tuesday (14 January), and based on information gathered from parliamentary groups, the ID will overtake the Greens as the fourth-largest group in the European parliament.

The European Parliament after Brexit: what would it look like? | LSE |  

Will Brexit turn the European Parliament upside-down?

There was much emotion during the European Parliament's last session in January in Strasbourg. But this was not the case for the 29 deputies of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, elected in May 2019 (nor for the only pro-Brexit conservative deputy), who had also turned away during the European anthem at the inaugural session in July 2019. Having found no accomplices within the new Parliament, they now sit among the non-attached members.

But for the other 43 MEPs (Labour, Liberals, Greens, Conservatives - all opposed to Brexit), the departure from the European Parliament on the 31st of January is heart-breaking, and for many of their colleagues from other countries as well.

by Oui on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 09:57:57 PM EST
by Oui on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 04:12:45 AM EST
But why would anyone want to move to a country entering a state economic decline and the ensuing civil unrest?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 04:21:09 PM EST
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Ask the folks still trying to come to the US.  Even though they are likely to face open terror campaigns after Der Drumpfenfuehrer wins this year.
by rifek on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 05:28:15 PM EST
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EU vessels will no longer have automatic access to UK fishing waters | The Guardian |

Theresa Villiers, environment secretary, said: "This new bill will take back control of our waters, enabling the UK to establish sustsinable, profitable fishing industries for our coastal communities, while ensuring the long term health of British fisheries. Leaving the EU's failed common fisheries policies is one of the most important benefits of Brexit. It means we can create a fairer system."

Boris Johnson Plans Law For Control of U.K. Fisheries After Brexit

by Oui on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 04:24:43 AM EST
by Oui on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 06:11:26 PM EST
And so it begins

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 04:22:47 PM EST
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The Bank of Trump is available for loans--although the terms might be uncomfortable.
by asdf on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 01:10:48 AM EST
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Nice palace you have here.

Pity if anything happened to it.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 02:13:27 AM EST
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Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI
Walter Soriano, the Chabad's kind fixer, linked to Deripaska, Putin, Netanyahu, Kushner
Oleg Deripaska sues US Treasury Mnuchin over wealth loss, VTB Bank loan

Mrs. Merkel stays tight-lipped, becomes more militaristic by the week ...

 ○ Opposition bids to ban 'killer robots' foiled by Merkel's coalition | DW |

by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 02:16:38 AM EST
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Watching out for Bush nominees | JTA - Dec. 2000 |
Netanyahu's 'list of millionaires' | Ynet News - Oct. 2010 |

Common Friends in circle of Oligarchs: Netanyahu and Putin ... shared love for President Trump!

Russian Oil Wealth, Kremlin and Oligarchs
Chabad, Vekselberg, Putin and the Schneerson Library

Influencing US Elections: Netanyahu, Salman, Sheikh of Abu Dhabi, Emir of Qatar, Putin, Poroshenko? Democrats know: the Soviets Did It!

by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 02:44:32 AM EST
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Schulz Memo: Biden campaign to extend "fight" beyond IA caucus
Schultz emphasized several new additions to Biden's national finance team, including former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, a billionaire businesswoman and sister to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker; Marc Lasry, the billionaire co-owner of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks; and former Ambassador Rufus Gifford, a prodigious fundraiser who served as the finance chairman of President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
by Cat on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 05:27:34 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 07:49:09 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 08:05:12 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 08:09:20 PM EST

h/t Raw Story

by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 08:55:54 PM EST
He is a total head case.
by Cat on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 10:14:44 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 10:33:25 PM EST
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Labour party says it will support general election | FT - Oct. 23, 2019 |


"Let this bill pass ... then we'll have an election."

by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 09:41:53 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 11:46:03 PM EST
The EU will be vastly better off without the UK.

IF they ditch the neo-liberal/austerity BS.

If not ....

well, it was a valiant effort.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 02:19:48 AM EST

The Tory strategy will be to negate on all prior commitments and push hard from Square One. Trump BoJo will not be pushed around by Brussels and will play hard ball to detriment of all sides. The EU-27 must stop dreaming -- Juncker & Tusk duo -- and except the UK under Brexiteers is a lost cause. The EU under lead from Merkel and German car lobby went along with the final extension :: offered BoJo the opportunity for GE2019 and his landslide win.

by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 04:21:19 PM EST
Does this include the border with Gibraltar?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 05:09:43 PM EST
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Or, in tabloid speak : "How bitter EU will back Spain's claim to Gibraltar to tarnish Boris' Brexit negotiations" (genuine headline)

by Bernard on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 05:53:09 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 06:11:34 PM EST
Political journalists boycott No 10 briefing after reporter ban

The Tory government establishing a film
under direction of Downing Street 10, and hiring a film crew and producer. Memories?

by Oui on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 10:21:09 PM EST
by Oui on Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 10:25:45 PM EST
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I doubt any of them has the artistry of Leni Riefenstahl, but I suspect the substance will be quite similar.
by rifek on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 05:35:20 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Feb 6th, 2020 at 04:18:50 PM EST

Michael Gove confirms post-Brexit trade barriers will be imposed | The Guardian |
Government confirms plans to introduce import controls

UK would cut tariffs, have no checks on Irish border in no-deal Brexit | Reuters - May 2019 |

by Oui on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 08:37:16 PM EST

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