Westminster students are divided and “confused” but believe their chosen parties will stick to their Brexit pledges. Brexit legislation is on hold while the UK votes in this year’s general election. The Conservative party, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership, wants to leave the European Union (EU) with its most recent revised deal. Mr Johnson has been pushing to “get Brexit done” and has previously promised to leave the union, on 31 October 2019 as “do or die”. Government’s attempt to get a new deal through Parliament, was frustrated after members of parliament failed to approve the deal, thus forcing the Prime Minister to ask for an extension of the deadline to the EU. Divisions over Brexit has remained high in the Conservative party, even after Mr Johnson managed to se
“I learnt the lesson” said Juan Manuel Santos, when he reflected on the plebiscite in which the first peace agreement between the Government and FARC was rejected two months ago. Mr. Santos, who is visiting Sweden after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo last Saturday, admitted today in the Swedish Parliament that he shouldn’t have called a Referendum. As it happened to David Cameron last June with the Brexit Referendum, Colombia’s President said that he held it because it was a promise, then for him, it was the “right” thing to do. “I learnt the lesson. You shouldn’t hold a Referendum to vote on something you don’t need to.” Colombia’s President said at a seminar in Stockholm with members of the Parliament’s Commission of Foreign Affairs. The reflection recalls the shocking
Outside the British Supreme Court last week, the atmosphere was tense, as pro-Brexit campaigners stood metres away from an anti-Brexit protest. Suddenly, a tussle between two protesters erupted, that had to be broken up by 7 policemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYN1M2jUe7g Remain and Leave voters fundamentally disagree on almost all issues. A Twitter poll conducted for Westminster World, with 51 participants, showed that 86% of them have argued with someone they know about Brexit. Have you ever argued with anyone you know about #Brexit ? Poll for @WestWorldUK — Blyth Brentnall (@BlythBrentnall) December 7, 2016 “Brexit revealed a number of divides in UK society: between more and less educated people, older and younger people; and to some extent the class divide as well.
The President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, has spoken for the first time since the resignation of his Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. In a tweet released this morning by Quirinal Palace, Mr Mattarella’s residence, the leader of the Republic said that the large number of voters in the Referendum was a “testimony of a solid democracy from a passionate country, capable of an active participation”. He also called for “serenity and reciprocal respect” to face the new political situation and the “actual problems” in the country. His intervention is an attempt to calm the voices who are calling for populism. #Quirinale, Il Presidente della Repubblica, Sergio #Mattarella, ha rilasciato la seguente dichiarazione: pic.twitter.com/k0BeO5rR13 — Quirinale Uff Stampa (@Quirinale) 5 de diciembre
Nicola Sturgeon announced she would campaign for the EU to stay in the UK at a speech in London this Monday. The First Minister of Scotland said that there was “a real chance” of a second referendum on Scotland’s independence if the UK voted to leave the EU. Polls tend to show that Scotland will indeed vote to stay in the EU. Scottish National Party’s leader asked David Cameron to agree that all four nations of the UK had to vote in favour of leaving to make the exit possible, according to Channel 4 News. Such a decision would make “Brexit” very unlikely to happen since Scotland and Northern Island may both vote to stay. The European Union is an important trade partner for Scotland as 42% of its export out of the UK were with EU members, she said to The Guardian. She
The Office of National Statistics claims net migration dipped slightly. The data has stimulated further debate about UK borders. The ONS published data suggesting that net migration in the UK has dipped from its all-time-high of +330,000 back in mid-2015, down to +323,000. Of the 617,000 people who entered into the UK, at least 257,000 were EU-citizens. Another 273,000 arrivals were from non-EU countries. About half of the people who entered the UK during this period came for work-related reasons, or to study, according to the figures. UKIP leader Nigel Farage seized on the information and took to Twitter. https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage/status/702877357384798208 Mr Farage gave a rough estimate for the preferred level of net migration that UKIP would aim for in an inte
The Brexit issue will be the main topic of discussion at a two-day summit taking place in Brussels this Thursday and Friday. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk called this a “make or break summit”. Indeed the EU and the UK must now find an agreement on David Cameron’s claims before he sets up a date for a national referendum about a leave from the UK (possibly on June 23 according to the Financial Times). The Prime Minister already obtained compromises from the EU as Donald Tusk proposed an emergency possibility of supressing social aids to non-UK European workers for four years if needed. Indeed it goes against the essential principles of the EU to build equality between all European citizens. David Cameron asked for a permanent suppres