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Britain openly admits to breaking international law on Ireland

Having illegally defied the International Court of Justice and the UN General Assembly over the Chagos Islands, now it is Ireland, which is also to be remilitarized.

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(September 9) – The British government has been accused of creating a “rogue state” as it published a bill to violate the Irish protocol of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, an international treaty. Britain’s Direct Ruler in Ireland, Brandon Lewis (pictured), has brazenly admitted in the Westminster parliament that the Tories’ ‘Internal Market Bill’ breaks international law. Continue reading

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Scotland is turning the corner

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A group of Scottish nationalists created a controversy this week when they symbolically ‘closed the border’ with England in a protest aimed at the coronavirus crisis. It signifies a new exhaustion in Scotland with a visibly collapsing England. An analysis of the increasingly popular idea of Scottish independence by Paul Kavanagh (weegingerdug). We’ve turned the corner. Continue reading

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A dysfunctional British parliamentary system

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Protests against dysfunctional parliament, St George’s Hall, Liverpool, September 2, 2019 (Click to enlarge)

(September 13) – The decision of the Court of Session, Scotland’s Supreme Civil Court, that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, coming after the chaotic and farcical scenes in the House of Commons on September 9, underline how dysfunctional the parliamentary system has become. It marked the culmination of the spectacle of the old norms being torn up. Continue reading

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Brexit crisis deepens: The Queen’s active role in the right wing coup

The British people took to the streets of London to vent their anger at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue the dysfunctional Westminster Parliament. The Queen’s assent was given on August 28 in a secret meeting held at Balmoral in Scotland with Jacob Rees-Mogg, Baroness Evans, the Leader of the Lords, and Mark Spencer, the Chief Whip. MPs have also reacted with indignation, comparing the move to a coup d’état. Only six Cabinet ministers, together with Johnson, according to the Telegraph, knew of the secret plans to suspend Parliament for a month, beginning in the second week of September. Thousands of people made their way to Parliament Square at short notice, advertising their efforts with the social media hash tag #StopTheCoup. In addition, a petition against Johnson’s plan had already exceeded 1.3 million signatures at the time of publication, as the public outrage rumbled on. A petition earlier this year demanding the British government reverse its course on Brexit received more than 4.5 million signatures in just three days.  It is not simply that it is rule by executive fiat, but that the chaos and illegal maneouvres are demonstrating that these political institutions are not consistent with the needs of the times. Two views.

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Brexit: The irrationality and state of denial of the Withdrawal Agreement shambles

With less than four weeks to go before Britain is due to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday, March 29, the House of Commons is very little nearer to agreeing what the Withdrawal Agreement should be. The Deal agreed between the government negotiating team and the EU leaders, an agreement which has been endorsed by the other 27 EU member countries, has been rejected by MPs. Changes to the Deal have been ruled out by the EU negotiators. Theresa May has attempted to negotiate changes with them without success, while being unable to convince MPs to accept the Deal that has been negotiated. Continue reading

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An Army of the Europeans

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Brussels, Belgium, July 7, 2018. Banner reads “Yes to Peace! No to NATO!”

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BERLIN (November 29) – The program of the Berlin Security Conference, which ended yesterday, included discussions on new steps toward creating an “army of the Europeans,” concerns over the possible erosion of the West’s “margin in defence capabilities” vis à vis Russia and China, as well as the role of artificial intelligence in future wars. Continue reading

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Contradictions in Europe continue to deepen: Opposition to Britain’s Brexit deal and political chaos

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2018.00.00-BrexitHearOurVoicesNoEUFrontierCrOn November 25, a special European Union (EU) summit of the European Council approved the draft withdrawal agreement and future relationship plan struck between Britain and the European Commission, finally ironed out the previous day by Theresa May and the EU Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Continue reading

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Second anniversary of Brexit Referendum: Hysteria and division surround Brexit votes and negotiations

June 23 marked the second anniversary of the referendum called by then Prime Minister David Cameron on the issue of whether to Remain in or Leave the European Union. June 8 was also the first anniversary of the snap election called by current Prime Minister Theresa May that was supposed to provide strong and stable government after Cameron resigned following the Leave result in the referendum. Continue reading

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Crisis of British political system deepens: People say No! to May in June

(Workers’ Weekly, June 14) – The result of the June 8 General Election has been a catastrophe for Theresa May and the Conservative Party as well as the ruling circles which are now left to pick the chestnuts out of the fire during the Brexit negotiations.  Continue reading

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Brexit: The European war union

THE EUROPEAN UNION OF THE MONOPOLIES

The Merchants of Death – lithograph by Mabel Dwight

The Merchants of Death – lithograph by Mabel Dwight

German and French foreign ministers issue call for a “European Security Compact,” maintaining “employable high-readiness forces” and establishing “standing maritime forces.” Steinmeier and Ayrault write that to “plan and conduct civil and military operations more effectively,” the EU should institute a “permanent civil-military chain of command.” The creation of a “European FBI” is also on the agenda. Continue reading

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Germany’s response to Brexit: ‘Flexible union’ with a European FBI

diktatur_der_monopolegerman-foreign-policy.com BERLIN (June 27) –  Berlin is applying intense pressure in the aftermath of the Brexit, to reorganize the EU. Under the slogan, “flexible Union,” initial steps are being taken to establish a “core Europe.” This would mean an EU, led by a small, tight-knit core of countries, with the rest of the EU member countries being subordinated to second-class status. Continue reading

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Brexit vote: A call to chart a new path

Sober analysis from Workers’ Weekly*

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The people of England, Scotland, Wales and the north of Ireland voted on June 23 to leave the European Union rather than remain in the EU. The voting was Leave: 17,410,742 (51.9% of valid votes cast); Remain: 16,141,241(48.1% of valid votes cast), a majority of 1,269,501, with a turnout of 72.2% of the total electorate of 46,500,001. The number of rejected ballots was 25,359.[1] Continue reading

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‘Social Europe’ is anti-social

England, UK .13.11. 2008. Paris. RMT ( Rail, Maritime & Transport ) trade union joins CGT & other European rail unions in protest demonstration against EU railways privatisation. © Andrew Wiard - Phone: + 44 (0) 7973-219 201.

RMT ( Rail, Maritime & Transport ) trade union joins CGT & other European rail unions in protest demonstration in 2008 Paris against EU railways privatisation.

On the eve of the Brexit referendum, german-foreign-policy.com last week interviewed John Boyd on the European Union and the so-called Social Europe, which is especially promoted by the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party. He also provides background information on the stands taken by the trade unions. John Boyd is Secretary of the Campaign against Euro-federalism (CAEF), an organisation oriented towards the labour movement and trade union movement, which has been calling for a withdrawal from the EU since it was founded in 1991. Continue reading

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Why the British said No to Europe

JOHN PILGER argues that the referendum result represents a deeper, more dynamic anger than the reasons rehearsed by politicians and the media and offers a glimpse of hope.

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The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. Continue reading

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Political upheaval as Britain votes to quit European Union of the monopolies

May Day 2016

May Day 2016

Amid profound political and constitutional crisis and financial upheaval, British Prime Minister David Cameron has fallen on his own sword and announced his resignation – although not until the Conservative Party conference in October. Results from the referendum on EU membership initiated by Cameron show it pulling Britain and the north of Ireland out of the European Union by a total vote of an estimated 51.7 per cent to 48.3 per cent. Continue reading

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The first exit

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german-foreign-policy.com (LONDON/BERLIN) – The British people’s vote yesterday to take their country out of the EU is shaking up the EU, and Berlin’s plans to use the EU for its own hegemonic policies. Continue reading

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Sighting. Britain votes

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So when do the Irish get to vote on “Brexiting” the occupation of Northern Ireland? –Thoreau Redcrow on Facebook

And Scotland and Wales?

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June 23, 2016 · 4:15 pm

A call to take a stand against the European Union of the monopolies

Editorial of Workers’ Weekly*

It is hard to think of an issue over which so much confusion and disinformation has been generated as the EU Referendum campaign. The right of the electorate to make an informed choice has been trampled on by the powers-that-be. Continue reading

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