0 Have your say A Sunderland MP is among a group of Labour backbenchers who are the latest to break ranks with party policy by suggesting a second Brexit referendum. Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson is one of five MPs from constituencies in the North East who have called for a "people's vote" on the outcome of the Government's negotiations with the European Union.Writing in the Independent, she and Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson, Stockton South MP Paul Williams, Redcar MP Anna Turley and Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell warn that the region risks losing its status as an "export powerhouse" if Britain leaves the customs union and the single market.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that the UK will leave both institutions and last month former leadership candidate Owen Smith was sacked as shadow Northern Ireland secretary for backing a second referendum.The quintet wrote that they understand why people voted for Brexit in 2016 but they did so "without … [Read more...] about Sunderland MP calls for referendum on Brexit deal, joining group of North East Labour backbenchers breaking ranks
0 Have your say IF Britain was the workshop of the world, the Yorkshire I grew up in was the boiler room of that factory. We mined, processed and burnt vast quantities of the coal that lay beneath us and powered a country through war and austerity and on into the swinging 60s. Nobody has ever accused our county of lacking in confidence but, beneath the brash exterior of those days, there was a troubling insecurity rooted in a slow decline. Coal was not the fuel of the future and nor were our imperial links the basis of a sustainable economy.By the 1970s the contradictions were there for all to see and drove a decade of social conflict. The people who had won the war and built the peace wanted their slice of the cake while the bakers said there was not enough mix to go round.The tale that is often told of that decade – of a Britain on the verge of collapse – often has the ring of self-justifying propaganda from those who itched to get their revenge on the miners … [Read more...] about Sir Patrick Stewart: Yorkshire folk need to speak up and win People’s Vote on Brexit deal
0 Have your say From: John Turley, Dronfield Woodhouse. COULD Don Wood (The Yorkshire Post, April 19), and other Brexiteers, explain why they regard it as being undemocratic to let the British people have the final say on any Brexit deal, especially as most opinion polls indicate that the majority are now in favour of such a vote?Brexiteers like Don Wood love to bang on about democracy, but have scant regard for it when it does not fit in with their views. They do not care that:Their narrow victory in the EU referendum was achieved in part on the back of misleading information, and false promises of extra money for the NHS.Only 37 per cent of the electorate voted for Brexit. Most opinion polls indicate that if everyone entitled to vote in the EU referendum had actually done so, then it would have been a narrow victory for Remain.Most opinion polls indicate that if another referendum on EU membership was held tomorrow, then it would also be a narrow … [Read more...] about YP Letters: How can a vote on Brexit deal be called ‘undemocratic’?
Rolls-Royce is preparing to relocate the “signing off” of British-made airliner engines to Europe, as the EU aviation authority will hold the right to certify they are safe to fly in the event of a hard Brexit. The iconic British brand - and leading member of the country’s £31.8bn-a-year aerospace sector - is preparing the contingency plan to protect itself from huge disruption if negotiations stall over Britain leaving the EU. Without such an arrangement, sources inside the company say that design, manufacturing and maintenance of Rolls-Royce engines built at its Derby base could grind to a halt if Britain suffers a “cliff-edge” departure from the EU. The UK was a founder member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and Rolls-Royce’s engines and designs are certified under its authority on a daily basis as the company modifies its designs. But if Britain leaves the EU without agreeing a deal that includes associate … [Read more...] about Rolls-Royce mulls European move as Brexit deal worries grow
CONFIDENCE in the UK economy will pick up later this year as the outcome of Brexit becomes clearer, the Chancellor said yesterday. Philip Hammond said the continuing uncertainty caused by the negotiations was “dampening” investment. But speaking at the IMF Spring Meeting in Washington DC, he insisted he “hoped and expected” this would change later this year. Official figures next week are expected to show that economic output or GDP rose by just 0.2 per cent in the first three months of the year despite the buoyant jobs market. Experts believe the Brexit uncertainty and the effects of the ‘Beast from the East’ snowstorms have slowed activity. The Chancellor said he believed firms would pick up investment later this year – and Brits would become more confident about making so-called ‘big ticket’ purchases. He said: “The decision to leave the European Union and then the process of negotiating how our future relationship will … [Read more...] about Economy will pick up when Brexit deal is finally completed, says Chancellor