If the UK is willing to add a Customs Union membership to the already negotiated trade agreement then the EU will be ready to renegotiate the political declaration, EU's Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday. Speaking before a EU summit that will decide whether to grant the UK another Brexit delay, Barnier said that this kind of negotiation coupled with a new majority in the House of Commons created by the cross-party talks — that votes for the withdrawal agreement and a possible new political declaration —would give "sense" to the demand for a longer Brexit delay. "We hope that a new process will be engaged in Parliament and to finally build, as fast as possible, a new majority that accepts the withdrawal agreement and a new political declaration. "Why do I insist? It’s because this will give sense to the demand for an extension presented by the British Prime Minister," said Barnier. Barnier also added that the bloc is not for the UK crashing out of … [Read more...] about Barnier says UK’s request for extension contingent on Parliament voting for withdrawal agreement
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Stephen Rodrick, The Washington Post Published 7:12 am PDT, Friday, September 21, 2018 Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during the U.S. Supreme Court formal group photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during the U.S. Supreme Court formal group photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Photo: Bloombgerg Photo By Andrew Harrer Photo: Bloombgerg Photo By Andrew Harrer Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during the U.S. Supreme Court formal group photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during the U.S. Supreme Court formal group photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. … [Read more...] about My boss voted for Clarence Thomas. I still regret helping to write the speech defending that decision.
Sir Vince Cable is planning an overhaul of the Liberal Democrats in an attempt to turn the party into a "Movement for Moderates". The veteran politician will outline proposals for major reform of his party to allow new supporters to join for free and have a say in future leadership contests.The plans will be seen as an attempt by the Lib Dems to mirror the success of left-wing pressure group Momentum, which has attracted thousands of new supporters to Labour under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.Labour's membership has soared in recent years since party reforms allowed anyone to sign up to vote in a leadership contest by becoming a registered supporter for a small fee.As of April this year, Labour had 540,000 members compared to 125,500 SNP members, 124,000 Conservative members and 99,200 Lib Dem members.In a speech on Friday, Sir Vince will describe how he wants to create a formal link with online activists who "loosely identify" with the Lib Dems.The 75-year-old, who has led his party … [Read more...] about Vince Cable’s shake-up allows Lib Dem supporters to join for free and vote for new leader
In a Washington Post column, Harvard professor and adamant anti-Trump voice Tom Nichols told Republicans to rescue their party by voting against it. Nichols wrote that the GOP has been “captured by the personality cult that has congealed around President Trump” and has become “utterly submissive to its erratic but powerful prime minister.”“Republican elected officials, from Congress to the state houses,” Nichols said, “have chosen to become little more than enablers for an out of control executive branch.” He does, however, propose a dramatic solution: The only way to put a stop to this is to vote against the GOP in every race, at every level in 2018. It’s tough medicine. But as someone who’s voted Republican for nearly 40 years, who favors limited government and public integrity, and who believes America still needs a credible, responsible center-right party, I see no alternative. “Every vote for any GOP candidate … [Read more...] about Never Trumper Tom Nichols Begs Republicans to Vote for Dems to ‘Save the GOP’
At the end of a week of remembrances for the late Sen. John McCain, Ohio Gov. John Kasich hailed the Arizona maverick for a lifetime of service and called on voters in the upcoming midterm elections to embrace candidates who would unite the country rather than divide it. "You know, we spend so much time talking about how lost the Republicans are. But you think about the Democratic Party moving farther and farther to the left — our country is center-right or center-left. It's not on the extremes," Kasich said on "Face the Nation" on Sunday. He said the Republican Party is in a "tug of war" but ultimately "worth fighting for." Kasich, who attended the memorial service for McCain on Saturday, said the late GOP senator was trying to send a message with the highly orchestrated series of events after his death. "Come together. Have guts. Stand up," Kasich said. "Leaders walk a lonely road. And John did not like people that did this — put their finger in the air and … [Read more...] about Ohio Gov. John Kasich, invoking McCain, implores voters to “vote for the person” in midterms