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  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Apr 19, 2018
    By Nick Clegg

    Are we living in an Age of Rage? On the first episode of ANGER MANAGEMENT WITH NICK CLEGG, the former deputy prime minister talks to Nigel Farage, former Ukip leader and one of the most divisive figures in British political history. A wave of populist anger carried the EU referendum for the Leave side - but what happens now?

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    The Government has tonight been defeated in the House of Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

    An amendment on the customs union supported by the Liberal Democrats, Crossbenchers, Labour, and Conservative peers has passed by 348 votes to 225.

    The defeat forces the government to lay a report before Parliament outlining the steps taken to negotiate a customs union as part of the framework for a future UK-EU relationship, and prevents the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 until these steps have been taken.

    This is a hugely significant moment, the House of Lords has come together to show the government that remaining in a customs union is key to the UK's future prosperity.

    Securing this win on a cross-party basis rams home how out of touch the government have been on this issue and that they drastically need to change tack from the destructive hard Brexit they are pursuing.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    An amendment providing enhanced protections for employment, equality, health and safety entitlements, rights and protections, and consumer and environmental standards has been passed in the Lords.

    This is the second defeat today for the government in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

    This defeat is a key step in ensuring that parliament plays the key role in Brexit and not just a handful of Ministers altering standards via the back-door.

    Guaranteeing that standards relating to equality, employment law and many other things can only be altered via primary legislation is extremely significant and essential to the democratic process.

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Apr 17, 2018
    By Ben Quinn in The Guardian

    Parliamentarians share a stage to ask for voters of Britain to be given a say on final Brexit deal

    A major push for a "people's vote" on the final Brexit deal between Britain and the EU has been launched by MPs, celebrities and business leaders. A cross-party lineup of MPs took to the stage at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, north London, on Sunday. They have been at pains to avoid the term "second referendum".

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Apr 16, 2018
    By George Smid in Lincolnshire Reporter

    The housing market is booming. The mortgage interest rate is low. And your growing family could do with a bit more space. You decide to move.

    After a year you find the move is more complicated than you thought - and the house of your dreams still not in sight. Worse, the interest rate is going up, house prices are falling. It will be difficult to sell your current house now. Also, the cost of the removal is going up and up.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Apr 12, 2018
    By Jamie Grierson in The Guardian

    Academics warn that people may not be aware they need to apply for 'settled status' after Brexit

    Vulnerable EU citizens including the elderly, children in care and victims of domestic abuse are particularly at risk of failing to secure the right to remain in the UK after Brexit, academics have warned. As the UK draws closer to departure from the bloc, the government is developing a system to give EU citizens already living in the UK "settled status".

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Apr 11, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election in Liberal Democrat Newswire

    How big an issue should and will Brexit be in these local elections? Procedural puritans in all parties and none are often keen to say that council elections are about councils and shouldn't be about national issues. Happy though I often am to don the procedural puritan's garb, this is one case I pass up on it.

    Partly that's because fundamentally in a democracy voters get to choose. Parties and candidates may very well want to persuade them to choose a particular option. They can - and should - point out the importance of what councils and directly-elected Mayors do. But it's the right of voters to choose the criteria they will use for casting their vote. That power of choice should be respected.

    Especially as the other reason I pass is that local elections are something that national parties, national leaders and the national media all draw national lessons from. Whether it is changes of policy, leadership or strategy, local elections can and do change national politics. So it's hardly unreasonable for a voter deliberately to make use of that opportunity. All the more so for European Union citizens who didn't get to vote in the European referendum or the general election but can use these elections to express a view on Brexit. Saying to an EU citizen, "No, don't make your vote about your ability to continue living here" would be just a mite harsh.

    Will voters, therefore, make Brexit a big part of their decision-making? Polling so far (albeit only from London) suggests they will. An affirmative answer is also what a large chunk of the Liberal Democrat campaign for the May elections depends on and is trying to secure, including the party launching a huge digital advertising campaign aimed at EU citizens and using 21 different languages.

    This push for their vote, helped by the public support from figures such as Gina Miller for anti-Brexiters to vote Lib Dem, depends on people knowing what the Lib Dem position on Brexit actually is. That, so far, is not really the case as the evidence shows the public remains unclear where any of the parties sit on the issue. A reminder as ever that when a political activist says, "My party talks far too much about our policy X" that should almost always be followed by the refrain, "But the public have barely noticed we talk about it at all".

    That said, a promising trend is the slow but steady movement towards opposing Brexit in various forms: people thinking the referendum result was the wrong outcome and that there should be a referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal. Findings are sensitive not only to fluctuations but also to the exact question wordings different pollsters use, which is why the trends are the thing to keep an eye on. And the trends are heading in the right direction.

    Perhaps most importantly, more people now think that Brexit will be bad for the NHS than think it will be good for it (31% - 25%). If that sort of lead increases, then the NHS will be a powerful way of reaching some of those who voted Leave and persuading them to change their minds, not on the basis of abstract arguments over Europe or projections about macroeconomic statistics in the future. But on the basis of the immediate health service they know, use and cherish.
  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Apr 9, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the Financial Times (registration needed), Nick Clegg writes very realistically about the prognosis for Brexit:

    Public opinion has shifted a little in favour of the Remain camp, and a lot towards wider concern about the impact of Brexit on the NHS and the economy. But it remains firmly enveloped in an indifference towards the details of the negotiations, and a sullen belief that politicians should just "get on with it". Advertising campaigns by anti-Brexit groups will not, on their own, shift opinion in a big way.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Apr 5, 2018
    By Mark Argent in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On 31 March, as part of the Liberal Democrats' national Europe Day of Action, Hertford and Stortford Liberal Democrats were out in the market place in Bishop's Stortford.

    This was mainly about talking with people about Brexit and hearing their concerns - though we also collected 136 signatures on a petition for a referendum on the final deal.

  • Brexit referendum (You Gov)
    Article: Apr 4, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    The latest YouGov polling on Britain's future in Europe shows a continuing steady trend of growing support for a referendum on the Brexit deal once its terms are known.

    The actual levels of support found vary greatly depending on the exact wording of the question, which is why the trend is even more useful than usual in understanding what is going on. The trend is one of growing support, a pattern found with other polling and on this YouGov measure there is now the smallest ever gap between should/shouldn't have a referendum on the deal: