Author Archives: Martin Bennett

Who we are…

An academic study produced by the Mile End Institute, Queen Mary University of London, has appeared today that reveals the character of the main political parties.

Unsurprisingly we are overwhelmingly, up to 96%, anti-Brexit, in favour of the Single Market and Customs Union, and would strongly support a referendum on the outcome of negotiations.  Significantly, Labour’s membership are not far behind us on Brexit, indicating a disjunction with the Labour leadership that is likely to prove contentious, if Labour continue to tergiversate over Brexit.

By contrast the Tory membership not only favour Brexit, …

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The EU Parliament Takes A Principled Liberal Stance

Despite the claims of British politicians, which in turn are echoed by their diplomats, the UK is not “within touching distance” of agreement on citizens’ rights.  Following a reiteration of this claim by UK ambassador John Marshall, at a public meeting on Wednesday in Luxembourg, MEP Charles Goerens outlined the European Parliament’s position:

  • Any application for ‘settled status’ should be a simple, cost-free and automatic process, that can be made by families as a joint declaration.
  • Applications should not depend on complex conditionality and

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Theresa May must face up to hard facts – Charles Goerens MEP

“It is crucial to remain ambitious when it comes to citizens’ rights; citizens remain at the heart of the EU” declared Charles Goerens, Demokratesch Partei and ALDE MEP, in an address to a meeting that formally established a branch of Liberal Democrats in Luxembourg.  This is the Liberal conviction that underlies Charles Goerens’ proposal of ‘associate EU citizenship’ for those who feel and wish to remain part of the European project, but who are nationals of a former Member State. “Putting the interests of citizens first is among the prime concerns of the EU Parliament, which has a decisive say on any outcome.”

“Theresa May has learned that Brexit is a little more difficult than she expected at the beginning” he commented with typically Luxembourgish understatement. He believes that Theresa May thought that an election and strong words could strengthen her negotiating position but said that she cannot continue to hide behind elections and crowd pleasing gestures.  Theresa May has to face up to hard and very complicated issues.  At the top of the agenda is finding solutions for the borders between Northern Ireland and Ireland and between Gibraltar and Spain.  Further urgent priorities are the interests and status of UK nationals living in the 27 EU states and of EU citizens in the UK.

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Opinion: Nick Clegg unapologetic about forming a coalition, but next time we may opt out

On a flying visit to Cheltenham last week, Nick Clegg gave an interview for the local paper, the Gloucestershire Echo. When asked about whether he is looking to form a new coalition he said:

Not necessarily, not necessarily, I don’t think the Liberal Democrats should be in government just for the sake of it but we should always, if we can, play a role in doing the right thing for the country and do it in line with our policies and values.

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  • User AvatarJohn Littler 20th Aug - 5:29pm
    Well observed Frank Little
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    @David Allen Just as an Idea. It could repeal the Fixed Term Parliament act.
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    P.J. "IMO the GNU is fraught with problems ... Priority has to be to find a parliamentary way of stopping ‘no deal’ " The problem...
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    Paul did not mean you said "murder", it was the media. Someone may have been charged with oiffence A, does not mean that he will...
  • User AvatarAndrew McCaig 20th Aug - 4:37pm
    Another good article on foreign affairs following on from Hong Kong and Kashmir. Why does our Party still not have a Foreign Affairs Spokesperson in...
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    TCO - as I said, the Conservatives are "the party of the uneducated", with policies that aim to keep the mass uneducated so that they...
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