Tag: No deal Brexit

The media’s fanfare of a Corbyn-backed second referendum is untrue

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The mainstream media have just widely announced that Jeremy Corbyn is to back a second EU referendum. However, this is very dishonest, as no referendum motion has actually been tabled.

Furthermore, the media also need to learn the significant difference between a ‘people’s vote’, which is about asking the public about the terms of Brexit, and a completely new referendum. The Conservative office posted a highly dishonest tweet claiming that the Labour party are somehow “trying to stop Brexit”, so I am deeply suspicious of the fanfare of completely incorrect announcements in the media this evening.

Here is the Labour party’s聽 actual聽press release:

“From: Labour Party Press Office press@labour.org.uk
Sent: 25 February 2019 17:27
To: Labour Party Press Office press@labour.org.uk
Subject: NEWS FROM LABOUR: Labour to table amendment to make its credible alternative plan the UK鈥檚 Brexit negotiating position

Labour to table amendment to make its credible alternative plan the UK鈥檚 Brexit negotiating position.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will tomorrow (Tuesday 26 February) seek to enshrine Labour鈥檚 five Brexit demands in law by tabling an amendment to the government鈥檚 Brexit motion.

Labour鈥檚 amendment would force the government to make its credible alternative plan the Government鈥檚 negotiating objectives. Labour鈥檚 five demands for the Brexit deal are:

路 A permanent and comprehensive customs union with the EU;
路 close alignment with the Single Market underpinned by shared institutions and obligations;
路 dynamic alignment on rights and protections;
路 commitments on participation in EU agencies and funding programmes, including in areas such as the environment, education, and industrial regulation; and
路 unambiguous agreements on the detail of future security arrangements, including access to the European Arrest Warrant and vital shared databases.

Jeremy Corbyn will tell a meeting of Labour鈥檚 Parliamentary Labour Party this evening that the party will back the Cooper-Letwin amendment to take 鈥楴o Deal鈥 off the table and announce that Labour will also put forward or support an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit.

Speaking at tonight鈥檚 meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will say:

鈥淭he Prime Minister is recklessly running down the clock, in an attempt to force MPs to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous No Deal. We cannot and will not accept.

鈥淟ast week, after our visit to talk to EU officials and leaders in Brussels and Madrid, no one can be in any doubt Labour鈥檚 alternative Brexit plan is serious and credible. We are convinced our alternative, which puts jobs and living standards first, could command support in the House of Commons, bring people who voted Leave and Remain together, and be negotiated with the EU.

鈥淭hat鈥檚 why we will be putting down an amendment in parliament this week setting out Labour鈥檚 plan: for a comprehensive customs union with a UK say; close alignment with the single market; guarantees on rights and standards; protection for Britain鈥檚 role in EU agencies; and a security agreement which guarantees access to the European arrest warrant and vital shared databases. And we will be calling for legislation to underpin this mandate.

鈥淲e will also be backing the Cooper-Letwin amendment to rule out a No Deal outcome. One way or another, we will do everything in our power to prevent No Deal and oppose a damaging Tory Brexit based on Theresa May鈥檚 overwhelmingly rejected deal.

鈥淭hat鈥檚 why, in line with our conference policy, we are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country.鈥


Notes to editors

  • The full text of Labour鈥檚 amendment, to be tabled tomorrow, reads:

That this House instructs Ministers

(a) to negotiate with the EU for changes to the Political Declaration to secure:

(i) 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽a permanent and comprehensive customs union with the EU;

(ii) 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽close alignment with the single market underpinned by shared institutions and obligations;

(iii) 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽dynamic alignment on rights and protections;

(iv) 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽commitments on participation in EU agencies and funding programmes, including in areas such as the environment, education, and industrial regulation; and

(v) 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽unambiguous agreement on the detail of future security arrangements, including access to the European Arrest Warrant and vital shared databases;

(b) to introduce primary legislation to give statutory effect to this negotiating mandate;

There is no mention of another referendum in the amendment.

The press release聽does聽mention Labour鈥檚 intention, which is in line with their Conference policy – to put forward an amendment if all other options to prevent a Conservative no-deal Brexit are exhausted.

Labour鈥檚 position has not changed.

The amendment tabled on 29 January was defeated because the so-called moderates in the party refused to support it. The聽official Opposition’s amendment was defeated by division,聽327 to 296. This amendment would have required Parliament to consider and vote on options which prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal.聽

So, in conclusion, no motion for a new referendum has been tabled.

So we need to ask why the media are claiming otherwise?


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3,500 military troops on standby to ‘help’ police in event of a no-deal crisis, MPs told

Chief of Defence staff, Sir Nick Carter

As many as 10,000 troops could be deployed on the streets of Britain in case of聽 chaos arising through a no deal聽Brexit聽chaos, a report says. Members of the military are ordered to help keep public order and bring medical supplies to hospitals, and also assist with traffic problems close to ports such as Dover.

There is every indication that a no deal Brexit is anticipated to be potentially devastating for the UK public. The UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs about the plans on Tuesday. The Cabinet says that contingency plans must now be implemented across government.

The cabinet has said it would publish some 160 technical notices, with 80,000 emails going out to businesses this week, plus a 100-page ‘Partnership Pack.’ The move comes as Theresa May’s deal with the EU comes up for a parliamentary vote in January.

A聽spokesman said it was the government鈥檚 鈥渃ontinued duty to prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal situation鈥. Ministers acknowledged the steps that had already been taken, No 10 said, including 320 鈥渘o-deal workstreams鈥 across all departments and 106 no deal technical notices.

Plans have been put into motion for soldiers to help the police and聽NHS聽if the UK ends up leaving the EU without a deal in March.聽As well as the thousands of military troops already set to be deployed under the proposals, an additional 1,200 troops will be on 24-hour standby, it is said.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood added: “The Armed Forces stand ready to support Britain on a practical basis… We have to plan for every single scenario.”

Gavin Williamson, said his department 鈥渨ill have 3,500 service personnel held at readiness, including regulars and reserves, in order to support any government department on any contingencies they may need鈥.

Worryingly, Williamson said “Citizens will be informed how to prepare through a 鈥渞ange of channels鈥 that could include TV adverts and social media.” It’s sobering to consider that those are also the bunker mentality kind of measures the government would take in the event of a nuclear threat and imminent attack.聽

Ministers agreed to allocate money from a 拢2bn contingency fund to departments such as the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

HMRC will prepare a 100-page pack for all UK businesses on preparing for no-deal, and will send out about 80,000 emails to businesses.

During the meeting, the work and pensions secretary, Amber Rudd, told her colleagues preparing for a no deal Brexit was a sensible precaution but 鈥渏ust because you put a seatbelt on doesn鈥檛 mean you should crash the car鈥.

The justice secretary, David Gauke, who said publicly at the weekend he would resign rather than be part of a government that deliberately pursued no deal, told the meeting that a 鈥渕anaged no deal is not a viable option鈥.

鈥淚t鈥檚 not on offer from the EU and the responsibility of cabinet ministers is not to propagate unicorns but to slay them,鈥 he said, according to a cabinet source.

A 鈥渕anaged no-deal鈥 is the approach favoured by Brexit-backing ministers including Penny Mordaunt and Andrea Leadsom, who believe the government could pay part of the 拢39bn the government has agreed it owes the EU to 鈥減urchase鈥 a status quo transition period.

Downing Street said delivering the prime minister鈥檚 deal 鈥渞emains the top priority鈥, but when presented with three options on whether to increase, maintain or wind down preparations, there was unanimity in cabinet to implement all no-deal contingency planning across departments.

All agreed that they would implement contingencies across Whitehall. Previously, departments had been given some freedom to decide when and what they spent on no-deal planning.

鈥淐abinet agreed that with just over three months from our exit from the EU, we have now reached the point where we need to ramp up these preparations. This means we will now set in motion the remaining elements of our no-deal plans. Cabinet also agreed to recommend businesses ensure they are similarly prepared enacting their own no-deal plans.鈥

Downing Street suggested preparations could include reserving space on ferries in order to ensure a supply of food and medicines.

The proposals have been drawn up by the military under the rubric of聽Operation Temperer.In the most extreme scenario, infantry battalions will guard petrol stations should there be unrest in the event of “temporary rationing.”

The contingency planning is being developed by a six-strong team based at Army headquarters in Andover, Hampshire, should it be officially requested by the Government.

The public mood

Theresa May’s Brexit plan has failed to win the backing of the British public, with the recent YouGov opinion poll,聽conducted on Thursday after the Prime Minister’s deal with Brussels was unveiled, found twice as many people oppose it as support it, 42% to 19%. The survey聽of聽 a sample of 3,154 people found that Leave and Remain supporters had similar views on the deal, with 42% of Brexit supporters against it, along with 47% of pro-EU voters, with just聽 22% and 20% respectively in favour of it.

The current Brexit plan has also failed to find favour among Tory voters, the survey suggests, with 41% of 2017 Conservative voters opposing it, against just 28% backing the Prime Minister.

A separate poll suggested almost half of voters now back a second Brexit referendum.聽Support for a fresh vote on EU withdrawal was backed by 48% in a YouGov survey carried out after May’s withdrawal agreement text was published on Wednesday night.

It also found voters were split 54% to 46% in favour of remaining in the EU.聽Little more than one in 10 (12%) believed that the UK was going to get a good deal with the EU.

The poll of 1,153 people, commissioned by the People’s Vote and published in the London Evening Standard, found that only 34% were against a new vote.

With “don’t knows” removed, the ratio was 59% to 42% in favour of a new referendum.

The Sunday Timesreports that themilitary standby operation will be overseen by around 20 Operation Temperer officers – who are typically reserved for army response to terror attacks.

The team were ordered last week to step up no-deal Brexit planning. Army general, Sir Nick Carter told the reporters that troops are on standby to take part in a “No Deal scenario.”

He said: “What we always do is make sensible contingency plans for all sorts of eventualities.

“At this stage, I think people are confident there will be a deal, if there’s not one then we stand ready to help in any way we can.”

MPs are currently holding the emergency debate on the EU summit and Theresa May鈥檚聽Brexit聽deal proposed by the SNP.

It was opened by聽Ian Blackford, the SNP鈥檚 leader at Westminster. He said he had seen secret government reports on the impact of a no-deal Brexit, in his capacity as a member of the privy council, and that the details were 鈥渟obering鈥. He told MPs:

“The information shared with me should now be made public. It is sobering.

The first job of any government is to protect the interests of its people.

This government is wilfully exposing its citizens to risk, whether it is on job security, procurement of medicines, food supply or indeed on aircraft being able to take off.

We have to wake up to the impact of Brexit and the options that are in front of us.”

Could a no deal Brexit result in martial law being imposed?

Martial law is defined as the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions of government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster.聽That is, basically the army is in charge.

In the UK, what the government would most likely use instead of martial law is a declaration of a State of Emergency under the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act. Responders are responsible for warning and informing the public in relation to emergencies.

Local authorities are required to provide business continuity advice to local businesses. It also places legal obligations for increased co-operation and information sharing between different emergency services and also to non-emergency services that might have a role in an emergency such as electric and water companies.

The introduction of the Act comes with increased funding for emergency planning in the United Kingdom to help organisations comply with the Act and brings emergency planning funding more on par with European levels.

The only primary legislation which may not be amended by emergency regulations is the聽Human Rights Act 1998聽and Part 2 of the Civil Contingencies Act itself. The second part of the Act provides that temporary emergency regulations are normally made by the聽Queen聽through聽Order in Councilor by a聽Minister聽of聽the Crown聽if arranging for an Order in Council would not be possible without serious delay. Such regulations are limited in duration to 30 days,聽unless聽Parliament聽votes to extend this period before it expires.

However, we do not know what kind of situations will arise in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The government鈥檚 own analysis indicates:

鈥淚n the second scenario, not even the worst, the port of Dover will collapse on day one.鈥澛

鈥淭he supermarkets in Cornwall and Scotland will run out of food within a couple of days, and hospitals will run out of medicines within two weeks.鈥

They added: 鈥淵ou would have to medevac medicine into Britain, and at the end of week two we would be running out of petrol as well.鈥

Whitehall preparing for food and medicine shortages in event of 鈥榙oomsday鈥 no deal Brexit

Personally, I think it is wise to prepare for a worst case scenario.聽


None of these articles are from government sources. They are from doctors, economists and people who run shops and supermarkets, which makes it less likely that Brexiteers can call the concerns expressed the consequence of “unfounded scaremongering”:

What to expect from a no-deal Brexit:聽The terrifying consequences if nothing is sorted

Brexit will be very bad for the NHS, survey of UK doctors reveals

NHS fears over no-deal Brexit highlight risk to patients

A No-Deal Brexit Risks U.K. Food Crisis, Sainsbury CEO Warns

NHS faces 拢2.3bn bill in no-deal Brexit in medicine and supplies cost surge

Brexit stockpiling can’t protect us from fresh food shortages


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