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  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Pfennig88
    +2 +1

    Government loses Article 50 court fight

    Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled. This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - beginning formal exit negotiations with the EU - on its own. Theresa May says the referendum - and existing ministerial powers - mean MPs do not need to vote, but campaigners called this unconstitutional. The government is appealing, with a further hearing expected next month.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +7 +1

    The vicious assault on UK judges by the Brexit press is a threat to democracy

    The Brexit-supporting press has mounted a vicious assault on the three high court judges who ruled in the article 50 case. And it has undermined our constitution in the process. The government appears to be fuelling this attack. Sajid Javid, the local government secretary, described the judges as seeking to “thwart the will of the people”. The judiciary is a pillar of our constitution. Allow faith in the judges to be eroded and that pillar is eroded at a huge cost to our freedoms.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +3 +1

    US sports presenter Gina Miller mistaken target of online Brexit abuse

    An American sports presenter named Gina Miller has become the victim of “vitriolic abuse” meant for her namesake, whose high court case ensured the government will have to consult parliament before starting Brexit negotiations. The television presenter, who also works as a consultant, said she received a “large amount of hate-filled tweets” following the high court judges’ verdict on Thursday.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +22 +1

    Bank of England warns households to expect sharp rise in inflation next year

    The Bank of England has warned households to expect a sharp rise in inflation next year as the weak pound ramps up the costs of imports and squeezes family finances. Predicting rises in petrol prices and other goods that the UK buys in from abroad, the Bank said inflation would rise from 1.3% this year to 2.7% in 2017 and 2018, higher than in its last set of forecasts three months ago. In its new outlook, the monetary policy committee (MPC), led by the Bank’s governor, Mark Carney, said it would take until 2020 for inflation to get back to the target of 2% set by the government.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +6 +1

    Facebook group for UKIP supporters posts claim that Jews are conspiring against Brexit

    According to an article posted by a Facebook group for UK Independence Party (UKIP) supporters, Jews are conspiring to subvert British democracy and engage in “treason” by undermining ‘Brexit’, Britain’s exit from the European Union. Posted by ‘The UKIP Society’ Facebook page as a “very interesting observation”, the article attempts to expose a Jewish conspiracy by highlighting the people involved in Thursday’s High Court decision against the Government’s proposed Brexit process whom the author suspects of having Jewish heritage.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +6 +1

    Article 50 victor Gina Miller hits back at critics saying UK is not 'a tin-pot dictatorship'

    Gina Miller has hit back at criticism and said "we do not live in a tin-pot dictatorship" and that "everyone should be my biggest fan" after the campaigner defeated the government in court on how Brexit should be triggered. Miller was subject vitriolic online abuse, death threats and severe criticism in the press after three High Court judges ruled that MPs should have a parliamentary vote before Article 50 is triggered.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +24 +1

    European Parliament considers plan to let individual Brits opt-in to keep their EU citizenship

    The European Parliament is to consider a plan that would allow British citizens to opt-in and keep their European Union citizenship – and its associated benefits – once the UK leaves the EU. The proposal, which has been put before a parliamentary committee as an amendment, would grant the citizens of former member states the voluntary right to retain “associate citizenship” of the EU, such as after Brexit.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +13 +1

    Article 50 could be reversed, government may argue in Brexit case

    Government lawyers are exploring the possibility of arguing in the supreme court that the article 50 process could be reversed by parliament at any time before the UK completes its exit from the European Union. Prominent academic experts have told the Guardian they know the government’s legal team has sounded out lawyers about the potential change of tack, which some argue would lead to a victory in the case brought by Gina Miller and other campaigners.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +30 +1

    Spyware routinely installed by UK schools to snoop on kids’ Web habits

    Over two-thirds of schools installed special software on school computers to spy on their pupils, responses to Freedom of Information requests have revealed. According to a report by Big Brother Watch, "classroom management software" is running on over 800,000 computers, laptops, and mobile phones found in 1,000 secondary schools across England and Wales. A whopping £2.5 million has been spent on the programs.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +1 +1

    Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories, says Labour

    Sluggish wage growth means the average employee is £3,500 a year worse off since the Conservatives came to power, according to Labour analysis of Treasury figures before chancellor Philip Hammond’s first autumn statement next week. Compared with the average wage growth under Labour, full-time employees are £67 a week or £292 a month worse off, the party’s report found. The analysis compared the average annual percentage change in wages in the six years of the Conservative and coalition governments, which is 1.3%.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by dianep
    +27 +1

    We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job

    Chris Johnes argues that getting a job is not necessarily a route out of poverty. Rising costs and falling real wages means that having a job won’t necessarily allow you to make ends meet. What’s worse, the auterity programme is hitting low-income households disproportionately hardest. We must, therefore, rethink the prevailing attitude towards taxes and social justice.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +3 +1

    John McDonnell backs Brexit as 'enormous opportunity' for Britain

    Labour today promised to get behind Britain's exit from the European Union, saying they now believed Brexit is an enormous opportunity for the country. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said that Labour would not seek to prevent or delay Brexit, labeling those trying to do so as being "on the side of certain corporate elites". He told a meeting in central London that Labour "must not try to re-fight the referendum or push for a second vote,"

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by mariogi
    +5 +1

    No Exodus of London Financial Services Jobs to Europe, in Fact the Market is Looking Pretty Good

    So far, so good for London's financial services sector which continues to defy expectations for a slowdown in hiring and an exodus of employees to Europe. Morgan McKinley’s October employment report for London's financial services sector confirms an expected slowdown has not been nearly as bad as some had feared.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +9 +1

    Boris Johnson's Brexit vision 'intellectually impossible' – EU minister

    Boris Johnson is promising the British people a Brexit deal that is “intellectually impossible” and “politically unavailable”, according to the Dutch finance minister and Eurogroup president. Jeroen Dijsselbloem delivered a scathing attack on Johnson after the foreign secretary claimed the UK would probably be leaving the customs union while also seeking free trade with the EU and extra immigration controls. Dijsselbloem told the BBC’s Newsnight: “I think he’s offering to the British people options that are really not available.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +3 +1

    UK unemployment falls to 11-year low

    UK unemployment fell by 37,000 to 1.6 million in the three months to September, hitting an 11-year low. The jobless rate fell to 4.8% in the same period, while the number of people in work went up by 49,000, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Average weekly earnings grew by 2.3% in the year to October including bonuses and by 2.4% excluding bonuses. The Bank of England has forecast that unemployment is set to rise amid uncertainty over Brexit.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +4 +1

    More than 100 puppies rescued while being illegally smuggled into Wales

    Almost 100 puppies hidden behind bales of wood shavings in lorries on two separate ferries have been rescued at a Welsh port. The RSPCA-led, multi-agency operation tackling illegal animal importation was launched in Holyhead on Tuesday morning. The illegal trafficking of puppies is a major issue for the RSPCA, with the charity deeply concerned that large quantities of young puppies are transported into England and Wales, with welfare problems often a major concern.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by melaniee
    +24 +1

    Victims' group withdraws from historical child sex abuse inquiry

    The largest victims' group in the independent inquiry into historical child sex abuse has left the process, calling it an "unpalatable circus". The BBC has been told the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association, which represents 600 victims who lived in children's homes run by Lambeth Council, has lost confidence in the inquiry's leadership. It had threatened to withdraw before - questioning the inquiry's independence.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rexall
    +3 +1

    Croydon tram crash: Driver was going 'three times over speed limit'

    The tram that derailed in Croydon killing seven people was travelling at three and a half times the speed limit, investigators have said. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the tram, which was carrying about 60 people, was travelling at 43.5mph in a 12mph zone. In its interim report, it said there was no evidence of any track defects, or obstructions on the track. The investigation also found no malfunction of the braking system.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +35 +1

    The Chancellor is about to reveal the terrifying cost of Brexit

    Britain faces a £100 billion black hole in its finances because of Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond will reportedly tell MPs in next week’s Autumn Statement. Official forecasts produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility suggest low tax revenues, slower growth and reduced investment after Britain's vote to leave the EU mean the UK’s budget deficit will soar in the next five years, according to reports in the Financial Times. Mr Hammond’s predecessor as chancellor, George Osborne, had promised the UK would be in surplus by 2019-20 and made this a core part of his economic policy.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rexall
    +15 +1

    UK Government Confirm Move to Force ISPs into Blocking "Adult" Sites

    As expected the Government has officially announced that Mobile and fixed line broadband providers in the United Kingdom will soon be forced into the mandatory blocking of all “adult” websites; specifically those that fail to offer an adequate method of age-verification for their visitors. The new approach, which was first hinted at last month after Claire Perry MP tabled several directly related amendments (here), will be officially introduced as part of a change to the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill 2016-17.