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EU leaders tell May to find Brexit consensus among MPs | Politics | The Guardian
Denmark’s prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, said the EU was being “as flexible as we can be. I think it is now up to the British to come together and create a kind of national consensus in order to tell us exactly what to do to get this through the British parliament.”

The prime minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, said the discussions with May had been an “honest exchange”.

“Theresa May is clear, but the fact is that Westminster is not that clear. So we know what Theresa wants, and she wants the best possible deal in Westminster, but the problem is the MPs in London,” he said.

“For internal political reasons some people want to gamble with the relations between the European Union and the UK for the future, and it is bad.”
UK  EU  Brexit  negotiations  withdrawalAgreement  backstop  MayTheresa  JunckerJean-Claude  Ireland  politics  Parliament  MPs 
december 2018 by petej
Labour should prepare to fight neoliberalism within the EU – Lexit is not an option
But the British left has to stop dreaming about Lexit. One of the things we have genuinely learned from the process of trying to leave the EU is the extensive nature of its status as a regulatory superpower. Even a Britain ruled by the Socialist Workers Party and the Morning Star would find itself forced to comply with Commission directives. Paradoxically, a left exit from Europe is only possible if Europe itself goes left.

For two and a half years Labour has dutifully and painfully tried to make Brexit work. But parliament has been sidelined, time has run out, and the space for a Labour-designed version of Brexit has disappeared. If anybody has betrayed Brexit it is Theresa May. Once her deal is thrown out, the moral authority of the 2016 referendum evaporates. It’s then either no deal or no Brexit.

And if it’s no Brexit, watch the blood drain from the faces of European neoliberalism: I’ve been with Jeremy Corbyn as he’s hit both Brussels and the Hague with messages of uncompromising clarity: neoliberalism is over, austerity is a catastrophe. But to the stunned audience of centrist social democrats, Corbyn’s words always seemed like a message from afar. If we play this right, we can take it into the heart of Europe.
UK  EU  Brexit  withdrawalAgreement  LabourParty  Remain  reform  Maastricht  Germany  Italy  budget  Portugal  Greece  Spain  EC  neoliberalism  JunckerJean-Claude  freedomOfMovement  migration  exploitation  TheLeft  CorbynJeremy  dctagged  dc:creator=MasonPaul 
december 2018 by petej
A simple people’s Brexit plan can replace May’s flawed strategy | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
EU citizens can remain here unconditionally.

• Single-market membership or its equivalent is sought, and not ruled out before the talks begin. Single-market access, matching today’s benefits, is a red line.

• We rule out leaving Europe without a deal.

• We pay the EU some of the billions it demands now, to buy time and goodwill.
UK  EU  Brexit  MayTheresa  negotiations  JunckerJean-Claude  racism  power  singleMarket  freedomOfMovement  SNP  SturgeoNicola  independence  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=MasonPaul 
may 2017 by petej
Three days that saved the euro | Ian Traynor | World news | The Guardian
In the end, Tsipras had capitulated to a script written in Berlin – reneging on his election pledges and splitting his own party, which did not prevent him from winning the snap election he called in September. But the bigger question may be what the chastening experience of that tense weekend did to Germany and Europe. Schäuble’s bid to banish Greece from the eurozone had not succeeded, but it had resurrected the spectre of German bullying – the outcome of the summit, Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote, amounted to a demonstration of German power at the expense of German leadership.

Merkel had listened to Schäuble, opted not to stop him, and then in the end, overruled him – perhaps less for the sake of saving Greece and the euro and more to avoid being blamed for the unforeseeable consequences. When it was all over on Monday morning, her reflections on the deal were typically pragmatic: “The advantages,” she reasoned, “outweigh the disadvantages.”
Greece  Syriza  Europe  EU  Euro  finance  debt  crisis  bailout  negotiations  grexit  politics  TsiprasAlexis  SchaeubleWolfgang  EC  ESM  ECB  RenziMatteo  JunckerJean-Claude  Germany  France  TuskDonald  DraghiMario  DijsselbloemJeroen  Eurogroup  MerkelAngela  VaroufakisYanis  IMF  LagardeChristine  referendum  liquidity  banks  TsakalotosEuclid  reform  HollandeFrancois 
october 2015 by petej
IMF walks out of Greece bailout talks | Business | The Guardian
Juncker told Tsipras recently that it was time to push through the gears. “You have to get the cow off the ice, where it keeps on slipping. We are trying to push it off again now,” he said ahead of a meeting with Tsipras.
IMF  Greece  Syriza  finance  debt  crisis  bailout  negotiations  reform  TsiprasAlexis  EC  JunckerJean-Claude 
june 2015 by petej
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