Prime Minister vows to make a success of Brexit
Yes, Brexit does mean Brexit, and yes we all hope and of course, need, the Prime Minister to make a success of this new opportunity and challenge we have.
In a piece in The Guardian, Theresa May echoed the social justice tone of her first address at Downing Street last week.
She was quoted as saying: “It will be the responsibility of everyone sitting around the cabinet table to make Brexit work for Britain. And it will also be their duty to deliver success on behalf of everyone in the UK, not just the privileged few. That is why social justice will be at the heart of my government.”
Brexit legality hits the courts
Yes, you read that right. many papers today are carrying the story that a legal challenge to Brexit is about to start – here’s The Independent’s online coverage.
It’s smacks of desperation and worse still, a disregard for the wishes of the majority of those who voted in last month’s referendum.
Merkel muscled out?
An interesting piece in The Daily Express which reports that analysts from the influential EU affairs think tank Votewatch Europe said Germany lacked the diplomatic skills required to hold the balance of power in Brussels.
They studied EU voting patterns over the last seven years and found that Germany was routinely outvoted more than France in the chamber. Since 2009 Germany has been outvoted 42 times, especially on environment, internal market, transport and civil liberties, while France suffered only three parliamentary defeats.
Interestingly, VoteWatch Europe director and co-founder Doru Peter Frantescu said: “While Germany is a huge economic power and one of the main drivers of EU integration, the politics in the EU Council is less about the economy and more about diplomacy and negotiation practices, which lead to building coalitions to form majorities or blocking minorities.
“What a country needs in the council in order to be successful is to find allies with similar positions. In this regard, decision-making data since 2009 indicates that France is in a better position to build majorities than Germany.”
Seems it’s all change wherever we look at the moment.