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    SATURDAY 25 JUNE

    LONDON: Brexit: reactions


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    SATURDAY 25 JUNE

    LONDRES: Brexit: réactions et réponse de l'UE

    MONDAY 27 JUNE

    BRUXELLES: Hollande à Berlin avec Tusk et Renzi pour des pourparlers post Brexit

    TUESDAY 28 JUNE

    PARIS: Nouvelle journée de mobilisation contre la loi Travail


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    MADRID: Elecciones legislativas en España
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  • UK's European Comissioner to stand down


    Lord Hill (Reuters) 


    Lord Johnathan Hill is to stand down from his position as the UK's European Comissionor -  ajob he has held since 2014.

    Hill, an ally of David Cameron and fervent europhile said "what is done cannot be undone" following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

    European Commissioners hold a lot of power in Brussels, posessing the ability to create laws across a range of policy areas.

    The UK will cease to have one when it eventually leaves the EU, so his position was already precarious. 

    In a statement, he said he did not believe it was right for him to carry on with his work as the commissioner in charge of financial services.

    "I wanted it to end differently and had hoped that Britain would want to play a role in arguing for an outward-looking, flexible, competitive, free trade Europe. But the British people took a different decision, and that is the way that democracy works."

    He added: "I came to Brussels as someone who had campaigned against Britain joining the euro and who was sceptical about Europe. I will leave it certain that, despite its frustrations, our membership was good for our place in the world and good for our economy.

    "But what is done cannot be undone and now we have to get on with making our new relationship with Europe work as well as possible."



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  • EU foreign ministers: Britian should leave as soon as possible



    (Reuters) 


    Foreign ministers from the six founding EU nations have today met in Berlin to discuss the implications of Brexit for the EU.

    The emergency session consisted of ministers from France, Germany, Italy, Belgium , Holland and Luxembourg,  who have piled pressure on the UK to leave the bloc quickly.

    There is a consensus among European states that  talks on the UK’s exit must begin soo, that a new British prime minister to take office as soon as possible. 

    France’s foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault said it was a "matter of respect" that the UK did not "play cat and mouse" with its soon-to-be-former partners.

    The German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeiersaid the minister had “join together in saying that this process must begin as soon as possible, so we don’t end up in an extended limbo period but rather can focus on the future of Europe and work towards it”.

    Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn  said he wanted to avoid “a period of insecurity ... I hope we won’t get into a cat and mouse game over this – that would neither be fitting for Britain nor the European Union.

    Dutch foreign minister, Bert Koenders said “we have to turn the page, we don’t want to create a vacuum,” adding “It won’t be business as usual.”

    The announcements came at a time when 
    Matthew Elliott  of Vote Leave said "we don't think there is a need to swiftly invoke Article 50"

    "It's best for the dust to settle over the summer and during that time for there to be informal negotiations with other states," he said.






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  • #Brexit Even after 17hrs reporting on it yest. I still can't quite take it in. A watershed moment in so many ways http://pbs.twimg.com/media/ClzzNVbWkAAaIH3.jpg

  • To every European resident here at #Pride2016 and across our amazing city - you are welcome here. #LoveWins http://pbs.twimg.com/media/ClzokYAWYAAZES4.jpg

  • Hilary Benn becomes second political victim of Brexit vote


    Hilary Benn has been removed from his role in the Shadow cabinet by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

    The move came overnight, as Benn reportedly told his party leader that he had "no confidence" Corbyn could lead Labour to victory at the next election.


    It is understood that Mr Benn had lobbied other members of the shadow cabinet, asking if they would support him in calls for Corbyn's resignation. 


    Jeremy Corbyn in Central London before speaking on 'moving on' after the referendum 


    On Friday, Labour MPs Dame Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey submitted a motion of "no confidence" in Jeremy Corbyn to the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP). This has no real force, but means that Corbyn's position will be discussed at the next meeting of the PLP, tomorrow. 

    Mr Corbyn campaigned on the Remain side, but has been critcised for his attempts.  He was confronted at London's annual Pride festival yesterday by an activist who shouted "It's your fault, Jeremy". He responded by saying he did "all he could". However, the referendum result will be seen by many on the Left of British politics as a failure by the Labour Party, because such swathes of normally Labour supporting parts of the UK voted to Leave, against the wishes of Corbyn and the party. 

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  • Heidi Alexander steps down from shadow cabinet


    Jeremy Corbyn's morning is looking even bleaker this morning, as his Shadow Health Secretary, Heidi Alexander follows Hilary Benn out of the shadow cabinet. 

    She announced her resignation via Twitter this morning, saying it was with a "heavy heart", but that she does not believe Corbyn "has the capacity to shape the answers our country is demanding". 


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  • Sunday Headlines


    Here's a round-up of how British newspapers are reacting, two days after it became clear that Britain voted to Leave the EU. 

    The Observer focuses on the European reaction to Brexit vote


    The pro-Leave Sunday Express


    The Daily Star on Sunday have focused on Wales' win over Northern Ireland, and England's game on Monday, in the European Championships as "another" European victory after the Referendum

    The Mail on Sunday focus on the percieved internal battle in the Conservative Party, an aftermath of David Cameron announcing on Friday morning that he will step down as Prime Minister. 


    The Sunday Telegraph also focus on the Tory battle in their EU Referendum spcial


    Again, The Sunday Times focus on the Tory leadership. 


    Whilst the Sunday Mirror focus on the petition demanding a second referendum and Nigel Farage's reaction


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  • Lib Dems for Back In


    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who campaigned to Remain part of the EU, has said that the his party will pledge to take the UK back in to the EU if they win the next general election. 

    He argued this morning that the Brexit vote was a "howl of anger" from voters dissatisfied with British politics and politicians. 

    Farron continued by saying that Britons should not be made to suffer after being swayed by a campaign "that stoked anger with the lies of (Nigel) Farage, (Boris) Johnson and (Michael) Gove"

    "The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union". 

    The next General Election is not due until 2020, but there is talk of a "snap election" being called by a new Conservative leader, who would automaticaly become Prime Minister, seeking a national mandate. 




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  • Australian PM calls for post-Brexit calm


    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged voters to return his Liberal Party to power on July 2, arguing for stability and economic growth. 


    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull campaigning for the July 2 General Election 


    He has used the "political and financial shockwaves" felt after the Brexit vote on Thursday to remind Australian voters of the "of the volatility in the global economy". 

    Domestic economic issues have dominated the campaign so far, and fear over market volatility in Europe potentially affecting Australian growth could well affect the outcome of the General Election down under. 

     If Turnbull loses on July 2, it would be the fifth change in prime minister since 2010.


      


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  • Sturgeon's responsibilities 'to protect Scotland's interests'


    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has spoken on the BBC this morning on her challenges and responsibilities as a leader of post-Brexit Scotland. 

    Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, at a Cabinet meeting in Edinburgh 


    She has already said that she hopes to hold a second independence referendum in Scotland, because although the UK as a whole voted to leave the EU, Scotland voted staunchly to Remain part of the bloc.

    This morning the leader of the Scottish Parliament said that she would attempt to negotiate a future for Scotland in the EU. 

    She told Andrew Marr that her next challenge is how to "best protect Scotland's interestes", and how to "prevent (Scotland) being taken out of the EU against our will". 

    Sturgeon confirmed that she would be speaking to representatives in Brussels over the next week. 
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  • "He's not going anywhere" 


    Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, a strong ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said this morning that Corbyn will not resign. 

    There have been repeated calls for Mr Corbyn to step down since the Referendum, in which he backed the losing Remain campaign. 

    This morning, shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn was fired for showing his lack of confidence in Corbyn, and shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander has quit her front bench role for the same reason.

    There are rumours around Westminster this morning that up to half of Corbyn's shadow cabinet could resign in coming days. 

    However, there has been no word from Labour Deputy Leader, Tom Watson. He is currently on his way back to London after enjoying Glastonbury Festival in England's south west last night. Some reports suggest Mr Watson was seen partying as late as 4am this morning.  

    Some argue this morning that Corbyn's leadership is 'doomed' due to continued criticism throughout his tenure, despite his public popularity.

    And some have already begun a campaign to show their support for the Labour leader, clearly worried that he is facing a coup, as it has been widely called in the British press this morning. 


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  • "Leave on Janurary 1, 2019" 


    Conservative MP and Leave campaigner, Dr Liam Fox has said that he wants to see the UK officially leave the European Union on the 1 Janurary 2019. 

    He hopes that Britain and the EU can hold informal talks before invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would begin official negotiations for Brexit. 

    Dr Fox MP also recommended that the negotiations are delayed until the new Prime Minister, David Cameron's replacement, is in place. 

    This would all suggest that the government would not 'press go' on Article 50 until late 2016 at very least, if not early 2017. 


    This is similar to the view expressed by the leaders of the Leave campaign on Friday, who suggested there is "no rush" to leave, despite the public support for Brexit. 

    European Comission Preisdent Jean-Claude Juncker has not commented on these new suggestions thus far, though he did respond to Thursday's historic vote by saying that negotiations should start "immediately". 

    Reactions to Dr Fox's views were mixed, as is to be expected, on Twitter: 

    Some see him as a leadership candidate, a topic on which he says he is undecided:

    Whereas others picked up on the delay proposed, and were highly critical:



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  • Another one bites the dust      


    Gloria de Piero MP, shadow minister for young people and voter registration, has joined Heidi Alexander in resigning from the shadow cabinet, saying Jeremy Corbyn cannot "deliver victory at the next general election", which she says, "may take place in a matter of months". 

    Both The Guardian's Anushka Asthana and the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg are reporting that they expect half of the shadow cabinet to step down today. 


    Why is this important?

    As George Eaton says, de Piero is an ally of Labour's Deputy Leader Tom Watson. 

    This is important, as it hints that it is not just those who have had historical disagreements with Jeremy Corbyn (such as Hilary Benn, who famously did so over action in Syria), who are resigning.

    It also brings in to question how Mr Watson will react (as soon as he returns from his Glastonbury juant, that is- see below) to the seemingly accelerating exodus from Corbyn's shadow cabinet. 

    As deputy Leader, and Corbyn supporter, he is in a diffulcult but arguably powerful position. 

    In case you missed it, here's Mr Watson enjoying a cider at one of Europe's biggest music festivals last night: 




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  • Shadow Secretary of Scotland gone? 




    According to Sky News and other local media, another member of Corbyn's shadow cabinet has resigned his position. 

    Ian Murray MP is the only remaining Labour representative of a Scottish constituency, meaning that however he is replaced, whether by Corbyn or a next Labourr leader, Labour face the prospect of a Scottish Secretary who does not actually represent anyone in Scotland. This risks losing any remaining support that Labour have in Scotland, which could be disastrous for the party, especially as the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon moves towards a second independence referendum. 




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  • Nicola Sturgeon flexes her muscles over Brexit 


    Scotland's first minister, who earlier confirmed that she would be looking to negotiate with Brussels over the posibility of Scotland remaining in the EU, says that she may ask the Scottish Parliament to try to block Brexit. 

    Scotland voted against leaving the 28-country bloc, unlike the rest of the UK. FM Sturgeon has also said that she is preparing for a second independence referendum, because the views of Scots on the EU is so clearly different to those expressed in the rest of the UK. 

    Ms Sturgeon has no confirmed that she will ask MSP's (Member of the Scottish Parliament) to refuse to give their "legislative consent" to Brexit.

    FM Sturgeon's Scottish National Party hold 63 of the 129 seats at Holyrood, and she told Daily Politics Scotland that "we're not to vote for something that's against Scotland's interest". 

    Anti-Brexit voices hailed Sturgeon's move

    Others... did not share such views:






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  • Is a Brexit rethink okay? 


    According to the German newspaper RND, that's what Angela Merkel's chief of staff thinks. 

    Peter Altmaier, seen as one of Ms Merkel's most trusted allies said "Politicians in London should have the possibility to reconsider the consequences of an exit", suggesting that an immediate exit, as proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President is not the preference of all European leaders. 

    He also added that Britain could re-apply to join the EU at a later date, but added "that would take a long time". This is in stark contrast to what many in the UK have been saying, that to Leave would be an irreversable decision. 

    The Political editor of The Sun newspaper reacted with incredulity at the news. 

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  • The list keeps on growing


    Labour's woes continue Sunday, as shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood and shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell become the fouth and fifth members of Jeremy Corbyn's front bench to hand in their resignations. 



    Ms Powell said that Mr Corbyn's position had become "untenable". 


    Elsewhere, Labour MP's Stephen Kinnock and Tristram Hunt have called for Mr Corbyn's own resignation. Kinnock said the Party needs a "hard-headed negotiator" to lead the Party through the tough times to follow the decision to leave the EU. 

    However, a petition in support of Mr Corbyn has now reached 174,000 signatures, propting BBC's deputy political editor to ponder if the Party will split, like it did in the 1980's:


    And it is not just the public who support Mr Corbyn (who won a landslide victory in the Labour leadership election last summer); Unite union leader Len McClusky is reported to have given Corbyn "100% backing", as has the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Jon Trickett; 

    Shadow Home Secretary on message

    And shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has said he "respects" Mr Corbyn's leadership in a flurry of tweets, but without explicitly saying he supports his leader. 









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  • Clarification


    Peter Altmaier has contacted Reuters to clarify his earlier comments. 

    He says that politicians in London "should take time to reconsider the consequences of Brexit", but he adds that this does not mean "recosidering Brexit itself". 

    Altmaier is considered one of Angela Merkel's closest advisors. He has been Chief of Staff to the German Chancellery since late-2013. 
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  • Britain to be "a new Norway", says ex-Finland Prime Minister        


    Britain will get a deal similar to that which Norway enjoys, says Alexander Stubb, the ex-Prime Minister of Finland. 

    Alexander Stubb (right) 


    This will allow Britain and the EU to continue to enjoy close economic ties, but will strip Britain of their decision making powers in the bloc. 

    Stubb rejected calls from European Commission President to invoke Article 50 and begin negotiations as quickly as possible. Instead he said "after the initial shock, we should now take it easy and be patient". He added that the process of negotiations will be "painful and long", and argued that creating a fird deadline for the process would be "unwise". 

    Stubb, who was until recently the Finnish finance minister, said that "We should not be childish in thinking about punishing the UK. It's not in the interest of Europe to cut relations with the United Kingdom". 

    As a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), Norway gets access to EU's single market in exchange for contributing about 400 million a year to the EU budget. But it must accept EU's rules on the single market and free movement of people without a vote.

    But, in a statement that will anger many who voted for the UK to leave the EU, Stubb said that if Britain wants to reap the rewards of the EEA, such as free movement of goods and services, "it will have to participate in the free movement of labour as well". 

    "That's tough luck but that's how it goes", he said. 





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  • US Secretary of State to visit London and Brussels



    John Kerry will hope that his visit reassures both politicians and the markets, as Britain and the rest of Europe try to work out the next steps as Britain seems to move inextricably towards Brexit after Thursday's landmark decision. 

    Sterling fell as much as 10 percent against the dollar on Friday to levels last seen in 1985, while world stocks saw more than $2 trillion wiped off their value. 

    And although trading has ceased over the weekend, the political turmoil that has hit Britain's Labour Party is sure to worry the financial sector as the markets open again tomorrow.

    In China, the finance minister Lou Jiwei said the Brexit vote would "cast a shadow over the global economy",  a situation which Mr Kerry and the recovering US economy will be keen to avoid. 

    A senior US official told Reuters that Secretary Kerry will aim to reassure other European states, and stress that following the UK in exiting the EU is not the answer and will only weaken the Euro. 

    All eyes are sure to be on the Asian markets as they open on monday morning,  as South Korea's finance minister Yoo Il-ho says he fears continued volatilityuntil Brexit negotiations are finalised. 



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  • Polish Cultural Centre attacked amid anti-immigrant feeling      



    The Polish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, west London has been daubed with grafitti in an attack being called "racially motivated". 


    Some have argued that this attack, and other reported incidents, such as anti-immigrant notes being put through post boxes are linked to the Brexit result of Thurday's referendum. 

    Buzzfeed's Political editor shared this image yesterday, among reports of various verbal assaults aimed at Polish and Asian populations around the UK. 


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  • The saga continues


    Although the tide of Labour shadow cabinet resignations seems to have been stemmed for now, there is word in the British political press that it will continue. 


    If this is the case, predictions of "half the shadow cabinet" resigning could well come to pass, despite the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg information being slightly inaccurate, in terms of timing. 

    And as the confirmed resignations sink in, and the political rumour mill continues at a fast pace, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is (finally) expected to make a public apperance. 



    But remember:

    Labour are not the only party facing a potential leadership crisis. 

    With David Cameron's announcement that he will step down from the office of Prime Minister at some point between now and October, the Tory party is also rife with leadership rumours and ambitions. 

    Political blogger Guido Fawkes has put together a (long) list of those suspected of habouring Prime Ministerial ambition, and their chances of soon walking into Number 10 Downing Street. 

    So far, Boris Johnson leads the race, though of course there has been no confirmation that he will run. 
    And Westminster is full of chatter about a so-called "Stop Boris" cabal, whose aim is, well, to stop Boris ascending to No. 10. 

    Their favourite seems to be current Home Secretary Theresa May. She is understood to have significant support from within the Parliamentary Conservative Party, and if successful would become the UK's second female Conservative Prime Minister. 


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  • Could the Conservative leadership battle be less of a battle after all? 


    That's certainly the wish of Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Putney.

    She published a call to Boris Johnson and Theresa May, the two favourites to follow David Cameron as Tory leaders and by proxy, Prime Minister, to join forces and stabilise the Party and the country.

    A leadership contest now is not in the interests of our country. It will mean our party focuses inward – at the very time our country most needs us to focus outward. 

    Ms Greening calls for Johnson and May to  "forge a deal which means they are a united leadership", rather than the usual battle of "a leadership contest which could take weeks and months". 

    Only in uniting our party can we begin to unite our country around the opportunities that leaving the EU will bring, whilst best enabling government to immediately get on with tackling some of the very real short term risks to our economy and getting a smart negotiation strategy in place

    If this does not happen, Ms Greening is worried that protracted and fierce battle may do more to harm the economy than the Brexit vote already has. 

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  • HSBC could move 1,000 jobs to Paris


    The HSBC building in London's Canary Wharf financial district 



    The banking giant HSBC is understood to be planning to move 1,000 jobs from London to Paris if the UK loses access to the European Single Market. 

    It will be possible for the UK to leave the EU and remain part of the EEA, but several including the Chairman of the Bank of France, François Villeroy de Galhau, has said this seems unlikely. 

    HSBC considered moving its international headquarters to Hong Kong earlier this year, but saw London as a continuing European financial centre. 

    According to The Independent, other banks such as Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas and JPMorgan are drawing up similar plans. 
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  • Leading 'out' campaigner Boris Johnson says the margin by which the UK voted to leave the European Union was "not entirely overwhelming"
  • Jeremy Corbyn says he will stand in any new Labour leadership election and "reshape" shadow cabinet within 24 hours bbc.in/292ptXF
  • UK Chancellor George Osborne says #Brexit will harm economy but insists UK will not begin formal process until at least Autumn
  • George Osborne makes first public appearance since Thursday


    George Osborne (Reuters) 

    British Chancellor (finance minister) George Osborne has made his first public appearance since Britian voted to Leave the European Union in an historic referendum last week.

    The chancellor has been oddly quiet since last week, but came out today to help quell the turbulance and uncertainty in financial markets, saying the UK is ready to face the future "from a position of strength".

    Despite facing pressure to do so, he did not make an annoucement for his resignation this morning, which would hint that he has no intention of doing so.

    In a press meeting following the conference this morning, Osborne added that he will make his future in the party clear in the coming days.

    Many think he will get a job in the Foreign Ofifice, although at one point he was touted as the next Prime Minister, which now seems highly unlikley.

    "I said we had to fix the roof so we were prepared for whatever the future held and thank goodness we did," he said.

    He talked of 'adjustments' that would need to take place within the Uk economy, but added that it was "perfectly sensible to wait for a new prime minister" before doing so.

    Discussing the timeline for implementing Britain's exit from the bloc, the chancellor commented that:

    "Only the UK can trigger Article 50. And in my judgement, we should only do that when there is a clear view about what new arrangements we are seeking with our European neighbours.

    "In the meantime, during the negotiations that will follow, there will be no change to people's rights to travel and work and to the way our goods and services are traded or to the way our economy and financial system is regulated."

    Mr Osborne told the conference that Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England had made 'well thought through contingency plans if needed".

    "You should not underestimate our resolve," he said.

    After a volatile night of Asian trading, the pound opened slightly higher against the dollar, but has since fallen again following Osborne's announcement.



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  • Jeremy Corbyn's new Shadow Cabinet



    (Reuters) 


    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced several members of a new Shadow Cabinet this morning, following swathes of resignations and a threat to his leadership. 

    The embattled leader made 10 new appointments to his team, after an exodus of frontbench of MPs on Sunday, citied his weak leadership and failure to galvanize the party’s supporters to vote to remain in the European Union.

    The new appointments are as follows: 

    Shadow foreign secretary - Emily Thornberry

    Shadow health secretary - Diane Abbott

    Shadow education secretary - Pat Glass

    Shadow transport secretary - Andy McDonald

    Shadow defence secretary – Clive Lewis

    Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury – Rebecca Long-Bailey

    Shadow international development secretary – Kate Osamor

    Shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary – Rachel Maskell

    Shadow voter engagement and youth affairs – Cat Smith

    Shadow Northern Ireland secretary – Dave Anderson

    The appointments are some familiar faces - Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbott especially, however the rest of the tranche aren't anyone particularly recognisable.

    In fact, five of the new school only became MPs last year- the speed in which the have escalated to prominent positions is virtually unheard of in British politics. 

    The move is an act of defiance against the centre ground of the party and remaining Blairites, many of whom have more experience and sway then the new entries. 

    At a parliamentary Labopur party meeting this evening, it is expected that a formal leadership challenge will be made. 

    Corbyn was voted in by Labour party members last year on a big mandate,  although is out of touch with most of his MPs. 

    It is expected that if Corbyn does face a leadership challenge he will be re-elected by a small but loud minority of his far-left supporters. 

    The Labour party has lost much of its core vote in recent years - Scotland, Wales and the north of England, as well as working class voices  have been traditional supporters.

    What will happen is presently unclear, but we'll keep you updated throughout the day.

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  • Fair representation of how Germans see @BorisJohnson ATM. Anything but statesmanlike. Via @handelsblatt. #Brexit http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cl8Cir7UkAAWoDs.jpg

  • Alex Salmond lays out why he believes Scotland shouldn't abide by the UK's decision to vote leave. 


    The former leader of the SNP Alex Salmond has appeared on Sky News this morning to express his opinion on why Scotland should remain in the EU.

    Scotland overwhelmingly voted to Remain in the EU last thursday, sparking calls for a second independence referendum to ensure they do.



    The former leader said that  "Scotland is not a region, Scotland is a nation" we are "a country, not a county"  

    He told thecameras there was an "overwhelming mandate which cannot be ignored from the scottish people - every single area of country voted for europe last thursday, that is the mandate you would expect Nicola Sturgeon, and in fact every other Scottish politican to abide by".

    Off the back of the referendum vote last Thursday, Salmond said there was "
    a lot of enthusiasm to do whatever it takes to secure Scotlands' future as a European nation ".

    In a damning blast to westminster, he said:

    "The leadership and claritry emenating from Scotland compared to the chaos ansd confusion down here (London) ...it's two different worlds... it's totally extraordinary"

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  • Tom Watson tells Jeremy Corbyn he has lost all authority ind.pn/28YJO0E

  • Full list of everyone who has resigned from their position within the Labour Party this morning so far 


    In what some are calling a coup, there has been an exodus of front and back bench MPs from jeremy Corbyn's Labour party. Corbyn has rustled together a shadow cabinet this morning, however it seems likely he will face a leadership challenge at some point this afternoon.

    Here's a full list of all the MPs who have resigned so far, there are many more expected in the coming hours. 
    1. Seema Malhotra, Shadow Chief Secretary

    2. Hilary Benn, Shadow Foreign Secretary

    3. Heidi Alexander, Shadow Health Secretary

    4. Lucy Powell, Shadow Education Secretary

    5. Lord Falconer, Shadow Justice Secretary

    6. Lilian Greenwood, Shadow Transport Secretary

    7. Vernon Coaker, Shadow Northern Ireland

    8. Ian Murray, Shadow Scotland Secretary

    9. Chris Bryant, Shadow Commons Leader

    10. Kerry McCarthy, Shadow Environment Secretary

    11. Gloria De Piero, Shadow Young People Secretary

    12. Karl Turner, Shadow Attorney General

    13. Anna Turley, Shadow Minister for Civil Society

    14. Diana Johnson, Shadow Foreign Minister

    15. Toby Perkins, Shadow Armed Forces Minister

    16. Chris Matheson, PPS to Shadow Justice

    17. Stephen Kinnock, PPS to Angela Eagle

    18. Steve Reed, Shadow Minister for Local Government

    19. Jess Phillips, PPS to Education

    20. Neil Coyle, PPS to Shadow Leader of the House

    21. Yvonne Fovargue, Shadow Consumer Affairs Minister

    22. Ruth Smeeth, PPS to Shadow NI & Scotland

    23. Alex Cunningham, Shadow Minister for Natural Environment

    24. Wayne David, Shadow Minister for Cabinet Office, Scotland & Justice

    25. Roberta Blackman-Woods, Shadow Housing Minister

    26. Jenny Chapman, Shadow Education Minister

    27.  Angela Eagle Shadow Business Secretary & First Secretary of State

    Below is a demostration of why Labour MPs are resigning. Most range from a lack of faith, leadership, support from the wider party, and failure to secure a Remain vote in the EU referendum.










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  • Accusations of racism, xenophobia and assault in the wake of Brexit


    Since Thursday's vote to leave the European Union, there has been an upsurge in hate crimes reported in the UK, as many Leave supporters have reportedly seen the vote as a legitimation of anti-immigration sentiment. 

    Baroness Warsi, who left the Leave campaign over what she described as "divisive and xenophobic" campaigning, yesterday told Sky News that race hate crime organisations had reported some "disturbing early results".

    Police are investigating reports of "alleged racially-motivated" attacks on a Polish community building in London and hate notes posted through the doors of Polish residents in Cambridgeshire.



    The Polish embassy responded, saying:


    “We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed at the Polish community and other UK residents of migrant heritage. 

    Sadiq Khan, the recently elected Mayor of London has instructed his police force to be on high alert following  aspate of attacks.

    “It’s really important we stand guard against any rise in hate crimes or abuse by those who might use last week’s referendum as cover to seek to divide us,” he said.


    “I’ve asked our police to be extra vigilant for any rise in cases of hate crime, and I’m calling on all Londoners to pull together and rally behind this great city.” 



    Boris Johnson, a prominent Leave campaigner addressed concerns that his campaign may have legitimised racism.

     
    "There has been a lot of confusion over the weekend - the status of people living in this country. It is absolutely clear that people from other European countries who are living here, have their rights protected," he said.

    "All that people want to see is a system that's fair, impartial and humane to all people coming from around the world."



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  • #Brexit #Cameron : "all key decisions will have to wait for new Prime Minister" @euronews
  • #Brexit #Cameron : "article 50 will not be triggered yet" @euronews
  • #Brexit #Cameron : "Devolved govts of Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland to be involved" in negotiations with EU
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