Remaining In EU Should Not Be An Option In Any New Brexit Referendum, Young Labour Rep On Ruling Body Warns
Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (en français) South Africa United Kingdom United States POLITICS 29/04/2019 18:13 BST | Updated 30/04/2019 08:48 BST Remaining In EU Should Not Be An Option In Any New Brexit Referendum, Young Labour Rep On Ruling Body Warns Lara McNeill speaks out ahead of crunch National Executive Committee vote on European elections manifesto. By Paul Waugh Staying in the EU should not be on the ballot paper of any fresh Brexit referendum, Labour’s representative for young people has declared.
Ahead of a crunch vote by the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) on Tuesday, Lara McNeill said that it would “not be wise” to commit to putting Remain on any ballot paper in another public vote.
McNeill, a final year medical student, is one of the 39-strong body due to decide Labour’s European manifesto policy as the party’s senior figures gather ahead of the May 23 elections.
With the NEC finely balanced between those who want a referendum on “any Brexit deal” and on “a Tory Brexit deal”, McNeill is one of the swing votes that could tip the balance towards simply re-stating the party’s conference motion from last year.
After a tortuous process, Labour agreed in September that campaigning for a public vote should be one of the “options” should other avenues including a general election be exhausted.
But since then, both Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer have inched the party’s policy towards a second referendum.
In February, Corbyn and Starmer agreed that one way to stop a “Tory Brexit” would be to put May’s deal to the public as a form of “lock” on the damaging impact of her plans.
In parliament, the party has also formally proposed a “confirmatory ballot” as a way through the impasse.
And campaigners for a ‘People’s Vote’ have stepped up the pressure after HuffPost UK reported last week that a draft Euro elections leaflet failed to include any reference to a referendum.
McNeill pointed out that when she was elected to her NEC post last year, she won the election without mentioning Brexit and against a candidate who pledged to support a ‘People’s Vote’ policy.
“At a time when this country so desperately needs a General Election, and with Westminster in such conditions of turmoil, I am not prepared to say that every option has been exhausted,” she said in a new blog .
“Nor do I think it would be wise to commit the party to putting Remain on the ballot paper should such a time come when all other avenues to preventing a damaging Brexit have been closed off.”
McNeill added: “The lobbying I have received from members across our party has offered no answers or political clarity on what a ‘remain and reform’ or ‘remain and revolt’ agenda for Labour resembles in practical or tactical terms. Many of those supporting a confirmatory vote as our final option do not propose putting Remain on the ballot.
“I believe that it is the duty of the left to provide a compelling vision of Britain outside of the EU which will not alienate Leave voters but also give ardent Remainers an optimism for a society where the economic rules of the game will change.”
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, who has held out against calls for a referendum, has previously also suggested that Remain should not be on the ballot paper.
One party source said that it was “obvious” that many young Labour members backed Remain but low income young Labour voters disproportionately supported Leave.
At the weekly meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) on Monday night, several MPs warned that a lack of clarity on a referendum would cost the party votes in the European elections.
Andy Slaughter and Wes Streeting stressed the potential electoral damage, while Neil Coyle said that he had lost 500 members in his London constituency party over the issue, with some councillors threatening to join Change UK.
Stephen Doughty said that there were particular risks of getting the decision wrong in Wales and Scotland.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said: “We’ve got a clear position from our party conference. There’s obviously a debate going on. Shadow Cabinet will look at it tomorrow and then the NEC will look at it tomorrow afternoon so we’ll have to let that process proceed.”
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Labour Fudges Brexit Referendum Pledge For European Parliament Elections | HuffPost UK
Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (en français) South Africa United Kingdom United States POLITICS 30/04/2019 16:41 BST | Updated 30/04/2019 22:46 BST Labour Fudges Brexit Referendum Pledge For European Parliament Elections Party’s ruling body rejects Tom Watson plan for public vote on any deal. By Paul Waugh Labour will fight the European parliament elections without a firm pledge to hold a fresh referendum on Brexit, its ruling body has decided.
In a bid to unite the party’s warring factions, the National Executive Committee (NEC) decided the manifesto for its MEP candidates should include a reference to the “option” of a fresh public vote on the UK’s membership of the EU.
But the NEC rejected more radical proposals, pushed by deputy leader Tom Watson and the TSSA union, for a tougher anti-Brexit stance that would have committed the party to a referendum on any deal, not just Theresa May’s.
HuffPost UK understands that the party’s Euro campaign leaflets will now be amended to reflect the new position, following a huge backlash from MPs and MEPs over a draft version that omitted any mention of a new public vote.
After nearly five hours of debate, the 39-strong NEC decided to effectively re-state the party’s policy on Brexit that was hammered out at Labour’s conference last year.
A Labour source said: “The NEC agreed the manifesto which will be fully in line with Labour’s existing policy; to support Labour’s alternative plan, and if we can’t get the necessary changes to the government’s deal, or a General Election, to back the option of a public vote.”
Some pro-referendum MPs welcomed the news, saying that the public vote option would be “clearly stated for the first time ever in a manifesto”. But some party members were furious at the failure to agree a stronger policy.
The TSSA union tabled an amendment to the party leadership’s manifesto wording, to commit the party to a confirmatory public vote on any Brexit deal.
Union rep Andi Fox made a short but passionate speech, but it failed to win round the room and the amendment was “easily defeated”, according to one NEC source.
Only around 11 members of the ruling body were in favour. NEC chair Wendy Nichols refused to say the exactly how the vote split, stating only that it was defeated.
Jeremy Corbyn voted personally against the motion, as did all nine of the Momentum-backed NEC representatives of local constituency Labour parties (CLPs). A couple of NEC members abstained, while several were absent.
Youth rep Lara McNeill argued that the real split was not geographic but based on class lines, suggesting that the party could not let down its working class voters who backed Leave in 2016.
Veteran Labour MP Margaret Beckett spoke forcefully in favour of the need for a clearer line on a referendum, but the main opposition to the TSSA plan came from two shadow cabinet ministers, Jon Trickett and Rebecca Long-Bailey, one NEC source said.
Trickett, who delivered the shadow cabinet report, was particularly keen to stress that loyalty to the leadership was crucial. “There was some irritation at that, given he broke the whip in Parliament on the issue recently,” one source said.
“This is in some ways an even weaker version of conference. If it’s a fudge, it’s a soggy fudge,” an NEC member said.
“The fact is this Euro campaign is going to be like a second Brexit referendum whether anyone likes it or not. Farage and TIG have turned it into that and the voters will ask us ‘where do you stand?’ Today was not a winner for getting votes.”
But another NEC member said: “It just makes total sense to stick to the conference composite. We don’t have the power or right to tear that up.”
Labour’s carefully-worded conference motion, agreed last September, stated that “if we cannot get a general election, Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote”.
Since then, the party in parliament has strengthened and refined the policy, with its MPs backing an official opposition amendment for a “confirmatory ballot” of the public that would provide a “lock” on a Tory exit deal.
Watson has pushed hard for a tougher and clearer policy on a referendum, boosted by a growing movement among grassroots activists who have demanded a so-called people’s Vote, with remaining in the EU on any ballot paper.
A Labour spokesman said: “Labour’s European Elections manifesto was agreed at the NEC today and it will be published soon.
“Labour is the only party which represents both people who supported Leave and Remain. We are working to bring the country together after the chaos and crisis created by the Tories.”
Some backers of a people’s vote, like Stephen Doughty, welcomed the manifesto wording.
Great news that @uklabour NEC backing conference policy on #FinalSay public vote on #Brexit – will be clearly stated for first time in a manifesto #EuropeanElections @LabPeoplesVote – time to get out and back out excellent @WelshLabour @UKLabour MEP candidates!
— Stephen Doughty MP / AS (@SDoughtyMP) April 30, 2019 But Bridget Phillipson was more critical, describing it as the “bare minimum needed” to get voters to back Labour in the Euro elections on May 23.
“The manifesto’s mealy-mouthed wording still maintains the fiction that there is a deal out there that can satisfy all the promises made three years ago, avoid real costs to jobs and living standards, or end the endless crisis around Brexit,” she said.
“Today Labour has done the bare minimum needed and I can only hope it will be enough to secure the support of all those millions of our voters demanding the final say on Brexit.”
Outgoing London Labour MEP Mary Honeyball was also unhappy.
Looks like Labour NEC has agreed business as usual. Not good enough. Labour needs strong #Remain policy and to campaign for #PeoplesVote in order not to lose votes to strong #Remain parties. NEC didn’t even say they support #Remain on the ballot paper @Labour4EU @EuroLabour
— Mary Honeyball MEP #StopBrexit2019 (@maryhoneyball) April 30, 2019 But frontbencher Gloria de Piero – who represents a heavily Leave-voting Labour area in the East Midlands – welcomed the fact that there was no firm pledge for a referendum.
Labour’s manifesto for the European Parliament will not contain a pledge to hold a second Brexit referendum.
The party’s ruling national executive committee agreed that another nationwide poll should only be “an option” if it cannot force a general election.
— Gloria De Piero (@GloriaDePiero) April 30, 2019 Former Labour MP Mike Gapes, who now represents the Change UK party, said: “If you’re a Labour supporter and dismayed by Labour’s latest fudge on Brexit, send Corbyn a message by lending Change UK your vote.”
Labour MP Jess Phillips told an ITV podcast: “I do think we’ll get a drubbing in the European elections…Unless we have a clear message for people.”
Even before the NEC meeting, Watson walked out of a shadow cabinet meeting, in protest at not being allowed to see the precise wording of the manifesto.
After he left, fellow frontbenchers were shown the confidential phrasing via video screen, rather than a hard printed copy. All members of the NEC were told the full wording.
Earlier on Tuesday, more MEP candidates signed a personal pledge to campaign on a referendum with “choice between a Brexit deal and the option to Remain in the EU”. A total of 34 Labour candidates have committed to the proposal.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told BBC Radio 4 that the idea of a fresh referendum or May’s deal was now “the central argument in British politics.
“The central argument is do we resolve this issue by having a rerun, as some in the Labour Party… would like, which I happen to think would be disastrous… or do we resolve this by delivering Brexit and then bringing the country together by showing the 48% who voted Remain that this is not the Brexit of their worst nightmares.”
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The ‘One Month To Go!’ Wedding Q
Lifestyle · April 29, 2019 The ‘One Month To Go!’ Wedding Q&A AHH! It’s less than one month to go until our big day, and although blog content has been a tiny bit slower than I’d like in the lead up, I wanted to do some kind of a catch up and q&a before I take a little break- eek! I asked on Instagram if people had any wedding related questions, and although it is safe to say I am absolutely no expert in anything marital (forever fumbling along as I go), wanted to try and shed some light on our own process and any tips and tricks I could pass on to anyone in a similar position! Although I plan on sharing a lot after the wedding- I wanted to answer some of the most asked questions in one place- in case anyone else is currently planning their big day and feeling a little lost or overwhelmed- because trust me, I know the feeling! Planning: How did you shortlist venues when starting to look?
I think the most important thing about this is deciding what is a priority for you. Is it the location? Do you want a wedding abroad? A countryside wedding? Or something closer to home? Once you’ve worked this out I think it makes life so much easier! Listing down the priorities for your day is so important- as these all cross over in deciding which kind of venue is best for you. For example, some venues will have recommended suppliers that you’ll have to use, so if you want to do everything from scratch it might be worth looking at a dry hire (basically a blank canvas)- which although is lovely, can be quite an undertaking if you’re strapped for time and don’t have a planner! BUT! In short- decide on location, work out what’s priority (capacity, food, wedding style)- and gradually the venues start shortlisting themselves! We used sites like Hitched a lot for things like this, which was so handy! How did you organise the schedule of your day, e/g time for photos, speeches?
A lot of this was aided by our caterers and the venue- they’ve been super helpful in structuring the day based on both ours and their needs, as they need to both coincide to make everything run smoothly. Did you get a planner?
We didn’t! When we first got engaged we had a consultation with a brilliant planner and definitely thought about it- but have done pretty much everything ourselves. Over the last few weeks we’ve been working a little more with a wedding stylist and organiser though which has been SO helpful. We really wanted an extra pair of hands to help make sure everything comes together on the day how we’ve imagined. What are you doing the month prior?
Oh god- just trying to keep on top of things! I have a couple of ~work projects~ I’m trying to get on top of, but am also trying to maintain the excitement for the big day by planning some nice little things to look forward to in the run up as I know how quickly it’ll all be over! I have my hen party this weekend (!), and then am also booking in a nice spa day and day out with my mum and a friend the week of too. Our anniversary also falls about 2 weeks before the wedding, so we’re also going to the seaside for a night, which should be lovely! Don’t worry about thinking that you need to do lots either. I think it can seem like the month before you should be cruising along, eating lots of fancy cakes and watching rom-coms when really, it’ll probably be filled with lots of last minute organising, tying up loose ends at work as well as juggling the day to day of everyday life. How long have you been planning for? Have you felt rushed?
It feels like forever! We started planning near enough straight after we got engaged (which was July 2017), and initially wanted to get married the following September. But, having just moved into our home- soon realised we probably needed a little more time for saving and planning- hence moving it to this May! By the time we get married we would have been planning for just under 2 years. I always said I wanted a short engagement, because ‘what’s the point of dragging it out?!’ But really it’s been so lovely soaking up the excitement and planning things at our own pace, that I’m almost going to miss this little chapter! How to deal with parental/family pressures in the planning when they have different views?
I think this is so tricky, but try to not let the opinions of others sway the things you know are most important to you. Although sometimes other opinions might be incredibly noisy, make sure it’s you and your partner making the decisions- or even talking about things together alone if you have to factor in family thoughts too. What was the first thing you planned?
Our venue! Stationery, Favours & The Rest: Do you have any cost cutting tips for stationary?
Think about what you really need and want. It can be one of the most fussy decisions to make if you’re a perfectionist, especially when you start being asked questions about details you didn’t even realise you needed or liked! There are lots of things I think you can do, which in fact can be cut (in my opinion)! For example, save the dates. If you plan how you’d like your invites soon enough you can either send those out solo- or do an e-save the date (or a quick text/Facebook message to everyone invited)! We’ve also decided to not print a menu for everyone per place setting, and are also doing our table plan a little differently to avoid those costs! When do you send out invitations? I am unsure about how soon to send them.
I think this totally depends on your wedding- but for us, ours only went out about 2 months before the actual date. We sent save the dates about 7 months before, but because our wedding is in London- it didn’t require people to book flights or even necessarily accommodation so we knew we could be a bit more relaxed about it. I think if you’re planning on getting married abroad- as much notice as possible is always so helpful as it gives people the opportunity to save up and book things, without it becoming too costly! Wedding favours? Yes or no?
I think this is so subjective- and absolutely not necessary! They can really add up, and honestly- a lot of people won’t even notice if you don’t have them. Our caterers made a really good point in saying that sometimes if the favours are too large and people can’t fit them in a pocket/bag- they end up forgetting or leaving them anyway. It’s a really nice thought if you can and budget allows, but I do think the day can be just as lovely without them too. Online: How did you not get swayed by what other people do? There’s so many pretty and interesting weddings! Have you felt pressured to include things because they’re popular on Instagram etc?
Oh god this can be SO hard. It’s so easy to be swayed by trends or what other people are doing, but I think in your gut, you truly know what you like. I definitely tried to not spend too much time on Pinterest- and ironically, did find websites like Rock My Wedding really useful as they offer so many ‘real’ weddings which does make you realise there’s never a cookie-cutter one wedding suits all and the beauty of each day is literally because it’s yours. I also looked back on old Pinterest boards and wedding images I’d saved, as surprisingly, a lot of things hadn’t really changed in terms of what I really liked- and loved referring back to them as reference points for the things that I really wanted originally. What will you be sharing online from your wedding?
Hopefully quite a lot! I think in a few months I’d love to do a ‘Wedding Month’ on the blog (like Carrie did, when she got married) to cover all the finer details! Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids dresses! Help! I don’t want to spent a fortune!
This sounds super obvious, but the high street have some amazing options! (I saw this on Miss Selfridge yesterday and if I was doing this again would absolutely look at this as an option)! A nice way to do it, is sometimes pick a colour scheme, and let people browse the high-street/vintage shops themselves and then come back with options. This means everyone can be uniform, and it doesn’t cost the earth! I really struggled finding bridesmaids dresses I loved, and although am over the moon with what I’ve gone for- I definitely think checking back on places like & Other Stories, Mango, Zara and ASOS is so handy. Bridesmaids- how to handle the friends who aren’t who think they might be?
I think just by being honest. It can be so hard, but if they’re a true pal they should hopefully understand that you can’t have everyone you like as a bridesmaid- otherwise all of your mates will end up being one! Try to let them know that it’s nothing personal, and perhaps drop hints beforehand suggesting that you’re keeping numbers down for whatever reason. You shouldn’t have to justify why they’re not a bridesmaid, but if you want to- making them feel included in other ways (e.g inviting them to the hen, keeping them up to date in the planning) is another nice way of keeping everyone included. What things have you valued most that your bridesmaids have done in the lead up?
Just being there! I’ve had so much help with different elements of the wedding with them (which I’ll talk about more after the wedding), and by being able to get together and have six sounding boards has been SO helpful. I know how busy they each are in their own personal lives, but everybody has been so willing to help out when needed which means the world. THE DRESS! How many places did you go to try on dresses?
Five places (I think)! It was so much fun, but honestly I don’t know if I could have managed looking at too many more- as you end up confusing yourself with the amount of options! How did you chose the dress?
I tried it on because it was unlike anything I’d given a go before. It was an ‘ oh my god- can I quickly try that on too?! ‘ moment and the rest is history… What websites were your biggest inspiration?
I actually really loved using Instagram as a tool for collecting images and making boards! Some of my favourite accounts include London Bride (who although doesn’t post anymore has such a beautiful archive), Italian Eye , Worm London , Alexandra Grecco and Halfpenny London . I also LOVE nu_bride who are doing bloody brill things and I also love Rock My Wedding for endless inspiration, Together Journal (which although is NZ based, had so many great ideas- we even found our photographers through them)!, Brides online for covering more traditional elements and questions I felt overwhelmed by too.
I hope this helps a little with any last minute, or early stage worries! I’ll be sharing all the small details in a couple of months, and can’t wait to fill you in with everything- eeee!
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THE BEST FILM FESTIVAL POSTERS OF 2018
THE BEST FILM FESTIVAL POSTERS OF 2018 The Best Film Festival Posters of 2018. www.festivalinLA.com Festival in LA has selected the Best Posters of film festivals from around the World, 2018. The intention is to promote the talent that those prestigious festivals have to offer and at the same time, to highlight the artistic value and graphic design presented through those splendid affiches. Art is subjective and is open to interpretation – The question is how we curate, criticize and deconstruct an artistic piece? While taking art classes in college, the day I hate the most was the “critique day.” I remember the experience with aversion, stress, and anxiety. Who likes to be orally evaluated in front of a class by the teacher and the other fellow students? The Best Film Festival Posters of 2018 www.FestivalinLA.com In those days, all I wanted was to forget about the grade and don’t ever come back to school. But I also felt the enormous necessity to show my work to the class or at least have the satisfaction to have finished it with the possibility of improving it. So, I had to swallow my pride, eat the humble pie and deal with it. A few years after, I highly value those useful days in college. Back to the posters, the elements to consider in the composition are the conceptual idea, technical skills, simplicity, diversity, beauty, colors, and the emotional power of the message. The most crucial element is the genre ; whether the work is Abstract, Impressionist, Surrealist, Cubist, Modernist, Contemporary, Pop, Classic, Art deco, Avant-garde, the artist must stick to the genre. The style, shapes, graphics, forms, fonts, and colors have to be complementing each other. Remember, the poster has to have a limited palette of five colors max. The Best Film Festival Posters of 2018 – www.FestivalinLA.com In the 2018 Best Film Festival Posters – The number one spot went to the “Venice 75” for its exquisite design. Azerbaijan, New York, Poland, and Cannes followed the long list of beautiful, diverse, and thought-provoking posters of Film Festivals from Around the World. 75 MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE